Celebrating Africa on TV

2010-05-08 00:00

DISCOVERY World (DStv channel 250) marks its recent African launch with a month-long celebration of everything positive about this vibrant continent in Africa Civilisation Month .

The channel will be screening a number of shows that delve into the rich tapestry that is Africa, assessing its position as the cradle of civilisation and the birthplace of humankind, and investigating its age-old rituals, traditions and legends. The season comprises The Real Eve, Into the Unknown, Discovery Atlas: South Africa and Beating Death.

In The Real Eve, which can be seen on May 9 at 7.10 pm, the filmmakers try to establish who exactly the mother of the human race was by asking the questions: Who was the real Eve? What did she really look like? Where did she live? And how did the human race truly come to be?

Using the latest DNA reconstructions and cutting-edge technology, scientists aim to answer, for the first time, the where, when and how of this mysterious woman.

Also on May 9, viewers can see Into the Unknown, in which international explorer Josh Bernstein investigates the deadly conflict between elephants and humans in Africa.

In the episode, titled Elephants – Kenya, which will be broadcast at 9 pm, Bernstein goes on the trail of elephants that are attacking and killing humans in record numbers to find out why these gentle giants have turned into killers and to investigate a compelling new theory that claims to know the answer.

Next up, at 7.10 pm on May 23, is Discovery Atlas: South Africa, which charts the culture, geography, beauty and diversity of the country today. South Africa is one of the most geographically spectacular nations in the world, with a landscape that ranges from European fecundity to blistering desert and savannah.

Finally, Beating Death, which can be seen on May 30 at 7.10 pm, offers viewers a dramatised profile of heart-transplant genius Dr Christiaan Barnard.

In 1967, four surgeons were ready to proceed with the world’s first human heart transplant. Three Americans had worked together for years to prepare for this, but it was the ambitious young South African surgeon Barnard who eventually won the race and made history.

The programme is hosted by Dr Mehmet Oz, one of the world’s leading heart-transplant doctors and regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and stars actor Rupert Graves as Barnard.

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