A series exploring the history of photography and all photography's manifestations, from journalism to advertising, through art and portraiture.
Presenter Waldemar Januszczak asks why is Rembrandt's painting, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Tulp, so great. In the 17th century, the Dutch developed a passion for public dismemberment. Dissections became a public event that would last from three to five days. Born in 1609 and moving to Amsterdam in 1631, Dr Tulp was an ambitious man who commissioned the newly arrived Rembrandt to paint this picture of one of his anatomy lessons mounted in 1632 by the Surgeons' Guild. The painting made Rembrandt's reputation and he went on to paint some of Amsterdam's finest people.
Imagine the challenge of trying to move an entire house - fixtures, fixings, brick walls, chimney, windows and roof - intact through a major city, over a mountain range or across a frozen lake. While this may sound impossible to some - it's just another day on the job for the teams of building movers in Monster Moves.
There are bombs scattered all over the landscape in Laos, left from the US's 'Secret War' over 35 years ago, which was conducted during the war in neighbouring Vietnam without the knowledge of most of the outside world. Farming in Laos has been hampered by the presence of unexploded bombs and bomb scrap has become the new cash crop. Local kids are quick to learn there is money to be made in bomb scrap metal, and as result the death rate of those killed by bombs - almost half of whom are children - is on the rise.
Sam Dillemans is considered the most important contemporary artist in Belgium. He has an ongoing relationship with the Old Masters of European painting and sets the bar for his own work alongside theirs.
Tonight Pria visits Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and, as always, the emphasis is on meeting the locals. Throughout, the Portuguese culture has stayed alive as a relic to the past.
The program follows the extraordinary discoveries of superconductivity and superfluidity and the attempt to produce a new form of matter, the Bose-Einstein condensate, that Albert Einstein predicted would exist within a few billionths of a degree above absolute zero. It is a race to reach the ultimate extreme: absolute zero, a place so cold that the physical world as we know it doesn't exist, where electricity flows without resistance, fluids defy gravity and the speed of light can be reduced to 38 miles per hour.
Four fearless young women hurtle towards the 2006 Winter Olympics in a bold Australian scientific experiment to create a champion. Nerves of Steel is a fast and furious behind-the-scenes documentary tracing the rise of Australia's first all-female skeleton team as they race towards the Torino Winter Olympics in February 2006.
In the final leg of Michael's journey into new Europe, he travels high in the Tatra mountains where he learns how to make Slovakian sausages. In the spa town of Karlovy Vary he has a mud bath with Miss World, followed by a pedalo ride in Prague. Entering the former East Germany in Dresden he gets a first-hand insight into life after Germany's unification before ending his trip on the Baltic island of Rugen.
A 'series of miracles' allowed Bulgarian Peter Oulianoff to survive the war and the fall of Berlin. He arrived in Australia in 1951, married and raised a family, but from the moment of his arrival, when his qualifications were not accepted, he grew to distrust and dislike all that Australia represents.
Ewan, Charley and their team make it to Addis Ababa for their well-earned break. With morale at an all-time low, the boys do some soul searching to decide if their trip is worth continuing. They decide that it is - but in Kenya, Claudio's bike breaks down in bandit country. As hunger sets in, and terrified at the thought of another packet dinner, the team makes the difficult decision to slay a goat for supper.
Ewan and Charley are 31 days into their trip and encounter some roadblocks while trying to enter Ethiopia. Once in the country they see some of the devastation brought on by the war-torn nation. All the while, the long hours begin to take their toll on the guys as the terrain continues to make for a difficult ride.
Tim Goodwin, Megan Davis and Joel Pringle discuss what the future holds for us as a nation.
Neanderthals once dominated ice age Europe, but then they disappeared. What happened to them? For 150 years scientists have been puzzled by the state of our closest relatives. They've looked at the archaeological evidence from every angle. Now they've turned to DNA, and a new idea is taking root. It's possible that Neanderthals live on - or at least their genes do - inside of us all.
1972. Tasmania. A small introverted island community is emotionally divided between the goal of industrial progress and the vision of a pristine environment. A unique environmental wonder, the alpine Lake Pedder is on the verge of destruction by the largest hydro-electric power scheme in the southern hemisphere. Brenda Hean - one of the leaders of the first environmental political party in the world - and her pilot, Max Price, are flying in an ageing Tiger Moth to petition the Australian Prime Minister in Canberra in a last ditch effort to save the Lake. The plane disappears without trace. The battle for Lake Pedder is lost. The plane is never found.
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.
Olympia: Myth And Truth investigates the way the original Olympians competed, and questions whether the idealised image of Olympic values are founded in fact or fiction. Utilising technology such as laser, infra-red and slow-motion cameras, scientists undertake a series of biomechanical studies comparing the techniques and performance of ancient Olympians with that of their modern-day counterparts.
The story of Vladimir Vetrov, the KGB agent who caused the downfall of the Soviet Empire.
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