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Clash of the Gods: Hades
The True Cost
Planet Earth II Deserts
Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Amazing Africa
How to Live Longer
The Worst Car in the History of the World
Caves
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking
Lord of Asia
Rivals
Addicted to Sexting
A Leap of Faith
Ice
In the Shadow of the Moon
Top Science Stories of 2017
David Attenborough Meets President Obama
The First Christianity
Narco Cultura
Leaping Tigers Naked Nagas
Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!
Reel Rock 10
The Normans: Normans of the South
Streetlife
Conquistadors: The Fall of the Aztecs
Finding Atlantis
Jacques-Louis David
The Milky Way
Frozen Planet: Spring
Allergy Planet
Neptune and Uranus
Fascination Coral Reef
The Great European Disaster Movie
Michael Moore in TrumpLand
Tales by Light Adrenaline

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To Fly or Not to Fly
To Fly or Not to Fly 1998

The first episode looks at how birds first took to the skies in the wake of the insects. It begins in Mexico, where Sir Attenborough observes bats being outmanoeuvred by a red-tailed hawk. Pterosaurs were the birds' forerunners, some 150 million years after dragonflies developed the means of flight, but eventually went extinct together with the dinosaurs. Birds had by then already evolved from early forms like archaeopteryx, the first creature to possess feathers. Its ancestry can be traced through reptiles, and some current species, such as the flying lizard, possibly show paths this evolution may have taken." One of the biggest birds to have ever existed was the terror bird, which proliferated after dinosaurs vanished and stood up to 2.5 metres tall. By comparison, the ostrich, while not closely related, is the largest and heaviest living bird. It was probably the evasion of predators that drove most birds into the air, so their flightless cousins evolved because they had few enemies. Accordingly, such species are more likely to be found on islands, and Sir Attenborough visits New Zealand to observe its great variety, most especially the kiwi. Also depicted is the moa, another huge creature that is now gone. The takahē is extremely rare, and high in the mountains of New Zealand, Sir Attenborough discovers one from a population of only 40 pairs. Finally, another example on the brink of extinction is the kakapo, which at one point numbered only 61 individuals. A male is heard calling — an immensely amplified deep note that can be heard at great distances from its nest.

Category:Nature  Duration:50:00   Series: The Life of Birds

Did God Have a Wife
Did God Have a Wife 2011

Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou asks whether the ancient Israelites believed in one God as the Bible claims. She puts the Bible text under the microscope, examining what the original Hebrew said, and explores archaeological sites in Syria and the Sinai which are shedding new light on the beliefs of the people of the Bible. Was the God of Abraham unique? Were the ancient Israelites polytheists? And is it all possible that God had another half?

Category:Culture  Duration:59:00   Series: Bible's Buried Secrets

Grand Canyon Adventure
Grand Canyon Adventure 2008

Anthropologist Wade Davis and river advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr journey down the Colorado River on a two-week expedition to highlight water conservation issues. Traveling by rafts, kayaks and wooden dories, they are accompanied by their daughters and guided by Shana Watahomigie, a Native American National Park ranger. Filmed with a 350-pound 3D camera, it involved the cooperation of three Indian nations, the National Park Service, film sponsor Teva’s team of kayakers and more than a dozen experienced river guides. The film explores America's drought and freshwater shortages, the impact on the river of damming, and human water supply needs. Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk was directed by Greg MacGillivray and narrated by Robert Redford.

Category:Nature  Duration:44:00      

The Real Garden of Eden
The Real Garden of Eden 2011

Can we find the Garden of Eden? Bible scholar Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou thinks so. In the final episode of her series re-examining conventional readings of the Bible, she argues that the Garden of Eden has nothing to do with the origins of humanity, but is rather a story concealing dramatic events about a particular figure in a particular place, two and half thousand years ago. Marshalling compelling evidence from archaeology, Islam and the Bible text itself, she identifies and visits the exact site of Eden. It's a revolutionary theory which challenges some of the most cherished preconceptions about Eden in both Christianity and western culture.

Category:Culture  Duration:59:00   Series: Bible's Buried Secrets

 
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