Discover and learn about different families around the world who have made their mark in history which include the Romanovs, Tudors and Ramesses.
August 6, 1945: See how the catastrophic event that destroyed a city changed the world, amid fears of mutual assured destruction.
Bigger is better. As the scale of war grew over the centuries, so too did the size of machinery used to create war. From the first moments the British heavy tanks of WWI broke through the stalemates of trench warfare, the shape of war was changed forever. Bigger artillery pieces to increase battlefield supremacy, bigger planes to move bigger machines, bigger ships to deliver bigger payloads. The influence of the increasing size of warmachines even spread beyond the battlefield too, demanding bigger machines to transport these behemoths and bigger factories to create them. This episode looks at the behemoths of war; the grumbling armoured monsters like the Panzer III and the gravity-defying bulk of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, that dominate their arenas of war with their incredible size and power.
Albert Lin travels to the famous city of Petra and learns it may have been part of a much bigger network built by a mysterious civilisation.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; Did British Intelligence murder the Mad Monk Rasputin? The heart-rending story of the Nazi Baby Factories. The American President who escaped being eaten alive. And the Polish War Bear who helped break the fort at Monte Cassino.
At the start of the Renaissance, Charles of Habsburg was on the brink of becoming the most powerful man in Europe. Heir to the Kingdom of Spain, he also planned to take to the throne of the Germanic Holy Roman Empire. But Francois I, hero of the Battle of Marignano and new King of France, also had his eye on the imperial throne, and was determined to defend his Italian possessions: wars, treachery and imprisonment. The bitter clash between Charles V and Francois I was watched by all Europe with bated breath. And it was a no-holds-barred struggle. From the Chateau de Blois to the battlefield, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
Bill Oddie is the bearded one that a generation of us grew up watching on the anarchic comedy, The Goodies. Julia travels in a classic MG with Bill, tracing his childhood in Birmingham in the UK.
Revisit this pivotal 1950 Korean war battle through eyewitness accounts of Veterans who were present for this first major military clash of the Cold War. An amazingly harrowing story of the 17 day engagement of bloody combat and heroic survival in sub arctic temperatures. UN forces largely outnumbered and surrounded, due to a surprise attack led by 120,000 Chinese troops.
Throughout the ages, the United Kingdom has been a leading force for game changing contributions to the Global community. Once the largest empire in history, the UK has driven scientific, industrial, and cultural revolutions and been a powerhouse of game changing innovation and creativity. To celebrate Britain's most important accomplishments, we're going to imagine a world where we strip them all away, touching every aspect of modern life as we know it.
Albert Lin goes on an epic adventure to uncover the hidden world of the ancient people who may have inspired the construction of Stonehenge.
Louis XI was an inspired strategist. So brilliantly did he master the art of setting traps for his enemies, he became known as the 'Universal Spider' in the courts of Europe. However, the hated Machiavellian king's grip on power was threatened by two formidable men: the Duke of Burgundy, Charles the Bold, and Edward IV of York, King of England. From the royal Chateau d'Amboise to the Chateau de Langeais, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
Ian Chappell, one of the most important figures of modern cricket, takes Julia back to Adelaide to the yard he and his brothers spent hours practicing the skills that got them selected to represent Australia.
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. In a heroic mission, British and French forces evacuated thousands of soldiers.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; The deadly plague unleashed by 'Churchill's Toyshop'. The return of the Ripper in the London Blitz. The strange disappearances that give birth to the Bermuda Triangle. And the macabre secret of Skeleton Lake.
Italy is a nation with an incredibly rich and influential history. Its impact on our modern world surrounds and fills our daily lives. From ancient thinkers and explorers, through the Renaissance to modern day innovations in science and technology, the famous boot-shaped country made our world a better place. To celebrate Italy's achievements, we're going to strip them away and explore the world left suffering unimaginably when its greatest innovations and discoveries are erased.
Albert Lin travels to Micronesia, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, to explore the tombs and ritual sites of the ancient island city Nan Madol.
Award-winning actress Olivia Colman thinks her ancestry is largely from Norfolk, so she is astonished to discover that she needs to travel to India to find out more about her great-great-great-grandmother Harriot. Olivia finds records that reveal Harriot was an orphan in 1811 on a ship bound for England from Calcutta. Harriot's father was an Englishman, but the identity of her mother, who gave birth to her in a remote Indian village, is a mystery Olivia delights in solving.
A film that tells the harrowing tales Liberators and Liberation Witnesses. These heroes of World War II put their life on the line to stand against hatred and protect their fellow humans.
Strictly Come Dancing's head judge Shirley Ballas investigates a family story that her maternal great-grandmother abandoned her husband and children for a more exciting life in America. What Shirley discovers casts her great-grandmother in a completely new light. On her father's side, Shirley pursues a rumour that she has black ancestors - a trail which leads her to colonial Cape Town and the era of slave trafficking to South Africa via the Indian Ocean.
At the age of 24, King Charles VI of France lost his mind. The throne of France was in danger. Burgundians and Armagnacs went to battle. Civil war began to rage, encouraging the ambitions of the King of England. The Hundred Years' War flamed up again. But with the help of Joan of Arc, a 17-year-old girl from Domremy, France's Dauphin, the future king Charles VII, resisted England's attempts to seize the throne. From the battlefield of Agincourt to the royal Chateau d'Amboise and the magnificent fortress of Chinon, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
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