Beginning with a searing indictment of slavery, the first episode of this series dramatically evokes the causes of the American Civil War. Here are the burning questions of Union and States' rights, John Brown at Harper's Ferry, the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the firing on Fort Sumter and the rush to arms. Major figures such as Lincoln, Lee and Grant are introduced while the episode concludes with the disastrous Union defeat at Manassas, Virginia. Part 1 of 9.
The second episode in the series begins with the political infighting that threatened to swamp Lincoln's administration and then follows Union General George McClellan's ill-fated campaign on the Virginia Peninsula, where his huge army meets a smaller but more resourceful Confederate force. The programme also focuses on Ulysses S Grant, whose exploits come to a bloody climax at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee, and concludes with rumours of Europe's readiness to recognise the Confederacy. Part 2 of 9.
Convinced by July 1862 that emancipation was now morally and militarily crucial to the future of the Union, Lincoln waits for a victory to issue his proclamation. As the year wears on there are no Union victories forthcoming thanks to the brilliance of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E Lee. In September 1862 Lee invades Maryland and on the banks of Antietam Creek, the bloodiest day of the war takes place, followed shortly by the brightest: the emancipation of the slaves. Part 3 of 9.
The fourth programme in the series reveals how the Union disaster at Fredericksburg prefaced further successes for the Confederacy. At Chancellorsville in May, Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson, and at Vicksburg, Grant's attempts to take the city by siege are stopped. The programme highlights the fierce Northern opposition to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and ends with Lee's decision to invade the North again to draw Grant's forces away from Vicksburg. Part 4 of 9.
This episode opens with a dramatic account of the Battle of Gettysburg in which 150,000 men fight to the death in Pennsylvania over a period of three days, culminating in Pickett's legendary charge. Also chronicled are the fall of Vicksburg, the New York draft riots, the first use of black troops, and the battles at Chickamauga, Georgia and Chattanooga. The episode closes with Abraham Lincoln in Gettysburg where he struggles to articulate what is happening to his people. Part 5 of 9.
Episode six of the series begins with a biographical comparison of Ulysses S Grant and Robert E Lee and then chronicles the extraordinary series of battles that pitted the two generals against each other, from the wilderness to Petersburg in Virginia. In 30 days, the two armies lose more men than both sides have lost in three years of war. The programme also follows General Sherman's Atlanta campaign through the mountains of north Georgia. Part 6 of 9.
The presidential election of 1864 sets Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general, George McClellan. The survival of the Union itself is at stake as opinion in the North turns strongly against the war. Victories at Mobile Bay, Atlanta and the Shenandoah Valley tilt the election to Lincoln and the Confederacy's last hope for independence dies. Lee's Arlington mansion is turned into a Union military hospital and the estate becomes Arlington National Cemetery. Part 7 of 9.
William Tecumseh Sherman's brilliant march to the sea brings the war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spells the end of the Confederacy. In March, following Lincoln's second inauguration, Petersburg and Richmond finally fall to Grant's army. Lee's tattered Army of Northern Virginia flees westward towards a tiny crossroads town called Appomattox Court House. There the dramatic and deeply moving surrender of Lee to Grant takes place. Part 8 of 9.
The final episode of the series begins with the aftermath of Lee's surrender and then narrates the events of five days later when, on 14 April, Lincoln is assassinated. After chronicling Lincoln's poignant funeral, the series recounts the final days of the war, the capture of John Wilkes Booth and the fates of the Civil War's major protagonists. The episode then considers the consequences and meaning of a war that transformed the country from a collection of states to the nation it is today. Part 9 of 9.
This is the real story of NASA's Moon Missions, from Apollo 1 to Apollo 17, told for the first time using 4K and HD original footage taken by astronauts from the most iconic space voyages in history: images of the space-crafts, the surface of the moon and the historic first images of the earth itself. From 1961 to 1972, and through giant leaps to tragic set backs, this film pays tribute to the extraordinary history of space travel.
Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story of the journey into the heart of the South American rainforest taken by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon as they attempted to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. Part 1 of 2.
Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story of the journey into the heart of the South American rainforest taken by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon as they attempted to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. Part 2 of 2.