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One Life on the Limit
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 5
Requiem for the American Dream
Building the Sun The 250 Million Degree Problem
Humpback Whales
When Did Time Begin
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
Little Das Hunt
Mission Pluto
Is Anybody Out There
Great Plains
Great Plains
IMAX Hubble
Age of Empire
The Birth of Israel
Life: Hunters and Hunted
Planet Earth II Islands
Happy People A Year in the Taiga
Panorama
Cold War 2.0
20,000 Days on Earth
Raging Teens
Space Station
Return to Jurassic Park
The Beatles Eight days a week
Lost Horizons: The Big Bang
Survival
Heart of a Dog
Dangerous Knowledge: The Enigma
The Science of Doctor Who
Harmony of the Worlds
Oasis Supersonic
Chemistry: The Power of the Elements
Great Cathedral Mystery
Hagia Sophia: Istanbuls Ancient Mystery
Alive Inside

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The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Modern Music. Wrecking Ball
The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Modern Music. Wrecking Ball 2013

It begins by examining the shift in the language and sound of music from the melodies and harmonies of giants such as Mozart, Haydn and Brahms into the fragmented, abstract, discordant sound of the most radical composers of the new century - Schoenberg, Webern, Stravinsky and beyond. It examines how this new music was a response to the huge upheaval in the world at the start of the 20th century, with its developments in technology, science, modern art and the tumult of the First World War. Featuring performances of some of the key works of the period, performed by the London Sinfonietta, members of the Aurora Orchestra and composer and pianist Timothy Andres, the story of this episode in music history is brought to life through the contributions of the biggest names in modern classical music, among them Steve Reich, John Adams, Michael Tilson Thomas, Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin and Alex Ross, music critic of the New Yorker.

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   Series: The Sound and the Fury

Cosmic Phenomena
Cosmic Phenomena 2009

A variety of cosmic events have both helpful and harmful effects on life on Earth. From the beauty of the Aurora Borealis and rainbows to the dangers of UV radiation and cosmic rays, from the miracle of photosynthesis to the thrill of a meteor shower, this episode explores how the effects generated by the sun and other extra-solar sources can literally get under our skin, scramble our technology, make life possible and threaten our existence all at the same time

Category:Nature  Duration:45:00   Series: The Universe

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

Mars: the New Evidence
Mars: the New Evidence 2010

In the last few years, the Red Planet has yielded up many new clues that life may have once existed there...and may even exist there today. There is now have proof that water once flowed on the surface, that Mars once had lakes, and that the frozen poles are mostly water, not carbon dioxide as previously thought. Mars has snow--an aurora--and lightning generated by dust storms. Most intriguing of all are the seasonal plumes of methane that just may point to bacteria living below the surface.

Category:Science  Duration:46:00   Series: The Universe

 
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