A series of four programmes which tells the human stories of some of the computer pioneers in three countries, Britain, America and the Ukraine. Each is a little cameo of social history of the early post-war years half a century ago, from a time when, in the words of one of them, 'everything you did was new, no-one had ever done it before'. No anorak needed to enjoy these programmes!
This programme marks the hundredth anniversary of Britain's offer to the Zionist movement in 1903 of a large part of Kenya as a homeland for East Europe's Jews. The offer was a serious one: and it was treated seriously.
September 3rd 2008 marked the 350th anniversary of Oliver Cromwell's death - but his severed head was only finally put to rest in 1960. This is the extraordinary story of what happened to it.
For most of the time between 1906 and 1914 a young Englishwoman by the name of Millie Graham Polak, together with her husband, shared the same house in South Africa as Mahatma Gandhi and his family; she and Gandhi talked about everything under the sun, and Millie wrote down their conversations, later publishing them in a small book. This programme recreates those revealing exchanges.
St. Wenceslas, King of Bohemia in the early 10th century, is the greatest of all Czech national heroes. And when a Victorian cleric wrote a carol about him in 1853 it was a pointed political gesture.
Between 1934 and 1959 a middle-class community in North Oxford shielded itself from the working-class next door behind seven foot high walls. Those who grew up in their shadow tell the story.
Between 1947 and 1949 the British government, desperately short of workers in the 'essential' industries of agriculture, coal mining and textiles, turned to the millions of East Europeans living in Displaced Persons camps in Germany.
Lack of housing was perhaps the most urgent social problem facing post-war Britain. In the summer of 1946 tens of thousands of people took the situation - and the law - into their own hands, squatting first military camps and then luxury flats and hotels in London.
An examination of the Bush Administration's claim that the post-WW2 occupations of Japan and Germany are a good historical analogy for the occupation of Iraq today.
In October 1656 a man called James Nayler, one of the prominent early Quakers, rode into Bristol, dressed in white and accompanied by women followers. It was a provocative mock-up of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The government of the country then ground to a halt for nearly two months as Oliver Cromwell and Parliament tried to decide what to do with him. This entertaining and informative programme explores what happened next.