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[Episode 1] Rageh Omaar visits Spain, Sicily and France in a fascinating journey in search of the story of Islam in Europe. He uncovers a tale of scientific advance and rich cultural influences that have had a profound impact on the way we are today, reveals how a flourishing Islamic culture was finally destroyed in Europe by ambition, betrayal and oppression and shows how the fall-out still resonates today. The journey begins in Spain. [Episode 2] Rageh Omaar visits Sicily and France on a fascinating journey in search of the story of Islam in Europe. It's a journey of discovery for Rageh, who as a Moslem has a personal interest in the matter. From challenging ideas that changed the way people thought to major works of geography that quite literally altered the shape of the world, the seeds of modern Europe can be traced back to this Moslem invasion over a thousand years ago. [Episode 3] Rageh Omaar goes on a fascinating journey in search of the story of Islam in Europe. Omaar discovers how a flourishing Islamic culture was destroyed by ambition, betrayal and oppression. He visits the last stronghold of Islam in Spain, Granada, and reveals how the fall-out from the final conflict still resonates today in the ongoing divide between East and West.
Added date: 20-05-2013 - Duration: 1:28:57

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The Great Ship: This episode focusses on the construction of the SS Great Eastern, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel to be both the first ship entirely made out of iron and the most luxurious vessel of the day. However, whilst the ship itself was a marvel of shipbuilding, its construction was marred by accidents, scandal and misfortune, including a destructive fire which practically destroyed the shipbuilder's yard, problems with the launch and financial scandals, all of which would contribute towards Brunel's deteriorating health and comparatively early demise in 1859 and the popular belief that the ship was 'jinxed' (a rumour leading to the legend of two bodies being found trapped in the hull upon its dismantling).
Added date: 29-03-2013 - Duration: 0:49:15

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The Brooklyn Bridge: Focusing on the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, the episode examines the family that built it - John Augustus Roebling, who designed the bridge; his son, Washington Roebling, who took over construction following his father's death shortly after the project was announced; and Washington's wife Emily Roebling, who taught herself engineering principles and took on the burden of her husband's work after his health was destroyed by the decompression sickness he suffered, owing to the length of time he spent working and overseeing matters in the pressured atmosphere of the underwater caissons used to build the bridge.
Added date: 29-03-2013 - Duration: 0:49:05

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Bell Rock Lighthouse: This episode tells the story of the construction in the early 19th century of the offshore lighthouse on Bell Rock, by the Scottish engineer Robert Stevenson. Bell or Inchcape Rock was a place which had claimed the lives of sailors and sunk ships for hundreds of years, but which was underwater except for a couple of hours at low tide each day - causing difficulties in both constructing a design that would stand up to the terrible storms and waves that ravaged the area, and in actually constructing it during the few months of fair weather that were available each year, while simultaneously housing the builders who worked on it.
Added date: 29-03-2013 - Duration: 0:48:38

Views : 453
The Sewer King: Set in London during the 1850s, this episode focusses on the construction of the London sewerage system, built to replace the antiquated medieval system that was overworked and inadequate for the needs of the-then largest metropolis in the world, causing epidemics of disease and a permanent foul stench to fill the air. The episode follows the efforts and work of Joseph Bazalgette, the brilliant engineer who designed the influential and modern sewer system that would purify the city, transform the streets above and would result in the end of the epidemics of cholera and typhoid that had ravaged the population - although, ironically not for the reasons that he initially thought.
Added date: 29-03-2013 - Duration: 0:48:58

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The Panama Canal: This episode presents the French and American efforts to build a canal through Panama to link the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The first attempt to construct the canal by Ferdinand de Lesseps, the builder of the Suez Canal, was abandoned because of tropical diseases (which killed over 22,000 men) and the difficulty of constructing a sea-level canal through the mountains. The resulting financial scandals not only ruined de Lesseps and many investors, it also brought down the French government. The episode then takes up the story seventeen years later when the United States took up the challenge. A concentrated effort succeeded in eradicating the causes of the tropical diseases, but the attempt to build a sea-level canal once again failed. Instead the canal was built with locks.
Added date: 29-03-2013 - Duration: 0:49:25

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The Line: The episode follows the construction of the Pacific Railroad, the first transcontinental rail system, which would unite the eastern and western seaboards of the United States. Started in Sacramento by a consortium of local shopkeepers with no experience in building a railroad, the episode follows their efforts to build from west to east through the forbidding Sierra Nevada mountains with the help of Chinese labourers whilst simultaneously following the efforts of the workers of the Union Pacific to build from east to west, and their problems in dealing with the lawless nature of the wild west, attacks by hostile Indians, and financial corruption and scandal.
Added date: 29-03-2013 - Duration: 0:49:01

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Hoover Dam: The final episode focuses on the construction of the Hoover Dam during the Great Depression of the 1930s, focussing in particular on the ruthless pace set by Frank Crowe, the builder, whose eagerness to complete the project well before schedule and subsequent exploitation of the workforce (who were desperate for any employment and were forced to accept conditions of extreme hardship in the process) would result in both many deaths and the (eventual) construction of a new city to house the workers.
Added date: 29-03-2013 - Duration: 0:49:06

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The Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World reveals the secrets behind the seven monuments built over 2000 years ago -- the Pyramids of Egypt; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the Statue of Zeus at Olympia; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus; the Colossus of Rhodes; and the Pharos of Alexandria. By combing ancient sources for clues and making modern-day comparisons, the ancient wonders are reconstructed using computer imagery and scale models.
Added date: 29-03-2013 - Duration: 1:33:56

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Narrated by Emmy award-winning Alfre Woodard, Nefertiti and the Lost Dynasty documents a high-tech forensic investigation by international experts lead by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, dedicated to resolving the fate of the famed queen.
Added date: 18-03-2013 - Duration: 0:45:44

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Technology from the 1980s is remembered, including early cell phones and CD players; the Sony Walkman; and personal computers. Also: comments by Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak; and a tour of the Computer History Museum in California.
Added date: 28-11-2012 - Duration: 0:45:41

Views : 933
Eleven of the world's largest hotels are in Las Vegas. The story of Las Vegas' emergence from the desert and transformation into one of the world's most stories destinations has been told many times, but this fascinating program zeroes in on the heart of the Mecca for tourism in Nevada the grand hotels that are some of the most sophisticated buildings ever constructed.
Added date: 28-11-2012 - Duration: 0:44:13

Views : 581
Heron of Alexandria:
Added date: 28-11-2012 - Duration: 0:44:32

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Galen, Doctor to the Gladiators:
Added date: 28-11-2012 - Duration: 0:44:43

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Ancient Computer:
Added date: 28-11-2012 - Duration: 0:44:26

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Stone by stone, uncover the mind-boggling truths behind the engineering marvels known as cathedrals - great testaments to faith that have remained virtually unchanged for over 900 years! From their immense buttresses to the intricacies of stained glass, the Gothic cathedrals stand as a complex, richly designed celebration of all we hold most sacred, and as an articulation of joy and accomplishment. Reaching heavenward, they may be synonymous with medieval France, but perhaps the most famous lies right here in America. In 1891, Charles Glover Gathers, a prominent Washington banker, promoted the idea of a national cathedral as a moral center. For the first time on DVD, follow the construction of this massive cathedral - which surpasses even Notre Dame and Chartres in size - and discover how 12th and 20th century methods were combined to raise 300 million pounds of limestone
Added date: 28-11-2012 - Duration: 0:45:20

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Some of the most imposing structures ever built, medieval castles withstood both bloody assaults and the test of time. Designed like machines with nearly every architectural detail devoted to defense, castles represented the perfect fusion of form and function. Journey back to that unruly era as we examine the complexity of their construction and the multipurposes they served--homes to kings and nobles, economic centers, courthouses, treasuries, prisons, and torture chambers.
Added date: 28-11-2012 - Duration: 0:42:36

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First Blood: Loot found secreted in pagan graves in Norway provides some major clues that point to Viking perpetrators following the discovery of murder victims in Wales and a monastery razed to the ground in Scotland.
Added date: 26-11-2012 - Duration: 0:46:57

Views : 893
Invasion: In AD 856, a massive fleet of Viking ships appeared off the coast of East Anglia, heralding a change in Viking tactics - from raiding to invasion. Richards charts the years of attempted conquest that followed.
Added date: 26-11-2012 - Duration: 0:46:53

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The Sea Road: Julian Richards investigates the impact of the Vikings in Britain. This edition focuses on the archaeological trail left by the Vikings as they travelled from Norway along the sea road to Dublin. Settlements, a boat burial and evidence of trading have been discovered on the Scottish isles, and silver hoards found in Ireland suggest that Dublin was not only wealthy and important, but also a centre for trade in slaves.
Added date: 26-11-2012 - Duration: 0:47:12

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Rulers: Julian Richards recalls how, after years of raiding, England's resistance was so weakened that, in the early 11th century, the Vikings were finally able to seize the throne. In other parts of the British Isles however, they gained and maintained power by integration.
Added date: 26-11-2012 - Duration: 0:46:59

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Last Of The Vikings: In the last of the series, Julian Richards uncovers new information from the battle in 1066 between Viking warlord Harald Hardrada and King Harold of England that marked the end of the Viking age in Britain. Results from a nationwide genetic survey show where in Britain the Vikings left a measurable contribution.
Added date: 26-11-2012 - Duration: 0:46:57

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Professor Fekri Hassan attempts to determine why the Egyptian Old Kingdom, the civilisation of the great pyramids, collapsed around 2200 BC. Can science show that terrible forces of nature were to blame - even driving people to cannibalism? Clues come from the remote deserts of southern Egypt, the glaciers of Iceland and a dramatic and unique archaeological find in the Nile delta.
Added date: 15-11-2012 - Duration: 0:49:00

Views : 730
A look at how the Minoan civilisation, situated on the Mediterranean island of Crete, was wiped out 3,500 years ago by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions since the Ice Age on the nearby island of Thira. 21st century science reveals the horror the volcano unleashed.
Added date: 15-11-2012 - Duration: 0:49:06

Views : 665
In the ninth century AD, the great Maya civilisation in Central America and southern Mexico all but disappeared. Millions died and great cities were abandoned to the jungle. Why this happened was a mystery, until science started unlocking the secrets of the past to reveal the brutality of nature. {Click on the original video page to see the youtube video playlist}
Added date: 15-11-2012 - Duration: 0:10:01

Views : 561
Did you know that beer was critical to the birth of civilization? Or that it played a crucial role in the building of the pyramids, the founding of America, the Industrial Revolution and advancements in medicine? That's right - beer. Scientists and historians line up to tell the amazing, untold story that puts beer at the center of the human civilization. Until almost modern times, it wasn't just a drink-beer was vital to life. Where water contained deadly bacteria, beer was safe, as the fermentation killed the germs. It was drunk by men, women and children for a large period of time, and inspired great moments in human history. Beer was vital to the birth of America from the moment the Mayflower stopped in Plymouth - find out why!
Added date: 11-11-2012 - Duration: 0:43:41

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This was a wonderful culmination to the BBC’s archive Treasure Hunt. The BBC worked with BFI staff in the organisation and presentation of this event. It was a great opportunity to show some of the BBC television programmes which have been recovered alongside programmes from the ITV companies. The event was opened by Don McLean, who talked about the years of restoration work that he has put into the original Baird discs and demonstrated the pictures that he was now able to be taken from the discs. This was followed by Sue Malden of the BBC, introducing a Benny Hill episode - "Portrait of a Bridgegroom", recovered earlier this year. Perhaps the high spot of the event was the appearance of Jimmy Perry and David Croft to introduce one of the recently recovered Dad’s Army’s, "The Battle for Godfrey’s Cottage". Jimmy Perry was able to throw some extra light on the story of the two recovered episodes. He had in fact taken them to a film producer in Wardour Street in the 1970’s with the view to convince them of the value of making a feature film of Dad’s Army. His proposal was not received with enthusiasm and he left the two film recordings for the producer to look at his leisure. Jimmy heard no more of either episode until they were recovered by BBC Information and Archives. The high spot of the second part of the event was the showing of All Gas and Gaiters, introduced by Pauline Devaney, one of the writers. The other half of this partnership, Edwin Apps, came over form France especially for the occasion. The audience was also treated to a recently recovered episode from the World of Tim Frazer, a Francis Durbridge thriller from the 1960’s. Martin Loach and Terry Martini quite independently had been working on the restoration of some Till Death Us Do Part episodes. Martin on a really funny episode called "The Phone" and Terry on a very controversial episode called "Up the Polls". Both of these enthusiasts have more domestic video reels of televsion programmes first broadcast in the 1970’s. We are looking forward to BBC technical department working with both Martin and Terry to continue this restoration work. The audience of about 200 thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon looking at these recovered television programmes. They were able to take away from the event Dick Fiddy’s book, Missing Believed Wiped, which accompanied the event. People were queuing to buy signed copies from the author!!! And they now had a great check list to work from for future treasure hunting!!!!. Sue Malden Oct 2001
Added date: 30-10-2012 - Duration: 0:38:46

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S05E01: Documentary explores the continuing appeal of Sherlock Holmes through his various screen incarnations, from early silent films through the classic portrayals by Basil Rathbone and Peter Cushing to the BBC's most recent Rupert Everett version. Contributors include Minette Walters, Kim Newman and Edward Hardwicke.
Added date: 30-10-2012 - Duration: 0:38:58

Views : 580
S06E09: David Hepworth chronicles the history of the disc jockey. The DJ has often been a neglected profession but today's globe-trotting jocks enjoy superstar status. Contributors include Pete Tong, Annie Nightingale, Johnnie Walker and Ranking Miss P.
Added date: 30-10-2012 - Duration: 0:39:08

Views : 439
S07E01: Documentary about the first mass-produced food brands focusing on Perrier water, Cadbury's Dairy Milk, Typhoo tea and Marmite. The tea-tasters of Typhoo explain how their predecessors turned a waste product into a bestseller. Chef Matthew Kay tries out some Edwardian recipes designed for vegetarian marmite fans.
Added date: 30-10-2012 - Duration: 0:59:18

Views : 482
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