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The story of our times told by the people who were there.

Witness History: Archive 2014 BBC

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The story of our times told by the people who were there.

    The Biggest Rock Concert Ever

    The Biggest Rock Concert Ever

    What does rock megastar Rod Stewart remember most about playing to 4 million people on Copacabana beach on New Year's Eve 1994? Well... it's not nice.



    Photo: Rod Stewart at the BBC.

    • 8 min
    The Beginning of Reality TV

    The Beginning of Reality TV

    In December 1999 a young Dutch man, Bart Spring in't Veld, won the first ever Big Brother reality TV show. It was to be the start of a global television phenomenon.



    But for 22-year-old Bart the victory proved to be a mixed blessing.



    Photo: Big Brother winner Bart Spring in't Veld, Credit: Endemol

    • 8 min
    The Casa Pia Scandal in Portugal

    The Casa Pia Scandal in Portugal

    In 2004, some of the most high-profile people in Portugual went on trial on charges of sexuallly abusing boys from a children's home called Casa Pia. Six defendants were eventually found guilty, including a famous televison presenter. Simon Watts talks to Pedro Namora, a lawyer who campaigned for the Casa Pia victims.



    Photo: Getty Images.

    • 8 min
    The Battle of the Bulge

    The Battle of the Bulge

    Fought during the winter months of 1944, it was the last major German attack on the Western Allies in World War II. Witness speaks to Keith Davis, an American survivor of the Battle of the Bulge.



    Photo: American tanks in Belgium in January 1945. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

    • 9 min
    Radio Caroline

    Radio Caroline

    In 1964 a 'pirate' radio station began broadcasting from a ship off the coast of England, in defiance of British law. Keith Skues was one of the first DJs on Radio Caroline. He tells Witness about the difficulties, and the fun, they had on board.



    Photo: Radio Caroline's ship Mi Amigo at anchor off East Anglia, Credit: Evening Standard/Getty Images

    • 9 min
    The Christmas Truce

    The Christmas Truce

    On Christmas Eve 1914 the guns fell quiet over the trenches of World War One. Soldiers from British and German regiments exchanged gifts and sang carols. Hear first hand accounts from the BBC archives.



    Photo: German and British troops in Belgium in December 1914. Credit: AP/Imperial War Museum

    • 9 min

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