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Zero Days
Cosmic Dawn: The Real Moment of Creation
That Sugar Film
Life Cycles
Archimedes Secret
Dinosaurs Alive
The 21st Century Race for Space
The Story of India: Freedom
Big Bugs
The Invisible Universe
Hot Girls Wanted
Oasis Supersonic
The Buddha
Chased by Sea Monsters 1of3
Meru
American Alternative Rock
Journey to Space
Rivals
Treasures of the Gods
Sharks
Messengers
Planet Earth II Deserts
Restrepo
Enemy of the State
I am Ali
Generation Iron
The Story of Maths The Genius of the East
Cooked: Water
Night Will Fall
Cooked: Air
Leaping Tigers Naked Nagas
Changing the Game
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 5
10 Things You Need to Know about the Future
Earth: Venus Evil Twin
Bugs a Rainforest Adventure

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The Mission Begins
The Mission Begins 2017

The wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II are profiled. The documentary focuses on five directors – John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens – whose war-related works are analysed by modern filmmakers, respectively Paul Greengrass, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, and Lawrence Kasdan. In the first episode, John Ford's The Battle of Midway was approved directly by President Franklin D. Roosevelt while Frank Capra fights to get Why We Fight made.

Category:Art  Duration:56:29   Series: Five Came Back

The Wildest Dream Conquest of Everest
The Wildest Dream Conquest of Everest 2010

The film explores George Mallory's obsession with becoming the first person to reach the highest place on Earth. Told through the explorer's poignant and evocative letters to his wife, Ruth, previously unseen photos and film archive from 1924 (restored from the original nitrate especially for the film), dramatization and a modern-day expedition retracing the original route taken in 1924, Mallory's incredible adventure lives again. The expedition was led by renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker, whose life became inextricably linked with Mallory after he found Mallory s body on Everest in 1999. Using replica 1920s-era clothing and equipment, Anker sets out to solve the great mystery of whether Mallory succeeded in summiting Everest before he died he was last seen just 800 feet from the summit before the clouds closed in and he disappeared into legend. The most heart-breaking clue: All of Mallory's belongings were found intact on his body, except the photograph of his beloved Ruth, which he promised to leave at the top of the world if he succeeded.

Category:History  Duration:1:26:00   

More Human Than Human
More Human Than Human 2006

Embark on a thrilling journey through time and five continents to the heart of creativity. Fusing social history, politics, science, nature, archaeology and religion, this international landmark series unravels a universal mystery - why the world around us looks like it does. Modern-day mysteries are answered by journeying back to the beginning of civilisation via some of the most amazing man-made creations in the world. In the first episode, one image dominates our contemporary world above all others: the human body. How Art Made the World travels from the modern world of advertising to the temples of classical Greece and the tombs of ancient Egypt to solve the mystery of why humans surround themselves with images of the body that are so unrealistic.

Category:Art  Duration:   Series: How Art Made the World

The Language of Science
The Language of Science 2017

Physicist Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries. Its legacy is tangible, with terms like algebra, algorithm and alkali all being Arabic in origin and at the very heart of modern science - there would be no modern mathematics or physics without algebra, no computers without algorithms and no chemistry without alkalis. For Baghdad-born Al-Khalili, this is also a personal journey, and on his travels he uncovers a diverse and outward-looking culture, fascinated by learning and obsessed with science. From the great mathematician Al-Khwarizmi, who did much to establish the mathematical tradition we now know as algebra, to Ibn Sina, a pioneer of early medicine whose Canon of Medicine was still in use as recently as the 19th century, Al-Khalili pieces together a remarkable story of the often-overlooked achievements of the early medieval Islamic scientists.

Category:History  Duration:58:38   Series: Science and Islam

 
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