Sean Bean's Waterloo
1:23:14

Sean Bean's Waterloo

Episode 1 The History Channel June 18, 2017

Modern history

7-8
9-10
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
Hollywood actor Sean Bean tells the story of Waterloo, one of history's most decisive battles. Sean's journey of discovery is inspired by his own experiences of playing ...

Hollywood actor Sean Bean tells the story of Waterloo, one of history's most decisive battles. Sean's journey of discovery is inspired by his own experiences of playing Napoleonic soldier Richard Sharpe in TV films based on Bernard Cornwell's best-selling novels. In the programmes he draws on the eye-witness accounts of soldiers who fought at Waterloo to tell the story of the dramatic events of 18 June 1815 as they were experienced by the ordinary soldiers who fought it. He pieces together the chronology of the battle and visits some of the legendary places where the outcome was decided, including the buildings at Hougoumont which witnessed some of the heaviest fighting. He also meets descendants of some of the soldiers who fought at Waterloo, to discover how they remember the achievements of their ancestors. To bring their stories to life he works alongside present-day soldiers from the British army and experts in military history and stages hands-on experiments that bring him closer to the reality of fighting at Waterloo. At the Royal Armouries in Leeds he fires an original Waterloo musket, loaded with live ammunition, and takes part in an experiment to test the damage caused by original Waterloo cavalry swords. He works with re-enactors from the Napoleonic Association to find out more about the infantry and artillery tactics used in the battle. He also witnesses the damage caused by an original Waterloo cannon using live ammunition. In Belgium he meets the archaeologist responsible for the unique discovery of the skeleton of a Waterloo soldier who died during the battle and whose remains lay undiscovered on the battlefield for almost 200 years, in the exact spot where the soldier died.

Mawson: Life And Death In Antarctica
1:25:16

Mawson: Life And Death In Antarctica

The History Channel August 21, 2016

History

Geography

7-8
9-10
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
The Douglas Mawson Antarctic Expedition of 1912 is considered one of the most amazing feats of endurance of all time. Although his two companions perished, Douglas Mawson ...

The Douglas Mawson Antarctic Expedition of 1912 is considered one of the most amazing feats of endurance of all time. Although his two companions perished, Douglas Mawson survived, but how? In a bold historical experiment, scientist and adventurer Tim Jarvis is retracing the gruelling experience, with the same meagre rations, primitive clothing and equipment to uncover what happened to Mawson physically - and mentally - as a man hanging on the precipice of life and death.

Afraid of the Dark
1:25:50

Afraid of the Dark

The History Channel July 14, 2017

History

7-8
9-10
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
Go back to a time before the invention of artificial light and experience a world petrified in the pitch of darkness, when fear ruled the night.

Go back to a time before the invention of artificial light and experience a world petrified in the pitch of darkness, when fear ruled the night.

Arthur Phillip: Governor, Sailor, Spy
1:26:00

Arthur Phillip: Governor, Sailor, Spy

ABC June 30, 2015

History

5-6
7-8
Classification: GeneralClassification: General
Arthur Phillip is arguably the most important person in Australia's history. The commander of the First Fleet and the founding Governor of what would grow into Australia, ...

Arthur Phillip is arguably the most important person in Australia's history. The commander of the First Fleet and the founding Governor of what would grow into Australia, Phillip is - according to prominent historian Jonathan King - this nation's equivalent to George Washington. And yet for such an influential person, so little is widely known about Arthur Phillip. Who was this man, what did he do before the First Fleet, and why did he accept the enormous challenge of sailing half way around the globe to found a new colony largely populated by Britain's cast-offs and criminals?

Fallout
1:26:25

Fallout

SBS August 9, 2016

Media arts

Modern history

7-8
9-10
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
Following the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, internationally acclaimed novelist Nevil Shute prophetically predicted the devastating impact of nuclear ...

Following the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, internationally acclaimed novelist Nevil Shute prophetically predicted the devastating impact of nuclear proliferation in one of the most important anti-war novels of the 20th century. This documentary explores Shute's career and novel, investigating the ambience surrounding Shute's prophecy as well as the mismanagement of nuclear energy and the importance of mankind being ever vigilant in the post Fukushima age.

The Story Of 1
1:27:18

The Story Of 1

ABC January 1, 2009

Mathematics

Numeracy

History

7-8
9-10
Classification: GeneralClassification: General
The story of the number 1 is the story of Western civilisation. Terry Jones, of Monty Python fame, goes on a humour-filled journey to discover just what an amazing tale lies ...

The story of the number 1 is the story of Western civilisation. Terry Jones, of Monty Python fame, goes on a humour-filled journey to discover just what an amazing tale lies behind the simplest number we have. Using Pythonesque computer graphics, 1 is brought to life in all its various guises.

Remember Pearl Harbor
1:27:46

Remember Pearl Harbor

The History Channel September 24, 2019

History

7-8
9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
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.

The Queen At 90
1:28:03

The Queen At 90

ABC July 3, 2016

Civics and citizenship

History

7-8
9-10
Classification: GeneralClassification: General
This landmark program celebrating The Queen's 90th birthday, cameras have been granted close access to the work of Her Majesty and other members of the royal family across the ...

This landmark program celebrating The Queen's 90th birthday, cameras have been granted close access to the work of Her Majesty and other members of the royal family across the UK and overseas during the last year.

The War Generals
1:28:13

The War Generals

National Geographic February 11, 2017

Modern history

Personal and social capability

Ethical understanding

7-8
9-10
Classification: MatureClassification: Mature
With unprecedented access to legendary generals, including Colin Powell, National Geographic Channel presents an intimate account of how America's military leaders made major ...

With unprecedented access to legendary generals, including Colin Powell, National Geographic Channel presents an intimate account of how America's military leaders made major wartime decisions.

Rocksteady: The Roots Of Reggae
1:29:04

Rocksteady: The Roots Of Reggae

ABC January 16, 2011

Music

History

Intercultural Understanding

7-8
9-10
Classification: GeneralClassification: General
A musical journey to Jamaica's Golden Age of music, Rocksteady. The film features the music and stories of the legendary singers and musicians of the Rocksteady era.

A musical journey to Jamaica's Golden Age of music, Rocksteady. The film features the music and stories of the legendary singers and musicians of the Rocksteady era.

The Plague
1:29:44

The Plague

The History Channel July 2, 2017

History

Health and PE

7-8
9-10
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
Today we live with the threat of infectious diseases like SARS, AIDS, anthrax and strains of flu. But from 1330 to 1350, nearly 25 percent of the world's population was wiped ...

Today we live with the threat of infectious diseases like SARS, AIDS, anthrax and strains of flu. But from 1330 to 1350, nearly 25 percent of the world's population was wiped out by plague. It is one of the worst catastrophes in human history.

Ultimate Tutankhamun
1:30:00

Ultimate Tutankhamun

National Geographic July 20, 2016

History

Ancient history

7-8
9-10
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
Blending 3D graphics, stylised reconstructions and forensic investigations, this special takes a 21st century approach to ancient history, to build the ultimate picture of ...

Blending 3D graphics, stylised reconstructions and forensic investigations, this special takes a 21st century approach to ancient history, to build the ultimate picture of King Tutankhamen.

Apollo: Missions to the Moon
1:30:25

Apollo: Missions to the Moon

National Geographic July 15, 2019

History

Science

7-8
9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
Newly transferred film and never-before-heard audio recount the key moments of NASA's Apollo space program and America's goal to land on the moon.

Newly transferred film and never-before-heard audio recount the key moments of NASA's Apollo space program and America's goal to land on the moon.

Jumbo Jet
1:31:57

Jumbo Jet

Seven July 10, 2014

Design and technologies

Science

History

7-8
9-10
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
The 747 is the planet's most recognisable airliner. But it is much more than just a big aeroplane. It's a masterpiece of engineering that transformed our world and slashed the ...

The 747 is the planet's most recognisable airliner. But it is much more than just a big aeroplane. It's a masterpiece of engineering that transformed our world and slashed the cost of air travel. In rare interviews, the chief engineer and his team describe the challenges they faced from exploding engines to vibrations that threatened to tear the airplane apart.

Winning World War I: The Western Front Diaries
1:32:50

Winning World War I: The Western Front Diaries

The History Channel November 11, 2009

Modern history

7-8
9-10
Classification: Not ClassifiedClassification: Not Classified
To mark the 90th anniversary of the Western Front we tell the Australian story for the first time. Unlike the defeat at Gallipoli, Australians were very effective and largely ...

To mark the 90th anniversary of the Western Front we tell the Australian story for the first time. Unlike the defeat at Gallipoli, Australians were very effective and largely responsible for Winning World War I on the Western Front. Five times more Australians were killed on the Western Front than in Gallipoli. Based on the book by author Dr Jonathan King, this exclusive local production airs as part of The History Channel's Remembrance Day line-up.

Albert: The Power Behind Victoria
1:33:22

Albert: The Power Behind Victoria

SBS October 18, 2019

History

Media arts

7-8
9-10
Classification: Not ClassifiedClassification: Not Classified
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.'

Nat King Cole: Afraid Of The Dark
1:33:27

Nat King Cole: Afraid Of The Dark

SBS July 19, 2014

Music

Modern history

Ethical understanding

Personal and social capability

7-8
9-10
Classification: GeneralClassification: General
At a time when black Americans were still suffering segregation and prejudice, Nat King Cole broke through the race barrier, becoming the only black television star in the US, ...

At a time when black Americans were still suffering segregation and prejudice, Nat King Cole broke through the race barrier, becoming the only black television star in the US, with a weekly primetime show acknowledging his unique natural talent. Through extensive archives and his private journals, together with exclusive interviews with his widow, Maria Cole, and other family members, the true story is told of the man whose charm and genius for performance made him a role model and a pinnacle of American cultural society.

Christmas with the Kranks
1:34:40

Christmas with the Kranks

Nine December 10, 2016

Media arts

History

5-6
7-8
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
Fed up with the commercial aspects of Christmas, particularly all the money spent and alone for the holiday for the first time in decades, as their daughter has just joined ...

Fed up with the commercial aspects of Christmas, particularly all the money spent and alone for the holiday for the first time in decades, as their daughter has just joined the Peace Corps, grumpy Luther Krank and his sweet wife, Nora, decide to skip Christmas this year and forgo the gifts, the tree, the decorations, the cards, the parties and to spend the dollars saved on a 10-day Caribbean cruise.