With its 343 metre-tall pillars, the Millau Bridge linking the roads to Paris and Barcelona dwarfs the Eiffel Tower and is the tallest road bridge in the world. Undaunted, Richard scales this extraordinary structure to discover its engineering connections with nuclear submarines and ancient Celtic boats. He also learns how the bridge could not have been built without Teflon and a humble gecko helps him to demonstrate.
This episode looks at the issue of body image and how it affects most of us in some way or another. In today's society even healthy living is taken to excess. Fuelled by the admiration heaped on minuscule pop stars and supermodels and superfit athletes and actors, in the Western world slim equals beautiful. Body image has become such an obsession that people follow dangerous diets, age their joints and muscles through obsessive exercise and spend much of their lives worrying about not being the right shape or size.
With experts warning chimpanzees could be gone from the wild within 50 years, this powerful film examines the plight of captive chimps in North America and asks if humans have forever consigned them to a life behind bars.
A neo-nazi obsessed with the perfect stitch, organs from prisoners, patients bombarded with radiation, chance discoveries involving bottles of good quality olive oil - this is the story of transplant surgery. At first, transplant surgery seemed a craze, a one-off experiment. But pursuing fame, prestige and worldwide acclaim, surgeons took increasingly extraordinary risks.
Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections is bigger, bolder and braver than ever as Richard reveals the secrets behind modern day superstructures. Tonight Richard visits the extraordinary Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.
A scientific, humorous and unusual approach to investigating the taboo subject of human excrement.
Witness the extraordinary tourist footage that captures a survival-of- the-fittest tug-of-war between a lion pride, a giant crocodile and a herd of African buffalo with an ending that only nature could devise. Tonight, wildlife experts and eye-witnesses deconstruct this spectacular encounter that has stunned and captivated the world.
Wang and Funi two giant pandas from China became a media sensation in November 2009 when the Adelaide Zoo brought the pair to Australia. Hosted by Ten presenter Natarsha Belling, this one hour documentary follows the "behind the scenes" efforts of the Adelaide Zoo team through long negotiations with Chinese officials and training with Chinese panda keepers. The language barrier, travel delays and complicated paperwork all conspire to keep the pandas from boarding their plane to Australia.
Britain's favourite drug is alcohol. Using 3D-computer graphics to illustrate, Body Hits reveals some fascinating insights into booze and the physical and psychological effects that it has on the human body. The programme looks at the behaviour of three women and three men as they venture out on a group blind date. They start sober but, as they drink more, the alcohol has some interesting effects on their sex hormones - some of which might well be a surprise to viewers.
LSD's inventor Albert Hofman called it "medicine for the soul". The Beatles wrote songs about it. Secret military mind control experiments sought to exploit its hallucinogenic powers. Outlawed in 1966, LSD became a street drug and developed a reputation as the dangerous toy of the counterculture, capable of inspiring either moments of genius, or a descent into madness. Now science is taking a fresh look at LSD, including the first human trials in over 35 years.
We Are The Aliens is a thought-provoking look into the idea of extraterrestrial micro organisms that may have showered our planet and other areas of the universe. This process, known as Panspermia, is a solid theory on how life may have spread throughout the universe and how life may have possibly originated here on Earth.
Following the remarkable life of one small leopard from when she is just eight days old until she is three years old and on the brink of adulthood. Legadema, as she is named, works her way into your heart as she slips in and out of danger virtually every day, running from baboons and hyenas but also making landmark strides in hunting and surviving. It is the story of a mother and daughter relationship as well as that of an emerging huntress in Botswana's magnificent Mombo region.
Not only are our cities and almost every product we use derived from the ground, so is almost all our energy. Yet minerals and petroleum products are only the start. Every culture has wondered about the origin and nature of the earth and geology offers a rich and cautionary explanation.
This five-part series about the brutal, bloody and dangerous history of surgery continues with a look at the development of heart surgery, which produced some extremely reckless experiments. With a family history of heart problems, presenter Michael Mosley takes a personal interest in these pioneers, who teeter on the scalpel-edge between saviour and executioner. Michael has a go at heart surgery, meets a man with no heartbeat, and witnesses an operation where the patient is cooled until their brain stops and has all of their blood sucked out.
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.
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.
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.
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