Simply the Best Documentaries

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Alien Planets Revealed
The Great Survivors
Dark Future of the Sun
History of the Eagles 1
Is Luck Real
Children 404
Swallowed by a Black Hole
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places III
The Kingdom How Fungi Made Our World
Neptune and Uranus
That Sugar Film
Cooked: Fire
What is the Right Diet for You 2of3
The Making of Jurassic Park
Evolution: The Evolutionary Arms Race
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places
The Indian Ocean Coastal Waters
Racing Extinction
The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System
Cold War 2.0
Archimedes Secret
The Search for a New Earth
Urban Jungles
Cosmic Apocalypse
Inner Worlds Outer Worlds: 1 Akasha
Earth, the Power of the Planet: Atmosphere
The Union The Business Behind Getting High
Which Universe Are We In
Cooked: Air
World Richest Terror Army
An Everyday Miracle
Africa Fishing Leopards
Journey to Space
Flight of the Butterflies

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Spark 2014

Professor Jim Al-Khalili tells the electrifying story of our quest to master nature's most mysterious force - electricity. Until fairly recently, electricity was seen as a magical power, but it is now the lifeblood of the modern world and underpins every aspect of our technological advancements.Without electricity, we would be lost. This series tells of dazzling leaps of imagination and extraordinary experiments - a story of maverick geniuses who used electricity to light our cities, to communicate across the seas and through the air, to create modern industry and to give us the digital revolution. Episode one tells the story of the very first 'natural philosophers' who started to unlock the mysteries of electricity. They studied its curious link to life, built strange and powerful instruments to create it and even tamed lightning itself. It was these men who truly laid the foundations of the modern world. Electricity was without doubt a fantastical wonder. This is the story about what happened when the first real concerted effort was made to understand electricity; how we learned to create and store it, before finally creating something that enabled us to make it at will - the battery.

Category:Science  Duration:58:49   Series: Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity

Archimedes Secret
Archimedes Secret 

This is the story of a book that could have changed the history of the World. To the untrained eye, it is nothing more than a small and unassuming Byzantine prayer book. For faintly visible beneath the prayers on its pages are other, unique, writings - words that have been lost for nearly two thousand years. The text is the only record of work by one of the world's greatest minds - the ancient Greek, Archimedes - a mathematical genius centuries ahead of his time. Hidden for a millennium in a middle eastern library, it has been written over, broken up, painted on, cut up and re-glued. But in the nick of time scientists have saved the precious, fragile document, and for the first time it is revealing just how revolutionary Archimedes' ideas were. If it had been available to scholars during the Renaissance, we might have reached the Moon over a hundred years ago.

Category:History  Duration:47:05   

The Vikings Uncovered
The Vikings Uncovered 2016

Dan Snow uncovers the lost Vikings in America with space archaeologist Dr Sarah Parcak. Sarah uses satellites 383 miles above the earth to spot ruins as small as 30cm buried beneath the surface. As Sarah searches for Viking sites from Britain to America, Dan explores how they voyaged thousands of miles when most ships never left the shoreline. He also tracks their expansion west, first as raiders and then as settlers and traders throughout Britain and beyond to Iceland and Greenland. In North America they excavate what could be the most westerly Viking settlement ever discovered.

Category:History  Duration:58:03   

The Last Reef
The Last Reef 2012

Fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see, where the tiniest creatures support the greatest predators... We think of reefs as exotic, distant places with little or no connection to our everyday world. Yet every reef is a living city beneath the sea with a parallel existence to ours, distant yet undeniably connected. Reefs are hotspots of biodiversity as vital to life on earth as the rain-forests. They have been shaping our shorelines, literally forming islands and mountains, for millions of years. The fossil record shows that given time they have recovered from all of earth's major extinction events. Even reefs pulverised by atomic blasts at Bikini Atoll have regenerated. Yet within our lifetime reefs have come to face their greatest threat...

Category:Nature  Duration:37:23      

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