Category “History”

Ancients Behaving Badly: Alexander the Great

Alexander the Third of Macedon, his legend gives him the name "Alexander the Great" but he could also be known as "Alexander the Annihilator" due to the fact that anyone who got in his way was crushed. Alexander considered himself a god, his admirers thought of him as a military genius, his enemies referred to him as the devil. In this film investigators decide to put Alexanders life under a microscope with a range of scientific tests, they show us how he used his weapons of mass destruction for the day the defeat his enemies, whilst a psychiatrist examines his character to uncover what...

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China from Above

China, a vast land with one of the most diverse cultures on planet Earth is now revealed like never before. Through this Nation Geographic film we are taken on an epic journey through the air, discovering how ancient traditions, engineering, agriculture and natural wonders shaped this great nation and continue to forge modern day China. After centuries in seclusion China is now revealed in unique...

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Joan of Arc: God’s Warrior

On the 8th of May 1429, the town of Orlean in France erupted in celebration, for seven long months it had been under siege by the English but now after just four days of fighting, the town had been liberated and the people of Orlean knew they had witnessed a miracle. The speed of their liberation was astonishing enough but what confirmed it as a miracle was the identity of their liberator, she was a peasant girl and she was just 17 years old. Her name was Joan, she was a truly extraordinary figure, a female warrior in an age where people believed that women couldn't fight, let alone lead an...

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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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