Simply the Best Documentaries

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The Incredible Human Journey: Africa
The Square (Al Midan)
Sunken Ship Rescue
Cosmic Apocalypse
Michael Jackson Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
10 Things You Need to Know about the Future
Fascination Coral Reef
Pink Floyd: P. U. L. S. E. Live at Earls Court (I)
A Sky Full of Ghosts
The Silk Spinners
The Story of India: Spice Routes and Silk Roads
What is One Degree
Into the Inferno
Life: Fish
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

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Enigma Man
Enigma Man 2017

A team of Australian and Chinese scientists discover mysterious ancient human remains from a remote cave in South West China. The bones are unlike any living human or any ancient human known to science, yet they were alive at the same time as humans of our own kind. Could they represent a new human species? And if so, what happened to these people?

Category:History  Duration:57:04   

Walking with Cavemen: Savage Family
Walking with Cavemen: Savage Family 2003

One and a half million years ago, a new breed of ape-man walks the land. In southern Africa, Homo Ergaster has taken the next step to becoming human. They have long, modern looking noses, which cool air as they breathe. Their hairless bodies, with millions of tiny sweat glands, mean they don't pant anymore to control their temperature - they sweat. And, above all, they have big brains - nearly two-thirds the size of ours.

Category:History  Duration:30:00   Series: Walking with Cavemen

Birth of Humanity
Birth of Humanity 2010

We will nvestigate the first skeleton that really looks like us –Turkana Boy– an astonishingly complete specimen of Homo erectus found by the famous Leakey team in Kenya. These early humans are thought to have developed key innovations that helped them thrive, including hunting large prey, the use of fire, and extensive social bonds. The program examines an intriguing theory that long-distance running –our ability to jog– was crucial for the survival of these early hominids. Not only did running help them escape from vicious predators roaming the grasslands, but it also gave them a unique hunting strategy: chasing down prey animals such as deer and antelope to the point of exhaustion. Birth of Humanity also probes how, why, and when humans' uniquely long period of childhood and parenting began.

Category:History  Duration:53:02   Series: Becoming Human

Last Human Standing
Last Human Standing 2010

xamines the fate of the Neanderthals, our European cousins who died out as modern humans spread from Africa into Europe during the Ice Age. Did modern humans interbreed with Neanderthals or exterminate them? The program explores crucial evidence from the recent decoding of the Neanderthal genome. How did modern humans take over the world? New evidence suggests that they left Africa and colonized the rest of the globe far earlier, and for different reasons, than previously thought. As for Homo sapiens, we have planet Earth to ourselves today, but that's a very recent and unusual situation. For millions of years, many kinds of hominids co-existed. At one time Homo sapiens shared the planet with Neanderthals, Homo erectus, and the mysterious "Hobbits"–three-foot-high humans who thrived on the Indonesian island of Flores until as recently as 12,000 years ago. "Last Human Standing" examines why "we" survived while those other ancestral cousins died out. And it explores the provocative question: In what ways are we still evolving today?

Category:History  Duration:53:02   Series: Becoming Human

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