RFK Must Die explores the assassination of Bobby Kennedy on June 5, 1968. Kennedy won the California Democratic primary and looked set to challenge Nixon for the White House. Moments later Kennedy is shot from an inch behind his right ear and slumps to the floor, assassinated. 24-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan is convicted as the lone assassin, but Sirhan has never been able to remember the shooting. And world authority on hypnosis Dr Herbert Spiegel believes he was hypnotically programmed to kill Kennedy. Not one witness saw Sirhan's gun an inch from Kennedy's right ear, suggesting a second gunman was involved. New audio evidence also proves at least ten shots were fired that night - Sirhan's gun only held eight. Newly discovered film and photographs appear to show three senior CIA operatives at the crime scene, suggesting the CIA was behind the assassination. Writer-director Shane O'Sullivan, highly sceptical of the official report, conducted his own exhaustive investigation. Through exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses, investigators and survivors of the assassination as well as rare archival footage and a wealth of expert testimony, this disturbing documentary sheds new light on the murder of one of America's most beloved politicians. Today, Sirhan is still in the same California prison as Charles Manson, with no imminent hope of parole. This new feature documentary thoroughly investigates one of America's most bizarre and enduring murder mysteries and calls for a reopening of the case in the lead up to the fortieth anniversary of his assassination in June 2008.
This is the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth and since 1957 it has been home to Scott Base, New Zealand's Antarctic Research Station. After years of planning and expense, six research teams have arrived to study everything from the volcanos to a floating piece of ice the size of France and each team's results could have massive implications for our understanding of climate change around the world.
Richard Hammond continues his exploration of weird and wonderful animal abilities by focusing on super-senses, and discovers how those same animal senses have inspired some unlikely human inventions. Richard gets buried in a Californian gold mine, attempts to talk to a rattlesnake by telephone, and is taken for a ride by a monster truck that drives itself. Along the way, he encounters elephants who can talk to each other through solid rock; seals who use their whiskers to sense the shape, size, speed and direction of an object that passed over thirty seconds earlier; and a blind cyclist who relies on fruit bats to get him safely down a twisting mountain bike trail.
Told through the point of view of their biggest rivals, these are the stories behind the world's greatest icons. Using interviews with detectives, artists and bodyguards, this intimate portrait follows Suge Knight.
It was in the late summer of 1943 that the American Navy launched its operation to drive the Japanese from the Central Pacific. The Aircraft Carrier was to play a crucial role in its success, for not only did the new carriers give the Americans enormous fire-power, the US shipyards were turning them out at the rate of one per month. This programme tells the dramatic story of the desperate struggle for the Pacific. It features rare footage of Aircraft Carriers in action and examines their role in this vital theatre of the war. Carrier Warfare also includes informative 3D computer graphics.
Richard Hammond concludes his look at miracles in the natural world by discovering some incredible animal super-powers. Creatures that can create slime as strong as steel, survive massive extremes of temperature or even turn invisible. Animal super-powers that have inspired scientists and engineers to create brand new human inventions that could change the way we live. He discovers how the husky's paw can help American footballers; how a strange eel-like creature with a skull but no skeleton might be the next best thing to a spider; how the kingfisher could revolutionise air-sea rescue and how the cuttlefish has enabled a military tank to pretend it's a small family saloon.
Follows self builders as they create their dream homes in amazing landscapes across Europe. It's sometimes an emotional journey for the homeowners, but the end results are often groundbreaking and inspirational.
Anh Do gets up close and personal with famous Australians as he paints their portrait. In this episode, one of Australia's funniest and most popular performers Magda Szubanski reveals the amazing stories of her family history.
Tony's taking to the skies for a bird's-eye-view of the journey ahead from the cockpit of a glider in the North Yorkshire Moors. Back on the ground, he admires the epic scale of the ruins of Riveaulx Abbey and uncovers the epic tale of 11th century power and greed that eventually saw the monastery brought down.
Calamity Janet welcomes you to her Armageddon Inn. She has prepared her home for nuclear war and is inviting people to bunker down with her. She has pasta reserves to feed 1000 people. Retired photojournalist Jack Jobe started prepping in 2010, after watching the news surrounding Haiti's devastating earthquake. Now he is prepping for the scenario he fears most, a solar flare.
Dr Eagleman journeys into the future and asks what's next for the human brain, and for our species. Mother Nature has evolved a brain that is able to rewire itself according to its environment, which means that as technological advances continue apace, technology is on a crash course with biology.
Margolyes aims to discover what's changed and what hasn't in the intervening 160 years as she arrives in New York where she goes on night patrol with officers of the NYPD, visits the little-known Roosevelt Island, makes a surprising discovery at New York public library and is incarcerated in New York's notorious Tombs.
Every year, use of electricity grows, taxing our ageing electric grids and leading to blackouts around the world. Now a band of engineers are trying to prove there is a better way to bring power to the people.
Statistically, we are less violent as a species than at any time in our history yet we seem to be in a constant state of war. From primitive massacres to modern day superpowers, this is the story of how we have waged war and won peace.
Anyone who lives in the bush knows it's nearly impossible to get the same level of medical care as you can in the city. In fact, if you suffer from heart disease and live regionally, you're 44 percent more likely to die than your urban counterparts.
Australian Story catches up with the latest on Dr Rolf Gomes, the engineer-cum-cardiologist who came up with an ambitious idea to "revolutionise" rural medicine. Last year, Australian Story first followed Dr Gomes' mobile cardiology clinic as it travelled across Queensland, meeting and treating many of the local characters whose problems might otherwise have gone undiagnosed.
Back then, his 'Heart Bus' hit a roadblock when the Queensland government rejected his offer to partner to expand the service. Rather than retreat, Dr Gomes fought back and has now "risen from the ashes", thanks to a seven-figure donation from a like-minded philanthropist. Now the Heart Bus is set to service even more people, treat more diseases and and travel to more places.
Bruce Beach has constructed a 10,000-square-foot underground bunker out of 42 full-size school buses, which he calls the Ark Two. Sometimes referred to as the Doctor of Doom, Bradford Frank, is a psychiatrist living in the suburbs of San Diego, California. Bradford believes that a deadly avian bird flu pandemic is fast approaching, and is preparing his family to bug out to a nearby cave.
Counting down to the end of their first term, it's clear that some of the young teachers are progressing quicker than others on the training program. Meryl is lagging behind. Warned by the school that she needs to show signs of improvement, her job is on the line. Nick has progressed as a teacher, but is struggling with the behaviour of one particular boy. In Croydon, geography teacher Chloe faces the challenge of getting her low ability GCSE class to knuckle down for their mock exams.
Join Morgan Freeman on his epic quest around the world to uncover the meaning of life, God and the big questions in-between. Violent cataclysms and fiery judgment fixate the popular imagination and fill numerous holy books. Freeman looks into this supposed future as well as past millennia of strife to determine how the world will end.
Using the latest 3D scanning technology, Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott explore the watery wonderland of Venice. They uncover how a city built in a swamp became one of the most powerful in medieval Europe, and dive into its canals to experience how the city remains standing. Plus, they reveal how the city's beauty once masked a ruthless secret state and a world of excess and vice.
In 1967, four unknown actors in a kids' TV show became the biggest pop band in the world. In America, they outsold Elvis and The Beatles combined. They were The Monkees. With their anarchic TV show and contagious pop songs they attracted a cult following that survives to this day. The Monkees were no ordinary band: they are credited as being the industry's first manufactured pop group. Behind the sugary smiles and bubblegum pop songs lay a cut-throat business enterprise fuelled by money, ego and the ambition of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. A business enterprise that, ultimately, was to end in tears. This program charts the rise and fall of this unlikely pop group, telling the inside story of four young men who were hand-picked to become overnight superstars, melting the hearts of teenyboppers around the globe and earning their creators huge record sales.
Roger Waters, co-founder and principal songwriter of Pink Floyd, fuses the epic and the personal in this concert film that goes well beyond the stage. Based on the groundbreaking concept album, this concept film is a state-of-the-art show that dazzles the senses, combined with an intensely personal road trip that deals with the loss Roger has felt throughout his life due to war. On stage and now on film, Waters has channelled his convictions into his art and his music. Waters, together with his fellow musicians and his creative collaborators, brings audiences an exultant ride of a rock and roll concert, and delivers an unforgettable, deeply emotional experience.
The Vietnam War was a decade-long struggle that humbled America. It has never before been told start to finish purely as a first person military chronicle: the raw, horrifying war as experienced by the men who fought it, believing they were there to win. Their experiences revolve around "tipping points", affecting the crucial events that shaped military decisions and, ultimately, determined the outcome of the war. From the rise of Ho Chi Minh in 1959 and the subsequent formation of the Vietcong to the deadly battle in La Drang valley in 1965 through to the quagmire of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and its eventual conclusion in 1975, no detail is spared in this three-part, back to back special.
Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin's bullet, John F Kennedy's presidency has often defied objective appraisal. This portrait offers a fresh assessment of the man, his accomplishments and his unfulfilled promise. This film features interviews with Kennedy family members and historians including Robert Dallek, Robert Caro, and Evan Thomas. Beginning with Kennedy's childhood years as the privileged but sickly second son of one of the wealthiest men in America, the film explores his early political career as a lacklustre congressman, his successful run for the US Senate, and the game-changing presidential campaign that made him the youngest elected president in US history. This probing, definitive biography provides a fresh look at an enigmatic man who has become one of the nation's most beloved and mourned leaders. With the benefit of recently opened archives, this program re-evaluates Kennedy's strengths and weaknesses in the Oval Office as he navigated some of the most explosive events of the mid-20th-century: the disastrous failure at the Bay of Pigs, the urgent demands of an increasingly impatient civil rights movement, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the escalating conflict in Southeast Asia. The film also recounts his struggles with life-threatening illnesses, and his efforts to keep them hidden from the public. This program will offer a new perspective on his complicated private life, including his relationship with his wife, and his close connection to his younger brother, Robert.
A breathtaking series of aerial programs offering an entirely different view of the world. From 10,000 feet down to just a few feet above ground, discover new perspectives through thrilling journeys, from mountains and great cities to fantastic castles and the great natural wonders of the globe. This series travels everywhere from Spain to South Africa, from the north of Iceland to North Carolina in the USA.
Dr Lucy Worsley investigates the medical histories and fraught family dynamics of Queen Victoria and her descendants. She begins and ends with two events which challenged the very survival of the crown and revealed how crucial the physical and mental health of the royal family remained: the sudden death of Princess Charlotte in 1817, and the abdication of Edward VIII over a century later. In 1817, 21-year-old Princess Charlotte was the Hanoverian dynasty's great hope: popular with the public and about to give birth to her first child, thereby securing the royal succession for another generation. But, after a 50-hour labour, recorded in minute-by-minute detail by the country's leading midwife, the baby boy was delivered stillborn, and hours later, Charlotte died too. The nation was shocked by the sudden loss of the monarchy's next two generations, and a frantic race ensued for King George's unmarried sons to be the first to produce a legitimate heir. Two years later, the Duke of Kent's new German wife gave birth to a daughter, Princess Victoria. While producing children was not a problem for Victoria, rearing an heir who was fit to rule was another matter. Fearing their eight-year-old son and successor, Bertie (the future Edward VII), was not psychologically up to the job of king, Prince Albert turned to the new pseudo-science of phrenology in a bid to get to the root of his son's problems, and Lucy charts the effect their difficult mother-son relationship had on both their reigns. Lucy also reveals the emotional strains the royals faced as they tried to reconcile the competing demands of public duty and a private life. She examines how Queen Victoria's severe depression after Prince Albert's death almost cost her the crown, and explores the emotional turmoil of Edward VIII, who ultimately declared himself unfit to rule, choosing love over the throne.
Told through the point of view of their biggest rivals, these are the stories behind the world's greatest icons. Featuring cutting edge visuals, this episode delves into the dark world of former KGB man, Vladimir Putin.
Richard Hammond investigates how wind actually starts, visiting one of the windiest places on the planet, walking into the centre of a man-made tornado and creating a 10 metre high whirlwind made of fire.
Earth may seem like the most hospitable planet in the solar system. But look again. Startling new discoveries reveal the blue planet has been plagued by more chaos and destruction than scientists once imagined.
Richard Hammond reveals secret animal abilities from the natural world, and discovers how those same animals have inspired a series of unlikely human inventions at the very frontiers of science. Unfortunately for Hammond, that journey will involve diving to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, driving a car pursued by geese, and leaping 500 metres off a South African cliff. In this first episode, he discovers how the Cape vulture has inspired a flying submarine; how a giraffe's neck can stop a jet pilot losing consciousness; how a woodpecker's skull can safely protect a light bulb dropped from space; and how a South American butterfly holds the secret to making any mobile phone waterproof.
In an era when boxing champions held a celebrity status even greater than that of today, one man's success made him a legend in his lifetime - Les Darcy. Using archival footage and accounts from people who shared his life and saw him fight reveal the man behind the legend. Uncover his progress from the blacksmiths workshop in Maitland to the thunderous applause before a full house at Sydney's Rushcutters Bay Stadium. A hero to some, a coward to others. This is one of the most amazing stories in Australia's sporting history.
What does it mean to be young and black in 2017? Join journalist Laura Murphy-Oates and four prominent Australians as they unpack the uncomfortable truths of being an Indigenous millennial. Young and Black asks personal and taboo questions about identity, racism, sex and everything in between. From talking kissing cousins and stereotypes with comedian Nakkiah Lui, to the shit sandwiches of life as an aspiring Liberal politician, and a sister's struggle to save her brother from the hell of Don Dale. Fifty years after the birth of the reconciliation movement, this generation of Indigenous youth were supposed to inherit a very different Australia - but what has changed, and what's still the same?
The months of the war in Europe were shocking and desperate. This film follows the British and the Americans as they cross the Rhine and the Russians as they push through Poland into Germany itself. It covers the horrors of the liberation of Belsen and Buchenwald, and the final terrible street fighting in Berlin. The story culminates in the suicide of Hitler, the carving up of Germany between the Allies and the Nuremberg trials. Conventional wisdom has recently changed as more and more secrets have been revealed particularly in the last five to 10 years, when documents, files and photographs have been released. Code-breaking revelations and newly released government papers on both sides of the Atlantic have added a very insightful new dimension to the understanding of this, the world's greatest ever conflict. With the very latest satellite-delivered terrain mapping and state-of-the-art graphics, this story can now be told with the very latest access to information which was not previously available.
Tony's in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, meeting the community who came together to save local production of Yorkshire's most famous food, Wensleydale Cheese. On the heather moorlands, Tony meets bee keepers working with local farmers to produce award-winning honey with a distinctive taste.
Examines the issues surrounding an ageing population in the UK, using East Devon as a case study, illustrating the causes, impacts and management of the UK's ageing population and changing dependency ration.
Dr David Eagleman explores how the human brain relies on other brains to thrive and survive. This neural interdependence begins at birth. Dr Eagleman invites a group of babies to a puppet show to showcase their ability to discern who is trustworthy, and who isn't.
Lucy Worsley, chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, explores how the physical and mental health of our past monarchs has shaped the history of the nation. From Henry VIII to Edward VIII's abdication in 1936, this three-part series re-introduces our past royals not just as powerful potentates, but as human beings, each with their own very personal problems of biology and psychology. Stripping away the regal facade, Lucy examines their medical problems, doctors' reports, personal correspondence and intimate possessions to gain a unique insight into the real men and women behind the royal portraits. She uncovers how kings and queens have had to deal with infertility, religious extremism, depression, bisexuality and culture shock. But could these supposed chinks in the royal armour provide a surprising explanation for the enduring power of the British monarchy? Lucy argues that the survival of the monarchy has been determined not so much by the strengths of our past monarchs but by their weaknesses. In this first episode, Lucy explores the medical histories of the Tudor and Stuart dynasties, beginning with the ascension of Henry VIII and tracing the changing fortunes of these two very different royal families up to the execution of Charles I. Five hundred years ago our monarchs derived their authority from God alone, but despite their semi-divine status, they were subject to exactly the same harsh physical realities as the rest of us. Lucy discovers how the Tudors and Stuarts coped with royal bodies that were often too young or too old, too infirm or too infertile and sometimes simply the wrong sex at a time when male heirs were all important.
It's something the human race has been striving for since the dawn of our species. Through wireless connections and mobile phones, billions of people can make their voices and ideas heard around the globe but just how did we become a race of connectors?
In 1944 America and Britain in the west and Russia in the east began to close their pincer around Germany. But even now, the outcome was in the balance. The film explores the Allied disaster at Arnhem and the tragedy of the Warsaw uprising, when Polish freedom fighters were abandoned to their fate by Stalin. It tells the shocking story of the liberation of the death camps, when the full extent of the Holocaust became clear for the first time. The film ends with Hitler's last great gamble, as he threw all his last reserves against the oncoming Allied forces in the Ardennes. Conventional wisdom has recently changed as more and more secrets have been revealed particularly in the last five to 10 years, when documents, files and photographs have been released. Code-breaking revelations and newly released government papers on both sides of the Atlantic have added a very insightful new dimension to the understanding of this, the world's greatest ever conflict. With the very latest satellite-delivered terrain mapping and state-of-the-art graphics, this story can now be told with the very latest access to information which was not previously available.
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 concludes the two-part exclusive story about Luke Davies - poet, novelist and Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the hit movie Lion.
Having pulled himself from the depths of heroin addiction at the beginning of 1990, Luke set about rebuilding his life and career. He wrote Candy, a semi-autobiographical account of his relationship with Megan Bannister and their years of addiction. A film adaptation followed, starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish. Luke then gambled everything on a move to Los Angeles. However, he struggled to find work and became increasingly debilitated by the effects of hepatitis C, a legacy of his heroin addiction.
In the past two years, however, Luke has experienced a dramatic change of fortune both personally and professionally. With his Oscar nomination for Lion, a film about motherly love, there was no question who he would take to the ceremony - his own mother, Joan, who had supported him unfailingly through all his highs and lows. Australian Story accompanied Luke and Joan to the Oscars and filmed with him extensively in Los Angeles and Sydney.
Featuring candid interviews with Luke's parents and former partners, as well actors Dev Patel (Lion), Joel Edgerton, Jacki Weaver and Alex O'Loughlin, directors Neil Armfield and David Michod, and producer Emile Sherman, this is a remarkable story of redemption.
Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman travels to some of the holiest sites in the world to meet people of all faiths and speaks to religious leaders, scientists, historians and archaeologists in an effort to understand how religion evolved and adapted as society changed, and how religion transformed the evolution of society. First, he sets out to understand humanity's obsession with the afterlife: from those who came back to the dead, through to reincarnation. Then, Morgan looks into the future as well as a past millennia of strife to determine how the world will end.