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Television Time: BBC Shows June 2019


This June, Pick up new cooking tips and tricks from celebrity chef Donal Skehan in Donal’s Meals in Minutes (Series 2), explore the amazing planets that live alongside Earth in a stunningly ambitious docudrama – The Planets, and gain a deeper understanding of America’s death penalty system in Life and Death Row (Series 2).


The Placebo Experiment: Can My Brain Cure My Body?

Could placebos be used to treat common medical complaints? Over 100 volunteers are treated for backache – using nothing but fake pills and the power of the mind. Their brains are capable of producing effects more powerful than prescription painkillers. But will it work? And how will they react when they find out the truth? This revealing film also looks at other experiments from around the world, including a woman who underwent fake surgery to fix chronic shoulder pain, and a placebo that works even if you know you’re taking it.

Catch the premiere of The Placebo Experiment: Can My Brain Cure My Body on Monday, 3 June 2019, 10.45pm on BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). Both series are on BBC Player as catch-up.

Secret Cities (Series 2)

Art experts Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke return to unlock the artistic secrets of three beautiful cities – Baku, Beirut and Lisbon. Together they discover the cultural cornerstones that have sculpted each city throughout history, meeting local artists and residents who help them uncover artistic highlights and little-known treasures. In Lisbon they discover an ancient seaside city shaped by Roman, Arab and Crusader cultures. In Beirut they learn how the Paris of the Middle East is rising from the ruins of civil war. And in Baku, Azerbaijan, a quest for artistic treasures reveals a city at a cultural crossroads. Secret Cities paints thought-provoking portraits of the world’s most fascinating metropolises.

Catch the premiere of Secret Cities (Series 2) on Tuesday, 4 June 2019, 9.50pm on BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.

The Parkinson’s Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure?

One in 60 of us will get Parkinson’s disease and there’s currently no cure. Filmed over five years, The Parkinson’s Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure? is the inside story of one of the most ambitious clinical trials ever undertaken. It follows nine volunteers with Parkinson’s who undergo risky neurosurgery in order to infuse a new drug into the brain, via a port in their heads. It’s hoped the drug might be the very first to reverse Parkinson’s. Controversially, only half the volunteers receive the real drug. The rest get a placebo. Marrying breakthrough science with moving human stories, is this the clinical breakthrough the world has been waiting for?

Watch the premiere of The Parkinson’s Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure? on June, 10 May 2019, 10.45pmon BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.

Earth from Space

Epic migration. Shifting seasons. The turning tide. Cameras in space capture natural spectacles on an epic scale and are now so advanced that they can track down individual animals and humans.

Cutting-edge technology tells the story of life on Earth from a brand new perspective. Marvel at the dancing neon Northern Lights and the swirling blues of blooming plankton. Zoom in on herds of elephants searching for water, and discover previously unknown colonies of penguins.

Satellites also capture disappearing forests and show cities sprawling over decades. With the Earth’s surface changing faster than ever before, can the view from space inspire us to look after our unique and fragile home?

Catch the premiere of Earth from Space on Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 8.05pm on BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.

The Planets

This stunningly ambitious series brings to life the most memorable events in the history of the solar system, by using ground-breaking visual effects to tell the thrilling story of all eight planets.

Transporting you to the surface of these dynamic worlds to witness the moments of high drama that shaped each one, The Planets reveals how the latest science allows us to unlock their past lives. It pieces together clues of magnificent lost waterfalls on Mars, the mass planetary migrations as they jostled for position early in their history, and even the distant fate of Saturn as one of its moons awakens to form a beautiful water world.

Catch the premiere of The Planets on Sunday, 16 June 2019, 9pm on BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.

How to Die a Better Death

How should we approach medical treatment when we’re dying? It’s a question we all have to face, but avoid talking about. Thanks to advances in modern medicine, doctors are better equipped to fight many life-threatening diseases. Their focus is saving lives.

Death is something to battle against, right until the bitter end. But, instead of trying to defeat death, should we be more focused on quality of life? In this film, Dr Kevin Fong makes a personal journey through the moral questions around death. He meets medical professionals whose work is shaping the debate, and people facing the dilemma of how to die a better death.

Catch the premiere of How to Die a Better Death on Monday, 24 June 2019, 10.35pm on BBC Earth (StarHub ch 407). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.


Donal’s Meals in Minutes (Series 2)

YouTube’s star chef Donal Skehan returns with quick and easy recipes, and timesaving tips and tricks, for some delicious meals made in just minutes.

In this new, ten-part series, Donal will focus on a variety of themes, from ‘Weeknight Meals’ to ‘Easy Step Meals’, that are easily adaptable to the modern way of life. For a tasty treat at the end of the series, Donal has created quick, easy and festive Christmas recipes that will surely help you impress your guests – without slaving in the kitchen all day.

Making an exciting return to this series is the popular 5 Minute Challenge, which will be featured in each episode. In a race against time, Donal takes it upon himself to conjure up five-minute meals that are fresh and delicious. Will Donal manage to pass the task with flying colours, or by the skin of his teeth?

Catch the premiere of Donal’s Meals in Minutes (Series 2) on Saturday, 8 June 2019, 7.45pm on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub ch 432). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.

The Great Australian Bake Off (Series 3)

The tent is up, the ovens preheated and some of Australia’s best amateur bakers are ready to do battle in the return of the deliciously successful series.

Twelve home baking enthusiasts don their aprons and line up behind the iconic Bake Off benches, drawing on every morsel of their baking prowess and creativity to tackle complex and mouth-watering challenges. Culinary icon Maggie Beer and acclaimed chef Matt Moran judge the bakers’ efforts, while comedians Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle are back as hosts, armed with an arsenal of fresh baking puns.

Catch the premiere of The Great Australian Bake Off (Series 3) on Saturday & Sunday, 29 & 30 June 2019, 10.50am exclusively on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub ch 432). The series is on BBC Player as catch-up.



From Harry & Jack Williams comes Baptiste- spin-off series from The Missing- a thrilling new drama starring Tchéky Karyo as the insightful but stubborn investigator Julien Baptiste.

When Julien and his wife move to Amsterdam, the Chief of Police (an old girlfriend) seeks out his questioning and persistent approach to crime solving. Baptiste is rapidly embroiled in a case that peels back the layers of atrocity in the trade of sex, drugs and people themselves. For Julien Baptiste, the beautiful streets, canals and houses of Amsterdam hide dark secrets.

Catch the premiere of Baptiste on Friday, 14 June 2019, on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

The Durrells (Series 4)

The future’s looking bright for the eccentric Durrells, as we catch up with their lives on the beautiful island of Corfu. They’re each channelling their heartbreak in different ways following the events in Series 3. Louisa’s keeping busy by opening the doors of the family villa as a guest house. But with cousin Basil her only paying guest, business isn’t exactly booming. Larry’s struggling to get his risque Black Book published and enjoying love with two ballet dancers, while Leslie’s throwing himself back into his job (and shooting). Animal-mad Gerry now has ambitions to open his own zoo, and Margo’s up for another new challenge as she decides to start her own beauty salon

Catch the premiere of The Durrells (Series 4) on Friday, 28 June 2019, on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.


Life and Death Row (Series 2)

Taking you into the heart of the American death penalty system, Life and Death Row asks – what does this sentence really mean to the people living on death row, and the other people connected to the case?

Gaining even deeper access to courts, prisons and capital cases across America, this second series exposes previously unexamined areas from sentencing and prosecution to psychiatry and appeal. Painstaking and impartial, each programme asks urgent ethical questions about justice, the right to life, and the right to kill. Could you testify against someone close to you? What is it like to be drafted onto a jury to decide if someone lives or dies? And can we draw a definitive line between personality and mental illness? Gripping and thought-provoking, the real-life stories featured are packed full of drama, jeopardy and intense emotion.

Catch the premiere of Life and Death Row (Series 2) on Tuesday, 4 June 2019 on BBC Brit and exclusively on BBC Player.



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