The Icknield Way is unique among long distance tracks because it can claim to be the oldest road in Britain. Extending from the Dorset coast to Norfolk, the ancient route of the Icknield Way consists of prehistoric pathways. Dotted with archaeological remains, it survives as splendid tracks and green lanes along the chalk spine of England.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. In this episode; An alien language with an unbreakable code. A cryptic conundrum sends the Nazis a sinister clue. The unspeakable horror of the German corpse factories. And the British volunteers who are buried alive.
In depth analysis of the major air battles of World War II with unique archive, animated graphics and portraits of the leaders of all sides.
Michael Buerk looks at the creation of mass manufacturing, which meant that goods could be produced at a rate that had never been seen before. In Manchester, he learns how engineer George Stephenson created the first intercity railway, so that cotton could be transported quickly and cheaply from Liverpool docks to Manchester's mills. Michael also discovers how the sewing machine - newly created in 1851 - created the rag trade, and visits what was probably the first shopping mall in the UK, the Burlington Arcade in London.
In Germany, 1945 with the surrender of the German Reich, the questions surrounding the post-war order, the victorious powers' spheres of influence, and of course, the atomic bomb. The bomb would shape the lives of the entire world community over the next four decades: the technological arms race, the fear of eradicating the entire human race, and nuclear destruction would be burned into people's minds and have an influence on all areas of human life. From 1945 onwards, the two superpowers start their struggle to impose their ideological influence on the world. On the one hand, the democratic market economy of the US and, on the other, the communist, planned economy of the USSR. Follow the major events and incidents that addressed the question of what system is best, what system would prevail. When in 1957 the Soviets successfully launch Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, the race for supremacy also begins in space. Only in 1969, with the perfectly organised US lunar mission, the two super powers are on a par with each other. From the beginning of the Cold War conflict, Germany is the major ideological battlefield for the Soviets and the Americans as they try to win over the hearts and minds of the German people in the eastern and western part of the divided country.
Narrated by Samantha Bond, this film tells the untold story of how the 20-year-old 'Pauper Prince' rose from obscurity in Germany to become one of the most powerful men in the world. Drawing on private letters, memoirs and historical written accounts, as well as expert insight from leading historians, Albert is revealed as a man who faced great prejudice when he first came to Britain, but then outmanoeuvred his opponents and won over both the establishment and the nation to become the 'People's Prince.'
Our pupils and teachers arrive in their final time-travelling decade, the 1990s. Ready to embrace the decade that gave us girl power, Brit pop, Oasis, Blur and the Gladiators, our pupils arrive at their comprehensive school. Their first lesson taps into a moment of pop culture we all remember - Italia '90, and the pupils take the chance to trade football stickers. The canteen is still stocked sky-high with fast food and in this era they'll have potato smiley faces and turkey drummers added to the menu, along with cans of apple Tango and bottles of Panda Pops cherryade. In 1992, they have a treat in store, as a very special guest from the Gladiators joins them to kick-start the eliminator with a blow on her whistle. By the mid-'90s, it's time for the class to connect with the wider world and embrace the joys of fundraising. As the world becomes more accessible, their computer class gives them the chance to connect to the dial-up modem and access the very first world wide web.
Julia Zemiro travels with television and film actress, comedian and writer Magda Szubanksi back to her childhood home town.
Tony and the Team join a group of archaeologists as they dig the site of William Shakespeare's house, New Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon. There's little of it above ground now, but records show it was Tudor Stratford's biggest private home, with up to 20 rooms and a dozen servants. However, in 1702, New Place was demolished to make way for a grand Georgian pile. That Georgian house sat right on the street, so for the last hundred years or more, it's been assumed that it was also the site of New Place. But a recently discovered document casts doubt on that theory. With the site now accessible, the archaeologists aim to show for the first time not only where Shakespeare really did live with his family but also how grand his house was. And that raises two intriguing questions about Shakespeare: Why did he want such a grand home? And where on earth did he get the money from?
Urban explorer RJ sets out to uncover the truth behind horrific paranormal accounts in Nanjing, China, a journey which leads him deeper and deeper into the abyss.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you won't find in any other history show. This episode; Nature turns on the Nazis when birds go to war. Drop-dead double-agents use sex to soak up secrets. The mind-boggling battalion that bizarrely disappears. And psychic spooks work their magic on Mussonlini.
Dan tells the story of the Grand Union Canal, which runs up the spine of the country. Constructed at the height of the Industrial Revolution, it runs 245km in length, making it the longest man-made waterway in the country. An amalgamation of seven other canals, its story starts over 200 years ago. Industry in Birmingham was booming and the industrialists needed an efficient way to transport goods to and from London.
Presenter Michael Buerk looks at how the Victorians created what is now known as the modern home, exploring the huge rise in house-building during the period. He travels to Fakenham, Norfolk, to visit the last remaining gasworks in England, and discovers how the Victorians mastered the art of producing 'town gas' from coal. He also investigates how the kitchen was transformed with the advent of gas cookers, as more complex meals including the Sunday roast steadily became the norm across the nation.
Presented from an indigenous perspective, this series will take its audience on an unforgettable journey along a timeline that dates as far back as 40,000 years ago through to 1491.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you won't find in any other history show. This episode examines; A giant invincible ship made of ice, the ghost plane that flies itself, a Nazi treasure hunt for the world's most priceless room, and the real-life UFOs before the start of World War I.
Our pupils and teachers arrive in the 1980s. The focus of teaching is all about competition, entrepreneurialism and technology. Their first lesson embraces the technological revolution as the teacher unveils a cutting edge gadget, a 2XL robot. With the latest BBC microcomputers making their way into schools in 1982, this very 21st-century tech-addicted class try out a new math program. In 1983, with the arrival of affordable synthesisers, the class get the chance to embrace the booming synthpop industry in the UK in their music lesson. And there's a very special guest, Nik Kershaw, who listens to them playing some smash hits, before performing his own song especially for them. Inspired by their new love for synth, the kids, parents and teachers rock out to some of the most iconic tunes of the decade at their very '80s school disco. In 1985, the teachers go on strike, so the kids head to a local park where they get stuck in to a class '80s past-time, breakdancing to Run DMC.
Julia Zemiro travels with Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis back to his childhood home town.
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