Category: History

Video documentaries about history of the world

Around the World in 80 Treasures episode 5 - India to Sri Lanka

Around the World in 80 Treasures episode 5 – India to Sri Lanka

Documentary series in which Dan Cruickshank travels the world in search of man's greatest creations. In Calcutta, he tangles with a 10-armed naked goddess and is moved to passion in the Cave of Heavenly Maidens. Dan's on a journey of personal enlightenment and finds the key to the cosmos in the city of Jaipur, worships ...

Around the World in 80 Treasures episode 4 - Japan to China

Around the World in 80 Treasures episode 4 – Japan to China

In Japan, he shows us a Samurai sword and a temple with a meditation garden. Moving on to China, Dan marvels at the Great Wall and contemplates the massed ranks of the Terracotta army, before battling bureaucracy in an attempt to see the ancient porcelain in the Forbidden City. Documentary series presented by Dan Cruickshank revealing ...

Around the World in 80 Treasures episode 3 - Australia to Cambodia

Around the World in 80 Treasures episode 3 – Australia to Cambodia

Documentary presented by Dan Cruickshank revealing the most beautiful and precious things in the world. In the Australian outback Dan unearths giant termite mounds, edible juicy ants and erotic cave paintings, and then heads on to the wonders of Indonesia and the dead of Sulawesi with their marathon funerals of ritual sacrifice. He then travels ...

Around the World in 80 Treasures episode 2 - Mexico to America

Around the World in 80 Treasures episode 2 – Mexico to America

Dan travels from the ancient Mayan tombs and pyramids of Palenque to the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and the refinement of Thomas Jefferson's elegant home in Virginia. He also reveals his first 'dark' treasures of this journey, including the 1851 Navy Colt handgun. Dan Cruickshank sets out on television's most ambitious treasure hunt ...

Around the World in 80 Treasures episode 1

Around the World in 80 Treasures episode 1 – Peru to Brazil

Dan Cruickshank sets out on television's most ambitious treasure hunt ever - to reveal the most beautiful and precious things made by man since the dawn of time. Filmed over five months and visiting over 40 countries, episode one takes Dan deep into the Amazonian rainforests of Brazil, to the peaks of the Peruvian mountains ...

After Braveheart

After Braveheart

This docudrama series "After Braveheart" reveals the untold story of how a Scottish army tried to drive the English out of Ireland 700 years ago. The epic events portrayed in the Hollywood movie Braveheart, directed by Mel Gibson, were only the beginning of the long war for Scottish Independence. After the Scotts finally defeat their English ...

The Story of the Jews episode 5

The Story of the Jews episode 5 – Return

Simon Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Mixing personal recollection with epic history, Simon tells the story of the remarkable personalities and unprecedented events which turned the Zionist dream of creating a modern state of Israel into reality - and the consequences ...

The Story of the Jews episode 4 - Over the Rainbow

The Story of the Jews episode 4 – Over the Rainbow

Simon Schama plunges us into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of eastern Europe which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture.  Shtetl culture would make its mark on the modern world, from the revolutionary politics of the Soviet Union to the mass culture ...

The Story of the Jews episode 3 - A Leap of Faith

The Story of the Jews episode 3 – A Leap of Faith

Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down - allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe.  One of the most of fruitful branches of this Jewish renaissance was in music, and the stellar ...

The Story of the Jews episode 2 - Among Believers

The Story of the Jews episode 2 – Among Believers

Simon Schama's epic series continues with the story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity - and sometimes their lives - under the rule of Christianity and Islam. Whether labelled 'Christ-killers' by the Christians or 'dhimmi' (non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic community) by the Muslims, diaspora Jews built new lives and invented new ways ...