The All New Planet Earth Is Coming To BBC Worldwide Channels. Take your pick of eight channel highlights from 5 – 10 February.
Planet Earth II Series 1 (6 episodes), from Sunday 5 February, 4pm on BBC Earth channel 184
A decade ago, Planet Earth marked a milestone in natural history filmmaking, proving an intimate portrait of life on Earth. Ten years on, the unprecedented advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world means we can look at our planet from a completely new perspective.
Planet Earth II was filmed with the intention of presenting the world from the viewpoint of the animals themselves.
Travelling through jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities, the series explores the unique characteristics of Earth’s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them.
New technology has allowed individual stories to be captured in a previously unseen level of detail. Incredible landscapes and dramatic moments are brought to life from the perspective of the animals experiencing them. From spellbinding wildlife spectacle to intimate encounters, this series moves closer than ever before to the high spectacle and intimate encounters of life on planet Earth
The Great American Thaw Series 1, Sunday 5 February at 5pm on BBC Earth channel 184
For the first time ever, camera teams are going to follow the everyday life of the most iconic animal families through the toughest spring on earth in Yellowstone – beginning in a snow-wrapped winter that melts into a hot arid summer in just three months.
Filmed in real time to give an ‘as live’ feel, this series intercuts the story of our animal families and how they handle the challenges thrown at them. Each family faces different challenges at the three different stages which together tell the whole story of The Great American Thaw.
City in the Sky Series 1 (3 episodes), from Sunday 5 February at 6pm on BBC Earth channel 184
At any one time, there are a million people flying above our heads. But what does it take to run this ‘city’ 30,000 feet up in the sky?
This fascinating series explores the hidden world of aviation, revealing the inner workings of the airports, factories and facilities that collectively keep this vast global network functioning. Delving into the science and engineering underpinning the aviation industry, the series introduces the people who keep the whole thing up and running as well as the hidden networks that air travel depends on.
Filmed at some of the biggest, busiest, coldest and most remote airports in the world, this series builds a unique picture of the globally connected system that has transformed the way we live in the 21st century. And with air-passenger numbers predicted to double in the next 20 years, it also looks at what the industry will have to do to keep up.
Super Secret Celebrity Weddings Series 1, Sunday 5 February at 9pm on BBC Lifestyle channel 174
Celebrities will do just about anything to keep the gossip-obsessed media away from their weddings, and we’re bringing you all the outrageous details.
Find out how Mariah Carey planned an over-the-top music video that was actually a sneak-attack wedding, and why bullets flew at Gisele Büdnchen and Tom Brady’s secret Central American ceremony. From Nicole Kidman’s CIA-level stunts, to Scarlett Johansson’s clandestine wedding hideaway; From Brad Pitt’s cunning war against paparazzi to Beyoncé’s shocking incognito wedding entrance, we’re telling all the scandalous stories that the stars don’t want you to know.
Human Pups, Sunday 5 February at 11pm on BBC Lifestyle channel 174
Britain is a nation obsessed with dogs. There are nine million of them in the UK, with one-in-four households having a canine companion. But some people don’t just want to own a dog, they want to be one. Human Pups introduces us to a previously unseen subculture of ordinary men who lead extraordinary double lives, dressing up in elaborate dog suits that cost thousands of pounds as they strive to become their very own pet.
Human puppy play has become a global phenomenon in recent years and there are now an estimated 10,000 ‘human pups’ in the UK alone. But what makes these grown men covet doggy treats, belly rubs and squeaky toys? And why has it risen in popularity?
From Crufts-style competitions to obedience training and finding a handler, being a human pup is just like being a dog, but fearing scorn and ridicule most have kept their alter egos a secret until now. Getting under the skin of this weird and wonderful world, Human Pups explores what it takes to become a human pup, the impact it has on friends and loved ones and why, for some people, it has become a way of life.
Wild Thailand Series 1 (3 episodes), from Wednesday 8 February at 5.30pm on BBC Earth channel 184
Go beyond Thailand’s beaches. Wild Thailand reveals a sacred kingdom of awe-inspiring beauty, packed with wildlife and full of natural wonder. This series reveals Thailand’s towering limestone cliffs, paddy fields, hidden temples and the teeming city of Bangkok, before visiting the forests of the north.
While full moon parties get underway on the beaches of Ko Pha-Ngan, a dazzling light show takes place on the island’s reefs. In Bangkok, we meet the animals that have made this urban environment their home. And a visit to the north is like stepping back in time – ancient tribes practice time-honoured traditions and tigers still stalk the forests. Wild Thailand reveals a land that is worlds away from the familiar tourist trails.
Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club Series 4, Wednesday 8 February at 8pm on BBC Lifestyle on channel 174
Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty return for a fourth series of celebrating great food at their café on Southend pier. The boys reveal how to make blowout feasts designed to add some serious culinary wow factor to your weekends. Jamie cooks show-stopping dishes to share with friends and family, including Asian-style seafood parcels, spiced lamb flatbreads, Gurkha chicken curry, mega meatball sub and surf ‘n’ turf Essex gumbo.
Meanwhile, Jimmy explores the foods we all buy ready-made but we could actually be making at home – from British bangers and smoked salmon to sourdough, mozzarella and fresh coffee, not only will they taste better, you’ll also know exactly what’s in them too. Plus, a whole host of celeb friends pop in to learn how to cook the ultimate version of their favourite dish, from Orlando Bloom, Goldie Hawn and David Tennant to Jack Whitehall, Anna Friel and Fearne Cotton.
And the boys are back on the road to continue their fight against food waste, focusing on unloved, but delicious British ingredients, including kid goat meat, Scottish langoustine, herring and a return visit to ugly veg.
Reggie Yates: Extreme South Africa Series 1 (3 episodes), from Friday 10 February at 20:00 on BBC Brit channel 120
Twenty years since the first free elections and in the shadow of Nelson Mandela’s death, Reggie Yates gets up close and personal with three different communities in South Africa.
Yates visits a community rocked by gang related violence, and helps out in a local hospital, dealing with dozens of stab victims. He also visits a poor white settlement camp in a park and later meets influential preacher giving hope in exchange for hard cash.
All the while he tries to understand different communities by immersing himself in their cultures and their issues. What he discovers is a South Africa quite unlike anything he could have expected.
Where: On DStv