HomeHealth & FitnessTV DramaTVSport
HistoryBiographiesMusicComedyKeyword search
ChildrensFeature FilmsSpecial InterestBuy 1 get 1 freeMultibuy
Login / Register
History
Coming soon
Discount Image History discount image
9/11 Double DVD Boxset 9/11 Double DVD Boxset

9/11 ANSWERING THE CALL GROUND ZEROS VOLUNTEERS

This programme commemorates those who lost their lives in the attack, those whose lives would change thereafter and especially those who put their own lives in danger in order to save others. Beginning with the horrific images of the 9/11 attacks, this DVD goes on to depict the heroic experiences of Ground Zero s volunteers Firefighters, tradesmen, church and relief organisations and just ordinary people who felt compelled to help. Retold and relived through reconstructions of the events and actual footage from Ground Zero as well as interviews with those involved with the rescue operations. It was not just a day of horror and fear, but of overcoming that fear to save lives and Answer the Call . Narrated by Kathleen Turner
 
THE UNTOLD STORY OF FLIGHT 93 A PORTRAIT OF COURAGE
 
This documentary chronicles in depth the events leading up to the flight as well as on board, derived from official records, recorded telephone conversations, eye witness accounts and interviews with close family and friends. The programme sensitively and accurately tells the true story of 33 heroes who were born on that fateful day. The day the world lost its innocence and woke up to the age of international terrorism.


Price: 14.99

Discount Image History discount image
Ancient Egypt - Life & Death in the Valley of the Kings Ancient Egypt - Life & Death in the Valley of the Kings

Egypt captivates us like few other ancient civilizations but what was it like to actually live there as an ordinary person, 3500 years ago? Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher goes on a fascinating journey in search of people like us not the great Pharaohs but the ordinary people who built and populated this incredible place, creating a remarkable way of life and an extraordinary way of death. Joann explores their homes, workplaces and temples and she climbs down into their tombs to discover the remarkable world of these Ancient Egyptians, both in life and the afterlife. At the heart of this series (originally aired on BBC) are Kha and Meryt, an architect and his wife who lived just outside the Valley of the Kings. They left behind a treasure trove of information; their extraordinary tomb, full of objects from their lives and deaths - from make-up to death-masks, loaves of bread to life-like figurines, even the tools Kha used at work in the royal tombs. Joann Fletcher uses this to travel into the remarkable world of these Ancient Egyptians, both in life and the afterlife. In this first episode we explore life in Ancient Egypt; the tightly packed houses where ordinary people lived, the village that was their home, how they dressed and what they ate. Joann discovers their love poetry, their enthusiasm for interior design and what it was like to work in the most famous cemetery on earth, the Valley of the Kings. In the second episode we discover a strange and mysterious world: the Ancient Egyptian afterlife. To them life was just a dress rehearsal for the perfect afterlife they were trying to reach. Joann clambers into rarely visited tombs, explores a treasure trove of long-buried objects and examines spectacular mummies to discover just why the Egyptians spent a fortune preparing for death and what they hoped to find when they got there.

Price: 14.99

Discount Image History discount image
Armistice - The End Game of WW1 Armistice - The End Game of WW1

Professor David Reynolds takes a fresh look at the extraordinary events and personalities involved in the Armistice which brought the First World war to an end in 1918. He uncovers a story of wounded egos, political scheming and brinkmanship behind the lines as statesmen and generals haggled over the terms of peace while, at the front, the soldiers fought on as the cost of human life escalated. In a journey that takes him through command centres and battlefields, he explores why half a million men were killed or wounded in the bitter endgame of the 'Great War' and he unravels how Germany ultimately plunged to total defeat. In March 1918 the Germans nearly won the war; in November they not only lost it, their country also fell apart in revolution, leaving them unable to resist the Allies' harsh terms. So, for many Germans, the new order was a betrayal of all they had fought for a lasting resentment that would eventually fuel Adolf Hitler s rise to power. The events that led up to the Armistice are vividly told in this fascinating programme explaining exactly how Germany lost the war. November 11th proved to be a doomed peace - a prelude to a century-long struggle for mastery of Europe. David Reynolds argues that it was the frenetic politicking and brutality of the fighting in 1918 that sowed the seeds of the even bloodier Second World War just 20 years later.

Price: 12.99

Discount Image History discount image
Battle of Britain - Double DVD Boxset Battle of Britain - Double DVD Boxset

FIRST LIGHT Thrown into the crucible of the most violent air war ever seen, a boy, barely out of school, is determined to fight for survival... Seventy years later, that same boy is still yearning to be free. At the age of nineteen, Geoffrey Boy Wellum was the youngest Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain. This is the dramatic story of the teenager who went to war with the Nazis and with the fear that threatened to engulf him. Combining Geoffrey Wellum s compelling first person testimony with intensely evocative action on the ground and in the air, First Light is a powerful drama that documents the universal stark horror experienced by those involved in battle. THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN - EWAN MCGREGOR There are few occasions in history when we can say that the actions of a few changed the destiny not just of a country - but of the world. The Battle of Britain is one of those moments. To mark the Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, arguably the most important event in modern British history, brothers Colin and Ewan McGregor present a ninety minute special for BBC1 leading us through the timeline of events during the height of the Battle. Colin is an R.A.F veteran of twenty years' service - Ewan a hero of the big screen and fledgling pilot himself. Together they take us on a journey to honour the heroes of 1940 both on the ground and in the air, bringing the story of the Battle of Britain to a new generation. They will take to the skies over Southern England as Spitfires and Hurricanes once again fly over the White Cliffs of Dover. They discover the legacy of the Battle and reveal the inspiring personal stories of the few who were there and those still with us today. Using great aerial footage mixed with impressive historical archive film material this is truly the definitive programme on the Battle of Britain.

Price: 19.99

Discount Image History discount image
Battle of Britain / Bomber Boys Double Boxset Battle of Britain / Bomber Boys Double Boxset

BOMBER BOYS Brothers Colin and Ewan McGregor follow up their documentary The Battle of Britain with a film exploring Bomber Command, a rarely-told story from the Second World War. The film focuses primarily on the men who fought and died in the skies above occupied Europe, with numerous examples of individual heroism and extraordinary collective spirit, and Colin learns to fly the key aircraft of the campaign: the Lancaster bomber. But this is also the story of a controversy that has lasted almost 70 years. The programme covers six years of wartime operations, and traces the obstacles and challenges that were overcome as the RAF developed and deployed the awesome fighting force that was Bomber Command. BATTLE OF BRITAIN There are few occasions in history when we can say that the actions of a few changed the destiny not just of a country - but of the world. The Battle of Britain is one of those moments. To mark the Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, arguably the most important event in modern British history, brothers Colin and Ewan McGregor present a ninety minute special for BBC1 leading us through the timeline of events during the height of the Battle. Colin is an R.A.F veteran of twenty years' service - Ewan a hero of the big screen and fledgling pilot himself. Together they take us on a journey to honour the heroes of 1940 both on the ground and in the air, bringing the story of the Battle of Britain to a new generation. They will take to the skies over Southern England as Spitfires and Hurricanes once again fly over the White Cliffs of Dover. They discover the legacy of the Battle and reveal the inspiring personal stories of the few who were there and those still with us today. Using great aerial footage mixed with impressive historical archive film material this is truly the definitive programme on the Battle of Britain.

Price: 19.99

Discount Image History discount image
Battle of Britain Triple Boxset Battle of Britain Triple Boxset

BATTLE OF BRITAIN There are few occasions in history when we can say that the actions of a few changed the destiny not just of a country - but of the world. The Battle of Britain is one of those moments. To mark the Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, arguably the most important event in modern British history, brothers Colin and Ewan McGregor present a ninety minute special for BBC1 leading us through the timeline of events during the height of the Battle. Colin is an R.A.F veteran of twenty years' service - Ewan a hero of the big screen and fledgling pilot himself. Together they take us on a journey to honour the heroes of 1940 both on the ground and in the air, bringing the story of the Battle of Britain to a new generation. They will take to the skies over Southern England as Spitfires and Hurricanes once again fly over the White Cliffs of Dover. They discover the legacy of the Battle and reveal the inspiring personal stories of the few who were there and those still with us today. Using great aerial footage mixed with impressive historical archive film material this is truly the definitive programme on the Battle of Britain. BOMBER BOYS Brothers Colin and Ewan McGregor follow up their documentary The Battle of Britain with a film exploring Bomber Command, a rarely-told story from the Second World War. The film focuses primarily on the men who fought and died in the skies above occupied Europe, with numerous examples of individual heroism and extraordinary collective spirit, and Colin learns to fly the key aircraft of the campaign: the Lancaster bomber. But this is also the story of a controversy that has lasted almost 70 years. The programme covers six years of wartime operations, and traces the obstacles and challenges that were overcome as the RAF developed and deployed the awesome fighting force that was Bomber Command.FIRST LIGHT Thrown into the crucible of the most violent air war ever seen, a boy, barely out of school, is determined to fight for survival... Seventy years later, that same boy is still yearning to be free. At the age of nineteen, Geoffrey Boy Wellum was the youngest Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain. This is the dramatic story of the teenager who went to war with the Nazis and with the fear that threatened to engulf him. Combining Geoffrey Wellum s compelling first person testimony with intensely evocative action on the ground and in the air, First Light is a powerful drama that documents the universal stark horror experienced by those involved in battle

Price: 29.99

Discount Image History discount image
Bomber Boys Bomber Boys

Brothers Ewan and Colin McGregor follow up their documentary The Battle of Britain (Also available on DVD from IMC Vision) with a film exploring Bomber Command, a rarely-told story from the Second World War. The film focuses primarily on the men who fought and died in the skies above occupied Europe, with numerous examples of individual heroism and extraordinary collective spirit, and Colin learns to fly the key aircraft of the campaign: the Lancaster bomber. But this is also the story of a controversy that has lasted almost 70 years. The programme covers six years of wartime operations, and traces the obstacles and challenges that were overcome as the RAF developed and deployed the awesome fighting force that was Bomber Command

Price: 14.99

Discount Image History discount image
Britain's Bloody Crown Britain's Bloody Crown

Six hundred years ago England was torn apart by a series of bloody battles for the throne. England s most powerful families went to war against each other in a violent and deadly blood feud. This is the real life Game of Thrones. Tens of thousands were slaughtered. In just thirty years the crown changed hands seven times. It s known as the Wars of the Roses. Across four episodes, acclaimed historian Dan Jones unique storytelling is combined with high-end scripted drama to reveal the true story of the Wars of the Roses. It s a story of human frailties, rivalries, forced hands and blind luck that drove England into decades of violence. Each episode focuses on pivotal characters and the moments in their lives when the world shook and history changed forever. EPISODE ONE - THE MAD KING Dan Jones uncovers the real culprit who started the Wars of the Roses; it is the feeble-minded king Henry VI. A man so incompetent that he allowed a blood feud to explode in his country that took 30 years to heal. EPISODE TWO - THE KINGMAKER MUST DIE Through years of chaos and turbulence, Edward IV tried to keep Warwick onside in his new world order. In the end, Edward IV learnt the hardest lesson of kingship: to save his country a good king must do bad things. And to be a great king, the kingmaker must die. EPISODE THREE - THE PRINCES MUST DIE Dan Jones traces how Richard s own personality and his loyalty to his dead brother painted him into a corner. Leading him one step at a time down the path to destruction. In the end he was left with just two choices. He could let the Woodville s win and he would certainly die, or he could roll the dice and seize the throne. EPISODE FOUR - A MOTHER S LOVE When Richard III snatched the throne and murdered his nephews, Margaret realised that this was a king who could kill her or her son on a whim. So Margaret marshalled all her brilliant political skills. She decided to unseat the King of England and replace him with her only son a rank outsider. The dynasty she founded became the most famous in English history: The Tudors.

Price: 15.99

Discount Image History discount image
Caligula - With Mary Beard Caligula - With Mary Beard

Two thousand years ago one of history s most notorious individuals was born. Historian Mary Beard embarks on an investigative journey to explore the life and times of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus better known to us as Caligula. Known as Romes most capricious tyrant, he was said to have made his horse a consul, proclaimed himself a living God, and indulged in scandalous orgies and thats before building vast bridges across land and sea, prostituting senators wives and killing half the Roman elite on a whim. All that in just four short years in power, before a violent and speedy assassination at just 28 years old. Mary explores the real Caligula in an array of unexpected places. From Germany to Capri, from Rome to Lake Nemi, she exposes and analyses historical accounts and assembles tantalising fragments of evidence. Mary reveals an astonishing story of murder, intrigue and dynastic family power. Above all, shell explain why Caligula has ended up with such a reputation and, in the process, reveal a more intriguing portrait of not just the monster, but the man.

Price: 12.99

Discount Image History discount image
First Light First Light

Thrown into the crucible of the most violent air war ever seen, a boy, barely out of school, is determined to fight for survival… Seventy years later, that same boy is still yearning to be free.

 

At the age of nineteen, Geoffrey ‘Boy’ Wellum was the youngest Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain. This is the dramatic story of the teenager who went to war with the Nazis and with the fear that threatened to engulf him...

 

Combining Geoffrey Wellum’s compelling first person testimony with intensely evocative action on the ground and in the air, ‘First Light’ is a powerful drama that documents the universal stark horror experienced by those involved in battle.



Price: 9.99

Discount Image History discount image
Flight 93 - Special Edition Flight 93 - Special Edition

September 11, 2001: The Date now synonymous with the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. Often overlooked are the heroic actions of passengers and crew on board the plane that didn't reach it's target: The White House.

For the passengers on board, it was an ordinary day, on an ordinary flight. The situation the would find themselves in within minutes of take off would be the most terrifying and telling of their whole lives. The passengers decision to try and take back control of the aircraft from the terrorists would leave each one with a terrifying realisation: the knowledge that they were about to die.

This documentary chronicles in depth, the events leading up to the flight as well as on board, derived from official records, recorded telephone conversations, eye witness accounts and interviews with close family and friends. This programme sensitively and accurately tells the true story of 33 heroes who were born on that fateful day.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURING 100 MINUTES OF EXTRAS INCLUDING - Gallery of Heroes, Memorial and Extended Interviews



Price: 14.99

discount image 20% Off discount image


Discount Image History discount image
Ireland Triple DVD Boxset - A celebration of History, Verse & Childrens Stories Ireland Triple DVD Boxset - A celebration of History, Verse & Childrens Stories

Triple bill of programmes about Irish history, poetry and folklore. 'A Short History of Ireland' features authentic dramatisations, emotive music and in-depth commentary to help build up this introduction to the Emerald Isle. It traces the history of the country from medieval times through the Williamite Wars to the Easter Rising and the coming of Michael Collins. 'Irish Verse to Landscape' contains a selection of popular Irish poetry set to scenes of the island, accompanied by specially composed ambient music. 'Irish Legends for Children' includes 12 stories from Irish folklore, drawn in the main from two particular Celtic periods - An Ruraiocht (The Red Branch Knights Cycle) and An Fhiannaiocht (The Fianna Cycle). The stories are: 'The Children of Lir', 'Deirdre of the Sorrows', 'Setanta', 'The Salmon of Knowledge', 'Fionn and the Dragon', 'Oision in Tir-n-Og', 'The King With Donkey's Ears', 'The Brown Bull of Cooley', 'The Giant of Scotland', 'Eisirt', 'The Beggarman' and 'Oisin'.

Price: 19.99

Discount Image History discount image
Iwo Jima in Colour Iwo Jima in Colour

Just 660 miles from Tokyo, the small pacific island of iwo jima was vital to America's plan to defeat the japanese in World War II. On February 19th 1945, the marine divisions stormed the islands heavily defended shores.

This DVD is made up of 2 (1 hour programmes). Assault on Iwo Jima relives the epic battle that followed through recollections from the front, commentary from military historians and extensive footage. Contains incredible full colour footage of this epic struggle for victory.

Hells Volcano is the ultimate chronicle of the momentous battle. From the mass landing of 30,000 marines to finally flushing out the remaining japanese defenders more than a month later. Contains amazing colour and black and white footage.


Price: 12.99

discount image 20% Off discount image


Discount Image History discount image
Journey to 10,000 bc Journey to 10,000 bc

A stunning UK Chart hit!

It is 10,000 BC, it is a time of fantastic change on earth, early humans are just beginning to inhabit North America and great climate fluctuations swing the world back into a mini-Ice Age. Creatures such as the saber tooth cat, the giant ground sloth and the woolly mammoth are suddenly becoming extinct. What is causing these sudden changes...over hunting...a mysterious disease...a meteor? What species cope and adapt? How does man survive?

In this fascinating and ground breaking programme we will travel with scientists to major mammoth and early human archaeological sites in North America and uncover fossilized bones, ancient homes and weapons of stone. Explore and uncover the secrets behind the lives of our ancestors. Using state of the art special effects the world of the saber tooth cats, woolly mammoths and prehistoric man is brought to life in stunning realism.

  Be prepared to... JOURNEY TO 10,000 BC!



Price: 14.99

discount image 20% Off discount image


Discount Image History discount image
Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome - Empire without Limit Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome - Empire without Limit

Travelling from Spain to Israel, Algeria to Britain, Germany to Turkey, historian and classicist Mary Beard answers the big questions that have fascinated people for centuries...How and why did the Roman Empire happen? Why did Rome acquire an empire? And why did it fall? Mary examines its creation, its successes, its failures and the legacy it left behind - not just its technology and buildings, its roads and laws but also in the worlds that came after it.

No series before has looked at the empire as a whole with such epic scope. Moving from the ancient to the modern, from the big battles and big names of Roman history and on to the stories of those who made it work, many of whom have left their own imprints alongside the Pompeys and Caesars, Hadrians and Constantine the Greats.

Welcome to Marys Roman Empire.



Price: 11.99

Discount Image History discount image
Meet The Romans - With Mary Beard Meet The Romans - With Mary Beard

We still live in the shadow of ancient Rome - a city at the heart of a vast empire that stretched from the North of England to Afghanistan, dominating the West for over 700 years. This fascinating history series, as seen on the BBC and presented by Professor Mary Beard, puts aside the stories of emperors and armies, guts and gore, to meet the real Romans living at the heart of it all. Episode 1 In episode 1 Mary asks not what the Romans did for us, but what the empire did for Rome. She rides the Via Appia, climbs up to the top seats of the Colosseum, takes a boat to Rome's port Ostia and takes us into the bowels of Monte Testaccio. She also meets some extraordinary Romans: Baricha, Zabda and Achiba, three prisoners of war who became Roman citizens; and Pupius Amicus, the purple dye seller making imperial dye from shellfish imported from Tunisia. This is Rome from the bottom up. Episode 2 In episode 2, Mary descends into the city streets to discover the dirt, crime, sex and slum conditions in the world's first high-rise city. This Rome is not the marble Rome we know, but a vast, messy metropolis with little urban planning, where most Romans lived in high-rise apartment blocks with little space, light, or even sanitation. Forced outdoors into the city streets, she reveals where they went to hang out, get drunk, have sex and get clean. Episode 3 In this final episode, Mary delves even deeper into ordinary Roman life by going behind the closed doors of their homes. She meets an extraordinary cast of characters - drunken housewives, teenage brides, bullied children and runaway slaves - and paints a more dynamic, lusty picture of Roman family life. Finally, Mary paints a more nuanced picture of Roman slavery and asks why if it was such a brutal institution did many Romans choose to be buried with their servants - living cheek by jowl in death, as in life.

Price: 14.99

Discount Image History discount image
Prince Philip - A plot to make a king Prince Philip - A plot to make a king

Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King tells the fascinating inside story of the fierce tensions unleashed when the Queen fell in love with Prince Philip. Tensions that would place huge strain on the royal marriage, and would shape the future of Elizabeth's reign. The royal and political elite disliked Philip's German roots and they also disliked his larger than life, ferociously ambitious uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten. This film draws on unpublished memoirs to show how Mountbatten manoeuvred for a royal marriage as early as the winter of 1939-40, when the Queen was just 13. But when Mountbatten was heard to declare, 'The House of Mountbatten now reigns', following the death of King George VI in 1952, the establishment fought back against what they feared was a dynastic coup. Churchill himself was very instrumental in making sure Philip would have no meaningful power and some of the royal family members at the time were also opposed to the prospect of this royal match. The film reveals, for the first time, the complexities and frustrations of the Royal marriage as the Queen struggled to reconcile the love of her husband with the suspicions of her family and her government. Philip's ascension to consort may have been a 'high-stakes dynastic power struggle' orchestrated by his uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten. But to his credit Prince Philip worked relentlessly hard to make the Royal marriage a success and has stood beside Queen Elizabeth as a constant support throughout her long reign. This documentary is also very much a story of how this young royal couple coped against all the odds to make their relationship and the monarchy work. It also gives us an insight into the story of Philip's youth and why Elizabeth would have seen him as the dashing handsome young prince that she fell in love with. On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen paid a touching tribute to her husband, saying, 'He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years'. This insightful documentary contains rare and personal footage of the royal couple, the royal wedding and other key events of that time. Narrated by Tamsin Greig.

Price: 12.99

Discount Image History discount image
Rome's Invisible City Rome's Invisible City

BBC ONE’s 60 minute special Rome’s Invisible City follows Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott as they explore the hidden underground secrets of Ancient Rome. The show explores Roman infrastructure and ingenuity, by going below ground level. We wade through the icy, crystal clear waters of subterranean aqueducts that feed the Trevi fountain and two thousand year old sewers which still function beneath the Roman Forum today. The laser scans used to map these hidden treasures reveal for the first time the complex network of tunnels, chambers and passageways without which ancient Rome could not have functioned as a city of a million people.

With the help of a team of experts using the latest in 3D scanning technology, Alexander Armstrong explores the hidden underground treasures that made Rome the powerhouse of the ancient world. He uncovers a lost subterranean world that helped build and run the world's first Metropolis and its Empire. From the secret underground world of the Colosseum to the aqueducts and sewers that supplied and cleansed it; from the mysterious cults that sustained it spiritually to the final resting places of Rome's dead, the team reveals the underground networks that serviced the remarkable world above.

Guided by Rome’s Underground Archaeology Unit, the team is given unprecedented access to some of Rome most astonishing underground Treasures. Access was often complex but exciting - abseiling 20 meters down through a manhole cover into underground quarries or delicately picking their way through water filled tunnels in near darkness. The result is some of the most comprehensive scanning ever achieved in Rome, in an unprecedented level of colour, detail and accuracy..

A truly fascinating programme that takes the viewer off the well beaten track and into those parts of Ancient Rome that we rarely get a chance to visit.



Price: 9.99

Discount Image History discount image
Spartans - Double DVD Boxset Spartans - Double DVD Boxset

THE LAST STAND OF THE 300 This spectacular two hour documentary tells the amazing true story of the 300 Spartan warriors who so selflessly defended their country against the mighty Persian army, estimated at being a million strong for almost 7 days. This is the real story of the most famous last stand in history. At the height of the Persian-Greek war, Xerxes, King of Persia, intent on conquering all of Greece, led his mighty army into battle. But what awaited them was not to be anticipated. For seven days the King of Sparta Leonidas accompanied by just 300 Spartan warriors and a number of Greek regulars held off the Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae, so that the Greek army would have time to mobilise. Against impossible odds, the Spartans held the narrow pass; inflicting shocking casualty numbers on the Persians until every last Spartan was slain. This program is visually stunning with breathtaking dramatisations and graphics helping to bring the true story of the Spartans last stand to life and tell the real story behind what happened at the pass at Thermopylae, which is still used in military academies and by tacticians around the world today. SPARTANS - THE RISE AND FALL They were the finest fighters of the ancient world. Their bravery and skill helped preserve Western Civilization in the face of a massive invasion from the east. Concepts they developed, like the boot camp/military service and frontal assault, remain fixtures of military life and tactics to this day. Along with the Athenians with whom they fought a decades-long war they helped to shape, advance and preserve the glory that was Greece. A focus on Sparta and their exceptionally talented and disciplined fighters. SPARTANS - THE RISE AND FALL also looks at the significance of the Battle of Thermopylae, where a force led by 300 Spartans stalled a massive Persian army for almost a week.

Price: 14.99

Discount Image History discount image
Spartans - The Last Stand of the 300 Spartans - The Last Stand of the 300

This spectacular two hour documentary tells the amazing true story of the 300 Spartan warriors who so selflessly defended their country against the mighty Persian army, estimated at being a million strong for almost 7 days. This is the real story of the most famous last stand in history.

This programme is visually stunning, with breathtaking dramatisations and graphics, helping to bring the true story of the Spartans last stand to life and tell the real story behind what happened at the pass at Thermopylae.


Price: 9.99

discount image 20% Off discount image


Discount Image History discount image
Spartans - The Rise and Fall Spartans - The Rise and Fall

Spartans - The Rise and Fall, explores every aspect of Sparta's warrior culture, lifestyle, history and legacy. Scholars like Barry S.Strauss and Donald Kagen explore the factors that drove the Peloponnesian city-state to strive for martial excellence. And ancient accounts explain how Sparta's warriors were trained and detail their prowess in battle.

Price: 11.99

discount image 20% Off discount image


Discount Image History discount image
The Celts - Blood, Iron & Sacrifice The Celts - Blood, Iron & Sacrifice

Anthropologist Prof. Alice Roberts and archaeologist Neil Oliver go in search of The Celts - one of the world's most mysterious ancient people. In Britain and Ireland we are never far from our Celtic past but in this series Neil and Alice travel much further afield, discovering the origins and beliefs of these iron-age people in artifacts and human remains right across Europe, from Turkey to Portugal. What emerges is not a wild people on the western fringes of Europe, but a highly sophisticated tribal culture that influenced vast areas of the ancient world - and even Rome. Rich with vivid drama reconstruction we create this pivotal time, and meet some of our most famous ancient leaders... from Queen Boudicca to Julius Caesar, and the battles they fought for the heart and soul of Europe. Alice and Neil discover that these key battles between the Celts and the Romans over the best part of 500 years was a fight for two very different forms of civilisation; a fight that came to define the world we live in today. In the first episode, we see the origins of the Celts in the Alps of Central Europe, and relive the moment of first contact with the Romans in a pitched battle just north of Rome - a battle that the Celts won and left the Imperial City devastated. In episode two, we discover the Golden Age of the La Tene Celtic warrior and reveal how their world extended as far as Central Turkey. But by the middle of the first Century BC the Celts were under threat from an expanding Roman Empire, and the Gallic warrior Vercingetorix would challenge Julius Caesar in an epic battle that would shape the future of Europe. In Episode three the Roman Army turns its attention to an island of rich resources, powerful tribes and druids, and advanced military equipment Britain. We tell the story of the Celts last stand against the Roman Army a revolt led by another great leader, the warrior Queen... Boudicca. The series will use lavish and Immersive CGI to re-build their homes, forts, and entire towns and massive scale dramatic reconstructions.

Price: 14.99

Discount Image History discount image
The Dark Ages - An Ages of Light The Dark Ages - An Ages of Light

The Dark Ages have been misunderstood. History has identified the period following the fall of the Roman Empire with a descent into barbarism a terrible time when civilisation stopped. Waldemar Januszczak disagrees. In this landmark 4-part series Waldemar argues that the Dark Ages were a time of great artistic achievement, with new ideas and religions provoking new artistic adventures. He embarks on a fascinating trip across Europe, Africa and Asia, visits the world s most famous collections and discovers hidden artistic gems, all to prove that the Dark Ages were actually an Age of Light'. In the first episode the viewer will discover how Christianity emerged into the Roman Empire as an artistic force in the third and fourth centuries. Waldemar explores how Christian artists drew on images of ancient gods for inspiration, and developed new forms of architecture to contain their art. The second episode is dedicated to the Barbarians . Focusing on the Huns, Vandals and Goths, Waldemar follows each tribe's journey across Europe, and discovers the incredible art they produced along the way. Along with Christianity the Dark Ages saw the emergence of another vital religion: Islam. This is the focus of Episode Three. Waldemar examines the early artistic explorations of the first Muslims, the development of the mosque, and their scientific achievements. In the final episode Waldemar looks towards the North of Europe. The Carolingians saw themselves as successors to Rome, reflected in their art. Elsewhere, the Vikings were constructing long ships with intricate decoration, and marking their territory with powerful rune stones.

Price: 14.99

Discount Image History discount image
The Endgames of WW1 Boxset The Endgames of WW1 Boxset

THE LAST DAY OF WW1 WWI - the war in which 9 million soldiers died. This was a truly global conflict and mean t to be the war to end all wars . In the documentary Michael Palin travels to the old battlefields in France and Belgium to see the places where American, British, French, Canadian and German troops were fighting as the war came to an end at 11am on 11th November 1918. Michael counts down the last hours of WWI and questions the estimated 11,000 casualties which occurred that day; many in the hours after the Armistice had actually been signed. He tells the stories of the last soldiers of each nationality to be killed in the final minutes leading up to the 11 o clock cease-fire. Using newly discovered photographs and original research never before seen on television, using contemporary film archive, newspapers and state of the art graphics, this film tells the explosive story of the final day of World War One. He discovers the terrible truth that in those final 6 hours - essentially on that last morning - the killing continued. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission alone records 863 British and Commonwealth deaths for 11/11/18. One historian estimates that over 11,000 soldiers on all sides were killed, wounded or were missing on the final day of the war. This is a higher figure than D-Day in WWII when the allies were fighting a just cause, to liberate Europe from the Nazis as opposed to the final day of WW1 when the war was over. How could killing on this scale ever be justified? 

ARMISTICE Professor David Reynolds takes a fresh look at the extraordinary events and personalities involved in the Armistice which brought the First World War to an end in 1918. He uncovers a story of wounded egos, political scheming and brinkmanship behind the lines as statesmen and generals haggled over the terms of peace while, at the front, the soldiers fought on as the cost of human life escalated. In a journey that takes him through command centres and battlefields, he explores why half a million men were killed or wounded in the bitter endgame of the 'Great War' and he unravels how Germany ultimately plunged to total defeat. In March 1918 the Germans nearly won the war; in November they not only lost it, their country also fell apart in revolution, leaving them unable to resist the Allies' harsh terms. So, for many Germans, the new order was a betrayal of all they had fought for a lasting resentment that would eventually fuel Adolf Hitler s rise to power. The events that led up to the Armistice are vividly told in this fascinating programme explaining exactly how Germany lost the war. November 11th proved to be a doomed peace - a prelude to a century-long struggle for mastery of Europe. David Reynolds argues that it was the frenetic politicking and brutality of the fighting in 1918 that sowed the seeds of the even bloodier Second World War just 20 years later.


Price: 19.99

Discount Image History discount image
The Last Day of WW1 - With Michael Palin The Last Day of WW1 - With Michael Palin

WW1 - the war in which 9 million soldiers died. This was a truly global conflict and mean t to be the war to end all wars . In the documentary Michael Palin travels to the old battlefields in France and Belgium to see the places where American, British, French, Canadian and German troops were fighting as the war came to an end at 11am on 11th November 1918. Michael counts down the last hours of WWI and questions the estimated 11,000 casualties which occurred that day; many in the hours after the Armistice had actually been signed. He tells the stories of the last soldiers of each nationality to be killed in the final minutes leading up to the 11 o clock cease-fire. Using newly discovered photographs and original research never before seen on television, using contemporary film archive, newspapers and state of the art graphics, this film tells the explosive story of the final day of World War One. He discovers the terrible truth that in those final 6 hours - essentially on that last morning - the killing continued. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission alone records 863 British and Commonwealth deaths for 11/11/18. One historian estimates that over 11,000 soldiers on all sides were killed, wounded or were missing on the final day of the war. This is a higher figure than D-Day in WWII when the allies were fighting a just cause, to liberate Europe from the Nazis as opposed to the final day of WW1 when the war was over. How could killing on this scale ever be justified?

Price: 12.99

Discount Image History discount image
The Lost Book of Nostradamus The Lost Book of Nostradamus

On the inside of the book was the name of the author, in indelible ink - Michel de Notredame - the prophet Nostradamus. This find was particularly remarkable, the manuscript included over eighty watercolour illustrations that were painted by the master prophet himself. Contained in the pages of the book are cryptic, bizarre images that some say are prophecies of our future. Letters, symbolic objects, banners, candles, crosses and even a burning tower are all included in the manuscript.

Are these images visual manifestations of his quatrains, which extend to the 21st century? How did this book come to be in the library? Why was this book hidden for over 400 years? And are these images so frightening that Nostradamus deliberately hid them?



Price: 14.99

discount image 20% Off discount image


Discount Image History discount image
The Man Who Cracked the Nazi Code - The Story of Alan Turing The Man Who Cracked the Nazi Code - The Story of Alan Turing

6 June 1944. D-Day. The biggest land and sea operation in history: 256,000 men,20,000 vehicles and 4,000 landing craft. On this pivotal moment in history when the outcome of the Second World War was at stake, much has been written, recounted, analysed, examined, filmed and filmed again. And yet, what if I told you the D-Day landings were only possible thanks to a socially-awkward, antimilitarist mathematician whose dream was to build an artificial brain? Far-fetched? Let s add that this crazy dream, besides bringing a halt to Hitler s plans, gave rise to modern computer science. The dreamer in question was Alan Turing and his field was the most fundamental branch of mathematics: logic. How could someone who lived in the realm of ideas have had such an impact on history and the world? The answer can be found at the end of a railway line on the outskirts of London, in a quiet little town by the name of Bletchley. It was here, during the Second World War, that a huge game of chess was played out, the aim of which was to crack the encoded communications of the German army. In this game which changed the course of history, the key player was an eccentric homosexual, a non-conformist mathematician and keen cross-country runner with a taste for self-mockery: Alan Turing. Alan Turing s contribution to the allied victory was never properly recognised. Sadly within ten years following the end of the war Turing was found mysteriously dead in his bedroom, assumed suicide but never clearly proven.

Price: 12.99

Discount Image History discount image
The Michael Palin WW1 Boxset The Michael Palin WW1 Boxset

THE WIPERS TIMES In the bombed-out ruins of Ypres in 1916, Captain Fred Roberts and Lieutenant Jack Pearson discovered a printing press. They used it to produce The Wipers Times a humorous, satirical and subversive trench newspaper which proved hugely popular with soldiers - though not entirely with their superior officers. Braving constant bombardment and bitter fighting, The Wipers Times survived the Somme and made it through to the end of the war. Roberts and Pearson were highly decorated - yet were unrecognised in their lifetime. The Wipers Times is a story of the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity. The Wipers Times stars Ben Chaplin (London Boulevard, Me and Orson Welles, The New World), Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour, Green Wing), Michael Palin (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life Of Brian), Steve Oram (Sightseers, Kill List) and Emilia Fox (Silent Witness, Merlin) and is directed by Andy de Emmony (Love Bite, West Is West, The Bletchley Circle), produced by David Parfitt (My Week with Marilyn, Parades End, Shakespeare In Love) and written by Ian Hislop (A Bunch of Amateurs, My Dads The Prime Minister) and Nick Newman. 

THE LAST DAY OF WW1 WWI - the war in which 9 million soldiers died. This was a truly global conflict and mean t to be the war to end all wars . In the documentary Michael Palin travels to the old battlefields in France and Belgium to see the places where American, British, French, Canadian and German troops were fighting as the war came to an end at 11am on 11th November 1918. Michael counts down the last hours of WWI and questions the estimated 11,000 casualties which occurred that day; many in the hours after the Armistice had actually been signed. He tells the stories of the last soldiers of each nationality to be killed in the final minutes leading up to the 11 o clock cease-fire. Using newly discovered photographs and original research never before seen on television, using contemporary film archive, newspapers and state of the art graphics, this film tells the explosive story of the final day of World War One. He discovers the terrible truth that in those final 6 hours - essentially on that last morning - the killing continued. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission alone records 863 British and Commonwealth deaths for 11/11/18. One historian estimates that over 11,000 soldiers on all sides were killed, wounded or were missing on the final day of the war. This is a higher figure than D-Day in WWII when the allies were fighting a just cause, to liberate Europe from the Nazis as opposed to the final day of WW1 when the war was over. How could killing on this scale ever be justified?


Price: 19.99

Discount Image History discount image
The Nelson Mandela Story - Resistance The Nelson Mandela Story - Resistance

History never forgets its heroes or its legends and during the 20th century there was one name that stood out and was shouted above others, Nelson Mandela. His struggle for fairness and equality spread across the world and left no one indifferent and unaffected by this issue and throughout his life he remained a devoted champion for peace and social justice. This is his fascinating and inspiring story. Starting from his childhood this programme takes you on a journey through his life, from his time at university studying law in Johannesburg to joining the African National Congress party and his subsequent struggle against apartheid. It covers his years in imprisonment in 1962 and also the following worldwide campaign to release him and his ultimate release in 1990. It also takes a look at his presidency from 1994 when Mandela became the first black president of South Africa which at one point would have been seen as being unimaginable. Finally we take a look at his life since retiring in 1999 and how he continued to play his part in world peace and bringing about greater understanding for one s fellow man. In this programme we explore the life and legacy of a man who within his own life time brought about social change to the course of history. Included are interviews with Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela and close relatives as well as rare footage from historical archives. This documentary gives a fascinating insight into one of the most influential people of our time. His legacy will live on.

Price: 12.99

Discount Image History discount image
The Other Pompeii - Life & Death in Herculaneum The Other Pompeii - Life & Death in Herculaneum

Just 10 miles from Pompeii, along the ancient shoreline, 12 arched vaults are telling a whole new story about what life was like before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. They contain the skeletons of no less than 340 people, just 10% of the local population, killed by the volcano. Amongst them are the first new skeletons to be found in the area for 30 years; they are now the subject of a ground-breaking scientific investigation secured in a world exclusive for BBC2. Presented by Pompeianist Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill of the University of Cambridge and Director of the Herculaneum Conservation Project we meet the scientists leading the forensic project - Luca Bondioli and Luciano Fattore - and then go on a tour of the incredible town where the skeletons once lived. On his journey Andrew uncovers their houses, their wooden furniture and their food which are perfectly preserved by a layer of ash up to five times deeper than Pompeii. With stunning aerial photography of Herculaneum, this film gives us a behind the scenes look at this place and its extraordinary ancient inhabitants as they've never been seen before. It opens the lid on a tiny, yet astonishing Roman town, which drew immigrants from Syria and beyond, and where perfectly preserved court transcripts scratched on wooden tablets tell of slaves challenging their status in the town's courts. The Other Pompeii: Life and Death in Herculaneum unravels a surprising story of resilience, courage and humanity.

Price: 14.99

Discount Image History discount image
The Romans Triple DVD Boxset The Romans Triple DVD Boxset

CALIGULA

Two thousand years ago one of history s most notorious individuals was born. Historian Mary Beard embarks on an investigative journey to explore the life and times of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus better known to us as Caligula. Known as Romes most capricious tyrant, he was said to have made his horse a consul, proclaimed himself a living God, and indulged in scandalous orgies and thats before building vast bridges across land and sea, prostituting senators wives and killing half the Roman elite on a whim. All that in just four short years in power, before a violent and speedy assassination at just 28 years old. Mary explores the real Caligula in an array of unexpected places. From Germany to Capri, from Rome to Lake Nemi, she exposes and analyses historical accounts and assembles tantalising fragments of evidence. Mary reveals an astonishing story of murder, intrigue and dynastic family power. Above all, shell explain why Caligula has ended up with such a reputation and, in the process, reveal a more intriguing portrait of not just the monster, but the man.

POMPEII – LIFE & DEATH IN A ROMAN TOWN 

Pompeii: one of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history. We know how its victims died, but this film sets out to answer another question - how did they live? Gleaning evidence from an extraordinary find, Cambridge professor and Pompeii expert Mary Beard provides new insight into the lives of the people who lived in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius before its cataclysmic eruption. In a dark cellar in Oplontis, just three miles from the centre of Pompeii, 54 skeletons who didn't succumb to the torrent of volcanic ash are about to be put under the microscope. The remains will be submitted to a barrage of tests that will unlock one of the most comprehensive scientific snapshots of Pompeian life ever produced - and there are some big surprises in store. Using the latest forensic techniques it is now possible to determine what those who perished in the disaster ate and drank, where they came from, what diseases they suffered, how rich they were, and perhaps, even more astonishingly, the details of their sex lives. The way the remains were found in the cellar already provides an invaluable clue about the lives of the people they belonged to. On one side of the room were individuals buried with one of the most stunning hauls of gold, jewellery and coins ever found in Pompeii. On the other, were people buried with nothing. It looked the stark dividing line of a polarised ancient society: a room partitioned between super rich and abject poor. But on closer examination the skeletons reveal some surprises about life in Pompeii.

MEET THE ROMANS

We still live in the shadow of ancient Rome - a city at the heart of a vast empire that stretched from the North of England to Afghanistan, dominating the West for over 700 years. This fascinating history series, as seen on the BBC and presented by Professor Mary Beard, puts aside the stories of emperors and armies, guts and gore, to meet the real Romans living at the heart of it all. Episode 1 In episode 1 Mary asks not what the Romans did for us, but what the empire did for Rome. She rides the Via Appia, climbs up to the top seats of the Colosseum, takes a boat to Rome's port Ostia and takes us into the bowels of Monte Testaccio. She also meets some extraordinary Romans: Baricha, Zabda and Achiba, three prisoners of war who became Roman citizens; and Pupius Amicus, the purple dye seller making imperial dye from shellfish imported from Tunisia. This is Rome from the bottom up. In episode 2, Mary descends into the city streets to discover the dirt, crime, sex and slum conditions in the world's first high-rise city. This Rome is not the marble Rome we know, but a vast, messy metropolis with little urban planning, where most Romans lived in high-rise apartment blocks with little space, light, or even sanitation. Forced outdoors into the city streets, she reveals where they went to hang out, get drunk, have sex and get clean. in the final episode, Mary delves even deeper into ordinary Roman life by going behind the closed doors of their homes. She meets an extraordinary cast of characters - drunken housewives, teenage brides, bullied children and runaway slaves - and paints a more dynamic, lusty picture of Roman family life. Finally, Mary paints a more nuanced picture of Roman slavery and asks why if it was such a brutal institution did many Romans choose to be buried with their servants - living cheek by jowl in death, as in life.



Price: 19.99

Discount Image History discount image
The Special Edition Double DVD Pompeii Boxset The Special Edition Double DVD Pompeii Boxset

THE OTHER POMPEII: LIFE AND DEATH IN HERCULANEUM Just 10 miles from Pompeii, along the ancient shoreline, 12 arched vaults are telling a whole new story about what life was like before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. They contain the skeletons of no less than 340 people, just 10% of the local population, killed by the volcano. Amongst them are the first new skeletons to be found in the area for 30 years; they are now the subject of a ground-breaking scientific investigation secured in a world exclusive for the BBC. Presented by Pompeianist Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill of the University of Cambridge and Director of the Herculaneum Conservation Project we meet the scientists leading the forensic project - Luca Bondioli and Luciano Fattore - and then go on a tour of the incredible town where the skeletons once lived. On his journey Andrew uncovers their houses, their wooden furniture and their food which are perfectly preserved by a layer of ash up to five times deeper than Pompeii. With stunning aerial photography of Herculaneum, this film gives us a behind the scenes look at this place and its extraordinary ancient inhabitants as they've never been seen before. It opens the lid on a tiny, yet astonishing Roman town, which drew immigrants from Syria and beyond, and where perfectly preserved court transcripts scratched on wooden tablets tell of slaves challenging their status in the town's courts. 

POMPEII LIFE AND DEATH IN A ROMAN TOWN Pompeii: one of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history. We know how its victims died, but this film sets out to answer another question - how did they live? Gleaning evidence from an extraordinary find, Cambridge professor and Pompeii expert Mary Beard provides new insight into the lives of the people who lived in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius before its cataclysmic eruption.In a dark cellar in Oplontis, just three miles from the centre of Pompeii, 54 skeletons who didn't succumb to the torrent of volcanic ash are about to be put under the microscope. The remains will be submitted to a barrage of tests that will unlock one of the most comprehensive scientific snapshots of Pompeian life ever produced - and there are some big surprises in store.Using the latest forensic techniques it is now possible to determine what those who perished in the disaster ate and drank, where they came from, what diseases they suffered, how rich they were, and perhaps, even more astonishingly, the details of their sex lives.The way the remains were found in the cellar already provides an invaluable clue about the lives of the people they belonged to. On one side of the room were individuals buried with one of the most stunning hauls of gold, jewellery and coins ever found in Pompeii. On the other, were people buried with nothing. It looked the stark dividing line of a polarised ancient society: a room partitioned between super rich and abject poor. But on closer examination the skeletons reveal some surprises about life in Pompeii.


Price: 19.99

Discount Image History discount image
The Story of Nelson Mandela: Resistance The Story of Nelson Mandela: Resistance

History never forgets its heroes or its legends and during the 20th century there was one name that stood out and was shouted above others, Nelson Mandela. His struggle for fairness and equality spread across the world and left no one indifferent and unaffected by this issue and throughout his life he remained a devoted champion for peace and social justice. This is his fascinating and inspiring story. Starting from his childhood this programme takes you on a journey through his life, from his time at university studying law in Johannesburg to joining the African National Congress party and his subsequent struggle against apartheid. It covers his years in imprisonment in 1962 and also the following worldwide campaign to release him and his ultimate release in 1990. It also takes a look at his presidency from 1994 when Mandela became the first black president of South Africa which at one point would have been seen as being unimaginable. Finally we take a look at his life since retiring in 1999 and how he continued to play his part in world peace and bringing about greater understanding for one s fellow man. In this programme we explore the life and legacy of a man who within his own life time brought about social change to the course of history. Included are interviews with Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela and close relatives as well as rare footage from historical archives. This documentary gives a fascinating insight into one of the most influential people of our time. His legacy will live on.

Price: 12.99

Discount Image History discount image
The Unseen Holocaust The Unseen Holocaust

Decades after the Nazi death camps were finally closed; exclusive new footage from Soviet Film Archives has emerged revealing the true extent of the horrors before what we now know as the Holocaust. While we often think of the camp system as a killing machine of gas chambers at places like Auschwitz, this new film shows Germany was killing on a massive scale earlier than thought. There was another side to the killing, one that is rarely seen or talked about in the West. On the Eastern Front, the figure is estimated as being over one and a half million innocent people shot and buried in mass graves. When Doctor Jeremy Hicks, a Russian Film Historian, visited the Russian State Archive in 2006 what he saw took his breath away. He learned that locked away, there was unseen footage. It shows that the Holocaust wasnt just about industrialised killing, people actually came face-to-face with the perpetrators. This footage opens a new chapter, and it is truly shocking, so it was not an easy decision to show it you will be shocked when you watch it, but it is important that you do. These are the earliest films of the Holocaust, the initial stage, the mass killing by bullets. This preceded the construction of the camps, the gas chambers and crematoria.

Price: 12.99

Discount Image History discount image
Titanic - The Definitive Story Titanic - The Definitive Story

At the time RMS Titanic was the largest passenger steamship in the world, constructed in Belfast, Ireland and owned by the White Star Line. Sailing on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City on April 10, 1912 she carried 2,223 passengers and crew members on board. On the 15th April 1912 Titanic struck an iceberg and sank resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. This four hour long fascinating series takes the viewer deeper into the Legend of the Titanic. There are undiscovered interviews with survivors, artefacts and memorabilia from the ship and footage that has never been available before. The sinking of Titanic represented the end of an era in sea travel yet the controversy of why so many lives were lost is still being scrutinised and argued to this day. This captivating series looks into some of the issues still being kept alive by experts and enthusiasts. The sinking of Titanic on her maiden voyage, the high loss of life, the legends about the sinking, the resulting changes in maritime law and the discovery of the wreck have all contributed to the enduring interest in Titanic. Episodes Included: TITANIC REMEMBERED THE STORY OF CAPTAIN SMITH AND THE TITANIC ECHOES OF THE TITANIC END OF AN ERA

Price: 14.99

Discount Image History discount image
Waking the Titanic Waking the Titanic

The story of RMS Titanic has been told in grand style many times: the monumental unsinkable ship, the scarcely-believable hubris of its owners and the dreadful events of 1912. Waking the Titanic is something new a living history told on a small, but no less poignant human scale. Fourteen young people - ranging in age from 17 to 32 - from the poor community of Addergoole in county Mayo set about making plans to emigrate.

Through stylised re-enactments, the docudrama recreates a joyous trip to the next town to buy a new hat for the voyage because the ladies of America are well-dressed ; the wedding of a young couple prior to the voyage; the young shop girl measuring a child s finger with a piece of string so she could send a ring back to her from the States; the brother reading his sister s tealeaves, and warning her not to get on the boat; a fare sent from America that was spent on a new cow, thereby saving a life, and the day that fourteen excited people left the only world they knew in search of a dream. Focusing on the drama of anticipation prior to the fateful voyage the story of the Addergoole 14 and what happened to them on the Titanic is told using detailed accounts handed down to family members from the people of the time and interviews with the descendents of those who survived.

This is no mere retelling of the Titanic story. This is a unique account of hope and the loss suffered by the people of a tiny west of Ireland village whose sons and daughters went in search of a better life only to be subsumed by the tragic destiny of the world s greatest ship. Only 3 of the party of 14 survived the sinking. Across the Atlantic, the story also abides embodied in the lives of 96 direct descendents of the survivors whose voices provide both the core and the epilogue to this tale. Bonus materials include deleted scenes, sections on each of the 14 passengers with their relatives interviews, complete ceremony of the ringing of the bell and archive photos.


Price: 12.99

Discount Image History discount image
War in the Pacific Boxset War in the Pacific Boxset

Experience the Pacific War like never before through first hand accounts from the veteran marines who survived this ordeal and brought to life through dramatic archive footage of war.

War in the Pacific follows the incredible real life story of the United States Marine Corps as they battle their way through the Pacific Theatre during World War II, from bloody beaches and dense jungles to barren hilltops.

Using original footage taken by Marine combat cameramen on the front line, this amazing documentary series takes an in-depth look at the pivotal events and battles of the Pacific War, including those featured in the HBO classic drama; Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu & Iwo Jima and many more, all the way to Okinawa and the final surrender of the Japanese.

War in the Pacific is a fascinating, action packed and often poignant historical record told exclusively with footage shot by the marines themselves and accompanied by extensive and personal interviews with the veterans who lived it… this is their story.

With 7 hours of spectacular Colour and Black & White footage this comprehensive collection is an essential purchase.

(The programme also contains some additional bonus material of the Marines key role in Europe.)



Price: 14.99

discount image 20% Off discount image


Discount Image History discount image
Warhorse - The Real Story Warhorse - The Real Story

As seen on Channel 4. This is one of the most important documentaries of 2012, it is even more epic and brutal than the Steven Spielberg feature film. This is the extraordinary and deeply moving true story of the million British horses who served in World War One. It is told using rare archive and testimony, combined with the latest historical research. The story begins with the mass call up of horses from every farm and country estate in the land. Brough Scott evokes the world of Downton Abbey as he tells the tale of his aristocratic grandfather Jack Seely and his beloved horse Warrior. He would become the most famous horse of the war, renowned for his amazing courage. In a new era of mechanised trench warfare the deep bond that developed between man and horse helped both survive the hell of the Somme and Passchendaele. The finest hour of the cavalry came in spring 1918 when led by the warhorse Warrior they broke through the German lines and helped win the war. But there was further heartache for the horses when the war came to an end. 85,000 of the oldest were sold for horse meat. Half a million were sold to French farmers to help rebuild the countryside. Only 60,000 made it back to Britain. Six black horses that survived the war together would pull the body of the unknown warrior to its last resting place in Westminster Abbey. But the most famous war horse of all to return in glory was Warrior. His story, like the million other British horses who served, should never be forgotten. Steven Spielbergs critically acclaimed movie War Horse tells a deeply moving story, but the truth is altogether more extraordinary. - DAILY EXPRESS .......This history that inspired the fiction is every bit as astonishing. - DAILY MAIL I havent seen the stage play or Spielbergs adaptation of Michael Morpurgo s novel, but if theyre half as moving as this documentary about the one million British horses on the frontline during the First World War, there shouldnt be a dry eye in the house. - THE INDEPENDENT Spielbergs War Horse is cleaning up in cinemas. But this documentary reveals the unsentimental truth behind the fiction - THE TIMES Inspirational- RADIO TIMES

Price: 14.99

Discount Image History discount image
World War 1 - The War to End War World War 1 - The War to End War

"Some damn fool thing in the Balkans will likely trigger the next great war in Europe." - Otto von Bismarck, German Chancellor.

That "damn fool thing" was the assassination of the Austrian Arch Duke, Francis Ferdinand, and his wife. The bullets that took their lives mobilized 60 million soldiers, launching the largest, bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen. It was called the Great War,"The War to End War" and the world is still paying the price for this conflict today.

"War to End War" is a remarkable 7 hour comprehensive look at the war that shaped the 20th century. Through rare actual battle footage and shocking veteran interviews, "The War to End War" takes you through four years of the most costly war in human history. Unique and stunning; you will "go over the top" and witness the carnage on the battlefields of Europe and Russia.

Take to the skies in the world’s first air war and ride with the legendary Lawrence of Arabia. The "War to End War" is an unprecedented account of the history behind the First World War.



Price: 14.99

discount image 20% Off discount image


Discount Image History discount image
WW1 - Top Gun Revealed WW1 - Top Gun Revealed

This fascinating programme tells the untold story of how the pilots of WW1 and the pioneering aircraft mechanics engineered victory for the Allies, turning an eccentric folly into a deadly weapon. In this film we explore the brave new world of aerial reconnaissance, artillery spotting, bombing, dogfights and also chart the technological evolution of the first air force. On both sides of the war, experimental engineers scrabbled for superiority of the skies, with British pioneers like Geoffrey de Havilland competing to outdo Anton Fokker, the Dutchman whose planes helped Germany dominate the sky for a time. With exclusive access to The Vintage Aviators , a unique fleet of replica aircraft owned by New Zealand Director Peter Jackson WW1 Top Gun will bring history to life by mixing present day airplane reconstruction with expert interviews and gripping archive footage. Action-packed demonstrations and experiments with the aviators will vividly portray the mechanical evolution of military air power by the Allies and Germany to reveal how visionary technology, at all times in response to the increasing demands of a new age in conflict, saw the emergence of the first fighter planes and a major shift in modern warfare. Highlights of the narrative will reveal how the rivalry between German and Allied engineers pushed the plane to new heights. We will see how the need for accurate sketches led to changes in planes, how complications with air-to-ground communications led to advanced radios and crucially how the need to protect yourself led to the race for plane armament and the development of the first all purpose fighter plane. Through this evolution the term dog fight was used to describe the ferocity of some of the air combat witnessed above battle fields of WW1. With no living survivors from the Great War, the experiences and knowledge from the Vintage Aviators flying and making these machines provide an opportunity to reveal these unsung heroes of World WW1. This enthralling programme provides both a fascinating insight into the development of aviation in WW1 and a better understanding of the brave young pilots who risked their lives to fly.

Price: 12.99

Discount Image History discount image
A Short History of Ireland A Short History of Ireland

A superb introduction to one of the world's most magical, beautiful and historically rich Countries. With a captivating music score, authentic dramatisations and a lilting historical narration this is a documentary programme not to be missed.



Price: 14.99

discount image 20% Off discount image


Discount Image History discount image
Irish Verse to Landscape Irish Verse to Landscape

A selection of classic Irish poetry and popular verse set to beautiful and evocative landscapes. Be inspired. Take in the breathless beauty of the landscape of the 'Emerald Isle', This programme, filmed entirely on location, will capture your heart and stimulate your mind, as we journey through the rich tapestry of Ireland. An ideal gift for all generations.



Price: 14.99

discount image 20% Off discount image


Discount Image History discount image
Scottish Clans Scottish Clans

This unique DVD encompasses a brief history and description of the most famous of Scottish names, set to an imaginative backdrop of well known landmarks, battle grounds and beautiful Scottish landscapes.

Price: 14.99

discount image 20% Off discount image


Discount Image History discount image
Scottish Verse to Landscape Scottish Verse to Landscape

Take in the dramatic and contrasting beauty of Scotland. Experience both the traditional & popular poetry & verse whilst immersing yourself in the passion and emotion of Scottish Verse To Landscape.

Price: 14.99

discount image 20% Off discount image