In February 2009, St Mary's church in Brisbane was at the centre of one of the biggest rifts in the history of the Australian Catholic Church. In the eyes of Rome, 72-year-old Parish Priest Father Peter Kennedy is a heretic, out of step with the Vatican on the most fundamental tenets of Catholicism. Kennedy's transgressions include questioning the Virgin Birth, the infallibility of the Pope and even that Jesus was the literal Son of God.
Professor Marcus Du Sautoy wants to find out how close we are to creating machines that can think like us humans: robots or computers that have artificial intelligence. His journey takes him to a strange and bizarre world where AI is now taking shape.
Why was actress Zoe Wanamaker's father forced to flee the US? And what family secrets does Zoe uncover in the Ukraine? Harry Potter actress Zoe Wanamaker was born in New York, but when she was three her father, American actor Sam Wanamaker, fled to the UK to escape the anti-communist McCarthy witch-hunts.
This fascinating and revealing series investigates every aspect of the lives of the often-misunderstood species - cats. This episode, the world's top cat experts investigate the secret lives of cats to reveal how they communicate with friends, with foes and with us.
What killed King Tutankhamun? Ever since his spectacular tomb was discovered, the boy king has been the most famous pharaoh of all ancient Egypt. But his mysterious death, at just 19 years old, has never been explained. In this special documentary, presenter Dallas Campbell reveals new scientific research and carries out unique experiments to get to the truth.
Neil and the team examine creativity and the art of reinvention along Tasmania's northern coast and offshore islands. Neil collects some of the cleanest air in the world in the name of science. On King Island, he examines the worst maritime disaster in the history of Australia before swinging back onto the mainland for a round of golf on a legendary links course. Emma Johnston joins a scientific team on Albatross Island to track the magnificent bird for which the island is named. Alice Garner examines the changing fortunes of industrial Burnie. And Tim Flannery follows in the footsteps of a legendary scientist at Fossil Bluff.
Anglican vicar Peter Owen Jones continues his year-long odyssey with a trip to the Middle East to explore some ancient faiths and unusual rituals. Tonight, Peter attends the Samaritan Passover celebrations on Mount Gerizim, in the West Bank. Later, in Damascus, he visits the grandest mosque in Sunni Islam, the Umayyad Mosque, then heads north to join some whirling dervishes in a house beside a 14th century mosque in Aleppo, Syria.
Jason Bourne is the ultimate CIA operative, brainwashed into performing assassinations for a secret cell within the Agency. As far-fetched as it sounds, True Stories can reveal that many aspects of Robert Ludlum's original books, and the subsequent Bourne movie franchise are rooted in fact.
Isaac Asimov dreamed of a better future where robots can do mankind's dirty work. His I, Robot stories led to the creation of real-life industrial robots and inspired generations to embrace the science and technology of a robo-friendly world. Today, droid doctors save lives performing delicate spinal surgery, and automaton astronauts repair orbital stations in the vacuum of space. And it all started with Isaac Asimov's futuristic sci-fi vision: a robot in every home.
This episode tells the story of India in the Middle Ages - the Golden Age of the Gupta empire. Michael Wood shows some of the amazing achievements of medieval India. In astronomy they discovered the heliocentric universe, absolute zero and the circumference of the Earth; they mastered the world's first large-scale cast iron technology - the Delhi iron pillar; and their courtly culture was the setting of the world's first sex manual, the Kama Sutra, written in the 5th century.
Nikos meets one of Greece's billionaire shipowners who take him to the island that he and other ship owning families call home. From there, Nikos travels to Agathonisi and goes on patrol with the Hellenic Coast Guard to intercept asylum seeker boats.
The DC-3 was a linchpin of global air travel; the first plane to make airlines a profit and a war hero to boot. An aircraft that rose from the ashes of a headline-making crash and a failed business idea to become the holy grail of aviation design. This is the remarkable story of the Gooney Bird.
Ryan Stock puts a meat hook through his skull and attempts to pull weights that will push human bone strength to the limit. Thomas Blackthorne claims he can insert a jackhammer down his throat and turn it on.
Scientists genuinely don't know what most of our universe is made of. The atoms we're made from only make up four percent. The rest is dark matter and dark energy. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has been upgraded, and scientists are hopeful they will now be able to discover the identity of dark matter in the debris.
Elizabeth McGovern follows the journeys of three extraordinary women who transform their lives - Nancy Astor, the first woman to take her seat in the British Parliament; Nancy Lancaster, legendary creator of the English Country House Look; and international style icon Pauline de Rothschild.
In this final episode, Ian's in the grasslands of Kyrgyzstan in the former Soviet Union to discover how his ancestors' horse-taming skills and the invention of the wheel changed the course of human history. Julia Zemiro's father's ancestors were on the beautiful island of Sardinia, off the west coast of Italy. Ernie Dingo's genetic map leads him to Timor Leste, where he learns of humankinds' greatest ever achievements - the journey to arrive on the shores of Australia for the first time.
Creating teams of comic book heroes requires a combination of incredible but unique superpowers. This time, Daniel meets four people with totally separate powers - but could they be the ultimate team of real life superhumans?
Stairway To Heaven is the story of an ancient and sublime work of sacred art, whose loss not only shook the art world, but triggered the shocking realisation that traditional Islamic knowledge and skills have all but vanished.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" SBS presents the three-part documentary series, Darwin's Dangerous Idea. British political journalist Andrew Marr examines the dramatic impact that Charles Darwin's work has had on today's religious, scientific and social debates.
Peter travels from the Nepalese Himalayas to the south of India to make sense of the mystery of Indian religions. He finds out about the transmigration of the soul, karma, the pantheon of the gods and the high regard for gurus.
Chaos Theory has a bad name. It conjures up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes, and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand. In The Secret Life of Chaos, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to uncover some of the great mysteries of science - such as how a universe that starts off as dust can end up with intelligent life; and how order can emerge from disorder.
Tonight, the team explores the Welsh coast. Nick investigates evidence that a devastating tsunami hit the coast 400 years ago, and discovers why scientists find the local landscape a surprisingly good stand-in for the surface of Mars.
During episode four, Size Matters, Brian Cox travels to Australia to explore how size determines the nature of life. Gravity and electromagnetism impact differently on types of life - from a single bacterium to a 110 metre tree determining shape, movement and longevity.
The Black Death wiped out close to a quarter of the world's population. Even the familiar 'influenza' was one of the deadliest infectious disease of the twentieth century. Fighting these killers is an ongoing battle, as each infection adapts to outwit the body's defences.
Daniel Browning Smith meets a man who claims to be immune to scorpion venom; a man claiming to be able to put any animal into a trance using mind control; NASA's supersniffer and a man who claims he has swum 3000 miles.
Simon's journey begins in County Wexford, where the beginnings of the long and turbulent relationship between Britain and Ireland began. He takes a para-motor flight along the coast before heading to Cork, and on to the sacred mountain of Croagh Patrick, surfs in Lahinch in Londonderry, and ends his journey at the northernmost tip, Malin Head.
The cutting edge science has found that anyone can become smarter, improve their memory and reverse mental ageing with the right brain training. It can turn an ordinary brain into a super brain in just three months. In the second episode, Sampson, who has worked in creative industries throughout his career, travels the world to unlock the secrets of innovation and creativity.
Michael is Australia's public advocate #1 for smoking Marijuana. He is ambassador for life at Nimbin's Hemp Embassy, a co-creator of Australia's annual celebration of all things hemp, Mardi Grass, a foundation member of the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) political party and a man who has smoked his own body weight in marijuana over the course of his lifetime. Kerryn is a former junkie who is now a drug educator and a woman who believes marijuana is the gateway to a lifetime of potential addiction and ruin. Will they find a greater understanding of one another after ten days - or remain enemies?
Geographer and adventurer Nicholas Crane is back with a brand new second series, celebrating the forgotten world of the town. Gateway to the spectacular beauty of the Western Isles, the port of Oban is a major rail terminal and ferry port, but is it anything more?
TV history will reveal that there were two Graham Kennedys - the funny, somewhat irreverent and controversial one who inhabited our living rooms for so many years - and the other, an intensely private, shy but affable man who talks for the first time in this brand-new documentary tribute. He speaks about his childhood, the early days in radio and TV, and his thoughts on life, marriage and death.
The White House is probably the most famous building in the world: a living symbol, an icon of democracy, and home to one of the most powerful people on Earth. It's where the president of the United States of America charts the course for the country, and where a family lives in the national spotlight. As the iconic monument reaches 200 years of history, this documentary celebrates through the stories of the First Families who have called it home, and through the recollections of workers, historians and members of the press who have spent time within the illustrious building. Standing at the epicentre of global politics, in the heart of the nation's capital, the story of the White House is the story of America itself.
When Tim Dormer won Big Brother, he promised to take fellow contestant Ben to Elvis' Graceland. When Ben's ongoing struggle with depression was made public after an attempted suicide, what began as a holiday turned into a rescue mission to help Ben find a new lease on life.
Alice in Wonderland is said to be the most quoted book in print, second only to The Bible, with a passionate army of fans who regularly congregate around the world to celebrate its rich and playful world. But what of its creator, the mild-mannered and unassuming Oxford University Mathematics don, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll?
Storytelling has been with us as long as language itself. In this episode Stephen uncovers why certain words can make us laugh, cry or tear our hair out and discovers through history what has made a good story.
This stunning stretch of coast has attracted holidaymakers for years and is one of the most exclusive places in the world to live. It has seen some remarkable engineering feats, from battling against the sea to build a lighthouse on the Eddystone Rocks to the construction of a coastal railway.
ABBA: Bang a Boomerang tells the inside story of Australia's colossal '70s crush on the Swedish supergroup ABBA and their music, and how this unequalled and enduring fan-worship changed them and us forever.
An intimate look at the Australian cinematographer Dean Semler, who won an Academy Award for Dances With Wolves. After the glamour of Hollywood, he returns to his humble beginnings in country South Australia.
Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott uncover the wonderful facades and artworks that mask a hidden story of intrigue and secrecy in the romantic city of Florence. The latest 3D technology reveals how the city's secret corridors of power were the foundation of the city's Renaissance glory, and the one powerful dynasty who was behind it all: the Medicis.
Part two looks at the phenomenon of talk show hosts and news reporters as celebrities. David Letterman emerges while Walter Kronkite retires. Women take their rightful place in all facets of presenting, journalism and production, while the civil rights movement reaches a crescendo. CNN launches and Australian newspaper mogul Murdoch dares to start Fox TV. Golden Girls is a massive hit, while reality TV raises a fairly ugly head, contrasted with the excesses of soaps such as Dynasty and The Colbys.
Since it was written in the first century AD, the Book of Revelation has been seen as one of the most controversial books in the entire Bible. Scholars still debate whether it is a literal depiction of what will come at the end time when humanity will face the last judgement. Or whether it is an allegorical text in which John is calling on the burgeoning
Christian church to stand true to their faith in the face of oppression from the Roman Empire.
Narrated by Terence Stamp, this is the story behind one of the world's most loved films, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It's about three unlikely hero-(ines) who find themselves in a backwater at the arse-end of the world, dare to step out of the shadows in their shimmering sequinned glory and be counted. It's also about how a low-budget Australian film about three 'cocks-in-frocks' changed the course of history and loudly and proudly brought to the world a celebration of gay culture that continues to resonate twenty years later.
In this second and final instalment of Addiction, the four addicts who have just completed rehab at the Manor now face their biggest test: can they return to their old lives without returning to drugs, gambling or booze?
This documentary follows the journey of a young Iraqi student, plucked from the rubble of Baghdad by Hollywood star, Liev Schrieber who offers him the chance to fulfil his dream of becoming a filmmaker.
Our host, Bill Nye, discusses the torturous process by which scientists came to understand that inherited information is passed according to certain rules, rather than transmitted through a blending of fluids.
Internationally, Kamikaze pilots remain a potent metaphor for fanaticism. In Japan, they are largely revered for their selfless sacrifice. Yet few outside Japan know that hundreds of kamikaze pilots survived the war.
The story of Karlu Karlu - the eerie and majestic country in Central Australia that white Australia christened the Devils Marbles. This spiritually powerful rock formation was the centre of a long custody battle.