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Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon
Dinosaurs Alive
Clash of the Gods: Tolkien Monsters
Attenboroughs Paradise Birds
Addicted to Sexting
The Search for Freedom
Last Man Standing
Lord of Asia
We Are Legion The Story of the Hacktivists
The Making of Jurassic Park
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: Son of God
Triumph
Cosmic Apocalypse
Race For Satellites
Is Gun Crime a Virus
The Worst Car in the History of the World
The Punk Syndrome
Einsteins Nightmare
Treasures of the Gods
Making a Murderer Turning the Tables
The Armstrong Lie
Messengers
Why Does Evil Exist
Slaves to Superstition
Picasso
Life: Reptiles and Amphibians
Amazing Africa
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
The Art Of The Impossible
Caves
The Story of Maths To Infinity and Beyond
Awake The life of Yogananda
Microscopic Universe
National Gallery
Forks Over Knives
TT3D Closer to the Edge

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Did Cooking Make Us Human
Did Cooking Make Us Human 2010

We are the only species on earth that cooks its food - and we are also the cleverest species on the planet. The question is: do we cook because we're clever and imaginative, or are we clever and imaginative because our ancestors discovered cooking? Horizon examines the evidence that our ancestors' changing diet and their mastery of fire prompted anatomical and neurological changes that resulted in taking us out of the trees and into the kitchen.

Category:Culture  Duration:57:41   

Chemistry: Discovering the Elements
Chemistry: Discovering the Elements 2010

Just 92 elements made up the world, but the belief that were only four - earth, fire, air and water - persisted until the 19th Century. Professor Al-Khalili retraces the footsteps of the alchemists who first began to question the notion of the elements in their search for the secret of everlasting life.He reveals the red herrings and rivalries which dogged scientific progress, and explores how new approaches to splitting matter brought us both remarkable elements and the new science of chemistry.

Category:Science  Duration:58:42   Series: Chemistry

The Social Struggle
The Social Struggle 1995

Fourth episode examines how plants either share environments harmoniously or compete for dominance within them. Attenborough highlights the 1987 hurricane and the devastation it caused. However, for some species, it was that opportunity for which they had lain dormant for many years. The space left by uprooted trees is soon filled by others who move relatively swiftly towards the light. The oak is one of the strongest and longest-lived, and other, lesser plants nearby must wait until the spring to flourish before the light above is extinguished by leaves. Tropical forests are green throughout the year, so brute force is needed for a successful climb to the top of the canopy: the rattan is an example that has the longest stem of any plant. As its name suggests, the strangler fig 'throttles' its host by growing around it and cutting off essential water and light. Some can take advantage of a fallen tree by setting down roots on the now horizontal trunk and getting nutriment from the surrounding moss and the fungi on the dead bark. The mountain ash (eucalyptus regnans) grows so tall, that regeneration becomes a considerable problem. It is easily flammable, so its solution is to shed its seeds during a forest fire and sacrifice itself. It therefore relies on the periodic near-destruction of its surroundings in order to survive. Attenborough observes that catastrophes such as fire and drought, while initially detrimental to wildlife, eventually allow for deserted habitats to be reborn.

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

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

 
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