Edward VIII was handsome, charming and adored all over the world. By the age of 30 this English Prince was the most desirable bachelor on the planet, an heir to a throne with the magnetism of a Hollywood film star.
But only those who knew him best “ his family and servants “ knew the dark truth about Edward Prince of Wales. He was psychologically damaged, trapped in permanent adolescence; a man who refused to grow up.
His father, King George V, was convinced that if his son succeeded him the monarchy would be ˜in ruins within 12 months.
˜The King Who Threw Away A Crown is the real archive history of a man born to be King who refused to behave like one. A man who thought he could use the power and majesty of the throne to pursue his obsession with a twice divorced American mistress “ and of what happened when his bluff was finally called.
The strength of Edwards feelings for his lover sparked the great Abdication crisis of 1936 “ the Year of Three Kings.
Its an old story but seen from a fascinating new perspective, which suggests that in Edwards case the warning signs were there from an early age “ the disastrous upbringing, the intellectual backwardness, the admiration for dictators (Mussolini and Hitler) and the obsession with older women.
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.
The 125 tries, presented by Clive Rowlands and Robert Jones, are split into ten categories ranging from 'Flying 15s' to 'Halfback Heroes', and also include 'Gareth's Glory', a section dedicated to the greatest tries scored by Wales' most famous son, the mighty Gareth Edwards.
The film includes all the great scores from the likes of Ieuan Evans, Gareth Thomas, Shane Williams and the amazing Graham Price, who produced an amazing solo effort from his own 22.
A fascinating look at how we have shaped our planet. In our relatively brief time on the planet, mankind has truly changed the world in many ways, from the global scale down to the minutiae of our day-to-day lives. Groundbreaking technological inventions, objects of beauty and genius, agricultural advances and increasingly deadly weapons have continually reshaped the world in which we live. This incredible 3 DVD collection explores just how those changes have come about, and what they mean to all of us. Including inventions such as the telescope and the internet, everyday objects from guitars to wedding rings and everything from fast food to atomic bombs and audio cassettes, these programmes reveal how even the smallest items can have globally significant effects. The results will make you look at the world around you from the TV you re watching to the contents of your pockets in an entirely new way!
Using authentic newsreel footage from the era, discover the reality of life during WWII for those who remained in Britain. It was a difficult time, when every citizen had to share the nations burden, from children, hundreds of thousands of whom were evacuated from cities, to older men and women who had already served their country in previous wars, yet were called upon to form the country's last line of defence, the home guard.