The Map Makers is a three-part series on the history and major developments in map making. A map is more than a geographical representation of a land. It is an image which mirrors a society's political, religious and cultural vision of itself. This episode explores the time period when the edges of our world were a mystery. The discovery of the 'New World' by explorers such as Columbus and Vespucci were adding pieces to the world map.
Some were masters of military strategy, daring and dashing battlefield commanders. Others blundered fatally and lost the day. All had a date with destiny and would write their name into the pages of military history. The Great Lives series brings network production values and breathes new life into some of the most famous commanders in history. This episode documents the life of Gaius Julius Caesar (100 BC-44 BC).
Compares and contrasts the style of Hitler, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt and looks with fresh eyes at their relationships with each other, revealing some surprising facts.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" SBS presents the three-part documentary series, Darwin's Dangerous Idea. British political journalist Andrew Marr examines the dramatic impact that Charles Darwin's work has had on today's religious, scientific and social debates.
Andrew Marr reflects on the significance of the debate, and speculates on its impact.
Rudolf Hess was Hitler's deputy in the Nazi Party. He was a key party figure in the 1920s and early 30s but became a more marginal figure in the mid 30s. On the eve of Germany's attack on the USSR, Hess flew to Scotland to negotiate peace with the UK. He was captured by the British and was detained in an institution until he became a defendant at the Nuremberg trials.
Restaurant critic Giles Coren and writer and performer Sue Perkins spend a week going back to the food of their childhood in the 1970s. Cooking for them at home is top chef Mark Hix. Giles grows his sideburns and Sue dons a wig of long hair as they dress in their flares and bright colours to go down memory lane.
Helen Hyunh explains how the children of Vietnamese children were raised to value education highly and had a role in translating English for their parents.
This is the second episode of Liberal Rule, the landmark, multi-layered feature series that goes beyond current affairs to present the story of Australia's recent political past, a past that is now writing our future. John Howard's values and beliefs were established early in life. When he became Prime Minister he was determined to reclaim the Australian narrative from the Left and realise his vision of the nation.
The worst is yet to come. January -June 1943: American troops land in North Africa and test themselves for the first time against the German and Italian armies, learning to set aside the notion that killing is a sin and adopting the more professional outlook that killing is a craft. Back home, cities become booming "war towns" overnight as nearly all manufacturing is converted to the war effort, and thousands of women become industrial workers. This series, directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history, a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. Throughout the series, the indelible experience of combat is brought vividly to life as veterans describe what it was like to fight and kill and see men die at places like Monte Cassino and Anzio and Omaha Beach; the Hurtgen Forest and the Vosges Mountains and the Ardennes; and on the other side of the world at Guadalcanal and Tarawa and Saipan; Peleliu and the Philippine Sea and Okinawa. In all of the battle scenes, dramatic historical footage and photographs are combined with extraordinarily realistic sound effects to give the film a terrifying, visceral immediacy. The film honours the bravery, endurance and sacrifice of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as The War.
Who Do You Think You Are? , the series that has inspired people world wide to look into their genealogical roots, is back for a new series on SBS ONE. The UK version returns to the network featuring six UK celebrities who trace their family trees to reveal the lives of their ancestors and explore major themes in British social history. In the first episode of the series, award-winning comedian, actor and writer David Mitchell goes in search of his Scottish roots.
Looks at the great sea battles fought between the English and Dutch in the 17th century. These battles were fought to decide which country would dominate world trade.
According to this documentary, Robert Francis Kennedy would almost certainly have been president if his violent death hadn't intervened. The film is a probing and perceptive biography that reassesses the remarkable and tragic life of the third Kennedy son.
Paul Moran first came to Australia in 1944 as part of the large US Air Force then flying out of the country on operations against the Japanese. He married a local girl, returned to the States but in 1949 came back to Australia where he settled.
Episode two of Nuremberg: The Nazis on Trial explores leading Party member, Hermann Goering. Hermann Goering was chosen by Hitler as his successor in the 1930s. The ambitious politician was poles apart from his co-defendant Albert Speer. At Nuremberg, Goering insisted that everything he and his co-defendants had done was the result of their German patriotism.
Restaurant critic Giles Coren and writer and performer Sue Perkins spend a week on the diet of a wealthy Victorian couple. Cooking for them at home is best selling cookery writer Sophie Grigson.
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