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Earth Shocks Season 1 – The Ring of Fire

“Earthshocks: Ring of Fire” investigates the Earth’s rising incidence of volcanic activity. Research indicates that in the last 1,000 years volcanic activity has increased a staggering 300 per cent! One of the most deadly places on Earth, the “Ring of Fire” is a 40,000 kilometre-long chain of volcanoes and earthquake zones that surrounds the Pacific Ocean.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2007

Episode: 3


Earth Shocks Season 1 – Planet Storm

In the heart of our solar system, there is evidence that is the largest in the history of the Earth’s asteroid attack. A mysterious cosmic-scale event caused millions of asteroids to descend and fall to Earth. No one knows why this happened. No one knows if this can happen again …


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2007

Episode: 2


Earth Shocks Season 1 – The Meteor That Made The Dinosaurs

Many scientists theorize that the dinosaurs were wiped off the face of the earth by a giant meteor. Now, Naked Science reveals the startling discovery that it was a meteorite impact that may have helped give rise to them. The journey from the bowels of the earth to the summit of one of the world’s most active volcanoes and deep into a mysterious lake, as Dino Meteor gathers a team of scientists working to understand the origin of the dinosaurs.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2007

Episode: 1


Diving with Aliens

Science fiction buffs have come up with many strange depictions of alien life, but nothing to rival a creature with a beak like a parrot, no bones in its body, and that swallows its food through the hole in the centre of its doughnut-shaped brain. It has three hearts, blue blood, skin that can change colours like a kaleidoscope, and eight arms growing out of its lips. It`s powered by jet propulsion and can transform its body shape to mimic other life forms. This isn’t science fiction – it’s alive and well in our ocean… and it’s known as a cephalopod.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2004

Episode: 1


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Inside 9/11 – Zero Hour

INSIDE 9/11: Hour Three gives a detailed and moving account of what exactly happened on the tragic day of September 11th. In the early hours of this historic morning, nineteen al Qaeda soldiers pass through airport security, ready to enact Osama bin Laden’s carefully orchestrated “Planes Operation.” The group is led by four men who have received extensive flight training and are prepared to crash passenger jets into chosen targets. Once the hijackers board and take control of their four separate planes, they begin their descent on what they perceive to be symbols of American oppression. At 8:46 AM, American Flight 11 crashes into the upper portion of the World Trade Center’s North Tower. Less than twenty minutes later, United Flight 175 crashes into the South Tower, making it clear that this is an intentional attack. The FDNY and various other rescue workers make a desperate attempt to save those trapped in the upper levels of the buildings, but many cannot be reached. Hundreds of lives are lost and injuries sustained as the disaster escalates – and it is about to further intensify as the other two hijacked planes rapidly approach the Pentagon and the capital city, Washington, D.C.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2003

Episode: 3


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Extreme Civil War Reenactors

As America marks the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, National Geographic explores the exclusive and obsessive world of hard-core Civil War reenactors. From the firing on Fort Sumter to the iconic battlefields of Manassas/Bull Run and Gettysburg, the mecca of reenacting, we’ve embedded with these reenactors to find out how far they’re willing to go to relive history, and we traveled back in time with them to document how the Civil War was lived, felt and fought.  Through the experiences of four unique characters – a former Marine who served in Iraq, a teenager bent on joining the elite ranks, a woman who impersonates a male soldier, and a man who claims to be the reincarnation of a Gettysburg soldier – we get a candid look inside this insular and deeply passionate community and emerge with a new understanding of the sacrifices we made as a nation to preserve the Union.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 1


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Devil Island – Mission Maria Island

In a real-life Madagascar, fifteen mollycoddled Tasmanian devils are hauled from the safety and protection of their Australian animal sanctuaries and cast away like convicts on a remote island to fend for themselves. Little do the lively creatures realize, the Tasmanian devil has fallen prey to a highly contagious cancer that has wiped out 80% of the population. The audacious plan to save them from extinction is to create an “insurance” population on an island off the coast of Tasmania. It’s a risky experiment, as the hand-reared individuals have never hunted for themselves, found shelter or faced a predator in their pampered little lives. Expect mayhem and high jinks as we follow the fortunes of the squad of little devils on this make-or-break trial to save their species – and themselves – on DEVIL ISLAND.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 1


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Egypt’s Hidden Treasures

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is a treasure house filled with passionate staff, awe struck visitors and many of the ancient world`s most precious artefacts. On the eve of its hundredth anniversary, we join museum conservators as they prepare for a special exhibit to coincide with this major milestone. There are many artefacts stored in the museum that hasn`t been displayed since they were first located, in some cases up to a century ago. What secrets do these hold and what are the stories behind these hidden treasures?


Episode Length: 00:30:00

Year: 2003

Episode: 1


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Beyond The Movie: Lord of the Rings

Through extensive film footage and powerful interviews, National Geographic delves beyond The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King to explore the amazing parallels between history and the epic struggles faced by man in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2000

Episode: 1


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Alexander The Great: The Man Behind the Myth

Alexander the Great was arguably the most extraordinary warrior of all time. Straddling his world like a colossus, his military conquests remain unrivalled to this very day. By age 20, he was crowned king. By 30, his rule would stretch from Greece to Persia and the distant Himalayas. He brought East and West together in the mightiest conquest the world has ever known. But much of the conqueror’s awe-inspiring legacy remains shrouded in mystery. With no eyewitness accounts and just a handful of second and third-hand reports to go on, the character of Alexander remains an enigma. Only 32 when he died, there is still the widest disagreement about his true nature and motive. Was he a vindictive, bloodthirsty conqueror or an idealist who brought Greek culture to distant lands? Did he, a pupil of Aristotle, try to live like his Greek heroes in the Iliad, or was he an insecure son trying to out-do his father at every step – even proclaiming himself a god? Was Alexander an inspirational general or a paranoid tyrant? In Alexander the Great: the Man Behind the Myth, we go on a quest to find the real Alexander and examine what moulded his actions and pushed him ever onward. Part hero, part tyrant, part demon, part godlike figure, he still fascinates us more than 2,000 years after his death. His deeds have never been surpassed, but we ask if, in the end, through fearing no mortal, Alexander become his own worst enemy?


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2000

Episode: 1


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