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.
Over twelve hours, the history of jazz is told chronologically through the biographies of the men and women who created it, including legends Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and many other pioneering artists. Like THE CIVIL WAR and PROHIBITION, JAZZ combines rare and never before seen footage and still images intercut with evocative live cinematography.
A year in the life of the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary. Meet The Sloths uncovers everything you need to know about these thoughtful and cute arboreal animals, charting a year in the life of five slow-moving residents of the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, a refuge dedicated to saving orphaned or injured sloths. Filmmaker Lucy Cooke headed to the sanctuary to follow the stories of these loveable and distinctive creatures, and has captured a unique insight into the lives of these very secretive animals. The stories demonstrate the difficulty in caring for sloths, and include the moving tale of baby sloth twins fighting for survival; an injured and sexually frustrated ex-lothario sloth called, naturally, Randy; and the oldest living sloth in captivity that has lived to the ripe old age of 20-years-old. Spending a year in their company, Lucy watches as an unlikely soap opera of love, loss and lust develops and learns first-hand that while they may be slow on their feet, a sloth s life is anything but uneventful
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Over the course of his long career, Wright designed over 800 buildings, including such revolutionary structures as the Guggenheim Museum, the Johnson Wax Building, Fallingwater, Unity Temple and Taliesin. Wright's buildings and his ideas changed the way Americans live, work and see the world around them. Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural achievements were often overshadowed by the turbulence of his melodramatic life. In 92 years, he fathered seven children, married three times and was almost constantly embroiled in scandal. Some hated him, some loved him, but in the end, few could deny that he was the most important architect in America “ and perhaps the world. With exquisite live cinematography, fascinating interviews and rare archival footage, this riveting film brings Wright's unforgettable story to life.
This extraordinary film tells the remarkable story of the entire Corps of Discovery”not just the two famous Captains, but the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clarks African-American slave, and the Shoshone woman named Sacagawea, who brought along her infant son. Journey with them all, across a breath-taking landscape in an unforgettable experience that explores both the history”and promise”of America.
The battle pitted two larger-than-life antagonists against one another: Sitting Bull, the charismatic and politically savvy leader of the Plains Indians; and George Armstrong Custer, one of the Unions greatest cavalry officers, a man with a reputation for fearless and often reckless courage. By days end, Custer and nearly a third of his army were dead. This AMERICAN EXPERIENCE follows Custer from his memorable, wild charge at Gettysburg”one that turned the tide of the battle”to his lonely, untimely death on the windswept plains of the west. Why, time and again, did the supremely ambitious son of a blacksmith ricochet from triumph to disaster, from battlefield heroism to impetuous escapade? In the end, Custers reputation as one of the most charismatic and contradictory American leaders of the 19th century was saved by the wife he adored, who almost single-handedly turned the Battle of the Little Bighorn into one of the most iconic events in American history.
In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon (30 April 1975) and the end of America's presence in Vietnam, Dick Cavett's Vietnam reexamines the conflict and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of The Dick Cavett Show. Those interviews, combined with archival footage, network news broadcasts and newly filmed interviews with Cavett and other experts, provide fresh insight and perspective on this controversial chapter of American history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For decades, these Apaches had resisted the advance of pioneers and other threats to their traditional way of life, fighting attempts by the federal government to confine them to reservations. This AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film is a search to separate myth from reality; a search for an understanding of the people who once ruled much of the American Southwest and of those with whom they came into conflict. It is the story of a tragic collision of two civilisations, each with dramatically different views of the world and startlingly different views of each other. And it is the story of Geronimo, the Apache leader who fought the longest, becoming one of the most famous, feared, and misunderstood Indian warriors in our history.
HORATIO'S DRIVE recounts the simultaneously inspirational and hilarious saga of Horatio Nelson Jackson, an eccentric Vermont doctor, who in 1903 “ on a visionary whim and a $50 bet “ became the first person to drive an automobile across America, heralding the future of the ˜horseless carriage as a vehicle destined for more than inner-city travel and as a machine that would transform modern life.
March 1939. Thousands of childrens lives are under threat from the Nazis.
Rare archival footage and interviews with Joe Schlesinger, a CBC reporter and one of the rescued children, documents not only how Winton s act changed the lives of those he rescued, but also how it continues to influence the lives of thousands of others worldwide.
Best Documentary Montreal World Film Festival.
Audience Award UK Jewish Film Festival.
Audience Award Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival.
Audience Award Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
2011 Best Music Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland.
Enthralling. Evocative. A true story of heroism - The New York Times
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.
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.
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.
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.
World War II impacted the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world, yet it was the decisions of a few powerful leaders that arguably shaped the outcome of the bloodiest war in history. From Hitler, who was responsible for initiating the conflict; to Churchill, the man who took Britain to war as Nazi forces started to take Europe by force; Hitler s close ally Mussolini; and Roosevelt, who brought America into the war in 1941, we look back at the men whose decisions meant the difference between life and death for millions of innocent civilians. Archive footage that has rarely been seen in the past 70 years, expert analysis and previously unseen footage shape an in-depth portrait of four men who perhaps did more to influence the path World War II took than any other. These are the Wartime Leaders of World War II.
Exploring early Japan, China and India, this series journeys into the technological past that shaped our world. Travel back in time to understand the motivations behind early solutions and inventions. Much of the science and technology we consider to be "modern" was created by civilisations long ago. Japan What the ancient Japanese knew helps explain the industrial marvel of the second largest economic power in the world. China Ancient Chinese researchers harnessed the power of the Earth, wind, water and fire to provide emperors with practical solutions for ruling empires. Many inventions such as movable type and the multistage rocket are creations of ancient Chinese scientists. India Few know how profoundly India has shaped the modern world. As it turns out, the key to many major scientific and technological innovations of the present and it may be of the future lie hidden in the untold story of what the ancient Indians knew.
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Hastings, Bannockburn, Bosworth, Marston Moor, the Boyne, Culloden battles which changed the course of British history and still affect the society we live in today. In Great Battles, ten incredble episodes are dedicated to bringing these battles to life.
Presenter Bob Stewart recreates the passion and pain of each struggle and assesses its importance in British history. Combining a personal journey to the battlefield with state-of-the-art computer graphics, he illustrates how each battle was won and lost. Equally importantly, he explains the significance of each battle to the development of British society: why Marston Moor led to the decline of the idea of the divine right of kings; why Orangemen still celebrate the Boyne; and why Scottish football fans carry flags emblazoned with '1314'.
This combination of old and new brings Great Battles to life and attracts a wide audience eager to discover not just the tactics of the battle but also a sense of why people were prepared to fight and die.
Drawing on interviews with leading voices on both sides of the gun regulation debate, Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA goes inside one of Americas greatest divides to illuminate how the NRA reinvented itself from a group of gun enthusiasts and sportsmen with minimal political focus, to a powerful lobbying force opposing any perceived infringement of the constitutional right to bear arms. Filmmaker Michael Kirk (United States of Secrets, Losing Iraq) traces the emergence of one of the NRAs top leaders, Wayne LaPierre, and explores how LaPierre has activated the groups influential base in the wake of mass shootings. FRONTLINE sits down with Congressional leaders, present and former White House officials, Vice President Joe Biden and gun-rights and gun-control advocates. The film also features firsthand accounts from family members of mass shooting victims, including Newtown.
Journey aboard the HMS Ark Royal as she takes to the high seas for her final voyage.
There has been an Ark Royal in the British fleet since 1587. But now its final incarnation has been decommissioned there will no longer be any ship bearing this illustrious name.
In this programme, Discovery Channel joins the crew of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal on her final, poignant voyage. With exclusive access to all areas of the ship we follow her as the flagship of a multinational task force as it heads across the Atlantic.
For many of the crew it will be their first and perhaps last experience of life at sea, testing their ability to live and work in cramped, pressurised conditions.
The fleet first heads to Halifax to celebrate the Canadian Navy centenary including a confidential Royal visit before continuing down the Eastern Seaboard to Mayport, timed to coincide with Fleet Week the American celebration of the US Navy.
Then they continue their voyage to drop-off the Marines of 42 Commando in North Carolina for training with the US Marine Corp in advance of deployment to Afghanistan. Finally, the Ark Royal will head back to the UK as she prepares to go out of service.
The story of life in Britain during World War II. Home Front Britain is a showcase six-part documentary series produced by Discovery Channel in association with the British Film Institute. It tells the story of World War II on the Home Front through a rare collection of Ministry of Information wartime films. Presented by the much loved actor Jim Carter (Red Ridings, Cranford, Shakespeare In Love) each episode takes the viewer through the films whilst providing historical context anecdotes and wartime information. In addition Jim travels to some of the famous British landmarks which featured in these films and which became synonymous with the Home Front war effort. Home Front Britain is a fascinating, informative and nostalgic blend of Ministry of Information films interwoven with Jim Carter's guiding commentary and is a truly timeless historical insight which provides a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the most treasured gems in the nation's cultural archives.
For half a century they have remained silent as their characters were questioned and their names were intermingled with conspiracy theories that have blurred history. They were sworn to protect the President, but they couldnt, a fact thats haunted them ever since. For years, they have suffered in silence while others told their stories for them. Stories which were filled with half truths and conspiracies. Now the Secret Service agents of the Kennedy detail have returned to Dallas to face up to their demons and tell the story of the best years and worst day of their lives, for the very first time.
Elephants have played dual roles of peace and power in Thailand - both as sacred animals and as warriors. Their role in war is demonstrated through the recreation of one of the greatest. Filmed entirely on location in Southeast Asia, this unique documentary explores the complex bond between elephants and the people of Thailand. Kingdom Of The Elephants is an intimate tale of war, love, friendship and strife as told by a father to his daughter, a young Mahout (elephant driver) in training. At the heart of the story is a modern day story of a girl and her elephant, and on a larger scale it is an account of how elephants and the Mahouts helped shape a nation. Elephants have played dual roles of peace and power in Thailand “ both as sacred animals and as warriors. Their role in war is demonstrated through the recreation of one of the greatest Thai battles: when Queen Suriyothai drove her elephant between the King and an advancing army. She saved the King, but at the cost of her own life.
Mummies: Frozen in Time visits a wide variety of mummy sites worldwide, from Greenland, where five hundred-year-old mummies have been located and studied, to Northwestern Europe which is the final resting place of the so-called ˜Bog People. The Museo de las Momias (The Mummy Museum) in Guanajuarto, Mexico, is another fascinating place where there are approximately a hundred mummies being preserved. We will also learn why so many thought that becoming a mummy increased their chances of an enhanced spiritual life after physical death.
While today we rush to close a coffin containing the remains of a loved one, ancient societies performed elaborate post-mortem rituals, which were equal parts macabre and fascinating. Throughout time, humans have been fascinated by the prospect of eternal life. For many, mummification was a way to get closer to immortality. Explore this process across cultures and throughout the ages, and take a look at mummification practices today.
This definitive 4 DVD collection, hosted by Prince Andrew, Duke of York, explores the dramatic rise and decline of British naval power over the last 500 years. Discover how the Royal Navy was created during the reign of King Henry VIII, travel with Sir Francis Drake aboard his famous ship Golden Hinde in 1577, admire Admiral Nelson s triumph at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and learn why so many illustrious ships were decommissioned at the end of the Falklands War
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Historical documentary which goes back in time to take a closer look at the Britain of the past. From the Victorian era and the industrial revolution through to the decadent 1920s and the strife of the 1940s, all the way through to the 'Swinging Sixties', this six-part collection paints a detailed picture of how things changed from decade to decade.
Hughs journey starts with his own recollections of Churchills funeral, as a young boy watching the fly-past from the garden of his fathers vicarage, and goes on to describe his growing awareness of the influence and personal style of an Englishman who dominated the twentieth-century political and cultural landscape like no other. With all of his trademark wit and charm, Hugh will be meeting people and visiting places upon which Churchill left his indelible mark “ from historians to family members and employees including former personal secretary Lady Jane Williams. There will also be famous faces such as Robert Hardy CBE who won a BAFTA for his portrayal as Churchill in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years. Each gives their personal insight into the incredible man behind the public image.
Deep Under the Ice follows a team of scientists through the first underwater archaeological expedition in the Arctic. It searches for a US whaling fleet that sank in this region during the 19 th century. Using three-dimensional technology, the ˜telepresence remotely operated vehicle (TROV) produces a virtual reality computer rendering of the underwater environment that elevates accurate and detailed depictions of underwater worlds to new heights.
Devoured: Man-Eating Super Snake Returns follows expert snake hunter Steve Masek deep into the Florida Everglades as he seeks to hunt down and capture a monster python, only to fall victim to a near deadly attack. Spreading like a virus, these snakes kill and consume anything in their path. Even worse, these cold-blooded carnivores may adapt to live further north. Can anything stop the epidemic growth of these man-eating monster snakes before its too late?
Even non-political guests expressed their opinions about Watergate on the show. With exclusive access to the archive of THE DICK CAVETT SHOW, Dick Cavett's Watergate documents the scandal in the words of the people who lived it: from the botched burglary at the Democratic National Headquarters, to the must-see TV of the daily Congressional Watergate hearings, culminating with the resignation of the President of the United States on 9 August, 1974. Dick Cavett's Watergate offers a unique opportunity to mark the 40th anniversary of a defining moment in American history.
Perhaps no figure in Russian history is better known than Joseph Stalin. A highly controversial character, Stalin was a member of the powerful 'Big Three' during World War II as Russia played a major role in repelling the Nazi invasion of Europe. As leader of Russia his policies had a drastic impact on the people he ruled and almost 60 years after his death attitudes towards him in Russia are mixed; some view Stalin as a tyrant whose policies caused the death of millions, while others regard him as a capable leader. But what was Stalin really like and what was his legacy to Russia? This fascinating collection of programmes, produced by Russian Television, provides a remarkable insight into his life. Hear from Stalin's granddaughter about what he was like in private, learn the story of Stalin's particularly troubled upbringing, discover the influential role he played in the development of the infamous Soviet film industry and hear the truth behind the plots to take his life, including the German reconnaissance mission of 1944.