HISTORY has put together the shows you must not miss this month.
Beyond the Edge
01/12/1866 marks the 150th Anniversary of the death of Sir George Everest.
In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of Earth’s great challenges.
Standing at over 29,000ft, the world’s highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions. Faced with treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to stand atop Everest. It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era.
Sir Edmund Hillary’s incredible achievement remains one of the greatest adventure stories of all time, the epic journey of a man from modest beginnings who overcame adversity to reach the highest point on Earth. Both a classic triumph of the underdog story and a gripping, cinematic experience, this is a tale of human endurance, tenacity and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
For the first time ever and with the support of the Hillary family, Sir Edmund’s story will be brought to life on the screen, ‘relived’ using both original colour footage and photographs and dramatised recreations of the assault.
Apollo 17: The Untold Story of the Last Men on the Moon
On the 25th May 1961, President John F. Kennedy of the United States of America committed the resources of his nation and launched PROJECT APOLLO – the greatest technological undertaking in history of mankind.
But in 1972, only two years after Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, public and political interest in Apollo had dwindled. NASA was forced to cancel their last three missions, making Apollo 17 man’s final mission to the moon.
Astronauts Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evans were the three brave men chosen to fly NASA’s final mission. They have been written up in history books and acknowledged by the space and scientific communities, but have never received the public recognition they truly deserved.
The World knows how the Apollo program began, but very few truly understand how it ended.Yet Apollo 17’s voyage to the moon was the crowning glory of man’s lunar exploration.
Featuring spectacular NASA footage and exclusive interviews with space scientists who worked on the Apollo programme during the 60’s and 70’s.This is the remarkable story of the determination and courage of a generation. A tribute to three brave astronauts and the thousands of men and women behind them during the final days of NASA’s Apollo program.
15/12/1966 marks the 50th Anniversary of the death of Walt Disney.
In 1966, the year he died from lung cancer, Walt Disney was everywhere: 240 million people saw a Disney movie, 150 million read a Disney comic strip, 100 million tuned in weekly to a Disney television program, 80 million read a Disney book, 80 million bought Disney merchandise, and close to 7 million visited Disneyland in California. No one before or since has held such a commanding place in American life.
Yet as familiar as his work was to young and old alike, Disney himself was something of an enigma. For many, he was exactly what he appeared on television to be: Uncle Walt, a kindly, avuncular figure, as self-effacing as he was enthusiastic. To others, he was a controlling studio chief with a titanic temper, a demanding taskmaster whose wrath even extended to his long-suffering business partner and older brother Roy.
Even appraisers of his work divided into camps. To his fierce defenders, Disney was a visionary artist and entrepreneur who had changed American popular culture for the better, grounding it once again in a spirit of hopeful promise and shared values. To his detractors, Disney represented everything that was wrong with American culture, from its saccharine sentimentality and simplification of history to its redirection of our attention from reality to fantasy. His life and legacy are unravelled in this intimate biography.