Planet Knowledge

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

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Science and Islam

The Islamic Golden Age was a period of cultural, economic and scientific flourishing in the history of Islam from the 8th century to the 14th century. Starting with the reign of the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid (786 to 809) and the inauguration of the House of Wisdom in Baghdad.

Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world during this time.


Episode Length: 01:00:00
Year: 2009
Episodes: 3


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

Engineering Connections

Richard Hammond tell us about an extraordinary objects that created with science, art & technologies. Then also he reveal the big ideas and/or inspirations to create that massive masterpiece.


Episode Length: 00:50:00
Year: 2011
Episodes: 5


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

9/11: Voices From The Air

Extraordinary, real audio recordings reveal what happened in and over the air the morning of 9/11. From calm composure, to utter confusion, from sheer horror to real compassion, the voices convey the full gamut of emotions stirred up as the terrorists executed their plan.

These historic recordings alongside powerful interviews to create the ultimate authoritative account of what happened that day inside the control towers and aircraft over North East America.

These ordinary people suddenly found themselves the recipients of life or death information. They were forced to make decisions well above their rank. Their voices are now immortalised in this programme.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2012

Episodes: 1


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

Aliens: Are We Alone?

Does alien life exist out there in the Universe? Scientists are now getting closer than ever to answering that question thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope.

This revolutionary spacecraft is on a mission to find habitable alien planets. Thanks to Kepler, we now know of thousands of possible planets and we’re getting closer than ever to finding the holy grail: a twin of our Earth.

We use CGI to bring these alien worlds to life, and with the help of scientists, we speculate on what extra-terrestrial life might be like.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2013

Episodes: 1


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon

On the 21st July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on another world. Learning to fly just as the super-sonic era dawned, and honing his piloting skills flying Navy combat missions over North Korea, Armstrong was a product of his time. With additional experience as an elite, rocket-powered, X-15 test pilot he had just the right skill set NASA was looking for in 1961, when they recruited their second group of astronauts to shoot for the Moon.

Achieving the first Moon landing and taking that first step onto its surface just eight years later, not only transformed human history, but also it changed Armstrong’s own life as well. Drawing on private family archives and told through a series of intimate interviews, this is the story of the real Neil Armstrong, by those who loved, lived and worked with the first man on the Moon.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2012

Episodes: 1


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

Inside the Ku Klux Klan

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Americas most notorious white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan. This one-off observational documentary gains unprecedented access to a modern day Missouri-based chapter of the Klan, the Traditionalist American Knights. Filmed across several states over a period of seven months, in the wake of the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, BAFTA-award winning filmmaker Dan Vernon journeys into the heart of the group.

In a bid to challenge and explore the views of the normally reticent KKK, he meets prominent members, who claim not to support violence, but also travels to Texas to hear first-hand about a notorious crime committed by members of a different Klan chapter. The Traditionalist American Knights are mounting a recruitment drive. But are they really increasing in numbers as fast as they claim?


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2015

Episodes: 1


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

Earth from Space

From the unique perspective of space, we take an amazing journey of discovery to see what our eyes cannot see. We will witness the Amazon rainforest breathe new life into our atmosphere and Antarctic deep ocean currents drive the flow of gases around the globe.

We will reveal in jaw dropping detail, lightning bolts giving birth to life giving nutrients and watch as Earths spinning core regenerates a life protecting force field in space. Earth From Space brings our home planet to life like youve never seen it before; as a dynamic, living and breathing organism. At the heart of the show is a pioneering technology were developing that turns cutting edge raw satellite data into eye popping photo real CGI.

New revolutionary satellites measure planetary events in microscopic detail and can even look inside the Earth. We will create astounding images to make the invisible visible and unlock the delicate balancing act that makes life on Earth possible. The camera will know no limits as it travels from the edge of space to inside the bowels of the Earth.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2016

Episodes: 2


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

How to Build a Bionic Man

Can modern technology turn Mary Shelleys fiction into fact? Are we nearing a point where mankind can out-engineer nature? And if we can, should we? These questions have captured our imaginations throughout history. Today, advanced prosthetics and bioengineered tissue can now replace or support many parts of the human body, transforming thousands of lives blighted by disease or trauma. In this programme Dr Bertolt Meyer will embark on a journey, meeting many of the worlds leading experts in a quest to build an artificial body using only prosthetic or bio-engineered equivalents of each major part of the human body. Just how close can we get to an entirely manmade human and what are the ethical questions that this raises? For Bertolt this is a personal journey of discovery. He has lived his whole life with a prosthetic lower arm.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 1


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

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