Against All Odds

9:40pm Saturday, February 6 on Prime

Documentary Series

A two-time champion racing driver daredevil loses both legs when spun off a slip road and back onto the racetrack, smashing into a car at nearly 320km an hour. And a teenager survives for eight days without food or water trapped in the wreckage of his car, after falling asleep at the wheel. Discover how these people beat incredible odds and the science behind their survival.

9:40pm Saturday, January 30 on Prime

Documentary Series

This series tells amazing stories of remarkable human survival that seem to defy all known physical laws. These tales are all true and extraordinary but explainable by science.

EPISODE FIVE: Denis Eucalyptus and David Moss were cross country skiing in California’s Lassen Volcanco Park when an avalanche struck and Denis was buried six feet under the snow. Using his cell phone, David called for a rescue team but because of the remote location and the bad weather, help was hours away. David dug into the snow field, searching unsuccessfully for Denis. Finally, after six hours a rescue team arrived and dug him out. Denis was rushed to the hospital and treated for hypothermia. He was released after 24 hours and suffered no injuries, not even frost bite. There is no other recorded incident of anybody surviving six hours buried in an avalanche. We discover how he and two other victims in similar situations survived being buried alive.

9:40pm Saturday, January 23 on Prime

Documentary Series

This series tells amazing stories of remarkable human survival that seem to defy all known physical laws. These tales are all true and extraordinary but explainable by science.

EPISODE FOUR: A climber somehow manages to push with the strength of four men and move a titanic 500-pound boulder just enough to be able to roll free; incredibly, a mother summons up the strength to lift a car for five minutes to free her trapped son underneath; and a fire fighter who finds himself trapped under a huge beam and suffering multiple injuries including his legs on fire, his skull fractured and his right hip shattered, amazingly throws the beam off his body to escape a burning building.

9:35pm Saturday, January 16 on Prime

Documentary Series

This series tells amazing stories of remarkable human survival that seem to defy all known physical laws. These tales are all true and extraordinary but explainable by science.

EPISODE THREE: After a day’s snowmobiling, 31-year-old Ward Krenz and his friends find themselves caught in a late-night snowstorm on a frozen lake. Disorientated, Ward plunges through a large hole in the ice. Desperately trying to save himself, he shouts for help and tries to stay afloat. His friends are unable to reach him. The cold quickly takes its toll; Ward’s body succumbs to the deadly effects of hypothermia. Eventually his lifeless body is discovered an hour later floating upright and full submerged. He has no pulse; Ward is dead. Two hours after his death, doctors decide to carry out a rare procedure and re-warm him with a portable heart lung machine, in the hope they can bring him back from the dead. Will this experimental procedure work?

9:35pm Saturday, January 9 on Prime

Documentary Series

This series tells amazing stories of remarkable human survival that seem to defy all known physical laws. These tales are all true and extraordinary but explainable by science.

EPISODE TWO: A golfer is struck down on the 10th hole and it stops his heart; a hiker seeks refuge under a tree during a storm, is knocked to the ground and unable to breathe; and a chain is embedded into a tobogganer’s neck during a freak winter storm. All three have been struck by lightning – but how did they survive these freak accidents?

9:35pm Saturday, January 2 on Prime

Documentary

This new series tells amazing stories of remarkable human survival that seem to defy all known physical laws. But they are all true – extraordinary but explainable by science.

This series deals with scientific fact as strange as anything fiction can invent, and which is often the inspiration for urban myths and sci-fi alike. Each programme takes a subject area such as ‘superhuman strength’ or ‘falling from the sky’ and uses compelling international case histories to bring the story alive through interview and reconstruction before we re-examine what happened. We apply the science to analyse the factual basis to the apparently impossible using computer graphics as well as drama to get under the skin of just what the human body is capable of.

EPISODE ONE: A skydiver’s parachute fails to open and she spirals into a parking lot at 50mph. A jetliner explodes at 33,000 feet and a flight attendant plunges to earth. And a paraglider pilot is sucked up to 20,000 feet in the eye of a storm. All these people survived. This programme explores the science behind the unbelievable events that seem to be stranger than fiction.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 20 October, 10.30pm

A golfer is struck on the links and his heart stops. A hiker seeks refuge under a tree during a storm and is knocked, breathless, to the ground. A chain is embedded in a tobogganer’s neck during a freak winter storm. All three live to tell the tale after being hit by severe lightning bolts. Learn the science behind these electric survival stories that seem to be against all odds.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 13 October 10:30pm

A skydiver’s parachute fails to open and she falls into a parking lot at 30 mph. A jetliner explodes at over 30,000 feet and a flight attendant plunges to Earth. A paraglider pilot is sucked up to 20,000 feet in the eye of a storm. All these people survived. Explore the science behind unbelievable events that seem to be stranger than fiction.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Monday 06 October, 10:30pm

Incredible odds – incredible stories. A racing driver loses both legs in a two-hundred-mile-an-hour crash. A 13-year-old boy is internally decapitated when a car knocks him off his bike. A teenager lies trapped in his wrecked car for eight days without food or water. Uncover the science behind these extraordinary tales.