Devil’s Canyon (Discovery)

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Devil’s Canyon (Discovery) – Premieres 6th June

A mix between Curse Of The Frozen Gold and Alone, three gold prospectors set off to separate sites in the challenging terrain of Devil’s Canyon in British Colombia for 6 weeks, as they try to find a bountiful amount of gold.

Like Alone, the three film their own footage as they search the areas they believe large amounts of gold will be found. Where along with their hunt for riches they also have to survive in an area known for bear attacks, and that has limited food resources.

As a mix between a treasure hunting and survival show it makes it stand out from other similar programmes that normally descend in focusing on the backstory of the area and mythical curses to set up any of the drama. It’s an entertaining piece of TV.

6.0/10

Cooper’s Treasure (Discovery)

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Cooper’s Treasure (Discovery) – Premieres 18th April

Treasure hunting shenanigans that follows Darrell Miklos for a year after he received multiple shipwreck locations from his recently deceased friend and astronaut Gordon Cooper.

The wrecks were discovered by Cooper as he was on a 122 hour space mission using instrumentation placed on board to discover any Russian nuclear sites. While looking for the sites he noted that other places were being highlighted over sections of water and made the link to them being shipwrecks.

As Darrell tries to link the individual maps to real world locations he quickly realises that finding the right location to the right map is nigh on impossible, leading him to get in contact with his estranged treasure hunter father in the bid to get the master map that Cooper gave him.

As treasure hunting shows go it’s more interesting than Billion Dollar Wreck, with both the actual search of the locations and the family backstory.

5.1/10

Car Saviours (Discovery)

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Car Saviours (Discovery) – Premieres 17th April

Racing and stunt driver Andrew Comrie-Picard and the chief brand officer of Hoonigan, Brian Scotto pick up forgotten car makes and repurpose them to do things they weren’t originally intended for.

After meeting up with a client they are given a project to complete within a short deadline, so they pick up a cheap car and begin reengineering it to fit its new purpose.

The show itself while being similar to other shows like Diesel Brothers, has a Top Gear challenge vibe to it all along with them dicking about in a similar vein to Sacred Steel Bikes making it an entertaining watch.

4.8/10

The Wheel (Discovery)

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The Wheel (Discovery) – Premieres 13th January

Survival show where six participants have 60 days to survive in the wilderness on their own where no prize is on offer to anyone who can finish. Each person is placed in a different South American ecozone out of Rainforest, Mountain, Wetland, Tundra, Bush Plains and Island.

As they go about their Alone-esque self preservation, they are moved to a different ecozone after a night that has either a half or full moon, where they have to start over again.

For a survival show it’s not as good as Alone or Naked and Afraid, yet better than Remote Survival or The Great Human Race.

4.9/10

Everest Rescue (Discovery)

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Everest Rescue (Discovery) – Premieres 8th January

Following the helicopter rescue pilots of the Himalayas, as they go about their business of flying in extreme conditions to rescue lost and injured mountaineers.

It’s setup is a lot like Everest Air, where it shows a few rescue flights with interview with the pilots explaining the dangers they face by flying at the altitude there are at, along with showing snippets of their personal lives and how their job effects it.

If you liked Everest Air this is more of the same.

2.5/10

Frontier (Discovery)

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Frontier (Discovery) – Starts 6th November – Renewed

Drama set in the late 18th century, it follows the former Hudson Bay Company (HBC) employee Declan Harp who is becoming a problem to his former employers by becoming a major player in the Canadian fur trade.

While noticing his emerging prominence in the trade the head honchos of the HBC come to the resolution that he must stopped at any cost, due to him making dent in the company profits and giving the nefarious French, Scottish and Americans ideas that they could make a move on their territory.

With the plan to kill Harp the plucky brits arrange to send a ship full of troops to Canada, but the night before they catch a group of Irish ragamuffins trying to still gunpowder from the ship. Leading to one of the Irish being killed, the woman of the gang arrested and her boyfriend left hiding on the ship. So when the stowaway is discovered the plan changes to use him to make contact with Harp and report back with his location and plans so they can kill him, in return for his girlfriend to be released from prison.

Even thought it’s filled with some classic old school British bastardry, the show itself is pretty slow going and uninteresting. It’s easily one of the poorer historical dramas produced and falls short on some of the stuff History have put out recently.

5.6/10

Still Alive (Discovery)

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Still Alive (Discovery) – Starts 14th September

Recounting the moment of how three people escaped death, the show uses the actual footage from the survivors as they explain what happened.

In the programme it flits between the three stories as they interview the survivors and some of the witnesses as they talk about how the situation arose, happened and was resolved.

With the footage being so short the programme uses the fractured telling of the stories to pad out the show by repeating everything numerous times. And while the survival incidents may be interesting the way it’s presented makes the show drag along, so it feels like a 20 minute show stretched out to be 45 minutes long.

2.7/10