Old and busted Discovery World to be replaced by Discovery Family

Written by TVSA Team from the blog DStv on 24 Mar 2016
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Some welcome news for those of you who dodge the waste-of-space Discovery World channel... it's going dark at the end of the month and it's being replaced by a new channel, Discovery Family.

As you'll see from the highlights below, it features programming aimed at the whole family so it has a selection of shows for different ages, ranging from kids to adults.

It launches on Channel 136 on 31 March and will be on the Premium, Extra, Compact and Family bouquets. Another development to lookout for on the same day: TLC will change channel numbers - it moves from Channel 172 to 135 so that it's next to Discovery Family.

Here's a first look at some of the highlights in its first two months on air:

Redesign My Brain
Premiere date: Monday, 4 April at 17h40

Redesign My Brain explores the science of neuroplasticity, which has found that with specific training anyone can become smarter, increase their memory capacity, and reverse mental aging. The series puts the idea of brain plasticity to the test and explores a future technology that aims to make life easier, more fun and safer.

Kids Zone
Monday, 4 April at 06h00 and 15h10

As part of Discovery Family's Kids Block, the animated series Doki follows seven year-old born explorer Doki and his best friends Oto, Mundi, Fico, Anabella and Gabi. Together they make up Team Doki, and the knowledgehungry gang travel the globe and beyond in search of answers to their many questions.

How the Earth Works
Premiere date:
Sunday, 17 April at 19h20

An eight-part series that follows scientists on an adventure around the world as they ask some of the biggest questions of Earth.

Biologist Liz Bonnin and geologist Martin explore the world to find the answers to a series of significant scientific quandaries. How much threat does the Campi Flegrei super volcano, which is hidden underwater in the bay of Naples, pose to the inhabitants of Europe?

What link do the Rocky Mountains have to the atomic bomb? Will the volcanic islands of Hawaii impact the geological future of the west coast of the USA? The series features Earth as a living, breathing organism viewed in its past, present and future.

Premiere date:
Friday, 29 April at 20h10

A series that follows the magic of 24-year-old British magician Troy who amazes unsuspecting members of the public in London. In Camden, we find Troy in a vintage store handling very expensive glasses and manipulating the mind of a shop assistant. Next, he sees if fortune cookies can tell the future as he makes a Chinese food stall holder choose a cookie to open.

In a pub in East London, a group of girls regret giving him their picture when he destroys it, but are staggered by what happens next. And in the finale... when a passer-by offers to give Troy £5, the magician repays him in a way that the man and bystanders will never forget.   

Premiere date:
Sunday, 1 May at 18h30

Prehistoric takes viewers on a journey back in time to see what stood, lived, fought and died hundreds, thousands and even millions of years ago. Observe the lush green land prowled by woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers, and rewind to the age of dinosaurs, where pterodactyls circled the skies in search of their prehistoric prey.

Focusing on America, this series includes an investigation into the high-rises and sprawl of modern Los Angeles reverting back to farmland, settlements and deserts. While many know that ferocious dinosaurs and large mammals once roamed America, few of us realise that they walk in the footsteps of these extinct animals every day.

NASAs Greatest Missions
Premiere date:
Thursday, 12 May at 20h10

Commemorating more than half a century of NASA, this series relives the dramatic story of the space agency’s pioneering missions. Viewers join the agency's predecessors on the early quest to break through the sound barrier. We then move on to the historic first moon landing, the breathtaking first shuttle launch, and the spine-tingling unattached space walk by Bruce McCandless.

These series of programmes commemorate some of mankind's greatest achievements since we first looked skyward and longed to touch the moon, using fully re-mastered HD footage to tell personal stories of the space agency. It features first-hand testimony from those whose lives were touched by the adventure of this exciting era, from astronauts to caterers.


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