The third and final part of the series on Joseph Stalin focuses on his desperately cruel and despotic rule. Stalin could tolerate no other leaders and systematically liquidated anyone he thought was a potential threat to his authority.
The second episode of this three-part series focuses on the abilities and successes of Joseph Stalin as a warlord. According to this documentary, Stalin liked to project an image of himself as a great military strategist, even calling himself 'Generalissimo' and constantly wearing military uniform.
The first episode of this three-part series on Joseph Stalin looks in detail at how the dictator managed to transform his real self into a legendary hero. Stalin had himself depicted in films, paintings and statues as a kind, dedicated man who doted on small children. The reality was different.
In the remote city of Myitkyina, capital of Myanmar's Kachin State, urban explorer RJ shines a light on reported ghost encounters to reveal a true tale of horror.
Michael Buerk looks at the creation of mass manufacturing, which meant that goods could be produced at a rate that had never been seen before. In Manchester, he learns how engineer George Stephenson created the first intercity railway, so that cotton could be transported quickly and cheaply from Liverpool docks to Manchester's mills. Michael also discovers how the sewing machine - newly created in 1851 - created the rag trade, and visits what was probably the first shopping mall in the UK, the Burlington Arcade in London.