After 9/11, Katrina and Baghdad, the robustness of American optimism is struggling to reassert itself against the sobering reality of military frustration and domestic anxieties. This is an America grappling with an un-American sense of its own limits. Eminent historian Simon Schama turns to fascinating moments in American history to understand the present. In the first episode of the series he explores how American optimism about the infinite possibilities of its land and resources is in danger of coming to a grinding halt.
Historian Simon Schama explores the ways in which faith has shaped American political life. His starting point is a remarkable fact about the coming election - for the first time in a generation it's the Democrats who claim to be the party of God. It's Barack Obama, not John McCain, who has been talking about his faith.
In episode two, Mishal Husain traces Gandhi's transformation from obscure lawyer to 'Father Of The Nation' and discovers a more complicated and intriguing man than the saintly Hollywood version. Gandhi had to face unpopularity, political failure and British jails. But in 1930, he triumphs, launching the most astute campaign of the age: the 240-mile Salt March that succeeded in humiliating the British Raj.
In the final episode of this three-part series, journalist Mishal Husain explores the dramatic last years of Gandhi's life, which culminated in his death by an assassin's bullet. She gets to the bottom of an enduring mystery: why is Gandhi revered as Father of the Nation, when India turned its back on Gandhi's blueprint for the country?
Ten Pound Poms follows the journeys of nine Britons who took the gamble of migrating to Australia in the post-war years. They were part of one of the largest planned migrations of the 20th century - the White Australia Policy - designed to provide enough Anglo-Saxon manpower for the burgeoning Australian economy.