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Television Time: What’s On BBC (September 2022)

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Inspiring people to care about climate change through immersive storytelling of the habitats and animals whose lives are at stake is at the forefront on BBC Earth this September. Frozen Planet II returns 11 years after the phenomenal first series with a spellbinding journey through snow-draped forests, remote mountain ranges and more frozen worlds in the north and south poles. Even as the planet’s most enigmatic animals reign supreme in these magical icy landscapes, it is a race against time as these lands are on the cusp of change. Adding a some glimmer of hope is The Earthshot Prize: Repairing our Planet with Prince William,The Duke of Cambridge, and his team of high-profile champions returning to explores five goals crucial to the survival of our precious planet, and to life itself.

Feel the heat of the ovens The Great Australian Bake Off Series 5 fires up the competition on BBC Lifestyle, as 12 amateur home bakers compete for the title of Australia’s best baker in the famous Bake Off.

Messy relationships dominates BBC First this month with 3 dramas based on the complexities of marriage. In The Split S3, this last instalment focuses on the split between two divorce lawyers in the fast-paced world of London’s high-end divorce circuit. Throughout it all this messy, blended, authentic family of lawyers and lovers prove that divorce doesn’t have to mean failure – and that there is great hope after The Split.

Close to Me is a brooding, inventive, darkly funny psychological drama that follows a woman who has a perfect life with her partner until a fall erases an entire year from her memory. Meanwhile, Our House is an edge-of-your-seat thriller where Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house and her husband’s disappearance is only the start of secrets and lies.

BBC Earth

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The Earthshot Prize: Repairing our Planet

Premieres Friday, 30th Sept at 8:05pm, on StarHub channel 407, Singtel channel 203 and BBC Player

An ambitious and important series focused around the Earthshot initiative to save our increasingly fragile planet.

This is a critical decade for Earth. Facing up to the urgent need to fix our climate, restore nature and build a waste-free world can feel overwhelming. In October 2020, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, launched The Earthshot Prize – the most prestigious global prize for the environment in history – to inspire change by 2030. This pioneering series, fronted by Prince William and his team of high-profile champions, explores these simple but ambitious Earthshots – five goals crucial to the survival of our precious planet, and to life itself.

Martin Clunes: Islands Of The Pacific

Premieres Wednesday, 7th Sept at 9:00pm on StarHub channel 407, Singtel channel 203 and BBC Player

Martin is on an epic journey across the Pacific, meeting people and getting to know about their lives, cultures and stories. Martin explores French Polynesia through French baguettes and coral wine, in Vanuatu he climbs an active volcano and meets a tribe who worship Prince Philip, and gets getting up close to sealions, iguanas, tortoises, penguins, finches and baby sharks on the legendary Galapagos Island.

Frozen Planet II

Eleven years after the phenomenal first series, Frozen Planet returns with a spellbinding journey through magical icy lands. From the makers of Blue Planet II.

The north and south poles. The snow-draped forests and plains of the north. Remote mountain ranges. These are worlds of surprising variety and beauty – seemingly untouched by human presence. It’s this isolation that makes these places so special. Here, the planet’s most enigmatic animals reign supreme. Wolves hunt huge bison across vast snowy plains. Killer whales use cunning techniques to stalk their prey. And rarely seen Siberian tigers pad quietly through crisp white snow. Frozen Planet II captures these fairy tale animals and lands on the cusp of change.

BBC Lifestyle

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The Great Australian Bake Off Series 5

Premieres Saturday and Sunday, from 17th Sept at 10:50am, on StarHub channel 432, Singtel channel 255 and BBC Player

The ovens are getting hot and so is the competition, as 12 nervous amateur bakers grab their aprons and take their places in Australia’s famous Bake Off shed. This diverse group of home baking enthusiasts will need to use every ounce of their baking prowess and creative skills if they want to progress through the contest and earn the title of Australia’s best baker.

CBeebies

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Tinpo Set 2

Premieres Monday to Friday, from 5th Sept at 6:15pm, on StarHub channel 303, Singtel channel 236 and BBC Player

Tinpo and his team solve problems by asking, “What if we tried this…?” From building playgrounds to rescuing a puppy, no job is too big or too small for Team Tinpo.

BBC First

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The Split S3

Premieres Friday, 2nd Sept, on StarHub channel 502, Singtel channel 308 and BBC Player

Entertaining drama set in the fast-paced world of London’s high-end divorce circuit. From Emmy and Bafta winner Abi Morgan. The final series focuses on the split between Hannah and Nathan. The two divorce lawyers are facing their own divorce amicably – until shock revelations prompt a painful showdown. Meanwhile Ruth is spending more time with lover Prof Ronnie than being a helpful grandmother, Nina is juggling life as a single mum and an unexpected event turns Rose and James’ lives upside down. Throughout it all this messy, blended, authentic family of lawyers and lovers prove that divorce doesn’t have to mean failure – and that there is great hope after The Split.

Close To Me

Premieres Friday, 16th Sept, on StarHub channel 502, Singtel channel 308 and BBC Player

Jo Harding is a woman who has a perfect life with her partner until a fall erases an entire year from her memory. As she struggles to piece events together, Jo discovers that her life was in fact far from perfect. Based on the novel by Amanda Reynolds, Close to Me is a brooding, inventive, darkly funny psychological drama that explores the secrets and lies at the heart of a marriage.

Our House

Premieres Friday, 23rd Sept, on StarHub channel 502, Singtel channel 308 and BBC Player

Adapted from the international bestseller by Louise Candlish, Our House is an edge-of-your-seat thriller intertwined with an exploration of a marriage in free fall. When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. Fi insists her home isn’t for sale – how can this other family think the house is theirs? Discovering that her husband, Bram, has disappeared, Fi’s panic rises as she realises the secrets and lies have only just begun. But Bram isn’t the only one with things to hide… In this gripping story of intrigue, conspiracy and betrayal, will either survive the chilling truth – that there are far worse things you can lose than your house.

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Gassed Up 

Premieres Friday, 2nd Sept, on BBC Player

British rapper Mist MCs a series of heart-pumping white-knuckle rides, going head-to-head with celeb petrolheads and backed by the maddest garage crew since Pimp My Ride.

There’s a Mario Kart/Grand Theft Auto mash up as they create a video game-inspired racetrack, turning a disused town into a neon fantasy assault course. There’s turning a stretched limo into the ultimate indestructible home. There’s putting a huge engine into a kids’ electric ride-on toy car and racing it in a gymkhana assault course. Each episode is a paint-blurring, rollercoaster rush. Make sure you’re along for the rides.

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