Simply the Best Documentaries

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The Irrational Health Service
Rare Earth
The Outer Planets
Johnson Nixon and Vietnam: Reversal Of Fortune
Tofu: Good Sex Bad Sex
How to Stay Young The Body
Hermitage Revealed
Wonders Of The Universe: Destiny
The Age of Revolution
Merchants of Doubt
Ivory Tower
Planet Earth II Mountains
Requiem for the American Dream
Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece: The Adoration of the Christ Child
Archimedes Secret
The Union The Business Behind Getting High
Rise of the Drones
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Standing Up in the Milky Way
The Secret World of Lewis Carroll
Travels with Vasari 1
Living with Predators. Conservation
Why Does Evil Exist
Eat Fast and Live Longer
The End of God
Playing God
Planet Ocean
Dawg Fight
Meet the Romans: All Roads Lead to Rome
Chemistry: Discovering the Elements
Bomb It
The Roof of the World
Who Is Afraid of a Big Black Hole
Crash Landing on Mars
Lands of Gold

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More Than Human
More Than Human 2015

Scientific advancements are challenging the concept of what it means to be human. Technology embedded in our bodies is fairly common: artificial limbs, pacemakers. But new research is taking us beyond replacement parts and into a new realm that is changing the nature of the human body and the human mind. Will the fusion of biology and technology change how we think, how we feel, how we experience the world?

Category:Technology  Duration:44:00   Series: Breakthrough

Survival 2012

David Attenborough discovers the plants that have evolved to shed their dependency on water enabling them to survive in the driest environments. The story begins at midnight in midsummer as David steps into the Princess of Wales Conservatory to witness the extraordinary nocturnal blooming of a cactus. The queen of the night, with its giant flowers, is the centre piece of a stunning symphony of cacti blooms that burst open in the desert (and at Kew) at night. In a mesmerizing 3D slow motion sequence, we discover the extraordinary connections between cacti and their natural pollinators: bats. As the sun rises, David meets other amazing plants. Species like the century plant, the Agave franzosini, which grows steadily for over 50 years, only to then flower itself to death with one mighty telegraph pole sized bloom which literally bursts out of the roof of Kew’s green house.

Category:Nature  Duration:52:24      Series: Kingdom of Plants

Life: Insects
Life: Insects 2009

There are 200 million insects for each of us. They are the most successful animal group ever. Their key is an armoured covering that takes on almost any shape. Darwin's stag beetle fights in the tree tops with huge curved jaws. The camera flies with millions of monarch butterflies which migrate 2000 miles, navigating by the sun. Super slow motion shows a bombardier beetle firing boiling liquid at enemies through a rotating nozzle. A honey bee army stings a raiding bear into submission. Grass cutter ants march like a Roman army, harvesting grass they cannot actually eat. They cultivate a fungus that breaks the grass down for them. Their giant colony is the closest thing in nature to the complexity of a human city.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Life

Life: Plants
Life: Plants 2009

Plants' solutions to life's challenges are as ingenious and manipulative as any animal's. Innovative time-lapse photography opens up a parallel world where plants act like fly-paper, or spring-loaded traps, to catch insects. Vines develop suckers and claws to haul themselves into the rainforest canopy. Every peculiar shape proves to have a clever purpose. The dragon's blood tree is like an upturned umbrella to capture mist and shade its roots. The seed of a Bornean tree has wings so aerodynamic they inspired the design of early gliders. The barrel-shaped desert rose is full of water. The heliconia plant even enslaves a humming bird and turns it into an addict for its nectar.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Life

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