In the final episode, Neil explores how the Viking Age finally ended, tracing the Norse voyages of discovery, the first Danish kings, and the Christian conversions that opened the door to European high society.
The Industrial Revolution in the Eighteenth Century brought mass production and mechanisation to jobs that previously had been done by hand and as Britain became a technological and economic powerhouse she produced two-thirds of the world's coal and over half the world's iron. It made the nation rich, but for thousands of people working like ants in the factories, it was a new and mind-numbing form of poverty.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is an icon, one of the natural wonders of the world and the largest living structure on our planet. Stunningly produced by the BBC and narrated by Karl Stefanovic, this fascinating series explores the full 2000 kilometre length of the Great Barrier Reef, capturing all the magic, from its immense scale to the most intimate detail.
In the pristine Kimberley of Western Australia Neil Oliver discovers Broome's dark pearling history and the delicate science of their cultivation. Tim Flannery walks in primeval tracks along the legendary Dinosaur Coast. Xanthe Mallett explores a unique maritime war grave. Brendan Moar learns the art of Indigenous Raft making and Emma Johnston investigates the lush, protected habitat of migratory shorebirds.
Neil Oliver becomes one of only five people known to have set foot on the isolated island known as Skull Rock, as he joins the first scientific expedition there to discover what life it has sustained over millennia. At Eagle's Nest, Tim Flannery delves into pre-history, revealing his own role in discovering Australia's polar dinosaurs. Neil Oliver heads offshore to explore the incredible engineering feat that keeps Bass Strait oil pumping, even under a hundred-year wave. Alice Garner visits Victoria's notorious Cheviot Beach, reliving the fateful day Australia lost its Prime Minister to these inclement waters. Neil Oliver travels to Phillip Island, and reveals how an entire town was removed to save the penguins. Brendan Moar tackles the tricky sport of Blo-Karting along the flat sands of Waratah Bay. On the Gippsland Lakes, Emma Johnston hunts for a brand new species of dolphin, and finally Neil Oliver takes to the skies with aviatrix Judy Pay, for an unforgettable tour of the Bass Strait Coast in a fully-restored warbird.
Neil Oliver investigates why no one survived the attack on HMAS Sydney in its dramatic battle with a German raider in 1941. Xanthe Mallett heads to the Houtman Abrolhos islands and unearths the gruesome tale of the Dutch Batavia murders of 1629.
A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. Remy finds himself torn between his calling and passion in life or returning forever to his previous existence as a rat.
Presenter, fashion technologist and passionate coder Chloe Watts visits some of the UK's most creative coders to demonstrate how exciting coding is, the job opportunities coding skills can lead to, and how necessary coding is for our future.
In the tranquil south-east of Tasmania, Neil Oliver probes Port Arthur's harsh penal history. Brendan Moar examines the dramatic grip of lighthouse life on a remote Island.
In episode two, the Second World War had far reaching effects on the history of the 'Immigration Nation'. With no Asian migrants allowed and the pool of available Britons decreasing, Australia faced a crisis. Not only were there fears that Australia couldn't defend itself, experts also believed the country would not grow economically without more people. So the nation's first ever Immigration Minister, Arthur Calwell, made a momentous decision to bring in non-British European immigrants for the first time.
The surprising stories behind four helpful household inventions to improve home life: Gilbert Toyne created an Aussie backyard icon - the rotary clothes hoist - only to have it made famous by someone else. Myra Taylor improved women's lives with her boneless corset leaving a legacy of freedom we still enjoy today. Mervyn Richardson forever changed the suburban landscape with his Victa lawnmower, while Dr Steve Cummings and Bruce Thompson achieved huge water savings around the world with the dual-flush toilet.
Australian inventors have boldly re-imagined communication across the spectrum of technologies: Graeme Clark's extraordinary bionic ear delivered deaf patients the sound of speech; John O'Sullivan and his CSIRO team created the world's first high-speed wi-fi that dramatically changed the communication landscape worldwide; Henry Sutton's visionary Telephane was designed in Ballarat decades before the television; and post-master James Raymond established the world's first pre-paid postage system in Sydney in 1838 with his delightfully simple pre-paid envelope.
Four Australian inventions that transformed how we see the world around us, and what we know about it. William and Lawrence Bragg invented X-ray crystallography to reveal the atomic structure of crystals. Milutin Stoilovic and colleagues at the Australian National University worked with Federal Police to create a forensic lamp, the Polilight, which could detect latent finger prints. Charles Tait created the world's first feature film with the help of his family, and William Beech invented the periscope rifle in the trenches of Gallipoli.
The push for smarter farming is at the core of Australia's tough agricultural history. Richard and Clarence Smith quarrelled over who was the true inventor, but their stump-jump plough improved the economic prospects of farmers working difficult terrain. Frederic Wolseley's mechanical shears eventually won over the shearers and transformed the wool industry. Lew Bandt designed the ute for farmers needing a comfortable working vehicle, and Benjamin Dunkerley invented a fur-cutting machine that led to the iconic Akubra.
Have you ever wondered how things are made? Find out how the everyday objects people use become the things they are.
A landmark series that explores Australia's untold immigration story; a century long struggle to overcome the White Australia Policy that resulted in one of the world's most multicultural nations. In the first episode, when the Commonwealth of Australia was founded in 1901, the very last thing the nation wanted to be was multicultural. (STUDY GUIDE AVAILABLE)