Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem
Sunday 22 March at 18:00
Low de Vries, a young zoologist with a lifelong ‘badger obsession’, is eager to start a new research project in South Africa’s Greater Kruger wilderness at a safari lodge where these normally elusive animals have become regular visitors. But some of the most remarkable insights into the honey badger’s courage and tenacity, however, come not from scientists, but from people trying to help them.
Conservationist Brian Jones unfolds the jaw-dropping saga of his rescued badger Stoffel, who proves to be not only fearless, but maddeningly clever. The willingness of this tiny animal to attack full-grown lions, and his uncanny ability to escape even a ‘high security’
enclosure, almost defy belief.
The honey badger’s quest for honey is equally revealing. In a bid to protect the animals from the wrath of his fellow beekeepers, beekeeper Guy Stubbs is attempting to devise a badger-proof beehive. In return, the badgers give him a humbling lesson in strength and sheer willpower.
James May’s Toy Stories: Action Man at the Speed of Sound
Thursday 19 March at 21:00
James May attempts to rehabilitate one of Britain’s most derided toys by seeing if it’s possible for Action Man to do what no toy has ever managed – travel faster than the speed of sound.
For decades Action Man has been a disappointment. He promised so much with his eagle eyes, his gripping hands and his natty outfits. But what has he ever achieved? Nothing… yet. So, after half a century lazing around the back of the toy cupboard, he must prove that he has the right stuff, redeem his shattered reputation and boldly go where no toy has gone before.
The challenge is daunting. Breaking the sound barrier and returning Action Man safely to the earth will test James and the team to the limit.
In an action-packed series of attempts, James battles high-speed physics, unforeseen explosions and catastrophic design setbacks that account for a large number of Action Man volunteers before settling on an experimental supersonic vehicle made entirely from scratch – a vehicle that threatens to send Action Man and the team into oblivion.
In a gripping final act, Action Man must not only succeed and survive intact but also go faster and higher than a rival supersonic attempt led by his arch-nemesis: Sindy.
Will Action Man redeem himself? Will he survive Mach 1? Or will he lose out?
Snow Wolf Family and Me
Series 1 (3 episodes)
From Sunday 1 March at 18:00
Cameraman Gordon Buchanan sets out to find out more about the Arctic wolf, a notoriously elusive and feared predator. This heart-warming series follows Gordon as he attempts to gain the trust of a wild wolf pack and its three pups, revealing the true nature of this remarkable animal for the first time.
From the dramatic moment when wolf Luna’s vulnerable three cubs emerge from her den, to Gordon’s attempts to be accepted by the pack, this is a year of joy, emotion and drama in Canada’s high Arctic wilderness.
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
4 March at 21:00
Superheroes have captivated, entertained and inspired audiences ever since Superman made his comic book debut 75 years ago. As the huge success of recent blockbuster movies like Man of Steel and The Avengers demonstrates the continuing global popularity of these iconic action heroes, this compelling series examines the art form of the comic book superhero and its complex relationship with American culture.
Featuring rare footage and interviews with creative legends such as Joe Simon, Stan Lee, Jim Steranko, Neal Adams, Michael Chabon and Jules Feiffer, as well as actors Adam West (Batman) and Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), it showcases the evolution of the colourful characters that leapt from the pages of comic books to become the foundation for a multi-billion dollar industry that’s celebrated all over the world.
Top Gear’s Ambitious But Rubbish
Series 1 (8 episodes)
From Thursday 26 March at 21:00
Can you build your own amphibious car? Can you make a space shuttle from a Reliant Robin? Can you destroy a Toyota Hilux pick-up? In the course of finding out, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have risked their limbs, their lives and what little is left of their dignity.
This compilation show presented by Richard Hammond re-lives many of the greatest and boldest endeavours in all their splendour from the past 21 seasons, including the Train-Cars, James’ Caravan Airship, the Hammerhead Eagle-i Thrust and the Hovervan.