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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: Friday, June 12, 2009 Contact: Sarah Takenaga 212 705 9422 Devin Johnson 212 339 1709 www.press.bbcamerica.com JULY IS ALL SCI-FI, ALL HIGH DEFINITION! BBC AMERICA HD LAUNCHES JULY 20 -U.S. Premieres, shot in HD, of Torchwood: Children of Earth, Being Human and Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH – U.S. PREMIERE Kicking off the first of BBC AMERICA’s HD offerings is Torchwood: Children of Earth premiering over five consecutive nights. The series re-joins Captain Jack (John Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) as they are still coming to terms with the death of two of their closest friends. Yet despite their pain, they know they have a job to do. This time they are faced with their fiercest threat to date - one which throws the future of Torchwood and the entire human race spiralling into danger. Battling against the odds, do they stand a chance of saving mankind? Torchwood: Children of Earth premieres Monday, July 20, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. A new episode premieres each night from Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT TORCHWOOD: INSIDE THE HUB – BBC AMERICA ORIGINAL PREMIERE BBC AMERICA goes inside the Torchwood hub before the U.S. premiere of Torchwood: Children of Earth. This BBC AMERICA original premiere features everything there is to know about Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and the rest of the Torchwood team. Through the use of exclusive interview footage and clips from earlier seasons, revisit the history of this super secret group, relive some of their greatest victories, and get a sneak peek at what Torchwood: Children of Earth holds in store for them. Torchwood: Inside the Hub premieres Monday, July 20, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT BEING HUMAN – U.S. PREMIERE Mixing the mythic with the commonplace, the farcical with the horrific and the domestic with the epic, Being Human, a BBC AMERICA co-production, is a witty and extraordinary look into the lives of three twentysomethings and their secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. Russell Tovey (Doctor Who, The History Boys), Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic) star as housemates trying to live normal lives, despite their strange and dark secrets. George (Russell Tovey) and Mitchell (Aidan Turner) work in anonymous drudgery as hospital porters. They lead lives of quiet desperation under the burden of a terrible secret - Mitchell’s a vampire and George a werewolf. Deciding to start life afresh and leave behind the dark side, they move into a house, only to find that Annie (Lenora Crichlow), the ghost of a woman killed in mysterious circumstances, haunts it. As the monster threesome deals with the challenges of their new life together, they’re united in their desire to blend in with their human neighbors. But with unwelcome intruders into their world, a threatened revolution from the vampire underworld and constant threats of exposure – on top of the day-to-day issues faced by young people – the only thing they may be able to rely on in their heightened world, is each other. Being Human premieres Saturday, July 25, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT DOCTOR WHO: PLANET OF THE DEAD – U.S. PREMIERE Doctor Who, television’s longest running science fiction series and global phenomenon kicks off the first of four U.S. premiere specials on BBC AMERICA. Shot in HD for the very first time, Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, finds the Doctor (David Tennant) trapped on a desert alien planet with a red double-decker bus but no Tardis. He soon discovers the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets hidden in the sand and is forced to team up with a mysterious, aristocratic thief Lady Christina (Michelle Ryan, Bionic Woman, Merlin) to get back to Earth. But time is running out, as the deadly Swarm gets closer. Will the Doctor defeat the Swarm and return to Earth safely with his gorgeous companion or will they face a life doomed on this mysterious planet? Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead premieres Sunday, July 26, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT BEING HUMAN UNEARTHED – U.S. PREMIERE Being Human Unearthed is a behind-the-scenes look at BBC AMERICA’s highly anticipated new sci-fi drama, Being Human. Featuring exclusive interviews with the cast, Russell Tovey (George), Lenora Crichlow (Annie) and Aidan Turner (Mitchell) speak candidly about what it takes to play a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire. Being Human Unearthed premieres Sunday, July 26, 10:30 p.m. ET/PT STUNTS SUNDAY DO-RE-MARIA-THON The hills are alive in musical theatre as legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show) and John Barrowman (Torchwood) continue their search for a new talent to play Maria Von Trapp in the West End revival of The Sound of Music. Beginning with the first four episodes, follow the journey of the aspiring Maria through the audition process where thousands audition, to the ‘Maria School’ where their vocal skills and acting abilities are thoroughly tested and then to the final ten in front of the dream team of judges. The Sunday DoRe-Maria-thon leads into a new premiere episode of How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? Sunday Do-Re-Maria-thon airs Sunday, July 6, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT FRIDAY NIGHT ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON Have a laugh with award-winning host Jonathan Ross on Sunday afternoon with five back-toback episodes of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. A-list celebrities, live musical guests and Ross’ candid, unpredictable banter liven up this Sunday afternoon of Friday night fun. Friday Night On Sunday Afternoon airs Sunday, July 12, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT APPRENTICE UK FINALE COUNTDOWN Sir Alan Sugar is very close to choosing his Apprentice and BBC AMERICA counts down to the finale in an Apprentice UK marathon. Watch the 14 candidates from varying backgrounds face the biggest challenge of their lives - a 12 week job interview with Sir Alan Sugar. Each week their ambition, business flair and wits are tested as they compete in business tasks set by Sir Alan. Stay tuned for the finale to see which one of these lucky contestants will earn the six-figure salary and year-long job in Sir Alan’s billion dollar global empire. Apprentice UK Finale Countdown airs Tuesday, July 14, starting at 8:00 a.m. ET/5:00 a.m. PT TORCHWOOD WEEKEND Captain Jack, Gwen Cooper, Ianto, Tosh and Owen Harper are all back on BBC AMERICA with a Torchwood marathon leading up to the premiere event of Torchwood: Children of Earth. Have an action-packed, adrenalin-fuelled weekend with every single episode of the sci-fi smash hit from seasons one and two. Torchwood Weekend starts with season one on Saturday, July 18, starting at 7:00 a.m. ET/ 4:00 a.m. PT and season two on Sunday, July 19, starting at 7:00 a.m. ET/4:00 a.m. PT PRIMEVAL MARATHON Monster hit Primeval brings more dinosaurs, anomalies and time travel to BBC AMERICA in the Primeval marathon. The team known for traveling back to the prehistoric past and forward to the distant future may finally run out of time. Danny (Jason Flemyng, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Snatch), Connor (Andrew Lee-Potts, Ideal), Abby (Hannah Spearritt, Agent Cody Banks), and the rest of Cutter’s team have a fierce challenge to stop Helen Cutter (Juliet Aubrey, Still Crazy, The Constant Gardener) and save mankind. Will the team save mankind and defeat Helen Cutter for good? The explosive season finale of Primeval follows the Primeval marathon. Primeval Marathon airs Saturday, July 25, starting at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH MARATHON BBC AMERICA presents the entire thrilling five-part series of Torchwood: Children of Earth, from start to finish in the Torchwood: Children of Earth marathon. Captain Jack (John Barrowman), Gwen (Eve Myles) and Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd) faced their fiercest threats and human-race-ending dangers as they battle the odds and hope to save mankind. Torchwood: Children of Earth Marathon airs Sunday, July 26, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT ONGOING PREMIERES Other series that continue to premiere new episodes in July include: Tuesdays: Apprentice UK Wednesdays: Gordon Ramsay’s F Word Fridays: Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Don’t Tell the Bride Saturdays: Primeval Sundays: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies and life-changing makeovers. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 64 million homes. For up-to-the-minute information on BBC AMERICA, forthcoming U.S. premieres, art work and news from the channel, log on to www.press.bbcamerica.com.
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