Dr Tracy Borman travels to Paris to reveal Napoleon's relationships, from nervous first encounters with a prostitute, to his all-consuming love for Josephine, and visits their former home, Malmaison. She also visits the Palace of Fontainebleau to see Napoleon's throne room and reveal the secrets to his extraordinary success, and calamitous downfall.
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.
The life story of traditional sean-nos singer Joe Heaney, from County Galway, Ireland. This film revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables and songs of his Connemara childhood helped shape this complex and fascinating character. Enigmatic and complex, Heaney's devotion to his art came at a huge personal cost. By the time of his death in Seattle in May 1984, he was widely recognised as one of the most important figures in Irish traditional music, having won fans and admirers from every part of the globe and, most particularly, from the folk music scene in the United States.
The Ruminales take Wiros and Iemos to the cave to meet the She-Wolf. Injured while trying to escape, Iemos initially doesn't trust the Ruminales but soon changes his mind.
Alba's soldiers look for Iemos, and Wiros cannot go back to camp. Together, they venture in the woods that teem with eerie creatures. Along the way, they join a caravan of merchants with hopes to reach Gabi and avoid being found out.
The McDonnell F-4 Phantom II - otherwise known as the Bent Wing Wonder, Old Smokey, Rhino, Elephant, Double Ugly, and other nicknames not fit for print - is arguably one of the finest combat fighters of the 20th century. It was produced in larger numbers than any other Western fighter of the time, and served with the US Air Force, the Navy, and Marine Corps, and with 11 other nations in the world.
Rob Bell uncovers the incredible stories behind Scotland’s mighty Bell Rock lighthouse, an engineering marvel built on a deadly, submerged reef in the treacherous North Sea.
English born Joan Stanley, a Soviet and communist party sympathiser, becomes employed as a British government civil servant, and gets recruited by the KGB in the mid 1930s. She successfully transfers nuclear bomb secrets to the Soviet Union, which enables them to keep up with the west in the development of atomic weapons, and remains undetected as a spy for over a half a century.
Secret agents protected Queen Elizabeth from treason for over 40 years, through the execution of Mary Queen of Scots to the death of Queen Elizabeth, the capture of fugitive John Gerard and the infamous Gunpowder Plot.
They visit Elroy's cousin who is in possession of an ancient skull and they decide to send it in for DNA tests to determine if it could be European. That could be the answer they are looking for. At the same time, they keep looking at the history behind the runestone. They meet Darwin, Olof's grandson, who tells them how difficult it was for the Ohman family to be accused of forgery and how the pressure led two of Olof's children to commit suicide.
Set at the dawn of the modern age, Colette is the story of a woman who has been long denied her voice going to extraordinary lengths to reclaim it. Gabrielle Sidonie Colette, a young woman from a country village, marries a charismatic dominating Parisian, fourteen years her senior, known by the single name, 'Willy.' Through his auspices, she is introduced to bohemian Paris where her creative appetite is sparked. Ever quick to capitalise on talent, Willy convinces his wife to write novels - to be published under his name. The phenomenal success of her "Claudine" series makes Willy well known as a writer and 'Colette and Willy' the first modern celebrity couple. Over time, lack of recognition for her work frustrates Colette, and an affair with the gender-defying Marquise de Belbeuf inspires her to break free, but Willy is determined to maintain his hold over her, at any cost.
During the Great Depression in Australia, women often became the main breadwinner of the family as they took up low paying, traditionally 'female' jobs such as domestic servants. However, in some cases women found in employment in 'mens' jobs as employers were able to pay less than the male wage, usually 50% less.
Dr Tracy Borman explores Edward's childhood as he grappled with his overbearing father, reveals how the World War I saw him grow up in more ways than one, and his desire for married women. She also uncovers the truth about Edward's abdication of the throne, and Wallis' infidelity, and reveals how Edward was a fashion icon of the day, examining his clothes in Kensington Palace.
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.
Born in a time of utmost need, and bred to be a reliable fighter, the Grumman F6F Hellcat was a marvel of World War II naval aviation. It was responsible for 75 percent of aerial combat victory in the Pacific theatre, producing 305 fighter aces, and firmly turned the tide of war in the US's favour.
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.
Rob Bell explores the rugged east coast of Scotland to discover how the Bell Rock lighthouse earned its reputation as a wonder of the industrial world. Rob sees why, over 200 years ago, building on a rock that was 18km offshore in the North Sea was like landing on the moon in the 1960s. Alternative title: Secret Life of the Lighthouse.
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