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BBC Active (Firm)

Works: 1,060 works in 1,527 publications in 1 language and 11,297 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Documentary television programs  Internet videos  Nonfiction television programs  Educational films  History  Nonfiction films  Short films  Science television programs  Case studies 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 523.12
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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 316 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 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Across the world we are seeing the emergence of superbugs; dangerous bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. This is a major public health threat for which more sophisticated means are being sought out to combat superbugs. Horizon meets the scientists who are tracking superbugs, and explores the development of new defence techniques. In caves hundreds of meters below ground Professor Hazel Barton is hunting for microbes. Microbes are used to create antibiotics and with the failure of current antibiotics it is becoming crucial new ones are found. In 2006 Master Sgt Daniel Robles having lost his legs whilst serving in Iraq was brought to Brook Army Medical Centre in Texas, however after several day his infected wounds were not healing. Chief of Infectious Disease Service Lt. Colonel Clinton Murray explains that the patient had brought back from Iraq three of the toughest superbugs. As standard antibiotics were ineffective more powerful ones were employed. Murray explains that antibiotics from ten years are now almost completely ineffective due to a growing antibiotic resistance. Dr. Ruth Mcnerney discusses a new strain of tuberculosis that has been discovered outside the UK and is resistant to all known antibiotics. Scientists are now investigating how superbugs have gained resistance and how we can defeat them. At Harvard University Roy Kershony is using a morbidostat to create a highly resistant version of E Coli. Through exposure to low levels of antibiotics the bacteria develop resistance. Kershony proposes that by examining bacteria genes we can identify the change that has caused resistance. In Pakistan Professor Tim Walsh visits Karachi Civil Hospital to discuss with doctors how improving conditions at the hospital can prevent the spread of superbugs. In most parts of Asia antibiotics are available over the counter without prescription or instruction. Walsh argues self-medication can expose bacteria to sub killing concentration, which only serves to increase their resistance. Elsewhere in Asia outlets from the industrial manufacture of antibiotics have contaminated rivers, creating perfect conditions for superbugs. By examining the genetic difference in the bacteria of Staph Auereus and Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) Professor Lance Price traces the evolution of these bugs and determines how and when they became resistant. In a new strain of MRSA Price noticed most of the infected had worked with livestock. Further investigation revealed the bacteria had passed from pigs into people. Farmers use antibiotics in animal feed to to keep closely packed animals healthy and ensure fast growth, and Price believes this can create superbugs. At a sewerage works microbiologist Dr. David Harper is collecting bacteriophages; a virus that specifically kill bacteria. Harper hopes bacteriophages can be manufactured to fight against bacteria as unlike antibiotics bacteriophages evolve and can therefore be effective against mutated bacteria. Professor Bonnie Bassler argues we may not have to be so aggressive in our fight with bacteria. If we understand how bacteria work as a group then behaviour modification can be used to control bacteria. By studying vibrio fischeri; the bacterium that live in the Hawaiian bobtail squid and use quorum sensing to communicate as a group, scientists can better understand bacteria behaviour. Bassler discovered bacteria use quorum sensing to coordinate attacks, and argues if we can interrupt these conversations then group behaviour can be stopped. We now understand bacteria better than ever before and maybe we don{u2019}t need to triumph but simply stay one step ahead
The assassination of Tzar Nicholas II( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 155 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
Africa, who is to blame?( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former President of Ghana Jerry Rawlings and Kenyan law student June Arunga travel through Tanzania and Rwanda, witnessing the economic and social situations of the people they meet and considering what measures would improve life for the people of Africa generally
The Assassination of Martin Luther King( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the 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 April 4, 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 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By 22 November 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 interest 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 152 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

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
Heroes of the enlightenment by Special Broadcasting Service Corporation( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 129 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
Civilisation by Kenneth Clark( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 129 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
Voyages of construction by BBC Active (Firm)( Visual )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Groundbreaking engineering projects are shaping the world we live in and this compelling BBC documentary series offers a fascinating and exciting insight into their creation. Combining unprecedented access and observational documentary techniques with powerful CGI footage. Voyages of construction examines three extraordinary engineering projects that are all very different but have two things in common:incredibly complex technologypeople with highly specialised skills. Subjects range from building nuclear submarines and jumbo jet engines to secret firefighting robots and stealth wind turbines. Each episode reveals how one particular project is planned and executed, exploring the business behind creating the best and most lucrative technology in the face of fierce worldwide competition. All are projects that cost millions - or even billions - of pounds, so getting it wrong just isn't an option. Voyages of construction is a BBC series combining the topics of engineering with elements of business and science and technology
I'll show them who's boss( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 129 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
Meltdown : a global warming journey( Visual )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 128 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
Seven wonders of the solar system( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 128 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
Wonders of the universe by Brian Cox( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 128 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
Don't die young( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 128 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
Ray Mears goes walkabout by Raymond Mears( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 128 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
How does your memory work?( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the mechanisms of human memory, presenting new case studies and medical findings that reveal the complexity of the 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
High art of the low countries : a tour of Northern Europe( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 125 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
Sister Wendy's story of painting( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sister Wendy Beckett explores the golden ages of painting in 17th century Spain, France and the Netherlands. She journeys from Rembrandt's Amsterdam through the Spanish court and the works of Velazquez to the ruins of ancient Rome--Kanopy
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