In this episode, Simon Sebag Montefiore follows the Habsburg's to their dramatic demise. From his struggles with Napoleon III and Bismarck and the suicide of his son Rudolf, to the assassination of his beautiful wife Sisi, Emperor Franz Josef's empire and his family proved impossible to control. But while the Habsburg's headed for extinction, Vienna blossomed. As the theories of Freud and the sensuality of the secession artists like Klimt and Schiele ushered in the modern age, Hitler and Stalin stalked her streets. It was here that World War I was sparked, and it was here World War II was dreamed.
Montreal actor and comedian Mike Paterson's health is no joke. He's desperate to overcome his debilitating sciatica back pain that conventional health medicine hasn't been able to remedy. Mike obtains a legal medical marijuana prescription for his chronic pain and embarks on an unconventional marijuana and hemp-infused diet that he supplements with exercise, vegetarian eating, no booze and sheer determination - all in an attempt to turn his health around and lose 50 pounds in the four months before his destination wedding in Mexico.
Twenty-two-month-old Daisy arrives at St George's by air ambulance. The accident happened at her family's stables in Sussex and mum Georgie was so shocked, she fainted at the scene. Daisy is rushed into resus and a CT scan reveals she has a fractured skull, a bruise on her brain and concussion. As surgeons plan their next move, Daisy is carefully monitored for any signs of brain damage. Meanwhile 54-year-old Mike arrives in minors with a bandage round his jaw after falling face first onto a pavement. Mike has a form of epilepsy that doesn't respond well to medication and he is subject to sudden seizures that can result in injuries. Doctors discover that Mike's jaw is broken in two places and will need a metal plate fitting. Mike's wife Alison talks about meeting him through a dating web site and how living with his epilepsy has its challenges. And 100-year-old Florence has had a suspected stroke. Daughter Frances is with her, but all is not straightforward as Florence was diagnosed with dementia three years ago. Frances talks about Florence, who was born during World War I, the youngest of eight children.
The first town of over 1 million people was built more than 2000 years ago. Without any of our modern conveniences, and what we would consider necessities today, how did they function? Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill explores the remains of these ancient megalopolises, explaining how to make a city work without the benefits of modern technology. He first journeys across stunning locations in Greece to find out how Athens gave birth to the idea of a city run by free citizens. Andrew then reveals how Rome surpassed all those cities from the ancient world that had gone before.
Heritier Lumumba, formerly known as Harry O'Brien, was in the middle of his best season of AFL when his club president, Eddie McGuire, made a racist on-air comment, suggesting that Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes could be used to promote a King Kong musical. As a man of colour and strong supporter of equality, Lumumba chose to speak out against his high-profile boss. What followed was a media storm and an on-air showdown with McGuire which painted Lumumba as an overly PC, hyper-sensitive villain. Through exclusive access to Lumumba, his friends and family, AFL legends Mick Malthouse, former Collingwood Captain Nick Maxwell and sports journalists, this program uncovers the personal and professional journey of a man who, at the top of his game, dared to hold a mirror to a nation that didn't like what it saw.
Join us as we explore theories of how the universe came into being, outlining the realisation of Edwin Hubble that the universe is expanding, and the discovery of the residual radiation that gave weight to the Big Bang theory.
In 1991, inside London's Kensington Palace, Diana, Princess of Wales, participated in a series of secret interviews. Entirely in her own words, this is the story of what life was like behind palace walls.
Historians, pathologists, forensic scientists and modern detectives investigate notorious murder cases involving royalty in Russia, Germany, France and Great Britain. The death of the Duke of Kent in a plane crash in 1942 has never fully been explained, and the mysterious circumstances combined with lack of acknowledgement by the royal family led to accusations that the prince was deliberately airbrushed from history. Experts delve into Prince George's hedonistic past to get the facts behind this great royal murder mystery.
The years 1858 to 1901. A frail, asthmatic young Theodore Roosevelt transforms himself into a vigourous champion of the strenuous life, survives the loss of one great love and finds another, leads men into battle and then rises like a rocket to become the youngest president in American history at 42. Meanwhile, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, brought up as the pampered only child of adoring parents, follows his older cousin's career with worshipful fascination and begins to think he might one day follow in his footsteps.
Tonight, we go inside a royal residence for 325 years. Within these closely guarded walls Queen Victoria was raised and Hollywood A-listers partied with Princess Margaret. But Kensington Palace has also witnessed sadness, scandal and tragedy. It's been a sanctuary for some... and a prison to others.
A giant hidden planet with a gravitational pull so strong that it would literally cause the earth to turn upside down is on course to destroy us. That's the belief of people around the world who say Planet X has caused mass extinctions in the past and are preparing for the next celestial Armageddon. They point to the natural signs all around us as indicators of its proximity and even claim to have photographic evidence to prove it. But while astronomers admit that we are under constant threat from objects from outer space, they claim that no such planet exists.
England, July 29, 1981. Prince Charles marries the young Lady Diana Spencer. Very rapidly, the fairy-tale turns into a bitter duel between two women, the Queen and the princess. A confrontation of two worlds - one traditional and secular; the other resolutely contemporary. This historical, political and tragically human face-to-face would radically change the image of the monarchy and its relations with the British public.
SBS VICELAND presents the world premiere of Sex War Robots, an Australian commissioned and produced documentary about the parallel developments in the industries of sex and war, narrated by The Feed's Marc Fennell, Jeannette Francis and Patrick Abboud. According to some, human evolution is due for a reboot and soon enough it will be here. Spearheading towards a future built upon a new kind of civilisation, a robot-human world is rapidly on its way to becoming reality. Combined with biology and technology, those two enduring forces, sex and war, are set up to shape our evolutionary path in the most distorted way that human history have ever seen.
Annabel steps into the intoxicating world of the Senate, presided over by Senate President Stephen Parry (a former cop and undertaker) and his Clerk Rosemary Laing, an expert in 17th-century British poetry.
Get ready to have your mind blown with some of the most mind-bending viral videos on the web. Join Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and his squad as they put the truly weird under the microscope and rate the world's freakiest findings. They'll taste-test a century-old cracker, witness a real-life transformer and use grass as a jumping castle. It's science but not as you know it - it's downright strange!
In this revelatory and shocking two part series, recently declassified documents blow the lid on the most famous royal scandal of the 20th century, and perhaps the most controversial espionage operation in British history. The target? The royal family: King Edward VIII, uncle to Elizabeth II; his feisty American lover Wallis Simpson, and the king to be, George VI, father of the queen. The greatest royal romance of the 20th century can now be seen through a unique new perspective: the eyes of those who spied on Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, creating a secret dossier unlike any other. The result is an extraordinary film which brings an extraordinary story to life as it's never been seen before.
By documenting how particles behaved in different states of matter, 19th century scientists gained a deeper understanding of the atom. Avogadro's suggestion that a volume of any gas, under equal temperature and pressure, contains the same number of particles, led to an understanding of the relationship between temperature and pressure and to the Ideal Gas Law. Today, a fourth state of matter, the supercritical fluid, may possibly help mitigate the impact of burning fossil fuels by storing carbon dioxide as a supercritical fluid within the Earth. Researchers are developing methods to pack hydrogen gas into carbon nanostructures for use as fuel in hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Throughout the centuries close physical combat has been used to entertain the public; to make fortunes for gamblers; to escape the bonds of slavery; to aid diplomatic relations; to settle scores and finish vendettas; to protect and maintain personal honour. The series looks at the realities of the realities of these ruthless one-on-one contests and how they affected the mind and the body. It puts them into social and historical context by painting a vivid picture of the time in which they took place.
When Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews asked Fiona Richardson MP to be Australia's first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, he had no idea of her troubled family history. Now, with the State's Royal Commission Into Family Violence about to deliver its findings, the minister responsible for implementing changes has decided to speak out about a long-held secret.
Nineteen-year-old motorcyclist Sam is airlifted to St George's after crashing into a bus and being thrown under a car, leaving him bent double. Sam arrives in resus with multiple injuries, he's in an induced coma and classified code red. CT scans reveal Sam has bruising to his lungs, a ruptured kidney, a broken thigh bone and a fractured spine. The priority is to stop his internal bleeding. Sam's parents are rushed to the hospital by police. When they arrive at St George's consultant Will updates them on their son's condition. Meanwhile seven-year-old Raheem arrives in Emergency with his dad Dennis after cutting his wrist while playing at home. Raheem is scared he might need stitches and when doctors examine the cut his fears are confirmed. While Raheem has his stitches, Dennis talks about how his own father suffered terrible injuries in a horrific assault that left their roles reversed. And 59-year-old Therese arrives in Emergency with a painful lump on her finger. She suspects it might be stitches left over from a previous operation to remove a cyst. Therese is no stranger to hospitals, having suffered a range of ailments, but the lump on her finger is proving to be a mystery.
August 31, 2017 is the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. Most people know that the limo she was in was driven by a drunk driver who lost control while trying to escape from a pack of French paparazzi. But Diana and the people who worked for her had secret relationships with the journalists and photographers who she said made her life hell, as part of the princess' efforts to manipulate the world's media. This documentary reveals how Diana and the paparazzi plotted and coexisted in an increasingly fraught world.
Smallpox, the Black Death, Spanish Flu, AIDS, Zika. History has taught us that in the face of a new killer bacteria or virus, humankind is still vulnerable, despite the best efforts of modern medicine. Discover the true microbial threat facing the world today: a highly infectious airborne super-flu that could kill hundreds of millions of people within the space of just a few months. Meet people who are determined to survive the next global pandemic and the chaos that will ensue. Will their stockpiled supplies and survival skills be enough to ride out one of the most dangerous threats to our species?
Narrated by Christopher Plummer, this offers a rare, personalised look at the American film industry, featuring the remarkable men and women whose drive and ambition founded the "Dream Factory" that became Hollywood. This personal history of Hollywood's founders draws together interviews with important past and present industry figures, archive photography and excerpts from the greatest American movies of all time to better understand how the interpersonal relationships, collaborations and conflicts between key personalities created an industry and an art form. These biographies are set against the backdrop of the major events in American history such the Great Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights Movement and will investigate how Hollywood responded to the changing world around it.
For centuries, the disappearance of 117 colonists from Roanoke Island has been America's oldest mystery. Now, stonework experts Jim and Bill Vieira will use cutting-edge technology to take a deeper look at a mysterious inscription, which could finally lead to the truth about the lost colony.
The ancient Anasazi built Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, but now the area is stalked by shape-shifting creatures known as Skinwalkers and visited by time-travelling Wingmakers who left behind a mysterious artefact.
This 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. A pirate's treasure hunt grew into an informal empire based on trade - and slavery. It formed the basis of the modern global financial network.
The Old Bailey is one of the most feared criminal courts in the land. For hundreds of years, it has stood as a symbol of British justice. Some of the most notorious criminals have been sentenced here, and some have been sent to their deaths from here. But the Old Bailey has also witnessed devastating miscarriages of justice.
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. What would the world we live in look like without our Top Ten? It is hard to imagine but one things for sure, in making the twentieth century they have indelibly influenced the world we know today. In our final episode we reveal our picks for the most significant people "Who Made the Twentieth Century". The results will surprise many. Some will disagree with the choices, everyone will remain gripped up to the final reveal.
Film director Ron Howard explores the aging process and how a group of scientists believe they have the knowledge to breakthrough how we treat the diseases of aging, and how we can expand the human life span.
Annabel investigates the peculiar pitfalls of a workplace where all comes unstuck if 76 people can't successfully sprint to a designated point within four minutes. She also reveals something unnerving about the coat of arms.
Simon Sebag Montefiore tells the story of Vienna triumphant, after the Ottoman threat receded at the end of the 17th century. The city was rebuilt. No longer an outpost defending the West from Islamic invaders, the Habsburg's vowed their empire and imperial capital would become the most glittering in the world. The Habsburg emperors transformed the city from a fortress into a great cultural capital. Vienna became a city that would define the arts; a magnet for musicians including Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
Explore the world and mysteries hidden under miles of water. Using state of the art CGI, sunken battleships of World War II, the tragic Titanic and mysterious Bermuda triangle are revealed and studied as they otherwise never could be.
This introduction to chemistry, from a practical discipline in ancient times to the science it is today, touches on both major advances and discarded theories. The contributions to atomic theory of Dalton, Proust, Lavoisier, as well as those of the Arabic scientist, Jabir ibn Hayyan, who died in 803 AD, are discussed. The modern-day application of chemists' quest to refine and purify substances is demonstrated at a solar panel plant where a common material - silica sand - is transformed into photovoltaic panels.
Australian Federal Police Commander Grant Edwards was once Australia's strongest man. He was able to pull massive locomotives, aeroplanes and semi-trailers with his brute strength. But no amount of physical power could protect him from psychological injury. Grant was at the coalface of the AFP's most difficult work, heading up a team investigating child exploitation. The thousands of images and videos he was exposed to took their toll. But as one of those charged with protecting society, he'd always been taught to harden up, close those boxes in the mind and move on. After a highly charged year training police in Afghanistan, things began to unravel. It took a breakdown for Grant to understand he was injured in ways not seen by the naked eye. After the suicide of an AFP colleague, he decided to go public with his own struggles, becoming a lightning rod for change inside the AFP. Now Commander of the Americas, Grant is on a mission to remove the stigma of mental health not just in policing, but society-wide.
Dr Pixie McKenna is crunching data from the UK's National Health Service in order to reveal what made people sick in 2016. She believes that if we understand when and how the nation falls ill, we'll all have a better chance of staying well in the year ahead. Every time anyone in the UK goes to the doctor, collects a prescription, signs up to a fitness regime or just buys some headache tablets - that information is recorded. Dr Pixie reveals what this fascinating data says about our health and how we can learn to avoid seasonal spikes in injuries, infections and even accidents.
As much of the world descended into the Dark Ages after the fall of Rome, one civilisation shone brilliantly: the Byzantine Empire. With ruthless might and supreme ingenuity, the Byzantines ruled over vast swaths of Europe and Asia for more than a thousand years. A bridge to antiquity, it was Byzantium that preserved the classical learning and science that would one day give rise to the Renaissance. Led by rulers who exercised absolute power and architects who pushed beyond Rome's engineering marvels, the Byzantines constructed the ancient world's longest aqueduct, virtually invincible city walls, a massive stadium, and a colossal domed cathedral that defied the laws of nature.
In 1945, seven-year-old Joe Eggmolesse was diagnosed with leprosy. He was taken from his family and transported by rail and sea over 1000km to Fantome Island where he was incarcerated for the next 10 years.
Follows Holly McKew, who was left with bald patches when she was burned by a chip pan when she was a toddler. The 12-year-old prepares for her biggest operation to date and meets other youngsters with visible scars at a camp.
This series tells the shocking true stories of some of the most infamous hijackings, sieges and hostage stand-offs that have gripped the world. This episode tells the dramatic story of the 1985 hijacking of TWA flight 847 shortly after take-off from Athens airport. The hijackers, members of Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, were seeking the release of 700 Shi'ite Muslims from Israeli custody. Amongst the passengers and crew who endured what was to become a 17-day ordeal of threats and beatings was international singing star Demis Roussos.
Explore some of the most widely-held doomsday forecasts and their impending timeline to destruction. From the natural, to the religious, to the astrophysical, this series brings viewers the science, history, and people behind each theory, while probing for evidence for and against each scenario.
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: the Palace of Westminster - also known as the Houses of Parliament. 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.