Simply the Best Documentaries

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The Last Empire
Cooked: Fire
Wonders of Life: Home
Memory Hackers
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Glory of Byzantium
One Life on the Limit
Neanderthal 2
The Viking Sagas
The Human Face of Big Data
Legends of Flight
The 21st Century Race for Space
Deep Sea
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
Asteroids - Worlds That Never Were
Who is in Control
He Named Me Malala
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Conversations with Dolphins II
The Gatekeepers
Can We All Become Geniuses
The Lost Tribes of Humanity
The Making of Jurassic Park
American Alternative Rock
In the Shadow of the Moon
Nascar The IMAX Experience
To The Arctic
Can We Have Unlimited Power
Race For Survival
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
The Art of Flight

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The Silk Spinners
The Silk Spinners 2005

Silk is the invertebrates' great invention, used in a range of ways from from the protective stalks of lacewing eggs to the amazing hanging threads of New Zealand's 'glow worms'. Spiders, though, have taken silk-spinning to extremes. The common wolf spider has no web, but the female is a gentle parent, encasing her eggs in silk and carrying the precious bundle wherever she goes. The bolas spider uses a ball of sticky silk soaked in a copy of moth pheromone to lure its prey. Millions of communal spiders live and feed together in a vast, towering web - an arachnophobe's nightmare.

Category:Nature  Duration:49:45   Series: Life in the Undergrowth

Surviving 1995

the final episode deals with plants that live in hostile environments. Attenborough visits Ellesmere Island, north of the Arctic Circle, to demonstrate that even in a place that is unconducive to life, it can be found. Algae and lichens grow in or on rock, and during summer, when the ice melts, flowers are much more apparent. However, they must remain close to the ground to stay out of the chilling wind. In the Tasmanian mountains, plants conserve heat by growing into 'cushions' that act as solar panels, with as many as a million individual shoots grouped together as one. Others, such as the lobelia in Mount Kenya, have a 'fur coat' of dense hairs on their leaves. The saguaro cactus in the Sonoran Desert flourishes because of its ability to retain vast amounts of water, which can't be lost through leaves because it has none. Many desert dwellers benefit from an accelerated life cycle, blooming rapidly within weeks after rainfall. Conversely, Mount Roraima is one of the wettest places on Earth. It is a huge sandstone plateau with high waterfalls and nutrients are continuously washed away, so plants have to adapt their diet if they are to survive. A bladderwort is shown invading a bromeliad. Inhabitants of lakes have other problems to contend with: those that dominate the surface will proliferate, and the Amazon water lily provides an apt illustration. Attenborough ends the series with an entreaty for the conservation of plant species.

Category:Nature  Duration:49:00   Series: The Private Life of Plants

Bugs a Rainforest Adventure
Bugs a Rainforest Adventure  2007

Explore the extraordinary hidden world of insects, where a leaf weighs more than a car, rain drops feel like exploding hand grenades and a blade of grass soars like a skyscraper. Shot on location in the Borneo rainforest, Bugs! brings the beautiful and dangerous universe of its tiny stars up close and personal with cutting-edge technology that magnifies them up to 250,000 times their normal size. Don't miss this unforgettable, stunning film that reveals the dramatic, savage and awe-inspiring lives of these fascinating creatures. Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure is an extraordinay Imax 3-D film featuring macro photography of exceedingly high quality. Narrated by Judi Dench

Category:Nature  Duration:40:00      

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

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