Smithsonian Channel (TM) Greenlights Remarkable Docuseries “Tomb Hunters”





Smithsonian Channel (TM) Greenlights Remarkable Docuseries “Tomb Hunters” (wt)
In Saqqara, just outside of Cairo, buried 36 feet deep, an incredible 27+ sarcophagi were recently found.
[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL (TM) GREENLIGHTS REMARKABLE DOCUSERIES “TOMB HUNTERS” (wt)
FOUR-PART SERIES UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO ONE OF THE RICHEST EXCAVATION SITES EVER DISCOVERED

NEW YORK – October 3, 2020 – Archeologists are astonished about a breaking discovery in Egypt generating unprecedented headlines around the world. In Saqqara, just outside of Cairo, buried 36 feet deep, an incredible 27+ sarcophagi were recently found. Untouched and unopened for over 2,500 years, they retained their original color. Deemed as one of the most remarkable sites found in recent history, Smithsonian Channel has cameras on the ground with exclusive access to document this historical revelation for TOMB HUNTERS (wt), a new four-part series slated to premiere 2021.

In a major development, two coffins with gilded masks were discovered. One of these golden masks has a beard, an important symbol for ancient Egyptians to identify themselves with Osiris, God of the Underworld. Researchers will study these mummies to learn more about who they were, while Scientists may even be able to identify their modern decedents. An exclusive preview of never-before-seen images can be viewed and downloaded HERE.

Cameras follow an international team of archaeologists and Egyptologists as they excavate and unearth an unparalleled wealth of unseen treasure at this vast, ancient necropolis that has been undisturbed for over four thousand years. Featuring pyramid ruins and burial sites of the Egyptian Elite barely half a mile from the Step Pyramid, the stunning discoveries inside will allow us to investigate the fascinating story of life and death in ancient Egypt. Now, for the first time in one place it is possible to piece together the evolution of the Egyptian attitude to death and burial – tomb building, mummification, funerary equipment and funerary texts. Stunning tombs, dozens of mummies and extraordinary artifacts all lead us on a journey far beyond the dig site to uncover mysteries of an ancient world.

Rooted in present tense discoveries and stunningly shot using the latest filming techniques, TOMB HUNTERS (wt) allows us to tell the story of Egyptian Civilizations spanning six millennia that will captivate a global audience. TOMB HUNTERS (wt) is produced by Lion Television in conjunction with Caterina Turroni of At Land Productions for Smithsonian Channel. Working in partnership with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the entire team will go beneath their feet to reveal the full story of Ancient Egypt where life, death and the afterlife of this remarkable culture can be pieced together.
About Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel(TM), a ViacomCBS Inc. network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy(R) and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier, Walk Against Fear: James Meredith and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Channel is available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland.



Smithsonian Channel ™ explores the impact of a visionary Civil Rights icon





Smithsonian Channel ™ explores the impact of a visionary Civil Rights icon who risked his life for voting rights and courageously integrated Ole Miss in “Walk Against Fear: James Meredith”

New documentary special premieres on the 58th anniversary of Meredith’s enrollment at Ole Miss on October 1 at 8PM ET/PT

NEW YORK — September 30, 2020 — James H. Meredith is one of the most influential, controversial, and forgotten icons of the Civil Rights era. His complete story has never been told in a documentary, largely because he has refused to grant access. WALK AGAINST FEAR: JAMES MEREDITH offers unprecedented access to the remarkable life and legacy of Meredith, and strives to make sense of the man who fearlessly integrated the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 1962, and led the momentous 1966 “Meredith March Against Fear” in America’s segregated south. The documentary special premieres globally on Thursday, October 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel in the U.S and at 9 p.m. in the U.K.

With exclusive access to Meredith and members of his family, rare archives and interviews with eyewitnesses, journalist Bob Schieffer, historian Yohuru Williams, author William Doyle, journalist Dorothy Gilliam, among others, Smithsonian Channel ™ reveals the untold story of a man who put his life on the line to fight white supremacy. In his quest to become the first Black person to enroll at Ole Miss, Meredith forced the U.S. government to use the military to enforce his rights as a citizen.

After becoming the first Black man to enroll at Ole Miss, Meredith forced the U.S. government to use the military to enforce his rights as a citizen. When riots broke out, President Kennedy called in 20,000 federal troops to restore order. Meredith quickly became a civil rights icon, although he rejects the term to this day. A nonconformist, he has always marched to the beat of his own drum. In 1966, he was shot while walking alone across Mississippi on the second day of his “Walk Against Fear.” His quest ended up attracting some 15,000 marchers, and encouraged 4,000 Black citizens of Mississippi to register to vote for the first time.

WALK AGAINST FEAR: JAMES MEREDITH is produced by Lion Television LLC and Dream Reality Media Limited for Smithsonian Networks. Sol B. River is the executive producer and director for Dream Reality Media alongside executive producer Tony Tackaberry for Lion Television. Linda Goldman and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

About Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel™, a ViacomCBS Inc. network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy® and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black Hole Hunters and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel Plus™, a subscription video streaming service delivering over a thousand hours of the Channel’s stunning and diverse library of documentaries and series in HD and 4K Ultra HD. Smithsonian Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland. To learn more, go to smithsonianchannel.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



Smithsonian Channel™ investigates the escape of Pablo Escobar’s illicit exotic pet collection





Smithsonian Channel™ investigates the escape of Pablo Escobar’s illicit exotic pet collection in

The Hunt for Escobar’s Hippos

Shot of hippo at Hacienda Napoles taken by Escobar’s private photographer, Edgar Jimenez.

NEW YORK — August 14, 2020 — Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s brutal regime ended in a hail of bullets. His infamous reign of terror left Colombia with the legacy of a corrupt narco-state and something more bizarre: African hippos. In the 1980s, Escobar smuggled four hippos into Colombia to join his growing collection of exotic animals at his $63 million estate outside Medellin. Left to fend for themselves in the wake of his death, these extremely dangerous beasts – responsible for more deaths in Africa than lions or crocodiles – broke out. Today, breeding at twice their typical rate and with no natural predators keeping them in check, more than 60 roam the Colombian wilds, wreaking havoc in villages at night and threatening the ecosystem that feeds into the Magdalena River, Colombia’s main watershed. This is the extraordinary story told in THE HUNT FOR ESCOBAR’S HIPPOS, premiering Wednesday, August 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel in the U.S and at 9 p.m. ET/PT in Canada.

Surprisingly, Colombians adore their hippos despite the dangers, and it’s illegal to cull them. Left with no other option, Colombian veterinarian Dr. Gina Serna is tasked with capturing and sterilizing them – an operation extremely difficult to perform in the wild of Colombia. The situation of the Colombian hippopotamus is an ecological time bomb that urgently needs to be diffused. As the largest foreign invader in Colombia, these formidable creatures pose not only a serious threat to human life, but also to the country’s wildlife and native ecosystem. Aggressively frontal and territorial, the consequences could be catastrophic.

“This was a story we immediately knew we had to tell,” says executive producer for Smithsonian Channel, Tria Thalman. “Americans know Escobar’s legacy all too well but this invasion of hippos that now threatens Colombia’s wildlife is a remarkable, unexpected twist to the sordid tale of drugs and violence.”

THE HUNT FOR ESCOBAR’S HIPPOS is an AGB Films production in association with Oak Island Films for Smithsonian Channel and Terra Mater Factual Studios. Executive producers Phil Fairclough and Ted Oakes join Sabine Holzer and Susanne Lummer from Terra Mater Factual Studios and Tria Thalman and David Royle who serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

ABOUT SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL:

Smithsonian Channel™, a ViacomCBS Inc. network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy® and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black Hole Hunters and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel Plus™, a subscription video streaming service delivering over a thousand hours of the Channel’s stunning and diverse library of documentaries and series in HD and 4K Ultra HD. Smithsonian Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland. To learn more, go to smithsonianchannel.com.



Smithsonian Channel to honor Juneteenth with a full day lineup





Smithsonian Channel to honor Juneteenth with a full day lineup programmed chronologically from pre-Civil War through Obama’s presidency across linear and digital platforms

NEW YORK, NY (June 18, 2020) — Smithsonian Channel’s dedicated lineup features award-winning Black History documentaries, airing chronologically from pre-Civil war through Obama’s presidency, beginning on linear Friday, June 19th at 12PM ET/PT. Additionally, a special selection of full episodes have been released for free on YouTube through the curated playlist, “The Ongoing Struggle for Equality.” This includes “The Lost Tapes: LA Riots,” “The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X,” “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom,” “Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4,” “MLK: The Assassination Tapes,” “Breath of Freedom” and “Smithsonian Time Capsule: 1968.”

The on-air schedule includes:

ESCAPE TO THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP | 12PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

In the 1800s, southern newspapers ran ads seeking runaway slaves suspected of taking refuge in a vast wetland called the Great Dismal Swamp. For decades, scholars have sought proof that the reports were true, and now they finally have it. See how a team of archaeologists is using new discoveries and modern dating methods to piece together this lost part of American history. Then discover what life was like for these brave men and women, who chose to suffer in the swamp and keep their freedom rather than live under the conditions of slavery.

CIVIL WAR 360: FIGHT FOR FREEDOM | 1PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

A century and a half ago, North battled South in a conflict that would kill more Americans than any other war. The outcome would change our nation forever, and no one had more to gain, or to lose, than enslaved Americans. Join actor Dennis Haysbert as he looks at their struggles through the objects in the Smithsonian’s collection. From a bloodstained map to the inkwell Lincoln used to write the Emancipation Proclamation, these artifacts transport us to a brutal and complicated time when our country tore itself apart.

LEGEND OF LEAD BELLY | 2PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

Huddie Ledbetter was born into poverty, battled racism, and did time, but in spite of his early hardships, or perhaps because of them, he became one of the great musicians of the 20th century. We trace the life and career of Lead Belly, a man praised by critics and revered by artists, whose unique music crossed a host of genres and influenced countless industry legends, from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Nirvana and beyond. See how his talent, humanity, and determination defeated all that stood in his way to make his voice heard, then and now.

THE GREEN BOOK: GUIDE TO FREEDOM | 3PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel and YouTube Playlist

In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/how-the-green-book-helped-black-motorists-travel-safely/65702

BREATH OF FREEDOM | 4PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel and YouTube Playlist

They fought to liberate Germany from Nazi rule, as racism reached unfathomable levels. Their fight would continue back home on American soil. This is the story of the one-million-plus African Americans who fought in World War II. Discover their encounters with hatred, from the enemy and from within their own ranks. Explore this paradoxical chapter in American history through interviews with war heroes, including Colin Powell, Tuskegee ace pilot Roscoe Brown, and Charles Evers, brother of Civil Rights activist and WWII veteran Medgar Evers. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/a-66-year-old-woman-meets-her-father-for-the-first-time/65716

MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: HANK AARON | 5PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

Henry “Hank” Aaron didn’t aim to become Major League Baseball’s home run king, nor did he intend to grow into a Civil Rights icon. But because of his remarkable strength, both in power and in character, he became both. This is the story of Hammerin’ Hank, a victim of discrimination and bigotry his whole life, from his Alabama upbringing through his days in the Negro League and notably during his quest to capture Babe Ruth’s home run crown. Through it all, he stayed focused, stood up to every challenge, and 755 big swings later, became a legend. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/hank-aarons-boundary-shattering-715th-home-run/45257

SEIZING JUSTICE: THE GREENSBORO 4 | 6PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel and YouTube Playlist

In February of 1960, a simple coffee order at America’s favorite five-and-dime store sparked a series of events that would help put an end to segregation in the United States. Join us as we detail the extraordinary story of otherwise ordinary young men, four African-American college students whose nonviolent sit-in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter started a revolution. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/why-the-greensboro-four-sit-in-almost-didnt-happen/12498

THE LOST TAPES: MALCOLM X | 7PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel and YouTube Playlist

In 1959, a 33-year-old minister from the Nation of Islam gains notoriety with his fiery rhetoric and keen intellect. His name is Malcolm X and over the next five years, this influential yet highly controversial Civil Rights leader will become an ideological hero to some and a dangerous enemy to others. Presented entirely through his speeches, newscasts, and rarely seen archival footage, The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X tells the story of the man who, by any means necessary, willingly put his life at risk to bring change and equality to black America. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/malcolm-xs-fiery-speech-addressing-police-brutality/59948

MLK: THE ASSASSINATION TAPES | 8PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel and YouTube Playlist

April 4, 1968. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was all caught on film, tape and audio. So why have we seen so little of it? The well-known photograph of Dr. King’s aides pointing toward the direction of the gunfire is iconic, but tells only part of the story. For the first time, a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage has been chronologically reassembled. The resulting documentary allows us to revisit the tumultuous events surrounding one of the most shocking assassinations in America and relive history through the voices of the era. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/mlks-last-speech/20111

BLACK WINGS | 9PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

For early aviators, conquering the forces of gravity was a daunting challenge. But black aviators had an additional challenge – conquering the forces of racism. Meet the men and women who took to the skies throughout the 20th century, proving to a segregated nation that skin color doesn’t determine skill level. From biplanes to commercial jets, and from barnstormers to war fighters, meet the path-breaking pilots who opened the skies for all — and contributed in countless ways to the development of aviation. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/the-tuskegee-red-tail-angels/15951

BLACK IN SPACE: BREAKING THE COLOR BARRIER | 10PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

America’s experiences during the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race are well documented. However, few know about the moment these two worlds collided, when the White House and NASA scrambled to put the first black astronaut into orbit. This is the untold story of the decades-long battle between the U.S. and the Soviet Union to be the first superpower to bring diversity to the skies, told by the black astronauts and their families, who were part of this little-known chapter of the Cold War. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/ed-dwight-jr-was-set-to-become-america%E2%80%99s-first-black-astronaut/70355

THE OBAMA YEARS: THE POWER OF WORDS | 11PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

Barack Obama launched into our national consciousness at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and ever since, he’s delivered messages of patriotism, unity, and hope through the power of words. But of all the speeches he’s given, six in particular may define his legacy as, in historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s words, “one of the best writers and orators in the presidency.” Interviews with eminent historians and key figures in his writing process give rare insights into these iconic speeches, as well as the Obama presidency and the man himself. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/how-obama-prepped-for-the-biggest-speech-of-his-career/53797



Smithsonian ChannelTM Partners With The Department of Defense




Smithsonian ChannelTM Partners With The Department of Defense to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe With

“VICTORY IN EUROPE 75TH ANNIVERSARY”

Special to premiere Friday, May 8 at 8PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense to commemorate Victory in Europe Day (VE), presenting a special program called VICTORY IN EUROPE 75 ANNIVERSARY. On Friday, May 8 at 8PM ET/PT the special will premiere on Smithsonian Channel and salute the remaining World War II veterans while celebrating America’s resolve and the resolve of our World War II veterans. Alongside historical footage, VICTORY IN EUROPE 75 ANNIVERSARY will include an impressive line-up of notable journalists and celebrities thanking veterans for the sacrifices they made to secure peace for our Nation and our allies around the globe.

The program will include remarks by Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Miley, ABC’s Robin Roberts, NBC’s Tom Brokaw, Comedian Jay Leno and actress Tatiana Zappardino. Exclusive interviews with WWII veterans will complement the historical footage, telling the story of the world 75-years-ago. The program will additionally be broadcasted virtually by the U.S. Department of Defense beginning at 10:30AM, across digital platforms that include Defense.gov, Facebook, and Twitter.

”As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe during World War II, we honor the sacrifices of all those who served during this defining moment in human history,” said Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper. ”Although we face significant challenges with COVID-19, our commitment to remember the bravery and sacrifices of our WWII veterans will not change.”

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ABOUT SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL:
Smithsonian Channel™, a ViacomCBS Inc. network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy® and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black Hole Hunters and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel Plus™, a subscription video streaming service delivering over a thousand hours of the Channel’s stunning and diverse library of documentaries and series in HD and 4K Ultra HD. Smithsonian Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland. To learn more, go to smithsonianchannel.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL™ UNCOVERS THE ILLICIT AFFAIRS AND SECRET SCANDALS





SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL™ UNCOVERS THE ILLICIT AFFAIRS AND SECRET SCANDALS HIDDEN IN THE

PRIVATE LIVES OF THE MONARCHS

SEASON TWO PREMIERES MONDAY, MAY 18 AT 9 PM ET/PT

NEW YORK – April 13, 2020 – Historian Tracy Borman returns to host a second season of PRIVATE LIVES OF THE MONARCHS, giving viewers an inside look into more discreet dealings and hidden love affairs of the most controversial figures of European royalty. From the glamorized and sometimes shocking life of Queen Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret, to the enigmatic Emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte, the new season unveils some of the more sordid events in royal lives that didn’t make it into history books. PRIVATE LIVES OF THE MONARCHS returns Monday, May 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

The season premiere, NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, examines the life of one of France’s self-appointed emperor, a man who started with nothing, acquired everything, and lost it all again. Join Borman as she traces the life of this first Emperor of France, a workaholic and military genius of vaulting ambition who had a stunning rise and fall from power. To understand Napoleon the man, Borman visits the palaces from where he ran his empire, uncovering his private relationships and string of affairs, and reveals how the “man of destiny” coped with humiliating defeat.

Subsequent episodes of PRIVATE LIVES OF THE MONARCHS are:

EDWARD VIII
Premieres Monday, May 25 at 9 p.m.
A monarch who sat on the throne for less than a year, Edward VIII is forever remembered as a man who brought about one of the greatest crises in modern British history. Known for his affair and marriage to American divorcée Wallis Simpson, abdication of the throne and rumored friendship with Adolf Hitler, Borman goes behind the royal pomp and pageantry to reveal the private life of Edward VIII, before, during, and after his abdication.

PRINCESS MARGARET
Premieres Monday, June 1 at 9 p.m.
Princess Margaret, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, was a fashion icon, a drinker, a smoker and someone who completely broke the royal mold. Adored by the British tabloids, she was also a deeply misunderstood figure – Borman investigates Margaret’s private life and reveals how her widely publicized love affairs unfairly eclipsed her dedication and contributions to the affairs of state. The episode details the real reasons her marriage broke down and uncovers a secret that was only revealed after her death.

PETER THE GREAT
Premieres Monday, June 8 at 9 p.m.
Peter the Great was a man of contradictions – an enlightened modern thinker yet cruel tyrant – and a ruler that forever changed the shape of Russia. Enter the private world of Peter as Borman uncovers his rocky family life, from the wife he shipped off to a convent to the son he tortured to death, and reveal how his passion for progress and science would transform Russia.

PRIVATE LIVES OF THE MONARCHS is produced by Bruce Burgess and Matthew Bone of Like A Shot Entertainment. Joy Galane and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

Smithsonian Channel™, a ViacomCBS Inc. network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy® and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black Hole Hunters and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel Plus™, a subscription video streaming service delivering over a thousand hours of the Channel’s stunning and diverse library of documentaries and series in HD and 4K Ultra HD. Smithsonian Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland. To learn more, go to smithsonianchannel.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



BRITAIN’S STATELY HOMES IN AN AMERICAN ARISTOCRAT’S GUIDE TO GREAT ESTATES





EXPLORE THE ROYAL LIFESTYLES AND FASCINATING STORIES BEHIND BRITAIN’S STATELY HOMES IN THE SMITHSONIAN CHANNELTM SERIES

AN AMERICAN ARISTOCRAT’S GUIDE TO GREAT ESTATES


NEW SERIES HOSTED BY JULIE MONTAGU, VISCOUNTESS HINCHINGBROOKE, TO PREMIERE SUNDAY, MAY 17 AT 9PM ET/PT

NEW YORK – April 7, 2020 – Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, gives an all-access pass into some of Great Britain’s most magnificent homes, revealing their incredible histories and the aristocratic families, both past and present, who have taken up residence in each estate. AN AMERICAN ARISTOCRAT’S GUIDE TO GREAT ESTATES is an intimate tour of estates with priceless treasures, exquisite gardens, aristocratic dramas and deep secrets. In the new eight-part series, Julie explores the challenges of living in a national treasure and the creative ways owners keep their estates running. AN AMERICAN ARISTOCRAT’S GUIDE TO GREAT ESTATES premieres Sunday, May 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

Julie Montagu, an all-American girl from Illinois, moved to London for work, where she met her future husband, Luke. Upon their marriage, she became Viscountess Hinchingbrooke and moved to her husband’s historic family estate in Dorset – 16th century Mapperton House. Each episode explores how homeowners balance their sacred trust to maintain centuries-old houses with raising their families and accommodating the public. Julie’s title brings its perks and her inside connections give her access to some of Britain’s most illustrious aristocrats, from the 10th Duke of Roxburghe, who lives in Scotland’s largest inhabited castle, to the Duke of Buccleuch, the biggest individual landowner in Britain and a relative of the Montagu family. They share colorful and sometimes scandalous stories behind the exquisite portraits and priceless artifacts that reflect the rich history of each home.

In the premiere episode, INVERARAY CASTLE, Julie travels to a remote corner of the country to visit a family that has been at the heart of British history for centuries. The Duke and Duchess of Argyll are raising their three children at the legendary home of the Campbell clan, a spectacular Gothic castle on the edge of Loch Fyne in the Scottish Highlands. Exploring its 80 rooms, Julie discovers echoes of clan warfare, has a close encounter with one of its five ghosts and sees how the Duke and Duchess preserve 800 years of family history. She learns the code for how to tell an aristocrat’s rank from his or her coronet. And she gets to test her mettle at caber tossing in the famous Highland Games, which began as a way for Campbell chieftains to find their best soldiers.

Please click here for a weekly schedule and episode descriptions of AN AMERICAN ARISTOCRAT’S GUIDE TO GREAT ESTATES.

An American-born aristocrat in a land of storied nobility, Julie Montagu is a regular Royal commentator and one of London’s top yoga and nutrition teachers – named one of the top holistic healthy icons in the world.

AN AMERICAN ARISTOCRAT’S GUIDE TO GREAT ESTATES is produced by Nutshell TV for Smithsonian Channel. Mike Kemp is executive producer for Nutshell TV. Charles Poe and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

Smithsonian Channel™, a ViacomCBS Inc. network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy® and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black Hole Hunters and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel Plus™, a subscription video streaming service delivering over a thousand hours of the Channel’s stunning and diverse library of documentaries and series in HD and 4K Ultra HD. Smithsonian Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland. To learn more, go to smithsonianchannel.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL™ CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY





SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL™ CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY WITH NEW DIGITAL SHORT-FORM SERIES

LAST CALL FOR THE BAYOU

FIVE STORIES FROM LOUISIANA’S DISAPPEARING DELTA TO DEBUT FRIDAY, APRIL 10 ON SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL DIGITAL PLATFORMS STREAMING FOR FREE

NEW YORK – March 12, 2020 – Every hour, an area the size of a football field erodes from Louisiana’s wetlands – a delta filled with rich estuarine life that supports a robust commercial fishing industry, fertile oil fields and millions of migrating waterfowl. An infinitely complex ecosystem, the bayous of Louisiana are the cradle of the state’s economy. Located at the base of the Mississippi, this key navigation channel allows the passage of goods worldwide. Yet each year 25-square miles of land are lost forever, displacing its marine life, damaging local oil and gas industries and threatening the citizens of New Orleans. LAST CALL FOR THE BAYOU follows the lives of those experiencing these catastrophic changes first-hand to discover the difficulties of life on the bayou and capture a way of life on the brink of collapse.

Filmmakers Dominic and Nadia Gill bring five intimate stories to life through aerial photography, a two-man Inspire Drone team and a paraglider, all while capturing the beauty and visceral nature of Louisiana’s wetlands. Buried in these stories of destruction are individual moments of resilience, where families have remained unified and proud to call the bayou their home. LAST CALL FOR THE BAYOU will be available beginning on Friday, April 10 on Smithsonian Channel digital platforms. All five short-form episodes will also be available for free on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram and across multiple streaming TV provider websites, apps and free on demand channels. Additionally, the episodes are free on www.smithsonianchannel.com.

“The story of rising sea-level rise and land preservation, in a time of rapid change, is a complex story and we aimed to capture this complexity thoughtfully, through the diverse perspectives of Louisiana’s long-time residents,” said Dominic and Nadia Gill. “We’re grateful to help bring this story to a wide audience and engage in the discussion around potential solutions for protecting our collective Earth.”

In episode one, ON A WING AND A PRAYER, Ben Depp, a landscape photographer, has set out to chronicle the wetlands in a series of high-art aerial photographs that he captures with the help of his 21-foot paragliding wing and 200HP motor driven propeller strapped to his back. From above, he has become acutely aware of the vast network of pipeline canals, which are reportedly responsible for up to 30% of the bayou’s land loss. In this episode, viewers take a trip to the barrier islands where Depp flies his glider to reveal the recent restoration efforts that the state put into rebuilding the land.

Subsequent episodes of LAST CALL FOR THE BAYOU are: 

SOUTH AS SOUTH CAN GO
Kasha Clay is concerned for her Houma tribal culture as people have migrated away from the bayou. Committed to seeing it survive, Clay began working with the National Academy of Sciences to record oral histories of her community and culture. Viewers meet tribe elders as they share personal memories of their coastal communities, some of which no longer exist due to land loss. Clay’s message for greater Louisiana: you too are at risk for losing culture and protection of land that is vital to maintain the bayou’s much-loved way of life.

MUD, SWEAT & TEARS
Dr. Alex Kolker is part of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium – one of the premier research institutes working to understand the mechanisms and impacts of coastal land loss – and has spent the last decade studying sea-level rise. In this episode, Dr. Kolker walks viewers through the current restoration projects, to determine whether they are having the desired impact. He also seeks to understand if the restoration project will be enough to save New Orleans from going underwater.

SINK OR SWIM
The Louisiana wetlands are the breadbasket of the United States as far as shellfish is concerned, but the rich bounty that the delta has produced is seemingly doomed. Follow Gleason Alexis, both a shrimper and oysterman, as he prepares to adapt to a changing future where saltwater pushes from the Gulf of Mexico threaten the local ecosystem. The proposed restoration solutions do little to provide reassurance as fishermen fear too much added freshwater will also destroy the habitat as they once knew. But with the help of his family and positive outlook, Gleason learns to adapt to the changing times and overcomes the challenges faced by many in the bayou.

THE DUCK QUEEN OF PLAQUIMINES PARISH
Albertine Kimble takes viewers to her favorite hunting spots, sharing how the dying marsh is disrupting the Mississippi Flyway. Kimble is known as the best duck hunter in the parish, and as a former coastal plan manager, she knows Plaquimines wetlands better than almost anyone. Documented through her eyes, this episode exposes how human engineering has prevented the Mississippi River from flowing its natural course, leaving the wetlands desperately deprived of necessary nutrients and sediment needed to survive. Kimble’s 40 years of avid hunting and experience provides this deeply intimate, personal account of the struggles endured on the changing Louisiana wetlands.

LAST CALL FOR THE BAYOU is produced by Encompass Films and directed by Dominic Gill and produced by Nadia Gill.

LAST CALL FOR THE BAYOU will be available on all SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL digital platforms and Apple®, Amazon, Roku® Players and TVs, and Android devices, as well as online at watch.smithsonianchannel.com.

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