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.
Dr David Starkey presents the remarkable story of Charles II who secured the restoration of the English monarchy by a series of political twists and turns.
It's a new year and another season of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, ready to help you shake off the festive excesses. In this special new year program, Saleyha Ahsan oversees a world-first experiment to see how we can burn more fat - without doing any more exercise.
Michael Mosley gives a cheat's guide to a better body, with results that astonish the scientists. Chris van Tulleken puts protein shakes to the test, and surgeon Gabriel Weston meets a woman who has sight restored for the first time in 16 years, thanks to a bionic eye.
Planet Earth II was full of amazing, unique and colourful footage, but how was this achieved? Sir David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary dangers his crew went through to produce one of the most amazing documentaries of our time.
The doctors are in Glasgow, using a cutting-edge technique to discover whether olive oil really is good for us. Chris van Tulleken gets to the truth about whether beards are unhygienic, Michael Mosley interrogates the experts about whether meat is bad for us, and Saleyha Ahsan hears from the survivors of sepsis on how we can all spot the signs of this little-known killer.
Thirty-something couple Bretwood Higman and wife Erin McKittrick hiked 4,000 miles to one of the remotest parts of Alaska 4 years ago. They live half the year in a self-built Mongolian-style yurt - and the other half trekking in the wilderness - accompanied by their infant children. Ben learns vital survival skills to live in the wild - grizzly bear protection, storm navigation and paddling tiny rafts through freezing waters to reach a stunning glacier.
In this episode of this landmark series charting the story of human civilisation, Andrew Marr tells how Britain's Industrial Revolution created the modern world.
This program is the result of a series of community projects run by Big Hart, a non-profit organisation. From 1998 to 2004 over 500 young people were asked to tell stories about when they felt 'not at home'. Stories of Love deals with the issues of parental love, drug use, gaol and grief.