PLANET TALES


101: EVERGLADES: TO HELL AND BACK 1999 - has aired on the Discovery Channel
To many, the Everglades is a place that appears like a scene from the age of the dinosaurs. It is a place where a slow-moving mass of water more than 60 kilometers (approx. 37 miles) wide advances only 30 centimeters (12 in.) every hour. It is a place where the habitat changes dramatically as you drop only 60 centimeters (23.6 in.) in altitude, and also a place where an abundance of life can be fround, from big cats and alligators to sharks.

102: GREAT NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD 2002 - has aired on the National Geographic Channel
From the highest, coldest summit to the lowest, hottest place on Earth, from the world's tallest waterfalls to its most impressive caverns, GREAT NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD celebrates the wealth of natural phenomena that makes Planet Earth so varied, distinctive and spectacularly beautiful. David Attenborough travels across the seven continents in this intrepid quest. He begins in North America, witnessing dawn in the forbidding terrain of Death Valley. He completes his global journey in the world's most isolated wild place, Antarctica.

103: MYSTERY OF THE JURASSIC 2002 - has aired on the Discovery Science Channel
The BBC's series "Horizon" joins a major trek to a remote plateau in Argentina, to unearth the real Jurassic Park. Many scientists believe this incredible site could be the most significant dinosaur find ever. In one huge outcrop of rock lies a complete snapshot of life in the Middle Jurassic, the most mysterious period in the story of the dinosaurs. By following the dinosaur dig this film recreates, through spectacular graphics, the whole world of this era.

104: MYSTERY OF THE TAJ MAHAL 1999 - has aired on TLC
Built by Shah Jahan in 1642 as a memorial to his adored wife Shalimar, the Taj Mahal in Agra is more than just a glorified mausoleum. It is also a very precise visual representation of the Throne of God as described in the Koran. The identity and nationality of the architects are still in question, but by analyzing location, design and calligraphy, U.S. academic Wayne Begley concludes there are deeper messages behind the breathtakingly beautiful tomb.

105: SINKING THE GRAF SPEE 2006 - will be a U.S. Television Premiere
One of the most potent symbols of Nazi sea power, the Graf Spee wreaked havoc with allied merchant shipping in the opening months of World War II. By December 1939 she had become Churchill's number one target. The battle that ensued between the two naval stalwarts, Commodore Henry Harwood and Captain Hans Langsdorff, finally saw the Graf Spee out-maneuvered by her British counterpart not only on the seas but also through military intelligence. A 'cloak and dagger' attack was waged as British Intelligence leaked information claiming a large fleet was steaming to the River Plate to lie in wait for the Graf Spee. The 'official' British account said that Langsdorff scuttled his ship rather than face certain defeat. But a re-examination of the official records and the captain's war diaries, points to Langsdorff knowing the British were trying to trick him. But if this is true, why did he scuttle his ship? This program is from the BBC series "Timewatch".