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.
After WWII, seven Nazi doctors were executed for experimenting on prisoners. Yet the Allies recruited both German and Japanese doctors to continue their work under new masters. Home-grown physicians, too, tested narcotics, bacteria, radiation, nerve gas, electric shock treatments, truth drugs and pain inducers on unsuspecting prisoners - even their own soldiers. Often they filmed the results.
Restaurant Critic Giles Coren and writer and performer Sue Perkins spend a week on a diet spanning the Regency Years of 1789 - 1821. With the wonderful Rosemary Shrager cooking for them at their country manor house, they enjoy the full trappings of the landed gentry.
Australian adventurer Tim Cope continues his amazing journey across the Eurasian steppe from Mongolia to Hungary. With a perilous winter approaching, Tim must now cross Kazakhstan, the largest nomad nation on Earth stretching thousands of kilometres through rugged mountains, desolate steppe and desert to the Caspian Sea.
On the Scottish leg of a 5,000-mile journey, Nick discovers there's still gold in 'them hills', witches in Athol, Britain's only true remaining wilderness, and a spirit of independence that makes some Scots today as uncertain about union with England as their ancestors were in 1600.
November 1943 - February 1944: The Marines take the tiny Pacific atoll of Tarawa, but at a terrible cost. Back home, Japanese-Americans are permitted to form a special segregated infantry unit, and begin to train for combat. As the war economy booms, ugly racial violence erupts in cities across the country. Overseas, in the mountains south of Rome, the allies try to fight their way around the edges of Monte Cassino, but are stopped cold. 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.
In July 2005 in Yakoutia, a forgotten province of Eastern Siberia, French anthropologist and forensic scientist Eric Crubezy made a sensational find. Buried beneath the frozen steppes was an ancient tomb containing the body of a woman, lying in a wooden casket and surrounded by offerings. Her eyes were covered with soil although her hair was pulled back in a neat chignon. She was clothed in a garment of pearls. Who was she? Why were her sleeves sewn closed at the ends? Princess or shaman?
When she was young, Davina McCall's parents separated which in turn created a sadness that Davina has always lived with. Davina hopes that researching her family tree will help her reconcile the worlds of her parents.
The second episode of this three-part series focuses on the abilities and successes of Joseph Stalin as a warlord. According to this documentary, Stalin liked to project an image of himself as a great military strategist, even calling himself 'Generalissimo' and constantly wearing military uniform.
The struggle for religious dominance and power in 16th Century Europe featured a Scottish spy and map maker, John Elder, who drafted maps for Henry VIII, then later fled to France with his secrets which he offered to the Catholic forces to plan their attack on the continent.
Some were masters of military strategy, daring and dashing battlefield commanders. Others blundered fatally and lost the day. All had a date with destiny and would write their name into the pages of military history. The Great Lives series brings network production values and breathes new life into some of the most famous commanders in history. This episode documents the life of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722).
After D-Day in Europe, and with Australia safe at last from Japanese invasion, the worst of World War II appears to be over by late 1944. But the conflict in the Pacific is about to hot up and it will be a long, costly road to Tokyo for the Allies.
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