The belief in the divinity of nature usurped Christianity's position as the chief creative force in Western civilisation, ushering in the Romantic Movement. Examining this force, Lord Clark takes us to Tintern Abbey, the Swiss Alps, and the landscapes of Turner and Constable.
Five hundred years before Christ a young prince left his palace and set out on a journey through Northern India. His experiences became a philosophy that is now followed by over 400 million people. In the 1800s Western archaeologists and explorers stumbled upon the small village of Lumbini in Nepal where they discovered the birthplace of the Buddha, enabling them to unlock the secrets of his life.
As Hitler's empire expanded, the need for a secure, mobile military headquarters led him to use a special train, the Fuehrer-Sonderzug. Code named 'Amerika', this became an armoured monster with anti-aircraft armament and state-of-the-art communications.
Polite talk in the elegant salons of 18th century Paris became the precursor of revolutionary politics. This theme takes Lord Clark from the great European palaces, such as Blenheim and Versailles, to Jefferson's Monticello.
When a stone tablet surfaced in Israel, it bore an inscription, apparently 3000 years old, confirming the existence of the temple of Solomon. If this stone was authenticated it would hold profound implications, not only for Biblical believers, but also for the future of the divided city of Jerusalem.
In 1405, the Ming dynasty Emperor Zhu Di had a gigantic fleet of ships built and sent them out under the command of Admiral Zheng He into the unknown world beyond the China Sea. What was the goal of these journeys? What were the sailors duties? How big were the ships and how did they steer these massive juggernauts? Ultimately, what was the Armada's objective?
The Gold Rush is a two-part documentary series about a remarkable international event. Incorporating rare and exquisite daguerreotypes and original recreations, The Gold Rush offers a vivid new portrait of a seminal event in North America's history.
The harmonious flow and complex symmetry of 18th century music, the compositions of Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart are reflected in the best rococo architecture of that period, as seen in the churches and palaces of Bavaria.
Professor Donald Metcalf is internationally renowned for his pioneering medical research on the control of blood cell formation. This fundamental research has been used in the treatment of millions of cancer patients around the world.
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In this sweeping two-part dramatised documentary, historian Michael Cathcart tells the epic story of how the colourful characters of early colonial Australia transformed a penal settlement into a land with rights and opportunity in a mere 40 years. In this second and final episode, we meet William Wentworth and the 'Emancipists', a loose-knit group of former convicts and their children who take on British Governor Ralph Darling in the 1820s in a struggle for independence and civil rights in colonial Australia.
The telescope and microscope revealed new worlds in space and in a drop of water. The realism found in Dutch painting took the observation of human character to a new stage of development.
A fascinating and energetic history lesson with a team of expert scientists digs deep into the trenches of America's most intriguing archaeological sites. The team use their expert skills and the latest high-tech tools to uncover the buried secrets of their assigned dig. This week, it's Roanoke Island North Carolina, where the first hardy and hopeful colonists were sent from England to make a go of it in the New World.
Lord Clark visits the Rome of the Counter Reformation, when Michelangelo, Bernini and Giacomo Della Porta produced their masterpieces. The Catholic Church, in its fight against the Protestant North, developed a new splendour symbolised by the glory of St Peter's.
On 13 May 1981, in front of a crowd of 20,000 people in St Peter's Square, a young Turkish gunman shot the Polish Pope, possibly at the behest of the Russians who were concerned at the inspiration he was providing to Poland and the Solidarity Movement.
Lord Clark explores the Reformation, travelling through the Germany of Albrecht Durer and Martin Luther, the world of Erasmus, the France of Montaigne, and visiting Shakespeare's England in the reign of Tudor Queen Elizabeth I.
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