Why do we buy what we buy? Who created our world of rampant consumerism and how did they do it? Investigative journalist Jacques Peretti examines the trends and techniques.
Creativity defines the human species, it underpins our favourite technology, lies behind our music and arts and has allowed us to journey beyond our own planet. For a long time, it was seen as a gift of the gods, something beyond scientific explanation. This film finds out what really happens in your brain before you have a great idea, discovers how day-dreaming can help you become a creative genius and explores the link between obsession and great ideas.
In one of the most bizarre biological blunders of all time, the cane toad was introduced to Australia to save the nation's cane crops from devastation. This humorous film takes a close look at these pests, now in plague proportions, and at how different people have responded to living down among the toads.
On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy of the United States of America committed the resources of his nation and launched Project Apollo - the greatest technological undertaking in the history of mankind. But in 1972, only two years after Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, public and political interest in Apollo had dwindled. NASA was forced to cancel their last three missions, making Apollo 17 man's final mission to the moon. Astronauts Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evans were the three brave men chosen to fly NASA's final mission. They have been written up in history books and acknowledged by the space and scientific communities, but have never received the public recognition they truly deserved. Apollo 17's voyage to the moon was the crowning glory of man's lunar exploration. This documentary features spectacular NASA footage and exclusive interviews with space scientists who worked on the Apollo programme during the 1960s and '70s. This is the remarkable story of the determination and courage of a generation, and a tribute to three brave astronauts and the thousands of men and women behind them during the final days of NASA's Apollo programme.
What's the future bringing to your dinner table? There's fast food, slow food, but how about future food? Future farmers are manipulating light for indoor farms.
Explorer Levison Wood sets out on a nine month walk along the length of River Nile, visiting rainforests, deserts, cities and war zones, and encountering Africa, it's people and it's wildlife. Tonight Lev treks from Rwanda, through Tanzania and into Uganda.
A compelling six-hour television series, we take viewers on an exciting and visually stunning journey to the beautiful and important historical places where Christianity was born and grew from a small movement called 'The Way' to its place as the official religion of the Roman Empire. Join author and distinguished history professor Jonathan Phillips of Royal Holloway, University of London, as he takes viewers on a captivating adventure to the very places where Christianity began, through four centuries and seven countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.
Melvyn Bragg sets out to unravel the many questions surrounding one of the Bible's most enigmatic and controversial figures. In the gospel accounts, Mary Magdalene plays a central role in the Easter story. She is there at the cross when Jesus is crucified and she is the key witness to the resurrection. So why do so many people believe that Mary Magdalene was the seductive prostitute redeemed by Christ, despite there being no reference to it in the Bible? This compelling documentary uncovers the real story behind Mary Magdalene's legendary status, from her vital role in the first centuries of Christianity to her portrayal in Jesus Christ Superstar and The Da Vinci Code.
Krishna heads to Washington DC to find out how partial pot legalisation works; and then to Amsterdam to see how decades of weed tolerance, not full legalisation, has played out. (S.1 Ep.8)
Magnetism has shaped our cosmos, and without it, Creation would simply disintegrate. We follow scientists trying to understand how this strange force works.
With the reality of defeat looming over Germany, Hitler retreats to an underground bunker.
This episode focuses on the railways on the front line - moving troops to the front, rescuing them when they retreated, evacuating civilians, suffering nightly bombardment during the Blitz and playing a vital role in the build-up to D-Day. Dan explores the work and heroism of the railway men and women and the vital technology and engineering that kept the railways running during this turbulent historical period.
Hitler tightens his iron grip on Germany and turns his sights to conquest. Leading experts investigate the key skills that enabled him to turn the tables on Europe's foreign leaders, super-sizing Germany's army, snatching back land and yet convincing them he is a man of peace. Meanwhile, Hitler's self image is reflected in the transformation of his Bavarian farmhouse into a colossal mansion. With the German public now worshipping him as a saviour, he gives the green light for revenge against the Jews, laying the foundation for his horrific racial program.
Author, broadcaster and award winning writer Jane Caro has some words of wisdom for girls today. "Getting approval is not the point of life!"
In a remarkable two-part finale, Stephen Hawking reveals the wonders of the cosmos to a new generation. With the aid of stunning CGI, he explores the splendour and majesty of the universe as never seen before. Hawking explains how the universe began, how it creates stars, black holes and life - and how everything will end.
Tonight Barry explores the chaos and hum of Mumbai, from an early morning session at a 'laughter club' to herbal remedy shops and famous Muslim sweet stalls. He meets the famed Dabbawallahs who perform the daily ritual of getting thousands of home-cooked meals delivered to the right offices and make it into the Guinness Book of Records. The day ends with a promenade and a feast of snack food enjoyed at the nightly carnival-on-the-sand, at Juhu.
A lush and colourful glimpse into Indian culture, food and customs, presented by English-born chef, Barry Vera. On the humid, lush Keralan coast, Barry learns about the famous Chinese fishing nets that operate as they have for over 600 years as well as discovering that coconut is used for everything - cooking, hair product, make-up and rugs.
Dr David Starkey presents the second of three series of his complete 20-part history of the British monarchy, beginning in the savage maelstrom of the Wars of the Roses. The Tudors eventually triumph, and carry the crown of England to its peak. Then the House of Stuart takes the throne, uniting England and Scotland but eventually mishandling both countries. The second series culminates in the English Civil War and a revolution that killed a king, but failed to extirpate royal rule in Britain. And in 1660, the king is returned to the throne.