Joanna Lumley embarks on a grand and challenging journey into the heart of the Silk Road. This transformative super-highway brought silk, gunpowder, paper and pasta, among many other things, to the West. Starting in Venice, birthplace of the Silk Road’s most famous traveller Marco Polo, Joanna moves on to Albania, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, taking in beautiful cities and stunning landscapes.
She visits fantastical Cappadocia in Turkey, the glorious Silk Road city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan and the ancient cities of Isfahan and Shiraz in Iran. Along the way, Joanna meets silk weavers, whirling dervishes and the eagle hunters of Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan mountains. It is a fabulous adventure that brings some romantic and rarely filmed parts of the world to the screen.
Comedians and best friends Joel and Nish are back, taking on even tougher challenges and finding plenty of opportunities to embarrass themselves on a global scale. Joel might pride himself on his fitness and Nish on his knowledge – but how will they cope when they’re pitted against some of the toughest communities on the planet?
As they explore their own masculinity in a series of frequently comic adventures, Joel and Nish attempt to tame wild horses with the Argentinian Gauchos, wrestle with the Sumo in Japan, and try and keep up with the strongmen of Tahiti. They hang out with a sheep shearing gang in New Zealand, climb mountains with Peru’s high-altitude super human porters, and try to join the ranks of the supremely disciplined Kodo drummers.
New York City is America’s commercial, economic and cultural heart and, according to the Global Economic Power Index, the world’s most powerful city. Such success would not be possible without cutting-edge logistics, engineering and technology.
This eye-opening series visits three crucial locations in New York – including Grand Central Terminal and Central Park – and explores the day-to-day details, everyday heroes and quirks of history that keep this mega-city motoring forward.
Real-life stories, hidden passageways, record-breaking tunnels and night-time sessions in the UPS sorting depot provide an illuminating glimpse behind-the-scenes of New York. A restless exploration of a city always on the move.
This Lunar New Year, BBC Earth presents three phenomenal stories of China. See the ancient, vast and intensely populous country through The Story of China, Wild China, and Chinese New Year: The Biggest Celebration on Earth.
This series marvels at the scale, skill and technology involved in making your favourite foods and goods. Your guide Gregg Wallace gets exclusive access to the largest factories in Europe and meets the lively characters who work there. Each film has an as-live feel, with an on-screen clock tracking progress over 24 fascinating hours.
Outside the main factory, Cherry Healey investigates the science and innovation behind each product, while historian Ruth Goodman reveals how it was invented and popularised. This Christmas special features the astonishing process behind Quality Street chocolates.
This series aims to decrypt the mechanisms of the human body and brain through exceptional experiments, as well as reports on women and men who stretch their physical and mental limits.
The global vitamin industry is worth billions of pounds. If you believe the hype, vitamin pills are the answer to all your problems – they keep your heart healthy, improve your intelligence, make your hair shine, and are essential for general wellbeing. And we do believe it.
But official advice says we don’t really need vitamins. They’re only recommended for pregnant women, very young children, and the elderly. So what information should we trust? And should you be taking vitamins? This timely investigation uncovers the truth.
In a one hour Christmas special for BBC One the Spy Creatures are dressed in their winter coats and heading for the snow to reveal how the world’s most adorable arctic animals don’t just survive but positively thrive in nature’s magical winter wonderlands.
From penguins to puffins, polar bears to parrots, the snow and ice become a playground for a cast of endearing animals. The Spy Creatures, joined by a host of ingenious ‘Snow Cams’, will go undercover and get right into the heart of the action to explore key events in their lives to find out just how they do it.
Leading experts believe we could be entering a potentially devastating post-antibiotic era. This would mean a paper cut could lead to untreatable blood poisoning, or the risk of infection might render routine operations impossible.
The Truth About Antibiotics meets the patients living with antibiotic-resistant bugs and the doctors researching radical new treatments. In Texas, a scientist hopes medical salvation might lie in alligator blood, and a Yale doctor investigates a Cold War cure with origins in the former Soviet Bloc.
Why aren’t pharmaceutical industries doing more to avert this health crisis? And how might changing patient behaviour prove crucial?
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.