Must-see shows on BBC channels


The cast of Call the Midwide (from left) Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt), Sister Winifred (Victoria Yeates), Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett, Patsy (Emerald Fennell), Sister Mary Cynthia (Bryony Hannah), Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie), and Trixie (Helen George). Photo: BBC

Whether you love drama or reality shows there is something on offer on BBC Worldwide Channels on DStv.

New to Sunday nights on BBC First (DStv channel 119) is series five of Call the Midwife, which airs at 8 pm on Sunday, May 1.

Inspired by the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House convent in London’s East End as they visit the expectant mothers of Poplar; providing the poorest women with the best possible care.

In the fifth series, Sister Monica Joan goes missing at Christmas time leaving the nuns and nurses distraught. Meanwhile, Shelagh rushes to put together a children’s choir in time for a BBC broadcast from the church and Trixie, having battled through her issues with alcohol, finds a new purpose in her keep fit classes. And could friendship blossom into something more for vicar Tom Hereward and Barbara?

unnamedFor the little ones there is a new series of Show Me Show Me on CBeebies (DStv channel 306) from Monday, May 2 at 9.35 am. Show Me Show Me is an enchanting and entertaining series for pre-schoolers which explores the magic of everyday things in a playground high in the sky.

At the top of a tower block, presenters Chris and Pui await in a bright and beautiful new playroom. 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?

In series six, Chris and Pui discover the sound of the harp, wriggle like caterpillars and build a den to sleep in. They also discover precious fossils that are even older than Chris’ old socks!

Intimate and imaginative, Show Me Show Me finds adventure in everyday objects as it connects with children at home and encourages them to join in and learn new things while playing.

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Football fans should tune in at 8 pm on Monday, May 2 for Sir Alex Ferguson: Secrets of Success on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120).

Sir Alex Ferguson (pictured)  is the most successful football manager in history – and the mastermind behind one of Britain’s leading brands. Manchester United Football Club is revered the world over, even by fans who don’t speak English.

In a candid interview, Sir Alex shares his thoughts on leadership, revealing how he stayed at the top for so long and explaining how he motivated the people around him.

His insights are interwoven with contributions from leading figures in sport, business, politics, the military and religion, including Tony Blair, Lord Alan Sugar, Ryan Giggs, Sir Michael Moritz, Professor Anita Elberse, Rio Ferdinand and General Sir Mike Jackson.

Picture Shows: Judges Kerry and Dan

Kerry and Dan are the judges of The Great Australian Bake Off. Picture: BBC

If you love to bake, then a must-watch is The Great Australian Bake Off, which gets underway from Tuesday, May 3  at 8 pm on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174).

Producers scoured Australia’s farms, gyms, pubs, kitchens and office blocks to find ten talented but very different characters competing to be named Australia’s Best Home Baker.

Each week, the contestants face three high pressure challenges ranging from the signature bake that showcases individuality, to the challenging technical bake. Finally the bakers will tackle the showstopper, the ultimate test of creativity, skill and ambition. Who will impress the judges to emerge as The Great Australian Bake Off champion?

unnamed (4)Last but not least is season five of Dinner Date, which is on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) from Wednesday, May 4 at 9 pm.

This programme serves up the irresistible concoction of competitive cooking and potential romance. In each episode, one lucky person is given the chance to find true love over three meals, each cooked by a blind date in their own home.

At the start of the programme a single guy or girl is given five three-course menus to choose from, each carefully put together by a potential date eager to make an impression.

The guest picks three dinner dates purely on the basis of which menus they prefer – they know nothing of the person who designed each menu. Over the next three nights they meet the lucky three they have chosen, going to each of their homes for the three-course dinner they have designed.

When all three home-cooked meals have been completed, the dinner guest chooses one of their three hosts to take out for a romantic meal for two at a restaurant. But what the dinner guest doesn’t know is that after each date the host awards their guest a mark out of five depending on how much they liked them.


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