I Shouldn’t Be Alive

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 4 September, 9.30pm

I Shouldn’t Be Alive returns for a brand new season, continuing to tell incredible true stories of human endurance. Using dramatic and harrowing reconstructions of terrifying life and death scenarios, combined with testimony from survivors, the series demonstrates the power of the human spirit and reveals the universal qualities needed to survive.

9:30pm Tuesday, May 1 on TV One

In the awe-inspiring series I Shouldn’t Be Alive, survivors relive the moral dilemmas, chance events and desperate decisions that ultimately brought them home alive.

Tonight, our own Rob Hewitt shares his amazing story of survival. In 2006, ex-Navy diver Rob embarked on a short recreational fishing dive off the Kapiti Coast where he was caught in a vicious rip current and dragged out to sea.

Over the next four nights and three days, Rob came face to face with a huge shark, suffered from the combined effects of dehydration and exposure, and was driven to the limit of human endurance.

9:30pm Tuesday, February 14 on TV One

In the awe-inspiring series I Shouldn’t Be Alive, survivors relive the moral dilemmas, chance events and desperate decisions that ultimately brought them home alive.

At the heart of every episode is an extraordinary physical ordeal; from the mountaineer who is left for dead on the world’s highest peak to the young family stranded in the Arizona desert battling dehydration and prowling gangs of people smugglers.

Tonight, Kiwi students Sonja Rendall and Marni Sheppeard are on a three day hike in Arthur’s Pass National Park, staying in picturesque huts and planning to visit thermal mud pools, before returning home for a family Christmas. But when their path is blocked by ice, the girls take a detour.

What started as a steep slope quickly becomes a sheer cliff – with Sonja clinging to the rock with just her finger tips. Returning to the trail is no longer an option as the girls fight to survive on a tiny rock ledge in torrential rain and wind. Will Sonja and Marni be able to climb their way to safety?

Photo: A tiny rock ledge offers Sonja Rendall and Marni Sheppeard their only chance of survival.

9:30pm Tuesday, February 7 on TV One

In the awe-inspiring series I Shouldn’t Be Alive, survivors relive the moral dilemmas, chance events and desperate decisions that ultimately brought them home alive.

At the heart of every episode is an extraordinary physical ordeal; from the mountaineer who is left for dead on the world’s highest peak to the young family stranded in the Arizona desert battling dehydration and prowling gangs of people smugglers.

Running alongside is the emotional journey faced by each of our survivors. What would you do if you suddenly realised you were about to die alone? Could you accept that you would never see your loved ones again, and that they might never find out what happened to you? Would you lose your mind or would you fight to your last breath to defeat unimaginable odds?

In tonight’s episode, in 2003, David Hunt and his 11-year-old daughter Leia, set off on a snowmobiling adventure in the Quebec back country. Disaster strikes when David’s snowmobile hits a snow drift and crash lands into a ravine. Stranded miles from safety with a badly broken leg in sub-zero temperatures, David’s only chance of survival rests with his daughter Leia. It’s the greatest test of her young life and one she can’t afford to fail.

Photo: Leia Hunt must make some crucial decisions to save her and her father in I Shouldn’t Be Alive.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Tuesday from 6 September, 9.30pm

This series explores incredible true stories of human endurance. Using dramatic and harrowing reconstructions of terrifying life or death scenarios, combined with testimony from survivors, the series demonstrates the power of the human spirit and reveals the universal qualities needed to survive.

This season features gripping stories from numerous locations such as the Australian Outback, Bora Bora, the Canary Islands and the Amazon.

9:30pm Tuesday, May 3 on TV One

When divorcee Mathew McGough set out with his five-year-old daughter Shannon for an overnight camping trip, deep in the Western Australian outback, he wanted it to be a memorable experience. But he didn’t expect the disaster that occurred.

In a new series of I Shouldn’t Be Alive, tonight’s episode, A Dad’s Worst Nightmare (at 9.30pm on TV ONE) sees McGough heading to Wallaroo Rocks, to spend some quality time with his only child Shannon.

It is McGough’s last chance to spend time with her before he packs up and moves to South Australia to start a new life, so he’s keen to make it a trip to remember.

McGough says, “The only way to get to see the countryside, is to get off the beaten track.” So the pair headed to his favourite watering hole and spent an idyllic evening together – but they didn’t catch any fish. Not wanting to disappoint his daughter, before heading home, McGough decided to head deeper into the outback to another damn he knew of.

He thought he was well prepared with plenty of water, plenty of food and three spare tyres. But when he takes a wrong turn, it triggers a sequence of disastrous events that put both their lives in serious danger.

While McGough put on a brave face for his daughter, he was worried for their lives. “It was the worst moment of my life,” he says, as he thought: “We’ve played together, laughed together, cried together, and now we are going to die together.”

After eight days in the outback, Mathew is on the verge of death and confronted with an excruciating dilemma – kill his young daughter, or leave her to face a painful death alongside him, in one of the world’s most hostile environments.

With all of the earthquake coverage there have been a large number of programming ammendments.  Tonight, though, TVNZ have replaced I Shouldn’t Be Alive with Heston’s Feast.  Good call.  

Heston’s Feast
9:30pm, TV One

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 6 July, 9.30pm

This series features ordinary people who are thrown into epic struggles for survival, and live to tell their tales. Each story is dramatically re-enacted to bring the incredible experiences to life. Every episode focuses on an extraordinary physical ordeal which contains an equally powerful emotional journey. What would you do if you suddenly had to accept that you were about to die? Would you lose your mind or would you fight to your last breath to defeat unimaginable odds? Moment by moment, survivors relive the moral dilemmas, chance events and desperate decisions that ultimately saved their lives.

9:30pm Monday, November 2 on TV One

TV ONE series I Shouldn’t Be Alive shows the death-defying ordeals of people who have kept themselves alive at the edge of human endurance (tonight at 9.30pm). From a terrifying storm in one of the world’s most dangerous seas, to a helicopter crash in a volcano, this series relives their stories of survival against the odds.

Created by the producers of the multi-award winning film Touching The Void, I Shouldn’t Be Alive uses dramatic reconstructions of life or death scenarios, combined with testimony from survivors. It demonstrates the power of the human spirit and the universal qualities needed to survive in near death situations.

The first episode shows the story of Melissa Armstrong when she landed what was thought to be the job of a lifetime – filming an underwater volcano in the Solomon Islands with David Tomlinson, a friend and experienced diver.

For Armstrong, the dive was completely different to anything she had ever experienced. She says it was amazing. “We started going through this white haze, it was quite dreamlike and there were bubbles funnelling up around us coming from the vents of Kavachi. It was such an amazing celestial scene. It was just breathtaking.”

However, as the duo resurfaced they discovered the weather had turned, and the boat had drifted too far for the boatman to hear or see them. Thinking the worst, the boat driver had decided to return to shore to raise the alarm, leaving the two stranded 30km from shore.

Armstrong says she was certain that she and Tomlinson would be okay and hoping the boatmen would return for them. “I still had faith they would come back, ride over the waves like heroes and pluck us out of the water, but they didn’t.”

As the hours passed the pair realised swimming to shore was their only option if they were to make it home alive. Surrounded by darkness, barracuda and hammerhead sharks, they headed off on what would be the most difficult and life threatening journey they would ever experience.

I Shouldn’t Be Alive Monday 29 October, 9.35pm

I Shouldn’t Be Alive demonstrates the power of the human spirit and reveals the universal qualities needed to survive in extreme circumstances (tonight at 9.35pm on TV ONE). Using dramatic reconstructions of life-or-death scenarios, combined with first-person testimony from survivors, these individual stories bring to life the crucial moments, chance events and painful decisions faced by those in peril.

Each episode, the survivors relive their ‘moment of truth’, when the choices they make could mean a chance to live – or certain death – for themselves or their companions. Some stories come from the world of professional adventurers and extreme sport enthusiasts: the men and women who deliberately confront danger. Others are about everyday people caught in extreme circumstances and left fighting for their lives.
Episode one sees the surviving crew members of a yachting disaster face a desperate situation when they are trapped in a tiny inflatable dinghy, with no food or fresh water, as predatory sharks attempt to flip them into the sea.