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[via press release from Discovery]

The "Breakout" Show of the New Year - Discovery Channel Makes the Great Escape with "ONE WAY OUT"

January 9, 2009

(Los Angeles, Ca.) The science of escape and the art of ingenuity gets put to the test as escapologist Jonathan Goodwin attempts to break out of bizarre and dangerous homemade contraptions in Discovery Channel's new series ONE WAY OUT, premiering Monday, January 26 at 9 PM (ET/PT).

Tied to his kitchen table with a live scorpion trapped inside his mouth or locked inside a box on top of a shaking washing machine with his body covered in 200,000 agitated bees, Jonathan is always on the lookout for new and extreme ways to test the art and physics of escape and find that ONE WAY OUT. He is joined by his best friend and chief collaborator Mikey Nelson and master builder/engineer Terry Stroud.

"Jonathan is captivating to watch. ONE WAY OUT mixes science, fun and risk and will keep viewers riveted to the television as Jonathan puts his body to the test and uses his smarts and physics to find a way out," said John Ford, president and general manager, Discovery Channel.

For ONE WAY OUT, Jonathan approaches each escape with a theory in mind and an audacious stunt to back it up. For example, in order to test what the body can do with minimal movement, he has himself locked inside a box on top of a shaking washing machine with his body covered in 200,000 agitated bees. In order to illustrate how the force of spinning affects the body, Jonathan attempts to escape from a locked barrel pushed down a large hill and rolling at 126 revolutions per minute. Next, he tests his ability to maintain focus as he is spun on a chair at incredible speeds and has to then navigate barefoot through piles of broken glass. Finally, he straps on the Water Wheel of Doom and experiences two G's of force on his body.

And to explore the science and the pain associated with projectiles; Jonathan is chained in a standing position as six tennis ball cannons pummel his body with balls flying at 45mph. He then tests his ability to jump into just 17 inches of water, mud and hay from a height of almost 20 feet. To finish it off, he becomes a human projectile himself by getting placed in a giant slingshot and launched over 65 feet in the air.

ONE WAY OUT is produced for Discovery Channel by North South Productions. Mark Hickman and Rich Brown are executive producers for North South. Brooke Runnette is executive producer for Discovery Channel.

About Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel (DSC) is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which reaches 98.1 million viewers in the US, can be seen in over 170 countries, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

  [january 2009]  


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