Cook's passion for exploration continues as he searches for the mythic North West Passage, but is it a journey too far? Now retired and promoted to Post Captain, James Cook is bored. He jumps at the chance to take on a third great voyage: to find a fast route to China to secure Britain's place in the lucrative tea trade.
Descendants of the Vikings, the Normans were one of the most successful warrior groups of the Middle Ages, conquering the French coast and England.
In 1940, Hitler intensified his war efforts, invading France. His preferred mode of travel was by car, and Ferdinand Porsche designed large Mercedes for him with every possible security feature.
Buffalo Bill turned the American West into the American Story. The American west was a wild frontier filled with Cowboys and Indians, battles and blood. All the elements of the western adventure can be wrapped up into the legend of Buffalo Bill. While the wild American west only existed for most in a dime novel story, Buffalo Bill was experiencing it first hand. He turned his experiences into entertainment, bringing the Wild West to the world.
Before migrating to Australia in 1947, Martina Reisgys and her family fled Lithuania for Germany as the Russians invaded, escaping over the last bridge to the West as it was dismantled behind them.
We peel back the layers of the great church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to reveal its incredible engineering secrets, and vividly bring to life the astonishing story of its construction.
Hatshepsut - The daughter and also the wife of a king, Hatshepsut wanted to be king, not queen, and she succeeded. She pushed her nephew and rightful heir to the throne, Tuthmoses III, aside and for 22 years ruled as King of Upper and Lower Egypt. She wore the pharoah's false beard of authority and is shown in her statues wearing male garb.
At 3pm on the 26th of October 1881, 30 shots rang out in 30 seconds in the OK Corral in the obscure mining town of Tombstone, Arizona. In that short half-minute, the lives of three men were ended.
Terry Jones immerses himself in the world of the 'barbarians' of the East - the Greeks and the Persians - and discovers that it was they who were the brains of the ancient world and the Romans the destroyers of progress.
Cook continues his relentless pursuit of a Great Southern Continent, putting fable and mystery to rest. Despite his great skills sailing and navigating across the world, Endeavour runs aground and is nearly lost. As a patched up Endeavour crawls its way north again, Cook commits the most controversial act of the voyage: he claims the entire east coast of New Holland for Britain, without permission from local inhabitants. To this day, Cook's claim is still not accepted by Aboriginal people.
Mass graves have been uncovered high in the Andes. What could have destroyed the civilisation of the Cloud Warriors? Lost Worlds delves deep into the mystery of these vanished people.
This program provides an intriguing insight into one of the most fascinating rulers of the Middle Kingdom, Emperor Taizong. Under his reign, China enjoyed a golden age during which 'four great inventions' were made: paper, the printing press, the compass and gunpowder - technologies that developed in Europe only centuries later.
Rommel is put in charge of a new unit of bodyguards for the Fuehrer in 1939, just before the invasion of Poland. And, in a Munich beer hall, an attempt on Hitler's life fails.
Tonight's episode focuses on dramatic East Berlin escape stories of the 1970s and '80s as the GDR regime crumbled at the end of the Cold War. But as the GDR was planning a new, "gentler" Wall with infrared, laser, chemical and vibration detectors, U.S. President Reagan was exhorting the Soviet Union to "tear down this Wall."
200,000 years ago a new species was born - us. The first men and women led a fragile existence in a dangerous world. So how did they flourish and go on to colonise first the African continent, and then the rest of the world?
Born in 1923, women's activist Dame Beryl Beaurepaire is a pioneering Australian feminist. After serving in the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force during World War II, she married Ian Beaurepaire of the Olympic Tyre dynasty and became Melbourne's Lady Mayoress.
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