A crisis averted

On March 4, 2018, former Russian military intelligence agent converted to British spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, were poisoned in Salisbury, England. They are addicted to Novichok, an innervative agent that blocks nerve information from reaching organs. The short series of Tou.tv takes up this story which could well have been tragic.

From the first moments, a cold atmosphere settles in this small English town. Gradually, assumptions give way to information, along with panic. It also wins over the viewer, who gradually understands the extent that could (and could have) the spread of this poison in the heart of the British city center. The few archive videos slipped here and there during the episodes deftly remind us of the reality of this crisis which has been avoided.

The suspense is preserved from one episode to another, both with the main enigma and within the very place of certain characters, of whom it will be necessary to wait a little while before understanding their real role in this miniseries. It certainly succeeds in its mandate to fascinate the public, but we must recognize that the story behind is in itself quite extraordinary.

The poison from the cold
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A superhuman wave

Once a small coastal town in Portugal where tranquility reigned, Nazaré is now one of the cities of choice for seasoned surfers who wish to take on a larger-than-life challenge. And it is the case to say it since the waves on the edge of this city can reach around thirty meters in height (100 feet). Little known until the early 2000s, this place has become a must for lovers of this water sport, especially after the remarkable visit of Garret McNamara.

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This American, who is the subject of the documentary produced by HBO, is an adrenaline junkie who says he is more comfortable at sea than on land. He has demonstrated this on several occasions by surfing waves tens of meters high and setting the world record for the highest wave ever surfed. He achieved this feat for the first time in 2011 with a wave of 24 meters, then a second time in 2013 with that of 30 meters, or 100 feet, hence the title of the series.

This takes the form of six episodes of nearly an hour each where we enter in detail the process that led McNamara to achieve this superhuman feat. It speaks in particular of the research that this sportsman carried out in order to understand the formation of the waves in Nazaré. For people who are not keen on sports or extraordinary phenomena, it can become redundant, but the content is still very educational and above all impressive. The images never cease to amaze, the subject itself being fascinating.

100 Foot Wave
Crave, from Sunday July 18

The miracle of the human body

In this four-part series, audiences are invited to experience how technology has transformed – and continues to shape – high performance sport. Huge amounts of statistics and graphs are recorded for the simple purpose of improving athlete performance by seconds, sometimes even thousandths of a second. However, these can be crucial when it comes to making the difference between a podium and a participation medal.

The documentary series explains, through breathtaking images and magnificent slow motion, how certain sensors or other technological tools make it possible to maximize the efficiency of an athlete. Although very nested as a subject, the variety of sports covered by the series allows a wide audience to be interested in it.

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Sport, science as a back-up
HERE Explora, from Sunday July 18

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