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Adventure Is His Beat: Olly Steeds Is on the Case of the World's Biggest Mysteries
Discovery's SOLVING HISTORY WITH OLLY STEEDS premieres Wednesday, January 13 at 10:00/9:00c.

[via press release from Discovery]


World Premiere Series Starts Wednesday, January 13 at 10 PM ET/PT on Discovery

(Silver Spring, Md.) �- Start 2010 off with Discovery Channel's new face of adventure. Journalist Olly Steeds is out to find the truth behind some of the world's biggest mysteries. Premiering Wednesday, January 13 at 10 PM ET/PT, SOLVING HISTORY WITH OLLY STEEDS takes viewers on a heart-pounding, globe-trotting quest.

From the possible sea floor ruins of Atlantis to the uncharted heights of the Andes; from the hunt for Nazi gold to the search for the Ark of the Covenant, Olly throws himself into the story employing hidden cameras, trekking to remote locations, using his devilish sense of humor and participating in ancient rituals. An acclaimed, independent broadcast journalist Olly has reported for ABC News, Channel 4, Al Jazeera International. Part Indiana Jones, part Jason Bourne, part Woodward & Bernstein, Olly is willing to do almost anything for the story.

"Olly Steeds is an exciting new talent for Discovery Channel. An insatiable curiosity, a reporter's instincts and a thirst for adventure all combine for an original series that fit perfectly with Discovery's world view," said John Ford, President and General Manager, Discovery Channel.

The premiere of SOLVING HISTORY WITH OLLY STEEDS finds Olly on the trail of one of the most important religious artifacts in the world. For fans of Indiana Jones, The Ark of the Covenant may be forever cemented in film lore but it is still revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims as proof of God's presence on earth.

Over 2,500 years ago, the Ark disappeared. Was it destroyed or captured? Could it still exist? Olly explores the plausibility of one of the most exciting theories: that the famous Ark of the Covenant was smuggled out of Jerusalem, through the deserts of Egypt, into Ethiopia and that the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church -- a sect of Christianity millions strong -- believes they protect that very same Ark to this day.

Could it be true? To test the theory, Olly explores an underground tunnel in Jerusalem, visits a secret smuggler's den in the Palestinian territory, treks through the harsh Sinai desert of Egypt, and travels to a remote island monastery deep in Ethiopia. By following hard evidence and finding real facts on the ground, Olly pieces together the legend and exposes startling truths along the way.

Olly's quizzical mind and general wanderlust has taken him to over 70 countries and include an unexpected 700 mile walk across the Gobi Desert, being hunted down by bandits on the Chinese-Tibetan borders, being chased across the Shangtu Grasslands by The People's Liberation Army, breaking his arm riding a horse across Mongolia, being imprisoned on charges of espionage, mistakenly running six consecutive marathons across the Sahara, having horses kidnapped by rustlers, studying kung-fu with Shaolin Monks, retrieving video tapes from a kidnapped family in Nicaragua, leading a Royal Geographical Society Expedition to research the Grass Silk Road. Recently Olly has spent a large chunk of each year living with different tribes: the Mek, the Machigenga and the Kombai � one of the last groups thought to practice cannibalism.

Olly runs his own production company Red Space with offices in London and Beijing. He is also the founder of the non-profit iNOMAD and Director of Digital Explorer, a pioneering educational organization that brings the world to classrooms to engage young people in global and environmental issues.

SOLVING HISTORY WITH OLLY STEEDS is produced for Discovery Channel by JWM Productions, LLC. Jason Williams is executive producer for JWM Productions. Josh Berkley is executive producer for Discovery Channel.

About Discovery Channel

DISCOVERY CHANNEL (DSC) is dedicated to creating the highest quality nonfiction 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 U.S., 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.

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