With access to the US Armed Forces and the innermost sanctums of the Pentagon, this series is an intimate portrait of the men and women devoting their lives to fighting terrorism at all levels.
At a time when life across the continent is politically fragmented and chaotic one man has a vision of a European empire on a grand scale - and the charisma, skill and the drive to make it a reality. He will become known to history as Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Emperor of the Romans. Presenter David Adams crosses Europe to show how daring tactics, brilliant leadership and sheer force of numbers make Charlemagne and his army the most feared military power in 8th century Europe. Charlemagne wages over 50 campaigns during a 45-year reign and by 814, he commands a single Christian empire that spans more than a million square kilometres. However, David reveals that the Emperor's son and successor, Louis the Pious, is not the strong warrior king needed to hold the empire together. Eventually Louis' own sons depose him and fight amongst themselves, each seeking a larger share of power and glory. The family feud climaxes in a fierce battle that leaves 40,000 dead and a treaty that divides Europe into three parts. It is the end of Charlemagne's empire and sets the stage for 1,000 years of conflict.
Journalist and TV presenter Fiona Bruce embarks on a trip into the archives of the British Library to see some of the rare and exquisite pearls from its famous vaults.
Neil Oliver follows the clans as they rallied behind Robert the Bruce in his against-all-odds bid to win Scotland's crown. After their crucial role in crushing the English at Bannockburn in 1314, Bruce rewarded the loyal chiefs with land and titles. They rise to shape the fate of the kingdom in the centuries to come.
Could a machine replace your doctor? Dr Hannah Fry explores the incredible ways AI is revolutionising healthcare, and what this means for all of us.
Historian Tom Holland traces the origins of ISIS's extreme violence, which it claims is justified by the tenets and scriptures of Islam: a claim contrary to most Muslims' interpretation of their faith.
This remarkable film is not a round up of the last 60 years, but rather a unique and exclusive look at a defining period in the Queen's life - from the moment her father, the king, died in 1952, to the day of her Coronation on June 2nd, 1953 - when the shy 25-year-old was suddenly and unexpectedly thrust into the limelight and crowned Queen of England. With rare and previously unseen archive from the time, this program features interviews with the people who were there close to the young Elizabeth, including the Queen's cousin and lady-in-waiting, Lady Pamela Hicks, and Sir Edward Ford, asst private secretary to Her Majesty from 1952-1967.
The 2019 instalment of the groundbreaking, award-winning documentary series from director Michael Apted, who returns to visit the people whose lives have been followed since they were seven.
Vincente Minnelli is known for directing many of MGM's classic musicals such as Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) s, Gigi (1958), The Band Wagon (1953), and An American in Paris (1951) the Academy Award winning masterpiece starring Gene Kelly. He also directed comedy classics Father of the Bride (1950)) with Spencer Tracy, and one of the great Hollywood melodramas, The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) starring Kirk Douglas (who he also directed in Lust for Life (1956).
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, this program showcases a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold.
Fred Zinnemann, Austrian-born American film director won 4 Academy Awards, as well as 19 for the actors who starred in his films. He was among the first directors to insist on using authentic locations to create more realism. Among his most noted films were the western classic, High Noon (1952), starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, From Here to Eternity (1953), Oklahoma! (1955), The Nun's Story (1959) starring Audrey Hepburn, The Day of the Jackal (1973), and Julia (1977) with Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave.
Around the world, extremism and the fight against it continues every day. In Iraq, a fight moves across the city, on the island of Trinidad, the Muslim community struggles with their people leaving to join Isis, and in Afghanistan, a deployment prepares.
Elia Kazan was considered one of the most influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history. Founder of the Actors Studio, his work bringing out powerful performances from actors is legendary, with films such as A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and, On the Waterfront (1954) both starring Marlon Brando, and East of Eden (1955) with James Dean. During his career, he won two Oscars as Best Director, three Tony Awards, and four Golden Globes. He also received an Honorary Oscar.
Through a combination of populist charm and brutal violence, Idi Amin managed to rule Uganda for eight years. But how did he rise from his humble beginnings and build such a powerful dictatorship? Alternative title: The Dictator's Playbook.
An examination of the genocide in Sudan's western region of Darfur. Features interviews with Don Cheadle, George Clooney and Hilary Clinton.
With unprecedented access to the US Armed Forces and the innermost sanctums of the Pentagon, this series is an intimate portrait of the men and women devoting their lives to fighting terrorism at all levels.
An up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer, Frank Sinatra. Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, along with commentary from those closest to him, this is an intimate portrait of the singer, actor, father, husband and philanthropist.