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Television Time: BBC Shows – November 2020

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Welcome to November, where it’s going to be a month filled with learning and discovery as BBC premieres a slew of programmes that will help expand your knowledge about current events happening around the world. Return to the 1970s and 80s with BBC’s latest drama, Small Axe. Directed by Academy and BAFTA award winning director Steve McQueen, Small Axe is a collection of 5 stories – each depicting a historic moment of Black history in Britain. With award-winning actors John Boyega (Star Wars) and Letitia Wright (Black Panther) taking on the roles of prominent historical figures, discover how their characters battled racial prejudice and sparked change for Britain’s Black community.

Before you return from your journey through time, why not take a pit stop in olden day Singapore to follow the lives of a wealthy British family in The Singapore Grip. Watch how they navigate through uncertain times and overcome the adversities they face during World War II. Discover what it takes to be a front liner in the fight against Covid-19 with BBC’s special documentary, Race Against The Virus: The Hunt For A Vaccine. Look into the personal diaries of scientists to uncover what goes into combating the spread of this pandemic and the reasons why they are racing against time to find a cure for humanity. Finally, seek out some of America’s most popular culinary delights, ingredients, cooks and personalities with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Siriex, and discover hidden food spots across the States.

BBC FIRST

The Singapore Grip

From the creators of Poldark and Victoria, The Singapore Grip is an ambitious and exotic family saga set in colonial Singapore during World War Two. This epic drama follows the schemes – both commercial and amorous – of a wealthy British family as they struggle to preserve their prosperous business amid cataclysmic world events. A compelling portrait of a society in decline and a family clinging to a world that is crumbling around them, The Singapore Grip is adapted by Oscar®-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton from J.G. Farrell’s classic novel.

Catch the premiere of The Singapore Grip on Friday, 6th November 2020. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

Small Axe

John Boyega (Star Wars) and Letitia Wright (Black Panther) lead the cast of a deeply personal drama.

The first television project from Academy Award and BAFTA- winner Steve McQueen, this series of films for television is based on the real-life experiences of London’s West Indian community. Set between 1969 and 1982, these standalone stories celebrate courage and community. From a group of activists taking on a seemingly hopeless battle against police persecution, to a teenager experiencing a blues party full of dance, danger and romance, they’re a powerful reminder of how brave individuals can spark change. Small Axe delivers a message our divided world needs to hear: even the most marginalised voices can challenge the most powerful.

Catch the premiere of Small Axe express from the UK on Monday, 16th November 2020. Available on BBC First (StarHub Channel 502) and BBC Player.

BBC EARTH

The Age of Nature

A fresh look at our relationship with nature, our impact on it, how it works, and how we can begin to restore the balance for life on Earth. There is hope.

At this crucial turning point in our planet’s history, The Age of Nature brings together inspirational contributors, rare archive material and stunning imagery from around the world, to give us a deeper understanding of nature. Are we ready to reconsider our place within it?

Catch the premiere of The Age of Nature on Monday, 2nd November 2020 at 8.05pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

Ben Fogle: Return to the Wild Series 2

Adventurer Ben Fogle revisits people who turned their backs on the rat-race to set up home in some of Earth’s most remote locations.

How have things panned out for the former war correspondent who became a grizzly bear guide in the Canadian wilderness? Or the former city fat cat turned jungle Tarzan in the swamplands of Georgia, USA? And what about the man whose tragic accident prompted a move to Australia’s notorious Tornado Alley? Ben finds out what’s changed for these compelling characters as he learns about the challenges they’ve faced since he first spent time with them. Is life in the wild still their ultimate dream?

Catch the premiere of Ben Fogle: Return to the Wild Series 2 on Thursday, 19th November 2020 at 9.55pm.
Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Series 6

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown follows host Anthony Bourdain, world-renowned chef, bestselling author and multiple-Emmy winning television personality as he travels across the globe to uncover little-known areas of the world and celebrate diverse cultures by exploring food and dining rituals.

Catch the premiere of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Series 6 on Friday, 27th November 2020 at 9pm.
Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

Race Against The Virus: The Hunt For A Vaccine

With the drama of a scientific thriller, this documentary reveals – through the eyes of the scientists on the frontline – how Covid-19 spreads, and charts the race to develop a vaccine.

Catch the premiere of Race Against The Virus: The Hunt For A Vaccine on Monday, 30th November 2020 at 9.50pm. Available on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) and BBC Player.

BBC LIFESTYLE

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby Series 3 Set 1

Check into more of the world’s most awe-inspiring hotels as this fun, aspirational hit series returns. These fantastic locations represent the zenith of luxury and the ultimate in customer care. Fancy a visit to a Macau hotel with one of the world’s largest indoor gardens? Or a cultural hotel hideaway set deep in the Bavarian Alps? Presenters Giles Coren and Monica Galetti roll up their sleeves and learn how hard the staff work in these incredible locations.

Catch the premiere of Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby Series 3 Set 1 on Tuesday, 10th November 2020 at 9.20pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.

Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip Series 2

This time Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix are off on an American adventure. After the fun-filled success of their European tour, Gordon is keen to show Gino and Fred the culinary delights of his adopted home from home. For Gordon, the United States is at the forefront of cooking and produce; for him, it is the diversity of people and cultures that creates this unique melting pot. Gino and Fred remain to be convinced. Destinations include Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, LA, San Fran. They also take a dip into Mexico, visiting Tijuana and Ensenada, before finishing in the Lone Star State. Before that though, it’s off to Morocco on a bit of a detour… The return of this hugely successful BAFTA-nominated series promises more comedy, chaos and competitive missions for the three friends, as they travel around the Americas. As always, they’re on a quest to find the best ingredients, cooks and characters in the most stunning locations.

Catch the premiere of Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip Series 2 on Tuesday, 24th November 2020 at 10.15pm. Available on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432) and BBC Player.

BBC BRIT

Stath Lets Flats Series 1

Stath is a Greek-Cypriot lettings agent, working at the family business in North London. His eccentric dad Vasos is desperate to retire – and Stath is desperate to prove he can run the business when that happens. The only problem is Stath is rubbish at letting flats. His only moral support is his cheery sister Sophie, who dreams of being a professional dancer despite a complete lack of talent, and his painfully shy colleague Al. Can Stath earn his dad’s trust and finally take over the business?

Catch the premiere of Stath Lets Flats Series 1 on Saturday, 7th November 2020. Available on BBC Brit and BBC Player.

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