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.
Lucy Worsley concludes her history of the Romanov dynasty by investigating how the family's grip on Russia unravelled in their final century. The years between 1825 and 1918 were bloody and traumatic, a period when four tsars tried and failed to deal with the growing pressure for constitutional reform and revolution.
In this no-nonsense approach to health and medicine, anatomy expert Dr Alice Roberts takes us on a high-energy revelatory trip around the body, giving us an essential guide to our internal organs. This week, she looks at the heart. As a hard-working organ, making sure that every muscle, tissue and cell in the body gets just what it needs, the heart is in need of some love.
A look at the decision making process and the human brain. Can maths find the solutions to seemingly unrelated human conundrums? Sophisticated ratio formulas are put to use to predict the chances of individuals scoring a date or buying a pair of shoes. To what extent is our decision-making process manipulated by how choices are presented? Brain scans show the amygdala (emotional centre of the brain) lights up every time decisions need to be made. And what is premonition and is it really precognition, the ability to look into the future?
Every minute of every day, the face of earth changes - sometimes right before our eyes. Compelling special effects and advanced animation techniques take viewers inside tectonic events.
A positive psychology program is introduced to help the students cope with stress. The Darrabi boys face tough physical and mental challenges, and teachers deal compassionately with teen mental health issues.
In this new and exciting History Channel production Tony Robinson of Time Team fame, takes us on a journey through time and places across Australia, offering a revealing, unique perspective on Australian society and history.
In episode two, Asteroid Strike, dinosaurs rose up as rulers of Earth around 230 million years ago, eventually dominating all other species and relegating mammals to the shadows. But 65 million years ago the planet was rocked by a massive event when, seemingly out of nowhere, the mighty dinosaurs were wiped off the face of Earth.
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.
Things go from bad to worse as Britain is gripped by an economic depression in the early 1880s. As unemployment jumps from 2-10 percent, some of the men find themselves out of work. The work shortage in the slum is exacerbated by an influx of new immigrants: descendants of Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe and English workers from the countryside. Space is now at even more of a premium, and work is scarce, pushing up the rent and causing outrage. With hungry mouths to feed, some of the mums go in search of poverty relief - and encounter the little provisions available to Victorians in desperate straits. Qualifying for extra food and funds is hard, and their morals, parenting and housekeeping is questioned. The slum is reaching breaking point.
Finding My Mind is a fascinating documentary that unravels the mysteries of the brain. For thousands of years philosophers have tried and failed to come up with satisfactory answers to questions such as "Who am I?" and "How does my biological brain make my subjective mind?" But recently neuroscientists have made some fascinating and unnerving discoveries.
Michael Mosley and the doctors undertake the most ambitious experiment yet of the series - testing whether the spice turmeric could help protect us against cancer, with the help of nearly 100 volunteers, several UK universities and some brand-new technology.
Gabriel Weston learns how one of these methods, based on a new understanding of the very beginnings of cancer, could soon provide us all with personalised cancer tests. Chris van Tulleken investigates whether glucosamine pills really help with joint pain, and Saleyha Ahsan looks at whether cheap painkillers are as good as expensive brands. Guest Zoe Williams, meanwhile, tries out home cholesterol test kits.
When one corner of London's East End is transformed into a late-Victorian slum, Michael Mosley puts modern Britons to the test to see if they can survive there. Without these slums, the welfare state wouldn't have come into being. This is the story of what life was like for the people who lived in the slums and how their plight came to the attention of the world and gave birth to a fledgling welfare system. The volunteers have a personal connection to the slums, and will now need to make the slum their home, feed themselves and make enough money to pay their rent for a full four weeks.