I owe my friends at National Geographic Channel some space so I’ll provide you two previews of upcoming programs, one on Sunday and the other on Monday. Thanks to publicist Minjae Ormes for sending these to me.
Our first preview is for Lost Gold of the Dark Ages which airs on Sunday night at 9 ET/PT. This is a look at the discovery of a lost treasure and trying to determine where it came from.
British Museum, London, UK: Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall inspect a piece of the Staffordshire Hoard. (Photo credit: © FulcrumTV)
LOST GOLD OF THE DARK AGESSunday, April 18 at 9PM ET/PT
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/lost-gold-of-the-dark-ages-5121/OverviewLost Gold of the Dark Ages chronicles the amazing story behind this incredible discovery by the most unlikely of people, and the beginning of a multiyear scientific quest to determine the treasure’s origins. With exclusive documentary access to the investigation, we’ll meet the reclusive man responsible for the chance discovery and join a team of experts researching the mystery of where the treasure came from, to whom it belonged and why it was buried. National Geographic Channel will follow this discovery for the next two years, and this is the first of several specials planned on the project.British Museum, London, UK: Gold foil with zoomorphic motif from the Staffordshire Hoard. (Photo credit: © Fulcrum TV)Video “Finding Lost Treasure” – The only Anglo-Saxon gold hoard ever found is discover by an amateur metal detection enthusiast.
Video “Uncovering Buried Treasure” – Terry uncovers so much buried treasure that the number of gold objects coming out of the ground frightens him.
Video “Mystery Buried Treasure” – Experts discuss possible explanation for the hoarding and burying of Saxon gold.
Video “A Brief History of the Anglo Saxons” – The discovery of a massive treasure hoard could provide clues about a 1,400-year-old culture we know little about.
Don’t forget Lost Gold of the Dark Ages airs Sunday night at 9 on National Geographic Channel.
On Monday, National Geographic Channel celebrates 25 years of National Geographic Explorer.
Explorer, the Longest-Running Documentary Series in the History of Cable TV, Celebrates a Quarter-Century Milestone
Explorer: 25 Years With Host Lisa Ling Premieres Monday, April 19, at 9pm ET/PT
04.06.2010 – A quarter of a century on the air. Two thousand films with investigations spanning 120 countries on every continent. Pioneering assignments, historic discoveries, unprecedented access, illuminating insight and spectacular imagery defining quintessential moments in time. This is National Geographic Channel’s (NGC) signature series Explorer — the longest-running documentary series in cable television history, honored with nearly 60 Emmys, a 2010 Television Academy Honor for “exemplifying television with a conscience,” as well as hundreds of other awards
On Monday, April 19, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, NGC hosts a two-hour event special marking this historic milestone and highlighting some of the most riveting topics the anthology has examined, in Explorer: 25 Years. Hosted by NGC correspondent Lisa Ling, Explorer: 25 Years provides an overview of how the series has covered our changing world, including the very first look at the undersea wreckage of the legendary Titanic liner in 1987 and the 2003 rediscovery in Pakistan of the grown Afghan woman whose haunting green eyes once captivated the world on the cover of National Geographic magazine. More recent accomplishments include 2007’s undercover report from inside North Korea and 2009’s exclusive coverage from inside the controversial detention center at Guantanamo.
From the start, Explorer has brought viewers intimate encounters with some the world’s most fascinating wildlife. The special illustrates how coverage of the animal kingdom benefited from the arrival of innovative technologies such as high-definition, high-speed cameras and National Geographic’s crittercam, which revolutionized documentary filmmaking in visually dynamic ways. Explorer: 25 Years also illustrates how other technological achievements redefined our understanding of our world at the most profound level. See how forensic tools and DNA analysis illuminated answers to ancient mysteries and how satellites opened new vistas on our fragile planet and the heavens above. Then witness remarkable images as Explorer confronts contemporary issues on the front lines of national security, illegal drugs and international crime.
“National Geographic, as one of the world’s foremost and diverse research institutions, has always had its finger on the pulse of the world’s most fascinating topics, people and cultures,” said Ling, who has served as an Explorer correspondent and host since 2002. “Since it first premiered, Explorer has documented amazing discoveries, many of them generated by National Geographic’s efforts. I’m exceptionally proud of my contributions to this legacy and honored to be a part of this momentous quarter-century celebration special.”
During her tenure with Explorer, Ling has tackled relevant modern-day subjects head-on, such as terrorism’s new face of “Female Suicide Bombers” (’04) and the shadowy culture of MS-13, the “World’s Most Dangerous Gang” (’06); she’s crossed into one of the most secretive nations on earth in “Inside North Korea” (’07); covered the contentious issues of a “Marijuana Nation” (’08); and was on the ground examining the explosion of violence along the U.S./Mexican border in “Narco State” (’09).
Notable past hosts and faces of Explorer have included Tom Chapin, Robert Ballard, Robert Urich, Boyd Matson, Brady Barr and Mireya Mayor.
Over 25 years, Explorer crew members have risked their lives capturing eyewitness footage from war zones, suffered malaria while covering cultures in exotic corners of the world, survived shark bites while filming in dark ocean depths, received death threats when examining gang violence and narrowly escaped bullets while covering drug-fueled border battles.
Producers and editors have sifted through more than two thousand films to distill the quintessential moments from the past 25 years. Now, take a whirlwind venture through time, from 1985 through 2010, as we examine the most pivotal topics covered in the course of Explorer’s history. Explorer: 25 Years includes:
• The first look at the undersea wreckage of the Titanic in the 1987 special Secrets of the Titanic, which became one of the highest-rated programs in cable history
• A 1,000-mile trek on foot through the heart of Africa, in areas never before seen by man, with conservationist Dr. Michael Fay
• The search in Pakistan to find a young Afghan refugee ? the haunting green-eyed girl who gripped the world from the cover of a 1985 National Geographic magazine
• An ominous interview with the leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, charismatic warrior Ahmed Shah Massoud, who chillingly predicts worldwide operations by Al Qaeda, only to be assassinated on the eve of 9/11.
• Exclusive coverage investigating a gorilla massacre in Virunga National Park, a crime that outraged the world and was perpetrated by one of the park’s own rangers
• The forensic quest to unravel the mystery of Hogzilla, a terrifying monster that emerged from the swamps of Georgia
• Reports from inside the top-secret Guantanamo facility, with extended access over a period of nearly three weeks in areas that were previously off limits to media
Explorer premiered in 1985 on Nickelodeon, then moved to TBS in February the following year. In September 1999, the series moved to CNBC and later relocated to sister network MSNBC in October 2001. Relaunched as “Ultimate Explorer” in June 2003 on MSNBC, the series moved in 2004 to National Geographic Channel. Over the years, Explorer has evolved from a magazine format to a weekly series of hour-long documentaries, providing in-depth coverage of single topics.
Explorer is produced by National Geographic Television for the National Geographic Channel. For NGT, producer is Jonathan Halperin; senior vice president for the Explorer series is Kathy Davidov. For NGC, executive producer is Kathleen Cromley; senior vice president of production and development is Juliet Blake; executive vice president, content, is Steve Burns.
For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com/explorer25.
We have more on the program with this preview and subsequent video.
Monday, April 19 at 9PM ET/PT
National Geographic Channel Explorer 25th Anniversary VideoMusic by Balkan Beat Box, “Move It”
You can watch more videos from the past episodes of Explorer at http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/explorer-25-interview-videos.
That’s it. National Geographic Channel Explorer 25th Anniversary airs Monday night at 9.