A Farm for the Future

On 06/11/2011, in Ecology, Energy & Environment, by wouter

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key. With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last […]

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BBC Wildlife Specials

On 02/23/2011, in Biology, by wouter

The BBC Wildlife Specials are a series of nature documentary programmes commissioned by BBC Television. The Wildlife Specials began with a pilot episode in 1995. A further 15 programmes were made over the next decade, and more recently the format has been expanded into two short series. The earlier programmes were produced in-house by the […]

 

The Day the Universe changed

On 02/09/2011, in History, Philosophy, Technology R&D, by wouter

(subtitled “A Personal View by James Burke”) is a British documentary television series written and presented by science historian James Burke, originally broadcast in 1985 by the BBC. The series’ primary focus is on the effect of advances in science and technology on western philosophy. The title comes from the philosophical idea that the universe […]

 

The Tribal eye

On 02/08/2011, in History, Mythology, Philosophy, by wouter

The Tribal Eye is a seven-part BBC documentary series on the subject of Tribal art, written and presented by David Attenborough. It was first transmitted in 1975. Episodes 1. “Behind the Mask” This episode centers on the life and customs of the Dogon people in Mali, concentrating primarily on their masks and mask rituals. After […]

 

The Power of Art: Rembrandt

On 02/02/2011, in Art and artists, by admin

Historian Simon Schama reviews the live and work of Rembrandt van Rijn. He starts questioning how come that one of the best painters ever ended up cutting his masterpiece to six pieces as a poor man. Rembrandt, born in Leiden, moved to Amsterdam to work for the nouveau riche of his age. He got along […]

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The Mayfair Set

On 01/22/2011, in Finance & Economics, Politics & Law, by wouter

The Mayfair Set is a series of programmes produced by Adam Curtis for the BBC, first broadcast in the summer of 1999. The programme looked at how buccaneer capitalists of hot money were allowed to shape the climate of the Thatcher years, focusing on the rise of Colonel David Stirling, Jim Slater, James Goldsmith, and […]

 

Pandora’s box

On 01/21/2011, in Politics & Law, Psychology, Technology R&D, by wouter

Pandora’s Box, subtitled A fable from the age of science, is a six part 1992 BBC documentary television series written and produced by Adam Curtis, which examines the consequences of political and technocratic rationalism. The episodes deal, in order, with communism in The Soviet Union, systems analysis and game theory during the Cold War, economy in the United Kingdom during the 1970s, the insecticide DDT, Kwame Nkrumah‘s […]