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.
In this episode of this landmark series charting the story of human civilisation, Andrew Marr explores the Age of Revolution. In the 17th and 18th centuries, people across the world rose up in the name of freedom and equality against the power of the church and monarchy. In America, people fought a war to be free from British rule. In France, bloody revolution saw the king and aristocracy deposed. And in Haiti, the slaves revolted against their masters.
Fast-paced, funny and full of facts, History Hunters brings the fun into history and guarantees parents and their children will discover that the past was weird, wacky and interesting!
Stonehenge is a 5000-year-old mystery. Despite years of investigation, archaeologists can't agree about why or how this monument was built. The discovery of an ancient mass-grave at Stonehenge is overturning all of these assumptions and suggesting that this iconic site began as a Neolithic graveyard.
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.
Bowling for Columbine is an alternately humorous and horrifying film about the United States. It is a film about the state of the Union, and the violent soul of America. Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the hands of gun violence?
In his youth Shaun Micallef almost joined the priesthood. Now he wonders if he may have missed his one shot at the answers to life's big questions. Shaun Micallef's Stairway to Heaven reveals a new side to Shaun as he heads to India and immerses himself in the Hindu world of Gods, Gurus and the Ganges. (STUDY GUIDE AVAILABLE)
Weighing in at up to 4 million times the mass of the Sun, the biggest super massive black holes have the power to rip planets apart and swallow entire stars. Their gravitational pull is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. And that's a problem for astronomers, because it means they're entirely invisible to any telescope. Despite these obvious obstacles, the program meets the astronomers attempting to image a black hole for the very first time and the theoretical physicists getting ever closer to unlocking their mysteries.
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.
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.
Our weather is extraordinary, from bowling ball sized hailstones to twisting tornadoes, but even the most extreme weather witnessed on Earth cannot compare to the weather on the other planets in our solar system, or even planets millions of light-years away, across the universe. Visiting state of the art laboratories and using amazing CGI images, this documentary will recreate the weather on these planets and illustrate worlds that not even the most creative science fiction writers could imagine.
Actor and comedian Alan Davies never really got to grips with maths. Marcus du Sautoy lives and breathes the subject. In just two weeks can Marcus make Alan think like a mathematician?
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.
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.