A portrait of world-renowned Australian artist Patricia Piccinini - famous for her bizarre creatures. Capturing a pivotal moment of change as she creates a new body of work that includes Skywhale - a massive hot-air-balloon.
An epic series that deciphers the life of Jesus through six extraordinary objects associated with his life and death. We discover fascinating new insights into the historical Jesus, utilising the latest state-of-the-art scientific techniques and archaeological research. We investigate the value and authenticity of six objects which could shed new light on Jesus - the Shroud of Turin, relics venerated as part of the True Cross, the Gospel of Judas, relics believed to be of John the Baptist, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the secret brother of Jesus. We are guided by breathtaking dramatic reconstruction and a first-class panel of on-screen contributors. We hear from representatives of the world's best universities including Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Oxford, as they provide historical and theological insight, while the likes of Father James Martin SJ, the Reverend Paul Raushenbush and Erwin MacManus help bring our characters and their emotional journeys to life for our audience.
Henry married Anne Boleyn in 1533, after annulling his marriage to Katherine of Aragon in one of the most infamous divorce cases in English history. The second union revealed the contrasting extremes of Henry's character - incurable romantic and unhinged tyrant. As historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones recount, Anne ultimately proved to be too flirtatious, possessive, ambitious and headstrong to conform to being Queen and her fate was sealed when she failed to provide a male heir.
In the five years that separated the end of WWII from the start of the Cold War, the world had hoped for a lasting peace, but instead found itself on the brink of apocalypse. Five years of chaos and hope for the people of a shattered Europe, who became pawns in the games of the major powers.
Kevin plans to take his beach home to a new level with an observation tower higher than a double-decker bus. However planning restrictions forbid him from building above the height of the cabin. (Part 3 of 4)
Alaigie is preparing to leave Gambia to travel 'the back way', 6000km to Italy to find work. Following his father's death, Alaigie's dreams of becoming an engineer were shattered and he needs to earn money to support his family. He films the dangerous journey through Africa via a network of smugglers, at the mercy of thieves and violent border guards, across the Sahara in overloaded trucks to Tripoli where he is kidnapped and held for ransom.
Richard Flanagan journeys with presenter Alan Yentob through his native Tasmania, visiting the places that have inspired his novels, and on to Thailand, to see first-hand the site of the Death Railway.
In this final episode of First Contact season two, the group finds themselves at the West Kimberley Regional Prison to experience what life is like in an Aboriginal prison. As night falls, they have a decision to make. A cell is available. Who in the group will take up the offering of joining the 10,000 Indigenous people locked up every night in Australia? In the morning, the group heads due east to the tiny town of Coen in far north Queensland, one of four communities to be part of a radical welfare reform experiment. They experience a controversial teaching technique that aims to close the education gap and get Aboriginal kids reading, writing and ultimately into work to escape the cycle of welfare dependency, and debate and opinions are stirred up again.
From icy wastes to arid deserts, reptiles and amphibians have used their ancient, cold-blooded body plan along with sophisticated behavioural innovations to master the harshest environments on the planet. Using their ruthless hunting abilities, extraordinary camouflage, guile and downright physical toughness, they thrive where mammals and birds fear to tread.
Told through the point of view of their biggest rivals, these are the stories behind the world's greatest icons. Using interviews from those who opposed him and lived to see the tale, this intimate portrait delves into the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Told through the point of view of their biggest rivals, these are the stories behind the world's greatest icons. Featuring cutting edge visuals, this episode delves into the dark world of former KGB man Vladimir Putin.
Broadcaster, comedian and architecture enthusiast Tim Ross reveals the origins of modernism; a design philosophy that boomed in the mid 20th century as architects rejected ornamentation and embraced materials like glass and steel.
We meet some of the people whose lives we will follow through the terrible four years of war that are about to change Australian society. As the first sounds of menace are heard, with the shots in far-off Sarajevo that assassinate the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, the Coles Brothers are opening their first store in Collingwood. In rural Victoria the sons and daughters of the McGinness family support their widowed mother in a life of pastoral comfort on their dairy farm. In London Australia's only true superstar, the opera singer Nellie Melba, performs before the crowned heads of Europe. In less than six weeks the tensions and rivalries of the European powers have dragged that continent to war. And because those powers have global empires, the world is at war. Australia is at war.
In 1964, when Bob Dylan released "The Times They Are a-Changin'", the song helped start a youth revolution. 50 years later, the youth of Jalalabad, Afghanistan have had enough gloom and doom and want to use their creativity to bring freedom and joy. Their first step is to rename Jalalabad to Love City by parading a billboard through the streets, proclaiming it a place of love and no more war.
The small rural community of Mingoola, on the Queensland/NSW border, was facing a bleak future. The population was in decline and the local primary school was about to close. Meanwhile in Western Sydney, advocate Emmanuel Musoni saw problems in his community of refugees from Central Africa.
From the snow-covered Dolomites to the turquoise blue of the Mediterranean Sea, the spectacular landscape of Italy is already a favourite for many. There's a lot more to Bella Italia than meets the eye: a wilder, secretive side. This program displays the natural world between the tip of her boot and her northern Apline peaks in captivating pictures. In this episode, ice and snow rule over northern Italy in winter. Only specialists can live in the high mountains. As soon as spring arrives, melt water plummets down from the Dolomites into the valley.
Scott Wolter receives a tip that there are pyramids at the bottom of a lake in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. As he investigates, he learns local legend suggests they were built by Aztecs and over time, they've been buried as land and water have shifted. Could the Aztecs really have a connection to the American Midwest? Scott dives into the mystery, quite literally - taking a personal submarine called a Fugusub down to the depths of Lake Mills to investigate the underwater pyramids. His quest then leads him to other sites in the Midwest including the pyramids in nearby Aztalan State Park. Could it be more than coincidence that the park shares the same name as the legendary ancestral home of the Aztecs? In the end, the key to proving whether there's truth in the legend of Aztecs in America could be in the discovery of shared practices, symbols and language between north and south of the U.S. border.
In this Australian production, Nat Geo Wild reveals the secret lives of a small group of dolphins in Shark Bay, WA. We follow their triumphs and tragedies as they live alongside their nemesis, the tiger shark.
Throughout history, there have been many viciously cruel dictators, but few as deranged as Muammar Gaddafi - the man President Reagan dubs The Mad Dog of the Middle East. For 42 years, the Libyan despot terrifies, tortures and tricks the world with one horrific act after another. This is the story of Colonel Gaddafi, the Brotherly Leader, and the Middle East's longest serving dictator.
The Indian Subcontinent: romantic, remote and mysterious. From the plains of Pakistan to the foothills of the Himalaya, from Northern India and Rajasthan to Tamil Nadu in the south, this vast melting pot of diverse civilisations, religions, cultures and glorious landscapes has seen some of the greatest artistic golden ages on earth. Pakistan is portrayed as a country of bombs, beards and burqas. Yet as Sona Datta shows, it used to be the meeting point for many different faiths from around the world and has an intriguing multicultural past.
What went wrong when Sally Faulkner attempted to snatch her children from the streets of Beirut? In part two of When Plans Change, we hear from people on the ground in Beirut including the driver of the getaway car, the woman who sheltered Sally and her children in a safe house, as well as police. It seems, from day one, the mission to recover Sally's children was doomed. This episode begins as Sally Faulkner, 60 Minutes and the recovery team arrive in Beirut. It soon becomes apparent to authorities that something is up. They don't know what, but start to monitor the Australian arrivals.
An intimate look at the life of singer-songwriter Colin Hay, from his meteoric success as the front man of Men at Work, to the ensuing oblivion of obscurity and drug addiction, and his eventual rebirth as a solo artist and country singer. The documentary retraces Hay's life, from his Scottish childhood to his Los Angeles solo acts, and paints a powerful story of an artist forced to redefine himself, in the wake of soul crushing fame.
A fascinating documentary series that examines the revolutionary decade of the 1980s, with extraordinary insight into a decade that had a profound impact on America, taking a look at significant events and individuals such as the Cold War, AIDS crisis, Ronald Reagan and Steve Jobs. This episode looks at the pre-cable world with the enormous free-to-air ratings of Dallas and the finale of MASH. The sitcom is revitalised by The Cosby Show and Cheers, and Hill Street Blues and St Elsewhere changed the rules of story-telling on television. Cable TV makes new heroes out of sporting with ESPN, and the first channel focused on the youth market, MTV, launches.
Thomas Morton meets a gun-crazy pastor who teaches his young students gun drills and tactics to disarm attackers. Shane Smith travels to Fallujah, Iraq, where a rise in birth defects has been linked to the American military's suspected use of depleted-uranium munitions during the war.
In 1000 AD, the Vikings made it to North America, establishing a base camp in Newfoundland at a site called L'Anse aux Meadows. But could they have made it further south to what is now the United States to build a permanent settlement called Vinland, which has been documented in legend, but has never been found? Forensic Geologist Scott Wolter thinks so. Now, he's hot on the trail of never before seen evidence and geologic clues that could prove it - including a message discovered off the coast of a forbidden island in Massachusetts that may have been left by famous Viking voyager Leif Ericson himself.
Tyger meets some of the trailblazers who are forging a brave new world of sexual expression amidst a backdrop of elite sex parties and the nu-drag scene, as Tyger tries to be open minded about his own sexuality.
Michael Portillo arrives in Manassas, Virginia, scene of two crucial battles during the American Civil War. In Fredericksburg, he tries bottling bourbon corn whiskey and learns how it became the nation's spirit. In Richmond, the ex-politician enjoys a tour of the Virginia state Capitol building, where he hears of the dilemma faced by one of its most famous sons, General Robert E Lee, before donning his dancing shoes for a Cotillion ball. Michael ends his journey in Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America.
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. This seven-episode film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962. Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th President of the United States and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry his fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd President of the United States. Together, these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but also redefined the role of the US within the wider world. The series encompasses the history the Roosevelts helped to shape: the creation of National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the post-war struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. It is also an intimate human story about love, betrayal, family loyalty, personal courage, and the conquest of fear.
The brain is the most complex and mysterious organ in the body and the neurosurgeons of Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital like Jay Jayamohan deal with brains which go badly wrong. Each year the hospital's Neurosurgery Department looks after 1500 acutely ill patients, whose lives often hang in the balance for weeks or months. This episode, we meet the families of two patients whose lives are hanging in that balance. Tracey, a midwife and mother of two, lies comatose with massive head injuries suffered in a car crash. Her husband John escaped the crash relatively unscathed and now sits constantly by her bed, willing her to open her eyes. Across the ward lies Martin, struck down by a mysterious virus which has rendered him unconscious and unable to breathe for himself. Every day, his wife of ten years, Lisa, checks for signs Martin is coming back to life. For doctors and patients, the neurosurgery department is a physically and mentally gruelling place to be.
The Roman Army turns its attention to an island of rich resources, powerful tribes and druids, and advanced military equipment - Britain. We tell the story of the Celts last stand against the Roman Army - a revolt led by another great leader, the warrior Queen Boudicca.
Added sugar is the West's number one dietary enemy. A dangerous molecule, sugar is responsible for at least four diseases. Ireland is the fourth highest consumer of sugar in the world, but very few know how much sugar they're actually consuming: a whopping 24 teaspoons a day, compared to the less-than-six teaspoon WHO recommendation. Dr Eva Orsmond investigates Ireland's sugar over-consumption and the shocking cost of a sugar habit: hospital admissions, long-term illness and premature death. As children today face a shorter life expectancy than their parents, this documentary tells the story that everyone needs to understand if people want to change the stark prediction. (Class. tba)
In this episode of this landmark series charting the story of human civilisation, Andrew Marr reaches the Middle Ages. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Europe was little more than a muddy backwater. Vikings explored and pillaged from Northern Europe to North America. But they also laid the foundations of powerful new trading states - including Russia. This was also the Golden Age of Islam. And the knowledge of ancient civilisations from India, Persia and Greece were built upon by Islamic scholars in Baghdad's House of Wisdom.
Lyndon Baines Johnson passed some of the most important civil rights legislation of the 1960s that still affects Americans today. Discover how he used the power of the presidency to strike deals, make trades and form an alliance with Martin Luther King Jr to bring civil rights to the forefront of American politics.
Fasten your seat belts as we take a ride with TV Writer and Producer Dan Harmon and his cohorts on a 21-city bus tour across America performing the popular podcast, Harmontown. This funny and brutally honest documentary, directed by Neil Berkeley ("Beauty is Embarrassing"), provides a revealing look at the complicated character behind TV's "Community" and "Rick and Morty". Each new tour stop uncovers more Harmon (literally!) and provides intimate insights into his public persona and personal relationships.