History Television’s winter schedule announced

This winter, Canada’s #1 specialty entertainment channel History Television delivers a jam-packed schedule of exciting new series and highly-anticipated returning seasons of fan favourites.

Anchoring the schedule are brand-new series Around the World in 80 Ways, Vietnam in HD and Battle Castle. The action never stops as IRT Deadliest Roads: Andes, American Pickers, Canadian Pickers, American Restoration, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, and Museum Secrets return for thrilling new seasons.

The schedule launches January 2 and also includes the broadcast premieres of Invictus and The Young Victoria.

Premiering January 4 at 10pm ET/PT, Around the World in 80 Ways follows adrenaline junkies Rob “Boston Rob” Mariano (Survivor) and Dennis Anderson (monster truck champion), as they circumnavigate the globe using every conceivable mode of transportation; from rickshaws and hovercrafts to hang gliders and barrels. Packed with extreme escapades in Brazil, Peru, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Dubai, India, Thailand and the United States, their voyage takes them not just across the planet but also through time as they explore the history behind how people have traveled over the ages.

The new schedule also features the Canadian broadcast premiere of Vietnam in HD on January 9 at 8pm ET/PT. Narrated by Golden Globe® Award winner Michael C. Hall, this six-part series immerses viewers in the sights, sounds and stories of the Vietnam War as never seen before. Hours of uncensored footage – much of it shot by soldiers in action – follows every critical chapter of the conflict. The war unfolds onscreen through the gripping firsthand accounts of the brave men and women who were forever changed by their experience in Vietnam.

The broadcast premiere of Canadian original series Battle Castle takes viewers deep into the secret world of medieval warfare and strategy. Through dynamic location footage and incredible visual effects, Battle Castle brings to life mighty medieval fortresses and the epic battles they endured. Follow host Dan Snow as he explores the military engineering behind these medieval mega-structures and the legendary battles that became testaments to their might.  Each episode will climax in the ultimate test of the castle’s military engineering – a siege that will change the course of history. Battle Castle premieres February 27 at 9pm ET/PT.

History Television’s #1 show IRT Deadliest Roads: Andes is back with more action as the truckers tackle the dangerous roads of South America’s Andes Mountains. Veterans and rookie drivers alike will have to battle thick Amazon jungles, landslides, and cliffside routes where any mistake can be fatal. This riveting series premieres on January 4 at 9pm ET/PT. On January 12, 2011, IRT: Deadliest Roads premiered with over 1.1 million viewers (2+) and became History Television’s highest-rated single episode in channel history.

History Television welcomes back new seasons of some of its blockbuster series this winter with the return of American Pickers, Canadian Pickers and American Restoration. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America in the new season of American Pickers (January 10 at 10pm ET/PT) and Canadian Pickers Sheldon Smithens and Scott Cozens travel across Canada to search for “rusty gold” (January 9 at 10pm ET/PT). Premiering January 25 at 8pm ET/PT, American Restoration follows Rick Dale and his crew of loose screws at Rick’s Restorations in Las Vegas as they take rusty, beat-up items and restore them to their original glory. From old gas carts to timeless slot machines, every restoration is a high-stakes business project where worthless junk is transformed into a valuable collectible. Things just aren’t made like they used to be, but at Rick’s Restorations, old becomes new again.

Best-selling author Brad Meltzer returns to investigate the truth behind history’s most provocative secrets in a new season of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on January 3 at 8pm ET/PT, and Museum Secrets is back with a look into the deepest and darkest corners of some of the world’s greatest museums on January 12 at 10pm ET/PT. Museums this season include New York’s American Museum of Natural History, Russia’s State Hermitage Museum, London’s Imperial War Museum and Greece’s National Archaeological Museum, among others.

Capping off the lineup are the broadcast premieres of movies Invictus (starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, directed by Clint Eastwood) and The Young Victoria (starring Emily Blunt and Paul Bettany).

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