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Deepwater Disaster - The Untold Story
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is one of the world's biggest environmental disasters. Horizon reveals the untold story of the 87-day battle to kill the oil blowout a mile beneath…
Are We Still Evolving?
Meet tomorrow's humans. Many scientists had assumed that humans stopped evolving when we started insulating ourselves from the whims of nature. But the mapping of the human genome means that…
Do You See What I See
When we describe something as red or blue or yellow, we take it for granted that other people will understand and know what we mean. But how can we be…
The Nine Months That Made You
How each of us become who we are is affected by many things; from the food we eat, to the way we live our lives, to the way our parents…
Materials - A Guide
The story of our material world The modern era has seen an explosion in materials science. Often these new materials are the end product of much larger shifts in industry,…
The Hunt for Higgs
Symmetry, the universe and everything Horizon goes behind the scenes at CERN to follow one of the most epic and expensive scientific quests of all time: the search for the…
The Truth About Exercise
The search for a healthy life Whether you're running, swimming, cycling, or hula hooping, we have always been told that doing regular exercise will improve our bodies and is one…
Are You Good or Evil?
The hunt for morality Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, David Berkowitz - these men were notorious killers. But were they born bad? In the hunt for morality, Horizon takes a look…
How to Mend a Broken Heart
Finding a way to replicate the human heart is the holy grail of modern medicine, and Dr Kevin Fong wants to find out how close we are to achieving it.…
Diet
Over the years the Horizon strand has explored some of the most pressing issues in science, offering informed analysis presented in an entertaining way. Diet - Horizon Guide takes a…
Why Do We Talk?
Why Do We Talk? Across the world, 6,000 different languages are spoken and the average human speaks 370 million words in their lifetime.
  • But where did language come from?
The Mondragon Experiment
Mondragon, in the Basque region of Spain, is a flourishing industrial town with over 80 factories ranging from iron foundries and shipyards to printing works and sawmills. They are the…
Can We Make A Star On Earth?
Could nuclear fusion hold the answers to the energy crisis? It is the process that has forged all matter in the universe. It lights the stars and it is what…
Eat, Fast and Live Longer
Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight. But he wants to make as few changes to his life…
Guide to Ageing
Is there any way to slow or even prevent the ravages of time? Veteran presenter Johnny Ball looks back over the 45 years that Horizon - and he - have…
Mission to Mars
Due to land in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity Rover is intended to answer the big question about Mars - is it a suitable environment for life? The biggest and most…
Truth about Looking Younger
Our skin is one of the biggest and most important organs we own. It is affected by what we eat, drink, how stressed we are and what we smear on…
Final Frontier? - Guide to the Universe
Over the last 40 years, Horizon has joined scientists as they have probed the secrets of the universe - from the origin of dark matter to the nature of gravity…
Mend Me - A Guide to Transplants
Transplant surgery has now reached incredible heights, from achieving full face transplants to growing organs in the lab. This Horizon Guide looks back at the extraordinary odds doctors and patients…
How to Avoid Mistakes in Surgery - Life, Death & Mistakes
Dr Kevin Fong finds out how doctors can avoid making mistakes in the high-pressure, high-stakes world of the operating theatre. He sets out to learn how other professionals make life…
The Age of Big Data
Every day we produce more data than the human race did from the dawn of civilisation until the year 2000. Horizon finds out how this information can be searched and…
Do You Know What Time It Is?
Time gives rhythm to the world around us. But how do we really know what time it is? Professor Brian Cox goes in search of the answer to a question…
The Six Billion Dollar Experiment
Over 2,000 of the world's finest physicists are working on the biggest, most expensive experiment ever undertaken. Their aim? To unlock the mysteries of the universe... Have you ever wondered…
Fracking - The New Energy Rush
The United States has just become a whole lot richer. What's brought about this new found wealth is access to a new source of energy. This new supply has slashed…
Fat vs Sugar
What's worst for you; fat or sugar? It's a question that's been generating huge amounts of heat in the world's media; from the outer reaches of the Internet to the…
Nice Guys Finish First
Dr Richard Dawkins discusses the misinterpretation of his book The Selfish Gene and how evidence shows mankind could gain from more co-operative behaviour.
Man on Mars - Mission to the Red Planet
Horizon goes behind the scenes at Nasa to discover how it is preparing for its most ambitious and daring mission: to land men - and possibly women - on the…
Swallowed by a Sinkhole
In February 2013, a hole opened up beneath a home in Florida, and swallowed a man. Jeff Bush was asleep when a sinkhole opened up beneath his bedroom. Despite the…
Where is Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370?
Horizon tells the inside story of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. With access to the key players on the frontline in the southern Indian Ocean and the British…
What Makes Us Human - What Seperates Humans from the Animal Kingdom
Professor Alice Roberts is making a new human being - she is pregnant with her second child. But before he is born, she wants to find out what makes a…
Is Your Brain Male or Female? - Are Male and Female Brains Wired Differently?
Dr Michael Mosley and Professor Alice Roberts investigate if male and female brains really are wired differently. New research suggests that the connections in men and women's brains follow different…

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Twenty five years after the death of the brilliant and charismatic Richard Feynman, this fascinating film explores the remarkable life of the Nobel Prize winner who was one of the greatest scientists of the 20th Century. Drawing on the BBC's earlier iconic films about Feynman and new interviews with those…
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Shot over a seven year period, The Marion Lake Story tells the compelling story of how a community on the east end of Long Island, N.Y. came together to clear their lake of the highly invasive phragmite reed. They educated themselves, raised money, hired laborers, and eventually got out to…