Top Gear (S19): Africa SpecialFrom 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.
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…
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.
- 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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sundays at 22:15
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May return for another collection of motoring adventures, ably assisted by their tame racing driver, The Stig.
They undertake an incredible American road trip in iconic supercars – taking in Las Vegas, Los Angeles – and race against fighter planes before ending with a hair-raising run to the Mexican border.
Other highlights include Jeremy inventing the world’s smallest car and testing it out on the streets of London, James finding out what the Bentley Continental GT Speed is like on a rally stage, and the team taking an epic journey to the source of the River Nile using three rather tired estate cars and a sometimes sketchy knowledge of African geography.