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BBC Active (Firm)

Works: 1,043 works in 1,413 publications in 1 language and 10,360 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Internet videos  Case studies  Nonfiction films  Short films  Educational films  Science television programs  Longitudinal 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 )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 289 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-rather than those between parent and offspring-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. Among the lively subjects are James and his older sister Bernie, whose relationship is tested by their unstable living situation; twins Alice and Charles and their intrusive younger brother William; and Het Shah, an only child whose parents fear they have spoiled her. A BBC/Open University Co-production. Original broadcast title: Flesh and Blood. Part of the series Child of Our Time 2006. (60 minutes)
Defeating the Superbugs( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 209 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
Battle of the brains by Ying guo guo jia guang bo gong si huan qiu gong si(British Broadcasting Corporation Worldwide)( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 131 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
Meltdown : global warming journey( Visual )

5 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
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
The assassination of Tzar Nicholas II( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 123 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 July 17, 1918, the Romanovs 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 )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 123 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( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 122 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 )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Collins was a charismatic leader in Ireland's struggle for independence from British rule and came to realize that compromise was the key to peace. Most of his former colleagues disagreed and on August 22, 1922, he was gunned down in an ambush. It is not known who was ultimately behind the attack that ended his life
1066 : the battle for middle earth( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 108 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
The immortal emperor( Visual )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 108 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
Divide of the sexes( Visual )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 105 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
Africa, who is to blame?( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 101 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
Voyages of construction by BBC Active (Firm)( Visual )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 95 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
Civilisation by Kenneth Clark( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 94 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
Don't die young( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 94 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
Heroes of the Enlightenment( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 94 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
Ray Mears goes walkabout by Raymond Mears( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 94 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
International terrorism since 1945( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the devastation of 9/11 to the horror of the London bombings, acts of terrorism have left their mark across the world. Authoritative, balanced and gripping, the series investigates the motives, morals and methods of some of the most infamous attacks of recent times. The international terrorism since 1945 series also looks at the groups behind the attacks: their potted histories, their leaders and how some groups even mutated into legitimate political parties. How did terror groups active in Israel after World War II eventually transform into modern day Mossad? What factors finally brought an end to the urban warfare, typified by indiscriminate car-bombings and tit-for-tat sectarian shootings, in Northern Ireland? Why was Osama Bin-Laden able to cause so much damage to the twin towers? Why is it that one terrorist group fails, while another prospers and develops? This BBC educational series uses rare archive footage, expert testimony and 3D graphics. International terrorism since 1945 seeks to answer those questions of K-12 and much more
Wonders of the universe by Brian Cox( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 93 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
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