Zero Hour (2004 TV series)

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Not to be confused with Zero Hour (2013 TV series).
For other uses, see Zero Hour (disambiguation).
Zero Hour
Genre Documentary, docudrama
Country of origin Canada
United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 16
Running time 45–50 minutes
Production company(s) Cineflix Productions
Original network The History Channel (United States)
History Television (Canada)
BBC (United Kingdom)
7mate (Australia)
Original release 2004 – 2006

Zero Hour is a Canadian/British documentary-style television series, which aired on The History Channel in the United States, History Television in Canada, and on the BBC in the United Kingdom. Zero Hour has also aired on Channel Seven in Australia (third series aired on Network Ten from May 1, 2010 and now plays on 7mate); on Discovery Channel in Africa, Asia, New Zealand, Brazil, and the Netherlands. The program focuses on retelling the details of tragic man-made disasters which each unfolded in less than an hour.

Certain episodes have been partially censored for particular broadcasts. One example is the Columbine High School massacre episode, which had some scenes cut (for intense violence, profanity, and racist slurs) when broadcast on Discovery Channel.

From September 1, 2014 to March 1, 2016, all episodes were available for streaming on Netflix.


Season 1 (2004)[edit]

# Title Disaster
1 "Disaster at Chernobyl" The Chernobyl Disaster
On April 26, 1986, a power plant in Chernobyl exploded with devastating consequences. It is estimated that there were a total of 4,000 deaths worldwide.[1]
2 "The Last Hour of Flight 11" American Airlines Flight 11
On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 was hijacked and deliberately flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, as part of the September 11 attacks.
3 "Massacre at Columbine High" Columbine High School massacre
On April 20, 1999, two bullied teenagers from Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado embarked on a massacre, killing 12 students and one teacher, as well as injuring 24 other students (21 by direct gunfire), before committing suicide.
4 "Terror in Tokyo" Sarin Gas Attack in Tokyo
On March 20, 1995, the Tokyo Metro was infected with dangerous sarin nerve gas, which was planted by 5 members of a terrorist group called Aum Shinrikyo. A total of 13 people were killed and around 1,050 others were non-fatally affected.

Season 2 (2005)[edit]

# Title Disaster Air date
1 "The Bali Bombing" The Bali Bombing October 12, 2005 (2005-10-12)
On October 12, 2002, terrorists planted two bombs in two nightclubs in Bali, Indonesia. There were 202 deaths and 209 people were injured, some of them seriously.[2]
2 "One of America's Own" The Oklahoma City Bombing January 23, 2006 (2006-01-23)
On April 19, 1995, 168 were killed when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building exploded, with devastating consequences.[3]
3 "The Sinking of the Estonia" MS Estonia sinking 2006 (2006)
On September 28, 1994, the ship MS Estonia sank en route to Stockholm. 850 people were killed.[4]
4 "The King of Cocaine" Pablo Escobar 2006 (2006)
On December 2, 1993, Pablo Escobar, a Colombian drug lord, and his assistant, were captured and killed at Escobar's home.
5 "Capturing Saddam" Operation Red Dawn February 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)
On December 13, 2003, Saddam Hussein, the 5th president of Iraq, was captured by U.S. special forces. In December 2006 he was hanged.[5]
6 "The Plot to Kill The Pope" Pope John Paul II assassination attempt 2006 (2006)
On May 13, 1981, the group Grey Wolves nearly assassinated Pope John Paul II. The Pope remarkably survived. He lost 3 quarts of blood.

Season 3 (2006)[edit]

# Title Disaster
1 "SAS Mission Impossible" Operation Barras
On September 10, 2000, the West Side Boys held members of the British Army's Royal Irish Regiment hostage. In the following rescue attempt, an estimated 56 people were killed, 12 wounded, and 18 WSBs captured.[6]
2 "Falling Star – Columbia" Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
On February 1, 2003, the U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, resulting in the death of all seven crew members.[7]
3 "A Royal Massacre – Nepal" Nepalese royal massacre
On June 1, 2001, Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah killed 9 people and injured 5 others at a house in the grounds of the Narayanhity Royal Palace, before shooting himself and dying three days later on June 4, 2001.[8]
4 "Hostage Rescue in Lima" Japanese embassy hostage crisis
On April 22, 1997, hundreds of high-level diplomats, government and military officials and business executives were freed from the grasp of 14 members of the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) during a raid on the Japanese embassy in Lima by Peruvian Armed Forces commandos, during which one hostage, two commandos, and all the MRTA militants died.[9]
5 "The North Hollywood Shootout" North Hollywood shootout
On February 28, 1997, two heavily armed bank robbers, Larry Eugene Phillips, Jr. and Emil Dechebal Matasareanu, engaged over 300 LAPD officers in a shootout in North Hollywood, Los Angeles. Both robbers were killed, eleven police officers and seven civilians were injured, and numerous vehicles and other property were damaged or destroyed by the nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition fired by the robbers and the police.
6 "Shoot-Out in Marseilles" Air France Flight 8969
On December 26, 1994, members of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) hijacked Air France Flight 8969 in Algiers, in an attempt to destroy the Eiffel Tower. When the aircraft reached Marseille, the GIGN, an intervention group of the French Gendarmerie, stormed the plane and killed all four hijackers. 3 passengers had been killed by the hijackers in Algiers, and 25 others were wounded during the rescue.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Disaster at Chernobyl". Zero Hour. Season 1. Canada. 2004. Cineflix Productions. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Bali Bombing". Zero Hour. Season 2. Canada. October 12, 2005. Cineflix Productions. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ "One of America's Own". Zero Hour. Season 2. Canada. January 23, 2006. Cineflix Productions. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Sinking of the Estonia". Zero Hour. Season 2. Canada. 2006. Cineflix Productions. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Capturing Saddam". Zero Hour. Season 2. Canada. February 14, 2006. Cineflix Productions. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  6. ^ "SAS Mission Impossible". Zero Hour. Season 3. Canada. 2006. Cineflix Productions. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Falling Star". Zero Hour. Season 3. Canada. 2006. Cineflix Productions. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ "A Royal Massacre". Zero Hour. Season 3. Canada. 2006. Cineflix Productions. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Hostage Rescue in Lima". Zero Hour. Season 3. Canada. 2006. Cineflix Productions. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 

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