Legendary wildlife filmmaker David Attenborough reveals the animals that can do the seemingly impossible, including the salamander which can regenerate entire legs and tails to replace ones they've lost.
Legendary wildlife filmmaker David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary way animals protect themselves with natural remedies, including the 'sweat' produced by hippos which acts as a sun-block and helps fight infection.
Sir Joseph Banks, naturalist, explorer, President of the Royal Society for more than 40 years and one of Australia's founding fathers, was among the most outstanding figures of the 18th and 19th centuries. He rose to fame when as a young botanist, accompanying Captain Cook on his circumnavigation and voyage of discovery to the Pacific Ocean, and yet a true picture of Banks' life has never emerged nor an appreciation of his enduring importance. This documentary features contributors with specialised knowledge of Banks' life, his epic journey of discovery and contributions to key scientific institutions.
Hear about the early explorer who was shot by his own camel? Tony Robinson goes to the scene of the crime, recreating one of Australia's most peculiar chapters in history. He walks in the footsteps of the early inland explorers and discovers how the grab for land led to atrocities against the indigenous inhabitants. This episode is about the mixed fortunes of these two groups - the foolhardy explorers who set out into the wilderness, and the gold seekers hungry for riches, and united as they rebelled against corrupt police and a tax hungry government. Alternative title: Tony Robinson Explores Australia.
Sir Joseph Banks, naturalist, explorer, President of the Royal Society for more than 40 years and one of Australia's founding fathers, was among the most outstanding figures of the 18th and 19th centuries. He rose to fame when as a young botanist, accompanying Captain James Cook on his circumnavigation and voyage of discovery to The Pacific, and yet a true picture of Banks' life has never emerged nor an appreciation of his enduring importance. This documentary features contributors with specialised knowledge of Banks' life, his epic journey of discovery and contributions to key scientific institutions.
It's one of the most daring and bold operations of World War II: the Nazi's occupation of Norway. Here, not only can the Nazi's attack the Soviet Union, but it also holds the possibility of making an atomic bomb.
As the early settlers began to sink their roots deeper into the soils of the new colony, the first rumblings of liberty and freedom began. The authority of the penal government is questioned more and more by the convicts and by the soldiers themselves. Early attempts to escape betrayed a complete ignorance about where they were in the world. Tony visits Port Arthur, and subjects himself to solitary confinement to find out firsthand what it was like for the wretched souls who were incarcerated there. But later the lone voices of dissent became a chorus. And on at least one occasion, the fledgling country faced its destiny: remain loyal to mother Britain, or break away like America into the uncertain waters of Republicanism? Tony finds out just how close Australia came to choosing the latter. Alternative title: Tony Robinson Explores Australia.
When Charles Dickens created the character of Fagin in his novel Oliver Twist, he gave birth to one of the most infamous rogues in English literature. Few people know that Dickens' portrait of Fagin drew inspiration from the life of the Jewish receiver and fencer of stolen goods, Ikey Solomon. The First Fagin recreates Ikey's journey from London's dens of vice, Newgate jail, and the notorious prison "hulks" on the Thames to a daring escape to the new world of America. Ikey then tempted fate by sailing to Tasmania in search of his wife who had been transported as a convict.
Join Max as we watch this incredible authorised documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington, to his success and downfall with the iconic grunge rock band, Nirvana.
After Hitler's suicide, an American tank commander leads a motley mix of German and American soldiers determined to protect French prisoners, held in a castle in the Austrian Alps, from loyal Nazi troops.
The colony started with a bang, but from that point it was a bitter struggle for survival. With the assistance of Tim Flannery, Tony recreates the celebration that was said to have taken place when women were brought ashore many days after the men first landed. From day one, the challenge was to find and grow food to sustain the new colony. Alternative title: Tony Robinson Explores Australia.
There really is no place like home. National Geographic, acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (mother!, Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) and award-winning producer Jane Root (America: The Story of Us, The '80s: The Decade That Made Us) join forces on an epic, cinematic event series that will redefine natural history filmmaking. Hosted by Will Smith (Ali, Pursuit of Happyness, Men in Black I, II, III), this program promises to be a mind-bending, thrilling journey that explores the fragility and wonder of planet Earth, one of the most peculiar, unique places in the entire universe. It's the extraordinary story of why life as we know it exists on Earth, brought into perspective by the only people to have left it behind - astronauts. This series from Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures brings cameras where they've never been before, having filmed in 45 countries, on six continents and from outer space on the ISS.
From the first sighting by a wayward buccaneer in 1688, all the way through to the Sydney Olympics, Australia has been influenced by many cultures. Now Tony Robinson brings his distinctive passion for storytelling and discovery to reveal some astonishing quirks of history on the island continent. The characters who left their fingerprints on Australia's formative years were predominantly English and Irish. Nonetheless. Tony will also reveal some surprising and controversial stories of the settlers and un-settlers from other countries (Austria, France, Israel, Germany and more): the rebels, ratbags and revolutionaries who in some small way contributed to the birth of a nation. Alternative title: Tony Robinson Explores Australia.
This documentary is based on the book of the same name and deals with the death of Duk Koo Kim who was killed in a fight against Ray Boom Boom Mancini in 1982 in Las Vegas. Ray travels to meet Duks' son and widow in a very moving scene.
Could what really happened be more intriguing, more thrilling and more revealing than the fiction? Find out as this high-octane documentary reveals the true stories behind some of Hollywood's finest movies. Blending dramatic reconstruction with telling archive of actual events, eyewitness testimony and documentary footage, this program unpicks fact from fiction, meeting the people behind these extraordinary events to experience the real drama of the truth. In this episode, learn the true story behind Steven Spielberg's Munich, based on the events that followed Black September's attack at the 1972 Olympic Games.
It's easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of America in colour, for the first time. Decade by decade, this ambitious series puts the colour back in history, and brings the history back to life. From jazz-age speakeasies to the attack on Pearl Harbor, from the Great Depression to Elvismania, iconic images of America are vibrantly brought to the screen. To make this landmark series, filmmakers spent 6000 hours painstakingly scouring obscure archives, dusting off forgotten family vaults, and tracking down dedicated private collectors to find the 27 miles of film they needed - much of it not seen for nearly a century. The result is a feast for the eyes, and brings a fresh excitement to the seminal images of our time.
Dr Derek Muller takes us on an epic journey, a world-spanning investigation of vitamin science and history from molecules to marketing, from colds to chemotherapy. What he uncovers will confound opinions on all sides of the debate over vitamins and dietary supplements.
Could what really happened be more intriguing, more thrilling and more revealing than the fiction? Find out as this high-octane documentary reveals the true stories behind some of Hollywood's finest movies. Blending dramatic reconstruction with telling archive of actual events, eyewitness testimony and documentary footage, this program unpicks fact from fiction, meeting the people behind these extraordinary events to experience the real drama of the truth. In this episode, scientists investigate whether the biblical story of the Book of Exodus could have actually happened.
The personal and professional struggles the members faced while the band was apart are revealed, and it chronicles the group's dramatic reunion in 1994, as well as its resurgence in recording and performing throughout the next two decades.
In this intimate, meticulously crafted patchwork of rare archival material, concert footage and never-before-seen home movies explores the evolution and enduring popularity of The Eagles, all the way from the band's creation and rise to fame in the 1970s to its breakup in 1980.
During World War II, Hitler controlled a vast system of railways. Of all the functions this system served, the most sinister was to facilitate the Final Solution by transporting prisoners to concentration camps and, eventually, their death.
For over 40 years, Caroll Spinney has played Sesame Streets' Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch with no intention of retiring any time soon. This is the story of the man inside the suits, and how he has become a living legend.
Mike Munro's real surname is not Munro: it's Kenniff. The notorious Kenniff brothers were the last of Australia's 'wild colonial boys' roaming remote north Queensland at the turn of the century, stealing cattle and horses with the confidence and skill of organised criminals. Their careers culminated in a showdown in the Carnarvon Ranges that left one policeman and a civilian dead. Their victims' bodies were found burned and chopped into pieces. Patrick and James Kenniff were caught and tried for wilful murder - but they maintained their innocence to the bitter end. What turns thieves into brutal mutilators? Was there reasonable doubt that they didn't do the deed? Mike Munro needs to know - this isn't just a question about the nature of crime and punishment, this story is deeply personal. The Kenniff's were Mike's ancestors and the cause of shame for his family through generations. The Lawless team embark on a factual and forensic analysis of the crime to search for answers, and Mike meets descendants from the other side of the story. Against the backdrop of a brutal event, this case marks a pivotal point in the history of our evolving laws and nationhood, and this investigation makes for an extraordinary personal journey for host Mike Munro.
Before Ned Kelly, it was Ben Hall who was the 'rock star' of Australian bushranging, leading a short but prolific three year crime spree across NSW in the wake of the gold rush. His criminal career comes to a bloody end when he is shot by police in a hail of bullets close to a place known as Billabong Creek on the outskirts of Forbes. But Ben Hall's death is shrouded in controversy. The official police account says that Hall was a dangerous criminal, lawfully killed while trying to escape, while the legend goes that Hall was shot in his sleep and the victim of a brutal police cover up. Now for the first time, the Lawless team undertake an analysis of Hall's bloody demise at the hand of authorities. At a time when our fledgling nation was striving for law and order, this investigation reveals the extraordinary measures enacted by authorities in NSW in an effort to become a civilised society. The death of Ben Hall exposes how justice was served in the times of the colonial era.
Trade has a civilising effect - promoting wealth, cooperation and trust. Nowhere was this truer in the ancient world than in the Indus Valley - between modern-day India and Pakistan - home to the first civilisation in Asia. Archaeologist Uzma Rizvi reveals this was a civilisation built upon the production and exchange of precious stones and copper-based ornaments. As demand for these goods grew, the trade network expanded and civilisation flourished.
In the darkest days of World War II, St Peter's was shrouded in the shadow of the swastika. But even as the Fuhrer surrounded him, the Pope was plotting a secret counter-offensive. Wartime Pontiff Pius XII has been derided for his public silence about the Holocaust but evidence suggests his silence may have been subterfuge. The man branded as "Hitler's Pope" may actually have wanted to eliminate him and was leading the Vatican in a conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Andrew George Scott (aka Captain Moonlite) was a preacher, a con man and a gentleman - certainly not your average bushranger. After an 11-year life of crime, Moonlite's career ends in a violent gun battle that results in the death of two of his gang and a NSW policeman. The event seals his fate, sending him on a one-way trip to the gallows. But should Moonlite have swung for this crime? Controversial primary evidence raises questions as to whether he actually fired the fatal shot, and if he didn't do it, then who did? The team undertakes the first full archaeological investigation of the site of Moonlite's last stand to unearth remaining evidence of the gunfight still buried in the ground and piece together the puzzle of this event. Using forensic ballistics and pathology, the team determine which gun could have been the murder weapon. With new evidence and insights, the team complete a digital reconstruction of the event to determine, almost 140 years after the gunfight, just who was the likely killer. In one final twist, a secret from Moonlite's private life is exposed to reveal another dimension to this complex and enigmatic character. Fascinating and with an incredible human story, this investigation forever changes our view of the iconic Australian 'bloodthirsty bushranger'.
Shortly after 8pm on the Halloween Eve, 1938, the voice of a panicked radio announcer broke in with a news bulletin reporting strange explosions taking place on the planet Mars, followed minutes later by a report that Martians had landed in the tiny town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey. Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, the next day's headlines reported that thousands of others plunged into panic, convinced that America was under a deadly Martian attack. It turned out to be HG Wells' classic The War of the Worlds, performed by 23-year-old Orson Welles.
Featuring interviews with film director and cinema historian Peter Bogdanovich, Welles' daughter Chris Welles Feder, and other authors and experts, as well as dramatisations of some of the thousands of letters sent to Welles by an alternately admiring and furious public, War of the Worlds explores how Welles's ingenious use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.
It's been nearly 80 years since our Diggers and their PNG comrades, against all odds, withstood Japan's Pacific invasion and preserved Australia's freedom. Now, follow in their footsteps and relive moments in a crucial battle.
In March 2012, James Cameron made a record breaking dive to Earth's lowest point, the Mariana Trench. Piloting a submarine nearly 11km deep, he hopes what he found there will answer some of science's most enduring questions.
Born in one of the most rural parts of South Africa, Nelson Mandela is adopted by the Thembu royalty after his father's death. But the lure of the city is more powerful and Mandela flees to Johannesburg.