Epic migration. Shifting seasons. The turning tide. Cameras in space capture natural spectacles on an epic scale and are now so advanced that they can track down individual animals and humans.
Cutting edge technology tells the story of life on Earth from a brand new perspective. Marvel at the dancing neon Northern Lights and the swirling blues of blooming plankton. Zoom in on herds of elephants searching for water, and discover previously unknown colonies of penguins.
Satellites also capture disappearing forests and show cities sprawling over decades. With the Earth’s surface changing faster than ever before, can the view from space inspire us to look after our unique and fragile home?
Could placebos be used to treat common medical complaints? To find out, Horizon embarks on a landmark study. Over 100 volunteers are treated for backache using nothing but fake pills and the power of the mind.
Their brains are capable of producing effects more powerful than prescription painkillers. But will it work? And how will they react when they find out the truth?
This revealing film also looks at other experiments from around the world, including a woman who underwent fake surgery to fix chronic shoulder pain, and a placebo that works even if you know you’re taking it.
Art experts Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke return to unlock the artistic secrets of three beautiful cities Baku, Beirut and Lisbon.
Together they discover the cultural cornerstones that have sculpted each city throughout history, meeting local artists and residents who help them uncover artistic highlights and little known treasures.
In Lisbon they discover an ancient seaside city shaped by Roman, Arab and Crusader cultures. In Beirut they learn how the Paris of the Middle East is rising from the ruins of civil war. And in Baku, Azerbaijan, a quest for artistic treasures reveals a city at a cultural crossroads.
Secret Cities paints thought provoking portraits of the world’s most fascinating metropolises.
One in 60 of us will get Parkinson’s disease and there’s currently no cure. Filmed over five years, The Parkinson’s Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure? is the inside story of one of the most ambitious clinical trials ever undertaken.
It follows nine volunteers with Parkinson’s who undergo risky neurosurgery in order to infuse a new drug into the brain, via a port in their heads. It’s hoped the drug might be the very first to reverse Parkinson’s.
Controversially, only half the volunteers receive the real drug. The rest get a placebo. Marrying breakthrough science with moving human stories, is this the clinical breakthrough the world has been waiting for?
This stunningly ambitious series brings to life the most memorable events in the history of the solar system, by using ground breaking visual effects to tell the thrilling story of all eight planets.
Transporting you to the surface of these dynamic worlds to witness the moments of high drama that shaped each one, The Planets reveals how the latest science allows us to unlock their past lives.
It pieces together clues of magnificent lost waterfalls on Mars, the mass planetary migrations as they jostled for position early in their history, and even the distant fate of Saturn as one of its moons awakens to form a beautiful water world.
How should we approach medical treatment when we’re dying? It’s a question we all have to face, but avoid talking about. Thanks to advances in modern medicine, doctors are better equipped to fight many life threatening diseases. Their focus is saving lives.
Death is something to battle against, right until the bitter end. But, instead of trying to defeat death, should we be more focused on quality of life?
In this film, Dr Kevin Fong makes a personal journey through the moral questions around death. He meets medical professionals whose work is shaping the debate, and people facing the dilemma of how to die a better death.
BBC Earth seeks to inspire audiences by sharing the incredible wonders of our universe. The channel showcases the work of the world’s foremost factual film-makers and it seeks to take audiences on a thrilling journey of discovery.
From the smallest creature under the microscope to the limitless expanses of space, BBC Earth brings viewers face-to-face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the wonder of being human.