Revolutionary new series ‘Serengeti’ premieres

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By Rick Gables

Revolutionary new series Serengeti premieres Sunday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel. The six-part series travels to the vast, nearly untouched plains of Tanzania, highlighting the majestic animals and their day-to-day lives living together, along with unrivaled access to one of the most pristine and unspoiled corners of Africa. Featuring a lush original score and narrated by Academy Award®-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, the groundbreaking series follows the heartwarming stories of a cast of African wildlife including lions, zebras, baboons and cheetahs over the course of a year, showcasing the dramatic moments that make each day of survival on the Serengeti a feat. Soon the season of plenty will begin to fade and food will be harder to come by, putting the animals of the Serengeti to the ultimate test. With new arrivals and unexpected problems, old foes resurfacing and dangerous encounters at nearly every turn, the Serengeti will demand courage from all who call it home.

Gordon Ramsay is taking food as far as it can go in National Geographic Channel’s new series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, premiering Sunday, July 21, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. From Peru, Laos and Morocco to Hawaii, Alaska and New Zealand, Ramsay will be roaring through valleys, diving into oceans, hiking through forests and scaling mountains in his relentless pursuit of culinary inspiration. Food and adventure programming is familiar ground for Ramsay, with his 2010 U.K. series, Gordon’s Great Escapes. The series follows Ramsay as he meets with indigenous people around the globe to learn about the cultures, dishes and flavors unique to each location. Every ingredient he harvests and dish he tastes will inspire a new recipe from scratch, created to represent the heart of that culture. Each episode concludes with Ramsay challenging himself with a local food legend by his side, putting his newfound skills to the test as they cook a feast together for the natives. For Ramsay, food is the gateway to culture, and every adventure is a portal into the soul of the people and place.

Smithsonian Channel will air America’s Hidden Stories: Mystery at Jamestown on Monday, July 29, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Jamestown, the first successful English settlement in the Americas, is best known for the legend of John Smith and Pocahontas, but now archaeologists are on the hunt for a pioneering and controversial forgotten founding father, revealing how Sir George Yeardley and a single year, 1619, set the course for the nation’s future.