Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel – Monday 2 June, 8.30pm

Animal expert Jeff Corwin examines the plight of endangered species around the world and explores the often devastating impact of human exploitation of wilderness areas.

Discovery Channel – Wednesdays from 21 May, 8.30pm

The most extensively filmed Everest climb in history captures a new team of amateur climbers from across the globe, in their gruelling attempt to conquer a mountain which has claimed over 200 lives. Led once again by New Zealand’s legendary expedition leader, Russell Brice, viewers follow a group of daring men and women on this perilous climb, where ambition overrides agony, exhaustion and the chances of survival. However, it’s not just the amateurs who are at risk but Russell’s elite team of sherpas who gamble on the weather and attempt the earliest ever summit to fix three miles of safety ropes for the new team of climbers.

Discovery Channel – Thursdays from 8 May, 8.30pm

This fast-paced, character-driven show focuses on the world’s biggest and most intriguing engineering challenges. The program reveals the projects that are making history and the people who are making it happen. Full of larger than life characters, this show is an up-close look at the pressure engineers and construction crews face every day with the stress of crushing deadlines, cost over-runs and trying to achieve what often seems like the impossible. Mega Builders provides viewers with an exciting and stimulating inside look at some of the most spectacular mega-projects of our time. Episodes include: Ice Hotel, Raising The Roof, Rio Stadium, The Big Lift: Stonecutters Bridge, Mighty Shovel, Artic Ice Crusher, Extreme Wave Machine and Stolen Power.

Discovery Channel – Fridays from 18 April, 9.30pm

As the scientific and space communities mark the 50th anniversary of the Space Age initiated by Sputnik, Discovery Channel blasts into 2008 with an unprecedented and daring exploration of the Red Planet: Mars. Experts suggest we could see a successful human voyage to Mars in our lifetime, and when it happens, it will be the most ambitious, complex and dangerous expedition ever undertaken. Race To Mars celebrates the innovation, technology and passion that will bring the voyage to fruition.“Race to Mars” is a stunning expedition series that imagines and simulates the first manned mission to the Red Planet. Born out of the exhaustive scientific research being done today at international space agencies and laboratories, this gripping miniseries captures every exhilarating moment and draws viewers into the heart of the mission – from leaving Earth’s orbit to the return voyage home. Award-winning actor Michael Riley leads the “Race to Mars” mission as Commander Rick Erwin.

Discovery Channel – Mondays from 14 April, 8.30pm

The world’s leading eco-scientists test innovative and ground-breaking ideas to solve the planet’s most serious environmental threats including putting a big sunshade in place to keep us cool and boosting the ocean’s plankton populations to absorb carbon dioxide.
The world is being transformed by global warming faster than anyone anticipated. Frozen tundra is melting, giant icecaps are breaking, sea levels are rising and weather patterns are changing. However, it’s not all doom and gloom with some of the world’s most eminent scientists on the case, in the face of imminent catastrophe. Other plans include shielding the earth from the sun with extra clouds, storing ‘artificial trees’ underground and using heavy artillery to fire sulphur into the stratosphere. We need to save the planet, fast and FIVE WAYS TO SAVE THE WORLD shows that human ingenuity may just rise to the challenge.

Ever wondered how the stripes get into toothpaste or how contact lenses are made? How do goods get from one country to another and then into our supermarkets? What are car tyres made from and exactly why are plasma TV screens flat? Have you ever wondered what exactly goes into your teabag and how it got there? How does an airport handle hundreds of thousands of items of luggage each day? And just how can a car’s airbag inflate so quickly? Every day – often without even realising it – we come into contact with technology, be it in the bathroom, in the car or even on the golf course. We take a look at how things work and focus on some of the most amazing examples of everyday objects.

Thursdays from 28 February 10pm on Discovery Channel

Mike Rowe joins forces with the United States Army to celebrate his 100th Dirty Job in a two-hour special that pays tribute to the working men and women who earn an honest living doing the kinds of jobs that make civilised life possible for the rest of us. The Army tests Mike’s mental and physical agility as he recovers a Humvee that sank to the bottom of a filthy swamp. It’s a dirty job that will have Mike up to his neck in mud. Mike also takes a look back at the 99 dirty and fascinating jobs he’s attempted. Mike shares stories from behind the scenes and answers viewer mail about the dirtiest jobs and funniest moments. This special includes never before seen footage and out takes.

Sunday 24 February 7.30pm on Discovery Channel

NZ TV Premiere: American Chopper – Series 5

Discovery Channel – Thursdays from 7 February, 7.30pm

Start your engines, the Teutuls are back for a brand new series of American Chopper. This series profiles the lives of New York natives Paul Teutul Sr., Paul Jr. and Mikey of Orange County Choppers, creators of the world’s most outrageous custom motorcycles. Each episode captures the day-to-day drama of this volatile father and son team as they battle impossible deadlines and each other and push the envelope of motorcycle design and fabrication. From heated arguments and humorous antics, to creative setbacks and artistic triumphs, American Chopper celebrates one family’s struggle to achieve the American dream. New episodes include Army National Guard, Michigan Bike and Gander Mountain.

February Shark Month

Discovery Channel – Every Weeknight, 10.30pm

Shark fever continues during February with shark programming each week night at 10.30pm. Viewers can see their favourite Discovery shark programs and marvel again at this great predator of the sea. Top programs during the month long strip include: Mythbusters: Jaws Special, Sharkman, Shark Battlefield, Ocean Of Fear, Shark Hunter: The Frank Mundas Story, Sharks: Are they Hunting Us, Everything You Need To Know: Sharks, Shark Sex, Dirty Jobs: Jobs That Bite, Shark Tribe, Shark Feeding Frenzy, Perfect Predators, Bull Sharks With Nigel Marven, Top Five Eaten Alive, Shark Attack Survivors and I Shouldn’t be Alive: Shark Attack Stories.

NZ TV Premiere: Real Superhumans

Discovery Channel – Sunday 16 December, 7.30pm

Meet real people with extraordinary powers, including a woman who can ‘taste’ music and a master painter born without eyes. These super powers transcend what it means to be human, how we use our natural senses and physical limitations. Watch as the world’s leading geneticists, biologists, futurists and inventors reveal their startling perspectives on the implications of these super powers for future generations.