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    What a Load of Buzzcocks

    What a Load of Buzzcocks

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    BBC Two (ended 2013)
    Since 1996 Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been a regular show in BBC Two schedules. In this show Blur's Alex James looks back at different years of music including related clips from 17 years of Buzzcocks.moreless
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    James May's Toy Stories

    James May's Toy Stories

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    James May's Toy Stories is a documentary TV show that features James May bringing favorite toys of past eras into light with life-size large-scale endeavors. In each episode, May delves into the history of the featured toy and announces the grandiose building plans for the day. May's impetus for the show is to attract children away from video games and instead focus on playing with real toys with their parents and friends. Throughout the six-episode series, May builds spectacular structures such as a 1:1 model of a Spitfire aircraft using fiberglass pieces modeled off of the Airflix toys. Also included in the show's repertoire are a garden of Plasticine, a 75 foot Meccano bridge, a 2.75 mile-long Scalextric track, a full-sized Lego house, and a 10-mile miniature Hornby railway. Each of the structures is tested for soundness and utility, and the building projects can take up to a month to complete, even with hundreds of volunteers.moreless
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    Wonders of the Universe

    Wonders of the Universe

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    Professor Brian Cox investigates the laws Universe, following from his successful Wonders Of The Solar System.
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    The Planets

    The Planets

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    BBC Two (ended 1999)
    Welcome to The Planets guide at TV.com.

    Screening over eight episodes, The Planets presents the incredible story of the discovery and exploration of our solar system, revealing the deepest secrets of our neighbors in space.

    From the first faltering attempts to magnify the sky with crude telescopic lenses to the sophisticated probes revealing even the most distant planets today, this amazing footage relive the gripping stories of adventure and discovery.

    Using a unique blend of state of the art computer graphics, unseen space race archive and first hand testimony from scientists around the world, The Planets is the most comprehensive account of space explorations ever compiled for television.moreless
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    Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

    Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

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    BBC Two
    Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State is a six-part historical documentary film directed by Laurence Rees for BBC that centers on one of the most unsettling and abhorrent occurrences in history - the infamous factory of death, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. In 'Surprising Beginnings', the scene is set for Auschwitz's creation as the Nazi state begins to react violently against its enemies, specifically the Soviet Union, and its experiments with gas execution on Russian prisoners. 'Orders and Initiatives' discusses the plans made by Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Reinhard Heydrich during the Wannsee Conference as the approval for gas chambers and the selection of doctors, who were given the job of deciding who would live or die, were made. 'Factories of Death', 'Corruption', and 'Murder and Intrigue' focuses on the mass annihilation of Jews, the uniqueness of Auschwitz's dual status as a concentration and extermination camp, and the rumors spreading of resistance and potential freedom at the hands of the Allies. Lastly, 'Liberation and Revenge' centers on the efforts made by the Nazis in order to hide the mass murders while survivors search for their families. Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State is a heart-wrenching and poignant look at one of the horrors of history and the lessons it teaches us in how to prevent it from happening in the future.moreless
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    Wonders Of The Solar System

    Wonders Of The Solar System

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    BBC Two (ended 2010)
    Professor Brian Cox reviews the true wonders of the solar system.
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    Tsunami, The Aftermath

    Tsunami, The Aftermath

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    BBC Two (Mini-Series 2006)
    BBC and HBO Films bring the touching story of survival and hope to the small screen in Tsunami, The Aftermath. Based on the events of the December 2004 tsunami that devastated the Andaman coast of Thailand, this compelling drama explores the effects to the community and to humanity as a whole. Developed from interviews and comprehensive research and filmed in Thailand, this mini-series gives viewers a compelling look at how disasters change not just the landscape, but the many lives it touches.moreless
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    Reputations

    Reputations

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    BBC Two (ended 2002)
    Reputations was the BBC documentary series which shows the stories of famous figures in a new light. The series has covered interesting people like Yuri Gagarin, Albert Speer, Liberace, John Wayne, George VI and many more, revealing the lives and histories that shaped these people and the world around them.moreless
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    Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

    Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

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    BBC Two
    Strictly Come Dancing: It Take Two is the companion show to BBC 1's Strictly Come Dancing. Claudia Winklemen presents this show which features updates on the dancers' training sessions, interviews with the stars and judges, and highlights from the Saturday show.moreless
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    Wild China

    Wild China

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    BBC Two
    This documentary captures the dazzling array of landscapes and creatures that can be found across China. The six-part series reveals the little-known natural treasures and secret wildlife havens of China's wildest regions.moreless
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    Seven Wonders of the Industrial World

    Seven Wonders of the Industrial World

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    BBC Two (ended 2003)
    British documentary series looking at the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World and there impact on History.
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    Pole to Pole

    Pole to Pole

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    BBC Two (ended 1992)
    Adventure traveler Michael Palin offers up this follow-up to Around the World in 80 Days as he traverses 16 countries over the two hemispheres to experience the North and South Poles.moreless
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    Louis Theroux

    Louis Theroux

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    Acclaimed British personality Louis Theroux hosts this docu-series on BBC America that takes viewers are the world to such places as San Quentin Prison, South Africa's hunting areas, and much more.moreless
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    The Many Faces Of...

    The Many Faces Of...

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    The Many Faces Of... features comedy actors as look back at the span of their career. Includes archive footage and clips from colleagues and friends. Following a successful first series broadcast between 2009 and 2011, the series was recommissioned for a second series in June 2012 which was broadcast in Christmas 2012 to early 2013.moreless
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    I Love 1980's

    I Love 1980's

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    BBC Two (ended 2001)
    Following the success of I Love the 70s (aka I Love 1970s), the BBC commissioned this second series looking at Eighties. Each edition would feature aspects of a particular year of the decade with classic clips and celebrities such as Peter Kay and Johnny Vegas returning to give us their memories of the time. This series' episodes were increased in length to 90 minutes and as per the previous series the episodes were accompanied by a film from the year on initial broadcast. The popularity of the brand would lead to a further series on the Nineties and special one off editions focusing on Christmas, Toys, Jamaica, The Muppets and Kung Fu.moreless
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    Pop Life

    Pop Life

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    BBC Two (ended 2012)
    This three part documentary series looks at the life of pop stars in the spotlight, how they cope with their fans, the fame and the money, featuring interviews with members of some of the worlds best known acts.moreless
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    John Le Mesurier: It's All Been Rather Lovely

    John Le Mesurier: It's All Been Rather Lovely

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    BBC Two
    John Le Mesurier: It's All Been Rather Lovely features Michael Palin, Clive Dunn, Ian Lavender and others who contribute to this candid portrait of actor John Le Mesurier. Topics from his turbulent marriage to Hattie Jacques to his life-changing role as Sergeant Wilson in Dad's Army are discussed.moreless
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    What the Ancients Did For Us

    What the Ancients Did For Us

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    BBC Two (ended 2005)
    Welcome to the What the Ancients Did For Us guide at TV.com. Adam Hart-Davis, one of the nation's favourite television presenters, returns to our screens this autumn, with a major new 9-part series, What The Past Did For Us.

    As anchorman for the show, Adam leads us through the history of inventions, while rebuilding and testing some of his favourites in the studio.

    Published to accompany the series, this book is an entertainingly written history of ancient cultures that captures Adam's own enthusiasm for the subject.

    From the Egyptians to the Romans, the Babylonians to the Arabs, we embark upon an epic history of the world, looking at some of the great legacies left to us by ancient cultures.

    From the Chinese inventors who came up with the mariner's compass, paper money and gunpowder, to the Ancient Indians who, according to Einstein 'taught us how to count' as well as giving us the 12-month calendar year and 7-day week, Adam uncovers the most influential developments of each of the great civilisations of the past.

    Adam Hart-Davis is known for his popular series What the Victorians Did For Us and Local Heroes. He is a prolific author, whose books include The World's Stupidest Inventions; What the Tudors and Stuarts Did For Us; Henry Winstanley and the Eddystone Lighthouse, and has been used recently by Inland Revenue in their latest ad campaign.

    Adam writes a regular column on inventions and science for the Radio Times and is a team leader on Radio 4's science quiz show Inspiration!moreless
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    The American Future: A History With Simon Schama

    The American Future: A History With Simon Schama

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    BBC Two (Mini-Series 2008)
    Inspired by the 2008 presidential race, historian Simon Schama takes a look back at the history of the United States, what's happening at the present moment and where the country is going.

    Schama, well known for his History of Britain series, will be using history to focus on the big picture around the issues currently facing the US.

    4 episodes have been ordered for the series.moreless
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    Charley Boorman: Ireland to Sydney By Any Means

    Charley Boorman: Ireland to Sydney By Any Means

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    Adventurer Charley Boorman sets off on his most daring adventure yet--ditching his trusty motorbike to travel over 20,000 miles, through 25 countries from his home town Wicklow County, Ireland to Sydney, Australia, by any means. Avoiding commercial airlines wherever possible, Boorman explores the different ways to travel over land, sea and air. He uses more than 100 different modes of transport, including container ships, dug-out canoes, solar cars and an elephant. Boorman's first travelling documentary was with his friend, Ewan McGregor, on a motorbike journey from London to New York that created the 2004 show, Long Way Round. Charley Boorman: Ireland to Sydney By Any Means is also known simply as By Any Means.moreless
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