Simply the Best Documentaries

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In the Grip of the Seasons
The Story of India: The Power of Ideas
Humpback Whales
Nemesis The Sun Evil Twin
Pandora Promise
Sea Rex Journey to a Prehistoric World
Amazing Africa
Alien Planets Revealed
The Big Freeze
Fascination Coral Reef
Awake The life of Yogananda
March to June
Mysteries of the Moon
A Savage Legacy
The Incredible Human Journey: Australia
Where to Invade Next
The story of Energy
Making a Murderer Eighteen Years Lost
A Plastic Ocean
Enigma Man
Operation Stonehenge
Forks Over Knives
More Human Than Human
Inside Einstein Mind
Ivory Tower
The Knowledge of Healing
Is the Force With Us

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The Deserts
The Deserts 2011

We can survive for weeks without food, but only days without water: it is the essential element of life. Yet many millions of us live in parched deserts around the world. In the second episode of Human Planet, we discover how the eternal quest for water brings huge challenges - and ingenious solutions - in the driest places on Earth. Battling through a sand storm in Mali, Mamadou must get his cows to a remote lake but desert elephants have arrived first. Can he find a safe way through the elephant blockade? Alone for weeks on end, Tubu women and children navigate the endless dunes of the Sahara. How does young Shede know where to find the last oasis, three days walk across the sea of sand? At the height of the drought we witness a spectacular frenzy: two thousand men rushing into Antogo Lake to catch the fish trapped by the evaporating water. When the rain finally arrives in the desert it's a time for flowering and jubilation - and love. The Wodaabe men of Niger put on make-up for an intoxicating courtship dance and beauty contest.

Category:Culture  Duration:59:00   Series: Human Planet

Deserts  2007

Around 30% of the land's surface is desert, the most varied of our ecosystems despite the lack of rain. Unravel the secrets of desert survival and experience the ephemeral nature of this dynamic environment. Watch Saharan sandstorms nearly a mile high and desert rivers that run for a single day. In the Gobi Desert, rare Bactrian camels get moisture from the snow. In the Atacama, guanacos survive by licking dew off cactus spines. In the USA, the brief blooming of Death Valley triggers a plague of locusts 65km wide and 160km long. A unique aerial voyage over the Namibian desert reveals elephants on a long trek for food and desert lions searching for wandering oryx.

Category:Nature  Duration:50:00   Series: Planet Earth

Sahara 2012

Northern Africa is home to the greatest desert on Earth, the Sahara. On the fringes, huge zebras battle over dwindling resources and naked mole rats avoid the heat by living a bizarre underground existence. Within the desert, where the sand dunes 'sing', camels seek out water with the help of their herders and tiny swallows navigate across thousands of square miles to find a solitary oasis. This is a story of an apocalypse and how, when nature is overrun, some are forced to flee, some endure, but a few seize the opportunity to establish a new order.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Africa with David Attenborough

Wind 2010

Iain sets sail on one of the fastest racing boats ever built to explore the story of our turbulent relationship with the wind. Travelling to iconic locations including the Sahara desert, the coast of West Africa and the South Pacific, Iain discovers how people have exploited the power of the wind for thousands of years. The wind is a force which at first sight appears chaotic. But the patterns that lie within the atmosphere have shaped the destiny of continents, and lie at the heart of some of the greatest turning points in human history.

Category:Science  Duration:59:00   Series: How Earth Made Us

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