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Jefferson

Of all the founding fathers Thomas Jefferson is the most complex and enigmatic, he is a man with an ever changing portrait one which is full of contradictions, he's a champion if individual liberty who owned slaves all his life, a fiscal conservative who lives deeply in debt, an agrarian idealist who thrives in big cities, a master politician who dislikes confrontation and fears government power e

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The Mariana Trench: Earth’s Deepest Place

Earth a 4.5 billion year old planet which is still very much evolving and as continents shift and clash due to tectonic plate movement volcanos erupt and glaciers grow and recede, the Earths crust is carved in numerous and fascinating ways, leaving a trail of geological mysteries behind. In this film we explore the Mariana Trench, it is the deepest place on Earth, its sheer walls cut 7 miles in

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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Writer Michael Bracewell presents an unusual and provocative look at the life and legacy of Oscar Wilde, the controversial Irish-born writer. Michael sets out to rescue him from the dangers of respectability byportraying him as an inspiration to generations of rockers and artists. Contributors include Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys, playwright Tom Stoppard, actor Stephen Fry, and guest appea

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Meet The Stans

Meet The Stans

Meet the Stans is a four part travel documentary written and presented by British author and journalist Simon Reeve. In this series Reeve travels to several countries in Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan hence the name of this film. The series makes for some very interesting viewing as this journey provides us with some genuine insight into these countries' culture

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Secrets of the Super Elements

Today our lives depend on just a handful of natural resources but they are not the ones we think they are. Forget about oil, coal and gas, today we depend on a new set of super elements with obscure names like indium and rhenium. They're properties are so bizarre, they could be confused with an alien technology of sorts. These super elements are driving innovation, everything from smartphones t

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Chaos Theory and Dynamic Systems

At one time we thought the universe ticked off its motions with stately regularity, however with every development in understanding the world around us we discovered that much of the universe operates in a far more unpredictable way. Up until recently science had no explanation for such anomalies observed throughout the universe. The atmosphere, the oceans and much of outer space moves like a t

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Italy’s Mystery Mummies

Thousands of mummies in the very heart of Europe, monks, doctors, soldiers and even children, dead yet resisting deaths inevitable decay in the catacombs in Italy's Catholic churches. Some of these mummies are so well preserved it is almost impossible to tel if they are dead or merely sleeping, but who made these mummies and why? First the first time these Italian churches are permitting scient

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Vesuvius

August 24th, 79 A.D. was a day like any other day in the ancient roman town of Herculaneum, citizens met in the town square, discussed a little Italian politics, talked business over lavish lunches. Herculaneum was a booming sea side town at the height of the Roman Empire, trade was good and the future looked bright little did this towns residences know that the clock was ticking, their beautiful

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Great Military Blunders

Great Military Blunders is a six part documentary series which was originally aired in 2000, the series itself provides a fascinating examination of the key factors which lead to some of the greatest military disasters in history. In war we typically find that defeat stems from mistakes which include making bad plans or not seeing good ones through, a lack of understanding with regards to your

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