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.
Examine the current situation in the Middle East and how it affects the cultural heritage of certain areas. The turmoil in Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Syria has led to mayhem in the cultural heritage domain: looted museums and looted archaeological sites. This has not stopped. Financing terror organizations like the Islamic State happens by selling looting licenses to entrepreneurs and professional art thieves. Looting and forgeries now take place on industrial scale polluting our common history.
From coronations to threats of assassinations, to coups and abdications, imperial dynasties have survived it all. Each generation leaves their mark as either a pawn or political powerhouse. This episode explores royal dynasties who have inspired or divided their constituents as absolute monarchies, or have echoed or defied the will of the government as constitutional monarchies. House of Saud tread the line between tradition and modernisation. House of Windsor embraced modernisation to remain connected with their constituents. The Imperial House of Japan survived defeat in World War II, but stands on the brink of oblivion without government intervention.
The Royal Palace of Stockholm, constructed on the site of a former castle called Tre Kronor, has been the official residence of the monarchy for over 250 years.
Explore the history of a unique generation, children aged 10 in 1940, who grew up in exceptional times: 650,000 orphans, 120,000 juvenile delinquents, 90,000 children lost during population movements, 11,500 Jewish children deported. Caught between collaboration and resistance, wartime childhood experiences and stories have, for a long time, been hushed up. Far from being spared by the brutal conflict, they were thrown into the chaos of dark and sinister times. For four years, this age group became the epicentre of national upheaval. Placed at the heart of Marechal Petain's 'regeneration' project, put to work out of necessity, exposed to hunger, death and deportation, and widely condemned by a fragile and incompetent judicial system, war children were both the instruments and scapegoats of a totalitarian regime. Listen to the testimony of those, on the fringes of history in the making, who came of age in the shadows of the 'national revival' imposed by Vichy during the worst world war in history.
Kennedy. Kim. Bhutto. Gandhi-Nehru. Just a few of the political dynasties that have been at the forefront of generations of war and revolution. But, having a revered name does not guarantee the survival of an individual. This episode explores the ascension and assassinations of the Kennedys, and the partition and ensuing instability that fuelled the rise and untimely demise of members of the Bhutto and Nehru-Gandhi families.
Examine the Parthenon marbles from Athens which is the best-known example of cultural heritage where there is a heavy ongoing debate. Should the marbles be unified? Should the country of origin have a say in how cultural heritage is introduced far away from home? Problems created by people long ago which now need to be solved.
A visit to Peles Castle in Romania, which was built in a medieval style in 1914 but is filled with modern technological innovations, including its own hydro-electric power plant.
From Tootsie to Die Hard - well-known actors and directors share behind-the-scenes stories and moments of the defining movies of the '80s.
Take a unique glimpse into the life of early 20th century colonial India. From vast processions of elephants carrying India's Maharajas, to King George V's symbolic visit, to scenes from Gandhi's early fight for independence, witness pivotal moments in India's history come to life. Featuring previously unseen footage from the BFI national archive, including the oldest clips of India caught on camera, this collection of beautifully preserved films provides an astonishing window into a vanished world.
The story of a young woman growing up during World War II, and of Elizabeth's "Uncle Dickie", the wildly ambitious and egotistical Louis Mountbatten, who in lust for revenge for injustice to his father, schemed and plotted to take over the royal family by marrying the young Princess to his nephew. The film reveals the undercurrent of sadness as the King rapidly declined to an early death, advancing Elizabeth's growth into majesty. This is a story of the young princess who never would have been Queen, were it not for several twists of history. The story of the killing of her beloved grandfather George V by his doctors, of her Grandmother Queen Mary who taught her strict tradition and protocol, and of the favourite uncle - King Edward VIII, who abdicated and flirted with fascism. And above all, the story of her mother and father - King George VI's bravery in the face of disability, and the future Queen Mother, who sacrificed a close, private, near normal family life to save the monarchy.
Comedian and writer David Baddiel sets off on an adventure of a lifetime along the Silk Road. Starting at its eastern terminus in Xi'an, David visits the market to get himself kitted out for the long journey ahead buying tea, a lucky charm and pants that fit. As he heads west, he discovers the secret of silk that could get a man killed and visits some amazing caves containing hidden treasures. He rides a camel through a haunted desert and channels Indiana Jones as he hunts down the original Great Wall of China, before taking an overnight train to Turpan.
After the fall of the iron curtain, old royal dynasties experienced an impressive comeback in some of the post-communist states. In Bulgaria, Romania and Montenegro especially, the once-ostracized aristocracy has found new meaning in the modern age. This documentary paints an intimate portrait of the last surviving Balkan monarchs in their own words - Bulgaria's Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Montenegro's heir apparent, Nicholas, Crown Prince of Montenegro as well as the already deceased Michael I of Romania and his daughter Crown Princess Margareta. With rare archive footage and first-hand testimonies, we see how the royal houses survived the most tumultuous times in history to remain an essential part of their respective countries' national identity.
A celebration of the power of a Great Myth, from its magical Celtic origins to global popularity today. Across the centuries, the tales of King Arthur have gripped the popular imagination. Rich with dramatic reconstructions and lavish photography of ancient heritage sites and mystic Celtic landscapes, this thrilling programme, reveals how the stories of King Arthur have grown and developed across a thousand years and more.The Legend is alive and well today, on screen and in print, intriguing a new generation who are in search of an inspiring hero-figure and a Camelot for their own age.
Fame can break down barriers. It can transcend culture and race. Death is never the end, so long as there is money to be made. This episode explores famous dynasties who have brought political and social change. The Jacksons broke down racial barriers, but the pressure of success fractured the family. Francis Ford Coppola gambled as a filmmaker, with the payoff having flow-on effects on the whole family. The Kardashians have translated exposure into fame and fortune for the whole family.
Chateau de Fontainebleau began life as a medieval castle in the 12th century before being turned into a renaissance palace in the 1500s. Kings and Emperors of France resided at this grand, country retreat for 750 years. Lying 55 kilometres southeast of Paris. Fontainebleau has stood in the forests of rural France for nearly one thousand years. Among the artwork and frescoes of Italian renaissance painters, sits modern engineering in the form of a 19th century elevator. Part palace, part castle, Fontainebleau and its130 acres gardens are dazzling in so many ways. In his memoirs Napoleon Bonaparte called the imposing structure, 'The true home of Kings.'.
Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.
The reputation of King George III of England as a foolish madman often overshadows his achievements and qualities as a monarch. As the first exhibition to focus on this much-maligned king opens at Buckingham Palace, this programme reveals a very different side to a remarkable monarch. In fact, King George was a major patron of the arts and sciences and today, his collections of art and books constitute a major part of Britain's cultural heritage. His success in anchoring the monarchy despite the ever-present threat of revolution, had a profound impact on the future of Britain. New revelations from diaries and letters and interviews with experts, including his descendent the Prince of Wales, examine why history paints him as a fool and whether it is right to do so.
This program digs beneath the surface of the dazzling and mysterious Orkney Islands. Orkney might seem remote today, but in the Stone Age these fascinating islands were a technological, cultural and spiritual hub. This documentary uses CGI technology, satellite imaging, drone photography and a robot submarine to bring history to life.
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