Simply the Best Documentaries

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Standing Up in the Milky Way
The Secret World of Lewis Carroll
Requiem for the American Dream
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
The Backbone of Night
R.E.M. by MTV
Escape to Europe and Cycle of Terror
The Story of India: Ages of Gold
Ancient Aliens Debunked: Anunnaki
Sea Monsters
The life of Buddha
Enemy of the Senate
Harmony of the Worlds
Among Believers
World Richest Terror Army
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
Triumph of Life: The Four Billion Year War
Top Science Stories of 2016
The Medici: Makers of Modern Art

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The Future
The Future 2013

David Attenborough comes face-to-face with a baby rhino and asks what the future holds for this little one. He meets the local people who are standing side-by-side with the wildlife at this pivotal moment in their history. We discover what it takes to save a species, hold back a desert and even resurrect an entire wilderness - revealing what the world was like before modern man.

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

The Last Lions
The Last Lions 2011

Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse, lions, unlike elephants, which are far more numerous, have virtually no protection under government mandate or through international accords. This is the jumping-off point for a disturbing, well-researched and beautifully made cri de coeur from husband and wife team Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers from Botswana who have been Explorers-in-Residence at National Geographic for more than four years. Pointing to poaching as a primary threat while noting the lion's pride of place on the list for eco-tourists-an industry that brings in 200 billion dollars per year worldwide-the Jouberts build a solid case for both the moral duty we have to protect lions (as well as other threatened "big cats," tigers among them) and the economic sense such protection would make. And when one takes into account the fact that big cats are at the very top of the food chain-and that their elimination would wreak havoc on all species below them, causing a complete ecosystem collapse-the need takes on a supreme urgency.

Category:Nature  Duration:01:28:00   

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

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