The BEST episodes directed by Gideon Bradshaw

Empire of the Sun
838 votes

#1 - Empire of the Sun

Wonders of the Solar System - Season 1 - Episode 1

Physicist Brian Cox examines the sun's rule over our planet, heading for India to witness a total solar eclipse, and viewing the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle.

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Building Your Brain
160 votes

#2 - Building Your Brain

Inside the Human Body - Season 1 - Episode 3

In this episode, Michael Mosley traces our development from birth to adulthood, and reveals that the human brain is so sophisticated it takes more than twenty years to mature. We see how new-born Phoebe makes sense of the world, and how one-year-old Angelina copes with just half a functioning brain. We discover how Moken sea Gypsy children train themselves to see clearly underwater, and meet a Vietnamese girl who speaks 11 different languages. Michael shows his own teenagers remarkable scans which reveal just how many brain connections we lose between the ages of 11 and 20. This remodeling is an essential part of growing up, and helps explain teen behaviour and their tendency to take risks - as illustrated by Stephanie, the world's youngest stock car racer at the age of 13.

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Expanding Universe
198 votes

#3 - Expanding Universe

Wonders of Life - Season 1 - Episode 2

In the second episode, Brian travels to the U.S. to showcase how the laws of science allowed senses to arise.

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163 votes

#4 - Home

Wonders of Life - Season 1 - Episode 5

In the final episode, Cox explains what makes Earth a home for life and asks what ingredients were required for complex life to begin.

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Size Matters
221 votes

#5 - Size Matters

Wonders of Life - Season 1 - Episode 4

The fourth episode sees Brian in Australia looking at how the size of life affects each plant and animal, and how long it can survive.

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Endless Forms Most Beautiful
163 votes

#6 - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Wonders of Life - Season 1 - Episode 3

Brian travels to Africa and Madagascar to analyse why Earth is a fertile place and how it allows complex life to exist.

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What is Life?
302 votes

#7 - What is Life?

Wonders of Life - Season 1 - Episode 1

Professor Brian Cox journeys to Southeast Asia to see how life began on Earth and how the flow of energy created and supports life.

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