Bathed in warm, clear tropical water and brilliant sunlight, coral reefs are the rainforests of the sea. Surrounded by ocean deserts, they are rich oases of life. Spectacular numbers make it necessary to stand out to survive. This competition is highly visible as brightly coloured fish compete for food, territory and mates. But the corals themselves are also dynamic. Incredible time-lapse photography shows the dramatic formation of a coral reef, portraying its myriad inhabitants and its ultimate destruction.
In March 2012, James Cameron made a record breaking dive to Earth's lowest point, the Mariana Trench. Piloting a submarine nearly 11km deep, he hopes what he found there will answer some of science's most enduring questions.
This detailed, independent look at Bob Dylan's early years features rare archival footage and in-depth discussion of a creative force that captured the imagination of the world, exploring the history of a truly great artist.
As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto's life story unfolds like a tale of Shakespearean dimensions. Her father, the first democratically elected president of Pakistan, chose Benazir over his eldest son to carry his political mantle. Accused of rampant corruption, imprisoned, then exiled abroad, Bhutto was called back in 2007 as her country's only hope for democracy. When she was struck down by an assassin, her untimely death sent shock waves throughout the world.
Cheers turned to boos in the final years of AFL champion footballer Adam Goodes' career when he publicly called out racism. This impassioned film tracks Australia's heated and divided response.
Prominent Aussies reflect on the moon landing - the triumph of human achievement. Using footage not seen since that momentous day, John Barron documents the aftermath as Apollo 11 astronauts made their way around our nation.
The first breath of life for a baby boobook owl soon turns to despair with the realisation the chick may not pull through the night.
With access to the US Armed Forces and the innermost sanctums of the Pentagon, this series is an intimate portrait of the men and women devoting their lives to fighting terrorism at all levels.
Chris heads off to the Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland to help out a friend in need and babysit some beloved tree kangaroos.
Marcus du Sautoy examines the history of mathematics from the ancient world to its modern uses in explaining the construction of the universe. He finds the start of the decimal system in Egypt, the Babylonian beginnings for the Base 60 system, which covers time, and the Greek origins of mathematical analysis.
Despite the 1960s free-love and alternative culture, many women found that their lives and expectations had barely altered. But by the 1970s, the Women's Liberation Movement was causing seismic shifts in the march of the world's events, and women's creativity and political consciousness was soon to transform everything - including the face of publishing and literature.
Benjamin's workaholic dad Danny is part of a 300-year-old tradition of Chinese seeking their fortunes in Australia. He recalls his early business development days in Queensland during the post-White Australia Policy Whitlam era.
Our time-travelling pupils and teachers arrive in the 1970s. It's out with the old and in with the new as they leave behind their 1960s Secondary Modern and embrace the experimental '70s and a comprehensive. In their first lesson, the boys and girls are finally mixed, as they learn about commerce and air travel; complete with a life-size model plane structure in the classroom. Role playing sees some of the class try their hand at being a pilot, air hostess or air traffic control, while others are confined to being the passengers and commenting on the service. In 1973, thanks to the bold demands of the Schools Action Union, this comprehensive becomes a free school and abandoning the rules has the teachers more than a little worried. Changing attitudes in the '70s mean that our class are taught progressive new ideas. Embracing diversity, dissecting the words of Pink Floyd, complete with incense burning, and digging up worms on the school playing field, are all part of the experience.
Our pupils and teachers arrive in their final time-travelling decade, the 1990s. Ready to embrace the decade that gave us girl power, Brit pop, Oasis, Blur and the Gladiators, our pupils arrive at their comprehensive school. Their first lesson taps into a moment of pop culture we all remember - Italia '90, and the pupils take the chance to trade football stickers. The canteen is still stocked sky-high with fast food and in this era they'll have potato smiley faces and turkey drummers added to the menu, along with cans of apple Tango and bottles of Panda Pops cherryade. In 1992, they have a treat in store, as a very special guest from the Gladiators joins them to kick-start the eliminator with a blow on her whistle. By the mid-'90s, it's time for the class to connect with the wider world and embrace the joys of fundraising. As the world becomes more accessible, their computer class gives them the chance to connect to the dial-up modem and access the very first world wide web.
Presenter Michael Buerk looks at how the Victorians created what is now known as the modern home, exploring the huge rise in house-building during the period. He travels to Fakenham, Norfolk, to visit the last remaining gasworks in England, and discovers how the Victorians mastered the art of producing 'town gas' from coal. He also investigates how the kitchen was transformed with the advent of gas cookers, as more complex meals including the Sunday roast steadily became the norm across the nation.
Pupils and their teachers have embarked on an extraordinary time-travelling adventure through seven eras of British history. Starting out in the age of Empire in 1895, they've lived lessons, life and dinners all the way through to the end of the 1990s, with their school as their time machine. Now they're returning for one last adventure. In this final episode of the series, the class and teachers return to school for their very own reunion party, where they'll be joined by presenter Sara Cox and social historian Polly Russell. As pupils, teachers and families celebrate together, they'll reflect on over 100 years of time travel, and explore how the legacy of the past lives on in the schools of today. But their journey isn't over yet, as our intrepid class of pupils set off to explore what the future of the classroom might look like. They'll experience the cutting-edge possibilities of virtual classrooms and contend with the unsettling notion of lessons run by artificial intelligence.
Initiation rituals are spectacular, with the power to change who you are, from brutal skin cutting in Papua New Guinea to hair plucking in India. Alternative title: Extraordinary Rituals.
Houdini's mysterious sudden death may not have been an accident. Experts recreate his buried alive escape and investigate if he was killed by more sinister forces.