Category “History”

The Celts

The Celts is a six episode documentary series by the BBC that originally aired in 1987 with a soundtrack by Enya. The series itself examines the origins of the Celts, how they grew and influenced from their earliest roots 2,500 years ago. For 800 years this proud, vibrant, warrior people stormed across Europe ruthlessly taking control. With the aid of impressive visual reconstructions we get a good sense of how the Celts lived. The series consists of the following episodes: 1) The Man with the Golden Shoes 2) The Birth of Nations 3) A Pagan Trinity 4) The Open-Ended...

Watch Documentary

The Man Who Shot the Great War

There have been a selection of exceptional photographs discovered which have been described as "the photographic discovery of the century", the photographs themselves are of Western Front taken during the First World War. This film sets about examining these photos and tries to uncover the story of the Belfast soldier who captured them in 1915. This remarkable story reveals hows this soldiers experiences were to have an incredibly unexpected outcome years...

Watch Documentary

Mein Kampf: The Story of Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (My Struggle), a book filled with hatred, it's last passage is this fanatical cry "A state that refuses racial contamination will inevitably dominate the world". This History Channel film explores Adolf Hiter who was born on April the 20th 1889 and who committed suicide on April the 30th 1945 asking questions such as how did this Austrian who seemed to come out of nowhere succeed in conquering Germany? and how did he manage to sow the seeds of such hatred and...

Watch Documentary

D-Day’s Sunken Secrets

Off the coast of France an international team is exploring a hidden battlefield, looking for the secrets of how the greatest naval mission in history unfolded. Buried here is a treasure trove of ships, tanks and potentially unexploded mines, these are the wrecks of D-Day. June 6th 1944, for years Hitler had devastated Europe killing millions and now is the time for the allies to make their move but the odds were against them. Three years in the making this was the most epic struggle of the 2oth...

Watch Documentary

Cold Case JFK

In broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses a president is murdered, within hours a suspect is arrested, Lee Harvey Oswald but two days later he himself is killed. Since 1963 millions of Americas have been convinced that the presidents assassination was not the work of one man but rather a conspiracy. Can modern forensics and ballistics crack the case? For the first time using state of the art technology, NOVA brings together a team of experts to analyze the gun, the bullets, the crime scene and the medical...

Watch Documentary

Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath

The megaliths found at Stonehenge are some of the most investigated and interesting found in Britain today but despite centuries of examination, excavation and theories there is one big question that still remains, what were it origins and how over thousands of years did this iconic place evolve? In this two part series by the BBC a group of experts for the first time are taking a more hi-tech approach in order to unlock the secrets of Stonehenge. The new data discovered and supported by archaeological evidence throws a new light on how humans progressed over the last 10,000...

Watch Documentary

The Story of Capital Punishment

Today there in the world there are over 50 countries which still enforce the death penalty, individuals who break the law can face a firing squad in China, lethal injection in the United States and hanging in Singapore. The death penalty was abolished in the United Kingdom initially for murder in 1965 remained for other crimes such as treason right up until 1998. For centuries the state carried out executions and these were used as a form of deterrent against crime and retribution against those who broke societies rules. This film sets about examining the archive in order to trace the...

Watch Documentary

JFK: Like No Other

The documentary series titled "American Experience" sets about taking fresh look at the charismatic but also slightly mysterious man who manage to captivate not only a nation but the entire western world and to this day remains one of the nation's most beloved and mourned leaders, John F. Kennedy. We are taken through Kennedy's privileged childhood years right up to his term in office, exploring all aspects of his life including his difficulty with life-threatening illnesses and the efforts he made to keep them hidden from the...

Watch Documentary

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

Well before actors Paul Newman and Robert Redford made them famous on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid dazzled many Americans with tales of infamy spanning both coasts.  Their escapade's took place primarily around the 1890's, were by they robbed banks and trains throughout the West. After their crime spree these two seemingly vanished into thin air, becoming national news and the stuff of legends but who exactly Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? This film attempts to unravel the myths in order to get to the truth behind these...

Watch Documentary