Discovery World

Discovery World HD is hitting the road this March and taking viewers along for the ride. New series ALASKA: THE LAST FINAL FRONTIER (March 3) heads into America’s harshest landscape with a determined group of skilled adventurers.

Next, SURVIVORS (March 22) offers survival tips from the few special species of Earth’s most catastrophic disasters.

Then the crews from WHEELER DEALERS (March 5) and MEGA BUILDERS (March 16) give some extreme engineering advice that will fix any broken-down car. Finally, every road trip needs the perfect playlist, and this month’s is provided by BILLY CONNOLLY’S ROUTE 66 (March 26).

New and returning series from Discovery World HD this March offer an array of travel tips

March programming highlights for Discovery World HD include:

 

NEW SERIES:

 

ALASKA: THE LAST FINAL FRONTIER

Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning March 3

Immersive and powerful, the raw beauty of Alaska’s wilderness is captured in this three-part ultimate Alaskan survival guide. Witness four teams who arrive in the harsh Alaskan environment and face extreme conditions as they carve out a new home on the tundra.

 

WHEELER DEALERS

Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/midnight PT, beginning March 5

Motorhead Mike Brewer and mechanic Edd China show how to buy a classic car at the right price, fix it up on a budget, and make a tidy profit. In this 10-part series, the duo scour ads, internet auctions, specialist clubs and garage forecourts to find the perfect second hand car and attempt to restore it to it’s original beauty.

 

SURVIVORS

Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning March 22

From microscopic life forms to the last giant mammals from the Ice Age, this three-part series finds out what it takes to become a long-term survivor. Find out how a few special species have managed to survive through Earth’s three biggest mass extinctions: the end of the Ice Age, when many megafauna were wiped out; the KT boundary, when a meteor hit Earth and killed the dinosaurs; and the Great Dying, a series of cataclysmic events which saw 90% of species perish 250 million years ago.

 

BILLY CONNOLLY’S ROUTE 66  

Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning March 26

Actor and musician Billy Connolly (THE LAST SAMURAI) fulfills a lifelong dream of travelling the world’s most famous highway – Route 66. The 4,000 kilometre-long road from Chicago to Santa Monica is the embodiment of the American dream, and the backdrop to this four-part series. Set to a soundtrack of some of the best American music of the 20th century, Connolly takes in everything from the skyscrapers of Chicago and St. Louis to the Wild West badlands of Oklahoma and Texas.

 

RETURNING SERIES:

 

MEGA BUILDERS

Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning March 16

Season 7 of the original Canadian series, MEGA BUILDERS looks at the world’s engineers and planners as they come up with new ways to solve the increasing demands of life in the 21st century. This seven-part series showcases the many amazing engineering projects that are taking place globally.

Discovery World HD is kicking off the New Year by reflecting on things past, present and future this January. Unearthed artefacts and lost treasures reveal lost legacies in DIGGING FOR BRITAIN (Jan. 5) and WHEN ROME RULED (Jan. 26).

The crew of INSIDE WEST COAST CUSTOMS (Jan. 4) stop traffic with their innovative and creative cars. Then the engineers and planners of MEGA BUILDERS (Jan. 20) redefine life in the 21st century with their futuristic creations.

 

January programming highlights for Discovery World HD include:

 

NEW SERIES:

INSIDE WEST COAST CUSTOMS

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning Jan. 4

Famed car customizer Ryan Friedlinghaus and his crew at West Coast Customs continue to take common vehicles from ordinary to extraordinary in INSIDE WEST COAST CUSTOMS. In this 16-episode series, Friedlinghaus transforms cars for celebrities and corporations like Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Gaming, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Rascal Flatts, HP, Spy Optic, Alienware and others.

 

WHEN ROME RULED

Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 26

Roman civilization – its people, its technology, its victories, its failures – have all shaped society today. But now, important new research is overturning the understanding of ancient Rome. From an ancient map that unravels the mysteries of a vanished city, to the discovery of far-flung trading posts, this eight-part series pictures a much larger and more complex empire than ever previously imagined.

 

RETURNING SERIES:

 

DIGGING FOR BRITAIN

Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning Jan. 5

Every year, hundreds of excavations take place in Great Britain, bringing lost treasures to the surface. Presented by Dr Alice Roberts, Season 2 of DIGGING FOR BRITAIN reveals some of the newest finds, research and social history of the country. From uncovering new truths about the richest-ever find of Anglo-Saxon treasure to uncovering Shakespeare’s first theatre, this four-part series presents a new understanding of the historical island.

 

MEGA BUILDERS

Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 20

Season 7 of the original Canadian series, MEGA BUILDERS looks at the world’s engineers and planners as they come up with new ways to solve the increasing demands of life in the 21st century. This seven-part series showcases the many amazing engineering projects that are taking place globally.

Heavyweight boxers, pro wrestlers and ultimate fighting champions are no match for the vicious ferocity exhibited by the tiny garden gladiators of MONSTER BUG WARS.

Premiering Saturday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, this six-part Discovery World HD series combines the fun of a classic 1950s’ monster movie with the intense action of a steel cage match as it follows the insect world’s most lethal predators engaging in one-on-one showdowns for survival, supremacy…and supper.

It’s a battle to the death for these petite predators in MONSTER BUG WARS, Oct. 8 on Discovery World HD

Featuring microscopic detail and stunning visuals, MONSTER BUG WARS offers an unparalleled look into the natural setting and fighting tactics of the world’s deadliest, creepiest creatures.

To fully discover how different insect species kill, expert entomologists offer insight into the hunting, mating – and most importantly, the attack mechanisms – of these petite predators. With gruesome play-by-play commentary and horror movie sound effects to accompany the fatal fights, viewers enter the miniature, yet ruthless, world that exists in every corner of the globe – from the back of your basement, to the depths of the Amazon jungle.

Highlights from the first episodes of MONSTER BUG WARS include:

 

MONSTER BUG WARS – “Death at Midnight”

Sat., Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT 

In the world of bugs, a Giant Rainforest Mantis takes on a Spiky Leaf insect; a tiny Bull Ant battles a Redback Spider; and one of the most ill-tempered of spiders, the Sydney Funnelweb attacks an aggressive arch-rival, the Garden Wolf Spider.

 

MONSTER BUG WARS – “Enemy Empire”

Sat., Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

In a fight to the death, a Tree Scorpion invades a Green Ant colony; a Cellar Spider attacks a White Tailed Spider; and an Ant Lion takes on a Trap Jaw Ant. Then, a Brown House Spider battles a Redback Spider and a Desert Centipede fights a Desert Trapdoor Spider.

 

MONSTER BUG WARS – “Quick and the Deadly”

Sat., Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT 

A House Centipede battles a Swift Tree Mantid; a Whistling Tarantula meets a Bulldog Raspy Cricket; and an Ogre-Faced Spider faces an Assassin Bug. In the next round, a Marbled Scorpion fights a Trap-Jaw Ant and a Spitting Spider clashes with a Metallic Green Jumping Spider.

It’s a man-eat-food, bug-eat-bug, and weird animal-eat-strange plant world on Discovery World HD this October.

Anthony Bourdain is back for a sixth season of ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS (Oct. 4). Follow the best-selling author and professional chef as he scours the globe for the ultimate dining experience.

Next, bugs battle to the death in MONSTER BUG WARS (Oct. 8) where the losers are lunch.

In MADAGASCAR (Oct. 22), a strange selection of animals and plants have evolved together in this relatively untouched land.

Elsewhere in Africa, Justin Bonello takes an epic road trip with 30 friends and explores the country’s incredible food in COOKED IN AFRICA (Oct. 25).

And if extreme eating isn’t your thing, Discovery World HD offers an extraordinary look at ancient engineering with ENGINEERING THE IMPOSSIBLE: ROME (Oct. 6), and a revealing look at our planet in X-RAY EARTH (Oct. 1).

 

October programming highlights for Discovery World HD include:

 

NEW SERIES:

 

MONSTER BUG WARS

Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Oct. 8

Get a ringside seat for some of nature’s deadliest encounters – in MONSTER BUG WARS losers aren’t just KO’d, they’re eaten alive. This six-part series reveals the no-holds-barred, real-life world of Spiders, Scorpions, Centipedes and Killer Ants who fight to the death. It’s a bug-eat-bug gladiatorial contest where stings, spikes and deadly venom are wielded with cold-blooded precision.

 

MADAGASCAR                                                      

Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning Oct. 22

Madagascar was lost to the world for 65 million years, in splendid isolation, undiscovered and untouched by man. Left to its own devices it became a hot bed of evolution, resulting in the greatest concentration of unique creatures anywhere on the planet. Recognized as one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots, it is an island full of weird animals, strange plants and extraordinary landscapes. In this three-part series, discover what made MADAGASCAR so different from the rest of the world, and how evolution created an island rivaling the Galapagos for mystique, beauty and scientific wonder.

 

COOKED IN AFRICA

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, beginning Oct. 25

Intrepid cook and seasoned traveller, Justin Bonello embarks on a 13-episode road trip of a lifetime – 30 days, 30 friends, and more than 4,500km around South Africa. Along the way they will cook over open fires, eat under the stars, and explore the incredible natural beauty of the country.

 

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X-RAY EARTH

Sat., Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Modern technology has enabled scientists to monitor the Earth in a deeper, more complex way than ever before. An army of sensors located underground, in the sky, in the ocean and throughout cities reach the furthest ends of the globe and everything in between. X-RAY EARTH takes a two-hour look at the Earth using this information, offering a never before seen view.

 

ENGINEERING THE IMPOSSIBLE: ROME

Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, beginning Oct. 6

Rome has produced some of the greatest architectural wonders of the world, and did so without the assistance of modern engineering. ENGINEERING THE IMPOSSIBLE: ROME reveals the ingenuity and precision that enabled Rome’s extensive water system and architecture to stand the test of time. The 120-minute special uses modern techniques and expertise to discover how the evolved designs were constructed and uncovers the complex technology used to build them.

 

RETURNING SERIES:

 

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS

Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT, beginning Oct. 4

Best-selling author and professional chef Anthony Bourdain returns for a sixth season of travelling the world in search of the ultimate dining experience. From the well known to off the beaten path, New Jersey to Iceland, and points in between – ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS experiences it all. The 10-part series is a no holds barred experience of food and customs that flavour the different cultures of the world.

Reflecting on the great mysteries of existence, Academy Award®-winning actor and space enthusiast Morgan Freeman returns to guide viewers THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN in this astonishing second season.

Premiering Monday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery World HD, this 10-part series poses all-new questions that span space, science and the unknown.

What are people made of? What was there before the beginning? Is there a creator?

These questions have been pondered by the most exquisite minds of the human race. Now, science has evolved to the point where hard facts and evidence may be able to provide answers instead of philosophical theories.

THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN breaks down the walls of conventional television to explore the puzzles that have captivated mankind.

Season Two of THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN begins with arguably the most provocative question of all: “Is There Life after Death?”  Other topics explored this season include; “Is There an Edge to the Universe?”, “Can We Live Forever?” and “What Do Aliens Look Like?” Combining stunning visuals with innovative scientific research, Season Two examines the astonishing theories of world-leading experts – from the fields of Astrophysics, Astrobiology, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory, and more – to reveal the extraordinary truth of the universe.  

 

Highlights from the first episodes of THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN include:

 

THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN – “Is There Life After Death?”

Mon., Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

In the premiere episode of the second season, Morgan Freeman dives deep into the provocative question that has mystified humans since the beginning of time – is there life after death? Modern physics and neuroscience are venturing into this once hallowed ground, and radically changing the ideas of life after death. Freeman serves as host to this polarized debate, where scientists and spiritualist attempt to define “what is consciousness,” while cutting edge quantum mechanics could answer what happens when people die. 

 

THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN – “Is There an Edge to the Universe?”

Mon., Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT 

It is commonly theorized that the universe began with the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. But since humans can only see as far as light has travelled in that time, the edge of the universe cannot be made out. Could it be that the universe is infinite? Is there any way to find out what the shape of the universe really is? Can the edge be found, what might lie beyond it, and could there be a universe next to Earth’s? 

 

THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN – “Is Time an Illusion?”

Mon., Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT 

It is a question that has vexed philosophers and scientists for centuries – “does time really exist?” Is time simply another dimension, just like the dimensions of space? Can time run backwards just as easily as it runs forward, just as left-to-right can swap for right-to-left? If other universes exist, then what is time like in them: Could their time be different from Earth’s? And this episode probes the biggest question about time: Is the future determined? Do humans have free will? Or, is time merely a dream?

Discovery World HD is spending September travelling to the farthest reaches of the world and the mind. Hop in the car with Keith Martin and find out WHAT’S MY CAR WORTH (Sept. 5).

Join the New England fishermen of SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE (Sept. 7) and battle sea sickness while they battle 50-foot waves in the search of swordfish.

Back on land, attempt to walk the length of the Amazon with Ed Stafford (WALKING THE AMAZON Sept. 3). Rest your soles in the ocean of the South African coastline in SHORE LINE (Sept. 13).

After challenging your body, challenge the mind and go THROUGH THE WORMHOLE (Sept. 19) with Morgan Freeman.

The New England Fisherman (SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE) and Morgan Freeman (THROUGH THE WORMHOLE) return to Discovery World HD this September

 

September programming highlights for Discovery World HD include:

 

NEW SERIES:

 

SHORE LINE

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, beginning September 13

Explore nearly 3000 kilometres of the South African coastline with SHORE LINE. This 13-part series focuses on the natural history and ancient archaeology of the region, building an evolving picture of the South African coastline.

 

NEW SPECIALS:

 

WALKING THE AMAZON

Sat., September 3 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

In April 2008 ex-soldier and explorer Ed Stafford and friend Luke Collyer decided to take on a monumental challenge – to trace on foot the whole length of the Amazon, from Southern Peru to its mouth on the Brazilian coast. They believed it would take them one year and would involve walking 6,000 kilometres. In the end, two-and-a-half years and almost 10,000 kilometres later, only Stafford would complete the journey. Using Stafford’s own footage, this 120-minute special is a vivid portrait of a man driven to the edge of his own sanity.

 

RETURNING SERIES:

 

WHAT’S MY CAR WORTH

Mondays at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT beginning September 5

WHAT’S MY CAR WORTH returns with stories of Monte Carlo and Supersonic rides. Join car expert Keith Martin in this eight-part series as he explores the world of collector cars and tells you exactly what they’re worth. Some will tear up others will scream with excitement as their cars change hands and become part of the collector car market.

 

SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning September 7

For the New England fishermen on SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE, braving the frigid, unpredictable waters of the North Atlantic is a tradition that has been in their families for generations. This 10-part series returns to the unforgiving environment, where 45-foot vessels contend with 50-foot waves and gale-force winds, where one fish can earn you $50,000, and one mistake can cost you your life.

 

THROUGH THE WORMHOLE                

Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning September 19

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, THROUGH THE WORMHOLE explores the deepest mysteries of existence – the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there before the beginning? Are we really alone? Is there a creator? This 10-part series brings together the brightest minds and best ideas from the very edges of science – Astrophysics, Astrobiology, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory, and more – to reveal the extraordinary truth of our Universe.

From blisteringly fast super cars to the planet’s largest indoor pool, discover cutting-edge innovations in science and technology from around the world with MEGAWORLD 2011.

Narrated by Canadian film and television icon Paul Gross (DUE SOUTH, Passchendaele), MEGAWORLD 2011 features six incredible new episodes focusing on the latest, greatest and biggest innovations from South Korea to the American South!

Premiering Tuesday, July 26 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery World HD, the season opener goes down to Texas to battle gas fires with the world’s top firefighters before taking a dip with astronauts in the world’s largest indoor pool.

Highlights from MEGAWORLD 2011 include:

 

MEGAWORLD 2011: “Texas”

Tuesday, July 26 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

If everything is bigger in Texas, then this massive American state is a perfect fit for the season premiere of MEGAWORLD 2011. The journey begins in the world’s largest indoor pool at the Johnson Space Center, where rookie and veteran astronauts brush up on their zero gravity skills. We spin our tires at Goodyear’s huge tire test facility, learn how to put out chemical fires at the largest fire training centre in North America, and find out what goes into maintaining the Air Force’s huge Boeing C-17 transport planes. Last but not least, a father and son specialize in moving house and home….literally. If you don’t like your neighbourhood, the pair will pick up your house and move it across the street… or across the state for that matter.

 

MEGAWORLD 2011: “Denmark”

Tuesday, August 2 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Hit the Danish high seas as a couple of amateur astronauts attempt to launch a rocket into orbit. It’s an ambitious project as the rocket launch pad bobs up and down in the sea in anticipation of blast off. If the rocket isn’t perfectly vertical on lift-off, it could be a disaster.

It’s not rocket science, but the technology that goes into a completely automated parking lot in Copenhagen is very impressive. Next, MEGAWORLD 2011 meets the makers of the latest supercar on the market, the Zenvo. Also see how they maintain the country’s longest bridge, then get a behind-the-scenes look one of Denmark’s most popular exports – Lego!

 

Also this season on MEGAWORLD 2011, visit LG Electronics, the world’s largest manufacturer of flat panel television screens and then see just how crazy they are for golf in “South Korea” (August 9); if you think ski jumping looks scary, just wait until you get a look at sky flying as the series goes to “Norway” for the finishing touches on the world’s largest ski flying jump (August 16); check in on the construction of the world’s highest suspension bridge and visit a mine with scalding water and scorching temperatures in “Mexico” (August 23); And finally, visit the oldest shipyard in South America where they can repair up to five ships at a time thanks to a huge ship elevator called the Syncrolift, and we’ll see how robotics keep other industries moving in “Argentina” (August 30).

 

MEGAWORLD is produced by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery Channel Canada.

Enter the high-risk world of New England’s long line fishermen who risk everything to catch an elusive prey in some of the most dangerous waters on the planet.

The hit documentary series, SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE returns February 16 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT to Discovery World HD for a 10-part second season of adrenaline-charged adventure in the North Atlantic.

Hunting creatures that can weigh more than 450 kilograms, and battling the violent storms around the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and off the Georges Bank of the Gulf of Mexico, force the crew to stay tough and work fast knowing that every day could be their last.

The series follows four boats, (The Eagle Eye II, Big Eye, Seahawk and Frances Ann), that head into these stormy waters hoping to hit the jackpot.

The skippers of the boats use every ounce of experience and knowledge they have to try and find the fish. It costs around $60,000 to make the month-long journey and they need to catch thousands of kilograms of fish just to break even.

One big catch can be worth as much as $20,000 so a trip can turn from disaster to success in seconds. Once the fish are caught, it’s a race to the market where the first back gets the highest prices. The job is physically and mentally exhausting. Twenty-hour days are the norm. And even if the crew catches plenty of fish, they still have to make it home alive.

 

Highlights from the first episodes of SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE include:

 

SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE – “Grand Banks or Bust”

Wednesday, February 16 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

In the season two opener, legendary Captain Linda vows to find fish this year or retire for good; Captain Scotty faces difficulty after he’s crowded out of his favourite fishing spot; and Captain Chomps’ deckhand brother has costly medical bills that put the ship in the red before they even leave the dock.

 

SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE – “Deckhands Down”

Wednesday, February 23 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Captain Linda’s crew is dropping like flies after bad luck and injuries, but new-comer Captain “Slick” and his young crew join the fishing grounds and pick up the slack. Captain Scotty is challenged by Blue sharks, but shark tagger Lisa’s is enjoying their presence. Captain Chomps’ questions his decision to come to the Grand Banks.

 

SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE – “Turf War”

Wednesday, March 2 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

A deckhand’s mistake almost cost Frances Anne the fish they already have on hold. And deckhand Fox is knocked to the deck when defending the turf of Eagle Eye II. Then, Captain Chomps clashes with another captain.