National Geographic shows to watch on Disney+ in May

A new month means new content on Disney+. Here are our top picks.

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As the world undergoes unprecedented changes, it is sometimes helpful to look back into our history, to see how other generations dealt with certain challenges in their lifetimes. The National Geographic programmes available on Disney+ take us out of our current crisis, back to other major moments that shaped societies. There are lessons to learn and fascinating stories to uncover.

New to Disney+ in May, Birth of Europe explores the natural phenomena that shaped our continent, often wreaking havoc and leaving a trail of devastation. From earthquakes in Spain to volcanic eruptions that wiped out cities, it’s a shocking three-part series revealing how geological forces have shaped our lives and resisted human interference.

Buried Secrets of the Bible.

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Going further back, Buried Secrets of the Bible with Albert Lin asks whether two of the Bible’s most famous stories really took place. First up, the parting of the Red Sea by Moses. Albert heads to Egypt’s lost cities, and uses all of the modern technology at his disposal to see if there’s any evidence such an event could have really happened. Then he turns his attentions to Sodom and Gomorrah – were these two cities really destroyed by fire and brimstone?

Lost Treasures of the Maya.

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If you enjoy Albert Lin’s documentaries, Lost Treasures of the Maya also starts streaming on Disney+ in May. He takes us deep into the Guatemalan jungle, where archaeologists are flocking to ancient ruins. A new map is revealing new places of interest and Albert hopes to gain insights into the Maya, an ancient civilisation known for its secrets and mysteries.

Also new this month, season one of Secrets of the Zoo gives us an access all areas pass to one of America’s biggest animal parks, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. We meet the staff and animals as they encounter daily dramas, from babies being born to the excitement of feeding time. 

Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer.

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If you prefer your animals to be house-trained, It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer is a heart-warming new series, exclusive to Disney+. Bill Farmer is a Disney legend – you’ll know him best as the voice of beloved Disney characters Goofy and Pluto – and this show allows him out of the voiceover booth and onto the streets of America, where he meets some incredibly talented and loyal four-legged friends.

Car SOS.

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You don’t need to be a petrolhead to enjoy season one of Car SOS. Dream team Fuzz the mechanic, and Tim the parts master, take in classic cars that have seen better days. The owners don’t know that their much-loved vehicles are being restored to their original glory, so the reveals are incredible – and surprisingly emotional!

The World According to Jeff Goldblum.

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And if you just want the benefit of a unique perspective on life, don’t miss The World According to Jeff Goldblum: all episodes are now streaming exclusively on Disney+.

Plus, if you’re a Star Wars fan, for the first time ever, all of the Star Wars films are now available in one place, along with the final episodes of prequel series The Mandalorian, the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: Resistance. Disney+ really can take you to a galaxy far, far away…


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In 1980, the critically acclaimed series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage inspired a whole new audience, introducing them to the wonders of the universe. Now, National Geographic proudly presents Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, inspired by the original show. The thirteen-part series, hosted by world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, will make you look to the skies with renewed wonder, as it tells stories of ancient stars and brave new worlds.

Drain the Ocean

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Our seas hold incredible secrets, some of which we might never discover. But new technology gives us access to parts of our history we never thought we could reach. Drain the Ocean: WWII uses cutting edge computer wizardry to take us to the bottom of the seabed, where we can explore Second World War shipwrecks, from Nazi ship the Bismarck, to the vessels taken at Pearl Harbour. Reconstructions reveal fascinating new insights…

Every dog owner knows that their four-legged friend is the best in the known universe. But if you fancy meeting some equally excellent canines, World’s Greatest Dogs introduces uintroduces us to dogs capable of incredible feats, from skateboarding stunts to adrenaline-surging acrobatics. Some of these talented pooches even hold world records, and their human sidekicks couldn’t be prouder. Prepare for stories that will inspire and entertain you.

Discover these programs and more on Disney+, the new streaming home of  National Geographic.

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