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Some people like to hop in a car to take a road trip across America, visiting as many landmarks as possible along the way. Since such a trek can take a while to complete, taking a flight across America might be a better option for some people. "Aerial America" takes viewers on such a flight, offering rare looks at some of the nation's best-loved landmarks from high in the sky. Cameras capture the history and pageantry of America as they zoom over busy cityscapes and quiet, rural lands. Many episodes focus on a specific state, showcasing highlights of the state's beauty, while others revolve around themes such as the best small towns and natural wonders found in the country.
Statistically, traveling by airplane is safer than driving and other forms of transportation, but when something goes wrong during a flight, it can be catastrophic with potentially hundreds of lives at stake. This series examines some of the world's worst air disasters, using official reports, transcripts and interviews with people involved to tell the stories of midair mishaps and discover what went wrong in each case. Episodes include a discussion of how the weather affects flights -- including stories of aviation disasters and near-misses -- and a New Year's Eve flight that fell from the sky into the Florida Everglades.
"Air Warrriors" puts the spotlight on some of the airplanes that have been used by American forces in combat battles through the years. The program profiles the dedicated pilots and other team members who fly and maintain the aircraft. Rarely seen combat footage and pilots' stories help bring to life the journeys that have been taken by the flying machines, which include a plane-chopper hybrid that saves lives and an attack helicopter that is called the Black Death by America's enemies.
Award-winning historian Bettany Hughes takes viewers on an adventure, from the defeat of the Carthaginian Empire, Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon River, and Constantine's conversion to Christianity. Her travels take her across Italy's ancient sites and into the psyches of the emperors, gladiators, and generals of the Roman Empire. Join her as she explores the rise and fall of one of history's most incredile reigns -- and it all took eight days.
Some of the world's famous relics have secrets behind them that contribute to their complete stories. "Secrets" explores the mysteries relating to some of these historic landmarks to reveal the truths behind them. The latest research and forensic techniques are used to find out the stories behind the fabled cities, monuments and remnants featured on the show. Episodes include Egyptian historians on a mission to decode the mysteries of the Great Sphinx, archeologists unearthing secrets of Richard III, and an investigation into whether the bust of Nefertiti is real or a hoax.
Windsor Castle, originally founded by William the Conqueror, is the longest-occupied castle in the world. It has been home to England's royal family for nearly a thousand years and has seen numerous births, deaths and marriages. As 2017 marks the centenary of the Windsor dynasty, this documentary series exposes the hidden secrets and treasures that lie behind the castle's walls by using dramatic reconstructions, intimate interviews and a stunning archived film. The episodes uncover the scandals, victories, betrayals and drama that have been hidden inside Windsor Castle for centuries.
Development of forensic techniques.
An account of the high-risk operations to find Hitler and turn the tide of the WWII.
Elizabeth McGovern plays Lady Cora on historical drama series "Downton Abbey." In this docuseries, she explores lives of young American heiresses who inspired the popular program, specifically those between the 1870s and the start of World War I. During that period, more than 200 daughters of U.S. millionaire families married into British aristocracy, providing cash to crumbling English manors but gaining peerage titles for the ladies. McGovern also tours Highclere Castle, the setting of fictional Downton.
Discovery's popular "Mighty" franchise ("Mighty Ships") continues with "Mighty Planes," which takes to the skies and explores the most impressive aircraft in the world. Each episode highlights one incredible plane, from the world's only flying eye hospital to the largest passenger jet ever built, as it takes on a high-stakes mission from beginning to end. "Mighty Planes" brings viewers unprecedented access to the planet's most impressive aircraft with in-depth looks at the science of aviation and the lives of the people responsible for making it all happen.
Billion-dollar cruise ships, secret submarines, high-tech ocean dredgers, floating state-of-the-art hospitals -- all are part of the cutting-edge vessels featured in this series, which reveals everything from the mechanics of modern sea-going to the human drama seafarers face.
Some of the greatest warships have gone on to shape the history of the world and have even pushed their crews into unbelievable and incredible acts of bravery. Take a look at the very first submarine which is rumored to have lurked beneath New York harbor during the Revolutionary War, the smaller ships that rescued thousands from Dunkirk, or the destroyer in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Over the years, conflicts and wars have prompted extreme advances to ship designs and now they are faster, stronger, and smarter than ever before.
Restored, colorized and declassified footage offers a new look at World War II.
Drama series "Mad Men" told fictionalized stories of people who worked in the Madison Avenue advertising scene in the 1960s. This docuseries tells real-life stories of some of the people and campaigns that inspired the Emmy-winning drama and expands the timeline, covering the period from the 1950s through the '80s. Interviews with people at the heart of the stories -- including advertising executives of the time and Brooke Shields, who modeled for a controversial Calvin Klein campaign in the early '80s -- are blended with classic commercials and ad campaigns, including iconic ads from brands like Coca-Cola and Apple's Macintosh computer. Also featured are interviews with cast and crew members of "Mad Men," who discuss how they re-created Madison Avenue in their series. Actor John Slattery -- who received four Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Roger Sterling on the series -- narrates.
Cleopatra's life started off as a struggle. From the time she was born she had to fight for her life --and fight for the throne-- if she wanted to survive to sit on it. She was raised in the palace of one of the most famous and ruthless royal families and had to use whatever was at her disposal so that she could keep her power. Cleopatra would use her body, her charm, and her brains to seduce the worlds greatest leaders, form powerful alliances, and firmly plant herself in history. She had to wade through family betrayal, seduction, and political schemes in order to rise to the top.
The Pacific War was unlike any other conflict. Witness the scale and scope of it and the savagery used by the varying parties. Attacks such as Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki that were the major pieces of the war to all the smaller conflicts in between. Viewers see color combat footage from those who experienced it firsthand-- marines, airmen, and sailors. Footage also reveals the brutal reality of life on the frontline during this major conflict.
"Epic Yellowstone" is narrated by actor Bill Pullman and was filmed over a three year period. Yellowstone is a place where snow meets fire, where the waters travel from the Rocky Mountain peaks to the Great Plains -- and where the never-ending battle between predator and prey lurk. The landscape is home to some of the most spectacular views and wildlife in America and Pullman explores the colorful springs and raging waters with its glistening winters and verdant summers as the hordes of animals return.
Soar above the majesty of Africa with "Aerial Africa" to experience and see parts of the country that can be seen by air. The series highlights the natural beauty of the African landscapes including --the wildlife rich savannahs and straight into the deep history and earliest civilizations. Viewers also explore famous personalities of those who left a very permanent imprint on the country including a Xhosa boy who grew up to be Nelson Mandela, and Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone. Fly above Western Cape, the Wild South Coast, Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia.
David Attenborough investigates the evolution of nature's flight in this documentary series. Using 3D macroscopic and high-speed filming techniques, the show captures flying mammals, reptiles and insects, as well as birds from all over the world. Attenborough travels from Scotland to Borneo to find the extraordinary species gracing the skies. Created by the award-winning team behind "Natural History Museum Alive" and "Flying Monsters," this series utilizes the latest technology to delve deeper into the animal kingdom to present the natural world's engineering and aeronautics in action.
Sir David Attenborough takes viewers deep into the world of bugs. Pioneering macroscopic techniques allow Attenborough to explore in unparalleled detail the intricate, sophisticated behaviors of fascinating creatures and the complexity of the environments they build and inhabit in a world normally hidden from the human eye. Each episode explores a different aspect of the little-known lives of insects, from the deceptive defensive mechanisms harbored by spiders and scorpions to the creation of colonies and how social arrangements develop.
Disasters often come without any warning and catch people off guard. Relive the stories of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances who are forced to make split-second decisions of sacrifice, bravery, and survival to save their lives or the lives of the people around them. Follow the journeys of survivors as they recount their dramatic and personal testimonies. Take a look back at the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, the 1989 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit San Francisco, the 1999 tornado that hit Oklahoma City as well as others.