This series takes viewers on an enriching and entertaining “field trip for grown-ups” to some of the most intriguing cities in Europe and North America. Journalist Christine Van Blokland brings her passion and genuine curiosity about the arts, quirky characters, storytelling and lifelong learning to this new series. In each location, Christine explores the hidden histories in their art, architecture, museums, monuments, houses of worship and city parks.
Why did Shakespeare use Kronborg Castle as the setting for Hamlet? Why was picturesque Nyhavn the playground for sailors? Why so many palaces – Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle – in one small European country?
In the heart of Lithuania, a Holocaust secret lies buried. A team of archaeologists probes the ruins of a Nazi death camp to find the truth behind tales of a tunnel dug by desperate Jewish prisoners.
This dramatic dance film, shot on location in Northern France, is about soldiers trying to maintain their humanity amidst the brutality of World War I. Directed by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, with choreography by Ivan Perez with a score by Keaton Henson.
A country of lush forests and mountains surrounded by hidden hills, Slovakia is a land rich with historical and cultural treasures. Explore the country’s breathtaking landscapes, ancient castles, historic cathedrals, the Andy Warhol Museum, music and dance festivals, traditional villages, national parks and treks in the Tatra Mountains.
Visit Strathcarron, a Scottish hospice center where patients face pain, uncertainty and the possibility of life’s end with song and humor. Hear tunes belted out by patients and caregivers alike between reflections on life, love and mortality.
The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting-edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the mystery of the Viking sword.
Joseph’s Portugal adventures reach into the country and cross over the border on an Iberian Peninsula exploration that reveals some of the unknown aspects of Portuguese life and its complementary relationship with its Spanish neighbor.
Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable series, including behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations of the most successful British drama ever.
In his Bordeaux, France adventure Joseph tours the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bordeaux and the small wine making and exporting villages that comprise the region. Along the way he experiences castle visits, gourmet dinners and spectacular encounters with the history, art and music of the area.
Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, snuggles up with Britain’s monarchs to uncover the fascinating secrets of the royal bedchamber. From Hampton Court to Hever Castle to the great English country manors, Worsley shows the opulence of Royal State bedrooms and explains how these private spaces were once very public hubs of English politics and policy. It was in these rooms that royal marriage ceremonies were held, royal births were observed by crowds eager to verify the baby’s sex. Even the process of creating royal babies took place in a semi-public context, Worsley says, because everyone had a stake in its outcome.