In 1859, Charles Darwin published his world-changing book, The Origin of Species. Now, to coincide with its 150th anniversary, comes this dramatic exploration of Darwin's life at the time when he developed his theory. Written in buttoned-up Victorian England by an anxious, meticulous man, The Origin of Species is a world-changing book and an epic theory - and it's no easy read. But its style utterly belies the writer. His personal letters, diaries and notes reveal a completely different Darwin - an unexpectedly friendly, funny and candid communicator, full of very human weaknesses, excited and downcast by turns.
A five-part documentary series charting the history of Scotland. At the dawn of the first millennia, there was no Scotland or England. In the first episode of this series, Neil Oliver reveals the mystery of how the Gaelic Scottish Kingdom - Alba - was born, and why its role in one of the greatest battles ever fought on British soil defined the shape of Britain in the modern era.
Rediscovering the buried treasures of the ancient world. What did these legendary places really look like, who lived in them, and why did they vanish?
This film looks at how developments in mathematics over the last century have completely changed our understanding of the fundamental nature of the world we live in. The film begins with Henri Poincare who, in 1889, discovered that the solar system itself was not stable. He had discovered the maths of what we now call the butterfly effect - that a tiny disturbance can grow until it creates an unstoppable storm.
In 1178, Christians and Muslims were on the brink of total war. The bloody conquest of Jerusalem by the First Crusaders had enraged the Islamic world, including the warlord Saladin. He was determined to crush the Western presence in the Holy Land. But first he had to defeat the young Christian king of Jerusalem, Baldwin the Leper.
This series looks at the experiences of post-war migrants in Australia. Whether escaping war-torn Europe, or fleeing from the rise of communism, all migrants were bound by a singular common thread; to emigrate to a land that promised a better way of life for themselves and their families.
Using archaeology and natural sciences, this documentary traces the finding and excavation of two sites in the Dead Sea Plains which may indeed be the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The Body Hunters is a three-part series that follows the US Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command Team (JPAC) team as they try to identity deceased US soldiers using forensic techniques and trawling through archived records from around the world in order to give families and descendants answers about the past.
Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, The Power Of The Powerless examines the struggle for freedom during the Communist era in Czechoslovakia. Featuring Vaclav Havel, who ascended to power during the bloodless Velvet Revolution of 1989, and his fellow dissidents, this film investigates haunting questions about the country's Communist past.
Recounts the story of how English became the language of the English church. The long uphill battle begins with John Wycliffe and the first English translation of the Bible and the program goes on to describe how in the time of Henry V, political necessity made English the language of state, and how the work of the Chancery and later of the printers, helped to codify it.
Professor Niall Ferguson re-examines the history of the 20th century. At its core were the two world wars, yet these were only the two most explosive conflicts of the century.
This two-part documentary shows the War in the Pacific seen for the very first time in colour. From exclusive footage of pre-War Japan to Pearl Harbour, Guadalcanal, Saipan, Midway, as well as kamikazes and atomic devastation, this program provides an insight into this war with previously unseen colour footage.
The second episode begins in 1928, with the historic flight of the Southern Cross across the Pacific Ocean, followed throughout the 1930s by the continuing struggle to maintain an Australian-owned aviation industry in the face of powerful international airline businesses.
This episode takes the broad topic of the Vietnam War and focuses its investigation on why Australia became involved in the war and how and why public resistance to that involvement grew in Australia.
The Norman invasion of 1066 relegated English from the primary language of the country to a poor third - after French, the tongue of the court, and Latin, the tongue of the church. This episode tells the story of its re-emergence.
In Who Do You Think You Are? British television presenter and journalist Esther Rantzen discovers astonishing details about her family. Esther had believed her family history was a story of genteel middle class respectability, but there was one story of a 'black sheep' that had always intrigued her.
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