Simply the Best Documentaries

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Last Days in Vietnam
Deep Sea
An Everyday Miracle
Mysteries of the Unseen World
St Peter and the Papal Basilicas of Rome
Carlsbad Caverns
Tales by Light Submerged
Cooked: Earth
The Eagle Huntress
The Armstrong Lie
Secret Forests
Worst Days on Planet Earth
Atom: The Key to the Cosmos
The Great Levelling
The Story of the Jews: In the Beginning
Zero Days
The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth
The Age of Aging
The Making of Jurassic Park
One Life on the Limit
Climate Change: A Horizon Guide
Life: Insects
First Second of the Big Bang
Plastic Planet
Life of a Universe Creation
Orbit: Earth Extraordinary Journey July to December
Blues for a Red Planet
Heart of a Dog
Prescription Thugs
Through the Wormhole: Is There a Creator
In The Sign Of The Cross
Oceans of the Solar System
Beyond Death
Parallel Worlds Parallel Lives

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Bhutan to the Bay of Bengal
Bhutan to the Bay of Bengal 2004

In Bhutan, Palin finds himself back in the land of yaks for a last look at the high Himalaya. Trekking to Chomolhari base camp he meets a nomad with a penchant for yak songs before heading down to Paro to witness the Buddhist festival or Tsechu. In a bar in Thimphu, he discusses reincarnation and the pursuit of happiness with Benji and Khendum, two of the king's cousins, and en route to Bangladesh is taken by Benji to see the rare black-neck cranes. On his journey south through Bangladesh, Michael visits the ship-breaking beaches of Chittagong and grid-locked Dhaka. He meets a man who made a fortune in Birmingham in the poultry business, and a woman who lends money only to women. On a 1920s paddle steamer he is serenaded with the words of Bengal's Shakespeare, and he completes his epic Himalayan journey aboard a fishing boat that carries him out into the Bay of Bengal and a westering sun.

Category:Culture  Duration:59:00   Series: Himalaya with Michael Palin

The Buddha
The Buddha 2010

After 400 BC, a new philosophy was born in South east Asia, generated from the ideas of Buddha, a mysterious Prince from India who gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. He remains one of the most legendary and influential of all religious progenitors, but what of his actual life? In this biographical documentary, director David Grubin tells the historical tale of Gautama Buddha (563-483 BC), from his initial enlightenment through his death around the age of 80. In the process, Grubin makes an unusual point: that Gautama never once claimed to be God or God's emissary, but instead sought to find a way to bring peace and alleviation from suffering to others in a cruel and often insane world. In telling this story, Grubin combines a number of elements including original animations, testimony by contemporary Buddhists such as the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, glimpses of sculptures and paintings that help tell Gautama's story, and much more. Narrated by Richard Gere

Category:History  Duration:1:54:52   

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