The future is wonderful; the future is terrifying. We should know - we live there. Whether it's on the ground or on the web, this program is travelling the world to uncover the stories that will define what's coming next. The Zika virus is a reminder that fighting pandemics is an endless battle. But it's a fight with a new front: deep under the sea.
This revealing documentary examines the rich history of the home of British democracy and known around the world as a symbol of the British nation. Within its walls laws are made, and crucial decisions that shape the country are debated. For hundreds of years, Parliament has witnessed shocking scandals, weathered conspiracy and betrayal, and even been a target for terrorists.
Director Ondi Timoner embeds herself within a group of idealistic students and a charismatic entrepreneur who are committing themselves to create what they call 'the world's greatest sustainable modern town' deep in the Panamanian jungle. In this episode, the interns challenge the purpose of their new community - are they doing more harm than good? They also ask: where is their money going?
After almost a month of gruelling toil, the modern slum dwellers have made it to the final week, and they've also made it to the beginning of the 20th century. But they are still in the slum and still have to deliver a final rent payment, so the hard work continues. The doss house family is forced to close its doors after a change in the law. Things are marginally easier as the campaigning of recent years has seen the idea of a welfare system begin to take root. A slew of reforms make very real changes to the slum experience.
Arnold Schwarzenegger travels to the oil rich Middle East to find out why the US military, the biggest consumer of fossil fuel in the world, is so slow to commit to renewable energy while Gisele Bundchen investigates why deforestation is again a problem in the Amazon rainforest.
Michael Mosley and a team of experts place human behaviour under the microscope. Michael uncovers what makes us so competitive and explores the strategies we use to win. He analyses our competitive group with the help of sports scientists Dr Greg White and Dr Faye Didymus. How far will the six participants go to come out on top?
Labor Senator Sam Dastyari was a rising star in the halls of Parliament House, until a political donations scandal brought him undone last year. The colourful 34-year-old senator came to Australia as a four-year-old, having fled the religious regime in Iran with his sister and parents. He was a gifted student and joined the Labor Party at just 16, enjoying a meteoric rise through the party all the way to the shadow ministry. But when news broke that he had asked a business with links to the Chinese government to pay an office travel bill, the senator became embroiled in a deepening scandal which cost him his spot on the opposition frontbench. Sam Dastyari talks exclusively to Australian Story, answering lingering questions about his conduct.
Nine modern-day adventurers attempt to replicate William Bligh's epic 1789 journey across 6500km of remote and unforgiving ocean. After two weeks with no sight of land, the remaining men must find a way through the Great Barrier Reef. If they get it wrong, the coral could rip the bottom off their tiny wooden boat.
"Enjoy the war, for the peace will be savage", was apparently a macabre joke circulating in the German military towards the end of World War II. This documentary shows us just how prescient it would prove, charting the cruelties that would follow the end of conflict. Man's inhumanity to man would continue long after the war itself had formally ended.
For the first time since Princess Diana's death, Princes William and Harry are speaking openly about their mother. This intimate and emotional royal event is a must-see. Broadcast as a Sunday Night special.
At 1.19am on March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines 370 and all passengers, including six Australians, disappeared from radar. We examine one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time and are confronted with a shocking theory.
Traditionally, Eden has been seen as a mythological place, an abstract paradise. Genesis is intriguingly specific about its location and archaeologists now believe they may have zeroed in on the place which inspired Eden - the Fertile Crescent, particularly the area which is now in the south of modern day Turkey. For Dr Elaine Padilla, this area matches perfectly the description of where the Garden of Eden was. Using modern satellite imagery a clear contender emerges. Is this the real location which inspired the Eden narrative?
Alfred's grandson Aethelstan fulfils the family plan and creates a kingdom of all England. Travelling from Devon to Cumbria, Scotland and Rome, Michael Wood tells the tale of Aethelstan's wars, his learning and his lawmaking. The film shows how he created a national coinage and traces the origin of the English Parliament to the king's new assembly politics. But there's also a dark side, with later legends that the king had his brother drowned at sea. In his last desperate struggle, Aethelstan defeated a huge invasion of Vikings and Scots in what became known as the Anglo-Saxon 'Great War'. Michael Wood argues, Aethelstan was one of the greatest English monarchs, and with his grandfather Alfred, his father Edward and his aunt Aethelflaed, a member of our most remarkable royal family, and 'even more than the Tudors, the most gifted and influential rulers in British history'.
Bettany Hughes investigates the revolutionary ideas of Karl Marx. Born to an affluent Prussian family, Marx became an angry, idealistic radical, constantly on the run for his political agitating and incendiary writing. In Paris, he first formulated his explosive analysis of capitalism and its corrosive effects on human nature. In Brussels, he co-authored the Communist Manifesto with Frederick Engels. Drawing on expert opinion and new evidence, Bettany reveals the flesh-and-blood man and his groundbreaking ideas.
The future is wonderful; the future is terrifying. We should know - we live there. Whether it's on the ground or on the web, this program is travelling the world to uncover the stories that will define what's coming next. New technologies, cultures, and discoveries are constantly reshaping this old planet of ours, and it's happening faster than ever before. Physics rules everything around us, but we still can't explain everything. That might mean we need to throw out everything we know.
The day of the gala has arrived, but there is drama backstage. Ella has issues with her costume for her big debut with Adriano, and Kloe struggles to keep her nerves under control for her Hungarian performance.
Joanna Lumley visits the country of her birth for a deeply personal journey around this vibrant and unique nation. Joanna was born during the last days of the Raj and both sides of her family called India home for generations.
The story of shelter is also the story of how humans shaped the world, pushed back against nature and customised it to our needs. The result is something uniquely us, uniquely modern and the end result is civilisation.
It's now the 1890s, and the efforts of the residents have put conditions in the slum firmly in the spotlight. Yet the daily grind continues. A statistician arrives with the maps of Charles Booth, but when he starts to take records of slum life, his methods are controversial. While the residents welcome the opportunity to share details of their poverty, he talks only to the owner of the doss house, causing outrage in the slum.
Dr Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of medieval illuminated manuscripts and shows how they gave power to the king and united the kingdom in an age of plague, warfare and rebellion. She discovers that Edward III used the manuscripts he read as a boy to prepare him for his great victory at the battle of Crecy. She reveals how a vigorous new national identity bloomed during the 100 Years War with France (1340-1453). And in the British Library's Royal Manuscripts collection she finds out that magnificent manuscripts like the Bedford Hours, were adapted for the education of English princes.
Meet some of Australia's most exciting street artists as they take their work on the road to unexpected and unusual parts of Australia. The Wanderers profile Australia's next generation of contemporary artists.
Alexia and Kloe go to London to meet Dr Xand and the Operation Ouch team to see if a scientist can work out why they don't get dizzy when they spin. Days before the annual gala, Ice Stars are busy with last minute rehearsals.
Dr Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings, and explores the medieval world they reveal. In this episode, she begins her journey with the first Anglo-Saxon rulers to create a united England, encountering books in the British Library's Royal Manuscripts collection which are over a thousand years old and a royal family tree which is five metres long. She finds out about a king who had a reputation for chasing nuns, and reads a book created as a wedding gift for a ten year old prince.
We celebrate the lives of those who soared the highest. From Doris Day to Errol Flynn, we uncover what drove them and why the world loved them. Contributions from contemporary commentators and current Hollywood glitterati will bring each icon's legacy up to date as we relive their most magical motion picture moments and explore the personalities behind the names.
Dr Michael Mosley explores the evolutionary factors and animal instincts that drive human behaviour. A plush country house is fixed with surveillance cameras, while a group of unwitting test subjects are first exposed to youthful memories to test if it can improve their health. Dr Mosley takes them on this nostalgia trip with the help of neuroscientist Dr Jack Lewis and psychologist Anna Machin to determine how reliable memories really are.
Nine modern day adventurers attempt to replicate William Bligh's epic 1789 journey across 6500km of remote and unforgiving ocean. Alone in their tiny wooden boat, the eight remaining men face the most challenging leg of their journey so far: 2600km across the treacherous Coral Sea.
Ice duo Josh and Ellie are heading to an important competition where they're competing for the first time at a higher level. Kloe is off to see her family in Hungary, where she's planning to find inspiration for her solo gala.
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape. He takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation's astronomical, colonial and Indigenous history to the present day. For Aboriginal people, the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. By contrast, the star-adorned Eureka Flag was emblematic of protest and defiance, a quality that caused it to be adopted by activists, and lately, the darker side of Australian nationalism.
Port Royal, the "wickedest city on Earth", famous for its Caribbean pirates, liquor and whores, is torn apart on June 7, 1692, by quake and tsunami. Now, combining science and CGI graphics, secrets of the final moments can be revealed.
Archaeologist Julian Richards travels through the west of England to discover how some of Great Britain's most treasured structures were built. Using impressive CGI techniques, the real locations and the builders' plans, he takes us inside the minds of original architects, designers and builders to explore the detail of six great iconic endeavours, helping us to understand the motives and inspiration that went into their building. From the precision of Stonehenge; the shafts of the Box Tunnel and the sleek, blue print lines of Concorde he discovers that those who built these vast constructs all shared a common goal: a driving vision to create something with a lasting impression.
This documentary follows the dramatic journey of three whistle-blowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret US drone war.
In newly conquered England, the years which followed the Battle of Hastings were marked by violent turmoil. King William eventually responded to the constant uprisings of the Anglo-Saxon people by laying waste to the north of England. This is a the story of a brutal period in English history, a time which saw the introduction of feudalism, a proliferation of Norman churches and castles and the completion of the remarkable Domesday book.
The Biblical tale of the 10 plagues is one of the greatest and strangest stories ever told. But were there really rivers of blood and plagues of locusts in ancient Egypt? Now new evidence suggests these supernatural events were real, natural phenomena.