Breakthrough is a six-part documentary series that provides a thought-provoking and imaginative perspective on scientific discovery as it unfolds. Each episode follows scientific explorers working on cutting - edge projects with breakthrough potential. The series tells the stories, people and technology behind these breakthroughs: new treatments and vaccines to manage the spread of viral epidemics of Ebola; researches about extending the healthy years of our lifespan; new technologies that help us explore unmapped facets of the human brain to solve mental health problems; innovations and advancements to the planet-wide water crisis and a global energy crisis.

Episode 1 - Fighting Pandemics

Episode 1 - Fighting Pandemics
The Ebola outbreak of 2014 almost brought the world to its knees. But this crisis has mobilized scientists and researchers, paving the way for new treatments and vaccines.

Episode 2 - More Than Human
Scientific advancements are challenging the concept of what it means to be human. In the near future, enhancing the human body with technology could lead to the next stage of our evolution.

Episode 3 - Decoding the Brain
Every day, people suffer from mental disorders that destroy their memories and rob them of their identities. Using powerful new technologies, scientists are seeking solutions by exploring unmapped facets of the human brain.

Episode 4 - The Age of Aging
The study of aging is about more than delaying the end of our fragile existence. To enhance our quality of life, pioneering researchers are dedicated to extending the healthy years of our lifespan.

Episode 5 - Energy on the Edge
Reliance on fossil fuels is leading us into a global energy crisis. If we act now, developments in energy production could avert disaster and usher in a new era of clean, safe energy.

Episode 6 - Water Apocalypse
Earth is facing the devastating loss of a vital resource: clean water. Now, innovators across the globe are seeking solutions in emergent technologies to prevent a planet-wide water crisis.

Related Links
Brave New World with Stephen Hawking
This is a Channel 4 documentary series globally exploring the scientific breakthroughs that are transforming our lives in the 21st century.
Futurescape with James Woods
This is a six-part Science Channel documentary series presented by James Woods, unveiling what the future will look like.
Visions of the Future
This is a documentary series presented by a theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, exploring cutting edge technologies related to computer science, biology and quantum theory.
This is a five-part PBS documentary series that tells a brief history of DNA science - from the discovery of the double helix structure to the mapping of the human genome to the latest research.
Powering the Future
This is a four-part documentary series presented by biologist M. Sanjayan, forecasting the world of energy in the not-too-distant future.
A World without Water
The world is running out of its most precious resource. This film tells of the personal tragedies behind the mounting privatisation of water supplies.