Bears (both Grylls and polar), whales, mysteries, and adventures - National Geographic unveils stellar line-up of new shows

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Bear Grylls in Sardinia. (National Geographic/Jeff Ellingson)
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"In the wake of this extraordinary and unprecedented year, we remain focused at National Geographic on telling stories that remind us that beauty and wonder still exist in our world," Courteney Monroe, National Geographic president of content, said on Wednesday evening during America's Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Tour 2021 in Pasadena.

South African press was able to join the virtual event as the iconic yellow frame network (DStv 181/StarSat 220) revealed its upcoming and newly commissioned TV programming for the year including Genius: Aretha and FAUCI – a feature documentary about Dr Anthony Fauci.

In Genius: Aretha, Cynthia Erivo stars as Aretha Franklin. The eight-episode series explores the soul singer's musical genius and career, and the impact and influence she had on music and culture worldwide.

FAUCI – helmed by Emmy-winners John Hoffman and Janet Tobias, Academy Award-winner Dan Cogan (producer on Icarus), and two-time Academy Award-nominee Liz Garbus – will put the spotlight on "America's Doctor". Dr Fauci has become America's most unlikely cultural icon, with his signature blend of scientific acumen, candour, courage and integrity in the face of Covid-19.

The longest-serving public health leader in Washington, Dr Fauci has worked under seven presidents and is revered on both sides of the aisle. Through intimate interviews, FAUCI will take viewers on a journey through the doctor's remarkable career.

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