Comedian and writer Shaun Micallef is on a quest to find the very meaning of life itself. Envious of those with 'unshakeable faith', Shaun journeys across the globe immersing himself into some of the world's most unique religions and beliefs. In this episode, Shaun starts his spiritual adventure with church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In their heartland of Salt Lake City, Shaun eats, prays an dlives with the Mormons through privileged access into a usually closed world. He works with young missionary Mormons sent off to the jungles of Fiji, and bunks in with breakaway fundamentalist polygamists in the deserts of Uta. Shaun wants to understand this devout faith so entwined with the development of the USA, and centred around the remarkable contents of the Book of Mormon.
This Australian series explores where ice comes from, how it's made and what kind of people benefit from the profits made on the misery of users. We hear from the police who plan and execute anti-ice strategies daily.
The social organisation, daily life, myths and beliefs of the main cultures of history addressed in a different tone, with touches of humour in a "close to the kids" language.
Pompeii: one of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history. We know how its victims died, but this film sets out to answer another question - how did they live? Gleaning evidence from an extraordinary find, Cambridge professor and Pompeii expert Mary Beard provides new insight into the lives of the people who lived in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius before its cataclysmic eruption. Using the latest forensic techniques it is now possible to determine what those who perished in the disaster ate and drank, where they came from, what diseases they suffered, how rich they were and, perhaps even more astonishingly, the details of their sex lives. Mary takes us on journey from the cellar to a small ancient town which nevertheless boasted more than 50 fast food joints, dozens of rowdy bars, a 200-foot-long swimming pool and even its own brothel. The film opens the lid on this most famous of ancient towns to reveal Pompeii as it's never been seen before.
A short clip that shows the awesome power of sink holes. A man made salt mine collapses in 2012 creating a sink hole that sucked
A warm, interesting and often humorous journey into the bewildering world of learning a new language as four sets of people with virtually no means of communicating with one another attempt to bridge the language barrier.
Neil Oliver concludes his epic journey through ancient British history by focusing on the legacy of the Romans. He digs beneath a London tower block, examines building work from a large stadium, and investigates the remains of an African woman who lived in York 1,800 years ago - evidence of the extraordinary multicultural world of Rome.
In the 1780s France was the richest nation on Earth. It also boasted an exploding national debt and an increasingly restless middle class. On July 14, 1789, a ragtag mob of Parisians stormed the fortress of the Bastille to seize the King's arms and ammunition. This set loose a decade of revolutionary ideals and a murderous cycle of carnage - the French Revolution, that would shake the very foundations of monarchy, destroy the last vestiges of feudalism, plant the seeds for modern politics, diplomacy and nationalism - and plunge an entire continent into endless warfare for a generation to come.
One in five Australians has experienced racism in the last 12 months according to one of the biggest ever surveys conducted on racism and prejudice in Australia, commissioned by SBS with the Western Sydney University. Ray Martin investigates the question: Is Australia Racist? This one hour documentary puts survey findings into action through a series of hidden camera social experiments, capturing the experience of racism through the eyes of those who have suffered it. The results are at times confronting, but 'Is Australia Racist?' also reveals inspiring Australians facing up to racism and standing up when witnessing discrimination.
Why did the great pharaohs of Egypt abandon the pyramids of Giza and choose a secret cemetery in the Valley of the Kings as their burial ground?
A documentary series that takes you behind the scenes in the creation of four masterpiece albums. Tonight, it looks at Woodface by Crowded House. (STUDY GUIDE AVAILABLE)
Necessity is the mother of invention - from darkness, man found light (the candle) and from even the farthest distances we can still find each other (the telephone). But some inventions have transformed our lives far beyond our homes (the steam engine), our planet (the telescope), and our wildest dreams (the internet). This countdown highlights how human ingenuity comes in all shapes and sizes.
In the final episode of the series, Professor Brian Cox explores the future of our home planet, its unfolding relationship with the rest of the universe, and its effect on our destiny as a species.
It sometimes seems as though everyone is on, or about to start a diet. This entertaining, and informative programme looks at the worldwide obsession with weight loss, exploring the ways and means by which people go about trying to lose weight; explaining the scientific evidence of what works, and more importantly showing ways to keep it off.
Part two of IOU honours Queensland poet Judith Wright. Wright, who died in 2000, was one of Australia's most important and influential literary figures. We pay tribute to her life and poetry in IOU: Judith Wright through interviews with a number of Australian artists, poets and musicians who were influenced by her work.