By 22 November 1963, the date of his assassination, President Kennedy had made many enemies. He had declared war on the Mafia, racial prejudice and the industrial/military interest in Vietnam. He had humiliated Krushchev and Castro, who both wanted revenge over the Cuban Missile Crisis. Even to this day, conjecture surrounds the ballistics evidence and whether two assassins were involved. New film material from Washington has just been released.
Terry discovers that the key to Rome's success in spreading anti-barbarian propaganda was the survival of the Catholic Church, the scribes of history, after the fall of the Western Empire.
In 1988 the Turin Shroud was proven to be a fake. But new evidence, throws that conclusion into doubt. This film documents new research by one of the first scientists ever to analyse the relic in the 1970s.
As a young king wary of the power of the nobility, Louis XIV decided to build the palace of his dreams on a windswept hill where his father's hunting lodge stood, surrounded by foul marshlands. As a boy, he used to hunt there with his beloved father. Versailles: The Dream of a King, looks at Louis XIV's dream of turning this land into the most sumptuous royal palace in Europe, set in splendid gardens that should offer a glimpse of heaven.
He is one of the most important men to have ever walked the earth but between the ages of 12 and 30 the whereabouts of Jesus Christ are unknown. For 2000 years, scholars and believers have debated why two decades of the life of Christ is a blank slate. The answers may be found in a most obvious source, The Bible. Found in the pages of The New Testament are clues that shed light on Christ's life during The Missing Years, what he thought, who he knew and how he lived.
Cook's passion for exploration continues as he searches for the mythic North West Passage, but is it a journey too far? Now retired and promoted to Post Captain, James Cook is bored. He jumps at the chance to take on a third great voyage: to find a fast route to China to secure Britain's place in the lucrative tea trade. (TEACHER'S NOTES AVAILABLE)
Descendants of the Vikings, the Normans were one of the most successful warrior groups of the Middle Ages, conquering the French coast and England.
In 1940, Hitler intensified his war efforts, invading France. His preferred mode of travel was by car, and Ferdinand Porsche designed large Mercedes for him with every possible security feature.
Buffalo Bill turned the American West into the American Story. The American west was a wild frontier filled with Cowboys and Indians, battles and blood. All the elements of the western adventure can be wrapped up into the legend of Buffalo Bill. While the wild American west only existed for most in a dime novel story, Buffalo Bill was experiencing it first hand. He turned his experiences into entertainment, bringing the Wild West to the world.
Before migrating to Australia in 1947, Martina Reisgys and her family fled Lithuania for Germany as the Russians invaded, escaping over the last bridge to the West as it was dismantled behind them.
We peel back the layers of the great church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to reveal its incredible engineering secrets, and vividly bring to life the astonishing story of its construction.
Hatshepsut - The daughter and also the wife of a king, Hatshepsut wanted to be king, not queen, and she succeeded. She pushed her nephew and rightful heir to the throne, Tuthmoses III, aside and for 22 years ruled as King of Upper and Lower Egypt. She wore the pharoah's false beard of authority and is shown in her statues wearing male garb.
At 3pm on the 26th of October 1881, 30 shots rang out in 30 seconds in the OK Corral in the obscure mining town of Tombstone, Arizona. In that short half-minute, the lives of three men were ended.
Terry Jones immerses himself in the world of the 'barbarians' of the East - the Greeks and the Persians - and discovers that it was they who were the brains of the ancient world and the Romans the destroyers of progress.
Mass graves have been uncovered high in the Andes. What could have destroyed the civilisation of the Cloud Warriors? Lost Worlds delves deep into the mystery of these vanished people.
This program provides an intriguing insight into one of the most fascinating rulers of the Middle Kingdom, Emperor Taizong. Under his reign, China enjoyed a golden age during which 'four great inventions' were made: paper, the printing press, the compass and gunpowder - technologies that developed in Europe only centuries later.
Cook continues his relentless pursuit of a Great Southern Continent, putting fable and mystery to rest. Despite his great skills sailing and navigating across the world, Endeavour runs aground and is nearly lost. As a patched up Endeavour crawls its way north again, Cook commits the most controversial act of the voyage: he claims the entire east coast of New Holland for Britain, without permission from local inhabitants. To this day, Cook's claim is still not accepted by Aboriginal people. (TEACHERS NOTES AVAILABLE)
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