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The Spirit Hunters

The Spirit Hunters follows anthropologist Glenn Shepard as he lives with and learns from the Machiguenga Indiansa remote ethnic group that inhabits Peru's upper Amazon jungle. The core of Machiguenga beliefs center around their view of the rainforest and the spirits that inhabit it. By ingesting the hallucinogen Ayahuasca, the Machiguenga are able to perceive the spirit world of the rainforest that surrounds them. This 60-minute documentary is narrated by James Earl Jones. Written and co-produced by Kim MacQuarrie ...
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The Body

What would you see and experience if the clocks rolled forward 50 years? In a unique blend of drama and science this three-part series shows you the world of tomorrow. Will we have flying cars? Will advances in medicine help us stay young forever? What about "printing" custom made vital organs? What will our cities look like? What will tomorrow's wars be about? Will we have robots helping around the house? Will solar power be the new oil? Supported by the world's leading scientists and research instituteswe embark on a quest to answer some of society's most fundamental questions and ...
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Episode 1

Series following the high adrenaline adventures of a team of divers as they explore and film the depths of the world's greatest river system with cameraman Michael deGruy. You'd think TV crews would be hard pressed to find any corner of the planet that hasn't been filmedbut it turns out that in the Amazon rainforest there's a habitat where no cameras have ventured: the river itself. The reason is that the water's so murky that diving into it is like taking a swim through a bowl of oxtail soup. But that doesn't deter Kate Humble and friends. In a vessel ...
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Episode 15 The Aztecs

Each half hour episode looks at a major fighting people or force and charts the reasons for their rise to dominance and subsequent fall. The show explores the motivations of ancient soldiersas well as how they lived, fought, trained, died, and changed the world. It also uses battle re-enactments and computer graphics to demonstrate military strategy. This twenty part documentary series from the Discovery Channel was aimed at the school market so it's as good an introduction as possible for such a small time period and should not be taken as an exhaustive investigation of the topic. It is especially ...
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Episode 2 Medieval Warfare At The Battle of Hastings

Battlefield Britain is about famous battles in the history of Great Britain. From Boudicca's destructive rebellion against the Romans to the incredible feats of The Few who saw off the Luftwaffethese battles all had wide-reaching consequences and implications for the future of the British isles. Presented by father and son team Peter and Dan Snow. Peter explains the battleplans of the generals while Dan explores the sites to give the perspective of the common soldier, sailors and airmen. The episodes also featured interviews with soldiers from both sides, re-enactments of the battles and computer generated scenes with bird eye views ...
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Episode 1 Building the Dream

For more than 1,000 years, the Byzantine Empire was the eye of the entire world - the origin of great literature, fine art and modern government. Heir to Greece and Rome, it was the first Christian empire, spanning 11 centuries and three continents. In the end, plundered and sacked by invaders, Byzantium nearly became extinct. Now, after a year of filming on three continents, this documentary series unlocks this ancient region to uncover the great cultures that helped shape the Western world. Pass through the gates of Constantinople, the eye of the world, where East still meets West. Explore the ...
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Alexander the Great

Discovery Channel Alexander the Great's triumphs over the Persian and Egyptian empires are some of the most spectacular campaigns of conquest and exploration in history. But what inner conflicts drove this great military leader? Follow the story of a man who assumed power at the age of 22 and died at 33 planning his next expedition across North Africa and Europe ...
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Episode 4 End Game

Reign of the Dinosaurs also called Dinosaur Revolution combines the talent of the world's best dinosaur illustrators and animators with the latest fossil research and the best of Hollywood storytelling to illustrate the extraordinary life of dinosaurs. The series features never before seen intimate behaviors to illustrate the extraordinary life of dinosaurs.Episode 1 Evolution's Winners - Everything you thought you knew about dinosaurs is wrong! In the past few decadesthere has been a revolution in how scientists view dinosaurs. Recent developments in the study of dinosaur culture reveal they are much more active, complex and colorful than we ever imagined ...
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Episode 2 The Heritage of Genghis Khan

Empire of the Mongols is a two-part documentary series that recounts the story of the rise and fall of the Mongolian Empire. The Mongols were skilful administratorsthe first global players who guaranteed the uninterrupted exchange of goods and ideas between the Orient and the West for nearly 200 years. They were also far-sighted, bringing merchants, traders and settlers with extensive agricultural know-how to their lands. Only after the collapse of Mongol influence in the mid-14th century did routes to the Far East become unsafe.Episode1 The Empire of Genghis Khan - This program focuses on the life of Genghis Khan - ...
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Trial By Fire The New York City Fire Museum

Housed in a 1904 firehouse the former home of Engine 30 this museum chronicles the history of firefighting from colonial times to the presentincluding the heroic efforts of firefighters on September 11, 2001. The museum features horse and hand-drawn fire carriages, fire buckets and parade hats and modern day equipment. Firefighters, many of whom were involved in the World Trade Center tragedy, serve as the museum's volunteers ...
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Sacrifice

Never has a generation been so completely taken over by a totalitarian state as it was the case in Hitler's Third Reich at the age of 10 children joined the "Jungvolk" movementat 14 they joined the Hitler Youth, and at 18 they joined the party, the Wehrmacht, the SA, or the SS. This 5 part documentary by Guido Knopp and the ZDF Contemporary History Department is the first comprehensive film portrayal of the young people in the Third Reich ...
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Episode 1 The Age of Heroes

Homer wrote his epicThe Iliad, in 700 BC 500 years after the Trojan Wars were supposed to have taken place. On what did he base his story? Did the Trojan war ever happen,or was the city destroyed by natural causes? It's fascinated poets, painters and Hollywood directors for over 2,500 years. Historian Michael Wood combs the cradle of civilization from Greece to Turkey and points beyond Germany, Ireland and England in search of archaeological evidence that may validate the fantastic battles immortalized in The Iliad. Wood marshals the disparate strands of evidence to present as fully rounded a portrait as ...
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Jesus’ Jerusalem

Lost Worlds: Series 1 Dig into the sands of time with this exploration into lost civilizations. Scientists archaeologists, and historians alike search for evidence of cities that may have forever been lost to time. Some are ancient while some are surprisingly recent. Extensive archaeological research and cutting edge visual technology come together in this series that aims to bring ancient cultures and civilizations to new life on screen. These "great feats of engineering technology, and culture" are revealed through the use of archaeological evidence interviews with relevant experts while examining the sites, and CGI reproductions. These visual recreations take the ...
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Episode 4 The Imperial King

This is USA condensed version of David Starkey's Monarchy Series. In this version the 6 episode Series 1 and 5 episode Series 2 have been condensed into 6 episodes of a single series. Below is description of the 6 USA version episodes. The English Crown is one of the oldest surviving governing institutions in the world. Hosted by the eruditeenergetic Dr. David Starkey (The Six Wives of Henry VIII), seen on public television, this splendid documentary presents the complete history of British royal rule from the Dark Ages to the early 20th century. Filmed on location, it's a vivid tapestry ...
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Episode 1

This series follows local man Francis Campbell in his role as the UK's ambassador to the Vatican. Delving beneath the ceremonial duties we get an unique glimpse into the real life of a diplomat operating within the hidden world of the Vatican.Episode 1 - This episode sees Francis hear the Pope's new year address to the diplomatic corps, and he also deals with news of a hastily arranged visit by the prime minister to the Vatican.Episode 2 - In this episode, ahead of the G8 summit, cameras follow Francis deep into the Vatican for high level meetings.Episode 3 - Francis ...
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Episode 1 Homo Erectus

This two part documentary explains how we as Homo sapiens, populated the Earth only because we were successful in overwhelming two more advanced species: Homo erectus and Homo neanderthalensis, known today as Neanderthals. In the not too distant past, humans shared this planet with other species of hominid. This series tells how, against all the odds, Homo sapiens survived.Episode 1 Homo Erectus - This episode is set 75,000 years ago in India, following a catastrophic super volcanic eruption which forced a showdown between our ancestors and a completely different species of human, Homo erectus, who up until that point had ...
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Episode 7 Rebellion and Betrayal

13 episode series about Roman Empire. Filled with dramatic re-enactments and action packed battle scenes it chronicles the dramatic story of one of history's greatest empires from its first major battle to its remarkable military feats and through its eventual fall. Told from the point of view of the Roman people under violent attackThis series takes viewers inside the fiery battles of a civilization crumbling in the face of brutal invasions. Vivid re-creations offer a firsthand look at the chaotic state of an empire in flames, while compelling characters on both sides fight for victory. Teeming streets, horseback battles, warring ...
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Episode 1 The Day The Sun Went Out

The idea that an event of cataclysmic proportions shrouded the Earth's atmosphere darkening the sky and plunging its inhabitants into a massive crisis, is familiar to anyone who's read about the dinosaurs. But what if a similar event happened to humans? And what if recorded history around the world indicates a precise time when this disaster struck? This fascinating documentary tackles the premise that scribes in civilizations as far apart as Ireland and China all recorded a darkening of the sky and a drop in temperatures about the year A.D. 535. Crop failures precipitated famine and epidemics, and this marked ...
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Episode 3 The Damsel

Buckle on your armor and pick up your lute. Legendary Monty Python star and medieval scholar Terry Jones opens your eyes to the truths behind nine medieval characters you thought you knew. Through a lively mix of humor and researchyou'll see beyond Renaissance myths and time worn stereotypes. Meet intelligent and remarkably healthy peasants, damsels who ran businesses and led armies, plus prosperous monks, risk taking minstrels and litigious outlaws. Was your typical knight a noble hero or a looting murderer? And can you believe Tudor tales of medieval kings? A most informative and entertaining expose Behind the stereotypes of ...
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Episode 3 Faith and Fury

A three part drama documentary series about Ludwig van Beethoven presented by conductor Charles Hazlewood. It takes eyewitness accounts of the composer's tragic life and weaves them into analysis of his groundbreaking music.Episode 1 The Rebel - This first programme looks at Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and 2nd Symphonyand charts his turbulent early years as a pianist and composer in Vienna, after having rejected his abusive alcoholic father.Episode 2 Love and Loss - The music of Beethoven's creative middle years is explored, alongside the dramatised recollections of his family and friends. In this period he wrote five symphonies, four concertos, and ...
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Kamchatka: Siberia’s Forbidden Wilderness

The Living Edens uses state of the art cinematography creates an intimate sense of place and captures a world of wondertransporting viewers to isolated, undisturbed corners of the globe so pure they remind us of how the ancient world once was. Narrators included Peter Coyote and Linda Hunt and it was partially funded by Reader's Digest in exchange for various marketing rights.Episode 1 Denali Alaska Great Wilderness - There is a place on Earth where an Alaskan wilderness spreads over more than six million acres like a living tapestry at the foot of the tallest peak in North America. Here, ...
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Episode 2 Night Bus

The Route Masters: Running London's Roads narrated by Julian Barrattshows how Transport for London keeps London's traffic moving. With access to 20,000 transport workers, bus drivers, cabbies, road menders and special police units, this series shows how London really works and introduces viewers to those whose job it is to keep the city moving. Go from the all seeing eye of the control room to the seemingly incompatible transport subcultures, from cabbies who resent the ever increasing number of cyclists, to hard working surface repair teams who face nightly abuse from drivers stuck in rush hour gridlock. Seeing the city ...
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Episode 2 The Turning Point

What was the Wehrmacht? A group of obedient yea-sayers? A murdering band of thugs? An army of millions of abused young men? This series in 5 parts provides differentiated and conclusive answers based on the latest historical and comprehensive investigative research, bringing many new facts to light among them documents proving for the first time ever, what many among the officers actually thought.Part 1 The Blitzkrieg - Blitzkrieg "the lightning war" in German incorporate modern weapons and vehicles as a method to help avoid the stalemate of trench warfare and linear warfare in future conflicts. The first practical implementations of ...
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Episode 3 Clash of Titans

Walking with Monsters (also distributed as Before the Dinosaurs Walking With Monsters or Walking with Monsters Life before Dinosaurs) is a three episode series about life in the Paleozoicbringing to life extinct arthropods, fish, amphibians, synapsids, and reptiles. As with previous Walking with installments, it is narrated by Kenneth Branagh, and by Avery Brooks in the American version. Using state-of-the-art visual effects, this series draws on the knowledge of over 600 scientists and shows nearly 300 million years of history, from the Cambrian Period (530 million years ago) to the Early Triassic Period (248 million years ago).Episode 1 Water Dwellers ...
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Arctic

Wild Russia is a landmark High Definition series charting a journey across this vast land that stretches from Europe to the Pacific Ocean. Covering 11 time zones this huge country contains a wealth of unspoilt natural wildernesses beyond the huge cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, a primal world with rough mountain summits, wild rivers and an unmatched flora and fauna reveals itself. Through unprecedented access we showcase the wild spectacle that is the Russian continent. Across six dramatic episodes we explore this diverse and even exotic country. Russia is a place of superlatives proving that size does matter. Few ...
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Abdication A Very British Coup

Documentary which sheds new light on the greatest crisis to rock the British monarchy in centuries the abdication of King Edward VIII. Usually, it has been presented as the only possible solution to his dilemma of having to choose between the throne and the woman he loved. Using secret documents and contemporary diaries and letters, this film shows a popular monarch whose modern ideas so unsettled the establishment that his love for Wallis Simpson became the perfect excuse to bounce him off the throne ...
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Devil’s Bible

Allegedly made from the skins of 160 donkeys the Codex Gigas is the world's largest and most mysterious medieval manuscript. According to legend, the cursed text sprang from a doomed monk's pact with the Devil. Experts attempt to uncover its secrets. For the first time ever, a team of scholars and scientists embark on a quest to unravel the secrets of the Codex Gigas, or Devil's Bible. Enshrouded in mystery and steeped in dark history, superstition and fear has clouded this medieval manuscript for centuries. Evidence of Lucifer's hand seems to pervade the tome, including darkened pages, magic spells, and ...
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Japan in Colour The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn

In 1908the French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn launched one of the most ambitious projects in the history of photography. A pacifist, internationalist and utopian idealist, Kahn decided to use his private fortune to improve understanding between the nations of the world. To this end, he created what he called his Archive of the Planet. For the next two decades, he dispatched professional photographers to document the everyday lives of people in more than 50 countries all around the world. Kahn's wealth enabled him to supply his photographers with the most advanced camera technology available. They used the autochrome - ...
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Rory Bremner and the Fighting Scots

The Scots have a reputation as braveferocious warriors. Despite a troubled history with England, history shows that more of Scotland's young men sign up to fight for the crown than anywhere else in Britain. Rory Bremner, whose own father and great grandfather were distinguished Scottish soldiers, sets out to discover why rebel clansmen became loyal servants of the military establishment. His story takes him to Culloden, Crimea and northern France. As the sound of the pipes floats over Scottish military camps in Afghanistan he asks if, after 250 years, the Scottish soldier's loyalty to Queen and country is running out? ...
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The Great Escape North Korea / China

North Koreans flee to Chinaforced to live in miserable conditions and are vulnerable to being sent back to hard labour camps, some commit suicide, others are easy targets. Reporter Oliver Steeds reports on the plight of thousands of North Korean women who have been forced into prostitution or sold as brides after fleeing persecution and starvation in one of the world's most secretive and repressive regimes ...
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Victorian Sex Explorer

Actor and writer Rupert Everett takes a revealing and witty journeyretracing the steps of one of his great heroes the infamous author, Victorian explorer and sexual adventurer, Sir Richard Burton. Labelled "Dirty Dick"in part for his translations of the Kama Sutra and The Arabian Nights, to others Burton was a pioneer, bringing new cultural ideas of sex and religion from the East to the West. Everett's journey takes him from Bombay's brothels to the dancing girls of Egypt, along the way taking in Turkish baths and nunneries, meeting Eunuchs and Sufis. Through these exotic social and sexual worlds Everett discovers ...
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Episode 2 Mexico

In September 2004on the last remaining site on the Mall in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian Institution opened the National Museum of the American Indian, inaugurating a new era in the education of all people about Native America. In conjunction with this event, and in response to popular demand 500 nations was broadcast on the Discovery Channel.Episode 1 Wounded Knee Legacy & The Ancestors - Explore three early North American cultures. Tour the 800 room Pueblo Bonito in the arid southwest, view the Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde, and visit Cahokia, the largest city in the U.S. before 1800.Episode 2 Mexico ...
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The Alhambra

Certain landmarks have captured the imagination and awe of modern day architects and engineers around the world as they work to solve the mystery of how their ancient forebears were able to construct such beautiful timeless and revolutionary structures with none of the machines and materials available to modern engineers. Marvel at these ancient architectural triumphs. Examine how ancient civilizations built some of the most magnificent structures on the face of the Earth, many centuries before the industrial revolution. From the dreams that inspired them, to the blood and sweat that built them, discover the full story behind six magnificent ...
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Episode 1 A Divided Land

The Art of Germany takes an in depth look at the 500 year cultural history of Germany's art scenewhich rivalled Italy's Renaissance for its creativity. Andrew Graham-Dixon will explore the various themes of Germanic art, including landscape, folk lore and national identity. The programme will also look at the work of famed German artists, such as Durer, Holbein, Caspar David Friedrich, Otto Dix, Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter.Episode 1 A Divided Land - Andrew Graham-Dixon begins his exploration of German art by looking at the rich and often neglected art of the German middle ages and Renaissance. He visits the ...
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Joseph and his Multi Coloured Coat

Bible Mysteries is a series of programs exploring great figures and events from biblical times. Historicalarchaeological and anthropological evidence combined with stylish drama re-enactments, CGI graphics and expert opinion offers a comprehensive exploration into some of the Bible's most compelling people and stories and gives fresh insights into the historical realities of the times.Episode Crucifixion - This program reopens the files on the trial of Jesus Christ and his horrific death by crucifixion, and examines what really happened in the style of a murder investigation.Episode David and Goliath - The legendary battle between the over grown Philistine warrior Goliath and ...
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Catherine the Great is a colorfultrue story about a young girl, who transforms herself from an obscure German Princess into Russia's most powerful regent. As Tsarina, she is influenced by Western Democratic ideas and does much to strengthen Russia's standing in Europe. She has an astute intellect and is able to survive court intrigue to retain her crown. Filmed in UK, Russia & Romania this glossy drama-doc tells how a young German princess used her intelligence and daring to become one of the most influential rulers of the 18th century ...
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Spartans 480 B.C. Thermopylae

They are the moments when history was writ in bloodwhen armies determined the fate of empires and men became myths. They are the Decisive Battles of the Ancient World. This groundbreaking series presents the 13 defining points of ancient warfare moments that altered the course of history and shaped the modern world. Decisive Battles of the Ancient World narrates a comprehensive account of the famed leaders that commanded victory and the brilliant military tactics that swayed destiny as it travels the globe to examine every aspect of these legendary encounters. The show used the game engine from Rome: Total War ...
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Episode 2 Smart Reptiles

They attack their victims with great strength and speedusing even chemical weapons. To avoid their enemies they can run over the water, throw him blood or poison or just become one with their environment and disappear. They attract their mate giving an extraordinary show of colors and movements and they have superhero abilities as they fly and use X-rays to see. Today's reptiles are as deadly as dinosaurs, as beautiful as birds and as tender as mammals. Their look is so ancient that it is hard to believe that these animals are true! Actually, they are the most adaptive and ...
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Episode 2 Leonardo

A major 14 part television series in which art historian Tim Marlow takes a fresh look at the most important artworks of some of the greatest artists in history. Shot on location in over 50 galleriesmuseums, churches and palaces throughout Europe and the United States, this series is a comprehensive survey of the history of Western art. Both intelligent and informative, the series aims to provide an uncomplicated and accessible analysis of the works and artists featured including Bruegal, Durer, El Greco, Giotto, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Turner, Van Gogh, Velazquez & Vermeer. Great Artists stays true to ...
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The Architect

Hitler's Henchmen paints portraits of the men who consolidated Hitler's reign and turned his plans into action. They wove the complicities and plots without which Hitler could have never perpetrated the crime of the century. They helped to sway the judges and the bureaucrats the armed forces and the police, the scientists and the industrialists, the students and their teachers to the regime's ways of thinking. What kind of people were they? What inspired them to serve a corrupt administration with such enthusiasm and devotion? How did their careers unfold and their fates end? Hitler's Warriors looks at the high ...
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Episode 3 The Return of the Barbarians

Japan blossomed into its Renaissance at approximately the same time as Europe. Unlike the Westit flourished not through conquest and exploration, but by fierce and defiant isolation. And the man at the heart of this empire was Tokugawa Ieyasu, a warlord who ruled with absolute control. This period is explored through myriad voices - the Shogun, the Samurai, the Geisha, the poet, the peasant and the Westerner who glimpsed into this secret world. Commanding shoguns and fierce samurai warriors, exotic geisha and exquisite artisans - all were part of a Japanese renaissance between the 16th and 19th centuries when Japan ...
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Illuminations Treasures Of The Middle Ages

Art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon visits an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam MuseumCambridge, which contains a treasure trove of the world's most important illuminated manuscripts. Germaine Greer joins the modern day illustrator Quentin Blake to consider the religious and political power of these beautiful medieval masterpieces, and to assess their place in the history of art and book production ...
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Moses At Mount Sinai

After thousands of years of debate and question this series explores many of the greatest tales of Scripture. Filmed on location throughout the Holy Land and utilizing modern scientific techniques and newly found archaeological discoveries Mysteries of the Bible reveals surprising facts and theories behind the legendary figures and fabled stories of the Bible. The acclaimed A and E series Mysteries of the Bible provide a wealth of astonishing discoveries and unforgettable revelations. Episode Moses at Mount Sinai - Mosesone of the most enduring features in all the Bible, is surrounded by perhaps more mystery than any other. From his ...
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Timothy Leary The Man Who Turned On America

Timothy Leary was early advocate of LSD experimentation. Leary taught psychology at Harvard and by 1960 was doing experiments with LSD and other hallucinogens first on prison inmates and then on himself and his friends. LSD was not illegal at the time. In 1960, Allen Ginsberg, supervised by Leary, ingested psilocybin mushrooms, (under the influence of the drug, he phoned Jack Kerouac, identifying himself as God to the telephone operator), and began to spread the word about the new powerful psychedelic drugs. In August 1960, Leary traveled to the Mexican city of Cuernavaca with Russo and tried psilocybin mushrooms for ...
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Episode 4 How to Teleport

Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible Science fiction isn't just for the movies! Cyborgsshape shifting, the colonization of space and tons more really are possible. Join Dr. Michio Kaku on a quest to discover the science behind the sci fi and find out how to bring your favorite futuristic tech to life. Could a real life Death Star ever actually be built? Would we one day be sending our superhero suits for dry cleaning along with our regular work wear? Internationally-renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku thinks so, and he believes that science fiction may not be so far from ...
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Episode 4 Sleeping with the Enemy

This five part series reveals how the Second World War provided a backdrop to a time of intense social change in Britain. As the country fought a long and bloody wara sexual revolution was in its throes. Through heart rending revelations and intimate personal testimonies, Sex, Love And War reveals the full story of the sexual adventures of the nation during World War II. The danger of death inspired a "live for today" attitude. As a result taboos came crashing down. The divorce rate rose and the number of illegitimate children soared as the ever present threat of death created ...
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Andrew Jackson Conqueror of Florida

This documentary tour de force on the world's greatest battles and the fearless men who won them. From King David and El Cid to Napoleon and Marshal Zukhov's capture of BerlinThe Conquerors brings the terrifying rumble of tanks and the deadly arrows of conquest vividly to life. Traveling the globe and spanning two millennia, The Conquerors examines 12 legendary figures that altered the course of history through military brilliance and sheer willpower. Diary entries, interviews with scholars and heart stopping reenactments examine the strategies, weapons of conquest and the significance of each engagement in the annals of history. Hosted by ...
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