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THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Tuesday 22 January, 8.30pm

For a generation, Malcolm and Donald Campbell, father and son, dominated the struggle to be the fastest man alive. This is the story of two men who wanted to shatter records and venture where none had gone before. But were their motivations really that similar? Malcolm Campbell began by repeatedly breaking land speed records, going ever faster, fuelled by new technology developed during the Great War. His young son Donald watched, as his father became famous in an age when the media respected celebrity. Malcolm was hailed as a national hero. It is said that by the time Donald began breaking records he had to cope with a harsher media, prone to knocking down heroes and questioning their motives. After Malcolm’s death in 1949 Donald vowed to step into his father’s shoes and continue to pursue the dream.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Monday 21 January, 7.30pm

A hundred years ago, the world of the British manor house was at its height. It was a world of luxury and privilege that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and costume dramas to this day. But what was really going on behind those stately walls? Find out when this program looks beyond fiction to the truth of the lives lived in these ancient British houses, and shows how mounting financial, political and social pressures were poised to bring momentous changes.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Monday 21 January, 7.30pm

The great Lisbon earthquake of 1755 was the first great natural disaster to strike the heart of a large European city. For six minutes the earth shook, bringing down churches, palaces, and thousands of houses. After a 15-meter-high tsunami submerged the lower city, fires broke out and wrought more damage. The program shows how the quake unfolded and draws many parallels to the tsunamis of 2004 and the perpetually threatened California coastline, including crisis management and city planning.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Saturday 19 January at 8.30pm

In 1909 two Americans, Commander Robert E. Peary and Frederick A. Cook, each claimed to have reached the North Pole first. This film portrays a major historical controversy and examines the painstaking research of a U.S. librarian who shows that Cook constantly altered and falsified his readings; however, we also learn that Peary had no concrete proof that he was at the North Pole! A thrilling, emotional adventure and detective story with many twists and a sensational conclusion.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Friday 18 January, 7.30pm

Thirty six years after it happened History Channel reveals the never before told true story of the courage and compassion, the heartbreak and heroes of the Granville Train Disaster. For the first time, survivors and rescuers reunite to recall the fateful moments on January 18, 1977 when a regular train ride from the Blue Mountains to work, a shopping trip to the city or a school holiday adventure instead became a journey that would end as Australia’s worst rail tragedy.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Thursdays from 3 January, 9.30pm

Season 4 continues to explore new directions on alien intervention, including sightings and phenomena from ancient times all the way up to the present.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Thursdays from 3 January, 8.30pm

Combining rare photographs, actuality footage, dramatizations and interviews with meteorological experts, the series recreates major historical events in which the outcome was determined by the weather. Among the subjects covered are such natural disasters as extreme cold weather that caused the Challenger explosion, and the failure of Hitler’s offensive against American troops stationed in the Ardennes Forest, Belgium. Meteorologist Jim Cantore, a popular Weather Channel personality, serves as host and narrator for each hour-long episode of When Weather Changed History.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Thursdays from 3 January, 7.30pm

Why don’t people from New England pronounce their ‘r’s? How come some Pennsylvania Amish use cell phones? How did Northern Californians get so liberal? The clues are right on the map. In every episode of How the States Got Their Shapes, former Daily Show correspondent Brian Unger hits the road, makes irreverent observations about how we think, speak and act, and discovers their surprising connections to geography. With its crooked lines and odd breaks, the outline of America is a puzzle to be solved. Brian will show that the same forces that once shaped the map still influence us today – whether by way of taxes, transportation, religion or real estate.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Wednesdays from 2 January, 7.30pm

Six mighty castles. Six legendary sieges. Historian Dan Snow unravels the stories of six of the world’s most famous castles, from Europe to the Middle East. These are the sites of some of the most legendary power struggles of all time. All are prime examples of their era, a testament to the engineering and military expertise of the day. We join each castle as it faces a crucial moment in its history: an attacking army determined to overthrow the defenders. CGI reveals the castle’s ingenious design and construction, recreating it in all its original glory, and terrifying battle scenes are brought to life using fast-paced dramatic reconstruction and the latest visual effects.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Friday 28 December, 7.30pm

This is the story of Andrew Mynarski a 27-year-old man who literally walked through hell to help save a friend’s life. June 13th, 1944, a Lancaster screams through the sky above France. The captain struggles to keep the dying plane level, but the situation is hopeless. He orders the crew to bailout. Before he jumps mid-upper gunner Andrew Mynarski realises Pat Brophy is stuck at his post and plunges through burning hydraulic fluid to help his friend. For this act of courage Mynarski was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross; an award only bestowed upon one other airman in the whole RCAF during World War Two.