At the south end of Bondi, a man screams in pain when he dislocates his hip. The lifeguards are taken by surprise when the man's friend then has a seizure just metres away, but not everything is as it seems.
Using just a tiny fraction of the vast and often forgotten heritage of 8mm home movies, this 13-part documentary series is a private record of Australia. Each five-minute episode uses the home movie footage of an individual or family to tell the small stories that fill in the gaps of our formal history. Colourful, intimate, detailed, and occasionally out of focus, Homemade History celebrates amateur filmmakers and their remarkable library of memories.
Each five-minute episode uses the 8mm home movie footage of an individual or family to tell the small stories that fill in the gaps of our formal history. Noel Elliot and Barry Martin were "The Trapinos," an internationally successful comedy tumbling act. They started as teenagers at the local church Boys Club and ended up on the cabaret circuit in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo in the swinging sixties.
Time gives rhythm to the world around us. But how do we really know what time it is? Professor Brian Cox goes in search of the answer to a question you wouldn't give a passing thought. From our historical dictator of time - the Sun - to the world's irregular flutters and the physical definition of a second by an atomic clock, Brian discovers telling the time is a tricky business. But why do we need to know what time it is so very accurately? Without correct time signals, aircraft, telecommunications systems, the world's global financial systems, global positioning and many other systems we use and rely on everyday wouldn't work. They all depend on knowing the time. Exactly. In this entertaining film, Brian pushes our understanding of time to the depths of our imagination.
Sue Perkins explores the story of India through the life of its most beguiling and exuberant city, Kolkata. From its grand history as the seat of British Imperial power to its modern reincarnation as a centre of commerce, the past, present and future of India co-exist here like nowhere else. The last rich kids of the Raj, the new property entrepreneurs, the 8000 rickshaw men and an estimated 250,000 homeless street children all live, work and sleep in the same beautiful, crazy and colourful place. Through encounters with people from every strata of society, from the richest to the poorest, Sue unravels the strands that make this modern-day megacity work.
The story of North America's first secret agent training school, the role it played in defeating the Axis during World War II, and in the world of modern espionage - investigated through the first archaeological dig of the site; demonstrations of its training techniques; first person accounts of those who trained; and dramatic recreation of their exploits behind enemy lines. Dubbed the school of "mayhem and murder", Camp X and the schools it spawned, trained over 25,000 secret agents during the war. The investigation uncovers the camp's secret agent training manual and the role it played in forging the world of espionage, including the foundation of the CIA. Ian Fleming claimed to have trained there and the notorious Soviet mole, Kim Philby, wrote its secret training manual.
Richard Ayoade is joined by Jo Brand for a fast, funny and ruthlessly efficient 48 hours in Venice. In just two days the pair to learn to row a gondola, see the city's most famous sights, trial an interactive tour, try the Venetian version of tapas, and explore the world of masks.
Michael Portillo travels through Philadelphia, and pays tribute to its fictional son, Rocky Balboa. He finishes the latest leg of his journey in Gettysburg, the most famous battlefield of the American Civil War, where President Abraham Lincoln made a momentous speech in 1863.
Schenectady to Niagara Falls - Michael Portillo braves the awesome power and drenching spray of Niagara Falls in the 'Maid of the Mist' to share what artists, daredevils and millions of tourists have billed as one of the most spectacular experiences on the planet. (S.1 Ep.4) (Class. tba)
The Great Australian Fly looks at how a national nuisance has shaped Australia and its people, confounding our scientists, influencing our lifestyle, and defining the way we speak. But is its value misunderstood?
Rangers, researchers and locals bring the landscapes of Australia to life with their stories and studies. In this episode Greg Miles and Ian Morris, friends and rangers in Kakadu since its days as an outback camp, describe the history, landscapes and wildlife.
The people of Lawndale just don't get Daria Morgendorffer. She's cool with that. Daria was born alienated. Now she's just trying to make it through high school with as little human contact as possible. Popularity, friends, activities - whatever. Daria lacks enthusiasm, but she makes up for it with sarcasm. Daria and her sister Quinn start their first day at Lawndale High. Quinn immediately gains popularity, leaving Daria behind - until she meets artist Jane.
Antonio came to Australia from Italy when he was 17. Adelina's family had come the generation before. Under the strict and watchful eyes of the Sicilian migrant community in a Queensland cane-cutting town, Antonio met and fell in love with Adelina.
Exploring the impact of narcolepsy on everyday lives, this documentary shows what it's like growing up with a condition which goes way beyond 'nap attacks'. Capturing the poignant aspects of life with narcolepsy, we meet teenagers like 15-year-old Chloe, who nods off up to thirty times a day. From terrifying hallucinations to daytime sleepwalking and uncontrollable appetites, how do families deal with the extreme symptoms?
Dell Bootle was the Senior Occupational Therapist for Australia in the 1960s. From the tough reality of patients learning to walk on prosthetic legs, to the excitement of farewelling our first paralympic team to Rome, the home movie footage shot by Dell is alternately clinical and warm.
Recorded live from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The Tudor Court is locked in a power struggle between its nobles and the Machiavellian Cardinal Wolsey, the King's first minister and the most conspicuous symbol of Catholic power in the land. Wolsey's ambition knows no bounds and when his chief ally, Queen Katherine, interferes in the King's romance with Anne Bullen, he brings gigantic ruin upon himself, the Queen and centuries of English obedience to Rome. Famous in its own day as Shakespeare's most sumptuous and spectacular play, Henry VIII is a gorgeous pageant of masques and royal ceremony; a blaze of fireworks, cannon fire, red satin and cloth of gold. But within the passages of grandeur works the mind of the mature Shakespeare: psychological and political insight, language of great depth and power and, in the figures of Wolsey and Katherine, two of his most vivid and memorable characters.
Miriam Margolyes retraces the writer's travels across the US and Canada. Beginning with a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum to examine a handwritten Dickens manuscript, she takes the Queen Mary 2 across the Atlantic, arriving in Boston. Along the way, she visits a school for the blind, attends a gay-friendly church service, gets serenaded by Yale University's Glee Club and meets members of the International Dickens Fellowship.
Filmed in British Colombia and Alberta, Canada, this one-hour special sees architect George Clarke and master craftsman, Will Hardie, travel across these vast states in search of the most amazing spaces built in and around the snow. From remote ski lodges to epic mountain retreats, this episode will showcase the most ingenious and exciting snow inspired projects that North America has to offer.
Smallpox, the Black Death, Spanish Flu, AIDS, Zika. History has taught us that in the face of a new killer bacteria or virus, humankind is still vulnerable, despite the best efforts of modern medicine. Discover the true microbial threat facing the world today: a highly infectious airborne super-flu that could kill hundreds of millions of people within the space of just a few months. Meet people who are determined to survive the next global pandemic and the chaos that will ensue. Will their stockpiled supplies and survival skills be enough to ride out one of the most dangerous threats to our species?
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from award-winning rap superstar Tinie Tempah and an acrobatic performance from the Peres Brothers. Plus one unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the unexpected star of the show.
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from rock legend Bryan Adams and superstar Jess Glynne, comedy from Josh Widdicombe and a jaw-dropping British television debut from Canadian acrobatic duo Chilly and Fly. Plus, one unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the unexpected star of the show, and Irish pop star Ronan Keating hands over his phone for another celebrity edition of Send to All.
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from All Saints. A plasterer gets the shock of his life when he becomes the unexpected star of the show, and One Show host Alex Jones hands over her phone for another celebrity edition of Send to All.
In 1967, four unknown actors in a kids' TV show became the biggest pop band in the world. In America, they outsold Elvis and The Beatles combined. They were The Monkees. With their anarchic TV show and contagious pop songs they attracted a cult following that survives to this day. The Monkees were no ordinary band: they are credited as being the industry's first manufactured pop group. Behind the sugary smiles and bubblegum pop songs lay a cut-throat business enterprise fuelled by money, ego and the ambition of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. A business enterprise that, ultimately, was to end in tears. This program charts the rise and fall of this unlikely pop group, telling the inside story of four young men who were hand-picked to become overnight superstars, melting the hearts of teenyboppers around the globe and earning their creators huge record sales.
A compelling six-hour television series, we take viewers on an exciting and visually stunning journey to the beautiful and important historical places where Christianity was born and grew from a small movement called 'The Way' to its place as the official religion of the Roman Empire. Join author and distinguished history professor Jonathan Phillips of Royal Holloway, University of London, as he takes viewers on a captivating adventure to the very places where Christianity began, through four centuries and seven countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.
Five international travellers (three French, one British and one Australian) set out on an epic journey, to be the first people to take Bactrian camels from the towering heights of the Himalayas down to Rajasthan and the famous Pushkar camel fair. When two of the camels die, the travellers are blamed in the local media and the BBC. Threatened with charges of animal cruelty, police prosecution and mob justice, the group is forced into hiding. Camel Odyssey is a dramatic documentary about five international travellers seeking adventure who get more than they bargained for.
When newlyweds Kieran and Riley bought their two bed terrace in Sydney's Paddington they thought they'd hit the jack pot. Now Riley's thoughts are turning to the future and a more family friendly home.
Rob Bell uncovers the pioneering history of the London Underground - with special access to its hidden workings, and meeting the staff who know and love it. He explores the construction of the world's first deep Tube line - known today as the Northern Line. The Northern Line runs for 60km through London, connecting north and south across the Thames and 700,000 passengers rely on it every day. But to build it, its Victorian engineers had to overcome unbelievable obstacles. One man, James Greathead, pioneered a new kind of tunnelling machine, that allowed deep tunnels to be built faster and more safely than ever before. But the new Tube line needed newfangled electric trains, lifts and escalators to make it work too. Rob discovers the remains of the first-ever station on the Northern Line, King William Street, just before it is sealed up forever. He gets down on the tracks with the maintenance team at Camden Junction, who toil on this Spaghetti Junction of the Tube every night to keep it working, and opens the sealed tunnels of an abandoned extension of the line in north London. And he meets the station manager at Balham to hear the story of how one of the worst tragedies on the Tube unfolded during the Blitz. Finally he's allowed into the latest tunnelling work, as the Northern Line is extended to Battersea Power Station - where the oldest deep Tube in the world is becoming the newest.