BBC Entertainment

  • Top Gear (S19): Africa Special

    From Sunday 21 September at 22:15

    Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are in Africa with a simple mission – to find the definitive source of the Nile, using only grit, ingenuity and three ageing estate cars.

    Along their journey they face insane traffic, lethal mud slides and some distinctly dubious map reading, but the trio and their ailing estate cars still somehow manage to reach the climax of their quest at the source of the Nile.  


    Motor mission…

  • The Dealership (S1)

    From Thursday 25 September at 21:05

    The Dealership reveals the reality behind car salesman patter, and how, with finances tight, customers are giving dealers more of a run for their money than ever before.

    The salesmen at Essex Car Company in Rainham will do anything they can to close a deal.

    James has the gift of the gab, shifts over 30 cars every month and could, according to his colleagues, 'sell sand to the Arabs'. But for some, living on commission is tough. Scott is still on probation, and he needs to start closing deals…


    Motor sales…

  • Police Interceptors (S2)

    Tuesdays at 21:00

    Police Interceptors follows 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, they present a truly formidable opponent to those who think they can run from the long arm of the law.

    In series two, the unit faces two knife-wielding robbers in a stolen Toyota, an 83-year-old driver who fails to pull over, and the Lakeside shopping centre car park is put under lockdown. There’s also a motorbike weaving through the traffic at 130 mph, and at that speed it's up to the hi-tech police chopper to stop him.


    Chasing criminals…

  • Factomania (S1)

    Wednesdays at 21:20

    Want to know why there are dinosaurs in your garden, how Vikings were the world’s first metrosexuals, why two thousand strains of bacteria live in your belly button, how beer is the bedrock of civilisation and how to build a hoverboard?

    Hosts Dominic Byrne (Mr Curious), Fran Scott (Bold Experimentalist) and Greg Foot (Daredevil Scientist) reveal the world’s most incredible facts through explosive experiments, amazing animated tales and strange stunts.

    Factomania really will help you get your facts straight!


    Factual revelations…

  • Friday Night Dinner (S2)

    Thursdays at 22:00

    The Goodman family returns for a second helping of ground-breaking comedy.

    In series two, Adam goes on a date with a girl who smells like Mum, Jonny starts going out with an older woman, Mum is forced out of the house by a mouse, dad starts drying fish in the downstairs cupboard, Jim makes a birthday cake for his dog Wilson, Grandma has an affair with a married man, and we meet dad’s mother – ‘Horrible Grandma’.

    Featuring a stellar ensemble cast, Friday Night Dinner is a truly quirky, original series about growing up but not growing away.


    Clan comedy…

  • 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

  • Supersized Earth (S1)

    From Monday 22 September at 22:00

    In the last generation, humans have changed the face of the Earth on a scale unimaginable to our ancestors. Villages in China have been transformed into cities that house millions, the tallest building in the world dwarfs the skyscrapers of America, and we have now built a dam so big it has changed the rotation of the planet.

    Supersized Earth looks at the extraordinary feats of engineering, construction and farming ingenuity that are transforming the Earth and propelling us into a new era in the planet’s – and human – history.


    Living large…

  • Kingdom of Heaven

    Tuesday 23 September at 22:00

    An intimate insight into the world of the Hutterites, a claustrophobic Christian community living in the middle of the Canadian prairies.

    The Hutterites believe that sharing all possessions and living communally – separate from what they call 'the world' – is the route to heaven.

    As well as showing the typical way of life for Hutterite families, this compelling documentary demonstrates how, for some, the prospect of living with virtually the same 100 people for their entire lives can be just too much to bear. Every year around ten per cent leave the community, to become known as ‘runaways’.


    Marginal religious living…

  • Prisoner Number A26188: Henia Bryer

    Wednesday 24 September at 22:00

    The extraordinary story of Henia Bryer, a young Polish girl born into a middle class Jewish family. She lost her father, brother and sister during the German occupation, survived four concentration camps and went on to bear witness to the creation of Israel in 1948.

    Now in her eighties, Henia's harrowing personal testimony starts with her family's removal from their home in Radom, Poland, onto the ghetto, then Plaszow concentration camp, onto Majdanek then Auschwitz and finally Bergen-Belsen.

    Filmed by her niece, this is her story of survival, and a legacy to her family and other survivors of genocide.


    Surviving genocide…

  • Top Gear USA (S3)

    Mondays at 22:00

    Featuring supercars, extreme stunts and challenges, Top Gear USA is essential viewing for anyone with a passion for high-adrenaline motoring.

    This season features Tanner, Adam and Rutledge embarking on epic journeys across America while testing the limits of the world’s most prestigious – and infamous – cars. Racing against speedboats, snowmobiles and jets, the guys also test the most modern police cars and see how far you can REALLY get on one tank of gas!


    Drive time…

  • Fierce Earth (S1)

    Double bills, Thursdays at 22:00

    Fierce Earth demonstrates what it would be like to experience hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, lightening strikes and some of nature's most destructive forces.

    Each episode explores the anatomy of one incredible natural phenomenon and showcases the stunning power of nature's fury with such jaw-dropping footage as exploding volcanoes, car hurtling tornadoes and giant tsunami waves.

    Visually stunning and filmed in a range of locations, Fierce Earth reveals the true power of the planet in an accessible and entertaining way.


    Furious nature…

BBC Lifestyle

  • Come Dine With Me (S8)

    Mondays at 18:35

    Five strangers, who love to entertain, take it in turns to throw a dinner party in their own personal style. But this is no ordinary supper – after each dinner, the guests secretly score the host a mark out of ten.

    The food and the atmosphere are taken into account when scoring, and at the end of the week the top-scoring host wins £1000.

    Filmed all over the UK, hosts from all walks of life take the Come Dine with Me challenge – providing astonishing and hilarious insights into their homes and their dinner party secrets.


    Going for culinary glory…

  • Valentine Warner Eats Scandinavia (S1)

    Fridays at 18:10

    Adventurous cook Valentine Warner sets off on a new and exclusive culinary voyage across the North Sea to Scandinavia, exploring the region that's currently the hottest thing in foodie circles.

    Working his way through the seasons, Valentine tries his hand at cooking the food eaten by locals, according to what can be sourced across Denmark, Sweden and Norway.


    Scandi bites…


  • Scott & Bailey (S2)

    From Friday 26 September at 22:00

    Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp return in Sally Wainwright’s investigative drama exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives.

    In this series, Janet and Rachel deal with the brutal murders of two men, months apart. Can Rachel and Janet discover the connection between them? At the same time, Janet splits with her husband and struggles to run her family without his support, while Rachel is invited to work on a high profile case with her boss DCI Gill Murray. And Rachel's wayward brother turns up on her doorstep. Can she trust him?


    Crime time…

  • The Dark: Nature's Nighttime World (S1)

    Saturdays at 21:00

    A team of biologists and specialist camera crew explore the length of South and Central America to find out how animals have adapted to life in the dark.

    The expedition starts in the jungles of Costa Rica where the team are after some of the most frightening nocturnal predators. Alone in the dark, nighttime camera specialist Justine Evans has an exceptionally close encounter with a large male jaguar. Biologist Dr George McGavin is on the trail of the most ingenious predator of the jungle – the net casting spider. And cameraman Gordon Buchanan finds ruined temples deep in the jungle as he searches for the bizarre creatures that rule the jungle canopy at night.


    Creatures of the night…

  • Vikings (S1)

    Sundays at 20:10

    History sees the Vikings as a band of bloodthirsty pirates, raiding peaceful Christian monasteries – and it’s true. The Vikings took no prisoners, relished cruel retribution and prided themselves as fierce warriors.

    But their prowess in battle is only the start of the story. Going on the trail of the real Vikings, this series reveals an extraordinary story of a people who, from the brink of destruction, built an empire reaching around a quarter of the globe. Where did they come from? How did they really live? And what drove them to embark on such extraordinary voyages of discovery?


    Nordic warriors…


  • Show Me Show Me (S5)

    Daily at 16:05

    An enchanting and entertaining series for pre-schoolers that explores the magic of everyday things in a playground high in the sky.

    All children need to do for a magical play date is enter the lift, press the button and begin a musical journey to the top floor. There they’ll find a place alive with vibrant colours and amazing decor. It’s a special place for stories, adventures and discovering the world – and who knows who will be next to arrive in the lift?


    Fun learning for little ones…

  • Gigglebiz (S3)

    Daily at 17:05

    Presenter Justin Fletcher is back to get under-sixes laughing with a lively collection of short, simple, funny comedy sketches packed with hilarious and eccentric characters.

    All the familiar favourites return, including hapless superhero Captain Adorable, creative cook Dina Lady and her revolting recipes and the geographically challenged Lost Pirate.

    A huge hit with children, Gigglebiz is perfect for little gigglers as they begin to develop their own sense of humour.


    Laughter for young ones…

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