(Discovery Channel, Friday, 9 p.m.)

Bringing 70,000 years of human history to life, this epic series travels through time to the big stories of history.

It is a human story populated with big characters in the places where the big events happened.

It is the story of civilisations, cultures, successes and failures, a story that charts progress and development through the centuries.

The Magic of Science

(Discovery Channel, Monday, 9 p.m.) This is a new series featuring jaw-dropping illusions performed by an ensemble of fresh magical talent. It will feature street magic, hidden camera trickery and a big magical stunt — whether in front of live spectators or with members of public taking part. The twist: each feat is backed by real science, with an explanation and breakdown to prove it.

Around the World in 80 Plates

(TLC, Monday, 10 p.m.)

This series, which airs Monday to Friday, takes culinary competition to the next level.

Up-and-coming chefs are taken to various countries testing their skills in some of the greatest and most challenging restaurants around the globe.

In each episode, the contestants will travel to a different international city where they will learn the local customs, cultures and cuisines as they navigate a gauntlet of culinary challenges.

Biggest and Baddest

(Animal Planet, Wednesday, 9 p.m.)

Niall McCann is on a global adventure to find the Biggest and Baddest creatures on the planet!

He seeks out fantastic animals in the far corners of the earth, using every mode of transport available: by land, sea, on planes, in a jeep, by canoe and on elephant back.

Working with locals, attack victims, big game hunters and experts who have spotted these fearsome creatures, McCann gains intimate knowledge of the animals — information that may well save his life.