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.
Tonight, Tony and the team visit Newmarket, the birthplace of horseracing, in search of the earliest archaeological traces of the sport of kings. They dig in the heart of the historic town, in search of the remains of King Charles II's racing stables - arguably the world's first stables dedicated to racing.
The world's leading architects and designers reveal the creative processes behind their most famous works. In this episode, we meet award-winning artist and graphic designer Stanley Wong, who talks about his 22 years as an advertising guru.
This new 12-part series delves into the family history of some well-known South African faces, tracing their ancestry and revealing secrets and surprises from their pasts. As they discover more about who's who in their family, they get to know themselves better.
Peta Mathias is your global gourmet guide for this series as we sample culinary traditions from around the world. Malaysia, Chile, Canada and Hawaii are all on the menu as Peta tucks into a mouth-watering selection of dishes from street food to five-star cuisine. Along the way we discover the essence of a destination can be found in its people and its food.
Heathrow Airport in London is the busiest international airport in the world. This film reveals how seven ingenious technological breakthroughs enabled engineers to build the most modern terminal of this super-structure - Terminal 5. With its enormous free span roof and fully automated baggage system to the robotic vehicles speeding passengers to its doors, T5 has changed airport design forever.
Who Do You Think You Are? returns for a third series as six more Australian celebrities trace their family tree, uncovering secrets and stories from the past. Comedian and actress Magda Szubanski wants to better understand how world events have shaped her family. Tracing the lives of two ancestors, she discovers how both were forced to make grim choices and suffered the devastating consequences of war.
Kylie Kwong returns to the land of her ancestors and confronts the vast contrasts of China to take us on a culinary journey. This week, Kylie continues her search for Chinese culinary traditions in the familiar surroundings of Hong Kong. As she works her way through flying fish and urinating shrimps, Kylie wonders if there is such a thing as typical Hong Kong food. She finds the answer in a speakeasy.
Jimmy Doherty uncovers the tricks and techniques that food producers use to ensure we can enjoy favourite foods whenever we want. The British climate is not conducive to banana growing, so the fruit is picked while it is still green and flown there from thousands of miles away. Jimmy tries to copy the trick that banana suppliers use to artificially ripen them so they are ready for the supermarket. This leads him on to mushrooms, which normally only appear in the fields in autumn, but grace the supermarket shelves all year round.
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain made Winston Churchill First Lord of the Admiralty on the very first day of World War Two. But was this appointment all it appeared to be? In this programme we examine Churchill and his performance during World War II and ask the question: how did a man responsible for some of history's greatest military disasters become the hero of the British people and the only man who could lead them through war?
Made in Spain highlights the extraordinary cooking traditions of a country whose food and wine is capturing the world's imagination. Jose Andres brings us the exciting flavours of his native Spain with easy and informative recipes created in his own kitchen.
We descend from the foothills of the Himalayas to join the Ganges on its journey across the vast Indian plains. On the way, we pass some of the greatest and most ancient cities, and witness how the Ganges has influenced Indian civilisation and wildlife for thousands of years.
In this episode Jimmy opens the fridge door to see what is done to make even nature's simplest foods safe for us to eat. Beginning with milk, he finds out why it no longer comes with a cream top. Every day in the UK 36 million litres are produced, but before it arrives on the supermarket shelf it is pasteurised and homogenised. In his quest to find out what that involves, back in his barn Jimmy attempts to replicate the modern dairy process using a DIY production line involving using a high pressure washer, a tin bath, a fire extinguisher, a car jack, fence posts, a stepladder and a collection of buckets.
The chef who breaks all the food rules and brings a cheeky vigour to cooking with his innovative street food, Aaron Craze, serves up his twist on Indian street food for his mates after a five-a-side football match at the local sports centre.
Young Victoria tells the story of how an unassuming little girl rose to be the most powerful woman in the world. At her birth few believed Princess Victoria would ascend the throne, but a number of untimely deaths and the failure of her uncles to father any children meant that Victoria became heiress to the throne of England. The battle between her and her mother the Duchess of Kent, however, was to become one of the fiercest mother-daughter struggles of all time, as the Duchess schemed to share in the power and riches that would one day be Victoria's.
Rule-breaking chef Aaron Craze features the third of his 'easy hand-held grub' programs, this time on British seaside street food at an extreme sports carnival at Brighton beach.
His adrenalin junkie mates tuck into Rude Boy fish pie, his shellfish seaside special and finish off with horseradish and beetroot ice-creams and a nostalgic cream soda.
Join chef and restaurateur Todd English as he travels the globe visiting exotic locations and collecting culinary ideas and inspiration. Along the way, he taps the knowledge of local food experts who teach him about customs and culture. At the end of the show, viewers are invited to join Todd in his kitchen as he reinvents traditional cooking.
How will structural mover Jeremy Patterson manage to haul the SS President, one of the largest and best-known steamships in the USA, across nearly 130km of land and sea in St Louis? Many obstacles lie in his way; the vessel cannot be lifted from the Mississippi river, and so the ship must be taken apart. But can it be put back together at the end of its journey? Or could this be the death of the President?
An incredible voyage down the Blue and White Niles from their sources in Ethiopia and Uganda to the Mediterranean Sea. Along its course the Nile supports millions of people, plants and animals. The river travels through nine countries, over gorges, wetlands and across some of the harshest deserts on the planet.
Professor Donald Metcalf is internationally renowned for his pioneering medical research on the control of blood cell formation. This fundamental research has been used in the treatment of millions of cancer patients around the world.
Indigenous young people (12-18 years) have often grown up against a background of entrenched social and economic disadvantage. This program looks at community-based initiatives that draw on culture that are having a significant impact on the health and well-being of Indigenous young people.