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.
Agriculture, manufacturing, and a growing population supplemented by immigration transform Australia into a prosperous nation over the course of a century. There are growing pains and challenges, including war and a Depression, but there is also the birth of iconic brands such as Myer, Bushells, and Vegemite.
An intimate portrait of one of the greatest monsters of the 20th century - to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his death in March 1953. Filmed extensively in Russia, this film reveals the life of a man who came to amass colossal power and exert malign influence over his country for more than 20 years. Stalin emerged as the true victor of World War II, having gained a vast Empire in the East. But victory over the Germans was not enough, and his attitude towards the West was fuelled by his growing paranoia. Access to a wealth of new material allows us to glimpse behind Stalin's granite mask into his extraordinary private world.
As the Royal Australian Air Force marks its 100th anniversary we look at the illustrious history of the RAAF, through rare archival footage and in-depth interviews with air force veterans, servicing members, and new recruits.
In 1936, 18 African-American athletes, dubbed the 'black auxiliary' by Hitler, defied Nazi Aryan supremacy and Jim Crow racism to win hearts and medals at the 1936 summer Olympic Games.
Those in authority in Australia at the time of Federation envisage a prosperous and civilised nation of hardworking citizens. But modern Australia grew out of a drunken penal colony, and people remain under the thrall of alcohol and drugs and are fascinated by murder and mischief. But the public do rise up against capital punishment and it is abolished nation wide.
Sport and the arts are imported from Britain and are already embedded in society at Federation in 1901. Fuelled by sunshine and leisure time, homegrown heroes emerge, including Phar Lap, the Australian cricket team, surf lifesavers, Dame Nellie Melba, and the hit films that perpetuate and reflect Australia's character.
Soon after federation, the family unit is buffeted by world conflicts, poverty and disease, but then new attitudes sweep in. Workplace laws are less restrictive on women, spouses no longer have to give a reason to divorce, and the contraceptive pill arrives, all of which leads to a loosening of rigid gender roles.
After 1968, African Americans set out to build a new future on the foundation of the civil rights movement's victories, but a growing class disparity threatens to split the black community in two.
Examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable.
Actor and peace campaigner Mark Rylance explores the extraordinary World War II story of his grandfather, Osmond Skinner, who spent almost four years as a Japanese prisoner of war. Mark uncovers how Osmond, a banker for HSBC, bravely joined the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Force and was thrown into a deadly battle to defend the island. With no military training, Osmond was shot on Christmas Day and taken as a POW. In this moving and compelling film, Rylance's views on war are tested as he uncovers the real and shocking story of how Osmond survived Hong Kong's notorious POW camps.
From the initial sparks of revolution in Boston to the climactic Siege of Yorktown and beyond, this special paints a comprehensive picture of the African-American experience during the Revolutionary War. Hear the story of the war within the revolution through the eyes of some of the most crucial and significant African-American figures of our country's foundation including Crispus Attucks, Peter Salem, Phillis Wheatley and James Armistead Lafayette. Features NBA legend, best-selling author and esteemed activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African-Americans left the south, fleeing the threat of racial violence, and searching for better opportunities in the north and the west.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis was the most famous woman in the world, impossibly glamorous and universally admired. She was also complex, layered, and extremely guarded, making her endlessly fascinating and enigmatic. This incredibly compelling film provides a definitive exploration of her life, from iconic first lady to widow, unofficial royalty, and fashion icon.
Samuel L Jackson and the team examine events that ended the slave trade and piece together the heritage and identity taken from the descendants of the millions of trafficked Africans.
Carey Mulligan's grandfather Denzil Booth, a teenager from the Welsh Valleys, travelled thousands of miles to fight the Japanese in the final months of the war. Carey discovers his university education meant Denzil was fast-tracked to be a junior officer in the navy. On board Britain's biggest warship, Denzil lost his closest friends, as it was the first ever to be attacked by a Japanese kamikaze. Carey travels to Japan to understand the culture of the kamikaze from the other side. She's shocked by the age of the pilots and the horrors her grandfather faced when he arrived in Tokyo.
Examines the most tumultuous and consequential period in African-American history: the Civil War, the end of slavery, and Reconstruction's thrilling but tragically brief moment in the sun.
Samuel L Jackson and the team travel through the US to tell the stories of those who resisted slavery, often making the dangerous journey to freedom in Canada.
Kristin Scott Thomas's grandfather William served as a commanding officer in the Royal Navy throughout World War II. He survived some of the most devastating battles, from Dunkirk to D-day, but never spoke about his experiences. For the first time, Kristin uncovers how he saved thousands at Dunkirk and endured the horrors of the Russian Arctic convoys. Kristin's journey of discovery is packed with revelation and emotion as she meets the families of people her grandfather saved and veterans who served alongside him. Kristin unearths a lost chapter of her family history and reclaims a missing medal.
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