As her Majesty the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday, this unique four-disc series will take you on amazing journey through a remarkable life and an extraordinary reign.
From terrorist to peacemaker, prisoner to president, Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to the struggle against South Africa's system of apartheid.
Touted by the ruling National Party as a policy of seperate development, apartheid was the most pervasive form of racism ever practiced and fueled Mandela's lifelong quest for justice.
In a series of rare and candid interviews we hear from the people who know him best. We hear from Christo Brand, who was given the job of guarding Mandela on Robben Island and how their deep friendship eventually tore apart Brand's long held racist beliefs.
Shocking too is the transformation of Adrian Vlok, apartheid's most feared Minister of law and order, who for years was charged with controlling black protesters with deadly force.
Former Apartheid President De Klerk speaks candidly about the tremendous influence Mandela had on him personally and Mandela's daughter reveals what it was like to share her father with a nation.
Imprisoned for 27 years on Robben Island Mandela had every right to hate . Instead he taught the world how to forgive.
The Story of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela is a shining example of what one man can do to change the world. Born into an oppressive regime, he fought to overcome prejudice and hate to unify a nation. His dedication resulted in the dismantling of the apartheid regime, a Nobel Peace Prize and, ultimately, an historic role as the first black President of South Africa.
For decades South Africa had been a stricken country, ravaged by racism and fractured by apartheid. Resentment festered amongst her people and the nation went into international isolation. The healing of the nation was never going to be easy, and even today the process is delicate and continuing. Nelson Mandela initiated the repair, injecting the country with a spirit of freedom, tolerance and justice. He was the man who gave hope to his nation, and to the world.
Mandela s path was a long and lonely one but he was a brave, patient man, who knew that the darkness that had enveloped his country must eventually pass and a new dawn would come. He will always stand as an inspirational figure to all the man who showed the world the true value of forgiveness.
Nearly 50 years later Channel Five and C&I Network will reveal for the first time audio recordings of Biggs made by an investigative journalist who thought he had the scoop of the century. Using the 1974 audio tapes recorded by Colin Mackenzie with reconstruction scenes and new interviews with those who were there at the time, the film will tell the remarkable story of Ronnie Biggs life. We ll also examine the sequence of chance encounters that led a young journalist to land the scoop of the decade and the betrayals that would change the lives of both the journalist and Biggs himself forever. The tapes have been missing for decades, but now Ronnie Biggs: The Great Train Robber sheds new light on the crime that still echoes around the walls of Fleet Street and Scotland Yard.