Rivals Leon Trotsky and Josef Stalin vie to succeed Vladimir Lenin as leader of the Soviet Union.
On 20 August 1940, the exiled Bolshevik leader was assassinated with an ice-pick by Ramon Mercader, who was undoubtedly working on behalf of Stalin and his secret police. Why was it still necessary for Stalin to assassinate him?
What is it in Celebrity Chef Rick Stein's family history that leads him to China? Celebrated chef Rick Stein's father Eric suffered from manic depression and committed suicide in the 1960s. Rick sets out to explore his father's life, from the abuse he suffered as a child during the First World War due to his German ancestry, to the electric shock therapy he received as an adult.
By 1940, Europe has erupted into war, while America does its best to stay out of it. Austrian immigrant Jack Werner flees the Nazis and comes to America, where he enlists in the army so he can join the fight against Hitler. After Pearl Harbour, America is thrust into a two-front war it is ill-prepared to fight. Rookie platoon leader Charles Scheffel suffers his first losses as he battles Rommel's Afrika Korps in Tunisia and Nurse June Wandrey gets her first taste of war's horrors.
The Boston Tea Party, on December 16, 1773, began when a group of American 'patriots' dressed up as Mohawk Indians and raided a ship in a Boston harbour.
Hitler appreciated the power of aircraft, not only as a military weapon, but as a political tool. During the early 1930s, he hired aircraft for election campaigning, often facing weather and mechanical problems, as well as specific assassination attempts.
Papal Rome in the 16th Century, where Christianity and antiquity begin to converge, provides the focus for this look at Michelangelo, Raphael, and da Vinci as we explore the courtyards of the Vatican.
In five episodes this fascinating series traces the routes of the epic journeys our ancestors made to conquer the globe. Using the latest genetic and archaeological evidence this series follows in the footsteps of our ancestors to find out. The final episode considers just how early modern humans came to conquer the Americas, and the perilous route they may have taken to reach this vast land mass, cut off as it is by mountains of ice to the North and oceans to the South.
Lord Clark visits Florence, where European thought enjoyed new impetus by rediscovery of its classical past. He also journeys to the palaces at Urbino and Mantua, centres of Renaissance civilisation.
The history of the Jewish people, focusing on what it is about their culture that has allowed them to survive through the destruction of the temple, exile, slavery, expulsions and attempted genocide.
Where the legend ends, the story begins. The documentary, Jesse James, tells the true story of an outlaw who captured the imagination of generations of Americans. The myth of Jesse James is one of America's most familiar and most fictitious. He is known as America's answer to Ned Kelly or Robin Hood, however, James robbed from the rich and the poor with equal fervour. He was known as a gun fighter - but his victims were almost always unarmed. James was a member of a vicious band of Missouri guerrillas during the civil war. In a life steeped in prolific violence and bloodshed, he met perhaps what was the most fitting end.
Ireland August 27th 1979:The former Viceroy of India and cousin of the Queen, Lord Mountbatten was a World War II naval hero, Allied Commander in South East Asia and one of the architects of D-Day. On 27 August 27 1979, he was assassinated by a bomb planted on his boat by the IRA (Irish Republican Army) whilst he was on holiday with his family in in County Sligo, Ireland.
For Eucharist Bajada, work has always been a major part of his life, whether it was working as a stonemason in Malta, as a builder on the Woomera rocket range or on the deadly asbestos production line at James Hardie's.
Lord Clark journeys from a chateau on the Loire, through the hills of Tuscany and Umbria, to the cathedral baptistery at Pisa, as he explores the aspirations and achievements of the Gothic world of the later Middle Ages in France and Italy.
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. This sweeping two-part dramatised documentary covers formative events in Australia's history, including the Rum Rebellion and early court cases which established independence and civil rights for all settlers.
The sudden reawakening of European civilisation in the 12th Century is traced, from the first manifestations at the Abbey of Cluny to its high point, the building of the cathedral at Chartres.
An ambitious young king who seizes the throne of the Khmer Empire by murder, commissions the largest stone temple in the world built entirely on a swamp - the mighty temple of Angkor Wat.
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