We all know who invented the telephone, the light bulb and the airplane. But what about the computer? This is the story of John Atanasoff, and how in 1937 he unleashed the digital revolution. A story of deceit, greed, academic fraud and perhaps even murder as we try to piece together the origins of the computer and how its creator was denied his rightful place in history.
Pamela Travers was the creator of the universally loved fictional character, Mary Poppins. Yet the whimsical fantasies of the sugar and spice nanny bore no resemblance to Travers' real life childhood. Her mother was suicidal and needy; her father, an alcoholic rogue who died when she was seven. Pamela's imagination was her only refuge, a means of survival. And so, after virtually raising her two younger sisters she set about rewriting her life and the characters who populated it. Reinvention became a theme for PL Travers. She spent her life seeking out astrologers in California, Buddhists in Japan, was a lifelong devotee to a Russian spiritualist, and even lived for a short time with Navajo Indians in New Mexico.
The occult roots of the Third Reich. The creator of the infamous Gestapo, the Waffen SS and the concentration camp network. Perhaps the strangest individual of all the Nazi crew, Himmler was inspired by mystic visions, runes, horoscopes and a longing for a heroic German past.
One of cinema's most unforgettable image is that of the Man in the Moon being poked in the eye by a rocket ship. Georges Melies was the creator of that image, and his Trip to the Moon was released in 1902. This fascinating documentary charts Melies's career and the history of silent cinema alongside the painstaking restoration of the only known hand-coloured film print of Trip to the Moon.
Celebrate and explore the history of DC Comics, the creator of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, Teen Titans, Green Arrow, Aquaman, the Justice League and many other superheroes. Founded in 1934 as National Allied Publications, the company that would one day become DC Comics virtually created the comic book, publishing the first comic of all-original material. In the spring of 1938, the first superhero story appeared in Action Comics #1, introducing Superman. Other soon-to-be icons would follow. Today, DC Comics publishes more than 80 titles a month and close to 1000 issues a year and is the largest and most diverse English-language publisher of comic books in the world.
The Inca worshipped both a creator god and the sun, moon and stars. In this episode, host Christy Kenneally travels to the Peruvian Andes to explore the remnants of Inca civilisation - the city of Pisac, which, like all Inca cities, was designed in the shape of a sacred animal; Cajamarca, where the Inca leader Atahualpa was murdered by the Spaniards; and the sacred mountaintop city of Machu Picchu.
Brett breaks away from city life to the town of Nieu Bethesda, a land lost in time, in the heart of the Groot Karoo. He'll be visiting Andre Cilliers, owner of the Sneuuberg distillery and Two Goats Deli. Everything that's on the menu is produced on the farm. From honey, to beer, to cheese, to juicy cuts of farm-raised pork, Andre does it all. Brett talks to the curator at the Owl House about its creator and icon, Helen Martins. Helen being reason that Nieu Bethesda has become a haven for artists and artisans alike. Then, after a walk up to Nieu Bethesda's fresh water spring, tattoo artist Amy D adds a new piece to Brett's tattoo collection whilst sharing why small town life has pulled her away from her big city home.
This week a teenage boy is rushed to ICU at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital with massive burns to his body after being caught in a petrol explosion at work. Chaplain Di Roche supports the boy's distraught parents as their son hovers between life and death through a series of critical operations on his arms, legs and body.
In this remarkable new series the world's most famous physicist attempts to unravel the truths behind humanity's most enduring questions: Did God create the universe? What is the meaning of life? and why does the universe exist?
A series of short films that paint a compelling portrait of the people, history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
A revealing exploration of one of the world's most influential books. Each episode is presented by a prominent commentator and thinker who explores the ideas and influence of seven books of the Scriptures, tracing how they came into existence and how they have shaped the world we live in today.
In January 1953, Pravda published on its front page an article revealing a conspiracy of 'criminal-doctors', who were mainly Jewish. They were accused of murdering two Party leaders and of conspiring against Stalin himself. In response, Stalin organised the most violent anti-Semitic campaign ever launched in the USSR, aimed mostly at Jewish doctors. In this program, the children and friends of the main victims recount their experiences related to these nightmarish events.
In this episode, a Newcastle mother-of-three collapses with a brain aneurism and is airlifted to Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital for emergency surgery after doctors detect dangerous bleeding in her brain. ICU Chaplain Di Roche helps the family through the crisis, particularly 12-year-old Sally who is afraid to see her mum unconscious and on life support after the operation.
Six different faiths... six young Australians. What will happen when they switch lives for two weeks? Freeman, a young Buddhist monk, switches lives with Anthony, a devoted Maronite Catholic. Freeman is hosted by the St Charbel's community in Sydney's west. Anthony is spending his two weeks at Chenrezig Institute, the Buddhist monastery where Freeman spent his childhood.
There are now only seven weeks left before opening night and none of the actors has been up in the flying rigs yet! Lyn cracks the whip and puts the leads through their paces, but again time is against them. Can Lyn have the cast ready for opening night? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
Hosted by Ridley Scott, this series explores how the great minds of science fiction imagined our future for us. Mary Shelley set out to create a monster, and along the way she created a masterpiece. In 1816, teenager Mary begins stitching together a patchwork of ancient legend, modern technology, and personal tragedy - giving life to her novel, Frankenstein - and the genre of science fiction.
Episode two of Nuremberg: The Nazis on Trial explores leading Party member, Hermann Goering. Hermann Goering was chosen by Hitler as his successor in the 1930s. The ambitious politician was poles apart from his co-defendant Albert Speer. At Nuremberg, Goering insisted that everything he and his co-defendants had done was the result of their German patriotism.
This series showcases some of Africa's most spectacular locations. Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain rise in the world, rising 4,600 metres from its base, and providing a dramatic view from the surrounding plains. Nestling in its foothills is Tsavo National Park.
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.
Scott meets rising star of the Australian film industry, Warwick Thornton. His debut feature Samson & Delilah, shot with untrained actors in Central Australia, won a swag of international awards and put Warwick on the world stage. But life could have been very different for the kid who grew up wild on the streets of Alice Springs. Warwick talks to Scott about religion, redemption, awe and passion.
Spider-Man. X-Men. The Hulk. Fact isn't far from fiction in Stan Lee's Superhumans. The creator of legendary superheroes, series co-host Stan Lee seeks out real life, superhuman counterparts - people whose remarkable powers stem from being genetically different.
Louis Theroux brings together some of the more outrageous stars of his 'Weird Weekends' series for a Christmas lunch in New York, including Christian fundamentalist Randy James, pornographer JJ Michaels, Mike Oehler (who lives in a hole) and Reverend Robert Short (who contacts aliens).
Ludwig II of Bavaria is a legendary figure - the handsome boy-king, loved by his people, betrayed by his cabinet and found dead in tragic and mysterious circumstances. He spent his life in pursuit of the ideal of beauty, an ideal that found expression in three of the most extraordinary, ornate architectural schemes imaginable. In this documentary Dan Cruickshank explores the rich aesthetic of Ludwig II.
The significance of the Sphinx has puzzled Egyptologists for decades. But a remarkable new discovery of a temple complex around it sheds fresh light on the Sphinx's role in Ancient Egypt and unlocks its disturbing secrets.
This two-part series commemorates 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin. It combines dramatic reconstruction of Darwin's voyage around the globe onboard The Beagle, from 1831 to 1836 (which provided his scientific observations culminating in the publication of the Theory of Evolution in 1859), with contemporary scientific analysis of his findings that both prove and disprove his understanding of evolutionary theory. The series sets out to show that Darwin's extraordinary precision and methodology remain a shining example for today's researchers in the fields of biology, geology and zoology.
The Magnificent Tati is the first English language documentary which explores the work of French director/comedian/creator extraordinaire Jacques Tati. One of cinema's greatest artists, Tati pushed cinema to its limits with six feature films that redefined how we experience movies.
This series tells the story of the birth and flourishing of civilisation in the Middle East and its huge influence on the West. It contends that any history that starts from an ancient Greek perspective distorts the true path of civilisation. For crucial phases in world history, the political, economic and cultural centre was the Middle East. From the foundation of science, monotheism, commerce, justice, civil rights and artistic expression - look eastward.
In 1542 Polish astronomer Copernicus presented an idea about the moving earth, that the sun - not the earth - was the centre of the universe. This highly controversial notion strongly challenged the position of the Church. The Moving Earth tells the story of how this new picture of the universe came into existence.
Rev. Lenore Parker (nee Randall), an Anglican Church deacon, and her youngest daughter, Frances Belle Parker, an award-winning artist, draw their strength from the generations of Yaegl people that have walked before them.
How did Angkor become the largest 13th century city ever built? Using the most sophisticated technologies in conjunction with research focusing on statues, casts, and documents handed down by Louis Delaporte - one of the first explorers of Angkor in the 19th century - researchers have been able to uncover how Khmer temples operated, the meaning of their architecture, and how the capital of the Empire grew to become the largest city in the world at the end of the 13th century.
Every day in Australia over 40,000 patients are in hospital. While medicine tends their bodies, hospital chaplains tend their souls. Over eight episodes we follow our chaplains' journeys alongside the patients and their families at three major hospitals. They are Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist. Regardless of their faith, they all meet the same challenges - to help make sense of the mystery of illness, pain, suffering and despair. This series offers a unique bedside view of the daily life and death drama of hospital life through our chaplains' eyes.
Compass explores the sexual rules of three different faiths to find out what goes on in Jewish, Muslim and Hindu bedrooms. They say you should never talk about sex and religion in the same sentence, but for some Australians they go together, like love and marriage. This program features three very different Australian couples who let us into their homes and lives to talk about the private and sacred rituals that are part of their religious practice.
For years, anthropologists have travelled to the South Pacific to live with local tribespeople and observe their traditional ways of life. But now the roles are reversed, Meet the Natives follows five tribesmen from the South Pacific island of Tanna - as they venture to the U.S. - to observe the natives of this exotic land.
A six-part series which will take viewers on an amazing journey as renowned cartoonist and portrait painter Bill Leak paints six well-known Australians. Most people know Bill Leak as one of Australia's leading satirists via his day job as The Australian's daily editorial cartoonist. But he is also a highly respected portrait painter, who equally divides his time between ridiculing his subjects mercilessly in his cartoons and immortalising them in oils.
The faith, beliefs and values of Australia's prime ministers from Barton to Abbott - from Federation to now. What did they believe? And, what impact did their religious beliefs have on their personal and political lives?
This week's program is about a multi talented family whose members have risen to the top of very different professions. Brian Sherman started from humble origins and rose to great wealth and success as a businessman. His son Emile is on the world stage as co-producer of The King's Speech, the winner of this year's best picture Oscar. But, as the story reveals, what really unites the family is their overwhelming passion for animal welfare.
Visible from space, the Great Rift runs for thousands of miles. It creates, connects and defines the wildest, most charismatic landscape in the world. From the majestic, snow capped mountains of the Kilimanjaro to the hustle and bustle of the Red Sea's coral reefs; the dry open savannahs of the Serengeti to the rain soaked forests of the Mountains of the Moon, the Great Rift displays remarkable wildlife and awe inspiring landscapes.
Part nine of Classical Destinations looks at the careers of Bach and Mendelssohn. In today's episode, Niki performs part of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and we visit the Schott publishing house in the city of Mainz to learn the craft of music engraving and look at the original manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
A new breed of fashion designers is turning heads on the Australian catwalk catering to Muslim women eager for cutting-edge designs better suited to our lifestyle and climate...
For women in particular, dress is an integral part of Muslim life: it embodies a moral and behavioural code dating back to Islam's earliest days.
Tonight Scott meets Mt Everest conqueror and survivor, Buddhist and writer, Lincoln Hall. Five years ago Lincoln was pronounced dead and left overnight in Everest's death zone more than eight kilometres above sea level. Lincoln's miraculous survival baffled science, but the mountain exacted a huge toll. Lincoln talks to Scott about his beliefs, life, death and miracles.
The inside story of Australian comic book creators, Wolfgang Byslma and Skye Walker Ogden, and their battle to penetrate the US market by travelling to the heart of the comic book industry, San Diego Comic-Con International.
The Story Of Bran Nue Dae gives the background to the making of the feature musical Bran Nue Dae. It tells how this crazy madcap story, based on a stage-play by Broome writer and musician Jimmy Chi and his band Kuckles, made the transition to the silver screen. It also looks at the experiences of these artists who grew up in the 60's in the multi-cultural pearling town of Broome in the far north of Western Australia.