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Becoming Human: First Steps
The Outer Planets
Last Human Standing
Mission Pluto
Alive Inside
From Pole to Pole
Tales by Light Adrenaline
Will We Become God
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
World Richest Terror Army
Neanderthal 2
The Incredible Human Journey: Australia
The Persistence of Memory
Ancient Aliens Debunked: Nazca Lines
Dawg Fight
Just Do It
Do We Live in the Matrix
Is Alcohol Worse than Ecstasy
How to Make Money Selling Drugs
The Union The Business Behind Getting High
Amazing Africa
Playing with Nuclear Fire
The Story of China Ancestors
Bush and Clinton: Squandered Peace in New World Order
Ebola: The Search for a Cure
When East Meets West
Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking
IMAX Hubble
The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Modern Music. Wrecking Ball
Why Do We Dream
Workingman Death
The True Cost
The Square (Al Midan)
The Challenger
Behind Closed Doors
Dirty Wars

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The Joy of Mozart
The Joy of Mozart 2015

Tom Service plunges into the life and times of Mozart to try and rediscover the greatness and humanity of the living man in his moment. Mozart's prodigious output and untimely death have helped place him on a pedestal that can often blind us to the unique brilliance of his work in the context of his life and times. Service visits the key cities and rooms in which Mozart lived and worked, plays some of Mozart's original instruments and scores, and gradually uncovers the brilliance and originality of his work." There is the prodigious childhood when Mozart was feted as an infant phenomenon around Europe's most glittering courts, and his golden decade in Vienna in which masterpiece followed masterpiece - operas, symphonies, piano concertos, string quartets - as if this short, high-voiced man-child must have been taking dictation from some divine source, until his death at the age of just 35 in 1791. Even more than the music, Mozart's tragic demise sets the seal on his myth. The trajectory of Mozart's life sets the template for the romantic paradigm whose throes we are still in today, which requires our creative heroes to die young to prove that they were too good for this madding world, whether it be Wolfgang Amadeus or Jimi Hendrix. Service travels from London to Vienna and Salzberg, unpicking the living, breathing genius that was Mozart. With Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nicola Benedetti, Paul Morley and others.

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   

Survival
Survival 2012

David Attenborough discovers the plants that have evolved to shed their dependency on water enabling them to survive in the driest environments. The story begins at midnight in midsummer as David steps into the Princess of Wales Conservatory to witness the extraordinary nocturnal blooming of a cactus. The queen of the night, with its giant flowers, is the centre piece of a stunning symphony of cacti blooms that burst open in the desert (and at Kew) at night. In a mesmerizing 3D slow motion sequence, we discover the extraordinary connections between cacti and their natural pollinators: bats. As the sun rises, David meets other amazing plants. Species like the century plant, the Agave franzosini, which grows steadily for over 50 years, only to then flower itself to death with one mighty telegraph pole sized bloom which literally bursts out of the roof of Kew’s green house.

Category:Nature  Duration:52:24      Series: Kingdom of Plants

 
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