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    This is Your Life (UK)

    This is Your Life (UK)

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    BBC (ended 2003)
    Each week, a celebrity guest of honour is surprised and presented with a 'Red Book' by the show host. The host conducts a biography of the guest with the help of family members, friends, and acquaintances.moreless
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    Big Cat Diary

    Big Cat Diary

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    BBC (ended 2008)
    Filmed in Masai Mara, Africa, big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs are shown in their natural habitat. The presenters offer commentary and focus on big cats with cubs and lion prides.moreless
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    Walking with Dinosaurs

    Walking with Dinosaurs

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    BBC (ended 2004)
    This six-part series, developed by Framestore Ltd. and the BBC, follows the life of Earth's greatest life forms through their reign over the Mesozoic world, from their humble beginning in the late Triassic, to their fall in the Cretaceous. Along the way, we are also witnessed to their reptilian cousins that ruled the seas and air during this fantastic time in Earth's history. Though one must keep in mind that the stories are mere speculation, the filmmakers enlisted the aide of scientists to provide them with as many facts as possible for this series. Walking with Dinosaurs scored the highest ratings for a cable series ever when it aired on the Discovery Channel. The series won an Annie, two BAFTAs, a Broadcasting Press Guild award, three Emmys Awards for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour), Outstanding Sound Editing in Non-Fiction Program & Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (out of six nominations), the Peabody Award, three Royal Television Society awards, a TV Quick Award, a Television and Radio Industries Club Award, and a Young Artist Award. Since this series aired, it has spawned several follow-up series, including The Ballad of Big Al, Walking with Beasts, Walking with Cavemen, and at least three specials hosted by naturalist Nigel Marven.moreless
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    Inside Out

    Inside Out

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    BBC
    British documentary series
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    Michael Palin: Himalaya

    Michael Palin: Himalaya

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    BBC
    Michael Palin: Himalaya is the BBC TV series that follows comedian and adventurer Michael Palin as he embarks on a six-month trip through the Himalayas. Michael has traveled through many countries in his travelogue series, and this is one of the most beautiful. He journeys through Afghanistan, through India and to the region known as the Death Zone near Everest's base. Michael traveled 3,000 miles through the Himalaya mountain range, trekking up several of the mountains. The highest point on the journey goes all the way up to Everest Base Camp, an altitude of 17,500 feet. He also journeys to locations like the Bhutanese capital, the Tiger Leaping Gorge, and the Bay of Bengal. Along the way he meets fascinating characters like the Dalai Lama, the Bhutanese royal family, and the Konyak headhunters, learning about their histories and customs. Join Michael as he continues his BBC travelogue series in Michael Palin: Himalaya.moreless
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    The Atheism Tapes

    The Atheism Tapes

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    BBC
    The Atheism Tapes is a six-part documentary series originally airing on the BBC that features prominent academics discussing Atheism. The series is hosted and presented by Jonathan Miller. Each of the six episodes features an extended interview with one of the following academics and scholars: Colin McGinn, Steven Weinberg, Arthur Miller, Richard Dawkins, Denys Turner and Daniel Dennett. Colin McGinn, an English philosopher, talks about a number of reasons why someone should or should not believe in God. Steven Weinberg, an American physicist, discusses the Design Argument and its effectiveness is proving the existence of God. Arther Miller, American playwright, explains atheism through the perspective of Judaism, as well as the history of antisemitism that derives from the notion that Jewish people do not believe Jesus Christ was the son of God. Richard Dawkins, an English biologist, discusses his idea that evil may exist because of a personification of a deeply-held belief. Denys Turner, a British theologian, wonders whether or not being an atheist or theist depends on the questions you ask yourself to begin with. Finally, Daniel Dennett, an American philosopher, talks at length about his own atheist, as well as why he believes Darwin's Theory of Evolution was such a dangerous idea to his contemporaries.moreless
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    The Story of India

    The Story of India

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    BBC (Mini-Series 2007)
    The history of India begins almost 500,000 years ago when man first appeared on the subcontinent. The Stone Age man shared their habitat with many animals and took shelter in caves. They lived the lives of hunter-gatherers for thousands of years.moreless
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    The Life of Mammals

    The Life of Mammals

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    BBC (ended 2003)
    This is the fourth of David Attenborough's nature series exploring the complexities of various mammal species in the animal kingdom. The series features 10 episodes exploring in depth the day to day habits of mammals in the wild.moreless
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    David Attenborough Wildlife Specials

    David Attenborough Wildlife Specials

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    David Attenborough Wildlife Specials are award-winning documentaries narrated by naturalist David Attenborough. Enter the wild as you journey through the natural habitats of some of the world's most exotic animals. Travel across the seven continents to see some of the world's finest natural landscapes. Join Sir David in his journey across the globe to watch amazing animals like the polar bear or crocodile. Try to keep up while watching the leopard or the wolf. Soar with the eagle or learn about the endangered humpback whale. You can also get a great view of amazing animals and landscapes with the help of satellites. Watch millions of Monarch butterflies in Mexico; see cranes dancing in Japan or watch dolphins leaping off the coast of New Zealand. A thousand miles away, see flamingos gathering by the millions on the lakes of East Africa or view the Great Barrier Reef. Travel through waterfalls and ice caves and all from within the comfort of your home.moreless
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    Walking with Beasts

    Walking with Beasts

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    BBC (ended 2001)
    The follow-up series to the popular Walking with Dinosaurs series, this is the series the producers wanted to do! Follow the lives of several mammals in an ever changing world. This series is not only the story of how mammals took over the world after the extinction of the dinosaurs, but is also the story of humanity's own rise to dominance.moreless
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    Crimewatch UK

    Crimewatch UK

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    Crimewatch UK is a BBC television appeal programme that helps police all over the UK solve cases with calls from viewers. The programme features various appeal request methods such as CCTV footage and reconstructions. In the 26 years, Crimewatch UK has been airing it has featured over 2500 cases and as a result of viewers calls providing information many arrests/convictions have been made. Nick Ross and Sue Cook originally presented the show, which began airing weekly in 1984. The pair continued presenting until 1995, when Sue left, replaced by Jill Dando. Jill herself became subject of the show, after been murdered in 1999. From here onwards, Fiona Bruce presented alongside Nick. In 2007 both Nick and Fiona left the show. From January 2008, the show began airing with a new look, presented by newsreader Kirsty Young, with Rav Wilding hosting segments of the show, as he has done since 2004, and the addition of a co-presenter in the form of Matthew Amroliwala. The show currently airs two episodes in the last week of each month, the first features the months cases and airs between 9pm and 10pm on BBC One. The second airs after the local news between 10.35pm and 10.45pm, and features updates on the cases featured in the earlier show.moreless
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    Sahara

    Sahara

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    BBC (ended 2002)
    The Sahara is the size of the United States with a population the size of Norfolk, a small UK county. The temperatures are extreme, the camels are poisoned ... this is another of Michael Palin's exciting globe-trotting adventures. During his travels across theSahara Desert, Michael meets interesting people, learns about their cultures, and goes through what they do in their everyday lives. He visits the countries of Gibraltar, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria. But this is no easy task. Traveling in the immense heat of the Sahara, our host suffers through illness, dangerous lands with no government, and harsh climates to learn more about the world. In just four episodes, Michael teaches viewers about life in the Sahara Desert.moreless
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    Yellowstone

    Yellowstone

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    BBC
    Against ts vast and majestic landscapes, full of lush meadows, deep forests, and violent hot springs, this landmark series follows the intertwining stories of Yellowstone's iconic inhabitants: the grey wolf, the grizzly bear, and the herds of antelope and buffalo. In a land of beauty and peril, the dramatic lives and fortunes of these animals are inexorably bound together. Intimate and emotional, epic, and engaging, "Yellowstone" reaveals the grandeur of this unique place as its animals struggle to survive over the course of three vividly changing seasons.moreless
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    BBC Atlas of the Natural World: Land of the Eagle

    BBC Atlas of the Natural World: Land of the Eagle

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    BBC Atlas of the Natural World: Land of the Eagle is a television series dedicated to the history of North America. This BBC original series takes a look at the continent from a number of different perspectives including those of the Native Americans as well as the European settlers who would migrate there. Originally there was no interest at all in the new world, but settlers eventually began to acknowledge the availability of land and natural resources there during the sixteenth century. The series discusses the settlement and industrialization of America and documents the tragic plight of the natives, as their numbers and land began to dwindle. BBC Atlas of the Natural World: Land of the Eagle includes stunning visual cinematography and portrays the beauty of the wildlife and landscape of the North American continent. The series includes eight episodes such as Confronting The Wilderness, Into The Shining Mountains, and The First And Last Frontier.moreless
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    Battlefield Britain

    Battlefield Britain

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    Battlefield Britain is a 2004 BBC television documentary series about famous battles in the history of Great Britain. From Boudicca's destructive rebellion against the Romans to the incredible feats of The Few who saw off the Luftwaffe, these battles all had wide-reaching consequences and implications for the future of the British isles. The series is presented by father and son team Peter and Dan Snow with Peter explaining the battleplans of the generals while Dan explores the sites to give the perspective of the common soldier, sailors and airmen.moreless
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    History of the World

    History of the World

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    See some of the largest turning points in the world's history from military to love stories to technology and deaths, natural disasters and medical advances.
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    Life (2009)

    Life (2009)

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    David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to hunting, the deep sea and various major evolutionary groups of creatures: plants, primates and other large sections of other vertebrates and invertebrates.moreless
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    Connections

    Connections

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    Connections is a documentary TV series created and hosted by James Burke. Burke's extensive knowledge and dry wit demonstrate how various discoveries, scientific achievements, and historical world events are interconnected and have created modern technology.moreless
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    Wild Pacific

    Wild Pacific

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    This six-part series tells the story volcanic eruptions that formed the 10,000 Pacific islands, lagoons and reefs –and the creatures that have somehow survived in isolation and under almost unlivable conditions. It has tells the stories of the Pacific voyagers, who have colonized and now call the Pacific islands home.moreless
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    Frozen Planet

    Frozen Planet

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    Set in the Arctic and Antarctic, the BBC documentary Frozen Planet will explore the impacts of climate change on artic species like polar bears and arctic wolves.
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