Motorcycle road racing is the most dangerous of all motor sports. A sport in which men compete at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour on closed country roads. Roads that on any other day service cars, buses, tractors. Roads that are lined with trees, telegraph posts and stone walls. Unforgiving obstacles when struck by the human body. It is a sport that has claimed many lives over the years and continues to do so to this day. Ireland and the Isle of Man are two of the few places in the world w.
In the high-stakes game of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. It's a deadly route that has seen more failed attempts by elite climbing teams over the past 30 Years than any other ascent in the Himalayas. When Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk attempted the 21,000ft climb they suffered set back after set back including dwindling supplies, 10 feet snow storms and sub-zero temperatures. Beaten back even when inches from the summit, heartbroken and totally defeated, Anker, Chin and Ozturk face up to some extraordinary challenges that makes Meru a unique story of friendship, sacrifice, hope and obsession. In the high-stakes game of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. It's a deadly route that has seen more failed attempts by elite climbing teams over the past 30 Years than any other ascent in the Himalayas. When Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk attempted the 21,000ft climb they suffered set back after set back including dwindling supplies, 10 feet snow storms and sub-zero temperatures. Beaten back even when inches from the summit, heartbroken and totally defeated, Anker, Chin and Ozturk face up to some extraordinary challenges that makes Meru a unique story of friendship, sacrifice, hope and obsession.
Based on the novel by Labour MP Chris Mullin and adapted for the screen by Alan Plater (Fortunes of War) A Very British Coup imagines what might have happened if a Left-Wing Labour MP had become Prime Minister of the UK at the end of the 1980s. Radical Leftist Harry Perkins (Ray McAnally) an unassuming working class politician from Sheffield stands for open and honest government. Despite a landslide victory for Labour Perkins is fighting for his seat from day one as the right-wing establishment and its American allies scheme to plot his downfall. Adultery blackmail and conspiracies abound Perkins remains committed to his socialist agenda. But when politics gets dirty can he play the game and win?
The Hunt, the new landmark BBC series, captures the dramatic encounters of predator and prey in an entirely new light. Featuring the extraordinary strategies of a huge range of predators, from cheetahs and African wild dogs to killer whales and polar bears, these images and stories will revolutionise what you thought you knew about life in the wild. Whether through speed, stamina or complex subterfuge, each creature’s strategy is honed to its environment – and remarkable adaptations mean that the hunted often can, and do, outwit their hunters. It’s a life-or-death duel where each animal’s skills are stretched to the very limit. From the producers of Frozen Planet and Planet Earth, ¬The Hunt reveals in astonishing detail the most surprising and significant events in the natural world. ‘The duels between hunters and hunted are as dramatic as any event in the natural world.’ David Attenborough
In the 15th century, medieval England was torn apart by a titanic power struggle between two great rival families – the House of Lancaster and The House of York. The prize for the victor would be the throne of England. The war raged across the land from 1455 to 1485, with Henry Tudor of the House of Lancaster finally crushing the forces of York and killing their leader Richard III on the field of battle at Bosworth. Over 2 hours long, The Wars Of The Roses tells the whole fascinating story of the epic conflict by using full scale reconstructions and recreations. Graphic animation clearly explains the movements and tactical intentions of each army; while narrated eyewitness accounts from soldiers, statesman, courtiers and scribes add a vivid insight from those who were there. Respected historians and scholars provide expert analysis and especially shot footage of the battlefields as they are today completes the most ambitious film history of this conflict ever produced. Bonus footage: Towton Graves forensic analysis of the skeletons from the recently discovered mass graves. Main Chapters: Kings Nobles and France Absence of a leader Rebellion First Battle St Albans Bloreheath and Ludford Bridge Sandal Castle Mortimer’s Cross and Towton No Quarter Promised Polt Against the King Richard III Henry Tudor
Powerful and thought-provoking drama based on one of the most shocking crimes of the 20th Century. This is the chilling story of child killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley and how they were finally brought to justice. Convicted of the torture and killing of five youngsters the Moors Murderers remain two of the most hated figures in Britain. See No Evil reveals the untold story and is based on two years of intensive research and interviews with detectives and the key trial witness. Produced in consultation with the murdered children's relatives.
In the second part of his fascinating series TV historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver (Coast and A History of Scotland) tells the story of Britain before and during the Roman occupation. The series traces the development of Britain from 1000 BC to 400 AD. It shows how a thriving Iron Age Britain became part of the Roman Empire heralding an era of luxury for some and harsh subjugation for many; it reveals how Celtic communities survived north of Hadrian's Wall and around the fringes of the island and examines how a new Romano-British culture emerged from the bitter struggle for Britannia.
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Auschwitz: the site of the largest mass murder in the history of the world. However few know the true and surprising history of this most infamous place nor how it fitted into the Nazis' overall plan for the mass extermination of the Jews what was termed 'Final Solution'. For Auschwitz via its destructive dynamism became both a microcosm of the Nazi State and the logical consequence of Hitler's warped view of the world. Combining rare archive footage CGI illustrations of the c
The West Indies cricket team in the 1970s and 80s rightly continues to be regarded as one of the finest of all time. Names such as Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Malcolm Marshall and Gordon Greenidge played the kind of cricket that remains talked about to this day. But what the film Fire In Babylon does is dig a little deeper, examining the ramifications of what that team achieved off the pitch as well as on it. Fire In Babylon examines the oppression and prejudice that the West Indies team was batting against, and how it came to gradually overcome them. It looks, too, at just what can be achieved by sporting success, with many of the key names of the time all contributing. Running to a little shy of 90 minutes, Fire In Babylon blends match footage when it can, and breezes through its running time. Perhaps it doesnt quite fully match its ambitions, but it does provide a thoughtful, engaging documentary, one whose appeal should extend far beyond followers of cricket. Its an uplifting piece of work, and one that really deserves to be seen. --Jon Foster
Originally broadcast in 1985, In Search of the Trojan War followed the successful formula established by his first historical detective series, In Search of the Dark Ages, and firmly established Michael Wood as the most personable of TV historians. Wood is not only a born TV presenter, he's got both academic gravitas and narrative skill to craft a compelling mystery from the archaeological, literary and mythological sources. Over six hour-long programmes, Wood marshals the disparate strands of evidence to present as fully rounded a portrait as possible of both historical and the legendary city of Troy, its central place in Western culture, and the Mycenaean Age itself. From Schliemann's initial cavalier bulldozing of the mound at Hisarlik, to Homer's epics, the Hittite Empire and the role of slave-women, Wood journeys back and forth across the Aegean and elsewhere, from a pre-unification Berlin to Liverpool, to illuminate the dawn of Western literature, myth and history. Did the Trojan War ever happen? Or was the city destroyed by natural causes? Wood doesn't claim to find a definitive answer, of course, but for the viewer it's rewarding enough simply to accompany him on this fascinating journey. On the DVD: In Search of the Trojan War is presented on two discs in unremarkable 4:3 TV format. There's a new 25-minute interview with Wood, who looks back affectionately on the making of the series. --Mark Walker
All 25 episodes from the third series of the documentary in which Michael Portillo traces historic rail journeys across Britain taking as his guide 'Bradshaw's Handbook'.;The episodes are: 'Great Yarmouth to Beccles' 'Darsham to Felixstowe' 'Sudbury to Southend' 'Epping to Hackney' 'Fenchurch to Embankment' 'Windsor to Didcot' 'Reading to Alton' 'Winchester to Isle of Wight' 'Brockenhurst to Poole' 'Wareham to Portland' 'Oxford to Pershore' 'Hartlebury to Great Malvern' 'Lydney to Newport' 'Cardiff to Brecon' 'Port Talbot to Milford Haven' 'Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Morpeth' 'Bardon Mill to Wigton' 'Cockermouth to Eskdale' 'Kirkby-in-Furness to Lancaster' 'Heysham to Snaefell' 'Bray to Dublin' 'Enfield to Drogheda' 'Dundalk to Portadown' 'Belfast to Whitehead' and 'Ballymoney to Derry'.
Combining unseen archive footage and a wealth of interview material with "ordinary" people who witnessed or even participated in Hitler's reign, this eight part 1997 documentary brought fresh light to bear on the rise and fall of The Third Reich. Inevitably, the episode dealing with the Holocaust immobilises the viewer in its harrowing detail and a further blow against that rump of humanity who refuse to believe the genocide ever occurred. Yet of great interest also is the depiction of the nature of Hitler's dictatorship. He was, it seems, not a driven, workaholic ideologue but a lazy man who, having set his ideas in motion was content to let his subordinates do all the administrative work, fighting for his favour. The series also featured interviews with unrepentant Nazis. There's a telling moment in which an interviewer confronts an elderly woman with a letter of complaint to the Nazi authorities about a supposedly "subversive" neighbour, bearing her signature. The letter sent the hapless neighbour to her death. At first the woman denies knowledge of the incident, then, when faced with the evidence, glibly wonders why anyone should still bother about events that occurred so long ago. This series shows us exactly why. --David Stubbs
Historian Dan Snow presents Empire of the Seas a four-part series charting the remarkable story of the role the Royal Navy played in Britain's struggle for modernity - a grand tale of the twists and turns which thrust the people of the British Isles into an indelible relationship with the sea and ships. The story of how the country's greatest institution - her Navy - has shaped her history. Heart of Oaks opens with a dramatic retelling of 16th and 17th century history and how victory over the Armada turned an impoverished England into a seafaring nation. With access to the modern Navy and reconstructed ships of the time Snow recounts the Navy's metamorphosis from a rabble of West Country freebooters to possibly the most complex industrial enterprise on earth. The Golden Ocean: Snow charts the period from 1690 to 1759 and reveals how England – soon to be Britain – and her Navy rose from the depths of military and economic disaster to achieve global supremacy and for the first time in her history by 1759 Britannia really did rule the waves. High Tide: Dan Snow sheds light on the evolution of Nelson's Navy and the national enterprise which supported it. Through the stories of naval heroes like Captain Cook Charles Middleton and Admiral Nelson Snow explores the elite training the growing navel meritocracy and years of tough experience which created a ruthless and professional 'Band of Brothers'. Sea Charge: Dan explores the ups and downs of a climactic 19th-century in naval and British history. Rapacious and ruthless the Navy used 'gunboat diplomacy' to push British interest further afield than ever before the control of the sea was the key to Britain's growing wealth.
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History Of Christianity
Micky is going on a Jolly Up! They went there to cycle - but decided to have a laugh instead... There are two kinds of men in this world - those that use maps and Micky Flanagan. Join Micky and bricky Noel on a detour through France quite unlike any other you've seen before.: Unicycling Clowns cat-phobic jesters a chicken that looks like Boris Johnson gypsies cross-dressing nudism and cosmic wine - it's all here - in a hilarious bromance that see's Micky take on his greatest challenge yet...the French! This DVD includes the four episodes broadcast on Sky 1 plus a whole exclusive episode including all the best bits they just couldn't show on the telly. Includes extra exclusive episode too bleu for TV featuring all the best bits that they just couldn't show on the telly!
Carry On star Sid James stars as Citizen James in the hilarious 1960s TV comedy series.Sid James as Sid and Bill Kerr as Bill, are joined by Liz Fraser as Liz, Sid's long-suffering fiance, and a supporting cast that includes Sydney Tafler, John Bluthal, Patricia Hayes, Bob Todd, Frank Thornton, Irene Handl, Lance Percival, Derek Nimmo and film star Cecil Parker.In Series One, written by Alan Simpson and Ray Galton (Hancock, Steptoe & Son), Sid James is the hard-working layabout, gambler and con artist, hanging out in Charlie's Nosh Bar and on the Soho streets, occasionally stopping off at Liz's drinking club to borrow money to pay off his gambling debts and cons gone wrong.In Series Two and Three written by Sid Green and Dick Hills (Morecambe & Wise), Sid is now accompanied by Sydney Tafler in the new role of Sid's mate Charlie, as they take on teenagers, watch dogs, trial by jury and a very crusty loaf.These are the only known surviving episodes and comprise the complete Series One, along with two episodes each from Series Two and Three.
As seen on the BBC Part 1 of the last series made by the greatest steeplejack of our time. This new series was completed by Fred Dibnah before his death in November last year. He sets out on a grand tour of Britain's industrial past - in search of the engineering and mechanical skills which made Britain the 'workshop of the world' - aboard his beloved 1912 steam traction engine which he had spent 27 years restoring.
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