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BBC Active (Firm)

Works: 1,106 works in 1,572 publications in 1 language and 10,357 library holdings
Genres: Internet videos  Educational films  Documentary films  Documentary television programs  Television series  Nonfiction films  Short films  History  Nonfiction television programs  Longitudinal studies 
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Classifications: PN1997, 947.083092
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Most widely held works by BBC Active (Firm)
Flesh and blood : sibling rivalry by Julian Farino( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 320 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 by Diana Ellis-Hill( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 238 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
The assassination of Tzar Nicholas II( Visual )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 162 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 161 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 160 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 160 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
Africa, who is to blame?( Visual )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 152 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
Civilisation by Kenneth Clark( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 137 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
Battle of the brains( Visual )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 136 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
Don't die young( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 135 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
Sister Wendy's story of painting( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 133 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
High art of the low countries : a tour of Northern Europe( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 132 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
Meltdown : a global warming journey( Visual )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 131 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
Illuminations : private lives of Medieval kings( Visual )

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

Dr Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings and explores the medieval world they reveal. Starting with the first Anglo-Saxon rulers to create a united England, she encounters books in the British Library's Royal manuscripts collection which are over a thousand years old. She shows how these manuscripts united the kingdom in times of plague, warfare and rebellion and in the final episode, Janina looks at the manuscripts of the courts of the Tudors. She hears music written for Henry VIII, which went unperformed for centuries, and reads love notes between the king and Anne Boleyn, written in the margins of a prayer book
Inside the Imperial War Museum( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 129 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
Attenborough : 60 years in the wild( Visual )

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

Sir David Attenborough has been at the forefront of natural history film making for over half a century, witnessing an unparalleled period of change in our planet's history. In this unique and important series he delivers his testimony in a trio of spectacular films, focusing on three areas which have transformed most profoundly over his career: film making, science and the environment. During his extraordinary career he has seen, first-hand, more of the natural world than anyone else, and witnessed how our remarkable planet has changed more rapidly and extensively than ever before
Inside the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul( Visual )

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

Once the palace of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul is a vast treasury of Islamic culture, science and weaponry, visited by over 2 million people every year. In this episode, at the foot of Istanbul's ancient walls we discover how a Muslim invader bested Christian defenders by using their superstitions against them. In the city's famed spice market we seek a poison to assassinate a Sultan, then in the Sultan's private residence we investigate how a Harem slave rose to rule an empire. On the sea at the museum's doorstep we discover how a Turkish admiral got his hands on the lost map of Christopher Columbus, then unearth a forgotten civilization that fought the mighty Pharaohs of Egypt to a draw. And finally, we test Islamic scientific theories to create a working model of the world's first robot
Inside the Kunshistorisches Museum, Vienna( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 129 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 American Museum of Natural History( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From dinosaurs to meteorites to the origins of the human species, the American Museum of Natural History houses 32 million objects. In this episode, we meet an American farm boy whose love for Africa changed the image of African wildlife from scary to noble. We witness the mating rituals of a 400 million year old crab species whose unique blood harbors secrets crucial to modern medicine, then crack open a dinosaur egg to uncover a clue that overturns a long held misconception about a supposedly murderous species. We run a relay race through Manhattan to investigate whether Inca knotted strings were capable of carrying encrypted messages, then blast off on a space mission to bring back comet dust that may hold the secret of how life began on Earth. And finally, we follow museum explorers as they capture animals to extract their DNA, to be preserved in the museum's sub-zero storage facility - a blueprint of life for future generations
Inside the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City : .( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This impressive modern museum, visited by 2 million people every year, tells the story of Mexico from before the Aztec civilization to the Spanish conquest. In this episode, a chemical engineer and some Mexican athletes help us discover whether the rubber ball used on the ancient Aztec playing field contained a human skull. We dive into a watery cave to discover the Mayan path to the afterlife, and then investigate the power of a crystal skull to reveal the secrets of the dead. We pilot an ancient canoe through Aztec canals to discover why modern Mexico City is sinking, and then discover how a valiant gladiator defeated a score of Aztec warriors armed with the world's sharpest swords. And finally, we discover how a dress worn by the most notorious woman in Mexican history led to a massacre that changed history
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