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Documentary about the iconic Volkswagen camper van which, since the 1960s, has become synonymous with freedom, love and adventure due to its association with hippie subculture. Film-maker Damon Ristau speaks to a number of enthusiasts who share their stories and speak of how the vehicle has become a cultural icon since its creation.
"I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong" - Princess Elizabeth of York, 1947. This was a promise delivered by Princess Elizabeth on her 21st birthday, addressing the Nation she would one day reign over. Now approaching her 60th year on the throne, her vow has not faltered and the Queen's popularity is greater than ever.
But Elizabeth's relationship with her country has not always been an easy one. As the monarch who witnessed the launch of the internet and saw royal control diminish as media power surged, the Queen is the most famous and reported upon monarch in the world. But for her and her immediate royal family, this has not always been an advantage.
With unrivalled archive footage from ITN source, home video and featuring interviews from royal correspondents as well as civilians, we reveal the highs and lows of Elizabeth II's reign and how she has had to adapt her own values in order to forge a place for the monarchy in modern society.
Biographical documentaries on the lives of three great explorers: Charles Darwin, Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo.
A box set chronicling the major events of the century up until 1992. Includes coverage of Queen Victoria's funeral, the D-Day landings, the landing on the moon, the Falklands War, the break-up of the USSR and much more.
The Ascent of Man is regarded as one of television's greatest acheivements. Dr Jacob Bronowski traces the steps of scientific imagination through history as they happened, where they happened.
Includes a specially written 48 page illustrated booklet of viewing notes to accompany this DVD.
With characteristic passion and enthusiasm, Alan Titchmarsh takes an incredible voyage of discovery - from the frozen summit of Ben Nevis to the white sands of the temperate Isles of Scilly, and from the rain-drenched tip of western Ireland to the dry expanses of East Anglia.
To reveal the secrets hidden in the landscape, Alan descends a Yorkshire waterfall twice as high as Niagara Falls, climbs one of the highest mountains in Scotland and goes foraging with red squirrels in Formby. He travels back in time to find hippos roaming through Trafalgar Square, an immense forest that spreads from Land's End to John O'Croats, and prehistoric reptiles swimming in Britain's tropical seas.
In an inspiring and compelling series, Alan shows how the British landscape and wildlife have evolved through dramatic geological, climatic and human change, but he also examines the state of the land today and investigates the fresh challenges and responsibilities we face in a future that promises as many spectacular transformations in the past.
This 1972 TV documentary series offers a personal view of the history and development of the USA by esteemed Anglo-American journalist Alistair Cooke, who died in 2004 at the age of 95 after a long and illustrious broadcasting career. Combining specially-shot and archive film with photographs, paintings and sketches, the series starts with the colonial period, continues through the revolutionary war and pioneer expansionist eras, looks at the global conflicts and economic domination of the 20th century, and concludes with a study of the social upheavals and counter-culture revolutions of the 1960s and early 70s. The series was born as a spin-off of Cooke's exceptionally long-running (58 years) radio slot, Letter From America.
History Channel documentary series profiling the 43 US presidents to-date and the importance of the office. From the first US president, George Washington, to the current incumbent of the Oval Office, Barack Obama, the programme explores the stories of the men who have held arguably the most powerful role in the world.
A documentary that explores the life and work of the Indian screenwriter/filmmaker, Ritwik Ghatak (1925-1976). Director, Anup Singh uses visual and aural clues - historical and cultural - to try to define the work of Ghatak.
The Silver Fez is a feature length documentary set in Cape Town's unique Malay choir culture.
Once upon a time in a city at the end of Africa, two men were possessed by a dream that could come true for only one of them. Kaatji Davids was a house painter with barely two cents to rub together. But he did have an old banjo, some loyal friends and the audacity to imagine he might be the one to topple Hadji Bucks, reigning champion of Cape Malay music.
The prize was the Silver Fez, Holy Grail of Cape Town's Muslim subculture. The campaign involved a cast of thousands and a staggering array of skills, the most sacred of which was the singing of an ancient music that arrived in the Cape on slave ships. Kaatji laboured day and night, driven by dreams of glory and, in the end, by pain. You see Hadji Bucks had limitless resources and he used them to lure Kaatji's best friend into changing sides.
After that, it wasn't just about the music anymore...
The Impressionists and their circle have become the international superstars of Western painting. The works of Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh appear everywhere and are well loved by the public and academics alike.
But whilst their popularity is greater than ever, it is easy to forget the revolutionary nature of the Impressionists' art. They broke away from tradition not only in their technique - by using touches of colour to capture movement and light - but in their subject matter too, depicting ordinary people at work and leisure.
In this series, Tim Marlow takes us on a journey through the great art movement of the late nineteenth-century and explores some of the most beautiful paintings ever created.
This collection contains all eight episodes from the Tim Marlow series: Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.
History Channel documentary exploring the feud between a West Virginia family and their rivals from Kentucky which lasted almost 30 years and became a byword for the dangers of family and tribal loyalties.
Collection of three History Channel documentaries exploring the catastrophe that enveloped the Roman city Pompeii when the nearby volcano Vesuvius erupted. The programmes included are: 'Digging for the Truth - Pompeii: Secrets Revealed', 'In Search of History: Pompeii' and 'Mega Disasters: The Next Pompeii'.
Documentary series following comedian Rory McGrath as he explores some of the more bloody episodes from Britain's past. As well as exploring individual battles, wars, rebellions and plague outbreaks, McGrath takes part in a variety of historical experiments, including an attempt to build and fire a trebuchet.
This title offer an engaging account of the lives led by four of the greatest writers who ever lived. These include Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce and H.G. Wells. This three disc collection reveals the captivating tales with unique archive footage and expert analysis to deliver the fascinating true stories behind the GREAT WRITERS that changed the literary landscape.
Historian Dr David Starkey presents this biography of Henry VIII, which examines the events that shaped one of English history's most feared kings. Exploring Henry's childhood, his relationship with his father, and his desire to be a major player in Europe, this profile attempts to get inside the mind of the man, vividly portraying his life from that of a young handsome heir, to the ruthless and tyrannical monarch who shaped ideas of nationhood for subsequent generations.
This award winning and inspiring documentary tells the story of how the students of a small town school started working on a history assignment that snowballed into a unique and touching Holocaust memorial which gained world-wide attention.
Struggling to grasp the concept of six-million Holocaust victims, the students decide to collect paper clips to better understand the extent of this crime against humanity, one for each victim. In the end the students collect many more than the original six million, representing the much higher death toll that affected other minorities under the Nazi regime.
This incredible and fascinating film details how the students met Holocaust survivors from around the world and how the experience transformed them and their community, eventually becoming a unique and uplifting phenomenon which touched the hearts of millions the world over...
A must-watch film for anyone wanting a better insight into one of the most important lessons in modern history.
This new series of revision guides on DVD has been specially written by examiners who are experts in their subject areas. Presented in a fast-paced, informal and entertaining manner, the DVDs aim to help students in their studies by explaining what examiners are looking for and how students can maximise their chances of exam success. Key concepts for each subject area are explained and re-inforced by the use of on-screen visuals and animations. The use of interactive quizzes to test knowledge at key points during the DVD and the ability to view modules repeatedly until the knowledge has been fully digested make these DVDs essential study aids.
Bonus material includes an overview of exam technique which is applicable to most subject areas plus hints and tips on revision planning.
Your personal HISTORY tutors take you step by step through the topics of Henry VII, Britain 1895-1918, Germany 1870-1914, Lenin & The Bolsheviks, The Nazi Regime and Stalin's Rise to Power. Suitable for all the main examination boards, AQA, OCR and WJEC.
Focusing on the most important discoveries from the world of the ancient Egyptians, this fascinating series journeys back in time to explore three legends: Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's treasure-laden tomb, the Great Belzoni's finds from the reign of Ramesses II and Jean-Francois Champollion's deciphering of the hieroglyphs.
Discover the secrets, the myths and the truths behind one of the greatest civilisations in history - a world nearly lost beneath the sand.
BBC documentary series, using cutting-edge CGI effects to explore life on earth in the time before the dinosaurs, when the planet was ruled by an extraordinary succession of plants and animals, including a two-tonne fish that could come on land to hunt, and four-metre sea scorpions that prowled the ocean depths.
Authentic dramatisations, emotive music and in-depth commentary help build up this introduction to the 'Emerald Isle'. It traces the history of the island from medieval times through the Williamite Wars, the beginning of 'The Troubles', the rise of O'Connell to the Easter Rising and the coming of Michael Collins. It is filled with shots of the beautiful countryside and picturesque villages.
Discovery Channel documentary exploring the events surrounding the partial sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in January 2012. The Concordia, which contained over 4000 passengers, grounded on a reef close to Italy following an unscheduled deviation from its planned route. The documentary includes footage taken on the ship's bridge during the crisis which shows Captain Francesco Schettino, who many in the media have blamed for the disaster, struggling to deal with the perilous situation.
Three-part documentary series presented by author and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore in which he explores the history of Jerusalem. The programmes cover issues such as the city's significance to the three Abrahamic religions and the impact of new faith Islam, the Crusaders' attempt to regain control of Jerusalem and the conflict that still exists there today. Episodes comprise: 'Wellspring of Holiness', 'Invasion, Invasion, Invasion' and 'Judgement Day'.
In small towns and along America s back roads, treasures are waiting to be uncovered valuable relics from our history that are hidden in junk piles, buried in barns and stacked in garages. It takes experts to find them and turn rust to riches. AMERICAN PICKERS follows two of the most skilled pickers , Mike Wolfe, owner of Antique Archaeology and his business partner, Frank Fritz, as they hunt down objects with historical, collectible and pop culture value that have been long forgotten by their owners.
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