Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A History of British Art

Six-part series tracing the history of British art from 1066 to the modern day, written and presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon.


Frontline - When Kids Get Life

The United States is one of the only countries in the world that allows children under 18 to be sentenced to life without parole. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International report that more than 2,000 inmates are currently serving life without parole in the United States for crimes committed when they were juveniles; in the rest of the world, there are only 12 juveniles serving the same sentence, according to figures reported to the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In When Kids Get Life, FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel (The O.J. Verdict, Innocence Lost) travels to Colorado to profile five individuals sentenced to life without parole as juveniles.

Colorado was an early pioneer in juvenile justice, focusing on rehabilitation rather than punishment. But in the late 1980s and 1990s, when a sharp increase in violent crimes by young offenders attracted enormous press coverage, legislators nationwide clamped down. In Colorado, the General Assembly eliminated the possibility of parole for life sentences and expanded the power of district attorneys to treat juveniles as adults.


BBC - The Narnia Code

Documentary examining claims that CS Lewis's Narnia Chronicles contain a hidden meaning.

CS Lewis wrote the Narnia Chronicles over 50 years ago, yet they are more popular today than ever. When they were first published, many critics thought them little more than childish scribblings, replete with random characters and unexplained events. Even Lewis's good friend JRR Tolkien thought them confused and misconceived.

Other scholars were sure there was something more, something hidden beneath the stories. Although many tried, none could find this secret key of Narnia - until now. Dr Michael Ward, a young academic and expert in all things Lewisian, claims he has found the answer at last: he has discovered the Narnia Code.

Using dramatisations of Lewis's early life and career, the programme travels the world, from the Mid-West of modern America to the battlefields of the First World War, meeting experts, testing evidence and uncovering surprising questions and ideas that still challenge readers today.


BBC Investigates - The Millionaire Thieves

BBC Scotland investigates the world of the professional shoplifter and discovers that, in the midst of a recession, the UK's organised criminal steal-to-order gangs are flourishing.

We reveal the most feared professional gang is based right here in Scotland and, using unseen footage of them being caught in the act, we show how they are making millions from the steal-to-order trade. We discover stolen high street goods being sold openly to the public who are desperate for a bargain, and we hear the country's top retail investigators admit they're losing the war against the shoplifters.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Superhuman - Steroids: Building Big

Steroids are one of the most controversial issues in sport for one simple reason. Not because they are illegal, unfair and potentially deadly, but because they work. This unprecedented exposi reveals for the first time not just what steroids do, but how and why they work. Although the science is solid, this is no clinical study. We've seen what happens outside the body - in freakish detail - now, for the first time ever, stunning CGI reveals what's happening inside. Chemistry meets anatomy here, with spectacular and sometimes tragic consequences. With ""designer"" steroids and genetic manipulation entering the fray, the sky truly is the limit. Every generation of synthetic hormones is more powerful than the last. What do they tell us about the future of human performance? How long do they take to transform a body and what is the mechanism? How can you tell between a cheater and a genuine athletic ""freak""? What are ""designer"" steroids and how are they changing the performance landscape? Is direct genetic manipulation the way of the future? If so, have we reached an era of unlimited human potential?


National Geographic: Secrets Of Tang Treasure Ship

Historians have long speculated that thousands of wooden ships plied a Maritime Silk Route from the Middle East to China, braving long distances on white-capped seas, but time and the deep ocean have destroyed any evidence . . . until now. In 1998 German engineer Tilman Walterfang found a shipwreck from the 9th Century blanketed by intact gold, silver and ceramic items. As we uncover clues and reveal the story of the wreck, reenactments transport us back in time to an age of the legendary Sinbad the Sailor, when vicious seas ravaged wooden boats like matchsticks. Through interviews with maritime archaeologists and ceramic experts we bring these characters to life by examining unique items recovered from the wreck and painting a vivid picture of glorious 9th Century Tang China. We reveal where the treasure now lies, in high security storage in Singapore. We show the incredible 60,000 pieces recovered - amid them are unique gold and silver items never before seen. It is a time capsule from a distant seafaring age that will take generations to fully understand. We piece together the last days of the ship's journey before its untimely end in the treacherous straits of Indonesia and reveal one of the ancient world's greatest trading routes and the brave men who sailed it.


PBS Frontline Ghosts of Rwanda

Ghosts of Rwanda marks the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a documentary chronicling one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In addition to interviews with key government officials and diplomats, this documentary offers eyewitness accounts of the genocide from those who experienced it firsthand. FRONTLINE illustrates the failures that enabled the slaughter of 800,000 people to occur unchallenged by the global community.


1066: The Battle For Middle Earth

The untold story of the Norman Conquest, 1066 sheds new light on one of British history's darkest events, not through the eyes of Kings and Conquerors but from behind the shield wall, through the eyes of the ordinary villagers caught up in the chaos.
Combining full-throttle battle action, compelling performances and epic cinematography, 1066 is an epic adventure of invasion, resistance and war that tells the story of ordinary men and their families across three tribes - the English, the Normans, and the Vikings.
If you like a little history and are a Tolkien fan then this is for you. The shades of The Lord of the Rings in the title are deliberate here. “Middle Earth” is apparently what Anglo-Saxons called the area between heaven and hell where humans dwell. And if those cinematic echoes help get a few more teenagers interested in a powerfully imagined drama about the Norman Conquest, so much the better. They may experience a few nightmares as a result, though. The battle scenes are horribly well done. Ian Holm provides a fine narration, but the eye-watering fight scenes make us feel the impact of the story. Best not eat your dinner while you’re watching.
Episode 1

Crowhurst newlywed Tofi and his farmer friend Leofric are torn from their Sussex homes by the English warrior Ordgar and summoned to defend the English coast from invasion. But while the army of King Harold waits in the south, fierce Vikings set sail from the fjords of the north.
The Vikings land in Cleveland - and annihilate the men of Yorkshire at the Battle of Fulford. Hearing of this surprise invasion, our English fighters are ordered to march 280 miles north to repel the invaders. After an epic trek they meet the Vikings at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. But the Vikings have divided their force - and the English triumph.
It's the end of the Viking age, and Ordgar, Tofi and Leofric have survived. But news soon reaches them that the Normans have landed in Sussex. Their own homes are under attack, so they must run all the way south again to save all that they love.

Epsiode 2

Tofi, Leofric and Ordgar are reinforced by the Viking warrior Snorri as they race south to save Crowhurst and defend England from the Norman invasion.
We meet the Normans - an alien army of men loyal to the ruthless Duke William. Among them, the ruthless Ozouf struggles to command the loyalty of the aristocratic and gentler Coutances, despite the intimidating presence of the tongueless Drogo.
Just outside London, the English fellowship divides. Ordgar and Snorri stay with the dwindling army of King Harold, while Tofi and Leofric set off to rescue the women of Crowhurst. To their horror, they discover that Crowhurst has been destroyed. Stumbling across the captive women and children in the southern forest, they fight off Ozouf and Coutances, rescue Judith and the child Aelf, and take them to safety.


Dead Mens Secrets - Hitler's Nuclear Arsenal

At the start of WW2 the race was already on between the Nazis and the Allies to be the first to create an atomic weapon.And as Dead Mens Secrets now revels by teaming up with the Japanese Hitler planned to launch an atomic attack on San Fransisco.


National Geographic - Taboo: Body Modification

See what makes people radically reshape their bodies -- from neck stretching in Thailand to breast ironing in Cameroon to silicone implants that enhance American male physiques.


CBC - The Nature of Things: The Suzuki Diaries

The Nature of Things focus on how people are working to change the way they live and the way they think about the future of our world. Watch as they explore traditional and futuristic ways to reduce our carbon footprint and society’s impact on the environment, helping to find solutions and create a sustainable future.
The Suzuki Diaries is a road trip, a travelogue, an adventure. The legendary David Suzuki and his youngest daughter Sarika, a university student about to start her own career in the sciences, are full of hope as they travel to Europe to see what sustainability truly looks like. In Germany, Denmark, France and Spain, they set out to meet the people working to restore the equilibrium between human needs and planetary limits. They find a renewable energy expert, a biodynamic farmer and writer, a blogging bike enthusiast, two meticulous industrial designers, and a political powerhouse in the green movement. What they discover is that sustainability can be built into the fabric of contemporary life, not just by environmentalists but by anyone, across the full spectrum of society. The idea, innovations and inspiring individuals David and Sarika encounter prove that sustainability does not mean sacrificing quality of life. The Suzuki Diaries illustrates what is truly possible if humans have the will.


Friday, March 26, 2010

National Geographic: Ultimate Factories Audi R8

Our cameras go inside the Audi R8 factory in Neckarsulm, Germany and follow the crafting of a road car modeled after a champion racecar. With the introduction of the R8, Audi breaks out of its elegant sedan image to create a sportscar that rivals the likes of Porsche and Lamborghini.
Modeled after the R8 racecar that dominated at LeMans, the Audi R8 road car is a mid-engine two-seater with explosive power and a smooth ride. Audi has combined all of its engineering innovations over the last few decades into this one sportscarall wheel drive, an ultra-light aluminum spaceframe and high-tech fuel injection.


BBC - Sacred Music With Simon Russell Beale: The Gothic Revolution

Documentary series in which actor and former chorister Simon Russell Beale explores the flowering of Western sacred music. Taking the viewer on a pilgrimage spanning six centuries Simon presents a rich mix of personal, political and musical stories. Each episode features some of the greatest music ever written.
Chapter 1: The Gothic Revolution
He begins his journey at Notre Dame in Paris, where an enigmatic medieval music manuscript provides the key to the early development of polyphony - music of 'many voices'. Featuring music performed by members of the award-winning choir The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

National Geograohic - Ground Warfare: Battle Machines

Explore the nitty-gritty of ground warfare in an engaging and unpredictable way. From Ancient Egypt to Afghanistan in 2008; Crusader castle-builders to 21st century robotics experts and from Roman slashing weapons to AK47s – we tell the fascinating story of how Ground Warfare has evolved through more than 3000 years of human experience. Featuring hands-on demonstrations, lively reconstruction archaeology interspersed with dramatic archive footage and international expert opinion, this powerful four-part series demonstrates everything from how chain mail stops an arrow and how night-vision goggles can make a mouse look the size of a small dog, to how cutting edge 'invisibility shields' can hide a tank.
Trace the evolution of warfare from ancient Egypt to modern-day Afghanistan, as this series studies our development over 3,500 years of conflict.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Global Warming: What you need to know

Discovery Channel has formed a global alliance with the BBC and NBC News Productions to gather cutting edge research on climate change that will be revealed in Global Warming: What You Need To Know hosted by Tom Brokaw. The two-hour special moves beyond the debate to present the facts about climate change.
The leading scientists working on the front lines of climate change take viewers around the world to the heart of the latest research, revealing the realities of global warming and the future of the planet. New state of the art computer models paint the picture of a globally warmed world, and viewers learn if previous information has been wrong; what is fact and what is fiction; and if global warming is really happening.
Discovery Channel visited global warming tipping points across the planet, talked to the world's leading experts, and examined the latest evidence about global warming for Global Warming: What You Need To Know. Produced by Discovery Channel, the BBC and NBC News Productions, and hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw, the two-hour special presented the facts and encouraged viewers to determine their own opinion about global warming.
The two-hour special decoded the buzzwords and armed viewers with an arsenal of clear definitions and visual depictions to explain the greenhouse effect, carbon dioxide emissions, CFCs, effects on weather and rising sea levels. CGI and cutting-edge climate computer models helped viewers see into the future at a world significantly changed by unchecked global warming.
Global Warming: What You Need To Know took viewers to global warming hot spots where the planet is most affected by climate change - into rushing subterranean rivers deep in Patagonian glaciers, into the drought-stricken Amazon, on coral reefs ravaged by rising ocean temperatures, into a massive Chinese coal mine, and many more.
The international team of experts, including NASA's top climate scientist Dr. James Hansen, and Princeton University professors Michael Oppenheimer and Stephen Pacala, discussed the current realities of global warming and predicted the future of the planet. Many of the experts addressed natural warming and cooling cycles going back 600,000 years, and discussed if the present warming trend is unnatural.
Global Warming: What You Need To Know demonstrated how much carbon dioxide the average American family produces and presented a graphical timeline of global warming throughout history. Finally, the special looked at technical solutions, both great and small, from giant gas injection rigs in the ocean, to more efficient architecture in cities, to what the average American family can do to slow global warming.


History Channel - Samurai (Miyamoto Musashi)

Mark Dacascos is a master of martial arts. He is also the Chairman on Iron Chef of America and appeared on Dancing with the Stars. He proudly proclaims he is one-quarter Japanese, and both his parents are martial arts instructors. Samurai culture has always interested him. “They were always calm and relaxed right before they drew their swords and fought,” he stated.
Samurai on History Channel is a two-hour film which documents Dacascos’ journey to Japan to retrace the footsteps of the most famous samurai of all, Miyamoto Musashi. Originally the samurai’s job was to serve the emperor, much the same way the legendary Knights of the Round Table were meant to serve King Arthur. The life of the Samurai changed when the country was in transition from one Shogun to another.
Musashi was born in 1584. Today he is the prime example in Japan of how to live and work. His philosophies that he wrote down in his final years of life in his book The Book of Five Rings, is what guides many Japanese businesses today. It is a guide to enlightenment. Samurai were also the inspiration for the Kamikaze pilots during World War II. “Being a samurai means being a killing machine,” and the WWII pilots took this to heart when they intentionally crashed their planes into boats in order to kill their enemy.


Cutting Edge - Scams, Claims and Compensation Games

Since 'No Win, No Fee' lawyers hit the high street, Britain has been swamped with adverts encouraging us to put in a claim, and talk of a growing compensation culture has hit the headlines again and again.

Have we really been convinced that where there's blame there's a claim?

Cutting Edge delves into the multi-billion-Pound world of Britain's personal injury industry to find out if Britain is developing an American-style mania for suing, or if 'No Win, No Fee' lawyers are finally giving the little man a chance to fight back.

Meeting the lawyers and local authorities working on opposing sides, and following real-life cases as they unfold, the programme looks beyond the media headlines about personal injury claims to reveal who are the real winners and losers in Britain's compensation culture.


Extreme Male Beauty

Extreme Male Beauty, which began airing on May 7, 2009 on Channel 4 in the U.K., features presenter Tim Shaw as he explores the various lengths men will go to in order to achieve the beauty standards placed on them.

A new series explores the lengths men are going to in the pursuit of physical perfection. With chiselled flesh and perfect grooming the norm, now it's men feeling the pressure to look great.

Each week, Extreme Male Beauty follows Tim Shaw as he tries to transform himself from self-hating slob into a man who takes pride in his appearance.
From his face to his pecs, his teeth to his wardrobe, Tim will be transformed by a team of cosmetic gurus that includes renowned plastic surgeon Vik Vijh, men's stylist Tom Stubbs and celebrity dentist James Russell.


U Boat War

In World War II, lethal German U-Boats sailed all over the world wreaking havoc and destruction. These unique films charts the true, close-run fight that took place. With rare, original footage of actual battle scenes and interviews with U-Boat commanders and crew members from both the Allied and Axis naval forces, these three programs give the viewer an inside look at the destructive nature of these deadly "Iron Coffins".


Berlin Surrender

This programme tells the story of the battle for Berlin in the spring of 1945 from the Soviet perspective.
With an English commentary this docomentary features footage filmed by soviet camera crews located alongside combat troops.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Piers Morgan On... Hollywood

He might be annoying but no one can deny that Piers Morgan has a cushy job. Dubai and Monaco have already been ticked off his list, now Hollywood beckons as he finds out just what it takes to hit the big time. The home of glitz, glamor and the movie star comes under the microscope. Piers Morgan interviews Brits in LA.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

BBC - Did Cooking Make Us Human

We are the only species on earth that cooks its food - and we are also the cleverest species on the planet. The question is: do we cook because we're clever and imaginative, or are we clever and imaginative because our ancestors discovered cooking? Horizon examines the evidence that our ancestors' changing diet and their mastery of fire prompted anatomical and neurological changes that resulted in taking us out of the trees and into the kitchen.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

BBC Horizon - Allergy Planet

We are in the grip of an allergy epidemic. 50 years ago one in 30 were affected, but
in Britain today it is closer to one in three. Why this should be is one of modern
medicine's greatest puzzles.

In search of answers, Horizon travels round the globe, from the remotest inhabited
island to the polluted centres of California and the UK. We meet sufferers and the
scientists who have dedicated their lives trying to answer the mystery of why we are
becoming allergic to our world.


National Geographic - The Nasca Lines Mystery

Lying in the dusty desert of southern Peru, the Nasca Lines are among the most enigmatic human monuments ever created. The work of an ancient people living in the area from as early as 100 BC, the colossal lines - visible from the air - map out the shapes of animals, humanoid figures and geometric shapes. They have previously been described as ancient racetracks, an astronomical calendar, open-air temples and even an alien landing site. Now a new team is determined to get to the bottom of these amazing constructions, which have baffled experts for decades.

Can digital mapping, new theories and the discovery of a ceremonially buried decapitated man finally reveal The Nasca Lines Mystery?

Join contemporary scholars as they investigate the huge geometric markings made by the Nasca people 2,000 years ago on Peru's dry pampa.


BBC - Thalidomide - A Second Chance?

Thalidomide was one of the biggest medical tragedies of modern times. The images of children born with shrunken limbs still haunt anyone who sees them. And the tragedy is not over. Those children are adults today, still coping with their disability.

For many, thalidomide is a drug that should be consigned to the dustbin of history - an awful cautionary tale of the errors that science can make. But now it is making a comeback - as a radical treatment for incurable blood cancers. But can it possibly be safe to use such a dangerous drug again?

In a powerful and deeply moving film, Horizon tells the tale of thalidomide and how this drug that has become so infamous may now be giving hope to people who otherwise face death.

It also explores the mystery at the heart of thalidomide. It seems that the reason why it works for cancer may at least partly explain something that has long baffled scientists - why thalidomide caused such terrible damage to babies in the womb all those years ago.


2012 Apocalypse. 720p

December 21, 2012. Fire fall from the sky, the oceans spill over and engulf the land, the continents break apart. Mother Nature becomes a punisher, that's when and how will the end of the world. If you believe in prophecy, what are the most likely planetary catastrophe in 2012 and is it true that the end of all life on earth is looming around the corner!?


BBC - The Man Who Ate Everything

Davidson's greatest work, The Oxford Companion to Food, took him 20 years to write. It's an encyclopaedia of everything a human being can eat, from aardvark to zucchini, all catalogued in 2,650 separate entries. But it is much more than just a food reference book; it is a portrait of the whole human race, its many cultures, customs and histories, all revealed through the stories of what we eat. If you want to understand why the Genoese enjoy dolphin, how to cook a warthog, why the French call dandelions 'piss-en-lit' or who invented Spam, then 'The Companion', as it is known by aficionados, is the place to look.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

BBC - Gardens Through Time

Marking the bicentenary of The Royal Horticultural Society, this series features the design and creation of gardens from specific periods of time, from a Regency town house garden of 1915 through to a 'Green Room' of the 1970s - and beyond.


The Money Programme - The Great Plane Robbery?

Some of the world's biggest airlines, including our very own British Airways, stand accused of ripping off consumers in price fixing conspiracies.

The Office of Fair Trading in the UK and the Department of Justice in the US have launched investigations into two alleged conspiracies with a series of dawn raids on airline offices.

Competition law bans firms from agreeing prices so that customers benefit from cheaper goods and services as companies compete.


Lonely Planet – South Africa and Lesotho

From Cape Town Justine heads east on board the Trans Karoo Express, through the lush wine regions north of Cape Town, then into the arid landscape known as the Great Karoo. She stays with an Africaan family in Laingsaburg and rides an ostrich in Oudtshoorn.
After going deep sea fishing in Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast, Justine arrives in South Africa’s third largest city, Durban. One a white enclave, Durban’s streets now reflect a wide variety of cultures. It has always been home to the largest Indian and Pakistani community in South Africa, and the Kavadi festival in February where devotees celebrate the Hindu God Muruga by allowing their bodies to be pierced all over. Later, Justine hangs out with the young Durban surfers and meets the National Surfing Champion Shane Thorn, before having a go at surfing herself.
The next destination is the Zulu homeland north of Durban, where she attends a Zulu ritual and talks with a young Zulu about the history of this warrior tribe.
Justine journeys on into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. A country in itself, it has its own language, culture and currency. The people of Lesotho are known as Basotho and Justine attends a puberty initiation ceremonies for the young teenage boys of the tribe.
From Lesotho Justine travels north-west through Lesotho, and back down to the South African border, reaching Ficksburg and Rustlers Valley. Here she stays with a hippie community and experiences a ’sound journey’.Kruger National Park has the greatest variety of animals of any game park in Africa and Justine gets to see the big five: elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino.
Finally Justine ends her journey in the township of Soweto, Johannesburg. She lived in South Africa as a child and returns to visit her nanny, Linda, who she has not seen since the age of 10. Justine has a tearful reunion with Linda, who is surprised and delighted to see her after so long.


Amish: How They Survive

The Amish live far outside the cultural mainstream. During the last century, they grew from 5,000, inhabiting a handful of states, to 200,000 souls living in 25 states and one Canadian province.

Preferring community to technology, the Amish live their lives in close fellowship with each other. Within their religious communities, everyone agrees on what technologies to adopt, what clothes to wear and what horse-powered transportation to drive.

A decade ago, approximately 90% of Amish earned their incomes from farming operations. Today, in some communities, less than 5% do so. Learn how the Amish have successfully responded to a tightening agricultural economy. See how their strict adherence to community values contributes to their doubling in size every 20 years.

This documentary takes you on an intimate journey into Ohio Amish life and culture. You will discover how rapid growth and economic pressures threaten their community. You will also meet a people who, as a result of creative disengagement with the culture around them, thrive.

Burton Buller documents the lives of the Amish, Hutterites, and Mennonites. His programs have appeared on PBS, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Hallmark Channel, ABC TV and NBC TV.

Sixty years ago, the Amish were consigned to disappear, swallowed by modernity. Today they are thriving as never before, spiritually and sociologically. The film brilliantly documents that process. - Dr. Al Keim, Professor Emeritus of History, Eastern Mennonite University


German Jets and V1 & V2 Flying Bombs

Stunning footage of the first combat jet aircraft, the Me 163 and the Messerschmitt 262. Heinkel’s pioneering efforts and his pre-eminent He-280 are acknowledged, the Komet is shown in flight (scary!), and the A-4 rocket receives plenty of coverage, especially the complex launching procedures. The Me-163A, the most radical aircraft of the war, reached a speed of 623 mph, when released from a bomber. Me-163B pilot Schubert shot down 2 B-17s in one sortie, and some of that gun camera footage is shown.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Virtual Trip: Tahiti

Polynesian singing hymns to Tahiti, this Earth a double rainbow, the Queen of the Pacific, long before the arrival of Europeans. Tahiti - the largest island of the 115 islands and atolls that make up French Polynesia. Surface of Tahiti covered mountain peaks and dense rainforests. Waterfalls falling down in the cool rivers and streams, and meadows with bright tropical flowers and rice terraces in contrast to the gold coast.


BBC - Requiem for Detroit :A Post-Industrial Dystopia

Julien Temple's new film is a vivid evocation of an apocalyptic vision: a slow-motion Katrina that has had many more victims. Detroit was once America's fourth largest city.

Built by the car for the car, with its groundbreaking suburbs, freeways and shopping centers, it was the embodiment of the American dream.

But its intense race riots brought the army into the city. With violent union struggles against the fierce resistance of Henry Ford and the Big Three, it was also the scene of American nightmares.

Now it is truly a post-industrial dystopia, in which 40 per cent of the land in the center is returning to prairie. Greenery grows up through abandoned office blocks, houses and collapsing car plants, and swallows up street lights.

Police stations and post offices have been left with papers on the desks like the Marie Celeste. There is no more rush hour on what were the first freeways in America. Crime, vandalism, arson and dog fighting are the main activities in once the largest building in North America. But it's also a source of hope.

Streets are being turned to art. Farming is coming back to the center of the city. Young people are flocking to help. The burgeoning urban agricultural movement is the fastest growing movement in the US. Detroit leads the way again but in a very different direction.


BBC - Tropic of Cancer

Simon Reeve, best-selling author and broadcaster, embarks on his most ambitious journey yet, circling the world following the line that marks the northern border of the Earth's tropical region. This epic trip completes Simon's trilogy of journeys exploring the tropics, after his acclaimed series Equator and Tropic Of Capricorn, and is his toughest, longest and greatest challenge – with six hour-long programmes around the extraordinary Tropic Of Cancer.


Kingdom of David : Saga of the Israelites

The Saga of the Israelites tells the epic story of the Jews and the creation of the world's first and most profoundly influential monotheistic religion. The stories of the patriarch Abraham, the liberator Moses, the poet-king David and his son Solomon all come to life in the dramatic tale of loss and triumph that shaped humanity's basic moral struggle for more than three millennia.
Originally intended as a four-part miniseries, Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites made its U.S. debut as a two-part PBS special on May 14 and 21, 2003. Narrated by Keith David, with character voices provided by an impressive lineup of prominent actors, the program is dedicated to the thesis that the Israelites and the Jewish faith changed human history "as much as any empire that ever existed." Persecuted and slaughtered for practicing monotheism at a time when the prevailing belief was in multiple gods, the Kingdom of David kept itself united and solvent by passing along the history and traditions of its elders in written form (the "religion of the book"). Among the subjects explored are the formation of the laws of the Jews, the origins of their customs, and their strongly held and strictly enforced moral values. As often as possible, Kingdom of David was filmed on the exact locations where the historical events described herein occurred.

I. By the Rivers of Babylon
II. The Book and the Sword
III. The End of Days
IV. The Gifts of the Jews


Monday, March 15, 2010

Our World - Mandela: 20 Years of Freedom

Twenty years after Nelson Mandela's release from prison, James Robbins reports from South Africa, a country transformed by the end of white minority rule and racial segregation. Former President FW de Klerk and Desmond Tutu look back on that historic day.


PBS Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great is a colorful, true story about a young girl, who transforms herself from an obscure German Princess into Russia's most powerful regent. As Tsarina, she is influenced by Western Democratic ideas and does much to strengthen Russia's standing in Europe. She has an astute intellect and is able to survive court intrigue to retain her crown.


The City Gardener

att James demonstrates how you can transform your backyard into a garden to be proud of.

The City Gardener is all about turning a small and awkward space into a lush enclosed sanctuary. Matt James is no ordinary gardener and this is not your traditional gardening show. This 4-hour programme offers hints and advice to help turn a neglected city garden into a space to relax in by day or entertain in by night.


National Geographic - Megafactories Lamborghini

Lamborghinis factory in SantAgata Bolognese, Italy [ALT: 20 miles/30 kilometers north of Bologna) is building its fastest car ever the Murcielago SV, of which just 350 will be made. The $450,000 Murcielago SV launches from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 212 miles per hour. The factory builds the car almost entirely by hand including its engine and body. The car is also painted and assembled by hand, including installation of the famous Lamborghini scissor doors. Every car is custom-built to order, and only 2.7 cars are completed per day.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

PBS The Botany of Desire

Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world seen from the plants' point of view. Narrated by Frances McDormand, the program shows how four familiar species - the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato, evolved to satisfy our yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control.


World War II in HD

The only people to see the war like this were the ones who lived it. Until now…

Seventy years in the making. Three thousand hours of color footage no one knew existed.
The first documentary to show World War II from the perspective of both sides in full,
immersive HD color, the world premiere HISTORY series WWII in HD uses the diaries of
soldiers who fought in the war’s biggest battles to create a personal, introspective
and detailed look at life on and off the front lines. Though it was illegal for U.S.
soldiers to carry diaries, many hid them away in their packs and recorded their experiences in detail.

Now, through the use of these diaries and other source documents, as well as HD color
and on-location shooting around the world, WWII in HD transforms their journey into a
tangible piece of history. Culled from rare color archival footage from an exhaustive
worldwide search and converted to HD with meticulous technique, WWII in HD provides a
picture of World War II as it has never been seen before.

Episode Guide:

As Europe falls under Nazi control, America is unprepared for war and the attack on Pearl Harbor. The first bloody battles are fought on Guadalcanal and in North Africa

The Allies take on the daunting forces of the Axis, with victory far from certain. Charles Scheffel battles Rommel’s forces in Tunisia and Jack Werner faces bitter combat in the northern Pacific.

The Marines assault Tarawa in one of the bloodiest battles yet waged. MacArthur island-hops and Italy’s front lines claim a casualty.

The Allies lay plans for the invasion of France; Bert Stiles and the 8th Air Force attempt to clear the skies over Normandy, while the Pacific remains a quagmire. D-Day arrives.

The Allies are bogged down in Normandy’s hedgerows in the aftermath of D-Day, while on Saipan, victory turns to horror.

The Allies race toward Germany as American Marines battle for ground on Peleliu and across the bloody Pacific.

American forces storm the Philippines while Shelby Westbrook is shot down over Europe. Jack Yusen battles the dangers of the deep when his ship is sunk after a heroic duel.

The Marine assault on Iwo Jima brings horror and glory. Pilot Bert Stiles engages a German fighter with disastrous consequences. Reinforcements arrive in Europe to push the Allies toward victory.

The Battle of the Bulge pushes the Allies to the brink, and Rockie Blunt barely survives the fight. Okinawa erupts as the Japanese make their last stand. Hitler is handed a final ultimatum.

With the end in sight, Okinawa is a bloody obstacle to victory. The Third Reich ends with a single gunshot. America delivers the final blow to Japan and the world celebrates the fall of the Axis.

BONUS FEATURES: Character Profiles; Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes - Finding the Footage, Preserving the Footage


National Geographic - Gun Nation

There are 300 million citizens, 270 million guns, five stories, and one thing in common: Gun Nation. National Geographic EXPLORER is going to tell the story of America's connection with guns through the eyes of its citizens. From gangs, to local law enforcement, to gun hobbyists to a young mother: this documentary is exploring the lives of people with guns.


Discovery Channel - HD Getaways: Best Nature Beaches

Pack your bags and grab that passport, because we're heading out to some of the best nature beaches on Earth!


Saturday, March 13, 2010

National Geographic: Samurai Spider

Spiders have all the techniques to make them legendary warriors: stealth, speed and a killer instinct. The people of Kajiki, in Southern Japan have harnessed these skills to create one of the world’s strangest martial arts – the combat sport of spider fighting. If you thought spiders were creatures to be feared, wait until you see the clash of Japan’s Samurai spiders! Premiered on National Geographic International.


National Geographic - Naked Science: Landslides

Landslides are among the most costly natural disasters. Yet humans continue to build homes and damage the terrain in landslide-prone areas. Naked Science digs deep to discover what triggers deadly landslides.


Paradox of the Andes

In the high Andes mountains of Ecuador, the intense power of the equatorial sun beats down through thin air onto a grassland world fringed by glaciers and cloud forest.
Every day is like summer, and every night is like winter. Within a 24-hour cycle, plants and animals adapt to both blistering heat and freezing temperatures--but how? Part of the Discovery Channel's award-winning Equator series, an epic production--capturing every detail in High Definition--that takes viewers on a 32,000-mile odyssey chasing the sun to some of the most extreme and diverse locations on the planet.

BBC - The Day the Immigrants Left

Evan Davis explores the effects of immigration in the UK by focusing on Wisbech, a town in Cambridgeshire. Since 2004 this once prosperous market town has received up to 9,000 immigrants seeking work, but nearly 2,000 unemployed locals blame foreign workers for their predicament. As an experiment, immigrant employees are temporarily removed from their jobs, and the work given to the local unemployed. Now the town's British workers have a chance to prove they can cope.


National Geographic : The Secret History Hidden Horrors Of The Moon Landings

From scientific breakthroughs, escapes and heartbreaking disasters, discover the untold stories of the Apollo space missions, where 24 men risked their lives for science.


The World Natural Heritage-True Treasures Europe

The Heritage is part of the products covered by the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a list of landscapes
that are of exceptional importance, and therefore as part of the world heritage of all humanity must be preserved.
Visit this exceptional and unique DVD edition is a selection of the most fascinating places around the world,
you will be enchanted by the beauty of our world that will take your breath away. Presented in excellent
picture and sound quality on a total of 5 discs with a total duration of more than 10 hours, and a commentary
in English or German. Alternatively, you can enjoy the captivating images with classical music background.

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