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Kim Philby: The Spy Who Went Into The Cold

Harold Adrian Russell Philby, better known to the world as Kim, was an Englishman who spied for the Soviet Union. Philby was a high-ranking member of British intelligence but who decided to operate as a double agent, that was until he defected to the Soviet Union in 1963. It was around this time that it was revealed that Philby was in fact a member of the spy ring now known as the Cambridge Five. This collective also included Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt and possibly John Cairncross. It is believed that Philby was the most successful at providing secret information to the...

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Catch Me If You Can

Investigative journalist Mark Daly, is a keen athlete but for more than a year he had embedded himself into the murky world of doping in athletics. It's an investigation like none he has done before, having to push himself to his physical limit in order to truly understand the world he's entering, he even goes as far as becoming a doper himself. The story includes tales of coverup and hypocrisy, that have spanned some 30 years and include a few of the biggest names in sport, such as a British olympic legend. Daly asks do the cheats themselves still retain the upper hand in their...

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Klansville U.S.A.

In this episode of American Experience we are shown first hand how the once most liberal southern state of America (North Carolina), became home to the largest Klan organisation in the country, the Ku Klux Klan. They seemed to have lay dormant for decades but in 1954 after the Supreme Court: Brown v. Board of Education decision, i.e. states running separate schools based on race were deemed to be unconstitutional, it wasn't surprising that this ruffled a few feathers, causing some to turn to the...

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Australia’s Deadliest: Shark Coast

Western Austrailia's stunning coastline has recently been ravaged by a deadly predator, the community it appears in under siege, with beaches being closed left, right and centre, tourism as well has taken a hit. Austrailia's largest state, Perth, has become the deadliest shark attack zone on the planet. The Great White Shark is a fierce predator and was responsible for 5 fatalities within just 10 months back in 2014, with two having been totally consumed, two bitten in half and the fifth was so severely mauled he later lost his life. In this National Geographic film we get a first hand...

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Inside the Court of Henry VIII

This is the story of a royal court that changed the world, above it all Henry VIII, the tyrant king. Paranoid and obsessed with treason, a religious fanatic who rebels against his church. To prosper in his shadow takes guile and audacity, but no one every really seemed safe. In 1509 Henry VIII came to the throne, a vigorous young man, with new ideas, he inspired the nation with a new hope. His court became the centre of power and pageantry in England but in this feudal age society was rigidly structured and class was everything, individuals were born to greatness, it was never earned....

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Downloading the Devil

In this 40 minute documentary we see the bizarre events surrounding the murder of Jennifer Blagg and her daughter Abby by Michael, Jennifer's husband. Michael, it turns out had an unusual craving for pornography which was initially satisfied by imagery of women being dominated. This in itself isn't very out of the ordinary in 21st Century America, but for God-fearing Christians like the Blagg family, it was a bit more out there. Michael Blagg himself reported his wife and daughter missing when he supposedly came home from work and walked into a crime scene with a blood soaked floor...

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John Nash: A Beautiful Mind

In September 1949, the world learned that the Soviet Union had joined the United States as a nuclear power. This shocking news intensified fears in the US and put a premium on mathematicians. Mathematicians had helped win World War II, now there was hope that they could protect Americas strategic edge. One standout graduate from Princeton known as John Nash was of great interest as he had an extraordinary ability for numbers having earned his Ph.D degree with a 28-page dissertation on non-cooperative games. This thesis won Nash the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994. In...

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Inside: 21st Century Warship

The United States Navy is poised to meet the future with a new generation of high tech transformer like fighting machines. There fast, versatile but also deadly, these are the pioneering warships, USS Freedom & USS Independence and in this National Geographic film we are given a complete tour of there ability and design. The world has changed and in the 21st century the US Navy must deal with a new wave of violent threats, in response the Navy has issued a new class of warship, the LCS or Littoral Combat Ship, these are designed in such a way as to allow them to enter shallow waters,...

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The Great Math Mystery

We live in an age of astonishing advances, engineers can land a car sized rover on Mars, Physicists probe the essence of old matter, while we communicate wirelessly on a vast world wide network but underlying all these modern wonders is something deep and mysteriously powerful. It's been called the language of the universe, and perhaps its civilisations greatest achievement, its name is mathematics, but where does it come from and why in science does it work so well? In this film, Nova explores the idea of maths and its potential for unlocking the secrets of the...

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