BBC Entertainment

  • Bad Education (S1)

    From Thursday 24 July at 22:00

    A brand new comedy from Jack Whitehall, starring Mathew Horne, Michelle Gomez and Sarah Solemani.

    Alfie Wickers (Whitehall) likes to think of himself as a maverick teacher, a charmer and cool dude who has a unique relationship with his pupils. In reality though, Alfie has joined Abbey Grove School straight from teacher training and is making it up as he goes along – relying on his misguided sense of cunning and his poorly developed ability to lie and cheat.

    Alfie’s class of troubled teens both love and despise him in equal measure, and relations with his fellow teachers aren’t any easier.

    This is school life as you've never seen it before...


    School shenanigans…

  • The Weakest Link (S13)

    Weekdays at 12:00

    Nine contestants come to the studio as strangers, but must work together to answer as many questions as they can in a minute and bank as much money as possible.

    At the end of the round, each contestant votes for the fellow contestant they consider to be the weakest link in the chain.

    Eight of them will leave with nothing, as round by round, they eliminate the person they think is the weakest link.

    Fearsome host – Anne Robinson – always has the last word, and is in total control of the drama. If the contestants dare answer back or try to upstage her, she will put them firmly in their place!


    Queen of mean…

  • MasterChef (S8)

    Mondays at 21:10

    TV’s ultimate culinary competition is back, and judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace are on the hunt for the eighth MasterChef champion.

    24 ambitious amateurs compete in a series of knockout rounds where their skill, technique and creativity are put to the test. As they progress in the competition, the remaining contestants must also prove themselves in a professional kitchen, preparing food for paying customers under the watchful gaze of top chefs who have the highest standards.

    Who will have the necessary skill, talent and commitment to carry off the coveted title?


    Cooking for glory…

  • Police Interceptors (S1)

    Tuesdays at 21:10

    Follow a crack Essex Police unit dedicated to running dangerous criminals off of the road. Using the most powerful rally cars in the world marked up in police colours, the unit presents a truly formidable opponent to those who think they can run from the long arm of the law.

    Highlights include a 140 mph car chase with a known heroin dealer resulting in five separate police cars being rammed, a BMW driver running across all four lanes of a busy duel carriageway in a desperate bid to escape and some nosey neighbours helping sniff out a burglars' hideaway.


    Crime time…

  • James May's Things You Need To Know (S1)

    Wednesdays at 21:10

    In this authoritative series, James May grapples questions we would all love to know the answers to, such as how big was the Big Bang, is there life on Mars and when will we be able to travel in time?

    Covering the human body, the universe and the sky above, each episode reveals facts that are fascinating, surprising and sometimes downright bizarre, while archive footage, animation and motion graphics provide entertaining and informative viewing.


    Switch on for answers…

  • Secrets of Everything (S1)

    Wednesdays at 21:35

    No query about life or the universe is too random or silly for science adventurer Greg Foot. So if you’ve ever wondered why the sky is blue, how to survive a lightning strike, or how many helium balloons it takes to lift a human, then this is the show for you.

    Using simple demonstrations, hi-tech kit and extreme stunts to explore the weird science behind everything from belly flops to black holes, Greg turns non-scientists into eager enthusiasts and reveals just how mysterious and incredible our world really is.


    Science matters…

  • The Graham Norton Show (S15)

    Sundays at 21:00

    The irreverent BAFTA award-winning chat show host from the Emerald Isle returns with a new series of The Graham Norton Show.

    Each episode is brim full of chat, comedy, celebrity gossip and general weirdness. And there’s just enough risqué material to make viewers cringe with delight. At the end of each episode, Graham introduces some of the best contemporary music acts to wrap things up and finish the show off with a bang.


    Star-studded conversation…

  • QI (S11)

    Sundays at 21:45

    Stephen Fry and the world’s most impossible quiz is back for a brand new series of topics beginning with the letter J – from jargon, right through to jumpers and jobs.

    Guests include QI regulars as Jimmy Carr, Jo Brand, David Mitchell and Sandi Toksvig, along with such less-frequent panellists as David O'Doherty, Brian Cox, Jason Manford and Rhys Darby. And Alan Davies retains his place as the ever-present clown and butt of Stephen Fry’s wicked wit.


    Brain games…

BBC Knowledge

  • Deadly 60 (S2)

    Double bills from Sunday 27 July at 18:00 & 18:25

    Steve Backshall is back for a second series of tracking down the most deadly animal killers on the planet.

    His mission takes him from the bitter cold of the frozen tundra of the Arctic to the steaming jungles of South America, as he embarks on his mission to track down his next fearsome beast.


    Killer creatures…

  • Last Voices of the Great War (S1)

    Double bills from Wednesday 30 July at 22:00 & 22:45

    Drawing on a vast collection of filmed interviews with British veterans, this documentary provides a fascinating perspective on one of the costliest and most tragic conflicts in human history – the First World War.

    Three-quarters of a million Britons died in the war – soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses, munitions workers and even children.

    The story of what it was like to live through such traumatic times is told by those who survived, including the first ever interview with Harry Patch, the last survivor of trench warfare who died aged 111.


    Survivor tales…

  • Operation Iceberg (S1)

    From Thursday 31 July at 22:00

    In this ground-breaking expedition, a team of leading scientists race against time to discover the unknown world of icebergs.

    These frozen behemoths of the seas are among the Earth's most stunning natural phenomena and may even hold the key to the planet's shrinking icecaps. Yet no expedition has studied the birth and death of icebergs in such detail... until now.


    Icy challenge…

  • Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve (S1)

    Tuesdays at 22:00

    In his most exotic and extreme adventure yet, Simon Reeve travels around the beautiful sun-bleached shores and stunning islands in the Indian Ocean.

    Travelling by car, boat, train and aeroplane, Simon visits 16 countries, including Somalia, Mauritius, the Maldives and the Seychelles. Along the way, he encounters pirates, swims with sharks, joins Dutch Special Forces on patrol and dines in an underwater restaurant. He also inadvertently stumbles into a seedy drug den, goes spearfishing and meets such incredible wildlife as lemurs, penguins, dolphins, elephants and manta rays.



  • Stargazing (S2)

    Thursdays at 22:00

    Cosmos guru Professor Brian Cox and well-known comedian and amateur astronomer Dara O Briain bring the wonders of the night sky into your living room.

    Highlights include celebrated NASA scientist Dr Carolyn Porco sharing incredible images of Saturn’s gigantic storms and baffling hexagonal clouds taken by the Cassini probe, and Brian revealing how the Gaia space probe is mapping a billion stars.


    Amazing space…

BBC Lifestyle

  • Bargain Hunt (S33)

    Weekdays at 21:15

    Join presenter and antiques expert Tim Wonnacott for another series of the popular antiques-based game show.

    Two teams of amateur collectors have an hour at an antiques fair in which to acquire the best bargains possible with £300.

    This series sees Tim and the gang head to Wightwick Manor in Wolverhampton, where they discover its traditional 'olde English' style. Later, they scour the Welsh Royal Showground for bargains, before heading to Norfolk in search of more great buys.


    Yesteryear treasures…

  • Nigel Slater's Dish of the Day (S1)

    Tuesdays at 18:10

    Nigel Slater demonstrates how he turns the contents of his weekly shop into seven delicious dishes – one for every day of the week.

    Along the way, he proves that adding new flavours to everyday ingredients can make them sensational, shows how he makes the most of a glut or a special offer at the shops and how to create culinary magic in just one pan.

    Nigel also shares some clever recipes designed to cure cravings and offer comfort, including slow-roast leg of lamb with herb rub and parmesan mash, almond and lentil stew and tumbler trifle.


    Creative weekly cooking…

  • Nordic Cookery with Tareq Taylor (S2)

    Wednesdays at 18:10

    Tareq Taylor continues his exploration of New Nordic Cuisine, travelling around the Nordic countries to meet local food producers, chefs and specialists.

    He heads off the tourist track to experience local cultures through their food, searching out fantastic ingredients, meeting extraordinary people and preparing his own versions of delicious recipes along the way.


    Scandi bites...

  • How to Cook Like Heston (S1)

    Wednesdays at 18:35

    After years of passionately seeking culinary perfection, Heston Blumenthal demonstrates not just how to cook, but why certain things do or don’t work, as he dispels some of the myths inherited from our mother’s kitchen.

    Each episode concentrates on one everyday ingredient – eggs, chicken, beef, chocolate, cheese and the humble potato – and features recipes for big favourites such as roast chicken, the perfect steak and how to pull off the ultimate chocolate cake.

    The series is packed with straightforward advice, while special cameras show what actually happens to food as it hits the pan or roasts in the oven.


    Culinary brilliance…


  • The British (S1)

    From Sunday 27 July at 20:10

    Today, much of the planet 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 dramatises a point in history when things really changed – revealing extraordinary tales of human endeavour, struggles against huge odds and triumphs of the human spirit, inspiring invention and innovation, grit and heroism.


    Blighty power…

  • The First World War from Above

    Monday 28 July at 19:05

    The story of the Great War told from a unique new aerial perspective.

    Featuring two remarkable historical finds, including a piece of archive footage filmed from an airship in summer 1919, capturing the trenches and battlefields in a way that has rarely been seen before. It also features aerial photographs taken by First World War pilots – developed for the first time in over 90 years – that show not only the devastation inflicted during the fighting, but also quirks and human stories visible only from above.


    Aerial warfare…

  • Parade's End (S1)

    Fridays at 22:00

    Rebecca Hall and Benedict Cumberbatch star in this compelling drama of a destructive love triangle.

    As the comfortable certainties of Edwardian England give way to the chaos and destruction the First World War, English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens finds himself marrying Sylvia, a beautiful but cruel socialite who is pregnant with a child who may or may not be his.

    Moving from the glittering yet shallow world of London high society to the trench-scarred battlefields of France, Parade's End is the story of one of the defining eras of the last century – a time when old certainties are being torn down and lives are changed forever.


    Love and betrayal…

  • Naomi's Nightmares of Nature (S1)

    Double bills, Saturdays at 21:00 & 21:30

    In ten frightening episodes, Naomi Wilkinson comes face-to-face with nature’s nightmare animals – animals that are weird, dangerous and downright scary.

    Some look cute and cuddly on the outside, but Naomi soon discovers their true nightmarish credentials.

    However, some of the planet’s most feared beasts aren’t as scary as they first seem and Naomi sets out to rescue their reputations.

    From bat caves heaving with cockroaches to bug-infested bedrooms, Naomi also experiences the planet’s truly nightmarish places and faces her darkest fears.


    Scary creatures…

  • Antiques Roadshow (S35)

    Sundays at 19:10

    Fiona Bruce for the programme where experts invite members of the public to bring along their antiques for examination and valuation.

    Artefact highlights include a portrait of Shakespeare discovered hidden beneath another painting, a touching carved tribute to a Spitfire pilot who was killed in action, a ring with a grim family story attached to it, some intriguing early medical instruments and a rare work by the artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth.


    Yesteryear treasures…


  • Woolly & Tig (S2)

    Daily at 07:15 & 17:00

    Sometimes, strange things can seem scary when you’re only three, like Tig. Luckily, Tig’s furry toy spider Woolly shows her how new experiences can be fun.

    In each episode, Tig is faced with a strange new experience, from her first day at school to a man with a beard, but uncertainty and anxiety are replaced with fun and laughter when Woolly comes to life! He is the ultimate comfort blanket, understanding her feelings and helping her make sense of a new situation.

    Woolly and Tig is a fun and engaging series that explores and addresses the feelings children have when faced with the unfamiliar.


    Fun discoveries for pre-schoolers…

  • The Numtums (S2)

    Daily at 08:30 & 18:20

    The Numtums are ten cuddly creatures with numbers on their tummies. They love to dance, dress up, play, tickle, fly… and most of all count!

    This fun, energetic show combines animation and live action with songs and numbers, giving pre-schoolers a foundation in numeracy.


    Number fun…

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