Before you switch onto the Opening Ceremony of the London Games, revisit some of the iconic history of the Games in Jesse Owens (SBS ONE Friday 9:35pm) the last of our Olympic documentary season.
Hitler had intended the 1936 Berlin Games to be a showcase of Aryan racial supremacy. But Owens – one of 18 African Americans competing in the Games – ruined these plans, winning four gold medals for his country. He returned to a segregated United States, and later found himself reduced to doing stunt races against horses to make ends meet.
Also new this week on SBS ONE:
Barbados at the Races (Tuesday – Friday 6pm): Airing across the week, see this observational series about the world of horse racing in the Caribbean.
Murdoch’s Scandal (Wednesday 9:30pm): PBS’s award-winning Frontline team take a look at the phone hacking scandal and its impact on Murdoch’s media empire.
Russia: A Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby (Fridays 7:30pm): After his travelogue through South America, see this series with Dimbleby uncovering the history of Russia.
In response to feedback from our viewers, we’ve tweaked the SBS TWO schedule with changes starting over the next two weeks. Here’s the rundown for your reference:
Monday: Drama – Inspector Rex and all new drama series.
Tuesdays: Documentary – Lost Worlds and As It Happened.
Wednesdays: A repeat of Insight and all new crime drama.
Thursdays: A repeat of Dateline and investigative political docos – starting with Putin, Russia & the West.
Fridays: Documentary – Science & Travel – starting with Simon Reeve’s series Explore.
Saturday: History documentaries & drama.
Sunday: Documentary - Observational docos – starting with The Kingdom: Behind the Scenes – a portrait of the Danish Royal Family - & arts docos.
Next week: Neil Oliver leaves Britain to trace The Last Explorers.
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Patrick Lindsay's book shows that to understand the Anzac spirit we must first understand the spirit of Gallipoli.
The untold story of Australian soldiers caught up in war and revolution during the invasion of Russia in 1918-1919.
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