TV Highlights

What's on Wednesday 2nd December

Racing Extinction

Discovery - 9pm

Who's in it?

From Louie Psihoyos, the Oscar-winning director of disturbing documentary The Cove, comes this new film which will make all of humanity hang its collective head in shame.

In a nutshell

The phrase “major TV event” is thrown around a lot. X Factor finales, live brain surgery, that time Todd Carty skated around like a lunatic on that talent show – these are all “major TV events” apparently. But here we have the real deal: the simultaneous global premiere of the new film from Louie Psihoyos, and it may well make you change the way you think of yourself, your species, and the entire flippin’ world.

A huge team of experts and activists have been assembled here, and many went undercover to penetrate black market operations and reveal the real extent of the damage being done to the world’s most vulnerable creatures. Kitted out with hidden cameras, they’ve gone around the globe to get precious footage of insidious practices, putting their own lives at risk to capture the truth. The results promise to be astonishing and disturbing, and may well trigger a whole new wave of activism to stop the rot before it’s too late.

What's the verdict?

You don’t have to be a full-time tree-hugger to be worried about the revelations thrown up by the brave team in this film, which – with its pumping soundtrack and cinematic scope – is as much an eco-thriller as a documentary. Watch and weep.

Record Racing Extinction now on Virgin TV Anywhere

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