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Moments in Time
In Moments in Time, archaeological finds become tickets to travel back in time, and our tour guide is host James Woods. Why did three-thousand French troops die in the mountains after Emperor Napoleon I's failed invasion of Russia? Did the legendary battle between Antony and Cleopatra and the Roman Octavius really happen? We find out by joining Woods on a trip into history. Anything could catapult us into the past: a button from a buried soldier's coat, a piece of the battering ram from Antony and Cleopatra's warship, the hilt of a sword possibly worn by Captain John Smith at the first American settlement. These artefacts become the point around which entire scenes from the past are built, and Woods offers modern perspective and wry commentary on these featured moments in time. This series (10X60) uses computer generated imagery, live reenactments, and special effects. Three episodes (#1. #4, #9) will originate in high definition.
Napoleon's Lost Army, HD
Napoleon's plan for conquering Russia seemed a sure thing, yet the pursuit became one of the worst disasters in military history. Scientists are stunned to discover the remains of more than two thousand French soldiers, the first mass grave of its kind.
Antony & Cleopatra: Battle at Actium
The Roman navy, led by Octavian, defeated the formidable fleet of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra, sealing their fate and creating the Roman Empire. Some say the victory was merely the creation of Octavian's propaganda.
Ultimate Blast: Eruption at Krakatau
In 1883, before its eruption, Krakatau was believed by experts to be an extinct volcano. On May 20, Krakatua let out a heavy rain of ash. The eruption lasted for weeks until Krakatau exploded, leaving thousands dead and death and destruction in its wake.
Valley Forge: The Crucible, HD
The winter of 1777-1778 was critical in George Washington's career. Despite his track record as a four-time loser, Washington used the harsh winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to turn things around for America's revolutionary forces.
Famine to Freedom: The Great Irish Journey
During Ireland's potato famine in the 19th century, over a million people died of starvation and disease. Another 1.5 million emigrated to other countries. An excavation of one village reveals the lives of Irish farmers during these tragic times.
The Crusades, HD
Christians had held the town of Acre for over 100 years. But on May 18, 1291, Muslim Saracens besieged the city and won a decisive victory. An Israeli archaeologist excavates the ruins to reveal the interest forces have shown in this area for centuries.
St. John's Slave Revolt
In 1733, slaves rose up to take the Danish and Dutch-controlled island in the first slave revolt in Caribbean history. The revolt was ultimately unsuccessful, and the slave trade continued to pour people from Africa into the island's sugar cane fields.
Curse of the Rat
In the 14th century, the Black Death killed one-third of Europe's population. An archaeologist studies historical records, gravesites and DNA evidence from a medieval victim's tooth to determine whether this was the same disease as the bubonic plague.
Letters from the Roman Front
Rome's legions met their match in the highlands of Scotland. At the archaeological dig of the Roman garrison at Vindolanda, countless artifacts help recreate the life of Roman armies - from their aqueducts to their slaughterhouse.
Jamestown: Against All Odds
Before the Pilgrims, English settlers tried to put down New World roots in the sandy soil of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. The greed, murder and betrayal behind the legend are revealed, including the leadership qualities of Captain John Smith.