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The British and Americans assemble the largest invasion fleet in history. It is June 6th 1944: D-Day.

The British and Americans assemble the largest invasion fleet in history. It is June 6th 1944: D-Day.

Historian Nigel Spivey examines how King Edward I (1272-1307) changed the shape of British history by waging his bloody wars of conquest to create the United Kingdom.

Historian Nigel Spivey examines how King Edward I (1272-1307) changed the shape of British history by waging his bloody wars of conquest to create the United Kingdom.

After 9/11, Katrina and Baghdad, the robustness of American optimism is struggling to reassert itself against the sobering reality of military frustration and domestic ...

After 9/11, Katrina and Baghdad, the robustness of American optimism is struggling to reassert itself against the sobering reality of military frustration and domestic anxieties. This is an America grappling with an un-American sense of its own limits. Eminent historian Simon Schama turns to fascinating moments in American history to understand the present. In the first episode of the series he explores how American optimism about the infinite possibilities of its land and resources is in danger of coming to a grinding halt.

Another epic tale from Britain's fascinating royal history, chronicling the rise and fall of King Henry II (1154 - 1189), Henry Plantagenet, the son of a French duke and ...

Another epic tale from Britain's fascinating royal history, chronicling the rise and fall of King Henry II (1154 - 1189), Henry Plantagenet, the son of a French duke and English princess.

The British and Americans assemble the largest invasion fleet in history. It is June 6th 1944: D-Day.

The British and Americans assemble the largest invasion fleet in history. It is June 6th 1944: D-Day.

The French had made the disastrous mistake of preparing for another war like the first World War. Consequently, the French army are totally humiliated.

The French had made the disastrous mistake of preparing for another war like the first World War. Consequently, the French army are totally humiliated.

The war in Burma was mud and monsoon. Britain's largest army learned to master the jungle and fought the Japanese to a standstill.

The war in Burma was mud and monsoon. Britain's largest army learned to master the jungle and fought the Japanese to a standstill.

Charles I was King of England, Scotland and Ireland from March 27, 1625, until his death. He famously engaged in a struggle for power with Parliament; he was an advocate of ...

Charles I was King of England, Scotland and Ireland from March 27, 1625, until his death. He famously engaged in a struggle for power with Parliament; he was an advocate of the divine right of kings, but his foes in Parliament feared that he was attempting to gain absolute power. There was widespread opposition to many of his actions, especially the levying of taxes without Parliament's consent.

George was the third British monarch of the House of Hanover, but the first to be born in Britain and use English as his first language. During George III's reign, Britain ...

George was the third British monarch of the House of Hanover, but the first to be born in Britain and use English as his first language. During George III's reign, Britain lost many of its colonies in North America, which became the United States. Also during his reign, the realms of Great Britain and Ireland united to form the United Kingdom.

Richard III was the King of England from 1483 until his death and the last king from the House of York. After the death of his brother Edward IV, Richard briefly governed as a ...

Richard III was the King of England from 1483 until his death and the last king from the House of York. After the death of his brother Edward IV, Richard briefly governed as a regent for Edward's son Edward V, but he imprisoned Edward and his brother Richard in the Tower and acquired the throne for himself. A rebellion rose against Richard and he fell in the Battle of Bosworth Field, where he faced the Earl of Richmond (later Henry VII). Shakespeare's play Richard III has made his name particularly famous.

The first Roman Catholic to reign over England since Mary I. He developed new political parties during his reign and famously fathered numerous illegitimate children, of whom ...

The first Roman Catholic to reign over England since Mary I. He developed new political parties during his reign and famously fathered numerous illegitimate children, of whom he acknowledged fourteen.

King of England (1413 to 1422) of the House of Lancaster, son of Henry IV. As victor of the Battle of Agincourt (1415, in the Hundred Years' War with France), he made England ...

King of England (1413 to 1422) of the House of Lancaster, son of Henry IV. As victor of the Battle of Agincourt (1415, in the Hundred Years' War with France), he made England one of the strongest kingdoms in Europe.

Victoria was a Queen of the United Kingdom, reigning from 20 June 1837 until her death. Her reign lasted more than sixty three years - longer than that of any other British ...

Victoria was a Queen of the United Kingdom, reigning from 20 June 1837 until her death. Her reign lasted more than sixty three years - longer than that of any other British monarch.

She has reigned in these positions since the death of her father, King George VI on 6 February 1952. About 125 million people live in the countries of which she is Head of ...

She has reigned in these positions since the death of her father, King George VI on 6 February 1952. About 125 million people live in the countries of which she is Head of State. Her reign has seen ten different Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and numerous Prime Ministers in the other nations of which she is or was Head of State. Before her succession to the Crown, she held the titles of a British princess, and after her marriage, Duchess of Edinburgh.

Known as The Virgin Queen, her reign is referred to as the Golden Age when England asserted itself vigorously as a major European power in politics, commerce and the arts.

Known as The Virgin Queen, her reign is referred to as the Golden Age when England asserted itself vigorously as a major European power in politics, commerce and the arts.

Historian Simon Schama explores the ways in which faith has shaped American political life. His starting point is a remarkable fact about the coming election - for the first ...

Historian Simon Schama explores the ways in which faith has shaped American political life. His starting point is a remarkable fact about the coming election - for the first time in a generation it's the Democrats who claim to be the party of God. It's Barack Obama, not John McCain, who has been talking about his faith.

He is famous for having been married six times and for wielding the most untrammelled power of any British monarch. Notable events during his reign included the break with ...

He is famous for having been married six times and for wielding the most untrammelled power of any British monarch. Notable events during his reign included the break with Rome and establishment of the independent Church of England.

Stories of warfare dominate history. On countless TV channels wars are constantly fought and re-fought. In this series we examine the strategies and decisions of these ...

Stories of warfare dominate history. On countless TV channels wars are constantly fought and re-fought. In this series we examine the strategies and decisions of these battles: the art of war. Warfare is said to have three levels: tactics, operations and strategy. Strategies of war can be traced back as far as the 6th Century BC with the emergence of the Chinese philosopher of war, Sun Tzu. Tzu presented his philosophies as simple universal truths, ideas that would appeal greatly to the leaders of many subsequent conflicts across the globe. For Sun Tzu the ultimate victory came from the war never fought, a victory won by game play and bluff where there were no casualties. In sharp contrast Karl Von Clausewitz, an 18th century military thinker, developed his own theory of war - the idea of absolute war, a conflict with no restraints. The arrival of the industrial age made this concept of total war a realistic prospect. Mass production led to mass armament and mass carnage. The world of science and invention had begun its journey into the dark heart of warfare and it was a journey that would bring into play ways of making war that Clausewitz and Sun Tzu could never have imagined.

When Winston Churchill died in 1965 he was already a relic of a lost age, but his funeral brought a city to a standstill and was he first state funeral given to a non - Royal ...

When Winston Churchill died in 1965 he was already a relic of a lost age, but his funeral brought a city to a standstill and was he first state funeral given to a non - Royal since the 19th Century. So who was this man who held such a special place in Britain's heart? In this three part series we examine the life of Winston Churchill: it's successes and its failures.

The final chapter in Churchill's career begins with the end of World War II. A financially depleted Britain was left struggling to keep up with two new superpowers, America ...

The final chapter in Churchill's career begins with the end of World War II. A financially depleted Britain was left struggling to keep up with two new superpowers, America and Russia. Opinion polls conducted through and after the war showed a gap between the esteem in which Churchill as a war leader was held and the way Churchill as a potential peacetime Prime Minister was viewed. An election was called and Churchill lost; now he had to get on with the humdrum task of leading a shadow cabinet. This did not interest Churchill and much of the ordinary business was left to his Deputy Anthony Eden.

The rise and fall of the Prussian kingdom In 1947 the state of Prussia was officially abolished to ensure the future peace of Europe. Nazi propaganda had portrayed a highly ...

The rise and fall of the Prussian kingdom In 1947 the state of Prussia was officially abolished to ensure the future peace of Europe. Nazi propaganda had portrayed a highly selective image of Prussia and its great leader Frederick, celebrating his martial zeal and benign despotism. But Frederick was an enlightened statesman and Prussia was equally famous throughout Europe as a beacon of progressive, modern government.

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain made Winston Churchill First Lord of the Admiralty on the very first day of World War Two. But was this appointment all it appeared ...

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain made Winston Churchill First Lord of the Admiralty on the very first day of World War Two. But was this appointment all it appeared to be? In this programme we examine Churchill and his performance during World War II and ask the question: how did a man responsible for some of history's greatest military disasters become the hero of the British people and the only man who could lead them through war?

The Netherlands live under Nazi rule for four years and it's people must decide where their loyalties lie. In occupied Europe, there are no easy answers.

The Netherlands live under Nazi rule for four years and it's people must decide where their loyalties lie. In occupied Europe, there are no easy answers.

For two years the eight Army and Rommel's Afrika Korps fight in the wastes of North Africa. Finally the tide turns at El Alamein.

For two years the eight Army and Rommel's Afrika Korps fight in the wastes of North Africa. Finally the tide turns at El Alamein.

Hitler at last turns his tanks towards Russia. After a succession of devastating victories, the Germans delay fatally, and the fierce Russian winter takes a grip.

Hitler at last turns his tanks towards Russia. After a succession of devastating victories, the Germans delay fatally, and the fierce Russian winter takes a grip.

Germany, a nation stricken by humiliating defeat and emerging from crippling economic depression, looks to one man for a resurgence of hope and dignity. That man is Adolf Hitler.

Germany, a nation stricken by humiliating defeat and emerging from crippling economic depression, looks to one man for a resurgence of hope and dignity. That man is Adolf Hitler.

After Dunkirk, Britain faces the German onslaught. Although the RAF wins the Battle of Britain, the cities are blitzed On the continent, the last allies are conquered and the ...

After Dunkirk, Britain faces the German onslaught. Although the RAF wins the Battle of Britain, the cities are blitzed On the continent, the last allies are conquered and the outlook is grim.

Hitler's early successes in Russia make him reckless and he resolves to capture Stalingrad. The battle lasts six months with the Russians emerging as victors. The Wehrmacht ...

Hitler's early successes in Russia make him reckless and he resolves to capture Stalingrad. The battle lasts six months with the Russians emerging as victors. The Wehrmacht never recovers.

A Commemorative Service and Headstone Dedication at the Pheasant Wood Cemetery. The service marks the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles, the Australian Imperial ...

A Commemorative Service and Headstone Dedication at the Pheasant Wood Cemetery. The service marks the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles, the Australian Imperial Force's first major battle on the Western Front.

From East and West, the Allies close in on the Reich. Germany is crumbling, but it is not defeated yet.

From East and West, the Allies close in on the Reich. Germany is crumbling, but it is not defeated yet.

The French had made the disastrous mistake of preparing for another war like the first World War. Consequently, the French army are totally humiliated.

The French had made the disastrous mistake of preparing for another war like the first World War. Consequently, the French army are totally humiliated.

Neutral America is divided as the war starts, but after France falls, support for the British grows. The US gives guns, ammunition and food to the British, but shows no sign ...

Neutral America is divided as the war starts, but after France falls, support for the British grows. The US gives guns, ammunition and food to the British, but shows no sign of entering the fighting arena, until Germany declares war on the US.

Following Japan's conquest of eastern Asia the Allies finally respond with sanctions. They prove so threatening to Japan that it prepares to conquer Southeast Asia to secure ...

Following Japan's conquest of eastern Asia the Allies finally respond with sanctions. They prove so threatening to Japan that it prepares to conquer Southeast Asia to secure he resources it needs. But first the threat from the British and American Pacific fleets must be eliminated.

In every corner of the globe, at any time, tragedy can strike. While families and survivors begin the healing process, investigators must start putting the pieces back ...

In every corner of the globe, at any time, tragedy can strike. While families and survivors begin the healing process, investigators must start putting the pieces back together to understand the cause behind the disaster.

Neutral America is divided as the war starts, but after France falls, support for the British grows. The US gives guns, ammunition and food to the British, but shows no sign ...

Neutral America is divided as the war starts, but after France falls, support for the British grows. The US gives guns, ammunition and food to the British, but shows no sign of entering the fighting arena, until Germany declares war on the US.

In every corner of the globe, at any time, tragedy can strike. While families and survivors begin the healing process, investigators must start putting the pieces back ...

In every corner of the globe, at any time, tragedy can strike. While families and survivors begin the healing process, investigators must start putting the pieces back together to understand the cause behind the disaster.

Bomber Command are unable to hit precise targets and begin bombing German cities by night. The Americans reinforce the attacks by day, and ultimately a whirlwind of terror and ...

Bomber Command are unable to hit precise targets and begin bombing German cities by night. The Americans reinforce the attacks by day, and ultimately a whirlwind of terror and destruction will win the war.

In Eastern Europe, the full force of the Nazi machine rolls on, but in Britain, an uneasy calm settles on the nation. It is the 'phoney' war, with the sound of distant guns ...

In Eastern Europe, the full force of the Nazi machine rolls on, but in Britain, an uneasy calm settles on the nation. It is the 'phoney' war, with the sound of distant guns thundering ominously on the horizon.

Soon after the end of the Pacific War, internationally renowned Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens made a film in Australia supporting Indonesian independence. His Indonesia Calling ...

Soon after the end of the Pacific War, internationally renowned Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens made a film in Australia supporting Indonesian independence. His Indonesia Calling documents Australian, Indonesian, Indian and Chinese trade unions defending the newly proclaimed Republic of Indonesia.

In a war of high technology and animal courage, the German U-boats fight allied merchantmen, hounding them in packs. A German victory at sea will drive Britain from the war.

In a war of high technology and animal courage, the German U-boats fight allied merchantmen, hounding them in packs. A German victory at sea will drive Britain from the war.

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480: Mabo: Invasion

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  ABC  |  May 28, 2012
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the High Court's decision in the MABO case, Message Stick has produced 480: MABO - a 5 x 8' mini-documentary series which looks back over ...

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the High Court's decision in the MABO case, Message Stick has produced 480: MABO - a 5 x 8' mini-documentary series which looks back over the history of land rights, Eddie Mabo and his role in a landmark decision made by the courts that overturned the legal doctrine of terra nullius.

A band of determined volunteers and the man who found the legendary Hood and the Bismarck, have pulled off an astounding coup: they've convinced the Australian government to ...

A band of determined volunteers and the man who found the legendary Hood and the Bismarck, have pulled off an astounding coup: they've convinced the Australian government to award them $5 million to solve one of the world's most enduring - and tragic - naval mysteries. Hunt For HMAS Sydney is far more than an expedition to find the rusting remains of a once proud and powerful fighting ship. It is in answer to the growing calls of the nation to find the final resting place of the 645 men who died in defence of their country. At the helm of a sophisticated survey vessel crammed with the latest deep-water detection technology and crewed by the best international team of operators that money can buy, is David Mearns. Originally from the US and now resident in the UK, Mearns is one of the world's leading deep-water wreck hunters. For more than five years, the hunt to uncover clues and evidence has taken Mearns and his allies on an international journey to reveal an astonishing story, spanning more than half a century. As the survey vessel sets sail, our story backtracks to November 19, 1941. The Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney - the pride of the Australian fleet - is en-route for the port of Fremantle after escorting a troopship bound for Singapore. What begins as an inspection of a suspicious merchantman, quickly escalates into a ferocious, all-out battle for survival as the cruiser is locked in a deadly duel with a wolf in disguise: the German raider Kormoran. What is known about the battle itself is solely based on the accounts of German survivors. After the battle, the badly damaged and burning Sydney disappears over the horizon to become a glow in the late evening sky. Kormoran is also crippled. With her engines out of action, Commander Theodor Detmers orders her to be scuttled. Sydney's last resting place, the details of her battle with Kormoran and the circumstances surrounding the whole affair have long been the centre of heated controversy.

Ninety years after the last shots were fired, two young Australian historians embark on an emotional journey to the battlefields of World War I on the infamous Western Front. ...

Ninety years after the last shots were fired, two young Australian historians embark on an emotional journey to the battlefields of World War I on the infamous Western Front. History teacher Michael Molkentin joins battlefield historian Mat McLachlan in an exploration of the Australian soldiers' wartime experience in Belgium. The two men visit iconic sites, following in the footsteps of Australian wartime photographer Frank Hurley. And they join an archaeological excavation of the trenches and fields where 20,000 Australians went missing, their bodies lost, their graves unmarked.

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480: Mabo: The Mabo Case

Season 1  |  Episode 4  |  ABC  |  May 31, 2012
Eddie Koiki Mabo won his way into history when the highest court in the country ruled in his favour and disproved the law of terra nullius.

Eddie Koiki Mabo won his way into history when the highest court in the country ruled in his favour and disproved the law of terra nullius.

Hosted by Luke Carroll, 480 will cover themes of ANZAC, Mabo, land rights, native title and NAIDOC and aim to recognise and celebrate important events and anniversaries ...

Hosted by Luke Carroll, 480 will cover themes of ANZAC, Mabo, land rights, native title and NAIDOC and aim to recognise and celebrate important events and anniversaries occurring in 2012 for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - all in less than 480 seconds. Two men; one from the sky - Leonard Waters and the other from the trenches - Albert Knight, made Australia and their people proud when they enlisted for war.

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480: Anzac: Charles Mene

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  ABC  |  April 24, 2012
Charles Mene is one of Australia's unsung heroes. 480 looks at his story and the act of bravery that earned him the Military Medal for his courage under fire.

Charles Mene is one of Australia's unsung heroes. 480 looks at his story and the act of bravery that earned him the Military Medal for his courage under fire.

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480: Anzac: Douglas Grant And Sendy Togo

Season 1  |  Episode 4  |  ABC  |  April 26, 2012
Follow the story of two soldiers with very similar goals, yet their journeys turn out completely differently. It was during the time when Indigenous men were not allowed to ...

Follow the story of two soldiers with very similar goals, yet their journeys turn out completely differently. It was during the time when Indigenous men were not allowed to serve due to the colour of their skin.

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480: Anzac: Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  ABC  |  April 25, 2012
Oodgeroo Noonuccal was one of Australia's leading Aboriginal poets. She helped her country during war time, a phase in her life which ultimately inspired her to change the ...

Oodgeroo Noonuccal was one of Australia's leading Aboriginal poets. She helped her country during war time, a phase in her life which ultimately inspired her to change the world for her people.

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480: Anzac: Reg Saunders

Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  ABC  |  April 27, 2012
Reg Saunders had a philosophy that any task, no matter how small, should be done to the best of one's ability. This philosophy helped promote Reg up the military ranks during WWII.

Reg Saunders had a philosophy that any task, no matter how small, should be done to the best of one's ability. This philosophy helped promote Reg up the military ranks during WWII.

This is the second episode of Liberal Rule, the landmark, multi-layered feature series that goes beyond current affairs to present the story of Australia's recent political ...

This is the second episode of Liberal Rule, the landmark, multi-layered feature series that goes beyond current affairs to present the story of Australia's recent political past, a past that is now writing our future. John Howard's values and beliefs were established early in life. When he became Prime Minister he was determined to reclaim the Australian narrative from the Left and realise his vision of the nation.

This final episode examines the role of international events and relationships in the government's success. It explores the paradox of how an essentially domestic politician, ...

This final episode examines the role of international events and relationships in the government's success. It explores the paradox of how an essentially domestic politician, uncomfortable on the world stage, achieves electoral success and secures his self-belief through foreign affairs and border control issues. We see the emotional attachment Howard has for Australia's military history and his growing success in the encouragement of Australian nationalism and promotion of the flag.

A documentary that looks at the theatre Wagner built at Bayreuth, the festival he inaugurated there in 1876, and how the legacy seems to have poisoned successive generations ...

A documentary that looks at the theatre Wagner built at Bayreuth, the festival he inaugurated there in 1876, and how the legacy seems to have poisoned successive generations of his family.

In episode two, Mishal Husain traces Gandhi's transformation from obscure lawyer to 'Father Of The Nation' and discovers a more complicated and intriguing man than the saintly ...

In episode two, Mishal Husain traces Gandhi's transformation from obscure lawyer to 'Father Of The Nation' and discovers a more complicated and intriguing man than the saintly Hollywood version. Gandhi had to face unpopularity, political failure and British jails. But in 1930, he triumphs, launching the most astute campaign of the age: the 240-mile Salt March that succeeded in humiliating the British Raj.

In August 1945 the US dropped two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, devastating the Japanese cities. See the aftermath of the attacks while exploring the history of nuclear disasters. (ACDSEH107, ACDSEH127)
Share the story of Nelson Mandela's struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and build a more peaceful world with this collection about Madiba's life and times.
The storming of the Bastille by a mob of Parisians on July 14, 1789, set loose a generation of warfare and sowed the seeds for the modern political system.
From the dramatisation of the American Revolution in Sons of Liberty through to how Gene Sharp's nonviolent revolutionary theories helped inspire the Arab Spring, see how revolution has reshaped the world.
Australia as a nation moves from colonial Australia to the development of Australia as a nation. Explore the factors leading to Federation and experiences of democracy and citizenship. (VCHHK072, VCHHK076, VCHHK073)
A royal wedding is a marriage ceremony involving members of royal family. This week we are celebrating the royal event the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Space inspires our greatest scientific and creative minds. Take to the stars with NASA, or hop aboard Millennium Falcon in the best of space fact and fiction. (ACSSU188,ACSSU189,VCSSU127,VCSSU128,VCSSU129)
On April 27, 1994, millions of first-time voters cast their ballots in South Africa's first free elections, ushering in the presidency of Mandela. Learn about the enormous change from those who lived it.
Commemorate the 1915 struggle that saw enormous courage in the face of enormous loss at Gallipoli, which many consider the psychological birth of Australia. Start with the Peter Weir classic, Gallipoli. (ACHASSK064, VCHHK076, VCHHK144)
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