In July 1958, Peter Manuel was hanged in Barlinnie Prison, convicted of seven murders. He remains one of the most infamous serial killers in British history and his story reads like the script from an American gangster movie . Now, STV tells the appalling story of his life and crimes, in a compelling hour-long drama documentary. Manuel murdered middle-aged men and women, teenage girls - and an eleven-year-old boy - shooting them or battering them to death. He did not discriminate, there was no apparent motive and he showed not the slightest signs of remorse. A habitual offender from his early days, the killing spree began in 1956 and went on for two years before he was captured. Glasgow, Lanarkshire and surrounding areas lived in fear while Peter Manuel was at large and his trial made international news. He sacked his counsel and famously defended himself, putting up a robust, theatrical performance in court, albeit doomed to failure when he was sentenced to hang - one of the last criminals to face the death penalty in Glasgow. Peter Manuel has since become a figure of ghoulish notoriety in Scottish criminal history. Over fifty years on from his hanging, this fascinating STV programme looks back at Manuel's reign of terror and asks what may have driven him to kill. Is there anything to be learned from Manuel's chilling story?
Putting you on the front line.
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.
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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.
They are experts in guerrilla warfare, sabotage and subversion. Two Weeks In Hell takes you inside their selection process “ a two-week, hellish assessment with tasks specifically designed to mentally and physically smash men down to their core and expose their real character. A Green Beret candidate may think hes the right man for the job, but the Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) will find out. SFAS has only one purpose: find those candidates who have the physical and emotional ability to become Green Berets. Every challenge has its reason, but its like no other selection process in the world. Letting the wrong candidate into this special family gets people killed. For those who try out, its an avalanche of chaos, stress, doubt and a massive dose of œWhat the hell did I get myself into?? Get ready to witness 14 days of HELL!