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Simply the Best Documentaries

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London: The Modern Babylon
The Private Life of Plants Living Together
The Private Life of Plants: Travelling
Sea Monsters
Quantum Computing
Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Mine
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
First Celts
Living on the Moon
Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It
The Great Math Mystery
Race Against Time. Coasts
Spiral of Terror
Ocean Deep
Life: Creatures of the Deep
In the Shadow of Hitler
Fascination Coral Reef
Aliens: The Big Think
Life: Challenges of Life
Kalahari
Deep Sea
To Fly or Not to Fly
Art of Spain: The Dark Heart
Blood Of The Vikings: First Blood
Blood Of The Vikings: The Sea Road
Blood Of The Vikings: Rulers
The Viking Sagas
Blood Of The Vikings: Last of the Vikings
Blood Of The Vikings: Invasion
Destination Titan
Planet Earth II Islands
Saturn
Journey to the Edge of the Universe
David Attenborough Meets President Obama
Science Britannica: Frankenstein Monsters
R.E.M. by MTV

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A Passage to India
A Passage to India 2004

Travelling from K2 in Pakistan to Ladakh in India. It is a short distance as the crow flies but, due to politics, a huge loop. He passes through the Sikh city of Amritsar, with its Golden Temple, and through Shimla with its Vice Regal Lodge, Gaiety Theatre and cosy half-timbered tea-houses. He then meets the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, where the Tibetan government is in exile.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Himalaya with Michael Palin

Kingdom of the Desert
Kingdom of the Desert 2013

In the spectacular deserts of coastal Peru, archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper explores the dramatic rise and fall of Chimor, the first empire of South America. His journey begins among the ruins of a vast lost city once home to an all-powerful monarchy, whose subjects transformed the desert landscape, created gold and silver treasures and believed so strongly in the power of their gods that they made the most shocking of sacrifices. Chimor thrived despite facing some of the most extreme climate conditions in the world, but not even this powerful empire could withstand the forces that eventually destroyed it.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: Lost Kingdoms of South America

Frozen Planet: The Last Frontier
Frozen Planet: The Last Frontier 2011

The documentary series reveals the extraordinary riches and wonders of the Polar Regions that have kept people visiting them for thousands of years. Today, their survival relies on a combination of ancient wisdom and cutting-edge science. Most Arctic people live in Siberia, either in cities like Norilsk - the coldest city on earth - or out on the tundra, where tribes like the Dogan survive by herding reindeer, using them to drag their homes behind them. On the coast, traditional people still hunt walrus from open boats - it is dangerous work, but one big walrus will feed a family for weeks. Settlers are drawn to the Arctic by its abundant minerals; the Danish Armed Forces maintain their claim to Greenland's mineral wealth with an epic dog sled patrol, covering 2,000 miles through the winter. Above, the spectacular northern lights can disrupt power supplies so scientists monitor it constantly, firing rockets into it to release a cloud of glowing smoke 100 kilometres high. In contrast, Antarctica is so remote and cold that it was only a century ago that the first people explored the continent. Captain Scott's hut still stands as a memorial to these men. Science is now the only significant human activity allowed; robot submarines are sent deep beneath the ice in search of new life-forms, which may also be found in a labyrinth of ice caves high up on an active volcano. Above, colossal balloons are launched into the purest air on earth to detect cosmic rays. At the South Pole there is a research base designed to withstand the world's most extreme winters. Cut off from the outside world for six months, the base is totally self-sufficient, even boasting a greenhouse.

Category:Culture  Duration:59:00   Series: Frozen Planet

The Deserts
The Deserts 2011

We can survive for weeks without food, but only days without water: it is the essential element of life. Yet many millions of us live in parched deserts around the world. In the second episode of Human Planet, we discover how the eternal quest for water brings huge challenges - and ingenious solutions - in the driest places on Earth. Battling through a sand storm in Mali, Mamadou must get his cows to a remote lake but desert elephants have arrived first. Can he find a safe way through the elephant blockade? Alone for weeks on end, Tubu women and children navigate the endless dunes of the Sahara. How does young Shede know where to find the last oasis, three days walk across the sea of sand? At the height of the drought we witness a spectacular frenzy: two thousand men rushing into Antogo Lake to catch the fish trapped by the evaporating water. When the rain finally arrives in the desert it's a time for flowering and jubilation - and love. The Wodaabe men of Niger put on make-up for an intoxicating courtship dance and beauty contest.

Category:Culture  Duration:59:00   Series: Human Planet

 
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