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Stephen Hawking Favorite Places II
Polar Bears: A Summer Odyssey
The Invisible Universe
CTRL
Worst Days on Planet Earth
13th
Top Science Stories of 2017
WWII In 3D
The Empire of Reason
Sea Rex Journey to a Prehistoric World
Space Junk
The Story of Maths The Language of the Universe
Curing Cancer
Bear Necessities
Steve Jobs the Lost Interview
The Mystical North
American Serengeti
Arabia
Enchanted Kingdom
Roads to Revolution
Galapagos with David Attenborough Origin
Cooked: Air
Dinosaurs Alive
Feathered Dragons
Workingman Death
Addicted to Sexting
The Secret Life of the Cat
Deep Sea
Amazing Africa
Sabre Tooth
More Human Than Human
The Stone at the Centre
The Day Pictures Were Born
Sea Monsters
The Power of Doubt
Pandas: The Journey Home

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Putins Way
Putins Way 2015

PBS FRONTLINE investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin's Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War

Category:History  Duration:56:00   

Attenboroughs Paradise Birds
Attenboroughs Paradise Birds 2015

Birds of paradise are one of David Attenborough's lifelong passions. He was the first to film many of their beautiful and often bizarre displays, and over his lifetime he has tracked them all over the jungles of New Guinea. In this very personal film, he uncovers the remarkable story of how these 'birds from paradise' have captivated explorers, naturalists, artists, film-makers and even royalty. He explores the myths surrounding their discovery 500 years ago, the latest extraordinary behaviour captured on camera and reveals the scientific truth behind their beauty": the evolution of their spectacular appearance has in fact been driven by sex. And in a final contemporary twist to this story of obsession and royalty, he travels to the desert of Qatar, to a state-of-the-art facility which houses the largest breeding group of these birds in the world - a sheikh's very own private collection. There he has his closest ever encounter with a greater bird of paradise and its dramatic display, reliving the experience that captivated him in the forests of New Guinea more than 50 years ago.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   

Russia Imperialist Warriors
Russia Imperialist Warriors 2015

Tim Whewell is in St Petersburg to meet the self-styled Russian nationalists and patriots who are volunteering to join the fighting in eastern Ukraine. He joins a group of volunteers as they undertake military training, and travels to Ukraine to see how the volunteer force is fighting on the ground.

Category:Culture  Duration:25:00   

Blackfish
Blackfish 2013

The documentary focuses on the captivity of Tilikum, an orca involved in the deaths of three individuals, and the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity. It includes his capture in 1983 off the coast of Iceland, and purported harassment by fellow captive orcas at Sealand of the Pacific, incidents that Cowperthwaite argues contributed to the orca's aggression. Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus-beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who-unlike any orca in the wild-has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? Shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Category:Nature  Duration:01:23:00   

 
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