Larry King, Connie Chung and Maury Povich give their firsthand perspectives on the rise of tabloid journalism in the late 1980s.
New light is shed on the early birth of Islamic extremism in Afghanistan, and America's complex, ongoing battle against this enemy without borders.
In 2001 and 2003 SAS captures illegal shipping on the high seas. In 2003 it joins the invasion of Iraq before returning in 2006 to a new kind of warfare in Afghanistan. The series concludes with reflections on SAS veterans' long-term health, the global threat to food security, possible tasking of SAS against narcotics, and the possibility of SAS deploying across the entire strategic spectrum.
One black box has come to define the sound of rock. This film tells the story of the iconic Marshall guitar amplifier. It all started in 1962 when drum shop owner Jim Marshall discovered the distinctive growl that gave the electric guitar an exciting new voice. Music got a whole lot louder as young musicians like Clapton, Townshend and Hendrix adopted the revolutionary 'Marshall Sound', a new genre of rock was born. Featuring contributions from rock legends Pete Townshend, Slash and the late Lemmy, plus an interview with the 'Father of Loud' Jim Marshall, this documentary cruises down the rock ages at a ferocious speed.
History's six-part series The Clinton Affair examines the biggest political scandal of a generation, Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky, and its lasting impact on the US. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton, Alex Gibney's documentary chronicles the events leading up to the impeachment trial and explores the role of media, feminism and politics in this story of sex, power, lies and ideological warfare.
It was perhaps the most spectacular flourishing of imagination and achievement in recorded history. In the fourth and fifth centuries BC, the Greeks built an empire that stretched across the Mediterranean from Asia to Spain. They laid the foundation of modern science, politics, warfare and philosophy, and produced some of the most breathtaking art and architecture the world has ever seen. The Greeks recounts the rise, glory, demise and legacy of the empire that marked the dawn of Western Civilisation. In the season premiere, The Revolution tells the story of the troubled birth of the world's first democracy, Ancient Athens, through the life of an Athenian nobleman, Cleisthenes. In the brutal world of the fifth century BC, the Athenians struggle against a series of tyrants and their greatest rival, Sparta, to create a new "society of equals." The program closes on the eve of the new society's first great test: invasion by the mighty empire of Persia.
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.
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.
Francis Bacon was the loudest, rudest, drunkest, most sought-after British artist of the 20th century. Twenty-five years after his death, his canvases regularly exceed 40 million pounds at auction. Bacon's appeal is rooted in his notoriety - a candid image he presented of himself as Roaring Boy, Lord of Misrule and Conveyor of Artistic Violence. This was true enough, but only part of the truth. He carefully cultivated the facade, protecting the complex and haunted man behind the myth. In this unique, compelling film, those who knew him speak freely, some for the first time, to reveal the many mysteries of Francis Bacon.
Jamali meets the Nordic Youth, who patrol Sweden's streets hunting 'rapefugees' to detemine if this is a valid reaction to an immigration epidemic, or if they are just a bunch of ignorant kids.
The Renaissance marks the end of a fractured church and the emergence of the papacy as a chief patron of art, architecture, music and literature. But cultural advancement is accompanied by increasing corruption and ambition, as popes acquire temporal power and political influence. With Rodrigo Borgia on the throne of Peter, the papacy reaches a nadir, scandalising people inside and outside the church and planting the seeds of reform.
Following the excess and scandal of the Renaissance era, the papacy looks to reclaim its sense of morality and leadership. Men like Martin Luther and Henry VIII begin to question the previously absolute power of the papacy and initiate a splintering of what was once a universal church. Rome responds by making deep reforms and launching spiritual movements. Ignatius Loyola founds the Jesuits, a new sect of Catholicism focused on universal education for all. Pope Francis comes to power as the first Jesuit pope in history.
Simon Schama begins Civilisations with this premise: that it is in art - the play of the creative imagination - that humanity expresses its most essential self: the power to break the tyranny of the humdrum, the grind of everyday.
Tells the stories of the entrepreneurs, the business people, and the industrialists who jumped at the new chances and opportunities that arose thanks to the different policies of the reform era.
Hawkes' early years with Cary Grant in Bringing up Baby and His Girl Friday, then later for Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall starring in To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep, and Rio Bravo with John Wayne.
From its origins as a nomadic Turkoman tribe from central Asia, the Ottoman Empire became one of the world's most impressive super powers, dominating swathes of the Middle East, Northern Africa and South Eastern Europe for some 500 years. As a leader of the Islamic world, it's incursions into Europe were often seen as a religious offensive, sparking a titanic power struggle between the forces of Christianity and Islam. The reality, we discover, was much more complex. In this timely series, Presenter Julian Davison, takes us on a swashbuckling journey across Turkey, the Balkans and Russia, charting the Ottoman Empire's extraordinary military campaigns into Europe and witnessing, first hand, many of its legacies. Our third and final episode looks at the Ottoman Empire's slow decline in the face of Russian expansion and explores the complex alliances it would forge with European powers in an effort to survive. The map of Europe would be radically redrawn and the Ottoman Empire would come to a humiliating end, giving birth to the modern Turkish Republic.
If David Olusoga's first film in Civilisations is about the art that followed and reflected early encounters between different cultures, his second explores the artistic reaction to imperialism in the 19th century. David shows the growing ambivalence with which artists reacted to the idea of progress - both intellectual and scientific - that underpinned the imperial mission and followed the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.
Beginning with Peter's perilous grassroots movement in the wake of Christ's crucifixion, follow Christianity's dramatic journey through the time of the Crusades, undertaken to recover the Holy Land from Islamic rule. Through blood, battle, and faithful perseverance, we watch as the pope evolves from the spiritual leader of an outlawed cult to one of the most powerful men on Earth.