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PBS/BBC New Documentary Mini-Series "The Story of India" Tonight

 
 
Reply Mon 5 Jan, 2009 05:45 pm
THE STORY OF INDIA
Premieres on Monday Jan. 5, 2009 PBS

The world's largest democracy and a rising economic giant, India is now as well known across the globe for its mastery of computer technology as it is for its many-armed gods and its famous spiritual traditions. But India is also the world's most ancient surviving civilization, with unbroken continuity back into prehistory.

In this landmark six-part series for PBS and the BBC, Michael Wood will embark on a dazzling and exciting journey through today's India, "seeking in the present for clues to her past, and in the past for clues to her future".
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jan, 2009 05:54 pm
cool, will try to check that out
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Mon 5 Jan, 2009 05:55 pm
@Lightwizard,
Sounds good. I think I'll look for it.

(besides, the Sarah Connor Chronicles are between seasons) Smile
Lightwizard
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 09:26 am
@rosborne979,
The series is over in it re-runs so I assume everyone who wanted to see it has finalized an opinion.
I though this was one of the finest historical documentaries ever presented on PBS. It was inordinately detailed and the narrator Michael Wood was, as usual, glib and informative and we in the action rather than the usual "heavenly voice over" one usually hears.
Swimpy
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 02:05 pm
@Lightwizard,
I thought the series was wonderful. I can't wait until they rerun it so I can see them all again.
Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 02:12 pm
@Swimpy,
I think you can watch them on-line at your local PBS site.

They are very good and so full of information you need to see them more than once to soak it all in.
Lightwizard
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 03:20 pm
@Green Witch,
Michael Wood isn't just a faceless narrator -- he participates in the modern day sequences, most of them for cultural, sociological and political reference. All of his documentaries are incredible and this is his best so far and one of the finest I've ever seen.

Well worth watching even on a small image computer player.
Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 03:34 pm
@Lightwizard,
Quote:
Well worth watching even on a small image computer player.


My computer screen is larger than my TV.
chai2
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 04:04 pm
@Green Witch,
Green Witch wrote:

I think you can watch them on-line at your local PBS site.

They are very good and so full of information you need to see them more than once to soak it all in.


book mark
littlek
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 06:14 pm
@chai2,
Ditto Bookmark
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 08:02 pm
@Green Witch,
Does it play back full screen? I was wondering about the quality. Usually the online players show an image about the size of a playing card.
Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 08:10 pm
@Lightwizard,
Full screen:

http://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia/

Just hit the little box on the right.
I should mention I have never tried to watch this series on-line, but I've watched numerous other recent PBS broadcasts on the computer without a problem.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 08:21 pm
I can't find the full series so it might not be up yet.

I did find the full length "Following in the Footsteps of Marco Polo" - it's also worth a watch:

http://www.thirteen.org/marcopolo/
Lightwizard
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 08:30 pm
@Green Witch,
It's still being repeated on local PBS channels -- we get the LA KCET and the Orange County KOCP, then two others but their picture and sound is not as good. The hi-def photography was only average and would really look degraded in the resolution they use for online players.
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