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.
Their time-travels begin in 1945 and the Second World War has ended, and a revolution in education has begun. Our class are now the pupils' of a post-war grammar. The first lesson begins with English for the girls, and while they might consider themselves lucky to finally be taught an academic subject.The class are given free school milk as part of a government health drive. History sees them learning ancient dates and historical events by heart. Despite more high-brow learning, the girls find they are still being educated in more delicate subjects of the curriculum, without the boys.Taking part in a deportment and etiquette lesson, practising balancing books on their heads and enunciating social behaviours may not seem useful them now, but their next lesson of 1950s style sex-ed is an eye-opener. As the decade progresses, our class head out to embrace the rock and roll culture where it's all fashion, food, milkshakes and music.
As young Queen Elizabeth settled into life on the throne, she struggled with her dual role of monarch and mother. At Balmoral the Queen and Prince Philip were able to enjoy quality time with their growing family.
Across the tea provinces of China, discover the traditional craft and culture of tea production as it faces the dynamic challenges of modernisation.
The US viewed the Hiroshima operation as a large-scale scientific experiment to avoid a Russian invasion of Japan.
Our time-travelling pupils and teachers return to their school as they prepare to enter the Interwar Years. Starting in 1918, their lessons begin with the language of peace, Esperanto. As the pupils grapple with strange new words, the teacher struggles to master the latest teaching resource - a wind-up gramophone. In 1920, the pupils line up for a bizarre school medical, having their lung capacity and even head circumference measured as a sign of their intelligence. The headmaster announces a surprising treat, it's time for the class to take their compulsory nap. There's a mutiny in the classroom as its announced boys will learn science and make a model zeppelin, while the girls tend to dolls and fold nappies. The boys have a surprise in store when they start their P.E lesson in 1937, with a routine inspired by the Hitler Youth. Military training in schools signals an impending war, and so the boys take part in a patriotic march.
When news of horrifying crashes on September 11 crosses the world, panic hits the skies. But what can be done about the 4500 planes still in the air?
Hear the harrowing experiences of a trader who worked in the World Trade Center, a firefighter, a Port Authority officer, an ER doctor, an NYPD rescue worker, and a news reporter who were at Ground Zero, as well as a Pentagon contractor, an Airfone operator communicating with Flight 93, and the head of FAA operations as they experienced the tragic unfolding of a day none had dreamed possible.
From the ancient tea tree forests in China to the urban sprawl of Britain, discover the origins of tea and how it has spread to all of the world.
Most tend to forget that the Tennis Court Oath was the key tipping point of the French Revolution, both from a symbolic and legal standpoint. What happened on that day in Versailles?
A detective story comes to life after a team of archaeologists discover the first new tomb to contain a body since the tomb of Tutankhamun.
The 6 million-tonne Great Pyramid of Giza is the last surviving wonder of the ancient world. How did the Egyptians engineer the mighty pharaoh Khufu's tomb so precisely, with none of today's surveying and power tools? Who were the thousands of labourers who raised the stones? Were they slaves or volunteers, and how were they housed, fed, and organised? Decoding the Great Pyramid presents the latest evidence from groundbreaking archaeological research that has transformed our understanding of the ancient world's most ambitious engineering project, revealing a 'lost city' and intimate details of the lives of the labourers and officials who toiled on the vast construction. Amazingly, French archaeologists recently found the logbook of a labour team leader that delivered limestone blocks to build the Great Pyramid, yielding crucial insights into the planning and logistics behind the operation. Beyond these construction secrets, Decoding the Great Pyramid traces how mobilising the colossal labour and resources invested in the monument transformed ancient Egypt, uniting a nation behind the common goal of ensuring eternity for the pharaoh and continuing prosperity for everyone in this life and the next.
The Americas were officially 'discovered' in 1492, marking the end of the Middle Ages. Yet it's possible that Christopher Columbus setting foot on a West Indian beach in October obscures a far more complex story.
They were the best the US had to offer and on June 6, 1944, their nation sent them through the gates of Hell in Normandy, France. They fought inland and on Utah Beach and faced murderous MG-42 machine gun fire, mortars and artillery on Omaha Beach. Day of Days: June 6, 1944, is an opportunity to eavesdrop as one of the most important days in the history of the world is recalled by those who were actually there, did the fighting and witnessed the devastation.
Princess Elizabeth grew up in the Piccadilly home of her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York. The abdication of her uncle, Edward VIII, in 1936 appeared to be a catastrophe to her family, catapulting her nervous father onto the throne as King George VI. Elizabeth became heir to the throne aged 10, and seemed to be a shy girl with a limited education.
Revealing what actually happened during the Great Fire of London of 1666, hour by hour, and street by street. Dan Jones visits the exact location of the bakery where it started, Suzannah Lipscomb reveals how Londoners tried to save their belongings, and Rob Bell investigates 17th-century building materials and the prevailing weather conditions.
Dan Jones, Suzannah Lipscomb, and Rob Bell conclude the series by examining London in the 20th century, including the creation of the world's first underground rail network. This episode examines the impact of both world wars and a Spanish flu pandemic on the city, as well as the marketing campaign that tempted millions to relocate to London's vast suburbia.
Germany, 1958. Nobody wants to look back to the time of the Nazi regime, so when young prosecuting attorney Johann Radmann comes across sensitive documents that would bring members of the SS who served in Auschwitz to trial, he is told to bury the past. However, against the will of his superiors, he begins to examine the case and lands in a web of repression and denial. He is sucked deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of lies and guilt in his search for the truth, but what he ultimately brings to light will change the country forever.
President Richard Nixon is re-elected in 1972, but attacks from the media and the anti-war movement goad him to take the dark path to the Watergate burglary.
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