Award winning actress Hayley Mills, celebrity chef James Martin, Hairy Biker Dave Myers and Strictly’s Len Goodman are just a few of the names coming to BBC Daytime in a line-up of new programmes.
The line up of new productions include Meet The Street – where James Martin brings communities together to tackle loneliness as well as dramas like The Coroner and the return of Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On. There are also two new quizzes: Decimate, fronted by EastEnders’ Shane Richie and The Edge, which will see Mark Benton testing contestants’ general knowledge and dexterity.
“We’ve had a fantastic year on BBC Daytime and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to build on recent successes such as Call the Council, The Link, Home Comforts, D-Day The Heroes Remember, Watchdog Test House and Real Lives Reunited, with a rich mix of brand new programming.” – Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Daytime
James Martin spearheads a nationwide campaign designed to bring communities together and tackle the growing issue of loneliness in the UK, in Meet The Street. This brand new series sees celebrities go back to a street they grew up on to find out who lives there now and help them set up a real social network. Dom Littlewood, Helen Skelton, Dave Myers and Alex Jones visit their old haunts and inspire the locals to come together by creating a fun community event. James also meets those on the front line of tackling loneliness to find out what can be done to prevent and tackle isolation.
Matt Allwright teams up with Britain’s housing officers in The Housing Enforcers. Working shoulder to shoulder with local council housing staff as a trainee, he joins them on the frontline of the battle between tenants and landlords.
Oxford Street is the busiest shopping street in Europe, with over 200 million people visiting the mile and a half stretch a year. This iconic retail destination has an income twice as large as the whole of Birmingham. It is one of the most expensive places in Britain to run a shop and one of the most lucrative. It attracts its customers from all over the UK and across the globe. So with all that going on, what does it take to keep the street and its population of workers, residents and eager shoppers going? In this new series the Beeb will follow exactly what makes the country’s most famous shopping street tick.
In Britain’s Gardens From Above horticulturist Christine Walkden embarks on a journey to explore our most glorious gardens and countryside from a striking new perspective – in a hot air balloon while The Channel is a ten-part observational documentary focussing on the people who work around the clock, policing what is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.
This autumn, writer and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter joins forces with Chef Brian Turner to discover a true Taste Of Britain. Each programme focusses on one county or region in which Brian and Janet seek out not only the best local food producers, but also explore the history, wildlife and local traditions that make each area so special.
Presented by Gloria Hunniford, Home Away From Home is inspired by the latest holiday trend for swapping homes instead of checking into hotels or B&Bs. Two couples agree to take part in a house swap, unaware of whom they are swapping with and where they are going. On their return home the couples get to see just who’s been staying in their home and more importantly, what they thought of it.
In Don’t Mess With Me, Margaret Mountford is on a mission to expose the anti-social behaviour of Britain’s litter louts in the cities, the countryside and the sea also Holiday of My Lifetime sees Len Goodman take a line-up of celebrity guests down memory lane to relive their favourite childhood summer holiday. Eamonn Holmes, Matt Allwright, Esther Rantzen, Ainsley Harriot and Anita Manning all have their suitcases and sandwiches packed and ready to go.
Drama lovers will not be disappointed with a feast of offerings. Brand new to BBC One is The Coroner. Following a messy marriage break-up, Jane, a highflying solicitor returns to the small seaside town of Lighthaven, which she escaped from as a teenager. Now the town’s coroner she finds herself forced to work with Davey, the boy who broke her heart and is now the local Detective Sergeant.
Emmy and multi BAFTA award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern’s sixth series of Moving On returns with five stand-alone films. Both Father Brown and WPC 56 returns for a third series.
New quizzes also get a look in with Richard Osman presenting Two Tribes, a fast-paced quiz where what contestants have in common is just as important as their general knowledge. Actor, singer and comedian Shane Richie fires questions to a team of three contestants fighting to maintain a £20,000 wall of cash in Decimate. With every wrong answer their total is decimated. Waterloo Road actor Mark Benton puts contestants’ dexterity and general knowledge to the test in The Edge. Favourites Pointless, Pressure Pad and The Link also make a return to the screen this autumn.