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The fall (Der Untergang) is a historical fiction by Oliver Hirschbiegel released in 2004, which chronicles the unfolding of the last days of Adolf Hitler, who took refuge in his underground bunker in the Chancellery. The film adopts the point of view of one of the Führer's secretaries: Traudl Junge, a young Bavarian totally fascinated by the leader of the Third Reich (brilliantly played by Swiss actor Bruno Ganz). In addition to the latter's memories, the director also relied on the work by Joachim Fest The Last Days of Hitler ...

30 years ago, the fall of the Berlin wall announces the end of the cold War. On this occasion, France 2 broadcasts from Tuesday November 5 a new episode of the series of Isabelle Clarke and Daniel Costelle: Apocalypse. Entitled "War of the Worlds", this new opus looks back on more than forty years of cold war which are, in fact, only a succession of hot wars: Indochina, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan ... interspersed with perilous confrontations between East and West.

From its first TV broadcast, the documentary series "Apocalypse"from directors Isabelle Clarke and Daniel Costelle was a big hit with audiences. From April 14, the" Apocalypse "collection returns to the" T "channelall History". Its broadcast over three evenings will be preceded by ten minutes of new and exclusive interviews for All History in which Daniel Costelle and Isabelle Clarke will share their secrets of production, colorization and their views on these periods of history.

From January 22, Arte will offer a new documentary series: "Behind the scenes of history". Produced under the supervision of Olivier Wieviorka, a specialist in the 20th century and the Second World War, this documentary collection will decipher little-known aspects of contemporary history, with the support of unpublished archives.

"The war was over ... But it was not over! Only we did not know. »Stefan Zweig. November 11, 1918: The world emerges from the most terrible conflict ever. As the leaders of the victorious countries build a new planetary order, the traumatized peoples strive to come alive. In the years following the war, the Russian, German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires burst, currencies panic, people flee poverty. Without delay, hatred, fear and resentment resurface from the depths of societies and lead the world to the brink of a new Apocalypse.

The Thirty Years' War devastated Europe in the mid-17th century, a widespread conflict against a backdrop of a war of religions. From October 13, Arte is devoting a mini-series of docu-fiction to him:An Iron Age, the Thirty Years' War.

From September 11, Arte will offer a whole new series of docu-fictions: 1918-1939, the shattered dreams of the interwar period. From the future Ho Chi Minh to the American Unity Mitford, thirteen destinies will serve this fresco relating this pivotal period which will precede the general conflagration of the Second World War.

April 24 and 25 on Arte two documentary films by William Karel and Blanche Finger examine thehistory of israel, confronted with Israeli and Palestinian historians and writers. Two visions of history, the same land.

In recent years, historians have been trying to rehabilitate the famous emperor Nero, or more precisely to put an end to the myth which surrounded his reign and which was deliberately blackened by legend as by his biographers. A documentary by Large Format Science broadcast on April 3 on France 5 intends to make theautopsy of the Nero myth.

For the first time in more than 70 years, Russian authorities have granted full access to all of their records on Hitler's death. Including human remains presented as those of the Führer. The French forensic scientist Philippe Charlier was able to analyze them. It's time to put an end to the final mystery of Hitler's death.

33, 1492, 1789, 1945 ... How did these dates slip into our collective memory? Who decided which ones were memorable? How do you build an event, why, for whom, and how does it end
by entering history textbooks? Historian Patrick Boucheron looks back on some of these dates to discover how they help us today to grasp the panorama of a global history.

What happened to the body of Saint Louis (Louis IX), after his death in Tunis during the 8th and last crusade? Why was his body cut up and broken up? What happened to the relics of the holy king? What disease took him away? Eight centuries after his death, Saint Louis' forensic file still remains a mystery. The show Large Format Sciences is investigating France 5.

Of all the pre-Columbian archaeological sites, that of Machu Picchu in Peru is arguably the most famous. Its late discovery at the beginning of the 20th century and its exceptional state of preservation are the origin of this popularity. The show Large Format Science on France 5 devotes a new documentary to him on February 13.

France 5 offers Sundays January 14, 21 and 28 in "The Cabin of the Century", a documentary series entitled The day the South won its freedom, in three parts: L'Indochine (January 14), Algeria (January 21) and French Africa (January 28). Three highlights of decolonization.

In this documentary series broadcast on France 5, Bruno Solo traces the epic of the rival dynasties which have written the great history of Europe. From the Hundred Years' War to the dawn of the Renaissance, it recounts the power games, human ambitions and passions that shaped European nations.

This is great news for fans of historical fiction. The excellent series War and peaceproduced last year by the BBC will be broadcast on France 2 on the occasion of the end of year celebrations. Romanticism, breath and daring and a very polished aestheticism for this mini series which has been a great success across the Channel.

As part of the Science Grand Format program, France 5 will offer on December 5 a documentary co-produced with National Geographic: The Epic of Ancient Greece.

The very successful TV series "The Crown", devoted to the young years of Queen Elizabeth II of England, continues on Netlix with the broadcast in December of its season 2. A meticulous and fascinating reconstruction that evokes a familiar yet unknown story.

As part of the show La Case du Siècle on France, the documentary Charles the Catholic, 1958-1969 explores the way in which Charles de Gaulle, founder of the Fifth Republic had inscribed secularism in his Constitution, and how he himself, as a believer, had managed to practice his religion, confining it to the strictly private sphere, while assuming the responsibility of leading the State.

Released soon on France 5, hexagon is a journey through time, through several centuries of French history. A historical and modern tale, told by Lorànt Deutsch, who walks with jubilation on the roads, and in all eras thanks to an original technical device.

The magazine La Case du Siècle on France 5 will present on Sunday September 24 a documentary by the duo Clarke-Costelle devoted to Americans in the Great War. The remains revealed in the ground, as well as the poignant images from period archives, bear witness to this violent history and the emergence of a nation.

In September 1944, on Hitler's order, the Vichy government is exiled to Sigmaringen, in Germany. Serge Moati traces the last fights of the French collaboration in an ambitious documentary-fiction broadcast on Tuesday August 29, 2017 at 8.55 pm on Arte.

Who were the founding fathers of our current civilizations? This series tells how the great peoples of history helped shape the world as we know it. This series tells who were the founding fathers of our civilization, highlighting everything they invented and contributed.

After Trafalgar, Rome and Athens, documentary director Fabrice Hourlier will revive for Arte the Egypt campaign of the one who is still only Bonaparte. Real actors evolving in virtual sets in synthetic images we will dive into the heart of this epic.

Analyzing the past means knowing the present and anticipating the future. Series "landmarks"being broadcast on Arte proposes to revisit the story on the popular concept of "What if ..."

In an original and fun way, Arte offers a documentary web-series that retraces thehistory of inventions and innovations whose birth was not a long quiet river. In three parts, a quirky story of these objects that have ended up marking our time.

For its 400th issue, Roots & Wings will travel to Italy for a journey along the Tiber, the sacred river that gave birth to the city of Rome in the 8th century BC. Descending the river, from its source in Emilia-Romagna to the Tyrrhenian Sea, we will also travel through time: almost 3000 years history are told on its shores. Key monuments of ancient Rome were produced in 3D especially for this program.

Netflix announces the upcoming broadcast of a new series devoted to the current Queen of England. Inspired by the play The Audience, The Crown tells the story of Elizabeth II in her first years of reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances and political rivalries underlying the great events that punctuated the second half of the 20th century.

Fantasized, mythologized, forgotten, Gaul was not what we imagine. It's time to discover its many faces thanks to a unique transmedia device composed of a France 2 documentary and an interactive comic strip that immerses you at the heart of daily life in Gaul.

Chambord, the most famous of the Loire castles, remains today the most enigmatic. From the project of a hunting lodge wanted by the young François I to one of the most majestic masterpieces of the Renaissance, including the futuristic dreams of Leonardo da Vinci, Arte will offer a captivating investigation into the enigma on December 5 Chambord.

The law of separation of churches and state this year celebrates its centenary. Aired on December 6 on France 5, the documentary-fiction The separation, was shot on the benches of the National Assembly with big names in French cinema, and stages the parliamentary debate of 1905, which lasted more than ten months, putting into perspective the still topical question of secularism.

Jesus, founding figure of Christianity, is also an exceptional character in the Koran. Why ? How? 'Or' What ? The authors of " Corpus Christi » Jérôme Prieur and Gérard Mordillat survey twenty-six of the world's leading specialists and explore the emergence of Islam in the time of Muhammad, in a series of documentaries broadcast in December on Arte.

For its summer programming, the show Secrets of History presented by the spirited Stéphane Bern offers three issues devoted to female personalities who have marked their time. It's here Marquise de Sévigné which will open the ball on Tuesday August 18 on France 2, in the company of the recurring speakers of the program: Evelyne Lever, Jean-Christian Petitfils, Jean d'Ormesson, Simone Bertière, without forgetting the "pillar of counter" Michel de Decker. ..

For several years, Danish public television has successfully specialized in the production of ambitious and creative TV series (Borgen, The Killing). With 1864, a European co-production, it tries its hand at the historical genre with this evocation of the two wars which opposed the kingdom of Denmark and the kingdom of Prussia for the control of the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. Spotlight on a conflict which weighed on the fate of Europe.

In the commemorative concert for the centenary of the First World War, the place and role of women in this first planetary conflict is a theme rarely mentioned. The documentary "They were at war 1914-1918 broadcast tonight on France 3 tells us about the great war, its traumas, its devastation, its madness, through the history of those who lived it. Whether they were victims, actresses or simply witnesses to the horrors of the First World War, women will guide us on an incredible journey to the heart of battered France.

After World War II Apocalypse and Hitler Apocalypse, here is Apocalypse WW1, third series of the Apocalypse collection. Doesn't this reverse chronological order evoke a kind of archeology of war violence? What the first meaning of the word apocalypse suggests, moreover: “revelation”, in Greek ... Isabelle Clarke and Daniel Costelle open the ball of the commemoration of 14-18 on France 2.

Versailles is not only a large palace: it is also the most fascinating theater in the history of France. On his stage, many dramas and many comedies have been played out; Behind the scenes have evolved the leading roles in history: Louis XIV, Marie-Antoinette and Napoleon, of course, but also Richelieu, Bismarck, De Gaulle and even Kennedy ...

In the early 1980s, when the recent election of Ronald Reagan to the presidency of the United States ardently relaunched the Cold War, the United States and the USSR are engaged in a merciless struggle through their secret services. It is this atmosphere of permanent tension that the spy series proposes to restore " The Americans », Whose first season was released in 2013.

The story that counts is above all the one we remember. The first objective of "History Label"is to inspire as many people as possible. Telling History and its capital H, like an adventure story ... Opening up the appetite for knowledge. Label Histoire will visit France, and at each stage, will dive back in time to tell two beautiful stories per program. "It is here, between these walls that Joan of Arc lived her last hours, it is here that Jean Jaurès was shot, ..."

In this unpublished issue of Secrets of History, Stéphane Bern will take us, from Paris of the Belle Epoque to Belle-Ile in Brittany, in the footsteps of the first sacred monster, true queen of 1900, Sarah bernhardt. Huge actress, muse of the greatest artists of her time, those of Art Nouveau, the divine, as she is nicknamed, is also an extravagant ready for all the follies such as sleeping in a coffin or collecting wild animals that frighten everyone Paris.

Since June 10, Canal + has been broadcasting the series Vikings, from the History channel, Michael Hirst's latest creation. The father of the Tudors and the Borgias, remains once again in a semi-historical theme, offering us to relive the Viking epic and the end of a turbulent eighth century.

Of June 6, 1944, history books and films have mostly captured the arrival of American troops in the early morning on the beaches of Normandy. Yet it was a few hours earlier that the Allied invasion actually began. On the night of June 5 to 6, the 6th British Airborne Division was indeed the first to reach the French coast in order to break the German lock. Her long-forgotten role is now highlighted in a documentary aired on May 19 on France 5.

Roid of francs, then emperor of the West, Charlemagne enjoys an unrivaled popularity in France and more widely in Europe. However, little is known about his reign apart from the accounts of his hagiographers, including Eginhard, one of the great scholars of the Carolingian court, who draw a flattering portrait of the monarch. Nowadays, it is credited with a reputation as a precursor of European unity, where Charles the Great has above all proved to be a skilful manager of its territorial heritage ...

The shadow of a doubt, the history magazine presented by Franck Ferrand and broadcast until now on Wednesday evenings on France 3 at a late hour, inaugurates its new time slot this Monday ... in prime time, for an as yet unknown periodicity. A daring bet on the part of the public service chain, perhaps inspired by the success of Secrets of History from its neighbor France 2 (at the same time but on Tuesday). For this premiere, The shadow of a doubt leans tonight on the Louvre Palace and its eight centuries of history.

June 15, 1940, the armies of the Third Reich entered Paris 24 hours ago. German officers show up at the headquarters of the Banque de France to seize hundreds of tons of gold in the establishment. Yet when they enter the world's largest safe, thirty meters underground, it is empty. How did France manage to preserve its 2,500 tonnes of gold for four years in the face and beard of the Nazis, Vichy, Americans and British?

Every Thursday from November 29 at 8:45 p.m., and at a rate of two episodes per evening, the channel All History AB will broadcast a unpublished documentary in ten episodes retracing the entire history of Napoleon. A documentary by Jean-Louis Molho with the voices ofAndré Dussolier and of Francis huster, benefiting from a large panel of speakers and reconstructions of 3d battles. For the best and for the Empire ...

Was Georges Clemenceau and how did he lead France to victory in World War I? The docu-fiction broadcast tonight on France 3 paints a portrait of "Père la Victoire". Mixing archival images and fiction, this historical television film attempts to shed light on the complex personality of the one who published in "Dawn" Zola's "J'accuse" (1898), who was also the friend of Claude Monet , the strikebreaker of 1906, a seducer and, above all, the champion of peace.

For this summer issue of Secrets of History, Stéphane Bern offers us a clear, lively and very documented biography of a fascinating sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent. He ruled the Ottoman Empire for 46 years, from 1520 to 1566. He ensured its territorial expansion, both in the Middle East and in Europe, stopping his armies only at the gates of Vienna. .

Built in 1078 by Guillaume Le Conquérant, The tower of London has an appalling reputation, to say the least, of torture and death. Historian Suzannah Lipscomb and journalist Joe Crowley invite you to follow them on a journey of scary tales. The Tower of London, the historic fortress of the British capital, holds secrets they will try to unravel.

A true police investigation, both in its investigative methods, in its dramaturgy and in its form, this documentary attempts to unravel the mysteries of Nefertiti. Since its discovery in 1912, the beauty of the bust still raises a thousand questions. Who was Nefertiti? What is his story ? Under what circumstances was his bust discovered? Why has he been the object of so much envy since 1912? Is it a copy? What are scientists and experts saying?

In this issue of Secrets of History, Stéphane Bern looks back on the unknown fate of the Polish princess Marie Leczinska. Cultivated but penniless, daughter of a deposed king of Poland, she will marry the most attractive sovereign that France has ever known, Louis XV. The queen suffered from her numerous infidelities, notably with Madame de Pompadour and Madame Du Barry ...

While the last episode of the documentary version of Metronome is broadcast on France 5, it's time to take stock of the phenomenon Lorànt Deutsch /Metronome. Our articles on the book and on the documentary showed the many problems that Lorànt Deutsch's work posed. We will come back to this quickly, as well as to the character himself, which remains largely an enigma. But what it will be interesting to discuss is also the phenomenon Metronome, which overtook Deutsch, and the reactions it elicited, if not the lack of it, among the media, politicians ... and historians.

The first two episodes of the television adaptation of Metronome de Lorànt Deutsch had left us somewhat pensive. Between rough reconstructions, and even sometimes quite ridiculous, and confused remarks mixing historical facts and legends in a random chronology, the impression was that of a botched company, despite the substantial budget allocated by the public service. Do the last two episodes save the project? The answer is mixed ...

After a first episode which, at the same time, resumed the spirit and some of the errors of the book Metronome, and offered more than mixed reconstructions, here is the second part of the series adapted from the bestseller by Lorànt Deutsch, and broadcast by France 5 before a DVD release. Episode 2 is devoted to the 6th-10th century period: "From the sons of Clovis to the sons of Charlemagne".

Big success in bookstores, the Metronome (then the Illustrated metronome) by Lorànt Deutsch is now adapted for television, on France 5, before a DVD release. While this guide to historic Paris has benefited from an astonishing leniency on the part of the media, despite a number of factual errors and an ideological orientation at the very least conservative, it will be interesting to see what gives its audiovisual adaptation by Fabrice Hourlier , the cost to the public service of which amounts to around 1 million euros. This Sunday is broadcast the first episode, "52 BC. J-C - 5th century: from Camulogen to Clovis ».

Among the profusion of documentary subjects on the Second World War and more particularly on France during this period, there are still some truly original subjects. This is the case with this film, which tells an unprecedented story, at least on the small screen, the story of a forgotten weapon which wreaked havoc among the French population: the denunciation. Thanks to the contributions of the work of the historian Laurent Joly, specialist in anti-Semitism, the director David Korn-Brzoza is thus interested in this cancer which interfered and divided France and tries to understand it, interventions of victims and of informers in support.

Marshal of France under the reign of Louis XIV, Vauban distinguished himself as a specialist in siege and fortification techniques, leaving an almost indelible mark on the European urban landscape. During his career, Vauban ruled over fifty sieges, consolidated some two hundred and seventy fortresses, and designed over thirty. Arte This evening devotes a quality docu-fiction sprinkled with original reconstructions.

Broadcast this evening on France 3 le flim de Steven spielberg "Schindler's List"broadcast this evening on France 3 is taken from a true story, that of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who during World War II saved the lives of many Jews. With an almost documentary realism, this multi-Oscar winner retraces the journey of an ordinary hero confronted with the unspeakable, both witness and actor of History.

France 2 is offering this Tuesday evening, November 29, an unpublished docu-fiction devoted to Louis XVI, the man who did not want to be king. Louis Auguste, Duke of Berry, was not destined to reign. However, after the death of his father and his elder brother, he succeeded his grandfather, Louis XV, in May 1774. When he ascended the throne, Louis, 19, was already married to Marie-Antoinette. But behind the brilliant image that Versailles presents, the reality is darker. The people are suffering and the country is in crisis ...

The Louvre Museum and its famous glass pyramid are the focus of this issue of the magazine Roots and wings broadcast this Wednesday evening on France3. Former Parisian residence of the kings of France, on the right bank of the Seine, the Louvre was transformed into a museum in 1793. Originally, the fortified castle built by Philippe Auguste (1202) became a pleasure residence on the initiative of Charles V (1358) ...

Arte is offering tonight a fascinating docu-fiction devoted to maritime rivalry who opposed theEngland and the Holland during the second half of the 17th century. Using three-dimensional computer-generated images, reconstructions via fiction but also interviews with historians, the director of this two-fifty-six-minute documentary looks back on these Anglo-Dutch wars. The challenge ? The domination of world trade.

From April 4 to 7, the All History channel invites you to share an exceptional week dedicated to the birth of the American nation. Head to Philadelphia to return to a little-known yet fundamental page in history with the Seven Years' War (1754-1763) during which the French and the British fought to gain control of the North American colonies ...

France 2 will soon broadcast in prime-time on its antenna, a docu-fiction retracing the discovery of Louis Pasteur's rabies vaccine. Between scientific documentary and romantic fiction, "Pastor, the man who saw"pays homage to one of the founders of modern medicine. This fictional documentary is the true novel of science, the novel of a scientist and a child whose determination will change the world ...

The knowledge that the French have of Abraham Lincoln comes down to a few things: President of the United States during the Civil War, he was the man of the abolition of slavery and died assassinated, like Kennedy. However, Abraham Lincoln is the great man of the moment: we are celebrating the bicentenary of his birth and the current American President B. Obama continues to refer to him. Arte this evening invites us to discover in a docu-fiction the life and the last days of Abraham Lincoln.

France 5 This evening is broadcasting the first part of the television adaptation of the work of Leo Tolstoy: War and peace. Placed at the heart of the Napoleonic wars, this vast epic of Russian history, from 1803 to 1813, serves as the framework for the family chronicle of the Rostovs and the Bolkonskis. Seven countries, four episodes, a pan-European cast: all that was needed to bring Russia back to the days of the Napoleonic wars, its balls, its battles, its miserable peasantry ...

Alésia, victory from a defeat, documentary broadcast this evening by the LCP channel looks back on one of the most famous battles in the history of our country and, paradoxically, a defeat. In 52 BC, Vercingetorix faced Caesar. About 300,000 men are engaged in this combat which results in a surrender of the Gallic forces. Vercingetorix is ​​taken prisoner; he died of strangulation six years later, after a parade to the glory of Caesar ...

The Atlantic Wall was a set of fortifications built by the German army from 1941 to 1944, from northern Norway to the Bay of Biscay, to prevent any possible Allied landings. In a new documentary, France 2 looks back this evening on the construction of the Atlantic Wall, a gigantic wall built on Hitler's order and which made French companies prosper ...

Forty years ago, on November 9, 1970, the General de Gaulle goes off, struck by a ruptured aneurysm. Thus ended the political career of a man certain of having been invested with an exceptional mission ("It was up to me to assume France", he wrote in his memoirs) and who for thirty years had dominated the French political life. From his trip to Ireland to his retirement in Colombey where he wrote his memoirs, France 3 looks back this evening on the general's last months.

France 2 is offering tonight an evening dedicated to De Gaulle and Algeria, with first of all an unpublished Docu-fiction docu-fiction by Serge Moati, written with Hugues Nancy and Christophe Barbier: I understood you: De Gaulle 1958-1962. In the second part of the evening, the documentary De Gaulle and Algeria: the price of powerr looks back on the conditions for General de Gaulle's return to power, notably with the participation of Benjamin Stora, Jean Daniel, and Michel Winock ...

Real military trauma for France, the naval battle of Trafalgar (1805) put an abrupt halt to Napoleonic plans to invade England. Most importantly, it ensured Britain's mastery of the seas for a century. Arte is offering this evening a spectacular documentary-fiction which recreates the famous battle of Trafalgar, told by its big loser, Admiral de Villeneuve.

The Pacific War hardly was, peaceful. Little-known theater in Europe during the Second World War, it was nonetheless long and deadly, and ended with a spectacular and tragic ending with the first and last nuclear bombings in history, in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Canal + is broadcasting the first three episodes of "The Pacific"by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, a tribute TV series to those who fought across the ocean.

Prelude to the broadcast on Canal + of the TV series "Pacific", the encrypted channel is offering a documentary this evening, Pacific: the other front in series, to discover this blockbuster through the eyes of its creators, actors, but also veterans of the Second World War ...

The Salengro case, a historical TV movie broadcast this evening on France 5, it is first and foremost the story of a human tragedy. Roger Salengro était un homme politique français, ministre de l'Intérieur du premier gouvernement du Front populaire, dont le suicide, à la suite d'une campagne de presse calomnieuse, illustre la violence du climat politique dans les années qui ont précédé la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

Le dernier magazine Secrets d'histoire de Stéphane Bern de ce mercredi 25 août sera probablement le plus intéressant des quatre numéros diffusés ce mois puisque consacré à Anne d'Autriche, mère de Louis XIV. Régente de France pendant la minorité de son fils, ce dernier dira d'elle plus tard : "elle mérite d’être mise au rang de nos plus grands rois". Avec la complicité du cardinal Mazarin, elle va tenir efficacement les rênes de la monarchie française dans une période fort agitée de l'histoire de France.

L'émission Secrets d'histoire consacré hier soir à la princesse Palatine a été suivie par 2.9 millions de téléspectateurs, devançant ainsi l'épisode précédent dédié à Diane de Poitiers. Ce fut l'occasion de découvrir un personnage pittoresque et presque décalé dans une époque très convenue et un prétexte pour visiter les différents lieux de résidence de la belle-sœur du roi Louis XIV, du château d'Heidelberg à celui de Versailles en passant par les sublimes châteaux Renaissance de Villers-Cotterêts et d'Ancy le Franc.

Le troisième volet de l'émission Secrets d'histoire diffusé ce soir sur France 2 est consacré à Charlotte-Élisabeth de Bavière, plus connue sous le titre de "Princesse Palatine". Dotée d'un franc-parler redoutable et d'une langue fleurie et bien pendue, la Princesse Palatine nous a légué soixante mille lettres qui dépeignent sans complaisance les travers et la vie quotidienne de la famille royale, ce qui lui vaudra le surnom de "commère du grand siècle".

L'émission "Les détectives de l'histoire", animée par Laurent Joffrin, revient ce soir sur les mystères qui entourent la mort de Napoléon Bonaparte. Depuis les années 60, l'hypothèse d'un empoisonnement à l'arsenic est fermement défendue, réfutant la version officielle de son décès, conséquence d'un cancer de l'estomac...

L'émission Secrets d'Histoire consacrée hier à Diane de Poitiers a subit la rude concurrence d'un match de football diffusé à la même heure. La reine des favorites a néanmoins réuni devant le petit écran près de 2,6 millions de téléspectateurs qui ont pu se passionner pour la vie de celle qui a régné pendant vingt ans sur le cœur du roi Henri II, sur les arts et la littérature de l'époque et de découvrir les demeures de Diane, notamment le superbe château d'Anet.

L'émission Secrets d'histoire de ce mercredi 11 août, animée par le sémillant Stéphane Bern, s'intéresse ce soir à Diane de Poitiers, l'une des plus célèbres favorites royales. Vers 1536, Diane de Poitiers, réputée d’une grande beauté, devient la maîtresse du dauphin Henri, de dix-neuf ans son cadet. Elle est à la cour la rivale d’Anne de Pisseleu, duchesse d’Étampes (la maîtresse du roi François Ier)...

La chaîne cryptée Canal + diffuse actuellement un film basé sur l'histoire de la Fraction armée rouge : La bande à Baader. la Fraction Armée rouge était un mouvement d'extrême gauche, à l'origine de nombreux actes de terrorisme qui secouèrent la RFA de la fin des années 1960 à 1977. Le groupe était dirigé par Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin et Ulrike Meinhof, qui menèrent une véritable guérilla urbaine pour protester contre l'organisation politique et sociale de l'Allemagne de l'Ouest.

Le premier numéro estival de l'émission de Stéphane Bern "Secrets d'histoire" est consacré ce soir à l'une des plus méconnues des souveraines françaises : l'impératrice Eugénie. Née en Espagne d'un père espagnol et d'une mère américaine, Eugenia María de Montijo de Guzmán fut élevée à Paris au couvent du Sacré-Cœur. Mariée à Napoléon III en 1853, elle joua un rôle important dans la politique du second Empire, l'empereur la consultant fréquemment.

Arte propose à partir de ce soir la rediffusion de la première saison de la désormais célèbre série télévisée : "The Tudors". La maison des Tudors arrive sur le trône d'Angleterre avec Henri VII, à l'issue de la guerre des Deux-Roses (1485). Les Tudors ont restauré l'autorité monarchique et rendu sa puissance économique à l'Angleterre. C'est sous le règne d'Henri VIII qu'a été fondée l'Église anglicane et sous Élisabeth Iere qu'il a été mit fin à un siècle de domination espagnole sur le globe.

Une débauche de luxe, de passion et de violence, telle est la devise des "Tudors" depuis sa création en 2007. Fidèle à sa réputation, la fresque historique de Michael Hirst sur le règne d'Henri VIII d'Angleterre (1509-1547) marque son grand retour avec une troisième saison aussi brillante que sulfureuse, l'avant-dernière de la série, et qui relate la période la plus sanglante du règne sur fond de guerre civile et de troubles religieux.

Secrets d'histoire, l'émission estivale de France 2 revient ce mois d'août avec quatre portraits de femmes célèbres qui ont marquées l'histoire de France : l'impératrice Eugénie, l'épouse de Napoléon III, Anne d'Autriche, la mère de Louis XIV et complice de Mazarin, Diane de Poitiers, favorite du roi Henri II et Charlotte-Élisabeth de Bavière, dite la princesse Palatine, dont l'abondante correspondance est passée à la postérité...

France 5 propose ce soir un passionnant docu-fiction inédit : l'Atlandide de l'âge de pierre, qui reconstitue l'existence des hommes dans le nord de l'Europe au mésolithique (9.000 à 5.000 avant J.-C.), à une époque ou l'homme commence à se sédentariser. Mais le réchauffement climatique de cette ère postglaciaire entraîne une montée des eaux qui finissent par submerger les terres. Des scientifiques ont découvert un territoire qui reliait alors l'Angleterre au continent...

France 3 diffuse ce soir un documentaire inédit : Juin 40, le grand chaos. En quelques semaines, le pays plie, puis s'écroule devant l'attaque de l'Allemagne nazie. En juin 1940, plus de dix millions de Français sont sur les routes de l'exode, fuyant l'avancée des troupes allemandes, qui semble irrésistible. Ce mois de juin est celui du chaos, de la violence et de la «real politic» au niveau international.

A l'occasion du 70e anniversaire de l'appel du 18 juin, France 2 consacre ce soir son antenne à la France qui a choisi de résister en 1940. Avec tout d'abord la diffusion d'un téléfilm historique inédit de l'excellente collection "Ce jour-là tout a changé" (L'évasion de Louis XVI, L'assassinat d'Henri IV) intitulé "L'appel du 18 juin", qui narre avec minutie la chronique des jours qui ont précédés le fameux appel du général de Gaulle. Ce téléfilm sera suivi par la diffusion du documentaire inédit "Libres Français de Londres".

Jeudi 13 mai France 3 rediffusera le péplum épique de Ridley Scott : Gladiator. Récompensé par cinq oscars dont celui du meilleur film et du meilleur acteur, ce long métrage sorti en 2000 s’inspire partiellement de la « Chute de l’Empire Romain » d’Anthony Mann (1964). Il nous conte l’histoire de Maximus Decimus (Russel Crowe), général de l’Empereur Marc Aurèle (Richard Harris). D’origine hispanique, Maximus est considéré au sortir d’une victorieuse campagne contre les germains comme l’homme de confiance de l’Empereur. Celui-ci envisage même de lui confier le pouvoir à sa mort, afin que Maximus rétablisse la république en rendant son pouvoir au Sénat....

Le magazine "Des racines et des ailes" de ce mercredi 12 mai est consacrée à la méditerannée, la région du monde qui abrite le plus de sites classés au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco. Forteresses, villes troglodytiques, monastères soigneusement entretenus, parcs naturels préservés, traditions communautaires respectées, c’est en Italie, en Syrie et en Grèce que nous est raconté l’exceptionnelle richesse de cette région. L'émission s'attarde entre autres sur les nombreux vestiges des croisades qui subsistent en Syrie.

Après la "Guerre du feu" et "Le nom de la rose", le cinéaste Jean-Jacques Anaud s'est attaqué en 2001 au thème de la bataille de Stalingrad. Un pari ambitieux pour évoquer cette bataille sanglante qui constitua un tournant décisif et meurtrier de la seconde Guerre Mondiale et une victoire psychologique qui galvanisa les russes contre l'envahisseur allemand. Stalingrad, ville industrielle sur la Volga, était le nœud de communication vers le Caucase, riche en pétrole et objet de la grande offensive entreprise par Hitler en 1942. En août 1942, Stalingrad fut investie par la VIe armée allemande sous le commandement du général Paulus...

Le personnage de Vidocq suscite toujours l'engouement des téléspectateurs. 40 ans après la diffusion de la série "Les nouvelles aventures de Vidocq", interprétée par Claude Brasseur, c'est au tour de Bruno Madinier d'endosser le costume du célèbre brigand devenu flic. Diffusé lundi sur TF1, le premier épisode a réuni un peu plus de 6 millions de téléspectateurs. La critique est assez partagée au sujet de cette nouvelle série, qui tout en dépoussiérant le personnage, manque quelque peu de rythme et surtout est très éloignée de la véritable histoire de Vidocq. C'est l'occasion de redécouvrir ce fascinant personnage, éminemment populaire et finalement très méconnu (voir notre article).

La Chaine NRJ 12 diffuse ce soir, dimanche 2 Mai, le film The Patriot du réalisateur Roland Emmerich. Sorti en 2002, avec dans le rôle principal le charismatique (et controversé) Mel Gibson, The Patriot nous narre le sanglant destin d’un planteur de Caroline du Sud plongé dans la tourmente de la Guerre d’Indépendance américaine. Benjamin Martin, veuf et vétéran de la guerre contre les Français et les Indiens (la partie américaine de la Guerre de Sept Ans) , mène une vie simple au milieu de ses sept enfants. Quand la Révolution américaine éclate, il prend ses distances avec les insurgés tentant même de dissuader, sans succès, son fils ainé (incarné par le regretté Heath Ledger) de s’engager à leurs côtés...

Preuve s'il en était de l'engouement croissant des français pour leur histoire et leur patrimoine, le dernier numéro du magazine "Des racines et des ailes" consacré aux pays de Savoie a encore réuni près de 4 millions de spectateurs mercredi dernier, malgré la féroce concurrence d'un match de football diffusé sur une autre chaine et opposant deux clubs tricolores. Un nouveau succès à l'audimat dont on ne peut que se réjouir, à commencer par les directeurs de musées et d'offices de tourisme et autres organisateurs d'expositions, premiers bénéficiaires de cette très populaire émission...

Méroé, ce n'est pas qu'un pays légendaire, c'est aussi une civilisation méconnue qui s'étendait du sud de l'Egypte jusqu'à la IVe cataracte sur le Nil, qui connut son apogée du IVe siècle avant J.C au IVe siècle après J.C sous le nom de royaume de Méroé. Fortement influencée par l'Egypte pharaonique dont il réclamait l'héritage, le royaume de Méroé nous a légué entre autres un superbe ensemble de tombes pyramidales, dont certaines, encore intactes au XIXe siècle, ont été détruites par des aventuriers européens qui en convoitaient le contenu. Jusqu'au 6 septembre, le musée du Louvre consacre à Méroé une exposition de deux cents œuvres qui illustrent la majesté de cette civilisation antique où se mêlent des influences africaines, égyptiennes et gréco-romaines...

A l'occasion du 150e anniversaire du rattachement de Nice et de la Savoie à France, l'émission de France 3 "Des racines et des ailes" est consacrée ce mercredi 7 avril aux "pays de Savoie, entre lacs et montagnes". En avril 1860, les électeurs niçois et savoisiens se prononcent par référendum et à une large majorité en faveur du rattachement à France. This is une conséquence directe de la participation militaire de Napoléon III au processus d'unification de l'Italie autour du roi de Piémont-Sardaigne Victor-Emmanuel II. C'est aussi la première fois qu'un traité est soumis à l'approbation de la population...

Voila une série télévisée qui s'annonce passionante. L’action de "La Commanderie" se déroule en 1375, en plein Moyen-Âge. Dans les territoires du royaume de France, plongés dans les ténèbres d’une guerre qui va durer plus d’un siècle, la Commanderie d’Assier, seigneurie de l’Ordre des Hospitaliers, est le seul espoir d’une population qui a peur et faim. Ancien fief templier sur la route de Compostelle, la Commanderie rassemble en son sein des chevaliers tout à la fois moines et soldats. Leur mission : héberger, soigner et protéger, au besoin par les armes, quiconque vient y trouver refuge. Le quotidien au Moyen-Âge, comme si vous y étiez !

Dans le cadre des mercredis de l'histoire, Arte rediffuse ce soir un documentaire consacré aux kamikazes, ces jeunes pilotes japonais fanatisés qu'un pays aux abois envoya à la mort contre les navires de guerre américains. 4000 d'entre eux ont ainsi péri durant l'année 1945. Une réalisatrice américaine d'origine japonaise est partie à la rencontre de pilotes survivants, préparés pour devenir kamikazes, et qui ont attendus un ordre de mission suicide qui n'est jamais arrivé. Au-delà des préjugés et de la fascination morbide qu'ils peuvent inspirer, ces récits posent clairement la question de la responsabilité d'un État en guerre à l'égard de ses soldats et de son peuple. Le témoignage de vétérans américains présente un contrepoint sensible aux récits de ces attaques-suicides...

La polémique qui a récemment opposé l'écrivain Yannick Haenel au réalisateur Claude Lanzmann a eu au moins un mérite, celui d'inciter ce dernier à resortir de ses tiroirs un entretien exclusif avec Jan Karski, réalisé en 1978. Arte diffuse ce soir le documentaire qui en est issu, "Le rapport Karski". Jan karski, c'est ce résistant polonais qui fut l'un des premiers témoins de la Shoah dans son pays, et qui fut investi de la mission de prévenir le monde occidental de la tragédie qui frappait la population juive en Pologne. En 1978, Claude Lanzmann rencontre Jan Karski lors du tournage de Shoah et filme son témoignage. La plus grande partie de cet entretien est restée inédite jusqu'à aujourd'hui.

A l'occasion du 400e anniversaire de sa mort, France 3 diffuse ce soir la première partie d'un téléfilm de Jo Baier dédié au bon roi Henri IV. Cette coproduction européenne ambitieuse retrace sur presque un demi-siècle le parcours et le règne d'Henri, premier des rois bourbons. Du prince protestant au souverain d'un pays déchiré par la guerre civile émerge un roi humaniste dont la popularité sera surtout postérieure à son règne...

A la veille de la sortie en salles du très attendu film "La rafle", France 2 propose ce soir une émission spéciale consacrée à la "rafle du vel'd'hiv", épisode peu glorieux de l'histoire de France. En juillet 1942, la police française, sur injonction du gouvernement de Vichy et sous l'autorité de René Bousquet, procède à l'arrestation de plusieurs milliers de juifs, dont certains avaient trouvé asile en France pour échapper aux persécutions des nazis. Regroupés pendant cinq jours au vélodrome d'hiver dans des conditions inhumaines, ces juifs seront transférés dans plusieurs camps en France, ...


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