The riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong's perspective, based on the book by James R Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself- of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
Pierre Laval was a French politician who held several cabinet posts including Foreign Minister and was Prime Minister in 1931-32 and 1935-36. After the Nazis occupied France in 1940, Laval developed a close relationship with Adolf Hitler and proposed that the two countries should collaborate. In 1943 Laval created the Milice. Within six months they were playing the leading role in capturing Jews and left-wing activists and deporting them to Germany. After Liberation (1945), he was arrested, found guilty of high treason, and executed by firing squad. This film tells the story of Laval's rise to power and his relationship with Hitler. He is still one of the most detested men in French history.
Latin America is where the Old and the New World meet. Here you find the legacy of pre-Columbian advanced civilisations, colonial architecture, and magnificent beauty of nature.
A group of conservative lawyers known as the 'elves' are revealed to have been working behind the scenes to bring down the president. President Bill Clinton's past statements come home to roost as independent counsel Ken Starr sends the Republican-led House his referral outlining the grounds for impeachment. House Republicans vote to release the Starr Report ahead of the mid-term election, and it's salacious details become fodder for late-night television and mainstream news alike.
To some Chaim Rumkowski was a man of immense courage. To others he is simply a traitor; a Jew who worked with the Nazis and assisted them in the Final Solution. When the Nazis began herding Polish Jews into ghettos, the Jews faced a terrible reality. Rumkowski firmly believed that there was hope and felt he could turn the Lodz Ghetto into a haven of Jewish culture. It could, he thought, become a thriving community with businesses, factories, social services, even schools. He did a deal in which his people would provide labour to the Nazis in exchange for food and it worked. But inevitably there was a price. Rumkowski had to confiscate all property and coerce the able bodied into forced labour. Many grew to hate him. The result though was that the Lodz Ghetto lasted two years longer than had been expected. Undoubtedly some owe their lives to its prolonged existence.
At the start of 1933, Hitler is the chancellor of Germany but he does not have absolute power - there is still a democratic parliament beneath him, a head of state above him and the rule of law hanging over him. Hitler sets his sights on dismantling the German state. When Hitler calls a general election to increase Nazi representation in the Reichstag, Hermann Goring sees an opportunity to impress by taking out the left-wing opposition.
With the help of their longboats, the Scandinavian Vikings have now started sailing more and more often to Francia, where they pillage monasteries and villages along the coasts. But the very first raids, in the end of the eighth century, actually fail. Why is this, and how do the Vikings react to it?
As the 20th century continues, America faces perhaps its most daunting challenges yet. The 1930s brings the greatest economic crisis in its history; FDR offers the troubled nation a New Deal, but there are clouds on the horizon; Pearl Harbor is a lightning bolt to the American soul, and in command of the allied invasion, General Dwight D Eisenhower; the US elects its youngest commander-in-chief, 46-year-old John F Kennedy; and on a bridge over the Alabama river, Martin Luther King's fight for equal rights will face its fiercest test. Then, on a bright September morning in 2001, America faces a new crisis: sudden, overwhelming and deadly.
Dominating the landscape for centuries, ancient cathedrals and abbeys reflect Britain's turbulent history through their architectural grandeur - stories of its kings and queens, and the religious and social changes brought about by the English Reformation, as well as many other tales of intrigue, love, faith, and conviction. This series explores 22 cathedrals and abbeys found throughout England and Wales, featuring interviews with historians and experts, and breathtaking 4K footage captured by drones filming their legendary facades and soaring interior spaces. Never before has a television series brought together such a great number of ancient cathedrals and abbeys under one unified storyline.
KKK: Three letters that instantly conjure images of hooded processions, public lynchings, and churches in flames. These shocking scenes summon up the darkest chapters of American history.
Malaysian-born Adam Liaw grew up in the hills of Adelaide. He takes Julia, in the universally under-appreciated 1989 Volvo 240, to his old family home. The memories rush back as they tour the house and meet Adam's father.
Seventy-five years ago, the biggest murder trial in history began in Nuremberg, Germany. Twenty-one Nazi leaders appeared in court charged with crimes that caused the death of millions of innocent people during World War II. This bold documentary recounts the dramatic story of the Nuremberg Trials. Meticulously crafted using over a thousand archive clips, including digitised film footage from the courtroom, and without voice-over or any interviews in vision, this is a truly cinematic, immersive and impactful record of the most important trial in history - an event that not only represented the birth of human rights, and shaped international law forever, but serves as a stark reminder of the brutal consequences of oppression, division, and hate.
The dramatic story of how Cuban brothers Livan and Orlando 'El Duque' Hernandez escaped their native Cuba for baseball glory in the US, and the circumstances that reunited them years later.
Monty travels to Rossano in Northern Italy, a gathering point for escaped POWs after the Italian armistice and the start of the Operation Galia exfiltration. His journey takes him over precipitous ridges of the Marble Mountains and through the formidable Gothic Line, following the route the SAS took after their successful mission.
Monty treks one of the toughest and most famous trails out of Nazi occupied France, taking him through the valleys and passes of the Pyrenees mountain range and into Spain. His route was part of an escape network that began in Paris and would have been fraught with danger - from German soldiers, the Vichy police, local informers, and the mountains themselves. We also meet Bob Frost, who, aged just 19, made the treacherous crossing, and hear remarkable stories of bravery and defiance from the local people, who used their knowledge of the mountains to lead thousands like Bob to safety.
Christopher explores the cultural wealth of Southeast Asia. He visits the temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the old royal cities of Hue in Vietnam, and Luang Prabang in Laos. Ha Long Bay with its bizarre limestone islands, the world's biggest cave in Vietnam, and Balinese rice terraces prove that nature and culture often go hand in hand.
Shane Gould is one-of-a-kind: a superstar swimmer who turned her back on the pool at the peak of her career in search of a simpler life. Shane and Julia revisit her school and the Margaret River home she escaped to.
This episode takes us into the corridors of power where Germany's top political mastermind sees an opportunity to use the sudden popularity of the Nazis for his own ends. This sets off a chain of miscalculations, backroom deals and power grabs that will propel Hitler from the fringes of political activism into the heart of government.
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