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Wednesday, October 3, 2012


BBC Worldwide Channels has unveiled its Summer season of programmes exclusive to DStv viewers in South Africa. The exciting line-up presents the first and exclusive airing of the very best of British programming where tradition and innovation go hand in hand and established talent, such as Sir David Attenborough and Nigella Lawson, sit alongside fresh new faces like Rachel Khoo.

Jon Farrar, VP Programming EMEA, BBC Worldwide Channels said: “This July, Danny Boyle’s much-lauded Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics uniquely captured the spirit of modern Britain which embraces tradition and quality alongside creativity, innovation and fun.

“In our Summer Channels Schedule these qualities can be found in abundance – from the stiff upper lips of worldwide smash hit Downton Abbey to the fun and realism of Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents. Traditional, high-quality programming such as landmark wildlife series Africa also sit alongside Embarrassing Bodies - a ground-breaking factual entertainment series with a social purpose. We are proud that our Summer line-up is rubber-stamped with the mark of ‘Made in Britain’ and look forward to sharing our distinctive, innovative and high quality programming with our South African audience over the coming months.”

Ratings-busting, multi-award winning drama Downton Abbey returns with a much-awaited third series of tales about the Crawley family. Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes picks up the story of the Downton householders as they adapt to life in the roaring twenties and an exciting new cast member slips into costume in the form of Hollywood royalty Shirley MacLaine.

Another drama – this time a nostalgic one - Call The Midwife makes its South African debut exclusively on BBC Entertainment. A huge popular success in the UK, the drama attracted over 10 million viewers and is the highest rating BBC new drama launch on record. Miranda Hart, Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt, Pam Ferris and Vanessa Redgrave star in these wonderfully warm and witty tales of midwifery and families in Fifties’ London.

Full details of the line-up at