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Historian Michael Wood delves through medieval court records to follow the fortunes of a village in Hertfordshire and, more particularly, the family of peasant Christina Cok. The 14th century was a perilous time in British history, shot through with famine, plague and war. It was a time of climate change, virulent cattle diseases and, above all, the Black Death. But it was also the time when modern mentalities were shaped, not just by the rulers but increasingly by the common people. It was the beginning of the end of serfdom, the growth of individual freedom and the start of a capitalist market economy. Michael chooses an everyday story of a medieval country family through which to illustrate the bigger picture of how the character and destiny of ordinary British people was being shaped. It is history told not from the top of society but from the bottom - and especially through the eyes of the forgotten half of the workforce, women. Michael brings to life the story of a 14th-century extended family: peasant Christina Cok, her father Hugh, estranged husband William, and her children John and Alice. Michael shows us that though their lives might at first seem quite alien, you only have to scratch below the surface to find uncanny connections with modern-day Britons. In them, you can see our beginnings as a nation of shopkeepers and the roots of the British love affair with beer and football. Perhaps more importantly is the triumph of that sturdy and cussed streak of individualism that has been a characteristic of 'Britishness' down the centuries.

THE LIFE OF THE ORIGINAL FEMME FATALE REVEALED THIS JANUARY IN CLEOPATRA: PORTRAIT OF A KILLER - New forensic evidence tells a sinister tale of love and power in Ancient Egypt - Described as a great queen, a beautiful lover, and a political schemer, Cleopatra is one of the greatest icons in history. However, with almost no remaining evidence of her existence, details of Cleopatra's life have remained a mystery - until now. In one of the world's most exciting finds, archaeologists believe they have discovered the skeleton of Cleopatra's sister who was murdered by Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Journeying from Egypt to Turkey, CLEOPATRA: PORTRAIT OF A KILLER uncovers the story of a ruthless queen who would kill her own siblings for power. Cleopatra was renowned for her beauty and infamous for her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. Contemporary forensic investigations now reveal that the power-hungry queen would also stop at nothing - including murder - to ensure her continuing reign over Egypt. In the one-hour special CLEOPATRA: PORTRAIT OF A KILLER, we learn of a darker, more sinister side to the Queen of Egypt. Featuring exclusive interviews with the archaeological team, details of what is believed to be the skeleton of Cleopatra's sister Princess Arsinoe, and vivid dramatizations, Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer takes a look at the life of Egypt's great Queen from a fresh perspective. Learn about the intriguing story of Cleopatra's deadly rivalry with her sister in this landmark documentary that draws up a tale of rivalry, lust, incest, murder and power that destroyed an empire.

2008x05 Secrets of Body Language

  • 2008-10-01T10:00:00+06:00 — 60 mins

Body language is a form of non-verbal communication, which consists of body posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements. Humans send and interpret such signals almost entirely subconsciously. John Borg attests that human communication consists of 93 percent body language and paralinguistic cues, while only 7% of communication consists of words themselves; however, Albert Mehrabian, the researcher whose 1960s work is the source of these statistics, has stated that this is a misunderstanding of the findings. Others assert that research has suggested that between 60 and 70 percent of all meaning is derived from nonverbal behavior. Delve into the science of non-verbal signals as this very visual and highly entertaining expose reveals the hidden language in which 93% of human communication takes place. From President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and 2008 presidential hopefuls Senators Barack Obama and John McCain, see how both politicians and celebrities use the subtle movements of body language to persuade masses, establish power, and advance careers.