In the year 1644, the Manchu conquered China and the last Ming Emperor hanged himself. The Manchu were the rulers of the Forbidden City and the reign of the Qing Dynasty began. In 1850 a 15-year-old girl called Yehenara was selected and appointed as a concubine of the fifth rank for Emperor Xianfeng. Through the help of chief eunuch An Dehai, she quickly found her way to the emperor's bed. Soon afterwards, Yehanara's deepest wish was fulfilled. She gave birth to the emperor's son.
Using Robert Menzies' World War II diaries and remarkable 16mm film, this dramatised documentary lifts the lid on a bitter behind-the-scenes battle between Winston Churchill and the Australian Prime Minister as the fate of Australia hung in the balance. It follows Menzies to London during the dark months of 1941 as he takes on the British Prime Minister over the strategic direction of the war, telling the story of Menzies' political epiphany from his own point of view.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, SBS presents the two part documentary, Busting the Berlin Wall. For 28 years, the Berlin Wall split a city in two and divided a nation with two million tons of concrete, 700,000 tons of steel, attack dogs, tank traps, death strips and tripwires. While the perils of the East German border kept most GDR citizens at bay, others yearned to overcome it, by digging under it, hiding in car trunks, flying over it in a hot-air balloon, and even surfing around it...
A look at what life was like in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania during the 40 years of communist government.
We uncover the truth behind Druid sacrifice, revealing a vivid and chilling new picture of the last days of this ancient Celtic cult.
Looks at the peak of Goering's career, around 1938 and the annexation of Austria. Goering was not sure Germany would be able to sustain a war, and did secret deals with France and Britain. But while Goering was Hitler's deputy was more interested in hunting and building up his collection of "bought" Jewish art works from Paris.
The most comprehensive portrait of Goering ever made, this documentary incorporates the most important recent single film find from the Nazi era, including never-before-seen film material shot by Goering himself. The documentary shows the many faces of Hitler's most brutal deputy and contains new facts about his drug addiction.
In the thrilling conclusion to Bastard Boys, the pressure builds as both sides try to win the hearts and support of the Australian public. As the drama plays out in the full glare of the public spotlight, there is no room for failure or second chances. Every second counts.
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