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Peek into Hawking’s universe In a two-part series on Discovery Channel, Stephen Hawking explains his theory of the universe
THIS month, on Discovery Channel (Astro Channel 551), Dr Stephen Hawking tackles the most personal yet cosmic of questions — is there a meaning to our lives?
Drawing on more than 40 years of research and breakthroughs, he provides answers to some of life’s most compelling mysteries in a two-part special, Stephen Hawking 2 - The Grand Design. It premieres at 9pm on Aug 12, with repeats at midnight, 8am and 2pm on Aug 13 and 11am on Aug 18.
The show is based on his book The Grand Design with science writer Leonard Mlodinow.
Hawking argues that the key to understanding the universe’s deepest mysteries lies with synthesising existing theories.
Meanwhile, the new series, First Week In, offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look at the lives of first-time offenders in the United States and the moments leading to their imprisonment.
From drug charges to domestic violence, it leaves viewers at the edge of their seats as they journey into an accused’s terrifying first seven days in jail. Prisoners have to give up almost everything they own.
The series premieres at 7pm on Aug 24 with repeats at 8am and 2pm on Sundays.
Wild China comes on at 10pm on Aug 21 with repeats at 3pm on Wednesdays and 6pm and 11pm on Sundays.
Explore southern China’s vast landscape with rivers that conceal dwarf alligators and giant salamanders, peasants ploughing with buffaloes and trained cormorants that catch fish for their owners. Southern China is home to almost 300 million people with a tradition of eating wildlife.
The show also explores Tibet, known for its harsh living environment and also remarkable wildlife, including the chiru, yak and brown bear.
China’s iconic Great Wall and Silk Road are explored alongside its 5,000-year-old civilisation, economic growth and environmental challenges.