Category “Educational”

WWII in HD EP5/10

Episode 5: Day of Days The Allies are bogged down in Normandy’s hedgerows in the aftermath of D-Day, while on Saipan, victory turns to...

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EP5/6 How TV Ruined Your Life

Progress From the moon landings to Blake’s 7 to CSI: Miami, Charlie Brooker argues that television has warped our relationship with technology. Warning: this episode contains a computerised Simon Cowell and a lady in a silver...

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EP 4/6 The Private Life of Plants

Broadcast 26 January 1995, this episode examines how plants either share environments harmoniously or compete for dominance within them. Attenborough highlights the 1987 hurricane and the devastation it caused. However, for some species, it was that opportunity for which they had lain dormant for many years. The space left by uprooted trees is soon filled by others who move relatively swiftly towards the light. The oak is one of the strongest and longest-lived, and other, lesser plants nearby must wait until the spring to flourish before the light above is extinguished by leaves. Tropical...

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The Tribal Eye: Woven Gardens

The Tribal Eye is a seven-part BBC documentary series on the subject of Tribal art, written and presented by David Attenborough. It was first transmitted in 1975. 5. "Woven Gardens" A wonderful combination of beauty, function and tradition, the rugs of the Gashqai Nomads of Iran perfectly mirror their lives. Wool is gathered from sheep, goats and camels. Dyes are made from juices of plants along their caravan routes. Then the jogging of the pack animals, bearing the looms with unfinished rugs, gives the weave its beautiful irregularity. And they are used against the cold, the wind,...

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The Tribal Eye: Crooked Beak of Heaven

The Tribal Eye is a seven-part BBC documentary series on the subject of Tribal art, written and presented by David Attenborough. It was first transmitted in 1975. 2. "Crooked Beak of Heaven" On the native communities of the North West coast of...

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The Tribal Eye: Man Blong Custom

The Tribal Eye is a seven-part BBC documentary series on the subject of Tribal art, written and presented by David Attenborough. It was first transmitted in 1975. 6. "Man Blong Custom" This program takes us on a perilous journey to the jungle-covered mountains of the New Hebrides to witness the sacred ceremonies performed in the village cult house. Life size effigies, the heads of which are human skulls fleshed out with clay, dance as cavorting puppets in funeral ceremonies. Then we journey to the neighboring Solomon Islands and examine their magnificent war canoes, their sea spirit...

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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 destroy our vital magnetic...

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How To Build A Satellite

Some of the best and most up-to-date communication satellites in the world are designed and built in Stevenage in Britain. With exclusive access to specialist manufacturer Astrium, this programme shows step-by-step how to assemble one of the most complicated machines in the world. The team is followed as they construct a massive communication satellite; from the inner carbon-fibre skeleton to the fuel tanks and engines. At the Portsmouth site, the electronic 'payload' is built and then tested. It has to operate for a minimum of fifteen years - guaranteed, and so precision is everything;...

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EP3/6 Mars Rising

Staying Alive Preparing and protecting the crew from the deadly hazards of the journey to Mars will be critical to a successful mission. Viewers see firsthand how NASA and Russia are addressing the physiological challenges of extreme radiation and long-duration weightlessness, as well as the challenges of food supplies and astronaut communication with ...

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