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.
The LGBT movement in America began one night in late June on the streets of Greenwich Village, New York, in a bar called the Stonewall Inn. When police raided the place, gay men and women who had been made to live in the shadows of shame finally decided to fight back against the police, and to demand their civil rights. Bars and dance clubs were - and still are - places of refuge for LGBT people, and the music played on jukeboxes, from Judy Garland to Gloria Gaynor, has also been a vital aspect of the LGBT experience over the past five decades. Although the 1980s and 90s brought the AIDS crisis and anti-gay legislation that threatened the LGBT community, it only strengthened the resolve of activists - and artists - to push harder. Some musicians incorporated aspects of LGBT life into their lyrics. Others have furthered the cause of equality simply by coming out of the closet. This is a struggle that is not over, but with allies in popular culture like Lady Gaga, this episode shows the power of music to raise awareness and to preach tolerance.
South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own in Laos suffer a terrible defeat. Massive US airpower makes the difference in halting an unprecedented North Vietnamese offensive. After being re-elected in a landslide, Richard Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal. American prisoners of war will finally come home to a bitterly divided country.
Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.
In 1944, a group of French female resistance fighters are recruited by the British Secret Service to rescue a geologist who holds secrets of the impending Normandy landing. They soon find their mission must continue to Paris for the dangerous task of assassinating an SS Colonel. The film celebrates the lesser told role of girl power in the famous Normandy landing.
A highly inspiring, entertaining adventure based on journals of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. Stars Mexican heart-throb Gael Garcia Bernal and nominated for Palme d'Or at 2004 Cannes International Film Festival. In Spanish.
A documentary that pays tribute to South Africa's greatest leader, Nelson Mandela, by telling the full story of his dramatic life.
Neil Oliver reveals how the clans plotted against Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, ultimately leading to the beheading of the most charismatic queen in Scottish history. The tale turns on a brother's plot to overthrow his sister in a ruthless bid for power. James Stewart, Earl of Moray, uses clan power to first control and then rid Scotland of his sister Mary. As she battles conspiracies, plots, and counterplots, Mary is trapped in the cruel and tumultuous world of clan blood feuds. After they murder her husband Lord Darnley and Mary flees into the arms of the Earl of Bothwell, the most ruthless of Scotland's clan chiefs, civil war breaks out. Mary escapes to England, never to return again.
Neil Oliver follows the rise of Clan Stewart to become Scotland's royal dynasty. It's the blood-soaked tale of a bitter family feud. In a vicious contest, using clan power to plot, manoeuvre, and murder their way to power, the story culminates with the dramatic assassination of King James I below a tennis court in Perth, 1437. Neil traces this family feud through clan combat, royal romances, and spectacular Renaissance courts to the brutal torture and execution of the last rival Stewart, Walter Atholl, when the king's widowed Queen Joan wreaks a terrible revenge for his treachery.
This momentous special reveals the untold story of the little-known yet pivotal events that occurred after President Roosevelt received the call that Pearl Harbor had been attacked on December 7, 1941. Author Steve Gillon has unearthed new evidence from the FDR Library that shows the true panic that gripped the White House and shook the nation. Fearing an aerial attack in Washington, DC, the underfunded US Army assembled wooden sticks on the White House roof to resemble weapons from above. Concerned that a Japanese assassin might try to take Roosevelt's life as they drove him to Congress to deliver his speech, the Treasury Department used a bullet-proof car confiscated from Al Capone. For for the first time, intimate details of how the President had to be placed in braces and straps to hold him up while he gave his speech are uncovered.
Following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, public shock quickly turned to outrage. The attack had left 2403 Americans dead. How had the Navy been caught off-guard? Someone must be to blame - and a culprit was soon found. This program investigates how the Washington military and President Roosevelt's administration found a scapegoat in Admiral Husband Kimmel, the commander of the Pacific fleet. Kimmel's career was brutally destroyed in a desperate attempt to cover up intelligence blunders and a catalogue of errors. Kimmel's family continue to protest his innocence. Interviews with intelligence experts, ex-US admirals and leading historians - and uncovered documents - shine fresh light on the Pearl Harbor tragedy. As Kimmel's family fight to have his rank restored, this is the story of a man willing to sacrifice himself for his country, only to be sacrificed himself.
At the start of the Renaissance, Charles of Habsburg was on the brink of becoming the most powerful man in Europe. Heir to the Kingdom of Spain, he also planned to take to the throne of the Germanic Holy Roman Empire. But Francois I, hero of the Battle of Marignano and new King of France, also had his eye on the imperial throne, and was determined to defend his Italian possessions: wars, treachery and imprisonment. The bitter clash between Charles V and Francois I was watched by all Europe with bated breath. And it was a no-holds-barred struggle. From the Chateau de Blois to the battlefield, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
Bill Oddie is the bearded one that a generation of us grew up watching on the anarchic comedy, The Goodies. Julia travels in a classic MG with Bill, tracing his childhood in Birmingham in the UK.
Louis XI was an inspired strategist. So brilliantly did he master the art of setting traps for his enemies, he became known as the 'Universal Spider' in the courts of Europe. However, the hated Machiavellian king's grip on power was threatened by two formidable men: the Duke of Burgundy, Charles the Bold, and Edward IV of York, King of England. From the royal Chateau d'Amboise to the Chateau de Langeais, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
Ian Chappell, one of the most important figures of modern cricket, takes Julia back to Adelaide to the yard he and his brothers spent hours practicing the skills that got them selected to represent Australia.
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.
At the age of 24, King Charles VI of France lost his mind. The throne of France was in danger. Burgundians and Armagnacs went to battle. Civil war began to rage, encouraging the ambitions of the King of England. The Hundred Years' War flamed up again. But with the help of Joan of Arc, a 17-year-old girl from Domremy, France's Dauphin, the future king Charles VII, resisted England's attempts to seize the throne. From the battlefield of Agincourt to the royal Chateau d'Amboise and the magnificent fortress of Chinon, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
Julia Zemiro is in Melbourne with Gillian Triggs, an academic, lawyer and social justice advocate.
Over 70 years ago, ordinary citizens were called to duty in a fight to defend freedom, honour and country. Germany, Italy and Japan had set their sights on world domination while the US and its allies rose up to fight. This series takes an intimate look at personal wartime experiences from veterans and citizens who endured the front line's bloody conflicts. This episode covers the final years of the war, from December 1944, the Battle of the Bulge, to September 1945, the Japanese surrender.
Julia travels to Melbourne to meet self-described "funny lady" Judith Lucy, talking about her formative comedy years there. We then return to Perth, and Judith talks through growing up in a dysfunctional family.
In 1328, following the death of the last Capetian king, Charles IV, the crown of France passed to the Valois dynasty. That infuriated the young English king, Edward III, who saw himself as the legitimate heir to the French throne. That rivalry between the French and English led to the longest, bloodiest conflict in European history: the Hundred Years' War. From the battlefield of Crecy to the Basilica of Saint Denis, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
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