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The Art of Flight
The Power of Miracles
Fracking The New Energy Rush
Sin City
The Chemistry of Life
Insect Hunters
Colours Of Earth
Birth of the Earth
Why are We Here
Nature Microworlds: Galapagos
Enchanted Kingdom
How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth
For the Love of Spock
Beyond Death
Tales by Light Wild
Bhutan to the Bay of Bengal
Free for All
Panorama
Planet Earth II Islands
The Most Dangerous Band in the World. The Story of Guns N Roses
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
The Deserts
Roads to Revolution
Queen: Days of Our Lives
The Making of an Emperor
The Other Side
Are We Alone
Sea Monsters
Will We Become God
An Everyday Miracle
Death Row Kids
Ape Genius
The Propaganda Game
A Death in the Family
The Cost of Free
How the Solar System was Made

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WWII In 3D
WWII In 3D 2011

For the first time, you will see dramatic moments of WWII that were captured in 3D with stereographs and then shuttered away in secret archives and attics, until now. This stunning collection of colour 3D photos includes Allied reconnaissance photos, a trove of images that documents the rise and fall of the Third Reich, and photos secretly taken by a civilian in occupied France. WWII IN 3D also features an actual 3D motion picture film shot by the Nazis in 1943 and creates a fully immersive, three dimensional portrait of history's largest and bloodiest conflict.

Category:History  Duration:44:02      

Battle for the Himalayas: The Fight to Film Everest
Battle for the Himalayas: The Fight to Film Everest 2015

Between the 1920s and the 1960s the world's great powers sent vast military-style expeditions to conquer the peaks of the Himalayas, with Everest at their head. This was a great game played - camera in hand - by Imperial Britain, Nazi Germany and superpower America. As a result, Himalayan mountaineering's most iconic, epic and tragic moments didn't just go down in history, but were caught on film - from the deaths of Mallory and Irvine on Everest in 1924, to Everest's final conquest in 1953 by Hillary and Tensing. Using footage never before seen on British television, this is the story how of how film-makers turned the great peaks into great propaganda.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   

Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece: The Adoration of the Christ Child
Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece: The Adoration of the Christ Child 2010

Painted over five centuries ago, Filippo Lippi's nativity is like none other: it shows the birth of Christ in a dark, wooded wilderness. There are no shepherds, kings, ox, ass – there is no Joseph. Its beauty inspired Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. But it also conceals a deeply personal story. It was painted for Cosimo de Medici, a wealthy banker who feared that his money was dragging him straight to hell. The artist's life was equally surprising. One of the most celebrated painters of his day, Filippo Lippi was also a Carmelite friar, but he was no stranger to the temptations of the flesh, to which he frequently yielded. Shortly before painting his Adoration, he caused uproar by seducing a twenty year-old nun. His paintings rejoice not only in divine beauty, but in the beauty of women. In later times, the Adoration's history was interwoven with that of rulers and dictators. It became a bargaining chip after Napoleon's allies seized twenty merchant ships. And in the 20th century, it was hidden by the Nazis in a potassium mine, where specialist american officers, known as Monuments Men, stumbled upon it. they were now told to get it ready to be shipped out. In an unprecedented turn of events they refused. This is the only known case in the whole of the Second World War of American officers refusing an order. It was sent to the National Gallery of Art, but in 1949 Lippi's Adoration was returned to Germany.

Category:Art  Duration:50:00   

Race For Rockets
Race For Rockets 2005

Space Race is a docu-drama chronicling the major events and characters in the American/Soviet space race. It focusses on Sergei Korolev, the Soviets' chief rocket designer, and Wernher von Braun, his American counterpart. The series was a joint effort between British, German, American and Russian production teams." In the first episode, 1944-1949, we see Wernher von Braun's work on the V-2 for the Nazis during the last years of the Second World War, his surrender to American troops and his move to the USA. We see Sergei Korolev's release from the Gulag, and how he is set to work on Soviet rockets, first attempting to copy the V-2, then building a more efficient rocket of his own.

Category:Technology  Duration:50:00   Series: Space Race

 
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