Beneath the boiling surface of the sun lies a force that could throw the modern world back to the Stone Age. With only hours to prepare, a New York City engineer struggles to convince the mayor to take action.
In episode three, Tim explores the place of Islam today in Hindu-dominated India and Communist China, and tells the story of the glittering Islamic trade empire of the 14th century. Ibn Battutah was accompanied on this leg of his journey by African bodyguards, whose descendants still live in Gujarat. Tim witnesses their extraordinary ritual, which culminates in a fire-walking frenzy. He travels down the coast to Calicut, once the hub of worldwide trade linking Arabia to China.
Former war correspondent Diego Bunuel takes a fresh look at rarely travelled areas affected by conflict and wars. This instalment takes a closer look at North Korea.
In the final episode of breathtakingly beautiful series Wild Caribbean, explore the western shoreline of the Caribbean - the Central American coastline - stretching over 2,700 kms from Panama to Mexico. With thousands of islands and reefs, this area is bursting with colourful wildlife and marine life.
Holly Morris travels by boat to the Gunung Mulu National Park, Borneo, to hike through virgin rainforests to find the head hunter tribes. It is not an easy trek and Holly overcomes a number of obstacles along the way.
The Pacific breeds the biggest and most powerful hurricanes in the world. So far, the seven million inhabitants of Hong Kong have escaped a direct hit.
In episode two, Tim travels through Turkey, the Crimea and India. On his way, he uncovers all that is weird, wonderful and mystical in the Islamic world. In Konya, Tim watches an illegal whirling dervish ceremony; in the Taurus Mountains, he meets the last of the Turkoman nomads. He chats to Tatars in Crimea, and the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Istanbul.
Tidal bores develop at spring tides in funnel-shaped estuaries, and can be observed in 60 to 80 rivers worldwide. They're particularly spectacular during the strong equinoctial tides and can provide great surfing opportunities. This documentary follows bore enthusiasts in three spots: Sao Domingo do Capim in the heart of the Amazon in Brazil, Saint-Pardon in Gironde, France.
This final instalment sees Andrew microlight and paraglide through the skies, getting a buzzard's eye view of the nation's untamed and untameable landscape. He joins geologists, meteorologists, amateur photographers and festival goers to explore Britain's geology, the impact of the weather on its shores and the riches that lie hidden beneath.
With its history of gang violence and political instability, the Democratic Republic of Congo is a risky place to travel. In the capital city of Kinshasa, Diego visits a nuclear power plant, where a single guard and a padlock are all that separate him from the nuclear reactor. While visiting the stadium where boxer Muhammad Ali famously fought, Diego meets female Congolese boxers who are hoping to fight their way out of poverty.
During the summer months, Caribbean heaven turns into hurricane hell as the pristine waters and lush rainforests face hurricane season.
Matt Young treks across Patagonia's dramatic landscape to put his skills and nerves to the test by confronting the biggest, longest and most challenging rapid on Chile's Futaleufu river - the Terminator.
We saw what happened to New Orleans after the sea breached its levies. Could the same thing happen to London? The city is well protected against the power of a storm surge, but there is one weakness.
The very British Tim Mackintosh-Smith, an Oxford University classicist who has called the Middle East his home for 25 years, takes us on a unique 75,000 mile journey through 40 countries in the 700-year-old footsteps of medieval explorer Ibn Battutah. This is the story of one of the greatest journeys of all time. In 1325, shortly after the end of the Crusades, a young Moroccan Muslim called Ibn Battutah set out on a pilgrimage to Mecca. It was to become an odyssey from one end of the known world to the other. In all, he travelled 75,000 miles - more than three times the distance Marco Polo covered.
For years, adventurers and the devout have searched for evidence of the Eastern ideal of Shangri-La - a hidden paradise humans construct in their minds to escape earthly strife. But does it exist? Some intrepid explorers believe it does - somewhere in the remote, hidden landscapes of Nepal - and that it can be traced back to the beginnings of Buddhism, and even earlier.
Andrew Marr looks at how some of the greenest, most natural-looking landscapes of Britain's islands have in fact been shaped and moulded by human hands over the centuries.
A clip from the video Wild Caribbean: Reefs And Wrecks Ep 2 of 4
Explores the magnificent underwater world of the Caribbean, revealing amazing coral reefs teeming with marine life and haunting shipwrecks from the past.
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