BBC Two has revealed its Autumn schedule with highlights including a second season of Wonders of the Universe, fronted by Professor Brian Cox, and new historical documentaries; Ancient Worlds, Pompeii and Behind Closed Doors. Drama on BBC Two this autumn will include When Harvey Met Bob – a story set behind the scenes at Live Aid – and Christopher and His Kind; a drama starring Matt Smith about gay writer Christopher Isherwood.
BBC Two has revealed its autumn schedule which will be a mixture of factual, drama and comedy as the channel tries to create for itself a more distinctive identity. Amongst the wide range of factual programmes which will form part of BBC Two’s autumn schedule will be the second series of Wonders of the Universe. The space documentary series aired its first season on BBC Two earlier this year and proved a hit with audiences as Professor Brian Cox took viewers from his personal wonders of our solar system which included the rings of Saturn and the Moons of Jupiter. The series peaked with three million viewers and the series will return for more wonders, fronted once again by Brian Cox, later this year. Cox will also present live event Stargazing Event for BBC Two as well.
BBC Two will launch a season on Education in September with the return of children across the country to schools. The season on education will include a wide range of programming such as Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School for Boys as he tries to re-engage boys who have fallen behind in their education. John Humphrys will explore why the education system is seemingly failing so many in Mind the Gap while drama Permanently Excluded will explore issues of difficulties in classroom that teachers face daily. BBC Two will also have a season on Troubled Families with documentaries from Neil Morrissey making up part of the season. And history will also form part of the BBC Two schedules with documentaries exploring Pompeii, Ancient Worlds, Ancient Britain and Victorian Social Reformers in The Do-Gooders presented by Ian Hislop. The BBC will also mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in First Light, a documentary-drama.
BBC Two will also roll out new dramas across the season – part of a major drama push for BBC Two as it tries to find successful new drama series to balance with its one-off dramas. As previously announced Matt Smith will star in Christopher and His Kind – a drama exploring the life of gay writer Christopher Isherwood. When Harvey Met Bob will explore the Live Aid event and Bob Geldof and Harvey Goldsmith’s journey to hold the charity event. The Song of Lunch is a dramatisation of a poem by Christopher Reid about an ill-fated reunion in a restaurant and it’ll star Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. The channel will also explore the early days of Morecambe and Wise while The Crimson Petal and the White is adapted from Michael Fabers best selling novel. Laconia is a two-part drama by Alan Bleasdale for BBC Two centring around a British vessel which was attacked by a German U-boat during the Second World War.
Comedy on BBC Two in the Autumn will include new series Episodes which will star Tasmin Greig and Matt LeBlanc. A new sketch show for comedian Stephen K Amos, Alan Davies stars as a chef passed his sell-by date in Whites while Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon star in The Trip. Brydon will also front his own show for BBHC Two while award winning comedy Miranda, starring Miranda Hart, will return while Harry and Paul moves from BBC One to BBC Two for their latest series of sketches.