Presented by Ashes winning captain David Gower, History of the Ashes is a comprehensive look at one of the oldest and most keenly contested of all international cricket rivalries.
Beginning with an explanation from the late great broadcaster John Arlott as to
how it all began, the programme includes the first moving footage of an Ashes tour
with the visit of Australia in 1905.
Featured in these early years are legendary
figures from the game including WG Grace, Duleepsinjhi, Victor Trumper, Clem Hill,
Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe.
There is also an extended profile of the incomparable Sir Don Bradman, the man
who dominated cricket in the 1930's and 40's, including his victorious and emotional farewell in 1948.
On the English side all the greats are featured as well as many of the finest moments in English cricket from Jim Laker's 19
wickets at Old Trafford to 'Fiery' Fred Trueman's 300th Test match victim.
The pacemen who have struck fear into the hearts of batsmen are seen in all their stump-shattering glory from Harold Larwood, Frank Tyson, Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee to Bob Willis and Glenn McGrath.
The cunning captaincy of Richie Benaud and Mike Brearley is also put under the spotlight as well as the unplayable deliveries from modern masters such as Shane Warne and Darren Gough.
The legendary 1981 series, the contest which became known as 'Botham's Ashes' is covered in depth, capturing the great allrounder
at the very height of his powers. History of the Ashes brings this sporting saga right up to date with dramatic highlights from the 2001 series and a special feature on the recent battle in Australia 2002/3.
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.