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National Geographic Highlights: June 2020

GATHERING STORM
Mondays at 21:00 from 21 June (ends 27 July)

A major global series forming a unique view on the planet’s fiercest storms, through the experience of people who work at sea inside the major hurricane zones of the world. Through extensive access agreements, hundreds of cameras are embedded on boats, ships and oil platforms. So, as the storm approaches and the clock ticks down we are with the men who witness weather at its wildest, from all angles. All face different challenges, with different cargoes, deadlines and routes. At stake is the job, their cargo, their equipment… and their lives. We tell their greatest stories; the triumphs of engineering, ingenuity and sheer bravery that go along with working in storms at sea. Through their eyes we witness the rise of the storm. And we experience what it takes to get their job done in the face of nature’s wildest weather. To explain what lies behind the unpredictability and danger unfolding on the ocean’s surface, these first-hand stories combine with scientific insight, analysis and satellite mapping.

Dorian heading North past the Carolinas. (National Geographic)

KINGDOM OF THE MUMMIES
Fridays at 20:00 from 5 June (ends 26 June)

In the shadow of the world’s oldest pyramids, a team of archaeologists led by Dr Ramadan Hussein have made the discovery of a lifetime – a fully intact burial complex buried deep beneath the sand. Packed with treasures and world firsts, the site has the potential to re-write the book on mummification, unlocking secrets forgotten since the age of the pharaohs. Now the team have to open every sarcophagus, investigate every mystery and decode every clue in this never before seen discovery – the first Egyptian funeral parlour ever found.

The mummy of the priest Ayput is fully revealed. This type of sarcophagus is known as ‘anthropoid,’ since it takes the shape of a person. The lid, the base, the internal area and the mummy all correspond in this human shape. (National Geographic/Piers Leigh)

BUILDING PARADISE ISLAND
Wednesdays at 19:00 from 24 June (ends 8 July)

Filmed over 2 years – from foundations to opening party – this is the amazing story of the total transformation of an abandoned, industrial island into a luxury destination. Battling against isolation, extreme weather and a punishing schedule the teams building paradise must work night and day to deliver this incredibly ambitious project on time.

Ocean Cay island. (Workerbee/Basilio Longo)

CONTINUING SHOWS

X-RAY EARTH
Wednesdays at 21:00 from 27 May (ends 10 June)

Beneath our feet, under trillions of tons of rock, lurk astonishing and deadly secrets. Earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions are all driven by hidden forces deep inside our planet. Now, using the latest scientific data from sensors and surface scans, we can x-ray the Earth to reveal the dangers locked inside our planet. Using thousands of sensors and state of the art surface scan information, for the first time, we can create x-rays of the deep interior of our planet.

Volcano and earthquake danger zone in the Pacific Ring of Fire. (National Geographic)

AIRPORT SECURITY: PERU AND BRAZIL
Thursdays at 19:00 from 7 May (ends 25 June)

This season features four episodes, each at two of Latin America’s biggest airports: Lima, Peru’s Jorge Chavez and Brazil’s Paulo-Guarulhos. Police are on high alert. Their main challenges: illegal immigration and the trafficking of cocaine. From hidden compartments and ingested capsules to fake documents, officers work 24/7 to protect their borders and stop criminals in their tracks. Watch the action from behind the scenes.

São Paulo, Brazil – Modalidad. The expert analyzes the mobility that the passenger uses. (National Geographic/Mario Lazcano)

WICKED TUNA S9
Mondays at 20:00 from 6 April (ends 29 June)

Three new Captains arrive in Gloucester with one goal – to defeat the local fleet. But they have their work cut out for them challenging the battle-proven Gloucester captains. Five-time champion Captain Dave Carraro of FV-Tuna.com feels the pressure as he fights to win another title, and the Gloucester captains and crews rally with and against him for bragging rights to their turf. In a fast-paced season, the brawl for bluefin comes down to the final fish, and a stunning finish for the season’s victor.

The new boats on Wicked Tuna (left to right) Fat Tuna, Kraken, and Wasabi. (PFTV)

LAWLESS ISLAND S2
Mondays at 19:00 from 13 April (ends 15 June)

The volatile climate of Southeast Alaska challenges Port Protection’s residents who live on the edge of society. Gary battles father time while securing needed resources. Curly pushes through in the wake of a tragic loss. Mary faces her fears to survive in extreme conditions. Sam fights to preserve the only lifestyle he’s ever known. Squibb looks to improve upon his surroundings. And Stuart deals with past injuries as he battles the elements.

PORT PROTECTION, ALASKA- Mary goes fishing. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/ Jesse Phinney)

COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS
Wednesdays at 20:00, from 11 March (ends 10 June)

In the vastness of time and the immensity of space, the number of worlds to explore and stories to tell are infinite. This boldest COSMOS yet is a thrilling, hope-filled voyage of exploration to lost worlds and worlds yet to come. You’ll meet the searchers whose courage rivals any hero of myth. And it will carry you deep into the future and through that hole in the curtain of reality.

Our sun is born, endowing worlds to come with precious minerals, diamonds and green olivine. COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS premieres March 9, 2020 on National Geographic. (Cosmos Studios)

By Andrew Germishuys

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