Stonehenge Decoded

For centuries, Stonehenge has been a puzzle. There have been many disputed theories about this giant stone circle: the Romans imagined a temple to the sun god Apollo. Medieval legend said it was the work of the wizard Merlin. More recently, some have claimed it is a giant stone computer built to predict the movement of the stars.

But now, at last, we might be close to a real understanding of this iconic Stone Age monument. In a vast new archaeological investigation, Professor Mike Parker Pearson and his team are unearthing evidence that reveals Stonehenge may not have stood in isolation, but was part of one of the largest prehistoric religious complexes in the world. Within this complex they have discovered remains of the largest prehistoric settlement in northern Europe.

And at its centre stood an extraordinary near replica of Stonehenge itself, built not in stone but wood.

Episode Length: 01:30:00

Year: 2008

Episode: 1 of 1


Ancient X Files II – The Great Flood

For centuries, people have wondered if accounts describing “a great flood” in dozens of ancient cultures could be evidence of a single catastrophic event. Now, Bulgarian scientists believe they have evidence that reveals not only where such a Great Flood happened, but what caused it. One investigator searches for clues that could reveal the series of events that led to the devastating natural disaster. Then, head to the Scottish highlands where ancient monoliths inscribed with mysterious markings and symbols are scattered across Scotland. Baffling and undecipherable, they have remained one of ancient Britain’s great enigmas. But Dr Rob Lee believes he may have cracked their code and could be on the brink of revealing the language and wisdom of an ancient civilisation.

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 6 of 6


Ancient X Files II – Sodom and Gomorrah

For centuries, archeologists have searched for these original “cities of sin” supposedly destroyed by the wrath of God. But have the experts been looking in the wrong place all these years? Archaeological excavations have uncovered the scorched remains of ancient pottery shards super-heated in a catastrophic event with the intensity of a nuclear blast. Could this be evidence of a supernatural intervention? Then, head to Italy to explore the darkest secrets of Rome, Venice and Milan as author Nick Pelling attempts to decode what has been called “the most mysterious text in the world” – the Voynich Text. Filled with cryptic lettering and bizarre imagery, the document has stumped historians and code breakers for over a century, but Pelling believes he can succeed where others have failed and finally decode this strange text.

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 5 of 6


Ancient X Files II – Mystery of Mary Magdalene

In 591, Pope Gregory gave a sermon describing Mary Magdalene as a harlot and this notorious reputation of her has stuck. But in recent years, Mary Magdalene has attracted new attention as some have embraced the idea that she was not only Jesus Christ’s spouse, but also the mother of his children and the victim of the biggest conspiracy in the history of the Church. Join author Margarat Starbird as she sets out to investigate these claims, witnesses a haunting ritual performed by a group that venerates Mary Magdalene as the wife of Christ and examines evidence that women may have played a more significant role in the early Christian church than previously thought.

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 4 of 6


Ancient X Files II – Joan of Arc Conspiracy

Canonized as a saint on the eve of World War I, Joan of Arc remains France’s national heroine and a symbol of French pride. The nineteen-year old leader of the French army was burnt as a witch at the stake. Or was she? One investigator has uncovered controversial evidence that Joan may have not only survived her execution, but went on to live a full life. Then, prophecies and predictions of the apocalypse are common among many religions. In Christian belief, the end of the world will be marked by the return of Christ and the construction of a great holy city, “a New Jerusalem,” with a sacred temple at its heart. Author Adrian Gilbert believes this New Jerusalem may have already been built to fulfil the vision of the Knights Templar and the Freemasons – in the very city of London.

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 3 of 6


Ancient X Files II – Decoding the Incas

For years, historians thought that Incan khipus – a series of knotted cords on a line – were simple counting devices, like a woollen abacus. But one investigator believes khipus are actually a three-dimensional system for record keeping. By examining an ancient khipu with a multi-spectral scanner, she hopes to crack the code of the Incas and reveal their secrets. Then, journey to the other side of the world where Vikings spread their terror across the high seas. Considered fearsome warriors with superior navigational skills, they reached North America hundreds of years before Columbus. Historians still don’t know how they did it without a magnetic compass. Their sagas mention the existence of magic crystals – stones which, according to legend, guided them across the seas. Now, one woman, a Viking descendant and an expert on bird migration, investigates the legend of these mysterious sunstones.

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2008

Episode: 2 of 6


Ancient X Files II – Dawn of Man

Trek to a remote corner of eastern Turkey, where archaeologists have uncovered what is thought to be the oldest man-made structure on the planet: Gobekli Tepe. Built more than 12,000 years ago, the structure predates any known civilisation with the architectural or engineering know-how. Could Gobekli Tepe be evidence of a lost civilization and the world’s first religion? Then, head to Ireland where almost perfectly preserved prehistoric bodies have been unearthed from the peat bogs for centuries. Mutilated and decapitated, the bog bodies have been thought to be victims of Iron Age justice who were executed for their crimes. One archaeologist believes the bodies could actually be ancient kings ritually sacrificed to satisfy the hunger of the gods

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 1 of 7


From The World of Peyo To Planet Smurf

Almost twenty years ago, on Christmas Eve 1992, Pierre Culliford, better known as Peyo, passed away. In the Summer of 2011, his little blue creations made their first appearance in 3D in theatres worldwide in the hugely successful “The Smurfs” movie and they will be continuing their big screen adventures in 2013 with the second installment.

Now is therefore the ideal moment to delve into the magical world of Peyo and discover how the Smurfs and Peyo’s other creations, Johan & Peewit, Steven Strong and Pussy all came into being. Follow his family, friends and former colleagues as they share their memories and stories of Peyo the man and Peyo the artist.

Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2011

Episode: 1 of 1


Desert Voyager – Bull Elephants in Namibia

Beautifully filmed in HDR – Ultra High Definition and HD. This episode of Desert Voyager films the great Bull Elephant’s 600km migration across the Namibia Etosha pans uninhabited landscape.

Episode Length: 00:07:01

Year: 2017

Episode: 1


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