Why are the oldest Irish human remains less than 10,000 years old when just 100km away in Britain, human traces go back 700,000 years? Did the first Irish arrive overland on an ice bridge, or on a small fragile boat blown ashore by the winds of chance? Diarmuid Gavin travels to the heart of Africa and beyond in a quest to find the very origins of the Irish people. Who are the Irish and whose blood flows in their veins? A landmark documentary and winner of an Irish Film and TV Award, this program explores the most fundamental questions about the Irish population: Who were the first people to settle there and where did they come from? The series combines cutting-edge science and archaeology, and superb visuals to explore this enthralling topic.
In the conclusion, the winds finally change and Duke William leads his vast invasion fleet across the Channel. But King Harold is 500km away in the north, having defeated the Vikings.
As Jeremy gets one step closer to becoming prime minister, Norman demands that old promises should be honoured. Will Jeremy stop at nothing to silence him?
A rich Georgian swaps lives with a peasant in Historical Wife Swap. Toilet paper, tarmac, and typewriters - thanks to those inventive Victorians. Plus, the Georgian army goes to war against a bunch of rebellious schoolboys.
New investigations at Pompeii reveal a dark underbelly of lawlessness, murder and political intrigue. Could this explain the mystery of dozens of bodies found sheltering in a warehouse - some laden with treasure, others stripped of all worldly goods?
Professor Alice Roberts tells the story of Victorian Britain by studying the history of Belfast, Britain's most Victorian town. To get the full Victorian experience, Alice visits the shipyards that would go on to build the Titanic, gets locked up in the notorious Crumlin Road jail, and takes a crash course in 19th-century female etiquette.
Though global leaders came and went, the Cold War continued through the atrocities of the Vietnam War to the 1989 fall of the Berlin War.
Masking his disability in a way that would not be possible today, Franklin Delano Roosevelt reaches the Oval Office. The crash of '29 morphs seamlessly into the Great Depression that reaches every country on earth. Titans rise and fall in the calamitous era of unemployment and hunger - Hitler becomes chancellor in Germany, Mussolini secures absolute power, Spain begins the political convulsion that will bring Francisco Franco onto our stage (we meet La Pasionaria) and Stalin tightens his grip, even further, with purges and show trials and, in an increasingly unsettled India, Gandhi leads the Salt March.
This film tells the tormented story of Ireland through moving interviews with people who lived through the Troubles: both republicans and loyalists, men and women, politicians, freedom fighters, and simple bystanders.
King Harold of England takes on two invasion forces. First, his brother Tostig attacks the south coast. He is repelled, but there is more to come. Later in the year, a vast Viking invasion force led by King Harald Hardrada of Norway lands in the north.
Australia's biggest outback city, Kalgoorlie has witnessed a gold boom like no other. Over the past 125 years, its gold has kept rising to the surface. And so have community tensions. From the early settlers forcing the traditional owners off their ancient land, foreign prostitutes and their brothels corralled into a contained section of the city, and the introduction of Italian miners eventually bringing about one of Australia's worst-ever race riots, Kalgoorlie's residents haven't always lived together harmoniously. But thanks to the ever-present gold and the simple game of two-up, this city has survived the times. Greig Pickhaver visits the biggest open pit goldmine in Australia to explore how, even today, Kalgoorlie attracts people from around the world.
In 1960s England, homosexuality is illegal, but politician Jeremy Thorpe begins a whirlwind affair with young stable-hand Norman Scott. As Thorpe's career soars, the relationship turns sour.
King Charles II raps about his party lifestyle. Helen of Troy reveals her complicated love life. Shakespeare appears on Mastermind. A Viking rock band paint the town red - literally.
The stunning discovery of an executed man in northern Italy reveals the brutal truth behind the Roman practice of crucifixion and sheds new light on the most famous crucifixion of all: the killing of Jesus Christ.
The war is over and titans are on the move: Gandhi returns to India from South Africa to begin the fight that will bring him fame and his people their freedom; Lenin dies in 1924 and up steps a real titan - Josef Stalin; Franklin D Roosevelt is Secretary of the US Navy but in 1921 a promising career seems wrecked by polio; Adolf Hitler (age 29) ends the war in military hospital; Winston Churchill struggles to resume a political career. The first of the titans to emerge grabs power in this episode - Benito Mussolini.
After denouncing Stalin's crimes in 1956, Khrushchev confounded the world with his behaviour. But he wasn't nearly as soft as he portrayed himself.
King Edward the Confessor dies without an heir, triggering a race to succeed him. Earl Harold is on the spot and takes the crown. But in Normandy, Duke William believes the throne has been promised to him.
Michael visits the Korean Demilitarised Zone, the ancient Korean capital of Kaesong, the ghostly international airport in the newly built beachside resort town of Wonsan, and the Revolutionary Museum on Mount Paektu.
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