Trevor McDonald: Mighty Mississippi is a sweeping tale of the largest river system in the United States and the spectacular landscapes, diverse cultural heritage and industrial triumph nurtured on its banks. Sir Trevor McDonald undertakes an epic journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the Mississippi's source near Canada.
A documentary chronicling the Cocos Keeling Islands - where Muslims outnumber Christians by more than five to one, and the Southern Star and the Islamic crescent moon sit side by side on the islands' flag. As Australian strategists eye up the value of the Cocos as a military outpost, the locals are forced to confront that their lives are in the hands of a government almost 6000km away in Canberra, and they are part of a country that barely even knows they exist. The Cocos Islanders respond by formulating a plan that will ensure they have a voice in determining the future of their homeland. All it requires is for the man who expected to become the next 'King of the Cocos' to collaborate closely with the Malay people whose ancestors treated virtually like slaves. What could possibly go wrong?
They're rigged, they're addictive and they're everywhere. For the first time, the masterminds behind pokie machines reveal how they're programmed for addiction. And we show how governments became the biggest addicts of all.
Panellists include: Todd Sampson - Advertising CEO and Gruen Transfer regular, Sophie Mirabella - Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science, Sue Cato - Commentator and Spin Doctor and Neil Lawrence - Kevin 07 Campaign Creator.
Stories include, 'Bronwyn Bishop's helicopter charter sparks calls for reform of parliamentary entitlements', 'MH17 investigators closing in on those responsible for deaths of nearly 300' and 'Government in touch with concerns of Australian people, insists Julie Bishop'.
Stories include, 'Government tries to put spotlight on policy as marriage and TURC issues linger', 'Sydney siege inquest hears litany of legal blunders led to tragedy', 'Grieving parents tackle online bullying to stop other families suffering' and 'Hard work' avoiding celebrity's narcissism admits Tim Minchin'.
With guests Joel Creasey, Ron Howard, Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, plus guest hosts Rove McManus, Gorgi Coghlan, Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann and Meshel Laurie, and stories on living in The Matrix, terror teens, kids' dreams, and cuttlefish sex.
Web Warriors offers an unprecedented glimpse into the world's newest and most vulnerable frontier: cyberspace. The film takes us into the world of hackers like Mafia Boy - a 15-year-old high school student who rose to infamy in 2000 by causing millions of dollars in damage after single-handedly shutting down internet giants - including Yahoo, Amazon, eBay, Dell, eTrade, and CNN. We meet Donnie who goes on a journey into the Russian cyber underground searching for the creators of a computer virus with the hopes of collecting the $250,000 reward being offered by Microsoft.
The east coast from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Aberdeen is Scotland's Capital coast. Tonight, Miranda dives into a marine reserve off St Abbs, one of Britain's sites for underwater wildlife. Neil recreates a wartime scheme to train seagulls to search for German U-boats, and Hermione explores the 400-year-old connection between a picturesque village and the birth of deep coal mining in Britain.
This series tells the story of the birth and flourishing of civilisation in the Middle East and its huge influence on the West. For crucial phases in world history, the political, economic and cultural centre was the Middle East. From the foundation of science, monotheism, commerce, justice, civil rights and artistic expression - look eastward.
David Suchet has spent more of his life acting out the plots of Agatha Christie's work than anyone else in the world. Now he takes a journey around Britain to get under the skin of the best-selling author of all time.
Uncover hidden stories about Selfridges in London and delve into the mind of its American creator. Two words are synonymous with Selfridges: luxury and London. However, Selfridges was the brainchild of an American - Harry Gordon Selfridge.
On the night of 24th March 1944 76 allied airmen escaped from the North Compound of Stalag Luft III, a supposedly "escape-proof" POW camp in what is now Western Poland. This was the "Great Escape", one of the most iconic and thrilling stories in military history.
Ian Mortimer transports viewers back to Elizabethan England and reveals, in vivid detail, a living, breathing Tudor world. Learn how ordinary Tudor housewives turned plants into medicine, how the middle classes kept themselves clean using linen cloths, how the poor made pottage, how cooks of the rich devised recipes for new ingredients, and how Tudors learned to read and write.
Professor Joann Fletcher explores what it was like to be a woman of power in ancient Egypt - from the realities and artefacts of everyday life to the remarkable leadership and influence wielded by women whose levels of freedom were unique in the ancient world.
Yotam visits Crete and explores its rich and complex culinary history. In the ancient capital of Heraklion, Yotam makes a variation of the Cretan meze dakos, a marriage of tomatoes, crumbled feta, olives and oregano. In the fishing port of Agios Nikolaos, he marries octopus marinaded in wine with tender baby squid, stuffed with tomatoes and okra. On a trip inland, Yotam uses feta for a cheesecake with a ripe cherry compote. He also prepares a feast of spit-roasted pork souvlaki, served with his twist on tzatziki.
This documentary reveals that we can only account for a tiny percentage of our universe - just 4 percent in fact. Scientists know this 4 percent consists of atoms, but what about the rest? Does 'dark matter' and 'dark energy' really fill the voids?
30 kings and queens, princes and princesses tell their family history - stories of power, love, triumph, tragedy and honour in a Europe ruled by dynasty politics and where arranged marriages created alliances between countries.
With guests Rachael Brown, Ken Wyatt and Nicole from MasterChef, plus guest hosts Tommy Little and Fifi Box, and stories on census data, retirement villages, Serena Williams against men, and Jeff Horn.
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.
In anticipation of her upcoming film Downsizing, Wiig discusses her Hollywood beginning at The Groundlings improv troupe which led to her breakout role as series regular on Saturday Night Live, where she earned five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. From the small screen to the big screen, Wiig expanded her repertoire to include both comedic and dramatic roles in films such as Mother!, The Martian, Skeleton Twins, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Despicable Me 2, Welcome To Me, Ghostbusters, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and the upcoming Where'd You Go, Bernadette. In the episode, Wiig recounts her journey to writing, producing and starring in the Oscar nominated film, Bridesmaids, and how she created many of her iconic characters in Saturday Night Live including the Aunt Linda and Sue the Surprise Lady.
Continuing this spectacular three-part series, this week we move on from Italy to continue our lesson in Baroque, as UK art critic Waldemar Januszczak takes us on a tour of the best examples of Baroque to be found, and tells the best stories behind those works.
A fascinating two-part series that presents the latest archaeological scholarship from the Holy Land as it explores the beginnings of modern religion and the origins of the Old Testament. The program tackles some of the biggest questions in biblical studies: Where did the ancient Israelites come from? Who wrote the Bible, when, and why? And how did the worship of one God emerge?
A voyage of discovery through the world of prehistoric Britain, from the glacial wasteland of 12,000 BC to the glories of the Stone Age. Tapping into the latest scientific detective work and experimental archaeology, historian Neil Oliver uncovers how our ancestors emerged from the last ice age; how agriculture really came to Britain; and the tipping points that changed the course of history.
In the third episode of this groundbreaking series, Professor Brian Cox takes on the story of the force that sculpts the entire universe - gravity. Gravity seems so familiar, and yet it is one of the strangest and most surprising forces in the universe. Starting with a zero gravity flight, Brian experiences the feeling of total weightlessness, and considers how much of an effect gravity has had on the world around us.
Daniel Browning Smith meets a man who claims to be able to jump over a car; a fighter who claims he can break baseball bats in half with a single kick; a man who can sprint on all fours, and a shark expert.
Ahdaf Soueif presents the opening address at Perth Writers Festival. She illustrates her address with vivid images, films and photos of street art and murals - iconic features of the revolution in Cairo's Tahrir Square in 2011. A very powerful pictorial presentation.
Daniel Browning Smith meets a man who can smash a coconut with his index finger; another who is able to turn his legs 180 degrees and walk forwards, and a diver who can dive from the height of a twelve-storey building.
World nomad Simon Reeve is back to present this brand new series where history, adventure and travelogue combine as he explores three of the world's major rivers: the Nile, Yangtze and Ganges. Through the stories of the people who live alongside these great waterways, he uncovers their vast influence, and reveals how they unite, and divide, some of the most extraordinary parts of the world. Tracing the course of each river from source to mouth, this series delves deep into the beliefs and practices that underpin the lives of those living along its banks.
In tonight's final episode, Heston gives the classic British afternoon tea a few very special twists, conjuring something the Mad Hatter himself would be proud of. Heston does his own take on the Victoria sandwich cake.
In this second series of Art + Soul, a diverse group of outstanding contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists reveal to pre-eminent curator Hetti Perkins how their art practice is driven by culture and heritage, political and personal preoccupations, dreams and imagination.
Jimmy Doherty and Kate Quilton take 50 of the world's most varied diets and rank them from the very worst to the very best, with the help of leading dietary experts. On their journey around the world, they set out to discover the differences in our eating habits and the surprising similarities between countries thousands of miles apart.
This time Stan wants Daniel to investigate four people who claim to have superhuman heat tolerance, performing potentially deadly demonstrations that push themselves, and the human body, to new limits.
Charlie Pickering and Annabel Crabb dive into tomorrow's headlines. Each episode a panel of experts have to survive a ground-breaking news story as it unfolds. Can they solve the world's problems before they even happen?
The Easter Island is lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but it has stirred up quite a commotion. It's home to one of the most precious treasures of humanity: the famous stone statues called 'moai'. Who were the Rapa Nui people who created such a masterpiece? Where did these men and women come from? How did they disappear? From Easter Island to the Marquesas Islands, from Brussels to Los Angeles, three world-renowned archaeologists have investigated for more than 20 years, and what they discovered presents a whole new story.
First in the tank is a 33-year-old looking for investment in her food business, Be Fit Food. Next, three mates pitch their Beer Pal app. Finally, will the Sharks bite on a motorcycle adventure business?
A legendary figure, the living myth of the creative artist, Orson Welles was the man who reinvented the language of theatre and cinema at the age of 24. He was a man of a thousand faces, continually appearing in new forms, revealing endlessly unseen facets. He was a moralist, a humanist, a Don Juan, a glutton, an American and a homeless exile, an actor, a filmmaker, a comedian, a poet, and an eternal child prodigy seeking to return to a state of grace. A child leading us into a maze of mirrors reflecting his talents, that he spins and twists as he pleases, never fully revealing what lies behind his imposing figure. This film is a journey into the heart of the man behind the legend.
Acclaimed historian Neil Oliver is joined by a team of local experts to celebrate New Zealand's unique history, people, archaeology, geography and wildlife in this stunning second series. Shot with the trademark Coast award-winning cinematography, this series transports viewers to a picturesque paradise. With a wealth of intriguing tales and inspiring locations to draw from, this is a fun and informative tour of a remarkable coastline.
Europe has been a battle concept for centuries: it often takes foreign enemies to weld the Europeans together. But for centuries, they were primarily fighting against themselves. It was not until the Enlightenment and the French Revolution of 1789 that a new idea of Europe emerged based on common values: freedom, equality, and fraternalism. But before these ideas prevail, exaggerated nationalism drove Europeans into two devastating world wars.
The story of Australia is the story of endless change: life, climate, and location. Seas come and go. Mountains rise and fall. Whole kingdoms of life triumph and disappear. The series final sees us racing down the last 65 million years to the present day. A mere blip in the long geological story of Australia but importantly for us, it is in this episode that we reveal the events that have shaped the more obvious features of the continent we now inhabit. In the wake of the catastrophe that saw off the dinosaurs, Australia set off on a lonely voyage in southern seas.
This spectacular series sees British gardening writer and television presenter, Monty Don, set off on an incredible global journey to visit 80 of the world's most celebrated and stunning gardens, from ancient to modern, large to small, and grand to humble.
For thousands of years Egypt has concealed a secret world. The mysterious remains of over four million mummies have been hidden within Egypt's magnificent tombs. They are remnants not of the ancient pharaohs but the perfectly preserved remains of animals. Using modern science an international team of experts discover how and why the Ancient Egyptians preserved their animals just like their kings.
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.
Anne Boleyn is one of the most famous and controversial women in British history. In 1536, she became the first queen in Britain's history to be executed. The brutal speed of her downfall, and the astonishing nature of the charges against her - treason, adultery, even incest - makes her story shocking even to this day. Yet whilst we know how Anne died, the story of why she had to go and who authored her violent end has been the subject of fiery debate across six centuries.