Blitz Street

9:45pm Monday, January 14 on Prime

Documentary Series

Episode two of Blitz Street continues by telling the story of the bombing of civilians during the last two months of 1940. Tonight the street is on the receiving end of one of the largest bombs the Luftwaffe ever dropped on Britain: The SC1000, nicknamed The Hermann. A bomb this large was designed to cause massive damage to the infrastructure of industrial Britain, as the Luftwaffe did to Coventry on 14th November 1940 in an attempt to destroy Britain’s manufacture of munitions. In a city of a quarter of a million people, more than 1,000 were injured and nearly 600 killed in Coventry. The programme talks to several people who were survivors of that night. Marjorie talks about the death of her father who was killed by falling masonry. Joan describes in emotional detail how there was nothing to eat for days after the blast and her father was forced to break into a butcher shop to feed his hungry family.

9:40pm Monday, January 7 on Prime

Documentary

Blitz Street tells the whole story of the Blitz as it’s never been told before. On a remote RAF base, watch the team build an authentic terraced street which is hit by a range of bombs just like the Luftwaffe used in World War 2. To analyse the real effects the bombs have on Blitz Street, they enlisted the help of defence scientist and one of the UK’s leading experts on explosives, Robin Hiley. Eyewitnesses from the Blitz also re-count their experiences from the time. They include Patrick Child who was an 8 year old schoolboy in 1940 when the Blitz started, who tells in incredible detail the true horror of being caught up in a bombing raid.

7:30pm Monday, June 20 on Prime

Documentary Series

In tonight’s final episode of Blitz Street we come face to face with the most powerful bomb of World War Two – the massive V2 rocket. Travelling at over three and a half thousand miles an hour and with a range of over 200 miles the V2 was designed to finally deliver a knockout blow to Britain. Hitler himself referred to it as “the decisive weapon of the war”. The weapon was designed by Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun who after the war, went on to help develop the American space programme. Unlike the other bombs that have been detonated on Blitz Street, tonight’s V2 bomb is buried three metres below ground to replicate how the V2 missile detonated as it struck the ground at supersonic speeds – by the time it detonated it was well beneath the surface.

Amongst the eyewitnesses, Hazel Hacking recounts the time she saw the aftermath of a V2 attack on Woolworths in New Cross, South London in November 1944. It was a Saturday afternoon and the shop was packed with women and children. Hazel remembers her disbelief at the sight which met her eyes. Later in the war, Hazel was the victim of a V2 attack near her home and she describes in great detail the effects of the one tonne warhead. In this episode we look at why, ultimately the British people didn’t break down psychologically during the Blitz bombing of Britain and reveal how ‘the blitz spirit’ helped the RAF win the ‘Battle of Britain’ and encouraged America to join the war as allies.

Tonight’s episode also analyses the legacy of the Blitz on Britain – the beginning of the breakdown of class barriers, Churchill’s defeat in the election of 1945 and the eventual introduction of the welfare state. The role of women changed too as they built on their new found freedom after working in factories and in traditional male roles throughout the Blitz. Finally we look at why the Nazi blitz bombing campaign failed, what was learnt from this experiment and how it’s informed current military bombing campaigns. But ultimately, why the people who lived on streets like Blitz street faced the nightmare of total war and came out stronger.

7:30pm Monday, June 13 on Prime

Documentary Series

In the third episode of Blitz Street, we jump to near the end of the war. In the summer of 1944, the British people were thrilled at the news of the D Day landings. If allied troops had made it onto the beaches of mainland Europe, surely the war would soon be over. But just a few days later Hitler sent over the first of his new secret Vengeance weapons. The V1 nicknamed the doodle bug, was a jet powered pilotless plane. It was the first cruise missile in history. Packed with a powerful form of explosive containing RDX it caused terrible damage. The people who saw it, talk about witnessing these buzzing planes pass over and the terror that came when the engine stopped, because that would mean they were about to fall.

The V1 is the next bomb that will detonate over Blitz Street; Tony Robinson has a hands-on demonstration of the power of RDX and will discover the surprising simplicity of the pulse jet engine when he recreates one with Explosives Expert Charlie Adcock. The worst ever death toll from a single V1 attack was the raid on the Guards Chapel near Buckingham Palace on Sunday 18th June. Keith Lewis was an 18 year old Grenadier Guard, he talks about the day he witnessed the V1 come through the roof. He was trapped under the rubble of the Guard’s Chapel, his scalp had been removed and he nearly died from loss of blood. Also in this episode, Tony and defense scientist Robin Hiley analyse the protective powers of the Anderson shelter.

Before the war Government scientists had expected a death toll of 50 people per ton of bomb, they predicted 600,000 deaths in the first two months of the war, but they were wrong, in fact in the whole 9 months of the major Blitz, 42,000 died. Some of this discrepancy can be attributed to the protective power of the curved galvanized steel hut in the garden. On Blitz Street a blast gauge has been put in our Anderson Shelter while we subject it to 3 massive explosions to discover whether people in the shelters would have survived. We also meet the heroes of a bomb disposal team and Tony gets a hands-on demonstration when he tries to defuse a bomb.

7:30pm Monday, June 6 on Prime

Documentary Series

In tonight’s second episode we tell the story of the bombing of civilians during the last two months of 1940. The authentic street is on the receiving end of one of the largest bombs the Luftwaffe ever dropped on Britain: The SC1000, nicknamed The Hermann. A bomb this large was designed to cause massive damage to the infrastructure of industrial Britain, as the Luftwaffe did to Coventry on 14th November 1940 in an attempt to destroy Britain’s manufacture of munitions. Coventry was the first major raid outside London. In a city of a quarter of a million people, more than 1,000 were injured and nearly 600 killed. A civilian had a 60% higher chance of being killed or injured in Coventry that night than anywhere else in the country during the whole course of the war.

Tonight’s episode talks to several people who were survivors of that night. Marjorie talks about the death of her father who was killed by falling masonry. And Joan describes in emotional detail how there was nothing to eat for days after the blast and her father was forced to break into a butcher shop to feed his hungry family. The shame that Joan feels about that night can still move her to tears. By the end of the December the Luftwaffe changed tactics and dropped a greater percentage of incendiary bombs in an attempt to destroy London with fire. The famous night of December 29th is remembered by George Wheeler, a fireman who fought to save St Paul’s Cathedral on that night.

And Blitz Street is also fire bombed; as well as a number of incendiary devises, a deadly Flam Bomb is detonated. The size and shape of a dustbin, it was filled with oil and other flammable material which would explode on impact and ignite spreading burning oil over a wide area. Tony Robinson gets a chance to try and put out these fires with a stirrup pump that was issued to all civilian families during the Blitz.

7:30pm Monday, May 30 on Prime

Documentary Series

Presented by Tony Robinson, Blitz Street tells the story of the Blitz as it has never been told before. This new series aims to show the true horrors of the ferocious and constant bombardment of the Blitz, and to explain why, ultimately, it failed. Blitz Street itself is a row of terraced houses, specially built on a remote military base. Over the course of this series it’s subjected to a frightening range of large-scale high explosive bombs and incendiaries similar to those used by the Luftwaffe. With precise measurements of the supersonic blast waves and flying shrapnel, Blitz Street reveals the devastating impact of real explosives on bricks and mortar, allowing Defence scientists to study the awesome power and anatomy of Second World War bombs.

High-speed cameras operating at 1,000 frames per second illustrate the amazing testimony from Blitz survivors. We discover how houses could progressively collapse from one end to another; how people survived by sheltering under the stairs; and the astonishing protection offered by the humble Anderson Shelter.

Prime’s 2011 season launch includes more from their steady accumulation of programming assets that has helped the channel to successive years of 30%+ growth and unlike TV2, there are new local shows on the cards.  You probably won’t be seeing much of that NZ On Air logo at the ends of their credits either.

New Shows
Strikeback

Cops LAC

Killing Time

Running Wilde

Phoneshop

Got to Dance

Life – David Attenborough

How Earth Made Us

Blitz Street

Boardwalk Empire

Going Postal

The Storm

The Kennedys

Heart and Soul

 

Last Chance to See: White Rhino

Electric Dreams

Monty Halls’ Great Island Escape

Nazi Hunters 

Country House Rescue

River Cottage Everyday

Junior Masterchef Australia

Rick Stein: Food for the Italian Opera

The Big Food Fight

Three Hungry Boys

Top Gear USA

Rev

New Local Shows
The Grand Tour – Jeremy Wells
Shocking Reminder – Christchurch Earthquake
Shearing Gangs 

Returning Shows
Sea Patrol
Stargate Universe
Doctor Who
Miss Marple
Lewis
True Blood
Being Human
Weeds 
A Touch of Frost
Midsomer Murders 
Prime Rocks 
Top Gear
Top Gear Australia 
Recruits
Secret Millionaire
Prime News
The Crowd Goes Wild
Deal or No Deal
Antiques Roadshow
Man vs Wild
Bondi Vet
Bondi Rescue
America’s Got Talent
Australia’s Got Talent
Q.I.
Rugby: Internationals/Super 15/ ITM Cup
Rugby League
Cricket

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Wednesday 12 May, 8.30pm

It’s hard to imagine how terrifying it was living in a city in Britain 70 years ago during The Blitz. The “Blitzkrieg” or “Lightning War” in World War II was greater in scale than any attack the world had previously witnessed. A team of historians, builders and pyrotechnic experts lead by Tony Robinson (Time Team, The Worst Jobs In History), bring the experience to life by reconstructing a typical period city street – complete with dummies and air raid shelters – and subject it to a spectacular range of identical, real, large-scale explosions, typical of the ones that occurred in British cities throughout this strategic bombing campaign.

Witness the destructive power of these bombs and rockets close-up, in super slow motion and see the devastation they inflicted on peoples homes and lives. Amazingly though, throughout the 57 consecutive nights London was under attack, less than 10 percent of the expected casualty rate were killed. Even more amazing is how the majority of those who lived through this bombardment didn’t crack under the pressure. Find out why The Blitz, ultimately, didn’t work.

ANNA IN WONDERLAND

DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL – Wednesday 12 May, 9.30pm

Anna Nolan, is a lesbian ex nun made famous from the first series of the UK Big Brother. Now she has her very own documentary series – Anna In Wonderland, premiering on 12th May at 9.30pm. In her first solo presenting job, Anna travels around the world visiting weird and wonderful people in a cross between Whicker’s World and Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends style series of documentaries. During the series Anna joins the female rock band and sex commune that is Rock Bitch. Rock Bitch are based in east London and see their aim in life is to make people more sexually aware. Not only does she have a slightly uneasy night in the bands dormitory she actually takes part in one of their gigs. Looking just the part in a black leather corset, Anna strums away at her guitar while the rest of the band carry out more unconventional dance moves!

As the night draws to a close, it is ended with the ‘Golden Condom Award’, where a condom is thrown into the audience and the lucky winner gets, what sounds like, a very strenuous ‘romp’ with Rock Bitch back stage. Anna also meets a group of Christians in the States that swear on the Bible that they can straighten gays out. Richard, who was gay for many years and now claims to be “cured”, gives Anna a dose of his therapy, Anna is told to let out the repressed anger that is inside her by hitting a pillow with a tennis racket and shouting Mum. Needless to say, the therapy was not successful.

Anna also meets characters such as the Furries, a group of people in the USA who believe that they have an animal inside them. Bear and Wabbit explain that ‘yiffing’ is their word for petting and sex and ask Anna to join them in a group ‘yiff’ otherwise known as a ‘fur pile.’ She takes a look at the world of female wrestling and in Melbourne, where prostitution is legal, Anna hooks up with some male prostitutes and their long suffering girlfriends. Anna in Wonderland also introduces Anna to Terri who specialises in ‘Clairvoyant Dating’. She describes the man that will sweep Anna off her feet. Will she unearth that Anna is gay. Find out when Anna In Wonderland premieres on the Documentary Channel, Wednesday 12th May at 9.30pm.