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Ancients Behaving Badly: Alexander the Great

Alexander the Third of Macedon, his legend gives him the name "Alexander the Great" but he could also be known as "Alexander the Annihilator" due to the fact that anyone who got in his way was crushed. Alexander considered himself a god, his admirers thought of him as a military genius, his enemies referred to him as the devil. In this film investigators decide to put Alexanders life under a microscope with a range of scientific tests, they show us how he used his weapons of mass destruction for the day the defeat his enemies, whilst a psychiatrist examines his character to uncover what...

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Genius of the Ancient World

Since the dawn of civilisation the forces of nature and the whims of Gods held sway over humanity but 2,500 years ago human kind experienced a profound transformation. Suddenly there were new possibilities, it was a time when rationality began to overrule superstition and belief. Upheavals across the globe sparked an ambitious vision of what humans could achieve, spearheaded by three trailblazers Socrates, Confucius and the Buddha, all great thinkers from the ancient world who's ideas still shape our own lives. By daring to think the unthinkable, they laid the foundations of our modern...

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The Bank of Tax Cheats

In this episode of BBC's Panorama, serious questions are raised for the British government and the city of London, all in regards to an apparent effort by the biggest bank to help some of their biggest and most wealthy clients dodge paying tax. When the government found out about this scheme, Panorama asks why weren't the cheats or the banks prosecuted? and even more curious, why was the banker in charge of all this controversy appointed to the government itself? Panorama also managed to get their hands on some leaked files that reveal how HSBC turned a blind eye to crime and...

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An Honest Liar: The Amazing Randi Story

"Some people can not believe that a magician can fool them in such a way that they can't figure it out, but magicians can and magicians do. Swindlers do, conmen do, all the time, their not magicians but rather are fakes. They are lying to us, they are deceiving us. It's okay to fool people as long as you're doing that to teach them a lesson which will better their knowledge of how the real world works. No matter how smart or how well educated you are, you can be deceived." - These are the words of James 'The Amazing' Randi, a world-renowned enemy of deception and in this feature film we get...

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I Am Evel Knievel

"I Am Evel Knievel" takes a unique look at the life of Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel, through the use of archival footage we experience some of Evel's greatest jumps and learn about his rise to fame, having started off as a small town rebel in Butte, Montana, to becoming a cultural icon who's success was build on nerves of steel. The film not only uses archival footage of his larger-than-life character but also includes a number of interviews with people who knew him on a personal level and those who grew up loving the icon. Among those featured include Matthew McConaughey, Kid Rock,...

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Britain’s Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield

Lying on the remote north west coast of England is one of the most secret places in the country. 65 years ago it helped make Britain a world superpower and within it's is material that could devastate life on this island and beyond, this is Sellafield. Costing around 2 billion pounds every year, its the most controversial nuclear facility in Britain. Nuclear physicist Jim Al-Khalili has been fascinated by Sellafield for much of his career, having heard stories of extraordinary experiments, the jaw-dropping machinery and the incredibly costly science but their has also been problems, risks...

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Britain’s Secret Terror Deals

Unsolved, unresolved, terrible crimes from the troubles in Northern Ireland but these are no ordinary killings. This is the story of why the state is accused of standing in the way of truth and justice. It's a story of how the state helped and protected killers, killers of innocent people, its why the past will not and cannot simply go away. Once a suspicion, now a fact, there were murders on the governments payroll, giving them impunity to continue their crimes and in this episode of Panorama, reporter Darragh MacIntyre sets about investigating the accused British security forces who...

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Dara O’Briain Meets Stephen Hawking

Sometimes when working in television like comedian Dara O'Briain, you get the opportunity to meet people you'd be unlikely to run into otherwise. In Dara's case he has arranged to meet up with his childhood hero, Stephen Hawking. Since Hawking released his book "A Brief History of Time" he has become not just the worlds most famous scientist, but a full on pop culture icon. Far beyond the world of physics, people know his name and possibly even more famously his voice. In 1963 doctors told him that his Motor Neuron Disease would give him only two years to live. More than 50 years later...

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The Cheshire Murders

In July of 2007, Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters were brutally murdered, while her husband Dr. William Petit, was the only one to escape alive after being injured during a home invasion that took place in the quite suburb of Cheshire, Connecticut. This HBO special, explores the bizarre but gripping events that horrified not only a town but a nation and resulted in a politically charged death-penalty trial. As this film dives deeper into the story the biggest tragedy is made clear, the crime itself could have been prevented at several turns. As it happens in August 2015 the state...

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