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National Geographic Channel

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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: Commando Rescue
    The true stories about soldiers trapped or captured in enemy territory. Will these fallen heroes suffer the ultimate sacrifice? Or can their brothers in arms, risking life & limb, rescue them in time?
  • Situation Critical: Hollywood Shootout
    Go inside one of the most dramatic police gun battles waged on American soil, in which the High Incident Bandits engaged LA police officers in a violent stand-off following a Hollywood bank robbery.
  • Situation Critical: Hollywood Shootout
    Go inside one of the most dramatic police gun battles waged on American soil, in which the High Incident Bandits engaged LA police officers in a violent stand-off following a Hollywood bank robbery.
  • Situation Critical: Downed Pilot
    June 1995. When NATO pilot Scott O'Grady's F-16 jet is downed by a missile over Bosnia, he ejects successfully but lands in hostile territory, sparking a massive manhunt and a struggle for survival.
  • Situation Critical: Downed Pilot
    June 1995. When NATO pilot Scott O'Grady's F-16 jet is downed by a missile over Bosnia, he ejects successfully but lands in hostile territory, sparking a massive manhunt and a struggle for survival.
  • Situation Critical: Apollo 13
    April 1970. When an oxygen tank on board the Apollo 13 spacecraft bursts, the crew races against the clock to get back to Earth, 300,000km away, as oxygen, food and power supplies dwindle.
  • Situation Critical: Apollo 13
    April 1970. When an oxygen tank on board the Apollo 13 spacecraft bursts, the crew races against the clock to get back to Earth, 300,000km away, as oxygen, food and power supplies dwindle.
  • Situation Critical: SAS Jungle Rescue
    25 August 2000. Follow the mayhem as the SAS and British paratroopers attempt to rescue 11 members of a British peacekeeping force taken hostage by a notorious armed rebel group in Sierra Leone.
  • Situation Critical: SAS Jungle Rescue
    25 August 2000. Follow the mayhem as the SAS and British paratroopers attempt to rescue 11 members of a British peacekeeping force taken hostage by a notorious armed rebel group in Sierra Leone.
  • Situation Critical: Hunting Pablo Escobar
    Considered one of the most powerful and dangerous criminals in history, Pablo Escobar made billions from the sale of cocaine. This is the story of the effort to assassinate Colombia's most feared man.
  • Situation Critical: Miracle Escape At Quecreek
    On 24 July 2002, 18 miners descend into the Black Wolf mine in Quecreek, Pennsylvania. One miner accidentally breaks through into an unused mine, unleashing 60 million gallons of stagnant water.
  • Situation Critical: Miracle Escape At Quecreek
    On 24 July 2002, 18 miners descend into the Black Wolf mine in Quecreek, Pennsylvania. One miner accidentally breaks through into an unused mine, unleashing 60 million gallons of stagnant water.
  • Situation Critical: Nightmare On Mount Hood
    On 30 May 2002, a single missed step by a climber on Mount Hood, Oregon, leads to one of America's worst climbing disasters. Nine climbers tumble into a gaping crevasse and three are killed instantly.
  • Situation Critical: Nightmare On Mount Hood
    On 30 May 2002, a single missed step by a climber on Mount Hood, Oregon, leads to one of America's worst climbing disasters. Nine climbers tumble into a gaping crevasse and three are killed instantly.
  • Situation Critical: Russian Sub Rescue
    When a Russian mini-submarine becomes entangled in an old fishing net in the north Pacific, the race is on to rescue the crew before their dwindling oxygen supply runs out.
  • Situation Critical: Al Qaeda Ambush
    On 4 March 2002, US Navy SEAL Neil Roberts prepares for a mission in south-east Afghanistan. US advanced technology indicates the area is clear, but an enemy rocket-propelled grenade hits the chopper.
  • Situation Critical: Al Qaeda Ambush
    On 4 March 2002, US Navy SEAL Neil Roberts prepares for a mission in south-east Afghanistan. US advanced technology indicates the area is clear, but an enemy rocket-propelled grenade hits the chopper.
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