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Title: Equinox – An Equinox Special: The Mystery Of Anastasia
File Name: anastasia.avi
Channel Transmitted: Channel 4
Date: Wednesday, 5 October 1994
Category: Documentary / Educational
Size: 366 MB (374,784 Kb / 383,778,816 bytes)
Running Time: 0:50:31.22
Format: .avi 496 x 400
Data Rate: 841 kbps
Video Codec: XviD (XviD 1.0.3)
Video Info: 25 fps 1001 Kbits/sec
Audio Codec: MPEG-1
Audio Bit Rate: 160 kbps
Audio Info: 48kHz PCM Stereo
About The Series:
Equinox is a long-running Channel 4 popular science and documentary programme. The series has been running since 1986 and originally aired on a weekly basis. The number of films per series fell over the years, from eighteen one-hour films a year originally to twelve by the late 1990s. The last regular series was shown in 2001, with six films. One-off films have occasionally been aired under the title "Equinox Special"
About The Episode:
Ten years after the death of Anna Anderson, EQUINOX has undertaken a full- scale forensic investigation into her claims to be the youngest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, including pathology samples for DNA testing. It concludes she wasn't. Contributors include forensic scientist Dr Peter Gill; Anna Anderson's biographer Peter Kurth; her lawyer Dr Gunter von Berenberg-Gossler; Prince Rostislav Romanov. The programme includes fictional footage from CLOTHES MAKE THE WOMAN, 1928.
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova) (June 18 [O.S. June 5] 1901 – July 17, 1918), was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the last sovereign of Imperial Russia, and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna.
Anastasia was a younger sister of Grand Duchess Olga, Grand Duchess Tatiana and Grand Duchess Maria, and was an elder sister of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia. She was murdered with her family on July 17, 1918, by forces of the Bolshevik secret police.
Persistent rumors of her possible escape circulated since her death, fueled by the fact that the location of her burial was unknown during the decades of Communist rule. The mass grave near Ekaterinburg which held the remains of the Tsar, his wife, and three daughters was revealed in 1991, but the bodies of Alexei Nikolaevich and one of his sisters — either Anastasia or her elder sister Maria — were not discovered there.
Her possible survival has been entirely disproven. In January 2008, Russian scientists announced that the charred remains of a young boy and a young woman found near Ekaterinburg in August 2007 were most likely those of the thirteen-year-old Tsarevich and one of the four Romanov grand duchesses. Russian forensic scientists confirmed on April 30, 2008 that the remains were those of the Tsarevich Alexei and one of his four sisters.
In March 2009, the final results of the DNA testing were published by Dr. Michael Coble of the US Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, proving once and for all that the remains of all four Grand Duchesses have now been accounted for, and no one escaped.
Several women have falsely claimed to have been Anastasia, the most notorious of whom was Anna Anderson. Anderson's body was cremated upon her death in 1984, but DNA testing in 1994 on available pieces of Anderson's tissue and hair showed no relation to DNA of the Imperial family.
Anna Anderson, (16 December 1896 – 12 February 1984), was an impostor, the best known of several who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia.
The real Anastasia, the youngest daughter of the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, Nicholas II and Alexandra, was murdered along with the rest of her family on 17 July 1918 by Bolsheviks in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
The remains of all seven members of the imperial Romanov family, who died that night, have been identified through DNA testing, and the results have been independently verified by multiple laboratories in different countries.
Director: NOTT, Julian
Production Company: Peninsula Films
Producer: NOTT, Julian
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