See Earth like you’ve never seen it before in this gravity-defying Nat Geo series

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The scenic backwaters of Kerala. (Photo: National Geographic/Abhik Wadhwa)
The scenic backwaters of Kerala. (Photo: National Geographic/Abhik Wadhwa)
  • National Geographic is continuing to defy gravity with its global airborne franchise, From Above.
  • The series delivers cutting-edge aerial cinematography from around the world.
  • The latest season includes four new chapters. 


Seeing Earth from the perspective of a soaring eagle is now possible thanks to the brilliant National Geographic series, From Above.

In the latest season, driven primarily by aerial footage, the show takes to the skies over India, Ancient China, Egypt, and Europe.

The four new chapters deliver more spectacular views, unique insights and brand-new perspectives from the skies above.

The first episode to air is Ancient China from Above on Saturday, 5 September at 19:00 on National Geographic (DStv 181, StarSat 220).

In this episode the show moves into the realm of satellite and LiDAR technologies to help peel away layers of modern development, taking viewers back in time to see how earlier landscapes were shaped in ways just like today.

India from Above will premiere on 9 December on National Geographic (DStv 181, StarSat 220). In this chapter viewers get to hover over the 850 million voters casting their ballots to form a government during the elections in 2019. This story of a nation, at once both modern and steeped in mysticism, is told over two powerful episodes.

From Above features breathtaking drone footage as its centre-piece and explores in stunning visual detail, the culture, history, innovation and engineering feats that have helped shape the world as we know it.

National Geographic’s exclusive access all over the world sees the cameras fly through restricted airspace, capturing never-before-seen views of the Earth.

Egypt From Above: Past Meets Future and Europe From Above are set to air in 2021.

Alan Maca at Jishi Gorge. (National Geographic/Rac
Alan Maca at Jishi Gorge. (Photo: National Geographic/Rachel Vaknin)

About the series Geoff Daniels, executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment for National Geographic, says: "We started exploring the From Above world way back in 2013 and in success returned with additional specials, but now we are committing to the creation of television’s first global franchise to be driven by cutting-edge aerial footage. We are planting our flag to let viewers know this will be a staple on our channel moving forward."

He added: "Our previous specials resonated hugely with audiences who delighted in seeing their homelands in a new way but, in a time of closed borders and limited travel, we believe this series brings a much-needed perspective on our societies and cultures whose differences often pale in comparison to some of their breathtaking similarities.

"With such visually stunning experiences and the deeper connections this franchise offers, we could not be more excited to offer these more frequently and with even greater diversity." 

Compiled by Herman Eloff.

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