Every two years, thousands of people are drawn to far north Qld to see traditional Aboriginal dancing at its very best. Featuring from Coen the Allkumo Malkati Dance Team and the Lockhart River Dancers.
In March 2011, as Japan reels from the most powerful earthquake in its history, a 14m-high tsunami surges over the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, knocking out its power supply and essential cooling systems. With the plant blacked out, engineers face nuclear meltdown.
A few weeks ago, the British National Health Service was hit by a widespread and devastating cyber attack. This BBC documentary tells the inside story of one of the most challenging days in the history of the NHS. On the morning of May 12 the attack started. Appointment systems, pathology labs, X-rays and even CT scanners were infected - putting not just data but patients’ lives at risk. It became clear that all the data on an infected machine was now scrambled and only the hackers could unscramble it - but for a price. And if nothing was paid within a week, the hackers threatened to destroy all the data - forever.
Things go from bad to worse as Britain is gripped by an economic depression in the early 1880s. As unemployment jumps from 2-10 percent, some of the men find themselves out of work. The work shortage in the slum is exacerbated by an influx of new immigrants: descendants of Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe and English workers from the countryside. Space is now at even more of a premium, and work is scarce, pushing up the rent and causing outrage. With hungry mouths to feed, some of the mums go in search of poverty relief - and encounter the little provisions available to Victorians in desperate straits. Qualifying for extra food and funds is hard, and their morals, parenting and housekeeping is questioned. The slum is reaching breaking point.
Clement seeks a love from his birth mother Coline which she cannot provide. At Matignon, Michel Ardent awards the Legion of Honour to Pierre Lanvin and receives Cathy and her union delegation, He has just learned that Cathy's son was killed in Mali. Pierre Lanvin, still worried about Judge Milo, is unable to tell Noemie the truth about his relationship with Alexia. Angel, meanwhile, uses his informants to allay Sacha's suspicions.
When Rosie Ayliffe's only child, Mia Ayliffe-Chung, was murdered last August in a Queensland backpacker hostel it made headlines around the world. The 20-year-old was killed along with fellow British backpacker Tom Jackson, who heroically came to Mia's aid.
Both had embarked on the 88-day farm work scheme in order to secure a second year in Australia on their 417 visa. Not long after Mia died, Rosie discovered widespread sexual, financial and psychological exploitation on the scheme and felt the need to act. She does not want Mia's death to be futile and is campaigning to make the 88-day farm work scheme safe for backpackers. She wants to ensure that no other parent lives through what she and the Jacksons have endured. We follow her story from the rolling hills of Derbyshire in the UK to the tiny Queensland town of Home Hill as she makes an emotional return to the hostel where her daughter died.
Over 200 years ago, British navy ship HMS Bounty sailed from Tahiti to the West Indies. During a 17-month voyage, a poisonous rift developed between its crew and its tough young captain, William Bligh. In the middle of the South Pacific, rebellion broke out. It went down in history as the Mutiny on the Bounty. For the first time ever, nine men set out to make the same gruelling journey in a replica 7m-long wooden boat, with the same rations, facing the same conditions, to measure themselves against history. Among them are a carpenter, a doctor, and several specialist sailors. Anthony Middleton (SAS: Who Dares Wins) is stepping into Captain Bligh's shoes as leader of the expedition.
Dr Michael Mosley puts human behaviour under the microscope in this bold series that uses the latest scientific studies to explore the evolutionary factors and animal instincts that drives human behaviour. A plush country house is fixed with surveillance cameras while a group of unwitting test subjects - former pupils of a UK school - are first exposed to youthful memories to test if it can improve their health. This episode looks at how we behave in groups and puts our notions of hierarchy to the test.
In 1950, three Danish farmers came across a grizzly find: a body, buried in a peat bog. It was a murder that took place over 2000 years ago. The victim was named Tollund Man, and is a Bog Body, a naturally mummified corpse buried in a peat bog during Europe's Iron Age. From Ireland to Russia, hundreds of Bog Bodies have been discovered in these soggy environments on the margins of civilisation.
Every two years people are drawn to Far North Queensland to see traditional Aboriginal dancing. Featuring the Duchess Marrinyama Dancers; from Mossman Gorge, the Wabal Wabal Women; and Goobidi Manjal Men's groups.
Celebrating global sustainability through musical expeditions, this program travels the world with inspiring artists as they create sonically unique performances in stunning natural environments. In this episode, Animal Collective reach Brazil, riding a riverboat deep into nature to soak in the sounds of the river and the locals, and hunt down some of the reasons for the region's rapid destruction. While the band feel like it's a trip of a lifetime, their guide isn't sure they're fully physically prepared to face the demanding climate.
Every two years people are drawn to Far North Queensland to see traditional Aboriginal dancing at its very best. This episode features the Aurukun Dancers and the Wabu Nan Geth Dance Group from Umagico.
The family of famous war cinematographer Damien Parer tackle the notorious 96km-long Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. They have the trekking adventure of their lives while learning more about their distinguished relative. Author and guide Bill James, who has completed 27 Kokoda treks, accompanies the group and reveals the true history of the Kokoda campaign of 1942-43.
As we prepare to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, this special takes an in-depth look at the dramatic week leading up to the funeral, a time when the future of the monarchy was in serious doubt.
When one corner of London's East End is transformed into a late-Victorian slum, Michael Mosley puts modern Britons to the test to see if they can survive there. Without these slums, the welfare state wouldn't have come into being. This is the story of what life was like for the people who lived in the slums and how their plight came to the attention of the world and gave birth to a fledgling welfare system. The volunteers have a personal connection to the slums, and will now need to make the slum their home, feed themselves and make enough money to pay their rent for a full four weeks.
As we celebrate NAIDOC Week, Australian Story delves into the largely untold story of Uncle Ossie Cruse, a driving force for Aboriginal rights for more than 50 years. With only a primary school education and having lived as an itinerant worker for years, Uncle Ossie stepped into the world of politics after the 1967 referendum, which saw Indigenous Australians counted in the census for the first time. He was a quiet but persistent negotiator with a knack for getting politicians to come to the table and to listen to the concerns of his people. He took his advocacy all the way to the United Nations and became a member of the World Council of Indigenous People.
Explore the private lives, loves and scandals of the Tudors, the most celebrated royal dynasty in history. It's a murky, mysterious mixture of sectarian cults, fanatical religious groups, esoteric societies and political militants - all of them seeking to shape and influence the world we know today.
It was one of grizzliest finds in archaeology; the decapitated remains of 80 battle-scarred skeletons, ritualistically buried 2000 years ago in the historic city of York. The resulting investigation exposes the black heart of Roman civilisation.
The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for upsetting people across the political spectrum. The most common way to become a member is to be born into it, a rite of passage that resembles a cult rather than a church.
This is the story of Fidel Castro's rise to power and a defiance he maintained until his death at 90. Someone who went from being a symbol of revolution, to a man wielding power like a tyrant and pushing the western world to the brink of nuclear war.
The cameras venture behind Britain's poshest homes to explore how the cream of society handle their domestic staff. Princess Olga Romanoff hires a 'garden boy' while renowned hostess Lady Colin Campbell seeks a butler.
Dateline presents this documentary special about the Lockerbie bombing. At 7.02 pm on Wednesday December 21, 1988, a device inside Pan Am flight 103's Boeing 747 detonated at 31,000 feet killing all 259 people on board and a further 11 on the ground. Suddenly the eyes of the world were on the sleepy town of Lockerbie as it became witness and victim to one of the worst terrorist attacks in history. This emotional documentary on the Lockerbie bombing, pieces together the experience of the relatives and those involved in the investigation to examine a crime that linked two countries together in tragedy and changed the way we would travel forever.
Five wealthy volunteers have faced some of the realities of homelessness in Australia after spending two days and nights sleeping rough on the streets of Melbourne. In the next stage of the social experiment, host Indira Naidoo and expert Dr Catherine Robinson reveal the participants are returning to the street, but this time paired with a buddy: a rough sleeper who calls the city streets home. Will personal connections with the rough sleepers see the volunteers' perspectives begin to change?
Almost 2 million Cambodians died between 1975 and 1979 under the cruel and bloody regime of the Khmer Rouge, leaving the country scarred and devastated. This moving documentary gives voice to some of the survivors from that period. Also featured is a key interview with Nuon Chea, otherwise known as Brother No. 2, Pol Pot's right-hand man.
Simon Schama explores how love portraits allow us to fulfil our craving to keep the ones we love close to us. By fixing their faces in time, we can defy separation, distance, time, even death. Beginning with the extraordinary story of Sir Kenelm Digby's attempts to bring his beloved wife Venetia back to life through a series of breathtaking portraits, the film explores the images at the centre of some of our most compelling love stories - the portrait miniatures that were instrumental in the love affair between the Prince of Wales and Maria Fitzherbert, and Thomas Gainsborough's portrait of his daughters that reveals the power of art made for love not money.
Schama will explore Charles Dodgson's, otherwise known as Lewis Carroll's, attempts to stop time in his photographs of Alice Liddell, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti's use of portraiture to possess Jane Morris, the wife of his business partner William Morris. Francis Bacon's posthumous portraits of his lover George Dyer and the final photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, taken hours before his death, show the power of portraiture to immortalise love.
For five wealthy volunteers, homelessness will become a terrifying reality. After handing in their phones and wallets, they change into secondhand clothing and are given a sleeping bag. Rain's forecast and temperatures are dropping fast; the participants are dropped in different locations with no money in their pockets and nowhere to sleep. Participants: Tim Guest, Kayla Fenech, Jellaine Dee, Stu Laundy, and Christian Wilkins are guided by host Indira Naidoo and homelessness expert Dr Catherine Robinson.
Alice Ardent is distraught over the disappearance of Clement. With the help of Alexia, Clement finds his biological mother Coline, a drug addict who is very upset by his return. Yvon Penmarch learns of the death of his second son, killed in Mali, while Cathy prepares for the strike without suspecting that it is being orchestrated by an opponent of the prime minister.
When Mayor Chagai was six years old he fled civil war in South Sudan, becoming one of Africa's "lost boys". In 2006 he came to Australia as a refugee, 19 years old and penniless. A decade later he is a community leader in western Sydney, drawing on his love of basketball to change the lives of young Sudanese men. Thursday nights in Blacktown used to be called "fight night" as young men from different ethnic groups clashed but Mayor realised sport could heal the trauma of war and keep wayward Sudanese youth out of trouble. He started a basketball program that is turning out the champions of tomorrow. American coaches regularly attend tournaments here to scout for talent and 14 of Mayor's players have been recruited to the US. But just as Mayor's efforts achieve international recognition, family responsibilities weigh heavily and without funding he fears he may have to abandon his program.