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The Hawking Paradox
Japan at War
Dolphins and Whales
Lost Kingdoms of South America: People of the Clouds
How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth
Food Choices
Encyclopaedia Galactica
Room 237
Spark
Precision the Measure of All Things
The Code: Shapes
Blood Brother
Iceman Reborn
The Age of Aging
The Art of Russia: Out of the Forest
Reclaiming the Blade
Once Upon a Time
The Arctic
The Art of Persuasion
Countdown to Zero
The Grasslands
When One Ends, Another Begins
Walking with Monsters
Escape from North Korea
13th
Blackfish
Project Nim
Endless Forms Most Beautiful
The Mating Game
The Story of Maths The Frontiers of Space
The Story of Maths The Genius of the East
Atlantis Found
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places
Ice Age Giants: Land of the Sabre-Tooth
Fascination Coral Reef
The Chemistry of Life

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Life: Plants
Life: Plants    2009

Plants' solutions to life's challenges are as ingenious and manipulative as any animal's. Innovative time-lapse photography opens up a parallel world where plants act like fly-paper, or spring-loaded traps, to catch insects. Vines develop suckers and claws to haul themselves into the rainforest canopy. Every peculiar shape proves to have a clever purpose. The dragon's blood tree is like an upturned umbrella to capture mist and shade its roots. The seed of a Bornean tree has wings so aerodynamic they inspired the design of early gliders. The barrel-shaped desert rose is full of water. The heliconia plant even enslaves a humming bird and turns it into an addict for its nectar.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Life

Clash of the Gods: Medusa
Clash of the Gods: Medusa    2009

Medusa was the most infamous female fiend in Greek mythology, whose look turned every living thing to stone. But what is the true story behind the snake-haired gorgon? Find out about this evil Gorgon's real world connection to human corpses and learn what clues the night sky holds concerning the origins of the tale of Medusa.

Category:History  Duration:45:00   Series: Clash of the Gods

Petra: Lost City of Stone
Petra: Lost City of Stone    2015

More than 2,000 years ago, the thriving city of Petra rose up in the bone-dry desert of what is now Jordan. An oasis of culture and abundance, the city was built by wealthy merchants whose camel caravans transported incense and spices from the Arabian Gulf. They carved spectacular temple-tombs into its soaring cliffs, raised a monumental Great Temple at its heart, and devised an ingenious system that channeled water to vineyards, bathhouses, fountains, and pools. But following a catastrophic earthquake and a slump in its desert trade routes, Petra's unique culture faded and was lost to most of the world for nearly a thousand years. Now, in a daring experiment, an archaeologist and sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone. Meanwhile, scientists using remote sensors and hydraulic flumes uncover the vast city and its sophisticated water system. The race is on to discover how these nomads created this oasis of culture in one of the harshest climates on Earth.

Category:History  Duration:54:00   

Race For Rockets
Race For Rockets    2005

Space Race is a docu-drama chronicling the major events and characters in the American/Soviet space race. It focusses on Sergei Korolev, the Soviets' chief rocket designer, and Wernher von Braun, his American counterpart. The series was a joint effort between British, German, American and Russian production teams." In the first episode, 1944-1949, we see Wernher von Braun's work on the V-2 for the Nazis during the last years of the Second World War, his surrender to American troops and his move to the USA. We see Sergei Korolev's release from the Gulag, and how he is set to work on Soviet rockets, first attempting to copy the V-2, then building a more efficient rocket of his own.

Category:Technology  Duration:50:00   Series: Space Race

To the Ends of the World
To the Ends of the World    1997

The final leg takes him from the Khyber Pass through Pakistan to the Punjab, where Alexander's army mutinied and he was forced to return across the Makran Desert to Babylon, where he died at only 32 years of age.

Category:History  Duration:58:00   Series: In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

 
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