Strange Evidence (Science Channel)

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Strange Evidence (Science Channel) – Premieres 17th October

Using the CCTV footage of weird occurrences caught on film, this show looks into what really happened by having experts analyse the events and revealing what caused them.

The show looks into four separate events where along with initially analysing the the footage the experts try to recreate the conditions to find the most likely answer and explain how everything came together to create what was seen.

While the programme is watchable enough the waste 45 minutes, the things they covered all seemed to have obvious enough answers before they began to look into it.

4.7/10

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Origins (AHC)

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Origins (AHC) – Premieres 15th September

A programme where each episode looks at three items of a specific field and the delves into how they were invented and developed. The show goes through each section with narrator explaining the history where reinactments, historical photos, archive footage are shown.

It’s pretty much a complete info blast that tries to cover the broadest amount of information of each item in a short time. The fact that each segment is about  7 minutes long means that it never begins to drag, though as it doesn’t go into depth if you already have half decent knowledge of the subject this won’t really give you anything you don’t already know.

2.2/10

The Planets (Science Channel)

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The Planets (Science Channel) – Premieres 22nd August

Hosted by astronaut Mike Massimino, this show looks at the planets in our solar system, and shows the new discoveries that scientists are finding out about them.

Each segment of the programme rolls into the next as it builds upon the discoveries and popular thoughts on how they are caused/formed. Each part has the usual experts being interviewed as to how they’ve come to the verdict, along with showing NASA imagery and footage of the experiments that have been created to confirm their assumptions.

For a science programme it’s not too bad a watch.

4.2/10

The Know It All Guide To… (FYI)

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The Know It All Guide To… (FYI) – Premieres 31st July

Fact based programme that looks at a food stuff then goes through its origins, how it’s produced, food stuffs that are used with it and other general pointless facts.

For 30 minutes it rattles though the topic where along with going over some facts, shows how to make/cook the perfect version, talks to the producers of the foodstuff where they talk through the process and visit a popular restaurant that shows off a different take on the dish.

It’s a bit like version of The Quick and the Curious but for food.

/10

Outrageous Acts Of Danger (Science Channel)

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Outrageous Acts Of Danger (Science Channel) – Premieres 21st June

Science show where the host Todd Sampson introduces a scientific law that he demonstrates in a small scale experiment to members of public, and then devises a large scale experiment that puts him in a situation that could prove fatal if the sums behind it go awry.

During the build up to the main experiment, Todd visits various experts and looks into each element that could effect the outcome. After each visit the experiment becomes more refined, where at the end everyone he has met are brought together to witness the attempt.

The show is like a more risky Mythbusters challenge with Todd placing himself in the position where a test crash dummy would usually be. It’s a decent enough way to waste 30 minutes though it’s something you wouldn’t go out of your way to watch like you would shows such as Mythbusters or Experiemental.

3.8/10

The World Without Canada (History)

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The World Without Canada (History) – Premieres 31st May – Miniseries

A three part documentary which looks at the inventions and discoveries that Canada has given the world. The show goes through the list by putting out the hypothetical situation that Canada is wiped from history to show how the lack of these discoveries would instantly effect the world.

With each invention the programme goes into back story of who the inventor/scientist was and who the breakthrough came about with the usual mix of expert interviews and some stock visuals. After explaining the discovery it then goes into how it not existing would cause almost instant disruption with the use of some dramatisations.

The programme itself is an easy enough watch though the way a couple of the inventors/inventions are claimed to be Canadian could at worse be seen as tenuous.

3.7/10

Project Impossible (History)

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Project Impossible (History) – Premieres 24th May

Like Impossible Engineering and Indestructible Mega Structures, this is an show that looks into 4 structures that are currently being built, and the new engineering processes that have had to be employed for the project to be completed.

During each of the four segments the show explains the initial problems that had to be solved before the assignment started and talks to the people involved about how they developed the techniques to construct the project.

For a factual show about modern construction, its execution is almost identical to Impossible Engineering. To the point if you were a fan of the later, then this is more of the same.

3.7/10