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Amanda Knox
The Invisible Universe
The Empire of Reason
Feathered Dragons
TT3D Closer to the Edge
Wild Russia: Siberia
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
Life in a Day
Bush and Clinton: Squandered Peace in New World Order
Conquest of the Skies The first to flight
The Beatles Eight days a week
Dynamic Salt
Exoplanets
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Atlantis End of a World Birth of a Legend
The Day the Dinosaurs Died
Deep Sea
What If Cannabis Cured Cancer
Seal Team Six The Raid on Osama Bin Laden
Snake Killers Honey Badgers of The Kalahari
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Standing Up in the Milky Way
How to Live Longer
Strange Signals from Outer Space
Hot Girls Wanted
Operation Condor
10 Things You Need to Know about the Future
The Other Side
Michael Moore in TrumpLand
Arabia
Journey to Space
Sharks
The Buddha
Tofu: Good Sex Bad Sex
Precision the Measure of All Things
Japan at War
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie

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What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie    2007

British Indie music was once seen as the bastion of the over earnest 'High Fidelity' snob who would sneer at chart success. the indie label was the redoubt against the forces of mediocrity and was a precious source of integrity and honesty. A generation would find meaning in the music of The Smiths, the archetypal indie group of the 1980's. From the Stone Roses, the heir manque of the indie music crown, via Suede’s dark sexuality and the media saturation of Brit-pop's Blur v Oasis, indie was now a marketing device, ultimately losing any of it's once cherished intimacy and integrity

Category:Art  Duration:49:00   Series: Seven Ages of Rock

What Happened Before the Beginning
What Happened Before the Beginning    2011

Every cosmologist and astronomer agrees: our Universe is 13.7 billion years old. Using cutting-edge technology, scientists are now able to take a snapshot of the Universe a mere heartbeat after its birth. Armed with hypersensitive satellites, astronomers look back in time to the very moment of creation, when all the matter in the Universe exploded into existence. It is here that we uncover an unsolved mystery as old as time itself -- if the Universe was born, where did it come from? Meet the leading scientists who have now discovered what they believe to be the origin of our Universe, and a window into the time before time.

Category:Science  Duration:43:00   Series: Through the Wormhole

Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor
Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor    2009

The BBC has made an extraordinary new documentary, presented by Sir David Attenborough, which will reveal the discovery of a fossilised skeleton that may be a vital ‘missing link’ in human evolution. The centrepiece of the programme is the unveiling of the first-ever complete skeleton of an extinct animal called an adapid

Category:Science  Duration:   

Behind Closed Doors
Behind Closed Doors    2012

In this final episode, Mary Beard delves even deeper into ordinary Roman life by going behind the closed doors of their homes. She meets an extraordinary cast of characters - drunken housewives, teenage brides, bullied children and runaway slaves - and paints a more dynamic, lusty picture of Roman family life. Mary uncovers their preserved beds, furniture and cradles, tries on Roman wedding rings and meets some eccentric wives like Glyconis, praised by her husband for liking a drink or two, and Allia Potestas, who lived in a Roman menage a trois. Mary explores Roman parenting, childbirth and children, including Sulpicius Maximus, an 11-year-old schoolboy who was worked to death by his pushy parents, and Geminia Mater, a 5-year-old tomboy. Finally, Mary paints a more nuanced picture of Roman slavery and asks why if it was such a brutal institution did many Romans choose to be buried with their servants - living cheek by jowl in death, as in life

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: Meet the Romans

What Darwin Didnt Know
What Darwin Didnt Know    2009

Documentary which tells the story of the theory of evolution by natural selection which is now scientific orthodoxy, but when it was unveiled it caused a storm of controversy. Many people criticised it for being short on evidence and long on assertion and Darwin, being the honest scientist that he was, agreed with them. He entrusted future generations to complete his work and prove the essential truth of his vision. Evolutionary biologist Professor Armand Marie Leroi argues that, with the new science of evolutionary developmental biology (evo devo), it may be possible to take that theory to a new level - to do more than explain what has evolved in the past, and start to predict what might evolve in the future.

Category:Science  Duration:01:28:40   

 
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