Chain of Command (Nat Geo)


Chain of Command (Nat Geo) – Premieres 15th January

A documentary filmed over the course of 2016 and 2017 that looks into chain of command within the US military, going from the captain on the frontline and all the way up to the President. While showing how conflicts are managed and waged through the specific levels of command.

In the programme it focuses on the operations in Iraq where the military are working with local forces to liberate Mosel from ISIS control, and showing how the joint forces mobilise troops and arrange strategic strikes. As well as showing the Pentagon think tank that devises the long term planning of the operation after the conflict is drawn up to help the rebuilding and stabilisation of the area.

Along with these aspects, the programme shows the footage of the forces on the ground, news reports and the ISIS propaganda being released during that time. As well has having interviews with those in the command chain who break down the targets and how they are formulated.

As documentaries go it does what you expect and goes into detail with the subject matter. It’s a decent enough watch.



Dian Fossey: Secrets In The Mist (Nat Geo)


Dian Fossey: Secrets In The Mist (Nat Geo) – Premieres 6th December – Miniseries 

A three part miniseries that documents Dian Fosseys time in Rwanda as she studied mountain gorillas. In the programme it looks into Dians early life finding out how she became interested in studying animals, and how she ended up in Rwanda studying gorillas. It also looks into the conservation site she created and ran all the way through to her murder.

The programme interviews the people that worked with Dian during her time in Africa, and shows the Nat Geo footage taken while their cameraman spent years documenting her work. Along with this the programme looks into the events that lead up to her murder. And with interviews of a doctor that worked with Dian, reveals some of the theories of who could have been responsible.

It’s an interesting bit of viewing.


The Long Road Home (Nat Geo)


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.


The Story Of Us (Nat Geo)


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.


Year Million (Nat Geo)


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.


Genius (Nat Geo)


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.


Parched (Nat Geo)


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.