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New on TV today: Wednesday 23 September

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 23 Sep 2020
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Expedition to the Edge

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Adventure, Docu-Reality, Documentary Series

Expedition to the Edge

In 2018, Captain Clemens Gabriel, along with his family including daughters aged five and six and a group of modern-day explorers, set out on the adventure of a lifetime.

They would journey through The Northwest Passage - one of the most dangerous nautical sea routes in the world, located between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Arctic.

Known for its beauty and deceptive calm, many have attempted it, but very few have succeeded.

In Expedition to the Edge, Captain Clemens and his rag tag group of family and friends will quickly learn the price of adventure when a voyage with friends unravels into a life-or-death crisis forcing all hands-on-deck.

After several record-breaking summers of warm temperatures in the Arctic, Captain Gabriel and his crew of family and friends were one of 23 ships who expected smooth sailing as they attempted the perilous Northwest Passage through the Arctic in 2018.

However, after setting sail from The Marshall Islands to tackle the impossible, they quickly encountered the coldest season in a quarter of a century.

Twenty-one ships turned back immediately, but Captain Clemens Gabriel made the shocking decision to push through.

Equipped with a 40-year-old boat, no formal training and no financial backing, the crew is a self-sustaining and unfunded group of modern explorers who must fix and correct every hardship and obstacle that stands in their way, using only elbow grease and ingenuity.

With an unfiltered look at the motivations, fears and struggles of the crew who survived a perilous eight-month journey into the legendary Northwest Passage, this is the story of one family on their epic, emotionally-charged journey to follow their dream and have the adventure of a lifetime.
 

Hell in the Heartland: What Happened to Ashley and Lauria?

Channel: Lifetime (DStv 131)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Mystery, Docu-Drama

Hell in the Heartland: What Happened to Ashley and Lauria?

This four-part investigative documentary series explores a harrowing and unique missing persons case that is currently evolving into a much larger story of unsolved murder and allegations of cover-up and corruption in Oklahoma.

Crime author and investigator Jax Miller and former police investigator Sarah Cailean intrepidly research the confounding case of Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman, two teenagers who disappeared in December 1999, after the Freeman family trailer was burned to the ground.

The series delves into the many strange theories of the case and reveals a truth that proves even more incredible.
 

Jungle Guardian

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary, Nature, Wildlife

Jungle Guardian

Jungles are found all across the tropics, from South America and Central Africa to Asia.

An area equivalent to 10 football pitches could house 1,500 flowering plants, 50 species of tree, 400 kinds of bird and 150 varieties of butterfly.

And this is even before you consider the countless other insects, fungi, reptiles and fish – the range and beauty found in rainforests is staggering.

It is becoming clear that what affects the rainforest affects us all deeply. The fate of the jungle will dictate our own; both are in our hands.
 

Hidden Australia

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary, Nature, Wildlife

Hidden Australia

Australia is known for its sun kissed beaches, but the 2,500 miles between the coasts are made up of a patchwork of contrasting landscapes.

These include tropical rainforests, snow-capped mountains, dry woodlands, giant wetlands, tropical reefs and hostile desert.

These vast tracts of wilderness boast some of the world's most unique and bizarre wildlife.

In this 'hidden' Australia, there is a surprise at every turn.
 

Border Wars 5

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 18h10
Genre: Docu-Reality

Border Wars 5

An estimated 10+ million people live in the US illegally. From the controversial border fence to controversial immigration laws, illegal immigration is hotly debated.

For those responsible for securing the borders, protecting the nation goes beyond politics, as they intercept daily an illicit flow of narcotics, money and weapons.

The risks have never been higher, with the violent Mexican drug wars a stone's throw from US soil and criminals armed with increasingly sophisticated technology.

Ride shotgun with agents patrolling the Rio Grande, just across from the epicentre of violent cartel wars, where heavily armed criminals outnumber agents.

See how ground and air units use the latest military-grade technology, including drones, thermal imaging and mobile cameras.

And join agents as they raid stash houses to break up smuggling operations, or risk their own lives to save those close to succumbing to harsh weather and terrain.

In the Season 5 premiere, "Traffic": Ride along as a Customs and Border Protection helicopter and Border Patrol riverboat assist agents on the ground as they pursue suspected drug mules running through the dense brush on an action-packed chase along the Rio Grande.

 



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