Simply the Best Documentaries

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Do You See What I See
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 2
Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor
Flying Monsters
In Search of Beethoven II
Birth of Humanity
How Do I Decide
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places III
Tiny Giants
Prediction By The Numbers
Is Anybody Out There
Building the Great Pyramid
The Stone at the Centre
Parallel Worlds Parallel Lives
Bloody Battles
Flight of the Butterflies
Reel Rock 10
Armenia, the Land of Noah
The Story of Maths The Frontiers of Space
Forks Over Knives
Dinosaurs Alive
4000 Year Old Cold Case: The Body in the Bog
The Union The Business Behind Getting High
Raging Teens
Game Over Kasparov and the Machine
Russia Imperialist Warriors
Feathered Dragons
Life: Reptiles and Amphibians
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 1
Clash of the Gods: Beowulf
Life: Mammals
Planet Earth II Cities
Fermat Last Theorem
Hidden Worlds 3D Caves of the Dead
Antarctica: A Year on Ice

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The Wonderful World Of Blood
The Wonderful World Of Blood 2015

Of all the wonders of the human body, there's one more mysterious than any other. Blood: five precious litres that keep us alive. Yet how much do we really know about this sticky red substance and its mysterious, life-giving force? Michael Mosley gives up a fifth of his own blood to perform six bold experiments". From starving it of oxygen to injecting it with snake venom, Michael reveals the extraordinary abilities of blood to adapt and keep us alive. Using specialist photography, the programme reveals the beauty in a single drop. Michael even discovers how it tastes when, in a television first, he prepares a black pudding with his own blood. Down the ages, our understanding of blood has been as much myth as science, but Michael reveals there might be truth in the old vampire legends, as he meets one of the scientists behind the latest research that shows young blood might be able to reverse the ageing process - the holy grail of modern medicine.

Category:Medicine  Duration:58:46   

Are Video Games Really That Bad
Are Video Games Really That Bad 2015

The video game industry is a global phenomenon. There are over 1.2 billion gamers across the planet, with sales projected soon to pass $100 billion per year. But their very popularity fuels the controversy that surrounds them. They frequently stand accused of corrupting the young - of causing violence and addiction. But is this true? The scientific community is deeply divided". Some are convinced that video games incite aggression. Others insist they have no effect whatsoever on real-world violence. But away from the controversy, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests video games may help keep the brain sharp, and could soon revolutionise how we combat mental decline as we age.

Category:Medicine  Duration:59:00   

Childbirth: All or Nothing
Childbirth: All or Nothing 2015

What's your idea of the perfect birth? Do you want every medical intervention known to science or do you want to go it alone, without the help of a doctor or midwife? And what about after birth? Perhaps you'll hang on to your baby's placenta and carry it around with your newborn until it dries and drops off naturally? Or maybe you'll decide to eat it by whizzing it up into a smoothie? This film follows four pregnant women all making very different choices around their births, all determined to do it their way." 37-year-old Jo plans to deliver her baby completely alone on board her barge, without the assistance of any medical professional. By contrast, 34-year-old Anna is opting to sidestep the pains of labour and book in for a c-section at the Portland Hospital in London. Anna wants all the medication available and she doesn't want to feel a thing. There are plenty of unusual plans for after the birth too. In Devon, 33-year-old Lisa plans to lotus birth - she'll leave her baby's umbilical cord attached to its placenta and she'll keep it fresh by dusting it with salt, rose petals and lavender oil. 35-year-old Kati from Manchester is going to whizz her afterbirth into a smoothie and consume it over a number of days. She hopes it will help her stave off post-natal baby blues and bounce back as quickly as possible. Fending off bewildered looks and concerns from friends, family and medical professionals, each woman is going against convention to have the birth she wants. There are free and frank discussions between mums and daughters and decisions to go against medical advice. So does breaking with the norm and sticking to your guns pay off? And what really is the perfect birth?

Category:Medicine  Duration:50:00   

Ebola: The Search for a Cure
Ebola: The Search for a Cure 2014

The Ebola virus is one of the most virulent infections known to science. This special episode of Horizon meets the scientists and doctors from all around the world looking for the cure and hears first-hand accounts of what it is actually like to catch and survive the disease

Category:Medicine  Duration:59:00   

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