Simply the Best Documentaries

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To the Bitter End
The Gatekeepers
Is There Life After Death
The Joy of Mozart
One Life on the Limit
Cooked: Earth
The Definitive History of Star Wars
Do You See What I See
David Bowie: Starman
The Science of Interstellar
The Hunt The Hardest Challenge
Ice Age Oasis
Dolphins and Whales
Amazing Ocean
Worst Days on Planet Earth
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Did God Have a Wife
South Pacific Fragile Paradise
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
Ancient Rome: Caesar
Deep Sea
Secrets of the Sun
Addicted to Sexting
Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon
Humpback Whales
Born to Be Wild
Building the Great Pyramid

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South Pacific Fragile Paradise
South Pacific Fragile Paradise 2009

The extraordinary wildlife, culture and history of this immense, fascinating ocean and its myriad islands are revealed in stunning detail. With its coral reefs, turquoise lagoons and dramatic oceanic atolls, the South Pacific is the archetypal paradise. It is still relatively healthy and teeming with fish, but it is a fragile paradise. International fishing fleets are taking a serious toll on the sharks, albatross and tuna, and there are other insidious threats to these bountiful seas. We look at what is being done to preserve the ocean and its wildlife.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   

Living Together
Living Together 2006

The documentary deals with the future of conservation. It begins by looking at previous efforts. The 'Save The Whales' campaign, which started in the 1960s, is seen to have had a limited effect, as whaling continues and fish stocks also decline. In the 1990s, as head of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Richard Leakey took on the poachers by employing armed units. Although it was successful in saving elephants, the policy was detrimental to the Maasai people, who were forced from their land. The need for "fortress" areas is questioned, and the recently highlighted Raja Ampat coral reef in Indonesia is an example. The more tourism it generates, the greater the potential for damage — and inevitable coastal construction. Sustainable development is viewed as controversial, and one contributor perceives it to currently be a "contradiction in terms". Trophy hunting is also contentious. Those that support it argue that it generates wealth for local economies, while its opponents point to the reducing numbers of species such as the markhor. Ecotourism is shown to be beneficial, as it is in the interests of its providers to protect their environments. However, in some areas, such as the Borneo rainforests, the great diversity of species is being replaced by monocultures. The role of both religion and the media in conservation is argued to be extremely important. Contributors to the programme admit a degree of worry about the future, but also optimism.

Category:Nature  Duration:   

Life: Creatures of the Deep
Life: Creatures of the Deep 2009

Marine invertebrates are some of the most bizarre and beautiful animals on the planet, and thrive in the toughest parts of the oceans. Divers swim into a shoal of predatory Humboldt squid as they emerge from the ocean depths to hunt in packs. When cuttlefish gather to mate, their bodies flash in stroboscopic colours. Time-lapse photography reveals thousands of starfish gathering under the Arctic ice to devour a seal carcass. A giant octopus commits suicide for her young. A camera follows her into a cave which she walls up, then she protects her eggs until she starves. The greatest living structures on earth, coral reefs, are created by tiny animals in some of the world's most inhospitable waters.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Life

Fascination Coral Reef
Fascination Coral Reef 2013

Enter the fascinating world of the coral reefs and experience breath taking flora and fauna up close. The multitude of marine species, commencing with glassy sweepers, blow and porcupine fish, goliath groupers, giant morays, sea turtles up to the largest shark on earth, the whale shark, as well as the play of colours and the biodiversity of the corals, stony star corals, soft corals, bubble-tip anemones and gorgonian corals. Let yourself fall into a rapture of the deep. All in glorious 3D

Category:Nature  Duration:44:00      

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