An Estonian by birth, Elmar Saarepere was forced to serve with the German army. He was interned after the war and not wanting to return to live under communism, took passage to Australia, arriving in 1947.
In the new Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are?, film and television luminary Sigrid Thornton plays detective, uncovering an epic tale of dark deeds and the life of an ancestor that was stranger than fiction.
Sun Tzu was the Nostradamus of warfare, and his book, Art Of War - written 2400 years ago - is still the ultimate how-to book for winning. This two-hour special brings it definitively to life. It will feel like a graphic novel, weaving together several epic stories.
Try Revolution tells the story of how the 1981 Springbok Tour of New Zealand impacted on South Africa. In this one-hour documentary South Africans from Archbishop Desmond Tutu through to ordinary rugby fans talk about how the games, the images, the reports and the conversations that surrounded "The Tour" affected them personally and helped to change the apartheid system.
On August 7, 1942, an American navy pilot and a Japanese top ace clashed in the skies above the tiny island of Guadalcanal. This is a three-pronged investigation to uncover the true story behind this great dogfight.
Australian aviation comes of age, but the stakes are high and the boardroom battles vicious.
Chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa's apartheid regime. Diving into the heart of the conflict, South Africans tell the story of the most important effort in the anti-apartheid campaign of the 80's.
In 1995, a newly democratic South Africa rallied behind its rugby team for the first time since the end of apartheid, sharing the victory when the Springboks became unlikely World Cup champions. But the story of sport's critical role in the struggle to create a free and equal South Africa began long before. This film tells the dramatic story behind Clint Eastwood's film Invictus, following the athletes and activists around the world who refused to play with apartheid and pushed South Africa's teams out of international sports competitions.
In the summer of 1940 Winston Churchill faced a terrible dilemma. France had just surrendered and only the English Channel stood between the Nazis and Britain. Germany was poised to seize the entire French fleet, one of the biggest in the world. With these ships in his hands, Hitler's threat to invade Britain could become a reality. Churchill had to make a choice. He could either trust the promises of the new French government that they would never hand over their ships to Hitler, or he could make sure that the ships never joined the German navy by destroying them himself.
Terry Jones sets out on a series of journeys through Wales following the world's first road atlas. In this episode, on the way to St David's, Terry discovers that this was never a road at all. The mystery deepens as dark forces behind the making of the map are revealed.
This episode charts the chequered life of the liberal empire from Ireland to India - the promise of civilisation, material betterment and the delivery of coercion and famine.
The second part of the program on Keith Stodden from the Department of Immigration.
This episode centres on George Gittoes, one of the most important and influential artists in Australia today, whose profound interest in the effect of war and civil conflict has led him to trouble spots all over the world.
A Queen For All Seasons covers Elizabeth II's reign (the longest since Victoria's and still going strong). It is a romantic story of a princess who fell completely in love with a prince called Philip. As a young mother, she was called suddenly to the throne and ruled with calm authority. All four of her children brought trouble to the Queen's door as adults.
Bad boy larrikin actor Ben Mendelsohn embarks on a journey into his ancestry to find out if he really is related to the famous composer of the Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn. He traces the Mendelsohn family line back to the heart of Europe and discovers a thread of musical heritage in surprising quarters as well as a heart-rending tale of success, failure and heartbreak of Dickensian proportions.
Chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa's apartheid regime. This film tells the story of the first-ever international grassroots campaign to successfully use economic pressure to bring down a government.
Historian Simon Schama looks at the bitter conflict over immigration in American history. Who should be allowed to enter America and call themselves an American has always been one of the nation's most divisive issues. It continued to be so at the 2008 election. He traces the roots of this conflict to the founding of America.
Tony Robinson and the team travel to the picturesque remains of Hopton Castle in Shropshire to investigate a bloody series of battles at the height of the English Civil War.
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