Tofi and Leofric set off to rescue the snatched women of Crowhurst, including Tofi's young wife Judith. En route they encounter the Normans, the ruthless Ozouf, the gentler Coutances and the mute Drogo. But Tofi and Leofric outwit their pursuers and reach safety.
A two-part documentary about Britain's most famous historical landmark, Stonehenge. Four thousand years ago, our ancestors built a mysterious and enigmatic monument and we still don't know why. It's been said that every age gets the Stonehenge it desires or deserves. This film examines a controversial new theory that Stonehenge was the site of a symbolic sexual act between a God and a Goddess. An act which can be witnessed at the monument every year at the Midsummer Dawn. Who were the builders of Stonehenge? And how did they build it?
Tonight, the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, who ascended to the throne in 1558. Her image was that of a paragon of virtue but she was full of manly authority.
This documentary series chronicles the shifts in the idea of race and the history of racism in Europe, The Americas, Australasia and Asia. These films show how ideas of racial difference have evolved in response to historical events, and identify the profound impact that the idea of race, and the fact of racism, has had on science, culture, society and global history. By exploring the history of race from the early emergence of racial consciousness to the manifestations of racism in contemporary society and culture this series examines the nature of the racial landscape which, for five centuries, has occupied such an important place in the collective imagination of the West.
The English arrive at Stamford Bridge, catching the Viking army off guard. An early attack could be the only chance of an English victory. But the Norsemen have a secret weapon, Gyrd the Giant, who must hold the bridge until Viking reinforcements arrive. But he can't hold it forever. And after an epic battle through the rivers and trees our English heroes triumph over the Vikings. Tragically, this spells the end of the Viking age. But before Ordgar, Leofric and Tofi have time to recover, news reaches them that a new predator has landed in Sussex.
Pat Hesse arrived in Australia from Sri Lanka in 1947 at the height of the rule of the White Australia Policy.
Focussing on the years 1485-1558, Simon Schama takes us through how Catholic England was slowly changed into Protestant England - an historic inevitability he claims. Henry VIII a devout pilgrim like the rest of his Tudor family brought about the change through his association with Secretary of State Thomas Cromwell and his quest for a male heir.
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.
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