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THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Mondays from 3 December, 8.30pm

Britain’s Lost Routes sees Griff Rhys Jones follow four routes; each one associated with a historic movement of people, trade or commodities. Along the way he provides his own perspective on contemporary British life. He will reveal why they once travelled for pleasure, profit and piety. From the luxury of a Rolls Royce to the more basic surroundings of a barge, from transporting a bus-load of contemporary pilgrims to the perils of moving a cow, Griff gets to grips with exactly how Britain’s ancestors journeyed from place to place and how they amused themselves en-route. With his unending curiosity and inherent wit, Griff investigates the stories of those who travelled these now forgotten paths and considers the cultural as well as environmental impact they have had on the history of Britain.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Sunday 2 December, 7.30pm

The People Speak is an alternative history of Australia, told through the voices raised to change it, to protest it, to defy it. The People Speak features some of Australia’s finest actors and musicians including Jack Thompson, Sam Worthington, Rebecca Gibney, Claudia Karvan, David Wenham, Ryan Kwanten, Julia Stone, Tex Perkins, Christine Anu, and a host of others. Interpreting primary sources of all kinds they re-visit the ‘good fights’ over Australia’s convict past, republicanism, working conditions, gender equality, conscription, gay rights, immigration and the rights of our indigenous populations.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Saturday 1 December, 7.30pm

A collection of classic speeches that contains inspiring hymns to democratic freedom and the noblest aspects of human endeavour. They have illuminated and embellished great moments in our modern history. But we are also shown some of the darkest and most despicable speeches delivered in modern times. The classic speeches are those made by Hitler, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt, Charles De Gaulle, General Douglas MacArthur, President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, President Richard Nixon, President Ronald Reagan and President Barack Obama.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Sunday 25 November, 7.30pm

On June 26 1876 near the Little Bighorn River in the eastern Montana Territory, Gen. George Armstrong Custer ordered his soldiers to drive back a large army of Lakota and Cheyenne Indians. The battle pitted two larger-than life antagonists against one another: Sitting Bull, the charismatic and politically savvy leader of the Plains Indians; and George Armstrong Custer, one of the Union’s greatest cavalry officers and a man with a reputation for fearless and often reckless courage. By days end, Custer and nearly a third of his army were dead. The battle was an overwhelming victory for Sitting Bull, and transformed Custer, just 36 when he died, into an American legend.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Saturday 24 November, 7.30pm

A collection of historians, scholars, and descendants explore the circumstances of numerous deaths and revenge filled deceptions that affected both sides of the feud. From just after the Civil War to the end of the 19th century, ran this famous rivalry of, “Family against family, friend against friend, blood against blood.”

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Sunday 18 November, 7.30pm

For two and a half years, Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists and native nations. Some of the War of 1812’s battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. This film shows how the glories of war become enshrined in history, how failures are quickly forgotten and how inconvenient truths are ignored forever. With stunning re-enactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, The War of 1812 presents the conflict that forged the destiny of a continent.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Saturday 17 November, 7.30pm

One of America’s most beloved folk heroes, Billy the Kid became a legend in his own time, yet remains an enigma to this day. Gunned down at the age of 21, his legend arose amidst the swiftly vanishing frontier and then, sensationalized beyond recognition by the tabloids and dime-store romances of the day, he emerged as one of the most enduring icons of the American West- not to mention one of Hollywood’s most misrepresented characters. This biography separates myth from reality and presents an unforgettable portrait of “The Kid’s” brief and violent life.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Sunday 11 November, 10.30pm

The stories of the men of the British Empire who fought in wars around the world. These soldiers from India, Canada, Ireland and other countries sacrificed everything to bring peace to the planet.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Sunday 11 November, 9.30pm

This intriguing documentary Britain’s conscientious objectors, or Conchies as they were popularly but not affectionately known. It investigates the lives of these men and, a century later, considers if they were cowards or if they were heroic in their own way for refusing to join the fight.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Thursday 8 November, 8.30pm

The current campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan are the world’s first Robotic Wars, with over 7,000 robots in the air and 12,000 on the ground. Warfare has been revolutionized in a monumental shift. Mankind’s five thousand year monopoly on war is breaking down. Currently the West has the upper hand in technology, but a captured drone can be replicated in months. Very soon all sides will have access to remote control weapons. Warfare is being changed in a monumental shift, unlike anything in our history.