Vladimir Lenin has been called treacherous, deluded, out-of-touch, insane and might have been a minor historical footnote but for the Russian Revolution which catapulted him into the headlines of the century. Newly opened formerly secret Soviet files reveal a clearer picture of the fanatical philosopher.
The dramatic story behind the Colosseum in Ancient Rome: the men who created it and the men who fought and died within it.
Supposedly wandering gaily from town to town, medieval minstrels are written off as an ineffectual part of history. In reality showbiz could be risky and these entertainers often found themselves involved in wars and politics.
A recently found document written in the mid-1930s casts new light on the lives of two of the US's most notorious gangsters.
Archaeologists in the central Egyptian desert have made an extraordinary find: an ancient cemetery where 1,000 people from the Pharaoh's lost capital of Amarna are buried. Why did this great city only survive one generation before mysteriously vanishing from history?
After the defeat of the Prussian army at Jena and Auerstadt, King Friedrich Wilhelm III fled in exile to Koenigsberg. In 1806 Napoleon entered Berlin in triumph. He only stayed in the old Prussian capital for a short while but remained well-informed about events due to the installation of the earliest form of telegraphy, a series of towers with moving signals.
In tonight's episode, Robin Hughes interviews Noeline Brown, who speaks about her life growing up in Stanmore, her acting career and her involvement in community initiatives.
Princess Spy, is the story of Noor Inayat Khan, an Indian princess, pacifist and British spy Born a princess from a titled Indian Muslim family, Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan was raised as a society beauty and soon became a successful children's author in France, taking the Parisian community by storm. But her glamorous days of Paris were not to last.
Temperatures have soared in the hot, dry Australian bush and everyone is feeling the heat. With no air-conditioning, refrigeration or cold water, life on Oxley Downs is akin to living in a furnace, and the heat is so oppressive that every movement is a huge chore.
The story of Chartres, the most beautiful of all medieval cathedrals; the audacity of the man who dreamed it up and the men who achieved a feat which was thought impossible.
This week, Andrew Denton sits down with author Isabel Allende. At times, Isabel Allende's life has read like a dramatic chapter from one of her beautifully penned novels. At 65, she has known many of life's most difficult moments - from the loss of belonging that comes with being uprooted and forced to flee your native country, to the incomparable sense of loss that flows from the death of a child. Yet Allende has endured it all to remain a deeply passionate, insightful and spirited woman.
Continuing the behind-the-scenes story of Reg Ansett, the man behind the legend, and his family.
The French occupation of the Rhineland provinces led to an economic boom. Weavers, in particular, benefited from having new markets for their wares. Newspapers also sprang up, but their owners had to adhere to strict rules of censorship. Napoleon saw his new provinces as a source of soldiers, and had young Rhinelanders called up. Draft-dodging became a lucrative business as unscrupulous men took commissions for bribing officials on the recruitment board.
Almost two million Cambodians died between 1975 and 1979 under the cruel and bloody regime of the Khmer Rouge, leaving the country scarred and devastated. This documentary gives voice to some of the survivors from that period, such as Soy Sen, a man who returns to his prison camp almost thirty years later to confront one of the prison chiefs who he believes was responsible for the murder of his father.
An urgent letter has arrived, alerting the station to the impending arrival of an important visitor: the Crown Lands Commissioner. He is coming to inspect the running of Oxley Downs, and to see if the squatter is 'a fit and proper person to lease Crown Land', as squatter Allcorn's 10,000-acre leasehold expires in six months.
In 2100 BC the Old Kingdom, the pyramid building kingdom of Egypt, was at the height of its powers, then suddenly in a few years the civilisation collapsed. Two archaeologists investigate the cause of the collapse.
This three part documentary series uncovers the historic inspiration and scientific fact behind some of the most enduring horror icons of our time, through spine-chilling dramatic reconstruction and expert interviews. In 19th century London, two decades before Mary Shelley wrote her acclaimed novel, pioneering scientific showman Professor Giovanni Aldini successfully used electricity to reanimate animals, severed human limbs and the corpses of recently beheaded criminals. But Aldini needed a whole body - a strong, male specimen, very recently killed by asphyxiation - to attempt his most ambitious experiment: a complete human reanimation.
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