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National Gallery
The Ivory Game
The Story of India: Freedom
The Moon
When Will Time End
Do You See What I See
The Birth of Rock
Ice Worlds
More Human Than Human
Hidden Worlds 3D Caves of the Dead
The Knowledge of Healing
The Search for a New Earth
Honshu
Everything
Building the Sun The 250 Million Degree Problem
That Sugar Film
Life Rocky Start
The Arctic Ocean
Bomb It
Next of Kin
The Last Reef
No Impact Man The Documentary
Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice
Holy War
Robots
The Worst Car in the History of the World
The 21st Century Race for Space
Who is in Control
Machu Picchu Decoded
Quantum Computing
Life: Birds
Goya: Crazy Like A Genius
Why Do I Need You
Can We Make a Star on Earth
Apocalypse
In Search of Beethoven II

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Neanderthal 1
Neanderthal 1   

Long ago, two species of human beings coexisted on Earth until competition drove one of them to extinction. This program, set in the southwest of France 35,000 years ago, reconstructs the life in the Neanderthal world at the time Cro-Magnons first entered the scene. All aspects of Neanderthal clan life are examined, including tool- and weapon-making, hunting and gathering, health and healing, childbirth, rituals, and making fire. Footage of skeletal remains and the scholarly research of eminent paleontologist Chris Stringer and Oxford University's Paul Pettitt support the documentary.

Category:History  Duration:49:00   Series: Neanderthal

Chased by Sea Monsters 1of3
Chased by Sea Monsters 1of3    2003

If you're a paleontology buff, this series is for you. And the fun-loving Nigel Marvin provides a great narrative. Explore the prehistoric world in search of sea-based monsters. It focuses on life in ancient oceans during each prehistoric period. Nothing, not the carnivorous dinosaurs of the past, nor the imagined sea serpents and monsters of maritime history, nor the great white shark, salt water crocodile, killer whale and leopard seal of today can compare to the horrifying hunters of the prehistoric oceans.

Category:Science  Duration:29:00   Series: Chased by Sea Monsters

Flowering
Flowering    1995

The third episode is devoted to the ways in which plants reproduce. Pollen and a stigma are the two components needed for fertilisation. Most plants carry both these within their flowers and rely on animals to transport the pollen from one to the stigma of another. To do this, they attract their couriers with colour, scent and nectar. It isn't just birds that help pollination: some mammals and reptiles also do so. However, it is mostly insects that are recruited to carry out the task. To ensure that pollen is not wasted by being delivered to the wrong flower, some species of plant have developed exclusive relationships with their visitors, and the gentian and its attendant carpenter bees is one example. Since pollen can be expensive to produce in terms of calories, some plants, such as orchids, ration it by means of pollinia and a strategically placed landing platform. Other orchids offer no reward for pollination, but instead mislead their guests by mimicking their markings and aroma, thus enticing males to 'mate' with them (Pseudocopulation). The most extreme fertilisation method is one of imprisonment, and one plant that uses it is the dead horse arum. It is often found near gull colonies, and mimics the appearance and smell of rotting flesh. Blow-flies are attracted to it, and are forced to stay the night before being allowed to depart in the morning, laden with pollen. Finally, Attenborough introduces the world's largest inflorescence: that of the titan arum.

Category:Nature  Duration:49:00   Series: The Private Life of Plants

The Incredible Human Journey: Europe
The Incredible Human Journey: Europe    2009

When our species first arrived in Europe, the peak of the Ice Age was approaching and the continent was already crawling with a rival: stronger, at home in the cold and even (contrary to their popular image) brainier than us. So how did the European pioneers survive first the Neanderthals and then the deep freeze as they pushed across the continent? Alice Roberts reconstructs the head of the 'first European' to come face to face with one of our ancestors; she discovers how art became crucial for survival in the face of Neanderthal competition; and what happened to change the skin colour of these European pioneers from black to white.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: The Incredible Human Journey

Chasing Ice
Chasing Ice    2012

Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers". His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet. Directed by Jeff Orlowski

Category:Nature  Duration:01:14:00   

 
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