Marie-Antoinette's private quarters in Versailles, the Petit Trianon, where she entertained lavishly, and the "peasant cottage", where she played shepherds, are in a sorry state of disrepair and closed to the public. Versailles' president, Christine Albanel, wants to transform the run-down estate into a major attraction.
This series profiles some of the world's leading designers and observes their creative processes along with some of their iconic works. The program travels the globe looking at the very best across the five design disciplines of Architecture, Graphics, Interiors, Industrial and Fashion. Tonight's program features internationally-recognised creative director and designer Chris Lee.
Ptolemy Dean is going in search of Britain's finest period homes. At all times on his journey, he'll be taking his trusty sketchbook to record the details of materials. This episode features an arts and craft home.
James May arrives in Bordeaux with Oz Clarke for an introduction to the art of wine tasting at the magnificent, 150-year-old Chateau Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse-de-Lalande of Grand Dame Madame May-Elaine de Lencquesaing. After a brief break in the lessons at an unusual grape-related spa, Oz put James's new-found tasting skills to the test at the Chateau Pichon-Baron, in front of one of the wine industry's biggest players, Englishman Christian Seely.
Luke visits the town of Quy Nhon on the central coast of Vietnam and learns how to make fresh Tofu from scratch in a family farmyard environment. He also prepares a vegetarian delight at an historical Pagoda with the help of local Monks. And finally, Luke learns the secrets of making the best noodles around.
This series profiles some of the world's leading designers and observes their creative processes along with some of their iconic works. The program travels the globe looking at the very best across the five design disciplines of Architecture, Graphics, Interiors, Industrial and Fashion. Tonight's program features leading German architect Ole Scheeren, who is responsible for a number of large projects in China, Taiwan and Singapore.
As Francesco and the crew enter Greek waters, the boat is making fast headway but disaster strikes and they limp into the next port, the island of Corfu.
The grounds of Versailles contain some 50 spectacular fountains connected by 35 kilometres of pipes. This water system was designed and built under the direct supervision of Louis XIV, a great lover of water features and pyrotechnics. Today, a small team of engineers, maintenance workers and pyrotechnics experts prepare a spectacular show that combines water features, fireworks and a cast of hundreds to recreate the pageantry of Versailles, from the time of Louis XIV, the French Revolution and Napoleon, until the turn of the 20th century.
Ptolemy Dean is going in search of Britain's finest period homes. At all times on his journey, he'll be taking his trusty sketchbook to record the details of materials. This episode features a traditional stone cottage.
In December 1872, the merchant ship The Mary Celeste was found drifting deserted in the mid Atlantic Ocean. She was a ghost ship with no sign of her captain or the eight crew aboard, but mysteriously, her cargo of 1700 barrels of pure alcohol was intact in her hull. The mystery of her plight has stood for 135 years, baffling scientists, historians and mariners. Now a descendant of the ship's captain has a look at evidence that throws some fascinating new light on what really happened.
Lila and Demetri are already way past their deadline for completion. It's a financial crisis just waiting to happen, but they decide to do a photo shoot for their brochure and website despite not having everything in place. The most important of the 35 chandeliers being installed is broken and the curtain hanging hits a snag. Yet despite all that, Lila and Demetri decide it is time to open their luxury retreat, Glynt Manor anyway and when the first guests arrive they are all in for a surprise.
On the next step of his sea voyage, Francesco is sailing into the Bay of Kotor where Venetian sailors knew they were leaving safe waters for the dangers of pirates and the ships of rival powers.
Versailles is one of Europe's main tourist attractions, drawing over 3 million visitors a year. That's a lot of people to walk through the palace's rooms and corridors and a lot of history to cover, from the Sun King, Louis the XIV to the French Revolution in 1789. The tour guides of Versailles are a passionate and dedicated lot, but their profession is threatened by the advent of the audio-guide.
Red Lantern owner and Chef, Luke Nguyen escapes the Vietnam heat and visits the town of Dalat in the central highlands. Dalat was the playground of the French in the 20s and 30s, and the cool climate and chalet style architecture are in stark contrast to the rest of the country. Luke visits the famous indoor markets where he buys all his ingredients for a clay pot veggie recipe.
Food writer Stefan Gates explores some of the most controversial food issues and dangerous places in the world. Tonight he is in one of the harshest climates of the planet, 500 miles inside the Arctic Circle, Stefan travels to the town of Igloolik where he discovers people still hunting whale and seal. He goes on a 10-day hunting trip with his Inuit guide Theo, and is forced to put aside any qualms about the hunting of seals and whales. He also discovers that global warming is threatening the Inuit way of life.
This one-hour documentary celebrates the history of Australian food through the recollections of Australian food legend Margaret Fulton, a pioneer of the Australian kitchen.
Surveillance is everywhere. We're all being watched ... on streets ... in suburbs ... at airports ... at shopping malls ... even in our own homes by technologies that make the invisible ... visible. Surveillance goes behind the security doors and discovers the secret, often disturbing world of surveillance.
The world famous equestrian theatre Zingaro rehearses a spectacular show in the grounds of the palace of Versailles under the watchful eye of its formidable director Bartabas. Tension builds as the erection of the stadium that will seat thousands of spectators falls behind schedule and riders and horses prepare for what must be a perfectly choreographed and timed performance.
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