From February 1917, Imperial Russia was plunged into nine months of popular and spontaneous revolt. The end of this revolution was a coup that changed the course of history and profoundly altered the future of civilisation and it was all chronicled by a journalist stationed in Petrograd.
We celebrate the remarkable life of legendary leader Nelson Mandela. A moving, intimate portrait told through the words of an astonishing cast of close friends and associates.
The Spanish civil war reaches its bloody climax, the League of Nations seems toothless against the aggression of Italy, of Germany and of Japan. Neville Chamberlain is the man of the hour - but Adolf Hitler is the man of the times and 1938 brings a group of our titans together when Chamberlain invents 'shuttle diplomacy' at Munich, joining Hitler and Mussolini and thinking he has secured 'peace for our time' - "Good man!" telegraphs FDR. But peace is the last thing on Hitler's mind and the episode ends with war again burning across Europe.
The first concentration camps were set up as of 1918, a few months after the October Revolution. The new Bolshevik regime wished to rid itself of its political adversaries and use work to re-educate the so-called social misfits. The first wide-scale experiment was that of the Solovetsky Islands. Thousands of political prisoners and criminals, both men and women, were imprisoned there in inhumane conditions. After the death of Lenin in 1922, Stalin came to power and launched the accelerated industrialisation of the country along with the collectivisation of agriculture, which would lead to deadly famines. Immense building projects were launched in the most remote regions such as Kolyma in Siberia. The GPU, the Communist Party's secret police, which was in charge of cleansing society and ridding it of undesirables, sent hundreds of thousands of Russians to the camps to participate in the establishment of socialism.
It is easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course, it was not. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of America in colour, for the first time. Season two will take viewers on another visually stunning journey, shifting the focus from various decades to iconic thematic episodes in history, including: Titans of Industry: The story of a rising generation of industrialists like Henry Ford and inventors such as Thomas Edison who came to tower over America, transformed the country and impact the global landscape.
Edwardian Britain was the richest, most powerful country in the world. We look at what this means for men, women and children hard at work in the mills and the mines of the north, and London's docks and markets.
Having survived a bungled attempt on his life, Norman Scott publicly accuses Jeremy Thorpe of being behind a plot to kill him.
During the 1854 Australian gold rush, the miners are forced to fight the local police for their right to mine for gold. Chips Rafferty stars as Eureka Rebellion leader Peter Lalor.
The threat of war seems intensifies: war reaches Ethiopia with the Italian invasion and threatens in Europe with the German occupation of the Rhineland and annexation of Australia. Spain and China plunge into terrible civil wars. Mao Zedong leads the Chinese Communist Party to safety at the end of the Long March and the competing factions - Mao and Chiang Kai-shek - unite in the face of Japan's invasion.
As Jeremy gets one step closer to becoming prime minister, Norman demands that old promises should be honoured. Will Jeremy stop at nothing to silence him?
Though global leaders came and went, the Cold War continued through the atrocities of the Vietnam War to the 1989 fall of the Berlin War.
Masking his disability in a way that would not be possible today, Franklin Delano Roosevelt reaches the Oval Office. The crash of '29 morphs seamlessly into the Great Depression that reaches every country on earth. Titans rise and fall in the calamitous era of unemployment and hunger - Hitler becomes chancellor in Germany, Mussolini secures absolute power, Spain begins the political convulsion that will bring Francisco Franco onto our stage (we meet La Pasionaria) and Stalin tightens his grip, even further, with purges and show trials and, in an increasingly unsettled India, Gandhi leads the Salt March.
This film tells the tormented story of Ireland through moving interviews with people who lived through the Troubles: both republicans and loyalists, men and women, politicians, freedom fighters, and simple bystanders.
In 1960s England, homosexuality is illegal, but politician Jeremy Thorpe begins a whirlwind affair with young stable-hand Norman Scott. As Thorpe's career soars, the relationship turns sour.
The war is over and titans are on the move: Gandhi returns to India from South Africa to begin the fight that will bring him fame and his people their freedom; Lenin dies in 1924 and up steps a real titan - Josef Stalin; Franklin D Roosevelt is Secretary of the US Navy but in 1921 a promising career seems wrecked by polio; Adolf Hitler (age 29) ends the war in military hospital; Winston Churchill struggles to resume a political career. The first of the titans to emerge grabs power in this episode - Benito Mussolini.
After denouncing Stalin's crimes in 1956, Khrushchev confounded the world with his behaviour. But he wasn't nearly as soft as he portrayed himself.
March 1953: Stalin is dead, and in Asia the heated conflicts are ending. But with foreign troops leaving the region, Ho Chi Minh formulates a new plan.
After the Japanese surrender, Leckie, healed from his wounds, leaves the hospital and returns home, while Sledge heads back to Alabama to be reunited with his family and Sid Phillips. Lena visits Basilone's home and has an emotional meeting with his family. Leckie adjusts to post-war life by resuming his old job and starting a new relationship, but for Sledge, unsure why he survived the war seemingly unscathed, adjustment will require more time.
September 1950, and the war against Communism was being fought across Asia. While a beaten Truman considers the bomb, Stalin increases his influence.
After battling across the island of Okinawa for over a month, Sledge and the rest of the 1st Marine Division are ordered to relieve an army division that has been in combat against the most strongly defended Japanese position on the island. The primordial conditions and the moral dilemma posed by the presence of civilians put tremendous strain on the physical and psychological endurance of Sledge and the other marines.
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