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AIRDATE: Tribal Bootcamp

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From F45 and CrossFit to spinning, aerial yoga and high-intensity interval training (HIIT), every fitness trend imaginable has been exploited and exhausted in Western culture but are these fitness fads the key to healthy living – or do we need to look further afield for answers?

AIRDATE: Boy to Man with Australian adventurer Tim Noonan

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Tim Noonan

Australian adventurer Tim Noonan, is on an epic quest to discover what it means to become a man in the new 12-part series Boy to Man, coming to BBC Knowledge, Wednesdays at 8.30pm from February 1. 

For 12 months Tim travels the globe to immerse himself in unique native cultures and experience the most extreme and dangerous coming-of-age rituals. Tim endures ancient ceremonies, bloody initiations and gruelling tests of manhood to be accepted as man of each tribe. What’s more he films it all himself.

The series begins in Siberia with Tim venturing to the far reaches of the Arctic Circle to make contact with a little-known clan of reindeer people to become a man of the tundra. These remote clans have hardly changed in millennia, having little or no contact with the outside world. They depend on their giant reindeer herds for everything; from clothing to food, tools, transport and shelter. To complete the sacred manhood ritual of the Nenets reindeer nomads, Tim must kill what he loves to survive.

Tim Noonan is his own producer, reporter and cameraman. He has travelled the world capturing the beauty of some of its most remote and inaccessible people and places. In Boy to Man, Tim embarks on a journey of self-discovery to try to unlock what it means to be a man.

Wednesdays at 8.30pm from February 1 on BBC Knowledge
BBC Knowledge is available in Australia via Foxtel & FetchTV

AIRDATE: Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie

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Hot off its recent cinema release, Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie will be heading to Australian TV screens next month when it premieres on BBC Knowledge.

Louis Theroux is hilariously provocative in his first feature documentary, created in collaboration with director John Dower and two-time Academy Award® winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire).

Following a long fascination with the religion, and with extensive experience dealing with eccentric human behaviour, Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters is turned down. Theroux’s insatiable curiosity motivates him to understand what life inside the Church is really like, and with the aid of former second-in-command at the Church, Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun, he uses actors to replay incidents people claim they experienced with high profile members such as Tom Cruise and leader David Miscavige.

Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie proves that what people do in the name of religion can be truly stranger than fiction.

Louis Theroux’s: My Scientology Movie

BBC Knowledge - Tuesday November 15 at 8.30pm (AEDT)
BBC Knowledge is available in Australia via Foxtel and FetchT