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Television Time: BBC Shows September 2019

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This September on the BBC, come meet the inspiring people who’ve shaped our modern world in Icons, pick up more shopping tips and tricks with Steph and Alex in Shop Well For Less (Series 2), and join Aidan Turner as he challenges the establishment once again in Poldark (Series 5).

BBC Earth

Icons

In 1899 there were no cars or planes, women didn’t have the vote and the average life expectancy was 31. By 2000, airports and planes linked countries across the world and man had walked on the moon. Vaccines, organ transplants and the discovery of DNA all changed the face of medical care. Icons profiles the people who helped create our modern world – from the explorers and sportspeople who took human achievement to its limit, to the artists who inspired the world, and the leaders who shaped it. This is the story of the 20th century, told through its most famous faces.

Catch the premiere of Icons on Sunday, 8th September 2019 at 9pmAvailable on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

Extreme Treks (Series 3)

Join adventurer and renowned photographer Ryan Pyle, as he spends months exploring and photographing some of the best Extreme Trekking locations in the world. His human-powered adventures are always inspiring, as he proves that anyone can get out and explore the great unknown.

Extreme Treks is a modern television series that is part adventure, part exploration and part education. The best way to understand and respect the world around us is to put yourself right in the path of Mother Nature herself. Leave your laptop at home, unplug from your life and get out and explore the world with Ryan Pyle.

Catch the premiere of Extreme Treks (Series 3) on Tuesday, 17th September 2019 at 9.50pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player

Deadly Disasters

Each episode focuses on one natural tragedy and answers the questions who, what, where, why and when, for each natural disaster. Using real footage from the event, including the lead up to, and the aftermath, the viewer will have an overview of some of the key natural disasters that have come to shape the world today, as we know it.

Catch the premiere of Deadly Disasters on Saturday, 21st September 2019 at 9pmAvailable on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player

Fatburg Autopsy – Secrets of the Sewers

Under the streets of our cities, something sinister is lurking: fatbergs. These huge masses of congealed fat and human waste are a product of what we flush down our toilets and sinks. Why are we suddenly seeing more of them? In this surprising film, a team of experts dissect a five-tonne sample taken from a fatberg that’s at least 750 metres long. What is it made of? And what does it reveal about us? Fascinating discoveries show the potentially deadly threats fatbergs pose, and the simple changes we could make to our habits to keep our sewers safer.

Catch Fatburg Autopsy – Secrets of the Sewers on Sunday, 22nd September 2019 at 9.55pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player

Equator From The Air

The equator is home to a remarkable range of ecosystems and species. But world-leading cameraman Gordon Buchanan knows there’s another story to tell. The region between the tropics is home to 40% of the world’s population. It’s rich in resources, and the perfect place to grow cash crops on a grand scale. As a result, this string of abundant habitats is blighted by poaching, deforestation and flooding. It’s where modern dilemmas come into sharp focus. And the best vantage point to monitor these changes?

From above. Gordon takes an epic journey around the centre of the world, over tropical islands, snow-capped volcanoes and sweeping savannah. It’s a unique planetary health check from the air – at a defining moment for the natural world.

Catch the premiere of Equator From The Air on Wednesday, 25th September 2019 at 8.05pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player

BBC Lifestyle

Shop Well for Less (Series 2)

Steph McGovern and Alex Jones are on a mission to help families change the way they shop without changing their lifestyle.

Catch the premiere of Shop Well for Less (Series 2) on Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 at 9.15pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.

George Clarke’s Old House New Home (Series 2)

Architect and TV property expert George Clarke is back with the popular interiors series that unlocks the potential of homes with history. Britain has some of the most beautiful historic houses in the world; from Victorian to Gothic, Arts and Crafts to Georgian. But the way houses were built years ago just doesn’t work for families today. George guides homeowners through their design dilemmas, suggesting stylish solutions for their period properties and creating stunning homes fit for 21st century living.

Featuring two very different makeovers each episode including a medieval farmhouse, a tiny 1930s bungalow, a super-skinny Victorian terrace, and a grand Georgian town house on the coast, this series proves that, with the right design advice, you can create a perfect blend of old and new.

Catch the premiere of George Clarke’s Old House New Home (Series 2) on Thursday, 12th September 2019 at 9.20pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.

BBC First

Poldark (Series 5)

Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson return as Ross and Demelza Poldark.  It is a new century and with it comes the promise of a hopeful future, but the past casts a long shadow over Cornwall. Following the death of Elizabeth, Ross resolves to put Westminster behind him and spend more time with the people he loves. However, when an old friend emerges with a plea for help, Ross is compelled to challenge the establishment again.

Catch the premiere of Poldark (Series 5) on Friday, 6th September 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

Wild Bill

Starring and executive produced by Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Rob Lowe (The West Wing), Wild Bill is a fish-out-of-water crime drama following high-flying US police chief Bill Hixon, who is appointed Chief Constable in Boston, Lincolnshire. Landing in the UK with his teenage daughter Kelsey in tow, Bill is ready to tackle the county’s crime figures, armed with a range of statistics and algorithms with every intention of getting in and out as quickly as possible.

However, Bill soon discovers the people of Boston are just as smart-mouthed, cynical and difficult to impress as he is, and the man who’s spent his life keeping the messiness of human intimacy at arm’s length is reluctantly propelled into frontline policing and forced to reconsider his relationship with those closest to him.

Catch the premiere of Wild Bill on Friday, 13th September 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

Vera (Series 9)

Multi-award-winning Brenda Blethyn returns as the unorthodox but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope, investigating more chilling crimes only she can solve.

Catch Vera (Series 9) on Friday, 27th September 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player

BBC Brit

Don’t Forget The Driver

Coach driver Peter is a man of quiet routine. He lives in a small coastal town, where little happens and even less changes. Peter is in need of a new route, new direction, and new identity. He isn’t the only one feeling lost. Peter’s mother Joy is just about clinging to reality, and daughter Kayla is getting more stroppy and more stoned by the day. But the tide is changing. Bodies start washing up on the beach and Peter discovers a stowaway in his coach. Surprising friendships are forged, and perspectives transformed.

How might a person in need help you find yourself? And how might one brave soul help a coach driver, a coastal town, and even a country, recognise their own good fortune?

Catch the premiere of Don’t Forget The Driver on Friday, 6th September 2019. Available on BBC Brit and BBC Player.

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