The Great Escape
2:45:15

The Great Escape

Masterpiece February 16, 2017

Media arts

Modern history

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Allied POWs plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Allied POWs plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

The Eagle Has Landed
2:07:37

The Eagle Has Landed

Seven July 24, 2016

Media arts

Modern history

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A German parachute unit commander is sent to England on a covert mission to kidnap Prime Minister Winston Churchill and bring him to Berlin.

A German parachute unit commander is sent to England on a covert mission to kidnap Prime Minister Winston Churchill and bring him to Berlin.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Sydney 2019
2:00:00

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Sydney 2019

ABC December 1, 2019

Modern history

Music

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Filmed in Sydney, set against a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the renowned Scottish spectacular features a cast of more than 1500 making it the largest Tattoo ever in ...

Filmed in Sydney, set against a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the renowned Scottish spectacular features a cast of more than 1500 making it the largest Tattoo ever in its 69-year history.

Nat King Cole: Afraid Of The Dark
1:33:27

Nat King Cole: Afraid Of The Dark

SBS July 19, 2014

Music

Modern history

Ethical understanding

Personal and social capability

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At a time when black Americans were still suffering segregation and prejudice, Nat King Cole broke through the race barrier, becoming the only black television star in the US, ...

At a time when black Americans were still suffering segregation and prejudice, Nat King Cole broke through the race barrier, becoming the only black television star in the US, with a weekly primetime show acknowledging his unique natural talent. Through extensive archives and his private journals, together with exclusive interviews with his widow, Maria Cole, and other family members, the true story is told of the man whose charm and genius for performance made him a role model and a pinnacle of American cultural society.

Winning World War I: The Western Front Diaries
1:32:50

Winning World War I: The Western Front Diaries

The History Channel November 11, 2009

Modern history

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To mark the 90th anniversary of the Western Front we tell the Australian story for the first time. Unlike the defeat at Gallipoli, Australians were very effective and largely ...

To mark the 90th anniversary of the Western Front we tell the Australian story for the first time. Unlike the defeat at Gallipoli, Australians were very effective and largely responsible for Winning World War I on the Western Front. Five times more Australians were killed on the Western Front than in Gallipoli. Based on the book by author Dr Jonathan King, this exclusive local production airs as part of The History Channel's Remembrance Day line-up.

The War Generals
1:28:13

The War Generals

National Geographic February 11, 2017

Modern history

Personal and social capability

Ethical understanding

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With unprecedented access to legendary generals, including Colin Powell, National Geographic Channel presents an intimate account of how America's military leaders made major ...

With unprecedented access to legendary generals, including Colin Powell, National Geographic Channel presents an intimate account of how America's military leaders made major wartime decisions.

Fallout
1:26:25

Fallout

SBS August 9, 2016

Media arts

Modern history

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Following the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, internationally acclaimed novelist Nevil Shute prophetically predicted the devastating impact of nuclear ...

Following the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, internationally acclaimed novelist Nevil Shute prophetically predicted the devastating impact of nuclear proliferation in one of the most important anti-war novels of the 20th century. This documentary explores Shute's career and novel, investigating the ambience surrounding Shute's prophecy as well as the mismanagement of nuclear energy and the importance of mankind being ever vigilant in the post Fukushima age.

Sean Bean's Waterloo
1:23:14

Sean Bean's Waterloo

Episode 1 The History Channel June 18, 2017

Modern history

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Hollywood actor Sean Bean tells the story of Waterloo, one of history's most decisive battles. Sean's journey of discovery is inspired by his own experiences of playing ...

Hollywood actor Sean Bean tells the story of Waterloo, one of history's most decisive battles. Sean's journey of discovery is inspired by his own experiences of playing Napoleonic soldier Richard Sharpe in TV films based on Bernard Cornwell's best-selling novels. In the programmes he draws on the eye-witness accounts of soldiers who fought at Waterloo to tell the story of the dramatic events of 18 June 1815 as they were experienced by the ordinary soldiers who fought it. He pieces together the chronology of the battle and visits some of the legendary places where the outcome was decided, including the buildings at Hougoumont which witnessed some of the heaviest fighting. He also meets descendants of some of the soldiers who fought at Waterloo, to discover how they remember the achievements of their ancestors. To bring their stories to life he works alongside present-day soldiers from the British army and experts in military history and stages hands-on experiments that bring him closer to the reality of fighting at Waterloo. At the Royal Armouries in Leeds he fires an original Waterloo musket, loaded with live ammunition, and takes part in an experiment to test the damage caused by original Waterloo cavalry swords. He works with re-enactors from the Napoleonic Association to find out more about the infantry and artillery tactics used in the battle. He also witnesses the damage caused by an original Waterloo cannon using live ammunition. In Belgium he meets the archaeologist responsible for the unique discovery of the skeleton of a Waterloo soldier who died during the battle and whose remains lay undiscovered on the battlefield for almost 200 years, in the exact spot where the soldier died.

The Kennedys
1:22:15

The Kennedys

Season 1 Episode 2 ABC May 29, 2011

Civics and citizenship

Modern history

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After Jack's inauguration speech, we jump directly into a meeting about the Bay of Pigs invasion. Jack is told of an Eisenhower approved plan to train guerrillas in Nicaragua ...

After Jack's inauguration speech, we jump directly into a meeting about the Bay of Pigs invasion. Jack is told of an Eisenhower approved plan to train guerrillas in Nicaragua for an assault on Fidel Castro's Cuba. Virtually all of Jack's advisors military and civilian urge him to go ahead with the invasion. And finally Jack against his better judgement gives the order to send the guerrillas in.

The Kennedys
1:21:57

The Kennedys

Season 1 Episode 3 ABC June 5, 2011

Civics and citizenship

Modern history

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At the Justice Department, Bobby decides to put additional indictments of Sam Giancana on hold, compromising his principles. In the South, civil rights demonstrators are ...

At the Justice Department, Bobby decides to put additional indictments of Sam Giancana on hold, compromising his principles. In the South, civil rights demonstrators are protesting. JFK calls a meeting with the Southern Caucus of the Senate, who state their opposition to desegregation.

The Kennedys
1:21:21

The Kennedys

Season 1 Episode 4 ABC June 12, 2011

Civics and citizenship

Modern history

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November 22, 1963. JFK is in Fort Worth, Texas to mend fences between the liberal and conservative wings of the state's Democratic Party prior to beginning his re election ...

November 22, 1963. JFK is in Fort Worth, Texas to mend fences between the liberal and conservative wings of the state's Democratic Party prior to beginning his re election campaign. Lee Harvey Oswald is at home in Dallas, assembling a rifle.

The Kennedys
1:21:16

The Kennedys

Season 1 Episode 1 ABC May 22, 2011

Civics and citizenship

Modern history

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The Kennedys is one of the most controversial and compelling miniseries of the year. This epic family story is told through a series of flashbacks, recounting the triumphs and ...

The Kennedys is one of the most controversial and compelling miniseries of the year. This epic family story is told through a series of flashbacks, recounting the triumphs and tragedies of JFK's tumultuous journey to the White House. The Bay of Pigs, civil rights, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis trace Jack's maturation from an inexperienced mishandler of events, to a statesman and world leader.

Waterloo: The Last Battle
1:20:04

Waterloo: The Last Battle

The History Channel June 18, 2017

Modern history

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This docu-drama tells the story of the Battle of Waterloo, one of the most famous military campaigns in history. Within four days it changed the face of Europe, ending the ...

This docu-drama tells the story of the Battle of Waterloo, one of the most famous military campaigns in history. Within four days it changed the face of Europe, ending the systematic use of arms and the French domination of the Continent. In 1815, Austria, Prussia, Russia and the United Kingdom had allied themselves to end the rule of one of the greatest commanders and statesmen in history, Napoleon Bona-parte. At this point, he was considered a military genius, and was the ruler of most Western European countries. Hour by hour, even minute by minute in some cases, each decisive event of the battle is depicted. Historians discuss contradictions and inexplicable behaviour, to separate myth from truth, based on the most recent research findings. Beyond the historical facts, we discover how the Waterloo Campaign was experienced by the men involved, its key figures; Napoleon, the Duke of Wellington (the Allies' Field Marshal) and Blucher (Head of the Prussian Army), members of chiefs-of-staff and by the soldiers in both camps.

Australian War Horse
1:15:23

Australian War Horse

National Geographic July 16, 2016

Modern history

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Over 130,000 Australian horses served in the 1914-1918 war. Only one came home. Known as Walers, they were a special kind of horse as they could withstand great heat, travel ...

Over 130,000 Australian horses served in the 1914-1918 war. Only one came home. Known as Walers, they were a special kind of horse as they could withstand great heat, travel great distances and perform great feats in battle. This is their story.

No Asylum: Anne Frank's Story
1:11:46

No Asylum: Anne Frank's Story

The History Channel January 27, 2017

Modern history

History

Ethical understanding

Intercultural understanding

Personal and social capability

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An unknown chapter of Anne Frank's life has recently been uncovered. A volunteer was sorting through Holocaust manuscripts in the YIVO archives at the Institute for Jewish ...

An unknown chapter of Anne Frank's life has recently been uncovered. A volunteer was sorting through Holocaust manuscripts in the YIVO archives at the Institute for Jewish Research when she came upon letters written by Anne Frank's father. Otto Frank wrote dozens of letters to various contacts in the US Government desperately trying to save his family from the clutches of the Nazis, letters that were lost until now. Otto's letters and the US State Department's responses paint a picture of the world's failure to respond to the plight of Jewish refugees. In this film, Anne Franks' surviving family, Buddy Elias and Eva Schloss, relate the unknown story of the Frank family's frantic search for sanctuary. And in so doing, the film retells the Anne Frank story, a poignant reminder of the plight of a world-famous refugee who has no where to go.

Napoleon
59:19

Napoleon

Episode 3 The History Channel January 21, 2017

Modern history

History

Personal and social capability

Ethical understanding

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In 1815, Napoleon was taken to the remote island of St Helena in the Atlantic Ocean, a prisoner of the British. It had taken just a year for the monarchies of Europe, the ...

In 1815, Napoleon was taken to the remote island of St Helena in the Atlantic Ocean, a prisoner of the British. It had taken just a year for the monarchies of Europe, the anti-Napoleonic powers of the world, to destroy him. This final episode charts the fall of Napoleon, a key defining moment in global history. He trusted the Tsar of Russia - but the Tsar reneged on their deal. He sought revenge by invading Russia in 1812 - but the campaign was a disaster. He sought to defend France against her enemies - but made some grave, and ultimately suicidal military misjudgements.

Napoleon
59:04

Napoleon

Episode 1 The History Channel October 8, 2017

Modern history

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From lowly Corsican army officer to first consul of France, this episode charts the rise of Napoleon to leader of the French nation in the late 1790s. It tells of Napoleon's ...

From lowly Corsican army officer to first consul of France, this episode charts the rise of Napoleon to leader of the French nation in the late 1790s. It tells of Napoleon's military triumphs in Italy, Egypt and on the streets of Paris, his marriage to Josephine Beauharnais and leadership of the military coup that swept him into power. It shares in his ambition as an army officer, his highly progressive modernisation of the country during the early years of his dictatorship, but also his acute sensitivity, a personality trait that in later years would prove to be an Achilles heel to his power.

The Diamond Queen
58:58

The Diamond Queen

Season 1 Episode 1 ABC May 13, 2012

Civics and citizenship

Modern history

7-8
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In the first of this three-part series which looks at the life and achievements of The Queen, Andrew Marr tells the story of the young girl who never expected to reign over ...

In the first of this three-part series which looks at the life and achievements of The Queen, Andrew Marr tells the story of the young girl who never expected to reign over us. Sixty years after she acceded to the throne, he looks at what she actually does for us both at home and abroad.