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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When royalty met Hollywood: find out more about the hottest royal couple by discovering their drives, their motivations, and what united them in this intimate and uplifting special about a true-life fairytale romance.
This award-winning series tells the story of the legendary document Magna Carta, that dates from the time of Robin Hood. It is the most highly valued piece of paper in the world, and has changed the course of history. Magna Carta is a standard against which we can judge how free we are. So how do we measure up today? These films give us reasons to celebrate, but also to be fearful. Filmed in the UK and US, this series features world experts on history, law, and economics.
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.
The story, 'A mother's pain', Katherine Jackson takes us inside the family compound where she breaks her silence on the scandals that dogged her son, Michael Jackson; her granddaughter's attempted suicide and new allegations of child molestation. The story, 'Allergy free', looks at food allergies in children and now a breakthrough cure that has children happily eating the foods that previously could have killed them. The story, 'Smarty pants', meets Sara Blakely the creator of Spanx.
Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. But upon returning home to his wife and children, he finds he can't leave the war behind.
Hosted by comedian Wil Anderson, Gruen Planet looks at the dark arts of spin, branding, advertising and image control. In advertising they call it a brand extension - Gruen Planet - the latest show in the Gruen stable, will run an x-ray across the world each week, unpicking the stories that affect us all. Important topics in this episode include the industrial PR battle between management and labour, and how to rebrand a famous business empire when the respected figure-head, now deceased, was the brand himself.
Stories include, 'Gillard confronted, defended by shoppers', 'UK announces inquiry into hacking allegations', 'US investors sue News Corp for compensation', 'Europe's debt crisis continues to worsen', 'America's economy could have been worse: Hale', 'Christmas Island rescue boats unseaworthy', 'Assange continues fight against extradition', 'Entrepreneurs buy Triabunna woodchip mill'.
Stories include, 'EU ready to bail out Irish banks', 'Twins in bizarre fatal shooting in Colorado', 'Fires lit in Villawood protests', 'Opposition calls for new approach to asylum seekers', 'Atheist Hitchens stares death in the eye - Part One'.
Stories include, 'London celebrates wedding and best of British', 'Rescue pilot in tears at floods inquiry', 'Two charged over ADFA sex scandal', 'The Long view on the economy', '15 killed in Marrakesh blast', 'Three killed in Adelaide siege', 'Storms kill 300 in southern US', 'Roboticist explores nature of humanity', 'Kurzweil foresees a human/machine singularity', 'Kate Middleton now Princess William'.
Stories include, 'N.T. alcohol experts oppose criminalisation of pregnant drinkers', 'South Australia votes', 'Record number of candidates line up for W.A. Senate election', 'Daniel Morcombe's murderer sentenced to life', 'Friday Forum' and 'Senate to inquire into Government's environmental offset policy'.
Stories include, 'Opposition attacks Thomson instead of budget', 'Thomson constituents campaign to remove him', 'Foreign aid promises will be delivered: Carr', 'The carbon tax will not change: Milne', 'Greek leftists vow to cancel austerity', 'Annan warns of civil war in Syria' and 'Wild Things author Sendak dies at 83'.
Stories include, 'Former Defence Minister backs Prime Minister's stance that Australian troops will not be sent into Iraq and Syria', 'Interview: General Ehsan Ul-Haq, former director general of Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency, the ISI', 'How does the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, which is 80 per cent below sea level, cope with climate change?'.
With guests Kevin Dillon, Kurt Coleman, Joe Sugg, Caspar Lee and H.G. Nelson, plus guest hosts Hugh Riminton, Lehmo and Meshel Laurie, and stories on a way to retain hair during chemo, young botox users, and a retiring wrestler
Jenny Brockie asks why are Australians being drawn to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, either to do humanitarian work or join the fight? Where are the influences coming from and what should be done about it?
With guests Rachael Taylor and Jules Schiller, and guest hosts Ray Martin and Tom Ballard, plus stories on police PTSD insurance claim problems, Tropfest's cancellation, Charles and Camilla's visit and disability park shaming.
On the morning America wakes up and prepares to head to the polls for the 2012 presidential election, Mark Davis and Yalda Hakim will present Dateline's unique perspective on the world's most anticipated leadership race, live from the United States.
The story, 'An evening with Sir Michael', looks back at his successful career and recalls some of the unforgettable moments. The story, 'Never say die', features an interview with Divinyls singer, Chrissy Amphlett about her battle with breast cancer. The story, 'Super Mario v the world', speaks with Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario. Two decades on the game is still selling around the world.
Stories include, 'Lateline's 'Late Debate' Donald Trump poll produces a surprise result', 'Panel Debate: Tom Switzer of the US Studies Centre, author Randa Abdel Fattah and Suzanne Kelly, an anti-Trump campaigner' and 'Interview: Jennifer Robinson, Julian Assange's lawyer'.
Is buffel grass a destructive weed or productive feed?; Comprehensive climate and weather outlook and analysis presented by the Bureau of Meteorology and Pip Courtney speaks with Joseph Saina, Head of the Australian Horticultural Exporters Association, regarding Vietnam's ban on Australian horticultural imports.
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.
Host Costa Georgiadis and presenters Clarence Slockee and Josh Byrne visit the Northern Territory and Western Australia in a special episode which celebrates the ways in which Indigenous people are connected to the land.
Panellists include: Lawrence Krauss - Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist, Gene Robinson - America's First Openly Gay Bishop, Fred Nile - Conservative Morals Campaigner, Amanda Vanstone - Former Howard Government Minister and Susan Ryan - Age Discrimination Commissioner.
We have this year's Miles Franklin Award winner - Anna Funder on her latest work, Penny Chapman on the rewards and downfalls of making television drama and Kieran Cooney on the NBN and humanising and taming technology.
A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realise a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.
Bricklayer Greg and his partner Emma tear down their South Melbourne house to build a three-level home. They invite their extended family to help out with Emma's parents assigned the entire ground floor.
The internet has transformed everything from how we enjoy entertainment and media to how we shop, learn and make friends. But how did the Internet begin? This BAFTA Award-winning series, presented by Aleks Krotoski, explores this by bringing together everyone who's anyone on the web - from Microsoft's Bill Gates to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales to Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and influential online figures, Al Gore and Stephen Fry.
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.
In this closing episode, suspicions are aroused when Philip and his researcher spot a rogue picture for sale in a South African auction house. It exudes all the classic scents of being a 'sleeper', an important picture that has been miscatalogued and offered for a very low price.
Creator of The Wire, the brilliant TV series set in Baltimore; David Simon addresses a packed Opera House for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. The session is titled: 'Some people are more equal than others', and Michael Williams is chair.
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.
Panellists: Toby Walsh, artificial intelligence researcher; Nikki Goldstein, sex educator (sex robots); Chuck Klosterman, pop culture critic; Betty Grumble, performer and sex clown; and Van Badham, columnist for Guardian Australia.
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.
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.
Charles Perkins Oration celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Mabo case featuring two speakers; Gail Mabo (one of Eddie Mabo's daughters) and Bryan Keon-Cohen (Junior Counsel in both Mabo cases as well as Counsel in the Wik v State of Queensland action). Then Dr Carolyn MacCann explains Emotional Intelligence - fact or fiction?
Vikram Chandra is a fiction writer and computer programmer. You may not necessarily see the connection straight away, but in this elegant and intriguing conversation conducted by Adam Spencer , the relationship becomes clear.
Sun, sand and surf. Just because we're having fun doesn't mean we can forget about safety. Rip currents account for 80 percent of beach rescues, and can be dangerous or deadly if you don't know what to do. Learn to stay safe with Bondi Rescue.