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Daft Punk Unchained
Framing Defense
Cooked: Fire
American Serengeti
Edge Of The Ice
Reagan Gorbachev and Third World: Rise Of The Right
Jungles
Egypt on the Brink
Survival
Messengers
Blood Of The Vikings: First Blood
Microscopic Universe
Life: Reptiles and Amphibians
Deep Web
When Knowledge Conquered Fear
Arabia
How to Grow a Planet Life from Light
Top Science Stories of 2016
Atlantis Found
Journey Through Space
Requiem for the American Dream
Is the Force With Us
Bear Necessities
Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers
Easy Listening
Winter on Fire
Raging Teens
Unlocking the Great Pyramid
To the Bitter End
Ancient Rome: The Fall of Rome
Who Will We Be
The Hacker Wars
The Making of Jurassic Park
Fukushima Is Nuclear Power Safe
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Amazing Ocean

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Colours Of Earth
Colours Of Earth 2015

In this episode, Helen seeks out the colours that turned planet Earth multicoloured. To investigate the essence of sunlight Helen travels to California to visit the largest solar telescope in the world. She discovers how the most vivid blue is formed from sulfur atoms deep within the Earth's crust and why the presence of red ochre is a key sign of life. In gold, she discovers why this most precious of metals shouldn't even exist on the surface of the planet and in white, Helen travels to one of the hottest places on Earth to explore the role salt and water played in shaping planet Earth.

Category:Science  Duration:59:00   Series: Colour The Spectrum of Science

The Golden Age
The Golden Age 2016

This episode tells the tale of what's broadly considered China's most creative dynasty - the Song (960-1279). Michael Wood heads to the city of Kaifeng, the greatest city in the world before the 19th century. Here in Twin Dragon Alley, locals tell him the legend of the baby boys who became emperors. He explores the ideas and inventions that made the Song one of greatest eras in world culture, helped by China's most famous work of art, the Kaifeng scroll, which shows the life of the city in around 1120. A chef makes Michael a recipe from a Song cookbook, while a guide to 'how to live happy, healthy lives for old people', published in 1085 and still in print, is discussed with local women doing their morning exercises. The Song was also a great era for scientific advance in China. Michael steers a huge working replica of an astronomical clock, made by China's Leonardo da Vinci. Then at a crunch Chinese Premier League match, Michael tells us the Chinese invented football! The golden age of the northern Song ended in 1127, when invaders sacked Kaifeng, but they survived in the south. At their new capital, Hangzhou, Wood joins locals dancing by the West Lake, while in the countryside he meets Mr Xie with his records of 40 generations of ancestors. The final defeat of the Song took place in a naval battle in the estuary of the Pearl River in 1279. When all was lost, rather than surrender to the Mongols, a loyal minister jumped into the sea with the young boy emperor in his arms. 'So ended the glory of the Song', Wood concludes, 'but a new age would arise... as in China, it always has!'.

Category:History  Duration:   Series: The Story of China

Capitalism A Love Story 1of2
Capitalism A Love Story 1of2 2009

Michael Moore returns to controversial territory with this documentary examining the events that led to the last global financial crisis, while putting forward an indictment of the current economic order in the United States and unfettered capitalism in general. Topics covered include Wall Street's "casino mentality", for-profit prisons, Goldman Sachs' influence in Washington, D.C., the poverty-level wages of many workers, the large wave of home foreclosures, corporate-owned life insurance, and the consequences of "runaway greed".

Category:Culture  Duration:1:03:38   Series: Capitalism A Love Story

Conquistadors: The Search for El Dorado
Conquistadors: The Search for El Dorado 2002

Francisco de Orellana failed to find El Dorado, but discovered the Amazon. Early in 1541, a rumor swept Quito that beyond the mountains, there lay a land richer than Mexico, or even Peru - a land of gold. The ruler of this land was so rich that he covered himself with gold dust every day and washed it off every evening. He was "the golden man", El Dorado. They had tree goals: to find La Canela, the land of cinnamon: to assess new lands for colonization; and to find El Dorado. On march 1541, They marched eastwards with more that 200 Spanish troops and thousands of native servants.

Category:History  Duration:49:20   Series: Conquistadors

 
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