Wed 02 Dec 2015, 12:00
Get ready for adventure and mystery with an all-new line-up of exciting programming on Discovery Channel (121) this month.
Catch the season premiere of Naked and Afraid XL. The show follows a group of the world's foremost survival experts as they take on a truly daunting feat, never before attempted. 12 people. 40 days. 40 nights. No food. No water. No clothes. This is the ultimate trial of human endurance and the will to survive.
Naked and Afraid XL is a 40-day challenge, making it exponentially more difficult than any previous endeavour. Six women and six men, all extreme survivalists with their own expertise, find themselves stranded in the remote equatorial jungles of Colombia – and this time, they will all be fighting for the same limited resources. How will these survivalists encounter and respond to each other? Will they come together or will they break apart into smaller groups to survive? By the 40th day, will even one of them have successfully proven that they have what it takes to endure? Follow their adventure in Naked and Afraid XL starting from Tuesday 1 December at 22:00.
Then, Louie Psihoyos, director of the Academy Award-winning film The Cove, is back with the groundbreaking documentary Racing Extinction. Psihoyos and a passionate group of activists set out to expose the two major threats to endangered wild species across the globe. The first comes from the international wildlife trade and the false medicinal cures marketed to the public at the expense of creatures who have survived since the beginning of time. The second threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight. A hidden realm of carbon emissions and acidified oceans incompatible with existing animal life. With state-of-the-art photographic technology, filmmaker Psihoyos clearly and artfully pulls into focus our impact on the planet, while inspiring us all to embrace solutions that will ensure a thriving, biodiverse environment for future generations.
Catch Racing Extinction, starting Wednesday 2 December at 21:00.
Former US Navy SEAL Joel Lambert returns in the brand new series, Predators Up Close. Whether in the arid Zambian bush, the frozen wastes of the Arctic Ocean or the shark-infested waters off our very own Cape of Good Hope, Predators Up Close reveals the fiercest predators as they have never been seen before. Using a unique bespoke "pod", Joel and the team come face-to-face with lions, hyenas, polar bears and sharks – close enough to carry out a range of original scientific experiments, and to feel the true power of the natural world’s most effective killing machines.
From tracking lions through the Zambian bush to setting camera traps for hyenas, Joel constantly calls on his own training to find, follow and study these predators. The incredible proximity allows a series of experiments that would otherwise be almost impossible to carry out in the wild. From a bite force meter that tests the power of a lion’s jaw, to a puzzle box to assess hyena intelligence, the science reveals the secrets behind predator power. Don’t miss Predators Up Close starting on Thursday 10 December at 20:00.
Also new to Discovery Channel this month is Engine Addict With Jimmy de Ville. All over the world, turbo lovers revere the beating heart that powers their vehicles: the combustion engine. In this brand new series, extreme engineer/inventor Jimmy sets out on a mission to hunt down an awesome range of rare and iconic engines in strange, epic locations, and maximise their ultimate capabilities in specially-created vehicles. The series celebrates the world's most extraordinary combustion engines and the legendary vehicles they power. These include the all-time bestselling air cooled VW Beetle, the pioneering Frank Whittle Turbojet that transformed air travel, and the Indian Royal Enfield motorbike that mobilised independent India. Rare, iconic or revolutionary – these engines drive nations, win wars and change history.
Catch this highly charged Engine Addict With Jimmy de Ville, premiering on Friday 18 December at 22:00.