Born from a combination of Mayan culture and Spanish conquistadors, Guatemala has kept all its charm and beauty. Tikal is the ancient capital of the powerful and conquering kingdom of the ancient Mayas. It is one of the most well-known Mayan cities, holding the transcription of a long list of kings, most of whose tombs have been uncovered, along with their monumental sculptures, palaces and temples. In this program, we investigate the unique culture and heritage of this fantastic Central American nation.
A breathtaking series of aerial programmes offering an entirely different view of the world. From 10,000ft down to just a few feet above ground, discover new perspectives through thrilling journeys: from mountains and great cities to fantastic castles and the great natural wonders of the globe.
Petra, located in a valley surrounded by mountains, was founded by the Nabateans in the 6th century BC. There, they flourished due to its location on the ancient trade routes between Egypt, the Levant, the south of the Arabian Peninsula and the Mediterranean. In this program we will learn about this amazing archaeological city, the treasury, the tomb of King Aretas V and many other hidden treasures.
Once he will take off to reach his destination, the International Space Station in 2016, the young French astronaut Thomas Pesquet will become the new hero of a generation. His exceptional destiny is nourished by the epic stories he heard as a child : mythical conquests of Space, men walking on the moon and experiences defying the laws of gravity. But the young French astronaut-to-be is also a man of the Future : thanks to his passion, he contemplates the future conquests such as life in space or the first manned missions on Mars. Space Tomorrow depicts the fabulous journey of a man passionate about the skies, the big adventures of the past and the challenges of tomorrow.
For many of us, sugar provides an instant feeling of warmth and comfort. We identify it as an essential component of great tasting foods, and of blissful culinary gratification. Its presence is unavoidable, even in foods that promise higher levels of nutritional value. In many corners of the globe, the human desire for sugar seems unquenchable. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find an addiction more commonplace than the one we experience for sugar. But it's an addiction that could be killing us in record numbers.
Aboard a replica of one of the boats chartered by Queen Hatshepsut in 1500 B.C., a scientific team undertook to repeat the extraordinary voyage that led the Egyptians to the rich and marvellous Land of Punt. Since the discovery of a bas-relief relating the journey of five boats chartered by Queen Hatshepsut to reach the storied far-off Land of Punt, archaeologists have never ceased conjecturing. Aboard a boat reconstructed according to studies and archaeological vestiges, a scientific team decided to make the voyage again, offering an original explanation of that naval epic and that period of Egypt, enlightened by the point of view of historians and archaeologists.
Follow crocodile expert Brad Bestelink on an extraordinary quest to dive with these fearsome predators. Without a cage or any other protection, he captures unique footage of the crocodiles’ underwater activities.
A unique look at the rich diversity of animal and plant life in the pristine waterways of northern Botswana – an area of astonishing biodiversity that surpasses any other freshwater system.
The creators of "Numbers" documentary focused on five numbers that have led to new discoveries in the realm of math and also propelled civilization forward. The numbers "π," "∞," "x," "0," "i" were invented through efforts of scholars in their pure pursuit of knowledge and represent a crowning achievement of intelligence. This documentary will illustrate the beauty of mathematics and its intrinsic meaning.
To offer as a Christmas gift, to fight our night cravings or even to lift our spirit, chocolate is a man’s best friend. A square or a bar of chocolate is a guilty pleasure hard to resist too! Chocolate is now flooding Asian countries, supermarkets like China, Japan or Korea. These new millions of consumers around the world raise an issue that no one had ever thought about: a cocoa shortage.
Short-finned pilot whales are known as the 'Cheetahs of the Sea' for their ability to dive at high speed to hundreds of metres in search of prey. This film documents the lives of these highly sociable mammals and and reveals a complex social behavior which is unique to this species.
In Europe, food manufacturers have signed up to ‘responsibility pledges’, promising no added sugar, preservatives, artificial colours or flavours and not to target children. So why are they using tactics banned in the West in the developing world? There, they have created ultra low cost products with higher levels of salt, sugar and saturated fats. Filmed in Brazil, India and France, we investigate the new tactics of brands like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Domino’s Pizza and their role in the global obesity crisis.
In a remote area of northern Botswana, two lion brothers emerge victorious as undisputed rulers of a formidable pride after a ferocious battle for dominance. As the lions struggle to survive through a harsh drought, will the shortage of their main prey, buffalo, lead to the breakup of the pride or will the elephants of the area provide salvation?