Posted in: News & Politics
The Power and the Glory
In this journey to the graves of great leaders and heroes dark secrets will emerge. Why was the burial casket of a murdered president cast deep into the atlantic ocean? Could a pit in Syberia hide the grave of the last Tzar od Russia? Princess Pocahontas: is her secret tomb under a tavern in England? How did the body of Eva Peron become an icon worth killing...
Posted in: News & Politics
Bobby Sands: The 1981 Hungerstrike
The 1981 Irish hunger strike was the culmination of a five-year protest during "the Troubles" by Irish republican prisoners in Northern Ireland. The protest began as the blanket protest in 1976, when the British government withdrew Special Category Status for convicted paramilitary prisoners. In 1978, after a number of attacks on prisoners leaving their cells to "slop out", the dispute escalated into the dirty protest, where prisoners refused to leave their cells to wash and covered the walls of their cells...
Posted in: Drugs, Society
CRACKHOUSE
CRACKHOUSE is a "Real Life" documentary by the BBC where ex-crack cocaine user Carl John or 'CJ' revisits his home town in Liverpool to get back in touch with some old friends who are all now addicted to the drug themselves. This unique film gives us a great insight into the day in a life of a crack addict, we are faced with prostitution and shoplifting as a means of getting by in this seedy way of...
Posted in: Biographies, Music
The Great Hip-Hop Hoax
This is the story of a so called Californian hip-hop duo known as Silibil n' Brains little did the the fans know that this group where actually from Scotland and were faking an american identity to get noticed. At the beginning of the new millennium Silibil n' Brains or Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain respectively, were making music together in Scotland but after being branded as "The Rapping Proclaimers" they lost heart and figured that Scottish Hip-Hop was just not being taken seriously and if they where ever...
Posted in: Biographies, Music
Dave Brubeck In His Own Sweet Way
A glimpse at the life of Dave Brubeck, a famous jazz musician, composer and performer from California. His story is told trough a number of interviews, old footage and commentary by family and fellow...
Posted in: Society
Winged Seduction: Birds Of Paradise
Tim Laman a photographer for National Geographic and ornithologist Ed Scholes have been traveling to some of the most remote jungles the world has to offer in search of observing and photographing all 39 species of tropical bird. This particular group of birds are entitled as the "Birds of Paradise" and can be found in some of the last truly wild locations of New...
Posted in: Music
1959 The Year that Changed Jazz
In 1959 four major jazz albums were made that changed music forever these where Miles Davis - Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck - Time Out, Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um and Ornette Comeman's album entitled The Shape of Jazz to Come. It was in 1959 that saw musicians starting to experiment with new sounds and breaking away from bebop. America was also seeing a major political upheaval with regards to civil rights. This BBC documentary shines light on some key aspects of the Jazz scene and the social context of that...
Posted in: Health
Dying To Sleep
Dying to sleep is a documentary on a extremely rare condition where the individual suffering from the disease known as Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI) can no longer fall asleep. The disease itself targets the thalamus which is responsible for a host of functions including regulating our sleep. FFI is a disease for which there is no current cure and death usually occurs between 7 and 36 months after the effects of FFI set in, on average this is about 50 years of...
Posted in: Science, Space
Man on Mars: Mission to the Red Planet
Mars, the red planet, we have long wondered if it has ever sustained life. Some have dreamt of walking on its surface but more than four decades after they landed on the Moon, NASA are imagining a two year voyage across space to Mars but to do it, they require new rockets on a new scale, a new way of surviving in space and a new bread of astronaut. To finally complete a mission of this scale would be the fulfillment of one of our grandest dreams. Is this however a dream NASA can...