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Barbarians: The Vikings

12,00 years ago the Vikings explode out of the cold north sea, like beasts unleashed on an unsuspecting world. They come from a land of deep water fjords and bitter clan rivalries, today the area is known as Scandinavia. They left behind legends of their violence and courage, sagas of exploration and conquest and something even more remarkable, buried beneath the earth of their Scandinavia homeland. In 1880 Norwegian archaeologists make an extraordinary discovery opening a window into the past and revealing for the first time how the Vikings really lived and...

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Half Ton World

2013 was the year obesity became a worldwide emergency and there are now currently over 300 million people around the world who are now considered to be clinically obese, some of them are truly supersized weighing in at up to half a ton. This film travels the world in order to meet up with such individuals in order to discover what life is really like when you are over six times heaver than the average person. At this scale of obesity people are fighting for their lively hood, freedom and even...

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Abortion: Ireland’s Guilty Secret?

There is a battle being fought on the streets of Ireland, between people who feel abortion is the right of every women and those who believe that abortion is murder. In Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom it is illegal to terminate a pregnancy unless giving birth puts the mothers life in danger, even if the baby would have no chance of survival once born. In this BBC film, Alys Harte spent the summer with some of Ireland's army of pro-life campaigners as well as women faced with having to travel hundreds of miles to the mainland of UK and pay for an abortion. Harte also met...

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Egomania

Everyone has an ego, a healthy strong ego is the basis of a successful driven individual, but what can happen when an ego goes too far? When can someone really be called an egomaniac? Whats it like to cross an egomaniac? Is there a limit on how big an individuals ego can become? and to what lengths would such an egomaniac go to get their own way? From the overbearing boss to the ego that spirals dangerously out of control, this film journeys deep into the mind of the...

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Kraftwerk: Pop Art

In the late 60's and early 70's when Kraftwerk were striving to find a new artistic voice in the pop culture vacuum of post war Germany, few would have predicted that these reclusive Rhineland experimentalists would become one of the most influential pop groups of all time but that is exactly what happened. Painting on a refreshingly blank canvas they created emotional electronic music that fused commercial pop with the avant-garde, an industrial folk music with global appeal, that predicted what music would sound like and the world would look like in the digital age. Kraftwerk's influence...

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China’s Home Invasion

Chinese property buyers are on a foreign spending spree in the worlds most sought after cities. From New York's Manhattan to Sydney Harbour, real estate is seen as a safe way to stash money and a ticket to permanent residency. 660 billion dollars in Chinese personal wealth sits offshore and in this episode of 101 East by Al Jazeera, drew Drew Ambrose asks if Chinese home buyers are a force to...

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Night Will Fall

Night Will Fall is a documentary that was originally shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 just after the war ended, and it's about the atrocities the victors discovered upon finding the Nazi death camps, which were scattered all across Europe. The original film was entitled "German Concentration Camps Factual Survey" and was never actually completed due to the fact that Bernstein was stonewalled by political authorities because some were becoming nervous of the growing Zionist movement and sought an ally in anti-Soviet German. Researchers only recently discovered the...

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Churchill: The Nation’s Farewell

On the night of the 29th of December 1940, German bombers struck London with a vengeance. At these darkest of hours Britain's   Prime Minister recognised the huge importance of saving one building, ordering at once that at all cost St. Paul's cathedral must be saved. As fire crews fought the flames all around a photographer grabbed his camera, took the shot and happened to capture a front page photograph which many think sums up the spirit of the county they live in. A quarter of a century later Sir. Winston Churchill was back in St. Paul's at the centre of a magnificent funeral...

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Ross Kemp on Gangs: Los Angeles

Ross Kemp pays a visit to the city of angles, which happens to have the seventh richest economy on the planet. It's famous for it's thriving film and television industries and it's home to the stars but besides all this it's also infamous for being the gang capital of the world. In 2007 there was a gangland killing reported every other day and for generations the Bloods and Crips have fought for control over the streets here but now it would appear there has been a change in the balance of power, the Latino gangs are on the rise and Ross Kemp has gone to LA to meet...

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