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Professor Saul David uses the BBC archive to chart the history of the world’s most destructive war, by chronicling how the story of the battle has changed. As new information has come to light, and forgotten stories are remembered, the history of World War Two evolves. The BBC has followed that evolution, and this programme examines the most important stories, and how our understanding of them has been re-defined since the war ended over 70 years ago.
The Age of Revolution
‘Revolution’, Michael Wood observes, ‘has been a fact of life in Chinese history’. Between 1850 and 1950, three cataclysmic revolutions shook China to the core, but out of them, today’s China emerged.
With the rapid emergence of digital devices, an unstoppable, invisible force is changing human lives in incredible ways. Every two days the human race is now generating as much data as was generated from the dawn of humanity through the year 2003. The massive gathering and analyzing of data in real time is allowing us to address some of humanity’s biggest challenges but as Edward Snowden and the release of NSA documents have shown, the accessibility of all this data comes at a steep price. This film captures the promise and peril of this extraordinary knowledge revolution.
During two months of blizzards and frigid temperatures dipping to -80 degrees, each male Emperor penguin who breeds in Antarctica must nurture and protect a single egg that harbors his offspring. But once the eggs hatch by midwinter, these dads are ready to move on to their next stage of parenting. Snow Chick imagines the story of the youngest and last chick of the colony to emerge from his shell and the challenges he encounters growing up in the world’s most extreme nursery.
A searing, two-hour investigation places America’s heroin crisis in a fresh and provocative light — telling the stories of individual addicts, but also illuminating the epidemic’s years-in-the-making social context, deeply examining shifts in U.S. drug policy, and exploring what happens when addiction is treated like a public health issue, not a crime.
Whips, Deaths and Madonnas
Waldemar returns to Italy to trace the Italian Renaissance from its perceived origins with Giotto and takes a look at the importance of religious narrative in Italian art. While there were certainly a few aesthetic influences from classical art, the majority of Italian painting and sculpture in the 14th and 15th centuries was created to inspire devotion, especially in the work of Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Fra Angelico.
Gloria Hunniford and Chris Bavin present a series that cuts through confusion and conflicting headlines about Britain’s favourite foods.
Gloria Hunniford investigates the necessity of the vitamins she takes.
Premieres Monday, February 22, 2016
Consumer series featuring reports on diabetes, fruit and veg, and portion size.
Premieres Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The truth behind the headlines about the dangers of cooking with olive oil.
Premieres Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Featuring reports on bacon and sausages, the health benefits of eggs, and white bread.
Premieres Thursday, February 25, 2016
Gloria Hunniford and Chris Bavin unpick the shift in advice on alcohol consumption.
Premieres Friday, February 26, 2016
In the Vastness of Space
In the Vastness of Space tells the story of Project Apollo, which accomplished landing the first humans on the Moon, and humankind’s first journey to the Moon on Apollo 8. Other topics include humanity’s future in space.
(T)ERROR is the story of a 62-year-old Black Panther-turned-counterterrorism informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is the first film to document a covert terrorism sting as it unfolds. With unprecedented access to both the informant and the target, (T)ERROR captures the drama and intrigue of a spy novel, but with very real consequences.
The renowned director opens up to his close friend and colleague, Jack O’Brien, in his historic, final filmed appearance.