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  • 2012-04-19T05:00:00+01:00 on Discovery
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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).

34 episodes

2012x01 The 9-11 Tapes: Chaos in the Sky

  • Season Premiere

    2012-04-19T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Newly released audio recordings which offer a unique insight and moving perspective on 9/11 and the fateful minutes that changed America forever. On the morning of the attacks, hundreds of hours of military and air traffic control conversations were captured on tape painting a chilling and tragic picture of events spiraling inexorably out of control. With events unfolding at breakneck-speed, the tapes reveal in minute-by-minute detail, the chaos and confusion wrought by the attacks. Revelations include how Air Force fighter jets, scrambled to protect Washington, set out in the wrong direction - ending up 60 miles out across the Atlantic ocean and that permission to shoot down hijacked passenger planes only came through after the last plane crashed. And while air traffic controllers watched the second plane crash into the World Trade Center tower, fighter jets were still 100 miles away from New York and amid all the confusion it took 39 minutes for the news of United 93's hijack to reach the military. With testimonies from the people who appear on the tapes, the film vividly conveys the emotion, courage and panic in the voices of air traffic controllers and military personnel whose job it was to protect America as it came under attack.

Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside The Concordia gives you an eyewitness account of the tragedy as the Concordia runs aground. The human and environmental toll captured the attention of the public eye and now Discovery Channel takes you inside the stranded ship. With never before seen footage from the evacuation, you can follow the Concordia passengers as they relive their flight to abandon ship and find safety.

2012x03 Alive! Sixty Days Under the Snow

  • 2012-03-25T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

What is the longest a human can survive without food? How long does it take for hypothermia to set in? Can a human go into a form of hibernation? We tell the story of Peter Skyllberg who defied the weather, biology and human science by surviving for sixty days inside a car buried under a snow drift with only a few snacks. He was forced to live off nothing but snow from Dec 19 2011 until he was finally rescued on February 17 2012. Skyllberg was rescued by chance as a man on a passing snowmobile stopped thinking he had found a crashed car, after digging through a metre of snow to peer in he saw Peter wrapped in a sleeping bag in the back seat. When Peter was pulled out of the car he was suffering from hypothermia, starvation and was barely able to speak and now the questions as to his survival have begun.

2012x04 Earth from Space

  • 2012-05-06T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Venture on an epic quest to discover the invisible forces and occurrences that sustain life on this planet and - for the first time - see these processes in action in EARTH FROM SPACE, premiering Sunday, May 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel. An original Canada/U.K. co-production, this sweeping two-hour special reveals the Earth's deepest mysteries, captured in breath-taking detail, and raises profound questions and challenges the old assumptions of how it all works. Using the latest CGI technology, and joining NASA and the world's foremost Earth scientists, EARTH FROM SPACE transforms raw satellite data into a visible spectrum, offering viewers authentic, high-definition moving images that vividly illustrate these processes at work.

2012x05 Rowing the Pacific

  • 2012-05-10T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Rowing The Pacific is presented by James Cracknell and follows the inspirational story of Chris Martin and Mick Dawson who risked their lives over and over again to row across the Pacific Ocean. Facing hurricanes, life-threatening electrical storms with waves of over 50 feet, near starvation plus battling against a fire that very nearly killed them - we follow them on this epic adventure as they become the first men to row across the Pacific from Japan to San Francisco. With exclusive access to unique footage recorded on board the ship each and every day of the gruelling 189 day journey, we'll be giving you this high octane adrenaline-filled story, of a journey that changed two mens lives forever.

2012x06 World's Toughest Drive

  • 2012-06-20T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

A daring three-man team pursue the world record for the fastest drive on polar ice to the South Pole, with no support vehicles or rescue teams, in a gruelling quest for glory.

2012x07 World's Toughest Drive (Part 2)

  • 2012-06-27T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Part two of two. The team struggles to achieve its objective of breaking the record for the fastest drive on polar ice to the South Pole.

2012x08 Hell and Back: Special Ops Ranger

  • 2012-07-12T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Following soldiers through eight weeks of training for the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program.

2012x09 Meet the Elephant Man

  • 2012-08-12T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Experts use photographs and first-hand accounts to produce a virtual re-creation of Joseph Merrick's body, examining how the proteus syndrome sufferer dealt with his condition.

Presented by Daily Planet co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin, the Red Planet simply won't know what hit it. Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), more lovingly known as Curiosity, weighs a metric ton. That's 900 kilos of genius packed into a machine as wide as a Hummer. She's the Einstein of robots, and she has one painstaking question to answer: is there, or has there ever been life on Mars ? From her custom-built heat shield designed to withstand intense 1,600 C degree heat and speeds up to 21,735 km/hr, to her state-of-the-art supersonic parachute that will endure 29,484 kilos of force - Curiosity is set to break all records. For the first time ever, a rover will be able to supply NASA - and the rest of the world - with stunning HD images from 17 different cameras. She will be able to zap rocks with a laser that's as powerful as a million light bulbs focused on the head of a pin. She will drive for hundreds of kilometers and use her massive robotic arm to drill into Gale Crater; a multilayered cake of Martian history.

The Armstrong story provides a snapshot of a profoundly historic moment for the United States, when groundbreaking science and technology combined with an unmatched passion for satisfying curiosity. In celebration of Armstrong's life and innumerable contributions to space exploration, Discovery Channel and SCIENCE will air special premiere presentations of ONE GIANT LEAP: A NEIL ARMSTRONG TRIBUTE, featuring footage from Neil Armstrong's last public appearance. The feature also offers interviews with crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, and leverages special access to the Apollo 11 archives to take viewers through the complete journey - from initial training, to moon walk, to splashdown on Earth.

The monster Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) is now operational at Lowell Observatory, near Flagstaff, Ariz., and it has a busy working life ahead of it. The DCT is the fifth-largest telescope in the continental United States. Take a look behind the scenes of this monster 'scope.

2012x14 Flipping the White House

  • 2012-10-28T04:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

When a U.S. President is sworn into office at high noon on inauguration day, the cool facade of the White House conceals a complex mission happening at warp speed. A hand-picked and highly trained team is tasked with transitioning the old administration out as the new administration moves in - all in less than six hours. The outgoing president exits the home on inauguration day, and the incoming president enters the home complete with pictures on the walls, books on the shelves, and socks in the drawers just a few hours later.

In Saving Private Ryan – The True Story, Historians, eye-witnesses and weapons experts reveal amazing new insights into the detail of Spielberg’s graphic depiction of the landings. Veteran Harley Reynolds was one of the first men to make it off Omaha Beach on D-Day and gives us his powerful eyewitness testimony. Pete Niland tells why his family story is thought by many to be the inspiration for the film, and why his uncle is the real Private Ryan. We take to the seas in one of the last surviving landing boats, see the real effects of an exploding mortar shell on the human body and test whether a sniper really can shoot an enemy straight their scope as shown in the film.

2012x16 America's Doomsday Plan

  • 2012-11-04T04:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

If you fear the apocalypse, you're not alone. The United States is working tirelessly to prepare for it. How will the President, the military, the courts and Capitol Hill survive doomsday? The answer is secret - until now. America's Doomsday Plan received unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to capture the plans and facilities, standing by 24/7, to ensure the homeland survives a disaster. For the first time ever, the U.S. government's top-secret plans are revealed - including the protocols in place to protect the president and the highest levels of government from the most dreaded disasters imaginable. What happens when all hell breaks loose? The world got a glimpse of our government's response on 9/11, but little is known about what actually happens during a major catastrophe. Government officials and insiders share their knowledge behind the billion dollar world of planning for any disaster imaginable and show the high-security facilities that many Americans don't even know exist. "I don't want to have a major event and no longer have a government," said Damon Penn, FEMA's assistant administrator of the national continuity programs who is featured in the program. "I've got to be ready so that that never happens. It's all about preserving our way of life regardless of what the circumstances are." America's Doomsday Plan will take viewers inside the elaborate multi-billion dollar network of bunkers, command centers and the President's Doomsday Plane designed to keep him in command even on Armageddon. It will venture two-thousand feet deep into Cheyenne Mountain - America's impenetrable Command Center -- where the military bunkers down to monitor global skies for any dangers to national security. The episode explains how we've managed to outsmart the country's most fearsome enemies - and shares insight on how we continue to prepare for the worst.

2012x18 Zombie Apocalypse

  • 2012-12-18T05:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Could humans really turn into zombies? Hear from scientists who are seriously studying the question, and from the “zombie preppers” who are getting ready for what they believe is the inevitable. It may not be what the Mayans were thinking about when they were creating the Mayan Calendar, but in today’s world many think zombies could actually be a part of society’s demise. Who knows though…perhaps zombies were all part of the Mayan vision of the end.

2012x19 The World's Most Expensive Cars

  • 2012-12-20T05:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Velocity Classic Special: The Auto Union is one of the rarest & most expensive race cars in history. This special focuses on the controversy surrounding its auction in Paris France (2007).

2012x20 Star Trek: The True Story

  • 2012-12-30T05:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Since the original motion picture premier in 1979 Star Trek has boldly gone onto produce multiple TV series, 11 further films and can boast the most loyal and passionate fanbase in the world. The origins of this multi-billion dollar business can be traced back to one man - LA cop, Gene Roddenberry. As the world of television blossomed in the 1950’s, Roddenberry began to write scripts for police dramas in his spare time. Until one day he came up with a ground-breaking new idea – Star Trek. Through key interviews with Herb Solow, the producer of the Star Trek TV series, Roddenberry’s son, Rod, and Mr Spock himself - Leonard Nimoy charts Roddenberry’s meteoric rise to fame and the lengths he would go to keep his series on air. Star Trek didn’t only delight Trekkies, but also went on to inspire the scientific world and NASA scientists to recreate as in reality what they had seen in on screen in Star Trek.

2012x21 Sport Under Threat

  • 2012-07-15T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

SPORT UNDER THREAT looks at how organisers of sporting events handle the increased risk of terrorist activity, learning from past events that were disrupted by terrorism. Find out what security measures being taken at current major sports events, including housing special forces and attack helicopters in the Royal Navy's biggest warship the HMS Ocean, which will be anchored in the Thames during the 2012 Olympic Games.

2012x22 Finding Atlantis

  • 2012-07-17T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

They say it was the most advanced society in the world: the most powerful army and navy, the most incredible architecture and riches beyond imagination. And, they say it vanished in a single day and a single night. The most extraordinary civilization, lost forever. And what if this astonishing tale was true? The discovery of Atlantis would change history. Myth would become reality. And we would meet for the first time an advanced culture, one that changes what we know about the progress of Western civilization. Now, the impossible may be in our grasp...Archeologists have identified a stele that may have stood at the entrance of this very city. It records a symbol suggestive of Atlantis; carved in stone is what looks to be an Atlantean warrior, guarding the entrance to the lost, multi-ringed city. Finding Atlantis follows a team of Spanish, American and Canadian scientists as they employ satellite space photography, ground penetrating radar, underwater archaeology, and historical sleuthing in an effort to find a lost civilization. Calgary-based Geophysicist Paul Bauman is one of those scientists examining the ancient site. "I'm a lot like a radiologist on a surgical team - I can provide archeologists with a lot of information, non-intrusively," says Bauman. In the vast mudflats of the Guadalquivir river delta, scientists examined strange geometric shadows of what look to be the remains of a ringed city. Here, Bauman and others employed the most advanced imaging technologies in the world to determine whether or not an ancient cataclysm suddenly buried a thriving civilization under metres and metres of ocean and mud. "There is evidence of cataclysmic events happening in that region over the course of history. There's no question about earthquake hazards and a tsunami specifically hitting this exact spot. There is also evidence further inland of memorial sites established by refugees fleeing such a cataclysm," says Bauman. Finding Atlantis (Click on any image to launch gallery) Finding Atlantis (30 images) Archeologists also discovered two statuettes from the Phoenician period. "They are beautiful pieces of human creation - they definitely set the tone of an advanced and highly cultured civilization." As for what links these findings to Atlantis? "The geographical context set by Plato points to this general area. Plato describes Atlantis as being West, beyond the Pillars of Hercules. It was a known centre of metallurgy. Certainly the local delta gives access to copper, lead, zinc and gold mines - consistent with this idea." Plato also says that Atlantis once faced a city called Gadara. "Gadara" is the ancient name for modern Cadiz. Here, catamarans and dive boats take team of marine archaeologists and geologists deep into the ocean off the coast of Spain. They employed sonar and scuba in search of sub-surface man-made structures dating back to the Bronze Age. Using Plato's detailed account of the mysterious city as a treasure map, Finding Atlantis searches the Mediterranean and Atlantic for the best possible location for Atlantis. It then employs state-of the art computer graphics to literally reconstruct the lost world.

Ultimate Armored Car: The Presidential Beast takes a in-depth look at the world’s ultimate armored vehicle; Cadillac One, The Beast, a key component in the Presidents security detail. The custom elements are the work of Texas Armoring Corporation, a company that has armored hundreds of cars for celebrities, athletes, and heads of state. This high tech team has delivered high-quality custom armored cars across the world. Applying their knowledge of armoring cars, they’ll create the highest-level armor they’ve ever attempted, and put it to the test.

2012x24 Titanic: The Aftermath

  • 2012-04-01T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Explores what happened after the Titanic sank: the lives the disaster affected and the changes it brought to sea travel.

2012x25 The Ultimate Climb

  • 2012-04-01T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Ever since he was a teenager, when he was inspired by the efforts of Bear Grylls, Geordie Stewart has been fired by a hugely ambitious desire - to climb the highest mountain in each of the world's seven continents. Last year, he attempted to fulfill that dream - and Discovery followed him every step of the way. The Ultimate Climb is an absorbing one-off film that features exclusive access to the footage Geordie shot on his epic quest, including some breath-taking moments. It tracks Geordie as he embarks on the greatest test of all, as the intrepid explorer tries to complete his seven summit dream, by climbing the highest and most famous mountain in the world: Everest. If he can achieve his goal, he will set a new record becoming the youngest Briton ever to climb all seven summits.

The True Story is a documentary series revealing the real-life events that inspired some of Hollywood’s most famous blockbusters this episode looks at the real story behind modern horror classic Scream. Slasher film Scream, released in 1996 went on to spawn one of the most successful horror franchises in film history taking in in excess of 400 million dollars in the United States alone. The sadistic killer and his iconic mask have entertained and terrified audiences around the world. With Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes Craven at the helm, the first Scream film is credited with revitalizing the horror genre. Scream blended slasher violence with murder mystery and it played on the stereotypes and conventions of classic horror films breathing new life into the genre. Although the plot of the masked, small town serial killer targeting high-school students and picking them off one-by one may seem like pure Hollywood fiction it was partly inspired by true events and a real masked murderer who terrified students in a small town. The True Story explores the real life case of the masked killer charting the trials and tribulations of the full year long investigation. Including missed evidence, the wrongful arrest of an innocent scarred schizophrenic man and also how the forensic team finally pieced together the killer’s methodology using a key piece of evidence.

2012x27 Alaska Marshals

  • 2012-11-13T05:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Discovery News November 07, 2012 U.S. Marshals in Alaska Track Down Dangerous Fugitives While Battling the Elements in America's Last Frontier -- ALASKA MARSHALS premieres Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10 PM E/P on Discovery Channel -- (Los Angeles, Ca.) In Alaska, America’s last frontier, some of the country’s most hardened criminals are on the run. In this cold, unforgiving landscape, only the most highly-trained deputies – with expertise in wilderness tracking and survival – are up to the task of hunting down and apprehending these extremely dangerous fugitives. ALASKA MARSHALS, takes viewers inside the barren Alaskan wilderness where law enforcement is unlike any other assignment in the U.S. Marshal Service. Each year, hundreds of fugitives flee here hoping to escape from the law. But this hasn’t stopped the dozen Marshals in charge from successfully taking down over 2,500 criminals in the past decade. For most of these Marshals, Alaska is home. Besides breaking the law, the biggest mistake these criminals make is thinking they could outsmart the deputies by hiding in their backyard.

2012x28 Mayday Fire in the Hold

  • 2012-08-10T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

When mysterious cargo boxes ignite on ValuJet flight 592, they bring the whole plane down within a short time. The investigator struggle to find out what kind of cargo could possibly cause such fierce fire to bring a whole plane down.

2012x29 Osama Bin Laden: The Finish

  • 2012-10-18T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

The riveting inside story of the biggest manhunt in history, the search for Osama Bin Laden, including a startling new revelation on the origin of the plans for 9/11. After masterminding the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden vanished. Over the course of the next decade, America discovered that its war with al Qaeda - a scattered group of individuals who were almost impossible to track - required a more innovative approach. Discovery Channel presents OSAMA BIN LADEN: THE FINISH on October 17 at 10 PM ET/PT, based on author Mark Bowden's gripping new book, "The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden" (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012) which was released today. With access to key military and agency sources, OSAMA BIN LADEN: THE FINISH goes inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded. The one-hour special begins by looking at the tragic 2009 suicide bombing by a Jordanian triple agent who killed 10, including Jennifer Matthews, a mother of three and the CIA operative leading the hunt for bin Laden. A new strategy is needed to find bin Laden. Based off of Bowden's meticulously researched book that included first hand reporting, exclusive access to the White House and an exclusive interview with President Obama, the special looks at the step-by-step development to finally track down bin Laden and how intelligence agencies and special ops gathered information to find al-Qaeda and Taliban targets. After thousands of Special Forces missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the right weapon to go after bin Laden had finally evolved. By spring 2011, intelligence pointed to a compound in Abbottabad; it was estimated that there was a fifty-fifty chance that bin laden was there. OSAMA BIN LADEN: THE FINISH gives viewers a look at the top-secret strategies employed to finish the mission and President Obama's campaign promise: to get bin Laden. David Keane of Wild Eyes Productions, Bowden's cousin, worked closely with Bowden's son, Aaron, and did a lot of the primary reporting for this special through an extensive set of trips through Afghanistan and Pakistan Bowden has been investigating evolving special operations capabilities for more than 15 years. As the author of Black Hawk Down, Guests of the Ayatollah and Killing Pablo, he has reported more extensively on the evolution of U.S. Special Forces than any other journalist. From the disastrous mission to rescue the Iran hostages, to the misguided placement of men in the streets of Mogadishu to clandestine guerilla warfare against the non-governmental opposition of the drug cartels, the U.S. government has obviously learned how to put these men to good use.

2012x30 Death Row: The Final 24 Hours

  • 2012-04-30T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

What happens in the final 24 hours before an execution? Hear extraordinary insider stories told by the men who work on death row: the last minute appeals, what happens when things go wrong, and what it feels like to share a man's final moments on earth.

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, have often been called this generation's Pearl Harbor. But unlike the attacks on the Twin Towers 60 years later, it is shocking what little film documentation there is surrounding the surprise Japanese attack on that infamous December day in 1941. PEARL HARBOR DECLASSIFIED, a new and compelling look at an event that galvanized the country and led to America's entry into World War II. Using personal stories and new, state-of-the-art image stabilizing techniques, PEARL HARBOR DECLASSIFIED provides viewers with a dramatic look at the pivotal first 15 minutes of the bombing on Pearl Harbor and the devastating aftermath.

2012x32 Shark Week 2012: 25 Best Bites

  • 2012-08-01T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

In honor of Shark Week's 25th anniversary, we count down the breaches and bites that have captivated audiences for all these years and kept them coming back for more.

2012x33 Curse of the Axe

  • no air date — 45 mins

Archaeologists excavating a Huron Indian village explore how a piece of European iron got to North America 100 years before the first Europeans arrived.

2012x34 Birth of a Kia Optima

  • 2012-09-22T05:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

From conception to creation, witness the birth of the KIA Optima; get an all-access pass inside the innovative design and manufacturing operation and experience what it takes to design and build these vehicles.