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Sunday, January 15, 2023



(Above: Scene from “Forged in Fire” – supplied)

Fan-favourites are back with a bang on the HISTORY Channel Africa

Brand-new seasons of Forged in Fire, American Pickers, Mountain Men, The Curse of Oak Island and more

The new year is off to a jam-packed start, with the latest seasons of many returning fan-favourites on the HISTORY® Channel Africa (DStv 186) in January. February brings with it, other exclusive new shows.

Forged in Fire is back on Mondays at 20h15 (started January 9). Some of the best bladed weapon-makers will again go head-to-head. In season nine they’re forging everything from ninja blades to wilderness blades, to Sawback machetes. The smiths will also go head-to-head in a five-episode event where the forge is transformed into a Gladiator’s arena for an epic competition unlike anything before. Who will become the first Gladiator of the Forge?

Season 19 of long running favourite American Pickers airs every Wednesdays at 20h15. In their mission to recycle America, this season Mike Wolfe, owner of Antique Archaeology, and his business partner, Frank Fritz, discover exciting treasures like a Hollywood collection with never-before-seen photos of Marilyn Monroe, American Civil War revolvers and a baseball signed by one of the greatest players of all times. They’re also delighted to visit an old hangar along Route 66 with a jaw-dropping vintage car collection.

Then, catch season 11 of Mountain Men (starts January 12) on Thursday evenings at 19h25. The series continues to tell the story of skilled frontiersmen who’ve chosen a unique way of life deep in America’s wilderness. In this latest season, Montana’s Tom and Nancy Oar prepare for the long winter ahead, Jake Herak and Anika Ward fire up their chainsaws to begin building a homestead and in Idaho, Kidd and Harry Youren hunt a black bear that tore up their camp.

‘Mystery Season’ on the HISTORY Channel Africa starts on January 20 with the new season of The Curse of Oak Island, every Friday evening at 20h15. In the monumental 10th season of the wildly popular series, brothers Rick and Marty Lagina, along with their team, return to make the most strategic effort ever attempted to solve the 227-year-old Oak Island mystery. After obtaining high traces of both silver and gold one year ago in the ‘Money Pit’ area, the team will work with a geoscientist to pinpoint the exact location of the possible treasure. A new core-drilling operation will offer incredible breakthroughs including the discovery of man-made tunnels and chambers potentially related to a treasure deposit.

(Left: "The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters" - supplied)

Also, part of ‘Mystery Season’ is a brand-new series which follows an elite team of underwater detectives as they attempt to identify wrecks found within the Bermuda Triangle – a hotbed for unexplained disappearances dating back hundreds of years. The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters, starts February 6 and airs on Mondays at 19h25.

Each week, the team will attempt to identify one mystery wreck, along the way evaluating the evidence behind legends and scientific theories like rogue waves, giant methane bubbles, ship-sucking whirlpools, and dead zones that bewilder equipment and planes. But on the ocean floor, the team makes historic and important discoveries that go beyond myth and conjecture.

(Right: "Colosseum" – supplied)

Finally, an all-new epic docuseries that viewers won’t want to miss is the eight-part Colosseum. Through expert interviews and live-action re-enactments, the series looks to capture the rise and fall of the Roman Empire through one of the most brutal arenas in the history of humanity – the Colosseum.

Each episode focuses on a key character from the Colosseum and the Roman Empire as the series chronologically examines the arena’s opening day to its very last games. From the savage truth of a gladiator’s life as a slave, to the fascinating revelation of the many ways Rome’s Emperors used the vast amphitheatre to demonstrate their absolute power, Colosseum offers viewers a unique and personal look inside history’s most iconic empire every Sunday at 21h05 (starting February 5).

Tune in to the HISTORY Channel Africa, on DStv 186, for these and other new seasons of fan-favourites and all-new series.

Catch a glimpse of Forged in Fire S9

And of Mountain Men S11: