Mercury can reach a blistering 400 C, with the planet's sunny side offering a stunning view of solar flares. On Venus, temperatures are hot enough to melt lead and acid smog eats through bare metal.
Jules Hudson and his team are off the Isle of Wight diving on HMS Borealis a ship from Convoy Peewit sunk in the openings stages of the Battle of Britain. Using previously unseen colour film from 1940 he tells the heartbreaking story of two pilots killed in the Battle of Britain and the glamorous woman at the centre of both their lives.
More than 150 years after Charles Darwin formulated his ground-breaking theory of evolution on the remote archipelago, Attenborough explains how life on the islands has continued to evolve in biological isolation, examining how the ever-changing volcanic landscape has given birth to species and sub-species that exist nowhere else in the world.
Episode four follows the intensive care and respiratory doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital as they deal with difficult ethical decisions. Modern medicine means that most children who come here will get better and leave within a short time but some conditions are so complex that the children become dependent on technology to keep them alive. Parents and doctors must weigh up when to keep relying on technology, and when it is no longer right to continue treatment.
As the world waits for Benedict XVI's successor, Compass explores what Australian Catholics are considering they want from their new Pope.
In this episode, Anthony lands in Laos, a land with picturesque landscapes, exotic cuisines and a mysterious history.
Saima Mohsin is in California to see how bacteria are being harnessed to turn human waste into biodegradable plastics.
This week Drew and Tee fly to Norway where they set out on a 1500-kilometre adventure. Although concerned the prices may be out of their reach, Drew seals his first Norwegian deal at an old sawmill turned gallery.
Musical legend Pete Townshend takes us to his home studio to discuss Quadrophenia, which he calls "the last great album The Who ever made".
This is an intimate and revealing film on an artist recognised as one of the world's greatest living painters. For the first time, Richter allows access behind the scenes at his studio, as we witness him creating a series of new abstract works.
Southern Africa is a riot of life and colour. But if it was not for two great ocean currents that sweep around and shape the continent's Great Cape it would be a desert.
Part one presents Elizabeth's formative years - the importance of family and history and the enormous effect her uncle's abdication had on Elizabeth's future. This experience would see the young Elizabeth develop a level of maturity far beyond her years and come to understand the importance of duty and sacrifice in the life of a modern ruler.
Fingerprinting has been used as a foolproof method for over a century. Each of our fingerprints is unique, made up of tiny ridges and corrugations. It is this distinctiveness that makes prints so invaluable for fighting crime and a trump card for prosecutors in court.
This week Monty goes on a whale watching mission with the Irish Air Corps, is called out in the middle of the night to search for a stranded basking shark, and survives a close shave racing traditional sailing boats.
By 1933, the people of the southern plains were already weary of the year-long drought that had withered their crops and turned their fields to dust. The prosperous years of bountiful harvests and high wheat prices were still fresh in the memory, with farmers remaining optimistic even as the Great Depression gripped the country and farm prices collapsed. Unfortunately, the worst was yet to come.
The first episode sees Paul travel round one of Scotland's best loved holiday destinations, the Isle of Arran, known as 'Scotland in miniature'.
In the final episode, Dan explores both sides of D-Day, the greatest amphibious landing in history, follows the Allied push into occupied France, and checks out an incredible submarine graveyard.
We think of comets as beautiful glowing balls of light streaking across our skies with their long sweeping tails, yet comets are so much more than just a cosmic firework display.