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TUESDAYS FROM 26TH JULY, 9.00PM 

Mykel Hawke is a former Special Forces survival expert.  His wife Ruth England is a British TV journalist. In Discovery Channel’s new series this husband and wife duo take on some of the most forbidding and remote environments around the world.

The couple are dropped into each location with only a knife and the clothes on their backs and must work as a team to survive for four days and nights.  With over 20 years of combined military and survival experience, Mykel has made a career of doing the unthinkable; from fighting rebels and training UN peacekeepers in war-torn Africa to running a war clinic on the front lines. Holding a degree in documentary filmmaking and photography, Ruth has made her living from travelling internationally to record wild adventures, natural phenomena, tribal societies and exotic wildlife.  

As Mykel and Ruth test their will, and their marriage, can the two of them find common ground standing up to nature as husband and wife in the wildest places on earth? 

Man, Woman, Wild sees Mykel and Ruth shipwrecked on the remote coastline of Tasmania, have to battle hypothermia, dehydration and hunger; find themselves at the bottom of the food chain when their safari vehicle breaks down in Botswana; get blown off course into gator country whilst sky diving; and when their snowmobile breaks down in the remote wilderness of Alaska, they find out why the thaw of spring is more lethal than the dead of winter.

WEDNESDAY 29TH JUNE, 9.00PM

The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and to receive the u.S. Distinguished flying Cross, Amelia Earhart led an illustrious career as an American aviation pioneer. However, in July 1937, Amelia mysteriously vanished from the skies. Most people believe that she ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea, but one man is convinced she met a different fate. 

Finding Amelia follows ric Gillespie and his team as they travel to Nikumaroro, a remote Pacific island 350 miles from Amelia’s last known location. This is where they believe Amelia landed her plane, live and died as a castaway. On the verge of proving his theory, ric has uncovered compelling evidence on past expeditions but still lacks hard proof. 

Determined to discover the fate of this great aviatrix, ric has returned with the latest in scanning technology and an ambitious plan. Deploying an advanced submersible to search the island’s reef for wreckage from Amelia’s plane and combing the land for artefacts that may carry her DNA, the team continue their search for the solid evidence they need. Will ric, after 22 years of searching, solve one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time?

Sunday 26th June, 9.00pm 

In a remote corner of the world, a major new discovery is set to change our understanding of dinosaurs forever by revealing that the Tyrannosaurus rex may have been more deadly than we ever imagined.  In the Gobi Desert, scientists unearth the remains of 68 Tyrannosaurus rexes, packed closely together.  For leading dinosaur expert, Dr Phil Currie, it is proof for his controversial new theory that tyrannosaurids are not dull witted, solitary creatures has long been perceived, but intelligent and complex pack animals that lived and hunted in bloodthirsty gangs, capable of taking down anything that crossed their path, and tearing their unlucky prey to shreds in a rapacious frenzy.   

With exclusive access to his discovery and ground-breaking research, this two-hour special follows Dr Currie on a global quest from the dinosaur graveyards of the Gobi desert to the wilds of the African Kalahari, to prove that Tyrannosaurs were more intelligent and far more deadly than we ever imagined, evidence that may reveal how just how brutally the tyrant lizard king lorded over their domain, and why their reign of terror lasted so long. 

Using cutting edge technology and powerful CGI Dino Gangs brings viewers terrifying new insights into the savage world of Tyrannosaurs.

SUNDAY 26TH JUNE, 9.00PM

In the Gobi Desert, scientists unearth the remains of 68 Tyrannosaurus rexes, packed closely together. This groundbreaking discovery suggests that T-rex may have been more deadly than we ever imagined; many times more deadly. for dino hunter Dr. Phil Currie, it’s a find that leads him to a disturbing conclusion: T-rex lived and hunted in bloodthirsty gangs, capable of taking down anything that crossed their path, and tearing their unlucky prey to shreds in a rapacious frenzy. This special follows Dr. Currie as he travels to some of the most remote and inhospitable places on the planet in search of evidence that may reveal how just how brutally the tyrant lizard king lorded over their domain, and why their reign of terror lasted so long. 

SUNDAY 19TH JUNE, 10.00PM

It has a soft boneless body and two eyes that take up a quarter of its body weight. It has eight tentacles of which one contains the sex organ, brain and intestines all in a single pouch. It’s a carnivorous predator with a tearing beak that can grow up to five metres long! It can change shape and colour at will, disappearing into the background, with a formidable intelligence able to solve complex problems and the ability to walk on land, sea and cross through fire. It’s not an alien from outer-space but an Octopus, a creature that has lived alongside humankind from the beginning. In a one-off special, Aliens of the Deep explores how we are only beginning to unravel the extent of the astounding intelligence of this strange but fascinating deep water wonder.

SUNDAY 12TH JUNE, 10.00PM

In 1963, two days after the assassination of President Kennedy, alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, was gunned down live on television. flocking to Dallas to witness what should have been a routine prison transfer of the infamous suspect, the press had assembled and the cameras were rolling, as local strip club owner, Jack ruby, walked into the Dallas police parking garage and shot Oswald. This second assassination, one of the most documented murders in history, effectively ended plans for Oswald’s trial and began more than forty years of speculation about who really killed Kennedy and why. 

JFK: The Ruby Connection plots the timeline of events that led to the killing, recreating the setting, and bringing eyewitnesses back for the first time to remember and restage the event. using cutting-edge technology, an expert will analyse the films and stills, with each new angle bringing additional insight into the event. Plus one cameraman in particular may hold the most crucial information of all, when he captured seven frames of ruby’s face at the time of the killing. Which conspiracy theory will ruby’s facial expression and body language support?

MONDAYS FROM 6TH JUNE, 9.00PM

Intrepid adventurer Bear Grylls heads back into the wild for a new series of Bear Grylls: Born Survivor, to tackle even more extreme survival challenges in some of Earth’s most inhospitable places. This series sees Bear go from the extremes of Eastern Europe’s frozen mountains, to the searing humidity, and crocodile filled landscape of Northern Australia’s Arnhem Land. 

During the series Bear finds himself in the Torres Strait, south of Papua New Guinea, where he is marooned on a desert island and must find food and water, before heading out to sea. The setting may seem idyllic, but the waters are infested with deadly jellyfish, stingrays and sharks. In another episode, Bear is not alone as he leads one lucky fan on a 48-hour survival mission to the frozen Purcell Mountains in Canada, to test his nerves, reflexes and stomach! 

Also in Canada, Bear is buried alive in an avalanche to test how long he can survive, swims 30 feet under an ice pack and weathers a blizzard in a snow cave. But even the best laid plans can go wrong as Bear finds out when he has to be airlifted to hospital after a decent down a snow covered slope goes wrong. But it’s not all a chore for Bear, as he completes a personal record: a HALO jump from 30,000 feet – so high he can see the curvature of the Earth. And, if that’s not enough, Bear also finds time to look back at his top twenty-five Bear Grylls: Born Survivor moments. 

FROM FRIDAY 20TH MAY

Come along on a fantastic journey, into deep space, through imaginary worlds, to the centre of the Earth, to cities of the future and parallel universes populated by mutants and androids. Discovery in conjunction with the British Library, and their brand new exhibition: ‘Out of this World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It,’ will be showing a thrilling selection of Sci-Fi premieres in May. Science Fiction literature, films and television have been some of the most influential in terms of inspiring generations of scientists to develop new technology, search the cosmos for extra-terrestrial life and theorise about other universes. 

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Earth was invaded by aliens? What would the aliens be like? How would they get here? What kind of weapons would they use? How would alien wars unfold? As part of Sci-Fi season, When Aliens Attack (Friday 20th May) attempts to answer these haunting questions. Combining science with extraordinary CGI, and compelling facts, this one-off special reveals a minute-byminute story of how an alien invasion would likely unfold. Journey to the future… Now! 

TUESDAYS FROM 17TH MAY, 9.00PM

Yeehaw! There’s gold in them thar hills! Since the global financial meltdown, times are hard for everyone. All the talk both in Britain and America is about redundancies, house repossession and cuts, cuts and more cuts. Now six hardy souls from Oregon – all of whom are have on the edge of financial ruin – have decided to take matters into their own hands. 

They’re going to head into the wilds of Alaska and mine for gold. Todd Hoffman and his father are leading a group of greenhorn miners to Porcupine Creek deep in the Yukon territory with all their equipment and supplies. Problem is the guys have only got five months to get the mine up, running and strike gold before the Alaskan winter closes in, and these rookies have to do everything from warding off bears to building homes for their families. 

Mixing friendship and money, it’s no surprise that tempers become pretty frayed. During the series, a number of setbacks, including near death illnesses, equipment broken by the team because they don’t know how to use it and ultimatums like having to find $10,000 of gold in two days or the whole community shuts down, keeps everyone tense to say the least. Have they literally got gold fever or is the heart of the American dream still pumping? Find out in Gold Rush Alaska.

SUNDAYS FROM 1ST MAY, 9.00PM

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through The Wormhole explores the deepest mysteries of existence and the questions that have puzzled mankind since the dawn of time. What triggered life on earth? What was there before the beginning of the universe? Are we really alone? Is there a creator? These questions have been contemplated by some of the world’s most inquisitive minds. 

Now, science has evolved to the point where hard facts and evidence may be able to provide us with answers instead of philosophical theories. Through The Wormhole brings together the brightest minds and best ideas from the cutting-edge of many scientific disciplines – astrophysics, astrobiology, quantum mechanics, string theory and more – to reveal the extraordinary truth of our universe.

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