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The Sky at Night

First Rock from the Sun

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The Sky at Night investigates how Mercury probe BepiColombo was built, how it will get to Mercury and what it hopes to discover. Show more

The Sky at Night

Expedition Asteroid

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A look one of the most difficult feats of space exploration as the US and Japan attempt to bring a piece of an asteroid back to Earth. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

An examination of how damaging a coronal mass ejection could be and how two new satellites that will travel closer to the sun than ever before can better prepare us. Show more

How to Build...

Series 2

Episode 3: A Satellite

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Documentary following manufacturer Astrium as they assemble one of the most complicated machines in the world, a state-of-the-art communication satellite. Show more

Horizon

2016

Episode 8: Ice Station Antarctica: Part One

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC NewsLatest broadcast: on BBC News Channel HD

BBC weatherman Peter Gibbs makes an emotional return to Antarctica, years after he lived and worked at the British Antarctic Survey's Halley Research Station.

Expedition Volcano

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 2 months

Two-part documentary. Chris Jackson, Xand van Tulleken and Aldo Kane take part in an expedition to Nyiragongo - one of the world's most dangerous and spectacular volcanoes. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Aldo Kane
Participant:
Kayla Iacovino
Participant:
Jeffrey Johnson
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf
Production Manager:
Raewyn Dickson
On-line editing:
Boyd Nagle
Production Manager:
Kassi Jones

Expedition Volcano

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 2 months

Two-part documentary. Chris Jackson and his fellow geologists head for the volcano Nyamulagira - one of the most active yet least explored volcanoes on the planet. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Aldo Kane
Participant:
Kayla Iacovino
Participant:
Jeffrey Johnson
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf
Director:
Ben Wilson
Producer:
Ben Wilson
Production Manager:
Raewyn Dickson
Editor:
Mike Duly
On-line editing:
Boyd Nagle
Production Manager:
Kassi Jones

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary featuring specially commissioned research, revealing what really happened during the eruption of the Indonesian volcanic island Krakatoa in 1883. Show more

Horizon

2016

Episode 8: Ice Station Antarctica: Part Two

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC NewsLatest broadcast: on BBC News Channel HD

BBC weatherman Peter Gibbs's return to Antarctica becomes something of a rescue mission as the Halley Research Station risks being cast adrift on an iceberg. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown, 95, recounts his flying experiences and adventures up to and during the Second World War in this documentary illustrated with archive footage. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
James Holland
Executive Producer:
Steve Crabtree

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

In a disarmingly frank interview, Holocaust survivor Freddie Knoller, now in his 90s, tells his personal story of being a young Jewish man during World War II. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Cameron Balbirnie
Participant:
Freddie Knoller

The Sky at Night

Here Comes the Sun

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The Sky at Night discovers how Esa’s solar orbiter was built, and how it will protect itself against the sun’s searing heat and investigate its mysteries. Show more

Fabric of Britain

Episode 3: The Wonder of Embroidery

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 11 months

Medievalist Dan Jones goes in search of surviving works from the great age of English embroidery, some of which survived the destruction of art during the Reformation. Show more

The Sky at Night

Mars: Planet of Dreams

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for years

The Sky at Night revisits the BBC's archive in a programme dedicated to our ongoing fascination with the planet Mars. Show more

The Sky at Night

Space Britannia

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A look at Britain's attempt to become a major player in the modern space race. Guest presenter Tim Peake celebrates Britain's past achievements in space. Show more

Horizon

2016

Tim Peake Special - How to be an Astronaut

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Astronaut Tim Peake's video diary of the two years leading up to his arrival at the International Space Station in December 2015. Show more

Tough Guy or Chicken?

Episode 8: Japan

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

The lads' final challenge is to become Buddhist Yamabushi monks and complete a tough pilgrimage to the summit of a sacred mountain, under the eye of Miyagi-San, their Master. Show more

The Secret Life of the Airport

Episode 3: The Final Approach

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Series exploring the development of Britain's airports. From Nimbys to climate protesters, hijackers to terrorists: how the airport has come under attack. Show more

The Sky at Night

Telescope on a Plane!

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The Sky at Night takes to the air on board the largest airborne observatory in the world – a specially modified jumbo jet, flying out of California. Show more

The Sky at Night

Mars: Red and Dead?

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Maggie and Chris reveal the latest results from Nasa's Curiosity and Esa's ExoMars TGO missions that are attempting to find signs of life on Mars. Show more