In New York City's Harlem in 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate 16-year-old who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enrol in an alternative school in the hope that her life can head in a new direction. Winner of two Academy Awards in 2010.
In this landmark series, Simon Schama travels the globe to look at the impact of the Jews and those moments when the Jewish experience - what Jews have thought and written, uttered, mourned and acclaimed - has changed the fate of the world.
Historian Thomas Penn reveals the secrets of the founder of Britain’s great Tudor Dynasty. Two weeks after landing on the shores Wales in 1485 with a small band of mercenaries, Henry of Richmond defeats the notorious Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth.
An exploration of Britain's maritime stories. Nicholas Crane tells the tale of the Great Storm of 1703, which saw ships blown from British shores to Norway, while Ian McMillan discusses the fate of the hospital ship, Rohilla, which ran aground off in 1914.
At 2700 metres up, Peter Kuruvita discovers the ghost town of Real de Catorce where the ancient, hallucinogenic cactus peyote is in high demand. He then travels to Guanajuato where he learns the techniques to create the perfect tortilla every time.
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