This series, presented by composer Howard Goodall, shows that great pieces of music are not freak accidents of genius but the direct products of their time, place, culture and politics. 1791 saw the completion of Mozart's last opera The Magic Flute and his great Requiem. It was also the year of his death.
Today, we know black holes exist, and now scientists are trying to confirm that other holes lurk in hyperspace. Learn about new discoveries including, colliding binary black holes, intermediate black holes and manufacturing mini black holes.
Join presenter Sorrel Wilby as she continues on her exciting journey with Painting Australia - tonight our artists visit Byron Bay in NSW.
This week the crash course in retail reality continues for our hopeful producers and designers as they try to get to grips with the basics - stock buying, manufacturing costs and setting up studios. Along the way some long held dreams are dashed whilst others seem destined for success - at least for the time being.
In this epic episode, Jamie and Adam do battle with each other, while the Build Team are consumed in a brawl against mother nature. First up, Adam and Jamie put some more spy car gadgetry under the microscope. Last time round, they tested mythical evasion techniques but this time it's all about attack. They test all the weapons you need to eliminate the bad guys.
Winter 1944-1945: In Europe, the allies are totally unprepared for Hitler's massive counterattack in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium and Luxemburg. It is the biggest battle of the War on the Western Front, fought during the coldest winter in memory. But by the time the Battle of the Bulge is over, Hitler's enormous gamble has ended in disaster - and the Russians are getting closer to Berlin every day. Meanwhile, in the Santo Tomas Camp in the Philippines, thousands of internees are now starving, desperately trying to hold on to life long enough to be liberated. This series, directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history, a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrates that, in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. Throughout the series, the indelible experience of combat is brought vividly to life as veterans describe what it was like to fight and kill and see men die at places like Monte Cassino and Anzio and Omaha Beach; the Hurtgen Forest and the Vosges Mountains and the Ardennes; and on the other side of the world at Guadalcanal and Tarawa and Saipan; Peleliu and the Philippine Sea and Okinawa. In all of the battle scenes, dramatic historical footage and photographs are combined with extraordinarily realistic sound effects to give the film a terrifying, visceral immediacy. The film honours the bravery, endurance, and sacrifice of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as The War.
Three Boys Dreaming follows three Indigenous boys over four years as they chase the dream of becoming professional AFL footballers. At stake is fame, prestige and a starting salary of $150,000 a year.
The Emergency Department at London’s King's College Hospital is besieged by Saturday night drunks. Alcohol is one of the biggest causes of injury seen at King's, and on an average weekend half the cases will be alcohol-related.
On December 13th 1939, two hundred miles off the coast of South America, the first major naval battle of World War II exploded into action. Against overwhelming fire power, three British ships took on the pride of the German fleet, the pocket battleship Graf Spee. This naval conflict would become known as The Battle of the River Plate.
James May is on a mission to save modern man. Thirty years ago men were a resourceful, practical and dependable band of brothers, but today they are a pale imitation of the men of yesteryear. The once-familiar skills all men possessed such as: building, making and mending have gone. But with James at the helm it's time for man to become useful and resourceful once again.
Simon Davies usually drives a high speed train between London and Manchester, but now he faces a very different challenge as he travels to Peru and one of the highest and steepest railway lines on earth.
This remarkable documentary offers a unique perspective on the scale of the First World War as a collection of extraordinary historical finds are brought to the screen for the first time. Aerial footage, shot from an airship in the summer of 1919, captures with amazing clarity the trenches and battlefields of Europe, revealing the damage and destruction inflicted on towns, villages and the countryside, from the coast of Belgium to the border of Switzerland.
Pompeii was one of the most famous volcanic eruptions in human history. The way in which the people of Pompeii died is well known but how they lived largely remains largely a mystery until now.
If you could die at any moment, how would you live your life? Would you attempt to have children? These were the dilemmas that confronted Alisa Latto and her husband Alastair. Alisa, who is 36, was born with a life threatening genetic condition - one shared by her two siblings and her mother, Rosemary... When her oldest brother died two years ago Alisa said it became crystal clear there were only two ways she could live her life. 'I was either going to do nothing or everything'.
Reg Saunders had a philosophy that any task, no matter how small, should be done to the best of one's ability. This philosophy helped promote Reg up the military ranks during WWII.
A show that offers a distinctive peek inside the creative minds of Hollywood's best directors. A personal and insightful look into the lives, influences, and original style of today's top film directors. A fascinating profile that explores each directors unique process for creating some of the most memorable and enduring movies of our times.
In the third episode, the pharmacy enters a period of new invention and new laws. Narcotics were freely available across the counter throughout the Victorian era. Arsenic was the most common poison and was everywhere in the Victorian homes - in wallpaper, candles, fabrics and even sweets.
It's a tough job separating truth from urban legend, but the MythBusters are here to serve. Tonight, is it really possible to drive a car completely blind? And do metal cleats on golf shoes really attract lightning?