Ever had a burning desire to see an active volcano close up? These giant mountains of ash and lava are as fascinating as they are forbidding. Intrepid cousins Vincent and Bertrand take us on a discovery of the most beautiful, awesome volcanoes on the planet. On a journey mixing adventure, history, science and ancient beliefs, our daredevil hosts share their experiences, interview experts, and take us as close as possible to these fiery forces of nature without getting burnt!
ANIMAL DESTINIES [7x52’]
In the African savannah, life is a succession of challenges that must be overcome if one wants to see the next day. Growing up, finding food, moving around, breeding, all these vital needs require coming up with survival strategies that can be perilous.
Through the fate of various animals, the whole theatre of life is revealed with its constant struggles punctuated by brief moments of respite.
ARJEPLOG, THE WINTER CAR CAPITAL 52’
The vehicles of tomorrow tested under extreme conditions
If you own a car, it has been most likely heavily tested in Swedish Lapland, more precisely in Arjeplog.
Unknown to the public, this small town of 2,000 inhabitants, located 50km north of the Arctic Circle, is the world capital of the automobile industry in winter.
It is a secret location where the biggest manufacturers torment the vehicles of tomorrow under extreme conditions.
Discover the magic and beauty of some of the world's most enchanting destinations, their natural wonders, outstanding monuments, their crafts, and breathtaking landscapes.
This series is an invitation to travel to the heart of the traditions and peculiarities of the world's most celebrated countries.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GIANT MAMMOTH 52’
A million-year-old skeleton
Over a million years old, the Durfort mammoth is the National Museum of Natural History emblem.
Fragilized by the passage of time, this giant skeleton now needs urgent care. The bones have turned black, and some have worrying cracks. Paleontologists are working on this complex and lengthy restoration project.
This film looks at the history of this pachyderm with surprising characteristics using scientific methods.
MASTERS OF SAVOURS [16x52’]
The taste of Nature
Nature has provided Humanity with edible plants offering an infinity of tastes and sensations. Over the centuries, with patience and passion, man has developed the know-how to transform them into exceptional food.
This series is about men and women who have learned how to magnify different ingredients to please the palates of discerning gourmets.
This unique collection is a culinary exploration of the world, taking us from vineyards to rice fields and deep forests to discover authentic lifestyles and stunning landscapes.
THE BLUE CRAB, CHRONICLE OF AN INVASION 52’
A real nuisance
The 'Callinectes sapidus' has a blue shell rimmed with slightly orange spines and powerful claws that can crush oysters.
This blue crab, which is fond of the Mediterranean lagoons, proliferates exponentially, making it a real nuisance for fishermen and oyster farmers.
THE SECRETS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN [3x52’]
A window into nature’s evolution
Because it is particularly sensitive to the consequences of global warming, the Mediterranean Sea has recently become the focus of scientific attention.
What do we really know about the mechanisms that regulate its ecosystems and biodiversity?
In the Mediterranean, there are areas where animal and plant species have adapted in surprising and unprecedented ways, giving researchers a window into nature’s evolution.
WILD NAMIBIA 52’
Nature and fauna both unique and fragile
In Southern Africa, Namibia stretches its wild coastline for over 1000 kilometers and contains vast and beautiful arid desert areas.
Stubbornly, life always finds its way, and against all odds, these austere conditions have not discouraged wildlife from thriving.
With its stunningly beautiful images, this film reveals the grandiose spectacle of nature and fauna, both unique and fragile.
# FRENCH VERSION [170x26’]
The French art-de-vivre
Fashion, design, gastronomy, the art of living... Katherina Marx, a passionate ambassador of French chic, meets the who’s who of lifestyle pundits.
In each episode, a significant guest and reports shine a light on France and its young creators as well as on swanky and trendy places.
AMAZING ANIMAL FAMILIES [10x52’]
A sense of belonging
No matter how big, or small, every member of the animal kingdom has a family.
Covering all continents on the planet and featuring animal species from the largest land mammals to the tiniest sea creatures, this series answers questions like: What are the ties that bind? What creates a dynasty? What makes these groups of animals amazing?
Often incredible, at times breathtaking, discover what it means to be part of amazing animal families.
AMAZON THE LOST WORLD 52’
Dark and boundless, the Amazon appears to have been deserted by mankind since the beginning of time. However, scientists have been experimenting with unprece-dented approaches to tropical archeology for almost a decade and are now accumulating discoveries. What did the pre-Columbian Amazon really look like?
Following the work of scientists and archaeologists, this film reveals a thriving Amazonia populated by interconnected towns and villages, where men knew and mastered the tropical ecosystem.
ART INVESTIGATION [34x26’]
From conception to fame
This series tells the story of the greatest works of art exhibited in major museums to better understand what made them famous.
Each episode follows the journey of a painting or a sculpture, from its genesis to the moment it became prominent.
AUGMENTED H+UMANITY 52’
With Augmented H+umanity we will travel from USA to Asia, into the heart of labs that want to use science and technologies to radically change human beings and to create robots that seem alive. How far will technology go to improve our living conditions? Robotics is an important science, but the future of our species does not lie in a massive substitution by robots. If we lose our humanness, isn’t that the end of Humanity ? On the contrary, robotics and technologies must be used to improve the living conditions and the environment of human beings.
BABY STEPS [3x52’]
A one-year immersion with three exceptional baby animals and their breeders, from their births to their first steps and their first life changing experiences. This mini-series follows a turquoise-eyed lemur upon which the survival of its species depends, a foal for whom the stage will become a real playground, and a puppy destined to become a sheep dog.
BEAUTY AND THE BEACH [20x52’]
Life changing cosmetic surgery in world-class accommodations
In Thailand, leading surgeons perform plastic surgery operations in world-class hospitals, and patients are pampered in luxurious five-star hotels.
In this series, we follow people determined to change their lives, taking all sorts of available options: boob jobs for young and old, mother and daughter bridezilla packages, hen’s parties, extreme foot and hand makeovers, dental implant tours, sex changes, post-baby mummy makeovers, male breast reduction, liposuction, labiaplasty, booty lifts...
These operations, long out of reach for the global masses, are now no longer the preserve of the rich and famous.
BEHIND AI 52’
The science powering “smart algorithms” in question
Everything seems possible thanks to AI, Artificial Intelligence, but at what cost?
Though technology is a powerful driving force for our society’s development, critics within the scientific community are expressing doubts.
Deep learning multilayers form opaque, flawed systems that reproduce stereotypes. It is now an emergency to delve into the science behind the “smart algorithms” in order to better understand how machines come to their results.
BELLY OF A NATION [6x52’]
Real-life trials and tribulations of famous Singapore hawkers, sharing about their culture, and journey from past to present day, while paying homage to the comforting food they make daily.
BORN FOR THIS [5x26’]
A mindfulness adventure
The quality of our lives is determined by the quality of our health and well-being.
But what is true health? How to achieve it? Can it be a source of inspiration and achievements?
In this season premiere we meet the Fuel to Flourish Fellowship and join them in their mindfulness adventure through the island of Puerto Galera in Philippines.
CARNAC, THE NEOLITHIC LOST KINGDOM 52’
The mystery of the menhirs
In Brittany, France, the multitude of menhirs continues to confound archaeologists.
The most recent scientific research has identified dozens of new alignments of stelae, some of which lie under the sea. In the Neolithic period, why did men erect these gigantic funerary monuments to the glory of dignitaries as powerful as the Pharaohs?
From often tenuous clues, experts try to reveal the mysteries that still shroud these sites and this unique society that shone and disappeared suddenly.
COSMIC FLOWS 52’
Enhancing our perception of the universe
Since the beginning of time, Man has been constantly pushing the boundaries of his world. From 16th century explorers to 20th century astronomers, they have sailed across celestial waters, taking their dizzying chart-making skills to new heights.
At the forefront of technology, they have used increasingly powerful and spectacular telescopes to push our knowledge ever further.
From Hawaii to Australia via South Africa and China, this film embarks on an incredible human and scientific adventure to the greatest exploration sites on the planet in order to enhance our perception of the universe.
DEADLY SOULS [6x52’]
Serial killers strike without mercy or remorse. What makes them tick? What drives them to kill? A no-nonsense former US Police Captain alongside a renowned British Forensic Psychologist re-examine the case files to some of the world’s most infamous serial killers. Our psychologist will analyse the serial killer’s twisted mind, while our tough-as-nails cop offers insight into the men and woman who hunt them down. Together, they’ll give the viewer a new understanding of what causes certain dark souls to kill in the cruellest ways.
DREAM GIRL THE MAKING OF MARILYN MONROE [3x52’]
This film, the fruit of 10 years of research, unravels the myth of Marilyn in an original way, using psychologists to understand her deepest motivations.
Marilyn was determined to succeed at all costs, even at the risk of her own life, to compensate for her parents' rejection. She received decisive help from the world of organized crime, with whom she maintained complicated relations. She was also able to count on many mentors: agents, coaches, producers...
Marilyn has yet to reveal all her secrets and remains a mystery in many ways.
Also available as 120min.
EARTH ATTACKS 52’
A space adventure that uncovers the risks of the hunt for life and the sterilization of the objects that we send into space. Discover how man can destroy its own research and stumble upon the traces that we ourselves have left.
ECHOES OF HISTORY [36x26’]
Events that shaped the countries of the Mediterranean
This series looks back at the democratic mechanisms that shaped the Mediterranean countries in the 20th century through the deeds of emblematic characters.
Each episode sheds light on the fragility of these regimes and the precariousness of the democratic gains that we take for granted.
FIRE ISLAND 52’
The hottest summer place East of NY
Fire Island is a small island accessible only by ferry, a little over 2 hours from New York.
There are no paved roads or cars. It is a place of privacy, protected from prying eyes.
In the summer, it is the island of contrasts with the LGBT community running amok; Cherry Grove and its relaxed atmosphere where everyone knows each other; Pines, home to the snobs and where social competition is intense; and in between, the Meat Rack, a natural boundary that takes the form of a wood where the temperature can rise very quickly.
FRANCE UNDER THE ALLIES BOMBS [3x52’]
Unnecessary civilian casualties
After 4 years of Nazi occupation, the French welcomed the liberation by the Allied forces. Immediately afterward, they focused entirely on the reconstruction of the country, occulting the dark years of the war.
But as time went by, and thanks to historical research, questions began to emerge. Indeed, French cities were heavily bombed by Allied aviation, but was the sacrifice of the civilian population necessary? Were there strategic mistakes, and why were they not acknowledged?
Through the tragic destiny of 3 cities (Le Havre, Royan, and Rouen), this collection opens a dark and still little-known page of WWII.
In the 80's, a group of young idealists, sensing an ecological catastrophe to come, want to show that another world is possible. Guided by a mysterious Amerindian shaman, they live in teepees in the middle of buildings. Quickly accused by their families and the press of being manipulated, they start a long ecological march through Europe which ends in Finland after 10 years of wandering. In the great North extreme conditions: how far are they willing to save "Gaïaland"?
GAWAI ANTU 72’
The festival of ghosts
An ancient tribal community in Borneo works to retain its identity and traditions by calling back the dead, thereby reasserting the orderly relationship between their world and the surrounding jungle.
Known as Gawai Antu, “the festival of the ghosts”, this ritual is so complex and powerful that most will experience it only once in a lifetime.
Also available as a 52mns
GLOBAL SCIENCE [6x52’]
Witness every major discovery in 6 cutting-edge scientific fields: technology, space, medicine, environment, green technologies, and artificial intelligence.
Driven by deep-dive interviews with our experts, and stunning images from around the world this series offers an unprecedented overview of the most incredible breakthroughs that shape the world and its future, while clearly about science, it is above all about us.
GREGORY PECK, THE GENTLEMAN ACTOR 52’
Talent, elegance and political commitment have made Gregory Peck one of the most respected actors of his generation.
But the beginning of his career was anything but easy. Penniless in New York, he finally managed to break through on Broadway, but no longer believed in his chances to do movies. A few months later, he shot his first film in Hollywood and went on to work with Alfred Hitchcock and Elia Kazan.
This film reveals the man behind the actor, the failure of his first marriage, his supposed affair with Ingrid Bergman, his complicity with Audrey Hepburn, his passion for a French journalist who became his second wife, not to mention the tragic death of his son, Jonathan, who committed suicide.
HIGH TECH AIRPORT 52’
Roissy-Charles-De-Gaulle airport is Europe’s second largest and busiest hub: 66 million passengers each year, 1800 aircrafts per day, planes land on or take off at a record pace of one plane every 30 seconds … impossible feat without the help of the best in cutting-edge technology: runway lights, navigational system, push-back tugs, 50-ton tractors that push and pull aircraft from gate to landing strip, and state-of-the-art scanners that screen over 1,200 bags per minute….
A fascinating glimpse into how Roissy-Charles-De-Gaulle airport is able to welcome, check in and board over 230,000 passengers a day with as little turbulence as possible.
IN THE SKIN OF [3x52’]
The documentary series IN THE SKIN OF tells the intimate and hidden life of the animals that share our existence by embarking, in an unprecedented way, in their skin. Each episode will be an excursion in the company of an animal, to discover its universe as it really perceives it, and surprising encounters, animal or human, which punctuate his days. Thanks to the onboard cameras, the subjective takes and an aesthetic realization, we will be the privileged witnesses of the hectic life of animals.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 52’ or 90’
What lies beneath our feet
From the Icelandic volcano from which Jules Verne sent his characters to the Centre of the Earth, to the Stromboli volcano from which they emerged after an eruption, this impossible adventure shows that science is on the move more than ever, in terms of geology, mineralogy, geophysics, biochemistry... the last few years have been full of revelations!
With the best international specialists, from the Sultanate of Oman to the Italian Val d'Aosta, via Mexico or Paris, we discover an unknown world beneath our feet...
KIM YO JONG, THE RED PRINCESS 52’
The first female dictator in history?
The future of North Korea lies with a woman, not only the sister but, as of now, the head of the Kim family’s kingdom.
To understand the geopolitics of Asia, one must consider North Korea, the cornerstone of a continent where the Cold War has never been resolved, where the fractures between the socialist bloc and the American empire still write history every day.
This compelling portrait of Kim Yo-jong is of the utmost importance since she is at the center of a game she seems determined to play hard.
LOUIS DE FUNES, THE KING OF FRENCH COMEDY 52’
The spiritual father of French comedy
Louis de Funès was acclaimed by the public but reviled by the critics. He had to wait until he was 41 years old to achieve success finally.
His 144 films in his 35-year career made him a record holder in cinema admissions and television audiences.
Louis de Funès died in 1983, but his incredible comic talent has not aged a day, and his detractors have made their mea culpa to the spiritual father of French comedy.
MAN 2.0 R-EVOLUTION [6x52’]
For the first time in history, humankind has the knowledge and the tools to intervene directly in its own evolutionary process. Thanks to genetic mapping allowing us to ‘repair’ our defective parts and ‘improve’ our genes, this series explore the growing role of science in shaping human life.
Let’s meet the most prominent scientists, anthropologists and futurologists of the world to explore the state of the art of the human species: from a Genetically Modified Homo Sapiens to Homo Technologicus and Digitalis.
MEDINA AZAHARA, THE LOST PEARL OF EL-ANDALUS 52’
Nicknamed the “Versailles of Andalusia”, Medina Azahara is today one of the most important Islamic archaeological site. Recognized as World Heritage of Humanity, this unique caliphal city, built four centuries before the Alhambra, is the object of a new excavation campaign led by a team of international researchers.
MEGASTADIUM: A TOUR OF EUROPE [6x52’]
From Amsterdam to London, Bilbao and Roma to Budapest or Bakou, discover the challenges of building legendary stadiums, secrets of megastructures that host hundreds of millions of spectators, their enthusiasm, and their songs year after year.
MEXICO: ABASTOS, AT THE HEART OF THE LARGEST MARKET IN THE WORLD 52’
The country's second-largest financial center behind the stock exchange
Covering 327 hectares, the Abastos market in Mexico City is the largest fresh produce market in the world. 150,000 people work there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to feed the vast metropolitan area and its 22 million inhabitants.
As the country's second-largest financial center behind the Mexico City stock exchange, Abastos also attracts great interest. Not least that of the country's most violent gang, the Jalisco cartel, said to have made its way right up to the top management.
MOONTIDE FISHING [26x26’]
The wisdom of the Maori people
The Polynesian people, especially the Maori, have long realized that the moon has an influence on the tides, which in turn affect fishing.
Nore Martin, who has been mentored by elders of his tribe, takes us on an entertaining and informative journey around some of the most beautiful and remote spots of New Zealand to test this rule.
The clue is that the best days occur from 6 to 9 days after the full moon when the weather is perfect, and the big fish come biting.
ROME: AN ARMY OF BUILDERS 52’
All throughout the Gallic Wars, Caesar’s army drew on the power of its military genius to defeat the Gauls. Once the territories were conquered, the technical skill of the Roman legionnaires was used to build monumental infrastructures like the impressive stone forts that served to protect the borders of the empire. An instrument of both land conquest and territorial planning, the Roman legion proved to be Rome’s most precious asset: a formidable army of builders.
SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS [147x100’]
This series unveils the great mysteries of the past by evoking exceptional destinies, known or unknown.
Each episode retraces the life of an emblematic historical character and highlights remarkable heritage sites.
SHIPWRECKS: WHEN HISTORY RESURFACES [6x52’]
From the Philippines to Scotland, to Corsica, Kevin Sempé dives in search of shipwrecks on the ocean floor. Alongside top experts, his aim is to bring completely submerged bits of history up from the depths. Wars, scuttling, tragic shipwrecks: we set off on an exciting series of underwater expeditions as we hunt for the vestiges that shed light on these major maritime disasters.
Blending 3D animation, exclusive stock footage and key contributions by survivors and historians, “Shipwrecks” navigates between land and sea, to chronicle the history of the world through the stories of its forgotten shipwrecks.
SIX SURVIVORS [6x24’]
Love among the zombies
Six men and women who have survived a zombie virus pandemic in Japan are holding up in a shopping mall.
Problems abound, given their limited supplies. Nevertheless, love blossoms simply from living together.
What will it take to survive, and who will stick with who?
THE COLOSSEUM: A JEWEL IN ROME'S CROWN 52’
All roads lead to Rome—or more precisely to its most iconic landmark: the Colosseum.
Built under Emperor Vespasian in the 1st century CE, this magnificent monument, spanning two thousand years of history, is an emblem of the power of a bygone empire.
With over seven million visitors a year, its massive structure and awesome architecture testify to the genius of ancient Roman building techniques, earning it a place not only among UNESCO’s world heritage sites, but as one of the new seven wonders of the world.
THE HOVERING BLADE [6x52’]
A vigilante father
Since Shigeki’s wife passed away, he has raised his daughter, Ema, a 17-year-old high school student, alone. One night, she does not return from her part-time job. The police discover her lifeless body with plenty of evidence of the violence she suffered.
A couple of days later, Shigeki receives an anonymous phone call revealing the name and address of Ema’s killer. There, he discovers pictures and videos showing his daughter’s brutal ordeal at the hands of a couple of young teenagers. Because of their age, Shigeki knows that justice will never be served. So, when he faces one of them, he loses it and kills him, then goes hunting for the accomplice.
Adapted from the work of the master of detective novels, Keigo Higashino, this dark thriller questions parents facing the brutal loss of a child and the social acceptance of revenge as a mode of justice.
THE KIM DYNASTY, A FAMILY AFFAIR [2x45’]
North Korea's ultimate survival plan
In the geopolitics of our time, North Korea takes center stage. It is at the top of the international agenda of the great powers because of its strategy of constant threats carried out by three successive generations of the ruling family.
With the help of leading experts, including former Pyongyang regime officials, this film seeks to uncover North Korea's ultimate plan, its goal, and the length it is ready to go to achieve it.
Also available in 90min
THE MISSING LINK 52’
On Earth, all animal and plant species are closely associated. Each living being is an essential link in the balance of ecosystems. But each year, dozens of species disappear due to human activities. Which causes disasters in the chain, which ultimately affect Man. What happens when a link in the chain is missing? And what could the world of tomorrow look like if we don’t protect biodiversity better?
THE MYSTERIES OF SAQQARA 52’
On the left bank of the Nile rests the most ancient and vast necropolis of the country: Saqqara. The city of the funereal divinity of Memphis and one of the capitals of Ancient Egypt is also the home of one of the first women who guided the country. Few know about it and yet it is a true treasure. For 60 days, we will join an expedition that explores the secrets of the forbidden Saqqara.
TROPICAL HOME [3x52’]
The ultimate purpose is to find the place where we feel most at home
A Spaniard, a Swiss- Italian and a Japanese decide to change their lives and move to the tropical islands of the Philippines.
These three stories are full of lessons: that the ultimate purpose for each of us is to find the place where we feel most at home; that surprising and enriching new encounters are around the corner; that we can choose our life and ignore the dictates of society.
This series shows that home is not limited to where we grew up, nor is it a function of where we come from.
WARRIOR'S WAY [6x52’]
From childhood through becoming a man with a particular spirituality, training and war experience, discover the darkest and most heroic part of all ancient civilizations: their warriors. Each episode reveals the secrets of the war-like cultures: their ethos, beliefs, values and religion, their training and obedience of their masters are what these warriors follow from birth till their last battle.
WE BUGGED HITLER'S PHONE 52’
The ultimate wiretap
April 20, 1942. Three Resistance agents led by engineer Robert Keller are listening in on Adolf Hitler, the Führer himself. They have wiretapped him. They are also spying on other top dignitaries of the Third Reich like Goering.
Indeed, during World War II, Keller pulled off one of the greatest feats of espionage in Occupied Europe.
For the benefit of French and British intelligence, he recorded all the state secrets passing through the underground telephone lines stretching from Paris to Berlin.