Educational Documentaries/TV Shows

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Civilisation (1969 TV Series)
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Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man... (50 mins.)
 
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The Ascent of Man (1973 Mini-Series)
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An account of man's development through his scientific and technological achievements. (50 mins.)
 
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Cosmos (1974 Documentary)
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(33 mins.)
Director: Lester Novros
 
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Connections (1978 Mini-Series)
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Follow James Burke through the history of science and technology in this collection of 10 1-hour episodes, starting with "The Trigger Effect." (50 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
 
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Connections 2 (1994 Mini-Series)
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Sequel series to the 1979 "Connections" where historian James Burke walks the viewer through the tenuous...
 
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Connections 3 (1997 Mini-Series)
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In the conclusion to his groundbreaking series, James Burke continues to make incredible connections to history's most important discoveries and inventions.
 
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The Story of Maths (2008 TV Series)
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Four-part series of documentaries about the history of mathematics presented by Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy.
 
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Art of the Western World (1989 TV Series)
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Provides a panorama of 2000 years of architecture, painting and sculpture, and studies the art masterpieces as reflections of the Western culture that produced them. (60 mins.)
Director: Tony Cash
 
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Becoming Human (2011 TV Series)
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A 46-year-old vampire in a body of a teenager helps with a female werewolf and a ghost to solve a murder mystery.
 
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The Day the Universe Changed (1985 TV Series)
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James Burke explores key moments in Western History where new knowledge in science changed the way the modern Western world thinks. (52 mins.)
 
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The World at War (1973 Mini-Series)
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A series of documentaries about World War II. (52 mins.)
 
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The Great War (1964 Mini-Series)
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One of the greatest achievements of television -broadcast from 1964 in 26 episodes. Use of extensive archive footage and sound effects... (40 mins.)
 
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Life (2009 Mini-Series)
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David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes... (473 mins.)
 
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Planet Earth (2006 Mini-Series)
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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. (533 mins.)
 
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Life on Earth (1979 Mini-Series)
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David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of life on our planet. (702 mins.)
 
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The Universe (2007 TV Series)
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This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists. (45 mins.)
 
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Dangerous Knowledge (2007 Documentary)
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Documentary about four of the most brilliant mathematicians of all time, Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing, their genius, their tragic madness and their ultimate suicides. (89 mins.)
Director: David Malone
 
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Mythos (1985 Mini-Series)
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Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (1988 Mini-Series)
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Mythologist Joseph Campbell presents his ideas about comparative mythology and the ongoing role of myth in human society. (360 mins.)
 
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The Human Body (1998 Mini-Series)
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(394 mins.)
 
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The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003 Documentary)
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The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. (107 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
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People's Century: 1900-1999 (1995 TV Series)
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Series documenting the history of the twentieth century through the testimony of those who lived through it. (60 mins.)
Director: Angus MacQueen
 
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The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004 Mini-Series)
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A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain. (157 mins.)
 
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The Century of the Self (2002 Mini-Series)
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A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations. (235 mins.)
 
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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (2011 Mini-Series)
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A series of films about how humans have been colonized by the machines we have built. Although we don't realize it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers. (60 mins.)
 
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It Felt Like a Kiss (2009 Documentary)
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The story of America's rise to power starting in 1959, it uses nothing but archive footage and Amercia pop music. Showing the consequences on the rest of the world and in peoples mind. (54 mins.)
 
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The Living Dead (1995 Mini-Series)
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Investigating the way politicians erase, rewrite and interpret the past to their own interest.
 
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Pandora's Box (1992 Mini-Series)
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The consequences of exploiting technological and political ideas without understanding and concern for the outcome. (276 mins.)
 
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The Mayfair Set (1999 TV Series)
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The effects on Britains economic and political power brought by unscrupulous, reckless gamblers from the notorious gambling club in the 60s - the Clermont Club. (240 mins.)
 
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The Elegant Universe (2003 Mini-Series)
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A documentary examining string theory. (60 mins.)
 
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Frozen Planet (2011 Mini-Series)
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Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic. (60 mins.)
 
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The Blue Planet (2001 Mini-Series)
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Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans. (50 mins.)
 
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Human Planet (2011 Mini-Series)
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Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them... (50 mins.)
Stars: John Hurt
 
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Through the Wormhole (2010 TV Series)
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Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity... (60 mins.)
 
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Mankind the Story of All of Us (2012 Mini-Series)
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Follow-up to America: The Story of Us. Mankind embraces a groundbreaking way of telling this epic human story... (720 mins.)
 
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American Experience (1988 TV Series)
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history. (60 mins.)
 
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The Civil War (1990 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War. (680 mins.)
 
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Baseball (1994 Mini-Series)
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A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game. (1140 mins.)
 
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The War (2007 Mini-Series)
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A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families. (124 mins.)
 
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From the Earth to the Moon (1998 Mini-Series)
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Dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program. (60 mins.)
 
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Atom (2007 Mini-Series)
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The story of the discovery that everything is made from atoms, one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in history, and the brilliant minds behind it. (180 mins.)
Director: Tim Usborne
 
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Dangerous Knowledge (2007 Documentary)
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Documentary about four of the most brilliant mathematicians of all time, Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing, their genius, their tragic madness and their ultimate suicides. (89 mins.)
Director: David Malone
 
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Guns, Germs, and Steel (2005 Mini-Series)
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A PBS documentary concerning Jared Diamond's theory on why there is such disparity between those who... (165 mins.)
 
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The Ascent of Money (2008 Documentary)
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Niall Ferguson takes us on a historical adventure through the ascent of money, applying fact and opinion throughout.
Director: Adrian Pennick
 
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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992 Documentary)
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A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda. (167 mins.)
 
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Triumph of the Will (1935 Documentary)
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The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany. (114 mins.)
 
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Life in the Undergrowth (2005 Mini-Series)
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David Attenborough's ground-breaking exploration of a group of organisms that are vast in number, yet often too small to be noticed: the invertebrates. (50 mins.)
 
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In Search of the Trojan War (1985 Mini-Series)
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(360 mins.)
 
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In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great (1998 Mini-Series)
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Documentary series retracing the journey of Alexander the Great across sixteen countries. (240 mins.)
Director: David Wallace
 
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In Search of Myths and Heroes (2005 TV Series)
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Michael Wood explores four of the world's most famous myths: Shangri-La, the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba and King Arthur. (220 mins.)
 
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The Story of India (2007 Mini-Series)
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Michael Wood visits places and interviews experts all over India to cover the great chapters of the subcontinent's history. (60 mins.)
 
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A History of Britain (2000 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive historical survey of the British Isles. (60 mins.)
 
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In Search of Shakespeare (2004 Mini-Series)
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Michael Wood tours the English locations important to William Shakespeare as he explores the playwright and poet's life and work. (240 mins.)
 
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Galápagos (2006 Mini-Series)
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The history of these beautiful Islands from their creation as uprising lava to their being studied by Darwin to their modern day inhabitants. (180 mins.)
 
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The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001 TV Series)
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(50 mins.)
 
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Egypt (2005 Mini-Series)
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Dramatization of the great discoveries of ancient Egypt, from the exploration of tombs in the early 1800s, to the unraveling of the Rosetta Stone to translate the ancient language on the tombs, to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. (60 mins.)
 
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The Tribal Eye (1975 TV Series)
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Walking with Cavemen (2003 TV Series)
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The great follow-up to 'Walking with Dinosaurs' and 'Walking with Beasts', presented by Professor Robert Winston, explains the story of human evolution. (100 mins.)
 
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Simon Schama's Power of Art (2006 TV Series)
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In each episode historian Simon Schama treats, in his own erudite, unconventional and somewhat socially engaged style... (60 mins.)
 
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How the Universe Works (2010 TV Series)
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A users guide to the cosmos from the big bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons. Where did it all come from and how does it all fit together. A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered. (60 mins.)
 
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The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures. (60 mins.)
 
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Seven Up! (1964 Documentary)
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A group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects... (39 mins.)
Director: Paul Almond
 
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Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
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Powaqqatsi (1988 Documentary)
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An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them. (99 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
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No End in Sight (2007 Documentary)
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A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country. (102 mins.)
 
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The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. (117 mins.)
 
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Cosmic Voyage (1996 Documentary)
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Where do we fit in with the universe? This film seeks to explore our place among the ever-expanding universe. (36 mins.)
Director: Bayley Silleck