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Coast : Series 1 Episode 12

BBC
Every beach, bay and cliff edge along this stretch of coast has a story to tell of people who struggled with changing sea levels, the perils of flooding, subsidence and erosion. Whole towns have been lost to the sea, houses teeter on cliff tops... the very land is crumbling away.
General Science%%%Geography


Colosseum - Rome's Arena of Death

Tilman Remme
Using drama reconstruction, choreographed fight sequences and state-of-the-art special effects, Colosseum – Rome’s Arena Of Death takes viewers back to a time and a place where fights to the death, not penalty shootouts, made spectators’ pulses race.
Classical World%%%History


Cosmos: A Personal Voyage - The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

Carl Sagan
Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the universe, bringing such topics as Einstein\\\'s theory of relativity and Darwin\\\'s theory of evolution down to a layman\\\'s level of understanding. The first episode opens with a description of the cosmos and introduces the iconic \\\'Spaceship of the Imagination\\\'
Astronomy

Creation: At the BBC

BBC 4
A trip through the BBC archives from programmes such as Whistle Test, the Oxford Road Show, Top of the Pops and Later with Jools Holland to find some rare and some familiar footage of the bands who were on one of the UK's most seminal and important record
Music%%%Other

Cuba with Simon Reeve

BBC
Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to Cuba to find a communist country in the middle of a capitalist revolution. Two years ago Cuba announced the most sweeping and radical economic reforms the country has seen in decades.
Politics & Public Policy


Cutty Sark: National Treasure

BBC
Special programme telling the dramatic story of Cutty Sark, the world famous clipper ship, from her launch in 1869 to the modern-day conservation work to save her.
History


Danny Baker Rocks... A Bit - The Eighties

BBC
In the second of three programmes showcasing the best of British rock, performances from the 1980s by the likes of the Clash, the Pretenders, Ivor Cutler and Prefab Sprout are saluted by arch enthusiast Danny Baker.
Music

Danny Baker Rocks... A Bit - The Nineties

BBC
With the help of a couple of Morris dancers, Danny Baker showcases performances by rockin' Brits such as the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Radiohead, Happy Mondays and Portishead.
Music

Danny Baker Rocks... A Bit - The Seventies

BBC
In the first of three programmes showcasing the best of British rock, Danny Baker tees up, with characteristic humour, great performances from the 1970s by the likes of the Who, Genesis, Kate Bush and the Specials.
Music

Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades - The Eighties

Along with guests Pauline Black of the Selecter, writer and performer Adam Buxton and journalist Mark Ellen, Danny Baker celebrates British rock in the 1980s. With the popularisation of the synthesiser, the arrival of Goths, New Romantics and 2 Tone, the definition of what constituted rock was stretched to the limit.
Music

Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades - The Nineties

BBC
In the last of the series, Danny Baker celebrates British rock as it enters the dance decade of the 90s. Along with author and musician Louise Wener, comedian Josie Long, journalist Alexis Petridis and a slew of great archive, the era of Britpop and Madchester is brought to life.
Music

Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades - The Seventies

BBC
Danny Baker celebrates the 70s from prog to punk to the downright odd with guests Peter Hook from New Order, Viv Albertine of the Slits and gastronome Loyd Grossman, who was once a correspondent for Rolling Stone. A fan's-eye view, the programme mixes humour with archive.
Music






David Attenborough's First Life - Conquest

BBC
Attenborough's journey continues in Canada's Rocky Mountains, where fossils document an explosion in animal diversity never seen before or since. Travelling from there to North Africa, the rainforests of Australia and the east coast of Scotland, Attenborough discovers how animals evolved to conquer not only the oceans but also the land and air.
Natural World

David Attenborough\'s First Life - Arrival

BBC 2
In fifty years of broadcasting, Sir David Attenborough has travelled the globe to document the living world in all its wonder. Now, in the landmark series, David Attenborough\'s First Life, he completes his journey by going back in time to the roots of the tree of life, in search of the very first animals.
Biology

David Bowie - Five Years

BBC
An intimate portrait of five key years in David Bowie's career. Featuring a wealth of previously unseen archive this film looks at how Bowie continually evolved, from Ziggy Stardust, to the Soul Star of Young Americans, to the 'Thin White Duke'. It explores his regeneration in Berlin with the critically acclaimed album Heroes, his triumph with Scary Monsters and his global success with Let's Dance.
Music


Death of the Iceman

BBC
In September 1991 two hikers made a sensational discovery - a frozen body high in the mountains, near the border between Austria and Italy.
History

Death Row - 1 - Hank Skinner

Channel 4
Documentary series that follows director Werner Herzog uncovering the stories of inmates in America as they await execution
Other

Death Row - 2 - James Barnes

Sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife, James Barnes had already spent eight years behind bars when he became a practising Muslim.
Other