Television Time: BBC Shows April 2019
This April, the BBC brings a whole new series of shows and seasons for that slice of British-ness amidst the pallid way Brexit hangs over the soon-to-be-former European nation…or will it? Either way, settle into your couch with a cup of tea and biscuits, and find comfort in binge watching these quintessentially English shows and more. Check out the list below:
Babies: Their Wonderful World
Dozens of babies from across Britain come together in this unique series exploring how the first two years of life shape the adults we become. A team of world-leading experts reveal new insights into the development of the baby brain. Based in a specially constructed BabyLab, they explore everything from tantrums and laughing to empathy and learning. This is one of the most far-reaching and comprehensive studies into the first two years of life ever attempted, shining a light on the inner workings of a baby’s mind and ultimately revealing what makes us all who we are.
Catch the premiere of Babies: Their Wonderful World on Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 10.45pm on BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.
Where the Wild Men Are with Ben Fogle
Ben Fogle joins a variety of brave individuals who’ve chosen to venture down an alternative path.
In this series, he meets Robert, a 70-year-old master craftsman who’s been living in the Arkansas wood for 20 years; Judith, a widow who – at 80 – has rejected a modern way of life and is determined to live alone in the wilds of Ireland; and Julien, a Canadian living as a Buddhist monk in the remote jungles of Thailand. He also meets a nomadic family of four exploring New Zealand’s wild landscapes, a Norwegian adventurer who lives on her own island in the Arctic Circle, and a couple who’ve spent 12 years walking around the world and are now hiking across the mountains of Bulgaria.
Catch the premiere of Where the Wild Men Are with Ben Fogle on Friday, 5 April 2019, 10.45pm on BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.
Grizzly Bear Cubs & Me
Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan joins a groundbreaking project rescuing orphaned baby grizzly bears with the hope of rearing them and returning them safely to the wild. He arrives at the Bubonitsy Orphan Bear Rescue Centre, Russia in the depths of winter as new bear cubs arrive from all over the country. Gordon must quickly get to grips with being mother bear – from keeping the orphans warm to bottle feeding them day and night. He has just six months to get them ready to survive back in the wild without their mothers. It’ll be a bittersweet and tense moment when he has to release them. Will the bears manage to build a den to keep them safe for winter? Will the bears survive alone in the wild? And ultimately will the project be a success?
Watch the premiere of Grizzly Bear Cubs & Me on Thursday, 11 April 2019, 8.05pm on BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.
The World’s Best Airport: Changi
Singapore’s Changi airport has been voted the world’s best airport for six years running. With unprecedented access to its dedicated staff of 40,000, we follow immigration teams, emergency crews, Singapore Airlines crew training, and customer services helping passengers through passport losses, Star Wars invasions, volcanic eruptions and more!
Catch The World’s Best Airport: Changi on Friday, 12 April 2019, 9.50pm on BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.
Eight Go Rallying: The Road to Saigon
In a new exhilarating four part series, four celebrity duos put their driving skills and relationships to the test as they join in on a part of the Endurance Rally Association’s Road to Saigon. Whether family, friends or a couple, each team must pull together to get to the finish line of this gruelling challenge. So join Noel Edmonds and his wife Liz; husband and wife Martin Kemp and Shirlie Kemp; cook Andi Oliver and her TV presenter daughter Miquita Oliver; and musicians Tinchy Stryder and Jordan Stephens for a journey through some of the least explored areas in the region.
Catch the premiere of Eight Go Rallying: The Road to Saigon on Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 9.50pm on BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.
Travel Man: 48 Hours In…
Travel Man is back! This season acclaimed director, author and BAFTA winning actor Richard Ayoade will go to:
New York – Richard and comedian Katherine Ryan spend a fast and funny 48 hours in New York. They visit the Met, learn to roller blade and discover the cronut.
Naples – Richard and Jack Dee spend a non-stop weekend in Naples. They tour the city by scooter, visit the Isle of Capri and learn the secrets of Neapolitan pizza.
Helsinki – Hollywood actor Paul Rudd joins Richard to discover the delights of Helsinki. Expect kayaks, saunas and salty sweets.
Lisbon – Richard and Adam Buxton enjoy the ultimate 48hours in Lisbon. They sight see by tuk tuk, feast on tinned fish and see an operation at the doll hospital.
Catch Travel Man: 48 Hours In… on Wednesday, 24 April 2019, 9.50pm & 10.20pm on BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.
SOS: How To Survive
SOS: How To Survive is an exciting series driven by gripping true stories and centered with life-or-death lessons from popular survival expert, Creek Stewart.
These stories are powerful, evocative and surprising… the most dramatic true tales of survival in recent history. Based on these true-life stories, Creek teaches us the skills of how to survive.
Catch the premiere of SOS: How To Survive on Wednesday, 24 April 2019, 10.45pm on BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.
The Graham Norton Show Series 25
Award-winning international success Graham Norton returns to our screens with a new series of The Graham Norton Show, focusing on people, trends, stories and aspects of celebrity culture that interest him the most. Graham’s razor edged comedy captivates audiences around the globe.
Catch the premiere of The Graham Norton Show Series 25 on Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 9.20pm on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub ch 432). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.
Bake Off – The Professionals Series 1
The toughest Bake Off of them all – previously known as Crème de la Crème – is back. Twelve teams from across Britain compete to craft exquisite entremets, delicious desserts and spectacular showpieces, all in a bid to impress world renowned judges Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden, and be crowned the winner.
Catch the premiere of Bake Off – The Professionals (Series 1) on Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 7.30pm on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub ch 432). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.
Shakespeare & Hathaway Series 2
The highly unlikely and hugely entertaining detective duo are back on the case in pretty tourist town Stratford-Upon-Avon. Foul play festers at the local tennis club and a pedigree pooch is held for ransom. Fraud, extortion, vice, identity theft and corruption lurk beneath the town’s idyllic surface. Welcome to the birthplace of the Bard – where fact is stranger than fiction and low-life criminals get caught up in deliciously high drama.
Catch the premiere of Shakespeare & Hathaway Series 2 on Friday, 12 April 2019, on BBC First (StarHub Channel 522) and BBC Player.
Set and filmed in the heart of London, DI Will Wagstaffe (Tom Riley), a workaholic whose personal life is as troubled and complex as his day job, investigates a string of horrifying murders in this atmospheric new crime series from critically acclaimed writer Chris Lang (Unforgotten, A Mother’s Son). Also stars Charlotte Riley (Press) as DI Will’s sister.
Still haunted by the unsolved murder of his parents when he was 16, ‘Staffe’ is about to continue a personal hunt for their killers when he’s called to the scene of a disturbingly brutal murder. When it emerges that this is not the only victim, the pressure is on as Staffe pushes the boundaries in his search for the truth. But what he uncovers is far more shocking than he could have ever imagined…
A visually stylish, dark and uncompromising noir, the pilot for Dark Heart was the most watched drama of the year on ITV Encore. *First 2 Eps are pilot that aired on ITV Encore and remaining 4 new Eps in 2018 formed the series.
Catch Dark Heart on Friday, 26 April 2019, on BBC First (StarHub Channel 522) and BBC Player.
20 Years on Death Row
This dramatic true crime documentary follows the incredible case of Keith Doolin and the race against the clock to save him from death row. Interviews with protagonists and witnesses reveal the extraordinary circumstances around Keith’s conviction – how a corrupt lawyer and a shockingly short investigation sabotaged his chance of justice. But as Keith’s execution date gets closer, his fortunes could change. A respected attorney has written a statement declaring that a former client, who killed herself in 2001, has given information that could exonerate Keith. The problem? Even though she’s dead, he’s still bound by attorney-client privilege. Can Keith’s team convince the court to uncover this new evidence in time to save his life?
Catch the premiere of 20 Years on Death Row on Friday, 12 April 2019 on BBC Brit and exclusively on BBC Player.
Life and Death Row Series 1
Award winning three part series tells the story of capital punishment through the eyes of the young people whose lives have been shaped by it. Going inside prison walls and meeting America’s youngest Death Row inmates, the series discovers what it’s like to live with the threat of the death chamber. Following their trials, appeals and ultimately their executions, the films also meet the people the headlines generally ignore: the young siblings, sons and daughters of victims and defendants alike, each forced to confront death on an agonising journey through the capital punishment system. Each film in the trilogy focuses on a key aspect of the system: Execution, Trial and Crime. These are not just stories packed full of unfolding drama, jeopardy and intense emotion, but real life tales that provoke fundamental questions about justice, the right to life and the right to kill.
Catch the premiere of Life and Death Row Series 1 on Friday, 12 April 2019 on BBC Brit and exclusively on BBC Player.
Love and Hate Crime Series 1
Three devastating hate crimes are explored in this filmic documentary that exposes how dangerous it is to be different in the United States. In Mississippi, a beautiful teenage transsexual, Mercedes Williamson, is killed by her gang-member boyfriend Josh. With Josh sentenced to life imprisonment, a series of interviews reveals the truth behind his relationship with Mercedes. An alleged homosexual hate crime in North Carolina sees a church under suspicion and a racially motivated murder in Mississippi tears a community in two. Interviews with police, prosecutors and perpetrators, as well as court testimony and police footage, expose crime stories with an emotional twist and a sting in the tail.
Catch the premiere of Love and Hate Crime Series 1 on Friday, 12 April 2019 on BBC Brit and exclusively on BBC Player.