Slave Revolution tells the story of The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804). The first successful slave revolt in history, the instigators used the ideas of the French Revolution (1789-1799) to create the world's first Black Republic: Haiti.
Martin Freeman's father died when he was just 10 years old. His parents had divorced some years before and Martin knows virtually nothing about the paternal side of his family history. Now he wants to fill in the blanks. Starting with his grandfather, Leonard Freeman, Martin wants to find out if there is any truth in the family story that he was shot while making a cup of tea at Dunkirk.
A Nation goes to war. In this first episode, Britain's war with Germany rallies the Empire to her side. In the spirit of ANZAC,
A nation goes to war. In this first episode, Britain's war with Germany rallies the Empire to her side. In the spirit of Anzac, young Australians rush to volunteer. Mothers and wives take up traditional supporting roles and the Women's Services are formed. Soon the casualty lists begin to appear in daily newspapers as Aussie troops face their first defeats. The heartbreak and dread begin; how much worse can it get?
An epic 15-part series that examines the growth of British civilisation from the neolithic days of Stonehenge through to the twentieth century. Written and presented by Simon Schama, the first episode journeys into the past to Skara Brae, a neolithic village of 50 people dating back to 3,000 BC and discovered in 1850.
The idea of destiny lies at the heart of any telling of the story of the Middle East. At one and the same time the Middle East has been and is a place of holy idealism and of the basest animal envies - a scramble for wealth, land and power. The memory of the Middle East is too long. Nothing is ever forgotten or forgiven and everything will be avenged. To understand the search for this regions destiny is to ask what makes both a nation and a people.
When the Allies took control of Germany in 1945, occupiers and occupied were forced to coexist while the world was remade. This new four part documentary examines the profound effect this had on the shape of present day Germany, and the rest of the world.
Restaurant critic Giles Coren and comedian Sue Perkins attempt to eat for a week in the style of the era's moneyed classes. Chef Sophie Grigson keeps their plates piled high. How will our 21st-century foodies cope with seven days' worth of huge breakfasts, meat-heavy dinners and rich puddings?
Australian adventurer Tim Cope has now travelled 3,000 kilometres across Mongolia and the frozen steppe of Kazakhstan, enduring the coldest winter in 40 years. Now he must cross the scorching hot Kazakh desert.
In the last leg of his epic 5,000 mile journey across the pages of William Camden's 'lost' masterpiece Britannia, Nicholas Crane traverses Ireland, the country that sent a shudder down the spines of Elizabethans.
January 1944-June 1944. American and British troops are pinned down at Anzio for months while, at Monte Cassino, the killing goes on and on. African Americans, incensed at the segregation of the armed forces, put pressure on the military to make some changes. In May, allied soldiers at Cassino and Anzio resume their drive northward in Italy, liberating Rome on June 4th. But they let the retreating German army get away The War, a series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history, a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. Throughout the series, the indelible experience of combat is brought vividly to life as veterans describe what it was like to fight and kill and see men die at places like Monte Cassino and Anzio and Omaha Beach; the Hurtgen Forest and the Vosges Mountains and the Ardennes; and on the other side of the world at Guadalcanal and Tarawa and Saipan; Peleliu and the Philippine Sea and Okinawa. In all of the battle scenes, dramatic historical footage and photographs are combined with extraordinarily realistic sound effects to give the film a terrifying, visceral immediacy. The film honours the bravery, endurance, and sacrifice of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as the War.
Actress Kim Cattrall, known to most for her bed-hopping antics as Samantha Jones in Sex and the City, is determined to solve a family mystery that has endured for more than 70 years. Although she will forever be associated with Manhattan, she was in fact born in Britain in Liverpool and raised in Canada.
Born in Australia before WWI, Lola Harding-Irmer returned with her parents to her father's homeland of Germany in the early 1920s. She grew up during Hitler's Reich, helped choreograph the opening ceremony at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and was lucky to survive the war after the death of her husband and the fall of Berlin.
Russians recount NKVD implementing Stalin's murderous campaign of political repression.
The third and final part of the series on Joseph Stalin focuses on his desperately cruel and despotic rule. Stalin could tolerate no other leaders and systematically liquidated anyone he thought was a potential threat to his authority.
Chronicles the extraordinary life and legacy of the woman who is one of Australia's greatest war heroines. Vivian Bullwinkel became famous as the brave Australian nurse who survived the worst atrocity committed against women during World War II. But her story has been forgotten over the years.
The final episode tells the fascinating story of maps during wartime, featuring the tale of the 'Bigot Maps'. These maps were the most confidential and secret of World War II and contained information about the enemy territory and defences. One map in particular was stolen from Nazi headquarters by a house painter/spy, who hid it behind a mirror, and later retrieved it to pass on to the Allied forces. The episode looks at the incredible stories of bravery and treachery which went into the creation and procurement of the 'Bigot Maps'.
British political journalist Andrew Marr examines the dramatic impact that Charles Darwin's work has had on today's religious, scientific and social debates.
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