Wednesday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom
Its name stirs images of the savage, the untamable. Legend paints it as a solitary, blood-thirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. But there is another image of the wolverine that is just beginning to emerge, one that is far more complex than its reputation suggests. This film takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least-known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is. Hard-wired to endure an environment of scarcity, the wolverine is one of the most efficient and resourceful carnivores on Earth.
Wednesday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Are human beings, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success? Are the ever more complex obstacles that our fast-paced urban world throws at them actually pushing the development of raccoon brains? In this film, scientists from around the world share their thoughts and work to explore this scientific theory. Attempting to do something that has never been done before, they closely follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate the complex world of a big city.
Wednesday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m.
The Himalayas are defined by superlatives. They defy both description and comprehension while at the same time teaching us about the awesome power and grandeur of nature. Born during the ice ages, they form the highest mountain range in the world, and reach across Asia for two thousand miles. The mountains themselves are considered sacred, and the rivers that spring from them are worshipped as holy. Their great beauty may appear cold and forbidding, but the Himalayas are actually rich with a surprising array of plants and animals. These majestic mountains are where the Earth meets the sky.
Wednesday, February 22 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.
8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Part 1 - Ocean Giants - Giant Lives
Ocean Giants - Whales & Dolphins
Whales and dolphins remain a constant source of fascination. But how much do we really know about them? Whales and dolphins, known as cetaceans, may appear to be totally alien to us — but with their mental ability, group communication and the recent discovery that dolphins have individual names, they are closer to us than we ever imagined. This 3-part series provides new insights into the lives of whales and dolphins in a visually powerful, engaging and entertaining format. Two of the world’s top underwater cameramen — Doug Allan (“Planet Earth”’s polar specialist) and Didier Noirot (Cousteau’s front-line cameraman) — film breathtaking encounters. *See below for description of each installment.*
The great whales – such as the blue and the bowhead – are the largest animals that have ever lived on our planet. Yet these mighty leviathans feed on tiny shrimp and sardines. “Giant Lives” discovers why size matters in the world of whales.
9:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Part 2 - Ocean Giants - Deep Thinkers
In some respects the brains of whales and dolphins are more complex than ours. Whales and dolphins work co-operatively, show empathy and are self-aware. “Deep Thinkers” finds out how clever — and how much like us — whales and dolphins might be.
10:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Part 3 - Ocean Giants - Voices of the Sea
Humpback whales’ songs carry thousands of miles, while a sperm whale scans the ocean depths with a sonar laser beam louder than a thunderclap. “Voices of the Sea” reveals a surprising underwater world where sound takes the place of sight.
Wednesday, February 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Echo: An Elephant to Remember
Not everyone is a born leader. To inspire others to follow you, one must have the wisdom, experience, heart, and determination to provide for them, to keep them safe, and to teach them the things they need to know to make their way in the world. Echo grew to possess all of these strengths and more in her remarkable life as matriarch of a family of elephants in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. As the most studied elephant in the world, she also taught us. Through tragedies and triumphs, her story provided incredible insights into the intense loyalties and deep caring that are so fundamental to all elephants. She captured the hearts of millions and was the subject of several books and documentaries, including two Nature films
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