In the Late Bronze Age, around 1250 BC, life in the Eastern Mediterranean was flourishing. The Hittites had established a mighty empire that controlled most of Anatolia and Northern Syria; the Mycenaean civilisation thrived in Greece and Crete, and under the rule of the great Pharaoh Ramses II, Egypt ruled an empire that stretched from Sudan to Southern Syria. The states ruled by monarchs, were palace centred, and wealthy. The entire region was connected by an extensive network of trade routes, forming one big globalised system.
But by 1177 BC this old world was gone. Within a period of 40-50 years almost every significant city, palace & trade was destroyed and wiped out forever. The world had entered its first recorded ‘Dark Age’. Why? What happened?
As the second world war engulfed the globe, buildings – historic, magnificent, monumental, were brought crashing to the ground. Whole cities were flattened, knocked down and burned down. But f rom the devastation, through vast re-planning, restructuring and re-building – emerged new cities f or a new world. This i s the story of those cities that were attacked, damaged and destroyed during WWII that rose again – from the ashes.
The War of Independence and Civil War were characterised by viciousness and ruthlessness on both sides, but it was the republicans that left behind a particularly gruesome legacy – the disappearing of people and dumping them in unmarked graves. This two part documentary series In the Name of the Republic reveals the true extent of the horror that took place during the period 1919 to 1923.
Ever wondered how, over thousands of years, the simple cup of tea came to be the world’s most consumed beverage after water? Or how coffee made its way from Ethiopia into Europe and across the world to become the everyday drink we love to consume? And why is it that people the world over have turned to chocolate for rituals, medicine, romance and sheer pleasure for 4,000 million years?
From its origins as a nomadic Turkoman tribe from central Asia, the Ottoman Empire became one of the world’s most impressive super powers, dominating swathes of the Middle East, Northern Africa and South Eastern Europe for some 500 years.
As a leader of the Islamic world, it’s incursions into Europe were often seen as a religious offensive, sparking a titanic power struggle between the forces of Christianity and Islam. The reality, we discover, was much more complex.
In Ottomans Vs. Christians: Battle for the Mediterranean, Presenter Julian Davison leads us on a swashbuckling adventure to some of the most extraordinary destinations in the Mediterranean.
We travel back in time to a world of magnificent galleys laden with riches and merciless pirates who prowl the seas, of spectacular battles and bloodied acts of treachery and revenge. With the help of esteemed historians, re-enactment groups and actors portraying some of the periods most remarkable figures, we relive the most dramatic and pivotal moments of this legendary clash of civilizations and uncover its rich and potent legacy.
The story of the collapse of the Mayan Empire is dramatic and chilling. Stranger than fiction, it is a story of power, religion, climate change, war and murder that can now be told through new science, new technology, and for the first time – by the Mayans themselves.
Dr. Arthur Demarest is no stranger to hacking his way through the jungle. Arthur has been called “the real Indiana Jones” – he digs up ancient cities and opens tombs in the jungle, has dealt with snakes and even been shot at on his quest. Arthur is after a truth that has been lost for a millennium and might tell us something that can save us from our own catastrophe. His target: What ended the Mayan Empire?
This 3x I hr documentary tells the story of the famous WW2 battle and the four year German occupation of the Greek island of Crete that followed.
With the help of documentary footage from the day, CGI, expert contributors, and survivors re visit the island of Crete and it’s battlefields to tell the story of this unique and bloody battle and its aftermath.
Produced by London indie, Pilot Productions, this one off documentary will explore the impact on our planet of viral diseases across the ages. Covid 19, which struck with such devastating impact in the early months of 2020 ,is just the latest in a long line of pandemics that have devastated, and in some cases ,destroyed societies throughout time. Like all pandemics, Covid-19 was sparked by human interaction with the animal world.
We explore the symptoms of these diseases and their impact – whether it was the Black Death/Bubonic Plague -which cost 100 million lives in 14th century Europe, or the Smallpox pandemic transmitted by Europeans which wiped out indigenous communities in the Americas, Pacific and Australia between the 15th and 18th centuries. The Great Plague of the 17th century and the Spanish Flu outbreak at the end of World War 1, were equally devastating in Europe.