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Life After People
Flying Monsters
Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Maidentrip
Meet the Romans: All Roads Lead to Rome
The Grasslands
Seasonal Forests
Hidden Kingdoms: Under Open Skies
Chemistry: Discovering the Elements
Spaceship Earth
One Life on the Limit
The Last Reef
The Art of Persuasion
Fracking The New Energy Rush
First Second of the Big Bang
Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece: The Adoration of the Christ Child
The Hawking Paradox
Microscopic Universe
WWII In 3D
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places
Game Over Kasparov and the Machine
Hot Girls Wanted
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
Dinosaurs Alive
Dolphins and Whales
Enemy of the State
Is your Brain Male or Female
Ballet 422
The Great European Disaster Movie
Addicted to Sexting
Snake Killers Honey Badgers of The Kalahari
The Farthest
Kingdom of Plants Life in the Wet Zone
2015 Year In Sci-Tech
The Spiral
Fire Ants The Invincible Army

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One Life on the Limit
One Life on the Limit 2013

One Life on the Limit is an action documentary showcasing the glamour, speed, danger and excitement of Formula One Grand Prix racing. Narrated by Michael Fassbender, the film tells the story of the golden age of Formula 1, when the sport became terrifyingly dangerous. In the late 1960s, Formula 1 cars doubled their engine size and sprouted wings, making them incredibly quick, but even more hazardous. With money pouring in from sponsorship and a new worldwide television audience, superstar drivers were born, thrown like gladiators into the ring. The drivers were legendary with charisma and raw talent, but many of them paid the ultimate price. Follow the story of the drivers who raced on the edge and those who stood up to change the sport forever. It is about the greatest show on earth, Formula 1.

Category:Culture  Duration:1:51:14   

Viva Vercingetorix
Viva Vercingetorix 2015

In episode two, we discover the golden age of the La Tene Celtic warrior and reveal how their world extended as far as central Turkey. But by the middle of the first century BC, the Celts were under threat from an expanding Roman Empire, and the Gallic warrior Vercingetorix would challenge Julius Caesar in an epic battle that would shape the future of Europe.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: The Celts: Blood, Iron, and Sacrifice

The Golden Age
The Golden Age 2016

This episode tells the tale of what's broadly considered China's most creative dynasty - the Song (960-1279). Michael Wood heads to the city of Kaifeng, the greatest city in the world before the 19th century. Here in Twin Dragon Alley, locals tell him the legend of the baby boys who became emperors. He explores the ideas and inventions that made the Song one of greatest eras in world culture, helped by China's most famous work of art, the Kaifeng scroll, which shows the life of the city in around 1120. A chef makes Michael a recipe from a Song cookbook, while a guide to 'how to live happy, healthy lives for old people', published in 1085 and still in print, is discussed with local women doing their morning exercises. The Song was also a great era for scientific advance in China. Michael steers a huge working replica of an astronomical clock, made by China's Leonardo da Vinci. Then at a crunch Chinese Premier League match, Michael tells us the Chinese invented football! The golden age of the northern Song ended in 1127, when invaders sacked Kaifeng, but they survived in the south. At their new capital, Hangzhou, Wood joins locals dancing by the West Lake, while in the countryside he meets Mr Xie with his records of 40 generations of ancestors. The final defeat of the Song took place in a naval battle in the estuary of the Pearl River in 1279. When all was lost, rather than surrender to the Mongols, a loyal minister jumped into the sea with the young boy emperor in his arms. 'So ended the glory of the Song', Wood concludes, 'but a new age would arise... as in China, it always has!'.

Category:History  Duration:   Series: The Story of China

Art of Spain: The Dark Heart
Art of Spain: The Dark Heart 2008

Graham-Dixon journeys to the country’s scorched centre to explore Spanish art of the 16th and 17th centuries. From the mystical world of El Greco to the tender genius of Velazquez, this was a moment so extraordinary it became known as the Golden Age. But beneath the glittering surface was a dark and savage heart. Travelling from the architectural jewel of Toledo to majestic Madrid, Andrew Graham-Dixon traces the rise and fall of the Spanish Empire, the brutal conquest of the New World, and the religious madness of the Inquisition, to discover how a history so violent could produce some of the most beautiful art ever seen.

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   Series: Art of Spain

 
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