The astonishing, little-known story of men, women, and children who were exhibited alongside animals in Europe, America, and Japan from the second half of the 19th century until World War II.
October 1962: The world holds its breath under the threat of a nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis. Behind the scenes, one of the greatest spies of the century plays a crucial role to help Kennedy stand up to Khrushchev. This episode of 'Spies of War' reveals the remarkable achievements of Oleg Penkovsky, a Soviet officer working for the CIA. Discover how he betrayed USSR to be a mole to the West and relive his incredible life until its tragic end to see how he prevented World War III.
As Australia reaches 100 years of air travel, Justine Clarke sets off to discover a turbulent history that's also the story of modern Australia. Justine meets air hostesses, pilots and stewards of the 1960s and '70s, including those called 'old boilers' who fought for equality.
Take a look at Osama Bin Laden's personal life through an in-depth examination of the now declassified personal hard drives taken from his compound.
Coup d'etats, assassinations, sex scandals... it's the stuff of a Bond movie, but it's all very real. Under Vladimir Putin, the KGB or FSB as it's now called, rules Russia with an iron rod directly from the Kremlin. To challenge its authority, even from apparent safety abroad, means risking your life. Today, Russia is no longer a State with a Security Service: instead, the Security Service has a State.
By August 1949, five years earlier than expected, the USSR has become the world's second superpower. But by March 1953, Stalin is dead and KGB chief, Beria, is executed later the same year. Nikita Kruschev tries to reduce the power of the security service, splitting it into several sections. But it doesn't last. Soon, the KGB is back. Abroad, it has struck gold - a mole at the very top of the CIA.
With Rupert Murdoch's reputation in tatters, he mounts an incredible comeback that involves Brexit and Donald Trump, and the issue of family succession finally seems to be resolved.
Set up as a 'temporary' measure by Lenin, millions of Soviet citizens would die at the hands of the secret services as internal dissent, real or imaginary, was crushed. Outside the Soviet Union, however, they were busy infiltrating German High Command, British Intelligence and America's Manhattan Project, constructing the world's first atomic bomb. Soon, Moscow had the means to build one of their own. The Cold War and the philosophy of Mutually Assured Destruction had begun in earnest.
The history of legendary rock band Chicago is chronicled, from their inception in 1967 all the way to the present.
An alliance forms, including Hugh Grant, that is willing to take on the Murdoch empire. A scandal threatens Rupert's dream of passing on the family business to one of his children.
It was one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Australian history. Hear the truth of what happened that fateful night and the devastation that followed the Chamberlain family for years to come.
1995 is a pivotal year that sees Rupert Murdoch presiding over two important dilemmas: who he wants to be Britain's next prime minister and which of his children he wants to take over his business.
An icon of the Chinese Empire and modern China's greatest tourist attraction: Beijing's Forbidden City, the seat of two great dynasties and 24 Emperors, of hundreds of thousands of eunuchs, concubines and officials. Once the centre of the world, the Forbidden City bore witness to the magnificent display of imperial power, grandiose triumphs and ultimately to humiliating demise. ZDF's docudrama "China's forbidden city" reveals the master-plan behind the biggest palace complex in the world and explains its fascinating political universe: How was this city built, how did it work? What really went on behind its impenetrable walls? How did it slip out of control, and who was responsible for its decline? As the Beijing Olympics approach, the Forbidden City will once more become the centre of the world. This high-end docudrama will be the definitive account of the 600-year history of this magic place.
Reflect on the dropping of the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Culled from hours of declassified US and Japanese archival footage and audio from survivors, scientists and the military, examine one of the most shocking and sobering moments in wartime history - from the making of the bombs to the horrifying devastation that they caused.
Dr Tracy Borman travels to St Petersburg to reveal how Peter's unconventional childhood produced a very unconventional man. From the debauched drinking society that governed Russia, to his collection of oddities in the Kunstkamera, discovering how the enlightened yet brutal Peter dragged Russia into the modern age.
Powerhouse singer-songwriter Casey Donovan takes Julia on a poignant journey around some of the most important places from a turbulent life, that helped transform a shy teenager into one of our favourite performers.
Francisco Franco is regarded by many as one of the most brutal dictators in European history. Spain is marked by traces of his tyranny even today and the Spanish Civil War and nearly forty years of Francoist dictatorship are overshadowed by many open questions. What really happened back then? Who was the man who still divides Spain today? On the basis of the latest research findings, examine Spain's Forgotten Dictatorship.
In what could turn out to be the largest murder case on British soil. Forensic archaeologist, Caroline Sturdy Colls, goes in search of a Nazi SS camp constructed in secrecy on the British Channel island of Alderney during World War II. Years of research and forensic investigation have led Sturdy Colls to examine remnants of concentration and labour camps on the quiet island, and to official SS archives in Germany, where clues emerge that lead Caroline to suspect that Alderney was the scene of Nazi mass murders. However, when local officials attempt to stop the investigation, the search for the final resting place of the victims is imperilled. Sturdy Colls led the forensic team that discovered the gas chambers at Treblinka in 2013, but now they face their toughest challenge to date this time much closer to home. Shrouded in a decades-long conspiracy of silence amid attempts by local authorities to prevent examination and the search for the missing victims of Nazi atrocities, the team must turn to state-of-the-art technology to get the answers they seek. After much discussion, compromise and stonewalling, their final discoveries, made in spite of vigourous protests by the Alderney government, are chilling.
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