This two-part documentary tells the story of the brutal World War II campaign fought between Australia and Japan in the green hell of the mountains of Papua New Guinea. Told from both the Japanese and Australian perspectives the series also explores the impact of the decisions of high command on the soldiers at the front line.
After the four-month ordeal on Guadalcanal, Leckie and Basilone and thousands of their comrades land in Melbourne where they are greeted warmly by the Australians. While his buddies carouse,Leckie becomes deeply attached to an Australian woman and her first-generation Greek family.
Lord Clark's thoughts on the materialism and humanitarianism of the past 100 years take him from the English industrial landscape of the 19th century to the towering skyscrapers of New York City in the 20th.
Harry Malcher was born in the Solomon Islands, raised in Australia and returned to his native Austria just before WWII. He spent time with Lufthansa and on his return to Australia in 1949, was one of the pioneers of the Australian ski fields.
Six archaeologists of various backgrounds and interests visit famous American sites to wield their spades and technological savvy to unearth the secrets beneath. This time it is off to the swamp of South Carolina to further the understanding of North America's first human inhabitants.
The French Revolution led to the dictatorship of Napoleon and the dreary bureaucracies of the 19th Century. The disillusionment of the Romantic artists is traced through the music of Beethoven, the poetry of Byron, the paintings of Delacroix, and the sculptures of Rodin.
On the evening of October 30, 1938, an innovative radio production of HG Wells' novel The War of the Worlds triggered a night of panic and destruction across the USA.
Looks at how the Treaty of Versailles was created, and how in the end, no-one was satisfied. For six months in 1919 delegates from over 30 nations met in Paris to hammer out a treaty to end World War I. But with each having conflicting reasons to be there - from peace to revenge - the outcome, instead of being a peace treaty "for all time", was an embittered Germany and contentious new entities like Iraq and Yugoslavia.
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.
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