The Long Road Home (Nat Geo)

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The Long Road Home (Nat Geo) – Premieres 7th November

Based on the book of the same name this is a drama that recounts what happened to the 1st Cavalry Division, who on their first patrol of Sadr City in Iraq are ambushed by local insurgents.

As the unit a holed up in an unsuspecting families house while defending their position, all support sent to help them fight their way out are either detoured or ambushed themselves. Leading to multiple firefights happening as the 1st Cavalry Division starts to exhaust their munitions.

At the same time rumours of what is occurring filter back to the US base where the units families are, leading to the wives of the main personnel being economical with the truth to stop any wide spread panic from happening.

For a military drama it’s a solid start that goes almost straight into the action and manages to create a nice claustrophobic feel to what the soldiers are going through. Well worth a watch.

6.6/10

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The Story Of Us (Nat Geo)

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The Story Of Us (Nat Geo) – Premieres 11th October

A spin off of sorts from The Story Of God, where Morgan Freeman goes around the world chatting to folks to see how the theme of the particular episode effects people of all walks of life.

In the first episode first episode Freeman chats to those effected by war, oppression and imprisonment, where they explain their experiences, and how they are using them to either help others or to raise awareness.

The show while being slow paced does have some interesting stuff going on and is a pretty easy bit of viewing.

4.4/10

Year Million (Nat Geo)

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Year Million (Nat Geo) – Premieres 15th May

Doom mongering science docu-series where it shows the possible future scenarios in Year Million, a time where human advancement has become so great it resembles nothing to current day life.

Similar to fellow Nat Geo show Human Inferno, this along with interviewing scientists and futurists about what you could expect to see, intersperses the science chat with brief dramatisations of the possible events. Though with the subject they look into the main assumptions they come to are almost depressingly bleak, where it seems anything to do with technology will wipe out the human race or render it completely pointless.

Like Human Inferno this gets to be a bit of a slog to get through, where the dramatisations that could have been interesting are kept to the bare minimum, and the tech they look into have been done in more detail by other programmes quite recently.

3.9/10

Genius (Nat Geo)

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Genius (Nat Geo) – Premieres 25th April – Renewed

A docu-drama of the life and times of Albert Einstein that begins during the time Einstein was working a university professor just prior to the Hitler taking power in Germany.

During the course of the first episode it flashes back to cover Einsteins childhood where after his parents move to Italy, Albert decides to further his education in Switzerland.. Along with recounting his formative years, they show Einstein slowly recognising the threat to the Jewish population, which leads to him and his wife trying to gain entry to the US after his friends murder.

As docu-drama go this is an interesting watch, where everything is kept within the story and not using the typical interviews with historians to link the lime lines together like other History or Discovery programmes rely on.

6.5/10

Parched (Nat Geo)

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Parched (Nat Geo) – Premieres 21st March

A documentary miniseries by Alex Gibney that looks into the water crisis suffered by various areas of the US. In it they interview the people effected by various water problems, and look int how the crisis was caused and the factor that lead up to the situation starting.

Along with talking to the effected, they also interviews experts who have followed the subject and some of the people involved in either reporting on, or working within the organisations that that were at the centre of the problem.

It’s an interesting documentary that covers a fair amount of detail. Well worth a watch.

6.4/10

Uncensored with Michael Ware (Nat Geo)

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Uncensored with Michael Ware (Nat Geo) – Premieres 24th January

Former war correspondent Michael Ware goes off to investigate various cultures from around the world. In each ep he focuses on one topic where he heads off to interview the people involved and try to understand how the situations and circumstances evolved.

The first ep is like a mix between Expedition Unknown and Watt’s World but with a more serious subject matter. Though it doesn’t really get to delve that deep into what Ware is investigating, so the programme ends up feeling a bit disappointing.

4.8/10

Lawless Oceans (Nat Geo)

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Lawless Oceans (Nat Geo) – Premieres 10th January

Documentary where maritime private investigator Karsten von Hoesslin tries to find the perpetrators who murdered of multiple fisherman stranded in the ocean for sport. Starting off with a video of the event that was posted on Youtube.

Karsten begins his investigation by trying to find any clues with vessels in caught on screen, leading to him travelling the world hunting down leads. Each place he visits he finds a couple more additional clues that start to being to lead him to the people behind the shooting.

Surprisingly for a Nat Geo show they actually show the footage, and with the way the investigation is covered it’s like a maritime version of The Killing Season.

It’s a solid piece of telly.

5.8/10