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.
Sir David Attenborough investigates the remarkable life and death of Jumbo the elephant - a celebrity animal superstar whose story is said to have inspired the movie Dumbo.
American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.
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.
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.
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.
Sir David Attenborough reveals the most intriguing animals he's met during his incomparable career. Each episode features two species connected by a distinctive evolutionary quirk.
An aerial exploration of China's vast interior, revealing the people who live in some of the most diverse landscapes on the planet.
The Luftwaffe was a revolutionary German air force, created from nothing and fast-tracked by Hitler to annihilate the enemy from the skies.
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.
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.
Scientific advances since the Shroud of Turin was last tested in 1988 reveal letters hidden around the head of the mysterious religious relic - but who wrote them? And why?
Following clues in the Old Testament, an archaeologist believes he has discovered the location of the original cities of sin - Sodom and Gomorrah. Is this the origin of God's wrath on Earth?
The Incas ruled most of South America 500 years ago without a written language, but they may have had a three dimensional communication system made from knots.
Does Christ's crown of thorns, worn during Jesus' crucifixion, now reside in Paris? A Jesuit priest investigates a thorn from the Crown that appears to miraculously bleed.
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.
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