Posted in: Space, Technology
Sputnik Declassified
At the height of the cold war the US and Soviet Union are locked in an nuclear standoff. In October 1957, the Soviets stuned the world by orbiting the earth with the worlds first satellite, Sputnik. This in itself contributed to a shift in public opinion with regards to superpower capabilities, the US was always considered to be on top but after the launch, this was no more. In this film Nova takes a look at the highly secretive American space program prior to Sputnik and how the US covert objectives in space...
Posted in: Nature
The Pack: Lions
See how a pride of South African lions hunt three distinct prey animals in the Singita Game Reserve. Observe the Pride's unique strategies as they pursue zebra, impala, and ultimately the tallest land animal, the giraffe. Outmanoeuvring the prey is no easy task; especially when each species is equipped with its own set of defensive adaptations. Even so, the lions must eat - and their hunting skills must prevail if they are to...
Posted in: Educational, Science
Pure Science Specials: Magnetic Storm
There is a region of our planet that no human being has ever visited, no one has ever seen this place, yet what happens here effects everyone of us every day of our lives. Its 2000 miles beneath our feet, the earths molten core. Here a vast ocean of liquid iron generates an invisible forcefield, the earths magnetic field. It surrounds our entire planet cocooning us from the dangers of space, but now scientists have made an alarming discover, there is a storm brewing deep within the earth, a storm which could...
Posted in: Biographies, Crime
Gotti: Our Father, The Godfather
For the first time ever, John Gotti's children, Angel, Victoria and Peter, freely speak about what life was like knowing and living with their father, no question is off limits. Previously such insight was shrouded in complete secrecy but in the 48 hour special all is...
Champions Forever
Five champions together for the last time! Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Ken Norton. For more than twenty years, these kings of boxing ruled the ring as they passed the world heavyweight title from one to the other. Now, for the first time, see them all come face to face--gloves off--in an unprecedented video event, hosted by Reggie Jackson. In "Champions Forever," you'll discover the real men behind the legends, uncover the hidden anguish and secret passions that drove them to...
Posted in: Health, Society
Burning Desire The Seduction of Smoking
Cigarettes are the most lethal consumer product on the planet, every year over 5 million customers of the tobacco industry die. In this documentary series, Peter Taylor investigates why thousands of young people around the world are still taking up smoking daily. We get an insight into how the powerful tobacco companies manipulate smokers and seduce the young, potential victims of the fatal addiction. The film also takes a look at the industries fight against increasing regulations, from the banning of smoking in...
Mana: BJ Penn
‘Mana’ is a documentary featuring BJ Penn’s journey. The special UFC Presents episode documents the life of former welterweight and lightweight champion BJ Penn. The episode feature Penn from the start of his MMA career to present time and what life’s like outside of the octagon as a family...
Posted in: Crime
Gary Ridgway: The Green River Killer
The Green River Killer was one of the most prolific serial murderers America has ever known, who's 19 year reign of terror left the area surrounding Seattle littered with corpuses but who was the Green River Killer and was he born to kill? From a collection of interviews with law enforcement agents and direct family members of Gary Ridgway this film exposes the man behind the...
Posted in: History
The Great Famine
The Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. It is sometimes referred to, mostly outside Ireland, as the Irish Potato Famine because one-third of the population was then solely reliant on this cheap crop for a number of historical reasons. During the famine approximately 1 million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island's population to fall by between 20% and 25%. The proximate cause of faminewas a potato...