Secrets Of The Lost (Science Channel)


Secrets Of The Lost (Science Channel) – Premieres 25th February

A show that looks into how and why certain ancient structures were built, what problems the people of the time had to overcome and why the buildings were constructed in the first place.

During the programme it follows experts as they discover artefacts that reveal answers to how and why these constructions took place. As well as talking about their discoveries it shows people practically using techniques found to show how the ancient civilisation could produce the materials needed, and how they could move them vast distances.

As science documentaries go this goes along at a decent pace and explains the science behind certain aspects in an easy to understand way. While it’s one of the more interesting shows of its type, it’s still not something you’d go out of your way to watch.



Mega Machines (Science Channel)


Mega Machines (Science Channel) – Premieres 4th January

The more generic version of Alaska Mega Machines, where in the programme it focuses on one piece of modern machinery and looks into how it works by breaking down the main components and showing footage of it in operation.

As the operators go about their tasks, the programme brings up a CGI version of the machine which breaks it open and shows where the relevant components are housed that make the process possible. There the programme explains the forces they are put under and how they have been adapted and improved from similar machines.

Like Alaska Mega Machines this is a grind to get through. But unlike the aforementioned, which at least that went through three different machines during an episode, this drags the content out to mind numbing levels of tedium.


Strange Evidence (Science Channel)


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.



The Planets (Science Channel)


The Planets (Science Channel) – Premieres 22nd August – Renewed

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.



Mysteries of the Missing (Science Channel)


Mysteries of the Missing (Science Channel) – Premieres 26th August

Hosted by Terry O’Quinn of Lost fame, this is a docu-series that looks at some of the most well known disappearances in history. As each episode looks into one particular disappearance, and the show recounts what happened leading up to the event. Then various theories are put forward and explained by experts as to how it could have occurred.

For what it is, the show goes into some depth on the subject matter fully explaining the theories, and if you need to burn 45 minutes it’s a pretty interesting watch.



Outrageous Acts Of Danger (Science Channel)


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.



The World Without Canada (History)


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.