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  • Discovery
  • 45 mins
  • 4 hours, 30 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary

Discovery Channel (formerly The Discovery Channel from 1985 to 1995, and often referred to as simply "Discovery") is an American basic cable and satellite television channel (which is also delivered via IPTV, terrestrial television and internet television in other parts of the world).

24 episodes

2002x01 The Ultimate Guide Volcanoes

  • Season Premiere

    no air date — 45 mins

Take a look at the latest volcanic survey data and marvel at the frightening number of volcanoes heating up around the world. Is this a simple, geological coincidence, or the sign of some larger, potentially deadly pattern at work? Join one group of scientists as they reveal a number of cutting-edge theories to explain the sudden surge in volcanic activity. Then, watch as they put those theories to the test at the summit of smoldering Mount Tungurahua in Ecuador. It's a high-stakes game of man versus the mountain; because if any of these theories prove correct, they could help forecast future volcanic activity and save lives all over the planet.

The discovery of a previously unknown dinosaur skeleton in Morocco sheds some light on a period in history about which we know relatively little. In the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco lie the fascinating footprints of an unknown species of dinosaur, estimated to be 180 million years old. Two world-renowned palaeontologists, Dale Russel, from North Carolina University and Philippe Taquet, from Paris Natural History Museum investigate and reconstruct the fossilized skeleton of the oldest vegetarian dinosaur who lived on earth.

2002x03 Fun House

  • 2002-10-13T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

The history of the fun house, from the 1901 ride "A Trip to the Moon," dark rides and water rides through Disneyland's film-inspired rides to Universal Studios Florida Theme Park "Terminator 2: 3D," which combines moving, 3-D images, live actors and computer-generated special effects.

See the controversy surrounding the production of the SR-177 fighter.

This documentary focuses on three incredible, yet physically possible, engineering projects: the nine mile (14 km)-long Gibraltar Bridge, the 170-story Millennium Tower and the 4000+-foot-long Freedom Ship. This program won the Beijing International Science Film Festival Silver Award, and earned Discovery's second-highest, weeknight rating for 2002.

Hidden away in a Sydney vault is a young, pickled pup. For almost 140 years, it's remained locked in its glassy tomb. But this is no ordinary pup. In fact, it's not a pup at all. It's a fetus of an animal more closely related to an Australian kangaroo. It was a marsupial which looked like a dog had stripes like a tiger, yet carried its young in a pouch. How the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, came to be extinct is a tragedy, and how it might live again is the pursuit of a scientific miracle. Is it possible or wishful thinking? Herein find the story of one man's obsession and his quest to reverse extinction.

Experts use original plans and state-of-the-art mapping to reconstruct the bunker in which Nazi leader Adolf Hitler spent the final weeks of the Second World War

On June 4, 1944 Captain Daniel Gallery and his men of the U.S. Naval Task Force 22.3 did the nearly impossible - they captured a German U-boat. It was the first enemy vessel-of-war captured in battle on the high seas by the U.S. Navy since 1815.

2002x10 Escape from Berlin

  • no air date — 45 mins

A programme on the courage and ingenuity of East Germans who were willing to risk their lives escaping through, over, and even under, the murderous Wall that divided Berlin between 1961 and 1989. The programme includes astonishing actuality footage of escapes as they happened (such as tunnelling, swimming and even escaping in a microlight aircraft) along with recreations of some of the most daring escape attempts, and some of the deadly failures.

2002x11 The Real Eve

  • no air date — 45 mins

Narrated by actor Danny Glover, "The Real Eve" reveals that our shared genetic heritage links every living person on earth and traces the expansion of modern humans throughout the world. The discovery of the Eve gene stunned the world. It seems we could all be descended from just a few females �“ or even just one. In this telling anthropological video, we access the very latest DNA reconstructions, and for the first time, tell conclusively the story of where, when and how the human race came about and then populated the world.

This program makes extensive use of the latest in computer visualization techniques to offer viewers an astonishing view of life in Ancient Egypt, and to uncover the eons-old secrets of the Valley of the Kings. Central to the film is a sense of the geography of Ancient Egypt, and of the great journey that the Pharaoh's funeral processions would take from Thebes to the Valley of the Kings. Using Satellite Mapping Data - recently declassified - a completely accurate 3D model of the entire terrain of the mysterious Valley of the Kings is rebuilt.

Hordes of men on horseback dominated the steppes of central Asia 2,000 years ago. They were the Hsiung-nu and their vast empire reigned from 300 BC to 200 AD. From conquests to defeats, their history is written in blood and fire. Fearsome archers on horseback, the Hsiung-nu crossed the steppes of Mongolia. Opposing the Hsiung-nu warriors was an equally fearsome army, comprised of Chinese warriors who considered the Hsiung-nu to be barbarians. The first emperor of China had life-sized reproductions of his men placed in his tomb, each with unique facial features. Comprised of foot soldiers, archers, crossbowmen and cavalry riders, this phantom army mounted an eternal guard over its emperor Qin Shi-huang, the Hsiung-nu's worst enemy. Writing was not known by the Hsiung-nu - archaeological remains are the only trace of their history.

2002x14 Raising the Kursk

  • 2014-03-24T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

K-141 Kursk was an Oscar-II class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine of the Russian Navy, lost with all 118 hands when it sank in the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000. At 154m long and four stories high it was the largest attack submarine ever built. Our film reenacts the explosion and actual footage portrays the raising of the submarine. (By CineNova for Worldwide Discovery Channel, with NBC’s ‘Dateline’.)

A Discovery Channel Special discussing the history of the real gangs of New York.

2002x16 Dinosaur Babies

  • no air date — 45 mins

The fossil remains of young dinosaurs are very rare. This past fall there was thus great excitement in the palaeontological community over the discovery, in the hills of Argentina, of the nesting grounds of large plant-eating sauropod dinosaurs.

2002x17 Island of the Pygmy Mammoth

  • 2002-05-13T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Mammoths have always fascinated people. From the creators of the earliest known cave paintings and carvings to the 20th century practitioners of modern art and even to today's tourists, humans have tried to grasp the essence of this magnificent creature - its enormous size, strength and beauty and its coexistence with and importance to humans. In 1994, palaeontologists made the remarkable discovery of a pygmy mammoth on Santa Rosa Island, the most complete collection of its kind in the world.

2002x18 Return to Area 51

  • no air date — 45 mins

Area 51 is a remote peace of land in Nevada, USA. It is owned by the US Government and is apparently used for the testing of secret technology and new military aircraft.

Expedition: Bismarck is a 2002 documentary film produced for the Discovery Channel by Andrew Wight and James Cameron, directed by James Cameron and Gary Johnstone, and narrated by Lance Henriksen. The film follows an underwater expedition to the German battleship Bismarck and digitally reconstructs events that led up to the ship's sinking during World War II. In 2003 the film was honored with an Emmy award for Outstanding Sound Editing for Non-Fiction Programming.

At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the world came closer than it has ever come to all-out nuclear war. As the situation worsened, Britain's war cabinet made preparations to evacuate to 'Turnstile', the top secret nuclear bunker tunnelled deep under the Wiltshire hills. From here, they controlled the RAF's nuclear bombers, which were fully armed and standing by at 4 minute readiness. This is the story of just how close those bombers came to taking off.

This program makes extensive use of the latest in computer visualization techniques to offer viewers an astonishing view of life in Ancient Egypt, and to uncover the eons-old secrets of the Valley of the Kings. Central to the film is a sense of the geography of Ancient Egypt, and of the great journey that the Pharaoh's funeral processions would take from Thebes to the Valley of the Kings. Using Satellite Mapping Data - recently declassified - a completely accurate 3D model of the entire terrain of the mysterious Valley of the Kings is rebuilt.

The Legion is an army surrounded by romance, myth and intrigue. Its history spans more than a hundred and fifty years. The Legion is world renowned for its bravery. From fighting Russian Cossacks in 1853 to patrolling Sarajevo in 1992, they have always been in the thick of the action. At any one time there are approximately ninety to a hundred different nationalities serving in the French Foreign Legion. Men from China, Japan, America, Africa, Iceland, Australia, and Russia have found their way into the hallowed ranks of the Legion. Legionnaires sworn allegiance, and only obligation, is to the Legion itself, not to France. The legions motto is simple: Legio Patria Nester - The Legion Is Our Country. The Legion never leave their weapons behind, and never fail to take an objective. Death comes first.

Weather Extreme - Tornado is both a fascinating and terrifying examination of the potential impact of a full-force tornado on crowded metropolitan areas. Immerse yourself in the fury of a devastating Force-5 tornado as it demolishes downtown Dallas. How well is Dallas prepared for these disasters? What's been planned? What's been neglected? Find out in these gripping, heart-stopping depictions of megastorm events that scientists predict are actually close at hand. With dramatic footage from past disastrous storms, mesmerizing eyewitness accounts, and photo-realistic computer animation, you'll get as close as you'll ever want to be to Mother Nature's rage.

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