BBC Channels launch UK hits and premium content in Oz for 2013

Louise Duffy | 03-12-2012

BBC Channels UKTV, BBC Knowledge, CBeebies and BBC World News have revealed their programming highlights for Australian audiences in 2013, to be shown on Foxtel.

These include Top of the Lake, created by Academy-award winner Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, which will launch on UKTV in March. A See-Saw Films production for UKTV, BBC Two and Sundance Channel, Top of the Lake is a mystery set in New Zealand, starring Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Tom Wright and Holly Hunter.

Youth drama Hollyoaks is also coming to UKTV in 2013 – the only channel in Australia to show the UK’s top soaps. UKTV will be delivering exclusive episodes every week night on Foxtel.

There will also be a year of programming to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, supported by extensive off-screen activity. Fans of classic and contemporary Doctor Who can enjoy a feast of iconic adventures featuring each of the 11 Doctors in turn on UKTV.

An exciting year is ahead for Top Gear on BBC Knowledge, as it takes pole position on Foxtel in 2013, transmitting days after UK transmission.

Premiere dramas on UKTV include Spies of Warsaw, an adaptation of Alan Furst’s spy novel set in the years leading up to the Second World War, and starring David Tennant.

UKTV also has a history of showcasing the finest comedy talent in the UK and next year is no different. The channel introduces the brilliant new comedy duo Watson and Oliver as the centrepiece of its upcoming comedy season. Next year it will also bring some of the best live events from the UK, including The BRIT Awards.

As well as Top Gear, BBC Knowledge has a range of programmes lined up for 2013, presented by experts including Brian Cox, Louis Theroux and Michael Mosley. Leading British science series Horizon returns to BBC Knowledge, along with a BBC Worldwide original commission, Dara O’Briain’s Science Club, which sees comedian Dara O’Briain and a team of experts tackle the biggest ideas in science in front of a lively audience.

The CBeebies channel is the only place where pre-school children can enjoy new shows produced specifically for CBeebies around the world. Charlie & Lola and Teletubbies will be joined by new and exclusive favourites Sarah & Duck, Mr Bloom, The Numtums and Dinopaws.

BBC World News delivers the latest global news and information, with regular series including Impact, GMT, Click and HARDtalk. Early next year, BBC World News will move into a new home in London’s Broadcasting House, bringing together journalists from across the BBC’s multiplatform, domestic and international news services and enhancing the look and feel of the channel.