Television Time: BBC Shows July 2019
This July, BBC presents more exciting shows to fill your screens. Get up close and personal with some of the most dangerous hurricanes with Josh Morgerman in Hurricane Man, follow bikers Dave and Si on their quest to taste some of the most delicious Mediterranean food in The Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure, and visit some of the world’s most unlikely tourist destinations in The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan.
Food Factory S1 & S2
Behind each bag of chips, can of beer, bar of chocolate, and loaf of bread is a mega-industrial production line that brings each product to the masses. Food Factory is a mesmerising behind-the-scenes peek into the weird and wonderful processes that produce everyone’s favourite foods.
From fresh ingredients to finished products, Food Factory reveals in awe-inspiring detail just how mass-produced favourites are really made. Put on a hard hat and get ready to meet the food.
Catch Food Factory S1 & S2 starting Monday, 1st July 2019, 7.10pm and 7.35pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown S4
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown follows host Anthony Bourdain, world-renowned chef, bestselling author and multiple-Emmy winning television personality as he travels across the globe to uncover little-known areas of the world and celebrate diverse cultures by exploring food and dining rituals.
Catch Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown S4 on Monday, 1st July 2019, 9.50pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
8 Days: To the Moon and Back
8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds. That’s the total duration of the Apollo 11 moon mission. But we only saw a fraction of what happened. Using cutting-edge special effects and previously classified cockpit audio, 8 Days recreates the crucial scenes that were never filmed. The first sight of the moon. The dramatic touchdown. The nail-biting journey home. Original archive footage is seamlessly blended with newly shot film to create a new view of history. This is the untold story of the most important space mission ever flown. And it’s a giant leap for documentary storytelling.
Catch the premiere of 8 Days: To the Moon and Back on Saturday, 20th July 2019, 8.05pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
A tropical storm is coming. Families are fleeing. But hurricane-tracker Josh Morgerman is driving in the opposite direction, and into the heart of some of the world’s most devastating hurricanes. Join Josh as he tracks down tropical storms across the Americas, East Asia and the Western Pacific.
Experience a hurricane at close quarters, as trees and houses are ripped from the ground and thrown skyward, and watch as rescue crews work tirelessly to save families caught in the storm. Finally, witness communities come together and help each other endure, rebuild and move on.
Catch the premiere of Hurricane Man on Saturday, 27th July 2019, 9pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
Revolutions – Ideas That Changed The World
The car. The aeroplane. The smartphone. The rocket. The robot. The telescope. We take these devices for granted, yet each one is a pinnacle of human achievement – with a story that stretches far back in time. They’re the result of thousands of years of accidents, breakthroughs, insights and wonders. Each was born out of a fundamental human need – to travel, to communicate, or to explore.
This series is a mind-blowing voyage through the history of our species, told through the lens of six iconic technological landmarks. It reveals how science, invention, accident and discovery built on one another in surprising and interconnected ways to create not just the modern world, but the modern human being.
Catch the premiere of Revolutions – Ideas That Changed The World on Sunday, 28th July 2019, 9pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
The Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure
The Hairy Bikers are on their bikes again, discovering the most delicious food from our favourite Mediterranean countries.
In The Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure, Dave and Si travel to Italy, Sardinia, Corsica, France, the Balearics and Spain, discovering the cultural and culinary threads that bind the countries of the Mediterranean.
Catch the premiere of The Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure on Tuesday, 9th July 2019, 7.25pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.
The Great British Sewing Bee S5
This feel-good competition format returns, with comedian host Joe Lycett joining for its fifth series.
Ten amateur dressmakers take up a needle and thread to have their stitching skills put to the test in a bid to win The Great British Sewing Bee. They need to know their grosgrain from their gussets, as each week across three challenges they’re asked to make exquisite garments which are scrutinised by two of the country’s top experts. A critically acclaimed hit, this warm-hearted series has delighted sewing buffs and non-sewers alike with its mix of camaraderie and tense competition.
Catch the premiere of The Great British Sewing Bee S5 on Saturday, 13th July 2019, 7.50pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.
A thriller which follows a professor at Cambridge University, who suspects a student of hers to be cheating. As the situation escalates, Leah’s obsession with exposing Rose as the cheat she is leads to terrible consequences. What follows is a single white female-esque drama about two women, locked in a power-play that takes a dark turn.
Catch the premiere of Cheat on Friday, 5th July 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.
The First Men In The Moon
Mark Gatiss’s adaptation of HG Wells’s science fiction classic. July 1969, and as the world waits with bated breath for the Apollo astronauts to land on the moon, a young boy meets 90-year-old Julius Bedford. He’s a man with an extraordinary story of how, way back in 1909, he got to the moon first, and, together with the eccentric Professor Cavor, discovered a terrifying secret deep beneath its seemingly barren surface.
Catch the premiere of The First Men In The Moon on Friday, 12 July 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
This poignant feature-length drama is the definitive account of the most widely shared moment in mankind’s collective experience. Billions of people across the globe followed the danger and triumph of Apollo 11. Dramatically combining digitally re-mastered original footage with drama reconstruction, this film takes the outer story of the watching world and sets it against the fascinating, little-known inner story of the mission. Boldly addressing the dark side of the relationships between the complex personalities of Armstong, Aldrin, Collins and the different crews, dispelling myths, and depicting the tumultuous voyage in authentic detail, this is the ultimate adventure story.
Catch the premiere of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 on Friday, 19th July 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.
Summer of Rockets
Britain, 1958. As a Russian émigré, businessman Samuel Petrukin is determined to integrate his young family into the establishment. So when Samuel meets the captivating Kathleen Shaw and her husband Richard – a war-hero and Member of Parliament – he’s dazzled by their upper-class glamour. But then MI5 agents blackmail Samuel into spying on the Shaws, and he’s drawn into a dark web of deception. These shadowy government operatives could be tempting him into a deadly trap. Are the Shaws really involved in a plot to betray their nation? The country’s future is shrouded in doubt. Who can Samuel trust? Anyone?
Catch the premiere of Summer of Rockets on Friday, 26th July 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.
The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan
Romesh Ranganathan – everyman, comedian and self-confessed coward – is heading to some of the world’s least likely tourist destinations.
He’s getting an insider’s guide to find out if they’re really as bad as their reputations, or actually the next hot tourist spot. There’s only one problem: Romesh can barely negotiate a travel plug, let alone a hostile foreign situation. Hosted by a local in each country, he’ll meet extraordinary characters and find himself in bizarre subcultures, sampling the food, hotels and sights. He’s going to work out whether we should all go there on holiday, or just stick to Spain.
Catch the premiere of The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan on Friday, 5th July 2019. Available on BBC Brit and exclusively on BBC Player.