Simply the Best Documentaries

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The Roof of the World
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Inequality for All
How to Stay Young The Brain
Cooked: Water
The Science of Doctor Who
Neanderthal 2
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
Why Do We Dream
South Pacific Fragile Paradise
LIfe Animated
Light Speed
Erasing Dad
Sunken Ship Rescue
What is the Secret of Life
Next of Kin
Alien Planets
The Vikings Uncovered
Frozen Planet: The Last Frontier
Science Britannica: Frankenstein Monsters
St Peter and the Papal Basilicas of Rome
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Asia and Australia
The Search for a New Earth
The World Set Free
Fractals Hunting the Hidden Dimension
Life: Fish
Yellowstone: America first National Park
The Moon
Wild South America: Lost Worlds
What is the Right Diet for You 2of3
The Immortals
The Mating Game
Is there an Edge to the Universe

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The Lost Pyramids of Caral
The Lost Pyramids of Caral 2002

The magnificent ancient city of pyramids at Caral in Peru is a thousand years older than the earliest known civilisation in the Americas and, at 2,627 BC, is as old as the pyramids of Egypt. Many now believe it is the fabled missing link of archaeology - a 'mother city'. If so, then these extraordinary findings could finally answer one of the great questions of archaeology: why did humans become civilised?" For over a century, archaeologists have been searching for what they call a mother city. Civilisation began in only six areas of the world: Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China, Peru and Central America. In each of these regions people moved from small family units to build cities of thousands of people. They crossed the historic divide, one of the great moments in human history. Why? To find the answer archaeologists needed to find a mother city - the first stage of city-building. Caral, is so much older than anything else in South America that it is a clear candidate to be the mother city. It also is in pristine condition. Nothing has been built on it at all. Instead laid out before the world is an elaborate complex of pyramids, temples, an amphitheatre and ordinary houses. Scientists developed a number of theories. Some said it was because of the development of trade, others that it was irrigation. Some even today believe it was all because of aliens. Gradually an uneasy consensus emerged. The key force common to all civilisations was warfare. Crucially, there is not the faintest trace of warfare at Caral; no battlements, no weapons, no mutilated bodies. Instead, Ruth's findings suggest it was a gentle society, built on commerce and pleasure. In one of the pyramids they uncovered beautiful flutes made from condor and pelican bones. They have also found evidence of a culture that took drugs and perhaps aphrodisiacs. Most stunning of all, they have found the remains of a baby, lovingly wrapped and buried with a precious necklace made of stone beads.

Category:History  Duration:49:00   

Galapagos: Born of Fire
Galapagos: Born of Fire 2006

Natural history series exploring the Galapagos Islands, which lie 1,000 kilometres off the coast of South America. This programme examines the fascinating stages of the islands' lives and how a variety of creatures have found ways to survive, including marine iguanas, sea-going lizards and giant tortoises.

Category:Nature  Duration:49:00   Series: Galapagos

Lost Kingdoms of South America: People of the Clouds
Lost Kingdoms of South America: People of the Clouds 2013

Dr Jago Cooper reveals the history of some of South America's ancient civilisations. He begins with an epic journey into the remote Peruvian Andes in search of the mysterious Chachapoya people. Once numbering half a million, they were known as the 'People of the Clouds'. Dr Cooper reveals how they developed sophisticated methods of recording stories, traded in exotic goods found hundreds of miles from their territory, and had funeral traditions that challenge assumptions about ancient human behaviour. His search for evidence takes him to astonishing cliff tombs untouched for 500 years and one of the most spectacular fortresses in South America, where the fate of the Chachapoya is revealed.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: Lost Kingdoms of South America

Wild South America: Lost Worlds
Wild South America: Lost Worlds 2005

A major new series exploring the wildlife of South America. This is a breathtaking aerial journey through the most spectacular locations on the continent, from the icy peaks of the Andes to the Amazon jungle and the Atacama desert. These extreme conditions are home to a mind-boggling variety of creatures, many of them rarely seen before on television.

Category:Nature  Duration:48:51   Series: Wild South America

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