Every year hurricanes kill more people and create more havoc than any other kind of storm. Sweeping in from the sea, these weather systems can travel thousands of miles, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake.
All parents want their children to be happy. This episode finds out about the essential ingredients needed to make children happy, and looks at whether happiness is more about what's going on in our lives or what's in our genes.
This episode is a unique retelling of our evolutionary history. How did our senses evolve and what are the physics by which they operate? Presented by Brian Cox.
In the final episode of this series Jimmy Doherty goes behind the scenes at London's Natural History Museum to see how science taking place today will impact on all of us in the future.
Language is what defines humans from other species, and with our planet home to around 7,000 different languages, words have played a crucial role in our evolution. Renowned wordsmith and host of this series, Stephen Fry, is the perfect guide for this fascinating exploration of language in all its forms: from cutting edge linguistic research to the glories of world literature.
Erwin Blumenfeld survived two world wars to become one of the world's most highly-paid fashion photographers and a key influence on the development of photography as an art form. In the first ever film about his life and work, Blumenfeld's gripping life story is uncovered through his stunning photographs, fashion films, home-movies and self-portraits, to reveal a man obsessed by the pursuit of beautiful women, but also by the endless possibilities of photography itself. With exclusive access to Blumenfeld's extensive archive - from his innovative early works to his iconic Vogue covers - and contributions from leading photographers Rankin, Nick Knight and Solve Sundsbo and 82-year-old supermodel Carmen Dell'Orefice, this is the richly complex story of one of the 20th century's most original photographic artists.
In this episode of this landmark series charting the story of human civilisation, Andrew Marr reaches the Middle Ages. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Europe was little more than a muddy backwater. Vikings explored and pillaged from Northern Europe to North America. But they also laid the foundations of powerful new trading states - including Russia. This was also the Golden Age of Islam. And the knowledge of ancient civilisations from India, Persia and Greece were built upon by Islamic scholars in Baghdad's House of Wisdom.
On the final of his fascinating journeys through the rivers of Great Britain comedian and actor Griff Rhys Jones explores East Anglia, where he sees the extraordinary contrast between the man-made ditches of the Fens, the Swallows and Amazon country of the Broads and the picturesque windy river Stour which finally leads him home.
The last episode in this three-part series brings the Iraq story up to date. Tony Blair and Dick Cheney describe how they responded as horrific sectarian violence overtook Iraq. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw tells how he and Condoleeza Rice compelled Iraq's prime minister to resign. Other key insiders reveal how they selected and supported his replacement.
This is television's first comprehensive account of Australia's 150 year war. Between 1788 and 1938, thousands of whites and tens of thousands of blacks died in racial violence across the continent.
Ludwig II of Bavaria is a legendary figure - the handsome boy-king, loved by his people, betrayed by his cabinet and found dead in tragic and mysterious circumstances. He spent his life in pursuit of the ideal of beauty, an ideal that found expression in three of the most extraordinary, ornate architectural schemes imaginable. In this documentary Dan Cruickshank explores the rich aesthetic of Ludwig II.
Exploring how families underpin a traditional wedding, this film follows Jo Sung who is planning a Chinese wedding party for her son Gary and his bride, Cat. Also featured are Bibiana and Sam, marrying in the Nigerian Christian tradition, with their mums guiding them to a Nigerian Yoruban traditional engagement.
Roy, an 83-year-old widower, helps 24-year-old Zoe to overcome the death of her father, while 69-year-old Trevor recaptures his musical youth and helps 21-year-old Jonny come to an important decision about his future.
Stephen discovers what life is like for gay people in Brazil, Russia and India.
Stephen Fry and the naturalist Mark Carwardine follow attempts to move the world's rarest rhinos from a snowy zoo in the Czech Republic, to the expanses of Kenya in the hope that they will breed in the wild. With only eight of these creatures left on earth, the mission becomes a race against time to save the Northern White Rhino from extinction.
In Shillong, in north-eastern India, a band has been playing a concert every year on May 24 to celebrate Bob Dylan's birthday. The founder of the band is Lou Majow, a local singer and guitar player.
This episode takes Simon through Bangladesh and on a perilous covert journey into Burma, where western journalists are banned. In Bangladesh, Simon sails down the mighty Padma River and visits fishermen who use trained otters to drive fish into their nets. Later, from North East India, Simon treks through jungles and across rivers into Burma to meet the Chin people - an ethnic group who are brutalised and oppressed by the Burmese government.
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