The glorious Chitwan National Park extends over the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. A large river fed by melted snow and monsoon rains runs through this World Heritage site, attracting endangered species such as Indian rhinoceroses and Indian elephants. Mingling among them are gharials, one of the world’s largest crocodiles. At six meters in length, the main feature of this conspicuous creature is its long, thin jaws filled with razor-sharp teeth. Gharials swish their jaws back and forth to catch fish with impeccable timing. Males also make an explosive sound when courting females. This episode, filmed over an extended period between the dry and rainy seasons, reveals the wisdom behind the secrets to their survival.
The 17th century: The super powers are the Habsburg Empire and the Ottoman Empire, being more than just enemies. On September 11, 1697, the Ottoman army is annihilated in the battle of Zenta by the imperial army led by Prince Eugene of Savoy, thus ending the steady rise of the Ottoman Empire over the previous centuries. The dominance of the Habsburgs is well documented, but the Ottoman Empire was a civilization that was no less developed and whose culture we know only little about. Yet the Sultans ruled over Asia Minor, the Near East, the Balkans, North Africa, the Crimea and current-day Hungary for several centuries. We follow Emetullah Rabia Gülnuş Sultan, first concubine in the harem and later, as a mother of two Sultans, Valide Sultan. For more than 30 years the Greek woman, abducted from Crete at the age of four, had enormous influence over the political and cultural fortunes of the Ottoman Empire. Our protagonist on the Habsburg side is Prince Eugene of Savoy, who, from an emotionally neglected childhood, rose to huge success as a feared army leader and the wealthiest man of his time. Elaborate computer simulations and skillful re-enactments immerse viewers in the elegant, yet also brutal and merciless world of the Habsburg and the Ottoman Empire, showing not only their military encounters but also the mutual influences in the fields of culture, science and even food.
The MTB Insights Series offers a unique, Ultra HD view into mountain biking today. Looking at each aspect of the sport, this series is for enthusiasts and experts alike. Each episode takes an in-depth look at the culture, evolution, and champions of one of the fastest growing extreme sports in the world. Season 1 broadcast internationally in over 20 countries and received outstanding feedback from VOD audiences.
After the success of Season 1, MTB Insights is back with a new 10 x 26mins season, fresh faces, and new places. Filmed in brilliant 4K with legendary riders such as Cedric Gracia and Cam Zink. Discover unique spots like Bear Mountain Resort and the legendary Coastal Gravity park, Canada, and many other international destinations. This documentary driven series offers a true insight into mountain biking around the world.
Muay Thai madness has swept the globe. But no where is Muay Thai more popular than in its home, Thailand. From the smallest boys to largest gladiators what is the magnet that draws competitors from around the globe? See the action, feel the brutality and talk to the competitors. What drives them? What brings them to this revered birthplace of something that is more than a sport, for here, it is a part of life itself.
With more than 300 days a year, the sun dominates this country so much that it’s even shining from their flag.
It’s a barren land, sometimes like from another planet but still familiar –a land of contrasts and colours with wide landscapes and fascinating deserts. Influenced by various cultures during colonization and now reborn from the shadows of Apartheid in 1990, Namibia gives a beautiful collage of culture, language, art, music, and food.
Everyone who loves an adventure should travel to Namibia, the precious corner of our world full of incredible natural wonders. The experience of endless landscapes and an unparalleled blaze of colour make Namibia unforgettable.
Namibia – The Spirit of Wilderness invites you on a trip whose fascination will never let you go: from the Namib Desert over the breath-taking Fish River Canyon to the spectacular Etosha National Park where you will see wild elephants, antelopes, giraffes, zebras, and lions.
Popular Japanese animation, Ninjaboy Rantaro, and authentic science program Cosmic Front team up to bring a science comedy adventure show for the whole family.
Three ninja friends, Rantaro, Kirimaru, and Shinbei from the manga show set off on a great adventure in space after a surprising turn of events.
Does extra-terrestrial life truly exist in the solar system? What is the secret behind the birth of the moon? Join the Ninjaboys as they embark on a spectacular adventure into space and find out about the cosmos!
This fun science show features spectacular space images recreated by 4KCG using the latest astronomical data!
An extraordinary phenomenon is taking place in the Pacific Ocean: The formation of a new island from an undersea volcanic eruption.
Located 1,000 km from Tokyo, Nishinoshima island suddenly emerged in 2013. It is still expanding rapidly and has already become the biggest newly-born island in historic record. Scientists are saying that this exceptional event could literally blow away previous understanding of volcanology, and solve the mystery of how continents are made.
But field investigation is nearly impossible, since the new island is strictly off limits due to the volcanic hazard. To overcome these issues, NHK has launched a bold project to seize this very rare opportunity and help scientists solve the unknown facets of the island. The mission involves filming this natural spectacle from the air, land and sea in stunning 4K resolution images using remote control machines, while collecting important scientific data.
Witness this once-in-a-lifetime experience of the “birth of land” in this grand science adventure documentary.
This is a wildlife feast that feature the migratory animals of the Straits of Gibraltar or the Pillars of Hercules (as it was formerly known), the border between Africa and Europe. From the dawn of history, battles have been waged in these seas. Today, one of them is still on each season – the fishing of red tuna in their migratory route through these waters. This entails an intense fight between two competitors – the Moroccan fishermen and the greatest predator in the oceans, the orca. Each year in their flight, more than 300 million of birds challenge the strongest westerly and easterly winds to head here for their winter shelters. Will they all be able to achieve this? For the other animal species, their migration to this land was either coincidental or compulsory, as pets or as bargaining chip between trading Arabs of Phoenicians. Whatever the reason, the result is that these chameleons, tortoises, mongooses, and genets are all part of a legacy. Today, they have become typical species from the south of Spain, some of them being unique representatives of their species in Europe.
Pollution, climate change, while some predict the apocalypse, others are building the future. They are the heroes of Planet Home, and they already have solutions for housing in the future. In Planet Home, our adventures are grounded on the architecture and the exemplary nature of the sites we discover. Beyond just buildings, these places house people who are just as inspiring in matters of sustainable development. Our hosts tell us about their homes as well as their lifestyles. We enter inside their daily life and home, and also meet those outside who share their philosophy. Whether we are highlighting the technological excellence of a location, an architect’s crazy ideas, or a family’s new lifestyle, Planet Home is the only documentary series, which offers a map of ecological and sustainable habitats throughout the world.
The yearly world cup of body painting, taking place in Austria, is a must see event for art community. A very special part of this event is the body painting with luminous colours. This painting is only visible with infra light. This will be demonstrated in a fantastic and entertaining show!
Proximity is a film that pairs surfing’s living legends with today’s most progressive young surfers. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Taylor Steele, produced by Teton Gravity Research (TGR) in association with Garage Productions. Proximity will explore the delicate relationship between people, time, and place, showcasing surfing icons from different generations in diverse locations around the world.
Iceland, the land of fire and ice. Follow fine art photographer and adventurer Jason Henthorne as he explores the majestic landscape while searching for the perfect intersection of ocean and earth. Witness Iceland’s epic landscape through the unique eyes of Henthorne and his camera.
Vast ruins in Asia continue to attract people while remaining shrouded in mystery.
However, recent research has discovered that cultures and civilizations beyond our imagination once existed in Asia. One of the world’s largest cities created deep in the jungle; the foundation of an amazing ruling system that existed 2,000 years before Western civilization; a surprising society where wealth was distributed thoroughly. The peoples of Asia had already established far more advanced cultures and civilizations than previously thought.
The Ring of Civilizations series introduces the allure of the massive ancient ruins found throughout Asia, and tells the story of the lives and insight of those who created them.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! takes the viewer on a visual journey to one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. Experience the main stage of the Football Worldcup 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016 like you have never seen it before!
This is the first portrait of Rio filmed with 4K/Ulta HD cameras, featuring breathtaking Aerial, Timelapse, and Slow Motion effect shots. The high class soundtrack mixes catchy songs with modern and Brazilian blends of Salsa, Samba, Hiphop, and House Music. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! with its innovative creation of elements opens up a new, unique genre for non-verbal art films! As part of the fifth largest country in the world Brazil, Rio is the third largest metropolitan area of South America with 12 million inhabitants. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, mountains with large rainforests and constant influence of a tropic climate the city is one of the most exotic urban places on earth. The film shows new, outstanding perspectives on the world famous beaches Copacabana and Ipanema, as well as the iconic landmarks Sugarloaf Mountain at Guanbara Bay and Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado mountain. Spectacular impressions of the epic annual Carnival parades on public streets and at Sambodromo lead to fascinating insights on the Carioca’s second major passion: Football!
David Attenborough embarks on an epic 500 million year journey to unravel the incredible rise of the vertebrates. He presents explosive new fossil evidence from a region he’s long dreamt of exploring – the frontier of modern paleontological research: China. The evolution of animals with backbones is one of the greatest stories in natural history. Brand new discoveries of fossils – ancient and living – combined with stunning CGI and cinematography enable David to tell this fascinating story and reveal that humans are the heirs to a magnificent evolutionary heritage.
Rome’s history is being rewritten. New excavations are giving us groundbreaking insights into the events that defined the Empire and the personal stories of its people – not just emperors and the elite, but the working classes, engineers, and common soldiers. Through their experiences, we are gaining a radically different perspective on Rome’s history – leading experts to challenge the traditional view of the Empire. Now they can tell Rome’s previously untold story based on more and broader sources than ever before. The names and places are familiar – Caesar, Caligula, the Colosseum – but the interpretation is very different.
As we travel across the Empire’s vast landmass, we meet the new generation of experts on the forefront of this archaeological revolution. With the help of 21st century technology, they are uncovering new data and reinterpreting ancient sources. From the makers of the high-rating series Egypt Unwrapped, this series uncovers a fresh, darker Rome that is disarmingly modern. Through unique access to new excavations integrated with innovative use of CGI and stylish dramatisation, this is ‘When Rome Ruled.’
In a world where the fast paced life of metropolitan cities have infiltrated every aspect of daily life, everyone is searching for that one place where one can let one’s hair down.
These hidden gems do exist and it will be our honour to escort you there. Rural Destinations in the World is a thirteen-episode documentary series that shows great vacation spots in Germany, the US, Poland, Iceland, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Austria, or Switzerland. It takes you on a trip around the regions of the world that are almost untouched by modernization. Until recently, tourism meant a search for exotic destinations, idyllic beaches or endless tours across populous cities; in short, it was what we call “mass tourism.” Nowadays, the average tourist looks for destinations that differ greatly from the frenzy of today’s lifestyles.
From the forests of middle Europe to the shores of Spain, we will introduce you to old traditions that still live on today, the thrills of rock climbing in remote areas and the breath taking scenery of rural destinations. We will focus on historic heritage, wine tourism, bird watching, fine cuisine, nature, and leisure. Each episode will uncover secret places, unknown corners, hiking trails and leisure activities that are sure to delight the viewer. Our goal is to discover some of the most stunning and treasured treats of nature and make known the less known regions of Europe.
Some would consider the dwarf mongoose the cutest creature on the African savanna. Measuring 25 centimeters in length, they are actually the world’s smallest mongooses, living in a land with many predators. They survive by forming packs of about 20 members and observing unique social rules. In and around the anthills they call home, the mongooses follow a rigid hierarchy, where the lowest-ranking member of a pack is responsible for the most dangerous duties. Eating and sleeping are secondary to watching out for enemies and protecting the pack. Why do these animals risk their own lives to serve the other pack members? It is, in fact, all part of an ingenious master plan.