Would-be couples practise the art of gazing.
As Cole Porter put it - if "birds do it, bees do it and even educated fleas do it.why can't we fall in love?" That question is put to matchmakers, daters, seducers and procrastinators as Dating Confidential goes inside the singles scene in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York and Singapore. The answers are surprising, outrageous and perhaps even helpful for those still trying to perfect the art of love.
A simple rivet turned an ordinary pant into a worldwide fashion phenonmenon.
BLUE JEAN CONFIDENTIAL
Blue jeans are the world's favourite fashion statement - so popular they've become an American icon. Here's a garment that's remained hip for more than half a century, that's thrived from World Wars to the present. Jeans have helped define every youth movement, and every effort of older generations to deny the passing of youth. We trace blue jean culture, from mining days to the ranch, from the beat and hippie generations to the world's designer labels and celebrity cachet. Is there anyone who doesn't have a pair? more »
Participants get ready for the annual Pet Parade in Palm Beach.
From the opulent world of Palm Beach diva dogs to training dogs for combat in Iraq. Canine Confidential explores a contemporary coexistence like nothing else in the human-animal world. Today, doggie couture is a multi-billion dollar business, dog dancing is an unlikely but highly competitive craze and in Texas, the only military base in the world trains dogs for the frontlines of war. The modern transformation of our canine friends is breathtaking. But is a dog's life being pushed too far? We go around the world to find out. more »
DJ MC Serch is an avid sneaker collector.
Sneaker Confidential is a witty and entertaining look inside the heart and sole of the running shoe. We'll discover how sneakers have become the footwear of the day. Through interviews with athletes, designers, scientists and sneakerheads, we'll explore the dominance of the running shoe in popular culture. We'll find out why the shoe was invented . We'll race to the finish line and the assemby line to understand how these high-tech marvels are made and marketed. We'll get a sneak peek into the latest trends on the streets of New York. And we'll put ourselves in superstars' shoes to find out how they get their kicks. more »
Wine sales are enjoying a boom around the world.
The grape has gone global. Fine wine was once only produced behind the closed doors of European chateaux. The secrets of the chateaux are now out, and being practiced around the world resulting in an industry worth over 200 billion dollars worldwide. Millions are being spent at auctions, and celebrities have now joined the ranks of top winemakers. The drink that was once kept for priests and royalty has gone mainstream. We pop the cork on this widespread phenomenon. more »
The garden at Levens Hall in the UK.
Gardening Confidential takes us on aninternational exploration of one of the most obsessive hobbies in human history, and discovers some surprising modern twists. From robotic lawnmowers to gardens on Mars, from trendy Manhattan rooftops to virtual gardens in cyberspace, this ancient craft has entered the space age and become a multi-billion dollar industry. Meet some of the most single-minded gardeners in the world and discover how gardening can get you in trouble with the law. more »
According to CHRISTMAS CONFIDENTIAL, no event in history has ever marshalled so many people and so much effort to celebrate just one day. Viewers will meet unabashed Christmas enthusiasts—a Brooklyn judge with a house so decorated that it's a tourist attraction, Santa hopefuls competing in the Father Christmas games in Sweden, and pet photographers who can Christmas-ize almost any animal. Chef and author Nigella Lawson weighs in with 'Confessions of a Culinary Queen', offering Christmas recipe secrets and tips to survive the holidays. more »
What's the recipe for the successful modern diet? Take a piece of expensive real estate for the title (South Beach, Sonoma, Beverly Hills), add a pinch of celebrity endorsement, stir in a media-friendly diet guru and the diet is set to be a hit, spawning book and food company spin-offs. DIET CONFIDENTIAL explores today's world of serial dieting. more »
HIGH HEEL CONFIDENTIAL
Just how far will a woman go for the perfect pair of shoes? Shoes speak volumes about the wearer and have been symbols of sex, status and style throughout history. With the average North American woman owning at least 30 pairs, HIGH HEEL CONFIDENTIAL takes a revealing look at the world of high heels. more »
A witty, fast-paced look at our obsession with hair, HAIRSTYLE CONFIDENTIAL untangles the myths and mystique surrounding hair in popular culture. British fashion expert Caroline Cox provides the context behind the coiffeur. The documentary features interviews with the original stylist guru Vidal Sassoon and spends a day with Hollywood's hottest hairdresser, Ken Pavés (Jessica Simpson's stylist and best friend). more »
It's the most popular flavour in the world and as CHOCOLATE CONFIDENTIAL reveals, the lengths to which some people will go to pursue their passion for chocolate are amazing. Some would say that chocolate rivals sex as a universal obsession. You can drink it, eat it, it's good for your heart and can even be a beauty tool—chocolate is a billion dollar industry. more »
For the CONFIDENTIAL series, Sue Dando is executive producer and
Mark Starowicz is the executive director of documentaries for CBC.