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BBC Active (Firm)

Works: 1,054 works in 1,521 publications in 1 language and 11,167 library holdings
Genres: Documentary television programs  Documentary films  Educational films  Internet videos  History  Nonfiction television programs  Nonfiction films  Short films  Science television programs  Longitudinal studies 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 960
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Most widely held works by BBC Active (Firm)
Flesh and blood : sibling rivalry( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 312 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
Defeating the Superbugs( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 230 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 : eye to eye with the unknown by Basil Davidson( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 155 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
The Assassination of Tsar Nicholas II( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a disastrous war with Germany, the Bolsheviks imprisoned the Romanov family as their supporters approached. Factory worker guards were replaced by Cheka executioners, and, on 17 July 1918, the family were murdered and buried in a nearby wood. For more than 70 years their whereabouts were unknown, but new material released from Russia now conclusively reveals their fate
The Assassination of Martin Luther King( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After leading mass protests in Birmingham, Alabama and his "I have a dream" speech, Martin Luther King took on the causes of American withdrawal from South Vietnam and the plight of the poor in America's South. On 4 April 1968, he was shot dead by a mysterious white assassin, who escaped in a white Mustang car. James Earl Ray was imprisoned for life for the killing, but was he guilty?
The Assassination of John F Kennedy by John H Gordon( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By November 22, 1963, the date of his assassination, President Kennedy had made many enemies. He had declared war on the Mafia, racial prejudice and the industrial/military interests in Vietnam. He had humiliated Krushchev and Castro, who both wanted revenge over the Cuban Missile Crisis. Even to this day, conjecture surrounds the ballistics evidence and whether two assassins were involved. Includes recently released film material from Washington
The Assassination of Michael Collins( Visual )

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

Michael Collins was a charismatic leader in Ireland's struggle for independence from British rule and came to realise that compromise was the key to peace. Most of his former colleagues disagreed and on 22 August 1922, he was gunned down in an ambush, although it's unknown who was ultimately behind the attack which ended his life
Battle of the brains by Ying guo guo jia guang bo gong si huan qiu gong si(British Broadcasting Corporation Worldwide)( Visual )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can you think of 100 different uses for a sock? How would you cope with glasses that turn everything upside down? What's your emotional intelligence? Can you create a work of art in ten minutes? Horizon takes seven people who are some of the highest flyers in their field - a musical prodigy, a quantum physicist, an artist, a dramatist, an RAF fighter pilot, a chess grandmaster and a Wall Street trader. Each is put through a series of tests to discover who is the most intelligent? The principle way that we measure intelligence, the IQ test, remains popular and convenient. Yet most psychologists agree that it only tells half the story ... at most. Where they disagree is how to measure intelligence, for the simple reason that the experts still don't know exactly what it is
Civilisation : a personal view by Kenneth Clark( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eminent art historian Lord Kenneth Clark presents the first epic television examination of Western European culture. The series was hailed as a masterpiece when it first aired in 1969 and won a Peabody Award in 1971. Popular with critics and public alike, Civilisation is regarded as one of the monumental works of television and remains the benchmark for the numerous programmes it inspired. The series was more than two years in the making, filmed in over 100 locations across 13 countries, and spans more than 16 centuries, ground-breaking in its scope and ambition in the 1960s. This is Lord Clark's personal view of the defining, crucial phases of Western cultural development. Against historical backgrounds, he reveals both the people who gave new energy to civilisation and expanded our understanding of the world and ourselves, and their works of genius in architecture, sculpture and painting, in philosophy, poetry and music, in science and in engineering. With a wealth of information and insight, sumptuous visuals, compelling narrative and dry Scottish humour, Lord Clark charts the ideas and events that have led us from the collapse of Greece and Rome, through the Renaissance and Industrial Revolution, to today. The visual tour is further augmented by readings from the likes of Shakespeare and Wordsworth and the music of the greats, from Bach to Beethoven
I'll show them who's boss( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I'll show them who's boss - Series 2 tells you how to turn a business around - ruthlessly. Gerry Robinson is a straight talking businessman with a hard-nosed reputation that always precedes him
Don't die young( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can you tell your spleen from your gallbladder? In fact, do you even know where they are, let alone what they do? In Don't die young, a no-nonsense approach to health and medicine, anatomy expert Dr. Alice Roberts takes us on a high-energy revelatory trip around the body, giving us an essential guide to our internal organs. The heart of the programme comes from Alice's lab, where she dissects organs and shows how from colour, size and shape alone you can tell how healthy the organ is and, alarmingly in the case of our lungs, where we live. Throughout the BBC documentary series Alice acts as street doctor, finding out exactly how much the public know about their own anatomy. She brings viewers into the operating room to witness live surgery, and acts as a guinea pig for her own experiments. Don't die young - Series 1 is a series of BBC documentaries about health and medicine
Voyages of construction by BBC Active (Firm)( Visual )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines three extraordinary engineering projects that are all very different but have two things in common: incredibly complex technology and people with highly specialised skills. Subjects range from building nuclear submarines and jumbo jet engines to secret firefighting robots and stealth wind turbines
Heroes of the enlightenment by Special Broadcasting Service Corporation( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How power came to the people from Google, and Facebook and Wikipedia to the systems of democracy, finance, manufacture and the law - many aspects of modern life owe their existence to a single defining period: the age of enlightenment of the 18th century. In the space of barely 100 years, Western deference to divine and royal authority gave way to a belief that humans had the power to understand their ow nature and the universe around them. Holy writ gave way to empirical investigation, the power of miracles to that of logic and reason. It was a revolution in ideas, information and technology. Filmed in locations across Britain, France, Germany, Portugal and America, this illuminating series brings to life some of the key characters of the era - Newton, Erasmus, Darwin, Voltaire, Diderot, Condorcet, Frederick the Great and Thomas Jefferson - and the ideas that shaped the world we live in today
Meltdown : a global warming journey( Visual )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 129 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
Ray Mears goes walkabout by Raymond Mears( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A window on a different way of travel the aboriginals of Australia have a tradition of travelling their country, maintaining their culture, looking after the land, telling stories and visiting family. It's a practise they call Walkabout. In this series Ray Mears follows suit as he makes four journeys through the wilderness of the Australian Outback. These are journeys that encompass many of the themes of Ray's world - discovery, the natural world, indigenous culture, adventure and survival. Above all, they represent Ray's desire to be open to new ideas, new ways of doing things, new experiences. Australia presents a fabulous opportunity to show this, encompassing so many different natural habitats, with a rich indigenous culture and many tales of exploration and survival
Wonders of the universe by Brian Cox( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The search for the secrets of everything The universe is almost impossible to comprehend - 13.7 billion years old, 93 billion light years across and filled with over 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. This series explains the vast phenomena of deep space by re-examining the familiar on Earth. Taking science away from telescopes and labs, Universal travels into the natural world and across the planet. These journeys are combined with spectacular images of space. Using stunning high definition CGI, this programme offers views of giant supernova, gamma ray bursts and recently discovered galaxies, and sheds light on the furthest reaches of the universe, just moments after its creation
Seven wonders of the solar system( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Seven wonders of the solar system, prepare to immerse yourself in an alien world as if you were standing there yourself. Giant ice fountains rising over 100km high; an ocean hidden beneath a frozen crust of ice; storms twice the size of Earth coloured blood red by a vortex of dust and gases; immense volcanoes that could rip a planet apart - this series reveals the true and awesome beauty of our solar system. Using the very latest breathtaking images sent directly from space, groundbreaking CGI transforms the static into the dramatic. Travelling from the Sun to the far-out reaches of Neptune, Seven wonders of the solar system has at its heart the latest scientific knowledge beamed back from the fleet of probes, rovers and telescopes currently in space, and offers a vivid and unprecedented tour of the world beyond our planet. A BBC documentary film series exploring the environment of space using science and technology
High art of the low countries : a tour of Northern Europe( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andrew Graham-Dixon takes a tour of the fascinating watery world of the low countries, exploring how the past has informed the area's art, architecture and culture. Three powerful films look at how the artists of Belgium and Holland were in a constant search for identity in an area that was always politically contested. He explores how the art of Renaissance Flanders evolved from the craft of precious tapestries; in the Riiksmuseum in Amsterdam, Andrew examines how a period of economic boom driven by a burgeoning middle class led to the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century; and finally Andrew looks at how this entrepreneurial and industrious region rose again to become a cultural leader in the modern age and produced important forward thinking artists like Van Gogh, Mondrian and Magritte who changed the face of art forever
Inside the Kunshistorisches Museum, Vienna : Museum Secrets (Series 2)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is a treasury of antiquities and weaponry collected by the royal family known as the Habsburgs - a dynasty that ruled much of Europe for 500 years. In this episode, we visit the crypt that entombs many generations of the Habsburg royal family, then meet a geneticist who is attempting to discover how inbreeding led to their demise. We go hunting with falcons to discover how one Habsburg emperor's hobby laid the foundation for modern science, then recreate the alchemical experiment that led another emperor to believe that silver could be transmuted into gold. While learning the proper way to do the Viennese waltz, we discover how a dance craze impacted European history, then recreate a strange piece of ancient armour to find out how and why it was designed to explode. And finally, we meet a detective who takes us on the trail of a thief who stole the museum's most valuable treasure
Inside the Imperial War Museum( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Imperial War Museum tells the story of Britain at war, from World War One to the present, through a collection of 10 million items - from guns to planes to medals to cyanide pills - at five locations in England visited by over 2 million people every year. In this episode, we descend into Churchill's top-secret underground bunker to discover why he was an irreplaceable leader. We find out how a London housewife became a spy who withstood horrific Nazi torture to protect a vital secret, and then we take cover in a World War One trench as we reveal the story of a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose discovery turned the tide of the war. We meet an aging cold war warrior who exposes dark truths about atomic weapons hidden from the British people for 50 years, then fly above Iraq with British top guns to discover how to stay frosty when enemy missiles lock on. And finally we follow a team of military researchers as they close in on the holy grail of camouflage: how to make a soldier invisible
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