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The Mission Begins
Return to Jurassic Park
The Challenger
Dirty Wars
Workingman Death
Sea Monsters
Just Do It
What Happened Before the Beginning
Do We Live in the Matrix
The Cell: The Hidden Kingdom
Island of Lemurs Madagascar
Triumph of Life: The Four Billion Year War
Earthflight Europe
Ocean Deep
Prediction By The Numbers
Cooked: Air
Video Games: The Movie
Iceman Reborn
The God Delusion
The Search for a New Earth
The Human Face of Big Data
St Valentine Day Massacre
Nature Microworlds: Galapagos
Planet Earth II Deserts
Honshu
Birth of the Earth
One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue
Requiem for the American Dream
Blue Planet II Coasts
The Language of Science
The Red Pill
Earth 2100
History of the Eagles 1
The Story of Maths The Frontiers of Space
Dinosaurs Alive
Life of a Universe End of Days

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Operation Stonehenge
Operation Stonehenge 2017

Stonehenge is an icon of prehistoric British culture, an enigma that has seduced archaeologists and tourists for centuries. Why is it here? What is its significance? And which forces inspired its creators? Now a group of international archaeologists led by the University of Birmingham and the Ludwig Boltzman Institute in Vienna believe that a new state-of-the-art approach is the key to unlocking Stonehenge's secrets. For four years the team have surveyed and mapped every monument, both visible and invisible, across ten square kilometres of the sacred landscape to create the most complete digital picture of Stonehenge and the surrounding area over millennia. Known monuments have yielded more data than ever before, revealing hidden structures within, and new finds are revolutionising the very timeline of Stonehenge. The film takes the viewer on a prehistoric journey from 8000 BC to 2500 BC as the scientists uncover the very origins of Stonehenge, learning why this landscape is sacred, preserved and has been revered by following generations. Evidence of war and conflict, as well as the cultivation of ideas and industry, is explored to reveal complex communities with international trade links as far-reaching as Spain and central Europe.

Category:History  Duration:57:37   

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   

 
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