National Geographic Channel Highlights
"Naked Science: Tanks" (wt)
Thursday, February 15 at 9:00 PM ET/PT (World Premiere)
Tanks are one of the most effective weapons on the battleground. They can traverse rough terrain, withstand a direct hit from a rocket propelled grenade and destroy the enemy with pin point accuracy. Today’s tanks are the product of nearly a century of evolution and innovation. Now, the National Geographic Channel traces the history of this ultimate machine beginning with its World War I debut as mere steel box to the fully loaded and digitally enhanced combat device used in modern warfare.
"Ultimate Factories: Apache Helicopter"
Thursday, February 15 at 10:00 PM ET/PT (World Premiere)
The Apache, one of the world’s most lethal attack helicopters, is able to destroy its target from miles away, withstand heavy gunfire and evade heat seeking missals. But before this battle tank of the air blazes across the terrains of today’s war zones, the Apache starts in Mesa, Arizona. Ultimate Factories: Apache Helicopter heads to the Boeing plant where this stealth fighter is made, and where cameras are rarely allowed, to take viewers on an in-depth tour of the factory and its sophisticated technology. For more information, visit www.ngcultimatefactories.com.
"Dog Whisperer: Calvin, Rudy, and Milo”
Friday, February 16 at 8:00 PM ET/PT (World Premiere)
First, meet Calvin, a ridgeback mix recovering from a car accident that has left him with only three legs and some odd eccentricities. Calvin is terrified of strangers and is obsessively attached to his owners. Every time they leave he tries to escape the house even jumping through glass windows or opening doors. Cesar Millan is called in to rehabilitate this three-legged escape artist. Then, meet Rudy, a manic Jack Russell terrier, who likes to attack motorcycles. His owners have taken him along on motorcycle rides but it is not a pleasant experience. Dog Behavior Expert Cesar Millan has helped dogs who have become fixated on everything from toasters to guitars to lawn sprinklers but can he help a dog that fixated on a Harley? Finally, meet a border collie named Milo whose herding instincts have driven him to chase horses and even cars. It becomes a daily and dangerous chore to get Milo back into the ranch house. Can Cesar offer some tips to corral this border collie? For more information, visit www.ngcdogwhisperer.com.
"Dangerous Encounters: Closest Encounters”
Friday, February 16 at 10:00 PM ET/PT (World Premiere)
National Geographic Channel’s Reptile Expert Dr. Brady Barr is the first scientist to capture and study in the wild all 23 species of crocodilians. But he’s always wanted to find ways to study these wild crocs without having to restrain them. In Dangerous Encounters: Closest Encounters, Brady makes his dream a reality by creating a unique suit that would protect and camaflougue him so he can approach crocs in the wild. To design this suit properly, he scientifically tests different ideas on a range of ferocious beasts ranging from grizzly bears to wolves to rodeo bulls. After making final modifications, Brady heads to Tanzania to test his new croc suit in the filed and attempt to attach scientific instruments on unrestrained Nile crocodiles. Will it pass the test?
Sunday, February 18, 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT
Narrated by critically acclaimed actor Alec Baldwin, Planet Carnivore takes viewers on an intimate and powerful high-definition journey into the unique neighborhoods of some of some of most fearsome predators on the planet. The first two hours divulge the dramatic stories of an African lioness and a great white shark and their gripping daily struggle for survival. For more information, visit www.ngcplanetcarnivore.com.
"Planet Carnivore: Lions”
Sunday, February 18 at 8:00 PM ET/PT (World Premiere)
In the first hour, Lions transports you deep inside Ngorongoro, an isolated volcanic crater in East Africa formed over two million years ago. Surrounded on all sides by walls reaching 2,000 feet high, Ngorongoro seems like a stunning paradise for its inhabitants. Thirteen thousand wildebeest, zebra and buffalo graze on the 12-mile crater floor. This land is where one of the crater’s oldest lionesses, Malkia, or “Queen” in Swahili, reigns over her kingdom. Planet Carnivore: Lions follows Malkia and her pride’s daily struggles as they endure failed attacks on prey, fierce rivals, unexpected invaders and the powerful loss of one of their own. For more information, visit www.ngcplanetcarnivore.com.
"Planet Carnivore: Sharks”
Sunday, February 18 at 9:00 PM ET/PT (World Premiere)
Traveling across the continent, the second hour delves into the cold waters of South Africa’s False Bay where a 2,000 lb great white shark called Haai, the Afrikaans word for shark, stalks her prey as she has done successfully for the past 15 years. A lone, formidable force, Haai has many neighbors — jackass penguins, fur seals and cape gannets — but no allies. In the False Bay neighborhood, there is one master rule: eat to live. Planet Carnivore: Sharks tracks her adventures for five weeks as she stealthily scours for food — sometimes feasting, sometimes failing in the chase. While small, inexperienced seals are the easiest to catch, Sharks captures Haai’s ambush technique that nets an unsuspecting fur seal, as well as the clever tactics of a plump seal that outwits his predator … for now. For more information, visit www.ngcplanetcarnivore.com.