Simply the Best Documentaries

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Cooked: Earth
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
The Science of Interstellar
The Hunt The Hardest Challenge
Ice Age Oasis

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The Art Of The Impossible
The Art Of The Impossible 2015

Sir Roger Penrose is more than just a fan of MC Escher's mind-bending art. During the course of a long creative collaboration, the British mathematician and the Dutch artist exchanged ideas and inspirations. Some of Escher's most iconic images have their origin in Penrose's mathematical sketches - while the artist's work has served as a starting point for the professor's own explorations of new scientific ideas". To coincide with the first ever Escher retrospective in the UK, Penrose takes us on a personal journey through Escher's greatest masterpieces - marvelling at his intuitive brilliance and the penetrating light it still sheds on complex mathematical concepts.

Category:Art  Duration:29:00   

Speed Limits
Speed Limits 2010

Richard Hammond explores the extraordinary wonders of the world of detail hidden in the blink of an eye. It takes our brain around a hundred and fifty milliseconds to process what we see. We're not aware of this time lag going on, but in those few milliseconds, there are extraordinary things happening that completely pass us by. But what if we could break through this speed limit? Bend and stretch time in ways never thought possible. What new marvels would we see? Now, using the latest high-speed cameras, Richard takes us on a journey beyond our eye's limits, letting us see secrets hidden in every element of our planet. A world where thin air can shatter rock. And water can tear through metal. A world where the fastest thing on earth lies right beneath our feet. And where a spectacular celestial display is finally captured, even though many have claimed it doesn't even exist.

Category:Science  Duration:58:50   Series: Invisible Worlds

Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams
Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams 2013

Professor Simon Schaffer presents the amazing and untold story of automata - extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life. The film brings the past to life in vivid detail as we see how and why these masterpieces were built. Travelling around Europe, Simon uncovers the history of these machines and shows us some of the most spectacular examples, from an entire working automaton city to a small boy who can be programmed to write and even a device that can play chess". All the machines Simon visits show a level of technical sophistication and ambition that still amazes today. As well as the automata, Simon explains in great detail the world in which they were made - the hardship of the workers who built them, their role in global trade and the industrial revolution and the eccentric designers who dreamt them up. Finally, Simon reveals that to us that these long-forgotten marriages of art and engineering are actually the ancestors of many of our most loved modern technologies, from recorded music to the cinema and much of the digital world.

Category:Technology  Duration:59:00   

Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe 2014

A look at the story behind Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from all of the Marvel films, the Marvel One-Shots and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Category:Art  Duration:43:00   

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