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AFTERSHOCK - THE HUNT FOR GRAVITATIONAL WAVES

The search for a theory of everything

In early 2014 scientists thought they had found evidence of gravitational waves from the Big Bang. These waves could help physicists on the search for a Theory of Everything - a grand explanation of all physics.

However, doubts set in almost immediately with rival groups reanalysing the data. Horizon embarks on a journey through this wild frontier of physics - a story of rejection, perseverance and professional courage where, for some, glory beckons while, for others, their life's work hangs in the balance.


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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ANIMAL MUMMIES - EGYPT'S DARK SECRET

Sacred creatures

Modern advances in imaging technology are allowing Dr Lidija McKnight and her team to create accurate 3D images of ancient Egyptian animal mummies. The biggest survey of its kind, this study aims to discover the truth about the strange role animals played in ancient Egyptian beliefs. Horizon joins the team as the scanning begins.


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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DANCING IN THE DARK: THE END OF PHYSICS?

Horizon meets the scientists on the hunt for everything that's missing from our understanding of the universe and asks what success or failure will mean for the future of physics.

A quarter of the stuff in our universe is unaccounted for. We see its effects written across the heavens, but it has never been seen and cannot be explained. This mysterious substance is known as dark matter.

Scientists hope that, by discovering the identity of dark matter, they will discover an essential piece in the cosmic jigsaw, as well as answering some problems with the standard model of particle physics.

From CERN in Switzerland to a telescope in Chile, Horizon meets the scientists trying to solve one of the biggest mysteries in the universe and asks what success or failure will mean for the future of physics.


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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FIRST BRITONS

Unlocking the secrets of a prehistoric civilisation

Horizon meets the scientists at the forefront of Stone Age exploration. New technologies are helping them to see the Earth during a previous age.

Ancient DNA from the seabed reveals landscapes that in the prehistoric past were joined to continents, linking hunter-gatherer groups together. And chemical analysis of bones offers evidence of where these lost people came from. The results are controversial - who were the real bringers of civilisation?


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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INSIDE HARLEY STREET: MAKE ME BEAUTIFUL

What price health?

What happens when a patient becomes the customer and health is a consumer product, where money gives you access to the best available care? This fascinating and entertaining observational documentary series looks inside the hidden and privileged world of private medicine in Harley Street, the world famous and iconic British institution.

Home to the greatest concentration of medical expertise anywhere in the world, with doctors and clinicians representing every medical discipline, Harley Street is an exclusive and expensive one-stop shop for everything from cutting-edge cancer treatment to the booming business of cosmetic surgery. But while the wealthy form a significant part of its custom, Harley Street is also the place of last resort for desperate people.

Inside Harley Street tells the stories from both patients and clinicians' points of view as it offers unprecedented behind the scenes access to a rarefied and elite institution.


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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INSIDE HARLEY STREET: MAKE ME BETTER

What price health?

What happens when a patient becomes the customer and health is a consumer product, where money gives you access to the best available care? This fascinating and entertaining observational documentary series looks inside the hidden and privileged world of private medicine in Harley Street, the world famous and iconic British institution.

Home to the greatest concentration of medical expertise anywhere in the world, with doctors and clinicians representing every medical discipline, Harley Street is an exclusive and expensive one-stop shop for everything from cutting-edge cancer treatment to the booming business of cosmetic surgery. But while the wealthy form a significant part of its custom, Harley Street is also the place of last resort for desperate people.

Inside Harley Street tells the stories from both patients and clinicians' points of view as it offers unprecedented behind the scenes access to a rarefied and elite institution.


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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INSIDE HARLEY STREET: MAKE ME WELL

What price health?

What happens when a patient becomes the customer and health is a consumer product, where money gives you access to the best available care? This fascinating and entertaining observational documentary series looks inside the hidden and privileged world of private medicine in Harley Street, the world famous and iconic British institution.

Home to the greatest concentration of medical expertise anywhere in the world, with doctors and clinicians representing every medical discipline, Harley Street is an exclusive and expensive one-stop shop for everything from cutting-edge cancer treatment to the booming business of cosmetic surgery. But while the wealthy form a significant part of its custom, Harley Street is also the place of last resort for desperate people.

Inside Harley Street tells the stories from both patients and clinicians' points of view as it offers unprecedented behind the scenes access to a rarefied and elite institution.


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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PLANET OIL: CLIMATE WARS

No fuel, no future?

This is the rollercoaster story of global energy security, and we are at its critical juncture. Around the world, oil and gas fields are either running dry or have become politically or environmentally toxic. For all the talk of renewables and nuclear, no one is in any doubt that the human race will continue to rely on fossil fuels for the foreseeable future. But how long can Earth's resources sustain life as we know it?

Travelling to many oil and gas producing territories around the world, Planet Oil traces how humans have developed fuels and how geology, technology, politics and commercial pressures have affected and driven the world's insatiable consumption. Timely and groundbreaking, it also asks what will be the cost of our continued addiction to these fuels, and can the human race ever end its dependence on oil?


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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PLANET OIL: HOW OIL MADE US

No fuel, no future?

This is the rollercoaster story of global energy security, and we are at its critical juncture. Around the world, oil and gas fields are either running dry or have become politically or environmentally toxic. For all the talk of renewables and nuclear, no one is in any doubt that the human race will continue to rely on fossil fuels for the foreseeable future. But how long can Earth's resources sustain life as we know it?

Travelling to many oil and gas producing territories around the world, Planet Oil traces how humans have developed fuels and how geology, technology, politics and commercial pressures have affected and driven the world's insatiable consumption. Timely and groundbreaking, it also asks what will be the cost of our continued addiction to these fuels, and can the human race ever end its dependence on oil?


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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PLANET OIL: THE CARBON WARS

No fuel, no future?

This is the rollercoaster story of global energy security, and we are at its critical juncture. Around the world, oil and gas fields are either running dry or have become politically or environmentally toxic. For all the talk of renewables and nuclear, no one is in any doubt that the human race will continue to rely on fossil fuels for the foreseeable future. But how long can Earth's resources sustain life as we know it?

Travelling to many oil and gas producing territories around the world, Planet Oil traces how humans have developed fuels and how geology, technology, politics and commercial pressures have affected and driven the world's insatiable consumption. Timely and groundbreaking, it also asks what will be the cost of our continued addiction to these fuels, and can the human race ever end its dependence on oil?


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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SECRET LIFE OF TWINS

Identical twins are fascinating. Born with the same DNA, they go on to develop both astounding similarities and staggering differences. This groundbreaking film meets some amazing human pairs.

Identical twins are fascinating. Born with the same DNA, they go on to develop both astounding similarities and staggering differences. This groundbreaking film meets some of these amazing human pairs. Millie and Daisy like the same subjects at school and get near identical exam results. Anais and Samantha discovered uncanny similarities in their looks as well as tastes and personalities when they met in their early 20s, despite being brought up by different families in different countries.

The film also discovers how twins can be identical but grow up to become very different people - like twins Brenda and Aidan. Born Brenda and Bonnie in the 1960s, Bonnie told her sister she was a lesbian when she was in her 20s and later went on to have a sex change to become Aidan. These remarkable stories shed light not only on what it means to be a twin, but also on what it means to be human.


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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SECRETS OF THE NUCLEAR AGE

A story of genius, folly and controversy

This exclusive look inside the Sellafield nuclear facility reveals the secrets and nightmares of the Atomic Age.

Sellafield is the keystone of the UK's nuclear industry. Its story is the story of the nuclear age. Now, for the first time, Sellafield is opening its doors to television cameras. From the world's first commercial nuclear reactor, to the first reprocessing facility ever to recycle used fission material, this is a revelatory tour around one of the country's most controversial sites.

Discover secrets that have been hidden for 60 years, in this remarkable account of humanity's attempts - past, present and future - to harness the almost limitless power of the atom.


DVD / 2015 / () / 60 minutes

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SHOULD YOU REALLY PLAY VIDEO GAMES?

Horizon finds out if the brains and behaviour of an entire generation are being shaped by the hours they spend playing video games.

The film finds out how developers engineer their games to make sure they reach the sweet spot between frustration and boredom for the gamer, and Horizon looks at some of the scientific tests being carried out around the world to understand the impact of gaming on behaviour, physiology and neurobiology.

Do gamers who play the most violent games show more violent behaviour? Are gamers better at spatial navigation? And just how addictive are video games?


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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SCIENCE & SOCIETY: GLOBAL ISSUES OF THE 21ST CENTURY

An introduction to major science and society issues of the 21st century. Featured are five key issues of global importance today: Population, Natural Resources, Pollution, Genetic Engineering and Growth vs No-growth lifestyles.

Scientists, environmentalists and economists who give their views on these issues include: Bruce Ames, University of California-Berkeley; Richard Burgess, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Bernard Cohen, University of Pittsburgh; Richard Lindzen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Thomas Lovejoy, Smithsonian Institution; Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute; Howard Odum, University of Florida; Jeremy Rifkin, environmental activist; and Julian Simon, University of Maryland.


DVD (Closed Captioneds) / 2006 / (Secondary, College) / 47 minutes

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DONATED TO SCIENCE: HUMANITY IS MORE THAN SKIN DEEP

By Paul Trotman

For some there is a life after death

In 2006 we interviewed several people who planned to donate their bodies to the Otago Medical School for students to dissect. We asked them about their lives and their loves, their hopes, their fears, and of course their bodies. The donors and the students gave us permission to follow them through this whole process... to film everything. We were able to interview the students before they had ever been in the dissection room and were there when they first met their cadaver, made their fist cut, and when they said goodbye at the end. For the first time on film, we have the chance to share that amazing journey of the students, the donors and their families. What the students learn is far more that just anatomy. From the dead they learn life, they learn compassion and they learn humanity. This unexpectedly life affirming, sad, funny and above all human film is the result.

After their two years of dissection is over, the students get to see the interviews with the real people they dissected. The effect is profound and gives the film an emotional climax you would be hard pressed to match in any feature film, a climax made even more powerful by the fact that it is real - for some there really a life after death.


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