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Diana: In Her Own Words

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TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 18: Princess Diana Resting Her Head In Her Hands Whilst Sitting On The Steps Of Her Home At Highgrove, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Sunday 29 March 2020 at 21:00 (1 hr, 52 mins)

In 1991, inside London’s Kensington Palace, Diana, Princess of Wales, participated in a series of secret interviews, recorded with her permission by a close friend on behalf of journalist Andrew Morton. Morton was writing a book about Diana’s life to reveal what life was really like for the most photographed woman in the world. The public was unaware that Diana, Princess of Wales’, marriage to HRH Prince of Wales was at a crisis point. Now, National Geographic Documentary Films reveals Diana’s thoughts and feelings at a very specific point in her life, presenting one side of a very complicated story, her side. Entirely in her voice, with no interviews, most of these unique recordings have never been broadcast before. DIANA: IN HER OWN WORDS weaves archival footage and photography with these rarely heard recordings.

She came to be known as the People’s Princess, and few public figures remain as beloved and enigmatic as Diana, Princess of Wales. From the moment the shy kindergarten teacher whose innate charm caught the attention of the heir to the royal throne, a modern icon was born.

In vivid detail, Princess Diana reflects upon the full story of her life, depicting her circumstances in 1991. She candidly takes viewers from her unhappy childhood to her awkward introduction to HRH Prince of Wales when she was just 16 years old, and the dramatic tale of a young girl thrust upon the world’s stage. Hounded by the press and embraced by a nation captivated by the ‘fairy-tale’ romance, she was completely unprepared for the fame that engulfed her.

Diana and Charles amongst a crowd (Anwar Hussein)

DIANA: IN HER OWN WORDS captures a split in the Princess’ public and private personas, underscoring intense often convoluted descriptions of her thoughts and feelings in 1991. Unflinchingly, she recounts her emotional wedding day and her experiences with postpartum depression, bulimia and her eventual triumph over her crippling anxiety to emerge as global humanitarian — the iconic, beloved People’s Princess.

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National Geographic May 2020 Highlights

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)

SAVING NOTRE DAME

Thursday 19 May at 19:00

In April 2019, a massive fire ripped through the Notre-Dame de Paris, leaving it on the verge of collapse. Long before the last ember was extinguished, the French vowed to rebuild their beloved cathedral that has been at the heart of French culture for nearly 900 years. The task at hand is enormous and those challenged with restoration have no idea what they’re facing. In this special presentation with exclusive access, we go into the rubble with the heroes who are risking their lives to stabilize what’s left of Notre-Dame so that she can be restored to her former glory.

In April 2019, the world’s most famous cathedral caught fire. Notre-Dame de Paris was ablaze and with the world watching, firefighters fought the inferno for hours. Exclusive footage and interviews tell the story of their courage, as they risk all to save a global icon. (Galaxie Presse/BSPP)

SKELETONS OF THE INCA REBELLION

Friday 15 May at 20:00

A cemetery crammed with skeletons offers tantalizing clues about the collapse of the Inca. Crime-lab science, archeology, and history challenge what we know about the final days of the once-mighty ancient empire. Now, the long-accepted story that the Spanish conquest of the Inca achieved with guns, steel, and horses is being updated with surprising new evidence, including what may be the first gunshot wound in the Americas.

STONEHENGE DECODED: UPDATE (2)

Friday 22 May at 20:00

Stonehenge Decoded (2009) exposed the puzzle that is Stonehenge. There are many disputed theories about this giant stone circle. The Romans imagined a temple to the sun god Apollo. Medieval legend said it was the work of the wizard Merlin. Professor Mike Parker Pearson and his team unearthed evidence that reveals Stonehenge may not have stood in isolation but was part of one of the largest prehistoric religious complexes in the world. Within this complex, they discovered remains of the largest prehistoric settlement in northern Europe. And at its center stood an extraordinary near replica of Stonehenge itself, built not in stone but wood. Professor Pearson believed at the time that Stonehenge was not a temple to the Sun or prehistoric Gods, but a great monument dedicated to the ancestors of these Stone Age people, built to house the spirits of the dead. Recent discoveries at Stonehenge and other Neolithic sites may have finally proved his theory.

In June 2018, at the German Stonehenge-Pommelte site, an archaeologist unearthed the dismembered remains of more than 20 men, women and children. This find suggests that this site was used for ritual sacrifices. The ritual use of this site and its dates connect it to Stonehenge and other Neolithic circles in Britain. In this update, we will use interviews, archive footage and original filming to reveal new discoveries and provide insight into these archaeological mysteries. Stonehenge Decoded: Update will transport us back 4,500 years to the world of Stonehenge and Pommelte and put the last ten years of science and discovery into focus.

CGI Stills – Stonehenge: Decoded- Sunset at Stonehenge mid summer solstice.

CONTINUING SHOWS

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)

SCIENCE OF STUPID S8

Fridays at 19:00 from 10 April (ends 29 May)

Science of Stupid, series 8. Dallas Campbell hosts the show that combines serious science with some of the craziest, most spectacular user-generated clips ever recorded. In each programme we show 40 to 50 clips of misadventure: ordinary folk making extraordinary mistakes and paying the price. We analyse the science behind the mishaps, with the help of bespoke animation and super slow-motion cinematography.

Woman on trapeze. (National Geographic)

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)

CAR SOS – S8

Tuesdays at 20:00 from 17 March (ends 19 May)

Making motoring dreams come true for an eighth season, award-winning Car SOS is back, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. Everyone’s favourite petrol heads Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw continue their mission to seek out classic cars with deserving owners. Using all their guile and restoration knowledge, their aim is to sneak away clapped out classics without their owners knowing, then in a blizzard of grease and grime and hard graft, get the much-loved motors back where they deserve to be, on the road. In this series, the boys take on their biggest challenges ever. Chronic rust, hard to find parts and broken engines test the boys to their limits. Cars ranging across eight decades from a vintage tourer to a 1990s Japanese supercar, from an iconic German sports coupe to a very rare British rally winner, and, for their lucky owners, the surprise they will never forget. There will be tears, there will be laughter on this automotive rollercoaster and one thing is guaranteed – there will be some very beautiful cars.

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND – The Car SOS team of Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend reveal the finished Singer 9 Le Mans to the Pigg Family at Duxford Imperial War Museum.

(photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Jon Scorer)
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National Geographic Highlights – April 2020

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)

INSIDE THE AMERICAN MOB (COMPILATIONS)
Thursdays at 21:00 from 9 April (ends 30 April)

New York City is the home to what we think of as the American Mob. The original series of INSIDE THE AMERICAN MOB focused on the five families in New York and Philadelphia. But the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, and Luchese families weren’t the only families who set up shop in the United States. Italian organized crime families extended their reach across the country into Chicago, New England and Kansas City.

This series will highlight the life of these extended families by using the stories told in the original series as the foundation to how American Mobs faced similar challenges as they stretched their influence across the country. New interviews will tell the story of how the American Mob sunk its claws into the politics and industries of Chicago, New England and Kansas City – and how each faced the same challenges as their New York City counterparts.

REENACTMENT: New York, NY, USA: A Mob member on the street.(Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/ David Smoler)

SCIENCE OF STUPID S8
Fridays at 29:00 from 10 April

Science of Stupid, series 8. Dallas Campbell hosts the show that combines serious science with some of the craziest, most spectacular user-generated clips ever recorded. In each programme we show 40 to 50 clips of misadventure: ordinary folk making extraordinary mistakes and paying the price. We analyse the science behind the mishaps, with the help of bespoke animation and super slow-motion cinematography.

Woman on trapeze. (National Geographic)

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)

CONTINUING SHOWS

BRAIN GAMES
Fridays at 19:00, from 14 February 2020 (ends 3 April)

National Geographic has reimagined BRAIN GAMES and added a Hollywood twist to the classic mind-bending format. Hosted by Keegan-Michael Key (“Friends From College,” “Toy Story 4,” “Lion King”), world-famous mentalist Lior Surchard, and field correspondent and science communicator Cara Santa Maria, this new season of BRAIN GAMES challenges some of the world’s biggest celebrities to realize their special brain power through fun and highly entertaining interactive games, illusions and social experiments that will reveal the “why” behind the “wow.” The in-studio audience and the viewers at home can play along, comparing their mental abilities against those of the A-listers. Join in the fun as BRAIN GAMES reveals the incredible science of what makes our brains tick!

Ted Danson on the set of the new Brain Games with host Keegan-Michael Key.(National Geographic/Eric McCandless)

APOCALYPSE: WAR OF THE WORLDS
Tuesdays at 21:00, from 10 March 2020 (ends 14 April)

Summer 1945. Leaving the atrocities of war behind, the Allies wholeheartedly celebrate a return to peace. But behind the scenes of global reconstruction, a more drawn-out, insidious confrontation is in the making. Soon, an “iron curtain” will come down, dividing the Communist Eastern bloc, dominated by the Soviet Union, and the West, behind the United States. This is the Cold War, the War of Worlds. In a frantic arms race, the United States have invented the worst threat possible – the nuclear bomb. During the course of fifty years, the great heads of state, Stalin, Khrushchev, Mao, and Kennedy, face each other off in a precarious balance of terror. In Indochina, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan, they wage war on each other through other peoples. Nonetheless, it is still the same war between East and West. The same leaders, the same terrified civilians, the same regions destroyed by bombs, the same rows of starving prisoners. Beyond those who are in power, all of mankind can, at any time, be plunged into the Apocalypse.

COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS
Wednesdays at 20:00, from 11 March (ends 10 June)
[Note – Hiatus on 22 April, returns 29 April]

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)

TO CATCH A SMUGGLER
Thursdays at 10:00, from 12 March (ends 30 April)

124 million people enter the U.S.A. through this country’s airports each year. It’s a nonstop human tidal wave and hid amongst them are an endless stream of contraband and ill intentions. Defending the borders are the vigilant men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, whose agencies make up a three-tiered defense of America’s airports. Using every tool available to them, DHS will stop at nothing to catch a smuggler.

JFK Airport, Jamaica, NY: CBP Officer Chris Elias extracts a substance from one package to see if it tests positive for cocaine. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Television)

CAR SOS S8
Tuesdays at 20:00 from 17 March (ends 19 May)

Making motoring dreams come true for an eighth season, award-winning Car SOS is back, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. Everyone’s favourite petrol heads Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw continue their mission to seek out classic cars with deserving owners. Using all their guile and restoration knowledge, their aim is to sneak away clapped out classics without their owners knowing, then in a blizzard of grease and grime and hard graft, get the much-loved motors back where they deserve to be, on the road. In this series, the boys take on their biggest challenges ever. Chronic rust, hard to find parts and broken engines test the boys to their limits. Cars ranging across eight decades from a vintage tourer to a 1990s Japanese supercar, from an iconic German sports coupe to a very rare British rally winner, and, for their lucky owners, the surprise they will never forget. There will be tears, there will be laughter on this automotive rollercoaster and one thing is guaranteed – there will be some very beautiful cars.

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND – The Car SOS team of Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend reveal the finished Singer 9 Le Mans to the Pigg Family at Duxford Imperial War Museum.

(photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Jon Scorer)

BACK TO THE TITANIC
Monday 6 April at 19:00

Mission Titanic documents the first manned dives to Titanic in nearly 15 years. A team of experts use a specially equipped sub to capture the first ever 4k footage of the ship to analyse its rate of decay. They build the most accurate model of the wreck in existence to shed new light on Titanic’s iconic stories. They verify a previously unidentified part of the wreck and leave an experimental platform on the seafloor to predict Titanic’s future.

JANE GOODALL: THE HOPE
Wednesday 22 April at 18:00 (Earth Day)

JANE GOODALL – THE HOPE begins where the documentary JANE (2017) left off. Dr, Jane Goodall arrived at a 1986 conference as a scientist and-after learning the extent of the threat facing chimpanzees-left as an activist. The film begins with this critical transformation and follows Jane through three decades of advocacy work. Jane knew she must take action to protect chimps and other animals living in the wild, to improve the well-being of chimps in captivity and to inspire a young generation of change makers for this vital work to continue. In a moment in which the environmental crisis can seem overwhelming, Jane has made it her mission to encourage us all that solutions are within reach. Our cameras capture Jane as she travels over 300 days a year, meeting with everyone from schoolchildren in Zanzibar to Silicon Valley tech giants to Prince Harry, using wisdom, heart and humor to spread a message of hope and show that every individual has the potential be a catalyst and create lasting change. As the 60th anniversary of her arrival to the chimpanzee kingdom in Gombe approaches, she spends time with her family in Tanzania and returns to her wild Eden, reflecting on all the efforts being made to safeguard its future and create a sustainable future for the Earth.

JANE GOODALL: THE HOPE celebrates her work and explores the ways in which her passion for wildlife has changed the world for the better. This new perspective illustrates the obstacles that Goodall faced throughout her career, and shows how, with a dedicated team and unshakable drive, she overcame them and succeeded in becoming one of the most important names in wildlife conservation. (photo credit: National Geographic/David Guttenfelder)

A DAY ON MARS
Wednesday 3 April at 21:00

An epic journey revealing the real Mars, as you’ve never seen it before. Using data from orbiters and rovers to build accurate views of the red planet and uncover its secrets. On a single circuit of Mars from dawn to dusk, encounter monster volcanos, ancient lakes, alien ice-worlds and spacecraft crash sites. Explore humanity’s Martian obsession, join the relentless search for life there, and hunt for a human home on the red planet’s surface.

OKAVANGO RIVER OF DREAMS: DIVINE JOURNEYS
Wednesday 22 April at 20:00

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National Georgraphic March 2020 Highlights

THE CAVE
Sunday 8 March at 21:00

Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, The Cave. For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Following the women as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks, The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.

Al Ghouta, Syria – Dr. Amani (R) waits with others during the evacuation. (National Geographic)

APOCALYPSE: WAR OF THE WORLDS
Tuesdays at 21:00, from 10 March 2020 (ends 14 April)

Summer 1945. Leaving the atrocities of war behind, the Allies wholeheartedly celebrate a return to peace. But behind the scenes of global reconstruction, a more drawn-out, insidious confrontation is in the making. Soon, an “iron curtain” will come down, dividing the Communist Eastern bloc, dominated by the Soviet Union, and the West, behind the United States. This is the Cold War, the War of Worlds. In a frantic arms race, the United States have invented the worst threat possible – the nuclear bomb. During the course of fifty years, the great heads of state, Stalin, Khrushchev, Mao, and Kennedy, face each other off in a precarious balance of terror. In Indochina, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan, they wage war on each other through other peoples. Nonetheless, it is still the same war between East and West. The same leaders, the same terrified civilians, the same regions destroyed by bombs, the same rows of starving prisoners. Beyond those who are in power, all of mankind can, at any time, be plunged into the Apocalypse.

COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS
Wednesdays at 20:00, from 11 March (ends 10 June)
[Note – Hiatus on 22 April, returns 29 April]

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)

TO CATCH A SMUGGLER
Thursdays at 10:00, from 12 March (ends 30 April)

124 million people enter the U.S.A. through this country’s airports each year. It’s a nonstop human tidal wave and hid amongst them are an endless stream of contraband and ill intentions. Defending the borders are the vigilant men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, whose agencies make up a three-tiered defense of America’s airports. Using every tool available to them, DHS will stop at nothing to catch a smuggler.

JFK Airport, Jamaica, NY: CBP Officer Chris Elias extracts a substance from one package to see if it tests positive for cocaine. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Television)

CAR SOS – S8
Tuesdays at 20:00 from 17 March (ends 19 May)

Making motoring dreams come true for an eighth season, award-winning Car SOS is back, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. Everyone’s favourite petrol heads Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw continue their mission to seek out classic cars with deserving owners. Using all their guile and restoration knowledge, their aim is to sneak away clapped out classics without their owners knowing, then in a blizzard of grease and grime and hard graft, get the much-loved motors back where they deserve to be, on the road. In this series, the boys take on their biggest challenges ever. Chronic rust, hard to find parts and broken engines test the boys to their limits. Cars ranging across eight decades from a vintage tourer to a 1990s Japanese supercar, from an iconic German sports coupe to a very rare British rally winner, and, for their lucky owners, the surprise they will never forget. There will be tears, there will be laughter on this automotive rollercoaster and one thing is guaranteed – there will be some very beautiful cars.

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND – The Car SOS team of Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend reveal the finished Singer 9 Le Mans to the Pigg Family at Duxford Imperial War Museum.

(photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Jon Scorer)

WOMEN OF IMPACT PROGRAMMING

The Cave
Sunday 8 March at 21:00

From Oscar-nominated director Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”) comes The Cave, a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity. For besieged civilians in war-torn Syria, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where paediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above

Women of Impact (documentary)
Sunday 15 March at 21:00

It all starts with one question: How will you make the world a better place? From household names to rising stars, meet the women who are changing our world. The ground breaking documentary Women of Impact  features interviews with more than 40 boundary-breaking, history-making women including Sylvia Earle, Melinda Gates, Rae Wynn-Grant, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Jane Goodall, Dian Vossey, Jacinda Ardern and Beverly Joubert.

Akashinga, The Brave Ones
Sunday 22 March at 21:00

The women of Akashinga, Zimbabwe’s all-female anti-poaching ranger unit, put over a hundred new recruits through an intense boot camp training selection to expand their efforts to protect elephants and other wildlife across Africa.

Diana: In her own words
Sunday 29 March at 21:00

In 1991, inside London’s Kensington Palace, Diana, Princess of Wales, participated in a series of secret interviews, recorded with her permission by a close friend on behalf of journalist Andrew Morton. Morton was writing a book about Diana’s life to reveal what life was really like for the most photographed woman in the world. The public was unaware that Diana, Princess of Wales’, marriage to HRH Prince of Wales was at a crisis point. Now, National Geographic Documentary Films reveals Diana’s thoughts and feelings at a very specific point in her life, presenting one side of a very complicated story, her side. Entirely in her voice, with no interviews, most of these unique recordings have never been broadcast before.

NEW SPECIALS

US Secret Service: On the Frontline: In the Line of Fire
1 March at 21:00

With unrivaled access, cameras go behind-the-scenes with the US Secret Service as they protect the President of the United States at home and abroad.

Buried Secrets of Cordoba
Friday 13 March at 20:00

Beneath Cordoba’s modern streets lie traces of the city’s long-forgotten history. Explorer Fabio Amador joins archaeologists as they use advanced technology to unearth the city’s buried mysteries.

Hitler’s Teen Killers
Tuesday 3 March at 21:00

Spring 1944. Some 20,000 Nazi teenagers face off against Allied forces. Despite their young age, the 12th SS Panzer Division sowed terror in its path.

Turkish Airlines Mega Move
Tuesday 31 March at 19:00

Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, the home of Turkish Airlines for decades, is about to close. Across town, a new state-of-the-art airport will begin operations but with flights in high demand, they have just 12 hours to move everything to their new home.

Chain of Command: Fighting Isis
Monday 16 March at 21:00

Chain of Command: Fighting ISIS is an intimate portrait of the battle against ISIS for the city of Mosul in Iraq. US troops work with Iraqi security forces to take back the city, block by block, neighbourhood by neighbourhood.

CONTINUING SHOWS

RESCUED
Thursdays at 21:00, from 6 February 2020 (ends 12 March)

The gripping new series that does a 180 on the traditional survival genre. Telling dramatic real-life stories from across the globe using footage captured by the rescuers themselves. Putting the viewer into the heart of action for every second of the unfolding drama, and every heart-stopping twist and turn. Seeing through the rescuers’ eyes in real time as they put their own lives on the line saving others.

A helicopter rescuer at helicopter base. (National Geographic/Iona Feeder)

BRAIN GAMES
Fridays at 19:00, from 14 February 2020 (ends 3 April)

National Geographic has reimagined BRAIN GAMES and added a Hollywood twist to the classic mind-bending format. Hosted by Keegan-Michael Key (“Friends From College,” “Toy Story 4,” “Lion King”), world-famous mentalist Lior Surchard, and field correspondent and science communicator Cara Santa Maria, this new season of BRAIN GAMES challenges some of the world’s biggest celebrities to realize their special brain power through fun and highly entertaining interactive games, illusions and social experiments that will reveal the “why” behind the “wow.” The in-studio audience and the viewers at home can play along, comparing their mental abilities against those of the A-listers. Join in the fun as BRAIN GAMES reveals the incredible science of what makes our brains tick!

Ted Danson on the set of the new Brain Games with host Keegan-Michael Key.(National Geographic/Eric McCandless)

ULTIMATE SUPERCAR
Tuesdays at 19:00, from 18 February 2020 (ends 24 March)

Today’s high-end high-performance Supercars are an amazing combination of art and science. Super Car Build finds out how they do it and goes behind the scenes at some of the most legendary automotive marques to discover the hidden engineering secrets and keys to each machine’s success.

The Pagani Huayra Roadster on Track. (Cry Havoc Productions/Joe Valde)

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS (10×60’)
Wednesdays at 21:00, from 22 January 2020 (ends 25 March)

Survivalist Bear Grylls returns to the wild with some of Hollywood’s most beloved celebrities for a new season of his outdoor adventure series. From Marvel superheroes to award winning entertainers, a new guest joins Bear each week for a no-holds-barred journey through some of the most extreme environments in the world. Together, they must rely on bush craft techniques to survive each dangerous location while pushing through both mental and physical limits to brave even the most challenging obstacles.

Sardinia, Italy – A portrait of Bear Grylls for National Geographic’s RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS. (National Geographic/Jeff Ellingson)
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Nat Geo Announces First Look Deal With “Free Solo” Filmmakers, Chai Vasarhelyi And Jimmy Chin

National Geographic announced today that it has entered into a first-look deal with the award-winning documentary team of Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin and their company, Little Monster Films. The deal covers all unscripted projects, including series and specials as well as feature documentaries. Additionally, the network has greenlit their next feature documentary, with details to be announced at a later date. The announcement follows the extraordinary wins by FREE SOLO at this year’s Emmys, where the documentary swept the seven categories for which it was nominated, including directing honours for Vasarhelyi and Chin, making it the most Emmy-winning documentary in history.

LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 14: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin pose with the Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program Award for ‘Free Solo’ at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre LA Live on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

“Chai and Jimmy are extraordinary filmmakers and tremendous partners, and we are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with them,” said National Geographic Global Television Networks President Courteney Monroe. “The success of FREE SOLO surpassed even our wildest expectations, and we cannot wait to embark on this exciting new chapter with the incredibly talented team behind it.”

“National Geographic offered unconditional support and enthusiasm for FREE SOLO from day one, and we truly could not have asked for better partners,” said Vasarhelyi and Chin. “We are excited to have an outlet to grow our production company’s work in television, expanding the stories we are able to tell, as well as a partner for our next feature doc.”

The deal encompasses development of unscripted ideas for all of National Geographic’s television platforms. This marks the first expansion of Little Monster Films beyond feature documentaries. Vasarhelyi and Chin have tapped former Cinetic Media executive Anna Barnes to serve as Vice President of development and production under the new venture. Barnes will be responsible for overseeing the growth of the company, and will work closely with Vasarhelyi and Chin in identifying, developing and producing new projects. Additionally, the team is in early production on their next feature documentary, which will be released by National Geographic Documentary Films.

The news follows the enormous success of FREE SOLO, which, among its many accolades, ranks as Nat Geo’s most-viewed unscripted special ever (P2+) and the Number 1 on demand and download in the channel’s history. Additionally, after opening in cinemas in China on September 6, the film has grossed over USD$4.8 million to date, becoming the highest-grossing international documentary ever released in China.

The deal was negotiated by WME on behalf of the filmmakers.

About Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin are the co-directors and co-producers of the Academy Award- and BAFTA-winning film FREE SOLO, from National Geographic Documentary Films. The film earned the highest per screen average of any documentary during its opening weekend (September 28, 2018) in the US. The award-winning documentary took home seven Emmy awards this past weekend.

Vasarhelyi’s films as a director include “Meru” (Oscars shortlist 2016, Sundance Audience Award 2015); “Incorruptible” (Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award 2016); “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love” (Oscilloscope 2009), which premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals; “A Normal Life” (Tribeca Film Festival, Best Documentary 2003); and “Touba” (SXSW, Special Jury Prize Best Cinematography 2013).

Chin is a professional climber, skier, mountaineer, 18-year member of The North Face Athlete Team and National Geographic Explorer. Consistently over the past 20 years, Chin has led or participated in cutting-edge climbing and ski mountaineering expeditions to all seven continents and made the first and only American ski descent from the summit of Mount Everest. He is also a filmmaker and National Geographic photographer. He has worked with many of the greatest explorers, adventurers and athletes of our time, documenting their exploits in the most challenging conditions and locations in the world. His 2015 documentary “Meru,” which was co-directed by Vasarhelyi, won the Audience Award at Sundance and was nominated for best documentary by the DGA and PGA. “Meru” was also shortlisted for an Oscar.

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National Geographic Activation At Comic Con Africa 2019

Nat Geo Kids Weird But True Exhibition

Explore our weird and wonderful world through a selection of interactive, educational exhibits from the Nat Geo Kids Weird but True exhibition, which opened earlier this year at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, at the very first “Kid Con 2019.” This entertaining, brain-building, visually stunning interactive exhibition unlocks child-like wonder for all ages. Based on the wildly successful Nat Geo Kids magazine feature and a best-selling series of books, the facts and interactive features cover a broad range of topics including science, food, pop culture, and more.

Kid Con, which part of Comic Con Africa, takes place 21 – 24 September 2019 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng.

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Activate: The Global Citizen Movement

National Geographic announces that ACTIVATE: THE GLOBAL CITIZEN MOVEMENT, the six-part documentary series from National Geographic and Procter & Gamble, co-produced by Global Citizen and RadicalMedia, will premiere 8 September 2019 at 20:00.

ACTIVATE is a multiplatform storytelling partnership and six-part documentary series — bolstered by custom content distributed across National Geographic’s unrivaled social, digital, linear and print channels. It will raise awareness about extreme poverty, inequality and sustainability issues to mobilize Global Citizens to drive meaningful and lasting change on the Global Citizen platform.

Each episode delves into a different issue connected to the root causes of extreme poverty, following a specific Global Citizen campaign and the organizers, amplifiers, grassroots activists, action takers and people whose lives are being changed. Episode topics include eradicating extreme poverty, ending cash bail, breaking down barriers to girls’ education, funding education for displaced children, ending plastic pollution and helping solve the water crisis.

ACTIVATE will take audiences from the Global Citizen Festival stages to the front lines of change around the world while spotlighting real-time efforts to address issues related to extreme poverty. Through the eyes of activists including Hugh Jackman, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Becky G, Usher, Common, Rachel Brosnahan, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Pharrell Williams, Darren Criss and Uzo Aduba, and told through the iconic storytelling lens of National Geographic, viewers will hear the stories, meet the people and witness first-hand the work that is being done to combat extreme poverty and inspire a global movement.

The series has been filmed in Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines and South Africa, and across the United States in California, New York, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

The ACTIVATE partnership is the result of a shared commitment National Geographic, P&G and Global Citizen have made to leverage their collective influence, audience and scale to both raise awareness and inspire a global community to take action.

For more than 10 years, Global Citizen has been working to defeat extreme poverty through advocacy and citizen engagement, motivating businesses, organizations and governments to make financial commitments and policy changes to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. At the same time, P&G has a rich history of leveraging its brands and its people as a force for good to make the world a better place by helping solve critical issues related to girls’ education, clean drinking water, disaster relief, sustainability and inequality. And for more than 130 years, National Geographic has utilized its powerful imagery and impact storytelling to help audiences around the globe understand the world around them so that, in turn, they care more about it.

The multiplatform ACTIVATE storytelling partnership will expand beyond the documentary series to include a 10-page custom print section for ACTIVATE in the September issue of National Geographic magazine as well as custom story stretches aligned to each episode, custom digital articles and social media moments highlighting various issues within ACTIVATE.

The partnership will also include digital hubs on NatGeo.com and GlobalCitizen.org for viewers who would like to dive deeper into the six critical issues highlighted in the series. Viewers will be able to take action on Global Citizen campaigns, earn rewards and learn more about P&G’s brand impact efforts led by Tide, Always, Head & Shoulders, Charmin and more.

The ACTIVATE series will illustrate experimentation with new content and distribution models, and new ways to mobilize viewers across the world.

“The issues highlighted by ACTIVATE have a real place here in Africa, and we look forward to engaging with audiences through the series and our digital platforms to stimulate positive change” said Evert Van Der Veer, for Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company, Africa.