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A deep-water dive team search the seabed off the coast of Northern Ireland for the forgotten shipwrecks of WW2's Battle of the Atlantic. Jules Hudson helps identify the ...

A deep-water dive team search the seabed off the coast of Northern Ireland for the forgotten shipwrecks of WW2's Battle of the Atlantic. Jules Hudson helps identify the wrecks, and reveals how the city was critical to Allied victory.

In 1944 the British and the Americans went head to head in a race to destroy a new Nazi secret weapon - an enormous canon with the range to bombard London from France. Large ...

In 1944 the British and the Americans went head to head in a race to destroy a new Nazi secret weapon - an enormous canon with the range to bombard London from France. Large scale practical experiments solve outstanding mysteries, such as whether shells from the Supergun could really have reached London, and how a man groomed to be a future president of the USA (Joe Kennedy) lost his life unnecessarily on a mission to destroy the weapon.

This two-part documentary tells the story of the brutal World War II campaign fought between Australia and Japan in the green hell of the mountains of Papua New Guinea. Told ...

This two-part documentary tells the story of the brutal World War II campaign fought between Australia and Japan in the green hell of the mountains of Papua New Guinea. Told from both the Japanese and Australian perspectives the series also explores the impact of the decisions of high command on the soldiers at the front line.

Anzac Day 1918 - Australian troops made a mad heroic charge against German divisions to recapture the small town of Villers Bretonneux occupied in northern France. Join this ...

Anzac Day 1918 - Australian troops made a mad heroic charge against German divisions to recapture the small town of Villers Bretonneux occupied in northern France. Join this moving pilgrimage back to France more than 90 years after the historic events. The French locals remember and will always remember the Australian soldiers who gave their lives for their freedom.

Tells the story of Comrade Joe, the last American defector to North Korea 45 years ago. In 1962, Joe Dresnok, a US soldier sent to guard peace in South Korea, deserted his ...

Tells the story of Comrade Joe, the last American defector to North Korea 45 years ago. In 1962, Joe Dresnok, a US soldier sent to guard peace in South Korea, deserted his unit, walked across the most heavily fortified area on earth and defected to the Cold War enemy, the communist state of North Korea. He became a coveted star of the North Korean propaganda machine, but then disappeared from the face of the known world. He later found fame in North Korean films acting as the evil American.

In October, 2004, Sherine Salama filmed the last interview ever given by Yasser Arafat. A month later he was dead. The interview was the culmination of over a year's filming ...

In October, 2004, Sherine Salama filmed the last interview ever given by Yasser Arafat. A month later he was dead. The interview was the culmination of over a year's filming in the besieged president's compound.

In 1961 segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government remained indifferent. That ...

In 1961 segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government remained indifferent. That is, until an integrated band of college students decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. With access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, this program highlights what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organise against all odds.

Joseph Stalin is back. Or is he? Reporter John Sweeney travels more than 5000 miles through the old Soviet Union, from Stalin's birthplace in Georgia to a former labour camp ...

Joseph Stalin is back. Or is he? Reporter John Sweeney travels more than 5000 miles through the old Soviet Union, from Stalin's birthplace in Georgia to a former labour camp in Russia, to find out if one of the 20th century's most notorious mass-murderers is really being rehabilitated.

The story of three lost boxes known as the Mexican Suitcase, which were recovered in 2007. The boxes, misplaced in the chaos at the start of World War II, contained over 4500 ...

The story of three lost boxes known as the Mexican Suitcase, which were recovered in 2007. The boxes, misplaced in the chaos at the start of World War II, contained over 4500 negatives of the Spanish Civil War by the legendary photographer Robert Capa and fellow photographers Gerda Taro and David 'Chim' Seymour, who all lost their lives in war zones. This film puts the images into their historical perspective together with testimonies from those who re-discovered the suitcase.

About 8.30am on November 21, 1996, a commercial building in San Juan, Puerto Rico, explodes due to a natural gas leak. Thirty-three people were killed and at least 69 were ...

About 8.30am on November 21, 1996, a commercial building in San Juan, Puerto Rico, explodes due to a natural gas leak. Thirty-three people were killed and at least 69 were injured. The building was situated in Rio Piedras, a shopping district in San Juan. The structure was a six-storey mixture of offices and shops, owned by Humberto Vidal Inc. Investigations revealed that an inactive gas service line that had once serviced the Chicken Kingdom restaurant leaked though a corrosion hole caused by excavation damage. How could have the gas leak been prevented?

In November 1916, German raider SMS Wolf set out for a 15 month long voyage through the oceans, finally reaching Australia and Papua New Guinea. The mission of this ship was ...

In November 1916, German raider SMS Wolf set out for a 15 month long voyage through the oceans, finally reaching Australia and Papua New Guinea. The mission of this ship was perfectly masked as a merchant vessel: capture, sink or destroy allied shipping. This documentary sheds light on this forgotten chapter of the Second World War.

At 11.07pm a bomb explodes at Paddy's Bar in Kuta Beach, Bali. 30 seconds later, a second blast devastates the Sari Club. The popular place becomes a living hell, many suffer ...

At 11.07pm a bomb explodes at Paddy's Bar in Kuta Beach, Bali. 30 seconds later, a second blast devastates the Sari Club. The popular place becomes a living hell, many suffer horrific burns and 202 people lose their lives.

This documentary follows the steps of the investigative Judge, named by the United Nations to track down those responsible of the crimes committed in Cambodia under the Khmer ...

This documentary follows the steps of the investigative Judge, named by the United Nations to track down those responsible of the crimes committed in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime from April 1975 to January 1979, where nearly 2 million people perished.

This one-hour original documentary showcases the tremendous impact Neil Armstrong made on the world and his legacy to space exploration. Includes personal interviews with ...

This one-hour original documentary showcases the tremendous impact Neil Armstrong made on the world and his legacy to space exploration. Includes personal interviews with Armstrong, newly discovered archival footage and reactions from his Apollo 11 crew mates.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Episode two of Nuremberg: The Nazis on Trial explores leading Party member, Hermann Goering. Hermann Goering was chosen by Hitler as his successor in the 1930s. The ambitious ...

Episode two of Nuremberg: The Nazis on Trial explores leading Party member, Hermann Goering. Hermann Goering was chosen by Hitler as his successor in the 1930s. The ambitious politician was poles apart from his co-defendant Albert Speer. At Nuremberg, Goering insisted that everything he and his co-defendants had done was the result of their German patriotism.

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.

Kim Jong-il was also one of the most elusive and secretive world leaders. Now the lid is lifted on the man who lead North Korea with his finger on the nuclear trigger and ...

Kim Jong-il was also one of the most elusive and secretive world leaders. Now the lid is lifted on the man who lead North Korea with his finger on the nuclear trigger and ensured this legacy lived on through his son, Kim Jong-un.

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.

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.

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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