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Today’s world has troubles unique to its time in history, from the global financial crisis to technological meltdowns to full scale, computerized global war.Observing the convergence of such events, contemporary prophets have begun to emerge from obscurity to suggest that these conditions might be s...

Strange Egypt

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Ancient Egypt were a conspiracy might use a wax doll and magic words to kill the King. In the empire along the Nile what seems bizarre now was the norm back then. Like the Pharaohs favoured people who were dwarfs, the peoples recreational habits which involved getting high a lot of the time and thei...
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Pompeii, buried by an eruption from Mount Vesuvius back in 79 AD is a city which was frozen in time providing us with a shocking window into the lost world of the Romans but that window may close before all of her secrets are revealed as the city of Pompeii comes under treat from all sides.Today the...
1,200 years ago the Vikings exploded out of the cold North Sea, like beasts unleashed on an unsuspecting world. They came from the land of fjords, a land which proved hard to farm and was home to many bitter clan rivalries, modern day Scandinavia.They left behind legends of their violence and courag...
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The most famous death in history is the death of Jesus of Nazareth. 2,000 years ago in first century Jerusalem he was crucified by the Romans, the Gospels tell us he was buried in a tomb and two days later Marry Magdalene one of his closest disciples found the tomb empty.But according the Gospel of...
This is the story of America, seen in color for the first time and it’s the roaring 20’s, the country is flourishing and the economy isn’t the only thing roaring. Henry Ford ignites the auto industry, radio unifies the nation, Charles Lindbergh ushers in the era of aviation, Americ...
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It's hard to believe that while the European continent was entrenched in the horrors of the Dark Ages, the Mayan culture was thriving. Not only did the Mayans create a complicated written language, they had far exceeded the Europeans in their study and mapping of the stars and planets, mathematics,...
The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is the driest place on Earth. It stretches from the foothills of the Andes, a hundred miles westward to the edge of the Pacific Ocean. There are few signs of life here, it hasn’t rained in parts for thousands of years but the very dryness of the Atacama has...
In California, on top of a desolate mountain stands a tree, it is no ordinary tree, it is in fact the world’s oldest living organism. A twisted bristlecone pine tree which goes by the name Methuselah, a name given to it by the scientist who discovered it.It is now over 4,000 years old and to p...
June 1989, for weeks hundreds of thousands of students of Chinese students and workers had defied their authority leaders and camped out in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square calling for change. It was a revolution in the making, as people for the first time were questioning authority in China and thi...
Rome's glory had shone for a thousand years. The Roman Empire had united all lands from Spain to Syrhia, 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 und...

Vesuvius

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August 24th, 79 A.D. was a day like any other day in the ancient roman town of Herculaneum, citizens met in the town square, discussed a little Italian politics, talked business over lavish lunches. Herculaneum was a booming sea side town at the height of the Roman Empire, trade was good and the fut...
Mesopotamia was the site of the Sumerian civilisation, which flourished at the confluence of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. From 5000 to 2000 BC, the Sumerians flourished in a hostile environment by developing agriculture and irrigation and they opened up the trade routes of the ancient world. It...
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A ground-breaking TV documentary examining the shooting of three IRA terrorists in Gibraltar by members of the British Special Air Service (SAS). While on a mission to attack British troops in the mid-1980s, members of the Irish Republican Army were shot and killed before they had a chance to detona...
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In May 1297 the course of Scottish history was changed forever when The Sheriff of Lanark, Sir. William Heselrig was hacked to death by a young Scottish patriot, his name was William Wallace or as we have come to know him, Braveheart.Wallace was a legend, a national hero but in this episode of Fact...
In recent years the world has become an unsettling place, from the mass movements of refugees to political upheaval, both in this country and abroad. Disturbingly, history shows that it's at unsettled times like this that dictators can rise - leaders who promise they can solve every problem, if only...
Tony Robinson presents a series examining some of history's least pleasant employment opportunities. He begins in the first millennium, trying his hand at everyday tasks including back-breaking mining by ancient Roman methods, and Saxon ploughing using wooden implements and oxen. He also enters the...
During the fourteenth century the Renaissance started in Italy, and slowly spread throughout Europe. As shown in this episode, the refreshing Renaissance era indicates an intellectual, philosophical, artistic and religious revolution and is mainly influenced by humanism. The objective of this moveme...
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Nanook of the North (also known as Nanook of the North: A Story Of Life and Love In the Actual Arctic) is a 1922 silent documentary film by Robert J. Flaherty. In the tradition of what would later be called salvage ethnography, Flaherty captured the struggles of the InukNanook and his family in the...
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When the RMS Titanic sank on the 15th of April 1912 claiming over 1500 lives she took with her the pride and dreams of a city. What took just 180 minutes to disappear had taken the people of Belfast millions of man hours to build.Before construction could begin they had to carve a vast new dock from...
Episode 2: Invasion, Invasion, InvasionSimon discovers the impact on the Holy City of a new faith, Islam. He explores Muhammad's relationship with Jerusalem, the construction of one of Islam's holiest shrines, the Dome of the Rock, and the Crusaders' attempts to win back the Holy City for Christiani...
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In the last days of November 1950, twelve thousand men of the 1st Marine Division along with a few thousand army soldiers found themselves trapped high in the mountains of North Korea near a reservoir called Chosin.Their leaders had been caught off guard by the sudden entrance of the People’s...
The Devil has been hunted down, captured and exhibited, America overcame Saddam Hussein a tyrant is dethroned, Iraq celebrates and the world is now free from evil. That is the legend but forty years of relations between Saddam Hussein and the United States tell a whole other story.This is the story...
The British Museum in London is filled with many remarkable antiquities from ancient Egypt, among their treasures are 3,000 year old mummies and colossal statues which honour great pharaohs but there is one item that is more valuable than all the rest. At the entrance to their Egyptian collection is...
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The origin of video games lies in early cathode ray tube-based missile defense systems in the late 1940s. These programs were later adapted into other simple games during the 1950s. By the late 1950s and through the 1960s, more computer games were developed (mostly on mainframe computers), gradually...
Emperor Chin or Shi Huangdi [246-210 BC], is known as the Tiger of Qin, and the unifier of all China who ruled between 221 and 210 BC.Emperor Qin built much of the Great Wall of China, but is best known in archaeological circles for his legendary tomb. In 1974, workmen discovered the tomb of Shi Hua...
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Martin Shaw takes a fresh look at one of the most famous war stories of them all. The actor, himself a pilot, takes to the skies to retrace the route of the 1943 raid by 617 Squadron which used bouncing bombs to destroy German dams. He sheds new light on the story as he separates the fact from the m...
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Thousands of mummies in the very heart of Europe, monks, doctors, soldiers and even children, dead yet resisting deaths inevitable decay in the catacombs in Italy’s Catholic churches. Some of these mummies are so well preserved it is almost impossible to tel if they are dead or merely sleeping...
Sheep-farming archaeologist, Francis Pryor, presents a brand new historical series, which explores Britain A.D, the British national character and the ultimate British icon King Arthur. Finding new and previously unexplained evidence, Francis Pryor overturns the idea that Britain reverted to a state...

The Great Plague

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In 1665, death stalked the streets of London, The Great Plague was responsible for killing over 100,000 people which equates to one in three of the cities inhabitants. We know something of the horror of that summer through the diaries and letters which were written by the wealthy literate of the day...
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In this documentary British art historian and BBC television presenter Dan Cruickshank takes us back to Victorian times as he investigates the circumstances and rituals which surrounded death at the time. By examining the fate of five apparently unrelated corpses Cruickshank manages to uncover a tal...
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The Taj Mahal: Symbol of India, architectural jewel, and monument to a grand passion. Built in the 17th century by the Great Mogul Shah Jahan in honor of Mumtaz Mahal, the love of his life. Before she died, legend says, Mumtaz Mahal made a wish for a mausoleum, more sublime than any the world had se...
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The Forgotten Irish is touching film which sets out to tell the story of those who immigrated to Birmingham, England from Ireland back in the 50’s and 60’s in search of work. Back then an estimated 60,000 Irish made the journey annually, all of whom were drawn in by the building boom and...
Once the private home of the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family, Glencairn serves as a museum of religious art and history, honoring the spiritual traditions of people through the ages. "Embracing the Sacred: The Story of Glencairn Museum" features spectacular aerial photography of Glencairn, Bryn...
Profile of Pol Pot, who rose to be leader of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge and self-appointed prime minister in a social experiment that became a grotesque example of communist reform in action involving the depopulation of the cities and enforced labour in food production. Discarding his early training as...
1966. Gemini 8 (Gemini VIII) was the sixth manned spaceflight in NASA's Gemini program. A primary goal of the mission was the historic first docking in space with an Agena target vehicle - this was achieved however not all went as planned, with cameras recording the harrowing experiences of astronau...
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This beautifully crafted film is an in-depth look at the witch-hunts that swept through Europe just a few hundred years ago. False accusations and trials led to massive torture and burnings at the stake, and ultimately to the destruction of an organic way of life. The film advances the theory that w...
A three part documentary series examines the last years of the Arab-Israeli peace process from the point of view of presidents and prime ministers, their generals and ministers and those behind the suicide bombs and assassinations. The series reveals what happened behind closed doors as the peace pr...
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They were the dreaded forces on the fringes of civilization, the bloodthirsty warriors who defied the Roman legions and terrorized the people of Europe. They were the Barbarians, and their names still evoke images of cruelty and chaos.But what do we really know of these legendary warriors? From the...
Who were the first Americans? Theories abound on the answer to that question. This BBC documentary follows a new quest for the first humans to have a foothold in the Western hemisphere. The discovery of an ancient skull sets scientific experts off on a search, shattering some longstanding and deeply...
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The Ancient World is a seven part documentary series presented by historian Bettany Hughes, it was originally aired by British TV station Channel 4 over the course of an 8 year period. Hughes, takes us on a wonderful journey through the ancient world and at each stop on this journey providing us wit...
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. Rome's Empire was the greatest political prize the world had ever seen. "Seduction of Power" is the story of those who would do anything to...