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Zeitgeist The Movie
Rise of the Drones
The Secret World of Lewis Carroll
Travels with Vasari 1
To the Ends of the World
American Alternative Rock
unReal
Wonders Of The Universe: Destiny
Cooked: Earth
Why are Thin People not Fat
Why Do Viruses Kill
What Darwin Didnt Know
Maidentrip
Walking with Cavemen: Blood Brothers
Virunga
The Making of Jurassic Park
Vice: Killer Kids
Fastball
Vegan 2017 The Film
Van Gogh
The True Cost
The Birth of Rock
The Story of Maths To Infinity and Beyond
Crash Landing on Mars
The Story of Maths The Language of the Universe
The Story of Maths The Frontiers of Space
The Magic of Mushrooms
The Internets Own Boy. The Story of Aaron Swartz
The Great Math Mystery
The Chemistry of Life
The Age of Aging
The 50s Eisenhower the Bomb and the Third World
Tales by Light Wild
Steve Jobs the Lost Interview
Spark
Quantum Computing

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The Wonderful World Of Blood
The Wonderful World Of Blood 2015

Of all the wonders of the human body, there's one more mysterious than any other. Blood: five precious litres that keep us alive. Yet how much do we really know about this sticky red substance and its mysterious, life-giving force? Michael Mosley gives up a fifth of his own blood to perform six bold experiments". From starving it of oxygen to injecting it with snake venom, Michael reveals the extraordinary abilities of blood to adapt and keep us alive. Using specialist photography, the programme reveals the beauty in a single drop. Michael even discovers how it tastes when, in a television first, he prepares a black pudding with his own blood. Down the ages, our understanding of blood has been as much myth as science, but Michael reveals there might be truth in the old vampire legends, as he meets one of the scientists behind the latest research that shows young blood might be able to reverse the ageing process - the holy grail of modern medicine.

Category:Medicine  Duration:58:46   

Battle for the Himalayas: The Fight to Film Everest
Battle for the Himalayas: The Fight to Film Everest 2015

Between the 1920s and the 1960s the world's great powers sent vast military-style expeditions to conquer the peaks of the Himalayas, with Everest at their head. This was a great game played - camera in hand - by Imperial Britain, Nazi Germany and superpower America. As a result, Himalayan mountaineering's most iconic, epic and tragic moments didn't just go down in history, but were caught on film - from the deaths of Mallory and Irvine on Everest in 1924, to Everest's final conquest in 1953 by Hillary and Tensing. Using footage never before seen on British television, this is the story how of how film-makers turned the great peaks into great propaganda.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   

Playful Creatures
Playful Creatures 2015

Spy in the Huddle use innovative techniques to reveal the incredible secrets of your pets' behaviour in ways never seen before. As astonishing photography explores the wild side of our playful pets, find out why hamsters love to run in a wheel, how dogs pick up the rules of the pack and how kittens learn to be solitary hunters. Featuring incredible views of plunge-diving dogs, babysitting cats, acrobatic hamsters and a playful cat outwitted by his prey" - you'll never look at your favourite companions in quite the same way again. The latest science also reveals why budgies talk, how a cat scales a vertical wall with the help of a special claw, why hamsters stuff their faces with more food than they can eat and the real meaning behind a rabbit's hop. Our pets are also given a chance to explore their wild side as we join the free-roaming pet dogs of Cusco Peru, pet rabbits living in a natural warren and the wild-living inhabitants of Cat Island, Japan. A range of innovative techniques such as moving X-rays, thermal imagery, minicam-carrying dogs and revelatory slow-motion photography shows why our pets play and how their true wild nature is just a whisker away.

Category:Nature  Duration:58:00   Series: Pets: Wild at Heart

Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck
Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck 2015

Kurt Cobain, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Nirvana, remains an icon 20 years after his death. Here, we take a journey through Cobain's life and his career with Nirvana through the lens of his home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, and journals. An authorized documentary from director Brett Morgen, from Cobain’s early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and later downfall with the grunge band Nirvana, this documentary received an award at the 2015 Sundance FilmFestival.

Category:Art  Duration:02:12:00   

 
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