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Supernatural Science

Supernatural Science logoEven hardheaded skeptics have to concede that there’s something inherently compelling about tales of the paranormal. But do these stories stand up to scientific scrutiny? The documentary series Supernatural Science uses the tools of advanced research to shed new light on otherworldly phenomena, from weeping Madonnas to the Bermuda Triangle.

Supernatural The Unseen Powers of Animals

Supernatural The Unseen Powers of Animals logoWhen science fiction becomes science fact. This groundbreaking series unravels the extra-sensory feats and near-paranormal powers of animals. It journeys to the outer limits of scientific knowledge to find a parallel animal universe where life exists in other realities and has powers that almost defy belief. Here sharks perceive human electric auras and dolphins use ultrasound to 'see' a human foetus in the womb. There are monkey herbalists, frogs that have mastered the art of cryogenics and lizards that walk on water or cry blood. Supernatural not only looks at animal hypnosis and the healing powers of fish and dolphins, it even explains weird phenomena such as animals foretelling earthquakes or forecasting the weather and fish that 'rain' from the sky.

Tales from the Green Valley

Tales from the Green Valley logoFive archaeologists and historians work on a farm for a year on the precept that they run it according to life four hundred years ago when King James I was ruler. There is no electricity, refrigeration, mains water, tractors or chemical pesticides. They have to literally live off the land by growing their own food and making their own clothes, with only four hundred-year-old manuals for point of reference.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008)

Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008) logoFour-part drama series based on the novel by Thomas Hardy. On a fine May afternoon, the beautiful and innocent Tess Durbeyfield spies a handsome young stranger at a village dance, but he ignores her. Forced by family hardship to seek support from her 'relatives' the D'Urbervilles, apparently an ancient lineage, she falls under the spell of her manipulative 'cousin' Alec - with shocking and lasting consequences.

The American Future: A History, by Simon Schama

The American Future: A History, by Simon Schama logoSimon Schama travels through America to dig deep into the conflicts of its history as a way to understand the country's contemporary political situation

The Art Of Spain

The Art Of Spain logoCritic and art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon travels from southern to northern Spain to tell the story of some of Europe's most exciting and vital art.

The Borrowers

The Borrowers logoThe Borrowers are small, 15cm high humans who live in the English hinterland. They live out their lives in mouse-hole sized nooks in human homes, and survive by 'borrowing' all they need from the house and its inhabitants. This series follows young girl Arriety, and her parents Pod and Homily, as they are displaced from their home and try to find a new home, with the help of a human boy, George.

The Conspiracy Files

The Conspiracy Files logoThe Conspiracy Files investigates the growing number of conspiracy theories surrounding the 9/11 attacks. Incredibly some believe the American Government allowed or actively helped the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Those who question the official version believe the World Trade Center buildings were actually demolished by explosives; others ask why there was so little damage to the Pentagon's outer wall if a plane really had hit it. And why was America so unprepared when terror attack warnings had been received? The Conspiracy Files travels across the United States to investigate, speaking to eye witnesses and tries to separate fact from fiction.

The Crow Road

The Crow Road logoAn adaptation of Iain Banks' acclaimed novel. It all begins when History student Prentice returns home to attend his grandmother’s funeral. As the McHoan the family gathers together to mark the solemn occasion, old disagreements continue to fester and old acquaintances are renewed. Following the unexpected death of another close relative, Prentice begins to question the past: why did his Uncle Rory suddenly disappear and where did he go? Reading his Uncle Rory’s unpublished novel may provide the answers he is seeking but it also unearths some dark family secrets he didn’t bargain for.

The Day The Universe Changed

The Day The Universe Changed logoThe Day the Universe Changed (the 10-part series) is one of the best teaching tools available today for making students aware of the great ebb and flow of ideas that have gone into the development of Western thought. Host James Burke gives a stunning overview of this evolution of thought since the days of the Greeks in this ten-part series co-produced by BBC-TV and RKO Pictures.
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