Secrets of the Dead: Season 6 (2006 - 2007)

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Air date: Nov 8, 2006

One of history's most thrilling and seldom-told wartime stories unfolded in the summer of '42, when a Japanese pilot and an American fighter pilot squared off, head-to-head, in the skies above Guadalcanal. The Japanese pilot gunned down the American, who nonetheless miraculously escaped from the crash unharmed and made his way, undetected, through enemy territory. The PBS documentary Secrets of the Dead: Dogfight Over Guadalcanal resurrects this visceral, gut-wrenching series of events, step by step, via narrative readings of accounts from each of the men's diaries and a thrilling journey to the recently discovered and excavated American plane - which, astonishingly, still rests at its crash site many decades later.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2007

The dangers faced by religious reformers and those who translated the Bible into English are examined in this compelling episode. Actor Liev Schreiber narrates this chilling account of the efforts of theologian John Wycliffe, scholar William Tyndale and Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer to produce Bibles in English that included their own interpretations of the Scriptures. Included are comments from Claremont Graduate University English and history professor Lori Anne Ferrell.

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Air date: May 2, 2007

A report on the Italian city of Herculaneum, which was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, includes a look at a preservation project headed by British professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. Also: aerial views of the site; footage of an eruption in 1944. Liev Schreiber narrates.

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Air date: May 9, 2007

The PBS documentary special Secrets of the Dead: Headless Romans explores one of the strangest, most macabre, and purely baffling enigmas to face historians in recent years. Beneath Hadrian's Wall, near the English city of York, archaeologists unearth a series of ancient skeletons partially decapitated and posed by their buriers in gruesome positions. One, for instance, has its skull dismembered and placed beneath its feet; another bears enormous iron shackles clamped around its ankles; 28 additional skeletons all present displays of violent, sadistic death and torture. This discovery naturally raises a myriad of questions about the origin of the bodies, the historical atrocities that may lie behind the cadavers, and the identity of the buried individuals per se . In Secrets of the Dead: Headless Bodies, a team of archaeologists and historians gather to speculate on the answers to these queries, and uncover long-buried truths about one of the most shadowy and least-known eras in Roman history.

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Air date: May 16, 2007

A daring rescue of six Irish political prisoners from an Australian prison in 1875 by Capt. George Smith Anthony and his crew aboard the whaling ship Catalpa is recalled.

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The PBS series for those who watch Fox's "Bones" for something other than the sexual banter tonight serves up "Headless Romans," an unsettling blend of science, history and educated guesses that left me with nightmares.

Mar 10, 2020 | Full Review…

For those who like a good war story, or even for those who don't, it's bracing stuff.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

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