BBC Worldwide unveils a stellar season of programming for summer


From left: Shirley Guy, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Chadden Hunter, Anne Hirsch, Tjaart Walraven and Lentswe Bhengu had fun at the BBC Worldwide launch.

BBC Worldwide has revealed its summer season of programming for viewers of BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies, BBC Earth, BBC First and BBC Brit.

Amongst those attending the launch in Johannesburg  was British comedian and renowned actor Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me). Sanjeev stars in the BBC First series Unforgotten, which will return to South African screens next year.

Also in attendance was award-winning natural history producer Chadden Hunter, who was promoting forthcoming documentary series, Planet Earth II.

Kully Kaur-Bains, head of programming South Africa, at BBC Worldwide said: “This summer our South African channel portfolio is one of our strongest yet. From the ambitious natural history series Planet Earth II to star-studded premium dramas, The Collection and The Durrells, audiences will find a diverse range of premium content to indulge in.”

Highlights include:

Jonny and Wookie

Jonny Smith and Tom “Wookie” Ford. (Photo: Michael Klein/BBC Worldwide Ltd.)

BBC Brit

Coming soon to BBC Brit, fans of Top Gear will enjoy Motorheads, a car show for the internet age.  In an entertaining mash-up of motoring and pop culture, car-mad hosts Tom Ford and Jonny Smith (of Mud, Sweat & Gears fame) scour the web for the funniest, most madcap and nail-biting motoring videos that the online world has to offer.

BBC Earth

A decade ago, Planet Earth redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life on Earth. In February 2017, BBC Earth will premiere Planet Earth II, where significant advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world, once again reveal our planet from a completely new perspective.


The S

BBC First

Based on Gerald Durrell’s much-loved Corfu trilogy of novels, The Durrells will exclusively premiere on BBC First this summer. It’s a warm, funny, feel-good series about a family’s adventures on a gorgeous Greek island when they uproot from their English home in the hope of a better life.

New and exclusive to BBC First, The Collection is a tale of secrets, lies and high fashion from writer, creator and award-winning showrunner Oliver Goldstick (Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty).

BBC Lifestyle

It’s the moment every cake, bread and pie lover has been waiting for, the return of The Great South African Bake Off. Starting on Tuesday, October 18 at 8pm exclusively on BBC Lifestyle, the series is back for another exciting and entertaining nationwide search to find and crown South Africa’s best amateur baker.


Jetting back to CBeebies every day is the colourful animation series Go Jetters, a series packed with comedy, teamwork, thrilling action, great gadgets, awesome sights and funky facts about brand new places.

Full details of the programming can be found here


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