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The Human Animal: A Personal View of the Human Species

Desmond Morris , BBC Books , 1994
This book shows that, however much we may think we have evolved from our animal ancestors, our instincts and behaviour are still rooted in our animal past. In this portrait of the human species, Morris takes us right to the centre of human existence and explores all aspects of human life and behaviour
Humanities

TV Documentaries

A Poet\'s Guide to Britain : Louis MacNeice

Rupert Edwards
Poet and author Owen Sheers presents a series in which he explores great works of poetry set in the British landscape. Louis MacNeice was one of the big guns of British poetry in the 1930s and 40s but is less well known today. Sheers takes a stroll into one of his finest poems, called simply Woods.
Humanities


A Poet\'s Guide to Britain : George Mackay Brown

Rupert Edwards
Poet and author Owen Sheers presents a series in which he explores six great works of poetry set in the British landscape.George Mackay Brown, who died in 1996, was the great poetic voice of the Orkneys and one of the foremost Scottish poets of the 20th century.
Humanities

A Poet\'s Guide to Britain : Lynette Roberts

Rupert Edwards
Poet and author Owen Sheers presents a series in which he explores six great works of poetry set in the British landscape.Roberts was brought up in a wealthy family in Argentina but married a writer from Carmarthenshire in 1939 at the outbreak of war and spent the next nine years living in poverty in a Welsh-speaking village.
Humanities

A Poet\'s Guide to Britain : Sylvia Plath

Rupert Edwards
Poet and author Owen Sheers presents a series in which he explores great works of poetry set in the British landscape.Sylvia Plath is one of the most popular and influential poets of recent history but her poetry is often overshadowed by her life.
Humanities

Andy Hamilton's Search for Satan

BBC 4
Just how did the Devil get inside our heads? And who put him there? For Halloween, award-winning comedy writer and performer Andy Hamilton (creator and star of Radio 4's acclaimed infernal comedy Old Harry's Game) explores just who the devil Satan is, where he comes from and what he has been up to all this time.
Humanities


Bird on a Wire

BBC 4
Tony Palmer\'s film, thought lost for almost 40 years, about Leonard Cohen\'s 1972 European tour, has now been pieced together from almost 3,000 fragments and restored to its former glory. A unique record of a major poet and singer/songwriter at the height of his powers.
Humanities

Britain Through A Lens: The Documentary Film Mob

BBC
The unlikely story of how, between 1929 and 1945, a group of tweed-wearing radicals and pin-striped bureaucrats created the most influential movement in the history of British film. They were the British Documentary Movement and they gave Britons a taste for watching films about real life.
Humanities



Christianity: A History. Eposode 4. Crusades

Rageh Omaar
Acclaimed war correspondent Rageh Omaar examines the effect the Crusades have on the world today. In the West, the Crusades are a chapter of Christian history that has little impact on our everyday lives, but in the Middle East many believe that the Crusades are happening again.
Humanities

Did Darwin Kill God?

BBC
There are some who believe that Darwin\'s theory of evolution has weakened religion, fuelled in part by Richard Dawkins\' publishing phenomenon The God Delusion. Conor Cunningham argues that nothing could be further from the truth.
Humanities


Fry\'s Planet Word - Identity

BBC 2
What is it that defines us? Stephen argues that above all, it is the way we speak. Be it a national language, a regional dialect or even class variation - we interpret and define ourselves through our language.
Humanities


Great British Journeys

Michael Waterhouse
In this fascinating series, Nick Crane investigates eight epic and challenging journeys, following in the footsteps of our greatest indigenous explorers.In the 1930s and 40s, HV Morton undertook the first tour of Scotland in a motor car, creating a new type of travel writing.
Humanities


Heart vs Mind: What makes us Human ?

David Malone
The heart is the most symbolic organ of the human body. Throughout history it has been seen as the site of our emotions, the very centre of our being. But modern medicine has come to see the heart as just a pump; a brilliant pump, but nothing more. And we see ourselves as ruled by our heads and not our hearts.
Humanities

Horizon - A child's guide to Languages

BBC
Whether it’s English, Spanish, Chinese, or Urdu, babies and young children are able to pick up their native language with remarkable ease; no one language seems any more difficult than any other. Yet few children who are taught a language in school have anything to show for it when they grow up. Why is learning a second or third language so difficult?
Humanities


Horizon - How does your memory work?

BBC
You might think that your memory is there to help you remember facts, such as birthdays or shopping lists. If so, you would be very wrong. The ability to travel back in time in your mind is, perhaps, your most remarkable ability, and develops over your lifespan.
Humanities

Horizon - How to live to 101

BBC
The quest to live longer has been one of humanities oldest dreams, but while scientists have been searching, a few isolated communities have stumbled across the answer. On the remote Japanese island of Okinawa, In the Californian town of Loma Linda and in the mountains of Sardinia people live longer than anywhere else on earth. In these unique communities a group of scientists have dedicated their lives to trying to uncover their secrets. Horizon takes a trip around the globe to meet the people who can show us all how to live longer, healthier lives.
TV-Recordings%%%Medical Sciences

Horizon - How to Make Better Decisions

BBC
We are bad at making decisions. According to science, our decisions are based on oversimplification, laziness and prejudice. And that's assuming that we haven't already been hijacked by our surroundings or led astray by our subconscious! Featuring exclusive footage of experiments that show how our choices can be confounded by temperature, warped by post-rationalisation and even manipulated by the future, Horizon presents a guide to better decision making, and introduces you to Mathematician Garth Sundem, who is convinced that conclusions can best be reached using simple maths and a pencil!
Humanities

Horizon - How to Survive a Disaster

When disaster strikes who lives and who dies is not purely a matter of luck. In every disaster, from those people face once in a lifetime, to those they face every day, there are things that can be done to increase the chances of getting out alive.
Humanities



Horizon - The Secret You

BBC 1
With the help of a hammer-wielding scientist, Jennifer Aniston and a general anaesthetic, Professor Marcus du Sautoy goes in search of answers to one of science\'s greatest mysteries: how do we know who we are?
Humanities