Planet Knowledge

Planet Knowledge is a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD, Smart TV's - On channel 265. Also available for all leading smartphones and tablets using iOS and Android.

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Discovering the World – Venice, Treasure Island – Episode 214

Canals, gondolas and sumptuous palaces… the legendary clichés will always be there when you set out to explore Venice. But behind the splendour of a unique artistic and cultural heritage there lies hidden a real city, with its inhabitants and lifestyle organized to meet the site’s geographical limitations.


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 214


 

Discovering the World – United States West Coast And The Far West 2, Legendary America – Episode 216

The huge blocks of red sandstone standing amidst infinite space blend with incredible valleys, whose sides are lined with breath-taking colours. Thanks to the prodigious effects of erosion, nature here has created some of the world’s most fabulous scenery. In the American west, you realize that very often reality outstretches the imagination and that certain “mirage” images are actually very real. One such example is Las Vegas. In the footsteps of the pioneers and gold-seekers, this Pierre Brouwers films steers us from encounter to discovery, as far as the final frontier city of San Francisco.

Rodeo in Ogden . Pioneer Days in Utah . Zion . Lake Powell . Grand Canyon . Las Vegas . Helicopter wedding . Death Valley . Zabriskie Point . The Mojave Desert . San Francisco . Sausalito . Napa Valley . Sacramento . Sierra Nevada and the Gold Rush. Vineyards and Hot-Air Balloon in Napa Valley . Sequoias . Cameron Park, aviator village . San Francisco . Chinatown . Castro Street . Cable cars . Golden Gate Bridge . Victorian houses . Halloween gay . Haight Ashbury . Sausalito . Monterey . Carmel . 17 Mile Drive . Oceano . Santa Barbara . Grand Canyon, aerial views of San Francisco and Napa Valley . Etc


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 216


 

Asia’s Titanic

Just five days before Christmas in 1987, the passenger ship Dona Paz collided with an oil tanker off Mindoro Island in the Philippines. 4,000 passengers died in the tragedy. It was the world’s worst peacetime maritime disaster since the Titanic. Through dramatic first-hand accounts of survivors and rescuers, actual transcripts from the Philippine congressional inquiry into the tragedy, archival footage and photos and a re-enactment of the collision, Asia’s Titanic dissects how the Dona Paz tragedy unfolded.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2000

Episode: 1


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Pyramids of Death

They are some of the biggest pyramids on the planet – millions of tons of stone and earth towering above the landscape in a massive display of wealth and power. But the pharaohs didn’t build these pyramids. This is Mexico – and the truth is, we don’t know who built them… or why. Today, they remain as centrepieces of the majestic ancient city of Teotihuacán, the first major metropolis of the Americas. Home to one of the most powerful civilisations of its time, the city rivalled Shakespeare’s London in size and outlasted ancient Rome. So why, around 750 AD, did the advanced civilisation that created Teotihuacán suddenly vanish? The question has puzzled mankind for centuries – and it’s just one of the many mysteries surrounding Teotihuacán. The identity of its founders, the language they spoke – even the original name of the city – are all unknown. DNA analysis of bodies from Teotihuacán shows they weren’t Mayan, Incan or Aztec, but a different civilisation entirely. With none of the macabre murals dedicated to war that are found in other cultures of Mesoamerica, it was assumed to be a peaceful, utopian society. But the latest discoveries are revealing a much darker scenario. In the depths of Teotihuacán’s pyramids, experts have uncovered vault after vault filled with curious human remains. Could these remains explain why, less than 900 years after its creation, the city was abandoned and its people wiped out? We turn to the bones for answers.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2000

Episode: 1


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Dawn of the Maya

The early years of Maya history had long been dismissed as a primitive era, lost in myth, before the Maya’s rise to greatness. Now, with support from National Geographic and astounding discoveries by experts in the field – several never documented on television until now – that idea is being turned on its head. Exciting excavations reveal a sophisticated Pre-classic Maya world thriving up to 2,000 years before Spanish conquistadores landed on American shores.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2004

Episode: 1


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