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Nicholas Parsons goes in search of the most valuable and famous watch in the world.
Nicholas Parsons explores his life-long enthusiasm for clocks when he goes in search of the most valuable and famous watch in the world - the so-called Marie Antoinette.
Nicholas Parsons, Just a Minute host and stalwart of the entertainment world, explores his life-long enthusiasm for clocks when he goes in search of the most valuable and famous watch in the world.
The so-called Marie Antoinette, once the target of one of the biggest museum heists in history, was the masterpiece made by 18th-century genius Nicholas Breguet for that doomed queen.
Tracing the enthralling story of Breguet's rise to fame, Parsons visits Paris and Versailles, and the vaults of today's multimillion-pound Breguet business. Exploring the innovative and dazzling work of the master watchmaker, Parsons unravels the mystery behind the creation of his most precious and most brilliant work.
Parsons then heads to Israel to discover how, in the 1980s, the world's most expensive watch was stolen in a daring heist and went missing for over 20 years.
Revealing a little-known side of one of our favourite TV and radio hosts, the film offers a glimpse into Parsons's own private clock collection while also telling an enthralling tale of scientific invention, doomed decadence and daring robbery.
History short looking at the work of Customs officers.
Earrann Eachdraidh/History ShortsCustom officers at work (Disposing of drugs/Customs officer training) - Oifigearan cusbainn ag obair (A' faighinn cuidhteas dhrogaichean/Trèanadh oifigearan cusbainn )
Series 1 Part Two
The BBC's Steve Rosenberg explores how Moscow views the tumultuous events of 1989.
Steve Rosenberg explores how Moscow views the tumultuous events of 1989 and looks into whether the coronavirus pandemic thwarts Vladimir Putin's bid to make Russia great again?
The fall of the Iron Curtain was heralded in Europe as a new era of freedom and democracy. But for Russia, it marked the loss of an empire.
The BBC's Steve Rosenberg explores how Moscow views the tumultuous events of 1989 and how Russia is trying to regain its global and regional influence. Could the coronavirus pandemic thwart Vladimir Putin's bid to make Russia great again?
A look at the Paralympics and the stability testing at Wembley.
Sporting history short, looking at the Paralympics and the stability testing at Wembley.
Earrann Eachdraidh/History ShortsEarly Days of Famous Sports Topics (Stability testing Wembley/Paralympics) - Làithean tràth chuspairean spòrs ainmeil (Deuchainn sheasmachd aig Wembley/Na Parailimpaigs)
Series 1 Part One
The BBC's Steve Rosenberg explores how Moscow views the tumultuous events of 1989.
Steve Rosenberg explores how Moscow views the tumultuous events of 1989 and looks into whether the coronavirus pandemic will thwart Vladimir Putin’s bid to make Russia great again.
The fall of the Iron Curtain was heralded in Europe as a new era of freedom and democracy. But for Russia it marked the loss of an empire.
The BBC's Steve Rosenberg explores how Moscow views the tumultuous events of 1989 and how Russia is trying to regain its global and regional influence. Could the coronavirus pandemic thwart Vladimir Putin’s bid to make Russia great again?
Shorts Episode 9: Treshnish Islands
On the beautiful Treshnish Islands, Paul Murton experiences a spot of puffin therapy.
Paul Murton visits some of the most beautiful and remote spots in Britain. In this programme he experiences puffin therapy on the Treshnish Islands.
- Paul Murton
The story of 20-year old Viking woman Signe, who driven by revenge.
The story of 20-year old Viking woman Signe, who driven by revenge for the murder of her chieftain father.
Docudrama series on history’s most iconic women fighters. Each extraordinary tale of blood, sacrifice and endurance centres on the life of one young woman warrior caught up in the bloody struggles of her time.
Sreath de dhocu-dràmathan air feadhainn dhe na bana-shaighdearan a b’ ainmeile ann an eachdraidh. Tha gach sgeul iongantach a’ coimhead ri aon bhoireannach òg a th’ ann an teas-mheadhan chathan mairbhteach an latha fhèin.
For centuries, historians believed all Viking Warriors were men. But new remarkable, archaeological findings in Sweden reveal a startling twist to history - some Viking warriors were women, thus challenging historic presumptions about the role of women in the Viking Age.
This drama-led documentary tells the story of 20-year old Viking woman Signe who, driven by revenge for the murder of her chieftain father, sets out from 10th-century Sweden on an incredible journey along the Russian river networks. The film follows Signe’s rise to military leader of Birka, the most important Viking trading town of its age.
Airson linntean, bha eòlaichean-eachdraidh dhen bheachd gum b’ ann fireann a bha a h-uile curaidh Lochlannach, ach tha lorgaidhean arc-eòlach san t-Suain air fiosrachadh fhoillseachadh a tha a’ toirt oirnn creid gun robh feadhainn dhe na curaidhean boireann. Air feadh an t-saoghail, tha seo air iongnadh a chur air eòlaichean, agus tha beachdan air na dreuchdan a bh’ aig boireannaich Lochlannach a tha a’ dol air ais linntean ag atharrachadh.
Tha am prògram seo ag innse sgeulachd Signe, boireannach Lochlannach a tha fichead bliadhna a dh’aois. Bha i airson bàs a h-athar a dhìoghladh, agus thug seo air turas iongantach i san deicheamh linn, bhon t-Suain gu lìonraidhean fada na Ruis. Tha am film a’ leantainn Signe, gus a tha i mu dheireadh na ceannard air Birka, am baile-malairt a bu chudthromaiche aig na Lochlannaich aig an àm.
Dubbed in Gaelic with English subtitles
Dan Cruickshank's final journey begins with Mostar in Bosnia and its famous bridge.
Documentary series with Dan Cruickshank. Dan's final journey takes him from Bosnia through Greece and Italy before finishing in Spain.
At last, the end is in sight, and Dan's circumnavigation of the globe almost complete. But first there are some of the most brilliant treasures of all to enjoy. Venice, Florence and Rome revive an exhausted but ebullient Dan about to take his 92nd flight of the trip before he sails for home.
His first destination was once the most dangerous place on earth - Mostar and its famous bridge spanning the Christian and Muslim worlds. Destroyed by missiles and now rebuilt. Then on to Athens and the glories of the Parthenon before heading for the ultimate treasure trove of Italy - the beauties of Venice, the splendour of the Pantheon in Rome and the fabulous chapel of the Medici princes in Florence. Then in Spain, Dan is astonished by the unrivalled brilliance of the Alhambra, and echoes of the days when a large part of Europe was under Islamic rule.
At last, it's time for Dan to reflect on the immensity of his journey round the world - how has it changed him and what is he to make of it all? What can we all learn as human beings from the fantastic variety of mankind's creations that Dan has seen? And what single thing more than any other has inspired man to create?
- Dan Cruickshank
Series 3 Compilations A Less Travelled Road and A Mystical Journey
Paul explores the lochs of Moidart, then travels round the Firths of Easter Ross.
Paul follows in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie, exploring the lochs of Moidart before travelling round the Firths of Easter Ross.
In this programme, Paul follows in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie, exploring the lesser-known lochs along the west coast of Scotland.
Landing at Glenuig, he makes his way inland to Loch Moidart and MacDonald country, walking the old coffin road, which was used for centuries by funeral parties, taking their dead to a sacred isle. On the track, Paul meets a trials bike enthusiast and learns the secrets of a 'dabbing coat', before landing of the Green Isle where he rings a 1100 year-old bell for the dead.
Taking a boat north, Paul sails up Loch Shiel to Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie officially began his rising to reclaim the throne for the Stuart Dynasty. From a forgotten monument that commemorates this event, Paul heads back to the coast and Loch Ailort, where he learns how to knife fight before taking a trip across the loch to a deserted community on the roadless Ardnish peninsula.
Later in the programme, Paul's next grand tour starts in the hills above Stathpeffer on the waters of Loch Ussie, famous for its connections with the Brahan Seer, who predicted future calamities. Here Paul meets musician Lauren MacColl who found inspiration in the legend of the seer. On a golf course above Strathpeffer, Paul discovers an unlikely connection between the conventional old Spa town below and the wickedest man in the world – Aleister Crowley.
In a nearby wood, the mysterious traditions of a clootie well are revealed to Paul by a member of the travelling community. On the shores of the Cromarty Firth, Paul visits a folly on a hill and discovers an ancient Pictish carved stone. At Tain, the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland, he learns to blow glass before heading for the Dornoch Firth where he encounters a witch and a fairy bridge.
- Paul Murton
Exploring the treasures of the Johnston Collection in Wick.
Cruinneachadh Johnston: sealladh thar ceud bliadhna de dh'eachdraidh na Gaidhealtachd. Documentary exploring the treasures of the Johnston Collection in Wick.
Tha lethcheud mìle dealbh ann an tasglann sònraichte a'toirt dhuinn sealladh tarraingeach de chòrr is ceud bliadhna ann an eachdraidh na Gaidhealtachd: nì am prògram seo lèir ulaidhean phrìseil Cruinneachadh Johnston an Inbhirùige. Bho 1863 gu 1976 bha trì ginealaich dhen teaghlach ris an aon obair ann an Gallaibh: a'togail dhealbh agus a'clàradh eachdraidh shòisealta ceann a tuath na h-Alba.
Thog iad dealbhan nuair a bha iasgach an sgadain aig àirde, agus nuair a bha daoine nan dròbhan a'sireadh òir ann an Cataibh; thog iad dealbhan nan òganach a'falbh gu trainnsichean a'Chiad Chogaidh, agus chlàraich iad obair àiteachais is chiùird, cleachdaidhean, spòrs, bainnsean, agus aghaidhean muinntir Ghallaibh is Chataibh. Tha 50,000 dhe na claon-chlàir ghlainne aca glèidhte ann an Ionad Dualchais Inbhir Ùige, agus cuideachd ann an cruth digiteach ach am faic sluagh an t-saoghail mhòir iad.
A unique archive of near 50,000 photographs gives an enthralling insight into more than a century of Highland history - this documentary will reveal the treasures of the Johnston Collection in Wick. From 1863 to 1976, three generations of the Johnston family ran a photography business in Caithness and documented the social history of northern Scotland.
They photographed the herring industry at its height, captured the Helmsdale gold rush, took portraits of boys before they left for the trenches of World War One, and recorded the agriculture, trades, customs, sports, weddings and people of Caithness and Sutherland. Today 50,000 of their glass plate negatives are preserved in the Wick Heritage Centre and digitised online for the global community to enjoy.
How the jet engine gave hope to Britain as the country recovered from World War II.
How the invention of the jet engine gave hope to Britain as the country recovered from the Second World War, becoming a lucrative export and a powerful piece of military hardware.
Britain emerged from the Second World War in financial crisis, but one technological innovation provided hope for the future - a world-leading jet aviation industry. During the Cold War, the jet engine became a lucrative export and a powerful piece of military hardware, but selling to the wrong buyer could alter the balance of power.
How Britain's V Force became the platform for delivering nuclear Armageddon.
As an 'Iron Curtain' fell across Europe, the jet bomber came to define how the Cold War was fought. Britain's V Force became the platform for delivering nuclear Armageddon.
As an 'Iron Curtain' fell across Europe, the jet bomber came to define how the Cold War was fought. Able to fly faster, higher and further than ever before, and armed with a devastating new weapon, Britain's V Force became the platform for delivering nuclear Armageddon.
The story of the 1773 highland migrants who left Scotland to settle in Nova Scotia.
Documentary in which Neil Oliver recounts the story of the 1773 highland migrants who left Scotland to settle in Nova Scotia.
Neil Oliver recounts the story of the 1773 highland migrants who left Scotland to settle in Nova Scotia. He uncovers their terrifying journey on a filthy disease-ridden ship - the Hector. Neil describes how the migrants were deceived by speculators and goes on to meet their descendants. For some in Nova Scotia, the Hector has become little short of a Canadian 'Mayflower'.
Series 1 Episode 3: Florence
Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott explore the romantic city of Florence.
Documentary series. Using the latest 3D scanning technology, Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott explore the romantic city of Florence.
Using the latest 3D scanning technology, Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott explore the romantic city of Florence.
They reveal how its wonderful facades and artworks mask a hidden story of intrigue and secrecy, and one powerful dynasty was behind it all - the Medicis, godfathers of the Renaissance. Finally, the scanning team build a virtual reality 3D model to reveal how the city's secret corridors of power were the foundation of its Renaissance glory.
Series 1 A Queen Betrayed
Neil Oliver reveals how the clans plotted against the charismatic Mary Stewart
Neil Oliver tells the story of Scotland's ancient clans. He reveals how the clans plotted against the charismatic Mary Stewart, leading, ultimately, to her death
Neil Oliver reveals how the clans plotted against Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, ultimately leading to the beheading of the most charismatic queen in Scottish history. The tale turns on a brother's plot to overthrow his sister in a ruthless bid for power. James Stewart, Earl of Moray, uses clan power to first control and then rid Scotland of his sister Mary. As she battles conspiracies, plots and counterplots, Mary is trapped in the cruel and tumultuous world of clan blood feuds. After they murder her husband Lord Darnley and Mary flees into the arms of the Earl of Bothwell, the most ruthless of Scotland's clan chiefs, civil war breaks out. Mary escapes to England, never to return again.