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National Geographic Celebrates the Spirit of Exploration in HD

The National Geographic and National Geographic Wild programming schedule was unveiled with several new natural history series, feature documentaries, and programming stunts will highlight the wonder of the natural world, take viewers on thrilling adventures, and illuminate historical figures who best represent the strength and triumphs of nature.

“The exciting line up of National Geographic programming delivers on our core purpose to tell exceptional stories that ignite wonder and inspiration for people of all ages,” said Christine Service, Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “We can’t wait to bring these wildly entertaining documentary series, feature documentary films and extraordinary natural history shows from the best storytellers in the world to viewers across the continent.”

Spectacular high definition will be available to viewers across the continent for the very first time with a pledge to inspire the explorer in each of us in keeping with National Geographic's 133-year legacy.

September Highlights

In Team Sayari, National Geographic's first locally produced pan-African children's production, viewers will follow a group of young conservationists as they defend Africa from their Sayari basecamp, where they work with Akili, an AI computer shaped like a large DNA helix. The first episode of Team Sayari explores the fascinating ecological relationship between African elephants and bees. Each episode promises adventures and sleuthing tasks, as well as trips to exciting locations across Africa, encounters with fascinating people, and discussions about the need to become champions for conservation.

Secrets of the Crocodile

Special surprise guest Bear Grylls was available for questions around his new celebrity guest adventure series, Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge. Playing mentor to a host of superstars, he believes "adventure is a state of mind". When the beloved survival explorer and fan favourite was asked about which survivalist skills are most important, he said creating fire, being calm, moving efficiently, being resourceful and having a resilient attitude and spirit are tops.

Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge scheduled to premiere on National Geographic. Bear ups the ante by teaching celebrity participants, including Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Simu Liu, Florence Pugh, Rob Riggle and Anthony Anderson, crucial survival skills they must master and then demonstrate in a high-stress situation.

Through the varying seasons throughout the year set in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, and Romania, viewers will see a different viewpoint of Europe. When Season 4 of Europe from Above debuts it will include Serbia and Scotland. This lively portrayal of the region and the people who maintain it will show how tradition, engineering, and natural wonders have fashioned this fascinating continent.

October Highlights

We look into AlUla's unsolved secrets and reveal the numerous dramas that took place at this old theater in Lost Treasures of Arabia. This television special explores the city's rich history, stunning natural beauty, and enormous artistic legacy, all of which continue to inspire new generations.

Tut's Toxic Tomb

Prior to Howard Carter's discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922, or King Tut as he is widely known today, the world knew nothing about him. In order to better explore the many dimensions of the great Pharaoh's life and legacy, National Geographic will debut Tut's Toxic Tomb, along with library content such as King Tut in Color, Tut's Treasures, and The Golden Pharaoh, on the 100th anniversary of this astounding discovery.

November Highlights

Two delicious programmes will move the adventure from the woods to the kitchen in November. The multi-Michelin star chef and Ironman competitor Gordon Ramsay squares up against individuals closest to him in Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Showdown. This will see him compete against his daughter Tilly in a cooking competition. Then, former navy man Big Moe Cason abandons his favorite foods in favour of an epic trip to find the tastiest foods prepared over an open flame. In World of Flavour with Big Moe Cason, connections between American BBQ and various cultures are examined.

Alaska The Next Generation

Meanwhile, 100 miles south of Atlanta, Dr. Hodges and Dr. Ferguson are two longtime friends who own and operate the Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospital. Between emergency visits to the office and farm calls throughout rural Georgia, the Critter Fixers and their loving staff are constantly bombarded with unique cases only seen in the country.

December Highlights

For the world’s top adventure athletes, the line between triumph and tragedy is sometimes razor-thin. The epic 10-part series, Edge Of The Unknown by Academy Award®-Winning executive producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, will takes audiences inside the minds of pioneering adventure athletes as they recount the biggest moments of their lives on their journey to perfect their craft.

Access the full National Geographic viewing schedule.