Sydney, Australia 1953, a city in the grip of a deadly crime wave. In just over a year more than one hundred people were poisoned. The shocking truth is that most of the killers were women. In 1952 two NSW detectives commenced a murder investigation. What they found was so diabolical that it created a storm of public outrage...women were adding rat poison to cakes and cups of tea and feeding it to their unsuspecting loved ones.
This program takes a candid look at a profession which has existed for at least two millennia. It traces the history of prostitution from ancient Greece to modern times and tries to answer some basic questions. What kind of women sell their bodies for money, and why? How do prostitutes cope with doing work that is by and large socially unacceptable? And what do men really want from them?
Oscar award-winning director Alex Gibney chronicles the musical ascension of the hardest working man in show business who forever changed the face of American music. The documentary was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, featuring rare and never-before seen archival footage and photographs along with current interviews.
Johnny Carson signed off and Jay and Dave duked it out to see who would sign on. The news became increasingly sensationalised (the OJ Simpson trial) and even tawdry (the Monica Lewinsky scandal). At the end of the decade, HBO hinted at where television was headed with Sex and the City and The Sopranos.
On August 17 1988, en route for a military base in Northern Pakistan, Pakistan's pro-military strongman was brought down by a bomb in his Hercules transport plane, possibly in retaliation for helping the rebels fight the Russians in Afghanistan. Was a Russian agent in the aircraft minutes before he took off?
Race relations are a perpetual and prominent part of the American political and cultural conversation, and never more so than in the 1990s. Beginning with the unavoidable racial overtone of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, the '90s saw a succession of individuals and events - Al Sharpton and the Crown Height riots, Rodney King and the LA riots, OJ Simpson and his murder trial - that exposed how raw race relations in America remained. New York elected its first black mayor (David Dinkins) and Louisiana nearly elected a former Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan as governor (David Duke). LA street gangs exerted cultural influence over music, movies and fashion. Even two of President Bill Clinton's chief legislative achievements, The Crime Bill of 1994 and the Welfare Reform bill of 1996 were laden with racial politics. Progress was made in America's struggle with racial equality but a price was paid.
This four-part series tells the untold story of British pop, as reflected through artistic mediums beyond music. This final episode investigates the behind-the-scenes impresarios and star-makers who broke the rules and created British pop as we know it.
This four-part series tells the untold story of British pop, as reflected through artistic mediums beyond music. This episode looks at the fashions that accompanied British pop, and the people who had the look.
A group of six builders embark on an ambitious project to bring the Roman city of Wroxeter back to life by building a fully working Roman villa. But the catch is they cannot use any modern technology and their building guide is a manual written in 25BC.
A documentary on fabled recording studio Sound City located in California. The studio served as the birthplace of many classic albums including Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Neil Young's After the Gold Rush and Nirvana's Nevermind.
War in Europe is becoming a real possibility. Under pressure from the Cabinet, the British foreign secretary unravels a tangled web of intrigue between Austria, Germany, Russia and France, while the German military command conspires to force the Kaiser's hand. Now it's a question of who will gain the upper hand.
The 'Thriller in Manila' was the third and final famous boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship of the World, fought at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines on October 1, 1975. The bout is often ranked as one of the greatest fights of 20th century boxing, and is the climax to the bitter rivalry between Ali and Frazier over who was the legitimate Heavyweight Champion.
After leading mass protests in Birmingham Alabama and his 'I have a dream' speech, Martin Luther King took on the causes of American withdrawal from South Vietnam and the plight of the poor in America's South. On 4 April 1968, he was shot dead by a mysterious white assassin, who escaped in a white Mustang car. James Earl Ray was imprisoned for life for the killing, but was he guilty?
In the year 2010 we live in a sex-drenched society, but how did we get here from conservative 1950's America? Forever caught in the throes of a bitter culture war, the story the sexual revolution and its legacy is more than ever charged with moral controversy. Was it liberation and wild ecstasy? Moral degeneracy? AIDS? All of the above?
Ernest 'Che' Guevara became an icon for revolution and rebellious youth all over the world. In 1967, he was captured in Bolivia and assassinated by a CIA-inspired killer. His death remains an historic and controversial event; and thirty years later, the circumstances are still the subject of intense public interest around the world.
Traces the origins of cinema in Australia, with scenes filmed in England in 1895. In the following year, Australian scenes were being shot. The episode concludes with the ending of the silent era of movies.
Jamie and Claire use Claire s medical knowledge to devise a scheme to stop a wine deal which could fill the Prince s war chest. When Claire learns Jamie has gone back on his word, the couple are met with dire consequences that will forever change their lives.
Beginning with the stand-offs at Ruby Ridge, Idaho and Waco, Texas, politically inspired violence plagued America throughout the 1990s. CIA headquarters in Virginia and the World Trade Centre in New York were sites of terrorist attacks. The anti-abortion group the Army of God conducted a murderous campaign that included planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics. The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, terrorised the nation with his lethal mailings. In the worst domestic terrorist attack to date, Timothy McVeigh killed 168 fellow Americans, including 19 children, when he bombed a federal office building in Oklahoma City. In a horrific attempt to copycat this tragedy, two Colorado high school students staged a massacre of their own on the anniversary of both Waco and Oklahoma City. And it was in 1998 that most Americans first learned of Osama bin Laden and his newly formed organisation, Al Qaeda.
Tells the story of Mark Atkins, an Englishman in search of both his Jewish past and his family's buried treasure. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Jack Atkins, Mark's grandfather, was a successful businessman. With only a few hours left before fleeing to London, he gathered his belongings and buried them in the garden of his home in Lodz. Seventy years later, Mark Atkins sets off on a deeply personal treasure hunt.
Although there had been two previous attempts to kill Hitler, including poisoning a bottle of Cointreau on his aircraft, the assassination attempt which nearly worked at his Prussian forest hideaway in Rastenburg resulted in the perpetrators being tortured.
The sex industry through the ages. This documentary takes a candid look at a profession which has existed for at least two millennia. It traces the history of prostitution from ancient Greece to the modern times and tries to answer some basic questions. What kind of women sell their bodies for money, and why? How do prostitutes cope with doing work that is by and large socially unacceptable? And what do men really want from them - straightforward sex, intimacy or even love?
Honouring the centenary of the commencement of WW1, ANZAC Girls is a moving new six-part series based on the unique, and rarely told true stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses serving at Gallipoli and the Western Front. In the first episode, nurses Alice Ross-King, Elsie Cook, Olive Haynes, Hilda Steele and Matron Grace Wilson sign up to do their bit. With hopes of new adventures, challenges and thoughts of finding love and themselves, they are shipped to the other side of the world to serve their country.
After spending days on a crowded troop train, Alice (Georgia Flood), Olive (Anna McGahan), Hilda (Antonia Prebble) and Grace (Caroline Craig) arrive in Rouen, France. The Army are yet to set up an Australian Hospital, so the nurses are sent to work at No 11 British Stationary Hospital.
On the barren, windswept Greek island of Lemnos - close enough to Gallipoli to hear the pounding artillery - Matron Grace Wilson (Caroline Craig) and her nurses arrive to no supplies and no hospital. To make matters worse, the conditions on Lemnos are barely fit for living, let alone nursing.
On the night of December 16, 1773, Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty boarded three ships in the Boston harbour and threw 342 chests of tea overboard. It set the stage for the American revolutionary war.
In this series Tony Robinson delves back through 2000 years of history to investigate the beliefs of Britain's ancestors. From the brutal human sacrifices of Iron Age Britain, through the stomach-churning supernatural medicine of the middle ages, to the horrifying witch-hunts and exorcisms of the 16th and 17th centuries (and beyond), Tony's remarkable journey takes him to some of the darkest moments in the country's past.
In this episode, Tony Robinson takes a bath in blood, performs stone-age brain surgery, and detonates a perfume bomb in his quest to understand the paranormal forces which their ancestors believed made them ill and the magical medicines they used as cures.
This epic series returns with six brand-new episodes, deciphering the life of Jesus of Nazareth through extraordinary artefacts and places associated with his birth, life and death. Utilising the latest state-of-the-art scientific techniques and archaeological research, these artefacts and locations are examined and discussed by representatives of the world's leading universities, including Harvard, Oxford and Brown, while the likes of Father James Martin SJ, Erwin McManus and Bishop Minerva Carcano help bring our characters and their emotional journeys to life from a faith perspective.
A 2000-year-old house is found under modern Nazareth; could this be the childhood home of Jesus? And what of the tomb of King Herod? The monumental fortress of Herodium was unearthed in 2007, but does it really belong to him? Further episodes explore the lives of St Peter, Jesus' lead disciple and the man believed by millions to have been the first pope, and Pontius Pilate, a Roman governor.
In this episode, Tony Robinson re-creates the evil spells and dark rituals of medieval witchcraft and learns how to identify, arrest, and torture a witch in his quest to discover why, in the 16th and 17th centuries, their ancestors were so terrified of black magic they executed more than 40,000 supposed witches.
An epic series that deciphers the life of Jesus through six extraordinary objects associated with his life and death. In this program, we discover fascinating new insights into the historical Jesus, utilising the latest state-of-the-art scientific techniques and archaeological research. We investigate the value and authenticity of objects which could shed new light on Jesus, while being guided by breathtaking dramatic reconstruction and a first-class panel of on-screen contributors. We hear from representatives of the world's best universities including Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Oxford, as they provide historical and theological insight, while the likes of Father James Martin SJ, the Reverend Paul Raushenbush, and Erwin MacManus help bring our characters and their emotional journeys to life for our audience.
A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realising that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler's own emergency plan - known as Operation Valkyrie - these men plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government from the inside. With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.
An epic series that deciphers the life of Jesus through six extraordinary objects associated with his life and death. We discover fascinating new insights into the historical Jesus, utilising the latest state-of-the-art scientific techniques and archaeological research. We investigate the value and authenticity of six objects which could shed new light on Jesus - the Shroud of Turin, relics venerated as part of the True Cross, the Gospel of Judas, relics believed to be of John the Baptist, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the secret brother of Jesus. We are guided by breathtaking dramatic reconstruction and a first-class panel of on-screen contributors. We hear from representatives of the world's best universities including Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Oxford, as they provide historical and theological insight, while the likes of Fr James Martin SJ, Rev Paul Raushenbush and Erwin MacManus help bring our characters and their emotional journeys to life for our audience.
Officially Britons have been Christian for more than 1500 years. But scratch the surface and you'll find their ancestors believed in far more than Christ and the cross. From kings to commoners, they believed gods, witches, sprites, demons, and evil spirits were all indisputably real - and could intervene in their daily lives with devastating results. This is a relatively unexplored aspect of the past yet it's crucial to our understanding of life in previous centuries.
In this episode, Tony Robinson confronts the terrifying Viking Beserkers, re-creates the flaming horror of the Wickerman, re-enacts a brutal ritual human sacrifice, and witnesses the extraordinary self-mutilation demanded by the Roman Goddess Cybele - all in his quest to understand how Britons' ancestors worshipped and what they believed their Gods wanted of them.
Michele Placido's film tells of a love triangle set against the political turmoil and student protests in Italy in the late 1960s. Nicola, a young good-looking policeman, finds himself assigned to infiltrate the student protest movement. But before long, he falls in love with Laura, a key protester rallying against the government. Nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. Stars Riccardo Scamarcio, Jasmine Trinca and Laura Morante.
Thirty years after the death of John Lennon, Christopher Eccleston stars as the enigmatic musician in a defining period of his life - a time of disillusion, self-destruction, transformation and ultimately, hope. John Lennon is one of the most enduring figures in musical and cultural history. One quarter of 'The Fab Four', peace activist, visual artist and author, he was a man whose personal life was characterised by drama, intrigue and eventually, conspiracy.
In mid-January 2006 The Herd, an independent Australian hip-hop group approached Broken Yellow, a small Sydney-based production company, to start work on the music video for I Was Only 19. The song is a cover of the Redgum version which was a Vietnam War anthem. The music video is set in the Vietnam jungle and attempts to illustrate the daily struggles of a Vietnam veteran in the aftermath of the war. The music video forms a moving tribute not only to the song but also to the Vietnam veterans and their message.
It was the biggest intelligence breach in the history of the United States - the leaking of more than half a million classified documents on the WikiLeaks website throughout 2010. At the centre of this controversy was Bradley Manning, the army intelligence analyst who has been charged with handing them over. WikiSecrets is the inside story of Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the leak that captured the attention of the world.
September 11, 2001 began like any other day in New York. When the first plane flew into the World Trade Centre, people across the world shared with America the horror of this unfolding terrorist attack that would one day change the world. Using archive and interview, this documentary shows how events unfurled on board Air Force One, in the offices, the bunkers and the military headquarters as the President, advisers, security services and the military tried to piece together what was happening.
Set in the Spanish Civil War, a musician is left with nothing after he loses his wife and child to a Madrid bombing. Years later he is reunited with his old partner, a ventriloquist, and they decide to take a plucky young orphan under their wing. The three make up an unlikely vaudeville family of lost souls, struggling to get through one day at a time. Their only escape from the misery around them is their music and performance. Original title: Pajaros de Papel
Bob Gruen has captured fifty years of music as the world's foremost rock 'n' roll photographer. In this landmark documentary, Grammy award-winning filmmaker Don Letts explores Bob's life as well as his iconic work.
Freshman's two glider planes crash violently into the Norwegian mountains. It is revealed that their target was Rjukan. In this episode: the Americans insist on bombing the factory; Heisenberg becomes obsessed with creating a bomb that will destroy London; and they succeed in blowing up the factory.
By 1916 the Great War in Europe has reached a stalemate. The two massive armies have fought themselves to a standstill. Millions of lives have already been lost. Brendan Cowell leads a superb ensemble cast as mining engineer Oliver Woodward, who returns to Australia from Papua to join a secret Australian Tunnelling Company. Miners from all over the country are given just two weeks military training before being sent the Western Front. Their task is to undermine the German Lines.
In this documentary from Canadian broadcaster CBC, Terence McKenna investigates the United Nations Oil for Food scandal, now widely referred to as the largest bribery and corruption scandal in history.
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.