BBC Worldwide channels today unveiled its winter season of programmes exclusive to DStv viewers in South Africa. The exciting schedules are filled with premieres showcasing the best of British talent – including A-list stars Chris O’Dowd, Jeremy Piven, Jamie Oliver and Graham Norton.
Kully Kaur-Bains, Head of Programming South Africa, BBC Worldwide said: “First class programming takes the centre stage on BBC’s channels this winter with high quality, award-winning content across all genres. South African audiences can look forward to viewing Britain’s most talked about shows, including the critically acclaimed The Great British Bake Off and Moone Boy, and ratings-hit Strictly Come Dancing.”
• Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Cosmopolitan Cook – An original commission for BBC Lifestyle, this series follows passionate and creative cook Rachel Khoo as she travels Europe and beyond. Immersing herself in local cultures and cuisines, Rachel meets local foodies and learns the latest food trends along the way.
• The Emmy-award winning and hotly anticipated comedy series Moone Boy premieres on BBC Entertainment this winter. Written by and starring Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Moone Boy follows the imaginary friend of 11 year old Martin, the youngest child in the large, loud Moone family, as he grows up in 1980s Ireland.
• The award-winning Great British Bake Off returns to BBC Lifestyle for a fourth series this July. Queen of Cakes Mary Berry and master baker Paul Hollywood will be judging 13 passionate bakers as they face the infamous Signature, Technical and Showstopper challenges. The Great British Bake Off series 4 saw phenomenal ratings in the UK, with 9.4 million viewers tuning in to watch the final.
• BBC Entertainment debuts ratings hit Big School to South African audiences this July. With a cast of comedy greats, including David Walliams (Little Britain), Catherine Tate (Doctor Who) and Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter), Big School is a fantastic feel-good sitcom where the staff need looking after more than the pupils. Big School premiered to more than 5 million viewers in the UK.
• Premiering on BBC Knowledge this June, Secrets of South America is an ambitious and gripping series about South America’s diverse culture. Hosted by Billy J D Porter, Secrets of South America explores a continent packed with contrasts.
• BBC Knowledge exclusively presents Wild Brazil, a landmark series from BBC’s world renowned Natural History Unit. Brazil is the wild heart of South America, home to more species than any other country on the planet. In never before seen impressions of this majestic country, Wild Brazil follows the intimate lives of an exceptional set of animal characters.
• Returning to CBeebies in October is Dinopaws, a funny and magical animated series featuring three young charismatic dinopaw pals named Gwen, Bob and Tony whose boundless sense of curiosity always leads them on exciting and wondrous adventures. Dinopaws presents a world seen through the eyes of pre-schoolers - a place brimming with wonder and endless possibilities.
Full details of the line-up can be found here www.bbcsouthafrica.com.