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Oasis Supersonic
Where to Invade Next
Human
The End of God
Saturn
Clash of the Gods: Zeus
Antarctica: A Year on Ice
The Normans: Normans of the South
Chased by Sea Monsters 2of3
Putins Way
The Real Garden of Eden
How the Universe Built Your Car
This Is It
The Stone at the Centre
In The Sign Of The Cross
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 1
Enchanted Kingdom
Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor
The Union The Business Behind Getting High
Deep Sea
Building the Great Pyramid
Conquistadors: The Fall of the Aztecs
The Story of Maths The Frontiers of Space
Planet Earth II Cities
Armenia, the Land of Noah
Clash of the Gods: Beowulf
Feathered Dragons
Birth of Humanity
Life: Birds
Bloody Battles
Magnetic Storm
WWII In 3D
The Great Math Mystery
Russia Imperialist Warriors
4000 Year Old Cold Case: The Body in the Bog
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 6

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Arabia
Arabia 2011

Discover a land as exotic as it is extraordinary. Arabia offers an in-depth understanding of one of the most fascinating lifestyles and cultures. Cross the dunes with a caravan of camels, dive in the treasure-filled Red Sea, explore the ruins of the lost city of Petra, and relive the golden age of Islamic inventions. A precious land imprinted with myths and mysteries.

Category:Culture  Duration:46:08      

Petra: Lost City of Stone
Petra: Lost City of Stone 2015

More than 2,000 years ago, the thriving city of Petra rose up in the bone-dry desert of what is now Jordan. An oasis of culture and abundance, the city was built by wealthy merchants whose camel caravans transported incense and spices from the Arabian Gulf. They carved spectacular temple-tombs into its soaring cliffs, raised a monumental Great Temple at its heart, and devised an ingenious system that channeled water to vineyards, bathhouses, fountains, and pools. But following a catastrophic earthquake and a slump in its desert trade routes, Petra's unique culture faded and was lost to most of the world for nearly a thousand years. Now, in a daring experiment, an archaeologist and sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone. Meanwhile, scientists using remote sensors and hydraulic flumes uncover the vast city and its sophisticated water system. The race is on to discover how these nomads created this oasis of culture in one of the harshest climates on Earth.

Category:History  Duration:54:00   

The Queen of Sheba
The Queen of Sheba 2005

The Queen of Sheba - an exotic and mysterious woman of power - is immortalised in the world's great religious works, among them the Hebrew Bible and the Muslim Koran. She also appears in Turkish and Persian painting, in Kabbalistic treatises, and in medieval Christian mystical works, where she is viewed as the embodiment of Divine Wisdom and a foreteller of the cult of the Holy Cross. In Africa and Arabia her tale is still told to this day and, indeed, her tale has been told and retold in many lands for nearly 3,000 years.

Category:History  Duration:60:00   Series: Myths and Heroes

Bitter Lake
Bitter Lake 2015

And epic film by Adam Curtis that explains why the big stories that politicians tell us have become so simplified that we can’t really see the world any longer. The narrative goes all over the world, America, Britain, Russia and Saudi Arabia, but the country at the heart of it is Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is the place that has confronted our politicians with the terrible truth, that they cannot understand what is going on any longer". The coumentary reveals the forces that over the past thirty years rose up and undermined the confidence of politics to understand the world. And it shows the strange, dark role that Saudi Arabia has played in this. But Bitter Lake is also experimental. Curtis has taken the unedited rushes of everything that the BBC has ever shot in Afghanistan - and used them in new and radical ways. He has tried to build a different and more emotional way of depicting what really happened in Afghanistan. A counterpoint to the thin, narrow and increasingly destructive stories told by those in power today.

Category:Culture  Duration:02:16:00   

 
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