An investigation of a mass grave found in the catacombs beneath the streets of Rome sheds insight into ancient Romans’ daily lives and health. Included: who the buried people may have been; why so many were interred in one place; and what killed them.
A profile of Al Capone (1899-1947), who rose through the ranks of organised crime to rule Chicago’s underworld during the Prohibition years. It is believed he ordered the infamous St Valentine’s Day Massacre as well as numerous other murders. On the flip side, however, he opened one of the nation’s first soup kitchens, fought for […]
With permission from the Queen, this program reveals a year in Buckingham Palace Gardens, uncovering a wonderland with a five century history, an urban oasis of wildlife where the Queen grew up and a ‘living museum’ where almost every plant (and some of the animals) have a royal story to tell.
A revealing documentary looking at the abdication crisis of 1936 through the eyes of the two women at its very heart. In a series of dramatized monologues set in 1967, Elizabeth the queen mother and Wallis Simpson look back at the dramatic events which led to King Edward VIII giving up the throne for the […]
Follow Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life, from her youth to her uncle’s abdication, her father’s coronation as King George VI, her experience during World War II, her sudden ascension to the throne and her eventful reign of more than 60 years.
An autopsy on the 5,000-year-old remains of Otzi the Iceman, the mummified corpse recovered from a glacier in the Italian Alps in 1991, reveals details of life during the Copper Age, including people’s diet and the types of diseases they dealt with.
Follow Muhammad Ali’s path from a gym in Louisville to boxing successes, conversion to Islam, opposition to the draft, exile from the ring, comeback fights, Parkinson’s disease and his inspirational re-emergence at the Atlanta Olympics.
Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz shares her journey of self-discovery. She grew up in a Jewish household believing, as her parents told her, that her dark complexion came from a dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. Schoolmates doubted the story, but it wasn’t until she was 18, when her parents abruptly split, that she learned the truth: her biological father […]
The coldest and snowiest places on earth, such as the Arctic Circle or Antarctica, pose a challenge to human visitors. But what about the year-round animal population? How do they cope for many months with life in these frozen wonderlands where temperatures can plummet to as low as minus 50 degrees? Find out how these […]
In his critically-acclaimed directorial debut, Theo Anthony uses the rat to burrow into the dark, complicated history of Baltimore. A unique blend of history, science and sci-fi, poetry and portraiture, Rat Film explores how racial segregation, discriminatory lending practices known as “redlining,” and environmental racism built the Baltimore that exists today.