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.
Hosted by Angela Pulvirenti, this is a sit down interview program that explores the essence of human connection by interviewing Australian and international newsmakers alongside a person who has helped shape or influenced their life. Chris Murphy, INXS's relentless manager, and founding member Tim Farriss talk for the first time ever about the life and times of the band, Michael Hutchence's deterioration and death and the years following.
Join host Annabel Crabb on an all-access visit to Australia's Parliament House. As the 45th Parliament opens with a new cast of apprehensive MPs and an unpredictable new senate, Annabel takes us on a tour of the engine room.
Hosted by Angela Pulvirenti, this is a sit down interview program that explores the essence of human connection by interviewing Australian and international newsmakers alongside a person who has helped shape or influenced their life. Guy Pearce is an internationally renowned actor, and Tim Neal is Australia's most accomplished jazz organ player. They first met as five-year-olds at Geelong College and have been the greatest of friends ever since.
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, Jimmy shows off his jungle playground, but is challenged by the interns worried about its environmental impact.
To mark the 40th Anniversary of NASA's Voyager launch explore the captivating tales behind one of humanity's greatest achievements in exploration. The farthest-flung human object has left our solar system and gone interstellar.
Supermodel Robyn Lawley and her agent Chelsea Bonner live on opposite sides of the world but they're united in their mission: they want to change the way women are represented in the fashion industry. As teenagers, both were rejected by mainstream model agencies for being too curvy. Robyn Lawley, from Sydney's western suburbs, had almost given up on her dreams of modelling when she crossed paths with agent Chelsea Bonner. Nearly a decade later, the two have blazed a trail for curvier models through the international houses of high fashion, with Lawley becoming the first plus-size model to feature on the covers of Italian Vogue and in the pages of Australian Vogue and land a contract with a top-end label Ralph Lauren. These two women are changing the face of an industry and challenging deep-seated ideas about beauty.
Paris was the centre of artistic and cultural life from the dawn of the twentieth century up the start of World War II. This two-part film explores how and why emigre artists from around the world flocked to the City of Light to interact and ply their trade. It follows the major trends and modernist movements, ending with the great financial crash of 1929.
New photos of the Titanic's construction and launch have come to light after having lain in a suitcase for decades. They reveal a whole series of shortcomings which contributed to the ship's tragic sinking, including poor workmanship and substandard steel. But the most shocking revelation is that a fire in a coal bunker caused serious damage to the hull. Using a newly devised CG technique to animate these extraordinary images, this program will bring the building of the Titanic to life as never before.
Director Wim Wenders explores the lives of his favourite blues artists - Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and JB Lenoir - in a film that is part history and part personal pilgrimage. The film tells the story of these artists' lives in music through a fictional film-within-a-film, rare archival footage, and covers of their songs by contemporary musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed, Eagle Eye Cherry, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cassandra Wilson, Garland Jeffreys, Los Lobos, and others.
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.
Chaplin became independent in late 1917 and built his own studio - on very English lines. His first film was never released. Entitled How To Make Movies, it was a home-movie style tour of his new domain. The film was never even cut together, but Chaplin left cutting notes and part of it opens this programme. Jackie Coogan and Lita Grey talk about The Kid. Lita Grey became Mrs Chaplin and the start of The Gold Rush before her pregnancy complicated matters and led to her being replace by Georgia Hale. Miss Hale, who has always refused interviews, talks compellingly about The Gold Rush. Sound arrived. He continued making silent films. City Lights starred Virginia Cherrill, another who has consistently refused interviews. She describes Chaplin's dissatisfaction with her and how he fired her and how she was reinstated. The film became Chaplin's most successful and most admired picture. With stills, camera tests and rushes we throw new light on all these famous classics.
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.
China's Three Gorges Dam is the largest and heaviest concrete structure on earth, and it produces more power than any hydroelectric dam ever built. Discover how engineers reshaped a river to accomplish this incredible engineering feat.
Bettany Hughes travels to Vienna on the trail of Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis. Freud's influence surrounds us. In our vocabulary - repression, penis envy, the Freudian slip - and in the freedom we take for granted, to talk openly about our deepest feelings and insecurities.
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.
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. The sixth episode features some major players from war and peace, from east and west. From inventors who have changed the way we live and fight to artists who have given us reasons to do both, we count through 35 to 24 and cover some of the most influential and infamous people who made the twentieth century - a long reigning monarch, a murderous dictator and the "father of the Atom Bomb". Quite a mixture!