From February 1917, Imperial Russia was plunged into nine months of popular and spontaneous revolt. The end of this revolution was a coup that changed the course of history and profoundly altered the future of civilisation and it was all chronicled by a journalist stationed in Petrograd.
We celebrate the remarkable life of legendary leader Nelson Mandela. A moving, intimate portrait told through the words of an astonishing cast of close friends and associates.
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. In a heroic mission, British and French forces evacuated thousands of soldiers.
In the remote city of Myitkyina, capital of Myanmar's Kachin State, urban explorer RJ shines a light on reported ghost encounters to reveal a true tale of horror.
Michael Buerk looks at the creation of mass manufacturing, which meant that goods could be produced at a rate that had never been seen before. In Manchester, he learns how engineer George Stephenson created the first intercity railway, so that cotton could be transported quickly and cheaply from Liverpool docks to Manchester's mills. Michael also discovers how the sewing machine - newly created in 1851 - created the rag trade, and visits what was probably the first shopping mall in the UK, the Burlington Arcade in London.
Urban explorer RJ sets out to uncover the truth behind horrific paranormal accounts in Nanjing, China, a journey which leads him deeper and deeper into the abyss.
Presenter Michael Buerk looks at how the Victorians created what is now known as the modern home, exploring the huge rise in house-building during the period. He travels to Fakenham, Norfolk, to visit the last remaining gasworks in England, and discovers how the Victorians mastered the art of producing 'town gas' from coal. He also investigates how the kitchen was transformed with the advent of gas cookers, as more complex meals including the Sunday roast steadily became the norm across the nation.
Michael Buerk looks at the creation of the sewer system, delving into the archives to reveal how appalling sanitary conditions forced the city of Liverpool to take action. He descends underground to see the first groundbreaking sewer for himself, and hears about how the pioneering concept was built.
At his death in 1953, Stalin was, for many, a living god. After all, did he not defeat the worst of all men, Adolf Hitler? Looking at the three days of agony of the communist leader, we explore an intimate portrayal of the 'man of steel'.
This episode is about the development of London's pioneering transport system in the mid-19th century. With the help of contributor Judith Flanders, Michael Buerk paints a vivid picture of the phenomenal chaos and reek of London streets before Charles Pearson had the literally groundbreaking idea of an underground railway.
In 1997 Balmoral was where the Royal family stayed with Prince William and Prince Harry as they came to terms with the death of their mother. They endured one of their worst years and with a growing republican feeling in the country.
The liberation of East Timor pushed Australia and Indonesia to the brink of confrontation, but diplomacy and a peacekeeping mission led to the birth of a nation. Twenty years on, we talk to those involved about the lasting legacy.
Princess Elizabeth grew up in the Piccadilly home of her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York. The abdication of her uncle, Edward VIII, in 1936 appeared to be a catastrophe to her family, catapulting her nervous father onto the throne as King George VI. Elizabeth became heir to the throne aged 10, and seemed to be a shy girl with a limited education.
At the end of the 1980s, the Soviet army is being universally modernised, observed closely by western military intelligence in East Germany. Weapons-scouts in the field are constantly on duty, as are agents in high command or in intelligence service stations, for instance in the autumn of 1983, as NATO is practising new procedures of nuclear release. Moscow is concerned the exercise could be the beginning of a nuclear first strike. It takes a double agent to clear up this dangerous misunderstanding.
During the Cold War, tensions between East and West mount alarmingly. In consequence, western intelligence services shift their focus on East Germany as the Warsaw Pact's major deployment zone. Nowhere else did western services get as close to Soviet military equipment. Their prime targets are missiles, nuclear depots and airbases. At the same time, the KGB, as well as Soviet military intelligence, were sending their spies to reconnoitre NATO forces in the West. The game of spies was in full swing.
Prominent Aussies reflect on the moon landing - the triumph of human achievement. Using footage not seen since that momentous day, John Barron documents the aftermath as Apollo 11 astronauts made their way around our nation.
Despite the 1960s free-love and alternative culture, many women found that their lives and expectations had barely altered. But by the 1970s, the Women's Liberation Movement was causing seismic shifts in the march of the world's events, and women's creativity and political consciousness was soon to transform everything - including the face of publishing and literature.
Since 1680 in Britain, and adopted in Australia just over a century later, the postal system was post-paid. That meant, the recipient paid for the letter. The system was expensive and vulnerable to fraud. James Raymond, colonial postmaster-general of NewSouth Wales, introduced the world's first pre-paid postal system selling envelopes marked with the post office's stamp for use throughout Sydney.
From Pong to Google, this episode examines how tech innovations and digital culture have profoundly shaped every aspect of Gen Xers' lives.
The episode examines how growing up in an era of nuclear fears and Cold War secrecy has led gen Xers to distrust power.
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