The Real Noah's Ark - Blink Films - Channel 4

In 1948 a British RAF pilot, Leonard Simmons, discovered a tablet covered in mysterious writing when he was serving in Iraq.

He brought it home as an intriguing memento, and it sat collecting dust on his mantelpiece for decades.

When he died last year, his son Douglas brought it to an expert, Irving Finkel at the British Museum.

Immediately it became clear the tablet was 3700 years old. Closer investigation revealed that it was an ancient instruction manual for building a huge boat to survive a flood – a boat that would go on to inspire the Epic of Gilgamesh, which in turn would inspire the story of Noah’s Ark. The Tablet reveals that this was no ordinary boat.

It was circular in shape, made of reeds and bitumen, and designed to carry a large number of animals…

Some 3700 years later, working with leading boat builders and historians of the period, a team set out to rebuild the original Noah’s Ark.

Treasures Decoded - Blink Films - BBC

Five of the world’s greatest treasures… All with remarkable secrets that have remained hidden – until now. In this new series, state-of- the art forensics will unlock the truth for the first time ever.

From the team who created Secrets of the Dead (PBS and C4), Revealed (Channel 5), and the hit shows The Silver Pharaoh (PBS/NatGeo/C5) and The Mystery of the Hope Diamond (Smithsonian/Channel 4) comes five spell-binding stories.

Civilisations - Nutopia - BBC

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A major new ten-part series telling the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day, for the first time on a global scale.

The BBC has announced the commission of Civilisations, It is now nearly half a century since Kenneth Clark’s series Civilisation thrilled audiences with its authoritative interpretation of the glories of Western art. Inspired by that groundbreaking programme, the new series of Civilisations on BBC Two will introduce a new generation to the great masterworks of beauty, ingenuity and illumination created across the continents.

The Ivory Game - Terra Mater Factual Studios/Cinema release

The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking. Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award-nominated director Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16 months with a crack team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists, to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking. A production from Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions, the film follows poachers in pursuit of the 'white gold' of ivory. Time is running out for the African elephants, dangerously nearing closer and closer to extinction.