Never has a person held such a commanding place in American life. Yet as familiar as his work was to young and old alike, Disney himself was something of an enigma. To his fierce defenders, Disney was a visionary artist and entrepreneur who had changed American popular culture for the better, grounding it once again in a spirit of hopeful promise and shared values. To his detractors, Disney represented everything that was wrong with American culture, from its saccharine sentimentality and simplification of history to its redirection of our attention from reality to fantasy. His life and legacy are unravelled in this intimate biography.
An emotional and confronting insight into the history and legacy of the domestic servitude enforced upon Aboriginal girls in Australia, told through the stories of five women.
Can three busy families turn around their lives - from stressed and hectic, to happy and unhurried - in just four weeks with the help of slow-movement ambassador Carl Honore?
It's our green seas, not the blue, that bring life to our oceans. Here, sunlight powers the growth of enchanted forests of kelp, mangroves and prairies of sea grass. Narrated by David Attenborough.
Jim Al-Khalili uncovers the origins of algebra and cryptography, revealing how Persian mathematicians like Al Khwarizmi have influenced our modern world.
The 20th century is a century of extremes; technical revolutions and two World Wars. Challenged by Jazz, classical music became a weapon of reaction, but also a vision of modernity. Visual artists also established impressionism and expressionism to new aesthetic parameters. Featuring Renee Fleming, Jamie Cullum, Yoko Ono, Leonard Bernstein and many more.
Michael sets off an ambitious study on the health benefits of omega-3 fish oils, while Chris van Tulleken puts omega-3 supplements to the test. Zoe Williams goes on a high-fat diet and discovers why eating a lot of fat affects men and women differently.
Gabriel Weston seeks out an innovative new brain treatment for PTSD, and Saleyha Ahsan reveals how to spot the symptoms of a little-known condition that can cause sudden and irreversible sight loss.
The Vice crew travels across the ocean to document the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, home to millions of kilograms of plastic waste from around the world. The trash has been accumulating for decades, and by the looks of it, won't stop growing anytime soon.
Morgan Freeman take viewers on a trip around the world to explore different cultures and religions on his personal quest to uncover the meaning of life, God and all the questions in between. Freeman traverses the globe to ask: Where did we come from, and what happened "in the beginning?"
Michael Wood embarks on a great historical adventure, exploring the stories, people and landscapes that have helped create Chinas distinctive character and genius over four thousand years. In this episode, Michael explores Chinas most creative dynasty the Song (960-1279). He travels to Twin Dragon Alley, where locals tell him the legend of the baby boys who became emperors and the inventions that made the Song one of the greatest eras in world culture. The Golden Age ended in 1127 after the Kaifeng attack, but the Song continued to survive in the South in their new capital, Hangzhou. There Michael joins locals dancing by the West Lake. In the countryside, he meets Mr Xie who has records of 40 generations of ancestors.
From Jabir ibn Hayyan to Al Kindi to Al Razi, Jim Al-Khalili introduces us to the work of medieval chemists and reveals their influence on modern chemistry.
Michael Wood embarks on a great historical adventure, exploring the stories, people and landscapes that have helped create China's distinctive character and genius over four thousand years. In this episode, the Ming: Michael's exploration of China's most famous dynasty begins with the amazing story of how a peasant rebel, Hongwu, founded one of the greatest eras in Chinese history. Michael sees the giant fortifications of the Great Wall, the ritual enclaves of the Forbidden City in Beijing and travels with bargeman Mr Hu down the Grand Canal, Chinas great artery of commerce right up to the present day. As he delves into the culture of The Ming, Michael learns of Admiral Zheng's pre-Columbus exploration of Africa and the Gulf. He travels to Suzhou, the Venice of China. Staying in a merchants house where he discovers the silk industry, ceramic and lacquer-making and visits one of the most beautiful gardens in this city of gardens.
The story of the mistakes and miscalculations made by both the British and German armies as they fought for control of Crete in 1941.
An exploration of the stories behind the resistance groups that formed to fight the Third Reich during World War II. These took many practical forms. Guerrilla forces of all sizes fought military actions against Axis troops; clandestine civilian organisations performed acts of sabotage or espionage; religious groups led acts of civil disruption and protest and underground presses spread prohibited ideas and information. Who were the men and women who made up the resistance movements?
A leader of debatable legacy, Suharto led Indonesia into a 'golden age' and made the country into one of the most prosperous in Asia. By 1998 though, his regime is widely condemned for its corruption resulting in blood on the streets and his resignation.
Chairman Mao lifted himself from poverty to become the founder of the People's Republic of China. His reign resulted in famine, the deaths of millions as well as the destruction of the country's cultural heritage so why is he still worshipped today?
The escalation of the Cold War meant that the whole world began to take sides. Rather like children attaching themselves to gangs in the schoolyard, the two superpowers gathered teams of allies, supporters, henchmen and followers. The world became a giant chessboard, with nations as squares of the board to be captured. As the cold war became a way of life, technology moved fast to keep up the pace. The launch of the American U2 spy plane and the Russian satellite Sputnik brought about a new chapter in the cold war story; now both sides could see what the other was up to. While the US was concentrating on the threat in Europe, it nearly missed the threat appearing in its own backyard. A revolution, supported by Russia, had overthrown the ruling dictator and replaced him with the legendary Fidel Castro. This period in the Cold War's history is one of significant events and great change. The Berlin Wall appeared overnight and made East Berlin a prison, and two new players joined the game, determined not to concede any points to the other side. Nikita Khrushchev and John F Kennedy would come to symbolise a period of the Cold War where the whole world would truly have to hold its breath.
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.