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What the Ancients Did for Us - documentary
What the Ancients Did for Us is a 2005 BBC documentary series presented by Adam Hart-Davis that examines the impact of ancient civilizations on modern society.
 2320h
Proof Positive - Evidence of Paranormal - documentary / sci-fi
aka: Proof Positive, aka: Proof Positive: Evidence of the Paranormal
Hosted by Stargate SG-1's Amanda Tapping. Proof Positive Evidence of the Paranormal explores the blurry line between science fiction and science fact. This weekly, one-hour series uses cutting-edge forensics to test evidence of human encounters with the paranormal. Each episode looks at three stories (including encounters with ghosts and aliens as well as reincarnation, demonic possession, unexplained lights, etc.), all of which contain convincing evidence that the story is true. After the stories are recounted with interviews and documentary footage, the evidence is subjected to rigorous forensic testing by scientists and field-specific experts. Throughout the program, the viewing audience will be challenged to figure out which one of the three stories will be revealed to be "proof positive."
 6747h
National Geographic: Naked Science - documentary
There are a reported 3 535 comets as of June 2008, of which several hundred are short-period. This number is steadily increasing. However, this represents only a tiny fraction of the total potential comet population: the reservoir of comet-like bodies in the outer solar system may number one trillion.

The number of naked-eye comets averages to roughly one per year, though many of these are faint and unspectacular. When a historically bright or notable naked-eye comet is witnessed by many people, it is often considered a Great comet.


Scientists are only now starting to unravel the secrets of comets. Often referred to as dirty snowballs, they contain ice and elements from the very start of the universe. Some theorize that a comet, crashing into our planet, brought with it the organic material that started life on Earth.

Spacecraft continues to offer new information on their makeup, from bringing back samples from a comet's tail to direct contact when a NASA-launched craft slammed into the comet Tempel-1.

45mins
 8753h
The Story of India - documentary
For over two millennia, India has been at the centre of world history. But how did India come to be? What is India?
These are the big questions behind this intrepid journey around the contemporary subcontinent. In this landmark series, historian and acclaimed writer Michael Wood embarks on a dazzling and exciting expedition through today's India, looking to the present for clues to her past, and to the past for clues to her future.
The journey takes the viewer through majestic landscapes and reveals some of the greatest monuments and artistic treasures on Earth. From Buddhism to Bollywood, from mathematics to outsourcing, Michael Wood discovers India's impact on history - and on us.
 2484h
Errol Morris' First Person - documentary
Amazing series primarily using Errol Morris' invention the Interrotron for unusual people to tell their outré stories directly into the camera to the viewer. Almost every half-hour documentary episode focused on 1 person, especially scientists, criminals, cranks, plus everyday folks in strange circumstances. First season seen on Bravo, second on IFC. Having a roaming crew at the ready led Morris to start filming his Academy Award winning documentary on Robert McNamara, "The Fog of War." Some subjects came from Morris' back-file, others were newly uncovered. First season included the autistic woman scientist who designs humane slaughterhouses (Temple Grandin, "Stairway to Heaven"), the parrot whose testimony in a trial exonerated a man wrongly accused of murdering his owner, the ex-lobster fisherman devoted to being the first to see a live giant squid ("Eyeball to Eyeball"), and a serial killer groupie. Second season had some 2 parters such as a haunted passenger who landed a crashing jet liner, also the dot.com entrepreneur who believes first mate Gilligan is the new messiah ! Errol Morris hoped to continue "First Person," but funding was unavailable.

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The plane was out of control. The flight control systems were inoperable, severed by shards of the Number Two engine. There were 296 S.O.B.'s, souls on board. A flying bomb filled with tens of thousands of pounds of explosive aircraft fuel. No one knew what to do. Not the pilot, not airline maintenance, not the manufacturer, not the aircraft designers, absolutely no one. Check pilot Denny Fitch, a passenger in first class, went forward to the cockpit, where he managed to control the plane using only the thrusters. The crash landing was a miracle. In subsequent simulations, no pilot could pull it off. Why was Denny Fitch on that plane? How did he manage to land it at all? 186 people lived, but 111 people died. Of course, everyone would have been dead if not for Fitch. Will the memory of the 111 ever leave Fitch in peace? Even though he did the impossible, will he always be haunted by the belief that he might have done the impossible better? The dream of a perfect landing...

2x06 LEAVING EARTH - Hero Pilot
1x11 THE LITTLE GREY MAN - CIA spy & deception
1x09 MR. DEBT - trys to help people escape debt
2x04 ONE IN A MILLION TRILLION - smart math guy / Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
2x03 THE ONLY TRUTH - mob lawyer
2x02 THE SMARTEST MAN IN THE WORLD - Christopher Langan
 8315h
BBC: Planet Earth - documentary
This is a beautifully shot 11 part series looking at the world in all it's natural wonder, showcasing a breathtaking diversity of life from the poles to the deserts. Narrated by David Attenborough, who is also known for his narration of the equally good "Blue Planet" series.

Episode List:

1.From Pole to Pole
2. Mountains
3. Fresh Water
4. Caves
5. Deserts
6. Ice Worlds
7. Great Plains
8. Jungles
9. Shallow Seas
10. Seasonal Forests
11. Ocean Deep

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 34373h
Caribbean Food Made Easy with Levi Roots - documentary
aka: Caribbean Food Made Easy
The show follows Levi as he travels the UK and Jamaica demonstrating easy ways to cook Caribbean food at home.
 2490h
Countryfile - documentary
Countryfile is a British magazine-style television program which reports on rural and environmental issues within the United Kingdom.
 1957h
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 2000h
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 1470h
 2422h
 1751h
The Nostradamus Effect - documentary
This series presents the most chilling prophecies generated over time by closely examining today's global events and relating them back to a particular prophecy. A number of experts will deconstruct the prophecies of Nostradamus and of others contained in the Bible, within mythology, hieroglyphs and other ancient texts to identify remarkable correlations between today's unfolding events and a particular prediction from history.
 3286h
Unsolved History - documentary / history / mystery
Historical mysteries are scientifically investigated.
 1789h
 1177h
Lost Land of the Volcano - documentary
Lost Land of the Volcano is a three-part nature documentary series produced by the BBC which follows a scientific expedition to the island of New Guinea. The expedition team, which includes specialist zoologists, explorers and the BBC crew, travels to the extinct volcano of Mount Bosavi in central Papua New Guinea to document the biodiversity of this little-visited area and search for new species. At the time of filming, logging was taking place about 20 miles (32 km) south from the volcano, and one of expedition's aims was to find evidence to support the case to protect the area. Some members of the expedition team travelled to the island of New Britain several hundred kilometres to the east to chart an unexplored cave system and observe an active volcano.
 2224h
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 2929h
 1192h
Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution' - documentary
An in-depth visual and verbal account of one of the most notorious episodes of World War 2. Using location shots and combining CGI, for a 3-D realism, this is a documentary, through a timeline, showing its conception, ideals, horrors and liberation of the Death Camp that is Auschwitz and its role in "The Final Solution". Using reconstructions of key events by actors playing major Nazi hierarchical roles and real interviews from parties of all sides; ex-prisoners, old Schutzstaffel (SS) members and witnesses. Using archive footage conjoined with reflective, contemporary imagery it is a vivid and thorough historical telling of the atrocities of a political ideology that gave nothing but fear and death.
 1746h
 1770h
 2183h
 1894h
I Escaped: Real Prison Breaks - documentary / crime / drama
This edge of your seat program highlights ordinary people who have escaped extraordinary circumstances: a young boy who was able to escape his bone-breaking captor, a woman who tricked her captor into freedom after 117 days in captivity, and a young Russian woman led to the United States by the promise of freedom, only to find herself a captive in a sex trafficking ring. An amazing escape from Jonestown on the final day, and a woman who survives a category four hurricane in the middle of the Pacific.
 3373h
Paving the Way: The National Park-to-Park Highway - documentary
PAVING THE WAY details the story of twelve motorists who took a 5,000-mile epic road trip before there were gas stations and fully paved roads. In 1920, the inaugural tour of the Park-to-Park Highway connected all twelve National Parks in the American West. They promoted tourism to the Parks and better roads for motorists. During the early days of the automobile, when cars got stuck in the mud, they were still being towed out by horses, and gravity-fed fuel lines caused problems up steep grades. Only the rich could afford travel by train or by horse to the National Parks, but the 1920 inaugural tour opened the door for the "everyman," with his newly affordable automobile, to visit them as well.
 1567h
The Private Life of . . . - documentary
Jimmy Doherty embarks on a quest to reveal the hidden lives of farmyard animals
 1303h
 1504h
Yo Gabba Gabba! - documentary
Yo Gabba Gabba! is a fun live-action program for young children ages 1 and up. Join our host DJ Lance Rock as he introduces us to friendly toy monsters in a magical land full of music, dance, colorful cartoons and simple life lessons that will get you and your children up off the floor to learn and dance along. Muno, the red cyclops, Foofa the pink flower bubble, Brobee the green little one, Toodee the blue cat-dragon, and Plex the robot are ready to sing, play and teach whenever you're ready. Just say the magic words! YO GABBA GABBA!!
 3932h
 2278h
Salvage Code Red - documentary
aka: NatGeo: Salvage Code Red
For one of the most treacherous jobs in the world, it takes a special kind of person to become a salvage expert. Whether a rookie or an old hand, they must be brave, tenacious, have great technical skill and be committed to saving crews and cargo from meeting a premature and watery end.

Diving into the world of maritime emergency response, the second series is full of action and adventure on the high seas and follows teams from some of the world's biggest salvage companies as they try to keep the oceans clear of stricken ships.
 2041h
 1209h
Animal Planet Venom Hunter with Donald Schultz - documentary / adventure
aka: Venom Hunter with Donald Schultz
A series which centres round animal adventurer, adrenaline junkie, venom expert and South African Donald Schultz,
who risks his life to hunt venom and gather fragile bio-samples.

His adventures include harvesting venom from the fangs of deadly black mamba in South Africa,
collecting deadly jellyfish tentacles off the remote coasts of Papua New Guinea and bringing down a 400lb wild African lion to get a blood sample.

Through the course of his adventures he also faces a battle against time as he needs to move each bio-sample from remote areas to institutions and zoos while they're still usable.
 6895h
E Numbers: An Edible Adventure - documentary
Food writer Stefan Gates sets off on a three-part adventure to uncover the truth about those notorious food additives, E numbers. He wants to find out where these chemicals come from and what they actually do in our food.
 3642h
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise - documentary
In 2006, director Spike Lee created an astonishing record of the cataclysmic effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans with his epic award-winning documentary, When the Levees Broke. Five years later, Lee returns to New Orleans, to see how the ambitious plans to reinvent the Crescent City were playing out. He finds a patchwork of hope and heartache just as a new disaster unfolds. The four-hour documentary is a continuation of the heart-rending story of destruction and rebirth of America's most unique city.
 1983h
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - reality / documentary
aka: Food Revolution
Impassioned chef Jamie Oliver is determined to take on the high statistics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in the United States. By talking to people in their communities, Oliver will attempt to show people the incredible rewards of cooking for themselves and the people they love. Oliver invites viewers to take a stand and change the way they eat.
 2041h
Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey - documentary / history
On each episode of "Lock n' Load", R. Lee Ermey takes us on a fascinating ride through the pathology of a featured weapon: where it came from, who thought of it, who improved it, its victories, its defeats, its impact on history and where it is now. R. Lee doesn't start at the beginning. He launches each "Connections-type" journey with that weapon's most modern iteration: for example, unleashing a maelstrom from a Metal Storm gun at one million rounds per minute, then weaving the machine gun's history across the hour, skipping through decades, centuries and milestones as required. Source: History Channel
 8602h
Sex in the Ancient World - documentary
Leading experts will make an attempt to solve the mystery surrounding a 3,000-year-old artifact discovered in ancient Egypt, which resembles an erotic image, as Egyptians were known to turn to the gods in fertility rituals. Also, after the discovery of a brothel in Pompeii, leading experts believe prostitution and sexual slavery was widespread throughout the region.
 2518h
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