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Documentaries, society

Trapped by My Mortgage

YEAR: 2018 | LENGTH: 1 part (29 minutes)

DESCRIPTION:  Hundreds of thousands of homeowners thought they had been saved when the government took over their mortgages during the financial crisis. But ten years on, the former Northern Rock customers are still trapped on high interest rates and now their mortgages have been taken over by an aggressive private equity fund. Reporter Andy Verity meets the families who say they have been sold out by their own government. source

Documentaries, nature

Bird Brain

YEAR: 2017 | LENGTH: 1 part (53 minutes)

DESCRIPTION:  Call somebody a “bird brain,” and you’re not delivering them a compliment. But as NOVA shows, birds turn out to have advanced problem-solving skills that we usually assume are unique to humans. Watch astonishing tests of avian aptitude: parrots that can plan for the future, jackdaws that can “read” human faces, and crows that can solve multi-step puzzles with tools like pebbles, sticks, and hooks. Could these just be clever tricks based on instinct or triggered by subtle cues from their human handlers? To rule out any doubts, NOVA puts feathered Einsteins through their paces and reveals skills that even three- or four-year-old children have a hard time mastering—such as putting off one reward now to get a bigger one later. From this revolution in thinking about our feathered friends, the conclusion seems irresistible that bird brains see the world in ways that aren’t so different from our own. source

Documentaries, society

Meet The Drug Lords: Inside The Real Narcos

YEAR: 2018 | LENGTH: 1 season 3 parts (46 minutes each)

DESCRIPTION: x-Special Forces soldier Jason Fox used to hunt drug lords for a living. Now, he heads unarmed into the heart of Latin America’s billion-dollar cartels. – source

01. Mexico

Jason travels to Mexico. He meets the Sinaloa cartel, the most dangerous drug gang going. Featuring heart-stopping scenes, he meets killers, ex-assassins, and is witness to extraordinary brutality.

02. Colombia

Jason visits the country where the global narcotics industry began and the port where about a quarter of the world’s cocaine is smuggled. In Medellin, he meets Pablo Escobar’s former chief assassin.

03. Peru

In Peru, Jason visits the remote Cocaine Valley and also looks at both sides – meeting a cocaine chef and joining an elite police helicopter raid on a jungle lab

Documentaries, society

Smash And Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers

YEAR: 2013 | LENGTH: 1 part (93 minutes)

DESCRIPTION: The film features Closed-circuit television footage from several of the jewel heists attributed to the Pink Panthers, who are credited with over 300 jewel thefts throughout the world. Interspersed throughout the documentary are interviews with various personas such as crime experts as well as anonymous interviews with persons claiming to be members of the Pink Panthers. Smash & Grab also features several segments that follow Mike (Tomislav Tom Benzon), Mr. Green (Daniel Vivian), and Lena (Jasmin Topalusic), fictionalized depictions of members of the Pink Panthers. source

Documentaries, medicine, society

Organic Food – Hype or Hope

YEAR: 2018 | LENGTH: 1 part (42 minutes)

DESCRIPTION: There is growing demand in the western world for organic food. But do consumers always get what it says on the label? How can authenticity be verified? Is organic food automatically healthier? Consumers are prepared to pay a significant premium for it. There are currently, however, no reliable tests for distinguishing organic from conventionally produced food. Farmers need to invest a great deal of time, energy and money to qualify as a producer of organic food. There is no proof, however, that organic food actually contains fewer contaminants than conventionally farmed products. There is no such thing as pollution-free food, and there are currently no tests available for reliably distinguishing between organic and non-organic food. That opens doors for lucrative labeling fraud, which in turn explains why there are far more organic eggs on the market at Easter than at any other time of the year. The statistics clearly suggest manipulation, but it is hard to obtain evidence due to the differences between the two production processes appearing to have little effect on the quality of the product. Irish dairy farmers, for instance, are not allowed to label their milk “organic” because the pasture land where their herds spend more than 300 days a year are treated with mineral fertilizers. Because cows are themselves bioreactors, however, the milk they yield contains no trace at all of fertilizer. On average, conventional Irish milk contains more omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants than organic milk from Germany. The reason is the fodder; German organic farms may use only concentrates and silage as supplementary feed to increase milk output – which impacts negatively on the quality of the milk. This documentary looks at researchers who are studying potential ways of reliably distinguishing between organic and conventionally produced food. And that is no easy task. Nearly every foodstuff requires a specific test. But one thing is certain: organic farming makes a major contribution to human welfare – by helping to mitigate climate change, protect the groundwater, conserve nature and promote animal welfare. – source

Documentaries, technology

Making the Future

YEAR: 2014 | LENGTH: 1 part (47 minutes)

DESCRIPTION: Decreasing costs of materials and tools, and the availability of all kinds of information mean everyone can become a maker, developer or entrepreneur. Is this the start of a new industrial revolution? Rapid technological developments have not only made knowledge available to everyone, but the tools to invent and produce are now at our fingertips too. A new generation of inventors and makers that have taken matters into their own hands and are innovating and producing in attics, sheds and small local laboratories. Will it lead to a democratisation of innovation and fabrication or should we fear what the new makers are up to in their own high-tech laboratories? And what does it mean for our economy? Hobbyists and mechanics always existed, but recently they have it easier than ever. Assisted by the rise of digital manufacturing and the unlimited amount of knowledge accessible through the internet, anyone can now create and develop what was previously reserved for large factories and research laboratories. Large organizations like NASA seek technological innovation at fairs like the Maker Faire, where the growing group of creators showcase what they’ve manufactured at home. And that is increasingly high level. For example, where 3D printing provided especially funny ornaments, Amsterdam designer Joris Laarman has designed a chair that’s easy to print. At Shapeways, you can print everything you want, from plastic to metal and all sorts of new shops and trade have arisen. But digitization does not end up with making things alone: ​​The analysis of genetic material has become so cheap in recent years that Do-It-Yourself’s laboratories arise. Everyone can learn, for example, to manipulate bacteria genetically. What will the world look like when everyone can develop and make physical products without the need for major investments? According to Jeremy Rifkin, author of the book “The Zero Marginal Cost Society”, it will lead to a new economic revolution, in which capitalism, as we know it, will play a much smaller role..- source

Documentaries, society

Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty

YEAR: 2014 | LENGTH: 1 part (94 minutes)

DESCRIPTION: A feature documentary about two filmmakers who set out to interview El Chapo Guzmán, leader of one of the biggest drug cartels in history. Before his capture in 2014, El Chapo had been on the run from the US and Mexican governments for over a decade — and after his July 2015 escape from prison, he’s now on the lam once again.- source

Documentaries, medicine

The Placebo Experiment: Can My Brain Cure My Body?

YEAR: 2018 | LENGTH: 1 part (60 minutes)

DESCRIPTION: To find out, Michael Mosley embarks on Britain’s largest ever trial to investigate the placebo effect.

He is heading to Blackpool to gather 117 people suffering from backache – one of the leading causes of chronic pain – before trying to treat them with nothing but fake pills and the power of the mind. One in five people in the town sufferers from chronic back pain, which is far greater than the national average.

Working with experts from the University of Oxford, Michael will discover that the placebo effect is more than just a medical curiosity. The brain is actually capable of producing its own drugs and these can be more powerful than prescription painkillers.

Michael’s volunteers come from all walks of life, but they have all suffered with bad backs for years and feel their conventional medication has failed them. They think they are taking part in the trial of a powerful new painkiller, but their blue and white capsules actually contain nothing but ground up rice.

Can this fake treatment make a real difference? And how will the volunteers react when Michael reveals the truth?

Pictured: Dr Michael Mosley with his volunteers from The Placebo Experiment on the promenade at Blackpool- source

Documentaries, society

Drug Lords

YEAR: 2018 | LENGTH: 2 seasons 8 parts (60 minutes each)

DESCRIPTION: Documentary series examining drug cartels and kingpins from around the world. – source

season 1

01. Pablo Escobar

Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar leads a horrific war against his own country until a team of politicians and police end his reign of terror.

02. The Cali Cartel

Gilberto and Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela use violence and guile to turn the Cali Cartel into a $7 billion-per-year criminal operation.

03. Frank Lucas & The Country Boys: Heroin Kings of New York

Frank Lucas does whatever it takes to become and remain the heroin king of New York. Meanwhile, three dedicated cops vow to bring him down.

04. The Pettingill Clan: Australia's Heroin Dynasty

A mother and her sadistic boys rule the Australian underworld until the eldest son’s addiction hastens the family’s downfall.

season 2

01. El Chapo

After idolizing drug lords as a child, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán becomes one of history’s most notorious kingpins, known for his audacious escapes.

02. Jemeker Thompson: Crack Queen of L.A.

Once the undisputed crack queen of LA, Jemeker Thompson speaks about her unorthodox reign and how her maternal instinct led to her downfall..

03. Christopher Coke: Jamaica's Narco Prince

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04. Klaas Bruinsma: Europe's Hash King

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Documentaries, nature

Deep Ocean

YEAR: 2015-2017 | LENGTH: 3 parts (50 minutes each)

DESCRIPTION: Documentary series about the weird creatures or the deep sea. – source

01. The Lost World of the Pacific

The island of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean sits on the equator, where immediately next to a richly-colored coral reef, a sharp underwater cliff drops 1,000 meters. A long-awaited exploration into the little-known depths of this tropical sea is finally about to start. NHK has teamed up with eminent marine biologist Mark Erdmann, the man who discovered the coelacanth in Indonesia. A spherical transparent submarine is used as the team encounters true living fossils, one after another. During their last dive, in the darkest depths of caves in the deep-sea cliff, the crew encounters a huge, unknown exotic fish.

02. Lights in the Abyss

In a huge submarine canyon in California’s Monterey Bay, there’s an illuminating twilight zone. It’s a world of countless exotic creatures — including sparkling jellyfish and deep-sea fish that give off flashes. NHK’s crew mounted an ultra-high sensitivity 4K camera specifically developed for deep-sea filming onto the latest submarine and ventured out on a new adventure. Together with experts in the field, they attempted to film bioluminescent creatures in their natural environment fathoms deep in the ocean. Observe the amazing mystery of these enlightening life forms that have survived harsh pitch-black environments.

03. Descent into the Mariana Trench
Exploring an unknown world 10,000 m beneath the waves

After capturing a giant squid on film, NHK’s deep-sea film crew explores our planet’s deepest point — the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench! Challenger Deep is 10,920 meters below the ocean’s surface, a depth at which water pressure is thought to destroy proteins and make life impossible. The crew teamed up with researchers for a two-month mission to probe these depths for the first time ever. Together, they developed a special unmanned vessel and search equipment fitted with a 4K camera. The team broke the world record for the deepest recording of a fish when it filmed the angelic Mariana Snail Fish. What other creatures lie in the Challenger Deep? Join this journey to the extreme limits of life on earth.

chemistry, Documentaries

Colour: The Spectrum of Science

YEAR: 2018 | LENGTH: 3 parts (60 minutes each)

DESCRIPTION: Helen Czerski goes in search of colour. She reveals what it is, what it does, and why colour doesn’t exist outside of our perception. – source

01. Colours of Earth

We live in a world ablaze with colour. Rainbows and rainforests, oceans and humanity, Earth is the most colourful place we know of. But the colours we see are far more complex and fascinating than they appear. In this series, Dr Helen Czerski uncovers what colour is, how it works, and how it has written the story of our planet – from the colours that transformed a dull ball of rock into a vivid jewel to the colours that life has used to survive and thrive. But the story doesn’t end there – there are also the colours that we can’t see, the ones that lie beyond the rainbow. Each one has a fascinating story to tell.

In the first episode, Helen seeks out the colours that turned planet Earth multicoloured. To investigate the essence of sunlight Helen travels to California to visit the largest solar telescope in the world. She discovers how the most vivid blue is formed from sulphur atoms deep within the Earth’s crust and why the presence of red ochre is a key sign of life. In gold, she discovers why this most precious of metals shouldn’t even exist on the surface of the planet and in white, Helen travels to one of the hottest places on Earth to explore the role salt and water played in shaping planet Earth.

02. Colours of Life

We live in a world ablaze with colour. Rainbows and rainforests, oceans and humanity, earth is the most colourful place we know of. But the colours we see are far more complex and fascinating than they appear. In this series, Dr Helen Czerski uncovers what colour is, how it works, and how it has written the story of our planet – from the colours that transformed a dull ball of rock into a vivid jewel to the colours that life has used to survive and thrive. But the story doesn’t end there – there are also the colours that we can’t see, the ones that lie beyond the rainbow. Each one has a fascinating story to tell.

The raw, early Earth had plenty of colour, but that was nothing compared with what was going to come next. That canvas was about to be painted with a vast new palette – and the source of those colours was life. Green is the colour of the natural world and yet it’s the one colour that plants have evolved not to use.

The huge diversity of human skin tones tells the story of how humanity spread and ultimately conquered the planet. But the true masters of colour turn out to be some of the smallest and most elusive. Helen travels to the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee during the one week in the year when fireflies light up the night sky with their colourful mating display. And she reveals the marine animals that hide from the world by changing the colour of their skin.

03. Beyond the Rainbow

We live in a world ablaze with colour. Rainbows and rainforests, oceans and humanity, earth is the most colourful place we know of. But the colours we see are far more complex and fascinating than they appear. In this series, Dr Helen Czerski uncovers what colour is, how it works, and how it has written the story of our planet.

The colours that we see are only a fraction of what’s out there. Beyond the rainbow there are colours invisible to our eyes. In this episode, Helen tells the story of scientific discovery. To see the universe in a whole new light, she takes to the skies in a NASA jumbo jet equipped with a 17-tonne infrared telescope.

We can’t see in ultraviolet, but many animals can. Helen explores what the world looks like to the birds and the bees. With the discovery of x-rays we could look inside ourselves in ways that previously had only been possible after death. Today those same x-rays allow us to examine life at the atomic level, helping to develop new drugs and better materials. Ultimately, by harnessing all the colours there are, researchers are beginning to image the human body as never before, revealing new ways to treat disease.

biology, Documentaries

Can Science Make Me Perfect?

YEAR: 2018 | LENGTH: 1 part (90 minutes)

DESCRIPTION: Anatomist Alice Roberts embarks on an audacious scientific stunt – to rebuild her own body from scratch, editing out errors left behind by evolution; to create the perfect body. With the help of one of the world’s best virtual sculptors, Scott Eaton, and top SFX model maker Sangeet Prabhaker, Alice creates a life-size model of the perfect human body, to be revealed in front of 150 people at London’s Science Museum.

Through natural selection, animals have evolved incredible biological designs, from supersharp senses to superpowered limbs. Alice is on a hunt to find the very best designs the natural world has to offer and use them to fix the flaws in our own human anatomy.

By meeting leading medical and animal experts, Alice finds out what the body’s biggest problems are, and how amazing adaptations in the rest of the animal kingdom could provide inspiration for her perfect body. Using incredible CGI to morph her existing body into new forms, she demonstrates how rethinking our bodies could overcome millennia of natural selection.

Finally, in an epic reveal, Alice unveils the life-sized model of her perfect self in the Science Museum. There, in front of an audience, Alice meets the ‘perfect human’ version of herself for the first time.

Ambitious, audacious and packed with cutting-edge science, Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts challenges everything you thought you knew about the perfect body. – source