Across the Earth there are traces of a mysterious land unlike anything seen today - a supercontinent that split apart to create our world. This is the story of how life, land and time came together to create the extraordinary diversity of the seven continents.
Supermodel and art history graduate Lily Cole will embark on a fascinating journey with renowned artists such as Tacita Dean and Christo, watching them at work in their studio, discussing their life and artistic processes, and getting closer than ever before to the people behind the art.
In 1886 Victorian social explorer Charles Booth embarked on a hugely ambitious plan to visit every single street in London to record the social conditions of the city's residents. House by house, street by street, the lives of four million people were mapped and categorised according to their social position. The Secret History of Our Streets revisits six of these archetypal London streets and interviews residents past and present to discover how the fortunes of the streets have ebbed and flowed in the last hundred and twenty-five years.
An Ordinary life is a series of documentaries that take an intimate look at the lives of individuals affected by disability. Some are born with their disability while others acquire it through accident or illness. All anyone wants in these remarkable stories is an ordinary life. Yet their circumstances are such that they lead anything but a regular existence.
Actor Alan Cumming visits Glasgow, one of his favourite cities, to reveal unusual and often hidden sights and sounds overlooked by the public. Starting at the Necropolis, he travels to the world's oldest music hall before enjoying the views from a city-centre landmark.
Julia Bradbury presents a series of classic walks and climbs in the Lake District. Armed with Alfred Wainwright's famous pictorial guides, she sets out on some of the most popular fell walks in the country. In the first episode, Julia is in the Western Lakes to walk to the summit of Wainwright's favourite fell, Haystacks.
All is not lost for the Irish. Owen Roe's kinsman, Major-General Hugh Dubh O'Neill, will now emerge from his shadow. He, also, served for many years in the continental wars, and he commands 2,000 experienced soldiers of the Ulster Catholic army. Can he stop Cromwell in his tracks?
Comedian and television presenter Adam Hills traces the desperate journeys undertaken by his migrant ancestors in the new Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are?. Although Adam is aware of the migrant ancestry on his mother's side, the stories of what brought his two great grandfathers to Australia in the early 20th century have never been told.
The first travellers to come north were predominantly men. Scotland was considered to be very much a 'man's world' - full of unseen perils, and definitely not a place for ladies! In this episode, Paul Murton travels through Dumfries and Galloway to uncover the stories of the pioneering female tourists who were determined not to be left at home and bravely headed north to explore Scotland.
Join Mike Rowe on the ultimate bar crawl through America's booze filled past. We'll show you how alcohol helped push this great nation west, where mountain men and Johnny Appleseed pave the way for liquored up cowboys to shoot each other at the OK Corral.
Luke visits the floating villages of Chau Doc and Cai Be to cook some intriguing local dishes. He starts his journey on the Hue River where he cooks a caramelised basa fish dish atop a floating fish farm. Luke then heads onto land to see, first hand, how the famous Chau Doc roast pork is done.
The living history experiment reaches the 1960s and a new family, the Hawkes, arrive, walking in the footsteps of their Caribbean immigrant ancestors. They are shocked to discover the decade was a difficult time, with racism and isolation taking its toll.
Caitlin, Shania and Samantha have dedicated their young lives to saving animals under threat, including endangered big cats in South Africa, wounded marsupials in Australia, and abandoned alligators in the United States. They have even become friends with those in their care.
In this show, Stephen tries out all the products and prototypes he can lay his hands on - gadgets from the future, gadgets from the past, life-changing ones and sweet little gizmos that will change the way you live your life tomorrow.
In the series that puts science to the test, Dallas Campbell traces the global journey of 30,000 indestructible plastic ducks, and Liz Bonnin goes on manoeuvres at the bottom of the Baltic Sea in the Royal Navy's latest search-and-rescue submarine.
Following the revolution of 1949, legislation regarding equality was passed, which was a huge step forward for China at the time.
And the economic reforms of recent decades have further improved the lives of women, yet it is the only country in the world where more women than men commit suicide, according to the World Health Organisation.
So, as China surges forward, how will society change and what role will the new generation play in this new global powerhouse?
In this special episode, French gourmet Julie Andrieu takes an unforgettable journey across the globe. Watch out for Julie's cobra terror in Vietnam and for her fits of laughter at a Peruvian guinea pig farm.
This time it's Shaun and Jannine Cartwright and their three sons in need of assistance. The family has reached a massive stumbling block when it comes to overhauling their Blackburn home, which is full of clutter, clutter and more clutter. Jannine has recently fought cancer and the family is now struggling to know where to begin in order to create a more homely home.
Get a ringside seat for some of nature's deadliest encounters. When a cunning tent spider comes to blows with a vicious destructive katydid, it's a battle between sticky silk and snapping jaws. Who will be victorious when a huge giant banded huntsman takes on the lean and mean jungle huntsman?
Entertaining French sommelier Olivier Magny uncorks the mysteries of wine. Touring beautiful vineyards from Burgundy to Bordeaux, Olivier reveals the varieties and origins of some of the most popular wines and explains what makes a top tipple.
Kevin McCloud buys himself a beautiful piece of woodland, and with the help of friends and experts, builds a cabin. Everything has to be made by hand from his woodland, or has to be sourced from someone's rubbish.
A lush and colourful glimpse into Indian culture, food and customs, presented by English-born chef, Barry Vera. On the humid, lush Keralan coast, Barry learns about the famous Chinese fishing nets that operate as they have for over 600 years as well as discovering that coconut is used for everything - cooking, hair product, make-up and rugs.
Kaurna and Narrunga man, Jack Buckskin, grew up on a diet of family and football, before life-changing events led Jack on a new path. He is now the sole teacher of Kaurna, the near extinct language of his ancestors.
This episode Nick embarks on a journey to celebrate the surprising stories of the workers from around our shores. From foundry men who burnished the secrets of our sea power, to the super-star performers who wowed the crowds in Edwardian resorts, these are tales of the hard-grafters who made Britain great.
Peggy and Don's unfinished home was only inches away from being a complete demo. But Mike takes on the challenge of transforming an open wound into an open-concept home, doing whatever it takes to make it right.
Mike tackles a recently renovated home where nothing is leveling out. Sledgehammers compromised structure, cutting corners led to mould, and there's asbestos in the basement. Mike brings in the pros to make this renovation right.
In the final episode, host and supermodel Lily Cole meets Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco who uses the urban landscape and everyday objects found within it to twist conventional notions of reality and engage viewer's imaginations.
Rely on a contractor's words instead of their work and you run the risk of being conned In this episode, Mike Holmes recalls some of the best examples of what happens when a contractor oversells and under delivers.
Archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper reveals the extraordinary history of some of South America's ancient civilizations. Exploring spectacular ruins and investigating the truth behind legends that surround these fascinating cultures, Dr Cooper journeys through Peru, Bolivia and Colombia.
The real China is revealed in this series of concise and informative programs. It provides a guide to Chinese lifestyle and language as we meet the people and explore ten aspects of China's culture in detail. Today: This program looks at how to book a holiday and the best in leisure activities.
Just before Christmas, 1958, Rupert Murdoch, then aged 27, met a sensitive young Tamil on the dodge from the immigration authorities. A poor scholar with black skin, Kamahl's days in White Australia were numbered.
In the final episode, Jimmy tries to make free-range chicken kievs for Tesco, but will Tesco's customer tasters like them? He also campaigns against the slaughter of thousands of male dairy calves. Jimmy then gears up for the launch day of his affordable free-range products, nervous to see if the public will buy them or not. Part of BBC Knowledge's What’s Your Body Hiding?
Truly heavenly meals don't have to start life with painfully expensive ingredients. Nigella's got a whole host of sublime recipes up her sleeve that hail from far more modest beginnings. Like South Indian Vegetable Curry - made from the wilting contents of a Monday morning fridge raid, decadent Chocolate Chip Bread pudding, aka: stale bread reincarnated. Beer Braised Pork Knuckles with Caraway, Garlic, Apples and Potatoes - totally divine and cheap to boot.
In this episode, James plays three pieces by the composer he has the most affinity with: Frederic Chopin. He performs the monstrously difficult Etude Op. 25 No. 12, and the sublimely beautiful Prelude, Op. 28 No. 4, followed by the turbulent Fantaisie in F minor, written at the height of Chopin's love affair with George Sand.
We have dominated the planet, uncovered the secrets of the atom and travelled to the moon. But how did humans come to be so successful? Discover how our bodies hold all the clues we need to unpick the epic story of our evolution.
In the second episode, Maeve and Guillaume journey under the ground in Paris to the secret bakery of one of the great Parisian bakers, Jean-Luc Poujaran, who supplies all the top restaurants in the city.
This stretch of coast is rich in industry - both past and present. It has many beautiful and breathtaking sites, with the Gower Peninsula being the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. Cardiff has also transformed itself.
Saskia's only explanation for this new friendship is it must be love. Everybody thinks she's crazy. How can you love someone you've never met? After being ear-bashed by her mum, best friend and the girls at school, Saskia begins to wonder!
Internationally acclaimed Irish concert pianist John O'Conor is in Positano, on Italy's beautiful rugged Amalfi coast holding a masterclass. He wants to pass on the passion and power of Beethoven's music to the next generation of musicians.
Farmers from around Trundle are turning up in droves at the local pub. And it's not just to share a yarn over a middy or two. The Committee has arranged a fund raiser with the local male farmers posing for a calendar shoot.