On the 20-21 May 1927, a young aviator made the first nonstop solo transatlantic flight from Paris to New York aboard his Spirit of St. Louis. Overnight, Charles A. Lindbergh became the world's best-known aviator and a great American hero for generations to come. Daniel Costelle and Isabelle Clarke delve into the world's archives to illustrate in colour, with some previously unseen footage, the exciting story of this heroic exploit. The film also retraces the sometimes tragic and dishonourable highlights of this courageous man's life: the kidnapping and murder of his first child, his fascination with Hitler and his secret life with three women.
Amy Robsart was the wife of Robert Dudley, one of England's leading noblemen. He was believed to be the lover of Queen Elizabeth I. Rumours had circulated that the Queen wanted Amy dead. So when Amy was found at the bottom of a staircase in her Oxfordshire home, few believed it to be an accident, and many openly talked of how the Queen and Dudley had conspired to murder Amy. The subsequent inquest returned a verdict of accidental death, apparently letting Elizabeth and Dudley off the hook. But recently, the original autopsy report, lost for 450 years, has been discovered. It suggests that Amy was murdered. Amy's death created such a scandal that Elizabeth was forced to distance herself from Dudley. She had told Parliament in a famous speech that she would die a virgin, and historians now believes that the death of Amy Robsart helped to create the image of Elizabeth which has stayed with us for centuries.
Go inside America's prepping subculture, uncovering a wide assortment of prepping styles and approaches. Meet the preppers on their own turf, examine their methods and track their progress as they think through every logistic and contingency plan.
Following the lives of four very different children from the Traveller and Gypsy community in the UK, each offers a window into a bygone age where traditions are strictly upheld. However, the pull of the modern world conflicts with their culture and identity. Oliver's a horse-loving English Traveller who dreams of becoming a farrier. Expelled from school, he has skills that lay outside of the national curriculum. Thirteen-year-old Sylvannah is determined to succeed and provide for her family.
Tony Robinson heads to his final destination of Robin Hood's Bay on the North Yorkshire coast. In a testament to true Yorkshire grit, he discovers how the long stretch of steam railway would have disappeared if it wasn't for a dedicated team of volunteers and engineers keeping the line and locomotives going.
B y 1942 the tide of war had finally started to swing in the favour of the Allied forces. As the industrial might and great cities of Germany suffered as never before, Hitler promised revenge. Soon vengeance weapons were developed and deployed, a turning point in the technological history of warfare. The V1, otherwise known as the Doodle Bug would cause havoc in the streets of Britain's capital. However, as the Allied forces closed in on the Third Reich, in a desperate attempt to stop the onslaught the V2 was launched for the first time. In the dying days of the Third Reich, who would have believed that such a weapon could have been produced? A weapon, if given more time, that could have completely altered the outcome of the war. Featuring rare archive footage, stunning 3-D computer graphics and rare film of the last surviving rockets, this is a privileged glimpse into the world of Hitler's arsenal.
Filmmakers gained confidence with the boldness of Picnic at Hanging Rock and Mad Max; global success of Crocodile Dundee and Shine; flamboyance of Strictly Ballroom; and the substance and style of Samson and Delilah.
Simon Schama explores the eternal power of portraiture. Before we can walk, before we can talk, we become readers of faces, and throughout our lives face reading helps us to navigate the world. This primal engagement with the face makes portraiture one of the most compelling forms of art. Beginning with an exploration of how a portrait, commissioned to celebrate Winston Churchill's 80th birthday, ended in disaster for both artist and sitter, Schama discovers how portraits can involve a battle for control and - from the destruction of the faces of Christ and the Virgin during the Reformation, to Elizabeth I's fabulous feats of image making - demonstrates the importance of portraiture in fostering loyalty. Schama shows how royalists and parliamentarians fought over the image of the executed Charles I during the Civil War and how the aristocracy used portraiture to assert their dominion over the realm in the 18th-century. Through the pioneering political cartoons of James Gillray, he explores how the powerful lost control of their image to the snigger of the streets. Simon looks at how photography allowed Queen Victoria to re-brand the monarchy as a modern family and discusses the role Margaret Thatcher's rigid control of her image played in launching her political career.
The story of the Aztec empire is one wrapped in myth and legend. In less than 200 years they transformed themselves from a band of wandering nomads to the greatest civilization the New World had ever known. What records remain of this amazing feat indicate they did it through brilliant military campaigns and by ingeniously applying technology to master the harsh environment they faced. They built their capital city where no city should have been possible: in the middle of a lake. They quickly transformed marshes into rich agricultural land surrounding an urban center that rivaled any city in the world at the time. They called it Tenochtitlan. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived there in 1519, and saw its gleaming pyramids, temples and places, grand canals filled with boats, enormous causeways crossing miles of lake from the mainland with aqueducts bringing fresh running water to the massive city, they actually thought they were dreaming.
The unsolved 1973 murder of young Sydney mother Lynette White terrified the community and has baffled police for more than 40 years. Lynette's husband Paul discovered her body when he returned home from work and has lobbied tirelessly in the years since to have the murder re-investigated. When he joined forces with an old friend, former ABC journalist Bob Wurth, those efforts began to bear fruit. Two years ago a cold case investigation began and vital new leads are now emerging. Australian Story was granted rare access to this ongoing investigation, going behind the scenes with homicide detectives as they search for a breakthrough in the case.
While most people use them for good, in the wrong hands, drones could be weapons of mass destruction. The defence industry are looking for ways to defend against this new threat and it all comes to a head in the week-long game of drones.
The start of a new year means a fresh term for the young teachers. For Chloe's year 11 class, it's also time for the results of their mock exams and the news isn't good. Chloe has to use every trick in the bok to get the class back on track, and she starts with some hard truths to their parents on parent-teacher evening. It's also time of the year for school trips. Oliver hatches a plan to inspire his business studies group by taking them to Greenwich University. Charles takes a bunch of his Croydon students on an ambitious five-day trip to a farm in Wiltshire; he hopes that the change of scenery will make a difference to their behaviour in class, particularly for class clown Walid.
Morgan Freeman take viewers on a trip around the world to explore different cultures and religions on his personal quest to uncover the meaning of life, God and all the questions in between. Freeman traverses the globe to ask: Where did we come from, and what happened "in the beginning?"
When Gustav Klimt was born into a poor Viennese family of artisans in 1862, Europe was about to undergo epochal changes. At that time, Vienna more than any other European city embodied the life of a cosy society, which considered art primarily as the realisation of an innocent and harmless dream. The highly talented painter Klimt started his artistic career creating this harmless art, but later made his mark among other things as a co-founder of the Vienna Secession and vehemently resisted the commercialisation of art. In his documentary, Herbert Eisenschenk not only examines the colourful personality of Gustav Klimt, the historical artist, but also explores the tortuous paths of today's perception of his unique art.
Joseph Pulitzer built himself up from a penniless immigrant, to the pre-eminent newspaper giant of New York City. His insistence on accuracy and ground-breaking headlines made his 'New York World' the top selling newspaper in the country. But Pulitzer's journalistic integrity is tested when young millionaire, William Randolph Hearst, sets out steal the throne with his own newspaper. Hearst's gossip rag spawns a publishing empire, and the competition between the newspaper titans revolutionises journalism for the modern era.
Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott uncover the wonderful facades and artworks that mask a hidden story of intrigue and secrecy in the romantic city of Florence. The latest 3D technology reveals how the city's secret corridors of power were the foundation of the city's Renaissance glory, and the one powerful dynasty who was behind it all: the Medicis.
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.
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.