On each episode of "Lock n' Load", R. Lee Ermey takes us on a fascinating ride through the pathology of a featured weapon: where it came from, who thought of it, who improved it, its victories, its defeats, its impact on history and where it is now. R. Lee doesn't start at the beginning. He launches each "Connections-type" journey with that weapon's most modern iteration: for example, unleashing a maelstrom from a Metal Storm gun at one million rounds per minute, then weaving the machine gun's history across the hour, skipping through decades, centuries and milestones as required. Source: History Channel
John Blackthorne, an English ship pilot, whose vessel wrecked upon the Japanese coast in the early 17th century is forced to deal with the two most powerful men in Japan in these days. He is thrown in the midst of a war between Toranaga and Ishido, who struggle for the title of Shogun which will give ultimate power to the one who possesses it.
The Year: 1883. The Place: The Montana Territory. The Challenge: Blizzards, hunger, scorching sun, forest fires, the neighbors, and more ... Three modern families experienced life on the American Frontier. If you think you know everything that happened ... You don't.
The world of gladiators comes to life as the Roman Republic’s most brutal fighters clash in the ultimate arena. “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” is an entirely new vision of the ancient legend and will utilize virtual environments giving it a unique graphic novel look and style, along with a fresh narrative approach.
Spartacus is a soldier in the Roman Auxiliary who has been taken prisoner. As punishment for defying a Roman Legate, Spartacus has been sentenced to die in the gladiator arena. But after surviving numerous fights, his sentence is commuted and he has been sold as a slave to be trained as a gladiator.
John Adams A miniseries on the life of John Adams 2nd president of the USA.
Directed by Tom Hooper. With Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, David Morse. A miniseries on the life of John Adams and the first 50 years of the United States.
Engineering the Universe shows you how the cosmos is designed, built, and actually works. From the beginning of time, Stars, Galaxies, Planets, Solar Systems, and more have been working individually and together to produce all that is and all that we see. See as never before the inner workings of our world, and explore black holes, supernovae, neutron stars, dark energy, and all the titanic forces that make us who we are. With a dynamic cast of experts and a new generation of CGI, Engineering the Universe looks under the celestial hood to reveal the inner workings of outer space: the story of how it's made and how it runs. This is your ultimate Cosmos Operator's Manual.
I Shouldnt Be Alive: From the producers of "Touching the Void" the story of an African family's terrifying fight for survival when they are thrown into one of the most crocodile infested rivers in the world...after their fishing boat is attacked by a lone hippo.
The Pillars of the Earth is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. In that time, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge. Against the backdrop, love-stories entwine: Tom, the master builder, Aliena, the noblewoman, the sadistic Lord William, Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack, the artist in stone work and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts a curse. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age. Follett masterfully weaves these stories through political turmoil of 12th century England, creating a relevant and viable world for today's audience and for generations to come.
Roam through the dark and smoke filled history of the most ruthless men and family enterprises that changed crime in America! From bootlegs to urban battlefields this groundbreaking series traces the origin of the gangs that dominated criminal activities and invented their own codes of conduct. Meet the legendary figures and discover the real story behind the violence and corruption that pulsed through the soul of the Gangster Empire!
Clash of the Gods was an hour weekly mythology television series on the History channel. The program covered many of the ancient Greek and Norse Gods, monsters and heroes including Hades, Hercules, Medusa, Minotaur, Odysseus and Zeus.
Deadliest Warrior pits history’s most feared warriors against one another to determine who reigns supreme.
Who would come out the victor in a battle of Genghis Kahn's Mongol Barbarians versus Viking warriors or Roman gladiators against Japanese samurai?
Along with the use of 21st century science and the latest in CGI technology, the series enlists world-class fighters, historians, and weapons experts to provide insight into the unique history and style of these combatants.
Each episode culminates when the two legends of the battlefield go head-to-head in a final fight to declare which one would have been the deadliest.
Auction Kings is a reality television series on the Discovery Channel. The series features the auction house Gallery 63 in Sandy Springs, Georgia, The auction house employees often rely on experts to appraise items of which historical background is provided to the viewer. Sellers offer comments regarding the merchandise at hand both before and after the auction. At the second commercial break, a multiple-choice question about the auction house or the items are presented, similar to the questions on Pawn Stars.
In the wake of King Uther’s sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther’s unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur’s cold and ambitious half-sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle for control.
An Antiques Roadshow for urban-legend buffs, the series explores the true stories behind historic sites, artifacts and tall tales at the request of citizens all over America, with the help of an inquisitive team of fact-finders with an uncanny talent for uncovering the truth. It devotes itself to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects.
Traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies, and plenty of legwork are the tools the History Detectives team of experts uses to give new – and sometimes shocking – insights into our national history. The hosts of the program are a high-energy quartet of renowned experts in the world of historical investigations.
Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed though the gates onto the sand.'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus: Gannicus in a more ruthless time before Spartacus' arrival where honor was just finding its way into the arena.
Set in the ratings obsessed world of television news, Frontline looks behind the scenes at the egos, the dubious practices and the hypocrisy of a medium that purports to objectively present public affairs.
This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the 9 planets, cosmic holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists.
Mystery Files: This show features high-end dramatic reconstructions of some of the worlds most famous and iconic mysteries that have inspired, intrigued and confounded experts for years. From the tales of King Arthur and Robin Hood to Cleopatra and Anastasia, Mystery Files will attempt to discover the truth behind some of these legendary figures.
Unearthing new evidence and exploring new theories, each programme will look into a different mystery and test its validity. Using expert interviews and corroborating experiments, the key elements of each story will be investigated using the latest techniques and technology. They will be analysed by a group of ten internationally renowned specialists in their field.
Major real-life air disasters are depicted in this TV series. Each episode features a detailed dramatized reconstruction of the incident based on cockpit voice recorders and air traffic control transcripts, as well as eyewitnesses recounts and interviews with aviation experts. Sometimes, interviews with investigators who dealt with the disaster or even actual footage are featured.
Watch Baseball: Ken Burns relates the history of baseball in a fashion similar to that of his Civil War mini series. Old-time photos and illustrations depict the games early years, while newsreels and video clips highlight more recent developments. Players and participants speak in their own words, and sports writers and broadcasters offer commentary on the sport and events they witnessed.
Land Girls is written by Roland Moore and follows the lives and loves of a group of girls living away from home as they attempt to do their bit for Britain in the Women's Land Army during the second world war.
aka: The American Civil War, aka: Ken Burns: The Civil War
Ken Burns' comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.
Of Burns' many film series, The Civil War is generally considered to be his masterpiece. He was director, producer, co-writer, chief cinematographer, music director and executive producer of the series. It has been honored with more than 40 major film and television awards. It has been seen by more than 40 million people
Inspired by ESPN's anniversary, ESPN Films is launching 30 FOR 30, an unprecedented documentary series featuring 30 of today's finest storytellers telling thirty remarkable stories from the ESPN era. On their own, each of the films will be an intimate look at a specific story, relevant to larger themes from the modern era. Collectively, these films will be a diverse mosaic of what sports has meant to American and World culture in the last thirty years. Each storyteller will bring their passion and personal point of view to their film detailing the issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and events that transformed the sports landscape from 1979 to 2009.
Presented in the 1968 bestselling book Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken, the theory of "ancient aliens" rocked people's beliefs in mankind's progress. Ancient cave drawings of strange creatures, remains of landing strips in Peru, and Indian texts that describe the "flying machines of the gods" were just a few of the odd archaeological artefacts cited by von Daniken as proof that ancient astronauts were well known to our ancestors. Produced with the exclusive cooperation of von Daniken himself, Ancient Aliens launches all-new expeditions to seek out and evaluate this evidence, with a concentration on the latest discoveries of the last 30 years, including unusual DNA findings on man's evolution and newly decoded artefacts from Egypt to Syria to South America. It is a balanced investigation into a theory some believe cannot be true, but many agree cannot be ignored.
On a tiny, deserted island in the middle of Long Island Sound, lies Execution Rocks Lighthouse. Etched into a landscape of rocks and isolated by water, the lighthouse's history is full of dark stories of shipwrecks, torture and a serial killer.
Dispatches is the British television current affairs documentary series on Channel 4, first transmitted in 1987. The program covers issues about British society, politics, health, religion, international current affairs and the environment, usually featuring a mole in an organisation.
This series tells the insider story of some of America's most notorious street gangs. We learn how they've shaped their times and affected the neighborhoods that they controlled. From the destruction wrought by the heroin kingpins in Harlem of the 1970's to today's most dangerous gang MS-13, which has spread out from the inner city to infect unexpected turf - suburban communities, gangs have a rich yet deadly history. They usually start out as a form of protection for their members and the community but then, grow predatory as they feed on the very people that they purport to defend. With exclusive interviews and rarely seen footage, this is a raw look at life inside these gangs - from those who live it and the agencies that are working to stop them.