Simply the Best Documentaries

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Is the Force With Us
Kingdom of Plants Life in the Wet Zone
Clash of the Gods: Hercules
The Incredible Human Journey: Europe
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places III
Little Das Hunt
1945 The Savage Peace
The Human Face of Big Data
Awake The life of Yogananda
Touching the Void
Capitalism A Love Story 1of2
Colours of Life
The Germanic Tribes: Barbarians Against Rome
The Normans: Conquest
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Audrie and Daisy
Dark Future of the Sun
The Two Thousand Year Old Computer
St Peter and the Papal Basilicas of Rome
Off the Scale
Judgment Day
What Happened Before The Big Bang
Michael Jackson Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
The Seven New Signs of the Apocalypse
The Story of India: The Meeting of Two Oceans
Lost Horizons: The Big Bang
Hide and Seek. Forests
Who is God
Forks Over Knives
Clash of the Gods: The Minotaur
Earthflight Africa
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 4
A.I. and the Destiny of Mankind
The Search for a New Earth
Magical Egypt

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Great Cathedral Mystery
Great Cathedral Mystery 2014

The dome that crowns Florence's great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo, is a masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as an average cruise ship. Historians and engineers have long debated how its architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, kept the dome perfectly aligned and symmetrical as the sides rose and converged toward the center." More than four million bricks could collapse at any moment -- and we still don't understand how Brunelleschi prevented it. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. bricklayers will help build an experimental "mini-Duomo" using period tools and techniques.

Category:Art  Duration:53:00   

The Art of Germany: A Divided Land
The Art of Germany: A Divided Land 2010

Andrew Graham-Dixon begins his exploration of German art by looking at the rich and often neglected art of the German middle ages and Renaissance. He visits the towering cathedral of Cologne, a place which encapsulates the varied and often contradictory character of German art. In Munch he gets to grips with the earliest paintings of the Northern Renaissance, the woodcuts of Albrecht Durer and the cosmic visions of the painter Albrecht Altdorfer. Andrew also embarks on a tour of the Bavarian countryside, discovering some of the little-known treasures of German limewood sculpture.

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   Series: The Art of Germany

Art of Spain: The Moorish South
Art of Spain: The Moorish South 2008

Travelling from the unique Muslim contribution in the medieval south, Andrew Graham-Dixon immerses himself in true Spanish culture and meets the people who live and work with this artistic legacy. He looks at Muslim political and cultural influence as he travels from Cordoba to Granada, seeing classic buildings such as the Great Mosque in Cordoba, the Alcazar in Seville and the Alhambra in Granada. He also shows how the Moors introduced new foods – including citrus fruits, coffee and spices

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   Series: Art of Spain

The Ming
The Ming 2016

The tale of one of China's most famous dynasties begins with the amazing story of Hongwu, a peasant rebel who founded one of greatest eras in Chinese history. The film takes us to his great capital Nanjing, with its 21 miles of walls, each brick stamped with the name of the village that made it. Following the trail, we go to the Bao family village and see the villagers act a Ming murder story. Like many authoritarian states, the Ming were obsessive about architecture. We see the giant fortifications of the Great Wall, the ritual enclaves of the Forbidden City in Beijing and travel with bargeman Mr Hu down the Grand Canal, China's great artery of commerce right up to the present day. We then hear about Admiral Zheng He's voyages to Africa and the Gulf decades before Columbus, watch the construction of an ocean-going wooden boat 250ft long, and hitch a ride on a replica Ming junk in the South China Sea. As state prosperity grew, so did a rising middle class. Wood looks at Ming culture in Suzhou, the 'Venice of China'. Staying in a merchant's house, he discovers the silk, ceramic and lacquer-making industries, and visits one of the most beautiful gardens in the city. Then on to Macao and the arrival of Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, who hoped to convert China to Christianity. In the cathedral in Beijing, we learn more about these fateful exchanges with the west. Finally in Shaoxing, we visit the house of the 'Ming Proust' and at grassroots the Zhao family in Fujian where the film ends in an elegiac mood with the fall of the Ming in 1644.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: The Story of China

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