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Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT beginning January 5

Ancients Behaving Badly investigates some of the world’s most fascinating, iconic, mythic and truly tyrannical leaders. Each episode cuts through folklore to present an accurate portrait of these ancient figures from Julius Caesar and Nero, to Hannibal and Alexander the Great. The series uses the latest historical discoveries, forensic science tests, archaeological finds, analysis of torture instruments, and battlefield dynamics to shed light on these leaders.

Saturday, January 16 at 9 pm ET/PT

Attorney Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is a “fixer”, the go-to guy when his powerful New York law firm want a mess swept under the rug. But he’s handed a crisis even he may not be able to fix when the firm’s top litigator goes from advocate to whistleblower.

Saturday, January 9 at 9 pm ET/PT

Matt Damon stars as Jason Bourne, a psychogenic amnesiac attempting to discover his true identity amidst a serious clandestine conspiracy within the CIA.

Thursdays at 9 pm ET/PT beginning January 7

Hosted by Jeff Douglas, Ancestors in the Attic is a Gemini-nominated series about ordinary people and their extraordinary stories. The series uncovers personal dramas that lay in unexplored family trees, from a woman’s search for her birth parents in Switzerland and the discovery of long-lost family in Belarus, to a journey through the battlefields of Italy. Ancestors in the Attic provides unexpected, emotional and often life-changing answers to the genealogical questions that haunt many Canadians.

Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT beginning January 6

The end is near. At least that’s what the doomsday predictions from Nostradamus, the Book of Revelation, the Mayan “long count” calendar and others would have us believe. Many unsettling forecasts of global destruction even pinpoint the year: 2012. How worried should we be? Michel de Nostradamus was a 16th-century French physician and astrologer whose very name is synonymous with apocalyptic visions of the near and distant future. His ominous writings appear to have accurately anticipated numerous natural disasters, plagues and wars. The Nostradamus Effect examines these and other end-of-time predictions from cultures across the globe, and connects the dots with current global events to separate the prophecies that appear to be inspired visions from those that are merely crackpot conspiracies.

Tuesdays at 9 pm ET/PT beginning January 5

Long before banks, ATMs and cheque-cashing services, there were pawn shops. This new living history series explores the colourful world of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop; a family business on the gritty streets of Las Vegas. Run by three generations of the Harrison family –grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey –Pawn Stars is a compelling and hilarious look at the pawn industry and the clashing and camaraderie that takes place along the way. The three men use their sharp eyes and skills to assess the value of items from ordinary to truly outstanding, including a 16th-century samurai sword, a Super Bowl ring, a Picasso painting and a 17th-century stay of execution.

Mondays at 9 pm ET/PT beginning January 4

This new Canadian original series brings to life the most dramatic and monumental tank battles ever fought through stunning CGI animation and eyewitness accounts. Filmed on the battlefields of Belgium (Ardennes), Egypt (el Alamein), France (Normandy), Germany (Rhineland), Israel-Syria (Golan heights) and Russia (Kursk), Greatest Tank Battles puts viewers in the heat of battle, witnessing historic armored duels as they see the action  through the eyes of the very men who manned the tanks and fought to the finish.

Beginning Sunday, December 27 at 9 pm ET/PT

Enjoy an entire week devoted to one of History Television’s most popular programming events: Fact & Film. Beginning every night at 9 pm ET/PT all week long, this special event features a variety of blockbuster movies including Gladiator, Braveheart, Black Hawk Down, Elizabeth and more.

Saturday, December 19 at 9 pm ET/PT

Six time Oscar-winner motion picture, starring Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones

Saturday, December 12 at 11 am ET/PT

Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as Chief Carl Brashear, with Robert De Niro and Charlize Theron