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18 Mar. 2012
The Bismarck
The Royal Navy's battle with Bismarck is a pivot point in the Second World War. If Bismarck succeeded in attacking the British convoy system, then Britain would be forced to surrender and there would have been no bridgehead for an Anglo American liberation of Europe. In losing Bismarck the Germans lost their opportunity to defeat Britain and turn the tide of war. Naval historian Andrew Lambert has studied this famous sea battle and sheds new light on the reasons for Bismarck's fate. He believes the sinking follows a catalogue of errors on both sides but ultimately he ...
 
25 Mar. 2012
Mountain Tsunami
In 1960 construction of Europe's tallest dam is completed in the Vajont Valley in Northern Italy - the jewel in the crown of an ambitious hydro-electric generation scheme. But as the new reservoir fills, a vast section of mountainside is dislodged and creeps towards the lake. The power company know the landslide has the potential to cause a devastating tsunami if it hits the water at speed, so they develop a plan to ease the landslide down by adjusting the level of the lake. For two years there are no problems, but in October 1963, the landslide suddenly accelerates -...
 
1 Apr. 2012
Waco Cult
Waco, Texas. On February 28th 1993 the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms raid a compound belonging to a religious cult called the Branch Davidians. They attempt to arrest cult leader David Koresh for alleged firearms offences. A gunfight breaks out that leaves six Branch Davidians and four ATF agents dead. The FBI arrives to take control but the situation escalates into one of the Americas longest sieges. After a fifty-one day stand off the FBI launches a dawn assault. Using military tanks they inject tear gas through the walls and windows in an attempt to force ...
 
11 Mar. 2012
Fukushima
In March 2011, as Japan reels from the most powerful earthquake in its history, a 14 metre-high tsunami surges over the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, knocking out its power supply and essential cooling systems. With the plant blacked out, engineers face nuclear meltdown. The reactors begin to overheat leading to two huge explosions that tear the plant apart and dispersing radiation. As Japan faces the worst nuclear emergency since Chernobyl, an international nuclear expert will investigate exactly what happed at Fukushima and see what, if anything, could ...
 
15 Apr. 2012
The Deepwater Horizon
The Deepwater Horizon rig has finished drilling the Macondo Well for BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The well, in water 1500m deep, extends to a depth of 4000m. The crew test the well to ensure it is safely sealed so the Deepwater Horizon rig can move on before another rig starts oil extraction. But just hours after the well passes its safety test, flammable gas and crude oil shoot out of the well, enveloping the rig in flames and killing 11 workers. Seconds from Disaster investigates the series of decisions and failings that culminated in the catastrophe and the world's ...
 
22 Apr. 2012
Mumbai Massacre
At 9.20pm on 26 November 2008 gunmen burst into Mumbai's luxury Trident Oberoi hotel, firing indiscriminately. Jewish study centre Chabad House, popular with American and Israeli Jews, is next, followed by tourist hangout Café Leopold, the city's most luxurious hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace, and the CST, one of the world's busiest rail stations. These unprecedented commando-style attacks, which leave 166 dead, have clearly targeted both the Indian public and Western visitors. Seconds from Disaster reveals the failings that allowed 10 terrorists free reign of India's ...
 
2012
The Jonestown Massacre
Seconds from Disaster reveals how a charismatic church leader from San Francisco, was able to lead over 900 US citizens to their deaths, in what became one of the most famous cases of mass suicide in world history.
 
12 Nov. 2012
Fire in the Cockpit
Seconds from Disaster reveals how a tiny mechanical fault was able to bring a modern commercial airliner crashing into the sea, killing everyone on-board.
 
19 Nov. 2012
Black Hawk Down
Seconds from Disaster reveals how a US mission in Somalia quickly turns from a raid to a search and rescue mention leaving 18 American soldiers are dead and another 73 are injured.
 
26 Nov. 2012
Into the Death Zone
Seconds from Disaster reveals the contributing factors to that made the 11th of May, 1996 the most deadly day on Everest.
 
3 Dec. 2012
Terrified Over Tokyo
Seconds from Disaster reveals the contributing factors that contributed to the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history.
 
10 Dec. 2012
Runaway Train
Seconds from Disaster investigates the sequence of events that led to a seven car Japanese commuter train to derail and ram into a nearby apartment building.
 
17 Dec. 2012
Nagasaki: The Forgotten Bomb
The use of the atomic bombs still excites controversy, and in particular the necessity for the second bomb on Nagasaki. The argument that it was the only way to bring a swift end to the war, and save thousands of American lives, wins the day - in public. But did President Truman have another secret agenda?
 
22 Jul. 2012
Norway Massacre: I Was There
On July 22, 2011, lone gunman Anders Behring Breivik emerges from a western Norwegian suburb to commit one of the worst terrorist atrocities in Europe since World War II. The massacre starts with an explosion in Oslo and finishes with the slaughter of dozens of teenagers at a youth camp on the isolated island of Utoya. But was Breivik a lone extremist or was this attack the first warning of a world terror?
 
24 Dec. 2012
Sinking the Coventry
May 25 1982, The Falklands War. HMS Coventry is on operations with HMS Broadsword. They are tasked with shooting down Argentinian jets. They face a low level attack from 4 fighters which leads to the loss of Coventry. Her main weapon system, the Sea Dart missile can't engage the targets as they are flying too low, and Broadsword's Sea Wolf Close in weapon system powers down at a crucial moment. Both ships are bombed and Coventry sinks in 20 minutes. However most of the crew, although badly injured manage to escape.
 
31 Dec. 2012
Chinook
June 2nd 1994 and RAF Chinook helicopter was engaged in a routine, although important, task transporting 25 members of the Northern Ireland security and intelligence community from RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland to Fort George near Inverness. This journey was brought to a dramatic end when the Chinook crashed into the Mull of Kintyre, the accident was one of the worst losses of life sustained by the RAF in a peacetime accident.
 
5 Nov. 2012
Jonestown Cult Suicide
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