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A portrait of Elizabeth II's grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, which examines the lasting legacy of the couple who rescued the monarchy from potential disaster. From ...

A portrait of Elizabeth II's grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, which examines the lasting legacy of the couple who rescued the monarchy from potential disaster. From King George's remarkable innovation in the face of social change, to Queen Mary as the rock to which the nation turned as a symbol of stability, this series examines impact of this remarkable couple and shows how their influence still persists to this day.

Seconds From Disaster: Death In Mid-Air (This program contains content that may concern some viewers.) Seconds from Disaster counts down to the moment of impact and ...

Seconds From Disaster: Death In Mid-Air (This program contains content that may concern some viewers.) Seconds from Disaster counts down to the moment of impact and investigates the perfect storm of failures that led to a tragedy that echoed around the world - and even continued to claim lives years later.

From the anti-Vietnam protests up to the struggle for civil rights, and Yoko Ono and John Lennon's Bed Peace. The resistance of Britain's music establishment against the ...

From the anti-Vietnam protests up to the struggle for civil rights, and Yoko Ono and John Lennon's Bed Peace. The resistance of Britain's music establishment against the Falkland war, and pop culture's reaction on the War on Terror. This documentary tells the story of the pacifistic inflections in western pop culture. Exclusive interviews and music by various artists including Pink, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and many more.

12 Israeli athletes are taken hostage by heavily armed militants from the Palestinian faction known as Black September at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Classified government ...

12 Israeli athletes are taken hostage by heavily armed militants from the Palestinian faction known as Black September at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Classified government files now reveal the events leading to their tragic massacre.

This fascinating documentary, packed with evocative archive footage, documents the romance between Prince William of Gloucester, the Queen's playboy cousin, and glamorous ...

This fascinating documentary, packed with evocative archive footage, documents the romance between Prince William of Gloucester, the Queen's playboy cousin, and glamorous divorcee, model and former air hostess Zsuzsi Starkloff, before his untimely death in 1972. Prince William was fourth in line to the throne, however his forbidden romance caused consternation at Buckingham Palace. Starkloff speaks on camera for the first time about their relationship.

This is the dramatic story of "Bureau 06", the team of police investigators formed for the intent purpose of investigating and preparing the grave charges brought up by the ...

This is the dramatic story of "Bureau 06", the team of police investigators formed for the intent purpose of investigating and preparing the grave charges brought up by the Jewish people against Adolf Eichmann, for the trial that took place in Jerusalem, 1961. The trial that presented the story of the Jewish Holocaust to the entire world.

Unravel the tale of one of the most thrilling hunts and sea battles of World War II. Almost 70 years after its sinking, the powerful headlights of two high-tech research ...

Unravel the tale of one of the most thrilling hunts and sea battles of World War II. Almost 70 years after its sinking, the powerful headlights of two high-tech research submersibles illuminate the silhouette of the biggest German battleship ever.

Looks at how Joseph Goebbels used the brothel, Salon Kitty in Berlin, as part of his spying network, with the women who worked there enticing secrets out of their clients, ...

Looks at how Joseph Goebbels used the brothel, Salon Kitty in Berlin, as part of his spying network, with the women who worked there enticing secrets out of their clients, including Italian Foreign Minister Count Ciano. According to the former caretaker's son-in-law, the bugged conversations were recorded on wax plates in the basement. Mysterious wiring and plug sockets were found by residents after the war.

In just a few months, World War II would be over in Europe, yet for millions of Europeans, December 1944 was still a time of intense hardship and uncertainty. For many, peace ...

In just a few months, World War II would be over in Europe, yet for millions of Europeans, December 1944 was still a time of intense hardship and uncertainty. For many, peace seemed further away than ever, suffering widespread, despair rampant. Christmas is a time of peace and love. But never was the message of 'Peace on Earth' invoked more hope than at Christmas time 1944. This program looks at moments of hope and despair that were occurring all over Europe during this time.

Looks at how the Treaty of Versailles was created, and how in the end, no-one was satisfied. For six months in 1919 delegates from over 30 nations met in Paris to hammer out a ...

Looks at how the Treaty of Versailles was created, and how in the end, no-one was satisfied. For six months in 1919 delegates from over 30 nations met in Paris to hammer out a treaty to end World War I. But with each having conflicting reasons to be there - from peace to revenge - the outcome, instead of being a peace treaty "for all time", was an embittered Germany and contentious new entities like Iraq and Yugoslavia.

From the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, to the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. The Pacific War In Colour will include ...

From the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, to the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. The Pacific War In Colour will include never-before-seen footage of the battles of Midway, Saipan and Okinawa, along with images of the ultra-secret A-bomb tests in the American desert.

Maritime historian and underwater explorer, Ian Lawler leads a team of deep water divers to the seabed off Northern Ireland. He and the team are searching for the forgotten ...

Maritime historian and underwater explorer, Ian Lawler leads a team of deep water divers to the seabed off Northern Ireland. He and the team are searching for the forgotten shipwrecks of WWII's longest, most epic naval campaign, The Battle of the Atlantic.

The definitive account of the prisoner who became president, Mark Austin travels to the key places in Nelson Mandela's fascinating life story: the compound where he grew up in ...

The definitive account of the prisoner who became president, Mark Austin travels to the key places in Nelson Mandela's fascinating life story: the compound where he grew up in the Tanskei, Pretoria where he was sentenced to life imprisonment, Robben Island where he served the bulk of his sentence, Victor Verster Prison where he was eventually released in 1990 and back to Pretoria where he was inaugurated as South Africa's first president elected under universal suffrage in 1994.

For the Allies, 1918 proved to be the costliest year of the war. On the Western Front 2 million British and 3 million French were either captured, wounded or killed - over a ...

For the Allies, 1918 proved to be the costliest year of the war. On the Western Front 2 million British and 3 million French were either captured, wounded or killed - over a few miles of French and Belgian mud.

The Challenger was to have launched the first civilian, school teacher Christa McAuliffe, into space in 1986. Instead, 73 seconds after blast off, it was engulfed in flame and ...

The Challenger was to have launched the first civilian, school teacher Christa McAuliffe, into space in 1986. Instead, 73 seconds after blast off, it was engulfed in flame and broke apart in the sky.

When World War II ended, the people of liberated Europe celebrated their freedom from Nazi tyranny. Their years of suffering had ended, but for millions of Germans, the end of ...

When World War II ended, the people of liberated Europe celebrated their freedom from Nazi tyranny. Their years of suffering had ended, but for millions of Germans, the end of the conflict opened a new and terrible chapter. This documentary reveals the appalling violence meted out to the defeated, especially to those ethnic Germans who had lived peacefully for centuries in neighbouring countries.

This is a documentary film about one of the most contested spots of the Great War: the half circle north and east of the Flemish city of Ypres that protruded into enemy ...

This is a documentary film about one of the most contested spots of the Great War: the half circle north and east of the Flemish city of Ypres that protruded into enemy territory and became known as the Ypres Salient. Just a few miles across, more than a million people were killed or wounded in this small area during four years of bitter fighting.

In the summer of 1940 Winston Churchill faced a terrible dilemma. France had just surrendered and only the English Channel stood between the Nazis and Britain. Germany was ...

In the summer of 1940 Winston Churchill faced a terrible dilemma. France had just surrendered and only the English Channel stood between the Nazis and Britain. Germany was poised to seize the entire French fleet, one of the biggest in the world. With these ships in his hands, Hitler's threat to invade Britain could become a reality. Churchill had to make a choice. He could either trust the promises of the new French government that they would never hand over their ships to Hitler, or he could make sure that the ships never joined the German navy by destroying them himself.

As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto's life story unfolds like a tale of Shakespearean dimensions. Her father, the ...

As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto's life story unfolds like a tale of Shakespearean dimensions. Her father, the first democratically elected president of Pakistan, chose Benazir over his eldest son to carry his political mantle. Accused of rampant corruption, imprisoned, then exiled abroad, Bhutto was called back in 2007 as her country's only hope for democracy. When she was struck down by an assassin, her untimely death sent shock waves throughout the world.

This is the definitive look at the aftermath of 9/11. We will examine firsthand accounts of rescue workers navigating the treacherous terrain to reach survivors, soldiers ...

This is the definitive look at the aftermath of 9/11. We will examine firsthand accounts of rescue workers navigating the treacherous terrain to reach survivors, soldiers deploying to the scene, family members searching in vain for loved-ones, survivors being pulled from the wreckage and people visually documenting the scene from various vantage points throughout.

Minutes after take-off in 1992 a fully-loaded Israeli jumbo loses both wings and tries to return to the runway before ploughing into a crowded apartment block. Was this a ...

Minutes after take-off in 1992 a fully-loaded Israeli jumbo loses both wings and tries to return to the runway before ploughing into a crowded apartment block. Was this a terrorist attack, catastrophic mechanical failure or a freak accident?

In every corner of the globe, at any time, tragedy can strike. While families and survivors begin the healing process, investigators must start putting the pieces back ...

In every corner of the globe, at any time, tragedy can strike. While families and survivors begin the healing process, investigators must start putting the pieces back together to understand the cause behind the disaster.

Historian and former tank commander Mark Urban tells the story of six remarkable men from the Fifth Royal Tank Regiment who fought on the frontline in World War Two. Their ...

Historian and former tank commander Mark Urban tells the story of six remarkable men from the Fifth Royal Tank Regiment who fought on the frontline in World War Two. Their involvement in the war spanned the humiliating defeat at Dunkirk, victory in the deserts of North Africa and finally saw resentment and revolt before D-Day.

Hitler Youth
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Hitler Youth

Episode 1  |  Nat Geo  |  June 4, 2018
Unconsciously prepared for the incoming war, a generation of German boys dedicated their life to their supreme leader and were willing to follow him to the very end.

Unconsciously prepared for the incoming war, a generation of German boys dedicated their life to their supreme leader and were willing to follow him to the very end.

Rewriting History: When Truth Is The Enemy is a contemporary political story that follows two professors, Australian academic Danny Ben-Moshe and professor of Yiddish Dovid ...

Rewriting History: When Truth Is The Enemy is a contemporary political story that follows two professors, Australian academic Danny Ben-Moshe and professor of Yiddish Dovid Katz as they take on the Lithuanian government to try and prevent an inconvenient World War II historical truth from being obliterated - that Jews were killed by Lithuanians independent of the Nazis.

The Great Escape: Secrets Revealed
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The Great Escape: Secrets Revealed

Episode 2  |  SBS  |  February 28, 2014
On the night of 24th March 1944 76 allied airmen escaped from the North Compound of Stalag Luft III, a supposedly "escape-proof" POW camp in what is now Western Poland. This ...

On the night of 24th March 1944 76 allied airmen escaped from the North Compound of Stalag Luft III, a supposedly "escape-proof" POW camp in what is now Western Poland. This was the "Great Escape", one of the most iconic and thrilling stories in military history.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy is a powerful Oscar-nominated documentary about when fate places people in the wrong place at the wrong time, and when fear and suspicion fuel ...

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy is a powerful Oscar-nominated documentary about when fate places people in the wrong place at the wrong time, and when fear and suspicion fuel injustice. In early 1931, a freight train crowded with homeless and unemployed people was making its way through north-eastern Alabama when it was stopped by an armed posse close to the small town of Scottsboro. Nine black boys, suspected of having scuffled with others aboard the train were arrested. Before anyone knew what had happened, two young women stepped forward with a shocking accusation: they had been gang-raped, so they claimed, by the black boys on the moving train. So began one of the most significant and dramatic legal controversies of the 20th century. Before it was over, almost 20 years later, the Scottsboro Case would divide Americans, along racial, political, and geographic lines and it would for the first time focus international outrage on the treatment of Blacks in the American South. Scottsboro: An American Tragedy exposes dramatically some of the deepest stains in American life and how in the rush to exploit the situation for their own ends, many on both sides of the battle forgot that the lives of nine young men hung in the balance.

The Cold War lies at the very heart of the story of the 20th century. This conflict reduced the world into the simplest of divisions - us versus them. But it was, to coin a ...

The Cold War lies at the very heart of the story of the 20th century. This conflict reduced the world into the simplest of divisions - us versus them. But it was, to coin a phrase, a looking glass world. To cross to the other side was to see the same threats and evils somehow back to front and upside down. In both East and West the cold war world was a place where the man next door could be a spy, an informer; a place where hysteria and suspicion could be enough to prove guilt. In this six part series we examine the origins of this conflict and take a closer look at what motivated each side. In this first episode we focus on the early part of the 20th century and see how revolution in Russia and the aftermath of two world wars led to divisions and alliances between the worlds most influential governments. How were the seeds of the cold war conflict sown, and is there any truth to the view that the cold war was a threat created by governments on all sides to keep their populations in line?

Their family name alone evokes horror: Himmler, Frank, Goering, Hoess. This is a film about the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime: men and women who ...

Their family name alone evokes horror: Himmler, Frank, Goering, Hoess. This is a film about the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime: men and women who were left a legacy that indelibly associates them with one of the greatest abominations in history. What is it like for these children to have grown up with a name that immediately raises images of genocide?

America in Colour
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America in Colour

Episode 3  |  The History Channel  |  August 6, 2018
It's easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of ...

It's easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of America in colour, for the first time. Decade by decade, this ambitious series puts the colour back in history, and brings the history back to life. From jazz-age speakeasies to the attack on Pearl Harbor, from the Great Depression to Elvismania, iconic images of America are vibrantly brought to the screen. To make this landmark series, filmmakers spent 6000 hours painstakingly scouring obscure archives, dusting off forgotten family vaults, and tracking down dedicated private collectors to find the 27 miles of film they needed - much of it not seen for nearly a century. The result is a feast for the eyes, and brings a fresh excitement to the seminal images of our time.

Narrated by Jack Living Treasure Thompson, this landmark film commemorates the 100th anniversary of Australia's worst battle Fromelles with the last ten surviving Worl War I ...

Narrated by Jack Living Treasure Thompson, this landmark film commemorates the 100th anniversary of Australia's worst battle Fromelles with the last ten surviving Worl War I veterans revealing how 2000 young Australians were killed in one day, in their first Western Front battle, when British Generals ordered them to charge in broad daylight across flat fields towards German machine gunners. These brutally honest old warriors who enlisted at 16 tell horror stories about bungling and bloodshed in battles claiming 46,000 Australians lives that will make viewers weep. Condemning failed British-led Gallipoli as a terrible mistake these centenarians beg Australians to focus on Australian led victories on the Western Front which was five times greater because our soldiers won five times more battles, five times more Victoria Crosses, served there five times longer and sadly lost five times more lives. After hearing these brave soldier's stories, you'll never think about World War I in the same light again.

The peacemakers have gone home. America has rejected its president's peace settlement and withdrawn into its previous isolationist position. Europe wrestles with its debt, ...

The peacemakers have gone home. America has rejected its president's peace settlement and withdrawn into its previous isolationist position. Europe wrestles with its debt, inflation destabilises Germany, where extreme forces of both left and right create violence in the streets and in the body politic. The first of the dictators - Benito Mussolini in Italy - rises to power and, in Soviet Russia, Lenin dies to be succeeded by Josef Stalin.

This program investigates two of the worst maritime disasters of World War II. The first was the single worst shipping misfortune in British history - the sinking of the ...

This program investigates two of the worst maritime disasters of World War II. The first was the single worst shipping misfortune in British history - the sinking of the Lancastria in 1940 off the coast of Brittany with the loss of around 5000 lives. The other tragedy struck the French steamer Meknes, which sailed from Southampton in July 1940 with 1300 French seamen aboard.

These are the best of times for the US. Prohibition doesn't stop anyone from having a good time, the country is on wheels or listening to the radio, welcoming the talkies or ...

These are the best of times for the US. Prohibition doesn't stop anyone from having a good time, the country is on wheels or listening to the radio, welcoming the talkies or investing in the stock market with reckless optimism. It's that brief spell they call the Jazz Age, the age of Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. And in 1929, on Black Tuesday, it comes crashing down to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler: the 'old lion' against the 'German eagle'. The 'bear of Downing Street' versus 'der Wolf'. Two radically contradictory personalities whose ...

Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler: the 'old lion' against the 'German eagle'. The 'bear of Downing Street' versus 'der Wolf'. Two radically contradictory personalities whose enmity represented the 20th-century.

This series reveals how these two arch rivals circled one another for almost a decade before engaging in combat on the battlefield, dragging millions of men and women in their ...

This series reveals how these two arch rivals circled one another for almost a decade before engaging in combat on the battlefield, dragging millions of men and women in their wake into the deadliest contest of all time.

This landmark centennial tribute marks the 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Beersheba - one of history's last successful cavalry charges, mounted by the romantic ...

This landmark centennial tribute marks the 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Beersheba - one of history's last successful cavalry charges, mounted by the romantic Australian Light Horsemen against the Turkish enemy in Palestine. The film features unique interviews with Australian veterans, such as Gunner Len Hall, who not only helped capture Beersheba, but also landed at Gallipoli with the Anzacs and rode with the legendary Lawrence of Arabia to capture Damascus.

Inside the SS
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Inside the SS

Episode 2  |  Nat Geo  |  June 25, 2018
During World War II, the SS were in charge of exterminating enemies of the regime. Over time, what started in good conscience led to the creation of death factories and one of ...

During World War II, the SS were in charge of exterminating enemies of the regime. Over time, what started in good conscience led to the creation of death factories and one of the biggest massacres in history.

This is the extraordinary story of how Lenin, a stranger to Russia for almost two decades, took sole power of the world's largest country in just a few fateful months. He's ...

This is the extraordinary story of how Lenin, a stranger to Russia for almost two decades, took sole power of the world's largest country in just a few fateful months. He's the political has-been who came home and made history. On his return to Russian politics, Lenin made peace with his old enemy Trotsky and gained a new acolyte in Stalin. Between the three of them, these Russian revolutionaries became the architects of a new political regime that changed the world.

HISTORY reveals the authorised and complete history of the Australian SAS. Raised in 1957 during Communist subversion in South East Asia, the small and little understood SAS ...

HISTORY reveals the authorised and complete history of the Australian SAS. Raised in 1957 during Communist subversion in South East Asia, the small and little understood SAS quickly became the Ugly Duckling of the Australian Army. The SAS proved itself in 1965 in the undeniable jungle war in Borneo during Indonesian Konfrontasi. Follow the Australian SAS missions from inception through to the 2015 rise of the brutal ISIS caliphate.

At the turn of the millennium, the Queen was battling negative public opinion. The break-up of her children's marriages and the death of Princess Diana had affected the ...

At the turn of the millennium, the Queen was battling negative public opinion. The break-up of her children's marriages and the death of Princess Diana had affected the monarchy's popularity. The millennium was an appropriate opportunity to move on from the negative 1990s. She was guest of honour at the Millennium Dome New Year's Eve Celebrations. As midnight struck, everyone broke into Auld Lang Syne, but the Queen looked ill at ease joining in as she shook Tony Blair's hand.

Join the intriguing present-day quest of the grandson of the British commander, Admiral Jellicoe. Nick Jellicoe is on a mission to discover the truth behind the controversial ...

Join the intriguing present-day quest of the grandson of the British commander, Admiral Jellicoe. Nick Jellicoe is on a mission to discover the truth behind the controversial reputation of his ancestor - whom Churchill described as "the only man on either side who could lose the war in an afternoon". In the course of his journey Nick uncovers both unknown aspects of the battle itself and clues that throw official accounts into doubt.

Join Steve as he discovers the deeply personal story about life's lingering scars; the way we are shaped by our earliest experiences and how war leaves its mark long after the ...

Join Steve as he discovers the deeply personal story about life's lingering scars; the way we are shaped by our earliest experiences and how war leaves its mark long after the guns have been silenced as he follows in the footsteps of his late father, Private Stanley 'Stunna' Johns.

This three-part series looks at how Hitler formed a connection with millions of Germans and generated a level of charismatic attraction almost without parallel in the process.

This three-part series looks at how Hitler formed a connection with millions of Germans and generated a level of charismatic attraction almost without parallel in the process.

After four years of fighting, World War I ends. The victorious nations assemble at Versailles to design the peace that they will impose on the defeated - Germany and ...

After four years of fighting, World War I ends. The victorious nations assemble at Versailles to design the peace that they will impose on the defeated - Germany and Austria-Hungary. Russia's Bolshevik revolution has become a murderous civil war. The map of Europe is remade, with the dismantling and collapse of old empires. The states of Europe face immense indebtedness and the need to repay the vast sums that they borrowed in order to pay for the war. Everything throws dark and troubling shadows across the years ahead.

A decade of corporate scandals, Ponzi schemes, predatory lending, booms, busts, and bailouts culminates in a financial crisis that threatens the global economy.

A decade of corporate scandals, Ponzi schemes, predatory lending, booms, busts, and bailouts culminates in a financial crisis that threatens the global economy.

An exploration of the stories behind the resistance groups that formed to fight the Third Reich during World War II. These took many practical forms. Guerrilla forces of all ...

An exploration of the stories behind the resistance groups that formed to fight the Third Reich during World War II. These took many practical forms. Guerrilla forces of all sizes fought military actions against Axis troops; clandestine civilian organisations performed acts of sabotage or espionage; religious groups led acts of civil disruption and protest and underground presses spread prohibited ideas and information. Who were the men and women who made up the resistance movements?

Between 1958 and 1962, China lived through tragedy on an epic scale. The 'Great Leap Forward' - conceived by Mao Tse-Tung to achieve autonomy from the USSR - led to a ...

Between 1958 and 1962, China lived through tragedy on an epic scale. The 'Great Leap Forward' - conceived by Mao Tse-Tung to achieve autonomy from the USSR - led to a catastrophic famine resulting in the death of between 36 and 55 million people. While the Communist Party justified the terrible outcome as 'three years of natural disasters', the tragedy was masked by an official lie, because while China was starving to death, the grain stores were full.

The acclaimed author traces the Anzac journey from Albany in Western Australia to the Gallipoli peninsula and on to the battlefields of the Western Front. It's a fresh telling ...

The acclaimed author traces the Anzac journey from Albany in Western Australia to the Gallipoli peninsula and on to the battlefields of the Western Front. It's a fresh telling of the Anzac story, featuring Peter's unique style and adapted from his bestselling books.

We examine the history of the royal residence over the last 80 years - using archive material, interviews and dramatic recreations.

We examine the history of the royal residence over the last 80 years - using archive material, interviews and dramatic recreations.

Explore how three human beings grappled with the most dangerous two weeks in human history, when events, many outside their control, threatened to ignite a nuclear holocaust ...

Explore how three human beings grappled with the most dangerous two weeks in human history, when events, many outside their control, threatened to ignite a nuclear holocaust that could have ended human civilisation. Showing how extraordinarily close we came to self-destruction, the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis is a critical reminder of just how much power and responsibility lies with the president of the United States and other leaders with access to nuclear weapons. And how much personality counts when things spiral out of control. On the brink of a nuclear war, who would you want in the White House? Bringing to life the three central figures in the crisis - President John F Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban leader Fidel Castro - the film explores the roles each played during these most dangerous of all times. Shot on location in Russia, Cuba and the US, it features revealing interviews with key witnesses from inside the Kremlin, the White House and Cuba, along with revelations from recently declassified top secret documents. After watching Nuclear Nightmare: Inside the Cuban Missile Crisis, you will never think about nuclear war and our commanders-in-chief in quite the same way again.

Was the spirit of competition, the urge to go head-to-head, the sole reserve of men in the mid-20th Century? In the 1950s and 60s, two women joined the fray. Two women with a ...

Was the spirit of competition, the urge to go head-to-head, the sole reserve of men in the mid-20th Century? In the 1950s and 60s, two women joined the fray. Two women with a shared name: Jacqueline. One passion: aviation. One goal: to become the world's fastest woman. The American Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier at the controls of a Sabre F-86. But her record was soon snatched by Jacqueline Auriol, the daughter-in-law of the French president, who became the first European woman to break the sound barrier, and went on to become France's first woman test pilot. Using state-of-the-art CGI imagery to recreate their flying feats, this documentary retraces the history of these daring record attempts in the post-war period, with each triumph bringing prestige to their respective countries. Their extraordinary supersonic duel lasted 15 years, and saw both Jacquelines write their names in aviation history.

The Wheelchair President
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The Wheelchair President

Episode 1  |  The History Channel  |  July 24, 2018
At the height of war, Roosevelt inspired millions with stirring visions of a new and better post-war world but it was a world he probably knew he would never see. He was ...

At the height of war, Roosevelt inspired millions with stirring visions of a new and better post-war world but it was a world he probably knew he would never see. He was commander in chief of the greatest military power the world had known, yet paralysis from polio mad him powerless to accomplish the most minor physical tasks. Set against the epic scale of World War II in 1944 and 1945. Professor David Reynolds presents an intimate biography of US President Franklin Roosevelt, revealing a man who was burdened by secrets about his failing health and strained marriage, that if exposed, could have destroyed his presidency. Enigmatic, secretive and with a complicated love life, America's wheelchair president was racing to shape the future before his past caught up with him.

The Polish people were among the first to feel the full heart-stopping force of the German Wermacht. This is the story of the ways in which they fought back, including the ...

The Polish people were among the first to feel the full heart-stopping force of the German Wermacht. This is the story of the ways in which they fought back, including the Ghetto Uprising of 1943.

America in Colour
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America in Colour: The 1950s

Episode 4  |  The History Channel  |  August 13, 2018
It's easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of ...

It's easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of America in colour, for the first time. Decade by decade, this ambitious series puts the colour back in history, and brings the history back to life. From jazz-age speakeasies to the attack on Pearl Harbor, from the Great Depression to Elvismania, iconic images of America are vibrantly brought to the screen. To make this landmark series, filmmakers spent 6000 hours painstakingly scouring obscure archives, dusting off forgotten family vaults, and tracking down dedicated private collectors to find the 27 miles of film they needed - much of it not seen for nearly a century. The result is a feast for the eyes, and brings a fresh excitement to the seminal images of our time.

The last episode examines how Hitler tried to maintain his popular appeal in his final years, as his bond with the German people was tested as never before during the war. He ...

The last episode examines how Hitler tried to maintain his popular appeal in his final years, as his bond with the German people was tested as never before during the war. He had led the army into a series of victories, but as the conflict progressed, the successes stopped coming.

The Lost Tapes
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The Lost Tapes: Pearl Harbor

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  The History Channel  |  September 22, 2018
This is the story of how American went to war - told with only media available at the time, in the last months of 1941. We follow reports on how most Americans want nothing to ...

This is the story of how American went to war - told with only media available at the time, in the last months of 1941. We follow reports on how most Americans want nothing to do with the war raging in Europe, and how the saber rattling by the Japanese in the Pacific was ignored. Despite pleas from military officials in Hawaii that the US Naval Base Pearl Harbor was in danger, no one paid much attention - until the early morning hours of December 7, 1941. Using extremely rare recordings of live coverage of the event, to following the breaking news Stateside, to the impassioned speech of U.S. President Roosevelt proclaiming that moment "a day that will live in infamy," The Pearl Harbor Tapes take viewers into the story of that fateful time in a way never done before in a documentary film - in real time. We have uncovered dozens of little-known archival sources that will contribute to making this one of the defining films of the Japanese attack and its aftermath.

After Hitler
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After Hitler

Episode 1  |  SBS  |  December 4, 2016
In the five years that separated the end of WWII from the start of the Cold War, the world hoped for lasting peace, but instead found itself on the brink of apocalypse. In ...

In the five years that separated the end of WWII from the start of the Cold War, the world hoped for lasting peace, but instead found itself on the brink of apocalypse. In May, 1945, a terrible war finally ended in the smoking ruins of the Reich. But for many civilians, the aftermath of the war was even more brutal than the conflict itself. Based entirely on remastered and re-coloured archives, this film details the searing reality of those post war years by compiling unseen Russian, British, German, French, Canadian and American archives, and unique images of daily life.

When a Boeing 747 crashes into a remote mountainside, resulting in the deadliest single-aircraft accident in aviation history, investigators are baffled - until a devastating ...

When a Boeing 747 crashes into a remote mountainside, resulting in the deadliest single-aircraft accident in aviation history, investigators are baffled - until a devastating truth is revealed.

Easter 1916
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Easter 1916: Part 4

Episode 4  |  The History Channel  |  July 18, 2018
This major award-winning historical documentary series, narrated by Brendan Gleeson and featuring dramatic reconstructions of key scenes both before and during the Rising, ...

This major award-winning historical documentary series, narrated by Brendan Gleeson and featuring dramatic reconstructions of key scenes both before and during the Rising, examines the lives of the men who were signatories of the 1916 Easter Proclamation and who, by doing so, made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The signatories have become legendary figures in Republican and Nationalist mythology but their personal stories and the factual basis of their lives are often masked or lost in the hagiography. So who were these seven men who drafted and signed it and, in doing so, effectively signed their own death warrants? Thomas J Clarke, Sean Mac Diarmada, James Connolly, Patrick Pearse, Eamonn Ceannt, Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Plunkett are their respective names but this series goes in search of the men, their backgrounds and their families. Each man had his own unique story and they were a much more diverse group than is generally realised, as this important series demonstrates.

World War II was the closest the world has come to a complete total war. But it was in the interwar years that nations honed the methods of destruction which were unleashed on ...

World War II was the closest the world has come to a complete total war. But it was in the interwar years that nations honed the methods of destruction which were unleashed on a much wider scale in the Second World War. In this episode, we look to wars in Manchuria, China, Abyssinia and Spain to see how each in their own way served as a "terrible precedent", revealing elements of total war that soon engulfed the globe.

On the 6th of June 1944, tens of thousands of Allied troops landed on the coast of Normandy in the largest amphibious assault ever. For many of the young US soldiers, this war ...

On the 6th of June 1944, tens of thousands of Allied troops landed on the coast of Normandy in the largest amphibious assault ever. For many of the young US soldiers, this war against the Nazis seemed almost like an adventure. What lay in store for them was bloody carnage on the beaches of France.

"Never, ever, publish them!" What was it that Jackie Kennedy wanted to keep secret? They say behind every great man is a great woman, and as part of SBS's special JKF month ...

"Never, ever, publish them!" What was it that Jackie Kennedy wanted to keep secret? They say behind every great man is a great woman, and as part of SBS's special JKF month commemorating 50 years since his assassination, this documentary offers a rare insight into the classy and poised lady who became an icon in her own.

Gallipoli is Australia's most commemorated battleground, etched deeply into the national psyche. It is also deeply woven into Josh Cavalier's family story; both his ...

Gallipoli is Australia's most commemorated battleground, etched deeply into the national psyche. It is also deeply woven into Josh Cavalier's family story; both his grandfather and great grandfather fought among those unforgiving beaches and cliffs. Now, 30-year-old Josh will comprehend what they endured and why it has left such an imprint on his family and his country.

Learn about one of the most populous nation in the world by taking a leap in history and updates on modern day China with this curated collection.
The 20th century was a transformative period for Russia as the nation went through revolution, industrialisation, the Great Purge, space race and Cold War. Explore the rise and fall of the USSR here.
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)
Share the story of Nelson Mandela's struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and build a more peaceful world with this collection about Madiba's life and times.
The storming of the Bastille by a mob of Parisians on July 14, 1789, set loose a generation of warfare and sowed the seeds for the modern political system.
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.
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)
A royal wedding is a marriage ceremony involving members of royal family. This week we are celebrating the royal event the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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.
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)
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