The times, they are a changing and none more so as reflected on the A+E Networks channel, HISTORY®, on DStv Channel 186.

The times, they are a changing and none more so as reflected on the A+E Networks channel, HISTORY®, on channel 186.

Thursday11 May will see the channel get a complete refresh to go alongside its new and original content. The new look will attract a host of new fans to the channel, during the open window for DStv Compact viewers starting from May 29 May until Friday 23 June.

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Marketing Manager for A+E Networks Africa, Naz Khan explains:

“The H in HISTORY will be more prominent and becomes the HERO during this exciting phase – it is not just about clinically relating heroic tales but it’s taking it a step further and telling a story loaded with emotion and depth. A connection is made with the viewer when the story resonates with their own life experiences.  It’s the Humanity and History behind these stories that is the golden common thread.”

May highlights supporting the new look-and-feel will include The Warfighters, which aired from Monday 1 May at 19:20. This series chronicles recent US Special Operations Forces missions in the global war on terror, as it gives viewers an inside and candid look at the realities of war. The series is largely made in part by veterans with over 90 of them participating in the production.

The popular series Alone returns to the channel and season three begins on Wednesday10 May at 21:10. HISTORY will follow the self-documented day-to-day lives of 10 individuals as they attempt to survive in the wilderness for as long as possible. The participants are isolated from each other and all human contact, and the one who remains on the island the longest wins a grand prize of $500 000.

Alone Season three

The King Who Tricked Hitler is a one-off documentary premiering on Friday 19 May at 19:20. It tells the courageous story of a Romanian monarch, King Michael, who stood against Adolf Hitler and joined the Allies. His actions are thought to have shortened the war by up to 200 days. Russia and the US showered him with honours – but his freedom was short-lived and King Michael was forced into exile. The truth was forgotten as both Russia and Communist Romania competed to claim credit for the events of 1944. Now, HISTORY tells the story of what really happened as King Michael fought a battle of wits with both Hitler and Stalin to bring about a key turning point in WWII.

The King Who Tricked Hitler

Continuing each Sunday at 20:15 in May and June, is the series: 101 People Who Changed the 20th Century. From industrialists to adventurers and from politicians to entertainers – the great iconic minds and big personalities that have impacted our world, make it on the list. The history of mankind is a never-ending story of change, revolution, evolution and no span of a hundred years can claim to have changed the world so dramatically, so rapidly and irreversibly as the 20th Century. This was the century where empires of the past crumbled to make way for new superpowers and a new age.

101 People Who Changed the 20th Century

From Friday 2 June, HISTORY fans are invited to put their explorer hats on and delve into JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald on Fridays at 20:15. Former CIA agent Bob Baer launches a global investigation into the assassination of President John F Kennedy and tracks the movements of Lee Harvey Oswald. Baer, who also features in the HISTORY series Hunting Hitler, discovers a CIA document revealing that Oswald met with Soviet officials in Mexico City.

A new season of the popular series Forged in Fire S4 starts on Monday 5 June at 21:10 and  showcases the best bladed weapon-makers in the country going head-to-head building everything from Viking battle axes to Samurai swords to Indian claw daggers. Each challenge centers on fabricating a component of the overall weapon and the race to create the episode’s weapon of choice is a journey through weapon history under Mission Impossible time constraints with an explosive finale. The winner leaves with $10 000 cash and the coveted title of Forged in Fire Champion.

History Reveals will see two new shows premiering on the channel. The Greeks on Wednesday14 June at 19:20, showcases an extraordinary people born of white rock and blue sea. The Greeks invented democracy, distilled logic and reason, wrote plays to plumb the deepest recesses of the soul, and captured the perfection of the human form in athletics and art. Quite simply, the Greeks created our world. The Greeks features historians and archaeologists, actors and athletes, scientists and artists who launch a groundbreaking exploration into the ancient Greeks’ journey - not just to better understand their past, but to discover how their legacy illuminates our present, and will shape our future. The story of the Greeks is essentially the story of us.

The Liberators of Dachau season one Monday on 26 June at 19:15, is the moving account of Holocaust survivors in a concentration camp near Munich and the Allied troops that saved their lives. On Monday 29 April 1945, the prisoners of Dachau were liberated and HISTORY allows viewers to be a first-hand witness of a survivor getting to meet the US soldiers who rescued him. This was an emotionally charged event for both the survivors and the often still very young US soldiers.

Stories like these need to be told and HISTORY®, channel 186, is the channel to tell them.