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Hovering just off camera on the set of 'Downton Abbey' is the man who watches the actors' every move. The director? No, it's the historical advisor, Alastair Bruce, guaranteeing that the behavior above stairs and below stairs is true to the period of 1900s Britain. A treat for 'Downton Abbey' fans or anyone who loves history, this program goes behind the scenes during the filming of Season 5 with Bruce to explore the elaborate code of conduct that governed British life.
Professor Henry Louis Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, continues his journey into the past to illuminate the familial histories of 29 of today's most recognizable names in sports, music, film, television, theatre, and literature. Each episode takes viewers on a journey through layers of ancestral history, uncovering familial secrets and sharing life-altering discoveries that ultimately reveal an intimate bond that links each individual's story together.
Take beautiful scenery, add exquisite meals and the company of brilliant, witty friends and you have the recipe for delight starring the riotously funny Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and directed by award winner Michael Winterbottom. they retrace the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy. During their drives and between bites of fine cuisine, the pals indulge in some sparkling banter and face off against each other with celebrity impersonations.
Historical reenactments from A-list talent as told by inebriated storytellers. Drunken and often incoherent narrations provide a unique take on the familiar and less familiar people and events from our country's great past with unforgettable results. Host Derek Waters, along with an ever-changing cast of great actors, lead viewers from town to town across the country.
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One with four gripping BBC productions ranging from documentary to docu-drama that unlock the mysteries of this important chapter in our history and share a fresh perspective on how it came to be.
Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) is a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. Now he is an Earl, allied with King Horrik (Donal Logue). With more power than ever before, his desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms remains unquenchable.
After Mickey Scarpato's (Philip Seymour Hoffman) trouble-making stepson Leon (Caleb Landry Jones) is killed in a construction 'accident,' Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news along with the body. But in the gritty, blue-collar Philadelphia neighborhood called God's Pocket, no secret can stay hidden forever.
An historical drama that tracks a recent chapter in Italy's history as a web of political corruption runs rampant from the Mafia to the Vatican. The film features an all-star cast, including Giancarlo Giannini, Rutger Hauer, Omero Antonutti and Pamela Villoresi.
A remarkable autobiography of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is captured by the Japanese during WWII and sent to a POW camp, where he is tormented and forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Decades later, still suffering the trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax and his wife Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love.
On the surface, London is a buzzing, modern metropolis - but underneath lies a hidden world, all but forgotten by the millions of people above. From ancient caves and preserved Roman remains to mysterious rivers and plague pits... 2,000 years of subterranean history. The special unearths historical locations such as the London Silver Vaults beneath Chancery Lane and Prime Minister Winston Churchill's bunkers - where he conducted his strategic plan to win the war - directly under Westminster.
The four-part series uncovers the little-known stories that played a large role in determining the fate of the war and those who fought in it. Hitler's Madness shows medical experts and war historians explore recently discovered medical records that reveal tantalizing evidence about Hitler. In Hitler's General, witness the sensational rise and fall of Adolf's favorite general Erwin Rommel, a.k.a. the Desert Fox. Next, discover the secrets that were buried at sea when the pride of the German submarine fleet was sunk by U.S. forces in The Ghost of U-513. Lastly, get an inside look into the secret operations that took place in the shadows of WWII in Deadly Missions.
This three-part documentary series explores both the famous and little known aspects of the Civil War from the perspectives of the Union, the Confederacy and the millions of enslaved Americans struggling for freedom. Hosted by Ashley Judd, country singer Trace Adkins and Dennis Haysbert -all of whom have ancestors who were greatly affected by the war.
Based on the -non-fiction book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter, the film pays tribute to the real men and women who risked their lives to recover and return thousands of cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis during World War II.
A new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln's most powerful address.
The legendary queen of television comedy is joined by her real-life children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., as well as Gale Gordon, her co-star from the earlier Lucy Show. Ball plays Lucille Carter, widowed mother of teenagers Kim and Craig. Lucy works for her brother-in-law Harry (Gordon), who owns Carter's Unique Employment Agency, leading Lucy into endless predicaments and hilarious hijinks.
Take an insider's tour and meet the people who make this famous house a home. Loyal staff including maids, assistants, ushers, valets, butlers, chefs, plumbers, engineers, florists and others who have worked under multiple presidents share unique and personal views on everything from first pets to family birthday parties, preparations for inauguration and never-before-heard views of world-altering events and presidential scandals.
Celebrate the triumphs, lament the tragedies and learn how today’s engineers are using the past as a blueprint, refining yesterday’s technologies in hopes of sending humans to Mars and beyond. From rocket testers in Mississippi, to capsule builders in Florida, get an insider’s look into modern spacecraft and the technicians aiming to follow in the footsteps of their Apollo ancestors.
An epic 1967 collaboration between cinema greats Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, and Alain Resnais in protest of American military involvement in Vietnam--made, per Marker's narration, 'to affirm, by the exercise of their craft, their solidarity with the Vietnamese people in struggle against aggression.'
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