Discovery Channel

Pumping leaking oil out of a tanker that rests on the Mediterranean Sea floor or fighting fires in the pitch-black bowels of a burning ship, marine salvaging is one of the world’s most hazardous jobs and many lives are lost each year.

Now in a TV first, follow the real-life action heroes that battle together against major emergency shipwrecks – to save vessels, crews and cargo – while attempting to avoid disaster.

Premiering Wednesday, June 23 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, Discovery Channel presents the dynamic high-stakes five-part series SALVAGE: CODE RED, inviting viewers behind the scenes to join salvors as they risk life and limb to save some of the most dramatic shipwrecks in recent years. These complex engineering operations require equal amounts of skill and courage and in some of the world’s most dangerous waters, anything can – and will – happen.

Leading these incredible operations are the salvage masters themselves, who drive and coordinate their team of divers, naval architects, engineers, fire fighters and chemical experts to save stricken ships. Whether battling to right a capsized ferry, running headlong into a typhoon to rescue a coal carrier, or salvaging a beached freighter, SALVAGE: CODE RED offers an exclusive inside look at one of the most treacherous work environments on the planet. There are over 500 serious ship wreck incidents reported annually, from ships destroyed by storms and head-on collisions, to explosions and fires on oil tankers. SALVAGE: CODE RED follows the action across the globe as salvage teams battle nature’s fury in some of the most complicated, dangerous and expensive salvage operations of all time.

 

Episode highlights from SALVAGE: CODE RED include:

 

SALVAGE: CODE RED – “Fire Storm”

Wednesday, June 23 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Beached off the coast of Blackpool, England, the salvors battle to right the capsized ferry, Riverdance. They need to work fast to remove the oil and lighten the ferry, but immense storms hamper their every move. Meanwhile, another team of salvors get ready to board Adriyatik, a burning ferry drifting ablaze off the coast of Croatia. Venturing deep into the bowels to fight the raging blaze, crews worry if the ship will sink before the salvors can extinguish the fire.

 

SALVAGE: CODE RED – “Blown Away”

Wednesday, June 30 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Off the North East coast of Japan, a Russian coal carrier, Jane, is stuck on the rocks and is being battered by the Pacific Ocean. After helicopters manage to get all 17 crew members to safety, a crack team is sent to pump the coal from the ship to refloat her. Despite state-of-the-art salvage gear, a huge battle with the elements ensues pushing the team to their limits. Then, in Mexico, an old ferry, Arcangel, has run aground charging the crew with clearing away the deteriorating vessel before its oil spills onto the stunning Cancun coastline.

 

SALVAGE: CODE RED – “Dangerous Seas”

Wednesday, July 7 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

In the Straits of Gibraltar – the treacherous gateway to the Mediterranean – a bulk carrier, New Flame, has collided with an oil tanker and is sinking fast. As water floods into her engine room, New Flame is in dire danger of disappearing completely, spilling almost 30,000 tonnes of scrap metal cargo – spelling environmental disaster for the entire region. Meanwhile, after heavy seas and the Japanese typhoon season battered Jane off the coast of Japan, the salvors must once again attempt to refloat her.

Empowered; determined; committed. Today’s “Y” generation has been put in a compromising position: succumb to the destructive trends of our past and watch the health of our planet deteriorate, or create environmental alternatives that could save the Earth for future generations to enjoy. From the daughters of world-renowned scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki and his wife Dr. Tara Cullis, comes AN EVENING WITH THE NEW CENTURIONS, an engaging 90-minute special about our global future and the steps needed to repair years of neglect. Premiering Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Discovery HD, new centurions and highly-accomplished environmentalists, Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, debate about our future with other generations and discuss their world – the one they’re taking over – and how they’re going to fix it.

How do you feel about the future of planet Earth? Are we taking the right actions to sustain the resources we’ve got? Can we make a difference that will impact global change? AN EVENING WITH THE NEW CENTURIONS asks questions, entertains and enlightens as today’s youth prove their allegiance to matters “green” and introduce environmental solutions to reverse the destructive trends affecting our planet. It’s their world now and we’re about to become spectators!

This special features a series of compelling interviews with leaders in the eco-field and awards presentations to nine of this generation’s most important contributors. Among the presenters are Stefanie Powers, Sandy Duncan, Alan Thicke, Thea Andrews, Susan Clarke, and two young stars from DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION, Evan Williams and Sarah Barrable-Tishauer.

The weather outside is frightful…and so are the drivers on Discovery Channel! Instead of braving the cold (and the bad drivers on the road) this season, bundle up and settle in from December 24 to January 2 for a long winter’s holiday marathon on Discovery Channel! Featuring your favourite characters and much-loved series, ring in the New Year and catch up on CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, DIRTY JOBS, LIFE, MYTHBUSTERS, DEADLIEST CATCH and more with Discovery Channel’s awesome holiday marathons!

DISCOVERY’S HOLIDAY MARATHON SCHEDULE:

CANADA’S WORST DRIVER 5 MARATHON (8 x 60)
Thursday, December 24 at 3 – 11 p.m. ET (12 – 8 p.m. PT)
Ride shotgun with Season 5’s bumper crop of terrible drivers through this eight-episode marathon. From the first key in the ignition, to the final slamming of the brakes, stay off the streets and watch the entire season unfold!

LIFE MARATHON (10 x 60)
Friday, December 25 at 1 – 11 p.m. ET (10 a.m. – 8 p.m. PT)
This groundbreaking series explores the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive. Throughout this 10-part BBC series, witness evolution in action – individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment. More than four years in the making, filmed over 3,000 days, across every continent and in every habitat, this is LIFE – as you’ve never seen it before.

DIRTY JOBS MARATHON (8 x 60)
Saturday, December 26 at 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. ET (3 – 11 p.m. PT)
Intrepid host and apprentice Mike Rowe meets hardworking men and women who overcome fear, danger – and oftentimes stench – to accomplish their daily tasks. With his hands-on approach, Rowe assumes the duties of the jobs in question, working alongside the professionals performing the vital yet outlandish occupations that simply must get done.

MYTHBUSTERS MARATHON (7 x 60)
Sunday, December 27 at 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET (2 – 9 p.m. PT)
You’ve heard them so many times, they must be true. Or are they?  MYTHBUSTERS is a scientific detective series that sets out to validate – or debunk – urban myths using every scientific tool at their disposal. MYTHBUSTERS is hosted by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, two myth busting science and technology experts… and skeptics. Each episode examines three myths and at the end of each show reveals which – if any – have a basis in solid fact. 

MAYDAY MARATHON (10 x 60)
Monday, December 28 at 2 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET (11 a.m. – 9 p.m. PT)
Statistically safer than car and train travel, thousands of airline passengers board flights everyday without hesitation. But when airline disaster strikes, it is often catastrophic. From structural failures and design flaws, to complex computer systems that even cabin crews don’t fully understand, MAYDAY combines compelling human drama and detailed aviation science to reveal the unsettling truth that aviation safety improves one crash at a time. Featuring cockpit recorders, news footage, eyewitness accounts, survivor interviews and gripping re-enactments, the series investigates aviation disasters to find out what went wrong… And why.

CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN 4 MARATHON (7 x 60)
Tuesday, December 29 at 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET (2 – 9 p.m. PT)
Revisit this series, nail by nail, as CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN 4 brings together five of the country’s most hapless handypeople and offers an opportunity to “fix up” a 100-year-old country lodge. With how-to instructions given by top-notch building experts, the participants get to work plastering, plumbing, building custom furniture and even tackling electrical. Briefed on what tasks are in store for them, each makes a comprehensive list and sets out to purchase items they feel are needed to complete the challenges while at rehab. Once the projects are complete and the doors to the Wilderness Lodge finally open, the worst of the worst is named CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN.

JUNK RAIDERS MARATHON (6 x 60)
Wednesday, December 30 at 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET (3 – 9 p.m. PT)
In a bold ecological and social experiment – and with only $5,000 – a team of freecyclers (people who cull through dumps to repurpose still-useful items), builders and designers endeavour to turn an old factory space into a functioning, trendy, live/work loft in just one month. Their primary building materials? Consumer cast offs. Why? To see if what the rest of us throw out is good enough to live in.    

DESTROYED IN SECONDS MARATHON (14 x 60)
Thursday, December 31 at 6 p.m. – 8 a.m. ET (3 p.m. – 5 a.m. PT)
Hosted by Ron Pitts, DESTROYED IN SECONDS shares clips of some of the most shocking destructions caught on tape.  Whether man made or an act of God, the series explores the events leading to mass destruction and how people bounce back from the devastation.

MYTHBUSTERS MARATHON (6 X 60)
Friday, January 1 at 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET (3 – 9 p.m. PT)
Still haven’t had your fill of myth-busting holiday merriment with this madcap dynamic duo? Settle into New Year’s Day with eight more episodes of this Discovery Channel favourite with hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman.

DEADLIEST CATCH MARATHON (16 X 60)

Saturday, January 2 at 8 a.m. ET – Sunday, January 3 at 12 a.m. ET
(Saturday, January 2 at 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. PT)
Journey to the Bering Sea for a marathon of episodes from the fifth season of Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-winning series, DEADLIEST CATCH. The seas are rougher, the stakes are higher and the intensity has never been stronger as the original, ultimate tough guys of television return for a 16-hour marathon. Follow the brave captains and crews of four crab-fishing vessels as they struggle against treacherous weather conditions doing one of the deadliest – and most lucrative – jobs in the world.

Week after week, Discovery Channel viewers confirm their love of watching hapless handypeople attempt to dodge the disgrace of being named CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN. With a record breaking season premiere already under its tool belt (earning the highest A25-54 and A18-49 audience in series history**), Season 4 of CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN has been the most successful season in series history for total viewers and key demos to date. In an exciting lead up to the finale of CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN 4 this coming Monday, June 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, this week’s episode was the #1 non-sports program in its timeslot on Monday at 10 p.m. among all Canadian and U.S. specialty networks for all key demos***, while the June 1 episode earned the highest P2+ audience in HANDYMAN history with 314,000** viewers.

“We’re excited to see Season 4 of HANDYMAN follow in the footsteps of its smash hit successor, CANADA’S WORST DRIVER,” said Paul Lewis, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel. “With a dedicated fan base and sustained audience growth, season after season, the CANADA’S WORST series continues to deliver exceptional entertainment value.”

In the upcoming season finale on Monday, June 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the handymen are given a last chance to get their rooms in order and race to complete their to-do list of 20 unfinished projects. Some handymen take this opportunity to show what they’ve learned while others fall further behind. Next, the team takes a crack at the most dangerous group project ever attempted in rehab. With five shoddy DIY’ers to choose from, who will be crowned Season 4’s CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN?

CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN 4 has also seen a tremendous online following with the series website worsthandyman.ca approaching nearly 250,000 video streams, 60,000 pageviews, and over 150,000 entries in the “The Get What You Need Contest” presented by Canadian Tire****. 

Screening copies of the CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN Season 4 finale are available upon request.