Discovery Channel is not to be missed this May


discovery_channel_logoFrom Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Hollywood A-Listers to the best bits of Fast N’ Loud

Discovery Channel is not to be missed this May

April is nearing an end, concluding with the premiere of So You Think You’d Survive. Action-packed with car programming, magic and illusions, survival with famed-adventurer Bear Grylls and explorations deep into the Alaskan Wilderness, Discovery Channel (DStv 121) in May is set to be as thrilling.

Like it or not, people can find themselves facing life-or-death situations at any time. The chances of emerging safely from these grim predicaments can increase dramatically if there is someone who knows what to do when lives are on the line. In the hour-long show, So You Think You’d Survive, a panel of experts debate the wisest course of action in dire straits when the end seems near and everything hangs in the balance. Whether it’s being caught in a mudslide, near a sinkhole or in the path of a tornado, these experts offer ideas that could help people survive in all manner of worst-case scenarios. ‘So You Think You’d Survive?’ By watching this show, you just might! Don’t miss the premiere on Tuesday, 28 April at 21:00.

In Fast N’ Loud: Demolition Theatre Richard Rawlins and Aaron Kaufman drop their tools and kick back to share the funniest and most amazing video clips collected from around the world. They’ll be joined in the studio by members of the Gas Monkey crew, as well as special guests from the videos themselves. Videos include an Australian stuntwoman woman doing an unintentional 30 foot face plant on her motorcycle, as well as guys demonstrating how not to light a bonfire in the woods.

Plus, witness the world’s worst cat burglar, a truck that refuses to stay parked, and a car wash being totally destroyed. Don’t miss the new season premiering on Monday, 4 May at 23:00.

What does it take for a young and talented magician to meet his pop culture idols? Magic, of course. In The Pop Illusionist premiering on Wednesday, 20 May at 20:00, Antonio Diaz, the Spanish National Magic Prize winner, relies on his mastery of illusion to achieve one of his dreams: to meet one of his pop icons. With no tuxedo or hat, he’s just a young magician with overwhelming talent. At 28, Diaz has been passionate about magic for four years, and after a successful run in theatres across Spain, he founded his own theatre company, and won the National Prize of Magic. Now he prepares to conquer the small screen to showcase his way of understanding magic, and his unique style and humour.

Returning for another action-pack season is Bear Grylls with his new show Running Wild With Bear Grylls. In the hour-long alternative series the famed adventurer and survivalist will take six celebrities into the wildest and most remote locations in the US and around the world for a 48-hour journey of a lifetime.

Premiering on Tuesday, 26 May at 20:00, the celebrities who will be partnered one-on-one with Grylls in their own stand-alone episodes include actor Zac Efron, actor-director Ben Stiller, actor Channing Tatum, NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, actor Tom Arnold and MSNBC and ‘Today’ anchor Tamron Hall. Each of the celebrities will endure the harsh wilderness in high-octane, action-based and empowering journeys in six remote locations. From skydiving into the Catskill Mountains, to rappelling down the cliffs of Utah and battling torrential wind and rain in Scotland, Grylls and each celebrity will have to push both their minds and bodies to the limit to successfully complete their journey.

Concluding the month is the return of Alaskan Bush People on Saturday, 30 May at 22:00. In its second series, this show voyages deep into the Alaskan wilderness to meet a newly-discovered family who were born and raised wild. Billy Brown, his wife Ami and their seven grown children – five boys and two girls – are so far removed from civilisation that they often go six to nine months of the year without seeing an outsider. They’ve developed their own accent and dialect, refer to themselves as a ‘wolf pack’, and at night, all nine sleep together in a one-room cabin. Simply put, they are unlike any other family in America. In this second series, the Browns are ready to return to the wild after being stuck in Ketchikan. But a series of emergencies threaten to keep them trapped in modern society.