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To Infinity and Beyond
Neanderthal Apocalypse
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
Pandora Promise
What Have UFOs Done for Us
The Story of India: Beginnings
Requiem for the American Dream
Creatures Of Light
Atom: The Clash of Titans
Secrets Of The Solar System
War of the Century: High Hopes
The Medici: Makers of Modern Art
Hagia Sophia: Istanbuls Ancient Mystery
2015 Year In Sci-Tech
Racism: A History. The Colour of Money
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places
Great Cathedral Mystery
Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It
Caravaggio
The Joy of Mozart
Marley
The Science of Doctor Who
Enchanted Kingdom
Birth of the British Novel
Encyclopaedia Galactica
Food Choices
Amazing Ocean
Room 237
Dinosaurs Giants of Patagonia
Playful Creatures
Escaping ISIS
Planet Earth II Deserts
Food Inc
Lost Kingdoms of South America: People of the Clouds
Planet Ocean
The Day the Dinosaurs Died

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Streetlife
Streetlife 2012

In this programme, Mary descends into the city streets to discover the dirt, crime, sex and slum conditions in the world's first high-rise city. This Rome is not the marble Rome we know, but a vast, messy metropolis with little urban planning, where most Romans lived in high-rise apartment blocks with little space, light, or even sanitation. Forced outdoors into the city streets, she reveals where they went to hang out, get drunk, have sex and get clean. She looks at the Forum as a place of gamblers, dentists and thieves, and she explores the lustiness of Roman bar life and jokes. Finally, exploring law and order from the bottom up, Mary examines how this city really worked. She meets Ancarenus Nothus, an apartment dweller who lived in fear of the rent collector; Notorious Primus, who wrote about his three great pleasures in life - baths, wine and sex; and Unlucky Doris, a seven-year-old girl killed in one of Rome's many fires.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: Meet the Romans

Journeys in Space and Time
Journeys in Space and Time 1980

Ideas about time and space are explored in the changes that constellations undergo over time, the redshift and blue shift measured in interstellar objects, time dilation in Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, the designs of both Leonardo da Vinci and spacecraft that could travel near light speed, time travel and its hypothetical effects on human history, the origins of the Solar System, the history of life, and the immensity of space. In Cosmos Update, the idea of faster-than-light travel by wormholes (researched by Kip Thorne and shown in Sagan’s novel Contact) is discussed.

Category:Science  Duration:01:00:00   Series: Cosmos

Who Speaks for Earth
Who Speaks for Earth 1980

Sagan reflects on the future of humanity and the question of 'who speaks for Earth?' when meeting extraterrestrials. He discusses the very different meetings of the Tlingit people and explorer Jean-François de La Perouse with the destruction of the Aztecs by Spanish conquistadors, the looming threat of nuclear warfare, and the threats shown by destruction of the Library of Alexandria and the murder of Hypatia. The episode ends with an overview of the beginning of the universe, the evolution of life, and the accomplishments of humanity and makes a plea to mankind to cherish life and continue its journey in the cosmos. The Cosmos Update notes the preliminary reconnaissance of planets with spacecraft, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa, and measures towards the reduction of nuclear weapons.

Category:Culture  Duration:01:00:00   Series: Cosmos

Congo
Congo 2013

The very heart of Africa is covered in dense tropical rainforest. The animals that live here find the most ingenious ways to carve out their space in a claustrophobic landscape. Danger lurks in every shadow, but some animals thrive here, from honey-stealing chimps to birds with a lineage as old as the dinosaurs, thundering elephants and kick-boxing frogs. Here in the Congo, no matter how tough the competition, you must stand up and fight for yourself and your patch.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Africa with David Attenborough

 
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