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Specials that cover a wide range of topics such as historical figures, events, places, and more.


Hitler's Death Army - Das Reich

6 June 1944, D-Day. As the Allies storm the beaches of Normandy, Hitler orders the return of the Das Reich, the infamous Panzer elite division best known for its mass murders in the Ukraine and in Belarus, based at that time in southwest of France. Its mission: to push the Allies back into the Atlantic and turn the tide of the conflict in favor of the Germans. The SS division, with 15,000 men and more than 200 tanks, faces relentless attacks from the Resistance as it moves north through France. Along the way, it conducts vicious reprisals and massacres of civilians (Oradour-sur-Glane, Tulle). The film will retrace the last year of Hitler's death squad and their crimes against humanity. We will follow the everyday lives of these SS officers, their recruitment and training on the Eastern Front, and try to understand who exactly were these men who perpetrated the massacres.


Blowdown

A family of demolition experts travels the world blowing down structures built to withstand time, gravity and natural disasters. As much an art as a science, every job poses unique and complex challenges, requiring the Loizeaux family to rewrite the rulebook each time.


The Lion Ranger

Kevin Richardson, a famous behaviorist, goes out for nearly a year to study his relationships with lions in a South African nature park.


Generation Astronaut

This is a groundbreaking documentary special that sees ordinary men and women from across the globe competing against each other for the chance to live the dreams of a generation. Following more than 100 winners from over 60 countries as they strive to win one of 23 tickets to space aboard the Lynx shuttle in 2015, GENERATION ASTRONAUT showcases a week of intense competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, under the tutelage of a judging panel including legendary astronaut, Buzz Aldrin. This one-hour programme follows the hopes and dreams of the recruits as they bid to earn the journey of a lifetime - and make history.


The Walk Around the World

Follow former British Army paratrooper Karl Bushby on a yearlong journey to walk over 3,000 miles from the Pacific shore of Los Angeles to the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. There he hopes to convince Russian authorities to allow him back into Russia to continue his epic quest to walk the longest unbroken footpath in human history - 36,000 miles from the tip of South America back to his hometown in the U.K., unassisted by mechanized transport.


Wild Survivor

No food. No shelter. Not even a knife. Just one goal - to stay alive! Aussie science teacher Phil Breslin is on a quest to survive the Australian Outback with nothing more than ancient wisdom and the brains he was born with.


Alerta Aeropuerto

Alerta Aeropuerto is a documentary series that follows the day-to-day life of airport security agents from various countries, an elite body of the national police composed of 500 agents working to guarantee the safety of the more than 20,000 people and 400 flights that can travel daily through these facilities and avoid the two most serious problems facing the airport, cocaine trafficking and illegal immigration.


Paranatural

This series tries to explain strange phenomena, such as mysterious lights in the sky and Chupacabra sightings on the ground, by investigating these cases and meeting with researchers and scientists for possible explanations.


National Geographic Wild X Files

From the odd and amusing to the downright creepy, mysteries found in nature are no less weird than anything found in popular science fiction! In a brand new series of Wild X Files, Wednesdays at 8pm from 22 August, see real-life cases from the natural world that will baffle and fascinate you. On Shark Attack Beach, where 7% of the world's shark attacks occur, experts try to understand why the full moon seems to increase attacks. In the Cotswolds, a weird creature appears to be stalking dog walkers. And, in an apocalyptic scene right out of a sci-fi thriller, 5,000 blackbirds suddenly fall out of the sky in Arkansas on New Year's Eve. Other cases covered include the hundreds of elk who dropped dead for no apparent reason and the strange appearance of Star Jelly which left locals scratching their heads in the Scottish Highlands. Experts attempt to find the answers to these bizarre mysteries.