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BBC Active (Firm)

Works: 979 works in 1,381 publications in 1 language and 9,291 library holdings
Genres: Internet videos  Educational films  Documentary television programs  Case studies  Longitudinal studies  Nonfiction television programs  History  Documentary films  Educational television programs  Medical television programs 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 363.73874
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Most widely held works by BBC Active (Firm)
Flesh and blood sibling rivalry( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why are siblings often so different? Are "only" children lucky or disadvantaged? What are the long-term effects of birth order and sibling relationships? This program underscores recent theories that suggest relationships among a nuclear family's children are the most meaningful to an individual's growth. Monitoring a group of 25 six-year olds, the program follows experiments that highlight the significance of sibling rivalry and bonding
Food factory - Supersized : Ready-Made( Visual )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This episode investigates whether instant soup contains real tomatoes and how much sea-water do you need to make sea-salt? Stefan Gates challenges British celebrities Anton Du Beke and Jodie Prenger to make the tastiest bottle of orange soft drink in Just Add Water
Defeating the Superbugs( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Across the world we are seeing the emergence of bacteria that have gone rogue. These are the superbugs, dangerous bacteria that are becoming resistant to our only defense: antibiotics. Horizon meets scientists who are tracking the spread of these potential killers around the globe, and discovers new techniques researchers are developing to help defeat these superbugs
Africa, who is to blame?( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Corporate greed and vestigial colonialism are Africa's worst enemies -- or is homegrown leadership responsible for the continent's troubles? This program explores that dichotomous question from the vantage point of former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings and Kenyan law student June Arunga, who undertake a voyage of discovery through Ghana, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Visiting a struggling fishing village, a tribal hunting ground, an AIDS treatment center, an African-owned gold mine, and an eerily preserved site of genocidal slaughter, the program eloquently documents Rawlings' and Arunga's interaction with the socioeconomic dilemmas and everyday realities of African life"--Website
Earth time evolution and human memory( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This video helps to answer the question: Where does our sense of time come from? Host Michio Kaku interviews the scientist who first detected the neurological stopwatch that gives us our awareness of time, meets a father and daughter whose body clocks are speeded up, and visits a gorilla in captivity who has a rudimentary sense of time
Meltdown global warming journey( Visual )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This program studies divergent points of view contributing to the global warming debate, untangling a morass of political and scientific concerns and providing a wealth of historical background on the issue"--Container
Touched by genius: a neurological look at creativity( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nick van Bloss is an astonishing musical talent, he is also afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome. As this program illustrates, the two are often linked, leading those born with the disorder to view it as both a curse and a gift. Day to day realities of Tourette's, Parkinson's, autism, schizophrenia, and other disorders are discussed
Neanderthal( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combining computer imaging, knowledge from excavated skeletal pieces, and a meticulous sculptural process, the program showcases an astonishing physical reconstruction that embodies almost everything cumulatively known about Neanderthals--their musculature, the way they moved, even the tone and volume of their voices
Battle of the brains( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Asserts the validity of measuring the ways in which people exercise practical, creative, emotional, and kinesthetic IQs by presenting a group of bright and talented people with tests of all shapes and sizes
The story of God( Visual )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this program, Robert Winston focuses on monotheism as he continues to examine the building blocks of faith and humankind's quest to plumb the nature of God. Visits to Mt. Sinai, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, St. Peter's Basilica, Mecca, and the Abalfazl and Imam Mosques, Isfahan, shed light on the beliefs that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have in common and the issues that divide them. Featured experts include scholar Zaki Badawi, historian Elizabeth Lev, authors Jonathan Kirsch and Jack Miles, and Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of Britain"--Container
How does your memory work?( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the mechanisms of human memory, presenting new case studies and medical findings that reveal the complexity of thte brain's memory center. Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Randy Buckner explains his research into memory functions and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Faraneh Vargha-Khadem of University College London discusses her work with a 30-year old man who, due to hippocampal damage, has almost no memory capacity. And Dr. Alain Brunet of McGill University explains recent trials of propanolol as a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
How China fooled the world( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Peston travels to China to investigate how this mighty economic giant could actually be in serious trouble. Peston reveals what has actually happened inside China since the economic collapse in the west in 2008. It is a story of spending and investment on a scale never seen before in human history - 30 new airports, 26,000 miles of motorways and a new skyscraper every five days have been built in China in the last five years. But, in a situation eerily reminiscent of what has happened in the west, the vast majority of it has been built on credit. This has now left the Chinese economy with huge debts and questions over whether much of the money can ever be paid back
The immortal emperor( Visual )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's 221 B.C., and the veil of history is lifted to reveal life in the Qin Dynasty, under China's first emperor, Shihuangdi. Noted historians, archaeologists, and other experts extrapolate from discoveries made in the ruler's tomb, as they examine the political, intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and religious structure of Chinese society of the first dynasty
Is your brain male or female?( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program investigates the latest neuroimaging techniques and behavioural studies to determine whether men and women are wired differently. If they are, could this research be harnessed to improve the lives of both men and women?
Divide of the sexes gender roles in childhood( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do boys underachieve? How does celebrity culture influence the self-esteem of young girls? In an atmosphere dominated by sex and consumerism, are children growing up too quickly? This program addresses those issues, reporting on a group of 25 eight-year olds as they adjust to gender roles and expectations. An episode of Child of Our Time, which focuses on a group of millennium babies and follows their physical and emotional development as they grow into adulthood
1066 : the battle for middle earth( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the year 1066, England changed forever. . Now, this epic, roller-coaster adventure of invasion, resistance and war tells the story from the ground up from the point of view of those everyday men and their families as they are hurled into the turmoil of war
Inside a Shari'ah court by Ruhi Hamid( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spotlighting an outspoken judge determined to convey the benefits of Islamic law, the film presents cases, verdicts, and sentences that clearly illustrate ways in which Shari'ah is implemented in Nigeria
Right and wrong moral development in children( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Do most people get their values from their parents or from society at large? At what age, and with what tools, do children begin to work out what is right and wrong? Can young children distinguish between actions that are morally deviant and those that simply violate a social convention? This program explores those questions by observing a group of 25 six-year-olds and the varying levels of honesty and compassion they display. Confronted with simple yet specific tests--gauging their willingness to lie, cheat, and even destroy a photograph they are told is sentimentally valuable--each child exhibits a unique sense of what is good and correct. Equally revealing are the program's comparisons between childhood and adult idealism
Killing creativity are schools or parents to blame?( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If we're all born with creative potential, why do many children lose their inventive tendencies as they grow? This program observes 25 seven-year-olds and their families in order to study childhood creativity, why it frequently fades, and why it matters"--Container
Fatal impacts( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the 19th century, racial categorization took on a pseudoscientific stance. This program shows how the academic racism of the period helped to spread imperialist policies across the globe. Sifting through the "science" of eugenics and its link to social Darwinism, the film juxtaposes the racial hygiene theories of Robert Knox, Francis Galton and Eugen Fischer with with racial warfare in Tasmania, Victorian apathy in famine-wracked India, and--prefacing the Holocaust--horrific German colonization tactics in Namibia. Expert commentary comes from David Dabydeen, Dr. Maria Misra of Oxford University, and Professor Catherine Hall of University College London"--Container
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