The Asian tsunami of 2004 took thousands upon thousands of lives. It was a natural disaster of epic proportions. Like all tsunamis, it came with little warning. Most of us believe that a tsunami on this scale couldn't hit Europe - are we wrong? In 1607 Britain experienced one of its greatest natural disasters. An enormous flood engulfed Somerset and Monmouthshire, taking a huge number of lives and reducing thousands more to poverty. Traditionally scientists had regarded this forgotten tragedy as a freak storm surge. But in a 2003 Timewatch Professor Simon Haslett and Professor Ted Bryant challenged this view - gathering evidence to suggest that 1607 was in fact a British Tsunami. But the story doesn't end there: inspired by what they had discovered about 1607, Simon and Ted decided to delve deeper into the archives. They believe they have emerged with evidence for at least four more British Tsunami. Simon and Ted's work remains highly controversial. After the Tsunami of 2004 the British government commissioned a report which concluded that risk of tsunami in Britain is small. To weigh up the evidence, historical cartographer Vanessa Collingridge will be joining Simon and Ted on their journey. Vanessa's quest is to find out for herself whether she believes Simon and Ted are right - and to discover if the risk of Tsunami to Europe is bigger than most of us think. Timewatch will join Simon, Ted and Vanessa as they gather evidence for possible tsunami from 1014 to 1929. While she does this, with the help of Natural Hazard's expert Prof Bill McGuire, Vanessa will also explore how and why tsunami are created - and why they can be such an extraordinarily destructive force.
Drones. They're the piece of future tech that everyone's talking about. Host Chuck Pell discovers how drone technology is saving the lives of thousands in disaster sites around the world. The sky is the limit.
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.
Napoleon and Duke of Wellington - two old enemies and the greatest captains of their age, whose armies fought against each other on the Iberian Peninsula during the Peninsular War - meet for their final battle at Waterloo. This one hour documentary looks at the lives of two titans of the 19th century, Wellington and Napoleon, following their epic encounter at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. The victor, the Duke of Wellington, became a national hero in Britain eventually becoming Prime Minister. The defeated Napoleon, however, was exiled to St Helena, a small island in the Atlantic, where he died in 1821.
Tony returns to the Philippines by way of Manila, its crowded capital city. Home to 12-15 million inhabitants, Manila is hot, tropical, smoggy, fascinating, and especially chaotic in the lead up to Christmas.
Twelve-year-old Romany Gypsy Ben has been bullied for his entire school life. Not to be held back, Ben has dreams of becoming a pilot. He funds his lessons by selling eggs to the local cafe. Four-year-old English Traveller Rudy is about to watch his Dad, professional cage fighter and 'Gypsy super hero' Tony, in the cage for the very first time. Fighting is all Tony knows, but he wants Rudy to stay in school and have the opportunities that he didn't. Nine-year-old Irish Traveller Alivia and best friend Alicia are facing eviction for the second time this year. They have now been living on a car park without running water or toilets for three months. We witness their next devastating eviction, and this time these best friends are separated in order to find somewhere to stay, until they are evicted again.
A group of underwater cave enthusiasts and mountaineering organisations explore China's Guangxi Zhang Autonomous Region. Never before filmed, these underwater caves are home to species not yet discovered.
Episode two celebrates the endurance of outsiders in Australian cinema, be it newcomers in They're A Weird Mob and Wake In Fright, or locals out of step with the mainstream in Evil Angels, Muriel's Wedding and Priscilla.
The first in a three-part series following comedian John Bishop as he sets off on an Australian adventure, cycling from Sydney to Cairns. John first made this journey back in 1992 and in 2014 he is back to see how this incredible country has changed. Along the route John meets extraordinary people, hears fascinating stories and experiences some true natural wonders. In this episode, John tests his nerves with a death-defying abseil in the stunning Blue Mountains, gets hands-on with the most dangerous snakes on the planet and finds out about the surprising bedtime habits of the most Australian animal of all: the koala.
Sam Goddard's story is one of determination and a family's love in the most devastating circumstances. Australian Story first shared Sam's journey in 2011 and the story received an overwhelming reaction in Australia and overseas. At the age of 23, a series of strokes had left Sam completely incapacitated and unable to communicate.
Seeking a miracle, his family and partner Sally Nielsen searched the internet and stumbled upon the controversial sleeping tablet Stilnox, which they learned was being used overseas to treat people with brain damage. Contrary to medical advice, they took a risk and trialled Sam on Stilnox. The drug had a remarkable effect. Within 15 minutes, Sam was able to talk and express his feelings. Now, six years later, we find out what happened next for Sam Goddard and his family in their search for a miracle.
On January 17, 1920, Prohibition goes into effect. Enacted in part to promote a more orderly, law-abiding America, Prohibition has precisely the opposite effect. Doctors and pharmacists, federal agents and local lawmen, rabbis and funeral directors all figure out ways to make money by getting around the law, from 'Satan's Seat' in New York City to Seattle, Washington, where a former cop becomes the Good Bootlegger.
The trainees are approaching the end of the spring term, and the pace of working life is relentless for the new teachers. Science teacher Claudenia is in a gifted and talented school, but a clique of year 10 girls are becoming impossible to manage. Claudenia must decide whether a confrontation is the best solution. And as the term ends, she begins to question whether teaching was the right choice of career. Maths teacher Nick has taken on a life-skills lesson, which means he will be explaining about the birds and the bees to his impressionable year 7's. Unluckily for them, Mr Church knows zilch about the topic so has to draw on fellow trainee Meryl for backup. And at Lanfranc school in Croydon a fight outside the school has serious consequences for one of Charles' pupils.
Zaatari is no ordinary city. It's a refugee camp in Jordan, and home to some 80,000 Syrians who have fled the bombs and bullets of Syria's civil war. What was once a temporary camp has now become a city the size of a small country town. This incredible documentary gets beneath this surprising metropolis, a place of huge logistical challenges and extraordinary human stories. Presenters Anita Rani, Dr Javid Abdelmoneim and hostile-environment expert Ben Timberlake immerse themselves in the life of the camp, reporting from behind the scenes and meeting the families who call Zaatari home.
From Michael Kirk and the team behind 'The Choice 2016' and 'Divided States of America' comes an examination of Stephen Bannon's fight to deliver on Trump's promises, with a confrontational style based on his personal crusade to dramatically transform America. From Bannon's help to orchestrate the rollout of Trump's controversial travel ban, to his role in the power struggles and policy clashes that have defined the early days of Trump's presidency, to his uncertain future within the administration, this is a meticulous portrait from one of the most acclaimed investigative teams in broadcast journalism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.