Face of Britain by Simon Schama
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Face of Britain by Simon Schama: The Face in the Mirror

Season 1 Episode 5 Smooth/Arts October 21, 2019

Visual arts

History

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In this film, Simon Schama explores the complex motivations behind some of our most intriguing self-portraits, looking at what they say about both the creative minds of the ...

In this film, Simon Schama explores the complex motivations behind some of our most intriguing self-portraits, looking at what they say about both the creative minds of the artists who produced them and the human condition. From Tracy Emin's bed, a relic of our confessional age, to Lucien Freud's searing examinations of his ageing body, the film explores how all self-portraits stand on a knife-edge between self-indulgence and self-scrutiny. Schama explores the daring first glimmers of self-portraiture in a 13th-century manuscript, and how the incarceration of artist Gerlach Flicke led to the creation of the first English self-portrait that looks us straight in the eye. He shows how the frustrated potential of artist Isaac Fuller led to a self-portrait of unprecedented poignancy, and how the romantic imagination of Samuel Palmer created works of visionary beauty. Laura Knight's use of her own image to defy the male-dominated art establishment, and William Orpen's painted search for his own identity during World War I reflect the complex motivations that have driven artists to make themselves the subject of their work. Visiting the hundreds of figures that make up Antony Gormley's monumental sculpture Another Place, Schama reflects on this collective self-portrait that inspires us all to contemplate our place in the world.

The Cold War Story
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The Cold War Story

Episode 1 The History Channel October 19, 2019

History

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In Germany, 1945 with the surrender of the German Reich, the questions surrounding the post-war order, the victorious powers' spheres of influence, and of course, the atomic ...

In Germany, 1945 with the surrender of the German Reich, the questions surrounding the post-war order, the victorious powers' spheres of influence, and of course, the atomic bomb. The bomb would shape the lives of the entire world community over the next four decades: the technological arms race, the fear of eradicating the entire human race, and nuclear destruction would be burned into people's minds and have an influence on all areas of human life. From 1945 onwards, the two superpowers start their struggle to impose their ideological influence on the world. On the one hand, the democratic market economy of the US and, on the other, the communist, planned economy of the USSR. Follow the major events and incidents that addressed the question of what system is best, what system would prevail. When in 1957 the Soviets successfully launch Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, the race for supremacy also begins in space. Only in 1969, with the perfectly organised US lunar mission, the two super powers are on a par with each other. From the beginning of the Cold War conflict, Germany is the major ideological battlefield for the Soviets and the Americans as they try to win over the hearts and minds of the German people in the eastern and western part of the divided country.

Albert: The Power Behind Victoria
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Albert: The Power Behind Victoria

SBS October 18, 2019

History

Media arts

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Narrated by Samantha Bond, this film tells the untold story of how the 20-year-old 'Pauper Prince' rose from obscurity in Germany to become one of the most powerful men in the ...

Narrated by Samantha Bond, this film tells the untold story of how the 20-year-old 'Pauper Prince' rose from obscurity in Germany to become one of the most powerful men in the world. Drawing on private letters, memoirs and historical written accounts, as well as expert insight from leading historians, Albert is revealed as a man who faced great prejudice when he first came to Britain, but then outmanoeuvred his opponents and won over both the establishment and the nation to become the 'People's Prince.'

Back in Time for School
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Back in Time for School: The 1990s

Season 1 Episode 7 Lifestyle Channel October 17, 2019

History

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Our pupils and teachers arrive in their final time-travelling decade, the 1990s. Ready to embrace the decade that gave us girl power, Brit pop, Oasis, Blur and the Gladiators, ...

Our pupils and teachers arrive in their final time-travelling decade, the 1990s. Ready to embrace the decade that gave us girl power, Brit pop, Oasis, Blur and the Gladiators, our pupils arrive at their comprehensive school. Their first lesson taps into a moment of pop culture we all remember - Italia '90, and the pupils take the chance to trade football stickers. The canteen is still stocked sky-high with fast food and in this era they'll have potato smiley faces and turkey drummers added to the menu, along with cans of apple Tango and bottles of Panda Pops cherryade. In 1992, they have a treat in store, as a very special guest from the Gladiators joins them to kick-start the eliminator with a blow on her whistle. By the mid-'90s, it's time for the class to connect with the wider world and embrace the joys of fundraising. As the world becomes more accessible, their computer class gives them the chance to connect to the dial-up modem and access the very first world wide web.

The Unseen Time Team Specials
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The Unseen Time Team Specials: Searching For Shakespeare's House

Episode 5 The History Channel October 16, 2019

History

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Tony and the Team join a group of archaeologists as they dig the site of William Shakespeare's house, New Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon. There's little of it above ground now, ...

Tony and the Team join a group of archaeologists as they dig the site of William Shakespeare's house, New Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon. There's little of it above ground now, but records show it was Tudor Stratford's biggest private home, with up to 20 rooms and a dozen servants. However, in 1702, New Place was demolished to make way for a grand Georgian pile. That Georgian house sat right on the street, so for the last hundred years or more, it's been assumed that it was also the site of New Place. But a recently discovered document casts doubt on that theory. With the site now accessible, the archaeologists aim to show for the first time not only where Shakespeare really did live with his family but also how grand his house was. And that raises two intriguing questions about Shakespeare: Why did he want such a grand home? And where on earth did he get the money from?

World War Weird
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World War Weird

Season 2 Episode 2 The History Channel October 15, 2019

History

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This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you won't find in any other history show. This episode; Nature turns on the Nazis when birds go to war. Drop-dead ...

This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you won't find in any other history show. This episode; Nature turns on the Nazis when birds go to war. Drop-dead double-agents use sex to soak up secrets. The mind-boggling battalion that bizarrely disappears. And psychic spooks work their magic on Mussonlini.

Building Britain's Canals
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Building Britain's Canals

Episode 1 SBS October 15, 2019

History

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Dan tells the story of the Grand Union Canal, which runs up the spine of the country. Constructed at the height of the Industrial Revolution, it runs 245km in length, making ...

Dan tells the story of the Grand Union Canal, which runs up the spine of the country. Constructed at the height of the Industrial Revolution, it runs 245km in length, making it the longest man-made waterway in the country. An amalgamation of seven other canals, its story starts over 200 years ago. Industry in Birmingham was booming and the industrialists needed an efficient way to transport goods to and from London.

World War Weird
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World War Weird

Season 2 Episode 1 The History Channel October 12, 2019

History

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This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you won't find in any other history show. This episode examines; A giant invincible ship made of ice, the ghost plane ...

This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you won't find in any other history show. This episode examines; A giant invincible ship made of ice, the ghost plane that flies itself, a Nazi treasure hunt for the world's most priceless room, and the real-life UFOs before the start of World War I.

Back in Time for School
49:28

Back in Time for School: The 1980s

Season 1 Episode 6 Lifestyle Channel October 10, 2019

History

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Our pupils and teachers arrive in the 1980s. The focus of teaching is all about competition, entrepreneurialism and technology. Their first lesson embraces the technological ...

Our pupils and teachers arrive in the 1980s. The focus of teaching is all about competition, entrepreneurialism and technology. Their first lesson embraces the technological revolution as the teacher unveils a cutting edge gadget, a 2XL robot. With the latest BBC microcomputers making their way into schools in 1982, this very 21st-century tech-addicted class try out a new math program. In 1983, with the arrival of affordable synthesisers, the class get the chance to embrace the booming synthpop industry in the UK in their music lesson. And there's a very special guest, Nik Kershaw, who listens to them playing some smash hits, before performing his own song especially for them. Inspired by their new love for synth, the kids, parents and teachers rock out to some of the most iconic tunes of the decade at their very '80s school disco. In 1985, the teachers go on strike, so the kids head to a local park where they get stuck in to a class '80s past-time, breakdancing to Run DMC.

Desperate Measures
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Desperate Measures: Cunnamulla Youth Club

Season 2 Episode 17 NITV October 6, 2019

History

Indigenous Australians

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Local Murdi man Darryl McCarthy talks about a time in Cunnamulla when Bill Johnston bought the town together through the sport of boxing.

Local Murdi man Darryl McCarthy talks about a time in Cunnamulla when Bill Johnston bought the town together through the sport of boxing.

Songlines
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Songlines: Desert Dingo

NITV October 6, 2019

Indigenous Australians

History

Music

Dance

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Five senior Alywarr lawmen take a 450km trip from their central Australian community of Ali Curung to visit the sacred sites of a significant Dingo Songline.

Five senior Alywarr lawmen take a 450km trip from their central Australian community of Ali Curung to visit the sacred sites of a significant Dingo Songline.

Back in Time for School
48:42

Back in Time for School: The 1970s

Season 1 Episode 5 Lifestyle Channel October 3, 2019

History

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Our time-travelling pupils and teachers arrive in the 1970s. It's out with the old and in with the new as they leave behind their 1960s Secondary Modern and embrace the ...

Our time-travelling pupils and teachers arrive in the 1970s. It's out with the old and in with the new as they leave behind their 1960s Secondary Modern and embrace the experimental '70s and a comprehensive. In their first lesson, the boys and girls are finally mixed, as they learn about commerce and air travel; complete with a life-size model plane structure in the classroom. Role playing sees some of the class try their hand at being a pilot, air hostess or air traffic control, while others are confined to being the passengers and commenting on the service. In 1973, thanks to the bold demands of the Schools Action Union, this comprehensive becomes a free school and abandoning the rules has the teachers more than a little worried. Changing attitudes in the '70s mean that our class are taught progressive new ideas. Embracing diversity, dissecting the words of Pink Floyd, complete with incense burning, and digging up worms on the school playing field, are all part of the experience.

Tutankhamun: A Murder Mystery
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Tutankhamun: A Murder Mystery: Part 2

Season 1 Episode 2 The History Channel September 29, 2019

Ancient history

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Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun died aged 18. Hastily mummified and placed in an unfinished tomb, his existence remained unknown until the tomb's sensational re-discovery in ...

Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun died aged 18. Hastily mummified and placed in an unfinished tomb, his existence remained unknown until the tomb's sensational re-discovery in 1922. Two American detectives investigate how and why he died and conclude the evidence points to murder, conspiracy and cover-up. It's an irresistible whodunit where real life detectives hunt down real life ancient killers.

Back in Time for School
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Back in Time for School: The 1960s

Season 1 Episode 4 Lifestyle Channel September 26, 2019

History

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Our time-travelling class arrives in 1960. With a brand new decade, comes a new school for our pupils - the Secondary Modern. Leaving behind the rigidity and formality of the ...

Our time-travelling class arrives in 1960. With a brand new decade, comes a new school for our pupils - the Secondary Modern. Leaving behind the rigidity and formality of the post-war grammar, they are now training for a more vocational future. For the girls this means an introduction to typewriting, and for the boys, bricklaying. There was no escaping the basics, as our class find out in maths. One of the few lessons in which boys and girls were mixed, there's widespread confusion as they try to master the complex art of the slide rule; no calculators here! In 1963, there's a rebellion brewing as the girls are told they'll be cooking a meal in their very own purpose-built flat. The boys have been learning a skill deemed crucial for school leavers. Behind the wheel of mini, they've been learning to drive for the first time. As the decade draws to a close, friends, families, pupils and teachers get together in the school hall for the end of era dance.

Inside Balmoral
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Inside Balmoral

Episode 3 Lifestyle Channel September 26, 2019

Modern history

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In 1997 Balmoral was where the Royal family stayed with Prince William and Prince Harry as they came to terms with the death of their mother. They endured one of their worst ...

In 1997 Balmoral was where the Royal family stayed with Prince William and Prince Harry as they came to terms with the death of their mother. They endured one of their worst years and with a growing republican feeling in the country.

9/11: The Plane that Hit the Pentagon
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9/11: The Plane that Hit the Pentagon

Episode 1 National Geographic September 24, 2019

History

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Survivors and first responders share their raw and vivid recollections of the day that forever changed the world.

Survivors and first responders share their raw and vivid recollections of the day that forever changed the world.

Remember Pearl Harbor
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Remember Pearl Harbor

The History Channel September 24, 2019

History

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Narrated by Tom Selleck. Sunday, December 7, 1941 was a beautiful morning on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. A few sailors and soldiers were already up and playing a game of ...

Narrated by Tom Selleck. Sunday, December 7, 1941 was a beautiful morning on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. A few sailors and soldiers were already up and playing a game of football near Pearl Harbor. Others were sleeping in their barracks or aboard ships after a late night of partying in Honolulu. An unlucky few were wiping the sleep from their eyes and reporting for duty aboard their ship anchored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. Still others headed for adjacent Hickam Field or up north to Wheeler Field. Ship decks were being washed, planes wiped down and hangars swept. It was just another day in paradise. At 7.55am all that changed as the first Japanese planes dropped their torpedoes and bombs on a stunned American Pacific fleet. The US had been violently thrown into World War II. Every sailor, airman, soldier and civilian who was in or near Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 has their own individual story of courage, fear, heroics or tragedy. No two stories from that day of infamy are the same. From sailors on the USS Arizona and West Virginia on Battleship Row to pilots at Hickam and Wheeler Fields, to young children who were waved at by Japanese pilots flying over their homes, the memories remain vivid to this day. These are some of their stories from December 7, 1941. They will always Remember Pearl Harbor.

Tutankhamun: A Murder Mystery
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Tutankhamun: A Murder Mystery: Part 1

Season 1 Episode 1 The History Channel September 22, 2019

Ancient history

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Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun died aged 18. Hastily mummified and placed in an unfinished tomb, his existence remained unknown until the tomb's sensational rediscovery in 1922. ...

Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun died aged 18. Hastily mummified and placed in an unfinished tomb, his existence remained unknown until the tomb's sensational rediscovery in 1922. Two American detectives investigate how and why he died and conclude the evidence points to murder, conspiracy and cover-up. It's an irresistible whodunit where real life detectives hunt down real life ancient killers.