The Voice is a journey through the greatest vocal talents the world has ever heard. The series combines classic archive, rare and unseen footage, unique intimate performances, and exclusive interviews with a legion of legends, from Pavarotti to Bono, Maria Callas to Bjork, Ray Charles to Brian Wilson.
He is one of the most recognised figures in American literary history: poet, patriot and faithful advocate of democracy. He has adherents around the globe. But in his time, critics denounced Walt Whitman as a "lunatic raving in pitiable delirium". They pronounced his signature book of poetry, Leaves Of Grass, "slimy", "vile", and "beastly". One reviewer wished to see him whipped in public; another suggested he commit suicide.
A group of Serbian nationalists were determined to kill the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Two of the assassins had bombs and one had a pistol. The Archduke and his wife were mortally wounded. The events of that day on Sunday 28 June led to the outbreak of World War I.
Unlike the altruistic Robin Hood of legend, outlaws were more likely to rob the poor to give to the rich and remarkably gained a place of respect in society. The poor however weren't without in this surprisingly litigious time.
Addressing some of our most important environmental issues, this episode focuses on transportation issues with interviews and features on green products and alternative ideas that may transform our everyday lives.
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.
This week we meet the Tudors: from Henry VIII's accession in 1509 to the first performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII exactly 100 years later. David Dimbleby shows how the Tudors used art as an instrument of power and propaganda. First, Henry VIII and the lavish, gilded tomb in Westminster Abbey he commissioned for his father; the epic Field of Cloth of Gold painting in Hampton Court made to celebrate his diplomatic triumph over the French; and the extraordinary patron-artist relationship he cultivated with Hans Holbein.
Charismatic vicar Pete Owen Jones takes a year-long journey of epic proportions as he travels the world to explore the shocking, bizarre and often dangerous rituals practised by some of the world's major religions and tribes. Tonight, Jones explores diverse faiths in South Korea, Vietnam, China and Japan.
The two-part observational documentary, Inside the Bombay Railway looks at the incredible organisation that is the Bombay Railway. It provides stories of the people who keep the trains running 24 hours a day, those who survive because of it - and those who die on it.
Explores the numbers in the life of our human body - from the age of ten to middle age. We follow a girl's journey through puberty, a boy after his testosterone levels have soared 50 times transforming him into a man, and the incredible transformation a woman's body goes through in order to have a child. We also examine the everyday tasks our body's perform, including laughter.
Two Men in a Trench is a battlefield archaeology documentary featuring two young archaeologists. Remarkably no archaeological work has ever been done into the Battle of Edgehill (1642), in Warwickshire, the first battle of the English Civil War.
Follows the attempts by NASA scientists to find the basis of life on Mars through multiple missions, such as the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Culminating in the 2008 Phoenix mission that definitively proved water exists on Mars.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 resulted in the swift and total collapse of the Twin Towers but the Pentagon, which suffered the same kind of blow, stood fast. The world's leading forensic engineers investigate why the results were so drastically different for each building.
BBC Journalist and native Iranian Sadeq Saba takes a personal journey around his country, exploring four of its regions, from Gilan in the north, to the Persian Gulf in the south. In a country suspicious of outside media, this is a rare opportunity to meet ordinary Iranians going about their daily lives and in each region the affable Sadeq finds an extraordinary variety of food as well as culture and history.
Italian chef Vito Cataffo has launched 25 hugely successful restaurants in the UK selling Italian food to the British. Now he wants to set up his first restaurant in his homeland of Italy - with British food on the menu. Vito believes it's his mission to spread the word that British produce is as good as anything in the world. He is scouring the UK for the best food producers to supply his new continental venture.
33-year-old Claire Nouvian is a documentary filmmaker and a curator at the Paris Museum of Natural History. She has a passion for mysterious creatures from the depths of the ocean. She accompanies researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California as they probe the depths of the Monterey Canyon using a remote-controlled submersible to observe and capture the amazing creatures that live there.
In this episode, host Christy Kenneally visits the Forum, the epicentre of Roman religion, and the Pantheon, sanctuary of the Roman Gods. In Caerleon in Wales, he reveals how the Romans carried their religion to the farthest reaches of the empire. And at Ephesus in Turkey, he traces the rise of the Christian deity that would ultimately overthrow the Roman gods.
In one of the few times in its 5,000 year history, the oldest, most populous nation on earth has opened its doors to the rest of the world. In today's China, the economics of feudalism and communism are out, while capitalism is in. Old walls are being torn down, and a futuristic landscape of glass and steel is shooting up in their place.
What Price Fame? consists of three one-hour specials exploring our obsession with fame and the high costs associated with stardom. What is a celebrity? The documentary takes an inside look at the lives of the Hollywood A- list, exposing their narcissism, vanity and addictions. The program examines the pressure of coping with fame and the media frenzy that first creates and then destroys celebrities.
Sin City Law covers four true crime cases, each presented across two episodes. It offers a 360 degree perspective on each case featuring interviews with prosecutors, public defenders, killers, victims, family members and investigators. Courtroom footage is juxtaposed with behind-the-scenes segments - including how to shop for an outfit for an alleged killer on trial. This week focuses on brother and sister teenage meth-heads, Beau and Monique Maestas of Nevada, who set out to take revenge on a duplicitous drug dealer. Armed with knives, they attacked the woman's two young daughters, killing one and leaving the other paralysed for life.
Rudolf Hess was Hitler's deputy in the Nazi Party. He was a key party figure in the 1920s and early 30s but became a more marginal figure in the mid 30s. On the eve of Germany's attack on the USSR, Hess flew to Scotland to negotiate peace with the UK. He was captured by the British and was detained in an institution until he became a defendant at the Nuremberg trials.
Addressing some of our most important environmental issues, this episode focuses on food issues with interviews and features on green products and alternative ideas that may transform our everyday lives.
Young Muslim girls born and brought up in the UK are sometimes forced to marry their cousins who live in remote areas of Pakistan and Kashmir. The British High Commission runs an Assistance Unit in Islamabad to rescue girls from the clutches of their families.
A band of determined volunteers and the man who found the legendary Hood and the Bismarck, have pulled off an astounding coup: they've convinced the Australian government to award them $5 million to solve one of the world's most enduring - and tragic - naval mysteries. Hunt For HMAS Sydney is far more than an expedition to find the rusting remains of a once proud and powerful fighting ship. It is in answer to the growing calls of the nation to find the final resting place of the 645 men who died in defence of their country. At the helm of a sophisticated survey vessel crammed with the latest deep-water detection technology and crewed by the best international team of operators that money can buy, is David Mearns. Originally from the US and now resident in the UK, Mearns is one of the world's leading deep-water wreck hunters. For more than five years, the hunt to uncover clues and evidence has taken Mearns and his allies on an international journey to reveal an astonishing story, spanning more than half a century. As the survey vessel sets sail, our story backtracks to November 19, 1941. The Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney - the pride of the Australian fleet - is en-route for the port of Fremantle after escorting a troopship bound for Singapore. What begins as an inspection of a suspicious merchantman, quickly escalates into a ferocious, all-out battle for survival as the cruiser is locked in a deadly duel with a wolf in disguise: the German raider Kormoran. What is known about the battle itself is solely based on the accounts of German survivors. After the battle, the badly damaged and burning Sydney disappears over the horizon to become a glow in the late evening sky. Kormoran is also crippled. With her engines out of action, Commander Theodor Detmers orders her to be scuttled. Sydney's last resting place, the details of her battle with Kormoran and the circumstances surrounding the whole affair have long been the centre of heated controversy.
Genetic engineering, cloning and stem cell research are revolutionising the world we live in. Every single day the boundaries of understanding are being pushed back, and science fiction is becoming science fact. This outrageous but timely series, Animal Pharm, brings these shocking innovations together under one roof.
All is not rosy in the princes' kingdoms. Mike discovers, to his great disappointment, that he must stay in a hotel and spend very little time alone with Mani. Mani informs him that he must also behave and dress according to Indian tradition, leaving him feeling like a complete outsider.
In this episode we look at the life of Gay Bilson who is a former restaurateur, and now a writer and book reviewer. Her first book, Plenty: Digressions on Food was named the 2005 Age Book of the year. Ostensibly about food, Plenty was also a rich expression of Gay's life philosophy, one refined and generously shared in her latest book, On Digestion. Gay left her high profile and successful career as a restaurateur for a home in the country where time to read, cook and be alone has become her recipe for 'a good life'.
In Episode 4 of this series we look at how the old colonial masters of the Middle East were gradually forced out of occupation and how a newly found sense of nationhood was to lead to one of the most violent periods of the region's history. To the Arab world the very existence of Israel stood as a mark of their defeat. They were determined to destroy this Jewish nation and it seemed like just a matter of time. In those first years of the 1960s ordinary Arab people felt that they were nearing the end of their search for destiny.
The Maya believed they owed a blood-debt to the Gods - one that could only be repaid through sacrifice. Deep in the rainforest of Guatemala, host Christy Kenneally explores the massive Mayan city of Tikal. In Mexico, he discovers the secrets of the spectacular temples of Palenque and Chichen Itza. And on the Island of Flores, Guatemala, he reflects on the final stand of the Maya against the invading Spaniards.
Of the 4.2 million people between the ages of 16-26 living in Australia, nearly two-thirds of them still live at home with their parents. Experts such as demographer Bernard Salt are concerned that this co-dependence between parents and their children will leave both parties emotionally and financially unprepared for their future. The Nest, follows three very different Australian families as they participate in a social experiment, to find out how prepared (or unprepared!) they are for living sustainable, independent futures.
This two-part series recounts the story of the rise and fall of the Mongolian Empire. The Mongols were skilful administrators, the first 'global players' who guaranteed the uninterrupted exchange of goods and ideas between the Orient and the West for nearly 200 years. They were also far-sighted, bringing merchants, traders and settlers with extensive agricultural know-how to their lands. Only after the collapse of Mongol influence in the mid-14th century did routes to the Far East become unsafe.
In this episode we examine the emergence of Arab nationalism and how those ideas were to boil over into action throughout the Arab world. We look at a new breed of Arab leaders, born out of years of frustration and dissatisfaction with colonial masters, and how they brought about change in their own countries, often by violent means. If the 1940s were the time of the Jews fulfilling their destiny, then the 1950s was to be the decade of the Arabs.
Nar rides a fake horse from 'Narnia' at Creature FX; Nar survives a 100 mph hurricane at John Frazier's FXPERTS, which creates weather fx for movies; Nar meets Emily, the most convincing CG-created human to date; Nar tests the physics behind the bus-jump scene in 'Speed' with the movie's stunt coordinator.
In 2007, the brilliant French choreographer Maurice Bejart died in Lausanne, where his dance troupe has been based since 1987. His successor, Gil Roman currently fights not only for funding, but also for artistic recognition. In addition to short clips of Bejart's choreography, the documentary includes rehearsals led by Roman and comments from some of the young dancers.
The third and final part of the series on Joseph Stalin focuses on his desperately cruel and despotic rule. Stalin could tolerate no other leaders and systematically liquidated anyone he thought was a potential threat to his authority.
From the fire of a glassblowing studio to the sky above the Cascade Mountains to deep blue waters of Hawaii, this program takes viewers on a unique adventure into the rugged and daring world of William Morris.
On a quest to seek the truth behind the world's greatest mysteries, self proclaimed 'expert' Leigh Hart embarks on a journey to the most challenging, dangerous and remote environments on the planet. Tonight, the Mysterious Planet team go in search of one of the world's most mythical monsters - Loch Ness.
Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, but our huge desert centre is no barren wasteland - it's full of stunning landscapes, surprising wildlife, rugged mountain ranges and even desert fish.
A profile of Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature. The 74-year-old, one-time presidential hopeful has written more than 30 novels, plays and essays.
We examine how the necessity for water has driven ancient man from one of the first known settlements. Also experience first hand around the convergence of Australia's two most famous rivers - the mighty Murray and the Darling.
The Empire State Building is an American icon. It is perhaps the most recognisable building in the world. It is a cultural landmark, an amazing accomplishment, and a metaphor for the American dream. Now, as the Empire State Building nears its 80th anniversary, a new building is rising above Manhattan to join it in defining the New York skyline: Tower One of the World Trade Center. Empire tells the fascinating story behind these two steel giants.
In the third episode, Simon follows the Tropic of Capricorn as it cuts through three states of Australia (Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and Queensland) and the vast wilderness of the Outback.
On January 16, 1920, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution comes into effect, making it illegal to manufacture, transport or sell intoxicating liquor. This episode examines the problems of enforcement, as millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight.
Beginning at the famous Oyster Festival in Whitstable, Neil ventures offshore to the remarkable Red Sands sea forts. In Dover, Alice relives the glamour days of the hovercraft crossing to France. Mark unearths the history of a unique Victorian electric railway which ran underwater while Nick discovers dinosaur footprints on the Isle of Wight.
What goes on inside your brain when you experience love? Dr John Marsden uncovers the science behind the quest for love. Why is it that we are attracted to certain people, and what are we looking for in a partner?
Entrepreneur farmer turned food scientist Jimmy Doherty is delving into lunchboxes and trying to find the difference between freshly squeezed apple juice and juice made from concentrate. He uses a lawn mower and a mangle with some inspiration and perspiration.
The six young Western warriors testing their strength and skills against the world's remote indigenous tribes, are climbing 3300m into the Himalayas for a back-breaking 12km mountain race that will push their minds and bodies to the limit.