Are gay men actually "born this way"? If so, how could homosexuality, a trait which essentially prevents reproduction, evolve and survive generations of history? This conundrum bogs the mind of openly gay and proudly flamboyant filmmaker Bryce Sage, who sets out on a cross-country adventure to find the answers and get to the bottom of the controversy. But Bryce will quickly discover that finding the answers isn't easy.
This episode looks at the last difficult years of Mozart's short life, Beethoven's tragic deafness and the glamorous but turbulent life of the great 'Waltz King', Johann Strauss the Younger. Niki exchanges her violin bow for a baton to conduct the Blue Danube with a virtual orchestra in the House of Music.
With just over a week until Christmas the disturbing events of the siege in Sydney's Martin Place threaten to overshadow what should be the busiest week of the year for our Kebab Kings - and the Bozoglu family work their final days behind the counter at Oz Turk.
Renowned survival expert Ray Mears visits two of the most iconic and contrasting landscapes of Australia, the swamps of the Northern Territories and wild mountain ranges of Tasmania, on the trail of two of the continent's most notorious creatures. By studying the Saltwater Crocodile and Tasmanian Devil, Ray hopes to gain a privileged insight into their unique habitats and a better understanding of how they gained their fearsome reputations. With the help of local experts, Ray also learns how survival in the wilderness today, for top predators and humans alike, is far from easy.
This is the story of the Australian
Army Training Team (Vietnam) who, from 1962 to 1972, fought shoulder-to-shoulder with
the Vietnamese army and became the most decorated unit in Australian military history.
Told through the testimony of unit veterans and the Vietnamese with whom they fought
and fought against, this series shines a new and dramatic light on Australias involvement
in the Vietnam War. (Part 2 of 3) (SBS Production) (From Australia) (Documentary Series)
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Travelling through five continents in a year, the 365 Docobites team introduce a stranger a day via a vlog of short and shorter documentaries, each as unique as the stranger it features. This docobite is a story from Maya and Amy about their love for writing free poetry for people on their typewriters.
We go on a journey of personal discovery as a diverse range of nine compelling adults reflect on themselves as children, sharing the 'spark' moments and epiphanies that changed their lives - and motivated rewarding careers.
When she was young, Davina McCall's parents separated which in turn created a sadness that Davina has always lived with. Davina hopes that researching her family tree will help her reconcile the worlds of her parents.
From the near miraculous abilities of a Shaolin monk, what happens when 10,000 volts are pumped straight into a watermelon? What happens when heat resistant ovenware is pushed to the limit, when a wine bottle is heated and cooled in quick succession, and when the strength of human is hair put to the test?
Lizzie O'Shea points out that our system of law is not the only one.
Barrister Julian Burnside QC explains how the adversarial system works, using the metaphor of a sport game. There are two opposing sides and an impartial umpire.
Former Justice of the High Court Michael Kirby compares our adversarial system to the European inquisitorial system. He points out that while our system is a good one, its downfall is that it is very expensive.
Justice Susan Kenny, the Federal Court of Australia comments that one of the problems of trials becoming increasingly expensive is that she no longer sees as many small cases. This is unfortunate as the smaller cases can often tested the validity of the existing law.
Julian Burnside QC suggests a scenario that involves using pre-judgement, and one that doesn't. He asks, what is more important, coming to the right solution, or using the right method?
Lizzie O'Shea wraps up by reminding us what defines the adversarial system.
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Former Royal Marine Arthur Williams took up flying to rediscover his spirit of adventure after he was paralysed in a car accident seven years ago. In this series, he flies to some of the remotest parts of the planet to find out how people survive and thrive in places only a plane can reach.
Michelle, aged 51 has found a younger lover in Tunisia with plans to wed 26-year-old Mesbeh, while in Montreal, 57-year-old guitarist Jerry and 24-year-old Shelle got together through their shared love of heavy metal.
Explore Europe's most spectacular cities and landscapes while luxuriating in the great classical music composed within their precincts. Presented by renowned actor, writer and classical music specialist Simon Callow
A portrait of world-renowned Australian artist Patricia Piccinini - famous for her bizarre creatures. Capturing a pivotal moment of change as she creates a new body of work that includes Skywhale - a massive hot-air-balloon.
An epic series that deciphers the life of Jesus through six extraordinary objects associated with his life and death. We discover fascinating new insights into the historical Jesus, utilising the latest state-of-the-art scientific techniques and archaeological research. We investigate the value and authenticity of six objects which could shed new light on Jesus - the Shroud of Turin, relics venerated as part of the True Cross, the Gospel of Judas, relics believed to be of John the Baptist, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the secret brother of Jesus. We are guided by breathtaking dramatic reconstruction and a first-class panel of on-screen contributors. We hear from representatives of the world's best universities including Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Oxford, as they provide historical and theological insight, while the likes of Father James Martin SJ, the Reverend Paul Raushenbush and Erwin MacManus help bring our characters and their emotional journeys to life for our audience.
Henry married Anne Boleyn in 1533, after annulling his marriage to Katherine of Aragon in one of the most infamous divorce cases in English history. The second union revealed the contrasting extremes of Henry's character - incurable romantic and unhinged tyrant. As historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones recount, Anne ultimately proved to be too flirtatious, possessive, ambitious and headstrong to conform to being Queen and her fate was sealed when she failed to provide a male heir.
In the five years that separated the end of WWII from the start of the Cold War, the world had hoped for a lasting peace, but instead found itself on the brink of apocalypse. Five years of chaos and hope for the people of a shattered Europe, who became pawns in the games of the major powers.
Kevin plans to take his beach home to a new level with an observation tower higher than a double-decker bus. However planning restrictions forbid him from building above the height of the cabin. (Part 3 of 4)
Alaigie is preparing to leave Gambia to travel 'the back way', 6000km to Italy to find work. Following his father's death, Alaigie's dreams of becoming an engineer were shattered and he needs to earn money to support his family. He films the dangerous journey through Africa via a network of smugglers, at the mercy of thieves and violent border guards, across the Sahara in overloaded trucks to Tripoli where he is kidnapped and held for ransom.
Richard Flanagan journeys with presenter Alan Yentob through his native Tasmania, visiting the places that have inspired his novels, and on to Thailand, to see first-hand the site of the Death Railway.
In this final episode of First Contact season two, the group finds themselves at the West Kimberley Regional Prison to experience what life is like in an Aboriginal prison. As night falls, they have a decision to make. A cell is available. Who in the group will take up the offering of joining the 10,000 Indigenous people locked up every night in Australia? In the morning, the group heads due east to the tiny town of Coen in far north Queensland, one of four communities to be part of a radical welfare reform experiment. They experience a controversial teaching technique that aims to close the education gap and get Aboriginal kids reading, writing and ultimately into work to escape the cycle of welfare dependency, and debate and opinions are stirred up again.
From icy wastes to arid deserts, reptiles and amphibians have used their ancient, cold-blooded body plan along with sophisticated behavioural innovations to master the harshest environments on the planet. Using their ruthless hunting abilities, extraordinary camouflage, guile and downright physical toughness, they thrive where mammals and birds fear to tread.
Told through the point of view of their biggest rivals, these are the stories behind the world's greatest icons. Using interviews from those who opposed him and lived to see the tale, this intimate portrait delves into the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Told through the point of view of their biggest rivals, these are the stories behind the world's greatest icons. Featuring cutting edge visuals, this episode delves into the dark world of former KGB man Vladimir Putin.
Broadcaster, comedian and architecture enthusiast Tim Ross reveals the origins of modernism; a design philosophy that boomed in the mid 20th century as architects rejected ornamentation and embraced materials like glass and steel.
We meet some of the people whose lives we will follow through the terrible four years of war that are about to change Australian society. As the first sounds of menace are heard, with the shots in far-off Sarajevo that assassinate the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, the Coles Brothers are opening their first store in Collingwood. In rural Victoria the sons and daughters of the McGinness family support their widowed mother in a life of pastoral comfort on their dairy farm. In London Australia's only true superstar, the opera singer Nellie Melba, performs before the crowned heads of Europe. In less than six weeks the tensions and rivalries of the European powers have dragged that continent to war. And because those powers have global empires, the world is at war. Australia is at war.
In 1964, when Bob Dylan released "The Times They Are a-Changin'", the song helped start a youth revolution. 50 years later, the youth of Jalalabad, Afghanistan have had enough gloom and doom and want to use their creativity to bring freedom and joy. Their first step is to rename Jalalabad to Love City by parading a billboard through the streets, proclaiming it a place of love and no more war.
The small rural community of Mingoola, on the Queensland/NSW border, was facing a bleak future. The population was in decline and the local primary school was about to close. Meanwhile in Western Sydney, advocate Emmanuel Musoni saw problems in his community of refugees from Central Africa.
From the snow-covered Dolomites to the turquoise blue of the Mediterranean Sea, the spectacular landscape of Italy is already a favourite for many. There's a lot more to Bella Italia than meets the eye: a wilder, secretive side. This program displays the natural world between the tip of her boot and her northern Apline peaks in captivating pictures. In this episode, ice and snow rule over northern Italy in winter. Only specialists can live in the high mountains. As soon as spring arrives, melt water plummets down from the Dolomites into the valley.
Scott Wolter receives a tip that there are pyramids at the bottom of a lake in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. As he investigates, he learns local legend suggests they were built by Aztecs and over time, they've been buried as land and water have shifted. Could the Aztecs really have a connection to the American Midwest? Scott dives into the mystery, quite literally - taking a personal submarine called a Fugusub down to the depths of Lake Mills to investigate the underwater pyramids. His quest then leads him to other sites in the Midwest including the pyramids in nearby Aztalan State Park. Could it be more than coincidence that the park shares the same name as the legendary ancestral home of the Aztecs? In the end, the key to proving whether there's truth in the legend of Aztecs in America could be in the discovery of shared practices, symbols and language between north and south of the U.S. border.
In this Australian production, Nat Geo Wild reveals the secret lives of a small group of dolphins in Shark Bay, WA. We follow their triumphs and tragedies as they live alongside their nemesis, the tiger shark.
Throughout history, there have been many viciously cruel dictators, but few as deranged as Muammar Gaddafi - the man President Reagan dubs The Mad Dog of the Middle East. For 42 years, the Libyan despot terrifies, tortures and tricks the world with one horrific act after another. This is the story of Colonel Gaddafi, the Brotherly Leader, and the Middle East's longest serving dictator.
The Indian Subcontinent: romantic, remote and mysterious. From the plains of Pakistan to the foothills of the Himalaya, from Northern India and Rajasthan to Tamil Nadu in the south, this vast melting pot of diverse civilisations, religions, cultures and glorious landscapes has seen some of the greatest artistic golden ages on earth. Pakistan is portrayed as a country of bombs, beards and burqas. Yet as Sona Datta shows, it used to be the meeting point for many different faiths from around the world and has an intriguing multicultural past.
What went wrong when Sally Faulkner attempted to snatch her children from the streets of Beirut? In part two of When Plans Change, we hear from people on the ground in Beirut including the driver of the getaway car, the woman who sheltered Sally and her children in a safe house, as well as police. It seems, from day one, the mission to recover Sally's children was doomed. This episode begins as Sally Faulkner, 60 Minutes and the recovery team arrive in Beirut. It soon becomes apparent to authorities that something is up. They don't know what, but start to monitor the Australian arrivals.
An intimate look at the life of singer-songwriter Colin Hay, from his meteoric success as the front man of Men at Work, to the ensuing oblivion of obscurity and drug addiction, and his eventual rebirth as a solo artist and country singer. The documentary retraces Hay's life, from his Scottish childhood to his Los Angeles solo acts, and paints a powerful story of an artist forced to redefine himself, in the wake of soul crushing fame.
A fascinating documentary series that examines the revolutionary decade of the 1980s, with extraordinary insight into a decade that had a profound impact on America, taking a look at significant events and individuals such as the Cold War, AIDS crisis, Ronald Reagan and Steve Jobs. This episode looks at the pre-cable world with the enormous free-to-air ratings of Dallas and the finale of MASH. The sitcom is revitalised by The Cosby Show and Cheers, and Hill Street Blues and St Elsewhere changed the rules of story-telling on television. Cable TV makes new heroes out of sporting with ESPN, and the first channel focused on the youth market, MTV, launches.