Simply the Best Documentaries

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Audrie and Daisy
Dark Future of the Sun
The Two Thousand Year Old Computer
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
St Peter and the Papal Basilicas of Rome
Off the Scale
Judgment Day
What Happened Before The Big Bang
Michael Jackson Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
The Seven New Signs of the Apocalypse
The Story of India: The Meeting of Two Oceans
Lost Horizons: The Big Bang
Hide and Seek. Forests
Who is God
Forks Over Knives
Clash of the Gods: The Minotaur
Earthflight Africa
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 4
A.I. and the Destiny of Mankind
The Search for a New Earth
Magical Egypt
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places III
Mammoth Journey
Carlsbad Caverns
The Day they Dropped the Bomb
Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon
Fascination Coral Reef
Enchanted Kingdom
One Life on the Limit
Alien Planet
The Germanic Tribes: Barbarians Against Rome
Clash of the Gods: Hades
Art of Spain: The Moorish South
The Virus of Faith

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Shaolin Bootcamp
Shaolin Bootcamp 2012

Hollywood actor Jason Scott Lee has been a student of Bruce Lee's martial art Jeet Kune Do for 20 years and in Secrets Of Shaolin. He fulfils his lifelong dream of joining the institution that invented kung fu - Shaolin Temple. In an intense two-week kung fu bootcamp, Jason will not only discover Shaolin's centuries old secrets of turning the human body into the ultimate weapon, but also experience the spiritual effects of it's Zen Buddhist practices. Secrets of Shaolin promises to be a stunning, action-packed insight into the world's most famous martial art and a spectacular celebration of the place, people and culture that has inspired generations of fans.

Category:Culture  Duration:48:00      

More Human Than Human
More Human Than Human 2006

Embark on a thrilling journey through time and five continents to the heart of creativity. Fusing social history, politics, science, nature, archaeology and religion, this international landmark series unravels a universal mystery - why the world around us looks like it does. Modern-day mysteries are answered by journeying back to the beginning of civilisation via some of the most amazing man-made creations in the world. In the first episode, one image dominates our contemporary world above all others: the human body. How Art Made the World travels from the modern world of advertising to the temples of classical Greece and the tombs of ancient Egypt to solve the mystery of why humans surround themselves with images of the body that are so unrealistic.

Category:Art  Duration:   Series: How Art Made the World

The Story of the Jews: In the Beginning
The Story of the Jews: In the Beginning 2013

With optional Hebrew subtitles. Simon Schama explores the history of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. This programme begins the tale 3,000 years ago, with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible, a chronicle of their stormy relationship with a faceless, formless, jealous God. It was loyalty to this 'God of Words' that defined the distinct identity of the ancient Jews and preserved it despite all that history could throw their way". The story unfolds with a dazzling cast of historical characters: Sigmund Freud dying in exile in London; Victorian evangelicals and explorers following 'in the footsteps' of Moses; Jewish mercenaries living, prospering and intermarrying in the pagan land of Egypt; Messianic Jews dreaming of the Apocalypse; and a Jewish historian, Josephus, who witnessed first-hand the moment when the apocalypse finally came and the Romans destroyed the Jewish High Temple in Jerusalem.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: The Story of the Jews

Petra: Lost City of Stone
Petra: Lost City of Stone 2015

More than 2,000 years ago, the thriving city of Petra rose up in the bone-dry desert of what is now Jordan. An oasis of culture and abundance, the city was built by wealthy merchants whose camel caravans transported incense and spices from the Arabian Gulf. They carved spectacular temple-tombs into its soaring cliffs, raised a monumental Great Temple at its heart, and devised an ingenious system that channeled water to vineyards, bathhouses, fountains, and pools. But following a catastrophic earthquake and a slump in its desert trade routes, Petra's unique culture faded and was lost to most of the world for nearly a thousand years. Now, in a daring experiment, an archaeologist and sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone. Meanwhile, scientists using remote sensors and hydraulic flumes uncover the vast city and its sophisticated water system. The race is on to discover how these nomads created this oasis of culture in one of the harshest climates on Earth.

Category:History  Duration:54:00   

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