All the more to explore in this week’s top documentaries


From a small town in California to the discovery of the atom – get ready for amazing things to learn and see this week. Only on DStv

There are many unexpected experiences that change the way we operate.

This week, we take a look at a few of the unpredictable events that alter lives forever. In Rebuilding Paradise, a small town must work hard to recover from a fire that nearly took everything from them.

In Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures, the fabulous British actress shares the ups and downs of filming a travel show.

Improvements in science make life better than ever. Take a look at the amazing advancements that have happened in a short amount of time in Secrets of the Universe and Time Flies.

It’s all here for you this week – only on DStv.

If you’re looking for even more to watch, check out more factual features here.

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Rebuilding Paradise

The morning of November 8, 2018, saw a spark fly into the parched brush of the Sierra Nevada foothills. With little warning, flames were everywhere and fierce winds showered burning embers as house after house became a violent inferno. Iconic director Ron Howard takes an amazing view of the community in Paradise, California, one year after the massive campfire that grew into a devastating wildfire. Attempting to help the victims recover from the loss of loved ones, property and sentimental items, this documentary is a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy. As a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begin the important task of rebuilding. Get a sneak peek of the incredible journey here .

Sunday, 22 November on National Geographic (DStv 181) at 21:00

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Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures

Much-loved presenter and actress Joanna Lumley takes viewers behind the scenes as she shares unseen footage from her travels, which start in Japan and scan right through to Cuba. Witness a dazzling fire god festival and climb aboard the famous Trans-Siberian railway. Joanna discusses the extreme physical challenges that come with the job, including filming on an ice-encrusted ship. Watch the trailer here and be enthralled by this no-holds-barred look at the world around us.

Thursday, 26 November on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00

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Secrets of the Universe (Super Science Mondays)

Sit back and be enthralled with Super Science Mondays. In the last 100 years, the amazing discoveries in the world of physics has been astonishing. From mapping out the expansive universe to the secrets of the atom, the greatest minds in the world are uncovering incredible new information every day. This late-night dip into the greatest scientific discoveries of the 20th century will enlighten and amaze.

Monday, 23 November on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 22:00

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Time Flies (Wildlife Wednesdays)

Humans like to think we can control everything: changing the course of water, reclaiming land, replanting deserts – we constantly remodel the natural world to suit our needs. But there’s one thing we can’t control: the passing of time. However, we can change how we see things; using cameras, we can start to see the world in different time frames. Now, we can see animals follow the sun, mass movements of the changing seasons and even the vast impact of the changing weather. Watch what happens when time flies.

Wednesday, 25 November on Curiosity (DStv 185) at 20:00

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