This series uses stunning CGI animation and expedition-driven actuality to strip major cities naked of their steel, concrete, air, ocean and bedrock - layer by layer, act by act - to explore their hidden infrastructure and solve key mysteries surrounding their origins, geology, archaeology, industry, weather and engineering.
Nans and Mouts, two intrepid adventurers, face and unlikely challenge: to cross the country in order to reach their destination in the heart of one of France's most picturesque regions. The complication? They start the journey naked and will depend on the hospitality and generosity of everyone they meet along the way.
The new series of Coast continues with a journey around the great estuaries of Britain where 20 million people live, and a dazzling variety of animals thrive. The team visit the most dramatic waterways to discover surprising stories that emerge where rivers and seas collide.
Sir David Attenborough investigates why animals appear to have taken nature's gifts and stretched them to extreme limits, such as the giraffe, which has ended up with a super-stretched neck, and the chameleon, with a super stretchy tongue.
This episode will look at whether mind-reading is scientifically possible, whether there are living creatures in the sky controlling the weather, if humans and computers can ever form an emotional bond and how far we can really trust our own perceptions.
Ramsay Horton has a killer recipe for spicy meatballs passed down from his grandmother; Vinnie has devised what he claims to be the ultimate chicken wing marinade; Alan is hoping his lean meat, inexpensive goat sausages will become a hit.
Young first time traveller Roger Ungers takes us to the fascinating and awe-inspiring travel destinations around the world. In this first episode, Roger heads to Europe. His first stop is London where Roger shows us the major tourist attractions, before experiencing the boisterous celebrations in Ireland during St Patrick's Day.
In the season finale, we have eleven delicious products and eleven entrepreneurs. Which item has resonated most with Australian shoppers and will be awarded a life-changing parternship with Woolworths supermarkets plus $100,000 prize money?
Survivorman's Les Stroud explores various cultures around the globe and learns about the survival techniques and practices of indigenous people. The ritual of the trance dance serves as a direct communion to the spirit world for the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. Les will be the first outsider to participate in a trance dance.
Themis Toclis combines his two favourite meals of spaghetti and pies into one tasty recipe; Bobby Edwards loves Jamacian food and has created his own Jamacian inspired sauce and Christina Cavaleri has an old family recipe for her meatballs.
TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornadoes.
Tonight, the team explores the Welsh coast. Nick investigates evidence that a devastating tsunami hit the coast 400 years ago, and discovers why scientists find the local landscape a surprisingly good stand-in for the surface of Mars.
After thirty years of isolation due to civil war, Peter revisits the northern capital of Jaffna and its diverse people. Here, Peter hires an old Morris Oxford, traversing the city and connecting with monks who make their own pure grape wine, Muslim butchers who consider goat the their favourite meal, and Tamil Hindus who invite Peter to join their New Year celebrations.
Eddie Koiki Mabo was more than just a court case. Through the eyes of his daughter Gail Mabo we take a personal look into the man who was an obstinate, passionate family man and who was consumed with fighting for the culture and ownership of a tiny island in the Torres Strait.
Having tasted defeat in the original series, James May makes a new attempt to run a Hornby model railway 15 kilometres between two Devon towns. The last attempt saw no trains reach their destination and James's cherished childhood toy, the Flying Scotsman, fail to even make it out of the car park. This time the feat is bigger than ever before, as James challenges the two German proprietors of the world's largest toy railway museum to a race along the track.
Alexander the Great is one of history's greatest warrior kings, and was the leader of the most powerful nation in the ancient world. The location of his tomb has eluded archaeologists for nearly 2,000 years.
Last-minute jitters and glitches test all tempers on the day of opening night of the Michael Jackson musical tribute that successful millionaire producer David King has brought to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as a testing ground for his ultimate opening venue, Monte Carlo. Cast and crew are frustrated when David keeps changing things and fiddling elements of the show he is not happy with.
The Pacific nation of Kiribati is forecast to be the first country in the world to disappear as a result of climate change. Sea-level rise, coastal erosion and drought are threatening the lives of 110,000 people spread over 33 atolls in this impoverished remote corner of the Pacific. The Hungry Tide, the latest documentary from internationally renowned filmmaker Tom Zubrycki, focuses on this vulnerable community on the frontline of climate change. It tells the story of one woman's mission to save her sinking homeland.
Heston Blumenthal challenges the way we cook chocolate as he lifts the lid on his magical popping candy, passionfruit gateaux with an exploding base, and an amazing flowerpot tiramisu with edible chocolate soil.
In this new series of Who Do You Think You Are?, nine celebrities trace their family trees to explore the lives of their ancestors and uncover major themes in British social history. The first episode explores the family tree of Australian actor/singer Jason Donovan.
In the fourth episode, Martin journeys to Tenerife where he meets the world's rarest parrot, the Spix's macaw, which now only survives in captivity and has to be hand-reared. In America, a baby sifaka lemur fights for life when infection strikes. Martin travels to South Australia, where a critically endangered wallaby has to fly almost 1000 kilometres to find a new mother, while a group of baby numbats - stripy marsupials with tongues half the length of their bodies - are taking their first steps to freedom in the forests of Western Australia.
This episode focuses on the luxurious interiors of the Titanic, whose fittings were so expensive she was the 1912 equivalent in luxury to today's Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. Four engineers re-discover the lost skills of the British craftsmen and women who made these interiors, by attempting to build the centrepiece section of the most expensive room aboard the ship: the Gentlemen's First Class Smoking Room.
Chefs Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo tour Campania, where they learn how poverty in the area created Italy's best-loved dishes and made the region rich. The duo visit Gennaro's home town Minori to get a lesson in pasta-making from his great aunt, then head to Naples, where they discover the humble beginnings of pizza.
After Jack's inauguration speech, we jump directly into a meeting about the Bay of Pigs invasion. Jack is told of an Eisenhower approved plan to train guerrillas in Nicaragua for an assault on Fidel Castro's Cuba. Virtually all of Jack's advisors military and civilian urge him to go ahead with the invasion. And finally Jack against his better judgement gives the order to send the guerrillas in.
Nigella's shaking things up in the kitchen, proving you shouldn't knock it till you've tried it. No time to bake? No problem. Irish oaten rolls are fast and easy and give instant comfort and gratification. Salty and sweet may not sound like a match made in heaven, but Nigella's sweet and salty crunch nut bars are totally irresistible.
Tonight's train journey takes us on a trip from the Iraqi-Syrian border to Aleppo, Syria. From there the train continues to Damascus and Amman in Jordan, and then to Aqaba. Along the way, travellers talk about their relationship with their enemies, Israel and America. Away from the train, Rana Husseini, a Jordanian journalist, who questions honour killings in her country, finds herself accused of being pro-American.
Italian chef Alessandro Borghese travels across regional Italy searching for the best in traditional dishes. At each stop, Alessandro studies a traditional local recipe before offering up his own contemporary reinterpretation. From the Italian Alps to Sicily, this is a journey through the flavours of Italy.
Presented by the noted British actor Brian Blessed and featuring comment and analysis by the author John Stallworthy, 'The War Poets' explores the strong link between poetry and warfare and demonstrates that the written word is equal at least in power to the photograph or moving image. Beginning in ancient times, the programme takes us on a journey through some of history's great conflicts and the way they were recorded by those who lived through them. The programme ends with the unforgettable poetry of the Great War as written by men such as Owen, Brooke and Sassoon.
The theory of the Big Bang - how the Universe exploded from an infinitesimal speck to create matter, radiation, time and space. Within the first trillion-trillion-trillionth of a second, the cosmos grew a hundred million times to less than the size of an atom. Then, in another instant, the Universe was the size of a galaxy. Now, 14 billion years later and strung along vast filaments, the Universe has some 50 billion galaxies that continue to expand - and where stars are born, live and die.
Ben L'Oncle Soul - One of the biggest successes to come out of France in recent years, Ben L'Oncle Soul is a soul singer whose inspiration comes from his childhood exposure to the sounds of the great soul musicians like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and others. Paying homage to these great artists, Ben performs live at the Zenith de Paris.
The first stone henge to be discovered in Britain for a century would be cause enough for major celebration. But in this program there's double bubbles as Tony Robinson and his hardy team of archaeologists celebrate their 200th dig.
Inventive farmer Jimmy Doherty creates supermarket food from his barn factory. It's Christmas time, but he never closes. Using farmyard and household junk, he is creating his own festive supermarket production line.
While America's von Braun (Richard Dillane) could fund the world's most powerful rocket, Soviet designer Sergei Korolev (Steve Nicolson) had only a fraction of the US budget and knew that without a rocket as powerful as the USA's Saturn he would lose the race. Yet the Soviet's Alexei Leonov (Oleg Shtefanko) became the first man to walk in space.
Time Team journey to the heart of Wiltshire for their most ambitious project to date to investigate an entire lost Roman settlement. Hidden under acres of wheat, Cunetio would once have been a bustling market town and intriguingly it's also the site of Britain's largest ever coin hoard.
The team visits Denmark where Neil Oliver learns about the unique concept of 'Hygge', which roughly translates as a feeling of bliss. Nick Crane explains why Britain imports so much Danish bacon, Alice Roberts sails aboard a full-scale replica of a Viking longship, Miranda Krestovnikoff encounters red deer, and Mark Horton reveals the story of Heligoland, a tiny island used by the Royal Navy in 1947 for one of the largest non-nuclear explosive detonations in history.
In the second episode, Lyndey and Blair travel to Corinth, where lunch is eaten overlooking Ancient Corinth. At the Loutraki Thermal Spa, they separate - Blair swims in thermal waters while Lyndey relaxes with a soothing massage. Later, at the Gaia Winery, Lyndey and Blair learn about the native grape vines with winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopoulos and Lyndey gets to cook goat.
One of the finest French films ever made, Marcel Carne's Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) is the tragic 1945 story of the ill-fated love between an actress and a theatre mime. It is a darkly magical piece of escapism set in 19th-century Paris, made in the golden age of French cinema. This documentary examines the context of the film and the stories behind its production, with interviews from French legends Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault and Pierre Brasseur.
Hubble's Amazing Rescue takes viewers behind the scenes on a riveting journey with the astronauts and engineers charged with saving the famous Hubble Space Telescope. After nearly 20 years in space, and after capturing hundreds of thousands of spectacular images, the Hubble Space Telescope was dying. Hubble's gyroscopes and sensors were failing, its batteries were running down, and some of its instruments were already dead. The only hope to save it was a mission so dangerous that NASA had already cancelled it once, in 2004.
In previous series of the multi-award winning program The Choir, choirmaster Gareth Malone has proved that singing can take a group of kids who never sang before all the way to the Choir Olympics. He has proved that boys can sing, take pride in it, and perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London. But can singing lift the spirits of an entire community?
So what actually happens after you drink a glass of water? How does it come out the other end? We follow liquid through peristalsis all the way to the bladder. We see a remarkable X-Ray of a bladder emptying and amazing footage of the urinary tract. Adam visits a work site to show a Urine Colour Chart - the chart is used so you can tell if you're dehydrated by the colour of your wee.
Deep in Marrakech's spice and olive souks, Peta reveals the essential flavours of Moroccan tagines. The gastro-nomads learn a classic Moroccan trid pastry and party the night away Berber style. Then in her kitchen Peta cooks a delectable chicken tagine.
Each member of the staff, from the most experienced to the youngest apprentice, will be given two weeks to create an original dessert or cake for inclusion in the shop's range. All creations will be presented to Adriano for judging and he'll tell each person what's right and wrong with it, and help them finesse it. But unless the dessert meets Adriano's exacting standards it won't be sold.
This program reveals the technological leaps forward that have allowed the world's largest hydroelectric dam - the Three Gorges Dam in China - to be built. The Dam is over two kilometres long, towers over 60 storeys high and creates a reservoir 600 kilometres in length. On completion the scheme will be able to generate enough electricity to supply 60 million people. Using a mix of CGI animation and on-location filming, the program explores how this immense project was made possible through a series of six historic engineering breakthroughs.