In 1542 Polish astronomer Copernicus presented an idea about the moving earth, that the sun - not the earth - was the centre of the universe. This highly controversial notion strongly challenged the position of the Church. The Moving Earth tells the story of how this new picture of the universe came into existence.
Fun-loving chefs Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo return to Italy to discover how the culinary capital of the world has changed its way of cooking and eating since they left there more than 40 years ago.
The production of tea and cinnamon are two incredibly labour-intensive processes, to this day still harvested largely by hand. Sri Lanka boasts a fine history with its distinguished tea fields and also produces the majority of the world's cinnamon supply. Peter travels by train to the hill country, home to these industries.
This week, Kylie continues her search for Chinese culinary traditions in the Hangzhou region located on the Yangtze River Delta. Hangzhou is the gateway to the Grand Canal and well-known for its scenic beauty.
In June 2006 master carpenter Bill Bradley and his wife Sarah built not one but two timber houses in South London on the site of Bill's old wood workshop. Their plan was to sell one off to pay for the other in the hope of living mortgage free. But the long narrow site, sandwiched between two rows of houses, overlooking and overlooked by 16 different neighbours, was far from an easy proposition.
Enterprising farmer Jimmy Doherty turns his supermarket food curiosity to the Sunday roast. Using his assorted household and farmyard apparatus, he tries to make it from scratch, attempting to create the potato flakes that turn into instant mash. Like the factory he uses a drum dryer to dehydrate the potatoes. He then tries to take the caffeine out of coffee using a fish tank.
Marcus du Sautoy examines the history of mathematics from the ancient world to its modern uses in explaining the construction of the universe. He finds the start of the decimal system in Egypt, the Babylonian beginnings for the Base 60 system, which covers time, and the Greek origins of mathematical analysis.
It is the largest and most fearsome volcanic island on the planet. This program scours the island for clues, to address the mystery of what powerful forces are ripping Iceland apart and lighting its fiery volcanoes.
In this new three-part series, actress Caroline Quentin embarks on a journey of discovery through India - one of the world's most remarkable and diverse countries. Starting in the far north of the country and working her way over 6,000 kilometres to Kanyakumari in India's southernmost tip, Caroline will experience all of the country's contrasts - from expansive, breathtaking landscapes to dense, humid and often desperate cities.
Notorious art forger John Myatt, the man who was involved in what Scotland Yard called the biggest art fraud of the 20th century, teaches aspiring artists how to paint in the style of the world's greatest artists.
Digs are suggested by a member of the viewing public who knows of an unsolved archaeological mystery. The team then uncovers as much as they can about the archaeology and history of the site in three days.
Poh's on the road to the sheep country of the Flinders Ranges in northern South Australia and it's a trip of firsts - her first night sleeping under the stars in a swag and her first attempt at shearing a sheep.
Starting off with a traditional eggplant dish in a Leonidio taverna, Lyndey and Blair then visit the tiny cobbled streets of Monemvasia and enjoy its magical atmosphere. The next day sees them on ferry to the island of Kythira, the home of the world's best honey where they don beekeeping outfits. After meeting locals Kate and Lucky, Lyndey learns how to cook Rozedes, a local almond biscuit, and Blair discovers Lucky's grapevines and his winemaking 'shed'.
In series 2 of Don't Die Young hip young English doctor and anatomist Dr Alice Roberts returns with this user's guide to our essential organs, and takes a closer look at how the organs deal with the challenges of modern life, and what we can do to look after them. In episode four, Dr Alice gets to see inside her own stomach by swallowing a tiny camera - one of the latest diagnostic tools in modern medicine.
Only thirteen men remain on the course and the training is becoming more severe. The surviving recruits face the nightmare of maritime tactical operations where sleep becomes a distant memory. Clearance divers must be able to carry out clandestine reconnaissance operations behind enemy lines. To achieve this, they use a special re-breather or bubble free diving set and conduct their operations under the cover of night. During this module the men must reach new levels of fitness. They must also prove they are a team tight enough to face the potentially fatal consequences of operating behind enemy lines.
A fly-on-the-wall series looking at a modern day monarchy; the lives of the queen of Denmark and her family. When Queen Margrethe II turned 70 in 2010, the Royal Family opened their palace to allow a television crew to film them and their staff going about their business, as well as providing candid interviews and insights into their work and leisure.
In the third episode of this six part series, the shopkeepers move into the 1930s. Life should be sweeter this week, as government regulations reduce working hours and cheap sugar means lots of lollies, confectionary and cake. Nostalgia boosts sales for the grocers, who have masses of 1930s recognisable brands, the dressmaker has to sell thirties glamour to the town, and the butcher has good old British beef.
Forget the big day, this is a snap of a great meal for those all important days around it. From drinks and nibbles when the guests arrive through to a simple, delicious no effort dinner and fabulous going home gifts.
Success in the kitchen isn't just about tastes and flavours - contrasting textures can really lift a dish. Nigel will be making a classic savoury pie with a puff pastry crust and a reworking of his favourite childhood pudding, poached pears. He'll even be putting traditional pizza ingredients together in a new way to make an original dish.
Life on the plains and grasslands of the world is about movement, freedom and livestock. The Nyangatom of southern Ethiopia have fought and won a rangeland for themselves, but they and their herds of cattle and goats are totally reliant on gigantic wells. At the height of the dry season a huge collective well is dug down on the dry bed of the Kibish River. These hand dug wells can be 30m wide and 30m deep and are designed as pits as the sand walls are prone to collapse. Dozens of people are killed by collapsing wells each year.
The team journeys from Cornwall to South Wales, with Neil Oliver visiting the site of the 1945 Welsh Great Escape, where almost 70 German prisoners of war made a bid for freedom over the sand dunes at Bridgend. Renee Godfrey swims with seals off Lundy Island, Nick Crane undertakes an epic climb and Hermione Cockburn looks at a remarkable building project.
Join Sydney chef Peter Kuruvita as he takes a journey through the unique food, colourful culture and rich history of Sri Lanka. Using his grandmother's recipes as a guide, Peter travels across the country, from seaside fishing village to lofty tea field, experiencing the wealth of Sri Lanka's beauty and culinary diversity along the way. With Peter at the helm, there is no shortage of memories to share, or dishes to discover in this authentic portrayal of a unique and alluring country and its cuisine. Throughout his travels, Peter is joined by old friends and new and together they explore the area's culture, site-specific ingredients and recipes.
Tonight, British Pilot Harry Odone needs to transport a vintage British Royal Navy plane 2,500km on a jumbo journey from Canada to New Richmond Airport, Wisconsin where it will be restored to working condition. Meanwhile, in Oregon, we also follow leading heavy hauler Chris Arsenault attempt to transport a 70-year-old snowplough locomotive up 'Train Mountain' to a hillside location.
Lisa and Darren Walker from East Sussex want to turn their 18th century coach house into a two bedroom dwelling and have engaged architect and heritage building enthusiast George Clarke to help and advise. Despite the fact that Lisa has no building experience, she will be project manager while Darren is out working to pay for the renovation.
It's a daunting prospect this week as the amateur photographers must take photos at a wedding and negotiate the expectations of the bride and groom who have planned an unconventional event. Competing for the best wedding photo is mother-of-three, Bronwyn Courts, young photographer Walt Loveridge and student Skye Wagner.
In this episode, Richard focuses on the 'KT boundary'. 65 million years ago, a 10 kilometre diameter asteroid collided with the Earth and saw the end of the long reign of the dinosaurs. He investigates the lucky breaks and evolutionary adaptations that allowed some species to survive the disastrous end of the Cretaceous Age when these giants did not.
In this eight-part series, Mexican actor Andres Garcia Jr travels across the United States and explores new ways of cooking traditional Latin foods in New Latin Cuisine. Andres takes a look at what is happening to the gastronomy of a culture exposed more and more to the influences of a worldwide audience, and how it is being transformed.
Supermodel and TV Presenter Jodie Kidd knew that great-grandparents on both sides of her family had been awarded titles. Her father's grandfather was Lord Beaverbrook, a legendary newspaper magnate who served in the British cabinet during both world wars. Her mother's grandfather was Sir Rowland Hodge, a Newcastle shipbuilder. But through researching her family tree Jodie manages to trace her family back much further than she ever imagined.
Jimmy the enterprising farmer turned food producer turns his attention to kids' party food. Fish fingers and pink marshmallows are on the menu. An essential tool is a power saw for the fish shapes. The soft and fluffy marshmallows reflect nothing of the ingredients going in them - such as pig's skin and trotters.
Griff Rhys Jones continues his quest to find traditional art in remote places, by travelling to West Africa. Antique carvings from the region can fetch millions of dollars, but what makes a piece 'authentic' and are they still being made? Is there such a thing as pure African art?
This week of 480 covers NAIDOC which follows the stories of five highly respected Australian Aborigines. Today, Indigenous surfer Joe Haddon is making waves as he tries to break into the professional surfing world.
This six-part observational documentary series takes us aboard working fishing vessels in the Irish fleet to meet the men who pilot these boats - the skippers. It follows the crews in pursuit of their lucrative catch, which involves long absences from home, 24 hour shifts, huge waves, 130 km-per-hour gales, and the unpredictability of the ocean itself.
Explore some of the great wilderness areas in Australia's Northern Territory - The Top End. From Kakudu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park we visit some of our country's unique natural wonders, remarkable wildlife and ancient cultural heritage.
Heavily pregnant during filming, Emilia Fox was intrigued to find out what family traits her baby might inherit. Part of the Fox theatrical dynasty, Emilia wants to explore just how far back the family's acting roots go.
Seven stories of engineering achievement in the 19th and 20th centuries reveal how the modern world was forged. Visionaries such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel set in motion plans to conquer huge distances, harness rivers and tame cruel seas. The costs to individual engineers were enormous, for the complexity of their projects and the scale of their endeavours often drew scorn from society and took a great - sometimes devastating - toll on their health. (FEATURE ARTICLE AVAILABLE)
After a boat trip to Bourtzi, Blair is hungry so they enjoy a lunch at Karathonas Beach and then move onto a tour and tasting at Karonis ouzo distillery. Blair runs up the 999 steps of the Palamidi fortress while Lyndey tours the site above. Later, the pair learn all about worry beads, including how to fidget!
In a landmark new series, ex-SAS Major Ken Hames joins the Royal Regiment of Scotland in Afghanistan. While examining today's conflict he looks back on the history of the Scottish soldiers who fought for Britain. In this episode he looks at the first Scottish Regiments; visiting battlefields where they had to fight their own kin during the Jacobite Rebellion and travels to Waterloo, the battle where the fierce reputation of the fighting Scot was forged.
The year is 1825. Antiquarian and polymath Edmund Tyrell Artis is exploring Roman sites in Cambridgeshire when he comes across some well preserved buildings in a wood surrounded by evidence of ironworking. Intrigued, Artis makes a plan and proceeds to get permission from the Duke of Bedford to investigate the site. Artis claims to have found Roman statues, buildings and even burials. Artis declares the site a 'Temple to Diana' and publishes a series of drawings and a map... but no report was ever published
Being able to acquire new skills is one of the powerful abilities humans have. But how and why do we learn new things? The children's families are invited to an interactive studio to discover the answers. With the help of three generations of Child of Our Time families and some extraordinary people, this program lifts the lid on the world of learning as never before; proving that it's never too late to master new skills and discovering along the way how personality can affect your chances of success.
Martin Dorey, campervan lover and passionate foodie, journeys around Britain in his 1970s classic campervan on the ultimate escapist adventure. Martin's campervan adventure has crossed the border into Scotland. With the help of a local expert, he tries his hand at traditional barrel-smoked Arbroath smokies for his dinner.
From Sydney Harbour to the Australian desert and Northern rainforests, iconic Australian landscapes are infused with Aboriginal history and culture. Representatives from these regions tell us of their connection with the past and approach to the future.
This week Heston challenges the way the humble spud is prepared and cooked. He begins with the mighty British chip and his experimental recipe for triple cooked chips - leaving a desire to never have to settle for flaccid French fries again. Next there is a radical new way of making mash, for guaranteed light- as-a-cloud perfection every time. A thermometer is involved but this simple scientific technique is something to try at home.
Calverton Manor is a collage of different architectural styles with parts thought to date back as far as the 14th century. And it comes with its very own legend involving a rich widow, the local butcher, pots of gold and murder.
Having always been fascinated with Thai food, Poh starts her Thailand road trip in the northern city of Chiang Mai where tradition is revered and celebrated. It's here that Poh learns about the basics of northern Thai cooking including how to prepare Khoa Soi, the most famous of this region's dishes. Poh's version of the dish, her first attempt, gets the thumbs up from the locals and Poh is delighted.