Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore returns with this scathing examination of George W. Bush and his administraton's actions in the wake of 9/11.
Jan Porter is one of the best known anglers in the UK. After a competitive career spanning twenty years that took him to the highest level on the domestic and the world stage he surprised everyone by retiring and turning to specimen hunting. This former Norwegian International and Captain traded his 'Man In Red' image to join the 'Camo' brigade of specialist anglers with the main focus on catching carp. Jan is also a well respected journalist and he discusses and lectures on many of the issues himself.
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew were recently voted the UK's favourite garden and in July 2003 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over a million visitors flock to enjoy the glories of this beautiful garden which hold a special place in our horticultural history. However Kew is so much more than just a garden it is also a highly respected centre of pioneering science research and conservation. This 12 part BBC television series is a month by month journey through the
This amazing documentary follows the annual journey of Antarctic Emperor penguins.
At one and a half times the size of the United States it has a year round population of only 800 people. Three quarters of the world's fresh water envelops it in a layer of ice so thick it conceals mountain ranges as vast as the Alps. And with temperatures seventy degrees below zero centigrade and winds of up to 120 mph Antartica is the coldest loneliest place on Earth. But it is also a place of majestic beauty which can support astonishingly rich and varied forms of wildlife. P
Presented by Peter Thoday and Harry Dodson 'The Victorian Kitchen Garden' goes behind the high redbrick walls of Chilton Foliat in Berkshire to follow the restoration of a traditional kitchen garden. Retired head gardener Harry Dodson painstakingly transformed the weed-choked ground into an efficient and productive plot cultivated with the use of Victorian tools and techniques and planted with 19th century varieties of flowers fruit and vegetables.
Africa is the mother continent - the core from which all the other continents were torn away 270 million years ago. Since then three factors have had profound consequences on its wildlife. This mighty block of land has stayed in much the same place it stands alone and it straddles the equator. It's also been protected from crippling ice ages and destructive invasions as well as nurtured by gentle changes in climate and geology. Time is the key to the series. Influenced by climate a
The Box Set Contains: Giant Claw/Land of the Giant Dinosaurs Walking with Dinosaurs Ballad of Big Al
Originally broadcast in the UK on Channel 5, Kings & Queens is a documentary series detailing the lives of 12 significant English rulers between 1066 and the present day. From William the Conqueror via Richard III to Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II, presenter Dr Nigel Spivey takes the viewer through the ages, describing the political intrigue, lust, battles and bloodshed that make up the histories of a "millennium of monarchs". By no means a definitive or exhaustive guide to the history of the nation's rulers, Kings & Queens is still a solid and watchable series. The most enjoyable episodes are those based on the more colourful royals; such as the incestuous, betrayal-prone Richard III, the mysteriously virginal Elizabeth I, or the "fat, gluttonous, sex-crazed" Henry VIII. Spivey is a lively and entertaining guide, but his energetic efforts to make the subject matter relevant and engaging are hampered by the series' low production values, which can only stretch to suspiciously repetitive battle reconstructions, a primitive soundtrack, cheap dramatisations and a 23-minute running time that leaves a number of the biographies feeling rushed and lacking in depth. The fact that a number of the historical chapters he is attempting to recreate--most notably Edward I's clash with "Braveheart" William Wallace, and Queen Victoria's relationship with John Brown--are familiar from more lavish, feature-length productions does not help. This is a shame, as those instances in which Spivey illustrates his stories using credible and authentic source material, such as a close examination of the Bayeaux Tapestry or, in the latter episodes, photographs and documentary footage, are vivid and engrossing. On the DVD: Kings & Queens is a two-disc set featuring episode and scene selection and subtitles but no extra features. --Paul Philpott
A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.
The most successful public-television miniseries in American history, the 11-hour American Civil War defined what has since become known as the "Ken Burns approach"--voice-over narrators reading letters and documents dramatically and stating the writer's name at their conclusion, fresh live footage of places juxtaposed with still images (photographs, paintings, maps, prints), anecdotal interviews, and romantic musical scores taken from the era he depicts. The American Civil War uses all of these devices to evoke atmosphere and resurrect an event that many knew only from stale history books. While Burns is a historian, a researcher, and a documentarian, he's above all a gifted storyteller, and it's his narrative powers that give this chronicle its beauty, overwhelming emotion, and devastating horror. Using the words of old letters, eloquently read by a variety of celebrities, the stories of historians like Shelby Foote and rare, stained photos, Burns allows us not only to learn and understand history, but also to feel and experience it. --Dave McCoy
Mark Williams dedicated train enthusiast and star of `The Fast Show' and `Harry Potter' films celebrates two hundred years of railways in this superb new series. 200 Years of Railways! Travelling the length and breadth of Britain Mark tracks down the nations fascinating railway heritage and gets to grips with locos such as the magnificent 150 ton Duchess of Sutherland. From the earliest designs of Richard Trevithick and George and Robert Stephenson to the advent of Class 31 the history is all here! Also revealed are the backgrounds to The London Underground and the evolution of railway coaches. Exclusive Footage: Mark tackles the issue of safety on the rails and how today's rail companies are dealing with faster and more powerful trains while allaying the public's growing fear of safety. Visit America's Transcontinental Railroad and sample the luxury of The Orient Express! All 10 episodes from the world-wide acclaimed series!
This amazing documentary follows the annual journey of Antarctic Emperor penguins.
The story of the English church is the story of England. These fine buildings contain untold treasures and historical artifacts while their changing architecture and decoration captures English history literally in stone. In this critically acclaimed Channel 4 series writer and broadcaster Simon Jenkins takes you on a fascinating and studious journey through the history of the English church visiting some of the very finest surviving examples. Detailed scholarly and packed with
Passionate thoughtful and filled with haunting memories this world-renowned film continues the unforgettable controversy of the life of Marilyn Monroe perhaps the most glamourous silver screen star the world has ever seen.
Filmed in the stark environs of Derek Jarman's coastal home in the shadow of Dungeness power station 'The Garden' is a powerful and moving series of allegorical dreamscapes. The narrative unfolds to find Jarman asleep at his desk surrounded by Christian imagery. His dreams transpose New Testament events into a contemporary context examining repressive attitudes towards homosexuality the AIDS crisis and Jarman's own feeling towards the Church.
A profile of the Ashes one of the oldest and perhaps the most fiercely contested rivalries in sport! 'The History Of The Ashes' is presented by David Gower and features the legendary figures from the game including WG Grace Duleepsinjhi Victor Trumper Clem Hill Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe. On the English side all the greats are featured from Jim Laker's 19 wickets at Old Trafford to 'Fiery' Fred Trueman's 300th Test match victim. Also put under the spotlight are the unpla
Narrated by Dame Judi Dench with the voice talents of Ralph Fiennes Imogen Stubbs Tim Pigott-Smith Liam Neeson Natasha Richardson Jeremy Irons Helena Bonham-Carter Tom Fleming Helen Mirren Ian Richardson Wendy Craig and Michael York.It started as a gentleman's war. A grand adventure. Everyone said it would be all over in a matter of weeks. Instead as World War One ground to a halt is a vicious and bloody stalemate the world was introduced to a new and terrifyin
In a journey from sea to land to sky life has evolved remarkable solutions to the challenge of survival. This series visits the crucial moments in life's journey to dominate the earth. 'Seas of Life' reveals that the basic blueprint of a brain backbone two legs and two arms was created in the ocean. 'Land Grab' follows life as it changes from a fish to a human; and 'Airborne' illustrates the four evolutions of flight. In 'Living Together' relationships - predatory competitive a
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