Simon Schama explores one of our deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature. Simon discovers that landscape painting is seldom a straightforward description of observed nature, rather it is a projection of dreams and idylls, as well as of escapes and refuges from human turmoil, the elusive paradise on earth.
Night will Fall tells the story of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration camps. Using remarkable archive footage and testimony from both survivors and liberators, it reveals the efforts made to document the almost unbelievable scenes that the allies encountered on Liberation. The film explores how a team of top filmmakers, including Sidney Bernstein, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock came together to make a film to provide undeniable evidence of what the allies found. Each new generation deserves access to this evidence.
Rich Hill is a small town in Missouri, USA, with a population of around 1400 people. This program intimately chronicles the turbulent lives of three boys living in this impoverished Midwestern town and the fragile family bonds that sustain them. Despite their isolation and the brutality of their circumstances, their hopes for a brighter future persist.
Pope John Paul II is the world's first 'famous' Pope. He comes into power during the height of the Cold War and serves for nearly three decades, the second longest term in papal history. Having come of age during the Nazi invasion of his native Poland, and keenly aware of the shortcomings of the Vatican during World War II, John Paul II immerses the religious office into global affairs.
A group of chimps in Senegal is led by an alpha male named Dave.
The formidable racial prejudice that Nelson Mandela encounters on moving to Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city, leads to his rapid politicisation and fight to topple apartheid.
We uncover legendary tales of herbal hunters and stories of herb cultivators.
A compelling account of Nelson Mandela's secret life in the underground as he spearheads the anti-apartheid movement in an increasingly volatile political climate.
Religion has always been the soulmate of civilisation; they are meant for each other. This connection was first made in Ancient Egypt, which is still the longest lasting civilisation in world history. All civilisations since have borrowed something of the blueprint established by the Egyptians. Remarkably, it is possible to trace the birth of organised religion to a specific site known as Nabta Playa in the Egyptian desert. Here, 8000 years ago, herders built stone circles and erected megaliths as a place of worship. Archaeologist and series consultant Jeff Rose believes the site was a prototype church where people tried to understand their place within the ever-changing rhythms of the natural world.
Jamali travels to meet members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), the largest Neo-Nazi group in America who openly idolise Adolf Hitler and are avid enthusiasts of all things White Power. Jamali spends time with party chairman, Commander Jeff Schoep as he attempts a historical merge of 25 white supremacist groups, together aiming to culturally balkanise the US. He Joins Jeff in Detroit where he gets a tour of NSM headquarters and the neighbourhoods that Jeff believes are "ruining the pure white race".
Think Renaissance and you think Italy. But in the 15th and 16th centuries, the great Islamic empires experienced their own extraordinary cultural flowering. The two phenomena did not unfold in separate artistic universes; they were acutely conscious of, and in competition with, each other and mutually open to influences flowing both ways.
Fritz Lang's career began in Germany with Metropolis and M; he then built a new career following the Nazi uprising, moved to Hollywood to become the king of film noir.
Adventurer Ben Fogle journeys to the swamplands of Georgia in the South East of the USA, to live with Colbert, a former city fat cat earning big bucks in the world of finance, who turned jungle Tarzan. Ben joins Colbert in his hand-built wooden cabin, totally off the grid and with no toilet - a far cry from his million dollar luxury pad he used to own in the nearest town.
Simon Schama starts his meditation on colour and civilisation with the great Gothic cathedrals of Amiens and Chartres. He then moves to 16th-century Venice, where masterpieces such as Giovanni Bellini's San Zaccaria altarpiece and Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne contested the assumption that drawing would always be superior to colouring.
In July 2016, Pope Francis makes an emotional visit to Auschwitz, the former Nazi death camp where more than 1.1 million Jews were executed. In the dark shadows of the Holocaust, the Pope prays for the forgiveness of mankind, and immerses himself in the controversial legacy of his predecessor, Pope Pius XII.
Deep in the New Zealand wilderness lives the Long family, hunter-gatherers who survive off the land and call a ramshackle wooden hut their home. Robert Long discovered the untamed area after dropping out of medical school 32 years ago. He and his wife Catherine have raised two teenagers in complete isolation and educating them at home.
It is 1917 and the Anzacs are involved in the seminal battles of Bullecourt, Ypres, Messines and Menin Road. The year starts for the Australians with success but when the Germans counter-attack the Australians are overwhelmed at a place called Bullecourt, a significant German breakthrough seems imminent.
Alone for the first time, the animals must face the dangers and challenges of the grown-up world. Only by learning how it fits into its environment can an animal move on to the next stage in its life. Narrated by David Attenborough.