This Lunar New Year, the BBC celebrates with a specially curated range of programme marathons and stunts just for your viewing pleasure. From programs such as Donal’s Asian Baking Adventure, to a special Chinese New Year episode of Go-Jetters, there’s sure to be something onscreen for the whole family!
With splendour, scale and romance, Wild China lifts the veil on the world’s most enigmatic and magnificent country, delving into its vibrant habitats to reveal a land of unbelievable natural complexity. Journey across China from the glittering peaks of the Himalayas to the barren steppe, the sub-Arctic to the tropical islands, through deserts both searingly hot and mind-numbingly cold and see, in pioneering images, a dazzling array of mysterious, beautiful, wild and rare creatures.
Catch Wild China from Saturday to Thursday, 18rd to 23rd January 2020 at 8.05pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
The Story Of China
English historian Michael Wood explores China’s heritage in this travelogue series. The presenter goes back in time to discover the stories and people who have shaped the landscape and culture of today’s superpower. Wood begins his journey in Wuxi, where 300 relatives of the Qin family congregate to worship their ancestors. Over in Erlitou, excavations reveal state pieces dating over 4000 years, and Wood finds millions of pilgrims when visiting the shrine of ancient goddess Nüwa at the Yellow River.
Catch The Story of China from Saturday to Thursday, 18th to 23rd January 2020 at 9pm.
Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
Chinese New Year: The Biggest Celebration On Earth
This extravagant, eye-opening and astonishing series immerses us in one of the most spectacular events on earth, getting to the heart of what it is to be Chinese in the 21st century. With Kate Humble, The Hairy Bikers, actress and presenter Jing Lusi and Ant Anstead, the series marks China’s extraordinary annual celebration. From the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, the New Year transport rush and crush in Beijing, ancient fireworks made from liquid metal and the largest motorbike flotilla on earth as thousands of migrant workers in Guangdong province head for home as New Year approaches.
Catch Chinese New Year: The Biggest Celebration On Earth on Friday, 24th January 2020 at 7.10pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
Seven Worlds, One Planet
Millions of years ago incredible forces ripped apart the Earth’s crust creating seven extraordinary continents. Presented by Sir David Attenborough, the series reveals how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life found there and features remarkable, new animal behaviour from all the continents including the baking plains of Africa and the frozen waters off Antarctica. In Asia, the biggest of all continents, we will showcase life at the extremes, whilst in Europe we will reveal surprising wildlife dramas hidden right alongside us. The series will celebrate the diversity of life but also feature the many challenges faced by animals in a modern world dominated by humanity. By telling unknown, unseen and unexpected wildlife stories, we will uncover the fundamental truth about what makes each one of our seven worlds unique.
Catch Seven Worlds, One Planet on Monday, 27 January 2020 at 12.30pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.
Donal’s Asian Baking Adventure
Donal Skehan embarks on a journey to Asian countries to get to the bottom of the popularity of baking and flour-based dishes in the continent.
Catch double episodes of Donal’s Asian Baking Adventure from Sunday to Tuesday, 24th to 28th January 2020 at 6.35pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.
Grand Designs: House Of The Year S4
Every year, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) holds a competition to find the best new home in Britain. 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 Grand Designs: House Of The Year S4 from Friday to Monday, 24th to 27th January 2020 at 7.25pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) 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 double episodes of Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen from Sunday to Wednesday, 26th to 29th January 2020 at 12.45pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.
Rick Stein’s Taste of Shanghai
Rick Steins latest food adventure takes him to one of the biggest cities in the world as he finds out whether Shanghai, having almost doubled in size over the last 20 years, has managed to hang on to its culinary roots. He shares new recipes for the delicious Shanghainese dishes he discovers during his exploration of the city and its coastal suburbs. From an ordinary family home, through the back streets with their fast food cooks and their flaming woks, to soup dumpling joints and eventually to the most glitzy restaurant, Rick gets a real sense of what food means to the residents of this massive city.
Catch Rick Stein’s Taste of Shanghai on Friday, 24th January 2020 at 12.05pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.
The Story of Rice
Rice is eaten all around the world, in many different countries and in many different preparations. The famous Irish chef, Rachel Allen, who handles ingredients from around the world in her daily work, sets out on a trip to learn about rice. Her destination is a country whose food culture is centered around white rice: Japan. Outside Japan, many people mainly associate Japanese food with sushi, but of course that’s not the only way to prepare rice. So then how do Japanese people eat rice? Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagano—Rachel visits cities all over Japan and explores a rich variety of Japanese dishes, all centered around rice. A picture starts to emerge of Japan as a country shaped by its relationship with rice.
Catch The Story of Rice on Friday, 24th January 2020 at 1pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.
Go-Jetters: Chinese New Year, Dragon Dance Drama
Kyan’s invited to perform a dragon dance for Chinese New Year in Beijing. Glitch decides to build a fire breathing dragon robot for the parade and the Go Jetters need to stop it!
Catch Go-Jetters: Chinese New Year, Dragon Dance Drama on Tuesday, 27th January 2020 at 9.15am. Available on CBeebies (StarHub Channel 303) and BBC Player.