A documentary that pays tribute to South Africa's greatest leader, Nelson Mandela, by telling the full story of his dramatic life.
This time on River Hunters, presenter and wild swimming loving Rick Edwards - and real life river hunter Beau Ouimette are heading to Britain's most spectacular and best-preserved Roman frontier - Hadrian's wall. They will scour the two rivers that flow along its path looking for lost evidence from the might of 2nd century Rome and the invaders' brutal occupation of Britain.
In the darkest hours of WW2 thousands of men from Burma fought a brutal war to help the Allies win the conflict in the East. Only a handful of these heroes are still alive with many living in poverty and largely forgotten. This film follows a team on a mission to find these veterans and tell their heroic stories for the first time on camera.
Manoeuvrability, speed, and efficiency. The pace of tactical responses, button-click warfare, and lightning-fast strikes are all defined by developments in the agility of machinery. This episode looks at everything fast and manoeuvrable and the ever-increasing pace of warfare over the years. The ferocious aerial combat in the skies of WWII evolved to lightning-fast dog fights between jet fighters with the advent of modern jet engine technology. Troops speed across modern battlefields in Humvees instead of horses, and carry light-machine guns like the M249 instead of single-shot rifles. Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles weave their way to pinpoint targets at the push of a button, whilst entirely autonomous vehicles like the MQ-9 Reaper push the limits of mobility without physical pilots to swiftly deliver their deadly payloads. Agility has redefined the limits of warfare, and the constantly evolving machinery of war has lead the charge on breaking these barriers.
Neuschwanstein Castle is a breath-taking fairytale palace in the snowcapped mountains of Bavaria in Southern Germany. Created for the eccentric King, Ludwig the second, the fantastical castle is both a visual and engineering marvel that was even an influence on Walt Disney. Sitting in the Alps, the 19th century structure was inspired by the operas of German composer, Richard Wagner. King Ludwig created Neuschwanstein to look medieval, but it was kitted out with all the latest innovations. The palatial home contains a huge throne room and a man-made cave. It took 17 years to build but was never fully completed after Ludwig was deposed, incarcerated and mysteriously died in 1868.
Neil Oliver reveals how the clans plotted against Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, ultimately leading to the beheading of the most charismatic queen in Scottish history. The tale turns on a brother's plot to overthrow his sister in a ruthless bid for power. James Stewart, Earl of Moray, uses clan power to first control and then rid Scotland of his sister Mary. As she battles conspiracies, plots, and counterplots, Mary is trapped in the cruel and tumultuous world of clan blood feuds. After they murder her husband Lord Darnley and Mary flees into the arms of the Earl of Bothwell, the most ruthless of Scotland's clan chiefs, civil war breaks out. Mary escapes to England, never to return again.
Japan's global influence has transformed modern life through medical, military, scientific, transportation and arts innovations. Japan played a crucial role in the global digital revolution pushing the boundaries in electronics, computing, robotics and popular culture. It's hard to imagine a world without Japan's influence, but we're going to do just that. Our experiment will strip away key Japanese innovations to appreciate the impact they have made on our lives.
The story of Oliver Cromwell's head is perhaps the most bizarre, yet least well known, of all tales from English history. Examine the full story of this extraordinary artefact. It's a strange and grisly saga that runs from dark conspiracy, to detective story - touching upon kings, radicals, eccentric collectors, society ladies, strumpets, and forensic scientists.
For one summer, the Irwin family give up their modern lives and travel back in time to experience 50 years of Black British history, discovering how post-war Caribbean immigration transformed the way we all live. Starting in 1948 - the year the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury and discharged its passengers - episode one sees the Irwin family travel through the 50s and 60s to discover what life was like for arrivals coming to Britain as part of the Windrush generation. The family are guided by presenter Giles Coren and social historian Emma Dabiri who introduce them to their new homes as well as the events of the time. Along the way the family experience the food, work and entertainment of first generation West Indian immigrants making their lives in Brixton. In 1959 the whole family get a lesson in 1950's steel pan from EastEnders star Rudolph Walker and, in 1962, Dad Weininger gets some fashion tips from 60s singer Kenny Lynch. In1966 Mum Janice embraces her role as a nurse at a time when the NHS recruited directly in the West Indies for staff. As the family's living situation improves over the years they decide to see the 60s out with a Blues Party.
This time on River Hunters, presenter and wild swimming loving Rick Edwards and real life river hunter Beau Ouimette, take on the vast River Trent, following in the bloody footsteps of the Vikings as they invaded 9th century Britain. In the first ever archaeological river search of key Viking sites, they'll be hunting for relics of Chief Ivar The Boneless and the Great Heathen Army as they conquered the Anglo-Saxon Kings of England.
We explore radical claims about the history of Rapa Nui's mysterious and controversial ancient islanders.
There were many heroes the night that Titanic sank but for some, the greatest of these was fifth officer Harold Lowe. What made him a hero? And who was the owner of the black alligator purse recovered from twelve thousand feet below the Atlantic ocean? Plus the story of the steam whistles recovered from the wreck site; would their voice ever be heard again?
The traditional story of the birth of Christianity is a male dominated affair - only men were priests and the disciples of Jesus. But now, Bible experts and historians Helen Bond and Joan Taylor lay out a striking alternative version of events, that sees women central to the origins of Christianity. But why has this pivotal role played by women disappeared from history? In a journey that takes them to ancient caves in Israel and catacombs in Italy, Helen and Joan call into question centuries of Christian thought. Were female disciples actually crucial to Jesus' mission? Preaching, healing, baptising and even financing the movement. If they're right millions of Christians may have to rethink the origins of their faith.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, small standing armies marched around or got on and off troopships. WWI changed all of that as it sucked more and more men into battle and the armies of European nations swelled to a million or more men. Men who needed the long tail of support to feed and equip them, and then to treat their wounds and issue their pay. The challenge of moving such armies swiftly and efficiently was first met by the railways. And it has remained a challenge over the last hundred years. This episode tells the story of how machines have been used, and are being used, to transport armies and all of their equipment over land, across sea and in the air - from giant freighters to the image that became an iconic representation of action in Vietnam, the helicopter.
London's Kensington Palace is an intimate residence that houses today's modern royals. Hidden away in London's Hyde Park, it began life as an early 17th century Jacobean mansion before becoming a palace fit for the monarchy. Commissioned as a new home for King William III and Queen Mary II in 1689, Kensington was the brain child of architect Sir Christopher Wren. Its construction was state of the art and its design was the height of sophistication. Two of the most famous royals in British history, Queen Victoria and Princess Diana have both lived at the palace. Today, half of Kensington Palace is open as a museum while the other half is split into private apartments for members of the royal family.
Neil Oliver follows the rise of Clan Stewart to become Scotland's royal dynasty. It's the blood-soaked tale of a bitter family feud. In a vicious contest, using clan power to plot, manoeuvre, and murder their way to power, the story culminates with the dramatic assassination of King James I below a tennis court in Perth, 1437. Neil traces this family feud through clan combat, royal romances, and spectacular Renaissance courts to the brutal torture and execution of the last rival Stewart, Walter Atholl, when the king's widowed Queen Joan wreaks a terrible revenge for his treachery.
A world suddenly forced to live without the United States and its countless ground-breaking contributions would be a drastically different place. From the first flight to outer space and all the medical, technological and scientific advancements made along the way, our modern world is shaped by the USA. To celebrate and explore its contributions to the modern world we're stripping away key American innovations to see the impact when History is Erased.
In this episode, we move through the final decade of the 20th century and look at the next generation of royals in the new millennium, as Queen Elizabeth the second retires from touring. We reflect on the changing times and a remarkable century full of both great loss and celebration; and the legacy of the Windsors that continues to stand the test of time - much of it to do with the relationships and connections to the public formed by the royal tours.
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