From America's underground punk scene in the 1980s to the grunge explosion of the 90s, this episode traces the rise of alternative rock heroes like R.E.M. and Nirvana and unsung pioneers like The Pixies.
On 17 July 1918, Tsar Nicholas II and his entire family were murdered and buried in a nearby wood. For more than seventy years their whereabouts was unknown, but new material released from Russia now conclusively reveals their fate.
On 6 October 1981, the Egyptian President was shot down by four uniformed men who machine-gunned him as he was watching an Egyptian Air Force fly-past. The conspirators killed five people, including foreign envoys attending the parade, and the entire assassination was recorded on film.
Trainee solicitor Nasreen Hussain, Royal Navy officer Angie Pearce and PC Geri Savage travel to South Africa to work as game hunters, attempting to prove they can do the job just as well as their male counterparts.
The six latter day British builders aiming to construct a Roman villa using only ancient methods and tools, face the most challenging and dangerous part of the project - erecting the giant timber frame.
In this episode, Charley hooks up with the Mounties on a training mission, before kicking back to enjoy the Canada Day celebrations. Finally he endures a rough ride when he takes part in a rodeo in Saskatchewan.
The background of the punk era, from its anarchic beginnings in the litter-stacked back streets of London in the 70s, is traced in this uncut, unseen and unbelievable film by Julien Temple, charting the rise and fall of the band, the Sex Pistols.
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.
A month into the ambitious project of constructing a Roman villa using only Roman methods, the gang of six British builders is relishing the historical task. But the back breaking work of cutting, shaping and carrying tonnes of stone in the hottest June weather for years, with only a hand made cart for transport of materials is causing tempers to rise.
Margaret divulges General Gage and the Royal Army's plan to destroy the colonists' forces and capture Sam Adams and John Hancock. Paul Revere embarks on his legendary ride to warn the colonists. Revere arrives in time to extract Adams and Hancock. While fleeing, they hear the infamous 'Shot Heard Round The World' as the British prepare to face off with the colonial militia.
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?
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?
The late 1970s appear to be the peak of sexual lunacy. Sex clubs begin spreading. By 1978, New York has at least a dozen where on any given night the floorshow is an all out orgy. And then there's the notorious Studio 54, where cocaine and quaaludes were as prevalent as the disco music that provided the soundtrack.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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)
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)