Learn the details behind the one hundred most significant breakthroughs in the history of mankind! Take a journey through history and examine the discoveries, breakthroughs and eureka moments that have transformed all of our lives for the better. Host Bill Nye travels the world, meeting eminent scientists in various fields, to explore and explain the principles behind the most significant developments in the history of mankind. Each of the 100 Greatest Discoveries, in eight different fields of knowledge, is examined both in terms of the principles and personalities involved. Over 500 years of scientific advances are distilled and presented in this accessible, entertaining series to give you a good understanding of HOW many of science s toughest riddles were solved, WHO it was that solved them, and WHY these solutions are so significant.
This is the epic story of how World War I changed the face of battle forever. This war was a war of firsts , a transitional war from old style hand-to-hand combat with small guns and fixed bayonets and cavalry charges to high-tech weaponry that are still features of present-day armed conflicts. Firsts include aerial bombardment of cities, epic tank battles, fight for control of the skies, development of submarines, chemical and bunker warfare. Troops who were bunkered down in vast trenches became overwhelmed by powerful, new weapons including tanks, WMDs, submarines and the first blitz. World War I had horrible consequences 15 million died and 20 million were injured. Through experts, eyewitness testimony, riveting archive and special recreations seamlessly blended into an archival background, each episode features the story of one of these weapons. This mini-series event will bring the legendary, unrecorded events of World War I to life to create a seamless account of how people born into a simpler age learned to deal with the future shock of rapid technological advances driven by the engine of total war.
It was a time when identities were fluid and few Arabs or Jews could imagine the conflict that would engulf the region for the next century. 1913: Seeds of Conflict explores the crumbling of Ottoman rule and the rise of Jewish and Palestinian nationalism through the words of those who helped shape history: Albert Antebi, a Sephardic Jew known as the Jewish ˜pasha; Ruhi al-Khalidi, the scion of a Palestine family and Jerusalems elected representative to the Ottoman Parliament; Khalil al-Sakakini, a Christian schoolmaster and voice for Palestinian cultural autonomy; and Arthur Ruppin, a German Zionist who opened the Palestine Office to strategise the shape of a Jewish homeland to come.
Based in part on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964 by Jon Margolis, 1964 follows some of the most influential figures of the time”Lyndon B Johnson, Barry Goldwater, Betty Friedan”but also brings out from the shadows the stories of ordinary Americans whose principled stands would set the country onto a new and different course.
A fascinating insight into warfare technology of the past, present and future.
The machines and weapons designed to fight the heavy metal wars of the 21st Century now face a grim challenge: they must adapt or die.
Today, the armies of the world operate in low burn guerilla conflict often in urban environments where civilian casualties must be avoided at all costs. Are today s enemies gaining ground against the cutting-edge military might of the West? And how can the designers and manufacturers of 21st Century War Machines counter these ever growing threats?
In this compelling series, renowned military analyst Simon Pearson provides a fascinating insight into warfare technology past, present and future. He expertly guides us through the origins of main battle tanks, attack helicopters, missiles, fighter and bomber aircraft and artillery right through to today s state-of-theart digital battlefield .
We hear from the makers and users of the military technology whilst also investigating the history and the future of man and machine in combat. Supported by spectacular action-packed footage and intricate 3D computer-generated imagery, 21st Century War Machines poses and answers many questions on this extremely topical and important subject and is a must have for anyone interested in military history.
In the early 20th century, railways were the main form of transport for both people and goods. Those who undertook journeys covering vast distances often never returned to the place from which they had left. Then, in 1903, a timeline of history began that changed the way we travelled forever. Few could have predicted that just 60 years after the Wright brothers first managed powered flight, passenger jets would be transporting thousands of people across the globe. Here, we map the history of flight from its beginnings and follow the story through the first half of the 20th century, charting the rapid developments that took place over the next 50 years.
From the Boeing 707 to Concorde, the second half of the 20th century witnessed great change in the accessibility of air travel to almost everyone. In 1957 the number of passengers crossing the Atlantic by air overtook the number crossing by sea as thousands began to holiday in previously unreachable destinations. We look at how the introduction of the Boeing airliner truly shrank the world and examine how the 1960s introduced the age of jet travel. We also cover the race to build the first supersonic aircraft that led to the birth of the legendary Concorde, the commercial aircraft that broke the sound barrier
This would be a daunting assignment for any student, but the boys at Greenwood all suffer from learning differences that have made their personal, academic and social progress extremely challenging. Embedding camera crews at the school for three months to chronicle the boys struggle to learn Abraham Lincolns immortal words and deliver them in a final public recitation, acclaimed film maker Ken Burns has created a fascinating and inspiring documentary that shows them heroically confronting past failures and humiliations, ultimately opening the door to what Lincoln himself called œa new birth of freedom.? Interweaving the history of this most famous of American speeches with the contemporary journey of the boys at Greenwood, The Address reveals the timeless resonance of Lincolns words, while culminating in the triumph of the human spirit.
An in-depth look at history s most infamous leader
Together for the first time on DVD, this collection of films provides a unique insight into the life of the most infamous leader in history: Adolf Hitler.
From his rise to power to his demise, rare archive footage and extracts from his own diaries combine to create a fascinating portrayal of the terrible face of Nazi Germany's awesome military power.
Hitler: A Profile - 3 Discs
A documentary that explores one of history's most simultaneously repulsive and fascinating characters, Hitler: A Profile provides a study of the German dictator from his rise to power to his death.
Hitler in his Own Words - 2 Discs.
Rare archive footage and authentic dialogue taken directly from the writings, speeches and private conversations of Nazi Germany's revered Führer reveal the lies, treachery, hypocrisy and the sheer terror of that point in time. These films provide a disturbing, captivating and unsettling milestone of recent military and political history.
Triumph of the Will - 1 Disc
Leni Riefenstahl's legendary propaganda documentary of the Third Reich's 1934 Nuremberg Party Rally. The original intention was to document the early days of the Third Reich for future generations to look back on, but in reality the film shows how the Nazi state drew in the masses through propaganda and documents Adolf Hitler's unique and terrifying ability to entice crowds by the very power of his words.
Against the Odds introduces real-life bands of brothers who exhibited unparalleled bravery, solidarity and endurance on the battlefield to come out on top in a fight against impossible odds. Reliving battles from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, these are true stories of the harsh realities of war, as told by the veterans who survived to tell them.
At the end of the 18th dynasty a great heresy plagued Egypt. The pharaoh Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten and declared that there is but one god, Aten the solar disk. He moved the capital of Egypt from Thebes to a desert wilderness, which he called the Horizon of the Aten. Along with the change in religion, Akhenaten changed the 2000-year cannon of Egyptian art from highly stylised formal presentations to natural poses and subjects. Working under Akhenaten's slogan of "Living in Truth", craftsmen created new glazes for ceramics and new poses for statues and paintings. Akhenaten himself was portrayed as deformed, with elongated head and jaws, wide hips, thick thighs and breasts. Contrasting this grotesque image was the beautiful Nefertiti, by whom he had six daughters. Throughout Akhenaten's reign, Egypt was growing weak. Akhenaten's fascination with religion and art excluded the traditional military exploits, and the army dwindled. This episode probes the uniqueness of the mystic pharaoh and the impact he made on Egypt during his reign some 3,500 years ago.
The daughter and also the wife of a king, Hatshepsut's ambition was to be king - not queen. She pushed aside her nephew and rightful heir to the throne, Tuthmosas III, and for 22 years ruled as King of Upper and Lower Egypt. She wore the pharaoh's false beard of authority and is shown in her statues wearing male garb. Hatshepsut was a master politician and an elegant stateswoman. Although there were no wars during her reign, she proved her sovereignty by ordering expeditions to the land of Punt, in present-day Somalia, in search of the ivory, animals, spices, gold and aromatic trees that Egyptians coveted. She almost certainly had a two-decade affair with a commoner, Senenmut, who designed her mortuary temple at Deir el Bahri and audaciously drew portraits of himself on the walls behind the doors. In all, Hatshepsut accomplished what no woman had before her. She ruled the most powerful, advanced civilisation in the world, successfully, for 20 years and her success stands for all eternity.
If you thought you knew the ancient world, think again. Terry Jones brings the everyday details of the ancients - bizarre, hilarious or shocking - to life in this entertaining and informative programme. Egyptians were famed for their over-the-top building techniques, but what about the ordinary citizens of this ancient land? How did they lead their day-to-day lives in an age when the average life expectancy was little more than forty? Did they believe in the pagan gods? What were their sex lives like? What did they do for entertainment? This programme is packed full of surprising and revealing little-known facts that throw new light on our understanding of the Egyptians.
An ambitious builder, a successful general and popular ruler, Ramses II was one of Egypt's longest reigning monarchs, ruling the Ancient Kingdom for 66 years until his death in 1213 B.C. Known as the Warrior King of Egypt, Ramses II bragged about his military prowess and was fond of listing the names of his two hundred children. So great was Ramses' ego that he bricked up the doorways of his father's mortuary temple so he would have additional surfaces on which to boast of his achievements. He designed the great temple at Abu Simbel so the rays of the sun would shine into the innermost sanctuary on his birthday and illuminate the statues of Ramses and the three gods. In modern times he was thought of so highly that when it was discovered that the royal mummies in the Egyptian museum were decaying, it was Ramses' mummy that was sent to France for treatment, the only mummy to ever leave Egypt. It was revealed that he was crippled by arthritis and probably died in agony of a massive infection in his jaw.
King Sneferu's two main accomplishments were showing the Egyptians how to build pyramids and establishing Egypt as a great international power. A deeply loving and compassionate man, Sneferu possessed both genius and incredible determination. These characteristics become evident as we trace Sneferu's struggles to build pyramids and the many great accomplishments that resulted when he passed the knowledge of this craft onto his sons - Khufu was responsible for the Great Pyramid at Giza. We visit pyramid sites never before filmed and investigate the burial of Sneferu's wife, Hetepheres, one of the great archaeological mysteries of all time. We'll trace Sneferu's roots and show how his father, the Pharoah Huni, recognised his son's great potential and arranged for his succession to the throne.
At the dawn of Egyptian civilization, Imhotep built the first pyramid, became legendary as a physician and governed the greatest state on earth. The ancients made him a god. Then Hollywood made him The Mummy. Now, Egyptologists may have found his tomb and it could be the greatest discovery of the 20th century. Millions of people around the world know the name of Imhotep, the Egyptian high priest who turns into "The Mummy", but few realise that the character was based on one of the most important figures in all of ancient history, a man historians have called the world's "first known genius." For some archaeologists Imhotep's lost burial has been the Holy Grail of Egyptology. Now, at long last, Polish archaeologist Karol Mysliwiec may indeed have found it, buried beneath the sands of Saqqara, Egypt's fabled city of the dead.
Cleopatra has traditionally been painted as a cruel voluptuary, but through historical and archaeological detective work, this documentary exposes a Cleopatra never before seen; she was a monogamous woman who loved the two men she had affairs with, a devoted mother of four who, even while facing her own death, was planning for the safety and success of her children. In addition, Cleopatra was a loving and compassionate queen devoted to and concerned for the livelihoods of those she ruled. Through dramatic recreations and breathtaking footage of various Roman and Egyptian sites, this episode of Ancient Egyptians tells the true story of Cleopatra and the elusive victory she sought for her children throughout her life.
The boy-king Tutankhamun may now be the best known pharaoh in Egyptian history, but almost nothing is known about him, leaving him shrouded in mystery. Today, neither his father nor mother is known with certainty. Nearly all historical memory of him has been ruthlessly obliterated: inscriptions on temples have been carefully erased. Yet his tomb remains, providing us with valuable clues. This programme details the discovery of his intact tomb and describes the investigations carried out on his mummified body. Who was Tutankhamun and why has no solid evidence been left to tell us of his life? We delve into the story of his childhood, his early marriage to his own half-sister and the sacrilegious reign of his father. We investigate his relationship with his ambitious advisor and the disastrous tragedy of his childlessness. Finally, we look at a fascinating new theory about his suspicious and untimely death.
From the sixth century BC to the second century AC, we see the city through the prism of one of its most important and culturally crucial spaces: the theatre. As Athens played out its life on the Mediterranean stage, the Athenians were regularly sitting down to watch tragedies and comedies in their theatres, but rather than providing pure ˜entertainment, ˜distraction or ˜diversion from reality, they were sharply focused on reality.
Today, Christianity is the largest religion in the world, with over two billion followers. Author and distinguished history professor Jonathan Phillips takes a 12,000-mile personal journey through seven countries in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East to bring this rich history to life. Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine is both an entertaining and enlightening six-hour journey, full of sights and sounds that capture the essence of Christianitys early history and its incredible triumph against all odds.
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Rome fashioned a cultural template that resonates today in Western art, architecture, medicine and urban planning. As the Roman Empire grew, this pagan model blended with a host of beliefs reflecting the multi-cultural world it encompassed. From this mix emerged Christianity, by its very nature at odds with the deeply rooted values of Roman Culture. Romans thought they had united the world. But after centuries of conquest and glory, resentment festered within. Repression and chaos replaced tolerance and order; and the gap between the wealthy and the poor had become unimaginably wide. Indeed ninety-five percent of the population struggled beneath the poverty line. Cults of dissent emerged that threatened to divide the empire forever. œCult of Order? aims to track the corruption of the values that made Rome ˜great, as excellence gave way to excess.
Rome conquered with the brute force of her military machine, sweeping entire peoples into her empire. With the wars over, the treaties signed, the bodies buried, whether you were a Gaul or a Carthaginian, whether you were from the East or West, life as you had known it would never be the same again. At its height, the Roman Empire ruled 50 million people as a single civilisation. The Roman Empire was the largest and the most enduring of its kind. The trade it facilitated, the roads it built, the breathtaking infrastructure, both architectural andpsychological, are all part of Romes colossal legacy. In this fascinating programme, œGrasp of an Empire?, the viewer will experience the exporting of the Roman world through theglory years of conquest into the stability of the longest peace the world had ever known; The Pax Romana.
If you thought you knew the ancient world, think again. Terry Jones brings the everyday details of the ancient Romans, bizarre, hilarious or shocking, to life in this entertaining and informative programme. Rome was famed for the decadence of its ruling class, however, what about the ordinary citizens of this ancient culture? How did they lead their day to day lives in an age when the average life expectancy was little more than forty? Did they believe in the Pagan Gods? What were their sex lives like? What did they do for entertainment? Indeed most Roman citizens didnt live in marble villas with mosaic floors and central heating, its just that the buildings of the rich are all that remain. How ordinary Romans lived is, for the most part, unrecorded. Theirs is the hidden history of Rome. This programme is packed full of surprising and entertaining little-known facts that throw new light on our understanding of the Romans.
In her early years Rome was a Democratic Republic, its military an army of Roman citizens. For centuries, it was the proud duty of every landowning Roman to serve in the name of the Eternal City, indeed this was the first army that was literally built as part of the fabric of the state. Even though these citizen soldiers were not professional fighting men, they were the best trained forces the world had ever seen. These Roman soldiers had begun as defenders of their city, they became the most successful warriors in history. They conquered city after city, nation after nation, Rome was the greatest empire the world had ever known. In their brutal grasp, they held a huge expanse together for more than 1,000 years. œLegions Of Conquest? is a saga of proud men and almost unending triumph. Its the story of the conquests of the Roman Empire.
Rome seemed to own the world. Her empire stretched from Scotland to the Sahara. Her army controlled three continents. Fifty million people lived under her laws. Romes Empire was the greatest political prize the world had ever seen. œSeduction of Power? is the story of those who would do anything to win it. The same political system that had created the magnificent monuments of the Roman Empire, the Pantheon, the Coliseum, the Forum and provided œbread and circuses? for all, would prove a breeding ground for self-interest, assassination and civil wars. The same highly-disciplined Legions that had conquered an area of more than two million square miles would dissolve into warring factions, be turned against Romes own citizenry and, in the end, prove unable to maintain the expanse of its conquests.
Romes glory had shone for a thousand years. The Roman Empire had united all lands from Spain to Syria, created more prosperity, more stability and more peace than the Western world had ever seen¦.nothing lasts forever. In the 3rd Century AD, civil war engulfed the empire. Chaos and corruption undermined it from within and from every direction Romes enemies gathered for the kill. By the end of the 4th century, the Roman Empire was nothing more than a fragile military machine that was no match for the invading barbarians. The inevitable occurred in 410 AD when Rome, the historic heart of the Empire, was sacked. As the Vandals stormed the city they were shocked at what they found. Gone were the crowds of the Golden Age. An eerie silence greeted the warriors as they wandered the same streets that their ancestors had walked down in chains 150 years earlier. The inhabitants of Rome, with their empire crumbling, had been chased away, the glory that had been Rome...was of another day.
To lead, to fight and to die. Warriors of the old world ranged from soldiers, mercenaries and assassins to zealots, commoners and scholars. They fought battles for Emperors, Kings, Queens, fanatics and Generals. Some murdered for greed, honour and fame. Others killed for religion, vengeance or just pure enjoyment. Whatever the cause, they were pawns, the tools of conquest and brutal suppression in a time before guns and machines of mass destruction made their form of warfare obsolete. From the sand-swept-landscape of Mesopotamia to pristine Scandinavia, Ancient Warriors visits the ancient world to learn about noteworthy and notorious men who slashed and pummeled their way into history.
The definitive story of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On April 25th, 1915, at the height of WWI, ANZAC troops were ordered to land along the Gallipoli coastline, which was later named ANZAC Cove. A navigational error meant that the Turks had the advantage, and tragically the campaign was an unmitigated disaster. Over three years, Australia lost almost 9,000 men and New Zealand twice as many. It seems hard to imagine what those soldiers went through, but listen to their stories, which have been immortalised in print as well as voice recordings, and you can't help but notice the constant threads of friendship, bravery, sacrifice and of course, fear. It is in listening or reading these stories that we are reminded of just how much the ANZACS suffered, and sacrificed, to ensure the safety of Australia and New Zealand from invasion and attack. Many other battles have followed that fateful day in Gallipoli, but WWI sets itself apart in that barely a family was touched, in some way, by the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops.
We reveal how peasant conscripts and hired mercenaries used pointed sticks to change their world, bring the high and mighty to their knees and, finally, to irrevocably alter the way in which the western world fights its wars.
The incredible search for Russia s imperial bloodline.
In July 1918 the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, was murdered at the hands of the Bolsheviks. At the same time, in the same room, his wife, son and four daughters were also killed by the Tsar s political enemies.
Ever since that day there have been ongoing disputes about their uncovered remains. Then, almost 90 years later in 2007, the remains of the Tsar s children were discovered, flaming the debates as to the whereabouts of the Tsar and his wife.
Produced by Russian Television, this exclusive programme unravels the chain of events surrounding the complicated search for the imperial family using advanced science and technology.
This illuminating new documentary uncovers the logistics behind the Entebbe hostage rescue operation of June 1976 when Air France Flight 139 was hijacked by Palestinian and German terrorists and flown to Uganda.
With gripping re-enactments and exclusive first-person accounts from commandos, strategists and covert intelligence gatherers, the film goes inside the assault staging areas and deadly firefights that made the seemingly impossible happen.
It was the first enemy man of war captured in battle on the high seas by the U.S. Navy since 1815. This programme tells the story of the U-505 from its days as a powerhouse of the German fleet, to its incarnation as a ˜bad luck boat, to its final journey to The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
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Bringing the mightiest fortresses the world has seen to life.
What makes a castle impregnable? When were the fates of nations and empires decided by the thickness of walls, number of arrow slits and defensive positions? Battle Castle with Dan Snow brings to life a number of history's mightiest fortifications and the sieges they resisted.
Follow Dan as he explores the military engineering behind Dover Castle, Krak des Chevaliers in Syria and Gibralfaro in Spain and details the legendary battles that testified to their impregnability. During the Middle Ages these fortified structures were the ultimate authority in any region in which they were built. Both defensive and offensive, they were centres of administration, symbols of power as well as concentrations of military might. But what was it that made each successful?
Through dynamic location footage and immersive visual effects, this six-part series reveals the bloody history behind these fortifications and the weapons designed to defeat them. Each episode will climax with the ultimate test of each castle s strength: examining the epic battles that changed the course of history.
A four-man team of U.S. Special Forces Operatives arrives in South Africa one week before the ˜poachers moon, a hotbed of poaching activity because the rhino is particularly vulnerable due to illumination from the full moon. South Africa is home to 90 percent of the worlds rhinos. Each year, nearly 700 rhinos are killed and over 290 were decimated in 2013. The situation is worsening and park rangers and security forces are desperate for help.
Just a few weeks later, he was finally gunned down by an ambitious sheriff, and the felling of one of the most notorious criminals of the age made headlines across the country. First demonised by the lawman who killed him, the Kid was soon mythologised by a never-ending stream of dime-store romances and big-screen dramas. But with each telling, Billy the Kids real story was further obscured. Born to impoverished Irish immigrants, the Kid led a hardscrabble, itinerant life that became harder still when his mother died of tuberculosis. He came of age in a lawless corner of New Mexico, caught in the middle of a many-centuries-old Irish-English conflict playing out on the Southwest plains. But despite his reckless violence, the Kids fascination with Mexican culture, his flair for Spanish, and his disdain for the Anglo authorities made him a hero of sorts to the Hispanic community, who hid him when the law came looking and mourned him most when he was gone.
Together, Animal Planet and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger track the lives of Louisianans living in the aftermath of the largest offshore oil spill in American history.
Relive Nazi Germany s military attack on an unsuspecting world.
When Nazi Germany unleashed its military might on an unsuspecting world, a new word was introduced into the lexicon of warfare: Blitzkrieg, or the lightning war .
In three short years nearly all of Europe fell before the horrifying power of Hitler s seemingly unstoppable Blitzkrieg. This remarkable three-part series follows the relentless vigour of Nazi Germany as it racked up one unstoppable victory after another.
Including a full-length feature documentary, accompanied by a comprehensive and informative compendium of facts from this dark period of history, Blitzkrieg: The Lightning War reveals the incredible might of Hitler s army.
Witness Stalin s bloody and ruthless reign of terror.
This is the incredibly powerful story of the Stalin years. It is based on rarely seen archival footage, contemporary diaries and documents and personal memoirs, as well as interviews with relatives and those people who survived the Gulag labour camps and World War II. It follows the events from Stalin s rise to power, his association with Hitler and the Soviet involvement in the Second World War right through to his death.
First regarded as a visionary, it soon became apparent that Stalin was a capricious, ruthless tyrant who would arrange for the removal of anyone he thought was opposing him. For nearly 30 years, he maintained power without challenge by manipulating his people through propaganda, state sponsored lies and terror.
In this tremendously moving and at times graphic, harrowing and shocking documentary, we witness the suffering and sacrifices of the people of the Soviet Union and discover what led to the death of millions of Soviet citizens during the Great Patriotic War.
Hosted by former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, this 10-hour program features never-before-seen Russian images, once-secret documents, and leading Russian historians to explore Russia from 1924 through 1953.
When history was really horrible. Fresh, innovative, entertaining and revelatory, Bloody Britain combines strong historical research and storytelling with hands-on historical experiments (such as building and firing a trebuchet), an entertaining but extremely passionate presenter and atmospheric and innovative animation. Action and information-packed, each show is a fascinating and at times squeamish journey through some of Britain s most gruesome and awful, but momentous, historical events. In each episode of Bloody Britain Rory McGrath examines a key event from British history. Whether it s battles, rebellions, wars, plagues, social unrest, betrayal, executions, injustice or mass insanity, we ll concentrate on the mad, sad and bad moments from our past. In short, we ll zoom in on when the past was truly horrible and ask why, when and how these events came to be part of our history.
This film recounts the extraordinary experiences of five boys who found themselves underage, under fire and growing into men as they fought their way across World War IIs most brutal battlefields.
In 1936, nine working-class boys from the University of Washington took the rowing world and America by storm when their eight-oar crew team captured the gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin. These sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers overcame tremendous hardships – psychological, physical and economic – to beat not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast, but Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers. The boys’ unexpected victory, and the obstacles they overcame to achieve it, inspired America, a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Depression. The Boys of ’36 recounts their remarkable journey.
This is a 3 Disc DVD about when Britain was at War in World War 1.
This entertaining three disc series, presented by Russ Malkin, looks at the past, present and future of British manufacturing.
It looks at the invention of the steam engine, the development of motorcycle racing and helicopter production, the early pioneering days of space technology through to the present day world of satellite manufacturing, and also a look to the future with regard to re-usable space planes and electric powered delivery vehicles.
This series looks behind the scenes and talks to historians, designers, technologists and innovators, and for those who love history and archive footage of steam engines and old sailing boats, it is a must.
However it is combined with a contemporary view on what Britain is building today.
Britain is well known for being inventive; it has a reputation for letting products disappear to foreign shores. As we move into much more competitive times, with China and India on the ascendancy, can Britain hang on to its position as 7th largest manufacturer in the world?
The 1940s were dominated by the War. For the first half of the decade Britain was under siege. Thousands of men joined up to fight in the services, hundreds of thousands of children were evacuated from Britain's cities to the relative safety of the countryside and life changed completely for the nation's women. They did their bit for the war effort, going to work on the land and filling in for men in Britain's factories. Britain's families were subjected to almost constant rationing and austerity throughout the decade. Britain In The 1940s tells the story of this turbulent decade and the remarkable fortitude of the British people during and after the war through the eyes of the newsreel cameras. From the horror and destruction of The Blitz in 1941 to the joyous celebration that marked the marriage of Princess Elizabeth to the dashing Prince Philip in 1947, we take a nostalgic and sentimental journey back to how we lived and the way we were 70 years ago. Finally, on April 14th 1949, British families - especially the children - were rewarded for years of austerity when, after almost a decade, sweet rationing came to an end.
The 1960s promised great things for Britain and the world. It was a period of optimism, idealism and limitless possibilities. Newsreels captured the development of a new kind of culture and lifestyle during the decade. Some of the optimism of the early 60s had faded by the end of the decade, but the period still saw remarkable progress in medicine, science and industry, as well as music, fashion and civil liberties. Britain In The 1960s tells the story of a decade of massive change in Britain. From Beatle mania to the violent anti-war protests in Grosvenor Square, the major news stories of the period are placed in their social context by the use of rarely seen material that shows the way we lived and the way we were over 40 years ago. The result is a unique glimpse of the history of Britain during the 'Swinging Sixties', when Britain was at the centre of so much that was new and exciting, from the boutiques of Carnaby Street to the launch of Concorde. Rare archive footage is interspersed with contemporary adverts to create a nostalgia-filled programme that will be enjoyed by all children of the sixties.