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Fascination Coral Reef
That Sugar Film
Dinosaur Planet: White Tip Journey
The Science of Doctor Who
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 1
Deep Sea
Surprising Beginnings
Climbing Everest with a Mountain on My Back
Rembrandt
Unlocking the Great Pyramid
The Hunt for Gravitational Waves
Changing the Game
Clash of the Gods: Beowulf
The Green Prince
14 Days of Blood
The God Delusion
Clash of the Gods: Odysseus II
Leaping Tigers Naked Nagas
Did Cooking Make Us Human
Life of a Universe End of Days
The True Cost
The Story of Maths To Infinity and Beyond
Space Station
Reel Rock 10
A Plastic Ocean
Viva Vercingetorix
Tofu: Good Sex Bad Sex
The Story of Maths The Genius of the East
Generation Iron
Ancient Rome: Rebellion
Audrie and Daisy
Enemy of the State
Dawg Fight
Over the Rainbow
One Life on the Limit
Great Cathedral Mystery

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The Wonderful World Of Blood
The Wonderful World Of Blood 2015

Of all the wonders of the human body, there's one more mysterious than any other. Blood: five precious litres that keep us alive. Yet how much do we really know about this sticky red substance and its mysterious, life-giving force? Michael Mosley gives up a fifth of his own blood to perform six bold experiments". From starving it of oxygen to injecting it with snake venom, Michael reveals the extraordinary abilities of blood to adapt and keep us alive. Using specialist photography, the programme reveals the beauty in a single drop. Michael even discovers how it tastes when, in a television first, he prepares a black pudding with his own blood. Down the ages, our understanding of blood has been as much myth as science, but Michael reveals there might be truth in the old vampire legends, as he meets one of the scientists behind the latest research that shows young blood might be able to reverse the ageing process - the holy grail of modern medicine.

Category:Medicine  Duration:58:46   

Life: Reptiles and Amphibians
Life: Reptiles and Amphibians 2009

Reptiles and amphibians look like hang-overs from the past. But they overcome their shortcomings through amazing innovation. The pebble toad turns into a rubber ball to roll and bounce from its enemies. Extreme slow-motion shows how a Jesus Christ lizard runs on water, and how a chameleon fires an extendible tongue at its prey with unfailing accuracy. The camera dives with a Niuean sea snake, which must breed on land but avoids predators by swimming to an air bubble at the end of an underwater tunnel. In a TV first, Komodo dragons hunt a huge water-buffalo, biting it to inject venom, then waiting for weeks until it dies. Ten dragons strip the carcass to the bone in four hours.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Life

Feathered Dragons
Feathered Dragons 2011

In a late Jurassic forest in what is now China, an Epidexipteryx escapes from a juvenile Sinraptor by climbing a tree. It finds a beetle grub in the tree bark, being shown to use its elongated fingers in a similar way to a modern day aye-aye. However, its prey is stolen by another, larger Epidexipteryx, and after a brief bout of posturing, the smaller individual goes to find more food. It drops a second grub to the forest floor, where the other Epidexipteryx retrieves it, only to be killed by the juvenile Sinraptor. The episode then cuts to a desert in late Cretaceous Mongolia, where a Saurornithoides is shown brooding a nest of eggs. When it leaves the nest, an Oviraptor raids it, fleeing when the troodontid returns. The Saurornithoides is suddenly attacked and eaten by a Gigantoraptor, which then heads to compete in a breeding ritual for mates. The males use their feathers for display, a brief fight between two erupting at one point, allowing the females to choose the best suitor. The episode finally cuts to an early Cretaceous forest in China, where a Xianglong is being hunted by a Microraptor, which uses its feathers to pursue the gliding lizard in the air. A Sinornithosaurus attacks it, and after a brief chase the Microraptor manages a lucky escape. The Sinornithosaurus, alongside two other members of its species is then shown hunting a Jeholosaurus and its three young. The group brings down the parent, the narrator explaining that their possibly venomous bite allowed them to tackle animals much larger than themselves. A montage is then shown of the feathered dinosaurs featured in the programme, with the narrator saying that Microraptor not only hints at how flight might have developed, but also that dinosaurs still live amongst us today, as birds.

Category:Culture  Duration:28:00   Series: Planet Dinosaur

 
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