Discovery Communications has unveiled programming across its networks for the coming season, including a show that follows people living in complete darkness. New reality format Darkness tests mental and physical survival and is inspired by extreme training scenarios conducted by the US military.

The show, from US prodco Electus, will air on Discovery Channel and tasks groups of strangers with navigating prehistoric cave systems, ancient subterranean cities and centuries-old abandoned mines.

Also on Discovery Channel’s slate is crime series Cold Case Alaska, from US-based M2 Pictures, and Pilgrim Studios’ Garage Rehab, which will air in a motoring-focused strand on Mondays.

Restoration duo House of Cars (working title), from Coolfire Studios, and Leftfield Pictures’ Motorheads are also new to the channel, while unscripted efforts include Manhunt: Unabomber, about the FBI search for the serial bomber. Elsewhere, sibling net TLC has revived Trading Spaces, which originally aired from 2000 until 2008. The show is based on the BBC format Changing Rooms and features neighbours redecorating each other’s houses.

Investigation Discovery, meanwhile, is developing six-part original scripted series The Von Bulow Affair from Universal Cable Productions. It follows the sensational attempted-murder trial of Claus von Bulow in the 1980s and has been slated to air in 2018.

Discovery has also ordered Outlaw Tech from Canuck prodco CMJ Productions for its Science Channel. The 6×60? series explores how technology is being used to hack banks, casinos and prisons.

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