Top Gear Road TripEvery weeknight, from Monday 11 August
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond embark on a series of outlandish motoring escapades all across the globe.
In Vietnam they attempt to traverse the country’s stunning scenery in two-wheeled transport in the middle of the rainy season. In Bolivia they tackle the sheer drops of deadly mountain passes in second-hand 4x4s, while in India they fly the flag for Great Britain in three home-grown cars. For the Middle East special, the three wise men attempt to recreate a certain famous journey to Bethlehem. Finally, the boys travel to Africa with a challenge to buy a second-hand car costing no more than £1,500 and in no way designed to go off-road, and then drive 1000 miles across the wilds of Botswana.
Top Gear (S19)From Sunday 17 August 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.
The Call Centre (S1)From Thursday 21 August at 21:05
Renowned for being dull, exhausting, results-driven offices, call centres get a bad press. But this fly-on-the-wall series reveals the call centre that’s treating its young employees differently with its unique motivational ethos.
The employees are mostly under 25, funny, fashion-obsessed and full of ambition. Although they don’t want to work in a call centre forever, they see it as a fun place to earn money while they work out what to do with their lives. CEO Ned believes only “happy people sell”, so he tries to keep his workforce as happy as possible.
From target shooting competitions to a staff tennis tournament, there’s always something going on to keep the extraordinary youngsters happy!
Dangerous Roads (S3)From Tuesday 26 August at 21:00
More British celebrities travel along some of the most extraordinary highways on the planet.
Angus Deayton and Mariella Frostrup drive through Madagascar at the tail end of the rainy season. Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes pair up for a terrifying road trip through the former soviet state of Georgia. And funnymen Phill Jupitus and Marcus Brigstocke head to Bolivia for a high-altitude road trip that promises adrenalin, hilarity and stunning scenery.
- From Wednesday 27 August 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!
Bad Education (S1)Thursdays 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...
- 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.