They Made History


A nine-part documentary series profiling influential leaders from around the world


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They Made History

They Made History

Any major even in history originates from one person who has made a choice. A person who has been in a unique position at a decisive point in time, whose decisions have therefore played a part in shaping the world as we know it today.

They Made History is an international series profiling a group of the world’s most influential people whose choices have affected the course of history during the past forty years. Each program focuses on one historical event and at the same time provides a personal profile of the leader being interviewed.

The series profiles:
Moammar Gadaffi
Shimon Peres
Benazir Bhutto
Corazon Aquino
Desmond Tutu
Frederik de Klerk
Madeleine Albright
Lech Walesa
Viktor Yuschenko
Daniel Ortega

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Producers: Birgitte Bollerup Jacobsen & Ingrid Bugge
Produced by: DR
Webpages: 175
TV-clips: 200
Year of Production: 2005

In addition to the TV series, portrays another 40 people who put history’s highlights in perspective. World leaders that we know from the course of history throughout the past forty years. Their stories are told close up and personal Рthrough interactive maps, talking heads, photographs, quizzes and more than 200 Tv clips. Clips that span our lifetimes. Images that have imprinted themselves on our minds as well as those never seen before.

The websites profiles: Nelson Mandela, Michail Gorbatjov, Aung San Suu Kyi, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Benazir Bhutto, Augusto Pinochet, Corazon Aquino, Mao Tse-tung, Yassir Arafat, Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khomeini, Osama Bin Laden, Ariel Sharon, Shimon Peres, Mohamed Anwar Sadat, Idi Amin, Kofi Annan, Robert Mugabe, Moammar Gaddafi, Olof Palme, Helmut Kohl, Vaclav Havel, Nicolae Ceausescu, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Gerry Adams, Frederik De Klerk, Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King, Madeleine Korbel Albright, Viktor Justjenko, Daniel Ortega, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, Manuel Noriega, Jacques Chirac, Lech Walesa, and Ronald Reagan.

Directors & Producers Steffen Kretz & Lillian Gjerulf
Produced by DR
Co-Produced by YLE & SVT
Duration 9 x 40 min.
Year of Production 2005
Original Title They Made History