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The Gatekeepers
Frozen Planet: Autumn
1945 The Savage Peace
The Southwest Islands
Cooked: Air
Hitler and the Occult
Kingdom of the Blue Whale
Our Voyage to the Stars
Archimedes Secret
Earth, the Power of the Planet: Atmosphere
The Most Dangerous Band in the World. The Story of Guns N Roses
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 1
When Knowledge Conquered Fear
Saturn Lord of the Rings
Black Holes
Enchanted Kingdom
The Art Of The Impossible
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Bomb It
Dinosaurs Alive
Shine a Light 2of2
Deep Sea
One Life on the Limit
Neanderthal 1
Kingdom of Plants Life in the Wet Zone
The Farthest
Deep Earth
Walking with Cavemen: First Ancestors
Worst Days on Planet Earth
A Leap of Faith
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 1
Waltz With Bashir
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
The Search for a New Earth
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Standing Up in the Milky Way
Lord of Asia

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Life: Reptiles and Amphibians
Life: Reptiles and Amphibians 2009

Reptiles and amphibians look like hang-overs from the past. But they overcome their shortcomings through amazing innovation. The pebble toad turns into a rubber ball to roll and bounce from its enemies. Extreme slow-motion shows how a Jesus Christ lizard runs on water, and how a chameleon fires an extendible tongue at its prey with unfailing accuracy. The camera dives with a Niuean sea snake, which must breed on land but avoids predators by swimming to an air bubble at the end of an underwater tunnel. In a TV first, Komodo dragons hunt a huge water-buffalo, biting it to inject venom, then waiting for weeks until it dies. Ten dragons strip the carcass to the bone in four hours.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Life

Life: Creatures of the Deep
Life: Creatures of the Deep 2009

Marine invertebrates are some of the most bizarre and beautiful animals on the planet, and thrive in the toughest parts of the oceans. Divers swim into a shoal of predatory Humboldt squid as they emerge from the ocean depths to hunt in packs. When cuttlefish gather to mate, their bodies flash in stroboscopic colours. Time-lapse photography reveals thousands of starfish gathering under the Arctic ice to devour a seal carcass. A giant octopus commits suicide for her young. A camera follows her into a cave which she walls up, then she protects her eggs until she starves. The greatest living structures on earth, coral reefs, are created by tiny animals in some of the world's most inhospitable waters.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Life

Montezuma
Montezuma 2009

Montezuma Dan Snow journeys to the ancient heart of Mexico in search of the lost civilisation of the Aztecs and their last and greatest ruler, Montezuma II (1502-1520). Montezuma inherited an empire of five million people, stretching from present-day Mexico to Nicaragua, from his uncle. His rule was marked by incessant warfare. Enemy states were growing more powerful and conquered tribes were becoming more rebellious. Within months of taking the throne in 1502, he went changed a man of good reason into a pitiless autocrat who declared himself a god, believing that fear and ruthlessness were the only ways to stop the empire falling apart. Yet it was at the hands of Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors that Montezuma met his downfall. But what was his relationship with Cortes, and why did such a ruthless leader submit to his captors with such relative ease? As Dan Snow visits the ruins and picks through current excavations, he pieces together the evidence of a gripping story: a divine tragedy of errors, the clash of civilisations, the end of a world - and a very human God.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   

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

 
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