After D-Day in Europe, and with Australia safe at last from Japanese invasion, the worst of World War II appears to be over by late 1944. But the conflict in the Pacific is about to hot up and it will be a long, costly road to Tokyo for the Allies.
Edward VIII is popularly remembered as the king who gave up the throne for the woman he loved. Yet his reputation has been tarnished by revelations that Hitler planned to install him as a pro-Nazi king in the event of a German occupation of Britain. This documentary looks at newly released FBI files which reveal the extent to which Edward was distrusted by the British and US governments, and the risk he posed to the war effort.
British political journalist Andrew Marr examines the dramatic impact that Charles Darwin's work has had on today's religious, scientific and social debates.
Restaurant critic Giles Coren and writer and performer Sue Perkins spend a week going back to the food of Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare. Cooking for them at home is top chef Paul Merrett.
This is the previously untold story of how Mussolini seized power through systematic intimidation, violence and murder.
In 2004, young Australian adventurer Tim Cope embarked on a journey of a lifetime - travelling 10,000kms alone on horseback across the Eurasian steppe, filming this six-part series along the way. From the former Mongol capital Karakorum to the Danube River in Hungary, through diverse nations linked by nomadic roots, Tim retraced the path of the first nomads and followed the route taken by the legendary Genghis Khan as he forged his great empire.
This final episode examines the role of international events and relationships in the government's success. It explores the paradox of how an essentially domestic politician, uncomfortable on the world stage, achieves electoral success and secures his self-belief through foreign affairs and border control issues. We see the emotional attachment Howard has for Australia's military history and his growing success in the encouragement of Australian nationalism and promotion of the flag.
When William Camden's Britannia was printed in 1586, it staggered its Elizabethan readers. Nothing like it had been seen before. For the first time, the entire British Isles had been described in astonishing detail: the mountains and rivers, the history and customs, the climate and the people of each and every county. Britannia was an encyclopaedic tour of the whole country in a single book. In this three-part series, British cartographer, explorer, writer and broadcaster Nicholas Crane rediscovers this 'lost' masterpiece as, on an epic 5,000-mile hike, he battles the elements in search of Elizabethan Britain.
July 1943-December 1943: On daylight bombing missions American airmen gamble their lives against preposterous odds to bring the war to the heart of Hitler's enormous domain. Allied forces invade Sicily and then Italy but as they grind their way towards Rome, the weather turns bad and the terrain grows more and more forbidding - twisting mountain roads, blown bridges - all under constant German fire. This series, directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history, a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. Throughout the series, the indelible experience of combat is brought vividly to life as veterans describe what it was like to fight and kill and see men die at places like Monte Cassino and Anzio and Omaha Beach; the Hurtgen Forest and the Vosges Mountains and the Ardennes; and on the other side of the world at Guadalcanal and Tarawa and Saipan; Peleliu and the Philippine Sea and Okinawa. In all of the battle scenes, dramatic historical footage and photographs are combined with extraordinarily realistic sound effects to give the film a terrifying, visceral immediacy. The film honours the bravery, endurance, and sacrifice of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as the War.
Another UK celebrity traces their genealogical roots as Who Do You Think You Are? continues on SBS ONE. In the second episode, award winning BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, traces his family tree and explores his Irish roots.
Cracking The Maya Code is arguably one of the greatest of all archaeological detective stories. The Maya script is the New World's most highly developed ancient writing system. Records of this written language were all but destroyed by European conquerors, who burned an untold number of Maya books. Today, only four known, partial examples survive.
The first episode of this three-part series on Joseph Stalin looks in detail at how the dictator managed to transform his real self into a legendary hero. Stalin had himself depicted in films, paintings and statues as a kind, dedicated man who doted on small children. The reality was different.
The Map Makers is a three-part series on the history and major developments in map making. A map is more than a geographical representation of a land. It is an image which mirrors a society's political, religious and cultural vision of itself. This episode explores the time period when the edges of our world were a mystery. The discovery of the 'New World' by explorers such as Columbus and Vespucci were adding pieces to the world map.
Some were masters of military strategy, daring and dashing battlefield commanders. Others blundered fatally and lost the day. All had a date with destiny and would write their name into the pages of military history. The Great Lives series brings network production values and breathes new life into some of the most famous commanders in history. This episode documents the life of Gaius Julius Caesar (100 BC-44 BC).
Compares and contrasts the style of Hitler, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt and looks with fresh eyes at their relationships with each other, revealing some surprising facts.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" SBS presents the three-part documentary series, Darwin's Dangerous Idea. British political journalist Andrew Marr examines the dramatic impact that Charles Darwin's work has had on today's religious, scientific and social debates.
Andrew Marr reflects on the significance of the debate, and speculates on its impact.
Rudolf Hess was Hitler's deputy in the Nazi Party. He was a key party figure in the 1920s and early 30s but became a more marginal figure in the mid 30s. On the eve of Germany's attack on the USSR, Hess flew to Scotland to negotiate peace with the UK. He was captured by the British and was detained in an institution until he became a defendant at the Nuremberg trials.
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