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.

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.