South Africa Summer Showcase



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This landmark new five-part series from the BBC’s world-renowned Natural History Unit airs exclusively on BBC Knowledge. From exploding insects to lizards that hunt on the back of lions, the series will reveal never before seen impressions of the world’s wildest continent and celebrates the extraordinary wildlife and majestic landscapes of the great continent of Africa. Narrated by the world’s best known natural history film-maker Sir David Attenborough, the series uses the latest in filming technology to explore previously unseen landscapes – from Angola to Mozambique and Libya to Sudan.

From hidden jungles and ice-blue glaciers to erupting volcanoes and lakes of poison, the team explores an astonishing array of previously unknown places and discovers bizarre new creatures and behaviours. Travelling from the Atlas Range to the Cape of Good Hope, from the Mountains of the Moon to a rainforest in Mozambique only discovered a few years ago, amazing new landscapes and extraordinary new creatures are revealed.

With Africa’s wilderness facing massive and irrevocable change, for many places, the series could be the last chance to experience the planet’s greatest animals within their natural habitats. From the roof of Ethiopia in the east, to where the forest meets the sea in the west, the series aims to shine a light on the wildest places left on Earth.

BBC executive producer Mike Gunton says: “The series combines the epic power of Africa’s landscapes with intimate and dramatic moments in the lives of individual creatures that struggle to survive there. Each episode focuses on a different region, unearthing the elements that have given each place its own unique character”.

From vultures soaring over equatorial glaciers and camels finding an oasis hidden inside an extinct volcano, this series aims to reshape the way we think about each region of Africa. Series producer James Honeyborne comments: “Our experienced team from the BBC’s Natural History Unit thought we’d seen it all before. We were wrong. Filming wildlife across the whole of Africa has become our toughest and most surprising assignment yet.”

A BBC Natural History Unit Production for BBC

Embarrassing Bodies S2

January 2013

This hugely-successful and innovative medical series attempts to raise health awareness and de-stigmatise‘embarrassing’ body parts and medical conditions.

UK-based doctors Christian Jessen and Pixie McKenna leave their surgeries and take to the road with A&E doctor Priya Manickavasagar and leading cosmetic dentist Dr James Russell in a bid to rid the British public of their niggling health concerns. Helping people with medical conditions they find too embarrassing to show to their doctors in their travelling clinic, the series also encourages viewers to do thorough and regular health checks at home. De-mystifying a range of medical conditions and procedures, Embarrassing Bodies takes the fear out of visiting the doctor.

From bunions to man boobs, no condition is too unsavory to escape the Embarrassing Bodies doctors’ stethoscopes. This series sees the team shine a light on the common problems of sagging pelvic floor muscles, erectile dysfunction and acne. Embarrassing childhood complaints are examined like nits, veruccas and rotten teeth. A temporary clinic is set up at Birmingham International Airport to tackle a range of common holiday illnesses. And the Embarrassing Bodies team provides medical advice for a patient who is grinding his teeth away, a young woman whose large breasts are causing problems for her spine and a man with an armpit which
is literally rotting away.

Embarrassing Bodies was first shown on UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 in 2007. Since then it has become hugely successful, becoming the most watched programme on Channel 4 in 2010 and consistently winning audiences of up to four million. At one point, its BAFTA award-winning website was responsible for 42% of Channel 4’s web traffic.

A Maverick Television Production

The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler: Leading Millions Into the Abyss

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Changing the world through war and suffering, how did a man such as Hitler dominate a nation of people? EMMY and BAFTA award-winning historian Laurence Rees (Auschwitz) reveals the reasons behind “the great dictator’s” unlikely appeal in this fascinating film series The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler: Leading Millions into the Abyss.

Adolf Hitler was, arguably, the most extraordinary leader who has ever lived. No one else so changed the state of the world and left behind such a wake of ruins as he did. Yet crucially, there has been no proper attempt to examine how and why so many people followed Hitler – ultimately to the destruction of their own country. These three films examine the key decisions Hitler took during the Second World War, to find out why others decided to push forward and achieve his goals, how Hitler manipulated existing beliefs in Germany, and why his
leadership was so compelling.

With diary and eye-witness testimonials, archive and specially-shot footage, this ambitious series examines Hitler’s relationship with the people he led, and examines the way in which his leadership functioned. Using interviews from former Nazis, many of whom dealt personally with Hitler, the series builds a complex mosaic of individual reactions – good and bad – towards him. The series attempts to answer some of the most important questions in the history of the twentieth century. How could Hitler have such an effect on millions? What was the reason for all the mass adulation? Indeed, why did sophisticated members of the German elite help Hitler into power in the first place, when they knew his violent nature?

These questions are made all the more intriguing by the fact that Hitler was in many ways a deeply inadequate individual - incapable of sustaining a normal friendship, unable to engage in normal debate and overflowing with hatred. Ultimately, the series confronts the biggest question of all. How was Hitler’s charismatic appeal possible?

A LR History TV production for BBC

The British

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An epic adventure through the ages. Gripping drama reconstruction, the latest CGI, stunning
cinematography, amazing time-lapse and aerial footage offer a fresh take on how Britain took shape.

The British is a big, ambitious and gripping series about the history of the British Isles from Stonehenge to World War Two, the Roman occupation to the discovery of penicillin.

This seven part series is both popular and important, working for a wide audience. It’s designed for everyone: content-rich enough to satisfy the most passionate history buffs, enticing for those who are interested in British history but don’t know that much about it, and dramatically exciting for a generation used to feature films and computer games. This is a new approach to the story of Britain:
energetic and bold, modern, inclusive and, above all, surprising. A new kind of landmark television:
adventurous and pleasurable, and crammed with astonishing facts and new ideas.

At its heart is an intriguing question. Today, much of the planet’s population lives in a British-shaped
world. How did this clutch of islands off the coast of Europe come to dominate the globe and invent
the modern world? Each episode has six dramatized stories – tipping points in history when things really change. These are extraordinary tales of human endeavour, struggles against huge odds and
triumphs of the human spirit, inspiring invention and innovation, grit and heroism. The drama is stirring and passionate.

The series has astounding visuals. Exciting CGI sequences sweep across Britain to see it change and evolve through time, woven together with stunning documentary footage from across the British Isles. A chorus of well known, influential celebrities give the series a real freshness by joining in an on-screen conversation about what it means to be British.

The British is landmark television: rich, exciting, entertaining and thrilling – this is the story of Britain told in a new way. With energetic drama and a lightness of touch it makes the past feel ultramodern. Touching on crime and punishment, poverty, transport, fashion, housing, childhood, journalism, manners and morals, the series brings the danger, action, struggle, heroism and adrenaline of Britain’s history to life.

A Nutopia production for Sky Atlantic Distributed by BBC Worldwide


Tuesday 6th November at 21:00

Part of the Extraordinary Americans Season, this fascinating feature-length film examines the astonishing career of the former screen idol and US president who is now considered one
of the architects of the modern world – Ronald Reagan.

Reagan takes a definitive look at America’s 40thpresident and traces his meteoric rise from B-movie
actor to General Electric salesman to California Governor to the most powerful man in the world. With unique access to those who worked with him and knew him best including former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, this film provides a penetrating look at how this impassioned anti Communist sustained an unexpected but seismic political career, whose reverberations still shape
American life.

With many Americans working to cement Reagan’s legacy, other critics argue that the aftershocks of Reaganomics is still causing economies to crumble the world over. As America struggles to enter a new political era, this film asks just who was Ronald Reagan? And how did he come to shape world politics in the way he did?

A Charlotte Street Films production for BBC and HBO

History of The World

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Following in BBC Knowledge’s tradition of exploring big ideas, epic new series History of the World travels through time and across the globe to present the definitive account of human civilisation this Summer.

Filmed on location in South Africa and covering the crucial turning points in human history, this awe inspiring series brings 70,000 years of human history to life, telling the big stories of history, populated with big characters in the places where the big events really happened.

It is a human story of people, their civilisations, cultures, successes and crashing failures, a story that charts progress and development and change through the centuries. From the early settlers in Mesopotamia to the wonders of Babylon and Egypt, and from the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution, viewers can step within history; shoulder to shoulder with the people who have shaped the world as we know it today.

Combining dramatic reconstruction with visually stunning graphics recreating lost worlds, History
of the World reveals how military campaigns, love stories, assassinations, medical breakthroughs and cataclysmic natural events have had decisive and game-changing effects on the world’s shared history.

In each revelatory film come vivid accounts of crucial moments in history, told on location where these events took place and organised around a dominant theme: Survival; Conquest; Divinity; Communication; Trade; Industry; Ideas and Globalisation.

Featuring magnificent international locations, such as the Valley of the Kings, the Terracotta Army, the Nazca lines in Peru and the Palace of Knossos, viewers are there for the biggest moments in human civilisation – witnessing Caesar dying alone on the Senate floor, sailing with Christopher Columbus as he first sights America, and amid the chaos as the first economic bubble bursts.

This is history as it should be told; dramatic, revelatory and exciting – the definitive account of millenia of human civilisation which made us who we are today.

A BBC/Discovery Channel/Open University co-production

Secret Life of Crocodiles with Ben Fogle

Sunday 9th December at 19:00

This Summer, BBC Knowledge continues to deliver its viewers access to the very best British talent with Secret Life of Crocodiles with Ben Fogle (Lonely Planet: Year of Adventures). In this gripping and exciting documentary, viewers can follow passionate environmentalist and wildlife ambassador Ben as he joins groundbreaking researchers who swim with crocodiles in Africa and Australia, to get a remarkable insight into their underwater world.

Crocodiles are the world’s most dangerous predators, responsible for the deaths of a thousand people a year. However, efforts to combat crocodile attacks are hampered by how little is known about the formidable creatures, as they spend 80% of their time hidden underwater.

Now groundbreaking researchers in Africa are investigating the secret world of these notorious killers.

Husband and wife team Brad Bestelink and Andy Crawford, both wildlife filmmakers and experienced divers, live and work in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Incredibly they scuba dive with the region’s dangerous Nile crocodiles, gaining invaluable insights into their lives and behaviour as well as stunning underwater footage.

Ben and zoologist Dr Adam Britton join them on a nerve wracking dive, and are awe-struck by what they learn about the crocs’ underwater lives. Realising that a better understanding of their behaviour could be the key to helping resolve the conflict between crocodiles and man, the team decides to try and repeat the experience in Australia. But using these methods to study the continent’s salt water crocodiles could be very different – the species is the largest reptile in the world and aggressively territorial.

Will Ben get the chance to swim alongside the salt water crocs – and more to the point, will they let

A Spun Gold production for BBC


The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking With Rachel Khoo

December 2012

French Cooking with a twist.

Passionate, internationally influenced ‘culinary creative’ Rachel Khoo shares her special take on classic French dishes from her charming little flat in Paris in her debut cookery series.

Rachel Khoo believes that delicious French food is no longer the preserve of fancy Michelin starred
restaurants. For the last year, this unconventional Cordon Bleu-trained cook and writer has run the smallest restaurant in Paris from her tiny flat. With only enough room to serve four guests, it is here that she has perfected her special twists on classic French dishes.

In this series, Rachel invites you to sample her own distinctive ‘Parisian Cookbook’, throwing tired
clichés out of the window and taking you on a beautiful and surprising edible adventure.

Over six episodes, Rachel produces everything from simple suppers to sumptuous patisserie and beautiful gourmet dinners.

Rachel is also a vibrant and engaging guide to the hidden parts of Paris, bringing viewers into the markets and shops where she sources the best ingredients, and introduces charming characters.
Throughout, she reveals the rich diversity of flavours that influence cooking in the French capital, such as Moroccan, Sudanese and Vietnamese.

Whether picnicking by the Seine, rustling up afternoon ‘goûter’, hosting tea parties or cooking intimate food for an intimate dinner, Rachel presents a modern, well rounded, irresistible and utterly
unique portrait of French food.

A Plum Pictures production for BBC

The Fabulous Baker Brothers

February 2013

It’s fires, flour and forearms all the way as brothers Tom, a baker, and Henry, a chef who runs the butcher’s shop next door, transport viewers into the heart of their epicurean empire in the beautiful
English county of Gloucestershire in The Fabulous Baker Brothers.

With five generations of baking tradition behind them, Tom and Henry take viewers right into the
heart of their artisan kitchen and unlock the trade secrets of baking, which have been honed through years of practice and passion. And there isn’t a cupcake in sight!

From slow-cooked cassoulet to melt in the middle chocolate pots, The Fabulous Baker Brothers’
flavourful and hearty recipes are based around the steaming oven, with interesting twists on baking classics. In each episode, the boys roll up their sleeves, flex their baking biceps and take viewers
through their delicious creations.

But it’s not just about bread and pastry: each dish will have hearty fillings, tempting toppings and tasty accompaniments that bring in stacks of delicious flavours. And in each episode Tom and Henry go head to head in the ultimate manly bake-off - a piemaking competition - with each of them coming up with their own version of a themed pie to serve to a group of hungry judges.

A Betty TV production.

Home Cooking Made Easy

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Following on from the ratings success of Baking Made Easy, the BBC’s latest star chef Lorraine Pascale spreads her culinary wings as she shares her deliciousrecipes, secrets, passion and know-how in a fabulousnew feel-good series, Home Cooking Made Easy.

During the series Lorraine mixes recipes from all areas of home cooking for every imaginable occasion, from snappy suppers to impressive delicious celebration dishes. Using tips, tricks, cheats, techniques, smart shortcuts and professional kitchen secrets she presents fabulous and achievable recipes that taste incredible, from basics through to recipes with real wow factor.

The series kicks off with easy recipes for comfort food, including a cosy deep orange and seasonally
spicy roasted butternut squash soup with chilli and ginger, and two chocolate treats – chocolate marshmallow brown sugar fudge and peppermint creams sugar rush. Pasta has got to be on the comfort menu and Lorraine thinks that life’s definitely not too short to make your own. Her easy homemade cracked black pepper pasta is fantastic with a simple creamy pancetta, mushroom and parmesan sauce made from standby ingredients. And comfort in a jar comes in the form of Asian chilli jam; it’s ideal to give as a gift or eat by the fireside when the nights are drawing in.

Lorraine also has entertaining at home covered in Home Cooking Made Easy. Her perfect casual nibbles to share with friends include fabulous herbed baked Scotch eggs and the easiest no-cook canapés, from goat’s cheese truffles through to mini beef Wellingtons. Then there is the simplest 21st-century bread. With no kneading and rising it’s just the thing to pop in the oven when people are coming round. A gorgeous hearty Spanish paella with sherry, chorizo and prawns is the ideal one-pan “help yourself ” dish for a fun night in with friends and family. Then the flaming finale is an incredible dramatic twist on everyone’s favourite dessert: it’s My Big Fat Tipsy Trifle and it’s flambéed. Entertaining with fantastic home-cooked food couldn’t be easier.

With original ideas, new twists on classics, interesting and varied modern food and dishes with influences from all corners of the world, each recipe always has Lorraine’s unique stamp so the food is uncomplicated, empowering – and absolutely delicious.

A Pacific production

Gordon's Ultimate Cookery Course

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Airing exclusively on BBC Lifestyle, one of the world’s most respected and famous chefs, Gordon
Ramsay strips cooking back to its basics to teach viewers the tried and tested tricks of his trade in Gordon’s Ultimate Cookery Course.

Gordon Ramsay has been cooking in professional kitchens for over 25 years. He’s been taught by some of the best chefs in the world and in turn taught some of the best. In this new series he’s going to strip away all the complexity, all the hard graft and teach us all how to cook amazing food with ease.

The series is all about giving home cooks the desire, confidence and inspiration to hit the stoves and get cooking; whether you love cooking already or you’re starting from scratch, Gordon will get you cooking with modern recipes that are simple and accessible with a wow factor and an edge. It’s a lifetime’s worth of expertise from the world’s finest chef distilled into ten glorious, mouth-watering half hours.

Over the past decade Gordon has travelled the world from India and the Far East to LA and Europe and during the series he’ll draw all these culinary influences together to show us simple, vibrant and utterly delicious recipes. There’ll be dishes like deliciously sticky, beef short rib with star anise, chilli and lime; amazing stuffed lamb, pork and sea bream; simple and inventive chicken tacos with cucumber pickle and chipotle salsa; noodle dishes to die for and super easy salads, packed with flavour and perfect when you’re cooking for a crowd.

Each episode will concentrate on a different area of cooking essential for the modern cook: from the secret of cooking with chilli and spice, through baking, roasting and slow cooking to easy suppers, breakfast, brunches and special occasions. Woven into the cooking will be all sorts of useful
tricks and tips – from ways to save time and money, to how to present simple food so it looks like
a million dollars – making this the only cookery course you’ll ever need. Gordon will explain the dos
and don’ts of cleaning and prepping your ingredients, demonstrating everything from how to pan fry like a professional and fillet fish to how to get the balance of spices right for the perfect curry. And he’ll pass on his specialist knowledge, revealing, for example, how Dover Sole tastes better a couple of days after it’s been caught (when the flavour has fully developed) whereas Plaice is best eaten as fresh as possible.

Stuffed full of delicious recipes, invaluable tips and lashings of Gordon’s trademark cheeky wit, Gordon’s Ultimate Cookery Course is the ultimate cooking lesson from the ultimate chef.

A Optomen/One Potato Two Potato production


January 2013

The UK’s most famously curvaceous home cook returns exclusively to BBC Lifestyle. The essence
of Italian food is simplicity and directness. In her mouth-watering new, six-part series, Nigellissima, Nigella Lawson demonstrates how easy it is to bring the spirit of Italy into the kitchen and onto
the plate using ingredients readily available in supermarkets

With her passion for Italy and Italian cooking – she lived and worked in Florence before reading Italian at Oxford University – Nigella’s mouth-watering dishes have their roots in tradition but take us into fresh territory; light of touch but full on taste.

While Nigella is true to the spirit of Italian cooking, her recipes are always quick and easy, designed to elevate everyday eating into no-fuss feasts for those days wen we need to get supper on the table pronto. Nigella says: “When I went to live in Italy when young, I said I’d do anything but clean lavatories; as a chambermaid in Florence, that is what I ended up doing! But I also learned about real Italian food, and by the time I’d left I had found my spiritual and gastronomic home.

“I wanted to make a series of my sort of Italian food, inspired by the ethos and the ingredients but fused with the way we live our lives. I care about ease and accessibility, but I care most about passion and taste and it is these crucial Italian factors, I want to bring to the table and the television!”

A BBC Production

Nice Day for a Greek Wedding

Sunday 4th November at 18:00

After the success of Mamma Mia!, the highestgrossing  British film of all time, Greece has become the destination of choice for the 50,000 Brits who want to get married abroad every year.

But those couples expecting the gorgeous weather to banish all their pre-wedding stresses and logistical problems are in for the shock of their lives. Hosting a Greek wedding might look good on paper, but making it happen is another thing entirely.

From moody donkeys to temperamental priests and scorching weather, Nice Day For A Greek Wedding, follows couples-to-be, plus a full cast of wedding planners, as they try to create their dream Greek wedding day. They’re imagining wonderful sunsets, candlelit cliff-side churches and azure sea views but instead they’re faced with hostile priests, language barriers and a whole new attitude to time-keeping!

So, saddle up that donkey, sober up the best man and prepare for some serious partying - Greek style! It’s the biggest day of their lives – but will it be a nice day for a Greek Wedding?

A RDF Television Production


Woolly & Tig

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Light up your little learners with Woolly and Tig, a delightful new series about a three-year-old girl
(Tig) and her toy spider (Woolly), which teaches children how to deal with new experiences.

The five minute live action dramas explore the feelings that children have when faced with unfamiliar situations. From a first day at nursery school to meeting a man with a beard, uncertainty and anxiety
are replaced with fun and laughter when Woolly the super supportive spider is animated to life.

In each episode of Woolly and Tig, Tig experiences a different situation - from visiting the dentist to
going swimming for the very first time. Tig - a real three-year-old with real three-year old strops – finds all the experiences pretty challenging, but after a few wise words from her furry blue companion Woolly, she manages to turn each situation around and actually enjoy it.

From sharing to hair washing and losing things to meeting a new baby, Woolly the spider magically comes alive – like the ultimate comfort blanket – to help out Tig in difficult situations.

A Tattie Moon Production

Rastamouse Series 2

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The most talked about musical mouse in the UK – the crime-fighting, medallion-wearing, reggae-playing Rastamouse – returns to delight young viewers in South Africa with a new series of animated musical adventures this Summer.

Described in the UK as the “biggest children’s television cult hit since Teletubbies”, Rastamouse is based on the highly-acclaimed books by Genevieve Webster and Michael De Souza and features the adventures of the music-loving mouse and his friends, Scratchy and Zoomer – The Easy Crew – in their adventures about “makin’ a bad ting good”. Written and performed in Caribbean patois rhyme, Rastamouse introduces pre-schoolers and their families to the magical music of their Island home by encouraging them to join in with the characters as they play music, groove and skate their way through a new series of thought-provoking mysteries.

From a messy mouse dumping rubbish all over the island to a ‘teef ’ stealing Aunt Janessa’s wig, when “tings” go wrong in Mouseland, President Wensley Dale always calls on The Easy Crew for help. Whether it’s unravelling a mystery or capturing a criminal, by working together, The Easy Crew always put things right and “make a bad ting good”. Through understanding, love and respect Rastamouse guarantees that redemption not retribution is the order of the day.

A Three Stones Media Production in association with Dinamo Productions, Little Roots and DHX.

Mr Bloom's Nursery Series 2

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Green-fingered gardener Mr Bloom (Ben Faulks) and his cast of cuddly puppet Veggies are back for a new series of horticultural adventures in Mr Bloom’s Nursery this Summer. Showing young children how they can learn from the experience of nurturing plants and vegetables, Mr Bloom’s Nursery features the antics of Mr Bloom and his excitable Veggie friends – Colin the Runner Bean, Margaret the Cabbage, Joan the Fennel, singing Aubergine Sebastian and Raymond the Butternut Squash.

And in this series they are joined by two new vegetable characters - potatoes Tom and Barbara, who sit high on a shelf in the Nursery observing the antics of the other Veggies.

With catchy original music, each episode sees young helpers – Tiddlers – welcomed into Mr Bloom’s garden to help him look after his plants and produce. But something magical happens on the allotment, the children discover that inside the garden shed is a group of lively and mischievous young vegetable puppets that they can play with and care for, including bossy Joan, daring Colin and shy Margaret!

In this series Mr Bloom and the tiddlers have more adventures with plants and vegetables including; planting carrot seeds in tubes to help carrots grow straight, learning how plants use their roots to drink water from the soil, using smelly manure to help strawberries grow and making rose petal perfume.

A BBC Production


Downton Abbey Series 3

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The very best of British writing and on-screen talent comes exclusively to BBC Entertainment with the hotly-anticipated third series of Downton Abbey.

The tale of the Crawley’s, a wealthy aristocratic family living in Britain in the early 20th Century, has taken the world by storm with a string of international awards, record-breaking viewing figures and an entry into the Guinness Book of Records as the most critically-acclaimed TV series ever. Series one and two enchanted BBC Entertainment Audiences, attracting 400,000 viewers over the course of the first series, making BBC Entertainment the number one international channel on DStv during its timeslot and achieving the second highest viewing figure on the channel this year.

Now, Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes picks up the intertwined threads of the Downton householders as they adapt to life against the ever-changing political and social backdrop of the “roaring twenties”. There is plenty more intrigue, scandal, conflict and, of course, love, as they face an ongoing battle between their traditional ways and the inevitable march of progress.

It’s the 1920s and the inhabitants of Downton Abbey are attempting to get back to normal life after the horrors of the First World War. But the household is soon thrown into turmoil when an unwise investment threatens the entire family fortune. Meanwhile Mary and Matthew are finding that the course of true love rarely runs smoothly and the Dowager Countess of Grantham finds her long-held values questioned by Cora’s feisty American mother.

As well as the return of Series 1 & 2 favourites, such as Maggie Smith (Harry Potter, Hook), Hugh Bonneville (Notting Hill, Twenty Twelve) and Elizabeth McGovern (Once Upon A Time in America), audiences can also expect to see some new faces joining the cast such as Hollywood legend Shirley MacLaine as Countess Grantham’s mother, War Horse actor Matt Milne as O’Brien’s nephew Alfred, Eragon star Ed Speelers as dashing footman Jimmy and newcomer Cara Theobold as fresh faced kitchen maid Ivy.

A Carnival/Masterpiece co-production

Death In Paradise

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For a doctor who can’t stand sand, even paradise can be hell. Quintessentially British cop DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller) is sent to solve impossible murders on a beautiful Caribbean Island in this new, light-hearted drama series. He’d be the perfect man for the job - if only he didn’t hate sun, sea and sand…

Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder Detective Inspector Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. He would much prefer the London drizzle and a freshly pressed shirt to blue seas, sparkling sands and gorgeous tropical weather. This warm, light-hearted detective series takes place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop – as far away from the grey skies
of London as you could possibly get.

What Richard finds is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. The fact that there’s a goat in one of the cells says it all. He can’t get out of there fast enough, but there’s a job to do and he does it brilliantly. His reward – a permanent posting to the island, his own personal hell on Earth.

He may be stuck there, but he’s not going to let his standards slip. He’ll bring British rigour to this relaxed Caribbean workplace. Always in a suit and tie, eschewing sandals for a stout brogue, he’s the very embodiment of the Englishman abroad. He can get through his ordeal, if only he could find a decent cup of tea…

Richard’s team, though, have their own way of doing things. His new partner, feisty DS Camille Bordey is instinctive, wild, exotic and brilliant in her own way. Police Officer Dwayne Myers is a little too cosy with criminals for Richard’s liking and Fidel Best is honest as the day is long – at times frustrating, at times the key to an impenetrable mystery.

Though Richard would never admit it, they make the perfect team, and bring heart and humour to mind boggling murders in the most beautiful of settings. With a new mystery to solve every episode, Death in Paradise will intrigue and tantalise – but will Richard ever come to see the beauty of his surroundings? Perhaps not, but he might one day loosen his tie…

Red Planet Pictures and Atlantique Productions in association with BBC Worldwide and Kudos Film and TV for BBC and France Télévisions, produced with support from the region of Guadeloupe.

Ramsay's Hotel Hell

January 2013

Irascible chef Gordon Ramsay turns his perfectionist eye to the hotel trade as he travels across America attempting to fix horrid hotels, awful inns and bad bed & breakfasts in Hotel Hell.

After more than a decade of running restaurants in some of the top hotels around the world, Gordon Ramsay knows first-hand the crucial importance of surpassing guests’ expectations. Now he fixes his gaze on some of America’s horror hotels, in which you wouldn’t want to sleep and definitely wouldn’t want to eat.

To get to grips with the problems, Ramsay endures hotels at their very worst. From dirty bedrooms
and mould-ridden bathrooms to incompetent staff and careless customer service, Ramsay works with the hotel owners and employees to turn these hapless establishments around.

Gordon is determined to give each location the competitive edge they need to survive in the cut-throat hospitality industry, so he’ll turn these struggling establishments upside down, from the bar staff to the bedrooms, the receptionists to the room service. As he tries to turn these “No”-tels into successful hotels, Ramsay – in his own inimitable style – will go head-to-head with the owners and staff, raising the tension to maximum capacity.

With reputations on the line, one thing is certain: if they can’t meet Gordon’s high standards, they will never check out of Hotel Hell.

An Optomen /One Potato Two Potato production

The Cube

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The BAFTA award winning gameshow The Cube makes its South African debut this Summer and thequestion on everyone’s lips is: “Can someone beat The Cube and take home the top prize of a quarterof a million pounds?”

Popular UK TV presenter Phillip Schofield presents this hugely successful family entertainment series which tests contestants’ ability, nerve and determination to win. Regularly attracting viewing figures of around 5 million in the UK, the first series saw members of the British public challenged to
attempt deceivingly simple tasks in a giant Perspex cube. Once inside, there is nowhere to hide, as their entire journey is captured from all angles by over 90 slow-motion and Gamefreeze(™) cameras.

With each task worth a large cash prize, the contestant will have to keep their nerve in this high pressure game of skill and strategy to move closer to the top prize of £250,000. Each player starts with nine lives and has to complete seven tasks to win the jackpot. Will they battle through and win the quarter of a million pound prize? Or will they lose all their lives during the game and leave with nothing.

The Cube is produced by Objective Productions.

Sun, Sex & Suspicious Parents

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BBC Entertainment throws open the doors on the ultimate rite of passage for the average British teenager - the first ever summer holiday abroad without their parents. But what these teenagers couldn’t possibly have guessed is that whilst they enjoy their first taste of freedom, with all its temptations and excesses, they are being secretly watched... by their parents. As Sun, Sex and Suspicous Parents follows the action from Europe’s partying hotspots it will be an eye-opening experience, but will it bring the families closer together or drive them further apart?

It’s sun, sea, boozing and brawling in Malia, as 18-year-old Joe Major leaves his doting family behind
for one last blowout with the lads before they go their separate ways, while 18-year-old art student Millie Butler escapes from her mum for her first ever girls’ holiday.

In Ibiza, head boy Rob Watson escapes his adoring parents for a summer of fun before starting university and trainee builder Hollie Hutton swaps her overalls for her pulling gear.

In the clubbing mecca of Ayia Napa, ladies man David Canning from Blackpool is cutting the apron
strings and heading off for one last holiday with the lads before pursuing his ambition to join the forces as a fitness instructor, while Sussex rugby lad Greg Salmon and his teammates prepare for his last holiday before he heads to university to study sport. On the other side of the island, Greg’s rugby coach father and David’s ex-sergeant dad and nurse mum are watching...

18-year-old party girls and lifelong friends Becky and Chelsea from Nottingham are about to head off on their first parent-free holiday to celebrate the end of their A-levels. With their mates in tow they’re off to Kavos in Corfu for what they hope will be a holiday to remember. What the girls don’t know is that their parents are coming too and will be secretly watching their every move. Becky’s father Chris could be a contender for the UK’s strictest dad and has given her a long list of holiday rules, including no swearing and no boys. He could be in for a surprise.

A Zodiak Media Group production

Life's Too Short

Sunday 21st October at 20:30

Premiering exclusively on BBC Entertainment is Life’s Too Short, the new comedy series from the creators of The Office and Extras, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Starring Warwick Davis (Willow, Star Wars, Extras) as a fictionalised version of himself, and a galaxy of international stars in guest roles including Liam Neeson, Steve Carell, Sting, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp, Life’s Too Short is a fake documentary following the life of a struggling actor (Davis) who’s been forced to live out his life in the glare of the cameras.

With his career on the slide, a massive tax bill caused by his useless accountant and a wife who’s divorcing him, showbiz dwarf Warwick has no choice but to open his doors to a film crew 24/7. Maybe living his life like an open wound will get him back on top? With Warwick desperately trying to inject some life into his dwindling career, the film crew charts his every move as he tries to maintain his pride and self respect in some very unusual situations.

Life’s Too Short stars Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Jo Enright, Steve Brody, Rosamund Hanson and Shaun Williamson and features Liam Neeson. The series also features guest appearances from Johnny Depp, Sting, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Carell, Cat Deeley, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Les Dennis and Keith Chegwin.

From making Helena Bonham Carter cry to insulting Sting and from sleeping in a drawer to being put in a bin, the cameras are there chronicle Warwick’s multiple day-to-day frustrations. But is there still a glimmer of optimism in a small world where big things happen...

A BBC and HBO Co-Production

Call the Midwife

Coming Soon...

A runaway ratings success!

Audience of over 10 million viewers in the UK.

Attracting 10.7 million viewers for its peak episode, Call the Midwife is the highest rating BBC new drama launch on record and has been recommissioned for a second series.

A true story of London’s East End in the 1950s, Call The Midwife is a moving, intimate, funny and,
above all, true-to-life look at the colourful tales of midwifery and families in the Fifties, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth.

The cast is packed full of both established and new British acting talent including Miranda Hart, Jenny Agutter and Pam Ferris.

When Jenny Lee (Raine) first arrives in London’s East End, she knows nothing about hardship, poverty or indeed, life itself. Raised in the wealthy English countryside, she’s previously spent time in Paris and could have been anything. But she chose to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, Jenny has come to work in the poorest area of the city.

Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatusm House, Jenny is part of a team of midwives who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care.

The life that greets Jenny is a world away from what she’s used to – either at home or in the hospitals where she was trained.

The streets teem with children – families of between six and ten children are commonplace – and with just one eight-bed maternity ward to serve the whole district, most deliveries take place at home. Few homes have indoor sanitation and none have hot running water.

This drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients for the first time – women like Conchita, who is on her 25th pregnancy and Mary, a prostitute and pregnant at just 15. At first shocked by the appalling conditions, Jenny soon learns to love the people who live in the East End.

Call the Midwife is a fascinating portrayal of birth, life, death and a community on the brink of huge social change, offering a gripping insight into a world that is so drastically different from how we live now.

A Neal Street production for BBC

Come Dine With Me South Africa – Series 2

Monday 24th September at 20:00

Are you hungry for drama? Then get ready for dinner and a showdown as the hit show Come Dine With Me South Africa returns for a second series to BBC Entertainment this summer.

An original commission for BBC Worldwide, and filmed locally in South Africa, this hugely popular primetime cookery show sees amateur chefs attempt to wow and outwit each other with their culinary and hospitality skills in order to win R5000 worth of Pick n Pay vouchers, as well as a R5000 cash prize. Winning critical acclaim when it first aired in October 2011, the second series promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Take some big personalities, throw in a large dollop of competitiveness, add a dash of culinary skill in to the mix and BBC Entertainment audiences are guaranteed intense drama and pure comedy gold moments. This is one show you do not want to miss out on!

Come Dine With Me South Africa was a ratings hit for BBC Entertainment when it first aired last year attracting over 100,000 viewers per premiere episode and overall reaching more than 2.5 million of DSTV viewers. Antics of the contestants on the show proved to be a popular topic of discussion for Twitter users too, with #ComeDineSA trending during the series premier.

The format is simple; South African chef ’s takes it in turn to host a dinner party, and the guests score the host out of 10 on their way home.

Of course, it’s often not just the champagne corks that go with a bang as insults are traded, homes are snooped around, life-long friendships are made and the flowing wine loosens the diners’ tongues....

A Rapid Blue Production for BBC Worldwide


BBC World News is the BBC’s international news and information channel, funded commercially by subscription and advertising revenues. The channel has been on the air for more than twenty years and provides breaking news, broader news stories, and the best of the BBC’s international news, with analysis that explains not just what is happening, but why. BBC World News also broadcasts award winning current affairs series, documentary and lifestyle programming.

BBC World News broadcasts in English 24 hours a day to provide the core news output for the international news service. It is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 330 million households and 1.8 million hotel rooms. The channel’s content is also available on 152 cruise ships, 40 airlines and 23 mobile phone networks.

BBC World News is owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd, a member of the BBC’s commercial group of companies. Successive qualitative surveys demonstrate that BBC World News is trusted to deliver balanced, accurate coverage of events of international significance. The platform has access to the BBC’s network of more than 70 international news bureaux and over 2000 journalists worldwide.

BBC World News offers in-depth news coverage across the day, with output now ranging from
breaking news to stories spanning areas from business to sport and science to entertainment. Its daily news programmes, GMT, with George Alagiah; The Hub, with Nik Gowing; Impact, with Mishal Husain; Focus on Africa with Komla Dumor and Sophie Ikenye; and World News Today with Zeinab Badawi, bring reports and analysis geared to regional audiences at peak times around the world.

BBC World News has a suite of business programmes designed to offer in-depth regional perspectives on the world of business. Alongside Business Edition and World Business Report, Asia Business Report, India Business Report and Africa Business Report cover the most important  financial, economic and company stories.

In addition to news, BBC World News broadcasts its weekly factual strands – the hard-hitting interview programme, HARDtalk; technology programme, Click; and travel programme fast:track. At weekends the channel features a range of lifestyle and documentary programming.

Focus on Africa

Weekdays at 17:00

In June 2012, BBC World News launched Focus on Africa, the channel’s first-ever dedicated dailynews programme in English for African audiences,forming just one part of the expansion of the BBC’soffer across radio, television and online.

Presented by Komla Dumor and Sophie Ikenye, the daily 30 minute news programme brings together the expertise of the BBC World Service’s African Service and BBC World News on television, drawing on the pool of BBC African talent on the continent and in London to report on the latest developments in business, technology and science, speaking to those driving change.

The programme reports on Africa’s rising economies, entrepreneurs, innovators, culture, entertainment and sport and covers the major news from the continent asking questions such as: Is there a way out of the Sudan and South Sudan crisis? What impact will Europe’s economic problems have on Africa’s booming economies? How does Africa deal with the growing demand for its natural resources?  BBC Focus on Africa also challenges African leaders and politicians on important issues, reports on the latest developments in business, technology and science, examines how Africa is becoming an information technology hotspot. It features Africa Beats, looking at the people behind Africa’s varied music scenes.

Reporters across Africa give a snapshot of the innovation, lifestyle and culture of the country they live in and every step of the way viewers have their say through social media.



Viewers can also look forward to the return of these hugely popular tv series this Spring.

BBC Knowledge:
Secret Millionaire UK S7/USA S3
Undercover Boss S4
World’s Most Dangerous Road S2
Richard Hammond’s Crash Course S2
Bang Goes The Theory S5
New Louis Theroux:

BBC Lifestyle:
Come Dine With Me UK S6
Extreme Makeover S2
Four Weddings S3
MasterChef: The Professionals S3
Great British Bake Off S2
Dinner Date S3

BBC Entertainment:
Graham Norton S12
Top Gear S19
Strictly Come Dancing S9
Hell’s Kitchen USA S6
Rev S2
Total Wipeout S6