Channel 4

WW1′s Forgotten Heroes – 2014

Paralympic presenter and former Royal Marine Arthur Williams goes on an emotional journey to explore the experiences and resilience of nearly two million wounded British soldiers who returned home from the First World War with life-changing injuries and disabilities. As amputees, paraplegics, and disfigured servicemen returned from the western front in unprecedented numbers, Arthur discovers the individuals who inspired change.

In the course of his journey Arthur draws himself closer to the experience of those wounded and disabled men by confronting the hard challenges he faced while learning to live with his own disability. In order to reconnect his experience with that of those soldiers a century ago, Arthur returns to the military rehabilitation centre at Headley Court for the first time since his accident and confronts his mum about the dark and difficult months of his early rehabilitation.

As he uncovers the experience of individual soldiers, Arthur also discovers the remarkable and inspirational story of how these men’s remarkable physical sacrifice revolutionised medicine, technology and the nation’s attitude towards disability.

 

Queen Victoria and the Crippled Kaiser – 2013

The Secret History strand continues with a story of child cruelty, secret shame and dark, incestuous desires that begins behind palace doors and ends in the carnage of World War One. Featuring a long-hidden cache of intimate family letters this film reveals the secret childhood of Queen Victoria’s grandson, the future Kaiser Wilhelm II. Wilhelm was born with a disability considered shameful at the time – his own mother wrote that she was “haunted” by the idea of his “remaining a cripple” and insisted that he hide his paralysed arm throughout his life.

 

Cruel and crude attempts to ‘cure’ him poisoned their relationship and helped turn the boy, born to unite the Royal families of Britain and Germany, into the man who tore them apart.

When Queen Victoria’s eldest child, Vicky, married the German Crown Prince in 1858 it was not just a marriage of love but an attempt to strengthen ties between two of Europe’s greatest powers. A year after the wedding, Vicky endured a difficult birth which almost ended her life and left her baby, the future Kaiser Wilhelm II, with a permanently paralysed arm, an imperfection considered extremely damaging to the image of a future head of state.

What followed was a series of bizarre and often cruel attempts to cure Wilhelm of his disability including regular ‘animal baths’ in which the body of a freshly slaughtered hare was wrapped around the child’s arm, in the belief that its blood would bring life to his limb, and gruesome contraptions into which the young boy was tied and strapped. These procedures and childhood experiences played a major part in creating a highly dysfunctional relationship between Wilhelm and his mother (letters between them show Wilhelm developed incestuous desires), and helped shape his adult character and his love-hate relationship with his mother’s country. As Queen Victoria lay dying Wilhelm held his grandmother in his arms. Just 13 years later, he led Germany into the First World War.

 

 

DOUBLE MURDER -2011

Double Murder examines the story behind the murders

of Trevor Buchanan and a family friend, Lesley Howell.

Colin Howell was convicted of murder and sentenced to 21 years

in prison and Hazel Stewart, who pleaded not guilty,

was also convicted of murder. She is serving an 18-year jail sentence.

and features unique access to Hazel’s husband and her

children who are standing by her.

This film reveals the extraordinary situation of a family

being torn apart by a murder that took place eighteen years ago.

MY BIG FAT MOONIE WEDDING – 2007

On July the 1st, 1982 the Unification Church,

known then as the Moonies, announced itself on

the world stage with a spectacular mass

wedding in New York City. This revealing

documentary tells the stories of some of those

who attended the biggest and most bizarre

wedding the world had ever seen, with over four

thousand men and women committing their lives

to total strangers.

 

MAKING THE MONKEES – 2007

The Monkees are one of the sixties most

enduring bands, whose Saturday morning

television appeal and bubblegum pop can still fill

a dance floor. But their zany onscreen antics and

saccharine hits belied the fact that the foursome,

conceived as a clever marketing ploy by two

music svengalis, lasted for just 3 years before

they self-destructed in a blaze of law suits,

recriminations and cult films. This is the real

story behind pop’s first manufactured boy-band

 

MONKEY LOVE – 2006

Shortlisted for a Grierson Award, this

documentary is a revealing examination of the

life and work Harry Harlow, an American

research psychologist who was responsible for

some of the most controversial experiments to

have been performed in animal laboratories.

Harlow’s experiments on monkeys were an

attempt to understand the nature of paternal

relationships. The film explores Harlow’s strained

relationship with his own children and asks if

cruelty can really teach us anything about love.

 

WHO KILLED THE ROLLING STONE – 2005

At the age of 21 Brian Jones was the original

Rolling Stone. At the age of 27 he was dead,

face down, at the bottom his swimming pool. But

it was a mysterious death and one that left

more questions than answers. This compelling

documentary paints a revealing portrait of Brian

Jones and gets to the bottom of the mystery

 

THE EXPLOSIVE 80S: HOW HEYSEL CHANGED FOOTBALL

THE DAY FOOTBALL DIED2005

This powerful documentary for Channel 4 and

RTE revisits the Heysel Stadium disaster of May

1985, when 39 fans were crushed to death

before the European Cup Final between Liverpool

FC and Juventus. The film explores how the

tragedy plunged English football into a crisis

from which was born the modern English game.

 

THE BATTLE WITH MY BRAIN 2005

Two years in the making, this documentary

follows the dramatic story of journalist David

Beresford, who suffered the first symptoms of

Parkinson’s Disease while covering the Gulf War

of 1991. The film charts David’s struggle with

Parkinson’s Disease and follows him to France

where he undergoes remarkable, pioneering

surgery to control the symptoms of the disease.

 

Rwanda FC- 2004

Rwanda’s bloody past. The series tells the

stories of four Rwandan footballers, and their

remarkable attempts to come to terms with the

genocide.

 

 

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH -2003

Revealing profile of Roman Abramovich following

his purchase of Chelsea FC which asks where did

he come from and how did he make his millions?

 

 

 

 

SEVEN DAYS THAT SHOOK SVEN -2003

Through seven key, dramatic days in his life,

this programme explores what lies behind Sven

Goran Eriksson’s mask of melting ice. What

emerges is a complex and contradictory portrait

- a coach who has won top football honours, yet

repeatedly failed to rise to the big occasion; a

respected leader of men with serious question

marks over his commitment to country, club and

women.

 

BECKHAM AND THE BATTLE WITH ARGENTINA -2002

Shown as part of Channel 4’s Football Stories

strand. With David Beckham looking uncertain

for the 2002 World Cup finals after his clash

with Argentinean Aldo Duscher, this

documentary charts the explosive 35 year feud

between their two nations, when football

became war by another means.

 

 

MARADONNA- KICKING THE HABIT- 2000

This documentary joins the stricken star in

Havana, Cuba, at the La Pradera health spa,

where he is receiving medical treatment after

suffering a heart attack which he denies was

brought on by a cocaine overdose. Maradona -

Kicking the Habit raises the question of whether

or not Maradona is a national disgrace, a once

great footballer who has brought disgrace on his

country, or an exploited legend deserving of our

understanding.

 

ESCOBAR’S OWN GOAL -1998

Winner of the Italian Olympic Committee Award

at the 1998 Palermo Film Festival and shortlisted

at the Banff World Television Festival, this

documentary explores the circumstances of

Andrés Escobar’s murder and looks at how

football at all levels in Colombia has been

dominated and brutalised by the power and

money of the country’s drug cartels.

 

THE SOVIET SESSION -1991

A documentary following a group of Irish

traditional musicians on tour to Moscow and the

former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan.

 

 

 

 

AN IRISH ARTIST IN NEW YORK1989

A documentary about the experiences of four

young Irish artists living and working in New

York City.

 

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