Who Do You Think You Are? , the series that has inspired people world wide to look into their genealogical roots, is back for a new series on SBS ONE. The UK version returns to the network featuring six UK celebrities who trace their family trees to reveal the lives of their ancestors and explore major themes in British social history. In the first episode of the series, award-winning comedian, actor and writer David Mitchell goes in search of his Scottish roots.
Mohsen was an asylum seeker going mad in detention until Suzanne Tsannes took his case all the way to the High Court. Suzanne, 62, is a psychotherapist who is married with two adult children. Mohsen, 33, is an Iranian poet who two years ago was granted refugee status after four years in detention. Suzanne met Mohsen at Villawood Detention Centre in 2001 and theirs is the story of one person's crusade for another's freedom, justice and sanity.
For the first time ever, access has been given to watch and film the gorillas of the Ndoki in Central Africa - an untouched forest reserve, which is known for the uniquely natural and unaffected behaviour of the lowland gorillas that inhabit it.
An Eye For An Elephant is the story of a cameraman with a love for the greatest creatures on earth. From secretive elephants deep in the Congo to a female elephant giving birth at night, Martyn Colbeck has seen - and filmed - it all. His passion for these giant creatures has led to a career in recording the most astonishing elephant images ever seen.
After labouring in secret for twenty years, Charles Darwin is almost trumped by the obscure young naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, who has been in the southern world of Australasia for almost a decade. Shocked that someone else is drawing the same conclusions, Darwin knows that he must publish his own work post haste.
Gavin twitches back the Iron Curtain and crosses into the former Soviet Bloc. First stop is Bratislava, capital of Slovakia where Gavin walks in the footsteps of Napoleon and sees how town planners are ruining the city.
A ground-breaking, six-part character-driven battlefield archaeology series featuring two young knockabout archeologists. In 1314 Edward II led a mighty army north to quell what he saw as yet another Scottish revolt. His force, thought to have numbered 18,000 came up against Robert the Bruce and his 6,500 patriotic fighters at the Battle of Bannockburn. But Scotland's most famous battlefield has gone missing!
This program investigates the fight for the Franklin River in 1983. It highlights the conflict between conservationists and developers; presenting both points of view. It looks at tactics used by each side in the fight, such as the conservationists' claims about future power needs, and the Tasmanian government's enactment of new laws to protect its plan for a hydro-electric scheme.
They say it's impossible to eat badly in Thailand and in this episode the Hairy Bikers discover why. They are in Bangkok and Thailand's central plains, where much of the familiar Thai cuisine originates. Si and Dave find out why Bangkok is the street food capital of the world, they discover the secrets of an authentic green curry under the terrifying tutelage of Auntie Daeng and they help serve up some school dinners, Thai style.
Strip away our clothes and ability to speak and our animal roots become clear. An alien biologist wouldn't hesitate to label us as a third chimpanzee. Yet in so many aspects of our lives, we are very different from other creatures. So how has the human race been forged by evolution, just like all the other animals, but then uniquely managed to break free from it.
The state is on fire. It's only January 23, 2006 and already it's the worst bushfire summer Victoria has seen for years. Homes have been destroyed, tens of thousands of animals have burnt to death and vast tracts of land are still burning out of control.
Ted Egan's career has ranged from working with remote Aboriginal communities to songwriter, historian, entertainer and the Northern Territory's Administrator. Born in 1932, Ted planned to travel to Brazil after high school but he never got further than Darwin. There he worked mainly in remote areas for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs as a patrol officer, reserve superintendent, teacher and district officer.
There are now only seven weeks left before opening night and none of the actors has been up in the flying rigs yet! Lyn cracks the whip and puts the leads through their paces, but again time is against them. Can Lyn have the cast ready for opening night? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
Tonight, James and his family of helpers build a life-size bridge made entirely of Meccano - a world first. Once James has found a river to build his bridge over and a design to follow, it takes two months to painstakingly piece together this huge feat of engineering. With the help of a group of engineering undergraduates, James uses 100,000 standard Meccano 1cm wide steel bars, nuts and bolts to achieve his extraordinary model.
Our galaxy, the Milky Way, comprises more than 200 billion stars. They are a spiral disc 100,000 light years wide and 20,000 thick. Our nearest stellar neighbour is Alpha Centauri, 4.25 light years away. The Sun, our local star, is two thirds of the way from the galactic centre. After ten-billion years of life, the Sun will bloat into red giant and die as a white dwarf. More massive stars have shorter lives and end in supernovae. The most massive collapse to be black holes.
Two young Aussie rookie producers attempt the seemingly impossible: to take an unknown musical straight to Broadway! Tonight, the team heads south in search of funds, and a theatre. Frank's connections in the South take them to Louisiana in search of Christian dollars to find new investors into the project. Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
James May's Big Ideas is a three-part series in which James, journalist and self-acknowledged geek, travels the globe in search of implementations for concepts widely considered science fiction or his 'Big Ideas'. The first episode documents his search for the ultimate form of personal transport, ranging from jetpacks to flying cars.
The world awakes to the crash of the stock markets around the globe. Marcus receives a call plunging the production of "Angels the Musical" into turmoil. Will the show go on? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
Frequent monster mover Jerry Matyiko and his team reproduce one of the most epic moves of all time - the Abu Simbel Temples. Matyiko and his men courageously attack a sandstone replica of one of the colossal heads of Ramses and mimic the exact actions of the men that moved them over 40 years ago.
Alan Khan migrated to Australia from Bangladesh in the 1970s. He came to Australia to get a pilot's licence and stayed to become the 'king' of Sydney's wedding photographers. Alan is charming, egotistical, charismatic and a cutthroat businessman.
Tasmania is home to the biggest marsupial carnivore left on earth - the Tasmanian devil. Award-winning filmmakers David Parer and Liz Parer-Cook explore the way of life of this special Australian in Terrors of Tasmania.
In tonight's episode Cathy and Luke hunt down sand frogs that drink their own urine and start a fire with nothing but a bit of old wood and some combustible roo poo. Luke puts his new-found confidence to the test on the dance floor and Cathy tries some tongue-twisting rap with the kidz in the hood in Tennant Creek.
Between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter is the asteroid belt, a swarm of rocky bodies. Every so often, perturbed perhaps by the gravitational tug of Jupiter, asteroids collide and tumble towards the Sun. If they pass Mars, they can threaten Earth. 65 million years ago an asteroid impact most probably killed the dinosaurs. That threat from space continues. How do we protect our planet? To get to know our enemy, robot spacecraft visit asteroids.
Long after the extinction of the dinosaurs, other extraordinary species of giant beasts roamed the earth - the megafauna. In Australia some of the most bizarre to roam the earth existed including a giant wombat, a huge kangaroo, a massive lizard and the earth's biggest flightless bird. For hundreds of thousands of years these were the heavy weight champions of the animal kingdom. But suddenly, inexplicably they vanished. Something happened which wiped them off the face of the planet forever.
Malaysia's multiculturalism is unrivalled throughout South East Asia and is reflected in its cuisine. Host Merrilees Parker begins her journey on the Malaysian peninsular with the native Orang Asli people of Kelantan.
Flowers. Trees. Plants. We've always thought that we controlled them. But what if, in fact, they have been shaping us? Based on Michael Pollan's best-selling book, The Botany Of Desire takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world - seen from the plants' point of view.
This week the Napoleon Perdis Master class students learn that media and makeup go hand in hand. Napoleon teaches the students techniques for doing body makeup in preparation for the hardest test yet, recreating a period look for projection in high definition media. The unforgiving nature of high definition affects the students in more ways than one, making for the most dramatic elimination yet.
The princes have one week left to accomplish their mission, but despite efforts no-one has found their perfect match. They set up some liaisons on speed dating and go to a cocktail bar where they meet gay and straight singletons. Each prince has three minutes to spend with their dates.
A fossil is a trace of a living thing left in rock. Fossils offer a three-part challenge - first to reconstruct the organism itself, then to reconstruct the world it lived in, then to understand its place in time and evolution.
Still reeling from the devastating 2006 January bushfires, Victoria's communities and bushland are just beginning to recover. Worst of all, no-one can be sure what February and March, or even April will hold.
Parmigiano Reggiano is the undisputed king of Italian cheese. Will Studd explains the steps taken to control production of this wonderful cheese. He also meets the Biemme family who have been making benchmark cheese for four generations.
Students will be inspired and excited by the best of cutting edge engineering. Demonstrating a broad range of engineering applications, this series focuses on the engineers themselves - who they are, what they do and how they think. Today: This episode follows two people as they have new limbs fitted, and sees how they adjust to the changes it brings to their lives.
Tonight, Cathy and Luke get their first taste of the Cape at a house opening ceremony in Aurukun, get their feet wet hunting mudshells in a mosquito-infested swamp, launch a community-built catamaran to explore the wetlands and try not to get burnt to a cinder as they learn how to set fire to country
James May, journalist and self-acknowledged geek, travels the globe in search of implementations for concepts widely considered science fiction. In this episode James looks at whether robots can exceed the boundaries of their programming.
Deep in the heart of South America, where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay collide, lies one of the most spectacular geographical secrets of the natural world - Iguacu, a place forged from the explosive clashing of the earth's tectonic plates. Over five kilometres long and 100 metres high, Iguacu is the greatest waterfall on Earth. Five times the size of Niagara, some 2000 tonnes of water pour over its 300 cascades each second. These awesome falls are also home to one of the richest habitats on earth: 2000 species of plants, 450 species of birds, 50 different mammals and more reptiles and insects than anyone has been able to count.
The Bettenays and Fletchers are a three-generation family living in a massive rental home on Melbourne's suburban fringe. They thought living together would allow them to save money, but their bills are astronomical - they have no idea how much carbon they are producing - and little wonder.
Tonight Barry explores the chaos and hum of Mumbai, from an early morning session at a 'laughter club' to herbal remedy shops and famous Muslim sweet stalls. He meets the famed Dabbawallahs who perform the daily ritual of getting thousands of home-cooked meals delivered to the right offices and make it into the Guinness Book of Records. The day ends with a promenade and a feast of snack food enjoyed at the nightly carnival-on-the-sand, at Juhu.
James May and 350 volunteers build a world record beating Scalextric track on what was the world's first racetrack - Brooklands in Surrey, England. The new circuit following the same route now has to go through a housing estate, over two access roads, navigate through an office block, several car parks, four metre fences and hedges.
Volcanoes and earthquakes are only part of a bigger picture. Tectonic forces also push continents around and cause mountains to be uplifted. The crust recycles itself. The lighter rocks of the continents float on the heavier rocks of the mantle.
Farthest planet from the Sun, Pluto is so remote and small, it was not found until 1930. The discovery was made by a 24-year-old farmer’s son, Clyde Tombaugh. At the Lowell Observatory, in Flagstaff, Arizona, US, Tombaugh photographed 45 million objects in the cosmos before spotting Pluto. And it was not until 1978 that Pluto’s huge moon Charon was discovered by Jim Christie. It was named after his wife. "Most men promise their wives the moon," she says. "Jim delivered."
Marine scientists across the world are racing to tackle the most urgent environmental challenge facing our planet today - ocean acidification. From the icy polar seas to the world's most pristine coral reefs we track the latest scientific research.
English businessman, Paul Lister and his dedicated team want to turn back the clock and 're-wild' a Scottish glen by building Britain's first wilderness game reserve - complete with wolves and bears. But, with local opinion divided, can it really work? Narrated by John Hannah, Moose In The Glen, tracks Paul's ambitious plans.