Simply the Best Documentaries

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Ice Age Giants: Land of the Sabre-Tooth
Wonders of Life: Home
Catholicism The unpredictable rise of Rome
Living Together
Flying Monsters
Space Station
Einstein Biggest Blunder
Living on the Moon
This Is It
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Lost World
Are there More Than Two Sexes
Gravity and Me The Force that Shapes our Lives
The Fourth Phase
Deep Web
Pandas: The Journey Home
Dancing in the Dark
Strangest Alien Worlds
Banking on Bitcoin
Born in the Purple
Waiting for Immortality
Zero Days
The Captains
The Private Life of Plants: Travelling
Armenia, the Land of Noah
Addicted to Sexting
Is Everything We Know about the Universe Wrong
Earth: Venus Evil Twin
Planet Ant Life inside the Colony
Are We Alone
Deep Sea
Chemistry: The Power of the Elements
The Story of Maths To Infinity and Beyond

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Robots 2014

The series heads to the very frontiers of space and science to produce the definitive history of science fiction. What if our creations turn against us? The idea of creating life has fascinated society since the earliest days of science fiction. Robots transports viewers from the first steps of Frankenstein’s monster to the threat provided by the Terminator and the world of Cyberspace. Find out how Rutger Hauer created one of the greatest speeches in all of science fiction for Blade Runner. Discover from Kenny Baker the challenge of acting in Star Wars while inside the body of R2D2, and learn how Anthony Daniels was drawn to the role of C-3PO by concept art modeled closely on the robot from the silent classic Metropolis. The creators of the original Robocop describe how its hidden depths have given it enduring appeal and William Gibson reveals the origins of his seminal novel Neuromancer. From HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey to the Cylons of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica and the world of The Matrix, this is a journey that asks – what does it mean to be human?

Category:Technology  Duration:42:56   Series: The Real History of Science Fiction

The Secret World of Lewis Carroll
The Secret World of Lewis Carroll 2015

It's a timeless classic of children's literature and the third most-quoted book in English after the Bible and Shakespeare. But what lies behind the extraordinary appeal of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to generations of adults and children alike? To mark the 150th anniversary of its publication, this documentary explores the life and imagination of the man who wrote it, the Reverend Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll." Broadcaster and journalist Martha Kearney delves into the biographies of both Carroll himself and of the young girl, Alice Liddell, who inspired his most famous creation. Kearney's lifelong passion for Carroll's work began as a young girl, when she starred as Carroll's heroine Alice in her local village play. She discusses the book with a range of experts, biographers and distinguished cultural figures - from the actor Richard E Grant to children's author Philip Pullman - and explores with them the mystery of how a retiring, buttoned-up and meticulous mathematics don, who spent almost his entire life within the cloistered confines of Christ Church Oxford, was able to capture the world of childhood in such a captivating way

Category:History  Duration:59:00   

Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!
Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop! 2014

Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop will take new and old fans alike through the decades of Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic expierence experience with exclusive interviews with those who lived them.

Category:Art  Duration:44:00   

Birth of the British Novel
Birth of the British Novel 2011

Author Henry Hitchings explores the lives and works of Britain's radical and pioneering 18th-century novelists who, in just 80 years, established all the literary genres we recognise today. It was a golden age of creativity led by Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Fanny Burney and William Godwin, amongst others. Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver's Travels, Tom Jones and Tristram Shandy are novels that still sparkle with audacity and innovation. On his journey through 18th-century fiction, Hitchings reveals how the novel was more than mere entertainment, it was also a subversive hand-grenade that would change British society for the better. He travels from the homes of Britain's great and good to its lowliest prisons, meeting contemporary writers like Martin Amis, Will Self, Tom McCarthy and Jenny Uglow on the way.

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   

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