New programs airing this fall on BBC Canada include My Life in Film, Waterloo Road, It’s Not Easy Being Green, Wow Factor, Dream Homes Abroad, Jam and Jerusalem, After You’ve Gone, Perfect Housewife, Road Rage School, New Street Law and Trinny and Susannah Undress.
(1 x 120’) (Canadian Premiere)
Monday, August 20 at 9 pm ET
David Morrissey returns as the infamous Ripley Holden in Viva Blackpool – a one-off musical spectacular of the Golden Globe-nominated original series Blackpool. Georgia Taylor also returns as Ripley’s daughter, Shyanne, for more singing and dancing in the glitzy seaside town. Now a reverend, Ripley has returned to his spiritual home and established Blackpool’s first Vegas-style “Chapel of Love?”. Everything is going fine until glamorous bride Kitty De-Luxe is jilted at the altar, and Ripley’s life is turned upside down.
My Life in Film
(6 x 30’) (North American Premiere)
Thursdays at 10:20 pm ET, beginning August 23
Art (Kris Marshall) is an aspiring low-budget filmmaker whose over-active imagination turns everyday life into classic cinematic adventures. He and his friend Jones (Andrew Scott) fancy themselves to be an English version of the Coen brothers – except they’re not brothers and they haven’t made any films. Against this backdrop of playful homage, My Life in Film explores the isosceles triangle of love, friendship and obsession, with a nod to films such as The Shining, Shallow Grave and Top Gun.
Hustle, Series 2
(6 x 60’) (Network Premiere)
Fridays at 10 pm ET beginning August 24
From the makers of Spooks and acclaimed writer Tony Jordan comes the second season of this slick and stylish drama. With an action-packed blend of humour and intrigue, Hustle follows the fortunes of a gang of expert con artists on the loose in London. They are specialists in the way of the grifter and all are keen to liberate cash from the amoral and undeserving. Starring Adrian Lester, Robert Vaughn, Robert Glenister and Marc Warren.
Spooks, Series 5
(10 x 60’) (Network Premiere)
Sundays at 9 pm ET beginning August 26
The award-winning intelligence drama Spooks returns with even more topical stories. The last series ended on a cliffhanger, leaving viewers wondering if Adam would survive a direct hit from a mystery gunman. The fifth series begins with many questions – most importantly, who was out to get MI5? On top of that, the team continues to contend with terrorist plots, embassy sieges, weapons proliferation and anarchists; not to mention the conflicts and power struggles back in the office.
Canadian Premiere — 8 x 60min
Mondays at 8 p.m. ET beginning September 3
Waterloo Road Comprehensive School is a last resort for both students and teachers, and the idealistic new headmaster may be their only prayer. The lives and loves of the teachers, parents and pupils become inextricably intertwined in this gritty, engaging new drama by the makers of Footballers’ Wives.
It’s Not Easy Being Green
Canadian Premiere — 8 x 30 min
Thursday at 9 p.m. ET beginning September 6
Will the cappuccino machine work on water-turbine energy? And does the family that recycles together stay together? In this series, the Strawbridge family takes on a 300-year-old farmhouse in Cornwall with no plumbing, electricity or home comforts in sight. The family’s aim? To live a 21st-century lifestyle while being self-sufficient and environmentally friendly.
Canadian Premiere — 10 x 60 min
Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET beginning September 6
Presenter Tara Bernard is an edgy, award winning designer. By listening to the home owners’ ideas and what they are looking to create, she pushes clients to design their rooms in styles they might not have ever considered before. Each week she shows homeowners how to take their décor from hum-drum and give it that ‘wow factor’, without breaking the bank.
Dream Homes Abroad
North American Premiere — 10 x 60 min
Thursdays at 12 a.m. ET beginning September 6
Last year 125,000 Britons moved permanently to other European Union countries and surveys show that the trend will increase in the future. Dream Homes Abroad follows ten families looking to leave Britain for lives in sunnier climes.
Jam and Jerusalem
Canadian Premiere — 6 x 30min
Fridays at 10:20 p.m. ET beginning September 7
Written by Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Jam and Jerusalem is set in the Women’s Guild of a small town. Sal Vine has always avoided making any contact with the local branch of the Women’s Institute. But when her husband dies suddenly, she is forced to re-evaluate her life and change her mind about joining the wacky W.I.
After You’ve Gone
North American Premiere — 7 x 30min ,
Fridays at 11 p.m. ET beginning September 7
Jimmy Venables is probably the only man in Britain who gets divorced and ends up with his mother-in-law. When his ex-wife volunteers to go to East Africa, weekend-dad Jimmy agrees to take care of their two teenage kids in an attempt to win her back. Unfortunately, his mother-in-law decides he needs her help.
Premiere Status TBA — 8 x 60min
Saturdays at 1 p.m. ET beginning September 8
Perfect Housewife Anthea Turner is on a mission to revolutionize the running of Britain’s households. Each week, two housewives (or househusbands) visit Anthea’s home for an intensive housewifery course in the 3 H’s: housekeeping, home-making and hostessing – the Anthea way. Will any of them measure up to her impeccably high standards?
Road Rage School
North American Premiere — 8 x 30min
Sundays at 3:30 p.m. ET beginning September 9
Road Rage School puts some of Britain’s worst ‘road ragers’ and puts them through a rigorous series of challenges in an attempt to curb their aggressive behaviour. Entertaining, amusing and occasionally shocking, Road Rage School showcases the fact that the most dangerous part of a car is indeed the nut behind the wheel!
New Street Law
North American Premiere— 8x60min
Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning September 19
New Street Law, set in Manchester’s legal community, follows the exploits and legal cases of two rival law firms with very different attitudes regarding justice. Starring This fast-paced drama follows the week-by-week crises facing opposing legal teams and the people whose lives they hold in their hands. Starring John Hannah, John Thomson and Lisa Faulkner.
Trinny and Susannah Undress
North American Premiere — 6 x 60min
Fridays at 8 p.m. ET beginning October 5
Outspoken style gurus Trinny and Susannah (What Not To Wear) are back in a new series that sees them overhauling couples whose fashion sense has deserted them. Using their trademark wit and brutal honesty Trinny and Susannah give partners a confidence-boosting makeover that could transform their lives.
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