The story of Chartres, the most beautiful of all medieval cathedrals; the audacity of the man who dreamed it up and the men who achieved a feat which was thought impossible.
This week, Andrew Denton sits down with author Isabel Allende. At times, Isabel Allende's life has read like a dramatic chapter from one of her beautifully penned novels. At 65, she has known many of life's most difficult moments - from the loss of belonging that comes with being uprooted and forced to flee your native country, to the incomparable sense of loss that flows from the death of a child. Yet Allende has endured it all to remain a deeply passionate, insightful and spirited woman.
Continuing the behind-the-scenes story of Reg Ansett, the man behind the legend, and his family.
The French occupation of the Rhineland provinces led to an economic boom. Weavers, in particular, benefited from having new markets for their wares. Newspapers also sprang up, but their owners had to adhere to strict rules of censorship. Napoleon saw his new provinces as a source of soldiers, and had young Rhinelanders called up. Draft-dodging became a lucrative business as unscrupulous men took commissions for bribing officials on the recruitment board.
Almost two million Cambodians died between 1975 and 1979 under the cruel and bloody regime of the Khmer Rouge, leaving the country scarred and devastated. This documentary gives voice to some of the survivors from that period, such as Soy Sen, a man who returns to his prison camp almost thirty years later to confront one of the prison chiefs who he believes was responsible for the murder of his father.
An urgent letter has arrived, alerting the station to the impending arrival of an important visitor: the Crown Lands Commissioner. He is coming to inspect the running of Oxley Downs, and to see if the squatter is 'a fit and proper person to lease Crown Land', as squatter Allcorn's 10,000-acre leasehold expires in six months.
In 2100 BC the Old Kingdom, the pyramid building kingdom of Egypt, was at the height of its powers, then suddenly in a few years the civilisation collapsed. Two archaeologists investigate the cause of the collapse.
This three part documentary series uncovers the historic inspiration and scientific fact behind some of the most enduring horror icons of our time, through spine-chilling dramatic reconstruction and expert interviews. In 19th century London, two decades before Mary Shelley wrote her acclaimed novel, pioneering scientific showman Professor Giovanni Aldini successfully used electricity to reanimate animals, severed human limbs and the corpses of recently beheaded criminals. But Aldini needed a whole body - a strong, male specimen, very recently killed by asphyxiation - to attempt his most ambitious experiment: a complete human reanimation.
In 15th century Romania, three monks found themselves chained to the wall of a cell in the castle of Vlad Dracula, Voyvoyd of Wallachia. More commonly known as Vlad the Impaler, he was the most terrifying ruler of Medieval Europe, a psychopathic mass-murderer and the only man who stood between Christian Europe and the advancing armies of the Ottoman Turks. It was this vicious story that gave birth to the Dracula character of fact and fiction.
The extraordinary inside story of the famous Ansett transport dynasty, told here in two half-hour episodes.
"In the beginning was Napoleon!", a popular saying among many historians which demonstrates the extent of Napoleon's political and creative power. It also suggests that this man still has great relevance today. Most of us don't know, that many things we take for granted in everyday life were introduced by Napoleon. From the metric system to massive road construction projects, from the shape of the young United States to the roots of modern European legislation Napoleon's achievements live on.
Thirty years after Cambodia suffered under Pol Pot's despotic regime this program reveals the chilling story of the genocide of more than two million Cambodians that occurred between 1975 and 1978.
After surviving the war as a Hungarian Jew. Robert Sandy established a flourishing grocery business in Budapest. But in February 1949, the Russians confiscated the business and he was forced to flee to Austria. He was smuggled across the border by Russian soldiers only to be arrested as a spy and taken to Vienna.
It's a time of celebration at Oxley Downs. The station is preparing for its first wedding and with Peter's fiancee Luisa and their parents due any day, there is much to do. The men are still building Peter's house and preparations for the festivities are being finalised by shepherd Dan in his new role as wedding planner. Everyone is excited by the upcoming nuptials and the chance for a break from the hard slog of station life, if only for a day.
This week, Andrew sits down with ex-White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas. Age has not wearied Helen Thomas. At 87, the dean of the White House Press Corps is even more tenacious and persistent than when she first started covering American presidents back in 1961.
True Horror discovers the historic inspiration and scientific fact behind some of the most enduring horror icons of our time, through spine-chilling dramatic reconstruction and expert interviews. Each episode: Werewolf, Frankenstein and Dracula focuses on the likely origin of a specific monster that has haunted our nightmares for generations; uncovering the historic figures that helped create the stories, and the possible inspiration for their weird and twisted behaviour.
The final episode travels back in time to Venice. In 1284, 23-year-old German artist Albrecht Duerer leaves his home in Nuremberg, primarily to escape the plague, but also to develop his artistic talent in Venice. He meets German publisher Anton Kolb, who is having a detailed aerial panorama made of Venice using the principles of perspective drawing, a radically new idea at the time.
The arrival of governess Genevieve Yates brings much excitement and anticipation to Oxley Downs. Her arrival introduces a civilising influence and promises to give order and purpose to the children's education, but most importantly, relief for the squatter's wife. The servants are worried she might be 'stuck up', but the men are simply interested to see how the new lady on the station looks.
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