• (L - R) 'Man on Wire', 'The Day Kennedy Died', 'Warrior Women' and 'I Am MLK Jr'. (SBS)Source: SBS
Retrace the steps that have helped shape humankind with these programs and documentaries that uncover the past in a new light.
SBS Guide

23 Jul 2020 - 4:44 PM  UPDATED 23 Jul 2020 - 4:44 PM

I Am MLK Jr.

I Am MLK Jr. celebrates the life and explores the character of American icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Following his journey across the mountaintops and valleys while capturing the Civil Rights Movement at large, the film provides intimate, first hand insights on Dr. King. It explores the moments of elation and tragedy, and connects his legacy with the ongoing movement that remains as urgent as when Dr. King first spoke from the pulpit to the heart. 

Featuring a powerful cast ranging from history-changing civil rights-era activists to contemporary writers, activists and celebrities. Each interview provides a unique perspective on Dr. King, his legacy and why this history matters today.

Watch I Am MLK Jr. at SBS On Demand.


Pompeii: Life Before Death

Pompeii is nestled in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, whose massive eruption in 79 AD simultaneously destroyed and preserved this bustling Roman town. It is one of the world’s most iconic sites, a city frozen in time that has revealed more about everyday Roman life than anywhere else. But despite centuries of research and endless scrutiny, Pompeii still has its secrets. A staggering one third of the site has never been excavated and very little is known about who the bodies in the casts actually are. Using the latest ground penetrating radar or GRP technology, this team of experts are able to see for the first time what lies beneath. We see the truth about the mysterious city of Pompeii and its enigmatic inhabitants with greater clarity than ever before.

Pompeii: Life Before Death airs on SBS Sunday 26 July at 8:30PM and is available to watch at SBS On Demand after broadcast (for 30 days catch-up).


Man on Wire

On August 7th 1974, a surefooted Frenchman, Philippe Petit, stepped out on a wire stealthily rigged between New York's newly erected Twin Towers (World Trade Center), then the world's tallest buildings. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, then brought to jail and finally released. Following six and a half years of dreaming, Petit spent eight months in NYC planning the execution of the coup. James Marsh's documentary brings Petit's extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of Philippe himself and some of the co-conspirators who helped him create the unique and magnificent spectacle that became known as "the artistic crime of the century".

Interview with the filmmaker

Man on Wire airs on SBS Sunday 26 July at 10:15PM and is available to watch at SBS On Demand after broadcast (for 30 days catch-up).


Prince Philip: An Extraordinary Life

Born in Corfu in 1921, Prince Philip has lived on the national stage through Britain’s move from Empire to Commonwealth amid all the extraordinary political and social changes that have taken place since he married Princess Elizabeth in 1947. This is a new and powerful portrait of a man who has often been the subject of conflicting opinions, but who is the most popular royal amongst Buckingham Palace staff.

The program includes contributions from Gyles Brandreth, Philip Eade, Penny Junor, Jeffrey Archer, Emily Nash and Richard Kay. It includes examples of Prince Philip's infamous 'gaffes' as well as powerful new and unseen footage.

Prince Philip: An Extraordinary Life airs on SBS Monday 27 July at 7:30PM and is available to watch at SBS On Demand after broadcast (for 30 days catch-up).



Einstein and Hawking

If there was a pantheon for the great minds, Steven Hawking and Albert Einstein would undoubtedly qualify for membership. Their extraordinary theories were transformative in the world of physics. This two-part special explores how two of the most famous scientists of the 20th Century transformed our understanding of the Universe – thus changing the world.

Einstein and Hawking airs on SBS Monday 27 July from 8:30PM and is available to watch at SBS On Demand after broadcast (for 14 days catch-up).


Warrior Women

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o leads us on an immersive and epic journey, with extraordinary and unique access. The actress/author/producer journeys across Benin, West Africa to reveal the true stories of the women who helped to inspire the iconic Dora Milaje of Black Panther.

She discovers that an army of African female fighters actually existed in West Africa and are still remembered there as the ‘Agoji’—or as Europeans labelled them, the ‘Amazons’. As she exclusively reveals in a powerful, emotional, and epic road trip, these real-life warrior women, in armies 4,000 strong, fought African and European powers alike from the 17th to the 19th centuries in the Kingdom of Dahomey, centred in the modern-day country of Benin. Beautifully shot, this is a searing story of both the past and the present.

Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong'o airs on SBS Wednesday 29 July at 7:30PM and is available to watch at SBS On Demand after broadcast (for 30 days catch-up).



The Day Kennedy Died

Directed by Leslie Woodhead and filmed on location in Dallas and Washington DC, this 2013 documentary commemorates the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Those who were there share their first-hand account of the final hours leading up to his untimely death, casting a new light on the tragic events of that fateful day in 1963.

The Day Kennedy Died is available to watch at SBS On Demand from Friday 31 July at 8:30PM (for 30 days catch-up).


The Day They Dropped The Bomb

It was a day that changed the course of history - a watershed moment that hastened the end of World War II and cast the shadow of potential nuclear destruction over the Western world. It was also a day which started a debate about the morality of using the bomb that still continues. The Day They Dropped the Bomb from director Leslie Woodhead commemorates the events at Hiroshima and their effect on us all, through the story of what happened on that tragic day. Using rarely-seen archive film, news reports and radio bulletins and the personal memories of people who were there, it relives the events which took place, casting fresh light on the British and Americans’ wartime race to get the bomb ahead of the Nazis and its effect on the Japanese surrender.

The Day They Dropped the Bomb airs on SBS Sunday 2 August at 7:30PM and is available to watch at SBS On Demand after broadcast.



America's Great Divide: Obama To Trump

As the 2020 election day dawns, America is a country deeply divided. A decade that began with a president who promised national unity is ending with his successor facing impeachment and an electorate that’s been described as more polarised than at any other time since the Civil War. America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump investigates how we got here – offering American television’s most comprehensive look at the divisive politics of the past decade, and what they mean for the new and pivotal one that’s beginning.

America's Great Divide: Obama To Trump episode 1 airs on SBS Sunday 2 August at 8:30PM. Episode 2 airs Sunday 9 August at 9:25PM with both episodes available at SBS On Demand after broadcast.



D-Day: The King Who Fooled Hitler

This landmark film breaks a world scoop about the deception which fooled Hitler about the D-Day landings. In a tale of double agents and decoys, the investigation reveals for the first time the identity of the most secret of them all: George VI. It also uncovers how the Queen and future Queen Elizabeth II were enlisted in the ruse, and how the royal household managed to lose one of Britain’s greatest secrets of World War II.

D-Day: The King Who Fooled Hitler airs on SBS Monday 3 August at 7:30PM and is available to watch at SBS On Demand after broadcast.



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