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China, the empire of time - Episode 1

50m 13s

Part 1 : The Jesuits Conquering the Forbidden City. Matteo Ricci, a young Jesuit would be the first European to enter China at the end of the 16th century. Trained in geometry and algebra, he would soon discover that cosmology and the art of measuring time was at the very centre of Chinese civilization and imperial authority, the Emperor’s Mandate of Heaven.

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China, the empire of time - Episode 2

50m 11s

Part 2 : The Trial of the Jesuits. Matteo Ricci, a young Jesuit would be the first European to enter China at the end of the 16th century. Trained in geometry and algebra, he would soon discover that cosmology and the art of measuring time was at the very centre of Chinese civilization and imperial authority, the Emperor’s Mandate of Heaven.

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Only Me Generation

58m 30s

Has China’s ‘one child policy’ really created a generation of spoilt, privileged, selfish young adults? This documentary is a brave expose of what everyday life is like for the ‘Only Me’ generation in China. For the first time on camera, these young Chinese will speak candidly of the huge pressure and high expectations from their parents and reveal the dreams, worries, hopes and fears of a generation.

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Conquering Northern China | Season 1 | Episode 1

46m 49s

SerpentZA and Laowhy86 begin their epic adventure in Shandong Province, starting in former German concession, Qingdao. They taste a bizarre, wriggly local speciality; explore hidden war tunnels and head to a sleepy seaside village, famous for its seaweed-roofed cottages.

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Conquering Northern China | Season 1 | Episode 2

48m 25s

SerpentZA and Laowhy86 rack up the miles as they travel across Liaoning and Jilin Provinces. They spend the night in a themed sex hotel, explore one of China’s most famous ghost cities; tread carefully around the North Korean border and learn about a traditional North Korean alcohol.

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The Coming War on China

1h 52m

The Coming War on China, from award winning journalist John Pilger, reveals what the news doesn’t – that the world’s greatest military power, the United States, and the world’s second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, may well be on the road to war. Nuclear war is not only imaginable, but planned. The greatest build-up of NATO military forces since the Second World War is under way on the western borders of Russia.

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The Empire of Red Gold

54m 29s

The world’s most consumed fruit has an untold story. The industrialization of the humble tomato preceded the globalized economy that was to follow. It is now as much of a commodity as wheat, rice, or petrol. The tomato’s ability to create strongly identifiable products, such as ketchup, pizza sauce, soups, sauces, drinks or frozen dishes is unbeatable. As early as 1897, ten years before Ford started to mass produce cars, Heinz was already converting tomatoes into standardized cans of puree.

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