Documentaries

Documentaries - Technological, Cultural, Religious, Political...

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Electric Dreams

Starring :
Robert Llewellen (narrator)


  Electric Dreams - 3 episodes x 60 minutes each

A family (Sullivan-Barnes) undergoes an experiment to experience life from 1970-2000 over a 30-day period, in order to explore how the technological advancements have changed life in Britain over the three decades. Each episode feature a different decade.

2010 3x60 click to donate

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15-06-10

 

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The Virtual Revolution

Starring :
Aleks Krotoski (presenter),
Tim Berners-Lee
Kudjo Agbevi
Bob Finch
Einar Kvaran
Ory Okolloh
Master Shortie


  The Virtual Revolution - 4 episodes x 60 minutes each

The Virtual Revolution is a British television documentary series presented by Aleks Krotoski, which began airing on BBC Two on 30 January 2010.

A co-production between the BBC and the Open University, the series looks at the impact the World Wide Web has had since its inception 20 years ago.

The series took on a different approach to BBC documentary making by encouraging an open and collaborative production.

The production team took a different approach to the development of the series, described by series producer Russell Barnes as "radical" and "open-source": "We don't just want to observe bloggers from on high; we want to blog ourselves and get feedback and comment on our ideas.

2010 4x60 click to donate

tv-dvd
18-03-10

 

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Hawking's Universe

Starring :
Stephen Hawking


  Hawking's Universe - 60 mins

From the Big Bang to black holes, Stephen Hawking's theories have broken new ground in modern science. Discover his revolutionary ideas on space, time and the origins of the universe.

Legendary physicist Stephen Hawking has made giant contributions to our understanding of the universe From the Big Bang to black holes, Stephen Hawking's theories have broken new ground in modern science. Take a look at his most famous theories, and discover his revolutionary ideas on space, time and the origins of the universe.

Not to be confused with Hawking's similarly named series from 1997. This is a different one-off documentary.

2009 60 click to donate

avi-dvd
301009

 

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Montezuma

Presenter :
Dan Snow


  Montezuma - 60 mins

Dan Snow travels to Mexico to investigate the history, character and legacy of Montezuma, the last great ruler of the Aztecs of central America.

He uncovers the extraordinary story of the Aztecs themselves, a cultured and civilised people whose lives were governed by eleborate ceremony and blood-curdling ritual.

Dan Snow also discovers how, in a titanic clash of cultures, their leader Montezuma faced up to a mortal threat from another world - the weaponry, gold-lust and greed of 16th-century Spanish conquistadors.

2009 60 click to donate

iso-dvd
221009

 

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Cutting Edge: The Red Lion

Starring :
Boozers


  Cutting Edge: The Red Lion - 60 mins

Sue Bourne is an award-winning filmmaker.

She recently travelled 3000 miles around the UK for a Channel 4 documentary - to visit some of the 600 pubs called the Red Lion, the most common name for a pub in the UK.

She explored British drinking culture, questioned the friendly 'locals' and investigated the future of pubs along the way.

2009 60 click to donate

iso-dvd
221009

 

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Saving Britian's Past

Starring...
Tom Dyckhoff


  Saving Britian's Past - 60 mins each

Saving Britain’s Past explores changing attitudes towards the past in post-war Britain. It tells the story of how our feelings about our history have developed, what those shifts tell us about ourselves and how they’ve shaped who we are.

   1: The City
   2: Streets In The Sky
   3: The Country House
   4: The Market
   5: The Pit
   6: The Crofters
   7: The Street

Each episode focuses on a specific case study and is related to a particular decade.

2009 7 x 60 click to donate


avi-dvd
221009
301009

 

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Autistic Me


  Autistic Me - 60 mins

Documentary following three people with autism.

23-year-old Oli, 15-year-old Thomas and 24-year-old Alex - with autism at pivotal moments on the rocky road to being accepted as an adult.

2009 60 click to donate

iso-dvd
221009

 

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Nostrodamus

Starring...
Unknown


  Nostrodamus - 55 mins

Documentary about the seer's predictions and how they are interpreted with hindsight. This is recorded from The History Channel and although the original footage is shown, non of those interviewed can be heard as there is a new narration over the top with new imagery intercut.

2009 120 click to donate

 

 

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Great Cities of The World
Series 1

Starring...
Griff Rhys Jones


Great Cities of The World - Series 1 - 60 mins each.


   London
A whistle-stop tour of London, featuring visits to such tourist attractions as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, together with lesser-known locales - notably the macabre Necropolis Railway in Westminster Road. Other ports of call include Sotheby's, St Paul's Cathedral, Burlington Arcade and the city's financial district - along with a late-night boxing club where brokers can work off their aggression in the ring.

   New York
Visits to major metropolises, beginning with New York, where Griff gets his hands dirty with the Sanitation Department, cleans the windows of a skyscraper and goes backstage at a Broadway production. Among his other ports of call are Grand Central Station, the Morgan Stanley children's hospital, and a factory founded more than 150 years ago that employs 450 people to make exactly the same thing that it first manufactured in 1853 - Steinway pianos.

   Paris
A whistle-stop tour of Paris, which survived World War Two unscathed because Hitler considered it `too beautiful to bomb.' Included on the itinerary are visits to such instantly recognisable landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, together with an expedition into the famous catacombs, a late-night shift at a brasserie, and a stint with the city's graffiti eradication squad.

2008 3 x 60 click to donate

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The Qur'an

Starring...
Unknown


  The Qur'an - 60 mins

A ground-breaking, feature-length documentary by award-winning filmmaker Antony Thomas, The Qur'an asks what Islam's holiest book actually says about issues such as equality, punishment, peace, other faiths and suicide bombing. The film is part of a special week of powerful and thoughtful programmes that aim to de-mystify, as well as celebrate, the world's most talked-about religion and offer an insight into the lives and beliefs of Muslims across the globe.I have included the pre-program content warning as follows.

Warning : “The Program contains footage of executions, the aftermath of bombing and female genital mutilations which may upset some viewers”.

2008 60 click to donate

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290708

 

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Britain From Above - Satellite Earth

Starring...
Unknown


  Britain From Above - Satellite Earth - 60 mins

This special takes a look around the globe, using the same techniques showcased in earlier episodes. It looks at the history and development of the satellite and what it has been able to achieve.

Warning : “The Program contains footage of executions, the aftermath of bombing and female genital mutilations which may upset some viewers”.

2008 60 click to donate

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Britain From Above - Cities

Starring...
Unknown


  Britain From Above - Cities - 3 x 30 mins

London, Norfolk & Industrial landscapes.

2008 3 x 30 click to donate

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Britain From The Air

Starring...
Unknown


  Britain From the Air - 3 x 60 mins

Part of The Britain From Above series of programmes.

2008 3 x 60 click to donate

040908

 

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Timewatch - Stonehenge

Starring...
Tony Robinson


  Timewatch - Stonehenge - 60 mins

Professors Tim Darvill and Geoff Wainwright are the world-renowned archaeologists who believe they have cracked the conundrum of Stonehenge's original purpose. Follow the links below to find out why.

Timewatch archaeologists carried out the first dig for almost half a century inside the stone circle of the world's most famous Neolithic monument. Their aim was to unearth evidence for a startling new theory - that Stonehenge was built to heal the sick.

2008 60 click to donate

 

 

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The Seven Wonders of
The Muslim World

Starring...
Unknown


  The Seven Wonders of The Muslim World - 90 mins

Building on the people and themes introduced in the series of short films shown on Channel 4 over the last six nights, this 90-minute documentary has unprecedented access to Mecca, the city that welcomes close to a quarter of a million pilgrims every fortnight, and the birthplace of Islam's founder.

2008 90 click to donate

avi-dvd
290708

 

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The Trial of The
Knights Templar

Starring...
Alain Demurger
Barbara Frale
Sean Martin


  The Trial of The Knights Templar - 45 mins

The final programme in a four-part series of religious documentaries focuses on the downfall of the Knights Templar. For 200 years these pious warriors defended pilgrims in the Holy Land and established a network of banks that made them rich and respected. But the order collapsed when its leaders were tried and executed for heresy.

This film explores the evidence against the knights and looks at the real reasons for their fall. Founded in 1095, the Knights Templar were the warrior heroes of Christendom, combining the lifestyle of monks with the bloody work of soldiers.

2008 45 click to donate

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Blackadder Rides Again

Starring...
Rowan Atkinson
Richard Curtis
Ben Elton
Stehen Fry
Hugh Laurie
John Lloyd
Rik Mayal


  Blackadder Rides Again - 60 mins

A documentary to make the 25th anniversary of the show with interview from writers, cast and producers.

2008 60 click to donate

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Kings Of Stonehenge

Starring...
Unknown


  Kings Of Stonehenge - 55 mins

The archilogical find of a body burried with unimaginable treasure suggests a royal connection.

2007 55 click to donate

 

 

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Nostrodamus

Starring...
Unknown


  Nostrodamus - 55 mins

Documentary about the seer's predictions and how they are interpreted with hindsight.

2007 45 click to donate

 

 

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The Day We Learned To Think

Starring...
Uknown


  The Day We Learned To Think - 35 mins

Documentary About Human Intelligence Development.

Understanding of humans' earliest past often comes from studying fossils. They tell us much of what we know about the people who lived before us. There is one thing fossils cannot tell us; at what point did we stop living day-to-day and start to think symbolically, to represent ideas about our environment and how we could change it? At a dig in South Africa the discovery of a small piece of ochre pigment, 70,000 years old, has raised some very interesting questions.

2006 35 click to donate

 

 

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Looking for Truth
With a Pin

Starring...
Ivor Cutler


  Looking for Truth with a Pin

An affectionate tribute to the Glasgow-born Cutler who has been Britain's best kept secret with his mix of poetry, music, painting and comedy

2005 60 click to donate

 

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The Money Programme
VOIP

Starring...


  The Money Programme : VOIP

Looking at how VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is set to take on the big telecom companies by allowing people to use the internet to make free calls to other users using compatable software, i.e. Skype / Vonage

2005 60 click to donate

 

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The 1970's Office

Starring...
Nicole Adams
Natasha Alexander
Robert Clayman
Jasmine Parry
Joe Rowntree
Paul Shearer
Matthew Stripling
Victor Van Amerongen


  The 1970's Office

A bunch of people are plucked out of their ordinary jobs to live the life of an advertising agency office from the 1970s for two weeks. That's no mobile phones, no cash points, no computer, no Internet - in fact, nothing more than a few flip charts, drawing boards and extra staff.

Although there are smaller challenges along the way, it all leads up to a big pitch where our team of sideboard-wearing, fluorescent-hued executives try to win an imaginary contract to promote a space hopper against a team who have none of the anachronistic restrictions placed on them. Some of these fashions are still worn in the office.

The set is fabulously kitsch and the feel is surprisingly good.

2004 4 x 60 click to donate

 

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Travels In Virtual Japan

Starring...
Waldermar Januszczak


  Travels In Virtual Japan

Writer and cultural critic Waldemar Januszczak takes a lively lookat the latest in Japanese technological innovationand scours Japan's past for clues to the present.

This is the place where past and future collide - a fusion of what came before and what is to come. Robotic monks, virtual bonzai, Robotic Coelacanths, the Otaku and the girls who set the fashion trends, a staggering artificial beach, the first Karaoke machine, Shigeru Miyamoto, toilets that measure your body fat then contact your fridge, doctor and supermarket - they're all here.

2000 60 click to donate

 

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4 Computer Buffs

Starring :
Jane Ashton
Tony Bastable
Mike Thorne


  4 Computer Buffs

An early Channel 4 (UK) series which provided news items, information and soft-ware for computer enthusiasts.


    1. Hardware comparisons
    2. Trundle kit, ZX-81
    3. Jack Tramiel, file serviers, new Atari
    4. 1st light pen software, video game MUD
    5. Logo, Rick Wakeman, music software
    6. Prolog, microdrives
    7. Clive Sinclair, Jazz, Muppets

Picture quality is 5/10

1985 7x25 click to donate

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