Dr Aleks Krotoski concludes her investigation of how the Web is transforming almost every aspect of our lives. Joined by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Al Gore and the neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, Aleks examines the popularity of social networks such as Facebook and asks how they are changing our relationships.
Every year Sweden throws a party that is watched all around the world. Only the best and the brightest in the world are called to Stockholm. Since the Nobel Prizes began they have come to be recognised as a benchmark of human achievement.
A restorer working on a Michelangelo sculpture uncovers evidence showing that the official artist of the Vatican and the Catholic Church, was, during the period of the Inquisition, flirting with Protestantism. Michelangelo belonged to a secret fraternity that was active in trying to avoid a schism in the Catholic and Protestant Churches. All of his friends who were pushing for reforms within the church were subsequently put to death by the Inquisition. Michelangelo however, being too important for the Catholic Church's own propaganda, was spared.
The notion of the Devil does not originate in the Bible, as many may think - In the Old Testament, Satan is just another one of God's servants. It is in Iran that the religious teacher Zarathustra simplified things, ending up with only two - a God of the Good and a God of Evil. This belief then spread throughout the Middle East.
Cook continues his relentless pursuit of a Great Southern Continent, putting fable and mystery to rest. Despite his great skills sailing and navigating across the world, Endeavour runs aground and is nearly lost. As a patched up Endeavour crawls its way north again, Cook commits the most controversial act of the voyage: he claims the entire east coast of New Holland for Britain, without permission from local inhabitants. To this day, Cook's claim is still not accepted by Aboriginal people. (TEACHERS NOTES AVAILABLE)
The mighty British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious is an airport, city and battleship all rolled into one, but what are the secrets behind the design of this floating powerhouse? Landing on the vast deck in a helicopter, Richard learns how Tower Bridge, a boomerang, a hearing aid and an 18th century seed drill all have links to one of the most remarkable ocean-going craft in the world.
Rommel is put in charge of a new unit of bodyguards for the Fuehrer in 1939, just before the invasion of Poland. And, in a Munich beer hall, an attempt on Hitler's life fails.
To Russia, With Love: The Great Radio War tells the story of the Cold War from a most unusual perspective: Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty: a radio station for the countries behind the Iron Curtain.
James May continues his quest to show what is possible with old-fashioned toys by using them on a scale never seen before. Tonight he attempts to build the longest ever model railway track - a whopping 16 km long. He builds it in Devon, linking two towns, Barnstaple and Bideford, which last had a train service over 40 years ago.
Some of the most important environmental concerns facing humanity are examined in this series. This episode: an energy innovator submerges two turbines in New York City's East River.
Tonight's episode focuses on dramatic East Berlin escape stories of the 1970s and '80s as the GDR regime crumbled at the end of the Cold War. But as the GDR was planning a new, "gentler" Wall with infrared, laser, chemical and vibration detectors, U.S. President Reagan was exhorting the Soviet Union to "tear down this Wall."
200,000 years ago a new species was born - us. The first men and women led a fragile existence in a dangerous world. So how did they flourish and go on to colonise first the African continent, and then the rest of the world?
British journalist Michael Portillo investigates the psychology of violence. How is it that humans commit violent acts against one another? He visits Mexico try traditional boxing, is forced to stay awake to look after twin babies, and watches as deadly electric shocks are administered to volunteers.
Psychopaths...they'll charm you, manipulate you, then ruin your life. But, not all of them with a gun or a knife. In this extra ordinary documentary, suspected psychopath Sam Vaknin goes in search of a diagnosis...was he born without a conscience?
What does the future hold? Obama's America is a two-part BBC series marking President Barack Obama's first year in office. On inauguration day 2009, the new president studied the "gathering clouds and raging storms" that threatened his nation and declared unequivocally, "we are in the midst of a crisis." A year on as President Obama wrestles with a daunting array of challenges on the world stage and a reeling economy at home, historian Simon Schama looks to American history to understand what is at stake and what the future might hold.
The second and final part of our in-depth look at Barak Obama's first year in office. As the President wrestles with a daunting array of challenges on the world stage and a reeling economy at home, historian Simon Schama looks to American history to understand what is at stake and what the future might hold.
A Boy Called Alex is the true story of cystic fibrosis sufferer, 17-year-old Alex Stobbs. He's a musical prodigy who has been playing the piano since he was three. His goal is to conduct Bach's great choral piece, The Magnificat, before an audience of 500 in the stunning 15th century chapel of his school, Eton. This is an ambitious task for any teenage boy, but for Alex the stakes are much higher. With each year that passes, his lungs and digestive system are slowly giving up on him and there is no cure.
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