DStv highlights - December 18, 2012

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TO the fixer ABC Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in the drama The Fixer. Photo: ABC/CRAIG SJODIN

• The Office, M-Net Series, 20.00

The departure of regional manager Michael, after 19 years of service, and the unexpected medical leave of his successor DeAngelo Vickers, has left many vying for the coveted position. One startling move that did transpire during the interview process was the hiring of Robert California by Dunder Mifflin-Sabre CEO Jo Bennett.

• The Fixer, M-Net, 20.30

When Quinn finds herself in a tragic and compromising position, Olivia and the team rush to her side; all the while, a reluctant Cyrus must turn to Olivia when Billy Chambers makes an announcement that shakes Fitz’s presidency to its core.

• Ultimate Survival Specials, Discovery Channel, 21.25

This is the chance to see all the weird and wonderful things that fill Bear Grylls’ life and how he knows exactly how to keep calm and carry on. Then, in Bear Grylls’ Bare Necessities, he reveals some of his secrets to survival. From snowstorms to searing heat, mountains to deserts, Bear has endured some of the world’s most inhospitable places. In Fine Dining with Bear Grylls, Bear presents a guide to the unusual food and drink you can scavenge from the wilderness. It may not be five-star dining, but it could be the difference between life and death.

• Omens of the Apocalypse, National Geographic, 23.00

The year 2011 gets off to a disturbing start. On New Year’s Eve, blackbirds die in Beebe, Arkansas by the thousands. Nearby, fish and more birds perish. Then a wave of unsettling animal deaths seems to sweep the globe. Are the deaths connected? A wide-ranging story begins with an investigation of the blackbirds’ death and ends by assessing how the human mind is inspired, or derailed, by seeing patterns or coincidences in nature.

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