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Television Time: BBC Shows February 2020

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Next month on the BBC, get a glimpse of the efforts made by the International Animal Rescue team to save the beloved orangutans in Red Ape – Saving The Orangutan, have your tastebuds tantalised as Fred Sirieix takes you on a gastronomical journey to discover some of the best eateries in Extraordinary Places To Eat, and join Dr Nikki Alexander as she attempts to solve more mind-blowing and thrilling cases in Silent Witness – Series 23.

BBC EARTH

The Sanctuary: Survival Stories Of The Alps

An amazing survival story following the adventures of a she-wolf as she travels across the Alps in search of a safe place to bring up her cubs. Along the way she crosses paths with animals who have made this harsh landscape their home, from a bear to a golden eagle. Each animal story reveals the strategy that has allowed it to survive. It’s a spectacular and beautiful series that tells the little-known animal life stories hidden deep in the heart of Europe. From the makers of Wild France.

Catch the premiere of The Sanctuary: Survival Stories Of The Alps on Monday, 10th February 2020 at 8.05pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

North America With Simon Reeve

Author and adventurer Simon Reeve embarks on another epic journey, this time across North America. He finds a vast and varied continent, with glaciers, deserts and jungles, where great wealth exists alongside punishing poverty, political divisions and human drama. Simon takes in the grand beauty of the Rockies and the rugged splendour of America’s West Coast forests. He meets Montana cowboys facing an uncertain future and the indigenous peoples of Guatemala migrating north for a better life. As Simon basks under the Mexican sun and shivers in the Arctic, he tests the temperature of a truly fascinating continent.

Catch the premiere of North America With Simon Reeve on Tuesday, 11th February 2020 at 9pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

Red Ape – Saving The Orangutan

For the last decade, a team of frontline medics has been fighting to save Borneo’s critically endangered orangutans. Armed with cameras, International Animal Rescue has documented its struggle: pulling apes from devastated jungle, giving emergency medical care, rehabilitating and releasing the healthiest orangutans back into the wild. This is both the story of the team’s life-saving work and of how one of our closest wild relatives has been pushed to the brink of extinction. Combining rescue footage with contributions from experts, this documentary looks toward the future and asks what hope remains to save the orangutan.

Catch the premiere of Red Ape – Saving The Orangutan on Tuesday, 25th February 2020 at 9.55pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

BBC LIFESTYLE

Extraordinary Places To Eat

Fred Sirieix really knows great food. He’s served as a maître d’hotel for Michelin-starred restaurants and worked at some of London’s leading places to eat. Now, he’s joined by established food experts – TV chefs, restaurateurs, food critics – who are taking him to the town or city in Europe that is home to their favourite eatery.

Catch the premiere of Extraordinary Places To Eat on Monday, 10th February 2020 at 7.30pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.

Eat Well For Less – Series 6

Greg Wallace and Chris Bavin help families across the UK eat well for less.

Catch the premiere of Eat Well For Less – Series 6 on Tuesday, 25th February 2020 at 9.15pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.

BBC FIRST

Bancroft – Series 2

Newly promoted Detective Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft (Sarah Parish) returns heading up a newly merged police service. Revered by colleagues and delivering impressively low crime figures, Bancroft is riding a professional high. However, this success comes at a great cost as she’s left isolated and estranged from her beloved son Joe (Adam Long) and facing increasing pressure from her dangerous pact with crime boss Daanish Kamara (Ryan McKen).

When a disturbing double murder brings her personal and professional life crashing together, she is forced to confront a chilling new enemy. With threats closing in from all sides, the repercussions of her past actions will come back to haunt her in ways she could never have expected.

Catch the premiere of Bancroft – Series 2 on Friday, 7th February 2020. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

The Mallorca Files

A stylish, energetic detective duo take on the world of crime, in stunning Mallorca. Ambitious young British detective Miranda Blake and her laid-back German partner Max Winter look like a perfect team – if only they could see it. But as this mismatched partnership starts to solve some of the island’s most mysterious cases, the chemistry starts to build. This exhilarating detective drama, shot on spectacular locations across Mallorca, lifts the veil on the many unknown and different sides to this picturesque island.

Catch the premiere of The Mallorca Files on Friday, 14th February 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 on Friday, 21st February 2020. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

Death In Paradise – Series 9

This award-winning crime series remains one of the UK’s highest-rating dramas, pulling in up to nine million viewers. Detective Inspector Jack Mooney may have settled into life on the glorious Caribbean island of Saint Marie, but the murders keep coming. Joined by their new DS, Madeleine, the team solve some of the most confounding crimes they’ve ever seen. From an apparent serial killer on the loose on New Year’s Eve to a man stabbed during a survival weekend on a deserted tropical island, the cases are more baffling than ever. And an unexpected romantic encounter prompts some soul-searching for Jack.

Ralf Little is set to take over from Ardal O’Hanlon in this series. He will take on the role of Detective Inspector Neville Parker, a Manchester detective dispatched to Saint Marie when a woman from his home city is murdered.

Catch the premiere of Death In Paradise on Friday, 28th February 2020. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

BBC BRIT

Hold The Sunset – Series 2

Edith and Phil are still determined to escape to the Mediterranean. But the dream is drifting further away. Roger hits on the idea of running Edith’s spare bedroom as a bed and breakfast – a plan he hasn’t quite got round to sharing with his mother. And when his first guests arrive just as Joan – Edith’s difficult sister – comes to stay, chaos in the house reaches its peak. And romance is blossoming for Sandra, with the last person anyone would expect. Phil’s irritated she might pip him and Edith to the altar. Will they finally tie the knot and make it to that balcony in the sun?

Catch the premiere of Hold The Sunset – Series 2 on Friday, 14th February 2020.
Available on BBC Brit, exclusively on BBC Player.

 

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