Here’s all the juicy shows that will be premiering on BBC Earth, Lifestyle and Brit next year:
- Gordon, Gino and Fred: The Ultimate Road Trip (Tuesday 1st January at 20:00 – BBC Lifestyle)
Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix hit the road to find out which of their countries does it best and immerse themselves in the most extreme adventures, competing to find the best ingredients from some of the most stunning locations. The three-part series begins in Italy as Gordon and Fred join forces to help Gino put on a sumptuous feast for a very unique wedding blessing on the beach. In France the threesome will help deliver the first oyster festival. The Scottish leg of the journey will see them taking part in some highland fun and games. This is food on tour like never before, but will it be a case of too many cooks?
2. Live Well For Longer (Tuesday 1st January at 19:00 – BBC Earth)
Live Well For Longer looks at the health topics we all want to know about from sex and alcohol to pain and disease. Presenters Kate Quilton and Tamal Ray are joined by reporter Morland Sanders to investigate popular health claims, the latest in medicinal breakthroughs and the best ways to tackle the health problems we all struggle with.
3. Jamie Cooks Italy (Wednesday 2nd January at 20:00 – BBC Lifestyle)
Jamie Cooks Italy is a glorious food travel series in which Jamie Oliver goes in search of Italy’s very best home cooks to bring us extraordinary Italian dishes that turn the simple into the sublime. Jamie loves Italy – the landscapes, the people and, above all, the most incredible food. But Italian food isn’t about Michelin-starred chefs, it’s about home-cooked recipes. So, in this epic series Jamie and his best friend and mentor Gennaro Contaldo will travel far and wide from sun-drenched Sicily to the snowy Alps to meet the superstars of the Italian kitchen – the mammas and nonnas of Italy. They’ve perfected recipes handed down through the generations and Jamie is determined to learn their kitchen secrets.
4. Dinner Date SA (Sunday 6th January at 21:00 – BBC Lifestyle)
The hit UK format Dinner Date gets a South African makeover. Watch as a single guy or girl tries to find love over food. They are presented with five unique menus, of which they must pick the three that appeal to them the most. In turn, the three successful… ‘chefs’ then cook their meal for their guest in an attempt to win their affections and the prize of a second date in a classy restaurant. But will anyone find their soulmate?
5. Ricky Gervais’ Child Support (Sunday 6th January at 18:00 – BBC Brit)
Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) hosts a brand new, laugh out loud gameshow called Child Support that features adult contestants, and interactions between comic Ricky Gervais (The Office) and a group of five children between the ages of 6 and 9. The contestants are asked to answer 10 questions to earn the prize. If they cannot correctly answer a question, they have the chance to be saved by the kids who have been asked the same question by Gervais. It’s tense, it’s funny and a totally fresh take one a gameshow.
6. Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure (Wednesday 9th January at 20:00 – BBC Earth)
This epic new four-part series is Joanna Lumley’s grandest and most challenging journey yet, a breath-taking odyssey from Venice to the Chinese border along the veins of the ancient Silk Road. A perilous network of paths, the Silk Road shaped the modern world, bringing silk, printing, spices, gunpowder, and many other things, to the West. Joanna’s adventure will see her travel through a breath-taking array of fabulous landscapes as she crosses continents, deserts, mountains and steppe, boldly following in the footsteps of the merchants, conquerors, kings and pilgrims who once lived and died along this route.
7. Dragon’s Den (S16) (Thursday 10th January at 20:00 – BBC Brit)
Dragons’ Den is back in business for its 16th series as Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Jenny Campbell and Tej Lalvani take their seats to face a fresh batch of entrepreneurs hungry to strike a deal.
8. Grand Designs S15 (Friday 11th January at 20:00 – BBC Lifestyle)
One of BBC Lifestyle’s favourite property gurus is back for a fifteenth instalment of the hit series Grand Designs. Presenter Kevin McCloud once again follows some of Britain’s most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams.
9. Our Wildest Dreams (Friday 11th January at 19:00 – BBC Earth)
Nine wildlife enthusiasts compete for the ultimate prize: a job at the BBC’s prestigious Natural History Unit.
10. Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds (1 and 2) (Monday 14th January at 19:00 – BBC Earth)
One of the UK’s biggest retirement villages opens a nursery where the classmates’ ages range from three to 102. What can the very young and the very old learn from each other?
11. Death in Paradise (S8) (Monday 14th January at 20:00 – BBC Brit)
Award-winning crime drama Death in Paradise returns for an eighth season to BBC Brit. Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon) heads up the team as lead detective DI Jack Mooney in the popular sun-soaked crime series alongside Joséphine Jobert and Don Warrington (Commissioner Selwyn Patterson). Since launching in 2011, Death in Paradise has cemented its position as one of the BBC Brit’s highest rating dramas. Filmed on the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, season eight sees the arrival of the new Officer Ruby Patterson, played by exciting up-and-coming actor Shyko Amos (A Very English Scandal). Fresh out of Police College, Officer Patterson is more than just an eager new recruit – she’s also Commissioner Patterson’s niece, which presents the team with a challenge or two. While they get to know their new arrival, Ruby quickly realises that life as a police officer in Saint Marie is far from quiet…
12. Louis Theroux: Take My Baby (Tuesday 15th January at 22:15 – BBC Brit)
Popular British documentary film maker Louis Theroux is back with three new films titles The Altered States. First up is Take My Baby. California is the US adoption capital, with 85% of new-born adoptions carried out privately, rather than arranged by the state. It’s a highly lucrative business for the agencies, facilitators and lawyers who match up birth mothers with adoptive parents willing to pay up to $50,000 for the privilege. Louis Theroux talks to women choosing to hand over their own flesh and blood in open adoptions. Adoptive parents financially support them through pregnancy, and there’s the option to stay in touch afterwards. He learns how poverty, addiction and abuse can push them into making often heart-breaking decisions, and also hears from an adoptive mother as she prepares to welcome her son’s birth mother back into their lives after years of drug addiction.
13. Q.I. (S17) (Friday 18th January at 20:00 – BBC Brit)
BBC Brit’s comedy quiz show full of quirky facts is back and once again presented by the phenomenal Sandi Toksvig, in which contestants are rewarded more if their answers are ‘quite interesting’.
14. Britain’s Best Home Cook (Monday 21st January at 20:00 – BBC Lifestyle)
The search is on for Britain’s Best Home Cook, judged by the queen of home cooking Mary Berry, produce expert Chris Bavin, top chef Dan Doherty, and hosted with wit and warmth by Claudia Winkleman. This is the ultimate immersive cooking competition with home at its heart, bringing 10 passionate home cooks from across the country together to live in a shared house while they compete for the crown. Over the weeks they will face a comprehensive range of culinary challenges, from fabulous feasts to the nation’s favourite dishes, and all things in between.
15. Gordon Ramsey 24 hours to hell and back (Tuesday 22nd January at 20:00 – BBC Lifestyle)
This new and exclusive reality series to BBC Lifestyle features award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay driving to struggling restaurants across America in his state-of-the-art mobile kitchen and command centre, Hell On Wheels. For the first time ever, Ramsay will try to bring each of these failing restaurants back from the brink of disaster – all in just 24 hours. First, he sends a team to record secret surveillance. Then, he goes undercover to see the problems first-hand. As the clock ticks down, Ramsay and his team transform these restaurants with spectacular renovations, fresh new menus and hope for the future. It all builds to the end of the 24 hours when grand re-openings of these restaurants are held for the public.
16. Louis Theroux: Love Without Limits (Tuesday 22nd January at 22:15 – BBC Brit)
Part two in the gripping three part series Altered States from award winning documentary film maker Louis Theroux is Maximum Love. For hundreds of years, romantic relationships in western society has been based on the idea of monogamy: two people together, forever. But with nearly 50% of all US marriages ending in divorce, is this traditional model still fit for purpose? Louis travels to Portland, Oregon, to learn about a movement that wants to re-write the rulebook on intimate relationships. Portland is regarded as the capital of polyamory, the practice of having more than one partner with the knowledge of all partners involved. He discovers a whole spectrum of non-traditional family set-ups: some that work and some that have been pushed to breaking point.
17. Louis Theroux: Choosing Death (Tuesday 29th January at 22:15 – BBC Brit)
Award-winning filmmaking Louis Theroux gets to the heart of social issues in the USA with three part series. final episode, Choosing Death.
Louis heads to the West Coast of America to explore the ramifications of 2016’s Aid in Dying legislation that allows a person to take a prescribed cocktail of drug that will result in their death. Terminally ill people who meet certain criteria can take the lethal medication wherever and whenever they want, without further medical assistance. But even for those who want that option, being given complete autonomy over your own death can raise complex questions, making it impossible to choose.