Category “History”

Hannibal: Rome’s Greatest Enemy

The 3rd Century B.C. Hannibal the Carthaginian attempts the impossible, crossing the Alps with his mercenary army, elephants and all. His target and nemesis is the Romain Republic. Driven by honour and glory, obsessed by his duty to his homeland and his father, Hannibal's deeply personal struggle will transform the Western world. An inspirational leader and genius on the battlefield, Hannibal intends to stop the Roman Republic from taking over the Mediterranean and this is the story of Hannibal Vs....

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42 Ways To Kill Hitler

He's one of histories most hated men, millions want him eliminated, but only a few will step up and take action to end his rein of terror. From his early grab for power, to the final days of the Third Reich, new research reviles that there were at least 42 plots to kill Adolf Hitler. Who were these would be assassins, what were their methods and why was it that they all ultimately failed? In this National Geographic documentary, directed by Jon Taylor, they retrace the steps, test the weapons and uncover surprising new information about these bold attempts to change the course of...

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The French Revolution

Nearing the end of the 18th Century, the most remarkable kingdom in Europe would face a mighty adversary, the unforeseen power of its own people. Out of this turbulence, one man would rise to inspire and empower the nation, to cast aside a reluctant King and a hated Queen, a new republic would be born in blood, the blood of the French...

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Klansville U.S.A.

In this episode of American Experience we are shown first hand how the once most liberal southern state of America (North Carolina), became home to the largest Klan organisation in the country, the Ku Klux Klan. They seemed to have lay dormant for decades but in 1954 after the Supreme Court: Brown v. Board of Education decision, i.e. states running separate schools based on race were deemed to be unconstitutional, it wasn't surprising that this ruffled a few feathers, causing some to turn to the...

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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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The Joy of Mozart

Mozart, other worldly genius, childlike naif, divine gift from god, serene marble bust of transcendent perfection all of it is the stuff of myth and legend and in this film, Tom Service dives right into the life of Mozart in an attempt to try and rediscover the greatness and humanity of the living man in his moment. Mozart was a human being just like you and me except he could express the pain and pleasure, the joy and darkness of being human more completely and more humanly than any other composer. His music isn't merely perfect or beautiful, or genius, it's visceral,...

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Barbarians: The Vikings

12,00 years ago the Vikings explode out of the cold north sea, like beasts unleashed on an unsuspecting world. They come from a land of deep water fjords and bitter clan rivalries, today the area is known as Scandinavia. They left behind legends of their violence and courage, sagas of exploration and conquest and something even more remarkable, buried beneath the earth of their Scandinavia homeland. In 1880 Norwegian archaeologists make an extraordinary discovery opening a window into the past and revealing for the first time how the Vikings really lived and...

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Night Will Fall

Night Will Fall is a documentary that was originally shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 just after the war ended, and it's about the atrocities the victors discovered upon finding the Nazi death camps, which were scattered all across Europe. The original film was entitled "German Concentration Camps Factual Survey" and was never actually completed due to the fact that Bernstein was stonewalled by political authorities because some were becoming nervous of the growing Zionist movement and sought an ally in anti-Soviet German. Researchers only recently discovered the...

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Churchill: The Nation’s Farewell

On the night of the 29th of December 1940, German bombers struck London with a vengeance. At these darkest of hours Britain's   Prime Minister recognised the huge importance of saving one building, ordering at once that at all cost St. Paul's cathedral must be saved. As fire crews fought the flames all around a photographer grabbed his camera, took the shot and happened to capture a front page photograph which many think sums up the spirit of the county they live in. A quarter of a century later Sir. Winston Churchill was back in St. Paul's at the centre of a magnificent funeral...

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