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According to Rome, German barbarians were among the most brutal of all. Terry Jones discovers that when it came to brutality, it was the Romans who were the masters and the ...

According to Rome, German barbarians were among the most brutal of all. Terry Jones discovers that when it came to brutality, it was the Romans who were the masters and the Germans merely rebelled against Roman occupation.

World at War
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World at War: Inside The Reich

Season 1  |  Episode 16  |  The History Channel  |  September 4, 2017
In 1940 Germany was in buoyancy, with her armies controlling Western Europe.

In 1940 Germany was in buoyancy, with her armies controlling Western Europe.

A look at how Tsar Nicholas II and his wife the Empress Alexandra's complete misjudgement and lack of understanding led to the fall of the Russian Empire from being one of the ...

A look at how Tsar Nicholas II and his wife the Empress Alexandra's complete misjudgement and lack of understanding led to the fall of the Russian Empire from being one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. We explore how their decisions during the war led to widespread public anger and a revolution that would eventually bring a tragic and brutal end to Tsar Nicholas' reign, making him the last Emperor of Russia. Broadcast title: The Tsar and Empress: Secret Letters.

Despite lengthy incarceration in an apartheid prison, Nelson Mandela overcomes indignity and harshness to begin the negotiations that will eventually lead to a democratic ...

Despite lengthy incarceration in an apartheid prison, Nelson Mandela overcomes indignity and harshness to begin the negotiations that will eventually lead to a democratic South Africa.

This landmark special explores the special relationship between Australia and the US. Hosted by acclaimed journalist Mike Munro, we explore our long friendship, forged in ...

This landmark special explores the special relationship between Australia and the US. Hosted by acclaimed journalist Mike Munro, we explore our long friendship, forged in battle, ideas, art, people and trade.

For years gladiators have been legendary figures of the Ancient World; the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters like Spartacus, or Gladiator. But our knowledge has been based ...

For years gladiators have been legendary figures of the Ancient World; the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters like Spartacus, or Gladiator. But our knowledge has been based largely on speculation - until now. Timewatch have secured exclusive access to the biggest archaeological gladiator research project of all time. As it approaches its conclusion, Gladiator CSI reveals the secrets of how gladiators lived, fought and died, not from speculation but from forensic science. In the 1990s a survey for the ancient course of the Holy Procession Path between the temple of Artemis (one of the seven Wonders of the World) and the city of Ephesus in Turkey came upon an unexpected find: a mass burial site. But most of the cadavers did not bear the signs of death from natural causes. Instead, they seem to have met a violent end. In 2002 two forensic anthropologists went to investigate: this was a gladiator graveyard. Although the corpses of gladiators had been found before, they tended to be isolated examples. In this graveyard, no less than 67 were buried. The amount of data was unprecedented. Employing two of the world's leading forensics anthropologists as our two crime scene investigators, this is the story of their investigation. Their research makes ground-breaking conclusions probing popular myths about gladiators: Is the currently fashionable thesis that although gladiators fought vicious contests, they rarely battled to the death, really true? Were the losers of gladiatorial contests really dispatched in the arena by the turning of the emperor's thumb? Were gladiators treated as no more than animals, with no provision for their health or well-being? Spanning two centuries, our 67 corpses reveal great technological changes in fighting equipment and wounds from weapons that were hitherto thought only to be the stuff of myth (like the cubic fore dent).

Chronicle Of The Third Reich
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Chronicle Of The Third Reich: 1933-1935

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  SBS  |  January 6, 2012
The Nazis seized power when Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. What began with great jubilation ended after a world war in which 50 million people ...

The Nazis seized power when Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. What began with great jubilation ended after a world war in which 50 million people were killed. This four-part series embarks on a unique journey through the bleakest chapter of German history.

History's Verdict
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History's Verdict: Stalin

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  The History Channel  |  March 13, 2013
This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the ...

This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the outcome of WWII. Each episode of this thoughtful and striking television series focuses on one major player of the war, identifying his strengths and his weaknesses, his thinking, his decision-making, and the results.

Inside The Vietnam War
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Inside The Vietnam War

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  The History Channel  |  November 20, 2016
The Vietnam War was a decade-long struggle that humbled America. It has never before been told start to finish purely as a first person military chronicle: the raw, horrifying ...

The Vietnam War was a decade-long struggle that humbled America. It has never before been told start to finish purely as a first person military chronicle: the raw, horrifying war as experienced by the men who fought it, believing they were there to win. Their experiences revolve around "tipping points", affecting the crucial events that shaped military decisions and, ultimately, determined the outcome of the war. From the rise of Ho Chi Minh in 1959 and the subsequent formation of the Vietcong to the deadly battle in La Drang valley in 1965 through to the quagmire of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and its eventual conclusion in 1975, no detail is spared in this three-part, back to back special.

World at War
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World at War: Remember

Season 1  |  Episode 26  |  The History Channel  |  September 18, 2017
For those lucky enough to survive WWII it still remains the most significant experience of their lives.

For those lucky enough to survive WWII it still remains the most significant experience of their lives.

World at War
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World at War: Genocide

Season 1  |  Episode 20  |  The History Channel  |  September 10, 2017
Heinrich Himmler set in motion the plan to realise Hitler's vision, resulting in the gradual establishment of concentration camps.

Heinrich Himmler set in motion the plan to realise Hitler's vision, resulting in the gradual establishment of concentration camps.

Focusing on the years 1940 and 1941, when the Swastika flew over continental Europe. Only England with her back to the wall, under Winston Churchill, remained defiant. Winston ...

Focusing on the years 1940 and 1941, when the Swastika flew over continental Europe. Only England with her back to the wall, under Winston Churchill, remained defiant. Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny highlights Churchill's years in the political wilderness, his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime. As historian John Lukacs explains, Churchill may not have won the war in 1940, but without him, the war most certainly would have been lost. Sir Martin Gilbert, historical consultant for the film and Churchill's official biographer, adds that had Churchill's warnings about Nazi Germany's racial policies towards Jews been heeded in the early 1930s, the Holocaust may never have occurred. The film examines why Winston Churchill's legacy continues to be relevant in the 21st century and explores why his leadership remains inspirational to current day political leaders and diplomats.

America In Colour
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America In Colour

Episode 1  |  The History Channel  |  July 23, 2018
It's easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of ...

It's easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of America in colour, for the first time. Decade by decade, this ambitious series puts the colour back in history, and brings the history back to life. From jazz-age speakeasies to the attack on Pearl Harbor, from the Great Depression to Elvismania, iconic images of America are vibrantly brought to the screen. To make this landmark series, filmmakers spent 6000 hours painstakingly scouring obscure archives, dusting off forgotten family vaults, and tracking down dedicated private collectors to find the 27 miles of film they needed - much of it not seen for nearly a century. The result is a feast for the eyes, and brings a fresh excitement to the seminal images of our time.

In 2011 a team from the University of Basel made two astonishing discoveries in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. By chance they came across a new tomb that was the first to ...

In 2011 a team from the University of Basel made two astonishing discoveries in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. By chance they came across a new tomb that was the first to contain a body since the discovery of Tutankhamun. Then they discovered that the tomb beside it, which had never been excavated before, held the bodies of around 50 people. But who were all the people in these two linked tombs? This film follows the archaeological detective story to uncover the answer. It pursues the trail that leads to one of Egypt's greatest pharaohs, Amenhotep III - and to the women he was close to. And the film also reveals the astonishing project behind the re-emergence nearby of the largest temple ever built in ancient Egypt - the lost mortuary temple of the same pharaoh, Amenhotep III.

For 70 years, rumours have circulated around the small town of Walbrzych in south-west Poland about a concealed Nazi railway tunnel. How, in 1945, the original tunnel was ...

For 70 years, rumours have circulated around the small town of Walbrzych in south-west Poland about a concealed Nazi railway tunnel. How, in 1945, the original tunnel was fortified by the retreating German army with 10m of reinforced concrete, and its entrances blown up. And how anyone who spoke of the tunnel was either shot by the Nazis or pursued by the Russians after the war. Naturally, they fell silent - and the tunnel's precise location was lost in the mists of time. Then, in August 2015, ground penetrating radar pinpointed the tunnel's location. It's the 21st century equivalent of an unexplored pharaoh's tomb.

Terry Jones reveals the image of savages, hell bent on slaughter, pillage and rape, is merely ancient spin by Rome. In his journey Jones exposes the depth of this deception, ...

Terry Jones reveals the image of savages, hell bent on slaughter, pillage and rape, is merely ancient spin by Rome. In his journey Jones exposes the depth of this deception, exploding myths and setting records straight.

Terry Jones immerses himself in the world of the 'barbarians' of the East - the Greeks and the Persians - and discovers that it was they who were the brains of the ancient ...

Terry Jones immerses himself in the world of the 'barbarians' of the East - the Greeks and the Persians - and discovers that it was they who were the brains of the ancient world and the Romans the destroyers of progress.

Chronicle Of The Third Reich
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Chronicle Of The Third Reich: 1942-1945

Season 1  |  Episode 4  |  SBS  |  January 27, 2012
The Nazis seized power when Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. What began with great jubilation ended after a world war in which 50 million people ...

The Nazis seized power when Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. What began with great jubilation ended after a world war in which 50 million people were killed. This series embarks on a unique journey through the bleakest chapter of German history. It traces the story of the Third Reich, painting a picture of Nazi dictatorship behind the propaganda by utilising what in some cases is previously unpublished footage.

World at War
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World at War: Japan

Season 1  |  Episode 22  |  The History Channel  |  September 13, 2017
Narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier. Japan entered the war confident that its superior spiritual strength and discipline would prevail, but this was not to be.

Narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier. Japan entered the war confident that its superior spiritual strength and discipline would prevail, but this was not to be.

Fighting the Japanese in Burma is a nightmare for the inexperienced Allies.

Fighting the Japanese in Burma is a nightmare for the inexperienced Allies.

From teenage infatuation to her wedding to Hitler and suicide in the fuhrerbunker - Adolf and Eva: Love and War reveals the shocking lengths to which Nazi Germany's secret ...

From teenage infatuation to her wedding to Hitler and suicide in the fuhrerbunker - Adolf and Eva: Love and War reveals the shocking lengths to which Nazi Germany's secret First Lady went to rise to, and cling to, power. The Nazis kept Eva Braun's affair with Hitler hidden until the very end. But the Fuhrer's inner circle knew she had survived against the odds to become the most powerful woman in Germany. Revealing the truth behind the influential, ambitious and manipulative Nazi bride, this is the story of Eva's incredible rise - and dramatic fall.

First Civilisations
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First Civilisations

Episode 1  |  SBS  |  July 8, 2018
How can something as devastating as war help bring about civilisation? Ancient Mesoamerica is the perfect petri dish to examine the process of 'destructive creation'. ...

How can something as devastating as war help bring about civilisation? Ancient Mesoamerica is the perfect petri dish to examine the process of 'destructive creation'. Evolutionary theorist Peter Turchin regards war as a necessary evil. It brought people together in a common cause while stimulating an arms race of technological progress.

This follow up documentary to KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy sees filmmaker Dan Murdoch back in the US to revisit some of the people he met from the Ku Klux Klan and also ...

This follow up documentary to KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy sees filmmaker Dan Murdoch back in the US to revisit some of the people he met from the Ku Klux Klan and also meet members of the Black Liberation Movement.

WWI: The First Modern War
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WWI: The First Modern War: Clouds of Death

Episode 2  |  The History Channel  |  April 22, 2018
In World War I the Germans, ignoring international treaties they signed, were first to weaponise a chemical. In this case it was chlorine - a highly toxic ingredient used in ...

In World War I the Germans, ignoring international treaties they signed, were first to weaponise a chemical. In this case it was chlorine - a highly toxic ingredient used in the manufacture of chemical dyes of which they had a huge supply. Their action unleashed an escalation of poison gas weapons as both sides developed different chemicals and more effective counter measures. Their use of culminated in a bold British plan that unfolded beneath the battlefield at Messine Ridge. British mining and explosive experts planted 450 tonns of high explosive hidden in a network of tunnels under Messine ridge. When ignited, they created the biggest land mine in history - killing 10,000 German soldiers. The explosion rattled windows at 10 Downing Street, 140 miles away and registered as an earthquake in Switzerland.

Empire Games
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Empire Games: Chinese Empire

Episode 4  |  The History Channel  |  June 26, 2018
This series explores the greatest empires in a way that has never been fully investigated. Each episode highlights and exposes the political intrigue, personal vendettas, ...

This series explores the greatest empires in a way that has never been fully investigated. Each episode highlights and exposes the political intrigue, personal vendettas, family mayhem, acts of vengeance and the ever-evolving tension, turmoil and chaos that shaped these civilisations and led to their destruction from within. Born in 624 CE, Wu Zhao became the concubine of Emperor Taizong. Her entry into the palace would begin one of the most dramatic periods in Chinese history. She would ultimately rule as the Empress Wu and expand Chinese military and political control in Central Asia and the Korean peninsula. Court intrigue raged during her reign and she successfully undermined constant attempts to usurp her power. In the end, however, ill health and conspiracy would combine to force her abdication. The former rulers seized control and the second Zhao dynasty began and ended with her.

America In Colour
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America In Colour

Episode 2  |  The History Channel  |  July 30, 2018
It's easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of ...

It's easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of America in colour, for the first time. Decade by decade, this ambitious series puts the colour back in history, and brings the history back to life. From jazz-age speakeasies to the attack on Pearl Harbor, from the Great Depression to Elvismania, iconic images of America are vibrantly brought to the screen. To make this landmark series, filmmakers spent 6000 hours painstakingly scouring obscure archives, dusting off forgotten family vaults, and tracking down dedicated private collectors to find the 27 miles of film they needed - much of it not seen for nearly a century. The result is a feast for the eyes, and brings a fresh excitement to the seminal images of our time.

History's Verdict
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History's Verdict: Hitler

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  The History Channel  |  March 27, 2013
This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the ...

This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the outcome of WWII.

History's Verdict
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History's Verdict: Hirohito

Season 1  |  Episode 6  |  The History Channel  |  November 6, 2012
This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the ...

This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the outcome of WWII.

History's Verdict
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History's Verdict: Roosevelt

Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  The History Channel  |  October 30, 2012
This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the ...

This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the outcome of WWII.

Chronicle Of The Third Reich
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Chronicle Of The Third Reich: 1939-1942

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  SBS  |  January 20, 2012
The Nazis seized power when Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. What began with great jubilation ended after a world war in which 50 million people ...

The Nazis seized power when Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. What began with great jubilation ended after a world war in which 50 million people were killed. This four-part series embarks on a unique journey through the bleakest chapter of German history. It traces the story of the Third Reich, painting a picture of Nazi dictatorship behind the propaganda by utilising what in some cases is previously unpublished footage.

World at War
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World at War: Reckoning

Season 1  |  Episode 25  |  The History Channel  |  September 17, 2017
No single European country is a winner of the war in Europe and nobody wants to see Germany rise again.

No single European country is a winner of the war in Europe and nobody wants to see Germany rise again.

World at War
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World at War: Pacific

Season 1  |  Episode 23  |  The History Channel  |  September 13, 2017
Ferocious fighting characterises the Allied offensive in the Pacific.

Ferocious fighting characterises the Allied offensive in the Pacific.

World at War
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World at War: The Bomb

Season 1  |  Episode 24  |  The History Channel  |  September 14, 2017
The world's first ever uranium bomb is dropped on Hiroshima. It's rationalised by the Allies that it would save millions of lives.

The world's first ever uranium bomb is dropped on Hiroshima. It's rationalised by the Allies that it would save millions of lives.

WWI: The First Modern War
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WWI: The First Modern War: Massive Air Attacks

Episode 3  |  The History Channel  |  April 23, 2018
While most people think the Blitz originated in World War II, the truth is that the first Blitz happened during World War I. Bombs were delivered from giant airships designed ...

While most people think the Blitz originated in World War II, the truth is that the first Blitz happened during World War I. Bombs were delivered from giant airships designed by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who got his inspiration when he was a Germany Army observer in the US during the Civil War and rode in a hot air balloon for the first time. These lighter than air superstructures, two times longer than the Statue of Liberty is high, measured their flights in hundreds of miles when pioneering aviators measured their success in hundreds of yards.

Empire Games
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Empire Games

Episode 2  |  The History Channel  |  June 12, 2018
When Alexander the Great lay on his deathbed his companions asked to whom he wished to leave his kingdom. "To the strongest," was his reply. The passing of the great conqueror ...

When Alexander the Great lay on his deathbed his companions asked to whom he wished to leave his kingdom. "To the strongest," was his reply. The passing of the great conqueror plunged the Greek Empire into 40 years of war as kings, generals and henchmen vied for ultimate power.

Explore the controversial life of Mao Zedong (1893-1976), founder of the People s Republic of China and the first Chairman of its ruling Communist Party. Using archival film ...

Explore the controversial life of Mao Zedong (1893-1976), founder of the People s Republic of China and the first Chairman of its ruling Communist Party. Using archival film from a variety of sources, including formerly classified CIA collections, this fascinating documentary is a stunning visual profile of the man who created modern China but at a terrible price for millions of people. Featured topics include the failure of the Great Leap Forward in 1958, the tensions of the Sino-Soviet Split in 1962, the terrors of the Red Guards and the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, and Mao's deteriorating health in the years leading up to his death.

The fascinating events that transpire as Nelson Mandela triumphs over gruelling political negotiations, widespread violence, and personal tragedy to become South Africa's ...

The fascinating events that transpire as Nelson Mandela triumphs over gruelling political negotiations, widespread violence, and personal tragedy to become South Africa's first black president.

Terry discovers that the key to Rome's success in spreading anti-barbarian propaganda was the survival of the Catholic Church, the scribes of history, after the fall of the ...

Terry discovers that the key to Rome's success in spreading anti-barbarian propaganda was the survival of the Catholic Church, the scribes of history, after the fall of the Western Empire.

World at War
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World at War: Nemesis

Season 1  |  Episode 21  |  The History Channel  |  September 11, 2017
With the reality of defeat looming over Germany, Hitler retreats to an underground bunker.

With the reality of defeat looming over Germany, Hitler retreats to an underground bunker.

WWI: The First Modern War
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WWI: The First Modern War: Armoured Beasts

Episode 1  |  The History Channel  |  April 21, 2018
In World War I, tanks were the first armoured fighting machine to be used on the battlefield. These "land ships", as they were first called, were championed by Head of the ...

In World War I, tanks were the first armoured fighting machine to be used on the battlefield. These "land ships", as they were first called, were championed by Head of the British Admiralty Winston Churchill. Adapted from an American tractor with caterpillar tracks, the machine was designed in secrecy to break through the heavily fortified trenches and offer protection for troops that were being mowed down by heavy artillery. Though a massive failure in their first combat in the Battle of the Somme- they broke down and got stuck in the mud-British government propaganda reversed the story and paved the way for thousands of tanks to be built and become a decisive weapon in the war.

WWI: The First Modern War
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WWI: The First Modern War: Underwater Killers

Episode 4  |  The History Channel  |  April 24, 2018
The Atlantic became a killing field as German submarines took on the might of the dominant British Navy during World War I. The stealth and silent killers were able to sink ...

The Atlantic became a killing field as German submarines took on the might of the dominant British Navy during World War I. The stealth and silent killers were able to sink 5200 ships by war's end, and nearly brought Britain to its knees. But in their frenzy of attacks, the Germans sink the US passenger liner Lusitania, killing nearly 2000 on board. American outrage helped President Wilson get Congress to finally agree to enter the war. In the end, the Allied Atlantic blockade forces Germany to surrender, but the submarine was established as an effective military weapon.

The formidable racial prejudice that Nelson Mandela encounters on moving to Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city, leads to his rapid politicisation and fight to topple ...

The formidable racial prejudice that Nelson Mandela encounters on moving to Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city, leads to his rapid politicisation and fight to topple apartheid.

America In Colour
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America In Colour: The 1960s

Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  The History Channel  |  August 20, 2018
It's easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of ...

It's easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of America in colour, for the first time. Decade by decade, this ambitious series puts the colour back in history, and brings the history back to life. From jazz-age speakeasies to the attack on Pearl Harbor, from the Great Depression to Elvismania, iconic images of America are vibrantly brought to the screen. To make this landmark series, filmmakers spent 6000 hours painstakingly scouring obscure archives, dusting off forgotten family vaults, and tracking down dedicated private collectors to find the 27 miles of film they needed - much of it not seen for nearly a century. The result is a feast for the eyes, and brings a fresh excitement to the seminal images of our time.

It's been nearly 80 years since our Diggers and their PNG comrades, against all odds, withstood Japan's Pacific invasion and preserved Australia's freedom. Now, follow in ...

It's been nearly 80 years since our Diggers and their PNG comrades, against all odds, withstood Japan's Pacific invasion and preserved Australia's freedom. Now, follow in their footsteps and relive moments in a crucial battle.

Taking a terrifying journey through 3000 years of ideas, movie tough guy Danny Trejo explores the darkest recesses of both the underworld and the human imagination. From ...

Taking a terrifying journey through 3000 years of ideas, movie tough guy Danny Trejo explores the darkest recesses of both the underworld and the human imagination. From Ancient Greece, through the birth of Christianity, medieval Europe and Modern America, he tries to map out where the idea of Hell came from and even visits real locations believed to be portals to Hell.

Unlike the altruistic Robin Hood of legend, outlaws were more likely to rob the poor to give to the rich and remarkably gained a place of respect in society. The poor however ...

Unlike the altruistic Robin Hood of legend, outlaws were more likely to rob the poor to give to the rich and remarkably gained a place of respect in society. The poor however weren't without in this surprisingly litigious time.

Religion was big business in medieval times and many monks took full advantage of this to make lots and lots of money - something that isn't hard if you have a constant stream ...

Religion was big business in medieval times and many monks took full advantage of this to make lots and lots of money - something that isn't hard if you have a constant stream of devoted worshippers.

In this definitive series, the individual experiences of those involved - from the Poles first incarcerated there, to those who worked in the gas chambers and former SS ...

In this definitive series, the individual experiences of those involved - from the Poles first incarcerated there, to those who worked in the gas chambers and former SS soldiers - are revealed. In this episode, camp commandant Rudolf Hoss arrives in the Polish town to create a new concentration camp, its role being to imprison and terrorise anyone who resists the Nazi occupation of Poland.

As It Happened
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As It Happened: The SS - Struggle For Power

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  SBS2  |  April 19, 2011
The SS, symbol of terror and genocide represented more than any other Nazi organisation the wild and deadly delusions of those who believed themselves part of the master race. ...

The SS, symbol of terror and genocide represented more than any other Nazi organisation the wild and deadly delusions of those who believed themselves part of the master race. It took only a few years for Hitler's Schutzstaffel or 'protective echelon' to be transformed from an insignificant personal bodyguard to an all-powerful institution that tortured and murdered without the slightest compunction.

As It Happened
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As It Happened: The SS - Odessa

Season 1  |  Episode 6  |  SBS2  |  May 24, 2011
This final episode features interviews with Nazi hunters Beate Klarsfeld, Ephraim Zuroff and Serge Klarsfeld; former members of the US secret service and army officers William ...

This final episode features interviews with Nazi hunters Beate Klarsfeld, Ephraim Zuroff and Serge Klarsfeld; former members of the US secret service and army officers William Gowen, James Milano and Wolfgang Robinow and former SS members.

Russia, still recovering from the Communist Revolution, is in political turmoil. Joseph Stalin rises to the top of the Communist party after Lenin's death, and in a period of ...

Russia, still recovering from the Communist Revolution, is in political turmoil. Joseph Stalin rises to the top of the Communist party after Lenin's death, and in a period of violence called 'The Great Purge' he orders the death of millions, as he tightens his grip on the Russian government. Finally in control of an army, and emboldened by his rapid rise to power, Adolf Hitler starts demanding land lost to Germany in the Treaty of Versailles.

As It Happened
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As It Happened: The SS - The Waffen

Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  SBS2  |  May 17, 2011
Tonight's episode looks at The Waffen SS who were the elite military wing of the organisation. They were fanatical fighters who spread fear and terror in the early days of the ...

Tonight's episode looks at The Waffen SS who were the elite military wing of the organisation. They were fanatical fighters who spread fear and terror in the early days of the war as the Blitzkrieg was launched against Poland and the West.

As It Happened
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As It Happened: The Farewell File - The Vengeful Spy

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  SBS2  |  February 18, 2010
The spy who helped bring down the USSR... The Farewell File shows KGB agent Colonel Vladimir Vetrov as an arrogant and selfish man frustrated by his lack of promotion and ...

The spy who helped bring down the USSR... The Farewell File shows KGB agent Colonel Vladimir Vetrov as an arrogant and selfish man frustrated by his lack of promotion and recognition. In revenge he concocted a plan to reveal KGB secrets to the West, preparing a file of countless cases of KGB's technological theft that made it all the way up to Mitterand and Reagan and led to a mass expulsion of Soviet spies.

As It Happened
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As It Happened: The SS - Death's Head

Season 1  |  Episode 4  |  SBS2  |  May 10, 2011
Tonight's episode looks at the Death's Head Battalion, whose members were identified by the badge with a skull on the right lapel of their uniform. They underwent rigorous ...

Tonight's episode looks at the Death's Head Battalion, whose members were identified by the badge with a skull on the right lapel of their uniform. They underwent rigorous training to abolish every trace of human emotion and independent thought, leaving them willing tools of the unimaginable crimes committed in its name.

Hitler's People
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Hitler's People

Episode 2  |  SBS  |  August 16, 2015
Taking a look behind the scenes of the German Reich, this two-part series sheds light on the almost incredible loyalty and support Hitler commanded among the German public.

Taking a look behind the scenes of the German Reich, this two-part series sheds light on the almost incredible loyalty and support Hitler commanded among the German public.

Secrets of Tutankhamun's Treasures
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Secrets of Tutankhamun's Treasures

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  SBS  |  January 21, 2018
There's more to Tutankhamun's iconic treasures than meets the eye. New evidence suggests the tomb's stunning contents were meant for someone else. But who is more deserving of ...

There's more to Tutankhamun's iconic treasures than meets the eye. New evidence suggests the tomb's stunning contents were meant for someone else. But who is more deserving of such opulence than Egypt's most famous king? Tutankhamun's legendary death mask is arguably the greatest treasure in history, found on the head of the king's mummified remains. Yet the mask betrays more than the king's wealth. Discrepancies between the mask and the head piece have led Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves at the University of Arizona to theorise that the mask wasn't intended for Tutankhamun, but remodelled for him. The presence of earring holes suggests it was originally intended for a woman. Now it's time to put this theory to the test. The focus turns to two tiny babies that were buried with Egypt’s boy king 3000 years ago, and could hold the key to finally unravelling the twisted web of his family. With a revolutionary DNA study, disease testing and forensic bone analysis, the program uncovers the inbred world of Tutankhamun’s dynasty. It unravels the claims that the boy king was plagued with hereditary diseases, and finally identifies the twist of biological fate that killed the two tiny royals. The show also reveals how their deaths changed the course of Egyptian history, leading to the beginning of an entirely new regime.

Nicholas and Alexandra: The Letters
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Nicholas and Alexandra: The Letters

Episode 1  |  SBS  |  April 3, 2018
At look at the obstacles Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra overcame during what was a rather unconventional start to their royal relationship. But having survived the ...

At look at the obstacles Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra overcame during what was a rather unconventional start to their royal relationship. But having survived the challenges of a long-distance relationship, as well as incompatible religious upbringings, their relationship blossomed and the two were eventually married as the young tsar assumed control of the Russian Empire. Broadcast title: The Tsar and Empress: Secret Letters.

The amazing army of terracotta soldiers is Qin Shi Huangdi's most widely known legacy. This documentary looks at how he created the greatest empire of antiquity, planned the ...

The amazing army of terracotta soldiers is Qin Shi Huangdi's most widely known legacy. This documentary looks at how he created the greatest empire of antiquity, planned the first Great Wall, and built the largest burial site in the world. But at what cost?

Supposedly wandering gaily from town to town, medieval minstrels are written off as an ineffectual part of history. In reality showbiz could be risky and these entertainers ...

Supposedly wandering gaily from town to town, medieval minstrels are written off as an ineffectual part of history. In reality showbiz could be risky and these entertainers often found themselves involved in wars and politics.

Chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa's apartheid regime. Diving into the heart of the conflict, South Africans tell the ...

Chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa's apartheid regime. Diving into the heart of the conflict, South Africans tell the story of the most important effort in the anti-apartheid campaign of the 80's.

Bringing together rare and forgotten footage, this six-part series provides a ground-breaking portrait of WWII that depicts not only its complexity, but the perspectives of ...

Bringing together rare and forgotten footage, this six-part series provides a ground-breaking portrait of WWII that depicts not only its complexity, but the perspectives of both its victims and its victors. Tonight, the story of Hitler's lightning invasion of France and its rapid collapse, of the evacuation from Dunkirk, and of the summer of 1940 when Britain fought on alone.

As It Happened
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As It Happened: The SS - The Madness Of Himmler

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  SBS2  |  April 26, 2011
Part two of this six-part series looks at Heinrich Himmler, the most powerful man in the Third Reich after Hitler.

Part two of this six-part series looks at Heinrich Himmler, the most powerful man in the Third Reich after Hitler.

The little-known story of a group of Polish Jewish children, mainly orphans, who made a wartime odyssey from Europe to Palestine. When Germany invaded Poland in September ...

The little-known story of a group of Polish Jewish children, mainly orphans, who made a wartime odyssey from Europe to Palestine. When Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, more than 300,000 Jews fled eastward, among them thousands of children. After imprisonment by the Soviets, the Jewish orphans were released in 1941 and allowed to accompany Polish soldiers on a long and arduous journey to Tehran. From there they struggled on to Palestine, arriving in 1943.

Life is full of opportunities to learn new things, no matter what your age. Explore these videos as part of Community Colleges Australia's lifelong learning programs and enrich your knowledge of the world.
See how the world's bestselling book came into being, discover how it has been reshaped over time, and go in search of the archaeological traces of the Bible's stories.
Meet the people who transformed Christianity from a sect to an empire, from the Middle Ages to Vatican II, and from Martin Luther to Pope Francis.
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)
From the Silk Road to the Great Wall, Ancient China is a rich and diverse tapestry of dynasties and empires. Learn more about the rich history of one of the world's largest superpowers.
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 Egyptian Empire was once the pinnacle of civilisation. An explosion of wealth, power and creativity made it the envy of the ancient world. But what led to its downfall?
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.
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, it left a trail of destruction in its wake. Among them, the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Explore this collection of videos examining the impact of the gold rushes on the development of "Marvellous Melbourne" and Australia. (ACHASSK107, VCHHK090, VCHHK136)
Are you all about the English monarchy on the Queen's Birthday? View this playlist for a collection about Australia's favourite female heads of state, including Victoria and the Elizabeths.
This National Reconciliation Week, learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' struggle for civil rights as Australia reconciles with its past. (ACHMH075, ACHMH076, VCHHK076)
Italy lies in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea Find out all about Italy, it's culture, food and history in this curated playlist. (ACDSEH004,VCHHC101)
Before European people arrived in Australia in 1788, the way indigenous people lived was very different to how we live today. Find out more about their life pre colonialisation. (ACHASSK107,VCHHC082,VCHHC097,VCHHC121)
This playlist focuses on Australia post 1900 and includes topics such as race, rights and immigration in Australia since 1900. Also find out more about migration experiences to Australia. (VCHHC097,VCHHC098,VCHHC100)
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)
Explore changing experiences of democracy and citizenship through the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, focusing on land rights and the significance of Mabo Day.
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.
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with Attenborough, explore Kakadu's Mountford rock art, peek inside the micro-worlds of the Galapagos, and be awed by the Great Wall of China when exploring the world's heritage sites.
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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