Simply the Best Documentaries

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Awake The life of Yogananda
Does the Ocean Think
An Everyday Miracle
Shine a Light 1of2
Cooked: Earth
Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor
The Cities
Planet Earth II Deserts
Edge of Space
The Serpent and the Lotus
Alpha Egg
Atlas Maps
To Death and Back
Once Upon a Time
Ocean Wonderland 3D
Alien Faces
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 5
Queen: Days of Our Lives
Polar Bears: A Summer Odyssey
The Art of Russia: Out of the Forest
Hide and Seek. Forests
Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here
To the Bitter End
The Gatekeepers
Is There Life After Death
The Joy of Mozart
One Life on the Limit
The Definitive History of Star Wars
Do You See What I See
David Bowie: Starman

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The Story of the Jews: In the Beginning
The Story of the Jews: In the Beginning 2013

With optional Hebrew subtitles. Simon Schama explores the history of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. This programme begins the tale 3,000 years ago, with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible, a chronicle of their stormy relationship with a faceless, formless, jealous God. It was loyalty to this 'God of Words' that defined the distinct identity of the ancient Jews and preserved it despite all that history could throw their way". The story unfolds with a dazzling cast of historical characters: Sigmund Freud dying in exile in London; Victorian evangelicals and explorers following 'in the footsteps' of Moses; Jewish mercenaries living, prospering and intermarrying in the pagan land of Egypt; Messianic Jews dreaming of the Apocalypse; and a Jewish historian, Josephus, who witnessed first-hand the moment when the apocalypse finally came and the Romans destroyed the Jewish High Temple in Jerusalem.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: The Story of the Jews

Did God Have a Wife
Did God Have a Wife 2011

Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou asks whether the ancient Israelites believed in one God as the Bible claims. She puts the Bible text under the microscope, examining what the original Hebrew said, and explores archaeological sites in Syria and the Sinai which are shedding new light on the beliefs of the people of the Bible. Was the God of Abraham unique? Were the ancient Israelites polytheists? And is it all possible that God had another half?

Category:Culture  Duration:59:00   Series: Bible's Buried Secrets

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

Among Believers
Among Believers 2013

With optional Hebrew subtitles. The story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity--and sometimes their lives--under the rule of Christianity and Islam. Whether labelled 'Christ-killers' by the Christians or 'dhimmi' (non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic community) by the Muslims, diaspora Jews built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in exile in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution interspersed with periods of tolerance, protection and peaceful co-existence. Drawing on some of the documents they left behind, this episode offers a vivid portrait of Jewish bankers, merchants, doctors, poets and artists flourishing in Lincoln, Cordoba, Venice and Cairo and tells the story of their mass expulsion from Spain in 1492.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: The Story of the Jews

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