Prince Charles shares memories and recalls events from Queen Elizabeth’s public and private life, adding his own commentary and insights. Previously unseen photographs and films from Her Majesty’s private collection — many of them shot by the queen herself — capture royal family life. Highlights include behind-the-scenes footage taken at Buckingham Palace on Coronation Day, showing Her Majesty juggling the dual role of mother and queen as she poses for official photographs. The prince also shares film of family holidays, including a sequence of the young Prince Charles and Princess Anne playing at the beach in Norfolk. Filmed scenes on board Britannia, at Windsor and at Balmoral provide a glimpse of the royal family in the 1940s and 1950s.
Islands of Britain
Sat, 06/22/2013 - 10:00pm
The islands of the west are off the coasts of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland with a couple in between. The journey begins on the tiny island of Piel, near Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. There, Clunes meets Steve Cuthbertson, who has taken on the tenancy of the island pub — and also inherited the traditional title of the King of Piel. Our next destination is the chain of islands known as the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, which are surrounded by some of the most dangerous seas in Britain. Then it's on to the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea. With 80,000 inhabitants, Clunes discovers it's an independent-minded place with its own government, taxes and some strange creatures. The final destination — and the westernmost point in this journey — is Rathlin, the only inhabited island off the coast of Northern Ireland.
British Antiques Roadshow
Thu, 06/20/2013 - 10:30pm
Fiona Bruce and the team visit Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. Amongst the objects exciting the experts are a collection of almost 500 ornamental pigs, dolls house furniture made out of shell cases on the Somme in World War One, and 3 small tiles salvaged by a builder turn out to be worth a fortune. Meanwhile Fiona takes a spin in the car that stars in the program’s opening sequence; the classic Daimler Dart.
Wed, 06/19/2013 - 9:00pm
This program follows the charismatic Dr. Kenny Broad as he dives into blue holes — underwater caves that formed during the last ice age when sea level was nearly 400 feet below what it is today. The holes are Earth’s least explored and perhaps most dangerous frontiers. With an interdisciplinary team of climatologists, paleontologists and anthropologists, Broad investigates the hidden history of Earth’s climate as revealed by finds in this spectacularly beautiful “alternate universe.”
Wed, 06/19/2013 - 8:00pm
Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States, home to numerous unique and endangered mammals, trees, plants, birds and turtles, as well as half a million alligators. However, the Everglades is also the dumping ground for many animal invaders — more than 15 species of parrot, 75 kinds of fish and 30 different reptiles from places as far away as Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. All of the intruders found their way into the park either by accidental escape from pet owners or intentional release by people no longer wishing to care for an exotic species. Add to the mix tens of thousands of giant pythons, snakes that can grow to 20 feet and weigh nearly 300 pounds, some released into the wild by irresponsible pet owners, some escapees from almost 200 wildlife facilities destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The predatory pythons slithered into this protected wilderness and thrived, and the refuge has consequently become less a haven than a killing ground every day since then.
Tue, 06/18/2013 - 8:00pm
For decades, the Rockefeller name was despised in America — associated with John D. Rockefeller Sr.’s feared monopoly, Standard Oil. The world’s first billionaire, Rockefeller held 90 percent of the world’s oil refineries, 90 percent of the marketing of oil and a third of all the oil wells. Working methodically and secretly, he transformed an industry — and changed forever the way America did business. Though Rockefeller’s only son dedicated his life to redeeming the family reputation, and Rockefeller had given away half his fortune by the end of his life, his philanthropy couldn’t erase the memory of his predatory business practices.
Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:00pm
Amlan Ganguly is a lawyer-turned-social entrepreneur who has transformed some of the poorest slums of Kolkata by empowering children to become leaders in improving health and sanitation. Using street theater, dance and data as their weapons, the children have cut malaria and diarrhea rates in half, increased polio vaccination rates and turned garbage dumps into playing fields. Instead of feeling powerless and doomed to perpetuate the cycle of poverty, these children are developing the tools and attitudes to create opportunities for themselves and their communities.
Sun, 06/16/2013 - 10:30pm
Martin Clunes stars as William and Julie Graham as Mary in this romantic comedy series about two single parents looking for love - and perhaps finding it. But it's not going to be easy when one is an undertaker and the other a midwife, let alone the problems that Mary's mother Molly is going to put across their path.