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One Strange Rock premieres on National Geographic on 26 March

Thursday, February 8th 2018 by Mike Whitehead

From the award-winning director of The Wrestler and Black Swan, comes a docu-series detailing one of the most amazing places in the entire universe – Earth.

Here’s some interesting facts for you about this little place we call home. Earth sits in what is known as the habitable zone. A little bit closer to the sun and we’d fry like Venus and Mercury, a little further out and everywhere would freeze. This allows water to remain liquid and, thus, life can flourish. Earth’s molten core is responsible for our magnetic field, without this we would be bombarded by cosmic rays and solar radiation.

Earth is the only known place in the universe that seems to be in the exact right place to allow intelligent life to flourish. Life intelligent enough to wonder about how all this could happen. We’re even lucky to have a satellite object of the size of our moon because without it and its orbits we’d wobble all over the place in an uncomfortable climate.

"This is the story of Earth, from the only people who have ever left it." That, in a nutshell, is the premise of the upcoming 10-part documentary series, One Strange Rock, premiering at 9pm on 26 March on the National Geographic Channel.

Created by Darren Aronofsky and hosted by actor Will Smith, this fascinating series re-positions our view of Earth from the perspective of those who have seen it from the outside looking in – astronauts.

Specifically, eight astronauts who have spent time on the International Space Station. Amongst those who share their experiences are Chris Hadfield, Peggy Whitson and Mae Jemison. Filmed in space and across 45 countries on six continents over the course of more than a year, One Strange Rock offers a unique outlook from those who’ve witnessed the universe beyond earth's atmosphere. The astronauts bring their own personal, emotional experiences making this documentary more than just another nature series.

Where can I watch National Geographic?

So, if reading about One Strange Rock has whetted your appetite and had you searching through your TV channel list, you’ll notice it isn’t available on any Freeview platform. It is available on Sky, Virgin Media, BT TV and TV Player.

If you want to watch National Geographic through a Sky platform it is available as part of the Sky Entertainment pack. If you’re new to Sky the payments start at £20 a month on an 18-month contract with a £20 installation fee. Simply go to Sky.com and set up an account, your viewing card will follow in the post and an engineer will then contact you to arrange the installation of your equipment.

If you’d prefer a Virgin Media package you would require the Full House TV package, available for £49 a month on a 12-month contract with a £20 activation fee. For BT TV you would require the Entertainment package available for £39.99 a month on an 18-month contract with £29.99 to pay in upfront costs.

Alternatively, if you’d rather not tie yourself down to a specific monthly contract you can try a streaming service such as TV Player, where National Geographic is available as part of its PLUS Lite pack for £5.99 a month with no fixed-term contract applying.

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