Historian Simon Schama explores the ways in which faith has shaped American political life. His starting point is a remarkable fact about the coming election - for the first time in a generation it's the Democrats who claim to be the party of God. It's Barack Obama, not John McCain, who has been talking about his faith.
This documentary examines the history and economic aspects of football over the centuries from Pope Leo X to Adi Dassler (the inventor of the screw-in boot studs). The film features re-enactments, scientific experiments, traditional games on original sites and historical material, shown for the first time.
The founder of Australia's most influential film family, Antonio Zeccola first got his taste for film in his birthplace, a mediaeval Italian mountain village south of Naples. Every weekend of his childhood, he would watch movies screened by his father in the village church hall. When the Zeccolas migrated to Melbourne, they brought their passion for film with them.
Tony Robinson and the team get a unique opportunity to investigate a set of buildings once occupied by Anglo Saxon royalty.
The determination of the German forces to keep on fighting in the face of defeat had disastrous consequences. After the Allied landings in the summer of 1944, the Wehrmacht was on the defensive on all fronts. It was clear to the German generals interned at Trent Park that Germany would soon lose the war.
As the Victorian era began, the massive advance of technology and industrialisation was rapidly reshaping the social structure of the whole country. Simon Schama takes a look at the women who would take a pivotal role in shaping society.
The House Of Windsor: A Royal Dynasty is a new three-part series that follows the Royal family's life stories. They are woven into a fascinating tapestry set against the major events of nine decades. The narrative is built on remarkable - in some cases previously unseen - archive film including rare 1930s colour footage of a Coronation, a Silver Jubilee and a Royal tour of Canada.
In the new Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are? celebrity "Country Cook" Maggie Beer embarks on a journey into her ancestry discovering a rags-to-riches and back to rags story and a convict bigamist with a penchant for very tall tales.
Did the Nazi's create the world's first stealth fighter? In the final months of WWII, US troops found a Nazi-designed batwing-shaped jet - and now a team of experts are putting it to the test.
The last episode in Pamela Stephenson's adventure in the South Seas to uncover the fate of her great-great-grandfather, Captain Samuel Stephenson. In the Straits of Alis, the Takapuna locates the island where Salty Sam's ship, the Rosalie, might have been sunk. The crew goes diving and finds an anchor, but don't think it belonged to the Rosalie. Pamela gets very excited when told that there is report of another wreck, and until she is told that its engine is still intact.
Chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa's apartheid regime. In the first of a four part series, the story of Oliver Tambo's escape into exile and his 30 year battle to win the world's support for the ANC.
The Great Fire of Rome was the single most destructive force ever encountered by the Roman Empire, lasting nine days and leaving 10 of Rome's 14 districts burnt beyond recognition. The emperor Nero was widely believed to have started the fire as a means of destroying his aristocratic adversaries and clearing space for his Golden Palace. Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to see his divine vision realised. He bowed under the pressure of public condemnation and probable punishment, and committed suicide. Two thousand years later, vital questions surrounding the fire remain unanswered. Was the fire an act of arson or an accident, and who really started it?
The Karakum Dessert in Turkmenistan holds some of the best kept secrets of Central Asia. Italian archaeologist, Gabriele Ruggero Rossi-Osmida has spent years digging under the sand of the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan and what he found has changed our thinking about the great civilisations of the past.
Did a German Nazi save over 200,000 Chinese from being massacred by the Japanese? He is revered in China as a Buddha, as the 'Schindler of Nanking'. But his deeds have barely been recognised in the West. The German John Rabe, a Siemens manager and fervent admirer of the 'Fuehrer', saved the lives of more than 200,000 Chinese in 1937, when the occupying Japanese Army carried out mass shootings, rapes and brutal killings.
Turning to fascinating moments in American history to understand the present, Simon Schama reveals how the American attitude to war is different from what outsiders assume it to be. "The world has got in the habit of thinking of America as the tough-guy empire; trigger-happy cowboys addicted to the rush of military power. But that's not the way America sees itself," he says.
Compares and contrasts the style of Hitler, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt and looks with fresh eyes at their relationships with each other, revealing some surprising facts.
Richard is one of history's greatest warrior kings. Renowned for his bravery and driven by his quest for glory, he fought an epic crusade against Saladin for control of the Holy Lands in the 12th Century.
Tonight, Matthew Broderick helps solve a 150 year old mystery while learning about his grandparents.
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