Bigger is better. As the scale of war grew over the centuries, so too did the size of machinery used to create war. From the first moments the British heavy tanks of WWI broke through the stalemates of trench warfare, the shape of war was changed forever. Bigger artillery pieces to increase battlefield supremacy, bigger planes to move bigger machines, bigger ships to deliver bigger payloads. The influence of the increasing size of warmachines even spread beyond the battlefield too, demanding bigger machines to transport these behemoths and bigger factories to create them. This episode looks at the behemoths of war; the grumbling armoured monsters like the Panzer III and the gravity-defying bulk of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, that dominate their arenas of war with their incredible size and power.
Albert Lin travels to the famous city of Petra and learns it may have been part of a much bigger network built by a mysterious civilisation.
Margaret Atwood has never been more relevant than she is today. Readers are turning to her work as they face the rise of authoritarian politics, rapidly evolving technologies, and the slow-motion disaster of climate change. Her poetry and books are about survival, but they are also survival tools in and of themselves. The recent success of the television adaptation of her novel, The Handmaid's Tale, has made Atwood a household name. Yet few know the private Margaret Atwood. Who is the woman behind these stories? How does she seem to know what is to come? With exclusive access over a 12-month period, this documentary follows Atwood and her partner, author and activist Graeme Gibson, as they jet to speaking engagements around the world.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; Did British Intelligence murder the Mad Monk Rasputin? The heart-rending story of the Nazi Baby Factories. The American President who escaped being eaten alive. And the Polish War Bear who helped break the fort at Monte Cassino.
In 1934, the Japanese begin designing The Yamato, the most powerful battleship in history. Constructed in absolute secrecy, the Japanese go to extraordinary lengths to ensure no detail is revealed.
At the start of the Renaissance, Charles of Habsburg was on the brink of becoming the most powerful man in Europe. Heir to the Kingdom of Spain, he also planned to take to the throne of the Germanic Holy Roman Empire. But Francois I, hero of the Battle of Marignano and new King of France, also had his eye on the imperial throne, and was determined to defend his Italian possessions: wars, treachery and imprisonment. The bitter clash between Charles V and Francois I was watched by all Europe with bated breath. And it was a no-holds-barred struggle. From the Chateau de Blois to the battlefield, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
Revisit this pivotal 1950 Korean war battle through eyewitness accounts of Veterans who were present for this first major military clash of the Cold War. An amazingly harrowing story of the 17 day engagement of bloody combat and heroic survival in sub arctic temperatures. UN forces largely outnumbered and surrounded, due to a surprise attack led by 120,000 Chinese troops.
Levison arrives in Sochi, on the edge of the Black Sea, before flying into the Caucasus region by military helicopter. After he is dropped off on a remote mountain track by helicopter, he searches for someone to take him to the nearest town. Levison is making this journey with the help of locals, hitching lifts and catching rides where he can, until he finally finds a driver willing to take him.
Throughout the ages, the United Kingdom has been a leading force for game changing contributions to the Global community. Once the largest empire in history, the UK has driven scientific, industrial, and cultural revolutions and been a powerhouse of game changing innovation and creativity. To celebrate Britain's most important accomplishments, we're going to imagine a world where we strip them all away, touching every aspect of modern life as we know it.
Albert Lin goes on an epic adventure to uncover the hidden world of the ancient people who may have inspired the construction of Stonehenge.
A journey into the heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of INXS, and a complex and shy man who spent much of his life in the public eye, rarely revealing his true self to anyone except his very close friends.
Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the very first time. With this unprecedented access, Emmy-award winning, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography.
Louis XI was an inspired strategist. So brilliantly did he master the art of setting traps for his enemies, he became known as the 'Universal Spider' in the courts of Europe. However, the hated Machiavellian king's grip on power was threatened by two formidable men: the Duke of Burgundy, Charles the Bold, and Edward IV of York, King of England. From the royal Chateau d'Amboise to the Chateau de Langeais, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
Ian Chappell, one of the most important figures of modern cricket, takes Julia back to Adelaide to the yard he and his brothers spent hours practicing the skills that got them selected to represent Australia.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; The deadly plague unleashed by 'Churchill's Toyshop'. The return of the Ripper in the London Blitz. The strange disappearances that give birth to the Bermuda Triangle. And the macabre secret of Skeleton Lake.
Italy is a nation with an incredibly rich and influential history. Its impact on our modern world surrounds and fills our daily lives. From ancient thinkers and explorers, through the Renaissance to modern day innovations in science and technology, the famous boot-shaped country made our world a better place. To celebrate Italy's achievements, we're going to strip them away and explore the world left suffering unimaginably when its greatest innovations and discoveries are erased.
Albert Lin travels to Micronesia, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, to explore the tombs and ritual sites of the ancient island city Nan Madol.
Award-winning actress Olivia Colman thinks her ancestry is largely from Norfolk, so she is astonished to discover that she needs to travel to India to find out more about her great-great-great-grandmother Harriot. Olivia finds records that reveal Harriot was an orphan in 1811 on a ship bound for England from Calcutta. Harriot's father was an Englishman, but the identity of her mother, who gave birth to her in a remote Indian village, is a mystery Olivia delights in solving.
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