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Television Time: BBC Shows January 2020


Start the brand new year on the BBC with Jodie Whittaker as she faces some of her toughest challenges yet in Doctor Who – Series 12, join Sue Perkins as she discovers how the futuristic city of Japan manages to delicately balance its ancient traditions with new age technology in Japan With Sue Perkins, and find out all about modern Swedish food in Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen,


Secrets Of The Super Factories

We are on the verge of another, even more powerful Industrial Revolution, as factories become bigger and busier, smarter and ever more high-tech and digitally connected –welcome to the 21st Century super factory, where our world is made.

This fast-paced and fact-filled series lifts the lid on production at these super factories, and explores how everything from everyday product to iconic design is made, and takes viewers into the hidden world of the hyper-efficient and flexible factories of the future.

Catch the premiere of Secrets Of The Super Factories on Thursday, 9 January 2020 at 9.55pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

Japan With Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins explores a country caught between ancient tradition and dazzling technology: Japan. It’s often described as a futuristic city and technological mecca. But Japan is also steeped in tradition. Sue visits Tokyo, with its neon digital displays, thronging population and bullet-fast trains. She travels to the mountainous villages, and meets the artisans finding new ways to preserve ancient traditions. The rift between age-old traditions and new-age technology is widening, as the country strives to honour its past – and embrace the future.

Catch the premiere of Japan With Sue Perkins on Friday, 10 January 2020 at 9pm.
Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

Snow Cats And Me

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan joins pioneering Russian big cat experts on a mission to rescue lynx kittens and adults from captivity and return them to the wild. In this snowy Russian wildlife adventure celebrating the resilience and wonder of our natural world, Gordon works with Russian scientists to take lynx from a fur farm and the pet trade and train them for life back in the wild. In an emotional journey, he teaches them how to survive in the forest, how to avoid humans and how to hunt. This ambitious and beautiful series allows Gordon to get close to these charismatic ‘big cats’, experiencing every nerve-wracking and heart-warming moment and, ultimately, their triumphant return to the wild.

Catch the premiere of Snow Cats And Me on Monday, 27 January 2020 at 8.05pm.
Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.


Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen

Popular chef Rachel Khoo is back with, sharing her unique modern take on the fresh and flavoursome food of Sweden. With Rachel’s witty anecdotes and observations, a focus on rarely-covered Swedish cuisine and a large sprinkle of nature and outdoor activities, this distinctive new cookery show has every ingredient viewers need.

Catch the premiere of Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen on Tuesday, 7 January 2020 at 7.30pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.

Bake Off – The Professionals – Series 2

The toughest Bake Off of them all is back again. 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 2 on Saturday & Sunday, 11 & 12 January 2020 at 11.05am. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.

Grand Designs: House of the Year – Series 4

Every year the Royal Institute of British Architects looks for the best new home in Britain, and this time Grand Designs is along for the ride. Presented by Kevin McCloud, it explores some of Britain’s most contemporary and cutting edge homes, all of them in the running for the prestigious RIBA House of the Year Award.

Catch the premiere of Grand Designs: House of the Year – Series 4 on Friday, 24 January 2020 at 7.25pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.


Doctor Who – Series 12

Jodie Whittaker’s globally acclaimed Thirteenth Doctor returns for her sophomore season — a brand new set of action-packed epic adventures spanning space and time. Accompanied by her three best friends, Ryan, Yaz and Graham, the Thirteenth Doctor is set to face her toughest challenges yet. Featuring terrifying monsters old and new, figures from Earth’s history, and an eclectic set of guest stars, this series will delve deeper into the hearts of the Thirteenth Doctor. Cinematic visuals, compelling characters, and a host of alien threats all collide in new episodes shot through with Doctor Who’s trademark warmth, humour and heart. The return of Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends is set to thrill, scare and delight audiences around the world.

Catch the premiere of Doctor Who – Series 12 on Friday, 10 January 2020. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

Silent Witness – Series 23

Dr Nikki Alexander and the team at the Lyell Centre must solve five more thrilling mysteries in this award-winning crime drama. A body in the concrete pillar of a car park. A downed plane. Scientific research gone wrong. The cases that end up at the Lyell Centre are rarely straightforward. Initial suspicions are challenged as the evidence mounts, and Nikki and the team must work harder than ever to find the truth.

Catch the premiere of Silent Witness – Series 23 Express from the UK on 8 January 2020.
Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

Father Brown – Series 8

The charming Father Brown returns to solve more mysteries in the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford. In this series, based on the character created by GK Chesterton, the charismatic priest investigates the murder of an eccentric beekeeper, uncovers the hidden motivations behind a deadly art exhibition and steps in when Mrs McCarthy’s family reunion is threatened by a fortune-teller’s predictions. And when Bunty is tried for the murder of a young aristocrat, it’s a race against time for Father Brown to prove her innocence and save her from the hangman’s noose.

Catch the premiere of Father Brown – Series 8, all episodes released on 24 January 2020.
Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.


Extras – Series 1

Bitter, grumpy, sarcastic actor Andy Millman gave up his day job in the hope of achieving fame and fortune. So far he’s yet to land a speaking part, let alone saunter down the red carpet to pick up a BAFTA. He remains optimistic however, as rubbing shoulders with the A-list on-set only serves to reinforce his belief that the big time is just a job or two away. If only his agent wasn’t so stupendously useless. He and best friend Maggie, also a bit-part actor of little repute, can usually be found in the green room, swigging coffee, bitching about their peers or whinging about their lot in life. Prepare for some classic cameo performances as Hollywood’s finest go through the Gervais filter and emerge a little…twisted.

Catch the premiere of Extras – Series 1 on Friday, 3 January 2020. Available on BBC Brit, exclusively on BBC Player.

Top Gear: Nepal Special

Top Gear’s presenting trio – Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris – are back together for an exciting festive special to round off a spectacular year. Top Gear sets out on perhaps its toughest road-trip ever: A high-altitude voyage from Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, to the Forbidden City of Lo Manthang, a secretive kingdom perched high on the Tibetan plateau, on the far side of the Himalayas.

A five-day expedition through the highest mountains, deepest gorges and harshest terrain on the planet, a trip that would test even the hardiest new 4x4s on the planet to the limit. But Paddy, Freddie and Chris aren’t crossing the Himalayas in new 4x4s. They’re crossing the Himalayas in a very small old Peugeot, a very small old Renault, and Nepal’s first (and only) home-built car.

Catch the premiere of Top Gear: Nepal Special on Friday, 17 January 2020. Available on BBC Brit, exclusively on BBC Player.

The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan: Christmas – The Sahara

A year ago Romesh Ranganathan visited the Arctic to film a Christmas episode of The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan. This year he has agreed to do another Christmas episode – on the strict understanding that he will not go anywhere cold. And so Rom is travelling to the Sahara desert.

Catch the premiere of The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan: Christmas – The Sahara on Friday, 24 January 2020. Available on BBC Brit, exclusively on BBC Player.

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