Historian Bettany Hughes focuses on the day in 32 BC when Octavian stole the secret will of his most dangerous political rival, Mark Antony. It is a moment that casts a light on what it took to win in Roman politics, as the cunning, brilliant subterfuge required paved Octavian's path to power by undermining Antony's popularity and giving Octavian the crucial support of Rome's Senate and people in the civil war that followed.
Discover and learn about different families around the world who have made their mark in history which include the Romanovs, Tudors and Ramesses.
In Germany, 1945 with the surrender of the German Reich, the questions surrounding the post-war order, the victorious powers' spheres of influence, and of course, the atomic bomb. The bomb would shape the lives of the entire world community over the next four decades: the technological arms race, the fear of eradicating the entire human race, and nuclear destruction would be burned into people's minds and have an influence on all areas of human life. From 1945 onwards, the two superpowers start their struggle to impose their ideological influence on the world. On the one hand, the democratic market economy of the US and, on the other, the communist, planned economy of the USSR. Follow the major events and incidents that addressed the question of what system is best, what system would prevail. When in 1957 the Soviets successfully launch Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, the race for supremacy also begins in space. Only in 1969, with the perfectly organised US lunar mission, the two super powers are on a par with each other. From the beginning of the Cold War conflict, Germany is the major ideological battlefield for the Soviets and the Americans as they try to win over the hearts and minds of the German people in the eastern and western part of the divided country.
Narrated by Samantha Bond, this film tells the untold story of how the 20-year-old 'Pauper Prince' rose from obscurity in Germany to become one of the most powerful men in the world. Drawing on private letters, memoirs and historical written accounts, as well as expert insight from leading historians, Albert is revealed as a man who faced great prejudice when he first came to Britain, but then outmanoeuvred his opponents and won over both the establishment and the nation to become the 'People's Prince.'
Our pupils and teachers arrive in their final time-travelling decade, the 1990s. Ready to embrace the decade that gave us girl power, Brit pop, Oasis, Blur and the Gladiators, our pupils arrive at their comprehensive school. Their first lesson taps into a moment of pop culture we all remember - Italia '90, and the pupils take the chance to trade football stickers. The canteen is still stocked sky-high with fast food and in this era they'll have potato smiley faces and turkey drummers added to the menu, along with cans of apple Tango and bottles of Panda Pops cherryade. In 1992, they have a treat in store, as a very special guest from the Gladiators joins them to kick-start the eliminator with a blow on her whistle. By the mid-'90s, it's time for the class to connect with the wider world and embrace the joys of fundraising. As the world becomes more accessible, their computer class gives them the chance to connect to the dial-up modem and access the very first world wide web.
Tony and the Team join a group of archaeologists as they dig the site of William Shakespeare's house, New Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon. There's little of it above ground now, but records show it was Tudor Stratford's biggest private home, with up to 20 rooms and a dozen servants. However, in 1702, New Place was demolished to make way for a grand Georgian pile. That Georgian house sat right on the street, so for the last hundred years or more, it's been assumed that it was also the site of New Place. But a recently discovered document casts doubt on that theory. With the site now accessible, the archaeologists aim to show for the first time not only where Shakespeare really did live with his family but also how grand his house was. And that raises two intriguing questions about Shakespeare: Why did he want such a grand home? And where on earth did he get the money from?
Urban explorer RJ sets out to uncover the truth behind horrific paranormal accounts in Nanjing, China, a journey which leads him deeper and deeper into the abyss.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you won't find in any other history show. This episode; Nature turns on the Nazis when birds go to war. Drop-dead double-agents use sex to soak up secrets. The mind-boggling battalion that bizarrely disappears. And psychic spooks work their magic on Mussonlini.
Dan tells the story of the Grand Union Canal, which runs up the spine of the country. Constructed at the height of the Industrial Revolution, it runs 245km in length, making it the longest man-made waterway in the country. An amalgamation of seven other canals, its story starts over 200 years ago. Industry in Birmingham was booming and the industrialists needed an efficient way to transport goods to and from London.
Presenter Michael Buerk looks at how the Victorians created what is now known as the modern home, exploring the huge rise in house-building during the period. He travels to Fakenham, Norfolk, to visit the last remaining gasworks in England, and discovers how the Victorians mastered the art of producing 'town gas' from coal. He also investigates how the kitchen was transformed with the advent of gas cookers, as more complex meals including the Sunday roast steadily became the norm across the nation.
Presented from an indigenous perspective, this series will take its audience on an unforgettable journey along a timeline that dates as far back as 40,000 years ago through to 1491.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you won't find in any other history show. This episode examines; A giant invincible ship made of ice, the ghost plane that flies itself, a Nazi treasure hunt for the world's most priceless room, and the real-life UFOs before the start of World War I.
Our pupils and teachers arrive in the 1980s. The focus of teaching is all about competition, entrepreneurialism and technology. Their first lesson embraces the technological revolution as the teacher unveils a cutting edge gadget, a 2XL robot. With the latest BBC microcomputers making their way into schools in 1982, this very 21st-century tech-addicted class try out a new math program. In 1983, with the arrival of affordable synthesisers, the class get the chance to embrace the booming synthpop industry in the UK in their music lesson. And there's a very special guest, Nik Kershaw, who listens to them playing some smash hits, before performing his own song especially for them. Inspired by their new love for synth, the kids, parents and teachers rock out to some of the most iconic tunes of the decade at their very '80s school disco. In 1985, the teachers go on strike, so the kids head to a local park where they get stuck in to a class '80s past-time, breakdancing to Run DMC.
Julia Zemiro travels with Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis back to his childhood home town.
Michael Buerk looks at the creation of the sewer system, delving into the archives to reveal how appalling sanitary conditions forced the city of Liverpool to take action. He descends underground to see the first groundbreaking sewer for himself, and hears about how the pioneering concept was built.
Local Murdi man Darryl McCarthy talks about a time in Cunnamulla when Bill Johnston bought the town together through the sport of boxing.
At his death in 1953, Stalin was, for many, a living god. After all, did he not defeat the worst of all men, Adolf Hitler? Looking at the three days of agony of the communist leader, we explore an intimate portrayal of the 'man of steel'.
Our time-travelling pupils and teachers arrive in the 1970s. It's out with the old and in with the new as they leave behind their 1960s Secondary Modern and embrace the experimental '70s and a comprehensive. In their first lesson, the boys and girls are finally mixed, as they learn about commerce and air travel; complete with a life-size model plane structure in the classroom. Role playing sees some of the class try their hand at being a pilot, air hostess or air traffic control, while others are confined to being the passengers and commenting on the service. In 1973, thanks to the bold demands of the Schools Action Union, this comprehensive becomes a free school and abandoning the rules has the teachers more than a little worried. Changing attitudes in the '70s mean that our class are taught progressive new ideas. Embracing diversity, dissecting the words of Pink Floyd, complete with incense burning, and digging up worms on the school playing field, are all part of the experience.
This episode is about the development of London's pioneering transport system in the mid-19th century. With the help of contributor Judith Flanders, Michael Buerk paints a vivid picture of the phenomenal chaos and reek of London streets before Charles Pearson had the literally groundbreaking idea of an underground railway.
Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun died aged 18. Hastily mummified and placed in an unfinished tomb, his existence remained unknown until the tomb's sensational re-discovery in 1922. Two American detectives investigate how and why he died and conclude the evidence points to murder, conspiracy and cover-up. It's an irresistible whodunit where real life detectives hunt down real life ancient killers.
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