Ladakh-Desert in the Skies Discovery, Saturday, 9 p.m.

Ladakh-Desert in the Skies Discovery, Saturday, 9 p.m.  

Trapped - Alive in Islands

(National Geographic Channel, Friday, 10 p.m.)

A group of young men travelling in a plane encounter a crash… the plane crashes deep in the Andes. The men are devastated but find the strength to persevere through the worst kind of physical and psychological pain. Their survival is a testament to the strength of human will.

Food Lovers Guide to the Planet

(National Geographic Channel, Saturday, 10 p.m.)

Farmers have been transforming Baja California into a culinary hotspot comparable to the legendary French region of Provance. With its pioneering chefs, gardeners, vintners and fishermen, Baja may one day surpass Provance.

Baby Planet

(Animal Planet, Sunday, 6 p.m.)

Animal Planet’s new series, Baby Planet travels to Australia to see the huge efforts needed to save flying fox mums and babies from a deadly paralysis, and watches as a vet carefully removes a baby zebra’s umbilical cord. We reveal how keepers successfully changed the way they keep Rothschild’s giraffes, but still have to step in to bottle-feed a youngster. We share people’s sadness at an elephant stillbirth and elation when another healthy elephant calf is born.

Ladakh-Desert in the Skies

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

A rare glimpse into India’s colourful culture, Colours of India gives you access to the old and new India. This episode gives a sneak peek at the elusive wildlife and diverse people of Ladakh. The programme features the harsh life of the nomads and rare wild animals, with whom they share the forbidden and the beautiful landscape of Chang Thang plateau in Eastern Ladakh. Shot over a period of three years, it includes intimate portraits of the Tibetan black neck cranes, the first ever footage of Ladakhi wild dogs and a pack of wolves – the mortal enemy of the nomads.

Fall of the Mongol hordes

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

The night before his invasion of Japan, Kublai Khan’s fleet of 4,000 ships was decimated by a catastrophic hurricane. A team of underwater archaeologists uses the wreck of a huge Mongol ship to revisit the final moments of Khan’s legendary glory.

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