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    Last Chance to See

    Last Chance to See

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    In the late 1980s The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy writer Douglas Adams travelled the world, with zoologist Mark Carwardine, to search for engangered species. Now, twenty years on, Stephen Fry joins Carwardine to revisit the animals and see how they're surviving.moreless
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    Charley Boorman: Sydney to Tokyo By Any Means

    Charley Boorman: Sydney to Tokyo By Any Means

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    BBC Two (ended 2009)
    Charley Boorman is back in his second outing of By Any Means, this time he sets off from Sydney, Australia and rides any mode of transport possible, whilst avoiding any major airlines to get to his final destination in Tokyo, Japan.moreless
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    The Story of Light Entertainment

    The Story of Light Entertainment

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    BBC Two (ended 2006)
    Narrated by Stephen Fry, The Story of Light Entertainment tells the history of light entertainment on stage, radio and TV. Each episode focuses on a new topic, varying from comedians and chat shows to impressionists and entertainers. Stars of the small screen also contribute in this retrospective series.moreless
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    Victoria Wood: Seen on TV

    Victoria Wood: Seen on TV

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    Victoria Wood looks back on her lengthy career in small screen comedy with classic clips and interviews with friends and colleagues such as Julie Walters and Sir Roger Moore.
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    Not Again: Not The Nine O'Clock News

    Not Again: Not The Nine O'Clock News

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    This special one off documentary takes a look at the making of classic sketch show Not The Nine O'Clock News, the series that kick started the careers of its stars including Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith and writer Richard Curtis.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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    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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    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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    The Art of Tommy Cooper

    The Art of Tommy Cooper

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    The Art of Tommy Cooper is a documentary about the life of British magician and comedian Tommy Cooper
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    Wild China

    Wild China

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    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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    The Man Who Made Eric and Ernie

    The Man Who Made Eric and Ernie

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    The life, career and legacy of Sir Bill Cotton, entertainment impresario of the 1970s is the focus of this special documentary looking at some of the classic shows he helped create including Morecambe and Wise and Dad's Army.moreless
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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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    Tribe

    Tribe

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    BBC Two (ended 2007)
    Former Royal Marine, Bruce Parry, travels the globe to explore some of the world's most unique tribal cultures. He lives with each tribe for a month to discover their cultures and day to day lives and during the course of the show he dines with cannibals, experiences painful rituals and tests his physical limits. The documentary lasted for there series on the BBC between 2005 and 2007.moreless
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    I Love 1990's

    I Love 1990's

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    BBC Two (ended 2001)
    I Love 1990's was the sequel series to popular retrospective series I Love 1970's and I Love 1980's that were broadcast in 2000 and 2001. Each edition was presented by a celebrity with a connection to the year they were presenting and a host of celebrities contributed their thoughts to the decade that brought us the Spice Girls, Wayne's World and the Gladiators. Being broadcast so soon after the end of the decade the series was not as popular as the previous outings but still spawned a number of one off specials focusing on topics such as Kung Fu and Toys.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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    What the Ancients Did For Us

    What the Ancients Did For Us

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    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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    Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

    Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

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    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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    Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

    Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

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    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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    Reputations

    Reputations

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    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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