Scoop: Smithsonian Channel's January 2019 Programming Lineup
Smithsonian Channel's January 2019 programming lineup is below!
AIR DISASTERS: TERROR OVER EGYPT (new season) - 8 p.m. ET/PT
Twenty minutes after leaving the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh, a plane carrying Russian tourists falls out of the sky. Charred remains in the Sinai Desert are all that's left of Metrojet 9268, and an international team of investigators gathers near the crash zone. At first, a terrorist group affiliated with the Islamic State claims they shot down the plane as retaliation for Russian military attacks in Syria. But it will take clever detective work to figure out what really happened.
EIGHT DAYS THAT MADE ROME: HANNIBAL'S LAST STAND (series premiere) - 9 p.m. ET/PT
The series premiere, HANNIBAL'S LAST STAND, explores Rome's defeat of the mighty Carthage at the Battle of Zama. The legendary 202 BC battle was a divisive moment for the Roman EMPIRE and the wider ancient world - it marked the end of Carthage's hold over the western Mediterranean and the downfall of the great army led by Carthaginian general Hannibal. Hughes visits a newly discovered battlefield in Spain that offers chilling evidence of Rome's military ferocity under the leadership of Scipio and is able to examine recovered ballista bolts and hobnails from the ancient site - clear proof of a Roman war on Spanish soil.
EIGHT DAYS THAT MADE ROME: THE SPARTACUS REVOLT (new episode) - 8 p.m. ET/PT
Hughes looks at the day in 73 BC that gave birth to a legend - the day Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator, broke out of gladiator school and started the most terrifying slave REVOLT in Roman history. This episode offers a unique window into the horrifying realities of slavery in ancient Rome, examines the context for Spartacus' REVOLT and shows how his exploits soon attracted a mass following, from slaves and free men alike. Hughes walks in Spartacus' footsteps in southern Italy to better understand his great uprising against ROME and how his bitter fight to the end ensured his name would live on for centuries to come.
AIR DISASTERS: DEADLY DISCUSSIONS (new episode) - 8 p.m. ET/PT
Just as LAPA Flight 3142 lifts off from a single runway airport in Buenos Aires, the 737 starts shaking violently, and moments later it crashes back to the ground. Hurtling forward at 160 knots, the plane careens past the airport perimeter, crosses a busy highway, and bursts into flames. The disaster leaves an entire nation stunned, but nothing prepares Argentinians for the staggering blunder that caused it.
DISASTERS AT SEA: TRAPPED IN TYPHOON ALLEY STAND (series premiere) - 9 p.m. ET/PT
When an underwater image of the Derbyshire suggests the crew is to blame for the shipwreck the families of the dead refuse to believe it and launch an intensive quest for answers. What the investigation uncovers not only clears the crew of blame, it also reveals a shocking problem that is putting other lives at risk.
EIGHT DAYS THAT MADE ROME: CROSSING THE RUBICON (new episode) - 8 p.m. ET/PT
In 49 BC, Julius Caesar led his army across the River Rubicon, ignoring the orders of the Roman Senate and effectively declaring war on his rivals in Rome. Hughes revisits this iconic moment and analyzes the character of Caesar, arguably the most famous character to come from ancient Rome. New theories about Caesar's health shed light on his decision-making, while gruesome finds recently dredged from a Dutch river reveal the true genocidal horror of his conquest of Gaul. Caesar's quest for total power was ended by his gory assassination, and while his killers claimed to be acting to preserve the Republic from tyranny, the result was only more civil war, paving the way for the triumph of dictatorship in the empire.
BIRD V PLANE: MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON (new film) - 9 p.m. ET/PT
On the 10th anniversary of US Airways Flight 1549's miraculous landing on the Hudson River, Smithsonian Channel revisits the event to explore the impact of bird strikes in aviation accidents around the world. Over 10,000 bird strike cases are processed each year, with an uptick in reporting during the winter months while bird flocks migrate; this was the case during the mid-January miracle on the Hudson in 2009. Featuring leading experts in the field of forensic ornithology - the identification of bird species related to airplane collisions - BIRD VS. PLANE: MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON examines commercial and military air accidents, investigates the roles different bird species play in these events and demonstrates the ongoing work to limit and prevent future air strikes from occurring.
AIR DISASTERS: THE LOST PLANE (new episode) - 8 p.m. ET/PT
Bound for Kathmandu, Thai Airways Flight 311 is flying just above the peaks of THE HIMALAYAS when it slams into a remote rock face at 11,000 feet. The crash site is nowhere near the plane's original flight path, and there is no ATC radar to tell investigators where it might be. After a painstaking search, they discover the aircraft crashed in the mountains north of Kathmandu - a place of treacherous peaks where it never should have been. The crucial question is how did it end up there?
DISASTERS AT SEA: DEADLY NEGLECT (new episode) - 9 p.m. ET/PT
The SS Marine Electric sinks in a storm off the coast of Virginia in February 1983, only 30 miles off-shore. The coast guard turns up a shocking cause for the disaster: despite passing its inspections, the ship was badly maintained and not seaworthy. In the wake of the accident, inspections of other aging vessels are stepped up, and the Coast Guard also develops its now world famous Coast Guard Swimmer program, which trains rescuers to enter the water to save the lives of survivors who don't make it onto lifeboats.
EIGHT DAYS THAT MADE ROME: ROME'S FIRST EMPEROR (new episode) - 8 p.m. ET/PT
Hughes retells the story of Rome's first emperor - Octavian - and his dramatic and bloody RISE to power by looking at the day in 32 BC when he stole the secret will of his most dangerous political rival, Marc Antony. Hughes shows how the theft of Antony's will was a move of cunning, brilliant subterfuge that paved Octavian's path to power. When he revealed its shocking contents to the people of ROME - including evidence of Antony's devotion to the Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra - it fatally undermined Antony's popularity, giving Octavian the crucial support of Rome's senate and people in the civil war that followed.
HUMONGOUS MOVES: SHIP SINK (season premiere) - 9 p.m. ET/PT
A team of maritime engineers battle to move and sink a huge US Navy ship in the Cayman Islands to create an artificial dive reef. The team must battle winter storms and huge swells to tow the USS Kittiwake 1,600 miles from Virginia to the Caribbean. They must strip out all hazardous material from the old vessel, power clean her in a dry dock and cut holes in her hull to enable her to sink in a controlled flooding. Sink Master John MacKenzie must devise a foolproof way to ensure that the Kittiwake remains perfectly level and upright as he attempts to sink her onto a tiny site on the ocean floor surrounded by fragile coral on one side and a 1,000ft abyss on the other.
AIR DISASTERS: NUTS AND BOLTS (new episode) - 8 p.m. ET/PT
Moments after taking off from a California airport, an American cargo plane needs to make an emergency landing. The pilots manage to bring their DC-8 to within sight of the runway, but the crippled plane crashes into an automobile salvage yard one mile east of the airport. To try to understand what went wrong, investigators call on a friend and colleague of the crew. But it will take more digging and hard evidence to understand what doomed the crew of Emery Worldwide Flight 17.
DISASTERS AT SEA: FOUR MINUTES TO SURVIVE (new episode) - 9 p.m. ET/PT
In January 2004, the largest rock discharge carrier in the world, MV Rocknes, capsizes off the coast of Norway. A rescue team works overtime to save trapped sailors in the now upside-down ship. In their search for answers, investigators discover a baffling twist - the Rocknes' last turn was executed extremely poorly by a very experienced crew.
EIGHT DAYS THAT MADE ROME: BOUDICA'S REVENGE (new episode) - 8 p.m. ET/PT
Around 60 AD, just a few years after the Roman conquest of Britannia, Roman troops marched into a settlement in what is now East Anglia and proceeded to humiliate the local tribe, the Iceni, and their queen, Boudica. The disgraced queen would lead a REVOLT that came perilously close to ending the Roman occupation of Britain. Hughes looks at new archaeological finds that testify to the viciousness of Boudica's retribution - evidence of the complete destruction of Colchester and London, where the queen took both Roman invaders and British collaborators as victims for her revenge.
HUMONGOUS MOVES: SPECTACULAR SPITFIRE (new episode) - 9 p.m. ET/PT
A team of aviation engineers attempt to move a historic Spitfire fighter aircraft over 6,000km from Duxford in England to Easton, Maryland USA for a private collector. The vintage aircraft can't carry enough fuel for the team to fly it to the US. Too large to be trucked or shipped intact, this episode follows the team attempt to dismantle it for its epic trek by trucks and ship. This operation is a huge challenge, as the aircraft must be flight worthy after it has been re-assembled. To squeeze the Spitfire inside a shipping container, the team must disconnect the fuselage, wings, nose and tail. They must build a support cradle for each component so they fit, snug, together like a jigsaw puzzle inside the container, and don't bump or knock around. THE JOURNEY is fraught with problems. Following a painstaking reconstruction process in Easton, will this classic aircraft survive THE JOURNEY to fly again?