Five networks will air Blue Planet II on Saturday. I asked the producers how they construct human-like narratives out of footage of animals.
A decade later, Planet Earth returns with its seven-episode sequel this Sunday, when its premiere airs on BBC America, AMC, and Sundance.
Matt LeBlanc, the star of Episodes and Friends, is joining the BBC’s new Top Gear as co-host.
BBC America’s Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S. ended last Tuesday, and I finally got around to watching the finale this weekend, which is to say that I could find absolutely nothing else to watch and decided to give it a shot because I’d suffered through several, though not all, of its episodes–and because I really… continue reading
Two new food competition series borrowed elements from Survivor and The Amazing Race, but have had wildly different results evolving the food competition format. Bravo’s Around the World in 80 Plates is shrill and annoying and fumbles nearly every opportunity it had, while BBC America’s just-concluded No Kitchen Required is a truly fresh take on… continue reading
Tonight, two shows with English stars hit American TV: one features the host of So You Think You Can Dance, Cat Deely, and Americans who are crazy about the royal wedding, while the other features chef Jamie Oliver once again trying to fix an American city’s unhealthy eating habits. On Royally Mad, a two-part series… continue reading
Tonight, BBC America begins airing The Choir, a compilation of three seasons of a series that aired from 2006 to 2009 on the BBC long before Glee came along. Each is about choirmaster Gareth Malone’s attempts to form a choir from people who don’t sing: first a high school, then an all-boys school, then a… continue reading
The 2008 BBC reality competition Britain’s Missing Top Model comes to the U.S. tonight when BBC America debuts the series at 9 p.m. ET. The show is pretty much Top Model, but its eight contestants, who are competing for a photo shoot and Marie Claire spread, are disabled. Their disabilities range from being deaf to… continue reading
Tonight, BBC America debuts a Channel 4 documentary that may just have some of the creepiest characters ever: fake babies. My Fake Baby debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET–thankfully not opposite ABC’s awesome Pushing Daisies, which would just be unacceptable. It repeats at midnight and 2 a.m. tonight, and later this month. Known as reborns,… continue reading
While there’s enough U.S. reality TV to keep my DVR warm, there are two non-American shows that have made their way into my weekly viewing. First is The BBC’s Dragons’ Den, which is coming to the US as The Shark Tank and is in production on a pilot for ABC. Right now, the original UK… continue reading
Two documentaries debuted this weekend that examine the ways in which people work to be accepted by others, regardless of the consequences. BBC America airs a five-episode Channel 4 documentary series about body image starting tonight with Super Skinny Me, which airs at 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET. The first hour “follows two journalists… continue reading
TLC will air Changing Rooms on Thanksgiving, crossover ep next Sat. As first reported here, TLC will air a Changing Rooms/Trading Spaces crossover episode featuring Hildy and Gen. It will air Nov. 30 at 9 p.m., and will feature the designers and Paige working with Handy Andy in London on rooms belonging to two couples,… continue reading
Castaway: Journey into the Unknown begins on BBC America. The BBC’s second version of Castaway, called Castaway: Journey into the Unknown, began this week; the second episode airs on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.
last episode of Castaway airs on BBC America tonight. The British show that followed about 30 people living on an island for a whole year runs its final episode tonight on BBC America–also at 8 p.m. EST, against that other show about castaways on a different island.
Castaway marathon on BBC America today. The BBC’s Castaway–about a group of 36 people stranded on an island for an entire year–reruns a whole days worth of episodes today.