Anthony Bourdain's new show gives us a glimpse into the history and culture of countries relatively closed off to the world.
aka: VICE (HBO)
"Vice" is innovative news magazine show that will showcase a mix of stories from around the globe. Among the segments in production for possible inclusion in the show are: Taliban child suicide bombers;North Korean slave labor camps; New York's underground voodoo heroin clinics; Somalian pirates; and Satanic dentists in the Pacific Northwest.
Reality based TV series that combines dramatic re-enactments with interviews to tell stories of REAL mysteries.
aka: True Horror with Anthony Head
"True Horror" is a factual supernatural documentary series, made by October Films, for Discovery Europe. Topics will include vampires, demons, witches and exorcism, with Anthony Head interviewing the experts.
A documentary series that takes an in-depth look at the topics found in recently de-classified government documents. It explores well-known issues with new information that has been sequestered from the public for over sixty years.
Astronomer Dr. Carl Sagan is host and narrator of this 13-hour series that originally aired on Public Broadcasting Stations in the United States. Dr. Sagan describes the universe in a way that appeals to a mass audience, by using Earth as a reference point, by speaking in terms intelligible to non-scientific people, by relating the exploration of space to that of the Earth by pioneers of old, and by citing such Earth legends as the Library of Alexandria as metaphors for space-related future events. Among Dr. Sagan's favorite topics are the origins of life, the search for life on Mars, the infernal composition of the atmosphere of Venus and a warning about a similar effect taking place on Earth due to global pollution and the "greenhouse effect", the lives of stars, interstellar travel and the effects of attaining the speed of light, the danger of mankind technologically self-destructing, and the search, using radio technology, for intelligent life in deep space.
Supernatural Science uses a panoply of tools of modern science to illuminate the boundaries of human experience and belief. Dramatic reconstruction is combined with expert interviews and personal testimony to explore phenomena which defy rational explanation.
There are a reported 3 535 comets as of June 2008, of which several hundred are short-period. This number is steadily increasing. However, this represents only a tiny fraction of the total potential comet population: the reservoir of comet-like bodies in the outer solar system may number one trillion.
The number of naked-eye comets averages to roughly one per year, though many of these are faint and unspectacular. When a historically bright or notable naked-eye comet is witnessed by many people, it is often considered a Great comet.
Scientists are only now starting to unravel the secrets of comets. Often referred to as dirty snowballs, they contain ice and elements from the very start of the universe. Some theorize that a comet, crashing into our planet, brought with it the organic material that started life on Earth.
Spacecraft continues to offer new information on their makeup, from bringing back samples from a comet's tail to direct contact when a NASA-launched craft slammed into the comet Tempel-1.
Amazing series primarily using Errol Morris' invention the Interrotron for unusual people to tell their outré stories directly into the camera to the viewer. Almost every half-hour documentary episode focused on 1 person, especially scientists, criminals, cranks, plus everyday folks in strange circumstances. First season seen on Bravo, second on IFC. Having a roaming crew at the ready led Morris to start filming his Academy Award winning documentary on Robert McNamara, "The Fog of War." Some subjects came from Morris' back-file, others were newly uncovered. First season included the autistic woman scientist who designs humane slaughterhouses (Temple Grandin, "Stairway to Heaven"), the parrot whose testimony in a trial exonerated a man wrongly accused of murdering his owner, the ex-lobster fisherman devoted to being the first to see a live giant squid ("Eyeball to Eyeball"), and a serial killer groupie. Second season had some 2 parters such as a haunted passenger who landed a crashing jet liner, also the dot.com entrepreneur who believes first mate Gilligan is the new messiah ! Errol Morris hoped to continue "First Person," but funding was unavailable.
The plane was out of control. The flight control systems were inoperable, severed by shards of the Number Two engine. There were 296 S.O.B.'s, souls on board. A flying bomb filled with tens of thousands of pounds of explosive aircraft fuel. No one knew what to do. Not the pilot, not airline maintenance, not the manufacturer, not the aircraft designers, absolutely no one. Check pilot Denny Fitch, a passenger in first class, went forward to the cockpit, where he managed to control the plane using only the thrusters. The crash landing was a miracle. In subsequent simulations, no pilot could pull it off. Why was Denny Fitch on that plane? How did he manage to land it at all? 186 people lived, but 111 people died. Of course, everyone would have been dead if not for Fitch. Will the memory of the 111 ever leave Fitch in peace? Even though he did the impossible, will he always be haunted by the belief that he might have done the impossible better? The dream of a perfect landing...
2x06 LEAVING EARTH - Hero Pilot
1x11 THE LITTLE GREY MAN - CIA spy & deception
1x09 MR. DEBT - trys to help people escape debt
2x04 ONE IN A MILLION TRILLION - smart math guy / Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
2x03 THE ONLY TRUTH - mob lawyer
2x02 THE SMARTEST MAN IN THE WORLD - Christopher Langan
This three-part documentary explores how UK writers pioneered and remained in the vanguard of one of the world's most popular literary genres.
An actor as HG Wells in his imaginary time machine.
1. FROM APES TO ALIENS
How HG Wells captured man's fascination with evolution to father a new form of fiction
2. TROUBLE IN PARADISE
Exploring the frightening future dystopias imagined by Orwell, Huxley and others.
A scene from apocalyptic drama Threads) 3. THE END OF
THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT
The annihilation of humanity, as portrayed by British writers such as John Wyndham
The series is narrated by Peter Capaldi and was produced by Rachel Bell for Blast Films. Contributors include Arthur C Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Doris Lessing and Kim Newman.
This is a beautifully shot 11 part series looking at the world in all it's natural wonder, showcasing a breathtaking diversity of life from the poles to the deserts. Narrated by David Attenborough, who is also known for his narration of the equally good "Blue Planet" series.
1.From Pole to Pole
3. Fresh Water
6. Ice Worlds
7. Great Plains
9. Shallow Seas
10. Seasonal Forests
11. Ocean Deep
On each episode of "Lock n' Load", R. Lee Ermey takes us on a fascinating ride through the pathology of a featured weapon: where it came from, who thought of it, who improved it, its victories, its defeats, its impact on history and where it is now. R. Lee doesn't start at the beginning. He launches each "Connections-type" journey with that weapon's most modern iteration: for example, unleashing a maelstrom from a Metal Storm gun at one million rounds per minute, then weaving the machine gun's history across the hour, skipping through decades, centuries and milestones as required. Source: History Channel
Sam Calagione and his team travels world to search out the ingredient and techniques that helpful to produce perfect brew.
Featuring the death-defying and moving stories of people who-regardless of the obstacles or consequences-were determined to survive an animal attack. Driven by thoughts of loved ones and the desire to live, these individuals found the strength to survive terrifying and unexpected encounters by some of nature's most dangerous creatures. This inspirational drama combines victim interviews with true-to-life reenactments, giving a replay of the split-second decisions that saved lives. Over the course of 10 episodes, I'M ALIVE immerses viewers in the psychological experience of those involved, focusing on what pulled them through and what left them powerfully changed. Every survivor had something to live for, and in that fleeting moment of chaos, their desire for life outshone the attack.
A series showcasing documentaries on American history.
Established singer-songwriters and acclaimed newcomers perform country, blues, rock, folk, bluegrass, and related styles of music from Studio 6A of public television station KLRU (formerly KLRN) at the University of Texas at Austin.
Football Behind Bars sees former footballer Ian Wright setting up a football academy at the Portland Young Offenders Institute in Dorset. He aim is to try and give the team a sense of pride and achievement.
A BBC Documentary series which covers various subjects relating to both the natural and social history of the British coastline and also more recently, that of the UK's neighbours, such as the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, France and Norway.
All Aboard! Mighty Ships Reveals the Secret Mechanics behind the World's Most Sophisticated Vessels
National Geographic: The Mafia - The Godfathers: They were born in the foothills of Sicily. By 1924 their growing numbers and criminal activities had attracted the attention of Mussolini who went about purging Italy of their secret society. America became their escape.
aka: Amazon with Bruce Parry
In the series, Parry — a former British Royal Marine — travels over 6,000 km down the length of the Amazon River. Parry will meet and live with tribes, coca growers, loggers and illegal miners during the six part series. On his journey Parry travels by foot, light aircraft and boat.
Lost Worlds Vanished Lives: David Attenborough's comprehensive study of fossils, which give many clues to how life existed on pre-historic Earth.
National Geographic Ultimate Wildlife: Take an adventure with the most incredible and fascinating wildlife on the planet
British Masters: Art historian James Fox explores British Art
Andrew Marr's Megacities: For the first time in history, more people live in cities than the countryside. Across the globe, we have 21 cities with more than 10 million people, and these numbers are set to increase - busy, noisy, crowded megacities are the future. In a fascinating three-part series, Andrew Marr finds out how these heaving mega-metropolises feed, protect and move their citizens.
Rough Science: An entertaining documentary series in which a small team of scientists are transported to a remote location (deserted island, mountain valley, etc) and set various tasks that they must accomplish using only basic tools and supplies, and whatever materials they can extract from the environment around them. Previous challenges have included: the constuction of a wind-powered electricity generator, the production and use of textile dyes, and measuring the speed of a glacier.
The Power of Nightmares The Rise of the Politics of Fear: A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.
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The Renovators: Over three months The Renovators will face off with six houses from hell. The task - to transform these nightmares into real estate gold. The renovations take place in houses across the suburbs of Sydney as the contestants renovation imagination becomes renovated reality.
A comedic 6 episode documentary series in which Charlie Brooker (from Screenwipe) uses a mix of sketches and jaw-dropping archive footage to explore the gulf between real life and television.
The World at War: A multi-volumed documentary mini-series, "The World at War" covers the entire history of World War II from the causes of the 1920s to the aftermath of the Cold War in the 1950s. Emphasis is also placed on several inside story episodes, where events are covered which occurred inside Germany and Japan such as resistance to Hitler, life in general under a dictatorial regime, and particular emphasis is focused on the Jewish Holocaust.
The Death of Yugoslavia: The Death of Yugoslavia (Serbian, Montenegrin,Bosnian, Croatian and Slovenian: Smrt Jugoslavije, Macedonian: Смртта на Југославија, Smrtta na Jugoslavija) is a BBC documentary series first broadcast in 1995, and is also the name of a book written by Allan Little and Laura Silber that accompanies the series. It covers the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. It is notable in its combination of never-before-seen archive footage interspersed with interviews of most of the main players in the conflict, including Slobodan Milošević, then President of Serbia.
aka: Merlin Secrets And Magic
he thirteenth episode of Merlin Secrets and Magic goes behind the scenes to offer exclusive backstage footage, production details and on-set cast and crew interviews from the filming of Merlin's episode 2x13 The Last Dragonlord. It also takes a look at the world of fandom and how the show's success is perceived by both cast and fans.
Inside Nature's Giants is presented by Mark Evans. The series attempts to uncover the anatomical secrets of some of the animal kingdom's different species. Mark is assisted by evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins.
MysteryQuest is a new series that dispatches teams of experts throughout the world to try to solve some of mankind's strangest and most persistent mysteries. Top experts in their fields launch expeditions to gather evidence in mysteries like the Bermuda Triangle, the Zodiac serial killer, & Atlantis. A science team then conducts a forensic examination of the evidence using the latest technologies.
Dead Famous: Gail Porter and Chris Fleming take a spirited road trip through the West Coast of America looking for the ghostly locations where the legends of stage and screen reside.
Mystery Files: This show features high-end dramatic reconstructions of some of the worlds most famous and iconic mysteries that have inspired, intrigued and confounded experts for years. From the tales of King Arthur and Robin Hood to Cleopatra and Anastasia, Mystery Files will attempt to discover the truth behind some of these legendary figures.
Unearthing new evidence and exploring new theories, each programme will look into a different mystery and test its validity. Using expert interviews and corroborating experiments, the key elements of each story will be investigated using the latest techniques and technology. They will be analysed by a group of ten internationally renowned specialists in their field.
The Nazis A Warning from History: An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Hitler's rise to power.
Reaching for the Skies: Reaching for the Skies was a groundbreaking television series made by the BBC Pebble Mill in association with CBS Fox and it is widely acclaimed as one of the best aviation series ever made.
It was narrated by British actor Anthony Quayle, and by Robert Vaughn for its American and International releases. The show was divided into 12 programs.
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Richard Hammond's Journey To The....: Follow Richard Hammond as he begins on a journey to the center of the planet to learn how Earth’s machine dominates the world we live in and he also goes to the bottom of the ocean. The series uses the latest state-of-the-art technology as it attempts to lift the lid on planet Earth.
A four-part examination of organized crime includes comments from former gangsters and law-enforcement officials.
"Explore the techniques and rituals of mummification throughout the ages, from the south American civilizations of 5000 BC to the virtual mummy factories of ancient Egypt, and discover the little-known incidents of mummification in this century."
Special Forces Heroes: "Special Forces Heroes" uses interviews, re-enactments and graphics to reveal four action-packed 50-minute tales, made by Dangerous Films in association with Empire Media Productions.
Focusing on missions that range from Sierra Leone to the Oman, it illustrates key tactics that a crack-force unit rely on to fulfill their orders.
Penn & Teller Tell a Lie: If you’ve ever been in any type of group-orientation situation, chances are you’ve played “Two Truths And A Lie.” It’s a simple game that works as an icebreaker by allowing people to share two statements about themselves, stirring in some fun by allowing them to make one statement up. High-school drama classes and business retreats alike use this kind of team-building exercise, and it’s a very familiar format. (NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me also utilizes it for its “Bluff The Listener” segment.) Magical comedy duo Penn & Teller’s new show Penn & Teller Tell A Lie takes the concept of “Two Truths And A Lie” even further, mixing it with a Mythbusters-type reality show, imparting knowledge through entertainment and a dash of humor. It’s not anything new, but it’s certainly the most entertaining iteration of the game—and there’s no corporate team building involved.
Who Do You Think You Are? (AU): Australian celebrities play detective as they go in search of their family history, revealing secrets from the past. Travel around Australia and the world with Jack Thompson, Kate Ceberano, Geoffrey Robertson, Catherine Freeman, Dennis Cometti and Ita Buttrose as they find out things about their ancestors that they never thought possible. Along the way there will be scandal, adultery, pioneers, bushrangers, artists and royalty. Join the trail of discovery to uncover where these celebrities came from as they find out just who they think they are.
Twisted: This series takes an in-depth look at some of the world’s most prolific serial killers and interviews those who were closest to them before learning about their secret, dark lives. Attempting to uncover the psychology of each killer – from Jeffrey Dahmer to the DC Sniper – "TWISTED" tries to get an understanding of what drove these serial killers down the path of murder. Was it nature or nurture? Through first-hand accounts and testimonies of the people who knew them best, this series provides fascinating insight into the characters of some of the most infamous icons of evil.
The Most Evil Men and Woman in History: This series consists of episodes which profile evil men throughout history who have used their power to torture, kill, maim and eradicate millions of people.