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BBC2’s Autumn Schedule

July 20, 2006

Highlights include:

  • A drama focusing on the aftermath of the Asian tsunami in 2004, set in Thailand and will star Tim Roth, Toni Collette, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Okonedo and Hugh Bonneville.
  • Steven Spielberg‘s Western epic Into The West
  • Two films fronted by Stephen Fry about the reality of living with manic depression.
  • New series called Simon Schama’s Power Of Art telling the story of the making of eight masterpieces
  • Major documentary series marking the 60th anniversary of the Nuremberg trial of senior Nazi war criminals.
  • Third series of The Catherine Tate Show.

Full Programme Listings

Animal Warfare – Film following both sides of the passionate debate about Oxford University’s proposed building of a state-of-the-art, multi-million pound animal research centre.

Autumnwatch With Bill Oddie – Bill Oddie, Kate Humble and Simon King reunite to bring daily wildlife reports from across the UK, including reports on the red deer rut on the Isle of Rum, progress of satellite-tagged Brent geese returning from their breeding grounds in Canada to Northern Ireland and a grey seal diary from the Outer Hebrides.

Beyond Boundaries – The African Challenge – Second series in which a team of disabled people have five weeks to travel 1,500km.across Africa.

Coast – New series of the Bafta-winning show as Neil Oliver and the team uncover more charm and mystery from around Britain’s coastline.

Cold Cold Heart – A series of three one-hour films about the death of altruism and the collapse of trust – trust in politicians, trust in institutions and trust in ourselves, both in our minds and our bodies.

Digging Deep – Series in which neglected gardens are transformed into the owner’s personal Eden by ‘horticultural therapists’ Andre Smith and Amanda Brooks.

Dragons’ Den – Third series in which budding entrepreneurs are offered the opportunity to pitch their idea or product to the ‘dragons’ in the hope of persuading the millionaires to part with their own cash and invest.

Equator – Series in which author and broadcaster Simon Reeve takes viewers on a 25,000-mile journey that reveals the equator’s extreme terrains, natural biodiversity and the lives of the millions who live in this unique region of the planet.

Extras – Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s award-winning comedy returns for a new series as Andy Millman (Gervais) begins filming his sitcom and moves from background artist to TV face. Includes appearances from Orlando Bloom, Ronnie Corbett and Sir Ian McKellen.

Fear, Stress & Anger – New sitcom starring Peter Davison and Pippa Haywood.

Galapagos – Three-part series exploring the Pacific islands made famous by Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species.

Heston Blumenthal – In Search Of Perfection
– Culinary alchemist Heston Blumenthal uses his unique expertise and passion for food research to try to create the ultimate taste sensation in his continuing search for perfection.

HG Wells – War With The World – Stars Michael Sheen and tells the fascinating story of the father of science fiction with a mix of futuristic animation and drama.

Into The West – Emmy Golden-Globe nominated sweeping Western epic from Steven Spielberg. Covering the period from 1825 to 1892, it weaves together the compelling experiences of two families; one pioneer and the other a plains-dwelling Native American family, each telling the dramatic stories of the development of the West from their distinct viewpoints.

Johnny Kingdom – A Year On Exmoor – Series documenting rural life and wildlife on Exmoor from the view of amateur cameraman Johnny Kingdom.

Nuremberg – Drama-documentary series going behind the scenes of the most famous trial in history. Based on historical records, the series delves into the minds of three of the most notorious Nazi leaders – Hermann Goering, Albert Speer and Rudolph Hess.

Oz And James’ Big Wine Adventure – Wine expert Oz Clarke teams up with Top Gear’s James May for an unforgettable road trip through France’s wine regions.

Royal Ballet Documentary (working title) – Revealing film marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of The Royal Ballet company showing the human stories that lie behind the dedication and discipline needed to produce some of the finest classical dancers in the world.

Simon Schama’s Power Of Art – Historian Simon Schama recounts the remarkable story of eight moments of high drama in the making of eight masterpieces.

Stephen Fry – The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive – Stephen Fry investigates the reality of living with bipolar affective disorder. Stephen, himself a manic depressive, speaks to celebrities and others not in the public eye who live with the condition, and looks at the devastating consequences it can have for sufferers, their friends and their families.

Suez – Series taking a comprehensive look at one of the key turning points of modern history. Revealing the dramatic personal stories, Suez sheds fresh light on one of the most compelling narratives of recent times.

The Catherine Tate Show – Third series of the award-winning sketch show including a brand-new set of characters and all the old favourites.

The Choir – Observational documentary series following London Symphony Orchestra choirmaster Gareth Malone as he attempts to start a school choir from scratch and, in only nine months, make them capable of competing with the very best at the world choir games in China.

The Monty Don Project – Observational documentary series shot over 18 months in which Monty works with young offenders to transform a plot of land into a fruit and veg organic market garden, complete with livestock.

That Mitchell & Webb Look – Sketch comedy series from Robert Webb and David Mitchell. Including a variety of strange characters, is based on the hugely successful Sony Silver Award-winning BBC Radio 4 show That Mitchell And Webb Sound.

Time Trumpet With Armando Iannucci – Clip show from the future looking back at the key events, celebrities, television shows and people of the next few years, including contributions from much older, but still familiar looking celebrities.

Tsunami – The Aftermath – Drama focusing on the aftermath of the tsunami in Thailand, as seen through the eyes of a group of fictitious characters whose lives are irrevocably transformed by the disaster.

Why Are We Waiting? – Ruthless turnaround king of big business Sir Gerry Robinson is spending six months in the NHS in an attempt to slash waiting times and to find a formula that really works, and to see if it is possible his management experience can make a real difference.

~ All information taken from the BBC website, listings descriptions written or edited by TranceFixed

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