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  • SITUATION CRITICAL

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Go to the front line of some of modern history's most violent face-offs, terrifying battles and death-defying disasters.

In a single moment, life can transform from routine to critical. One bullet, one alarm or one misstep can spur tragedy — and plunge average people and trained experts alike into desperate circumstances. In Situation Critical, we explore the unfolding action and the real people thrust into survivor mode by some of the most dramatic events in modern history.

This fast-paced series takes you inside the seemingly stable events that became headline disasters in a matter of minutes. Each hour-long episode combines archival footage, accurate re-enactments, advanced CGI and firsthand accounts from those at the centre of the action. Building suspense with each heart-pounding movement, we vividly break down the terrifying moments — outlining the life-threatening risks, daring decisions, frantic communications, evolving tactics and last-ditch efforts developing with each decisive tick of the clock.

Don't miss as we follow the hunt for Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar and the Russian sub rescue of 2005 orchestrated by the UK's Submarine Rescue Service.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Situation Critical: Nightmare On Mount Hood
    One wrong step by a climber on Mount Hood leads to one of America's worst climbing disasters.
  • Situation Critical: SAS Jungle Rescue
    How did the British assault force mount a successful attack on an unpredictable and heavily-armed rebel group, the West Side Boys?
  • Situation Critical: Hell On High Water
    A US Airways Flight collides with a flock of birds. Investigators try to determine how birds could cripple two of the world's most advanced jet engines.
  • Situation Critical: Apollo 13
    With personal accounts from the real-life Apollo 13 crews, James Lovell and Fred Haise, we bring to life the series of events that happened to Apollo 13.
  • Situation Critical: Hunting Pablo Escobar
    The hunt for one of the most ruthless criminal in the world, the Colombian Pablo Escobar, is a struggle that eventually claims hundreds of lives.
  • Situation Critical: Hollywood Shootout
    Witness the violent stand-off as bandits fire over 1,100 rounds of ammunition and shoot nine police officers and two civilians.
  • Situation Critical: Moscow Theatre Siege
    What exactly happen at the siege of the Dubrovka theatre, why did so many die and why does Russia still refuse to reveal exactly what the gas was?
  • Situation Critical: Nightmare on Mount. Hood
    One wrong step by a climber on Mount Hood leads to one of America's worst climbing disasters.
  • Situation Critical: Assault On Entebbe
    A flight from Israel to Paris was hijacked. As the final deadline approaches will Israel cooperate with the terrorists?
  • Situation Critical: Downed Pilot
    His aircraft was hit by a missile and landed deep in a hostile territory. With armed militia hot on his heels, will OGrady evades being capture?
  • Situation Critical: Miracle At Quecreek
    A breakthrough in an abandoned mine in Quecreek, Pennsylvania, unleashes water, but trapping nine miners. Their only hope is the rescue operation above them.
  • Situation Critical: Russian Sub Rescue
    A Russian Navy mini-submarine on a mission becomes entangled in an old, discarded fishing net. It is a desperate race against time for the rescue teams.
  • Situation Critical: S.A.S Jungle Rescue
    Hear firsthand accounts from both sides of the hostage situation. We follows the mayhem, the counter attack and finally, the rebels' surrender.
  • Situation Critical: Taliban Uprising
    Listen to journalists trapped in the crossfire, as they dodge bullets and bombs and capture a rare, uncensored expression of war.
  • Situation Critical: Al Qaeda Ambush
    Six months after 9/11,American Military forces occupy Afghanistan. Find out how the elite navy SEALs struggle for against a well-armed Al-Qaeda force.
  • Situation Critical: Downed Pilot
    His aircraft was hit by a missile and landed deep in a hostile territory. With armed militia hot on his heels, will OGrady evades being capture?
  • Situation Critical: Assault On Entebbe
    A flight from Israel to Paris was hijacked. As the final deadline approaches will Israel cooperate with the terrorists?
  • Situation Critical: Al Qaeda Ambush
    Six months after 9/11,American Military forces occupy Afghanistan. Find out how the elite navy SEALs struggle for against a well-armed Al-Qaeda force.
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