A Queen For All Seasons covers Elizabeth II's reign (the longest since Victoria's and still going strong). It is a romantic story of a princess who fell completely in love with a prince called Philip. As a young mother, she was called suddenly to the throne and ruled with calm authority. All four of her children brought trouble to the Queen's door as adults.
Bad boy larrikin actor Ben Mendelsohn embarks on a journey into his ancestry to find out if he really is related to the famous composer of the Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn. He traces the Mendelsohn family line back to the heart of Europe and discovers a thread of musical heritage in surprising quarters as well as a heart-rending tale of success, failure and heartbreak of Dickensian proportions.
Chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa's apartheid regime. This film tells the story of the first-ever international grassroots campaign to successfully use economic pressure to bring down a government.
Historian Simon Schama looks at the bitter conflict over immigration in American history. Who should be allowed to enter America and call themselves an American has always been one of the nation's most divisive issues. It continued to be so at the 2008 election. He traces the roots of this conflict to the founding of America.
Tony Robinson and the team travel to the picturesque remains of Hopton Castle in Shropshire to investigate a bloody series of battles at the height of the English Civil War.
Before Federation in 1901, white Australians were colonists of the British Empire. Four million people lived on the Australian continent, but there was no national defence force, no national capital and no national government. Instead, there were fierce economic and political rivalries between the six colonies, and not much cooperation.
Terry Jones sets out on a series of journeys through Wales following the world's first road atlas. In this episode, Terry travels the road from the English border to Aberystwyth and begins to suspect there is more to Ogilby's atlas than meets the eye.
Pompeii, the lost Roman city buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, has long been a source of fascination to archaeologists. Its sister city Herculaneum, buried in the same eruption but to a much greater depth, reveals an even more complete picture of Roman life. The high temperature of surges that engulfed Herculaneum had the effect of carbonising organic matter such as wood and food, preserving them intact.
"The language is everything", says Di Stefano, who with her husband Alfio, sets out to bridge the language gap, not only for Italian compatriots to learn English, but for the children of Italian migrants to retain their language and communicate with their parents.
The King Who Saved The Crown is the story of Bertie, the Duke of York - the most shy and unlikely of kings. He had a stammer and hated public occasions, yet his brother's abdication compelled him to do his royal duty. With the help of his gifted wife, Elizabeth, he grew into the role of King George VI and crucially re-established confidence in the monarchy.
An explosive new biography that reveals the real John Fitzgerald Kennedy - a President who was prepared to risk his political career and, at the height of the cold war, his country's security, for sex. In a terrible instance of irony, the Kennedy assassination in Dallas in November 1963 took his life, but saved his reputation.
Historian Simon Schama explores the ways in which faith has shaped American political life. His starting point is a remarkable fact about the coming election - for the first time in a generation it's the Democrats who claim to be the party of God. It's Barack Obama, not John McCain, who has been talking about his faith.
This documentary examines the history and economic aspects of football over the centuries from Pope Leo X to Adi Dassler (the inventor of the screw-in boot studs). The film features re-enactments, scientific experiments, traditional games on original sites and historical material, shown for the first time.
The founder of Australia's most influential film family, Antonio Zeccola first got his taste for film in his birthplace, a mediaeval Italian mountain village south of Naples. Every weekend of his childhood, he would watch movies screened by his father in the village church hall. When the Zeccolas migrated to Melbourne, they brought their passion for film with them.
Tony Robinson and the team get a unique opportunity to investigate a set of buildings once occupied by Anglo Saxon royalty.
The determination of the German forces to keep on fighting in the face of defeat had disastrous consequences. After the Allied landings in the summer of 1944, the Wehrmacht was on the defensive on all fronts. It was clear to the German generals interned at Trent Park that Germany would soon lose the war.
As the Victorian era began, the massive advance of technology and industrialisation was rapidly reshaping the social structure of the whole country. Simon Schama takes a look at the women who would take a pivotal role in shaping society.
The House Of Windsor: A Royal Dynasty is a new three-part series that follows the Royal family's life stories. They are woven into a fascinating tapestry set against the major events of nine decades. The narrative is built on remarkable - in some cases previously unseen - archive film including rare 1930s colour footage of a Coronation, a Silver Jubilee and a Royal tour of Canada.
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