From February 1917, Imperial Russia was plunged into nine months of popular and spontaneous revolt. The end of this revolution was a coup that changed the course of history and profoundly altered the future of civilisation and it was all chronicled by a journalist stationed in Petrograd.
We celebrate the remarkable life of legendary leader Nelson Mandela. A moving, intimate portrait told through the words of an astonishing cast of close friends and associates.
In 1961 Yuri Gagarin blasted off from Vostok to become the first man in space. It was a mission fraught with danger as he rocketed into an uncertain fate. This stunning biopic charts Gagarin's momentous journey.
In 1944, a group of French female resistance fighters are recruited by the British Secret Service to rescue a geologist who holds secrets of the impending Normandy landing. They soon find their mission must continue to Paris for the dangerous task of assassinating an SS Colonel. The film celebrates the lesser told role of girl power in the famous Normandy landing.
A highly inspiring, entertaining adventure based on journals of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. Stars Mexican heart-throb Gael Garcia Bernal and nominated for Palme d'Or at 2004 Cannes International Film Festival. In Spanish.
A documentary that pays tribute to South Africa's greatest leader, Nelson Mandela, by telling the full story of his dramatic life.
In the darkest hours of WW2 thousands of men from Burma fought a brutal war to help the Allies win the conflict in the East. Only a handful of these heroes are still alive with many living in poverty and largely forgotten. This film follows a team on a mission to find these veterans and tell their heroic stories for the first time on camera.
There were many heroes the night that Titanic sank but for some, the greatest of these was fifth officer Harold Lowe. What made him a hero? And who was the owner of the black alligator purse recovered from twelve thousand feet below the Atlantic ocean? Plus the story of the steam whistles recovered from the wreck site; would their voice ever be heard again?
The mysterious story of Howard Irwin whose suitcase, which was somehow aboard the Titanic, when he was not. And Bertha Mulvihill, a Third Class passenger who, with broken ribs, faced a thirty foot jump down to the small lifeboat in the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean. Then there is the story behind the schoolbooks of Edgar Samuel Andrew and the chilling statement he wrote in a letter to his friend.
The Piccadilly Line is famed for its glamorous stops, but Rob Bell discovers how it also changed public transport as we know it.
This momentous special reveals the untold story of the little-known yet pivotal events that occurred after President Roosevelt received the call that Pearl Harbor had been attacked on December 7, 1941. Author Steve Gillon has unearthed new evidence from the FDR Library that shows the true panic that gripped the White House and shook the nation. Fearing an aerial attack in Washington, DC, the underfunded US Army assembled wooden sticks on the White House roof to resemble weapons from above. Concerned that a Japanese assassin might try to take Roosevelt's life as they drove him to Congress to deliver his speech, the Treasury Department used a bullet-proof car confiscated from Al Capone. For for the first time, intimate details of how the President had to be placed in braces and straps to hold him up while he gave his speech are uncovered.
Following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, public shock quickly turned to outrage. The attack had left 2403 Americans dead. How had the Navy been caught off-guard? Someone must be to blame - and a culprit was soon found. This program investigates how the Washington military and President Roosevelt's administration found a scapegoat in Admiral Husband Kimmel, the commander of the Pacific fleet. Kimmel's career was brutally destroyed in a desperate attempt to cover up intelligence blunders and a catalogue of errors. Kimmel's family continue to protest his innocence. Interviews with intelligence experts, ex-US admirals and leading historians - and uncovered documents - shine fresh light on the Pearl Harbor tragedy. As Kimmel's family fight to have his rank restored, this is the story of a man willing to sacrifice himself for his country, only to be sacrificed himself.
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. In a heroic mission, British and French forces evacuated thousands of soldiers.
In the remote city of Myitkyina, capital of Myanmar's Kachin State, urban explorer RJ shines a light on reported ghost encounters to reveal a true tale of horror.
Michael Buerk looks at the creation of mass manufacturing, which meant that goods could be produced at a rate that had never been seen before. In Manchester, he learns how engineer George Stephenson created the first intercity railway, so that cotton could be transported quickly and cheaply from Liverpool docks to Manchester's mills. Michael also discovers how the sewing machine - newly created in 1851 - created the rag trade, and visits what was probably the first shopping mall in the UK, the Burlington Arcade in London.
Urban explorer RJ sets out to uncover the truth behind horrific paranormal accounts in Nanjing, China, a journey which leads him deeper and deeper into the abyss.
Presenter Michael Buerk looks at how the Victorians created what is now known as the modern home, exploring the huge rise in house-building during the period. He travels to Fakenham, Norfolk, to visit the last remaining gasworks in England, and discovers how the Victorians mastered the art of producing 'town gas' from coal. He also investigates how the kitchen was transformed with the advent of gas cookers, as more complex meals including the Sunday roast steadily became the norm across the nation.
Michael Buerk looks at the creation of the sewer system, delving into the archives to reveal how appalling sanitary conditions forced the city of Liverpool to take action. He descends underground to see the first groundbreaking sewer for himself, and hears about how the pioneering concept was built.
At his death in 1953, Stalin was, for many, a living god. After all, did he not defeat the worst of all men, Adolf Hitler? Looking at the three days of agony of the communist leader, we explore an intimate portrayal of the 'man of steel'.
This episode is about the development of London's pioneering transport system in the mid-19th century. With the help of contributor Judith Flanders, Michael Buerk paints a vivid picture of the phenomenal chaos and reek of London streets before Charles Pearson had the literally groundbreaking idea of an underground railway.
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