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Earth: Venus Evil Twin
Frozen Planet: Autumn
God and the Universe
Prediction By The Numbers
Operation Condor
Foreigners in their Own Land
Across the Hindu Kush
Amazing Africa
Beyond the Big Bang
Michael Jackson Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
Life: Plants
Cooked: Fire
Lack of Humility
Ice Age Giants: Land of the Sabre-Tooth
Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World
In Search of Beethoven II
First Position
The Last Reef
To Fly or Not to Fly
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Dinosaurs Alive
The Private Life of Plants Living Together
Game Over Kasparov and the Machine
The Clash of Titans
Kingdom of the Blue Whale
Edison
Deep Sea
The Quasar Enigma
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
George Harrison Living in the Material World 1 of 2
Escape from North Korea
In the Shadow of the Moon
The Mystical North
Stadium Rock
The Birth of Rock
Ghosts of the Abyss

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Caravaggio
Caravaggio 2006

Caravaggio's approach to painting was unconventional. He avoided the standard method of making copies of old sculptures and instead took the more direct approach of painting directly onto canvas without drawing first. He also used people from the street as his models. His dramatic painting was enhanced with intense and theatrical lighting. Caravaggio's fate was sealed when he killed a man in a duel in 1606. He fled to Naples where he attempted to paint his way out of trouble, he became a Knight, but was then imprisoned in Malta and then finally moved to Sicily. He was pardoned for murder in 1610, but died of a fever when attempting to return to Rome. For me the power of Caravaggio's art is the power of truth, not least the truth about ourselves. If we are ever to hope for redemption we have to start from the recognition that the Goliath competes with the David in all of us."

Category:Art  Duration:60:00   Series: Power of Art

Punk Rock
Punk Rock 2007

London and New York and the birth of punk. Each city created a bastard child that marked the biggest and fundamental shift in popular music since Elvis walked into Sun Studios. We explore the music of The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Ramones, Television, Patti Smith, The Damned and Buzzcocks.

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   Series: Seven Ages of Rock

American Alternative Rock
American Alternative Rock  2007

The rise of alternative rock in the USA. From its early underground days where bands like Black Flag drew inspiration from the DIY ethos of punk. We explore why the bands that emerged from the underground offered an alternative both to the established music industry and the prevailing politics. Bands like R.E.M., The Pixies and Husker Du, REM breaking into the mainstream charts with 'Losing My Religion', Seattle 'grunge' scene, culminating in the success of Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

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

The Medici: Makers of Modern Art
The Medici: Makers of Modern Art  2008

Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals how the Medici family transformed Florence through sculpture, painting and architecture and created a world where masterpieces fetch millions today. Without the money and patronage of the Medici we might never have heard of artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo or Botticelli, and Graham-Dixon examines how a family of shadowy, corrupt businessmen, driven by greed and ambition, became the financial engine behind the Italian Renaissance.

Category:Art  Duration:58:25   

 
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