Tony Robinson embarks on spectacular walks through some of Britain's most historic landscapes in search of the richest stories from Britain's past. In the first episode, Tony heads off for a 45-mile walk across Wiltshire to tell the story of life and death in the last centuries of the Stone Age.
Northumbria, the north east corner of England, is a wild and beautiful county. But back in the seventh century it was also one of the most powerful kingdoms in the land. It was there that Cuthbert - to become St Cuthbert, whose shrine is venerated at Durham cathedral - threw off his warrior past to convert the king and his people to Christianity.
The lost garden on the estate of Dunira, Perthshire was owned by a wealthy laird, and the decayed estate now holds a tragic family secret. The team makes a start on restoring this 1920s Thomas Mawson-designed garden.
In the second part of this four-part epic series, Steve Simpson explores our complicated relationship with the natural world. Attracted by its beauty and fearful of its dangers, Australians are forever locked into a battle with the elements.
American manufacturing has undergone a massive revolution over the past 20 years, becoming the number-one manufacturing nation on earth. Host Yul Kwon travels across the country to look at traditional and not-so-traditional types of manufacturing.
Tony Robinson embarks on spectacular walks through some of Britain's most historic landscapes in search of the richest stories from our past. In the late 18th century there was a sure-fire way to earn a living along the Cornish coast: smuggling.
Join Costa on a very special odyssey, to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Arnhem Land is one of the last important wilderness areas on earth and it's also one of Australia's last strongholds of traditional Yolngu (Aboriginal) culture.
This episode follows a team attempt to move a herd of five mighty black rhinos 1,000 miles across Africa by road and air to a reserve in Zambia to save them from extinction. Zambia was once home to 12,000 black rhino. But heavy poaching wiped them all out. Can the move team bring this magnificent animal back from the brink of extinction?
Building the UK's newest underground railway is a big job: it's big money, big trains - and it needs big stations. In this final part of the three-part series, engineers must put together the giant jigsaw that will become a cathedral-sized station at Canary Wharf.
On 30th June 1940 a plane full of German soldiers touched down at Guernsey airport. It was the start of five year of occupation. The traditional image of the Channel Islands is sun, sea and sandy beaches. But Tony embarks on a five day walk to explore the darkest chapter in the Islands' history, which 70 years on is itself becoming a tourist draw.
Our Great Southern Land - Australia - is home to an amazing array of scenery - from the top of the Snowy Mountains to the tropical wilds of the Gulf of Carpentaria, to the irrigated farms of the Murray Darling Basin, the red heart of Uluru and to the ancient forests of Tasmania. In this new ABC series, Professor Steve Simpson takes us on a journey across Australia. From the skies, Steve uncovers the otherwise hidden patterns, rhythms, networks and systems that keep Australia on the move - fed, alive and thriving.
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with spiders. The rational side of Alice Roberts understands their benefits, but can she overcome her irrational fears? She faces the ultimate challenge: to spend the night alone - with the spiders - in Spider House.
Tony travels to Nottinghamshire to walk the ground of one of the most eventful and colourful periods of our medieval past. Legend has it that King John was probably the worst king ever, that Robin Hood defended the poor against him and his dastardly accomplice the Sheriff of Nottingham and somehow it all ended up with John losing the Crown Jewels and signing the Magna Carta, the foundation stone of modern democracy.
Starting at St. David Cathedral on the West Pembrokeshire coast - visited by William in 1081 - Tony's walk will follow the stunning Pembrokeshire coastal path southwards before heading inland to discover what made the area so attractive for Norman and Flemish settlers.
This episode, Tony tells the very personal tale of Victoria and Albert's love of the Scottish mountains. This is also a story of the complete image makeover of an entire nation. Tony heads for Blair Castle, the location of Victoria and Albert's first visit to the Highlands in 1844.
In this episode, Tony takes a 65-kilometre walk through the glorious Peak District, along the Derwent Valley, where the world's industrial revolution was born. This is a journey that reveals how Britain transformed itself from a nation of farmers into the industrial powerhouse of the world.
A Yorkshire mill town with a history of rugby, rebellion, and high quality cloth, Huddersfield is a hidden gem. It features in none of the popular guidebooks and there isn't an open topped bus tour in sight. Geographer and adventurer Nicholas Crane reveals a dynamic town with a strong sense of identity, that, once found, nobody wants to leave.
The American modern electric power grid has been labelled the biggest and most complex machine in the world - delivering electricity over 300,000 kilometres of high-tension transmission lines. Travel around the country with host Yul Kwon to understand its intricacies, its vulnerabilities and the remarkable ingenuity required to keep the electricity on, every day of the year.
Michael Portillo arrives in Manassas, Virginia, scene of two crucial battles during the American Civil War. In Fredericksburg, he tries bottling bourbon corn whiskey and learns how it became the nation's spirit. In Richmond, the ex-politician enjoys a tour of the Virginia state Capitol building, where he hears of the dilemma faced by one of its most famous sons, General Robert E Lee, before donning his dancing shoes for a Cotillion ball. Michael ends his journey in Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America.
Excavation of a garden near Coventry draws a frustrating blank, but a lucky find in a record office plunges the team right into the heart of the life, and garden, of lock keeper Richard Sutton's residence in 1807-1876.
Science has a new name for an ancient force: mega-fire. Over the past decade, every forested continent has seen an alarming surge in large, uncontrollable fires. In this Catalyst special, reporters Anja Taylor and Mark Horstman travel to opposite sides of the planet - Mark to Tasmania and Anja to America, in order to find out more.
When Australia's most awarded photographer, Ken Duncan, sets out on an adventure assignment, he does so with a formidable and steel-like resolve to get the shot no matter what. On this expedition with Ken is the legendary Ray Martin, Australia's most celebrated and awarded journalists. Ray's determined to get inside Ken's head and understand what it is that separates Ken from the rest. For Ray, this is the photography adventure of a lifetime, if only he survives it. They head to Western Australia's wild Kimberley, at the tail of the big wet.
By piecing together evidence from the ground, archives and from a detailed model of the Chatham Historical Dockyard dated 1774, the team is able to attempt one of the only accurate Georgian town garden restorations.
More intimate than a city, towns are where we first learned to be urban. Harbour towns, market towns, island towns, industrial towns: collectively they bind our land together. An attractive market town within easy commuting distance of London, Saffron Walden has some of the best preserved medieval architecture in the country.
Michael Portillo follows America's iconic River Hudson, beginning at New York City's Penn Station, where he rides on the national rail carrier service, Amtrak. At Tarrytown, he hears a famous American ghost story, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and on the east bank of the Hudson he stops at Garrison, where he hears about the greatest turncoat in American history. In Poughkeepsie, the presenter visits a university built just for women, before arriving in New York's state capital, Albany, where he samples Albany Ale and meets the State Senator. (S.1 Ep.3) (Class. tba)
In the last leg of his epic 5,000 mile journey across the pages of William Camden's 'lost' masterpiece Britannia, Nicholas Crane traverses Ireland, the country that sent a shudder down the spines of Elizabethans.
Renowned British garden presenter Monty Don leads a team of horticultural and design experts to rediscover lost and buried gardens in varying stages of decay. This week they unearth the oldest garden in the series, at Shelley Hall, Suffolk. It is a moated Tudor garden created in 1519 by Sir Philip Tilney. He was a member of an ancient knightly family and he became by marriage, a first cousin of Elizabeth I.
On the Scottish leg of a 5,000-mile journey, Nick discovers there's still gold in 'them hills', witches in Athol, Britain's only true remaining wilderness, and a spirit of independence that makes some Scots today as uncertain about union with England as their ancestors were in 1600.
A Yorkshire coastal town, Scarborough has had more ups and downs than a roller-coaster. It once had the biggest fish fair in Western Europe, it was a leading health spa and holidaymakers flocked to Britain's first seaside resort. Geographer and adventurer Nicholas Crane finds out what has happened to the town since its heyday and whether our fondness for foreign holidays has left this port high and dry.
Schenectady to Niagara Falls - Michael Portillo braves the awesome power and drenching spray of Niagara Falls in the 'Maid of the Mist' to share what artists, daredevils and millions of tourists have billed as one of the most spectacular experiences on the planet. (S.1 Ep.4) (Class. tba)
Terry Jones sets out on a series of journeys through Wales following the world's first road atlas. In this episode, Terry travels the road from the English border to Aberystwyth and begins to suspect there is more to Ogilby's atlas than meets the eye.
Belonging to the genus Lycosa which means "wolf" in ancient Greek, Wolf Spiders are found throughout Australia. Interestingly, female wolf spiders construct an egg sack, which she carries around. When the spiderlings are ready to hatch, they are carried on the female's back until they're able to venture off on their own.
The story of Australia is the story of endless change: life, climate, and location. Seas come and go. Mountains rise and fall. Whole kingdoms of life triumph and disappear. The series final sees us racing down the last 65 million years to the present day. A mere blip in the long geological story of Australia but importantly for us, it is in this episode that we reveal the events that have shaped the more obvious features of the continent we now inhabit. In the wake of the catastrophe that saw off the dinosaurs, Australia set off on a lonely voyage in southern seas.
Paris is one of the most visited cities by tourists in the world, but also suffers from some of the worst pollution in the European Union. Seven years ago Parisians turned their attention to the environment and their goal is to reduce car traffic in the city by 40% by 2020. Priority is given instead to public transport and other modes of environmentally friendly transport, such as bike riding.
Two hundred million years ago there was an extraordinary development in the history of life: an ancient group of reptiles made a giant evolutionary leap into the skies. For thousands of years, humans have believed that there were once flying monsters. But did they really exist beyond our wildest imaginations?
Ernie travels to the Coorong in South Australia to meet Ngarrindjeri Elder, Tom Trevorrow. Ngarrindjeri is a revival language with more than 250 speakers. Tom traces the impact that missionary and colonial history, along with environmental changes in the Coorong's ecosystem, has had on the survival of the Ngarrindjeri language and culture.
Raise awareness in your classroom about Threatened Species Day with the spotlight is on native plants, animals, and ecosystems that are under threat and reflect on how we can protect them into the future.
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)
Asteroids, sometimes called minor planets, are rocky remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. Find out how they reshaped the Earth here. (ACSSU115, ACSSU153, ACSSU180, ACSSU188)
Living things live in all different types of habitats. In this playlist, you'll learn what a habitat is and the different types of habitats there are, along with which animals reside in each of the habitats. (ACSSU044,ACSSU072,ACSSU073,ACSSU043,ACSSU094,VCSSU042,VCSSU043,VCSSU057)
Water and weather, and the world play a significant role in our lives. Watch this playlist to find out about the impact on the earth through hands-on scientific exploration and experimentation. (ACSSU096, VCSSU046, VCSSU06, VCSSU078, VCSSU099, VCSSU101)
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)
Natural Disasters aren't fun to have around. Find out the science behind these events as well as gain insights on what to do in tough situations through this selected playlist. (ACSSU096,VCSSU079,VCGGK095)
Australia is addressing climate change and ensuring energy security and affordability. Find out more about the effects of climate change and how it is impacting your life. ((ACHGK020,VCGGK110,VCGGK147)
From sharks and sea turtles to octopus and corals, you’re in the right place to take a deep dive into oceans and marine life with this meticulous designed playlist for all the ocean lovers. (ACHASSK047,VCGGC058,VCGGC072,VCGGC086,VCGGC100,VCGGK105)
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)
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.