Basic Instinct, Office Space, Saving Private Ryan, There's Something About Mary. These are the stories of the movies that defined the '90s.
Explore the history of a unique generation, children aged 10 in 1940, who grew up in exceptional times: 650,000 orphans, 120,000 juvenile delinquents, 90,000 children lost during population movements, 11,500 Jewish children deported. Caught between collaboration and resistance, wartime childhood experiences and stories have, for a long time, been hushed up. Far from being spared by the brutal conflict, they were thrown into the chaos of dark and sinister times. For four years, this age group became the epicentre of national upheaval. Placed at the heart of Marechal Petain's 'regeneration' project, put to work out of necessity, exposed to hunger, death and deportation, and widely condemned by a fragile and incompetent judicial system, war children were both the instruments and scapegoats of a totalitarian regime. Listen to the testimony of those, on the fringes of history in the making, who came of age in the shadows of the 'national revival' imposed by Vichy during the worst world war in history.
Basil Rathbone appeared in more than 70 films, primarily costume dramas and swashbucklers. Rathbone is best known as suave villains in Captain Blood (1935) The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Tale of Two Cities (1935). He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in If I were King (1938). His most famous role, however, was that of his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes alongside Dr Watson played by Nigel Bruce in 14 Hollywood films produced in the 1940s.
For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brothers and the ground-breaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together - raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients.
Kennedy. Kim. Bhutto. Gandhi-Nehru. Just a few of the political dynasties that have been at the forefront of generations of war and revolution. But, having a revered name does not guarantee the survival of an individual. This episode explores the ascension and assassinations of the Kennedys, and the partition and ensuing instability that fuelled the rise and untimely demise of members of the Bhutto and Nehru-Gandhi families.
Examine the Parthenon marbles from Athens which is the best-known example of cultural heritage where there is a heavy ongoing debate. Should the marbles be unified? Should the country of origin have a say in how cultural heritage is introduced far away from home? Problems created by people long ago which now need to be solved.
From Tootsie to Die Hard - well-known actors and directors share behind-the-scenes stories and moments of the defining movies of the '80s.
The story of a young woman growing up during World War II, and of Elizabeth's "Uncle Dickie", the wildly ambitious and egotistical Louis Mountbatten, who in lust for revenge for injustice to his father, schemed and plotted to take over the royal family by marrying the young Princess to his nephew. The film reveals the undercurrent of sadness as the King rapidly declined to an early death, advancing Elizabeth's growth into majesty. This is a story of the young princess who never would have been Queen, were it not for several twists of history. The story of the killing of her beloved grandfather George V by his doctors, of her Grandmother Queen Mary who taught her strict tradition and protocol, and of the favourite uncle - King Edward VIII, who abdicated and flirted with fascism. And above all, the story of her mother and father - King George VI's bravery in the face of disability, and the future Queen Mother, who sacrificed a close, private, near normal family life to save the monarchy.
After the fall of the iron curtain, old royal dynasties experienced an impressive comeback in some of the post-communist states. In Bulgaria, Romania and Montenegro especially, the once-ostracized aristocracy has found new meaning in the modern age. This documentary paints an intimate portrait of the last surviving Balkan monarchs in their own words - Bulgaria's Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Montenegro's heir apparent, Nicholas, Crown Prince of Montenegro as well as the already deceased Michael I of Romania and his daughter Crown Princess Margareta. With rare archive footage and first-hand testimonies, we see how the royal houses survived the most tumultuous times in history to remain an essential part of their respective countries' national identity.
A celebration of the power of a Great Myth, from its magical Celtic origins to global popularity today. Across the centuries, the tales of King Arthur have gripped the popular imagination. Rich with dramatic reconstructions and lavish photography of ancient heritage sites and mystic Celtic landscapes, this thrilling programme, reveals how the stories of King Arthur have grown and developed across a thousand years and more.The Legend is alive and well today, on screen and in print, intriguing a new generation who are in search of an inspiring hero-figure and a Camelot for their own age.
Join the Freedom of the Seas during her first New Year's cruise and witness how the crew of 1500 battle a full complement of eccentric guests.
On April 9, 1940, the German war machine arrives in the city of Oslo. The Norwegian King faces a choice that will change his country forever.
Richard Dreyfuss is probably best known for his performances in Steven Spielberg classics Jaws (1975) and Close Encounters of a Third Kind (1977). Dreyfuss starred in a host of classic hit movies of the 1970s through to the 1990s, including American Graffiti (1973), Stand by Me (1986) , Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Stakeout (1987) , Always (1989), What About Bob? (1991) and Mr. Holland's Opus (1994) . Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1978 for The Goodbye Girl and was nominated in 1995 for Mr. Holland's Opus.
Fame can break down barriers. It can transcend culture and race. Death is never the end, so long as there is money to be made. This episode explores famous dynasties who have brought political and social change. The Jacksons broke down racial barriers, but the pressure of success fractured the family. Francis Ford Coppola gambled as a filmmaker, with the payoff having flow-on effects on the whole family. The Kardashians have translated exposure into fame and fortune for the whole family.
Chateau de Fontainebleau began life as a medieval castle in the 12th century before being turned into a renaissance palace in the 1500s. Kings and Emperors of France resided at this grand, country retreat for 750 years. Lying 55 kilometres southeast of Paris. Fontainebleau has stood in the forests of rural France for nearly one thousand years. Among the artwork and frescoes of Italian renaissance painters, sits modern engineering in the form of a 19th century elevator. Part palace, part castle, Fontainebleau and its130 acres gardens are dazzling in so many ways. In his memoirs Napoleon Bonaparte called the imposing structure, 'The true home of Kings.'.
Redford, Scorsese, De Niro, Spielberg - well-known actors and directors share behind-the-scenes stories and moments of the defining movies of the '80s.
Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.
The reputation of King George III of England as a foolish madman often overshadows his achievements and qualities as a monarch. As the first exhibition to focus on this much-maligned king opens at Buckingham Palace, this programme reveals a very different side to a remarkable monarch. In fact, King George was a major patron of the arts and sciences and today, his collections of art and books constitute a major part of Britain's cultural heritage. His success in anchoring the monarchy despite the ever-present threat of revolution, had a profound impact on the future of Britain. New revelations from diaries and letters and interviews with experts, including his descendent the Prince of Wales, examine why history paints him as a fool and whether it is right to do so.
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