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Across the Hindu Kush
Annapurna to Everest
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: Son of God
Narco Cultura
Planet Earth II Islands
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 1
The Silk Spinners
Banking on Bitcoin
The Spark of Life
Bush and Obama: Age of Terror
Life: Reptiles and Amphibians
Arabia
Curing Cancer
Amazing Ocean
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
Jerusalem
The True Cost
The Normans: Normans of the South
Walking with Cavemen: Blood Brothers
One Soldier Story: The Journey of American Sniper
Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It
Travellers Tales
The Birth of Rock
Legends of Flight
The Story of the Jews: In the Beginning
The Most Dangerous Band in the World. The Story of Guns N Roses
The Medici: Makers of Modern Art
Robots
Alien Technology
The 21st Century Race for Space
Top Science Stories of 2017
Magical Egypt
Eat Fast and Live Longer
D-Day: As it Happens (2)
Is the Force With Us
Conquistadors: The Fall of the Aztecs

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The Hunt for Gravitational Waves
The Hunt for Gravitational Waves 2015

Travel to the South Pole to discover the inside story of the greatest scientific quest of our time. In March 2014, a team of astronomers stunned the scientific world when they announced that their BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole had possibly detected a signal of 'gravitational waves' from the early universe. This is the inside story of the hunt for gravitational waves from the beginning of time. How the BICEP2 team came close to making one of the greatest discoveries of the century – and what happened when it all began to unravel...

Category:Science  Duration:59:09   

Frozen Planet: To the Ends of the Earth
Frozen Planet: To the Ends of the Earth 2011

Our journey begins with David Attenborough at the North Pole, as the sun returns after six months of darkness. We follow a pair of courting polar bears, which reveal a surprisingly tender side. Next stop is the giant Greenland ice cap, where waterfalls plunge into the heart of the ice and a colossal iceberg carves into the sea. Humpback whales join the largest gathering of seabirds on earth to feast in rich Alaskan waters. Further south, the tree line marks the start of the Taiga forest, containing one third of all trees on earth. Here, 25 of the world's largest wolves take on formidable bison prey. At the other end of our planet, the Antarctic begins in the Southern Ocean where surfing penguins struggle to escape a hungry sea-lion and teams of orcas create giant waves to wash seals from ice floes -a filming first. Diving below the ice, we discover prehistoric giants, including terrifying sea spiders and woodlice the size of dinner plates. Above ground, crystal caverns ring the summit of Erebus, the most southerly volcano on earth. From here we retrace the routes of early explorers across the formidable Antarctic ice-cap - the largest expanse of ice on our planet. Finally, we rejoin David at the South Pole, exactly one hundred years after Amundsen then Scott were the first humans to stand there

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Frozen Planet

Frozen Planet: The Last Frontier
Frozen Planet: The Last Frontier 2011

The documentary series reveals the extraordinary riches and wonders of the Polar Regions that have kept people visiting them for thousands of years. Today, their survival relies on a combination of ancient wisdom and cutting-edge science. Most Arctic people live in Siberia, either in cities like Norilsk - the coldest city on earth - or out on the tundra, where tribes like the Dogan survive by herding reindeer, using them to drag their homes behind them. On the coast, traditional people still hunt walrus from open boats - it is dangerous work, but one big walrus will feed a family for weeks. Settlers are drawn to the Arctic by its abundant minerals; the Danish Armed Forces maintain their claim to Greenland's mineral wealth with an epic dog sled patrol, covering 2,000 miles through the winter. Above, the spectacular northern lights can disrupt power supplies so scientists monitor it constantly, firing rockets into it to release a cloud of glowing smoke 100 kilometres high. In contrast, Antarctica is so remote and cold that it was only a century ago that the first people explored the continent. Captain Scott's hut still stands as a memorial to these men. Science is now the only significant human activity allowed; robot submarines are sent deep beneath the ice in search of new life-forms, which may also be found in a labyrinth of ice caves high up on an active volcano. Above, colossal balloons are launched into the purest air on earth to detect cosmic rays. At the South Pole there is a research base designed to withstand the world's most extreme winters. Cut off from the outside world for six months, the base is totally self-sufficient, even boasting a greenhouse.

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

Footsteps in the Snow
Footsteps in the Snow 1993

This episode discusses the human exploration of Antarctica, in particular the mission led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, whose team died on the way back from the South Pole. It shows the scientific work in the modern human bases in Antarctica, especially Mawson Base and its observation of Adelie Penguins (partially through tracking devices). The second half of the episode describes how the series was made. Most crucial was of course the camera work. To get access to the wildlife of the sea, for example, boats, divers, suspended capsules and remotely controlled cameras mounted on inflatables were used. Particularly dangerous to divers were Leopard Seals and other predators. The film concludes that although working in Antarctica is now much easier than during the early days of exploration, human footsteps on the continent are still exceedingly rare in part because of international treaties prohibiting industrial exploitation.

Category:History  Duration:29:00   Series: Life in the Freezer

 
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