BBC Entertainment

  • MasterChef (S8)

    Daily from Monday 6 October at 21:05

    Having survived the knockout rounds by impressing judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with their culinary skills, techniques and creativity, the finalists battle it out for the MasterChef crown.

    They must prove themselves in a professional kitchen, preparing food for paying customers under the watchful gaze of top industry chefs, before proving their gastronomic worth at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe. Next, they must tackle complex recipes, unfamiliar ingredients and uncompromising standards as they cook for a table of Michelin-starred chefs.

    The competition reaches its climax as the finalists put everything they've learned into practice to create a winning three-course meal.


    Going for cooking glory…

  • 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…

  • The Dealership (S1)

    Thursdays 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…

  • 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

  • Nature's Weirdest Events (S1 & S2)

    Series 1: From Sunday 5 October at 18:00; Series 2: From Sunday 19 October at 18:00

    Every year, bizarre things happen that seem to defy the laws of nature.

    This offbeat and fascinating series investigates the world’s weirdest natural events, using first-hand accounts and footage to explain the science behind the phenomena.

    From a town brought to a standstill by a swarm of flying insects, to the frozen frog that can come back to life… prepare to be amazed.


    Strange happenings…

  • Factomania (S1)

    From Monday 13 October at 22:00

    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…

  • Andrew Marr's History of the World

    From Wednesday 15 October at 22:00

    Travelling through time and across the globe, Andrew Marr reveals the crucial points and people in history that defined human civilisation.

    Using dramatic reconstruction and stunning graphics to recreate lost worlds, Marr shows how military campaigns, love stories, assassinations, medical breakthroughs and cataclysmic natural events have all had an impact on the world’s shared history.

    Featuring Caesar’s last moments, Columbus’ first sighting of America and scenes from incredible places like the Valley of the Kings, this series brings to life the events and people that shaped the world.


    Defining moments in time…

  • The Secret Life of Dogs

    Thursday 23 October at 22:00

    There’s no denying that we humans love our dogs. Man and canine have lived together for thousands of years. But how much do you really know about your best friend?

    This programme uses cutting-edge cinematography to really get under the fur of our most prized companions, from their super power senses to their extraordinary behaviour and unquestioning loyalty – as well as their relationship with us.

    Revealing spectacular new insights into the way dogs understand us, love us and in some cases, can dramatically save or enhance our lives, this film uncovers how the true success of their species is our mutually beneficial relationship.


    Magnificent canines…

  • Super Smart Animals

    Thursday 30 October at 22:00

    Could a chimp beat you in a maths test? Prepare to witness some of the most amazing examples of animal intelligence ever captured on camera as this series asks: what makes some animals smarter than others, and could they even outsmart humans?

    Other highlights include an orang-utan in a zoo is presented with a dilemma: a tasty peanut is sitting at the bottom of a tube. There is no way to get it out by hand, and there are no tools around to assist. While visitors at the zoo are baffled by the same task, the orang-utan finds an ingenious solution.


    Clever creatures…

BBC Lifestyle

  • Paul Hollywood's Bread

    From Wednesday 1 October at 18:10

    Let Britain’s foremost artisan baker teach you everything you need to know about making bread.

    Taking viewers on an incredible journey from classic British breads, Paul leads the way through soda breads, flatbreads, continental breads, sourdoughs and enriched breads.

    From beautiful breakfasts and light lunches, to tea-time treats and satisfying dinners – this series puts bread centre stage.


    Master a table staple…

  • Phil Spencer: Secret Agent – Specials

    From Sunday 19 October at 17:40

    Britain’s favourite property expert helps prospective buyers identify why their properties aren’t selling.

    Phil tackles a Fifties throwback house and an Eighties revival property in Scotland – neither being what buyers want in Glasgow’s swanky suburbs. In Manchester, Marty and Ceris are selling their four bed semi-detached in desirable Didsbury, but this house is more garage sale than funky house. Meanwhile, in a Cheshire and Lancashire special, Adrian and Cheryl’s Northwich home is bursting at the seams and they’ve been forced to create some strange, yet ingenious sleeping arrangements. Problem is, they’re putting buyers off. Can Phil help?


    Trading houses…

  • 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…


  • Strike Back (S1)

    Friday 17 October at 22:50

    A story of deception, redemption and revenge, all played out in the interlinked lives of two former soldiers – Major Hugh Collinson and discharged veteran John Porter.

    It is 2003. On the eve of the invasion of Iraq, John Porter led a special forces unit on a daring hostage rescue into the heart of Basra, and events overtook him with disastrous results. The decisions taken on that night inexorably unite the fate of both Porter and Collinson. Porter bears the burden of guilt and the repercussions haunt him for seven years, until an opportunity presents itself for him to return to Iraq and redeem himself…


    Conflict drama…

  • Supersized Earth (S1)

    From Saturday 18 October at 20:00

    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…

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

    Double bills, from Monday 27 October at 16:00 & 16:25

    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, Nigel proves that adding new flavours to everyday ingredients can make them sensational, and demonstrates how to make the most of a special offer at the shops.

    He 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…

  • Scott & Bailey (S2)

    Fridays 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…


  • Andy's Dinosaur Adventures (S1)

    Daily from Friday 3 October at 17:20

    Andy returns – only this time he’s going back in time to search for the dinosaurs that once roamed our planet.

    Each adventure begins with Andy at work in a local museum with his new sidekick, dinosaur expert Hatty. Together, they bring the museum to life with their comedy antics, and with Andy’s time-travelling clock he finds any excuse to go on a pre-historic adventure with dinosaurs, returning – just in time – with whatever’s needed for his day job.

    On his adventures, Andy meets a baby diplodocus, takes to the skies on the back of a pterosaur and comes jaw-to-jaw with a T-rex!


    Pre-historic learning…

  • Old Jack's Boat (S2)

    Daily from Tuesday 7 October at 17:50

    A retired fisherman called Old Jack, who lives in a little village on the North Yorkshire Coast, tells tall stories from inside his old fishing boat.

    Helped along by a cast of colourful characters and his faithful dog Salty, Old Jack is aided by live action and animation which allows him to wander along the seabed, visit tropical islands and fly high up in the air on balloons.

    In series two, Jack and Salty search the snowy wastes of Antarctica for a lost parrot called Treasure, a gardener tries to find out why his backyard has become so noisy, and Thelma the dragon eats too much rainbow – and only the tail feather of the mysterious Noodle Oodle bird can save her.


    Sea stories…

  • Dinopaws (S1)

    Daily from Tuesday 7 October at 18:05

    Three very inquisitive dinosaurs are on a mighty mission to go everywhere that can be gone, see everything that can be seen, feel everything that can be felt and do everything that can be done!

    Combining colourful animation with stimulating storytelling and charming characters, this series is a magical programme for pre-schoolers who, like the Dinopaws, are exploring the world they live in for the first time and discovering exciting new experiences, objects, places and feelings every day.


    Dinosaur adventures…

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