From the thrilling ring action of Idris Elba: Fighter to coverage of some of the biggest events in world sport such as the Tour de France and Australian Open, Discovery’s range of channels mean BT TV customers get an incredible mix of entertainment, documentaries and sport.

BT TV customers have access to eight Discovery channels and five HD channels and here are seven reasons we can’t get enough of their brilliant shows.

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1. Groundbreaking documentaries on Discovery

Whether it's Hollywood star Idris Elba putting his body on the line or Bear Grylls taking a celebrity on a survival adventure they’ll never forget, Discovery makes jaw-dropping TV.

Discovery's Idris Elba: Fighter

Idris Elba: Fighter, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the stunning Shark Week, Tony Robinson’s Wild West and inspirational one-off films such as The Challenge: My Iron Dad and Sherpa were among Discovery’s highlights over the last year.

It is also the home of the very best in US reality TV with the hugely popular Gold Rush and Deadliest Catch.

Coming soon in February, the channel launches two new series – Everest Rescue and The Wheel.

Everest Rescue follows the life-or-death stakes of the teams who save the lives of the injured on the world’s most dangerous mountain range.

The Wheel is a grueling new reality series following six brave participants battling in the world’s deadliest terrains and locations. With only a limited survival pack, they must fight for their lives, finding food, water and shelter in the most grueling landscapes of South America.

Watch Discovery on BT TV channel 322/376 HD.

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2. Front row seats at the biggest events with Eurosport

Eurosport

BT TV customers can get even more live sport action thanks to Eurosport.

On top of the Champions League, Premier League, Ashes cricket and Aviva Premiership rugby action on BT Sport, Eurosport 1 and 2 bring coverage of the Australian Open, the Tour de France, snooker events from around the world.

Eurosport is also the home for live action from the African Cup of Nations.

Watch Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 on BT TV channels 412 and 413.

The channels are also available in HD on 435/436.

3. Addictive entertainment on TLC

Say Yes To The Dress

From original UK commissions such as Katie Price's Pony Club and Celebrity Fat Fighters to your favourite reality show delights from the USA - Cake Boss, Say Yes to the Dress and Toddlers and Tiaras - TLC brings you shows that are unlike anything else on TV.

Next month on TLC, the channel gets us in the mood for the month of romance and love with new series and shows which will win your heart.

Re-live every cat-fight and outrageous outfit as the channel airs the Real Housewives of New Jersey from the very-beginning.

Meanwhile, the latest episodes of My 600-lb Life and Little People Big World bring warmth and life-changing moments into your living room.

Watch TLC on BT TV channel 323/377 HD.

4. Take a closer look at nature with Animal Planet

Meet the Penguins

(Meet the Penguins on Animal Planet)

Animal lovers should make an appointment with BT TV channel 325 to enjoy the delights of shows such as River Monsters, Meet the Sloths, Whale Wars and more.

New shows on Animal Planet in February include the stunning Meet the Penguins – a close look at the African penguin and the work of Cape Town’s Sanccob Seabird Hospital as they battle to save precious penguin lives.

Finding Bigfoot is also back for another series as the team continues their search for compelling new evidence of the existence of one of the world’s most elusive creatures.

Matt Moneymaker, Bobo and Cliff Barackman are all back on the hunt for fresh evidence and new conspiracy theories.

Watch Animal Planet on BT TV 325/378 HD.

5. Gripping real life crime stories on ID: Investigation Discovery

Tears of a Crime

(Tears of a Crime on Investigation Discovery)

Lovers of true crime are spoilt for choice with ID, the channel where homicide investigations, chilling cold cases and heart-stopping stories about real life killers will you have you gripped.

Over the last 12 months, the channel has had us hooked with documentaries such as Tears of a Crime and JonBenét: An American Murder Mystery as it took us back to the crime that gripped America – the murder of 6-year-old beauty queen in her own home.

In February, the channel spoils us for choice with The Detectives Club: New Orleans, where retired homicide detectives recount their most challenging and emotional cases.

Meanwhile, series two of Evil Lives Here is more terrifying stories of people who have shared a home with a killer.

Viewers get to play detective in the new series of Shadow of Doubt, but will you make the right decision as the sleuth before the shocking final truth is revealed?

Watch ID: Investigation Discovery on BT TV channel 324.

6. Expand your mind with Discovery Science

Mind-blowing science and documentaries about everything from the latest advances in space to how your dinner turns from food in the ground to a meal on your plate, Discovery Science is a hub of cutting-edge programming.

From the space thrills of NASA's Unexplained Files and addictive joys of the Mythbusters team to cult favourites such as How Do They Do It? and How It’s Made, Discovery Science is the perfect channel for young kids (and big ones) with creative imaginations.

Watch Discovery Science on BT TV channel 336.

7. Petrolhead heaven with Discovery Turbo

Wheeler Dealers

(Wheeler Dealers on Discovery Turbo)

For TV fans who love to get under the bonnet, Discovery Turbo is the home of the noisiest, fastest and most stunning vehicles with shows for every sort of motoring fan.

There are hidden gems and mechanical stars in Texas-based series Fast N’Loud, nostalgic delights in Chasing Classic Cars and cult favourite Wheeler Dealers is the home of iconic American vehicles restored to their former glories by car experts Mike Brewer and Edd China.

Watch Discovery Turbo on BT TV channel 337.

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