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BBC ONE Winter/Spring 2006 Highlights
Planet Earth

BBC ONE Winter/Spring 2006 Highlights


Planet Earth


The team behind the multi-award-winning natural history series The Blue Planet is back with the ultimate portrait of our planet.


Four years in the making, this is Earth celebrated as never before.


Over the years, BBC ONE has shown viewers the most incredible sights on the planet, but there's an even more amazing world out there that's never been seen, and it's captured for the first time in Planet Earth.


From the world's greatest rivers and impressive gorges to the mightiest mountains, the hidden underground world of caves and caverns, to vast deserts, so much has yet to be explored.


Planet Earth gives a unique view of awe-inspiring landscapes from across the globe and reveals the captivating behaviour of the rarely spotted, almost mythical creatures that live in these habitats.


The world's premier wildlife cameramen have travelled all over the planet, even to the most far-flung reaches, to create the biggest series the Natural History Unit has ever done.


It's the definitive look at the diversity of our planet, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

BBC ONE highlights Winter/Spring 2006 Planet Earth


Prepare to be overwhelmed by the beauty of Planet Earth. The Blue Planet blew audiences away with its alien footage from the depths of the ocean. Four years on, and cameras can now track great migrations, capture split-second actions, and get amazing footage of land-based animals in their natural habitats, no matter whether this is a mountain top, the most remote parts of the desert, or the dark depths of the forest floor.


It would not have been possible to film many of the breathtaking sequences in Planet Earth without high-definition cameras.

BBC ONE highlights Winter/Spring 2006 Planet Earth


High-definition cameras are the best in the world for capturing behaviour. They can slow down action by over 40 times, enabling viewers to see crocodiles dive out of the water to snap their jaws around wildebeest.


The cameras shed light on the floor of the deepest darkest jungle to reveal the courtship dance of a bird of paradise, and enable viewers to follow animals hunting and roaming for miles, where cameras could never hope to follow them before.


High definition is the future for television production and the BBC's Natural History Unit has chosen to lead the way, once again, by shooting the entire documentary series in this format.



BBC ONE highlights Winter/Spring 2006 The Impressionists


The Impressionists


Richard Armitage, Julian Glover, Charlie Condou, Will Keen, James Lance and Amanda Root star in this landmark factual drama series which unravels the intimate history of the brotherhood of Monet, Cézanne, Degas, Renoir and Manet.


Filmed on location in France and based on an extensive archive of letters and documentary evidence, this series explores how paintings so familiar to contemporary eyes, such as Manet's Olympia, caused riots when they first appeared in Paris in the late 19th century.


Viciously attacked by critics and rejected by the public, the Impressionist painters were outcasts in the art world.




Breaking Point: Your House


Have you ever wondered what happens when a bathroom tap is left running for hours? When an overloaded plug begins to spark or when the pilot light in a boiler ignites in a house where the gas has been left on?


In a series of dramatic demonstrations, Breaking Point illustrates the threat of water, fire, wind and gas on real houses, each showing what happens at the precise moment disaster strikes, all beautifully filmed by ingeniously positioned and durable cameras, in superslow-motion.


Accompanying the experiments is expert analysis and the compelling stories of those who have been caught up in real-life domestic disasters.


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Surviving Disasters


The survival of ordinary people in the face of extraordinary adversity is the focus of Surviving Disasters.


Featuring seven natural and man-made disasters all retold from the perspective of eyewitness accounts, including the Munich air crash in 1958; the Mount St Helen's volcanic eruption in 1980; the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986; the Iranian hostage rescue in 1979; the Fastnet yacht race in 1979; the San Francisco earthquake in 1989 and the Estonia ferry disaster in 1994.


Fusing true stories with dramatic reconstructions, the programmes recount the individual tales of heroism and endurance, both of survivors and rescuers, battling against forces beyond their control.


Each programme is followed by a short documentary, featuring interviews with the real-life survivors, who share their recollections.



BBC ONE highlights Winter/Spring 2006 Krakatoa




Krakatoa is an explosive drama-documentary bringing to life the infamous catastrophic eruption in 1883 of the volcano, the fallout from which was literally felt around the world.


Using a unique set of first-hand accounts, the film allows viewers to witness the greatest natural disaster of the 19th century, as it follows the true stories of the Dutch Controller of that part of Indonesia, Willem Beijerinck, and his wife Johanna, as they survive tsunamis, eruptions and superheated ash clouds.


Willem Beijerinck is played by Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks, Casanova, North And South) and his wife by Olivia Williams (Sixth Sense, X-Men 3, Rushmore).




The Science of Krakatoa


Accompanying the drama-documentary Krakatoa, this programme presents the astonishing facts behind the Earth-shattering eruption of Krakatoa back in 1883.


The force of the eruption created the loudest noise ever recorded in history: it was heard 2,000 miles away in the Indian Ocean and 3,000 miles away in Alice Springs; the shock waves from the eruption travelled around the world seven times; and 36,000 people were killed, mostly from the resulting tsunami.


But human tragedy aside, it became a global media event, producing a wealth of first-hand survivor accounts and generating the first modern scientific study of a volcanic eruption.




The Lusitania


"Remember The Lusitania! Avenge The Lusitania!" These are the words with which American men were urged to enlist for the First World War.


The sinking of this great liner was an event which provoked outrage on an unprecedented scale, marking a pivotal moment in history.


This dramatised documentary retells the story of The Lusitania's fateful voyage, which ended on 7 May 1915, when the liner, en route to Liverpool, was torpedoed off the south coast of Ireland by a German U-Boat.


Her demise was rapid – sinking in just 18 minutes, with a catastrophic loss of life.


Bringing to life events on board both vessels, The Lusitania also reveals how the political and intelligence communities failed to stop this tragedy.




From Start to Finish


Whichever way you look at it – 26.2 miles or 42.195 kilometres – running a marathon is not easy. But this is the gruelling challenge that up to ten novice runners will confront when they take their places at the starting line of the 2006 London Marathon.


These would-be competitors have never attempted a marathon and the young, the old, the overweight and smokers number among them.


However, they all have one thing in common: they believe that if they complete the race, their lives will change for the better.


Lost confidence will return, dating can recommence, love lives will flourish and job prospects will improve.


Over a six-month training period under the guidance of Olympic athletes, a documentary crew will follow every high and low, every test and triumph, as the runners prepare for this great challenge.


This is a human story of effort and emotion, commitment and sacrifice, with the spectacular denouement on Sunday 23 April 2006, when the runners line up with 46,000 other contestants for the start of the London Marathon.



BBC ONE highlights Winter/Spring 2006 Hannibal




It is 200 years before the birth of Christ and Rome is the new superpower of the ancient world. She believes she is invincible – but one man is destined to change that.


He is a man bound by oath to avenge the wrongs inflicted on his home and, in pursuit of revenge, he will stop at nothing.


Hannibal explores the man behind the myth, revealing what drove the 26-year-old to mastermind one of the most audacious military moves in history.


With 40,000 soldiers and 37 elephants, he marched 1,500 miles to challenge his enemies on their own soil. It was an act so daring that few people believed it possible.


Hannibal combines drama, the latest historical research and state-of-the-art CGI to bring this spectacular story to life.




Super Vets


Whether it's a cat with a cataract or a cow in need of a hip replacement, veterinary medicine has made huge advances.


Super Vets joins the experts at the Royal Veterinary College who perform these extraordinary operations on a daily basis.


From fitting dogs with pacemakers, to performing Caesareans on tortoises, this series reveals most procedures available to humans are on offer to their pets.


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Submarine Rescue


One of the year's most dramatic and exhilarating stories – the British rescue of a Russian sub trapped on the seabed of the Pacific Ocean – is to feature in a special documentary on BBC ONE.


Submarine Rescue brings together the British rescue team and the submariners they saved in the heart-stopping race against time.


Almost five years to the day since the crew of the Kursk submarine had died, following a delay in calling for international help, the Priz submarine became entangled in a mesh of old fishing lines and metal cables in the ocean off the Kamchatcka Peninsula, Siberia.


After a failed Russian rescue attempt, an international emergency alert went out on Friday 5 August 2005. This drama documentary tells the inside story of the dramatic rescue when a top squad of Royal Navy contractors and their Scorpio sub were mobilised from their base in Renfrew, Scotland.


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The Queen at 80


Her Majesty The Queen has been a presence in people's lives for more than 53 years as Sovereign of the United Kingdom and as Head of the Commonwealth.


She is undoubtedly one of the most famous women in the world, but what is The Queen's role in the modern state and in this, her 80th year?


The Queen At 80 follows The Queen's working life in a series of engagements during her 80th year, including the Royal tour of Canada and the End of the War celebrations for 2,000 veterans at Buckingham Palace.


It also features some exclusive and intimate footage, including access to rarely-seen archive from Her Majesty's private collection.


The programme examines the historic events which have shaped the Monarchy: the abdication, the various controversies affecting her family in the Nineties, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the recent Royal wedding of the heir to the throne.


Through the eyes of Brian May, Sir Cliff Richard, Barbara Windsor and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, it also revisits the celebration which brought 2.5 million people into The Mall and became one of the most-watched pop concerts in history with over 200 million viewers: the Golden Jubilee.




The Somme


Marking the 90th anniversary of the first battle of the Somme, this drama-documentary tells the story of the battle that was to change warfare forever.


With extensive research in British, French and German archives, the programme uncovers a wealth of individual stories of men and women who experienced the Somme first-hand: in the trenches, hospitals and on the home front.


Their horrific and moving experiences are told through rare archive footage, with additional drama sequences starring an international cast.





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