Containing one third of the world's trees, the frozen forests of the Taiga truly are the 'lungs of the planet'. This great forest spans right around the globe: across North America, Scandinavia, and extending across Siberia to the shores of the Pacific.
Five million Australians, one-quarter of the population, call themselves Catholic. At the core of their belief is the Mass, the ritual in which Christ becomes present to the faithful. Only a male unmarried priest can say Mass. The trouble is the Roman Catholic Church is running out of priests and soon won't have enough to conduct Sunday Masses. Though in some places there's been a slight increase in numbers studying for the priesthood, there are still too few to replace ageing and retiring priests. Priests are being brought in from overseas, and some former Anglican priests are filling parish vacancies. But these strategies may present more problems than solutions. Some Anglican-turned-Catholic priests are already married. So, if marriage is no impediment for them, why the prohibition on married Catholic priests? Many Catholics, including priests and some bishops, think it's time to abandon mandatory celibacy and to admit married men and women to the priesthood.
Since 9/11 Pakistan has become ground zero in the global war on terror, facing consistent accusations of harbouring the world's most dangerous terrorists and providing safe haven to Taliban fighters from neighbouring Afghanistan. Less known is the impact of terrorism on Pakistan itself. More than 35,000 civilians have died in terror attacks since 9/11, along with countless soldiers and police officers.
With Charles' investiture as the Prince of Wales, two new princes and a Silver Jubilee it seemed Elizabeth II had created a solid and permanent monarchy. Then in 1980's her sons married. As the cracks appeared in these marriages, Elizabeth II's monarchy was shaken to its core.
As it was not possible to try Hitler for crimes against humanity at Nuremberg, the prosecutors turned to the next best thing: his deputy, Hermann Goering.
This is the second episode of a four-part documentary series about life at a Manchester STI Clinic. Follow the ups and downs of the sex lives of the residents of one of Britain's biggest party cities. How do the people on the front line stem an epidemic?
The logistical brains behind Hitler's Final Solution, Adolf Eichmann organised the transportation of six million Jews to the death camps. The Holocaust even made him rich. Eichmann stole the Jews' last possessions and sold them for profit.
Despite the lure of video games, children spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO. From the creative gurus to the robotic assembly to the fickle test market, uncover the secrets to its success.
n this episode, Julia sets off to tackle her first mountain - Blencathra. Julia's route to the summit sees her tackle Sharp Edge, the Lake District's most technical and vertigo-inducing ridge climb.
The emotional conclusion to our story about former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting and his family. This episode has the inside story of a series of dramatic highs and lows on and off the field.
Every year thousands of young people risk their lives attempting to cross the border from Mexico to secure a better life in America. The area is under constant surveillance by guards and helicopters, and these desperate people know, as they embark on a five day trek across the wilderness of the Sonoran Desert, that they will be exposed to ferociously high temperatures and deadly rattlesnakes.
This is the epic tale of the rise of civilisation. The Story of All of Us is not names and dates history; there will be danger, action, struggle, heroism and adrenaline. This series takes us from the first flourishing of civilisation in Mesopotamia through to the discovery of America.
Julia Bradbury presents a series of classic walks and climbs in the Lake District. Armed with Alfred Wainwright's famous pictorial guides, she sets out on some of the most popular fell walks in the country. In the first episode, Julia is in the Western Lakes to walk to the summit of Wainwright's favourite fell, Haystacks.
Final part in this series chronicling Malcolm X's remarkable journey from his birth in Omaha, Nebraska, to his assassination in New York City in 1965.
It's awards season and movie critics are buzzing over Ben Affleck's Argo, which chronicles the CIA's attempt to rescue six Americans during the 1978 Iran hostage crisis. But what really happened during the covert operation? And did the events really unfold as seen in the movie?
This episode focuses on the work of Great Ormond Street's cardiothoracic department as they treat newborn babies with complex heart problems. Many are diagnosed before they are even born and improvements in surgical techniques mean that more of these babies are surviving.
There is something alluring and slightly menacing in the air throughout Great Britain when it comes to the people, the scenery, and especially the cuisine, and Anthony is off to try and discover what it is.
Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has held a warm place in the public imagination. So, when the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium stopped calling Pluto a planet, director Neil deGrasse Tyson found himself at the centre of a firestorm led by angry, Pluto-loving primary school students.