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Amy and Matt are bored. They don't want to study for their exams. They want to have a good time. So they drive to the marina at West Palm Beach, and Matt jumps onto one of the boats. 'We can go anywhere!' he jokes.
But when the owners of the boat come back and find them, Amy and Matt are in deep trouble. Matt is a good swimmer and enjoys scuba-diving, but now he must dive for their lives.
Anna is a new student at Oxford University. When she arrives in Oxford, she meets Selim, and they become good friends. But Selim is not English, and living in a different country is not easy for him. Anna tries to help but she knows that her father isn't going to like it.
Selim and Anna have each other. But is that enough? And can they find true happiness together?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Text adaptation by Bill Bowler
'He's an intelligent man. He was once rich and is now poor. His wife loved him once, but she doesn't love him now. And he's thirty or forty years old.'
One look at an old hat, and Sherlock Holmes can tell you a lot about its owner. He sees - and thinks - a lot more than the people around him, and when a beautiful blue diamond disappears, Sherlock is the only man in London who can find it.
For thousands of years the dead body of the young king Tutankhamun slept under the sands of Egypt. Then, in the autumn of 1922, Howard Carter and his friends find and open his tomb door. These are exciting times, and Carter's young helper Tariq tells the story in his diary.
But soon people begin to die. Who or what is the killer? Is Tutankhamun angry with them for opening his tomb? And who is the beautiful French girl with the face of Tutankhamun's long-dead wife?
'Are you scared, Gordon?' asks Heather.
Four friends talk of ghosts in a hotel in Scotland. That night Gordon sees and hears something strange in his room. But is it really the ghost of Lord McCoy?
These six stories tell of ghosts - friendly, sad, and bad - from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, America - and Egypt!
Retold by Joyce Hannam
Are men cleverer than women? Is a poor man cleverer than a rich man? And what about teachers? Are they always cleverer than their students?
The people in these six well-known folk tales from around the world all want to be clever. But are some of them just stupid?
Text adaptation by Bill Bowler
It's Gromit the dog's birthday, and his friend Wallace gives him an unusual present - a pair of Techno-trousers.
At first Wallace uses the trousers to take Gromit for walks, but when the penguin comes to stay, he uses them one night for something different - very different.
This strange story won the Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film in 1993.
STAGE 2 - Factfiles
It's a terrible problem - or it's really not as bad as people say. There will be sudden big changes - or slower changes that we can learn to live with. It means the end for many animals, people, even whole islands - but will this happen soon, or hundreds of years from now?
What is the true story about climate change? Why is it happening, and what can we do about it? If we learn about the past, then perhaps there will be time to make changes for the future...
STAGE 1 - Factfiles
Look at a desert, and what do you see? Nothing much - just a hot, flat, dry place, with lots of sand, and no animals or people.
But look again. There are deserts with mountains, and deserts with snow. There are millions of people - some live in towns, and some move across the desert all the time. There are plants that live for hundreds of years, and animals that can sleep for months under the ground, When you look closely, the desert is a wonderful place, full of exciting things...