BBC Studios in Africa Weekly Channel Highlights June 2022


This June, BBC Studios will continue to serve up a host of premium shows across their channels.




Changing Planet

From Sunday 5 June at 16:10

Series 1 (2 episodes)  

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The start of a visionary project to document how our planet evolves over the next seven years. We face a pivotal moment in the Earth’s history. The future of our precious ecosystems hangs in the balance. This ambitious series meets local eyewitnesses at six vulnerable locations – Iceland, the Amazon, California, Kenya, the Maldives and Cambodia – and records the changes they are experiencing. It also meets the scientists, indigenous groups and conservationists fighting to save these iconic places for the future. Returning every year for seven years, Changing Planet reveals each location’s battle and asks if we are doing enough to save our planet from irreversible change.



The World's Deadliest Weather

From Thursday 9 June at 19:00

Series 5 (13 episodes)

In this fifth series, we explore the deadliest weather through the eyes of the people who have been in the eye of the storm but against all odds, managed to survive. News archive and user generated footage enables us to relive these weather spectacles in astonishing minute-by-minute detail. We see Hurricane Ida destroy homes and lives in Louisiana, high seas and winds force a captain to abandon ship in Norway and in Hawaii, a climber fights for his life.


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Griff's Great Canadian Adventure

From Friday 10 June at 19:00

Series 1 (6 episodes)

Join Welsh comedian and travel enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones as he embarks upon a journey across the second largest country in the world: Canada. From mountain ranges and vast prairies to glittering cities and remote Arctic towns, this fascinating series explores how history has shaped Canada and uncovers what makes each province so unique. Griff travels from the rugged Atlantic Coast of Newfoundland to Vancouver in the Pacific Northwest, with each episode involving him undergoing a challenge which reflects the region he is visiting.



Earth's Great Rivers

From Saturday 18 June at 19:00

Series 2 (3 episodes)

Travel along three more of the planet’s most spectacular rivers: the Danube, the Yukon and the Zambezi. In Europe, find out how the Danube is coping with years of human impact. Visit North America’s Yukon and see the rich variety of life that has made this great frozen river home, from musk ox to bears. While in Africa, explore the length of the Zambezi, from a tiny trickle deep in a forest to the thundering Victoria Falls and meet the hippos, elephants, lions and buffalo drawn to its wild waters.



Exploration Volcano

From Sunday 19 June at 20:00

Series 1 (8 episodes)

Extreme volcano hunter Chris Horsley climbs deep inside some of the world's most active volcanoes to gather new scientific data from the very heart of their active lava filled cores. From Africa's Great Rift Valley to Central America's Volcanic Arc, Chris will take us closer than ever to the bowls of the world's most volatile volcanoes located in some of the most inhospitable landscapes on earth. 800 million people live in the shadow of the planet's 1,571 active volcanoes, so Chris isn't putting himself in harm's way for the pure thrill of it - by using innovative techniques, he wants to help predict future eruptions. He'll be installing an "early warning system" for eruptions including gas monitoring systems and surveillance web cameras at their rims to alert scientists and local communities about the ever-changing behaviour of volcanoes.



Voices of the Dead

Sunday 26 June at 21:50

Series 1 (3 episodes)

Professor Bettany Hughes leads a forensic investigation into some of the most enduring mysteries of the ancient world and brings viewers face-to-face with the extraordinary people of the past she unearths along the way. Based on sparse remains and clues gleaned from their possessions, Bettany uses the latest evidence and cutting-edge science to craft intimate portraits of these forgotten souls. And while exploring epic and sometimes explosive moments of history, even reveals the sound of their lost voices. Digging into Tutankhamun's secrets, the team uncovers dark stories of royal intrigue—including his mother's murder—along with answers that have eluded Egyptologists for decades. Meanwhile, Bettany reconstructs the identity and fate of five victims of Mount Vesuvius—one of history's worst natural disasters—leading up to and following its devastating eruption.



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Listing Cape Town

From Wednesday 1 June at 20:00

Series 1 (6 episodes)

From the same team behind Listing Jozi, Listing Cape Town takes viewers right into the heart of the most magnificent homes found in the opulent suburbs of Cape Town. The latest series follows five new luxury property brokers competitively listing and selling multi-million-rand homes from the Atlantic Seaboard, Clifton, Camps Bay to Pearl Valley. Listing Cape Town will feature some of Cape Town's most lavish, over the top properties from stud farms in the Cape Winelands to breath-taking beach bungalows ranging from R15 million to R280 million.


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The Great British Sewing Bee

From Monday 20 June at 20:00 

Series 6 (10 episodes) 

The Great British Sewing Bee returns for another series, with comedian Joe Lycett once again overseeing proceedings. During each episode, 10 of the UK's best home sewers face three bespoke challenges set by two of the country's most respected experts: top Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant, and fashion designer Esme Young. As the weeks progress, the pressure ramps up; each of our hopefuls will have to demonstrate absolute excellence in every element of their sewing skill, making or altering items of clothing under intense time pressure. And with more episodes than ever before, can the sewers cope with the extra demand?

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Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars

From Tuesday 14 June at 20:00 

Series 1 (8 episodes)

Gordon Ramsay searches for the UK's most exciting new food and drink business, putting 12 entrepreneurs through a series of challenges as they compete to win his £150,000 investment. The tasks they must complete include successfully running beach shacks in Newquay, Cornwall during the height of the tourist season, going back to basics to forage for ingredients in the great outdoors, and facing their fears as one challenge leads them to incredible heights - literally! Will the competitors manage to overcome the pressure?


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Dinner Date

From Monday 27 June at 18:00 

Series 11 (25 episodes)

Dinner Date is back! The show that puts love on the menu for the new single guys and girls joining the series, who are hoping to find true love through their love of good food. One lucky person will get the chance to find romance as they enjoy three very special meals, cooked for them by three very special blind dates. But when the dinners have been eaten and the dates are done, who will they want to see for seconds?

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