Sunday

18 November

  • 06.00

    Brain Games

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    Follow the Leader, Season 3 | Episode 10

    This is a show about your brain and how easily you follow the leader. Everyone likes to think they're unique, but like it or not, much of your behavior is influenced by you copying other people. We're going to mess with your mind as we put you through a series of games and experiments designed to show you why a yawn is so contagious, how imitation leads to flattery, and how to discover whether your brain is a born leader - or a born follower. Get ready to follow the leader on Brain Games.

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  • 06.25

    Brain Games

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    Food For Thought, Season 3 | Episode 11

    In this episode, youll discover that what goes into your stomach has less to do with your mouth and more to do with your brain. Youll also see how many of your food choices often have nothing to do with food. Through a series of interactive games and experiments youll discover what makes you hungry, why you overeat and whether you should take comfort in comfort food. So pull up a chair, theres plenty of food for thought...on Brain Games

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  • 06.50

    Brain Games

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    Risky Business, Season 3 | Episode 12

    Through games and experiments, discover why we're all born risk-takers and how life is often a big game of chance.

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  • 07.15

    World's Toughest Fixes

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    20-Ton Eye, Season 1 | Episode 6

    Riley joins engineers at the Paranal Observatory in Chile to move a 23-ton, $15-million mirror. If damaged, it will take six years to replace.

  • 08.15

    World's Toughest Fixes

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    Giant Antenna Swap, Season 1 | Episode 7

    Host Sean Riley toils alongside some of the world's top engineers and mechanics to show how impossible fixes are accomplished against all odds.

  • 09.10

    Ancient Megastructures

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    Machu Picchu, Season 2 | Episode 5

    To celebrate his god-like status as "Son of the Sun God", the creator of the Inca Empire, Pachacuti the "World-Shaker" orders the building of an "impossible" city in the sky - a sacred residence where he will commune with his fellow gods. The site, perched high in the Andes almost two-and-a-half kilometers above sea level, presents the Emperor's engineers with an almost impossible task. How to make sure this city of spectacular temples, altars, residences, and fountains will resist the torrential rains, landslides, and earth tremors of the region. Brilliantly conceived, perfectly executed, using techniques that even surpass those of today, the Inca create their masterpiece: Machu Picchu. When Spanish Conquistadores and European smallpox destroy the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu is abandoned, lost, and forgotten - living on only in legend. Rediscovered only 100 years ago, Machu Picchu remains today, just as the Emperor Pachacuti intended, one the most awe-inspiring and mysterious monuments in the world.

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  • 10.05

    Ancient Megastructures

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    Petra, Season 2 | Episode 2

    Stuck between a rock and a hard place in the unforgiving deserts of Petra, in modern day Jordan, the Nabataean dream of a glorious royal city must have seemed like little more than a very grand mirage. Standing at the crossroads of the ancient Near East, discover how these wealthy traders would turn engineering on its head to create one of the most awe-inspiring monuments, the Khazneh. Discover how the Nabataeans held back flash-floods to protect their greatest monument, and why clues hidden deep in the building reveal the great king whose vision created this masterpiece. We travel back through time to reveal how human resourcefulness and courageous endeavour would create one of the ancient worlds most magnificent megastructures, the Khazneh

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  • 11.05

    Ancient Megastructures

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    St. Paul's Cathedral, Season 2 | Episode 3

    England 1666. A great fire engulfs the city of London, devastating everything in its path, including the magnificent Gothic cathedral of Old St Pauls. Christopher Wrens dream is to raise a new cathedral from the ashes, the centre piece of a city set to rival the grandeur of Ancient Rome. With a mathematicians belief in the inherent superiority of Classical architecture, Wren wants to create Englands first Baroque cathedral, crowned by a great dome. But even before the first stone is laid, he faces unprecedented challenges. Through a mixture of defiance, cunning and engineering brilliance, Wren sets out to realise his vision. And 36 years later, the Phoenix of St Pauls rises from the ashes of the Great Fire to become an iconic landmark of London.

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  • 12.05

    Megastructures

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    Dubai Mega Mall, Season 1 | Episode 40

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  • 13.05

    Megastructures

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    Beijing Water Cube, Season 1 | Episode 42

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  • 14.05

    Megastructures

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    Beijing's Olympic Stadium, Season 1 | Episode 53

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  • 15.00

    Megastructures

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    China's Smart Tower, Season 1 | Episode 64

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  • 16.00

    Megastructures

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    Building Green Beijing, Season 1 | Episode 59

    The 2008 Beijing Olympics is an opportunity for China to show the world that it is ready, willing and able to go green.

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  • 17.00

    Big, Bigger, Biggest

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    Tower, Season 3 | Episode 5

    Rising 610 metres tall, the Canton Tower is the tallest television tower in the world. It's required great leaps in technology to be built. In this film we explore the key historic towers that made these engineering breakthroughs. Using stunning CGI animation, we reveal the incredible stories behind the Washington Monument, the Eiffel Tower, Canada's CN Tower and the record-breaking Canton Tower, and the innovations that have enabled towers to grow in size. Four ingenious leaps forward that enabled towers to evolve …from BIG to BIGGER into the world's BIGGEST."

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  • 18.00

    Big, Bigger, Biggest

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    Prison, Season 3 | Episode 4

    Holding over 1400 of America's most dangerous prisoners, the North Branch Correctional Institution is one of the most secure prisons in the world. Over two thirds of the men at the prison have killed and most dream of escape. They are locked up in cells able to withstand bomb blasts and the prison is brimming with technology designed to keep them safe from each other. This film explores how the prison was made possible through a series of four historic engineering breakthroughs. The film explores the inner workings of four landmark prisons, including the formidable Tower of London and infamous Alcatraz Island. Each features a major technological innovation that allowed engineers to build more and more secure prisons. The film explores the development of perimeter fortifications, layers of surveillance and impenetrable cell design. Using stunning CGI animation, this film reveals the incredible stories behind these prisons and the inventions that have enabled them to become more secure. Four ingenious leaps forward that enabled prisons to become SAFER, TOUGHER and BIGGER.

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  • 19.00

    Space Shuttle: Triumph And Tragedy

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    Part 2, Season 1 | Episode 2

    In 1986 the destruction of the Shuttle Challenger was broadcast live on TV. As America considered grounding its fleet for good, they were stunned to discover they were not the only country with a Shuttle. Convinced the US Shuttles must be a weapon, the Soviets had stolen the plans from NASA and built their own - they called it: the Buran, meaning Blizzard. And like the Americans, the Soviets quickly realised the costs of reusable spacecraft were prohibitively expensive and after flying one only once, the Russian Shuttles were left to rot. NASA was banking on proving the Shuttles worth by launching the biggest and most expensive space telescope ever built. But when a mistake making the telescopes optics left NASA with nothing but burred images, the Shuttle program's future was left hanging by a thread. With breath-taking archive from the time, this film recounts the epic Shuttle mission sent to repair the telescope and salvage NASA's reputation. The Hubble telescope would transform our understanding of the Universe but, with costs spiralling, President Clinton threatened to shut it down. In a twist of fate, the Shuttles were saved by the collapse of the Soviet Union. US intelligence feared former Soviet rocket scientist would defect to rogue states if the Russian space program ended so persuaded Clinton to use the Shuttle fleet to keep the Russian space station Mir going. Shuttle Commander and former Navy fighter tells of the moment the two spaceships connected and he shook hands with Russian Commander on Mir, officially bringing the Cold War to an end. But, as Britain's only Shuttle Astronaut Michael Foale reveals, working with the Russians was not easy. As the dramatic archive of his 4 month stay on MIR shows, Michael nearly died when the Russian space station was struck by a supply module. But out of this unique co-operation would come the biggest space project ever attempted: the International Space Station. Built by 16 nations, the huge $150bn space station could only be assembled by the Shuttles. In 2003, the loss of a second Shuttle, the Columbia would put the whole project in jeopardy. With gripping archive filmed inside mission control as the disaster unfolded, the program examines the mistakes NASA made that claimed the lives of another seven astronauts. But the disaster did not spell the end of the Shuttle programme. And in an emotional end to series Barbara Morgan recounts how 21 years after she'd been selected as the backup for teacher Christa McAuliffe who died in the Challenger, she became a professional astronaut and helped complete the International Space Station. Still in operation today, it remains the Shuttle's greatest achievement.

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  • 20.00

    Mars

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    Worlds Apart, Season 2 | Episode 2

    The tenuous coexistence between the two Mars colonies threatens to dissolve. Greenpeace activists take to the seas to protest Arctic oil drilling. Relations between IMSF and Lukrum, now sharing a common water and power source, face rising tensions set off by a new discovery, Hana deals with a personal tragedy, and Amelie prepares to return to Earth. In present day, Greenpeace activists take to the seas to protest Arctic oil drilling in the Barents Sea and the effectiveness of such tactics are examined.

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  • 21.00

    Inside North Korea's Dynasty

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    Kingdom of The Kims, Season 1 | Episode 1

    For decades, Korea and its people laboured under Japanese imperialist rule. But in 1912, in a small town outside Pyongyang, a child is born - Kim Il Sung, coinciding with an omen of imperialism's doom. This is the story of how an unknown guerrilla fighter rises to power, takes complete control of his country and makes himself a god in the eyes of his people. Recounted through firsthand testimony and expertly curated archive, "Kingdom of the Kims" explores Sung's early days in power, how he starts the Korean War, establishes gulags for anyone who could be "hostile", tries to assassinate the President of South Korea, and plays a dangerous game of brinksmanship with the United States, including capturing a US Navy ship - the USS Pueblo - taking American sailors prisoner, and the infamous tree-cutting axe murders in the Demilitarised Zone.

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  • 22.00

    Inside North Korea's Dynasty

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    The Son of God, Season 1 | Episode 2

    Unpacking the unique Kim father-son relationship further, "The Son of God" tracks the decline of Kim Il Sung and the rise of his son, Kim Jong Il. Jong is an unlikely successor to his father. He is not a military man - he is obsessed with cinema, particularly James Bond films. "The Son of God" tells the story of how he uses filmmaking and propaganda to win his father's approval - and power. Not only did Jong love James Bond films, but the films influenced his behaviour in trying to immitate a real-life Bond villain. Beginning in the 1970s, this film explores Jong's rise to power as the heir apparent of North Korea, delving into such pivotal incidents as the kidnapping of filmmakers Choi Eun Hee and Shin Sang Ok; the attempted assassination of the president of South Korea; and the terror campaign waged by North Korea, such as the Korean Airline bombing by Kim Hyon Hui, in the buildup to the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

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  • 23.00

    Megastructures

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    China's Smart Tower, Season 1 | Episode 64

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  • 23.55

    Megastructures

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    Building Green Beijing, Season 1 | Episode 59

    The 2008 Beijing Olympics is an opportunity for China to show the world that it is ready, willing and able to go green.

    Go to show
  • 00.50

    Space Shuttle: Triumph And Tragedy

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    Part 2, Season 1 | Episode 2

    In 1986 the destruction of the Shuttle Challenger was broadcast live on TV. As America considered grounding its fleet for good, they were stunned to discover they were not the only country with a Shuttle. Convinced the US Shuttles must be a weapon, the Soviets had stolen the plans from NASA and built their own - they called it: the Buran, meaning Blizzard. And like the Americans, the Soviets quickly realised the costs of reusable spacecraft were prohibitively expensive and after flying one only once, the Russian Shuttles were left to rot. NASA was banking on proving the Shuttles worth by launching the biggest and most expensive space telescope ever built. But when a mistake making the telescopes optics left NASA with nothing but burred images, the Shuttle program's future was left hanging by a thread. With breath-taking archive from the time, this film recounts the epic Shuttle mission sent to repair the telescope and salvage NASA's reputation. The Hubble telescope would transform our understanding of the Universe but, with costs spiralling, President Clinton threatened to shut it down. In a twist of fate, the Shuttles were saved by the collapse of the Soviet Union. US intelligence feared former Soviet rocket scientist would defect to rogue states if the Russian space program ended so persuaded Clinton to use the Shuttle fleet to keep the Russian space station Mir going. Shuttle Commander and former Navy fighter tells of the moment the two spaceships connected and he shook hands with Russian Commander on Mir, officially bringing the Cold War to an end. But, as Britain's only Shuttle Astronaut Michael Foale reveals, working with the Russians was not easy. As the dramatic archive of his 4 month stay on MIR shows, Michael nearly died when the Russian space station was struck by a supply module. But out of this unique co-operation would come the biggest space project ever attempted: the International Space Station. Built by 16 nations, the huge $150bn space station could only be assembled by the Shuttles. In 2003, the loss of a second Shuttle, the Columbia would put the whole project in jeopardy. With gripping archive filmed inside mission control as the disaster unfolded, the program examines the mistakes NASA made that claimed the lives of another seven astronauts. But the disaster did not spell the end of the Shuttle programme. And in an emotional end to series Barbara Morgan recounts how 21 years after she'd been selected as the backup for teacher Christa McAuliffe who died in the Challenger, she became a professional astronaut and helped complete the International Space Station. Still in operation today, it remains the Shuttle's greatest achievement.

    Go to show
  • 01.40

    Mars

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    Worlds Apart, Season 2 | Episode 2

    The tenuous coexistence between the two Mars colonies threatens to dissolve. Greenpeace activists take to the seas to protest Arctic oil drilling. Relations between IMSF and Lukrum, now sharing a common water and power source, face rising tensions set off by a new discovery, Hana deals with a personal tragedy, and Amelie prepares to return to Earth. In present day, Greenpeace activists take to the seas to protest Arctic oil drilling in the Barents Sea and the effectiveness of such tactics are examined.

    Go to show
  • 02.35

    Inside North Korea's Dynasty

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    Kingdom of The Kims, Season 1 | Episode 1

    For decades, Korea and its people laboured under Japanese imperialist rule. But in 1912, in a small town outside Pyongyang, a child is born - Kim Il Sung, coinciding with an omen of imperialism's doom. This is the story of how an unknown guerrilla fighter rises to power, takes complete control of his country and makes himself a god in the eyes of his people. Recounted through firsthand testimony and expertly curated archive, "Kingdom of the Kims" explores Sung's early days in power, how he starts the Korean War, establishes gulags for anyone who could be "hostile", tries to assassinate the President of South Korea, and plays a dangerous game of brinksmanship with the United States, including capturing a US Navy ship - the USS Pueblo - taking American sailors prisoner, and the infamous tree-cutting axe murders in the Demilitarised Zone.

    Go to show
  • 03.35

    Inside North Korea's Dynasty

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    The Son of God, Season 1 | Episode 2

    Unpacking the unique Kim father-son relationship further, "The Son of God" tracks the decline of Kim Il Sung and the rise of his son, Kim Jong Il. Jong is an unlikely successor to his father. He is not a military man - he is obsessed with cinema, particularly James Bond films. "The Son of God" tells the story of how he uses filmmaking and propaganda to win his father's approval - and power. Not only did Jong love James Bond films, but the films influenced his behaviour in trying to immitate a real-life Bond villain. Beginning in the 1970s, this film explores Jong's rise to power as the heir apparent of North Korea, delving into such pivotal incidents as the kidnapping of filmmakers Choi Eun Hee and Shin Sang Ok; the attempted assassination of the president of South Korea; and the terror campaign waged by North Korea, such as the Korean Airline bombing by Kim Hyon Hui, in the buildup to the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

    Go to show
  • 04.30

    Ancient Megastructures

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    Petra, Season 2 | Episode 2

    Stuck between a rock and a hard place in the unforgiving deserts of Petra, in modern day Jordan, the Nabataean dream of a glorious royal city must have seemed like little more than a very grand mirage. Standing at the crossroads of the ancient Near East, discover how these wealthy traders would turn engineering on its head to create one of the most awe-inspiring monuments, the Khazneh. Discover how the Nabataeans held back flash-floods to protect their greatest monument, and why clues hidden deep in the building reveal the great king whose vision created this masterpiece. We travel back through time to reveal how human resourcefulness and courageous endeavour would create one of the ancient worlds most magnificent megastructures, the Khazneh

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  • 05.25

    Science of Stupid

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    Science of Stupid 3, 33, Season 3 | Episode 33

    The show that combines cold hard science with some of the craziest, most spectacular and painful user generated clips ever recorded is back for a third season. In this episode we learn just how many ways there are to embarrass, injure and humiliate yourself when climbing a fence, attempting a headstand on a motorbike or trying to backflip off a swing.

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