Full Length Documentaries and Dramas Online

In 12 Takes, seven BC filmmakers give their takes on a dozen BC artists, from Jenn Strom's whimsical, animated exploration of the works of Nick Bantock, to Kevin Eastwood's lively overview of the pop art of Douglas Coupland, to John Bolton's visually uncompromising study of the design and architecture of Omer Arbel. Knowledge commission.

How do artists confront the unknown? What inspires them? 12 BC artists share their takes with filmmakers John Bolton, Jenn Strom, Kevin Eastwood, Blaine Thurier, Katrin Bowen, Kenneth Sherman, and Jesse Savath in this Knowledge commission.

Celebrate the holidays with a special evening of music and dancing from the ballrooms of Vienna’s Hofburg Palace. Waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and gallops by the Strauss family are performed on period instruments by the orchestras of the Weiner Akademie, as dancers whirl about in gorgeous historical costumes.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of our country's spectacular national parks. This new series explores the history, diversity and ecology of Canada's natural
treasures. You'll journey to the most remote corners of the parks to see vistas both iconic and obscure, and learn how park authorities sustain several million acres
of wilderness for adventure seekers. Everything that makes our parks great - from majestic, snow-capped mountains to the tiniest insects - are revealed in glorious, breathtaking detail.

Filmmaker Mitch Miyagawa has the most apologized-to family in Canada - maybe even the world. But what do apologies mean to his parents, his young children and his country? Can saying "sorry" fix past atrocities and heal victims' pain?

A behind-the-scenes look at the emotional journey of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens dancers as they prepare and rehearse for a pivotal moment in their career: performing at the prestigious dance festival "Les Etes de la Danse" in Paris.

Detective Inspector Jack Frost tackles corruption, deceit, intrigue and murder in this suspenseful British drama series. Investigating crimes using his excellent gut instincts, he has little time for the niceties of police protocol or paperwork. The gritty detective's unorthodox approach often results in clashes with his superiors, but Frost's only care is to solve the case and capture the criminals. This gripping mystery series is based on the novels of R.D. Wingfield, and stars actor David Jason as the determined investigator.

In A Window Looking In, directors Tara Hungerford and Eric Hogan profile 12 BC-based artists, among them writer William Gibson, photographer Fred Herzog and singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan. Visually bold and captivating, the film peers into the artists' inner worlds to uncover common truths about creativity, the artistic process and living and working as an artist in British Columbia. Knowledge commission.

What's the role of an artist in society? Directors Tara Hungerford and Eric Hogan ask renowned BC artists and performers in this Knowledge commission.

Follows the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra from first rehearsal to final performance of Wagner's "Die Meistersinger" overture.

Afghanistan, one of the most isolated and barren landscapes on earth, is a strange place for an empire or superpower to invade. But for three of the greatest powers the world has seen, it became an unlikely target, an enduring obsession and an unwinnable war. In this engrossing two-part documentary, Rory Stewart, a former charity worker in Kabul, tells the story of two centuries of foreign intervention in Afghanistan. So what has driven empires to invade this landlocked, mountainous and largely feudal nation? What lessons can be learned from its blood-soaked history? Stewart's conclusions may not be what you expect.

A BC family battles with crystal meth addiction and co-dependency. The Webb family was featured in the documentary Crystal Fear, Crystal Clear, when they were struggling to cope with son Aaron's drug problem. Aftermeth catches up with them five years later and finds a surprising twist - the roles of mother and son are now reversed.

From painting elephants and drug-busting dogs, to cats in a rock band and monkeys in school, Animals at Work travels the world in search of the most remarkable working animals on the planet. It's a fun, furry, and often frisky look at the creatures who make our lives easier, safer and more interesting.

From painting elephants and drug-busting dogs, to cats in a rock band and monkeys in school, Animals at Work travels the world in search of the most remarkable working animals on the planet. It's a fun, furry, and often frisky look at the creatures who make our lives easier, safer and more interesting.

They are farmers, chemists, architects, doctors, retailers and bankers. They are also "architects of change" - people searching for and applying innovative solutions to the dangers that threaten our future. Far from being ecological or political militants, they are above all entrepreneurs who believe in creative capitalism to boost social, economic and environmental wealth. Meet them in the new season of Architects of Change.

Through Architects of Change, we've met men and women from around the world who have found new ways to achieve sustainable and lasting growth for humanity and our planet. Now, the series' creators are taking us a lot closer to home. This season, they're profiling 30 Canadian visionaries and pioneers, five of whom are practicing innovative solutions right here in BC. These architects of change are creating new models for economic and social development without compromising resources for future generations. In the process, they're making our province - and our world - a better place in which to live.

In the process, they're making our province - and our world - a better place in which to live.


Following a group of Danish soldiers stationed in Afghanistan through an entire tour of duty, filmmaker Janus Metz creates an unforgettable portrait of the reality of military life on the frontlines.

Sir David Attenborough has been at the forefront of natural history filmmaking for over half a century, witnessing an unparalleled period of change in our planet's history. This series features many of the esteemed naturalist's most memorable encounters, from tracking down his first Komodo dragon, to spending time with Dian Fosse and her mountain gorillas. Through photos, footage and stories from Attenborough's exemplary career, the series shows just how much he has contributed to our understanding of the natural world.

Autism: The Road Back charts the personal journey of three BC families with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It talks to parents, service providers, and experts in the field about assessment, diagnosis, and options available for treatment, and provides guidance for families trying to navigate their way through the challenges of ASD in the first six years of their child's life.

Knowledge Network, in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of BC, is proud to present a powerful documentary about dementia. Beyond Memory takes a poignant look at dementia as told through the stories of five BC families. Each of the individuals is featured at a different stage in their illness, and together they paint a poignant picture of the journey through dementia and its impact on their loved ones.

Through the personal stories of three young people, this intensely compelling documentary traces the journey of depression, from early signs and symptoms, to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.

Indian activist Vinay Shetty fights to save two children who are dying from the rare disease Thalassemia. As he battles against India's broken healthcare system, Vinay and the children find themselves bound together by ties stronger than blood.

In the late '70s and early '80s Vancouver, punk music reared its ragged rancid head and let forth a rebel howl. Director Susanne Tabata's Bloodied But Unbowed, the first in-depth chronicle of Vancouver's original punk scene, captures the raw essence of a time and place, with music and stories from the surviving stars who made it happen.

In the peaceful village of Ormston, where the local hospital is the heart of the community, a new face arrives on the scene. Dr Logan is young, good-looking and very confident. He's certainly set to send a few pulses racing, especially after his explosive entrance. Meanwhile, Dr. Donald Newman takes over the running of the practice after Tom Gilder's departure for New Zealand.

Kathleen Mullen takes on the asbestos industry through a personal investigation into her father's death from asbestos-related disease.

Explore the features that define Canada: the most expansive coastline in the world and the world's longest undefended border. This new series takes to the skies for a breathtaking, rarely-seen view of our country.

Take to the skies for a breathtaking view of British Columbia's spectacular coast. From the rocky shores of Vancouver Island to the silt-laden mouth of the Fraser, over ancient rainforests and waterways carved by glaciers, to the remote beauty of Bella Coola and Haida Gwaii, this 13-part series explores our province's natural wonders from a rarely seen perspective. Along the way, we visit wilderness reserves, recreation areas, cities, seaside towns and island communities, and experience the culture and history etched in the contours of the Pacific coastline.

BC filmmaker and visual artist Brian Johnson profiles 19 BC-based artists, from a variety of disciplines, who are both inspired and challenged by their geographic surroundings.

Charting the artistic landscape of British Columbia, cArtographies is a documentary directed by Brian Johnson, produced by Leah Mallen (Twofold Films), and commissioned by Knowledge.

This wonderfully atmospheric setting is the venue for this programme of traditional carols celebrating Christmas. There is no better way to get in the festive spirit, while remembering what the Christmas message is really all about. The acclaimed Paisley Abbey Choir sings a selection of such old favourites as Away in a Manger and The Christ Child Lullaby.

Disgraced by disasters in Gallipoli, and with his political reputation in tatters, Churchill was all but finished. Through letters he sent from the trenches to his wife Clementine, and with testimony from leading historians and military experts, this docu-drama tells the story of Churchill's fall - and his road to redemption.

The Birmingham Royal Ballet's lavish production of Prokofiev's Cinderella, choreographed by David Bintley and featuring Elisha Willis as Cinderella and Iain Mackay as the Prince.

Travelling along the Pacific Northwest coastline from LA to Vancouver, this stunning documentary showcases the pioneers
of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. The film, by Vancouver filmmakers Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard, traces the Modernist movement from its incarnations in 1922 through to the current day, showing what makes this architectural form so distinct. Coast Modern takes us back to the basics of true living - a sense of place, light, and a deep connection to the earth.

Coast returns with a fifth series journeying around the British Isles and beyond to see how shared seas unite us all. The team of presenters led by Neil Oliver embark on voyages to Brittany, where Nick Crane joins the 'Onion Johnnies', to Denmark to discover what makes the Danes the happiest people on earth, and across to Ireland, where they climb the stunning sea cliffs of the west coast.

Concierto de Aranjuez is a rich visual and aural feast focusing on Joaquin Rodrigo's most famous work. The film is buoyant and lively as it captures Spanish sculpture and architecture set to the music of Concierto de Aranjuez, and alternately touching and compassionate as guitarist Pepe Romero eloquently relates the story and inspiration behind this beautiful work. Featuring Sir Neville Marriner conducting the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

Fitz, the brilliant but flawed criminal psychologist, returns in this critically acclaimed detective drama series. Fitz's sharp humour leavens the tension of the hard-hitting storylines, including a killer intent on adding to his victims, a murderous religious cult and a serial rapist who revels in his crimes.

Robbie Coltrane stars as Fitz, a brilliant but flawed criminal psychologist with a remarkable insight into the criminal mind. This season, the Manchester police call on Fitz to help solve three cases - shocking crimes with terrifying consequences for those involved in solving them.

A one-hour documentary designed to raise awareness and provide an understanding of dyslexia. Through extensive filming with dyslexic children and adults, and their families, viewers will learn about the most scientifically sound strategies for intervention, the latest research into possible causes, and the challenges and breakthroughs experienced by people with dyslexia.

Vivienne Westwood, the controversial English designer, originator of Punk fashion and an adept of corsets and fake derrières, bares herself for the camera. Over the course of a year, the filmmakers followed Westwood to work, on the catwalk, with her family, and to her favourite places, putting together a film as vivid and impertinent as Westwood herself.

Three families face the difficult decision of whether or not to be tested for Huntington's disease - a degenerative neurological illness that is akin to having ALS, Schizophrenia and Alzheimer's. The odds are grim: they have a 50/50 chance of inheriting the gene, and there is no cure. What would you do?

Travelling around the globe, Dogs with Jobs introduces viewers to some of the world's most amazing dogs and combines on-the-job footage and touching stories of the loyal owners and courageous dogs who are much more than man's best friend.

Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH is a ground-breaking, six episode documentary series set in Vancouver General Hospital's emergency room. A dedicated medical team struggle around the clock against a never-ending onslaught of injuries, assaults and oddities. Triumphs are quickly celebrated, moments of levity are treasured and lost lives are silently mourned. With unprecedented access to one of the busiest emergency rooms in British Columbia, this series embeds the viewer at the epicenter of controlled chaos. It's gripping, heartbreaking and a totally unforgettable view of local heroes saving lives. Viewer discretion is advised.

Follows John Gollings on a visually stunning photographic journey through the rapidly changing cities of Australia and Asia, and into his creative mind.

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker side - one of blind ambition, ruthless deception and bitter scandal. In this four-part series, journalist Fiona Bruce and international art dealer and historian Philip Mould join forces to discover the truth hidden beneath the surface of paintings.

Follows four families as they struggle to support a loved one with bipolar disorder, one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses.

In a small Ukrainian town, Olga Nenya raises 16 black orphans amidst a population of Slavic blue-eyed blondes. Forced to constantly defend themselves from racist neighbours and skinheads, the children have to be on guard against the society that surrounds them. While Olga is on a crusade to save her children from an unjust world, she is also determined to shape their future according to her own, often limited vision.

A one-hour documentary examining the challenging reality of families with young children who live with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Follows a Canadian filmmaker throughout Asia as she examines her 73-year-old father's romantic relationship with a 23-year-old woman from the Philippines.

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental disorders affecting BC's children and youth today. This compelling documentary outlines the causes, symptoms, and treatments for anxiety disorders, and emphasizes the importance of early identification and intervention.

He was a Vancouver landmark. In 1934, Foncie Pulice set up a camera on the sidewalk on Granville Street in Vancouver and for the next 45 years snapped candid shots of people strolling by. People bought the image he took as keepsakes of a visit, a time, or an event. For almost half a century he took thousands of photos - all on that Vancouver sidewalk.
Using Foncie's photos, this half-hour documentary traces a timeline through the heart of Vancouver, telling a people's history of changing life in the city. The film unfolds using what we know of Foncie, his life and his family as he witnessed the tide of people flowing through Vancouver's downtown sidewalks. Looking back on his body of work we can track changes in clothing, buildings, attitudes, demographics and love. The film explores where the people came from, how they related to each other, and how they came to be at this intersection: Foncie's Corner.

This documentary series returns to the battlefields of World War I to tell the stories of ordinary Canadians and their extraordinary roles in the war. The significance of key turning points in the Great War are explored, such as Ypres, the Somme, Vimy and Passchendaele. The series also examines what was at stake, initial strategies and what actually transpired on the fields. Delving into the experiences and legacies of Canadian soldiers, For King and Empire honours the enormous sacrifices of the 418,000 Canadians who fought in the war-and the 60,000 who lost their lives.

Military historian Norm Christie takes us into the battlefields of World War II - on land, at sea and in the air. Revisiting the exploits of a generation just now passing into history, each episode examines key Canadian campaigns and how these marked major turning points in the war. Mixing archival footage, photographs, artwork and actuality, this series will create a sense of what it was really like to fight "for King and Country".

Michael Kitchen stars as laconic police detective Christopher Foyle, who reluctantly remains on duty in his quiet English coastal town while World War II rages across the Channel. The battle comes to Foyle in its own way as he probes war-related cases of murder, espionage and treason. Helping him are his plucky driver, Sam Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks), and injured war vet, Paul Milner (Anthony Howell). Mystery blends with history, moral complexity and period atmosphere in this standout British series.

Michael Kitchen stars as Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle. It's World War II, and Foyle would rather lend his services to the armed forces, but his superiors feel he's more valuable as a police officer. Together with war vet, Paul Milner, and driver, Sam Stewart, Foyle carries on the battle against crime at home.

Michael Kitchen stars as laconic police detective Christopher Foyle, who reluctantly remains on duty in his quiet English coastal town while World War II rages across the Channel. The battle comes to Foyle in its own way as he probes war-related cases of murder, espionage and treason. Mystery blends with history, moral complexity and period atmosphere in this standout British series.

Michael Kitchen stars as laconic police detective Christopher Foyle, who reluctantly remains on duty in his quiet English coastal town while World War II rages across the Channel. This series finds Foyle and his team tackling a brutal death on an American Army base, uncovering secret government research after a biological warfare experiment goes awry, investigating the murder of Sgt. Milner's estranged wife, and probing the clandestine world of weapons development.

A year has passed since DCS Foyle (Michael Kitchen) abruptly resigned from the Hastings Police, and his former colleagues are still struggling to adjust to life without him. While Foyle plods away on a writing project, Sergeant Paul Milner (Anthony Howell) is contemplating leaving the force and Samantha Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks) is at loose ends after having been fired by Foyle's replacement.

Now that the war is over in Europe, DCS Foyle (Michael Kitchen) finds he still has more battles to win in three gripping episodes. Tracking murderers, escapees and traitors, Foyle is joined by his former driver, Sam Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks), and his old sergeant, Paul Milner (Anthony Howell), recently promoted to detective inspector in nearby Brighton.

It's 1946, and in the brewing Cold War climate of post-war Britain, Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle and his loyal friend Sam find themselves adjusting to a new era of secrets, intelligence, and security as the Iron Curtain descends and MI5 comes knocking.

The second World War may be over but a new one is beginning, less explosive but no less deadly a Cold War. Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle finds himself drawn into complex webs of security and counter security where the loyalties of even those closest to him are brought into question as he joins, somewhat unwillingly at first, the ranks of MI5.

Vancouver filmmaker Jordan Paterson spent two years crafting this moving documentary about the historical injustices faced by Chinese migrants during the last century, and the impact of the Head Tax and Exlusion Act on their lives. During the exclusion era in the early half of the 20th century, Chinese immigrants were not allowed to bring their families to Canada. The result was a "bachelor society" of Chinese immigrants, and wives left to fend for themselves and their children back home in China. Some families were never reunited. Filmed on location in BC and throughout China's Guangdong province, From C to C contrasts the experiences of the migrants with the views of contemporary Chinese-Canadian youth.

He found the Titanic, the Bismarck and countless other shipwrecks. Now Robert Ballard is hunting for answers to one of the bloodiest and most controversial battles of World War I. Diving deep beneath the waters that surround Gallipoli, Ballard combs wrecks of mighty battleships for clues to the battle's dramatic events.


Diagnosed with ALS, Gloria Taylor spent what would be the last year of her life fighting a very public battle for the right to die with dignity. Gloria was at the centre of a successful BC Supreme Court challenge that briefly overturned the ban on assisted suicide; in turn, the Supreme Court of Canada has recently agreed to review the country's assisted suicide laws. This intimate documentary by Okanagan-based filmmaker David McIlvride chronicles Gloria's perseverance and victory in court, the personal indignities she faced, and the growing relationship between her and McIlvride.

This half-hour series brings the glorious wilderness of Canada into your living room. Journalist and outdoorsman Peter Trueman guides viewers through Canada's most spectacular parks. He reveals their rich and varied history, as well as the many species of plants and animals to be found.

This series embarks on a beautiful journey along Canada's greatest rivers. Each episode focuses on one river, exploring its power, beauty and connection to our culture, history and identity. Enjoy a window into the diversity of the Canadian landscape, as these rivers wind through mountains and tundra, salt marshes and vast plateaus.

This series journeys through the beautiful waterways that flow across Canada, from western glacial meltwater to the sandy coastal shores of eastern Canada. Delving into our vast wilderness landscape, each episode features gorgeous photography and remarkable wildlife footage. The series also voyages into the past, revealing how rivers are intertwined with Canada's history.

Michael Hofstetter conducts the Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden Orchestra in this production of Engelbert Humperdinck's classic opera. Featuring Iris Vermillon Vilsmaier, Irmgard Vilsmaier, Antigone Papoulkas, and Hans-Joachim Ketelsen.

Hardwood is the personal journey of director Hubert Davis, the son of former Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis, who explores how his father's decisions affected his life and those of his extended family. Elegantly structured into three chapters entitled "love," "recollection" and "redemption," Davis uses personal interviews, archival footage and home movies to delve into his father's past in the hope of finding a new direction for his own. At its core, this Oscar-nominated documentary is about the power of redemption and the healing of the bonds between fathers and sons.

The residents of Aidensfield are back for the ninth season with 24 new episodes of Knowledge Network's most-watched series. And, as always, they promise a captivating season of strong storylines and compelling characters set amidst the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors scenery. Based on books written by former village police officer Peter Walker under the pen name of Nicholas Rhea, this British drama chronicles the adventures of a county bobby 'on the beat' and the escapades of his fellow villagers.

Acclaimed historian David Starkey presents the most detailed analysis to date of the infamous king - a psychological study that brings 'Henry the Tyrant' and the world he inhabited to vivid life.

Cathy and Martin Ward of Surrey, BC, fight to adopt five siblings, ages six to nineteen, from a remote Ukrainian orphanage. They succeed, but the adoption is only the beginning. As the eldest child struggles to adjust to her new life, it becomes the ultimate test of her adoptive parents' unconditional love.

Holy Rollers follows the rise of arguably the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America - a group of card-counting, church-going Christians. While they succeed in taking millions from casinos, how will they manage to
find a place for faith and God in the arena of high-stakes gambling?

Hope and her team are back! On top of her work at home, Hope heads to Europe, South America and North America - including BC - to learn more about helping injured and orphaned wildlife.

Hope and her team at the wildlife rehab centre are back for a third fascinating season. On top of her work at home, Hope hits the road to learn more about helping injured and orphaned wildlife. Dr. Barry and Allison travel along as they head to Europe, South America and North America, including BC.

Back for a fourth season, this popular documentary series goes behind-the-scenes at Nova Scotia's Hope for Wildlife rehab centre. Here, the indefatigable Hope Swinimer and her team rescue, rehabilitate and release more than one thousand injured and orphaned animals each year. This season, Hope grapples with the biggest crisis ever at the rehab: Allison, her "right-hand-woman" is leaving, right in the middle of the spring baby boom.


Our population is growing and could exceed 9 billion within the next four decades. With 400,000 people born every day, how many people can live on planet Earth? Esteemed naturalist Sir David Attenborough takes a look at the problems we face as the world population continues to grow: shrinking water reserves, food shortages, and dwindling natural resources. Among the experts interviewed is UBC professor William Rees, who talks about how our current rate of consumption far exceeds what the planet can supply. But a bleak future is not inevitable. Countries around the world are coming up with solutions, while improvements in social policy and global cooperation offer hope.

First-generation transsexuals who had their sex change back in the mid-1950s to 1960s take stock of their lives, and explore the question: did it give them the fulfillment in life they expected?

Follow war historian Norm Christie and a group of Canadian veterans as they retrace their footsteps to rarely visited places, depicting what really happened during the Korean War. From the icy heights of Kapyong in South Korea, to the rugged island of Koje-do, we also meet locals who remember the war, and others who are still affected by the war's reverberations. Audiences are taken on a riveting, dramatic journey that reveals untold stories of violent times during the war.

Inside Disaster: Haiti takes audiences behind the headlines of a natural disaster, documenting the emergency relief effort from first response to recovery by the FACT disaster team of the International Federation of the Red Cross. Shot over a six month period with unprecedented access, this three-part series will follow these brave individuals in a life and death situations that threatens the lives of thousands.

Ken Burns' landmark 10-part series is a sweeping, exuberant exploration of jazz, America's original art form. The series traces jazz's evolution from its beginning in 19th-century New Orleans, through two world wars and a devastating Depression, and into the modern era - still vibrant, still evolving, and still swinging.

A pop culture pilgrimage into the odd and irreverent universe of alternative and underground Christmas music, featuring an eclectic cast of collectors, critics, musicians and songs.

Teenage mother Sujeylin Aguilar raises her newborn on the same streets she herself grew up in. Set in Managua, the documentary explores the universal issue of second-generation street children.

An intimate portrait of the life and career of British contralto Kathleen Ferrier.

Antonio Pappano conducts Richard Eyre's highly acclaimed production of Verdi's opera staged at the Royal Opera House. Renée Fleming heads an all-star cast including Joseph Calleja and Thomas Hampson.

Follows the story of Duah Fares, a young woman from the Druze village of Sagur, as she prepares to compete in the Lady Kul el-Arab beauty pageant.

Kevin Whately returns as Inspector Lewis for a fourth season of the popular detective series. In four new episodes, Lewis and his young partner DS Hathaway continue solving cases in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford. Juliet Stevenson, Sian Phillips and Douglas Henshall co-star.

Now entering its fifth season, Lewis is winning its share of faithful fans, much like its predecessor, the long-running and muchloved Inspector Morse series.This season, the detectives are on the case as a reunion at the sole female-only college takes a tragic turn, a visiting don is found strangled in his room, and a babysitter's death leads them into Oxford's squats.

A tattered envelope of their Dad's old photos leads two Canadian brothers on an adventure in photography, memory, and culpability in the war torn African country of their childhood.

At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when The Photo House - her late husband Rudi's life's work - was destined for demolition, even this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed help. Director Tamar Tal captures the heart-wrenching, humourous journey of Miriam and her grandson, Ben, as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives that document Israel's defining moments.

Chronicles the life and work of British artist L.S. Lowry, best known for his atmospheric urban and industrial landscapes.

This program explores two of Canada's most significant but little-known battles of World War I - Mount Sorrel and Hill 70. Journey back in time to the Western Front of Belgium and France as we revisit these forgotten battlefields. These conflicts were major turning points in the development of the Canadian Corps, from the determined but inexperienced volunteers of 1915 to the almost invincible forces of 1918. Archival footage and narrated memoirs bring to life the desperate struggles of decades ago.

In this four-part series, British art historian Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford sets off on a quest to rediscover the pre-colonial history of some of Africa's most important kingdoms: Nubia, ancient Ethiopia, Great Zimbabwe, and West Africa. The series reveals that Africa's stories are preserved for us not only in its treasures, statues and ancient buildings, but in the culture, art and legends of the people.

Art historian Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford returns to Africa to explore four of its once-powerful civilizations: Asante, Zulu, the Berbers of Morocco, and the Bunyoro and Buganda. As he uncovers fascinating stories of military might, immense wealth, and exquisite art, Gus shows that these "lost kingdoms" are still very much alive.

Desperate to understand how the culture that gave birth to the Kama Sutra could now forbid couples to exchange even a short kiss in public, filmmaker Q and his girlfriend Rii sift through thousands of years of love, legend, hypocrisy and repression - from the myths of Krishna to the hips of Bollywood - to uncover modern India's relationship with sexuality.

This insightful Knowledge Network-produced documentary explores the personal stories of four young British Columbians, and sheds light on symptoms, community resources, and emphasizes the importance of early treatment for adolescent psychosis.

Bradley Mayhew is on a mission: he's following the Silk Road on the tracks of its most well-known voyager, the medieval traveler and writer Marco Polo. Mayhew is a British travel writer who pens guidebooks for Lonely Planet, and in this four-part series he covers the ancient trade route's entire length, from
Venice to Beijing.

An intimate portrait on the life and career of contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

In this fascinating series, we'll travel the world to discover the biggest, fastest, strongest and coolest innovations in maritime technology. Among them are powerful machines that work deep below the ocean's surface where pressure would crush a human diver, boats that literally fly on water, a mile-long iceberg
"lasso", and gear that lets daring adventurers take scuba to the extreme.

We'll go behind-the-scenes to look at some of the biggest and most intriguing construction and engineering projects being tackled around the globe today. Among the topics covered during season two: the biggest concrete arch bridge in North America; the Gotthard Base Tunnel project, and the world's longest and fastest Flying Roller Coaster.

A humorous and poignant look at a group of middle-aged men who have found unlikely success as members of Sweden's all-male synchronized swimming team.

DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) has more than just the usual mayhem to deal with in the new season of Midsomer Murders. His former partner, DS Ben Jones, has moved to Brighton, and he's still getting used to his new sergeant, Charlie Nelson (Gwylim Lee) - an enthusiastic sort who's still a bit green when it comes to crime-solving. And Nelson's not the only newcomer to Midsomer. Some things, though, will never change in England's deadliest county. For one, people keep dying in the most bizarre ways....

When Archie Macdonald pledged himself to his family castle in the Scottish Highlands, little did he know what an uphill struggle it was going to be. In this latest series, he faces fresh challenges and romantic obstacles - but still strives to make Glenbogle a thriving tourist attraction. This warm-hearted series evokes both laughter and tears, and it's all set in the breathtaking countryside of the Scottish Highlands.

Follows the journey of critically acclaimed blues-rock virtuoso Derek Miller as he sets out to release his next album with high hopes of achieving mainstream success.

Using state-of-the-art technology, photographer Emory Kristof and a team of scientists take us to the depths of the Celebes Sea, as they explore strange, extraordinary creatures that have evolved under conditions unlike anything found on land.


An incredible grave site contains countless fossilized remains of huge marine predators from the Jurassic era. On an expedition to this remote burial ground, archaeologists uncover newly discovered sea monsters including a complete ichthyosaur skeleton - the first of its kind.

The Druids of Celtic Britain are remembered as mystical holy men, but ancient sources also accuse them of human sacrifice, even cannibalism. New discoveries are uncovering the secrets of these Celtic pagan priests.

Bite victims of the Southern Pacific rattlesnake are experiencing bizarre symptoms and the current anti-venom is having little effect. Bryan Fry teams up with Dr. Sean Bush and together they set out to find what is causing the new symptoms in order to better treat patients.

Journey to Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park to discover what is being done to bring this African oasis back to its former glory.


Survivors of Hiroshima's atomic bombing and US government scientists and military personnel dispatched to analyze the aftermath recount two distinctly different viewpoints of the devastation.

Using the DNA of a select number of New Yorkers, geneticist Spencer Wells and his team set out to trace the ancient journeys of every person alive today and reveal how we all connect on "The Human Family Tree."

Jaguars are notoriously elusive and the least studied of all the big cats. A team of scientists and trackers reveal startling new insights into the hidden lives of these magnificent creatures.


Biologist Steve Huskey and Nicolai Konow join underwater camerman Andy Casagrande on a high-tech fishing expedition to capture the hunting techniques of some of the ocean's top predators.

Superintendent Sandra Pullman and her motley crew of ex-coppers are back to their old tricks, investigating long-hidden crimes and unsolved cases. But changes are on their way after Jack Halford deals a devastating blow: he's quitting. Taking his place is Steve McAllister, whose unorthodox, and sometimes unprofessional, approach to policing raises a few eyebrows. The team must learn to work together again if they're going to continue to solve cold cases and bring justice to the victims.

Conductor Sir Simon Rattle leads pianist Joaquín Achúcarro and the Berliner Philharmoniker as they perform works by Manuel de Falla's 'Nights in the Gardens of Spain'.

With the help of her grandmother, a young mother composes a lullaby to her baby in Halq'eméylem, and at the Chief Atahm School in Adams Lake, children learn math in the Secwepemctsin language of their ancestors. This documentary celebrates 13 BC First Nations languages and pays tribute to the drive to preserve and revitalize them for future generations.

Celebrates thirteen BC First Nations languages and a drive to preserve them for future generations. Directed by Lisa Jackson, Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Helen Haig-Brown, Kelvin Redvers. Produced by Marilyn Thomas and Catrina Longmuir and executive producer Sharon Bliss, Bliss Pictures. Commissioned by Knowledge.

Discover 15 exceptional places in Canada that are recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. From the rich history of L'Anse aux Meadows and Old Quebec City to the majestic beauty of Waterton Glacier and Nahanni National Park, Our Part of the World takes us on a fascinating journey across the country to discover these sites - all of them considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.


In northern BC and Alberta, there has been an explosion in resource extraction activities, with mega-projects like the Site C dam, hydro-fracked shale gas wells, a nuclear power plant and the tar sands. The economy is booming, but with it comes heated debate and conflicting claims about the impact on the environment. In this thought-provoking and beautifully made film, Vancouver-based director Charles Wilkinson talks to experts from both sides of the divide, presenting an even-handed look at the issues as he probes the deeper causes of environmental exploitation.

Eight octogenarian players with 703 years between them meet in Inner Mongolia for the World over-80s Table Tennis Championships. Among them: Terry, 81, who's been given a week to live, but has sights on winning gold, and Inge, 89, who used table tennis to battle dementia. Funny, moving and inspiring, Ping Pong is a true story about the power of the human spirit.

For 12 years, filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich followed an Indonesian family from the slums of Jakarta, creating a trilogy of award-winning documentaries. In this third film, trials that the family endure are a microcosm of life in Indonesia, with issues of corruption, conflict between religions, gambling addiction, the generation gap and the growing difference between rich and poor.

Plácido Domingo stars as court jester Rigoletto in Verdi's famous opera. Filmed live in the historic splendor of Mantua, Italy, from the same locations and at the same time of day as the original libretto, it's a
stunning presentation of this classic tale of passion, love and revenge.


Most of us think of sand as a necessary ingredient for any beach vacation. Yet those seemingly insignificant grains of silica surround our daily lives. Every house, skyscraper and glass building, every bridge, airport and sidewalk in our modern society depends on sand. We use it to manufacture optical fiber, cell phone components and computer chips. We find it in our toothpaste, powdered foods and even our wine (both the glass and the wine, as a fining agent)! Is sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation by award-winning director Denis Delestrac takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the "sand wars" have begun.

In Secrets of the Emerald Sea, Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, the youngest daughter of David Suzuki, takes us into the ocean for a look at the remarkable creatures that live there, such as the Giant Pacific Octopus, shape-shifting nudibranchs and the endearing ping-pong-ball-shaped Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker.

In this fascinating two-part series, Simon Schama sheds new light on some of the greatest plays ever written. Featuring performances by leading actors, including Judi Dench and Simon Russell Beale, the series explores the enduring impact and relevance of Shakespeare's work to modern England.

In Medieval and Tudor England there was no question in peoples' minds about the order of God's creation - men ruled and women didn't. Yet despite everything that stood in their way, a handful of extraordinary women did attempt to rule. In this three-part series, historian Helen Castor explores seven queens who challenged male power, the fierce reactions they provoked, and whether the term 'She-Wolves' was deserved.

This sharp, witty legal drama about the lives, loves and tough cases facing a group of top London barristers returns for a third season. Hard working and dedicated, Martha Costello has a reputation for defending the poor and downtrodden, firmly believing all are innocent until proven guilty. Her beliefs and prejudices, her conscience and her faith in the criminal justice system are tested to the limit over the course of the series.

There are only eight countries in the world that allow women to fight in frontline combat, and Canada is one of them. Filmmaker Beth Freeman tells the story of three remarkable women who have chosen the most difficult and dangerous military professions and are fighting in combat on the battlefronts of Afghanistan. These women share their stories from a uniquely female perspective, challenging our perception of what constitutes a soldier. Knowledge commission.

The Royal Ballet performs one of the most-loved classical ballets in a dazzling production originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. Accompanied by Tchaikovsky's beautiful score, this magnificent retelling of the classic fairy tale stars Alina Cojocura as Princess Aurora and Federico Bonelli as Prince Florimund.

Back for a second season, this six-part series turns the camera on the shooter to explore the creative process and lifestyles of six talented photographers: Fred Herzog, Lincoln Clarkes, Lana Slezic, Michael Levin, Barbara Cole and Adam Makarenko. Along with following the photographers at work on location and in-studio, the series visits photographic exhibitions, galleries and events to gather perspective from collectors, critics, curators and fans.

Historian Norm Christie takes us to the battlefield where, on August 19, 1942, Britain and her Allies strike back at Adolf Hitler's Fortress Europe, by testing the defenses of his Atlantic Wall in a large-scale, sea-borne raid against the fortified French coastal town of Dieppe. Within a few hours, on Dieppe's beaches, 900 Canadians die. Thousands are taken prisoner. Liberation from the sea is now years away, the Allies concentrate on striking back at the Nazis from the air. Vividly re-living the bombing campaign, we follow Bomber Command recruit, rear-gunner Jim Moffat, as he signs up, survives one raid after another, and finally, miraculously, emerges as the only survivor from his crew.

Suggs, frontman of the British pop band Madness, takes a road trip through the heart and soul of Italy - a country close to his heart - in this lighthearted four-part series. Touring behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper, he calls in at Italy's most iconic cities and travels off the beaten track to find out more about its culture, heritage and creativity.

What does home mean to you? For each person, it's different and so personal - in the backyard, on stage, in Tofino, in the kitchen, or wherever family is. In Take Me Home, Knowledge Network profiles 36 British Columbians on what "home" means to them today.

What does home mean to you?
Over 4.6 million people call British Columbia home. But what does "home" really mean? In Take Me Home, BC artists, athletes and personalities share what home means to them.

The five members of the Canadian Brass undertake to celebrate Christmas with a true family gathering, inviting musically and artistically talented relatives of all ages to join them in renditions of holiday classics. In addition, the Brass is accompanied by the Bach's Children's Chorus, the Georgian Bay Children's Chorus, and other musicians. The Brass is costumed, according to the dictates of the kids involved, as musical wind-up toys, angels, the Three Kings, a Christmas tree, and Santa Claus. What results is a festive and spontaneous "free-for-all" where the guests run the show and where the Brass playfully indulges in its own experiment.


Is it possible to live waste free? Vancouver couple Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin go head-to-head in a year-long competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage. Their light-hearted rivalry is set against a darker examination of the problem of waste in North America as the couple struggles to find meaning in their minuscule impact on our "throw-away society".

Vancouver filmmaker Erik Paulsson chronicles the events, people, and places that shaped British Columbia's early history from its beginnings until the turn of the 20th century. Commissioned by Knowledge.

Vancouver filmmaker Erik Paulsson chronicles the events, people and places that shaped British Columbia's early history from its beginnings until the turn of the 20th century.

What's it like to be a child in war - not when the conflict is raging, but when kids are telling stories or playing games? In this dream-like documentary, filmmaker Mark Cousins hands out digital video cameras to the children of a Kurdish-Iraqi village and asks them to make their own movies, with wondrous results. Knowledge commission.

The story of the Great War is told from a unique perspective using archival footage filmed from an airship in 1919, as well as aerial photographs taken by First World War pilots and modern footage taken from the air. Together they give a fascinating view of the conflict: the battlefields of the Western Front, the massive trench networks, the epic destruction the war left behind, and the human stories visible only from above.

The Four Seasons features dancers from the National Ballet of Canada, including principal dancer, Rex Harrington, who has garnered critical raves from the international press for his dynamic style and his charismatic sensuality. The music is performed by Pinchas Zuckerman on solo violin with members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Featuring archival footage and photos, this Knowledge Network documentary traces the people and politics that influenced BC's knowledge industry over the past century.

The First World War ended on November 11, 1918 and took the lives of 9 million soldiers. Travelling to battlefields in France and Belgium, Michael Palin visits the places where troops were fighting as the war came to an end. Recounting the events leading up to that last morning, Palin tells the personal stories of the last soldiers to die as the minutes and seconds ticked away to the 11 o'clock ceasefire.

In India, Hema wants to sell her kidney to pay off family debts. In Nanaimo, BC, Sandra's kidneys are failing. Through converging stories, this documentary looks at the global trade in human organs, one of the most profitable and dangerous enterprises.

Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score combines with magical choreography and gorgeous costumes in this Royal Opera House production of the classic Christmas ballet. Visually entrancing, it features an acclaimed cast, including Alina Cojocaru as Clara, Stephen McRae as the Prince, and Miyako Yoshida as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

This is the story of technology's "Fairchild Eight" - eight men who became the driving force behind the Digital Age as they built Silicon Valley from the ground up. Determination, jealousy, professional pride and the sheer joy at making the impossible possible drove these men to build the future.

The Secret Liberators is about individual acts of courage in the common fight to liberate Europe from Nazi and Fascist tyranny. Canadian historian Norm Christie returns to the battlefields, monuments, cities, and resistance hideouts of Europe to tell the stories of Canadians whose individual acts of courage led to a greater victory. Christie takes us behind today's façade of freedom and prosperity to discover how, during the Second World War, Canadian Resistance fighters - men such as Guy Bieler, Frank Pickersgill, and Allyre Sirois were sent into Nazi-occupied France and played a crucial, and largely unknown, role in the liberation of Europe.

This beautifully-filmed nature series uncovers the hidden world in our backyards. Find out about the delicate relationships between plants, insects, wildlife and other creatures. Learn about defense strategies against predators, mating rituals and the wondrous cycles of life. Using macro lenses and time-lapse photography, this series reveals the danger and beauty within an ordinary garden.

It's an extraordinary world of death and beauty - and it's as close as our backyards. This unique nature series will forever change the way we see our gardens. Time-lapse photography and macro-lenses uncover the mysterious world that's hidden in a common garden. With a shift in perspective, grass becomes a towering forest, molehills become mountains, and beetles are armoured, devouring giants. From bloodthirsty predators to the exotic world of blossoms, this series gives voice to the thousands of rarely-noticed creatures that live alongside us every day.

Contemporary and baroque styles interweave in this performance fantasy featuring the music of George Frideric Handel. The warring forces of good and evil and the power of romantic love are expressed through music, song, dance, and gesture in this stylish and imaginative blend of stage drama and rock video.


In this six-part series, BC-based journalist and adventurer Bernice Notenboom heads to areas of the planet where climate systems may be nearing a tipping point. Bernice joins leading environmental scientists in the field as they explore the elements destabilizing our climate systems, and sees how changes in a remote area can - and do - dramatically impact other continents thousands of miles away, including North America. While there are no simple solutions, the series attempts to answer the pressing question: what is our timeline to change?

Powerful music, a gripping story and a tragic end: Puccini's enduringly popular Tosca comes to the Royal Opera House. This revival of Jonathan Kent's production made opera history thanks to the passionate performances of its all-star cast, including Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel.

Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold go back in time to run a farm exactly as it would have been in 1500, during the reign of the first Tudor king, Henry VII. It was an era when monasteries dominated the landscape, not just in matters of worship, but almost every aspect of life. In this new six-part series, Ruth, Peter and Tom will be doing the work of tenants on a monastery farm, using only the tools and materials of the age. Like the farmers of old, they'll come to depend on their animals, except perhaps some cantankerous geese. The series was filmed at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex, which features a variety of 15th and 16th-century buildings.

Ultimate Engineering profiles incredible stories of amazing engineering feats. Each episode features the pinnacle of engineering and technological achievements spanning 4,000 years of history, from the Great Pyramid to Super Pipelines. By pushing the boundaries of technology, each project will put ingenuity and perseverance to the ultimate test.

This nature series takes you beneath the surface of the ocean and into some of the greatest aquatic environments of the world. Discover mysterious marine locales and remarkable coral formations. Visit the exquisite Galapagos Islands and learn how this rich ecosystem is under attack. Enter an extensive system of underground caves in Acumel. And explore the Canadian government's efforts to develop an ambitious artificial reef project. With breath-taking underwater photography, this series reveals the many facets of this dangerous and fascinating kingdom.

In the second season of this nature series, we follow a gathering of humpback whales, investigate the future of endangered sea turtles, and witness the shark's feeding frenzy. Join us as we also travel to the exotic marine locales of Borneo's Sulawesi Sea, the Red Sea, and Fiji's island archipelago. Using state-of-the-art, underwater photography, "Undersea Explorer" takes you on an intriguing journey to the rarely seen, strange and unusual underwater kingdom, submerging you beneath the surface of the ocean and into some of the greatest aquatic environments of the world.

This nature series takes you beneath the surface of the ocean and into some of the greatest aquatic environments of the world. Discover mysterious marine locales and remarkable coral formations. Visit the exquisite Galapagos Islands and learn how this rich ecosystem is under attack. Enter an extensive system of underground caves in Acumel. And explore the Canadian government's efforts to develop an ambitious artificial reef project. With breath-taking underwater photography, this series reveals the many facets of this dangerous and fascinating kingdom.

Celebrate Vancouver through the lens of two renowned photographers Fred Herzog and W.J. Moore.

Our capital city's history comes alive through photography.

Volcanologist Thomas Pfeiffer, together with his team of local experts, cater to the adventurous and volcano curious and take guests on exciting journeys around the world to the most eruptive volcanoes. From the notorious and deadly Krakatoa, to the remote and inhospitable heat of the Danakill Depression of Ethiopia, Volcano Discovery will follow Thomas and his crew as they take viewers into world of beauty and awe of this somewhat misunderstood spectacle.

The Cold Case squad is a crack team set up to re-investigate unsolved murders, using new technology to re-examine evidence that hopefully will lead to the killer. They are at the cutting edge of modern police investigation, but they have been given just one year to prove their worth. Their first case is the abduction and murder of Alice Miller, a young girl who disappeared five years ago. As the Cold Case squad gets to work, they inadvertently trigger the killer to strike again in exactly the same manner as before, and the team find themselves solving past and present crimes at the same time.

Port cities are where a nation meets the rest of the world, where the familiar meets the exotic, where the known meets the unknown. In this 13-part documentary series, host Heidi Hollinger, a world-renowned photographer, takes us into the heart of 13 incredible cities to discover their spirit and soul - from Helsinki to Havana, Melbourne to Moscow, and Cape Town to Tel Aviv.

Described as our "our Van Gogh", Thomson's expressive and vibrant paintings of the northern landscape have become iconic representations of Canada. What is it about his life, art and death that haunts us still? Filmmakers Peter Raymont and Michele Hozer unravel the mysteries of this brilliant, beloved artist.

Discover the technological and science secrets behind the seemingly simple objects we use every day. This series uncovers extraordinary tales of ordinary things, including why chalk was added to toothpaste, how Pyrex (of cookware fame) was once used in wartime, and why there are over 30,000 types of light bulbs.

What's That About? II is an informative exploration of the science and technology of seemingly familiar places… but with a view we never get to see. Imagine sneaking behind the curtain at a Rock Concert, eavesdropping on the other side of the security cameras at a Casino, or finding out the inside story of how they keep all those trains on the track at the Trainyard. This series will keep viewers captivated as surprising and often eye-opening secrets are revealed.

They're burned-out workaholics, bored retirees, urban dwellers, and outdoor "un-enthusiasts". So why are they suddenly climbing mountains and whitewater kayaking? Meet a group of nature neophytes who crave a true wilderness experience but aren't sure how to get started. This exhilarating reality series challenges our budding adventurers to get off the couch and conquer their fears.

Wipe Out tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage as the result of head injuries they suffered pursuing extreme sports. Through their stories, the documentary explores the science of thrill-seeking, and reveals how cultural forces and ignorance are propelling young men to dangerous new heights.

This extraordinary three-part series shares the amazing stories of workers, industries and events spanning three centuries of British Columbia's history. Featuring more than 1,000 images from over 80 archives, museums and private collections, these films bring the province's past to life through historical photographs, archival footage, music and sound.

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