S teve Backshall continues his odyssey in India on Animal Planet's ‘Steve's Deadly 60,' January 8 at 9.30 p.m. He is hunting for two large and endangered predators to add to his list.
It is thought that there are only 200 breeding pairs of gharials left in the wild. These ancient reptiles have been on the planet since the time of dinosaurs.
They are one of the largest reptiles and the fastest breed of crocodiles in the water. Steve gets to hold a baby gharial and finds out why they are so successful at fishing. Next on the list is the Bengal tiger.
Steve and his crew hunt for the elusive big cat and after a long wait, Johnny the cameraman is finally rewarded.
Jeff is off to Alaska in ‘Corwin's Quest', January 10 at 9 p.m. He goes fishing with the world's biggest carnivore, the gigantic Kodiak bear.
Jeff travels to the remote Kodiak island, where he watches the bears fish for salmon in the river before trying it himself.
He also looks at the diets of the leafcutter ants (fungus) and proboscis monkeys and visits a cleaning station. Finally, he has a close encounter with the bears.
Biologist Jeremy Wade, in this episode of the ‘River Monster,' January 12 at 9 p.m., sets his sights on an unusual fish.
It is an aggressive predator that has invaded America's backyards. This snakehead has been accused of homicide. It is said to breathe air and crawl on land.
Once again Bear Grylls, in ‘Man Vs. Wild,' January 11 at 9 p.m., demonstrates his survival skills in the wilderness, which is often dangerous. In this episode, after a sleepless night (complete with alligator-fat bug repellent), Bear scavenges for breakfast in the swamps of South Dakota.
‘Machines of Malice,' January 12 at 10 p.m., looks at man's history of making instruments of death and destruction. The series deconstructs the technology involved in some dreaded ancient mechanisms. It takes viewers from the wickerman used in Roman times, the skull crusher of the Middle Ages to modern devices such as the electric chair.