“Murderous History” – All-New Six Part Series Premieres Sunday April 25





“Murderous History” – All-New Six Part Series Premieres Sunday April 25 at 9PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel(TM)
From the devastatingly bombed streets of London to industrial Chicago to Nazi Berlin, each episode captures nail-biting criminal investigations to prove that everything is not always what it seems.
[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]
TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES PULLED STRAIGHT OUT OF HISTORY

MURDEROUS HISTORY

ALL-NEW SIX PART SERIES PREMIERES SUNDAY APRIL 25 at 9PM ET/PT ON SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL(TM)

No fingerprinting? No DNA tests? No psychological profiling? No problem. Smithsonian Channel steps back in time to investigate history’s most shocking murder mysteries and reveal how they were solved in the upcoming all-new series, Murderous History. On the heels of the channel’s recent success in true crime, historians guide viewers through the sinister undercurrents of various city’s past where odd and lethal scandals perplexed historical detectives, and expose the dark undercurrents of society. From the devastatingly bombed streets of London to industrial Chicago to Nazi Berlin, each episode captures nail-biting criminal investigations to prove that everything is not always what it seems. Murderous History premieres on Smithsonian Channel Sunday, April 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

At the scene of every crime is a story of a time, the place, and its people. This six-part series steps back in time to examine the most gruesome and compelling murder mysteries of the past 200 years, viewed through the lens of the eras and cities in which they took place. Through cinematic reenactments, we follow the determined investigators and complex perpetrators while revealing how each case made its own mark on history.

They happened in times of war and peace, during daylight and darkness, and to victims old and young. These are the stories of the most heinous murders of the 19th and 20th centuries, some which have faded from memory and others that continue to haunt their host cities to this day. Join us as we travel back to some of history’s defining moments when detectives had to overcome the limited tools of their era – and often invented new forensic techniques on the fly – in a race to catch the killers before they struck again.

Murderous History is produced by Warehouse 51 Productions Ltd. for Smithsonian Channel. The executive producers are TKTK from 51 Productions and John Cavanaugh for Smithsonian Channel.

About Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel(TM), a ViacomCBS Inc. brand, 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, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the brand’s hit series are 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(TM) Unveils World Premiere of Captivating Documentary, “Cher & The Loneliest Elephant”





Smithsonian Channel(TM) Unveils World Premiere of Captivating Documentary, “Cher & The Loneliest Elephant”
The global superstar lends the power of her celebrity and her enormous drive to a cause that grew out of a global social media campaign, backed by expert wildlife veterinarians, animal aid groups and sanctuary owners.
[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) unveils world premiere of captivating documentary, “Cher & The Loneliest Elephant”

International superstar, Cher, embarks on a rescue of epic proportions when Kaavan’s flight to freedom begins Thursday, April 22

NEW YORK – March 24, 2021 – Giant Stars. Giant Undertaking. Giant Rescue. Smithsonian Channel follows the one and only Cher as she races to Pakistan to help save the “world’s loneliest elephant,” Kaavan. The global superstar lends the power of her celebrity and her enormous drive to a cause that grew out of a global social media campaign, backed by expert wildlife veterinarians, animal aid groups and sanctuary owners. To succeed, the group would have to overcome a series of daunting challenges to move a four-ton elephant more than 2,300 miles in the midst of a global pandemic. Beginning on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, this emotional journey unfolds with the world premiere of Cher & The Loneliest Elephant, which launches on Paramount+ in the US, in addition to its linear premiere on Smithsonian Channel in the UK, Latin America and Brazil. The US Smithsonian Channel linear premiere is scheduled on Wednesday, May 19th at 8pm ET/PT.

“I saw all the people being affected by it all over the world,” said Cher, who first learned of Kaavan’s plight through online activists who sought her help. “People want a happy ending. People don’t want to see animals suffer. And I know people are suffering too, but this is a story that can brighten their lives.”

A four-ton, malnourished elephant, Kaavan had spent nearly 20 years in chains, prodded to beg for tips while living in a tiny, dilapidated shed under the scorching Islamabad sun. Dreadful living conditions led to equally dreadful health problems, including depression, angry psychosis and obesity. Then, tragically, Kaavan’s only mate died of neglect. Kaavan became the poster elephant for the plight of captive animals and ignited a social media uproar that soon caught Cher’s attention. She co-founded Free The Wild with partners Mark Cowne, Gine Nelthorpe Cowne and Jennifer Ruiz to boost the movement, and she recorded a song, “Walls,” to give further voice to the rising calls for Kaavan’s release.

These efforts finally paid off in May 2020, when the Pakistani high court ordered that Kaavan be freed. Working with an international rescue organization, Four Paws, and its extraordinary veterinarian, Dr. Amir Khalil, the team identified a potential new home for Kaavan in a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia. The stage had been set for an amazing rescue operation, but as logistical challenges piled up and Kaavan entered a testosterone-fueled, aggressive mating condition called “musth,” there were serious doubts whether the team could actually pull it off. In November 2020, Cher gave up her Thanksgiving holiday to fly halfway around the world to ensure that Kaavan would be saved.

“I was frightened, but then I thought, what do you want to do more?” says Cher. “You made a promise, and you have to go. I didn’t see any other way to do it. I have a saying on my Twitter, ‘Stand and be counted or sit and be nothing.’ And I wasn’t going to sit and be nothing.”

“It’s truly remarkable to witness what can happen when people come together to pursue a shared mission,” said James Blue, Head of Smithsonian Channel & SVP MTV News and Docs. “In the face of a very urgent need to rescue Kaavan, it was imperative that Smithsonian Channel find the right team whose members shared a common passion for and dedication to conservation. The rescue group, bringing together people from widely diverse backgrounds and cultures and led by the incomparable Cher, proved that the impossible can happen during the toughest of times. Smithsonian Channel is honored to present this extraordinary story, which we hope will inspire our viewers and spark increased interest in other urgently needed conservation efforts around the world.”

Cher & The Loneliest Elephant is produced by Nutshell TV Ltd. and Two Wise Monkeys Entertainment for Smithsonian Channel and Terra Mater Factual Studios. The executive producers are Mike Kemp for Nutshell TV Ltd., Phil Fairclough for Two Wise Monkeys Entertainment, Susanne Lummer for Terra Mater Factual Studios and Tria Thalman and Charles Poe for Smithsonian Channel.



Smithsonian Channel(TM) Greenlights Remarkable Adventure Living History Series “Ultimate Viking”





Smithsonian Channel(TM) Greenlights Remarkable Adventure Living History Series “Ultimate Viking” (w/t)
Filming has commenced and production will take place in the UK and Norway, with a custom Viking settlement being constructed on the spectacular Norwegian coast.
[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL(TM) GREENLIGHTS REMARKABLE ADVENTURE LIVING HISTORY SERIES “ULTIMATE VIKING” (w/t)

HOSTED BY KRISTOFER HIVJU AND GRY MOLVAER HIVJU

NEW YORK, NY – November 17, 2020 – Smithsonian Channel has greenlit ULTIMATE VIKING (w/t), an epic new series with an innovative format combining adventure with immersive living history to reveal secrets of Viking society as never before seen. Hosted by Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane in the HBO series Game of Thrones and award-winning factual presenter Gry Molvær Hivju, the 8 x 60 new series will also include a one-hour accompanying documentary slated to air in 2021 on Smithsonian Channel. Filming has commenced and production will take place in the UK and Norway, with a custom Viking settlement being constructed on the spectacular Norwegian coast. This ingenious adventure series will feature a diverse cast of modern-day, highly skilled men and women who will be pushed to the extreme as they find out if they have what it takes to live as true Vikings.

Each episode is rooted in authentic Viking knowledge exploring every aspect of Viking life to truly discover what it was like to live as a Viking over 1000 years ago. Cameras will follow ordinary people taking part in extraordinary expeditions under harsh Nordic conditions. The clans will compete against each other in a series of authentic and often extreme Viking survival expeditions, challenges, and tasks based on historical facts, saga literature and archaeological evidence.

Life in Viking society is not for the faint-hearted as our cast live side by side in a real Viking settlement, with every detail authentic to the era, from the buildings to the clothes, tools, and food. Participants will need to master axes and swords, learn to forage and fish in Norway’s snow-capped mountains and master the art of sailing a Viking ship, mentored by the world’s leading Viking historians. Even in times of peace, the Vikings’ strong, cultured and sophisticated communities were fiercely competitive.

“We are very excited to host this living history adventure series set in our beautiful country Norway,” says Gry Molvær Hivju and Kristofer Hivju, Co-Founders of Tindefilm. “We are proud to show the fjords, ocean and wild mountains that our ancestors saw. For us, this series is all about a genuine extreme experience based on Viking society, set deep in the heart of the land of the Vikings. It’s going to be exciting, ambitious and based on historical evidence.”

“We are always looking for innovative ways to re-invent the entertainment experience for our curious global audience,” says David Royle, EVP and Chief Programming Officer, Smithsonian Channel. “Vikings have long captured the public imagination, and this brand-new format pushes boundaries to create a new way for our audience to be enthralled, sometimes appalled and often surprised by the challenges of Viking life. It’s a modern-day interpretation, told through the lens of history.”

“ULTIMATE VIKING (w/t) aims to re-imagine living history for television audiences across the world,” says Llinos Griffin-Williams, Executive Producer, Wildflame Productions. “Viking life was extraordinarily tough and the show is no exception. Our new adventure history format pushes living history to another level. It is an extremely ambitious series and one we are thrilled to be making for Smithsonian Channel. Wildflame has a passion for both history and stories which inform and excite the world, so we are thrilled to be bringing this idea alive in conjunction with our partners.”

“ULTIMATE VIKING (w/t) is designed to give the viewer the most compelling picture of one of the most iconic periods of history,” says Danny Fenton, CEO, Zig Zag Productions. “It’s unique combination of history, adventure and endurance brings Viking history to life in a way that has never been done before. We are thrilled to be part of the co-pro team.”

ULTIMATE VIKING (w/t) is produced by Wildflame Productions Ltd., Zig Zag Productions Ltd. and Tindefilm for Smithsonian Channel. David Royle and Charles Poe serve as Executive Producers for Smithsonian Channel. Llinos Griffin-Williams and Paul Islwyn Thomas are Executive Producers for Wildflame Productions; Hilde Nerland for Tindefilm; Danny Fenton and Matt Graff for Zig Zag Productions. The series is Directed by Showrunner Stephen Shearman, with original music composed by Silvia Strand and Jonathan Gregory.

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.

About Wildflame Productions

Wildflame Productions creates extraordinary content for audiences throughout the world from its base in Cardiff. This UK nations and regions factual powerhouse works closely with the best creative talent and a wide range of production partners to produce content for the UK and the international markets. CEO Paul Islwyn Thomas has built a strong reputation for producing factual and specialist factual programming for a wide range of broadcasters, including the full range of national BBC channels, Channel 5, S4C, Discovery and many more. Wildflame prides itself on its excellence in storytelling, bringing great ideas and ambitious concepts and formats to audiences globally. In June 2020, the company returned to being wholly independent, after exiting the Flame Media Group.

About Tindefilm

Located on Norway’s wild and beautiful west coast, led by CEO Hilde Nerlund and DOP Tor Siverstøl. Tindefilm creates high quality, filmic content for the global market. Their first production, Lysleite, a creative documentary about the dwindling light in the polar regions won a Gullruten (Norwegian TV awards) and their second documentary, Bit – Ballerina Bulldog was nominated for best documentary at BIFF as well as Gullruten for best original score.

About Zig Zag Productions

Zig Zag Productions is one of the UK’s foremost independent television production companies. With offices in London, New York and Northern Ireland, Zig Zag has produced over 700 hours of non scripted programming and has grown to become an internationally recognised, respected and award-winning television producer both in the UK, USA and internationally. Zig Zag has produced programming for broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Five, TLC, MTV, Fox, National Geographic, Discovery, OWN, Logo and Syfy. The company has also won numerous awards including the Rose D’or for Best Format.



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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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.