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History Channel lines up impressive festive season programming

History Channel lines up impressive festive season programming

Author | Shikha Saroj | Friday, Nov 04,2005 6:48 AM

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History Channel lines up impressive festive season programming

Fans of The History Channel (THC) are in for a treat this winter. The channel has lined up several interesting programmes in tune with the ongoing festive spirit. With people in a holiday and shop-till-you-drop-mood, THC has programmes that revolve around this celebratory atmosphere along with informative content.

As the demand for gold escalates during Diwali, THC’s programme ‘Gold!’ revolved around the yellow metal’s significance in building empires and destroying civilisations. The programme discusses the gold rush as well as the several adventurous quests for this precious metal.

Said Rajesh Sheshadri, VP-Marketing, THC, “Gold jewellery is very significant for Indians and its demand is maximum during Diwali. Though THC looks at global programming, we are also realising the importance of topical programmes this quarter.”

With the festival season in full swing, can going on that long-deserved holiday be far behind? THC’s ‘Legacy of Style’ follows the world’s rich and famous on their indulgent home-away-from-home getaways. The programme explores the world’s most luxurious places like The Imperial Hotel of Vienna, Ritz, Hotel California, Waldorf Astoria and more.

‘Automaniac’ shows the world’s sleekest, fastest and meanest machines to hit the road. It has cars driven by cops, gangsters, tycoons and military generals. It is an absolute treat for car lovers as they get to discover the amazing technology behind cars and extreme bikes like Peter Fonda’s ‘Easy Rider’ and Harley Davidson Chopper.

‘The Crusades: Crescent & The Cross’, to be telecast this month, is a four-part documentary that will take viewers right into the medieval battlefields with the crusaders. The series talks about the collision between the Christian Crusaders and the Muslims and their battle in seeking control of what they believed to be the rightful holy land of their people. The series brings to life the Holy Wars that have found expression in recent political events such as the Palestine occupation, rise in Islamic terrorism and the persistence of anti-Semitic activities.

Sheshadri said, “THC’s endeavour has always been to put History in perspective in a manner that is engaging and at the same time informative. ‘The Crusades: Crescent & The Cross’ addresses key concerns of our times and helps develop an understanding that the political unrest and division that remain today are a direct consequence of our past. The series will bring this chapter of history to life and allow for a deeper appreciation of the events and key personalities involved in the Crusades.”

Other programmes this quarter include ‘Fly Past’, a voyage into outer space, ‘Wealth & Power’ where viewers get to meet millionaires and know their secret to success; ‘Dead Reckoning’, a programme on new breakthroughs in forensic science; ‘Infamous Murders’ that revisits the most gruesome murders of the 20th century; ‘Tactical to Practical’ that tracks down technology that brought the Hummer, parachutes and other military marvels to civilian life; ‘Cold Case Files’ which is a series investigating the pursuit and resolution of long unsolved cases; ‘Boys’ Toys’ that is all about the greatest gizmos and gadgets; ‘The Unexplained’ which takes a close look at UFO encounters, cannibals, exorcists, moon madness, vampire myths and voodoo rituals; ‘Secret Agents’, which is a peep into the world of spies and espionage from the CIA; and ‘History’s Mysteries’ that investigates myths and fascinating stories like the Arabian Nights, Black Death, etc.

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