Zero Hour (2004 TV series)

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Zero Hour
GenreDocumentary, docudrama
Country of originCanada
United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes16
Running time45–50 minutes
Production company(s)Cineflix Productions
Original networkThe History Channel (United States)
History Television (Canada)
BBC (United Kingdom)
7mate (Australia)
Original release2004 – 2008
External links

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.

Three narrators were used over the three seasons, David Morrissey (The Walking Dead, Doctor Who), Paul McGann (Doctor Who, Luther), Sean Pertwee (Gotham, Elementary), son of Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who).

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. They can still be viewed on Amazon Video.

In 2008, a DVD box set containing 10 episodes was released by Discovery Channel and Go Entertain. The DVDs were also released separately.
The episodes included were:
"Disaster at Chernobyl"
"Massacre at Columbine High" (cut version)
"Terror in Tokyo & The Bali Bombing"
"The Capture of Saddam Hussein"
"The King of Cocaine"
"The Sinking of the Estonia"
"The Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster"
"A Royal Massacre"
"SAS Mission Impossible"

"The Last Hour of Flight 11" was released on a separate DVD. All other episodes have not been released on DVD.


Season 1 (2004)[edit]

# Title Disaster Hour
1"Disaster at Chernobyl"The Chernobyl Disaster26 April 1986
00:23 - 01:23

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]

NOTE: This episode was filmed on location in Chernobyl at the surviving areas of the power plant.
2"The Last Hour of Flight 11"American Airlines Flight 1111 September 2001
07:46 - 08:46
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 massacre20 April 1999
11:08 - 12:08

On April 20, 1999, two 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.

NOTE: Two versions of the episode exist. The censored version (with a few scenes cut) is aired on television as well as the "explicit cut", which is also available to be streamed on Amazon Video.
4"Terror in Tokyo"Sarin Gas Attack in Tokyo20 March 1995
07:46 -08:46
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 Hour Air date
1"The Bali Bombing"The Bali Bombing12 October 2002
22:10 - 23:10
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 Bombing19 April 1995
08:02 - 09:02
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 sinking28 September 1994
00:48 - 01:48
2006 (2006)
On September 28, 1994, the ship MS Estonia sank en route to Stockholm. 852 people were killed.[4]
4"The King of Cocaine"Pablo Escobar2 December 1993
13:59 - 14:59
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 Dawn13 December 2003
19:26 - 20:26
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 attempt13 May 1981
16:17 - 17:17
2006 (2006)
On May 13, 1981, the group nearly assassinated Pope John Paul II. The Pope remarkably survived. He lost 3 quarts of blood.

Season 3 (2006)[edit]

# Title Disaster Hour
1"SAS Mission Impossible"Operation Barras10 September 2000
06:00 - 07:00
On September 10, 2000, the West Side Boys held members of the 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 disaster1 February 2003
08:00 - 09:00
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 massacre1 June 2001
19:57 - 20:57
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 crisis22 April 1997
14:25 - 15:25
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 shootout28 February 1997
08:58 - 09:58
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 896926 December 1994
16:20 - 17:20
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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