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.
Actor and peace campaigner Mark Rylance explores the extraordinary World War II story of his grandfather, Osmond Skinner, who spent almost four years as a Japanese prisoner of war. Mark uncovers how Osmond, a banker for HSBC, bravely joined the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Force and was thrown into a deadly battle to defend the island. With no military training, Osmond was shot on Christmas Day and taken as a POW. In this moving and compelling film, Rylance's views on war are tested as he uncovers the real and shocking story of how Osmond survived Hong Kong's notorious POW camps.
From the initial sparks of revolution in Boston to the climactic Siege of Yorktown and beyond, this special paints a comprehensive picture of the African-American experience during the Revolutionary War. Hear the story of the war within the revolution through the eyes of some of the most crucial and significant African-American figures of our country's foundation including Crispus Attucks, Peter Salem, Phillis Wheatley and James Armistead Lafayette. Features NBA legend, best-selling author and esteemed activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African-Americans left the south, fleeing the threat of racial violence, and searching for better opportunities in the north and the west.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis was the most famous woman in the world, impossibly glamorous and universally admired. She was also complex, layered, and extremely guarded, making her endlessly fascinating and enigmatic. This incredibly compelling film provides a definitive exploration of her life, from iconic first lady to widow, unofficial royalty, and fashion icon.
Samuel L Jackson and the team examine events that ended the slave trade and piece together the heritage and identity taken from the descendants of the millions of trafficked Africans.
Carey Mulligan's grandfather Denzil Booth, a teenager from the Welsh Valleys, travelled thousands of miles to fight the Japanese in the final months of the war. Carey discovers his university education meant Denzil was fast-tracked to be a junior officer in the navy. On board Britain's biggest warship, Denzil lost his closest friends, as it was the first ever to be attacked by a Japanese kamikaze. Carey travels to Japan to understand the culture of the kamikaze from the other side. She's shocked by the age of the pilots and the horrors her grandfather faced when he arrived in Tokyo.
Examines the most tumultuous and consequential period in African-American history: the Civil War, the end of slavery, and Reconstruction's thrilling but tragically brief moment in the sun.
Samuel L Jackson and the team travel through the US to tell the stories of those who resisted slavery, often making the dangerous journey to freedom in Canada.
Kristin Scott Thomas's grandfather William served as a commanding officer in the Royal Navy throughout World War II. He survived some of the most devastating battles, from Dunkirk to D-day, but never spoke about his experiences. For the first time, Kristin uncovers how he saved thousands at Dunkirk and endured the horrors of the Russian Arctic convoys. Kristin's journey of discovery is packed with revelation and emotion as she meets the families of people her grandfather saved and veterans who served alongside him. Kristin unearths a lost chapter of her family history and reclaims a missing medal.
Black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution. For the free, these years were a time of opportunity, but for most African Americans, this era represented a new nadir.
When the Nazis entered the Ukraine and Lithuania they were often greeted as liberators. Both countries had suffered under Soviet occupation and saw the Germans as the best way of ensuring that their historic enemy would never return, and so began some of the most savage collaborations of the war.
This episode explores Finnish collaborators, and dispels with the myth that they were the 'good collaborators', who were not involved in many war crimes.
Samuel L Jackson, with journalists Afua Hirsch and Simcha Jacobovici, examines how the transatlantic slave trade became the greatest wealth-generating machine the world had known and the engine that drove the global economy.
Both sets of Helena Bonham Carter's grandparents, one in France, one in England, weren't conventional war heroes. They didn't fight in any battles but did save countless lives. Helena explores the story of her maternal grandfather Eduardo Propper de Callejon. A Spanish diplomat, Eduardo defied his government's orders and helped Jewish people escape the Holocaust as the Nazi's invaded France. Helena learns her paternal grandmother Lady Violet Bonham Carter took her own stand against anti-Semitism. A mother of four and a liberal politician, Violet was also ahead of her times, volunteering as an air raid warden and campaigning for women's rights.
Greece lost 300,000 citizens thanks to Nazi occupiers, and its resistance movement is the stuff of legend. Less well known is that many Greeks collaborated with the Nazis.
Failed politician Anton Mussert's lust for power leads him to make a pact with the Nazis, going even so far as swearing his allegiance personally to Adolf Hitler. But Hilter turns the tables on Mussert, costing the Dutch people dearly.
Examine the 1935 Nuremburg Laws, the final solution, and soldiers who were Jewish that were allowed to fight for Germany.
Beginning a full century before the first documented slaves who arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, this episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on American shores.
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