From the moment he arrived, Meitek Swat hated Australia. Everything was different and difficult, particularly the unions with whom he refused to get involved, having just escaped from a communist country.
Of the four planes hijacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001, only one, Flight 93, failed to reach its target, crashing in a field in Pennsylvania killing everybody on board. This documentary looks at the story of both those on board and of those they left behind, many of whom were in phone contact with their loved ones throughout their ordeal.
With the departure of the Bush administration and the arrival of an 'era of transparency', opportunities are arising for the disclosure of new information that may shed more light on the events that took place before and after September 11, 2001. Dramatically narrated by Daniel Sunjata of FX's Rescue Me, and an outspoken advocate for the First Responders, this program first examines mysterious and infamous events that reshaped world history - from the Reichstag Fire in 1933 that catapulted Hitler to dictatorship, to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964 that led to the Vietnam War - and then takes viewers on a turbulent journey through several pivotal moments in history before delving into the most significant catastrophe in recent memory, 9/11.
For the first time on TV, New York mayor Rudy Giuliani relives the day when the city he was in charge of came under attack. September 11, 2001 was a day that changed the world. Informed over an 8am breakfast meeting, Giuliani had a choice: coordinate from afar or head downtown to the centre of the devastation. The decisions he would make in the next 12 hours would save lives.
Revisit September 11 with a collection of powerful, immersive stories of people who were intricately associated with and impacted by the event: people in the highest echelons attempting to prevent and stop the attacks; ordinary people caught in the middle, like the window washer cleaning the windows of the 93rd floor of the World Trade Centre just moments before the attack; and people who still cannot shake how the events of that morning altered their worlds forever.
Focusing on the years 1348-1485, this is the story of the plague or Black Death, a disease that killed within a week and a national trauma that utterly transformed Britain, and how the survivors created a better nation with the help of the Peasants' Revolt in 1380. It also covers the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485) which finally ended when Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field.
Robert Baer, a former CIA man, was working in Beirut in 1983 when a car bomb explosion at the American Embassy killed 63 people, including many of his colleagues. In his documentary, Baer, whom George Clooney's character in Syriana was based on, looks at the history of the car bomb. He reveals how the century of the car turned into the century of the car bomb; and how a dream of freedom turned into a nightmare.
Born in a gulag off the Russian coast, Natasha Oulianoff was lucky to survive the horrors of the Second World War and escape to the West. She came to Australia as a teenager, faced schoolyard discrimination and torment, but after marriage to Peter Oulianoff established herself and her family in Australian society.
Award-winning journalist Peter Taylor traces the modern history and development of terrorism through four major acts of terror over the last 30 years. This week he looks at Al-Qaeda's strike on the US embassy in Nairobi in 1998.
Car Bomb is a two part narrative journey that follows ex-CIA agent Robert Baer as he tells the story of the definitive weapon of our age. Beginning with the 1983 Beirut embassy bombing, an event which changed Robert Baer's life forever and led to a strategic withdrawal of US forces from Lebanon, the film charts the progress of the ultimate terrorist device. Robert will explain why it is the car bomb and not the tactical nuclear weapon which has come to shape the world we live in.
Focusing on the years 1000-1087, this episode reveals how the Battle of Hastings changed Britain for ever and how the new King of England came to be. After 1066, William Duke of Normandy was crowned King and waged a brutal campaign of aggression and murder against any opposition. William ordered a complete census of every farm in the land, raised taxes and created the Doomsday Book.
Award-winning journalist Peter Taylor traces the modern history and development of terrorism through four major acts of terror over the last 30 years.
In his epic new four-part series, Age of Terror award-winning journalist Peter Taylor traces the modern history and development of terrorism through four major acts of terror over the last 30 years. The first episode in the series, Terror International tells the extraordinary story of the 1976 hijacking of a plane by Palestinians in alliance with German Marxist revolutionaries.
An epic 15-part series that examines the growth of British civilisation from the neolithic days of Stonehenge through to the twentieth century. Written and presented by Simon Schama, the first episode journeys into the past to Skara Brae, a neolithic village of 50 people dating back to 3,000 BC and discovered in 1850.
Born in Australia before WWI, Lola Harding-Irmer returned with her parents to her father's homeland of Germany in the early 1920s. She grew up during Hitler's Reich, helped choreograph the opening ceremony at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and was lucky to survive the war after the death of her husband and the fall of Berlin.
Russians recount NKVD implementing Stalin's murderous campaign of political repression.
The third and final part of the series on Joseph Stalin focuses on his desperately cruel and despotic rule. Stalin could tolerate no other leaders and systematically liquidated anyone he thought was a potential threat to his authority.
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