In the fourteenth century, a minor local clan leader begins a career of conquest that will forge one of the largest empires the world has ever seen. During his rise and rule, Timur (known in the West as Tamerlane the Great) builds awe-inspiring mosques and palaces, betrays and executes allies and is responsible for the deaths of over 17 million people - roughly 5% of the world's population. We join Presenter David Adams as he follows in the footsteps of the man proclaimed as the Sword of Islam from ancient villages in the mountains of Uzbekistan to the shores of the Black Sea and the walls of Delhi. David explores the wondrous buildings Timur creates - and reveals the hopes, mistakes and tragedies of a father seeking to establish a legitimate, royal dynasty. And a family who manage to lose it all as a result of civil war, betrayal, debauchery and murder.
For decades, Eva Braun was seen as Hitler's 'dumb blonde', just a pretty distraction for the Nazi dictator. But more recently, historians have revealed another side of her. She was an attentive disciple dedicated to the man she called "my Fuhrer" in public. This film draws an intimate portrait of Eva, from the day the couple met in 1929 and began their top-secret relationship, until their death together in an underground bunker on April 30, 1945, hours after exchanging vows in a brief ceremony when Eva Braun became Mrs Hitler.
This episode, the scope of the war on extremism - literally, and emotionally - is on full display.
On December 7, 1941, while Japanese aviation has just sunk a large part of the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt puts the United States in a state of war and decides to focus the main efforts not against Japan but against Germany. Elected to make Peace, Roosevelt, almost alone, did everything to provoke the Japanese and launch America into war alongside the democracies. Without him, Germany would probably have won.
Australia's favourite scientist, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, is a qualified medical doctor, engineer, and physicist whose media career began in 1981. His weekly talkback hour has become a national institution, and he's authored more than 40 books. Karl was two years old when he came to Australia with his family as refugees in 1950. He knows very little about his parents' life before this, only that they met in a refugee camp in Sweden after World War II. While Karl's father told him many elaborate stories, his mother was very secretive.
The British Library collection over one hundred and fifty million items everything from medieval chronicles to live jazz recordings, the Bronte's manuscripts to Beethoven's tuning fork. Working and guided by the British Library's expert curators, acclaimed trumpet soloist Alison Balsom will discover wondrous items that tap into her passions and influences.
Around the world, extremism and the fight against it continues every day. In Iraq, a fight moves across the city, on the island of Trinidad, the Muslim community struggles with their people leaving to join Isis, and in Afghanistan, a deployment prepares.
On 16 June 1940 in Bordeaux, a stranger under-secretary of state for war decides to secede and to rebel openly against the policy adopted by the French legal government, which is preparing to ask for an armistice. The following day, he flew to England. This is how a provisional general in a subordinate function will become De Gaulle, leader of Free France, without whom the country would have ended the war in the camp of the vanquished.
Through a combination of populist charm and brutal violence, Idi Amin managed to rule Uganda for eight years. But how did he rise from his humble beginnings and build such a powerful dictatorship? Alternative title: The Dictator's Playbook.
Actress Marta Dusseldorp has become a household name on Australian television screens, playing strong female characters in Janet King, A Place To Call Home, and Jack Irish. Now, Marta wants to explore the characters in her own ancestral past. The daughter of a Dutch migrant, Marta always identified with the European roots on her father's side, more so because she knew so little about her mother's family. Marta embarks on a journey to find the origins of her beloved maternal grandparents, paediatric surgeon Sandy Robertson and his wife Gwenda.
The British Library, the greatest repository of our culture, history and society. Drawing on his own passions, and aided by the expert British Library staff, Jamie Cullum will explore the archives to track down wonders as diverse as books hand-printed by Virginia Woolf and unique recordings of great jazz performances given six decades ago.
With unprecedented access to the US Armed Forces and the innermost sanctums of the Pentagon, this series is an intimate portrait of the men and women devoting their lives to fighting terrorism at all levels.
On 28 May 1940, while the Wehrmacht crushed the allied armies in France, British officials are prepared to deal with Hitler. They even suggest a mediation from Mussolini. Alone against all in the war cabinet, Churchill, by his cleverness and willingness, finally convinced his collaborators to fight. Without him, the English government would have dealt with Germany with the illusion to preserve its empire: the course of the Second World War would have been upset.
He was the most feared man in Panama with connections ranging from Fidel Castro to the US Government; but exactly how did Noriega rise from poverty to become a dictator? Alternative title: The Dictator's Playbook.
Traumatised by the scandal of her parents' public divorce, investigative journalist Jennifer Byrne has avoided examining her family history until now, when both her parents have passed away. Although Jennifer loved her maternal grandfather, Victoria's longest serving governor, Sir Dallas Brooks, the privilege that came with his appointment was a source of embarrassment. But Jennifer soon discovers the scandal and privilege she grew up with was nothing compared to what lies in her mother's ancestry.
Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, has to make a decision about a troublesome preacher called Jesus. As pressure builds to execute Jesus, Pilate's wife, inspired by a prophetic nightmare, urges him to leave Jesus alone. Instead, Pilate sends him away to be crucified, and publicly washes his hands of responsibility.
His name a synonym for traitor even to this day, Judas is known as the devoted disciple who ultimately betrays Jesus. What prompted one of Jesus' closest friends to turn on him remains one of the Bible's great mysteries, one explored as Jesus and his disciples enter Jerusalem for Passover and what will become the Last Supper.
The ancient silk road promoted the development of human civilisation through goods circulation with cultural exchanges among the regions of different languages.
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