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Television Time: BBC Shows October 2019


This October on the BBC, learn about the extraordinary anatomies of some of the largest animals in the world in Big Animal Surgery, get on board with the latest trends and stories in The Graham Norton Show S26, and explore the myths and truths about motherhood in The Cry.


Big Animal Surgery

The biggest animals on the planet have the most incredible anatomies. Big Animal Surgery reveals these miracles of biological design – by saving their lives on the operating table. Ground-breaking operations. Performed by the most skilled surgeons in the world. This series captures life-or-death treatments as never before. Discover why a lion’s roar can be heard five miles away and how an elephant can go for days without sleeping. Emotionally charged stories, with each episode focused on a new animal. This is Big Animal Surgery.

Catch the premiere of Big Animal Surgery on Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 at 8.05pm.
Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.


The Graham Norton Show S26

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 S26 on Wednesday, 2nd October 2019 at 9.20pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.

Recipes That Made Me

Restaurateur Nisha Katona takes a gastronomic journey around India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh without leaving the UK to uncover authentic dishes from diverse South Asian cultures.

On her travels she’ll meet with passionate home cooks hailing from South Asia and explores their heritage and culture through family recipes, cooking techniques and traditions around food.

Catch the premiere of Recipes That Made Me on Friday, 4th October 2019 at 7.25pm.
Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.

Junior Bake Off S4

Junior Bake Off is back for a fourth series, hosted by comedy duo Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes. Top international chef Allegra McEvedy is joined by The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain to judge 40 of Britain’s best young bakers.

Over a series of 10 heats, four bakers face two challenges: the Technical and the Showstopper, where they will be expected to produce some of the most ambitious bakes ever seen in the Junior Bake Off tent from gravity-defying cakes, to food illusion bakes to giant cookie selfies. One baker from each round goes forward into the finals as they advance to pastry and spectacular patisserie. The series culminates in a Royal Garden Party finale when one baker is crowned Junior Bake Off champion.

Catch the premiere of Junior Bake Off S4 on Wednesday, 16th October 2019 at 7.25pm.
Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.


Hooten & The Lady

Light-hearted action adventure drama, starring Michael Landes (Upstairs, Downstairs) and Ophelia Lovibond (W1A), the American adventurer, anticonformist Hooten and the British Museum curator, Lady Alex Spencer-Parker, explore the world of myths and legends.. From the Amazon rainforest for Percy Fawcett’s long-lost camp, to hunting across Russia for the 51st Fabergé egg, the two explore the world of the mythical and legendary. They travel from the snowy Himalayan Mountains in an attempt to track down the only scroll written by Buddha, to Cambodia to track down the priceless Cintamani jewel, and to Alexandria on the hunt for Alexander the Great’s lost tomb.

Catch the premiere of Hooten & The Lady on Friday, 4th October 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

The Cry

This powerful psychological thriller chronicles the collapse of a marriage in the aftermath of a tragedy and explores the myths and truths of motherhood. Based on Helen Fitzgerald’s best-selling book of the same name, Jenna Coleman and Ewen Leslie star as new parents Joanna and Alistair. They live in Scotland but travel to his home country of Australia to introduce the new arrival to family – and so that Alistair can pursue custody of his first child, Chloe.

Joanna is already struggling with being a first time mum and soon after arrival they find themselves at the centre of an unthinkable tragedy when their baby boy is abducted from a sleepy coastal town. As they face the glare of public scrutiny, alongside this deeply personal trauma the consequences of the tragedy succeed in changing their lives and their marriage forever.

Catch the premiere of The Cry on Friday, 11th October 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

Deep Water

Among the epic scenery of England’s Lake District, we meet three mothers, each with a child in the same class at school. Behind closed doors, each seemingly ordinary woman is struggling with an extraordinary moral and ethical crisis.

Chaotic but loveable Lisa shocks herself at what she does with someone else’s husband, and then forgets to pick up her friends daughter from school. The girl then goes missing how can she possibly make this all right? Physiotherapist Roz, is stony broke, married to a gambling addict. Should she solve her financial problems by having sex with one of her clients? Alpha mum Kate appears to have it all, but appearances can be deceptive. How far will this damaged, pathologically manipulative woman go to save her marriage?

Catch the premiere of Deep Water on Friday, 18th October 2019. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.


Miranda S1, S2 & S3

Miranda is the critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning sitcom written by Miranda Hart. Miranda is desperate to fit in, but her public-school background makes her a misfit down the pub, and she’s never quite fitted in with childhood rival Tilly, or the rest of the girls. She can’t quite grasp how to behave socially and constantly creates embarrassing situations for herself, especially around men – usually with hilarious results. Welcome to Miranda’s world.

Catch the premiere of Miranda S1, S2 & S3 on Friday, 4th October 2019. Available on BBC Brit on BBC Player.


Crumbling country mansion Button House is home to restless spirits who’ve died there over the centuries. Each a product of their time, they’re thrown together for eternity, resigned to squabble over mundane daily gripes. But their lives – or rather afterlives – are thrown into turmoil when young urban couple Alison and Mike unexpectedly inherit the peaceful derelict house and plan to turn it into a bustling hotel. As the ghosts attempt to oust the newcomers, and Alison and Mike discover the true scale of the project they’ve taken on, fate conspires to trap both sides in an impossible houseshare. Cue all kinds of comedy chaos, with every day truly a matter of life and death.

Catch the premiere of Ghosts on Friday, 25th October 2019. Available on BBC Brit on BBC Player.

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