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A Cloud in a Paper Bag

This drama-documentary by biographer Richard Holmes tells the story of the first decades of ballooning in the early 1800s.

Today's sport was then a scientific revolution underwritten with poetry. Getting up and staying aloft was a huge challenge, and what the pioneer balloonists saw from their baskets changed the way we think about the world. In the race to be the first across the Channel, the age old rivalry between Britain and France was renewed.

With Nicky Henson, John Lightbody, Peter Marinker and Eleanor Tremain.

45 minutes

Last on

Tue 29 Jul 2008 21:45

Six Secret Smuggled Books

Nelson mandela

Six classic works of literature we wouldn't have read if they hadn't been smuggled...



Seven images inspired by the grid

World Music collector, Sir David Attenborough

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The field recordings Attenborough of music performances around the world.

Attenborough's field recordings

Attenborough's field recordings

The unlikely music performances captured while searching for exotic animals to film.