Hi everyone! October is upon us, so its time for another New To View segment on OKJ Discoveries!
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Brazil with Michael Palin
Premieres on: 1 October 2013 (Tuesday), 8:00pm (SIN/HK)
Description: Michael Palin visits Brazil for the very first time, travelling from the lost world of Amazonia to the buzzing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, to meet the people and visit the places that shape this nation.
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world – both in terms of population and geography. Over 192 million people call this land their home. Taking up over half of South America, Brazil is a mix of races, religions, sophistication, wealth, poverty and unexplored wilderness.
The country is considered one of the rising global powers – less scary than China, less authoritarian than Russia and less chaotic than India with vast natural resources, a burgeoning industrial base and a strong currency that make it the envy of all.
Travelling the length and breadth of the country, from the cosmopolitan cities to the remote tribes, Michael Palin explores the land of contrasts that is Brazil.
The Secret World of Crocodiles with Ben Fogle
Premieres on: 3 October 2013 (Thursday), 10:45pm (SIN/HK)
Description: Environmentalist and wildlife ambassador Ben Fogle joins groundbreaking researchers as they swim with crocodiles in Africa and Australia to get a remarkable insight into their underwater world.
Crocodiles are the world’s most dangerous predators, responsible for the deaths of a thousand people a year. However, efforts to combat crocodile attacks are hampered by how little is known about the formidable creatures, as they spend 80% of their time hidden underwater.
Now ground-breaking researchers in Africa are investigating the secret world of these notorious killers. Husband and wife team Brad Bestelink and Andy Crawford, both wildlife filmmakers and experienced divers, live and work in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Incredibly they scuba dive with the region’s dangerous Nile crocodiles, gaining invaluable insights into their lives and behaviour as well as stunning underwater footage.
Ben and zoologist Dr Adam Britton join them on a nerve-wracking dive, and are awe-struck by what they learn about the crocs’ underwater lives. Realising that a better understanding of their behaviour could be the key to helping resolve the conflict between crocodiles and man, the team decides to try and repeat the experience in Australia.
But using these methods to study the continent’s salt-water crocodiles could be very different – the species is the largest reptile in the world and aggressively territorial. Will Ben get the chance to swim alongside the salt water crocs – and more to the point, will they let him!
Premieres on: 8 October 2013 (Tuesday), 8:55pm (SIN/HK)
Description: Embark on a compelling, mind-blowing, and complex journey through 300 years of history to discover the secrets of the cell – and of life itself. In this fascinating three part series, Dr Adam Rutherford delves back through time to the first observations of the cellular structure of plants; the search for the secret of life that led scientists deep into the inner workings of the cell; and to modern research in synthetic biology that could see us create life from scratch.
Cell is a story of rivalries and secrecy, mistakes and accidents, and sudden insights that have overturned scientific and religious dogma. Controversial on every level, what has been discovered about how the cell creates life defies the laws of physics and chemistry.
The Truth About Exercise
Premieres on: 8 October 2013 (Wednesday), 9:50pm (SIN/HK)
Description: Michael Mosley goes on a journey to discover the truth about exercise, revealing the latest scientific discoveries about how our bodies respond to a workout and why we respond differently.
Whether you’re running, swimming, cycling, or hula hooping, we have always been told that doing regular exercise will improve our bodies and is one of the keys to a healthy and happy life. But is a one-size-fits-all approach to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle really the best advice?
With recent advances in genetic testing technology and brain stimulation techniques, scientists are uncovering new and surprising truths about what exercise is really doing to our bodies, and why we all respond to it differently.
In The Truth About Exercise, Michael discovers the complex interplay between genes and environment that helps to explain our individual responses to exercise. He also finds out that, in order for us to get the most out of exercise, we need to do the right type of exercise, at the right time and in the right place.
In this one-off documentary, discover why six minutes of exercise a week may be all you need to stave off heart disease and diabetes. Also find out why you shouldn’t exercise in the morning, why drinking beetroot juice can make us exercise for longer and why for 20 percent of the population, no matter how healthy their lifestyles are, exercise is destined to have a negative effect…
Premieres on: 15 October 2013 (Tuesday), 9:50pm (SIN/HK)
Description: Uncover the secret life of our digestive tract in this eye-opening and detailed exploration of a part of the body we normally never get to see. Enter the strange and mysterious world of the human stomach!
You may be pretty familiar with what you look like from the outside, but now presenter Michael Mosley gets up close and personal with his own digestive system to reveal what we look like inside.
Guts lays bare the mysteries of the digestive system and reveals a complexity and intelligence in the human gut that science is only just beginning to uncover.
This is one of the most fundamental parts of our bodies, controlled by its own nervous system and automatically providing our energy, water and nutrients – yet unless we get sick, we rarely think about what it’s doing.
Using the latest in medical imagery and a tiny state of the art camera ‘pill’ that he swallows at the start of the film, Mosley takes viewers on a remarkable journey through his own internal system, giving a unique view of his innards as they digest his food.
At each stage he talks to medical experts and explains the amazing functions that happen without our conscious effort.
Michael uncovers an intricate ‘second brain’ present in the intestines, made up of millions of neurons which orchestrate digestion.
He learns how faecal transplants are increasingly being used to treat sufferers of serious stomach and bowel disorders – and visits a gastroenterologist to discover a fascinating relationship between personality types and pain responses.
Nature’s Miracle Babies
Premieres on: 17 October 2013 (Thursday), 10:45pm (SIN/HK)
Description: Join zoologist Martin Hughes-Games in this five part series as he follows the stories of some very precious babies – nature’s miracle babies – who are the lifeline to preserving some of our most critically vulnerable species.
These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Each new life they help to adulthood is truly a precious bundle of hope for the future. But for some this is only the beginning of the journey. The ultimate challenge is to raise these animals, and return them to the wild.
It’s a truly global series as zoologist Martin Hughes-Games visits projects all over the world, from the outback of Australia to the savannahs of East Africa, from some of the most prestigious local zoo breeding programs to relocation in the Amazonian region of Brazil.
Each episode follows three or four key animals and their stories, as Martin’s knowledge and experience brings insight into fascinating details about the biology of these amazing creatures; and he discovers how extraordinary hi-tech science is being used to help miracle babies, and how treatments developed for people are being adapted for animals, from IVF to ultrasound.
It’s an intimate, yet ultimately uplifting series that touches all our emotions; there’s anguish as Rupert, the two week old Sifaka, a member of the lemur family, fails to thrive – vets struggle to find the reason and time is running out. There’s joy and humour as we witness the seemingly madcap antics of German ornithologists as they take to the sky with a paraplane to lead 12 highly endangered Bald Ibis on a journey of discovery to their over wintering ground. And there’s elation when a Caracal kitten is conceived through cloning – the surrogate mother is from the same genus, but none of her DNA is involved.
The individuals working with these precious lives face a Herculean task against seemingly impossible odds. Yet with hard work, cutting edge science, perseverance, and great sacrifice, they are making a huge difference.
Eat, Fast and Live Longer
Premieres on: 22 October 2013 (Tuesday), 9:50pm (SIN/HK)
Description: Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight. But he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. And he thinks he’s found the answer – the ancient idea of fasting. Could the powerful new science behind this idea lead to a longer, healthier life?
Michael thinks he’s found a way of fasting that still allows him to enjoy his food. It sounds too good to be true. So Michael decides to take a road trip across the US to investigate how a little hunger can make you younger – and of course – to try out some of this new science for himself.
First up he samples the scientifically well-established regime of calorie restriction. Michael meets Joe, who’s been following this hardcore diet for a decade, eating 25% less than normal every single day. After a health test face-off, Michael has some arresting news – his risk of heart disease and cancer is much higher than Joe’s. But Michael can’t bear the thought of such a strict diet for the rest of his life.
One scientist decides that what Michael’s body might need is a short, sharp shock – a 4 day, 50 calorie fast. His theory is that periodic extreme fasting like this lowers levels of a hormone strongly linked to general ageing, diabetes and several cancers. Michael finds out his levels are high – the hormone is accelerating his ageing. The diet brings some truly amazing results for Michael, drastically reducing his risk of disease. But it’s too tough a regime to do regularly.
Michael’s next stop, at the University of Chicago is a revelation. Here, one scientist is trialling a whole new way of looking at fasting. It’s called Alternate Day Fasting and it is everything Michael’s been searching for – a way to fast yourself younger but with a free pass, every other day to eat exactly what you want.
This mixture of feast and famine has powerful results on the body, rolling back the decades. It packs all the antiageing clout of daily calorie restriction but still allows you a taste of the good life. And it’s not just good for the body, it’s also great for the brain.
The last stop is at the National Institute of Ageing, where Michael hears from one of the world’s leading neuroscientists on how this pattern of intermittent feeding and fasting can actually grow new brain cells and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia.
Back on his home turf, Michael decides to spend six weeks trying this diet, mixing up two fast days and five feed days each week. But will it work? Has he managed to fast his way to a longer, healthier and younger self? The results are genuinely life changing.
Deadly Top Tens
Premieres on: 24 October 2013 (Thursday), 8:55pm (SIN/HK)
Description: Deadly Top Tens provides a five part series showcasing the fiercest, the fastest and the deadliest animals on earth.
Following on from the amazingly successful Deadly 60 series, Steve Backshall counts down the most dangerous animals in the world and picks out his personal top ten. Whether they’re the fastest, have the biggest teeth or are the most poisonous – these beasts all have one thing in common: they’re all deadly. But which will be judged the most fearsome and take Steve’s number one spot?
Cuba with Simon Reeve
Premieres on: 29 October 2013 (Tuesday), 8:00pm (SIN/HK)
Description: Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to Cuba to find a communist country in the middle of a capitalist revolution. Two years ago, Cuba announced the most sweeping and radical economic reforms the country has seen in decades. From ending state rationing to cutting one million public-sector jobs, one of the last communist bastions in the world has begun rolling back the state on an unprecedented scale.
In this one-off documentary, Simon Reeve meets ordinary Cubans whose lives are being transformed, from the owners of fledgling businesses to the newly rich estate agents. Will Cuba be able to maintain the positive aspects of its long isolation under socialism – low crime, top-notch education and one of the best health systems in the world – while embracing what certainly looks like capitalism?
To Boldly Go
Premieres on: 29 October 2013 (Monday), 8:55pm (SIN/HK)
Description: Wherever mankind ventures, medicine swiftly follows.
An immersive, high-octane two part series that traces the extraordinary journey that took humans from the deepest depths of the ocean to the edge of space – and beyond. We think of ourselves as a global species. But in fact we can only comfortably survive on less than a quarter of the Earth’s surface.
Despite this, we have never stopped searching for new horizons – in just under 100 years we have gone from the first manned flight to walking on the moon. Doctor of Extreme Medicine Kevin Fong looks at how we’ve managed to do it. He studies how our bodies are affected by extreme environments.
In this fascinating series, he uses his own body to demonstrate just what happens when we face the planet’s most deadly effects. Exploring the sophisticated technologies that protect us, he also showcases the artificial life systems and wizardry that have made our adventures possible.
Can Eating Insects Save the World?
Premieres on: 29 October 2013 (Tuesday), 9:50pm (SIN/HK)
Description: How would you feel about eating deep fried locusts, ant egg salad or barbequed tarantulas? This one off documentary sees presenter and food writer Stefan Gates immerse himself in the extraordinary world of hardcore insect-eating in a bid to conquer his lingering revulsion of bugs and discover if they really could save the planet.
With 40 tonnes of insects to every human, perhaps insects could offer a real solution to the global food crisis – where billions go hungry every day whilst the meat consumption of the rich draws vast amounts of grain out of the global food chain.
Stefan’s on a mission to meet the people in Thailand and Cambodia that hunt, eat and sell edible insects for a living. But nothing quite prepares him for bug farming on this terrifying scale, from stalking grasshoppers at night to catching fiercely-biting ants. And it’s not just insects on the menu. Stefan also goes hunting for the hairiest, scariest spider on the planet – the tarantula. Stefan asks if the solution is for everyone – the British included – to start eating insects too.
Premieres on: 31 October 2013 (Thursday), 9:50pm (SIN/HK)
Description: Planet Dinosaur brings to life monsters stranger and scarier than anything ever seen in the movies. Monsters that scientists never knew existed until a few years ago…
Transporting viewers to locations across the planet and back through hundreds of millions of years, this three part series brings to life the most amazing creatures that ever lived. This is unlike any dinosaur show viewers will have seen before: a completely immersive visual experience studded with curious facts, jaw-dropping action and charismatic monsters whose discovery entailed a re-write of the prehistory books.
More species of dinosaur have been discovered in the last decade or so than over the preceding 200 years. Paleontologists now know that dinosaurs ruled the planet for more than 250 million years, that they spread to every part of the globe and that, to ﬁll every niche, they evolved in ways more monstrous, more horriﬁc and more bizarre than we ever imagined.
Such awesome creatures deserve a whole new way of bringing them back to life, and Planet Dinosaur does just that. It’s a new and totally immersive experience – a world created entirely in CGI, combining 3D with CSI style graphics – to plunge the audience into this prehistoric world; re-creating their habitats, the creatures and how they lived, from the analysis of their bones to rebuilding the dinosaurs and watching them ﬁght to the death.
Featuring creatures from as far aﬁeld as Svalbard in Norway to South America, Planet Dinosaur reveals how the latest discoveries have led to a brand-new global perspective on the prehistoric era. The opening up of China, the exploration of the Arctic and Antarctic and prospecting in the Sahara has uncovered previously unknown dinosaurs in places not previously known as dinosaur habitats. Terrifying monsters like the immense marine killer Predator X; Spinosaurus, a colossal 17m dinosaur which is a full four metres longer than T. rex; the canniballistic Majungasaurus, and the Mapusaurus, suspected of hunting in a mob and bringing down giants such as Argentinosaurus, the biggest animal to have ever walked the Earth. There’s also tantalising evidence that the dinosaurs uncovered so far were not even the largest of their species…