In a celebration of some of history's great women, a Spartan queen terrorises a Historical Love Island and the Tudor queens form a supergroup.
August 6, 1945: See how the catastrophic event that destroyed a city changed the world, amid fears of mutual assured destruction.
It was one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Australian history. Hear the truth of what happened that fateful night and the devastation that followed the Chamberlain family for years to come.
An icon of the Chinese Empire and modern China's greatest tourist attraction: Beijing's Forbidden City, the seat of two great dynasties and 24 Emperors, of hundreds of thousands of eunuchs, concubines and officials. Once the centre of the world, the Forbidden City bore witness to the magnificent display of imperial power, grandiose triumphs and ultimately to humiliating demise. "China's forbidden city" reveals the master-plan behind the biggest palace complex in the world and explains its fascinating political universe: How was this city built, how did it work? What really went on behind its impenetrable walls? How did it slip out of control, and who was responsible for its decline? As the Beijing Olympics approach, the Forbidden City will once more become the centre of the world. This high-end docudrama will be the definitive account of the six-hundred-year history of this magic place.
Examines the controversial theory that the monster known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch may have existed in history. Native American tribes all over the US have legends of Bigfoot that are both fascinating and terrifying. Oral traditions describe creatures that actively hunted people, especially children. Some believe these killings were happening into the 1800s. How do these legends correspond with ancient cave drawings that seem to depict giant, hairy beasts? Why do Native American totem poles and legends share many common attributes? And was this a real creature that developed in Southeast Asia, and eventually made its way to North America, and even Europe?
An archaeologist unearths new evidence that Christians on pilgrimages to Jerusalem are worshipping at the wrong sites.
The Tower can have as many as 15,000 visitors a day. But once opening hours are over, they all have to leave. The Yeoman Warders are skilled in the art of departure, emptying the Tower of tourists as quickly, politely and efficiently as possible. Everyone joins, from Chief Yeoman Warder Pete McGowran, to Merlina, the Tower's oldest raven. Once the Tower is closed to the public, its atmosphere completely changes. Yeoman Warder Chris Clawson shows us what the thousand-year-old building is like after dark, and Ravenmaster Chris Skaife puts his cherished birds to bed.
The Ferrones enter the 1930s with trepidation. As the Great Depression bites, jobs are lost, food is scarce and offal is back on the menu. However, there are a few treats including a trip to the movies with David Stratton.
Bettany arrives in Luxor, where the Pharaohs are buried in the Valley of the Kings. Over the hill, the domestic rubbish in the Workers' Village gives historians insight into ancient Egyptian life.
Michael Buerk discovers how the Victorians took on the world of exploration and adventure, and brought it home to Britain for everyone to share. His voyage of discovery begins at the Natural History Museum, where Michael comes face-to-face with a dinosaur who changed the course of history.
1995 is a pivotal year that sees Rupert Murdoch presiding over two important dilemmas: who he wants to be Britain's next prime minister and which of his children he wants to take over his business.
An icon of the Chinese Empire and modern China's greatest tourist attraction: Beijing's Forbidden City, the seat of two great dynasties and 24 Emperors, of hundreds of thousands of eunuchs, concubines and officials. Once the centre of the world, the Forbidden City bore witness to the magnificent display of imperial power, grandiose triumphs and ultimately to humiliating demise. ZDF's docudrama "China's forbidden city" reveals the master-plan behind the biggest palace complex in the world and explains its fascinating political universe: How was this city built, how did it work? What really went on behind its impenetrable walls? How did it slip out of control, and who was responsible for its decline? As the Beijing Olympics approach, the Forbidden City will once more become the centre of the world. This high-end docudrama will be the definitive account of the 600-year history of this magic place.
The Tower of London is the nation's most famous safe. For centuries it's been home to the Crown Jewels, the symbol of royal sovereignty. Even today the Crown Jewels are so important Queen Elizabeth II cannot open Parliament unless they are present, but the royal regalia hasn't always been so well looked after.
The Ferrones roar into the 1920s ready to kick up their heels. This is the decade of decadence where they finally have a car! While Carol remains stuck in the kitchen, Sienna finds a job in a department store.
Bettany visits a vast desert catacomb where tens of thousands of mummified animals were once left as an offering, before exploring the longest tomb discovered and visiting the amazing Dendera temple.
Michael discovers how Britain's first Super Sewer cleaned up the capital and inspired a fresh water revolution that would change the lives of millions of Victorians.
Welcome to a world of secret graves, mysterious death ships, newly discovered skeletons, missing fortresses, and lost Long Ships. In this series, leading archaeologist Tim Sutherland travels to Scandinavia, Estonia, Britain and beyond to get new insights into the world of those they called the North Men - The Vikings. What can analysis of unearthed Viking skeletons reveal? What is the truth about the infamous raids on places such as the Holy Island of Lindesfarne? What can we discover about the Viking way of life and death? What can we learn from recently discovered weapons, artefacts and long-buried Long Ships? With the help of specially filmed reconstructions and recreations and new graphic illustrations, Tim's travels see him meet a host of experts and historians, who guide him through the latest findings and theories and explain just how the Viking world continues to give up its secrets.
Chief Yeoman Warder Pete McGowran revisits his experience of the 2018 commemoration, which saw the moat filled with 10,000 individual flames to mark the end of World War II. As well as the Yeoman Warders and their families, the Tower is also home to eight iconic ravens. Ravenmaster Chris Skaife has been hand-rearing George, the first raven hatched at the Tower in over 30 years.
The decade kicks off with a cooking fad from Britain that reportedly caused divorce! By 1914 life is an emotionally charged test of resilience for the Ferrones, as they experience the Australian spirit confronted by war.
Michael Buerk discovers how the Victorians instituted a revolution in law and order, created the first modern police force, and built the prisons Britain still relies on to house criminals today.
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