Discovery Channel and sister net Science Channel will premiere a three-part docuseries set to examine the impact of lethal viruses.
Produced by The Documentary Group, Invisible Killers travels the globe to better understand how viruses have shaped our health and history, their biological and social impact on global society, the work being done to eradicate these infections and whether society will be prepared when the next pandemic inevitably comes.
Three years in the making, the series looks at influenza, smallpox and Ebola — three of the most fatal viruses ever to hit mankind. Each virus has taken a toll on the human population, with smallpox killing more people than every war in human history; the flu wreaking havoc as it spreads quickly across the globe each year; and Ebola, which has an average fatality rate that hovers around 50%.
Featured throughout each episode are interviews with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and insight from experts at the United Nations, homeland security officers and biosecurity experts.
Invisible Killers: Influenza premieres March 29 8 p.m. ET/PT across Discovery Channel and Science Channel. Smallpox and Ebola follow immediately after on Science Channel at 9 p.m. ET/PT and 10 p.m. ET/PT, respectively.
Steve Rivo is producer and director for Invisible Killers: Influenza and Invisible Killers: Smallpox. Tenenbaum and Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt are directors for Invisible Killers: Ebola.
Check out an exclusive clip from Invisible Killers: Influenza below: