Simply the Best Documentaries

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JFK: To the Brink
The Challenger
Across the Hindu Kush
Deep Sea
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 2
A Leap of Faith
St Peter and the Papal Basilicas of Rome
An Everyday Miracle
Conquistadors: The Fall of the Aztecs
A Passage to India
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
History of the Eagles 2
The Home
History of the Eagles 3 of 4
Kingdom of Plants Life in the Wet Zone
Ancient Rome: Nero
History of the Eagles 4 of 4
Blood Brother
The Moon
Hitting the Apex
Jason and the Golden Fleece
Atom: The Key to the Cosmos
The life of Buddha
What is the Right Diet for You 3of3
Did Darwin kill God
Who are We
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
Roving Mars
What is the Secret of Life
The Captains
Do You See What I See
Out of Sight
Hiding in the Light

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The First Christianity
The First Christianity 2011

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch - one of the world's leading historians - reveals the origins of Christianity and explores what it means to be a Christian. In the first episode, he overturns the familiar story that it all began when the apostle Paul took Christianity from Jerusalem to Rome. Instead, he shows that the true origins of Christianity lie further east, and that at one point it was poised to triumph in Asia, maybe even in China. The headquarters of Christianity might well have been Baghdad not Rome, and if that had happened then Western Christianity would have been very different.

Category:History  Duration:58:32   Series: A History of Christianity

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

Jerusalem 2013

Jerusalem immerses audiences into one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. Join renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she travels underground to solve some of this city's greatest mysteries. Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people. Unprecedented access to the city's holiest sites, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage of the Old City, combine to make Jerusalem a unique and stunning cinematic experience.

Category:Culture  Duration:44:00      

The Normans: Normans of the South
The Normans: Normans of the South 2010

Professor Robert Bartlett explores the impact of the Normans on southern Europe and the Middle East. The Normans spread south in the 11th century, winning control of southern Italy and the island of Sicily. There they created their most prosperous kingdom, where Christianity and Islam co-existed in relative harmony and mutual tolerance. It became a great centre of medieval culture and learning. But events in the Middle East provoked the more aggressive side of the Norman character. In 1095, the Normans enthusiastically answered the Pope's call for holy war against Islam and joined the first crusade. They lay siege to Jerusalem and eventually helped win back the holy city from the muslims. This bloody conquest left a deep rift between Christianity and Islam which is still being felt to this day.

Category:History  Duration:58:07   

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