From award winning producer David Grubin this biography presents a complex and revealing portrait of one of the most important American scientists of the twentieth century. Interweaving interviews with family members, scholars and colleagues with dramatic recreations featuring Academy Award nominated actor David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck, and The Bourne Ultimatum, this program follows J. Robert Oppenheimer on a fascinating arc through the century, from the heady world of international physics to the top secret Manhattan Project, and finally to the dark days of the Red Scare and McCarthyism.
Britain took and held power in many different ways in the Empire, from a calculated display of imperial pageantry to the cult of monarchy. This series uncovers a world of incredible contradictions, including piracy, war, slavery, sex, railways, medicine, rebellion and religion. This major five-part series tells the story of the British Empire in a new way, tracing not only the rise and fall of the Empire but also the complex effects of the empire on the modern world, political, technological and social and on Britain. We travel to India, the Middle East, Canada, Africa, the Caribbean and the Far East in search of the extraordinary characters, burning ambitions and surprising principles which created an empire four times the size of Ancient Rome's.
The first in the trilogy covers the period Chaplin spent with the Mutual Film Company, for whom he made 12 two-reel comedies. Chaplin's early working methods are unknown, thanks to his habit of ordering his outtakes burned. Happily, he was not always obeyed and hundreds of cans of uncut rushes from the Mutual period have been made available by Raymond Rohauer. By assembling them in slate order, Brownlow and Gill were able to discover the progression of Chaplin's ideas. Working with no script, he developed his story in front of the camera. We follow Chaplin through the hard work of improvising a film, only to watch him throw it all away and start again. This is perhaps the first example of cinema archaeology and the acquisition of these outtakes - unseen for nearly seventy years - represents "the coup of the century".
We meet the charismatic, music and drama-loving Ben who is certainly no ordinary 10-year-old. Living with two languages - one of speech and sound, the other a silent world of signs - is only part of Ben's story.
In Europe, food manufacturers have signed up to 'responsibility pledges', promising no added sugar, preservatives, artificial colours or flavours and not to target children. So why are they using tactics banned in the West in the developing world? There, they have created ultra-low cost products with higher levels of salt, sugar and saturated fats. Filmed in Brazil, India and France, this program investigates the new tactics of global food brands and their role in the worldwide obesity crisis.
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.
The history of mankind is a never-ending story of change, revolution, evolution - but surely no span of a hundred years can claim to have changed the world so dramatically, so rapidly and so irreversibly as the 20th century. A century where the empires of the past crumbled to make way for new superpowers and a new age. Built on science, exploration, and a desire to express new creative possibilities. A century where the world was drawn into one war after another. But where radio, film, television, cars, planes and finally computers drew us closer together than at any other point in history. It was a century of unprecedented change. Change that was born out of the actions of individuals - what they created, what they discovered, what they destroyed. Who were the 101 people who drove the changes in every aspect of life that made the 20th century and set-up the 21st? A decade and a half since the close of the century we can take a considered look at the people most responsible for the events that changed their world and made ours. In this series we count down - from 101 to No.1 - the names of those who, in the judgement of experts, including those who contribute to the series, most influentially shaped the century and our world. If this episode teaches us anything it's that revolutionaries come in many different forms. All 13 of our subjects have been pioneers and leaders in their fields and have changed everything, from the way we watch films to how we connect and work. For some the word revolutionary might only be a title but for others, such as Castro and Ghandi, it is far more real. This episode of heroes and villains features some of the most famous and infamous faces of the twentieth century.
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.
Twenty years after his death, drug lord Pablo Escobar's impact on the cocaine trade is still felt in Peru and Colombia - from the hired killers he trained as his army of underage hit men to the remote cocaine labs and clandestine air strips in the jungles of Peru helping feed the world's hunger for coke. Many locals still struggle to find new crops with which to replace the traditional coca economy.
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.
"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.
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'.
Norma Jeane Mortenson battles a lonely and loveless existence with an absent mother. Despite the odds, Norma Jeane blossoms into a funny, smart and ambitious woman and soon reinvents herself to become the symbol of an era. She revels in stardom, yet remains a fragile artist, desperate for the approval and protection of men. The outside world never truly sees or understands the real Marilyn, a woman so different from her public persona. As her fame grows, all three of her marriages crumble beneath her quite publicly, including her relationships with Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller. Ultimately, Marilyn could never control her inner demons and the onslaught of mental illness inherited from her mother, Gladys - a woman she loves, hates and wants desperately to save. Although her movie studio told the world that Marilyn's mother was dead, it is the great secret of Marilyn's life that Gladys remained a vital and troubling part of her world. As Marilyn cares for her mother, her obsession with President John F. Kennedy drives her over the edge and, ultimately, into an insane asylum. Still, as Marilyn Monroe soldiers on, she gives the performance of her life, successfully hiding her darkest secrets from the world.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Sydney GP Dr James Best was prepared to throw out the rulebook on autism as his son Sam entered adolescence. Rather than keeping him to routines and "wrapping him in cotton wool", he wanted to expose the 14-year-old to uncertainty and unpredictability.
So Dr Best decided to take a year off work, sell the family house and take his son on a backpacking trip across Africa. It was based on the idea that adolescence represents a particular opportunity for learning, similar to the period during infancy when the brain is highly receptive to change. Although the plan left the parents of some autistic children aghast, it has been hailed as "ground breaking" by researcher Dr David Trembath of Griffith University.
But nine days before he was due to leave for Africa, there was a knock on the door that turned Dr Best's life upside down.
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.
Dive into the deep web for a look at a virtual black market, where drugs and guns are freely bought and sold. Then later, journalist Gianna Toboni comes face-to-face with the real Walter White. In Thailand, prison inmates are given a fighting chance.
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.
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.
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.