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.
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.
Julia Zemiro travels to Surrey, London, to meet American-born writer Bill Bryson. He talks about the people, places and events that shaped him.
Julia Zemiro travels with prize-winning playwright, actor and comedian Nakkiah Lui on a journey through her childhood.
Julia Zemiro travels with television and film actress, comedian and writer Magda Szubanksi back to her childhood home town.
Julia Zemiro travels with Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis back to his childhood home town.
After 200 years under lock and key, all the personal papers of one of our most important monarchs are for the first time seeing the light of day. In the first documentary to gain extensive access to the Royal Archives, Robert Hardman sheds fascinating new light on George III, Britain's longest reigning king. George III may be chiefly remembered for his madness, but these private documents reveal a monarch who was a political micromanager and a restless patron of science and the arts, an obsessive traveller who never left southern England yet toured the world in his mind and a man who was driven by his sense of duty to his family and his country.
Will Verdun's new commander, General Petain, end the carnage between France and Germany?
With 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.
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