Category “Biographies”

Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule

Of all the people who have ever lived, there is only one that can say "I am Rik Mayall", creator of the TV series The Young Ones, a pan global phenomenon and loved by millions. On the day Rik was born god cried "let there by light entertainment" and there was, he dreamt the impossible dream and there will never be another. For those that are unfamiliar with his work Richard Mayall, was an English comedian, writer, actor and voice-over artist. He was famous mostly for his alternative style of comedy, primarily in the 1980s with TV shows including not only The Young Ones but the cult...

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Wyatt Earp: The Real Story of the Legend

Wyatt Earp has been portrayed in many films and television shows throughout the years but these fictional portrayals tend to overlook the complexities and flaws of a man whose life is a window into the judicial, political and economic opportunities that arose for those living throughout the American frontier or Wild West. Earp himself became a caricature for the life of a Western lawman and when he died in 1929, his fellow countrymen transformed him into a folk hero and archetype for how the Wild West was tamed and a man who took control of his own...

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The Story of AC/DC: Dirty Deeds

They came with one intention to bring straightforward, no-nonsense rock and roll music to the masses. With grit and determination they rose from a small rock scene in Austrailia to become one of the most successful acts in the world. Their 1980 record, Back in Black is the second best selling album of all time and to date they have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide with nearly 40 years in the music business they are arguably the greatest rock and roll band the world has ever seen, they are the one and only...

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Nixon

On August 9th 1974, Richard Milhous Nixon became the first president in the history of the United States to resign from office. His staff gathered in the Whitehouse to bid him farewell, as millions of Americans watched on television, some in sorrow and disbelief, others are glad to see him go. As president, Richard Nixon had accomplished great things, and had been reelected overwhelmingly, but he was also widely distrusted, sometimes ridiculed, even despised. In this episode of American Experience, we gain new insight into the inner workings of a man who was a tireless campaigner, having...

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Inside the Court of Henry VIII

This is the story of a royal court that changed the world, above it all Henry VIII, the tyrant king. Paranoid and obsessed with treason, a religious fanatic who rebels against his church. To prosper in his shadow takes guile and audacity, but no one every really seemed safe. In 1509 Henry VIII came to the throne, a vigorous young man, with new ideas, he inspired the nation with a new hope. His court became the centre of power and pageantry in England but in this feudal age society was rigidly structured and class was everything, individuals were born to greatness, it was never earned....

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John Nash: A Beautiful Mind

In September 1949, the world learned that the Soviet Union had joined the United States as a nuclear power. This shocking news intensified fears in the US and put a premium on mathematicians. Mathematicians had helped win World War II, now there was hope that they could protect Americas strategic edge. One standout graduate from Princeton known as John Nash was of great interest as he had an extraordinary ability for numbers having earned his Ph.D degree with a 28-page dissertation on non-cooperative games. This thesis won Nash the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994. In...

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The Joy of the Bee Gees

The Bee Gees, their more than a flourish of stilettos, their not just teeth, tans and tight trousers. There is so much more to the Bee Gees than just Saturday Night Fever and office parties. Look beyond the white seats and satin, the Bee Gees are pop royalty. Back in the 60's they were pop balladeers and heartbreakers. This BBC film investigates if the Bee Gees are simply a guilty pleasure or genius, misfits or mavericks, investigating how the band were iconoclasts and outsiders, brothers in the family business, who worked best when together but who grew up and played out their fraternal...

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The Secret World of Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a timeless classic and one of the most quoted books in English only preceded by the Bible and Shakespeare. To mark the books 150th anniversary this film explores it's extraordinary appeal and the life of the man who wrote it, the Reverend Charles Dodgson or better known as Lewis Carroll. Martha Kearney a radio broadcaster and journalist examines biographies of the author himself and of they girl who inspired his most famous creation, Alice...

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Manny Pacquiao ‘The Pacman’

The MGM Grande in Las Vagas 2009, Filipino Manny Pacquiao destroys Miguel Cotto and becomes the first man in history to win seven world titles in seven different boxing divisions. Few would have imagined that this former run away would one day emerge as the greatest fighter of his generation, even Thai magazine named him as one of the worlds most influential people and called his story a myth equal to that of any Greek or Roman hero. Fronted by world leaders and movie stars he is an icon, an congressman and the symbol of h0pe for millions of Filipino's and yet behind the hype and glory,...

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