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Sunday, November 10, 2019


(Right: Damian Lewis)

The HISTORY channel on DStv 186 guarantees to enthrall and entertain with premium and original content this November and December.

The gripping docu-drama Damian Lewis: SPY WARS continues each Friday at 20h15 through to December 6, with its run of the true stories behind some of the world’s most extraordinary espionage dramas. Actor Damian Lewis guides viewers through some of the most remarkable intelligence and security operations of modern times, from heroic rescues to assassination attempts and ‘near-misses’ in which, unbeknownst to the public, global catastrophe was only narrowly averted.

Dedicated viewers can also catch up on new seasons of fan favourites this November with Ax Men S10 and American Pickers S16. Ax Men features the drama behind the logging families of the Pacific Northwest since Ax Men star Gabe Rygaard of Rygaard Logging passed away in a car accident. While American Pickers reveals the small towns along America's back roads, where treasures are waiting to be uncovered and valuable relics from history are revealed hidden in junk piles, buried in barns and stacked in garages.

New to the HISTORY lineup is Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation, a ground breaking new six-part series on Fridays at 21h00. Featuring interviews with three former military intelligence and US government officials, the show exposes a series of startling encounters and new investigations.

HISTORY films at 20h15 on Sundays feature titles like Secrets in the Sky: The Untold Story of Skunkworks on November 17. This documentary comes from Robert Kenner, the Oscar-nominated director of Food Inc and Command and Control, and tells the little-known story of Skunk Works, America’s super-secret organisation that for decades clandestinely churned out the world’s fastest and deadliest weapons and technology.

Game Changers: Inside The Video Games on November 24 is the untold story of the personal battles that gave rise to the $100 billion video game industry. Brought to life by Oscar winning director Daniel Junge, this is a tale of brilliant innovations, colossal failures, and ego-driven rivalries similar to Jobs v. Gates.

The festive line up for films concludes on December 22 with Rise of the Superbombs which explores how President Trump ordered the use of the “Mother Of All Bombs” over Afghanistan, which ushered in a new age of military technology.

(Left: David Hasselhoff)

December also sees Car Weekend race into gear. On December 7 and 8, exciting motoring shows feature two favourite action icons from Hollywood: Battle of 80s Supercars with David Hasselhoff, who sets out to prove how the iconic 80’s KITT car inspired and revolutionized the car industry and Chuck Norris' Badass Military Vehicles. Norris takes viewers on a tour through the wildest vehicles in the history of the Armed Forces in this one-hour special.

The lineup also features marathon episodes from Counting Cars S6 and S7 as well as a once-off; Counting Cars: Danny’s Detroit Special which sees car restorer Danny Koker selling off two cars from his personal collection.

Evel Live 2 showcases three epic motorcycle stunts, a high-speed jump through a series of 10 flaming boards, a record-breaking 230-foot-jump over 25 beverage trucks, and lastly, a colossal 380-foot-jump to set the world record for the longest distance ever jumped on a motorcycle.

(Right: A scene from “Soviet Storm: WWII in the East”)

Soviet Storm: WWII in the East starting on December 9 is an epic television history of the Second World War’s Eastern Front, giving an unprecedented Russian perspective on the war’s most decisive and bloody theatre. The total death toll was more than 30 million, most of them civilians. This was a conflict of staggering scale and savagery.

Salvage Kings, an exciting new series starting on December 11, features the demolition and salvage teams at Priestly Demolition Inc. in the fast-paced, adrenaline pumping job of tearing down buildings and racing against the clock to pull out anything valuable left behind. Working in often dangerous conditions, the salvage team hunts for any items they can sell, bringing life to the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. But the salvage team’s job isn’t finished until they’ve taken their finds back to the yard and turned their rubble into riches.

Sailing in on December 19 is Great British Royal Ships, hosted by Rob Bell who examines the iconic Royal Yacht Britannia and the RMS Queen Mary and the role it has played in history by re-establishing Britain as a great shipbuilding nation.

From investigations into the world of global espionage and UFOs, revelations of the deadly impact of WWII to Car Weekend and plenty of HISTORY fan favourites like Counting Cars and Ax Men, the HISTORY channel 186 has an abundance of original, entertaining content to round off 2019.