Animal Odd Couples
Liz Bonnin looks at some of the most unexpected friendships between animals and humans. In this episode, she finds out why animals of different species make friends with each other and asks could two animals of different species even fall in love?
Seeing is believing. Or is it? This is the show that makes you question what you see, using illusions to illustrate how your visual perceptions can be surprisingly deceptive. Watch as your brain turns beautiful people into scary monsters, and reduces giants to miniatures. Brain-bending stuff.
David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities
Episode of the acclaimed nature show as the irrepressible Attenborough goes in search of two animals that hide behind a seemingly impregnable coat of arms: hedgehogs and rhinos. If anyone can get behind their armour, Attenborough can.
David Blaine: Real or Magic
Real or Magic finds the enigmatic illusionist performing for some of his favourite celebrities, including Robert De Niro, Kanye West, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry and a hilariously freaked-out Harrison Ford.
Don’t Look Down
Edge-of-the-seat documentary following James Kingston, one of a new breed of ‘urban free climbers’ who scale tall cranes and buildings – then hang from them. Meeting up with Ukraine’s Mustang Wanted, the pair embark on a journey of ever-crazier and even more death-defying stunts, pushing each other to breath-taking extremes. Just don’t try it yourself…
Presenter Richard Ayoade focuses on gizmos that can make your summer holiday ‘mildly more enjoyable’, such as a 3-in-1 luggage scooter, and a jacket that allows you to wear your excess baggage – as tested by Noel Fielding.
Harry’s South Pole Heroes
Prince Harry proves to be an entertaining and charismatic focus in this show about his involvement in an arduous 335km South Pole trek. The kicker is that many of those taking part are war wounded, and include amputees, making their achievement all the more reamrkable.
Ever wanted to sleep better, feel calmer, focus more or just get some relief from that busy mind? Well it's probably time to get some Headspace. Headspace is meditation made relevant to modern life. Learn for free with Andy Puddicombe, the man the Times (London) call 'The Expert's Expert'.
Get unique daily guided meditations, science facts and figures and progress reports, all designed to make it as easy as possible for you to get some calm and clarity.
So make sure you take care of your mind this year and download the Headspace app (on-the-go).
Headspace The Benefits of Meditation
From greater creativity to an increase in your attention span, the benefits of meditation are many - so instead of trying to list them, we interviewed Yale University’s Judson Brewer for the scientific opinion on why meditation works – plus, hear from other Headspace beginners. If you’re looking for a nudge to try Take 10, this is it.
Headspace Take 10
If you've ever wanted to sleep better, have more focus or just stop the endless thoughts from clattering around your brain, let the man the Times calls ‘Britain’s top meditation guru’ show you how. In just 10 minutes, he’ll take you through simple, practical techniques for getting a bit more Headspace in your life.
Headspace Guide to getting some Sleep
Catching zzz's on a plane can be somewhat of a struggle. Until now! In just 10 minutes, Andy Puddicombe can teach you a simple technique that will help you get off to the land of nod whether you’re in the air or back on solid ground.
Headspace for the Journey
Anxieties about flying, impatient to disembark after landing, or worried about whether your baggage is ever going to come out at the other end? Travelling can be stressful – but with this dedicated technique, you’ll feel calmer and tease out the tension. (It’ll pay even more dividends if you’ve tried Headspace Take 10, too…)
Hoarder Next Door
Psychotherapist Stelios Kiosses, not forgetting straight talking de-clutterers Zoe Steel and Allyson Pritchard, are on hand to help helping extreme hoarders. In this episode Tricia is a former actress and Paul is a jazz enthusiast.
Joanna Lumley meets will.i.am
The absolutely fabulous Ms Lumley travels to LA in order to get to know the eccentric Black-Eyed Pea. Meeting his family and seeing the tough neighbourhoods in which he was raised, she finally gets to see what makes will.i.am tick.
National Geographic Photographers: The Best Job in the World
A celebration of the amazing, funny, death-defying and touching tales of National Geographic photographers, who have journeyed the planet for 125 years in order to capture images of our world and all its wonders.
Penguin: Spy in the Huddle
We have over 50 spy cameras to thank for the truly remarkable footage in this wildlife special narrated by David Tennant. It sees emperor penguins crossing a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds.
Secret Life of Babies
Documentary showing that the first two years of our life are the most critical, as well as exploring recent findings that babies have incredible abilities that we lose as adults, such as being able to survive tremendous physical shocks.
The Class of ‘92
The Class of ‘92 are David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes, the six Man United players who formed the backbone of the treble-winning team of 1998/99. This feature-length documentary details their meteoric rise and features interviews with all six.
The Island with Bear Grylls
Reality show in which survival expert Bear Grylls drops thirteen hopefuls on a remote, uninhabited Pacific island for a month. Can they survive? Probably, but as the man himself says, it’s not just about surviving but thriving.
In this episode from the latest series, the trio must buy hatchbacks from their youth (well, the 1980s) before using them to take on challenges including the hill climb, a ‘supermarket sweep’ and a police pursuit. Chaos, as you can imagine.