The industrial revolution changed the way ordinary people danced and at Queen Street Mill in Burnley, Len Goodman uncovers the fascinating story of how factory workers developed clog dancing to imitate the sounds and rhythms of the machinery they used. Lucy Worsley discovers how upper-class dancing tastes were transformed by the introduction of the waltz at the beginning of the 19th century, which allowed couples to dance scandalously close.
Ifrah Ahmed came to Ireland as an unaccompanied minor seeking asylum from war torn Somalia. She has already made an impact as a driving force behind a campaign to raise awareness of, and combat, female genital mutilation.
A compelling documentary by acclaimed filmmaker John Akomfrah on the renowned and historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on 28 August 1963 was a watershed moment in the American civil rights movement that brought together a huge coalition of powerful and revered civil rights organisations, labour unions and leaders. Told by the people who organised it and were part of it, this documentary goes behind the scenes to reveal what it took to stage such an event. Featuring interviews with the key players, from civil rights activists and celebrity supporters, to Kennedy administration officials.
They have the smooth, easy gait of men who take care of their bodies, and an unpretentious but self-assured gaze. They know they're good-looking. And in their twenties or thirties, they're still relatively young. They are our modern-day male sex objects, the products of a highly sexualised era that is at times permissive. This documentary is an investigation into a seemingly indiscernible phenomenon.
In this David and Goliath tale, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on Donald Trump as he gets set to destroy the crown of jewels of Scotland's natural heritage to build a luxury golf resort. This documentary captures the cultural chasm between the glamorous, jet-setting and media savvy Donald Trump and a deeply rooted Scottish community. For the tycoon, the golf course is just another deal, with a possible billion-dollar payoff. For the residents, it represents the destruction of a globally unique landscape that has been the backdrop of their lives.
Explorer Stewart McPherson travels 70,000 kilometres by RAF planes, ice breakers, freight vessels and the last working Royal Mail postal ship to undertake a journey to all 14 UK Overseas Territories - Britain's far flung, little-known islands scattered across the globe.
Death has always been a subject of interest to comedian and actor Billy Connolly and across this two-part series he looks it squarely in the face. Visiting his home town of Glasgow as well as different parts of the USA, Billy aims to get an insight into the rich variety of attitudes, belief systems, rituals and customs relating to death that are woven into different cultures and communities.
This episode uses stunning CGI animation to explode open one of the world's largest diggers - the Komatsu PC8000 - to reveal the extraordinary technology that it depends on to shovel 27,000 tons of copper ore in less than four days.
Griff explores the picturesque estuaries of Suffolk and Essex as he continues his journey through the landscape. Amongst his challenges are attempting to eat a Colchester Native and helping to build a replica of the Mayflower.
It's a new year and another season of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, ready to help you shake off the festive excesses. In this special new year program, Saleyha Ahsan oversees a world-first experiment to see how we can burn more fat - without doing any more exercise.
Michael Mosley gives a cheat's guide to a better body, with results that astonish the scientists. Chris van Tulleken puts protein shakes to the test, and surgeon Gabriel Weston meets a woman who has sight restored for the first time in 16 years, thanks to a bionic eye.
We're springing into action and racing to the rescue in another ep full of totally wild adventures. We're riding along with paramedics and getting the lowdown on surf lifesaving's inflatable rescue boats.
How can a blind man ride a bike, a Shaolin monk bend an iron rod with his neck and a man perform extraordinary calculations in his head? This documentary goes in pursuit of people with extraordinary skills that go beyond what is ordinarily deemed humanly possible. It sets out to put their unique talents under the spotlight and scientifically test their abilities to gain an understanding of what makes them so special and how it is possible for them to perform their incredible feats. Theirs are unbelievable stories of discovering their unique abilities and trying to get by in a world marked by the ordinary.
A documentary following three trans women competing to be crowned the nation's first Miss Transgender UK, but they're not just fighting for first place, they're battling to be accepted as the women they were born to be.
This program chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative.
Join Morgan Freeman on his epic quest around the world to uncover the meaning of life, God and the big questions in-between. In the event series premiere, Freeman explores how different religions of past and present answer the question - What happens when we die?
Tim Shaw explains why things do what they do. He attempts a familiar tablecloth trick, goes on a rescue mission for melted ice cream, poses a heavyweight challenge for ordinary balloons, experiments with a vacuum chamber and a pile of marshmallows and attempts to blow open the door of a safe using an explosive charge.
Adventurer Ben Fogle journeys to an island off the coast of Panama, Central America to live with the first Brit of the series, Ian Usher - a former dump-truck driver who sold 'his life' on Ebay and bought his own, tiny island for $64,000.
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.
We discover the eccentric world of Percy Grainger and his place of birth, Melbourne. We follow his life through his music, his relationships with other great composers of the time, his innovative and inventive spirit.
Presenter and DJ Reggie Yates grew up knowing very little about his father's side of the family. Reggie sets out on the trail of his grandfather, Harry Philip Yates. His journey takes him to Ghana, where he unravels a complex family history where Ghanaian culture and British colonialism collide.
Before you see the film, Oddball starring Shane Jacobson, learn the true story about an chicken farmer who trained his dog to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks and saved their seaside town.
Allied interrogators must determine who is telling the truth and who is lying about the crimes of the Third Reich. Hitler's War General, Wilhelm Keitel, insists that German soldiers acted with honour, despite overwhelming evidence of brutality. Lieutenant Colonel Phillipp Von Boeslager recalls the tenacity of Red Army soldiers who fought to the end to avenge Nazi atrocities against their people.
Designer, model, swimmer and renaissance man Brett Rogers travels across South Africa to track down the most mouth-watering food establishments, the coolest microbreweries, and the edgiest tattoo parlours. In this first episode, Brett explores Johannesburg, his home town and the birthplace of some of South Africa's most successful institutions.
Thomas Barnardo tells the story of his life. We see Barnardo teaching at the Ragged School and discovering homeless boys sleeping on London's rooftops. And we see him setting up the first home for London's street children.
On this sizzling hot episode the team investigates the Laws of Attraction. Adam and Jamie ask is the follicular fable, gentlemen prefer blondes, fact or fair haired fiction. Then they take on internet based claims of irresistible pheromone sprays in sexy scents. And do we really get dumber when turned on by an attractive member of the opposite sex?
Since 1971 the Adamstown Uniting Church in Newcastle has been making Christmas puddings to support welfare and community programs in Newcastle, Australia and overseas. The demand for their puddings has them baking all year round.
This series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history. The Book of Thoth, said to have been written by the Egyptian god himself, which apparently provides the wisdom behind the Tarot and is said to have inspired early Freemasons. It is also suggested its ethos was adopted by the 'flower power' generation, and embodied in the rock and roll music of the 1960s. However, archaeologists are becoming increasingly doubtful the volume ever existed.
Explore Europe's most spectacular cities and landscapes while luxuriating in the great classical music composed within their precincts. Presented by renowned actor, writer and classical music specialist Simon Callow.
The story of African American music and the civil rights movement from slavery to Barack Obama's nomination as presidential candidate. The first part looks at black music from the early Negro spirituals sung by slaves in the South, to blues, jazz, bee-bop, soul, rhythm and blues and the freedom songs of the civil rights movement up to the historic march on Washington in the summer of 1963.
In this new season, eight of Australia's most respected and recognisable faces retrace the footsteps of their ancestors across the country and around the world, as they strive to make sense of the present by connecting with their family's paths. Award-winning stand-up comedian and host of 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' Julia Morris finds her great grandfather in controversial Labor Premier J.T. Lang's intimate inner circle, and she investigates whether her grandfather was involved in the Irish Republican Army. (S.8 Ep.1) (Class. tba)
Showcasing the character and chaos of the biggest market in the southern hemisphere. A nocturnal world where deals are done, millionaires made and fresh produce finds its way to plates across the world.
The 20th century saw a new wave of American women who wielded power not because of cash but because of character. Women such as Emerald Cunard, a brilliant social hostess; Nancy Astor, the first women to enter the British Parliament, and Wallis Simpson, whose affair with Edward VIII changed the course of British history.
Matt's dressed as a caveman with a very big mat and Paige rustles up some pre-historic jewellery. Plus, working out the biggest difference between apes and early humans. And how to paint upside down, in the dark, caveman-style.
Lucy Worsley concludes her history of the Romanov dynasty by investigating how the family's grip on Russia unravelled in their final century. The years between 1825 and 1918 were bloody and traumatic, a period when four tsars tried and failed to deal with the growing pressure for constitutional reform and revolution.
With race relations stretched to breaking point in some American cities, the notorious supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan says it's seeing a surge in membership. With access to the young leaders of the Loyal White Knights chapter in North Carolina, this film follows their secretive rituals and finds out why their members choose to don the infamous hood.
The Tower of London, for almost 1,000 years at the heart of state life in the UK, is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Constructed soon after the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066, it has served as a Royal Palace, fortress, prison, place of execution for queens, an edifice to scare the population, royal zoo, mint and keeper of the Crown Jewels. Yet few know its full story.
On August 15 1969, 500,000 music lovers descended on a rural community in upstate New York for three days of love, peace, respect, drugs, mind expansion and the largest rock concert ever staged. This three-part series, directed by legendary music documentary director D.A. Pennebaker, is the definitive celebration of the event. This episode features performances by Santana, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane.
In our final story for 2015, Australian Story goes to the Victorian city of Bendigo, which has been the flash point for a series of protests against the building of a mosque. Colourful local business identity, Margot Spalding is leading a campaign to support Bendigo's small Muslim community and to "fight back against intolerance and hate".
While Michel Ardent sends out a search party to find his son, we learn that Alexia is the son of Cathy and Yvon Penmarch, and the mistress of the Prosecutor Pierre Lanvin. But Lanvin's wife Noemie has discovered his double life, and Judge Milo suspects Lanvin of having authorised the theft of the file compromising the prime minister. Angel, who has carried out the theft, fails to take the money with which he intended to repay Sacha: it's in the hands of Jennifer, Sacha's girlfriend.
Fedor Alexandrovich is a radioactive man. He was four years old in 1986, when he was exposed to the toxic effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and forced to leave his home. Now 33, he is an artist in Ukraine, with radioactive strontium in his bones and a singular obsession with the earth-changing catastrophe. Alexandrovich questions why it actually happened, whether there was more to the story than the Soviet government let on and most importantly, what did this all have to do with the giant, mysterious steel pyramid now rotting away two miles from the disaster site: a hulking Cold War weapon known as the Duga and nicknamed the Russian Woodpecker for the strange, constant clicking radio frequencies that it emits. In this documentary conspiracy thriller, directed by Chad Gracia, Alexandrovich returns to the ghost towns in the radioactive Exclusion Zone to try to find answers and to decide whether to risk his life by revealing them, amid growing clouds of Ukraine's emerging revolution and war. (From the Ukraine, in English & Russian) (Documentary)