Filippo Brunelleschi, an eccentric goldsmith, engineered an elaborate puzzle of interlocked bricks into the dome atop the grand basilica in Florence. The icon of Renaissance ingenuity stands as the largest masonry dome on earth. An obsessed professor and some bricklayers try to divine the lingering bedevilment.
Historian Ruth Goodman, and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take up running Manor Farm with World War II era methods and machinery. Peter mole plows waterlogged fields. Ruth and Alex coax a wartime tractor into sewing a wheat crop.
With William Wallace hanged, drawn and quartered and the Scottish king away and broken, Scotland seemed dead. But Scotland's bishops supported a new king. Historian Neil Oliver portrays Robert Bruce, who murdered his opposition and harnessed Scottish patriotism.
In episode three, military historian Norm Christie tells us the men of the First Canadian Division land on the beaches of Sicily, as the Allies invade Fascist Italy. The Canadians quickly prove their mettle against crack German troops.
From collusion with Nazi Germany to setting up sweatshops in despotic states today, whatever improves the market share drives corporate policy. International agreements on trade are seen as the corporation's way of gaining global sovereignty.