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Private Lives of the WindsorsPrivate Lives of the Windsors
Smithsonian Channel, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Many are familiar with King George VI and his older brother Edward, who rejected the throne for love. Few, however, know much about their siblings, Mary, Henry, George, and John. Join us as we examine the private lives of the first young Windsors across the social and political backdrop of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Through never-before-seen letters, diaries, and photographs belonging to the siblings, we reveal their hidden stories in their own words.


Rise of the SupercarrierRise of the Supercarrier
Smithsonian Channel, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

An inside look at the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest and most powerful warship ever built for Britain's Royal Navy.


Humongous MovesHumongous Moves
Smithsonian Channel, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
Rating: 2/5

Across land, sea, and air, they carry the most massive, fragile, and expensive cargoes on the planet to destinations hundreds, even thousands, of miles away. Follow the teams of engineers tasked with planning and executing the world's most nail-biting moves. Through each daring and dangerous relocation and amidst tough conditions and tight deadlines, these heavy haulers must overcome incredible challenges to get their colossal cargoes to their new homes.


WWII's Most Daring RaidsWWII's Most Daring Raids
Smithsonian Channel, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

They were U.S. paratroopers, Norwegian operatives, and British Commandos, Allied teams leading high-risk operations throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia to fight Hitler and turn the tide of the war. WWII's Most Daring Raids puts you in the heart of the action, giving you a minute-by-minute account of the most astonishing surprise attacks against the Third Reich. We forensically examine how exactly these assaults played out, through expert analysis and testimonies from the brave men who carried them out.


Wild: Inside the National ZooWild: Inside the National Zoo
Smithsonian Channel, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Each year, two million visitors flock to Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC. But beyond a popular attraction, the zoo is an eminent research center dedicated to studying the 2,000 animals under its roof, many of which are endangered. Go behind the scenes with these rare creatures and their caretakers. From discovering a scientific breakthrough in canid conservation to caring for a sloth bear with high blood pressure, we bring you a remarkable look into the complex relationships between animals and the humans who protect them.


WWII by DroneWWII by Drone

Witness the Second World War like never before. From the clear waters of the Mediterranean to the darkest forests of Poland, few places in Europe were spared the brutality of the Second World War. And on WWII by Drone, these sleeping battlefields come to life as never before.


Survival in the SkiesSurvival in the Skies
Smithsonian Channel, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Every day, pilots and astronauts face life-or-death situations when they risk their lives to test the capabilities of physics and science. With limited time, harsh conditions and the pressure of survival, they must do everything they can to make it back on the ground safely. Survival in the Skies tells the stories behind incredible pieces of space and aviation technology, from the invention of the parachute to the development of space suits. The series features stories of the people who created these amazing breakthroughs and the men and women who relied on them when their survival hung in the balance.


WWII Battles in ColourWWII Battles in Colour

World War II was marked by its epic battles, which decided the fate of nations and changed the course of history. From Germany's Blitzkrieg attacks on Poland that launched the European campaign to the Allied invasion of Berlin that signaled its violent end, we bring these seminal conflicts to life through never-before-seen colorized combat footage. This six-part series puts you in the center of the action through rarely scene films from the frontline plus personal memoirs and oral histories from both sides of the battle lines.


Great Blue WildGreat Blue Wild
Smithsonian Channel, 2016 On Hiatus | Documentary
Rating: 4/5

To catch a glimpse of some of the most spectacular natural wonders on the planet, you have to journey deep beneath the oceans. Dive into lush undersea gardens filled with vibrant vistas and otherworldly creatures.


Guardians of the WildGuardians of the Wild
Smithsonian Channel, 2018 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Two young scientists work around the clock gathering data on large predators, a dangerous activity that puts their lives at risk. Meanwhile, an elephant orphanage is giving new hope to baby calves rescued from poachers. Enter into a brave new world of conservation, one that's fraught with peril and hope.


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