Historian Bettany Hughes looks at the day in 49 BC that Julius Caesar led his army across the River Rubicon. By doing so he ignored the orders of the Roman Senate, and effectively declared war on his rivals in Rome. In time, it would prove a fatal blow to the republic - the system of elected officials that had governed for nearly half a millennium. Hughes analyses Caesar's character and reveals how new theories about his health shed light on his decision-making, while archaeological finds recently dredged from a Dutch river reveal the true genocidal horror of his conquest of Gaul.
Nat Geo explorer Albert Lin takes viewers into the tomb of China's first emperor and unearths the terrible secrets that lie hidden with the Terracotta Warriors. Will the glittering and grim treasures that we are about to uncover rewrite history?
How was it possible for Churchill and Roosevelt to deal with one tyrant, Joseph Stalin, in order to help beat another, Adolf Hitler? That's one of the key questions at the heart of this six-part history series. Using dramatic reconstructions, based on extensive research in Russian and Western archives, and extraordinary testimony from witnesses, this series tells a 'behind closed doors' history. This episode looks at the end of WWII, the Allies negotiations with Stalin, and the post-war era.
Using dramatic reconstructions, based on extensive research in Russian and Western archives, and extraordinary testimony from witnesses, including former Soviet secret policemen who have not spoken before on camera, the film tells a 'behind closed doors' history. In this episode: the story of the defence of Moscow and fragile alliances of the years 1941-42.
While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly coloured black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and revelling in forbidden jazz. Straight-laced 20-year-old Mels finds these brazen 'hipsters' shocking until he falls under their spell.
In part two, key insiders describe the chaotic aftermath of the defeat of Saddam Hussein. Dick Cheney and Colin Powell come to blows over America's role as occupying power, and General David Petraeus recalls the disastrous decision to disband the Iraqi army.
The final part starts in 2009 and tells the story of 2nd Battalion Princess of Wales regiment as it comes to terms with new rules of fighting brought in to protect civilians. Private Mike McCabe is filmed being shot in the leg during a Taliban ambush. By 2010, the Scots Guards find themselves fighting a very different war - a battle for hearts and minds. They struggle to train a local force, the Afghan National Police, who fight in a reckless and dangerous way. The risks are hammered home when Guardsman Daniel Clarke films a three-year-old girl who has been seriously injured by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by the ANP. The Scots Guards tour ends in tragedy when six members of the ANP are massacred in their sleep.
This opening part of the series tells the story of a close-knit group of friends from 3 Platoon, 1st Battalion Royal Anglian regiment, who were sent to Helmand province in 2007. For most of them it was their first experience of war. The whole tour was filmed on a helmet camera by the platoon's sergeant, who captured the moment when one of his men, 19-year-old Private Chris Gray, was killed in a Taliban ambush. The film explores the effects of his death on both his mates in the platoon and his family back in the UK.
The second episode focuses on a young platoon from the Grenadier Guards and their terrifying struggle with landmines, also known as Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Captain Alex Rawlins filmed his men as they lost of one their mates, 23-year-old Guardsman Jamie Janes, who stood on a landmine during a patrol. The film shows how Jamie Janes's death became a turning point in the British public's awareness of the human cost of IEDs and how a misspelled letter turned into a political storm for the then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
While on a second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband after World War II, army nurse Claire Randall steps through an ancient standing stone circle and awakes in 1743. After an encounter with a British soldier, she's kidnapped by a group of Scottish Highlanders whose ranks include an injured young man named Jamie.
Frank desperately searches for his missing wife in 1945, while in 1743 Claire tries to come to terms with her new marriage and her developing feelings for Jamie. Claire is faced with an emotional quandary as a life-altering opportunity presents itself and she is on the path back to Craigh na Dun.
There is much joy and jubilation as the marriage of Elizabeth and Tommy is blessed by Reverend Johnson in the partially constructed church, a structure that the convicts are voluntarily helping their vicar build with whatever blood, sweat and tears they can muster after their penal labour. When Governor Phillip arrives to investigate what is happening, he orders a stop to work on the church. With rations running so short, all energy and effort must go into the colony's development - spiritual edifices have to come second.
A moving story of the Scottish struggle against the English. William Wallace is a medieval patriot whose single-handed slaying of an entire platoon after they ravage his young bride leads to all-out war in some of the most spectacular battle scenes ever brought to film.
Claire decides to use her medical skills to aid her escape from Castle Leoch - with Jamie's help, she tends to an ill child. During an evening's entertainment, a story gives Claire hope for her freedom.
Jamie finds himself between a rock and a hard place when a redcoat deserter from his past resurfaces. Meanwhile, Claire tends to a labouring Jenny while Jamie and Ian join The Watch on an ambush, resulting in devastating consequences.
Thirty years ago The Angels were kings of the Australian rock scene. Eight and a half years ago lead singer Doc Neeson was involved in a horrific car accident and was forced to leave the band. One year ago he and the rest of the original members were talking through lawyers in a bitter legal battle over naming rights. And then Doc's manager David Edwards had an idea. Instead of tearing each other apart, why don't they just put the band back together again? That was the start of an uncertain journey as the five original members Doc Neeson, John and Rick Brewster, Chris Bailey and Buzz Bidstrup began to re-discover the magic which made the legend.
Shaun, having rejected his mum, is living rough. But everyone else is living rougher. Lol's world is falling apart and she's doing everything she can to fall apart with it. She doesn't want Milky or Woody, and she certainly doesn't want anything to do with her father, Mick. Meanwhile, Mick shows his true colours by doing something unspeakable to Trev. And without warning, Combo returns.
Chronicles the history of the most prominent hetero swingers club in New York during the 1970s, Plato's Retreat, and its loudmouth self-promoting owner, Larry Levenson - through the words of the participants, employees and Levenson's children. While disco was pumping, Plato's Retreat took off as a notorious club full of nudity, a swimming pool, a mattress room and a buffet. The participants speak very fondly of their memories and the anachronisms of the place. But as the '80s came the novelty wore off, the threat of AIDS arose, and Levenson's ego went out of control.
From buttoned-up puritans to sexual pioneers, the cheeky and charming Julia Zemiro uncovers the natural and the not so natural changes in Australia's sexual landscape. The last 50 years have seen a dramatic shift in human sexuality. The release of the contraceptive pill in 1961 triggered a chain-reaction: a collision of sex and science that resulted in staggering transformation - not just in people's sex lives, but in their biology and the social order. With sex becoming less about procreation and more about gratification, this provocative and playful six-part series questions the danger of humans becoming 'unnatural' sexual beings.
Desire meets disgust in the second episode, Taboo, when Julia investigates fetishes, bestiality, adultery, pornography, homosexuality and necrophilia. This eye-opening episode explores the need for boundaries around sexual practices.
As Jamie puts all of his efforts into turning the Jacobite army away from the impending slaughter at Culloden Moor, Claire attempts to comfort the sick Alex Randall. She is stunned when Alex reveals an outrageous plan to save the mother of his child.
Claire is brought to L Hopital Des Anges where doctors try to save her life and that of her unborn baby. King Louis asks Claire to judge two men accused of practising the dark arts one an enemy, one a friend.
William of Orange 'tempts' the king to take the field against his Dutch army, so Queen Marie-Therese takes charge while Louis XIV is away at war - banning debauchery in the process. The visiting Sultan of Bijapur refuses to let a vital treaty signing sully the hands of the Queen, so pressure is placed on Philippe to step into his brother's shoes for the occasion. Meanwhile, Madame de Montespan seeks to lead innocent potential rival Isabelle astray with sinister intent.
King Louis XIV makes plans to send an army into the Netherlands, and Philippe oversees troops training with a new weapon - leaving his new bride at a loose end while the palace is fumigated. Cynical Madame de Montespan already despairing of her ailing newborn daughter's likely future, tackles the Catholic Church in the form of Father Pascal. Meanwhile, Chevalier incites a fight, envious of the attentions Philippe is paying to the King's chronicler Thomas Beaumont.
Claire returns to Lallybroch with Jamie, where she does not receive quite the reception she was expecting. Unbeknownst to her, Jamie's made some choices in their time apart which come back to haunt them with a vengeance.
Versailles, France, 1667: Louis XIV is 28 years old, and soon will be recognised as the greatest of kings. A brilliant political strategist, Louis is haunted by the trauma of The Fronde, a bitter civil war in which the nobility rebelled against the crown. Historical and fictional characters feature in this intoxicating world of secrets, betrayals, love and war. In this episode, Louis XIV transforms his father's hunting lodge into the palace of Versailles. (S.1 Ep.1) (Class. tba)
When the truth of Private Buckley's accusations about Elizabeth Barrett sink in, Tommy Barrett sees red. The soldier runs for his life but he is not quick enough and Tommy batters him to a inch of his life. Angry at Private Buckley's despicable spite, Sergeant Timmins intervenes only when he feels he has no choice. Rebellion is in the air. This time Major Ross feels there can be no exception, no reprieve: Tommy Barrett must be made an example of and hang. For once Governor Phillip agrees with his nemesis and Tommy is unceremoniously frog-marched through the camp, all eyes upon him, to prison.
Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990s Sierra Leone, this film tells the story of Danny Archer, a South African mercenary, and Solomon Vandy, a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories are as different as can be, until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can transform their lives.
A masterful adaptation of John le Carre's bestselling novel that redefined the spy thriller. At the height of the Cold War, a precarious operation goes deadly wrong, and the head of British Intelligence wonders if a double agent is leaking vital secrets. Brought out of retirement to expose the potential mole, master spy George Smiley is the only one who can be trusted to expose one of their own. Or can he? As the emotional and physical tolls mount on the high-ranking suspects, Smiley will be forced into the ultimate international spy game where everyone's motives are in question.
DIG! is the feature-length documentary shot over seven years about musicians Anton Newcombe, leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, head of the Dandy Warhols, star crossed friends and bitter rivals. From the moment they met, The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre quickly bonded over a desire to not conform to the tastes of the recording industry. Yet, the bands' choices over how to express their creativity and originality in a profit-driven industry eventually put them at irreconcilable odds.
Ragnar, weak and still hurt, must meet the Earl head-on after it comes to light that Rollo has been tortured on Haraldson's orders. The two men will come together face to face with a single outcome possible: Only one man will leave this fight alive.
When the Royal Army's General Gage learns of his wife Margaret's affair with Joseph Warren, Gage launches a full-out assault on the colonists at Bunker Hill. Sam Adams uses the news of the battle to persuade the rest of the colonies to vote for independence just as the British warships begin firing on Manhattan. Now united, the colonies prepare to face their enemy, and the Revolutionary War ensues.
In the final episode, the last fifty years have been witness to an amazing sexual revolution, but what about the next fifty, hundred, or even thousand years? In the future will we need partners, genitalia, or even bodies? Maybe sex will just take place between two brains in jars connected by jumper leads. Julia straps on her jetpack and heads into the future.
The third episode, Fashion, looks at how and where sex and fashion intersect. Julia takes a stroll down the catwalk of history to see how much we've really changed and what fashion can tell us about our sexual attitudes. From kaftans to mini skirts, surgery to grooming we take a peak behind the dressing room doors and throw open wardrobes to see what's changed and what will always remain the same.
King Louis XIV's continued insomnia makes him increasingly volatile, meaning Marchal's loyalty counts for nothing following his failure to prove the worst poisonings were solely the work of his now-dead suspect. Claudine continues to investigate the mystery toxin, while Sophie seeks a solution to her situation - a marriage not just loveless, but cruel. Meanwhile, devout Father Pascal dares to reveal to Louis what Madame de Montespan attempted.
Brianna grapples with life-changing revelations and Claire must help her come to terms with the fact that she is her father's daughter; Roger brings news that forces Claire and Brianna to face an impossible choice.
Reunited, Jamie and Claire attempt to extinguish the fires their dinner party ignited however, Claire is set off on an unexpected change of course. Jamie and Claire's relationship is put to the ultimate test when the past rears its ugly head.
Louis is gravely ill. This offers opportunity for the conspiracy to act. Cassel, Montcourt, Beatrice and the Chevalier de Lorraine are now united with the aim: to put Philippe on the throne, with the help of William of Orange, the sworn enemy of the King and General of Holland. But Louis makes a miraculous recovery and the Chevalier is arrested for treason. He's thrown in jail and awaits execution. Philippe's deeply agitated at his arrest. Louis receives the ambassador of Charles II, King of England, to propose a secret agreement to invade Holland. Unknown to Louis, his most dangerous enemy is among his closest friends. (Class. tba)
Three Viking ships sail upriver towards the very heart of power in eastern England: the Royal Villa of King Aelle. Ragnar Lothbrok has come looking for ransom in exchange for peace. However, King Aelle has a different plan in mind for these northern heathens.
It is 1788 in NSW and dawn is breaking over the ramshackle camp where the British convicts transported on the First Fleet, their Royal Navy Marine guards and their masters are waking up to another sweltering day. In this fledgling penal colony, anything can happen and death stalks everyone.
The British Royal Army massacres the colonial militia in Lexington. The remaining colonials clash again with the Royal Army at Concord, forcing the British to retreat to Boston. While both sides prepare for an inevitable war, Sam Adams and John Hancock, along with Benjamin Franklin, desperately attempt to convince the rest of the representatives in Congress to support their fight for independence.
More people have tried to murder the world’s most famous socialist than any man alive. Governments and gunmen have been trying to get Cuban’s revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, for 50 long years. The men who tried to kill Castro have spent decades in the shadows but now they have come forward to reveal their secrets. Who are these men? Heroes or villains? And what made them hate Castro enough to want him dead? This is not a film about Castro, nor is it simply a lesson from Cold War history; it is a thought-provoking and serious essay about a political obsession that says as much about America’s foreign policy today as it does about the past.
Trusting in Claire's knowledge of history, Jamie leads the Jacobite army into a critical battle with British opposition near the town of Preston. Meanwhile, Claire attends to the dead and dying, a reminder of the truest costs of war.
Claire and the Highlanders are sent north after the Jacobite leaders decide to halt their march on London. A band of redcoats makes trouble for the Scots, leading to a most unexpected reunion for Claire.