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.
Host Dan Cruickshank follows the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the brilliant engineer of great originality who designed the Great Western Railway and the first transatlantic steamer. The magnificent steam locomotives of the Great Western Railway were a combination of elegance and raw power. Brunel dreamed of a fast, luxury, long-distance line and built stations to suit his enterprise, transforming the experience of railway travel. The Great Western Railway was just part of Brunel's steam-driven revolution. His passengers could travel all the way to America: from London to Bristol by train and then across the Atlantic by the largest steamship in the world. The construction of the Great Western Railway between Bristol and London was inspired by Brunel's vision to bring speed and comfort to the experience of travel.
On June 23, 1940, Hitler makes a whirlwind trip to Paris, the capital of the country he's just defeated. His visits to the opera, the Concorde, the Champs-Elysees and the Trocadero fill him with wonder and awe. Although Hitler despises the French, he has an odd fascination with their capital. What's behind his great admiration for the City of Lights? Paris harbours the tomb of the man Hitler admires above all others: Napoleon, the emperor who conquered Europe. Hitler's also a great fan of Haussmanian architecture, which he wants to copy and outdo when he builds his new capital, Germania. This is a close-up look at the story of the Furher's little-known fascination with Paris.
Actor and British national treasure, Sir David Jason, is a passionate enthusiast of all things espionage. In this code-cracking new series he's travelling around the UK and beyond to reveal the secret places and people who act as guardians and gatekeepers of the incredible but true story of Britain's spy history. Each episode is shot in the vein of a classic spy thriller- with vintage cars, sharp suits, luxury hotels and exotic European locations. Joining David will be a charismatic cast of expert historians - plus Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5. David goes behind closed doors in stately homes hiding incredible spy secrets, and visits key locations central to Britain's espionage history - such as the Mayfair hotel that was a spy hangout in the 1930s. He also visits Kitzbuhel, where Ian Fleming trained as a spy, and Moscow, in search of Sidney Reilly, the Russian-born 'Ace of Spies'. Combining beautiful locations with stranger-than-fiction spy stories, this entertaining series is a riveting new look at the dark art that Britain gave to the world.
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.
Reflect on the dropping of the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Culled from hours of declassified US and Japanese archival footage and audio from survivors, scientists and the military, examine one of the most shocking and sobering moments in wartime history - from the making of the bombs to the horrifying devastation that they caused.
This episode focuses on the deep roots of Native America. It is an adventure of discovery started by a stunning discovery in a lost city of the American southwest - evidence that its ancient residents drank chocolate, grown thousands of kilometres to the south in the jungles of Mexico. This sparks a bold new question - could native people across the Americas have been part of a single interconnected world?
The untold story of the infamous Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where over 50,000 people, mostly Jews, died primarily from starvation and disease in the last phase of World War II. Alternative title: Belsen: Our Story.
Vladimir Putin returns to power under a storm after a four-year absence, but his attempts to improve his popularity are hobbled by accusations of corruption.
Working with the expert British Library curators, Meera Syal discovers everything from Jane Austen's personal letters to Sir John Gielgud's scrapbooks.
National Geographic opens an ancient case of missing persons, trying to determine the origins of a group of enigmatic mummies found in Western China.
This is the untold story of George Jarvis, an Indian servant of Lachlan Macquarie - the man who went on to serve as governor-general of New South Wales from 1809 to 1822. Bought as a slave from Cochin in India, George became manservant, valet, and friend to one of the most powerful men in Australia at the time.
Julia Donaldson, one of the UK's best-loved and best-selling authors, creator of the Gruffalo, has been given the chance of a lifetime: to explore six great treasures of the British Library.
This is a powerful portrait of a man who has often been the subject of conflicting opinions, yet who is the most popular royal among Buckingham Palace staff, and who they love and regard as a "man of the people". Born in Corfu in 1921, Prince Philip has lived on the national stage through Britain's move from empire to commonwealth amid all the extraordinary political and social changes that have taken place since he married Princess Elizabeth in 1947.
Caiaphas, High Priest of Jerusalem and religious leader of the Jewish people, faces an impossible dilemma. Caught between determination to preserve his faith and the repressive might of Rome, Caiaphas must judge how great a provocation Jesus of Nazareth might pose. Jesus' astonishing raising of Lazarus from the dead marks a turning point. Afraid that Jesus could prompt an uprising and possible brutal retaliation from Rome's prefect, Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas decides Jesus must be stopped.
In this film the leading scientist, medical doctor and broadcaster Professor Robert Winston explores six incredible Treasures of the British Library. He is helped and guided by the Library's expert curators, discovering amazing facts and quirky details about each book, manuscript or object. Above all he and we enjoy the privilege of spending time with a truly unique and historic document or object. Each item taps into a different aspect of Robert's life, career and interests. They cover subjects as diverse as skiing and theatre directing, ranging from a much-loved colleague's pioneering lab notes to a rough notebook handwritten by Beethoven.
Dr Tracy Borman travels to St Petersburg to reveal how Peter's unconventional childhood produced a very unconventional man. From the debauched drinking society that governed Russia, to his collection of oddities in the Kunstkamera, discovering how the enlightened yet brutal Peter dragged Russia into the modern age.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is torn between wanting to protect her son and letting him go to fulfil his sacrificial destiny when the time is right; until Jesus is thirty, only she and Joseph know his mysterious mission. Jesus performs his first public miracle at her request at the Wedding Feast of Cana. But as Jesus' work becomes public, he puts his life - and that of his family - in increasing danger. When Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath in Capernaum, he enrages the authorities and reaches an important crossroad.
Evidence is continually unearthed proving ancient humans had an incredible knowledge of astronomy, but what is our species' obsession with the sun?
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