Alan Khan migrated to Australia from Bangladesh in the 1970s. He came to Australia to get a pilot's licence and stayed to become the 'king' of Sydney's wedding photographers. Alan is charming, egotistical, charismatic and a cutthroat businessman.
Tasmania is home to the biggest marsupial carnivore left on earth - the Tasmanian devil. Award-winning filmmakers David Parer and Liz Parer-Cook explore the way of life of this special Australian in Terrors of Tasmania.
In tonight's episode Cathy and Luke hunt down sand frogs that drink their own urine and start a fire with nothing but a bit of old wood and some combustible roo poo. Luke puts his new-found confidence to the test on the dance floor and Cathy tries some tongue-twisting rap with the kidz in the hood in Tennant Creek.
Between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter is the asteroid belt, a swarm of rocky bodies. Every so often, perturbed perhaps by the gravitational tug of Jupiter, asteroids collide and tumble towards the Sun. If they pass Mars, they can threaten Earth. 65 million years ago an asteroid impact most probably killed the dinosaurs. That threat from space continues. How do we protect our planet? To get to know our enemy, robot spacecraft visit asteroids.
Long after the extinction of the dinosaurs, other extraordinary species of giant beasts roamed the earth - the megafauna. In Australia some of the most bizarre to roam the earth existed including a giant wombat, a huge kangaroo, a massive lizard and the earth's biggest flightless bird. For hundreds of thousands of years these were the heavy weight champions of the animal kingdom. But suddenly, inexplicably they vanished. Something happened which wiped them off the face of the planet forever.
Malaysia's multiculturalism is unrivalled throughout South East Asia and is reflected in its cuisine. Host Merrilees Parker begins her journey on the Malaysian peninsular with the native Orang Asli people of Kelantan.
Flowers. Trees. Plants. We've always thought that we controlled them. But what if, in fact, they have been shaping us? Based on Michael Pollan's best-selling book, The Botany Of Desire takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world - seen from the plants' point of view.
This week the Napoleon Perdis Master class students learn that media and makeup go hand in hand. Napoleon teaches the students techniques for doing body makeup in preparation for the hardest test yet, recreating a period look for projection in high definition media. The unforgiving nature of high definition affects the students in more ways than one, making for the most dramatic elimination yet.
The princes have one week left to accomplish their mission, but despite efforts no-one has found their perfect match. They set up some liaisons on speed dating and go to a cocktail bar where they meet gay and straight singletons. Each prince has three minutes to spend with their dates.
A fossil is a trace of a living thing left in rock. Fossils offer a three-part challenge - first to reconstruct the organism itself, then to reconstruct the world it lived in, then to understand its place in time and evolution.
Still reeling from the devastating 2006 January bushfires, Victoria's communities and bushland are just beginning to recover. Worst of all, no-one can be sure what February and March, or even April will hold.
Parmigiano Reggiano is the undisputed king of Italian cheese. Will Studd explains the steps taken to control production of this wonderful cheese. He also meets the Biemme family who have been making benchmark cheese for four generations.
Students will be inspired and excited by the best of cutting edge engineering. Demonstrating a broad range of engineering applications, this series focuses on the engineers themselves - who they are, what they do and how they think. Today: This episode follows two people as they have new limbs fitted, and sees how they adjust to the changes it brings to their lives.
Tonight, Cathy and Luke get their first taste of the Cape at a house opening ceremony in Aurukun, get their feet wet hunting mudshells in a mosquito-infested swamp, launch a community-built catamaran to explore the wetlands and try not to get burnt to a cinder as they learn how to set fire to country
James May, journalist and self-acknowledged geek, travels the globe in search of implementations for concepts widely considered science fiction. In this episode James looks at whether robots can exceed the boundaries of their programming.
Deep in the heart of South America, where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay collide, lies one of the most spectacular geographical secrets of the natural world - Iguacu, a place forged from the explosive clashing of the earth's tectonic plates. Over five kilometres long and 100 metres high, Iguacu is the greatest waterfall on Earth. Five times the size of Niagara, some 2000 tonnes of water pour over its 300 cascades each second. These awesome falls are also home to one of the richest habitats on earth: 2000 species of plants, 450 species of birds, 50 different mammals and more reptiles and insects than anyone has been able to count.
The Bettenays and Fletchers are a three-generation family living in a massive rental home on Melbourne's suburban fringe. They thought living together would allow them to save money, but their bills are astronomical - they have no idea how much carbon they are producing - and little wonder.
Tonight Barry explores the chaos and hum of Mumbai, from an early morning session at a 'laughter club' to herbal remedy shops and famous Muslim sweet stalls. He meets the famed Dabbawallahs who perform the daily ritual of getting thousands of home-cooked meals delivered to the right offices and make it into the Guinness Book of Records. The day ends with a promenade and a feast of snack food enjoyed at the nightly carnival-on-the-sand, at Juhu.
James May and 350 volunteers build a world record beating Scalextric track on what was the world's first racetrack - Brooklands in Surrey, England. The new circuit following the same route now has to go through a housing estate, over two access roads, navigate through an office block, several car parks, four metre fences and hedges.
Volcanoes and earthquakes are only part of a bigger picture. Tectonic forces also push continents around and cause mountains to be uplifted. The crust recycles itself. The lighter rocks of the continents float on the heavier rocks of the mantle.
Farthest planet from the Sun, Pluto is so remote and small, it was not found until 1930. The discovery was made by a 24-year-old farmer’s son, Clyde Tombaugh. At the Lowell Observatory, in Flagstaff, Arizona, US, Tombaugh photographed 45 million objects in the cosmos before spotting Pluto. And it was not until 1978 that Pluto’s huge moon Charon was discovered by Jim Christie. It was named after his wife. "Most men promise their wives the moon," she says. "Jim delivered."
Marine scientists across the world are racing to tackle the most urgent environmental challenge facing our planet today - ocean acidification. From the icy polar seas to the world's most pristine coral reefs we track the latest scientific research.
English businessman, Paul Lister and his dedicated team want to turn back the clock and 're-wild' a Scottish glen by building Britain's first wilderness game reserve - complete with wolves and bears. But, with local opinion divided, can it really work? Narrated by John Hannah, Moose In The Glen, tracks Paul's ambitious plans.
Amber Jane Butchart, a fashion and beauty analyst and Raphael Babalola, who runs a healthy lifestyle company, investigate why companies usually use super skinny, super tall, super young white girls in their marketing campaigns.
Start by learning how to fold the paper airplane that won the long distance record. Phil finds out making a giant paper airplane that will still fly is way harder than you'd think. Plus, terminal velocity and indoor tornadoes.
Kevin's simple shed has already been transformed with the addition of a cliff-top terrace and a sunroom. Now Kevin plans to take his off-grid beach build to an entirely new level with a magnificent observation tower.
Featuring the Menlo Park Laboratory. Host Mo Rocca shows teen inventors who are out to stop distracted driving; Thomas Edison's inventions still make us all look like slackers; the drone invasion is upon us; and windmills the size of a flea could revolutionise electric power.
Featuring the DC-3. Host Mo Rocca shows us what device is keeping sharks away from swimmers; the video doorbell connected to your smartphone; the history of the DC-3 airliner; and the coating for plastic bottles that gets the last drop.
Napoleon and Duke of Wellington - two old enemies and the greatest captains of their age, whose armies fought against each other on the Iberian Peninsula during the Peninsular War - meet for their final battle at Waterloo. This one hour documentary looks at the lives of two titans of the 19th century, Wellington and Napoleon, following their epic encounter at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. The victor, the Duke of Wellington, became a national hero in Britain eventually becoming Prime Minister. The defeated Napoleon, however, was exiled to St Helena, a small island in the Atlantic, where he died in 1821.
Featuring Henry Ford's violin collection. Host Mo Rocca shows a teen who invented a battery-free flashlight; diagnosing million-dollar violins with CAT scans; cloth that generates electricity; and is payment technology making wallets extinct?
Dr Karl and the team turn the spotlight on wannabe legends from all around the world as they go in search of scientific fame and notoriety - by being completely fearless or outrageously foolish. Witness heart-stopping trick shots by the Harlem Globetrotters, take a bath in 50 litres of red hot chilli sauce and meet some bush tradies putting their Aussie bums on the line all in the name of science. Their epic skills and popular fails prove that science is one tough taskmaster. So how will our Aussie experts rate them? And who will Dr Karl crown No.1?
Featuring historic Eagle Tavern. Host Mo Rocca shows us an electric bike wheel to power your ride; a restaurant serving a 100-year-old menu; the wonders of the world's highest tech sports stadium located in Silicon Valley; and the inventors of the Chairless Chair.
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and his band of twisted Aussie science superstars are creating the ultimate viral bucket list. So, get ready to countdown the best things to own and experience in a lifetime. From going eye-to-eye with an unstoppable Great White shark, to walking a tight rope in a crazy dinosaur suit, you only live once - and these are experiments you'll never forget.
The history of mankind is a never-ending story of change, revolution, evolution - but surely no span of a hundred years can claim to have changed the world so dramatically, so rapidly and so irreversibly as the 20th century. A century where the empires of the past crumbled to make way for new superpowers and a new age. Built on science, exploration, and a desire to express new creative possibilities. A century where the world was drawn into one war after another. But where radio, film, television, cars, planes and finally computers drew us closer together than at any other point in history. It was a century of unprecedented change. Change that was born out of the actions of individuals - what they created, what they discovered, what they destroyed. Who were the 101 people who drove the changes in every aspect of life that made the 20th century and set-up the 21st? A decade and a half since the close of the century we can take a considered look at the people most responsible for the events that changed their world and made ours. In this series we count down - from 101 to No.1 - the names of those who, in the judgement of experts, including those who contribute to the series, most influentially shaped the century and our world. What would the world we live in look like without our Top Ten? It is hard to imagine but one things for sure, in making the twentieth century they have indelibly influenced the world we know today. In our final episode we reveal our picks for the most significant people "Who Made the Twentieth Century". The results will surprise many. Some will disagree with the choices, everyone will remain gripped up to the final reveal.
Featuring the Farris Windmill. Host Mo Rocca shows us the TV magic behind the first down lines on football telecasts; the App Camp for Girls; the history behind windmill innovations; and putting out fires with sound waves.
After a devastating riding accident, a young girl and her beloved horse are both left with serious physical and emotional scars. Determined to help, the girl's desperate mother puts her busy, big-city life on hold and travels west to seek out the 'Horse Whisperer'. When she meets this rugged, down-to-earth rancher, she discovers his extraordinary gift with animals also touches the lives of the people around him.
Cleopatra - a queen, a seductress, a living goddess with a reputation that became legendary - we reveal the reasons why Cleopatra's name still resonates through the centuries. With sumptuous drama reconstruction and evidence from key experts including Bettany Hughes, Chris Naunton and Robert Steven Bianchi, we tell the true story behind Egypt's most famous ruler. How she survived a murderous and incestuous dynasty, secured her future by seducing the greatest leader Rome had ever seen, and how her eventual fall from grace and ultimate death meant history would never forget her. This is the story of the real Cleopatra.
Despite a new, potent injectable to help divers kill record numbers of crown of thorns starfish, the plague continues to eat huge swathes of the Great Barrier Reef down to white skeletons. Reporter Anja Taylor visits some Queensland scientists working on creative ways of controlling their numbers, from robot starfish terminators to the terrifying smell of giant underwater snails.
Lizzie O'Shea outlines the two extreme ideas of the law. On one hand law can reflect the morals of the day and provide justice by adapting to circumstances. On the other hand justice is better served by applying the letter of the law to everyone equally, independent of the consequences or the situation. She reveals that most lawyers find a place somewhere between these two extreme ideas.
We meet some of Australia's top judges who talk about what they think about the law and justice.
Former Justice of the High Court Michael Kirby talks about how the law changes over time to reflect changes in community attitudes. He also discusses the independence of judges, who must determine for themselves what their judgement will be.
Justice Susan Kenny from the Federal Court of Australia explains how parliaments create laws, and judges are bound by those written laws. She points out that because judges are human, personal values will inevitably have a small influence on their more complex judgements.
Justice Betty King from the Supreme Court of Victoria talks about how each crime is individual, and so too must be the judgement.
Lizzie O'Shea wraps up by reminding us that law is in fact fluid and constantly changing. It can be shaped by individuals and by changes in community attitudes.
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Based on novelist Jon Katz's book about his own struggles and how he worked through them with the help of an adopted dog. Katz is a blocked writer who agrees to adopt an abused dog even though he already has two placid Labradors. With an inbuilt urge to go chasing moving objects, Devon is an instant handful and just as crazy as Jon. Perhaps the solution lies in a no-nonsense trainer who dispenses life lessons to both Katz and his dog.
Richard Ayoade and actress Sally Phillips head to Stockholm for a fulsome 48 hours in the Swedish capital. Together they scale rooftops, visit the ABBA museum, eat Swedish danish, and stay up late playing on their phones. Despite a shared sufferance of vertigo, Richard and Sally fearlessly try Stockholm's only rooftop tour. Harnessed and helmeted they inch their way around the roof of the former parliament building, scoping the city as they go.
In the epic conclusion to the film series, Harry, Ron and Hermione hunt down the last of Voldermort's hidden Horcruxes in the hopes of finally destroying the dark lord, bringing peace to the wizarding world.