HISTORY Original Production Talents from Celebrity Car Wars, Every Street Tells A Story, Ancient Aliens, Storage Wars, 10 Things We Love About Malaysians and Photo Face Off

Kuala Lumpur, 22 August, 2016 – A+E Networks, Asia’s leading factual entertainment channel, HISTORY® (Astro CH 555 and HD CH 575) launches a brand new HISTORY™ Asia Original Production, CELEBRITY CAR WARS on29August 2016. This reality series features six of Asia’s biggest stars, including former Miss Malaysia Universe Andrea Fonseka as a contestant, together with five other celebrities from the region who face off in a series of highly entertaining driving challenges! Famed professional racing driver Alex Yoong from Malaysia also appears as a guest expert.

Apart from Fonseka, other celebrities putting pedal to the metal are radio DJ and TV host PK Piyawat Kempetch (Thailand), actor/host Allan Wu (Singapore), former international model and TV personality Joey Mead King (Philippines), radio DJ and media personality KC Montero (Philippines), and TV host Marc Nelson (Philippines). Their egos are on the line for the ultimate bragging rights of winning the inaugural CELEBRITY CARS WARS title.

Hosted by Bobby Tonelli (Singapore), viewers will get to see the celebrities being coached by racecar professionals through a variety of stunts designed to test their skill and patience behind the wheel. The adrenaline-filled series will be peppered with history takeaways, geeky information for driving-junkies, and top tips for the everyday motorist.

CELEBRITY CAR WARS fills a unique gap in the automotive television space. The hour-long series with 8 episodes follows the success of HISTORY Asia’s other original productions including Photo Face-Off, which is currently in its third season, and Ride N’ Seek, now in its fourth season.

“The programme’s high octane energy and antics is a good match with our 80-years young Caltex brand. It also provides the perfect platform to showcase what our new and improved Caltex with Techron fuels can do,” says sponsor and General Manager of Sales & Marketing Support at Caltex, Carlos Rey C. Castaños.

CELEBRITY CAR WARSis presented by Caltex, in association with Garmin Corporation.

HISTORY talents and members of the media having fun playing the Great HISTORY Challenge



A series of Malaysian-inspired original productions and brand new programmes to be featured this season!



Kuala Lumpur, 22 August 2016 – HISTORY™ Asia, A+E Networks Asia’s leading factual channel, joins in the national celebration of Malaysia’s 59thindependence. The programming initiative aligns with the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia’s vision to inspire nationalism among Malaysians. Brand new HISTORY™ Asia Original Productions, featuring Malaysian-produced specials, will premiere on HISTORY™, Astro CH 555 and HD CH 575 from 29th August.


The month’s celebration will be ignited with the premiere of HISTORY Asia’s two one-hour specials, plus a special 2-part historical documentary, all produced in Malaysia. First, ‘10 Things We Love About Malaysians’, hosted by comedian Douglas Lim, explores the funny, unique side of Malaysians. The following week, ‘Road to Nationhood’ will take viewers through the formation of Malaysia, featuring previously-unseen footage and untold stories of political and economic struggles from statesmen like founding father Tunku Abdul Rahman, Lee Kuan Yew, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Tan Siew Sin. Lastly, the nostalgic ‘Every Street Tells a Story’ is hosted by Umapagan Ampikaipakan, who goes in search of the stories behind popular street names in Kuala Lumpur. Premiering on 28thAugust,4th September and 11th September respectively, at 10pm, these programmes form part of HISTORY™ Asia’s broader range of Negara-ku Specials.


Also premiering are three series from HISTORY™ Asia Original Productions.  On 29th August at 9.30pm,Jaime Dempsey traverses through the Philippines on her motorbike as she discovers the country’s 7,107 islands in ‘Ride ‘N Seek with Jaime Dempsey: Quest for the Priestess’ Cloak’.  This is followed at 10pm by‘Celebrity Car Wars’, a brand new, unique hour-long action reality series featuring six of Asia’s top celebrities who pit their driving and car skills against each other.Celebrity Car Wars features Malaysians Andrea Fonseka as a competitor and Alex Yoong as a mentor. Finally, coming up on 8thSeptember is the third season of Asia’s top reality photography show –‘Photo Face-Off’!


“With three original series and two specials launching in August and September, we have packed HISTORY™with a plethora of original, locally-produced content. We hope that our viewers may deepen their connection and understanding of our diverse continent, heritage and people through these engaging and entertaining series.  We are equally excited to bring brand new Malaysian-made originals to the HISTORY™ audience in celebration of Negara-ku,” said Michele Schofield, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, A+E Networks Asia.


Tune into HISTORY™ Asia and celebrate Malaysia’s 59th national independence day with specially-curated programmes every weeknight at 6pm, kicking off on 15th Auguston Astro CH 555 and HD CH 575!


Programme Highlights for National HISTORY™ Month


HISTORY™ Asia Original Productions (Premieres)

29 August, Mondays 9.30pm Ride ‘N Seek With Jaime Dempsey: Quest For The Priestess’ Cloak
29 August, Mondays 10pm Celebrity Car Wars
8 September, Thursdays9pm Photo Face-Off Season 3

HISTORY™ Asia Negara-ku Specials (Premieres)

28 August, Monday 10pm 10 Things We Love About Malaysians
4 September, Sunday 10pm & 11pm Road to Nationhood
11 September, Sunday 10pm Every Street Tells a Story
Weekday Specials, 6pm onwards, 15 August – 16 September
Mondays Wk 1 – 10 Things You Don’t Know About Malaysia

Wk 2 – Hidden Cities: Malaysia

Wk 3 – Hidden Cities: Sarawak

Wk 4 – 10 Things We Love About Malaysians

Wk 5 – Every Street Tells A Story

Tuesdays Wk 1 –Siti Nurhaliza

Wk 2 – Sudirman Arshad

Wk 3 and 4 – Countdown To A Coronation

Wk 5 – Heart Of Taiko

Wednesdays Wk 1 to 3 – Time Capsule Malaysia

Wk 4 – Rising Sun Over Malaya

Wk 5 – The Malayan Emergency

Thursdays Wk 1 – Special Forces: Malaysia GGK

Wk 2 – VAT 69: Malaysia’s Very Able Troopers

Wk 3 – Helicopter Heroes

Wk 4 – Blade Runners: Codename Operation Gonzales

Wk 5 – Lost Over France: Malaysia’s Unsung Hero

Fridays Wk 1 – Malaysia Revisited: In Style & Building Greener

Wk 2 – Hidden Cities Extreme: West Malaysia;

Malaysia Revisited: The Rice Way

Wk 3, 4 and 5 – Ride N’ Seek Malaysia

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