New series include “Cheating Death: Amazing Survivals”, “Lifeline with Dr. Oz” as well as “Strickly Sex with Dr. Drew”.
Cheating Death: Amazing Survivals
(Canadian Premiere) Tues. at 9pm ET, beginning Nov. 1
Cheating Death brings audiences amazing stories of people who have survived against all odds. In each episode, medical experts look at the people who have lived through lightning strikes, freezing temperatures, and awful impalements to explain how they made it.
Lifeline with Dr. Oz
(Canadian Premiere) Sun. at 6pm ET, beginning Sept. 11
This four-part medical series set at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City follows several patients facing a particular health crisis. Cameras are with physicians as they consult their patients, choose a treatment and proceed through medical care. Then, viewers watch as patients emerge from care transformed.
Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew
(Canadian Premiere) Fri. at 9pm ET/PT, beginning Nov. 4
Hosted by nationally renowned medical expert, Dr. Drew Pinsky (widely known as Dr. Drew), this new 10-part series takes a look at sexuality with frank talk and honest answers about sex, love and relationships. With a career that includes providing medical and sexual advice for more than 20 years, Dr. Drew uninhibitedly discusses sex-related issues concerning men and women, married couples and singles – nothing is too taboo.
(Canadian Premiere) Oct. 31 at 9pm ET/PT
What do you do if you wake up during surgery, but you can’t move? Can an anesthesiologist tell for certain that you are unconscious and not feeling pain during an operation? Anesthesia Nightmares is a documentary about people who experience awareness during surgery. It’s a living nightmare where the patient can hear everything, smell everything and feel everything that happens to them in the operating room.
(Canadian Premiere) Nov. 21 at 8pm ET/PT
There’s no denying that humans are beautifully put together, but anyone who has suffered the agonies of childbirth or battled against back pain or a failing heart will tell you that our bodies are far from perfect. Designing Humans asks if we could rip up the blueprint and start again, how we would design ourselves differently? Through the imagination of two scientists and the magic of computer graphics, this documentary breathes life into a human designed for life in the 21st century and beyond. Is it science or science fiction? Humans are already taking control with genetic engineering, entering a new and exciting phase of life that might affect the very evolution of our human species.
(Broadcast Premiere) Oct. 2005
Canadian doctor Yacoub Vaid is a man on a mission – to eradicate polio from India. Now he's been rushed to North India, site of a recent polio outbreak, on a special assignment – to immunize close to a million children…and do it in 2 weeks. This one-hour documentary follows Dr. Vaid's day-to-day struggle to achieve his goal. His work is part of the largest international public health campaign in history, the worldwide effort to eradicate polio.
Breast Cancer Legacy
(Canadian Premiere) Oct. 5 at 9pm ET
This one-hour documentary tells the incredible stories of three families confronting the breast cancer histories that haunt their pasts, while exploring the medical community’s increasing understanding of the genetics of the disease. What does it mean to have a family history of breast cancer? And what can you do to protect yourself if you have one?
(Broadcast Premiere) Oct. 23 at 8 pm ET
There are an estimated 200,000 frozen embryos in fertility clinics across the United States and thousands more in Canada – “leftovers” or “byproducts” from in vitro fertilization. About 90 per cent of these will remain frozen indefinitely, with couples paying a yearly storage fee. But there are alternatives: anonymous donation to fertility clinics, designating them for medical research or destroying them. But there may be a fourth alternative in Canada – embryo adoption. This one-hour documentary explores the controversial issue of embryo adoption.
(Canadian Premiere) Mon. at 4:30pm ET, beginning Sept. 5
Follow the busy and emotional day in the life of someone having a baby. Each half-hour of this series tells the story of expecting mothers and fathers, from the first contractions to the first moments of the newborn’s life.
Gift of Life
(Canadian Premiere) Dec. 2005
This series guides viewers through the unprecedented journey of organ donation – from the agonizing wait for a donor, to the loss and rebirth of life. Each episode follows donor families, transplant coordinators and recipients through the complex web of logistics, surgery and emotion involved in the world of organ procurement and transplantation. Viewers witness the number of lives saved by one decision and the healing that comes through that act of donation.
(Canadian Premiere) Mon. at 7:30pm ET, beginning Sept. 5
Host Erica Ehm, one of Canada’s most recognizable and approachable television personalities, investigates the joys and challenges of being a modern-day parent, inviting experts, celebrities, and parents to share their knowledge and experiences. No matter what, Erica is committed to uncovering the truth about parenting—and the roller coaster ride it takes us on.
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
(Canadian Premiere) Sat. at 8pm ET, beginning Nov. 5
Dr. G: Medical Examiner steps inside the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner’s Office in Orlando. Dr. Jan Garavaglia, one of America’s top female medical examiners, provides exclusive access to the death cases she examines and ultimately cracks. This series is a unique blend of forensics, medical science and emotion as Dr. G investigates cause of death and brings families of the deceased a sense of closure.
Plastic Surgery: Before & After
(Canadian Premiere) Thurs. at 10pm ET, beginning Sept. 8
This ten-part series takes the mystery out of plastic surgery by showing the best of modern practices. No longer the last resort to combat aging and deformity, today it encompasses a range of procedures. From life-threatening traumas to the endless search for beauty, plastic surgeons are using cutting-edge medical developments to shape and sculpt humans into a perfection of form and fancy. Dr. Jan Adams explains the procedures through computer graphics and gives context to the art of the knife.