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First Emperor: The Man who made China

Qin Shi Huangdi. He is the man who united, and indeed gave China its name. His legacy includes the Great Wall and his astonishing tomb, guarded by the famed Terracotta Army. This major drama-documentary offers unprecedented access to new excavations at the major sites, and through major dramatic reconstruction, reveals the personality and motivations of this remarkable but still unknown leader.


Episode Length: 01:40:00

Year: 2006

Episode: 1


 

Ancient X Files II – Living Vampires

A body is dug up from a Romanian graveyard at night; the heart is cut out and burnt. A man suspects a link with the world’s oldest suspected vampire.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 8


 

Ancient X Files II – Crown of Thorns

Follow Jesuit priest Fr. Patrick Hough as he investigates the Crown of Thorns, which was said to be worn by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 7


 

Versailles Stories – Magical Nights

In the first weekend of October every year, Versailles is taken over by modern art. For a weekend, Versailles – that most revered of institutions – is in the hands of contemporary artists. Out with reverence, in with graffiti! We follow the artists who plan to throw a modern twist on the classic landscape and iconic palace.


Episode Length: 00:28:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 6


 

Versailles Stories – Masters of Time

When the palace was ransacked at about the time of the Revolution, many priceless works of art and furniture were looted and sold abroad – mostly to members of the English nobility. One of the key roles of the Director-General of Versailles – Pierre Arrizoli – is to continue the process of restoring these works to their rightful place back in the palace.


Episode Length: 00:28:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 5


 

Versailles Stories – Marketing Marie-Antoinette

This episode explores the ingenious ideas to generate revenue at the palace, from taking advantage of the popularity of Versailles across the Atlantic, to recreating Marie-Antoinette’s personal perfume. It also considers the ways in which Versailles is having to change to finance itself more effectively but also to bring itself up to speed in the 21st century.


Episode Length: 00:28:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 4


 

Versailles Stories – Fountains and Fireworks

During the summer months, the gardens of Versailles come alive to the sound of seventeenth-century music and the play of the fountains. Visitors are encouraged to walk through the groves of Versailles where every fountain is happily spouting crystal clear water. Gabriel Novello and his team spend weeks preparing and fine-tuning the fountains for the spectacle, working in tunnels which stretch right the way under the world-famous palace gardens.


Episode Length: 00:28:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 3


 

Versailles Stories – Follow the Guide

The programme follows the specialist guides who bring Versailles to life for the thousands of people who visit each year. Fabrice Callet has long dreamed of becoming a guide at Versailles. Will he make the grade to become a privileged key holder to the palace doors?


Episode Length: 00:28:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 2


 

Versailles Stories – Putting on a Show

Every year, over five dates in July and August, members of the public flock to Versailles for the firework display, music and lightshow that is famous throughout the world. Music, performances and fireworks play together to create a magnificent spectacle. We follow Bartabas and his team of expert horse-riders as they rehearse and prepare the event they feel sure will propel them into the international spotlight as a must-see part of the Versailles experience.


Episode Length: 00:28:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 1


 

The Last Dukes

Dukedoms are created by the Monarch – for reasons ranging from a grateful nation rewarding a major war leader to a king acknowledging his illegitimate son. The last Dukedom to be created was by Queen Victoria. As they gradually become extinct, what will become of those that remain? Do they still have power and wealth? What is it to be a Duke in the 21st Century?


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2015

Episode: 1


 

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