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Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking
The Art of Russia: Out of the Forest
The Chemistry of Life
Clash of the Gods: Zeus
Queen: Days of Our Lives
The Nightmare
Dark Matter and Dark Energy
Darwin Struggle - The Evolution of the Origin of Species
Ghosts of the Abyss
Escaping ISIS
Chasing Ice
The Knowledge of Healing
A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY
Shangri-La
Are Video Games Really That Bad
One Life on the Limit
Zeitgeist The Movie
Forks Over Knives
Amazing Africa
Dinosaurs Giants of Patagonia
The Hawking Paradox
Japan at War
Dolphins and Whales
Lost Kingdoms of South America: People of the Clouds
How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth
Food Choices
Encyclopaedia Galactica
Room 237
Spark
Precision the Measure of All Things
The Code: Shapes
Blood Brother
Iceman Reborn
The Age of Aging
Reclaiming the Blade
Once Upon a Time

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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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