Diana, Princess of Wales, was an extraordinary figure. Her effortless elegance, her ability to relate to the common person and her devotion as a mother led to her becoming one of the most adored public figures in history. She helped to break down barriers between the British Royal Family and everyday people. She was never afraid to stand up for the causes close to her heart. In 1997, she met with a tragic and untimely end. However, the world did not forget their favorite Princess. Over the years, many people have worked to ensure her legacy lives on. In this unique documentary, we examine all that Diana left the world. We look at her two extraordinary sons, Princes William and Harry; the Diana Memorial fund; and the charities that she helped to fund and give a voice to such as campaigns for landmine victims and AIDS organizations. In an elegant, restrained style, this program presents a tale of all that Diana gave the world in life and in death. Bonus Features include interviews with Prince William and Prince Harry, Kensington Palace Exhibitions and the Memorial Fountain.
Reign Supreme is a comprehensive historical time line, which chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II with a focus on her enduring reign, public image, private life and the defining events since her coronation. This program is a personal biography combining unique pictures and amazing archival footage documenting the life of an extraordinary woman. From childhood to present day, Reign Supreme examines how the Queen was influenced by her father, her reported troubled relationships with her children, her marriage to Prince Phillip and how she copes with the pressures of being the most famous woman in the world.
Nelson Mandela is a shining example of what one man can do to change the world. Born into an oppressive regime, he fought to overcome prejudice and hate to unify a nation. Mandela was jailed for much of his life because of his beliefs, but he accepted his fate with dignity; he was prepared to die for his cause. Nelson Mandela’s dedication resulted in his inauguration as the first black President of South Africa; his award of the Nobel Peace Prize and ultimately, his role in overthrowing the Apartheid regime. This program not only details the life of Nelson Mandela, the personal struggle and story of South Africa’s most famous leader, but also charts the history of racism in the country, from the arrival of the Afrikaans to the upheaval and segregation of Apartheid and the dismantling of the cruel regime. It looks at the events that surrounded Mandela’s arrest; the campaigns to release him; his time as President of South Africa and also the charitable work he did. Nelson Mandela’s powerful story proves that ‘One Man’ can truly make a difference.
Americans are fascinated by the royal status of the Kennedys and their dynasty that has mesmerized generations. To this day, their legacy lives on. The Kennedy family has long been plagued by tragedy and scandal. Despite this, the Kennedy’s have long been thought of as America’s “Royal Family”. They have also brought positive change to the world in often-difficult times. The many misdeeds and tragedies of this family, has only enhanced the world’s affection towards them. The Kennedy Legacy is an engaging documentary featuring amazing archival period footage of the Kennedy family which, has been at the forefront of American consciousness since the sixties.
If anyone can say he’s had a storybook life, it’s Prince William, the first-born son of England’s beloved Princess Diana and the second in line after his father, Prince Charles to become King. Bringing deeply-rooted traditions in harmony with modern-day expectations of the royal family is no easy task. According to Prince Charles, “The art of living lies in striking a balance and composing harmony out of opposites is a sacred thing.” As Queen Elizabeth nears the last legs of her reign, it will be soon be up to her young heirs to master the opposites of both traditional and progressive ideas, history and future.
As Michelle Obama dutifully followed her husband on the campaign trail, she began making headlines of her own with her impeccable style. Mixing bold colors and clean lines with funky accessories, Michelle Obama brought a sense of fun to corporate clothing. Featuring graphics that highlight her iconic outfits and packed with interview footage from designers, fashion commentators and stylists, this is a fun, fresh, fashion fest of one of the Worlds most famous women.
President Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on the 20th January 2009 will be one of the most defining moments of our time. This captivating documentary covers the political career and aspirations of Barack Obama as well as his personal journey and what makes him ‘tick’.
This documentary is at times an unnerving, dramatic and powerful re-telling the events leading up to and surrounding the death of the worlds most wanted man. This special includes a profile piece on Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda Mastermind, details of the bold military operation that found, hunted and killed Bin Laden in Pakistan, the angry reactions from Bin Laden supporters and the denial to the news of his death. It features the New York City focus on 911, War Terror (Past and Future), a profile of Osama Bin Laden, the hunt to find him and World reactions.
Interested in humanitarian causes, politics and the arts, the Clinton’s have been a pioneering family who have supported and driven each other in their unrivaled careers. Although they have one of the most dissected marriages in America, Bill and Hillary Clinton have kept their marriage together in spite of rough times, complicated and busy schedules and lack of privacy. While Hillary Rodham Clinton’s activism as First Lady resulted in probably the highest public profile ever accorded a presidential spouse, the Clinton’s were deeply protective of the privacy of their only child, Chelsea who spent her entire childhood as the daughter of two very active and politically driven public figures. We track family life, examine their political careers and explore the highs, lows and challenges that this polarizing power couple have endured along the way.
In this intriguing documentary, we examine the life and career of Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. After 1990, Lady Thatcher (as she became known) remained a potent political figure and went on to contribute in many other ways. In this program we present a portrait of an intensely controversial figure. Critics claim that her economic policies were divisive socially, that she was harsh or ‘uncaring’ in her politics and hostile to the institutions of the British welfare state. Defenders point to a transformation in Britain’s economic performance over the course of the Thatcher Governments and those of her successors as Prime Minister. Critics and supporters alike recognize the Thatcher premiership as a period of fundamental importance in British history and we present both views in this engaging documentary as take a look back at the extraordinary life and times of this formidable women.
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of Tibetʼs people and exiled government. He established the Tibetan government in northern India in 1959, but has been a voice for peace all over the world, not just within his own land. For his hard work and sacrifice, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Fewer souls in history have had such a positive influence on our world and culture. No person alive today can rival his personal message of love and compassion. Over the past fifty years, the Dalai Lama has travelled the globe, in a quest to bring peace to regions of war and famine. The life of a Gyuto monk is a life geared toward serving others, promoting peace and observing the traditions and rituals of Tibet. Of these, the tradition of the Dalai Lama itself spans back some three hundred years. The 14th incarnation, Tenzin Gyatso was declared head of state of the Tibetan people when he was just sixteen. A hefty responsibility at such a young age. At that time, Tibet was largely under Chinese rule and the monastery was overrun by the Chinese army, probably the first time such a peaceful place was sullied by the violence and horror of war. It was at this point that it was decided that it would be safer for the Dalai Lama to retreat to India, where he resides today. In 2005, thanks to the generosity of the Indian government, a new Gyuto monastery was opened which now boasts a population of over 500 monks, all striving to keep the traditions and culture of Tibet alive into the 21st century.
The adventures of a certain boy wizard were enough to propel J.K Rowling into millionaire status but by 2007 the story that began it all came to an end. Rowling said goodbye to the series with the launch of the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The idea for the series was born on a long train journey and by the time the author disembarked she couldn’t wait to start writing. Seventeen years, seven books and six movies later, the author says she’ll be sad to let go of Harry, but admits it’s time to move on.