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The True Cost
Can Time Go Backwards
The Art of Germany: A Divided Land
The Mediterranean Sea
Project Nim
Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon
Michael Jackson Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
Homo Interneticus
How to Grow a Planet Life from Light
The Birth of Israel
Cosmos Carl Sagan: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
Reel Rock 10
The Great European Disaster Movie
Top Science Stories of 2017
The Buddha
The Virus of Faith
Man on Mars Mission to the Red Planet
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Einsteins Nightmare
Clash of the Gods: Hades
Planet Earth II Deserts
Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Amazing Africa
How to Live Longer
The Worst Car in the History of the World
Caves
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking
Lord of Asia
Rivals
Addicted to Sexting
A Leap of Faith
Ice
In the Shadow of the Moon
David Attenborough Meets President Obama
The First Christianity

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Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers
Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers 2012

This is one of the most ambitious animated programmes ever attempted for broadcast TV, recreating every detail of these extraordinary animals in an entirely digital production that stretches the boundaries of broadcast 3D with a scale and ambition normally reserved for Hollywood feature films. Planet Dinosaur 3D is a thrilling and immersive journey into a lost world. Pulling together cutting edge research from around the world this programme uses the latest, stunning fossil evidence to chart the rise and fall of the 'Ultimate Killers'; from the iconic Spinosaurus, the largest predator ever to walk the Earth, to Microraptor and the feathered, flying dinosaurs from China. At last, thanks to the advances in technology, and for the first time ever, these monsters can be experienced in all their full, magnificent wonder.

Category:Science  Duration:52:16      Series: Planet Dinosaur

The Trouble with Space Junk
The Trouble with Space Junk 2015

In 2014, the International Space Station had to move three times to avoid lethal chunks of space debris and there is an increasing problem of satellites mysteriously breaking down. With first-hand accounts from astronauts and experts, know the scale of the problem of space junk. Our planet is surrounded by hundreds of millions of pieces of junk moving at 17,000 miles per hour. Now the US government is investing a billion dollars to track them, and companies around the world are developing ways to clear up their mess - from robot arms to nets and harpoons. Learn the science behind the hit film Gravity and discovers the reality is far more worrying than the Hollywood fiction.

Category:Technology  Duration:59:00   

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief 2015

A deconstruction of the Church of Scientology's claims through a combination of presenting a condensed history of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, how celebrities interact with the church, the stories of a number of ex-members, and the abuse and exploitation the ex-members described seeing and experiencing". The Church responded vehemently to the film, complaining to film critics about their reviews and denouncing the filmmakers and their interviewees. Directed by Alex Gibney, it is based on Lawrence Wright's book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief (2013). Produced by HBO, the film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Category:Culture  Duration:01:59:00   

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles 2014

This documentary looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. Orson Welles's life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably Citizen Kane, (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25. In the years following Citizen Kane, Welles's career continued to change as he made film after film (some never finished, many dismissed) and acted in other projects often to earn money in order to keep making his own films. Magician features scenes from almost every existing Welles film, from Hearts of Age, (which he made in a day when he was only 18 years old) to rarely-seen clips from his final unfinished works like The Other Side of the Dream, The Deep, and Don Quixote, as well as his television and commercial work.

Category:Culture  Duration:01:34:00   

 
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