The last episode in Pamela Stephenson's adventure in the South Seas to uncover the fate of her great-great-grandfather, Captain Samuel Stephenson. In the Straits of Alis, the Takapuna locates the island where Salty Sam's ship, the Rosalie, might have been sunk. The crew goes diving and finds an anchor, but don't think it belonged to the Rosalie. Pamela gets very excited when told that there is report of another wreck, and until she is told that its engine is still intact.
Richard is one of history's greatest warrior kings. Renowned for his bravery and driven by his quest for glory, he fought an epic crusade against Saladin for control of the Holy Lands in the 12th Century.
Compares and contrasts the style of Hitler, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt and looks with fresh eyes at their relationships with each other, revealing some surprising facts.
Among the ranks of the Wehrmacht there was limited opposition to Hitler. Most officers initially felt enthusiastic about the prospect of war and were grateful to Hitler whose war-mongering had furthered their personal careers. Furthermore all soldiers had to make an oath of allegiance to the Fuehrer and, up until the very end, there were many who felt unable to break this pledge. There were, however, some officers who opposed Hitler. For some it was on moral grounds and for others because they thought that his military tactics would lose them the war. There were plots against Hitler and attempted coups, the best known being the July bomb plot led by Claus von Stauffenberg.
Britain never had the kind of revolution experienced by France in 1789, but it did come close. In the mid-1770s, the country was intoxicated by a surge of political energy. Simon Schama delves into the romantic generation.
Striptease Unveiled is an eye-opening investigation into the art of striptease. Is it a thing of the past? Where can you see it for real? How have cultural attitudes towards the nude female form have shifted over the years? And how has this effected the striptease?
Soldiers and officers continually came into conflict with their consciences. How much freedom did individuals have? Were they executing Hitler's criminal plans, or was it the Wehrmacht's war? There were crimes against humanity, against civilians, prisoners of war, and there was the Holocaust itself. The Trent Park records discovered and analysed by historian Soenke Neitzel, author of Tapping Hitler's Generals, show that the 84 German generals who were interned at Trent Park were aware of the severity of the war crimes they had been involved in and that some discussed them almost compulsively.
In this episode, see how the British Empire came into being through its early settlements. A story of exploration and daring, but also one of exploitation, conflict and loss.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. This episode explores the military's quest to become the fastest on land, sea and in the air. Chuck Yeager, a top air force pilot was the first person in successfully breaking the sound barrier.
Pamela Stephenson is on her journey to find out if in 1821 her great, great grandfather Captain Samuel Stephenson (Salty Sam) was murdered by his mutinous crew or killed by pirates. Against advice from some of her crew, the Takapuna goes on to Ambon. As they pass the bullet-pitted buildings, Pamela discovers that most of the archives were burned by the Japanese in the war.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. In this episode, two remarkable days which bridged the Atlantic Ocean. In 1901, the first transatlantic radio message is recieved by inventor, G. Marconi. He lived in a world before powered flight, but by 1977 Concorde was making its first supersonic journey into New York.
In 73 BC a deserter from the Roman Army was sold into the slave market. A few months later he led his fellow slaves and gladiators in a bid for freedom that turned into the greatest rebellion the Roman Empire ever faced. With extraordinary vision and bravery, he led his renegades to victory against the 'invincible' Roman legions, brought the Empire to the brink of revolution and won immortal fame as an icon of oppressed people around the world. His name was Spartacus.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. This episode explores the rough and tumble world of American politics. From the assassination of it's youngest ever leader, John F Kennedy to the disgrace and expulsion of its most successful election winner, Richard M Nixon. The stories of two men destined for disaster were entwined as they fought a bitter battle for the presidency in 1960.
Increasingly frustrated by his role campaigning for war bonds, Basilone convinces the Marines to allow him to train troops headed for combat. Transferred to Camp Pendleton, he enjoys a whirlwind romance with an initially reluctant female Marine, Lena Riggi. But the couple know they are living on borrowed time, as Basilone is soon to take part in the Marine landing on Iwo Jima.
Paul Couvert grew up in the Dutch colonial city of Batavia (now Jakarta). When the Japanese landed, his family was interned, his parents were to die and he was sent to Japan as a slave labourer and was working at a dock in Nagasaki when the bomb went off. After the war, he helped the repatriation of Dutch refugees to Australia.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. This episode explores the launch of the atomic age and how it was originally foreseen as clean, cheap and efficient power in the 1940s and 50s. No one had even considered the possibility of an accidental nuclear disaster.
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