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Metamorphosis: The Science of ChangeMetamorphosis: The Science of Change
BBC Four, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Metamorphosis seems like the ultimate evolutionary magic trick - the amazing transformation of one creature into a totally different being: one life, two bodies. From Ovid to Kafka to X-Men, tales of metamorphosis richly permeate human culture. The myth of transformation is so common that it seems almost pre-programmed into our imagination. But is the scientific fact of metamorphosis just as strange as fiction or... even stranger? Filmmaker David Malone explores the science behind metamorphosis. How does it happen and why? And might it even, in some way, happen to us? It's a TV movie available in the Movies section!


Jet! When Britain Ruled the SkiesJet! When Britain Ruled the Skies
BBC Four, 2012 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Series which celebrates an unlikely story of outstanding British aviation achievement at a time of national austerity, the breathtaking planes that were built and the remarkable men who flew them


The Strange Case of the LawThe Strange Case of the Law
BBC Four, 2012 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

In his first television series, barrister Harry Potter tells the remarkable story of English justice for BBC Four. As an ordained priest in the Church of England, Harry spent eight years as a prison chaplain. He then trained as a barrister, was called to the Bar in 1993, and works exclusively in criminal defence.


Chef vs Science: The Ultimate Kitchen ChallengeChef vs Science: The Ultimate Kitchen Challenge

An acclaimed chef and a top scientist go head-to-head to see who can create the tastier meal in an effort to determine if cooking is art or science.


Absolute ZeroAbsolute Zero
BBC Four, 2007 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

This two-part scientific detective tale tells the story of a remarkable group of pioneers who wanted to reach the ultimate extreme: absolute zero, a place so cold that the physical world as we know it doesn't exist, electricity flows without resistance, fluids defy gravity and the speed of light can be reduced to 38 miles per hour. Each film features a strange cast of eccentric characters, including: Clarence Birds Eye; Frederic 'Ice King' Tudor, who founded an empire harvesting ice; and James Dewar, who almost drove himself crazy by trying to liquefy hydrogen. Absolute zero became the Holy Grail of temperature physicists and is considered the gateway to many new technologies, such as nano-construction, neurological networks and quantum computing. The possibilities, it seems, are limitless.


A History of Art in Three ColoursA History of Art in Three Colours
BBC Four, 2012 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

For the very first civilisations and also our own, the yellow lustre of gold is the most alluring and intoxicating colour of all. From the midst of pre-history to a bunker deep beneath the Bank of England, Dr James Fox reveals how golden treasures made across the ages reflect everything we have held as sacred.


Bought with Love: The Secret History of British Art CollectionsBought with Love: The Secret History of British Art Collections
BBC Four, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Britain's country houses are home to astonishing world-class art collections full of priceless old masters and more. In this three-part series art historian Helen Rosslyn opens the doors of some of our most impressive country houses to tell the story of how so many great paintings came to Britain and of the adventurous men and women who brought them here.


Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on EarthAncient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth
BBC Four, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Classicist Dr Michael Scott journeys to Athens to explore how drama first began. He discovers that from the very start it was about more than just entertainment - it was a reaction to real events, it was a driving force in history and it was deeply connected to Athenian democracy. In fact, the story of theatre is the story of Athens.


Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USABig Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA
BBC Four, 2018 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Join Waldemar Januszczak on a journey through the vibrant history of American art, from its earliest days to the present. Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA is a fascinating exploration of the artists and movements that have shaped the art world in America. Don't miss this captivating series!


Beautiful MindsBeautiful Minds
BBC Four, 2010 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Three of Britain's most influential and respected scientists explain how their unique scientific perspectives have redefined how we think about the world around us