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Smithsonian slates “A Life Among Monkeys”, “Aerial Britain” for April

A Life Among Monkeys and Aerial Britain: Southern England are just a few of the new programs coming to American broadcaster Smithsonian Channel this April. Anchoring the American network’s slate is Rome’s ...
March 21, 2019

A Life Among Monkeys and Aerial Britain: Southern England are just a few of the new programs coming to American broadcaster Smithsonian Channel this April.

Anchoring the American network’s slate is Rome’s Chariot Superstar: Slave To A Star. Produced by Lion Television and Smithsonian Networks, in association with ZDF, Arte and Channel 4, the project features dramatic reconstruction and the latest discoveries of the Roman world of chariot racing. In the premiere episode, a replica chariot is tested and the real-life story of slave-to-superstar chariot racer Scorpus is explored.

Rome’s Chariot Superstar, which premieres April 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, is executive produced by Lion Television’s Bill Locke and Richard Bradley. Charles Poe and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

Elsewhere, the hour-long special A Life Among Monkeys (pictured) will feature Dr. Wolfgang Dittus, who has spent more than 50 years studying toque macaques in Sri Lanka’s Polonnaruwa district, and reveals the trials and tribulations of the toque macaques social order.

Debuting April 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, A Life Among Monkeys is produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios and Smithsonian Networks. Martin Meszaros is executive producer for Terra Mater. Tria Thalman and Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

The Title Films-produced Aerial Britain: Southern England, meanwhile, will explore the natural riches of southern England from a range of aerial perspectives. The series was directed by Stephen Rooke, who is also executive producer for Tile Films Limited. Poe and Royle are executive producers for Smithsonian Channel. Aerial Britain lifts off April 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, engineer Chad Zdenek and a Mississippi disassembly team take on the challenge of stripping down the six million parts of a 747 aircraft in Inside Might Machines: Jumbo Jet. Zdenek will meet some of the aircraft’s original designers and pilots along the way as uncovers what makes the “Queen of the Skies.”

Inside Mighty Machines is series produced by Edward Hart of Rare TV. Ailsa Orr, Belinda Cherrington and Tony Lee are executive producers. John Cavanagh, Poe and Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

Inside Might Machines: Jumbo Jet premieres April 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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