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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.

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

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.


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.


Danny Baker Rocks... A Bit - The Eighties

BBC , , 2014
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.

Danny Baker Rocks... A Bit - The Nineties

BBC , , 2014
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.

Danny Baker Rocks... A Bit - The Seventies

BBC , , 2014
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.

Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades - The Eighties

, , 2014
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.

Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades - The Nineties

BBC , , 2014
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.

Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades - The Seventies

BBC , , 2014
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.






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.

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.

David Bowie - Five Years

BBC , , 2012
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.


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.

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

Death Row - 2 - James Barnes

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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.





Destination Titan

BBC , , 2013
It's a voyage of exploration like no other - to Titan, Saturn's largest moon and thought to resemble our own early Earth. For a small team of British scientists this would be the culmination of a lifetime's endeavour - the flight alone, some 2 billion miles, would take a full seven years. This is the story of the space probe they built, the sacrifices they made and their hopes for the landing.