Archive for September, 2008

The Great Rift Valley…3.2 Million Years Ago

September 29, 2008


Walking with Beasts 

Watch The BBC’s “Walking with Beasts” now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

Episode 4 : “Next of Kin”

Filming Locations: South Africa, and the Great Rift Valley
3.2 Million Years Ago

The fourth episode takes place in the Great Rift Valley in eastern Africa. The climate has changed, and now great grasslands have replaced trees. The episode focuses around a tribe of small hominids known as Australopithecus, one of the first apes able to walk upright and a close ancestor to humans. The Australopithecus has evolved to walk upright so as to better maneuver the plains as well as to climb the trees.

However, it notes that although the Australopithecus looks human, it still only has the mind the size of a chimpanzee’s. Some of the topics explored in the episode are the close social bonds among the tribe, how they use grooming as a means of communication, and how they work together to forage for food and to defend one another from attacks from such animals as an angry male Deinotherium and the predator Dinofelis. It touches upon how competing tribes of Australopithecus war among one another.


It also explains the hierarchy in the tribe among the males (who are much larger than the females) and tells a story of how the dominating male is eventually overcome by another male, who wins the right to feed first at carrion and to mate with the females. Another story tells of a young Australopithecus (nicknamed “Blue”) who tries to fit into the tribe after he is orphaned.

Narrator:
Kenneth Branagh

Production Crew:
Director:
Nigel Paterson

Writers:
Kate Bartlett
Jasper James
Michael Olmert

Producers:
Tim Haines
Jasper James
Nigel Paterson

Film Editors:
Greg Smith
Andrew Wilks

Watch The BBC’s “Walking with Beasts” now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

*Only available for online viewers in Singapore
© 2001 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, IMDb.com

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

Walk in the Land of Giants

September 26, 2008


Walking with Beasts 

Watch The BBC’s “Walking with Beasts” now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

Episode 3 : “Land of Giants”

Filming Location: Mexico and Arizona
25 Million Years Ago

The third episode takes place during the late Oligocene, in Mongolia, where there were seasonal rains followed by a long drought. It tells the story of a mother Paraceratherium, a massive hornless rhinoceros that was the largest land mammal to have ever lived.

The episode first shows the mother Indricothere giving birth, and then tending to the male calf as it matures. While giving birth, the mother defends the helpless calf from several Hyaenodon, large creodont predators.

Also, the mother’s old calf tries to come back but is chased away. It gives a snapshot into the future of the calf. The mother raises her calf for three years, but eventually chases it away after she mates with another male.

The episode then chronicles the young Paraceratherium’s travels until it reaches adulthood, including encounters with Cynodictis, and large aggressive Entelodon, which are distant relatives to the modern-day pig.

Narrator:
Kenneth Branagh

Production Crew:
Director:
Nigel Paterson

Writers:
Kate Bartlett
Jasper James
Michael Olmert

Producers:
Tim Haines
Jasper James
Nigel Paterson

Film Editors:
Greg Smith
Andrew Wilks

Watch The BBC’s “Walking with Beasts” now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

*Only available for online viewers in Singapore
© 2001 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, IMDb.com

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

Travel in the Late Eocene

September 24, 2008


Walking with Beasts
Watch The BBC’s “Walking with Beasts” now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

 

Episode 2 : “Whale Killer”

Filming Location: Florida & Mexico
36 Million Years Ago

The second episode is set in late Eocene, when the polar caps froze over and drastically changed the Earth’s ocean currents and climate. The first part of the episode explains how an early whale, Basilosaurus mates and how the world is changing into an ocean famine.

On land there is an Andrewsarchus driven to the beach to feed on turtles. The narrator explains that Andrewsarchus, the largest mammal predator ever to walk the earth is a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Back in the ocean, a starving mother Basilosaurus is forced to hunt in the mangrove swamps.

Unable to catch the early monkey Apidium, she is then hunting a Moeritherium. The Moeritherium crawls on to land, but in the mangroves, land does not last long.

However the Moeritherium escapes and the Basilosaurus returns to the sea. The cast moves on to land where a herd of Embolotherium struggle to survive: one of their calves dies and two Andrewsarchus feast on it but the mother Embolotherium drives them away because she has a strong bond with her offspring, even if it is dead.

Back in the sea the mother Basilosaurus preys on a group of Dorudon and is successful. The episode ends with the mother Basilosaurus swimming with her newborn calf.

Narrator:
Kenneth Branagh

Production Crew:
Director:
Nigel Paterson

Writers:
Kate Bartlett
Jasper James
Michael Olmert

Producers:
Tim Haines
Jasper James
Nigel Paterson

Film Editors:
Greg Smith
Andrew Wilks

Watch The BBC’s “Walking with Beasts” now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

*Only available for online viewers in Singapore
© 2001 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, IMDb.com

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

Discover the New Dawn after the Dinosaur Era

September 22, 2008


Walking with Beasts is a 2001 six-part television documentary produced by the BBC in the United Kingdom. Like its predecessor, “Walking with Dinosaurs”, it recreates life in the Cenozoic by using a combination of both computer-generated imagery and animatronics. Also like its predecessor, it was re-edited and re-narrated as a second “season” of Prehistoric Planet for the Discovery Kids lineup. Some of the concepts it illustrates are the evolution of whales, the evolution of the horses, and the evolution of humans.

Watch The BBC’s “Walking with Beasts” now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

Episode 1 : “New Dawn”

Film location: Java
49 Million Years Ago

The first episode depicts the warm tropical world of the early Eocene which was 16 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs. In this world, birds, including the six foot carnivorous Gastornis rule the world, while mammals are still very small. The setting is near the Messel Pit in Germany.

Due to volcanic activity, sudden bulk escapes of carbon dioxide trapped underneath lakes are a hazard. The episode centers around a Leptictidium family foraging for food. The Leptictidium is a small leaping shrew-like mammal.

While the family is foraging, a female Gastornis successfully hunts down a Propalaeotherium and defends her territory from another Gastornis. Unfortunately, while the Gastornis is out hunting, a horde of large ants (known as Formicium) ambush its egg,just starting to hatch.

When the night arrives, we see a band of lemur-like Godinotia, socializing in the dark. The episode also shows the Ambulocetus, or the “walking whale”, lying in ambush for its prey, both on land and underneath the water.

Although it looks like a mammalian crocodile, the episode explains that from the Ambulocetus, all the whales would eventually evolved. It tries to attack the Leptictidium and Propalaeotherium, but fails. It finally manages to catch a small carnivore in the dark of the night.

The episode ends with an earth tremor unleashing trapped carbon dioxide out from underneath the lake, suffocating most of the surrounding life.

Narrator:
Kenneth Branagh

Production Crew:
Director:
Nigel Paterson

Writers:
Kate Bartlett
Jasper James
Michael Olmert

Producers:
Tim Haines
Jasper James
Nigel Paterson

Film Editors:
Greg Smith
Andrew Wilks

Watch The BBC’s “Walking with Beasts” now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

*Only available for online viewers in Singapore
© 2001 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, IMDb.com

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

Watch Top BBC Comedy Series ‘Coupling’ Free Online On WOWtv!

September 12, 2008

Two’s company. Three’s a crowd… So what do you do with six? Being single isn’t easy. But at least you’ve got your friends. But what happens when one of your friends falls in love with one of your friends’ friends?

 

Coupling features six thirty-something mates (involved, formerly involved or looking to become more intimately involved with each other) who get down to the basics of what works in the romance department. Finding themselves in bizarre and compromising situations, they reveal their deepest secrets, confuse the clearest issues and generally try to make their way across the minefield that is love.

 

Watch The BBC’s Coupling now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

 

Characters on Coupling

Steve

Before he met and fell for Susan, Steve had spent some time trying to finish with the ‘unflushable’ Jane.The main reason he couldn’t do it was that she refused to accept his attempts to finish with her – oh, and she also kept suggesting sex.

 

 

Jane

The ‘unflushable’ Jane is completely in love with Steve and refuses to be dumped by him. She is willing to wear fishnets,

drop details of lesbian romps and have sex in public toilets – in fact pretty much anything – to keep him.

 

 

Susan

Pretty and sexy, Susan is an unabashed go-getter. Her uninhibited attitude towards sex and relationships often catches people unawares. Until recently Susan thought she was having a fling with Patrick. Patrick thought it was more serious than a fling, and therefore the ‘ending-it’ rules apply. Now Susan’s fallen for Steve, who is her friend Jeff ’s flatmate. Steve is well advised to check her remote controls.

 

 

Sally

Sally is Susan’s best friend and a beauty therapist. Attractive and unspeakably vain, she rations her smiles to prevent wrinkle damage. Sally is desperate for a man. She has agreed to go out with Patrick. She doesn’t like him but he has one outstanding asset.

 

 

 

Patrick

Not the most intellectual of men and very right wing, more often than not Patrick is a bemused onlooker rather than a great conversationalist. Nonetheless, he has a great job with good pay and is far from bashful when it comes to sex. In fact, he thinks he is God’s gift to women – does he have hidden assets? Patrick thought he was going out with Susan

(for her it was just a fling). Anyway, it’s over. For some reason that isn’t quite clear, he and Sally go on a date.

 

Jeff

Jeff works in the same office as Susan and is also Steve’s flatmate. In his own opinion, Jeff is a ‘babe magnet’ – he is good-looking and has that irresistibly confident air, or so it seems. Underneath the bravado, however, he is terrified of sex.

 

 

 

  

Cast of Coupling

Jack Davenport (as Steve)

Gina Bellman (as Jane)

Sarah Alexander (as Susan)

Kate Isitt (as Sally)

Ben Miles (as Patrick)

Richard Coyle (as Jeff)

 

Production crew of Coupling

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Martin Dennis

Produced by Sue Vertue

Executive Produced by Beryl Vertue

 

“One of the freshest, funniest comedies to come across the pond in a long while. Smart and sexy…sort of a British melding of Friends and Seinfeld.” –Chad Davis, WGBH Boston

 

“Extremely clever! Friends wishes it could be as ‘adult’!”

–David Rubinsohn, WHYY Philadelphia

 

“Exceptional writing. Will definitely attract younger demographics. Best to come along in years.” — Bill Young, KERA Dallas

 

Watch The BBC’s top comedy series ‘Coupling’ free online now on WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

 

*Only available for online viewers in Singapore

© 2000 BBC Worldwide.

 

About WOWtv

 

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore.