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BBC PRIME (article first published : 2003-07-23)

BBC Prime on DStv is proud to present yet another television exclusive for Africa. It’s a programme that has just won the Rose d’Or, the most prestigious award at the Montreux TV Festival and has been wowing British and American viewers over the past year.

Faking It is based on the concept of My Fair Lady where you take an individual from one type of background – give them a complete makeover - and then pass them off as the real thing in a situation that would normally be completely foreign to them. So imagine a posh, weakly-built student becoming a night-club doorman, or a country vicar trying his luck at second-hand car sales, or take a Hot Dog vendor and see if they can cut it as a top restaurant chef.

At the end of their four-week makeover and training, they have to fake it in their new roles in front of professional judges. Can they pull it off? Tune in to find out.

Another top-notch and award-winning documentary series is Blue Planet, the definitive natural history of the world’s oceans. The sea covers two-thirds of the planet, yet this world, teeming with life, remains largely unexplored and certainly under-filmed. This series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, changes all that and subsequently changes preconceived views of the deep. Advances in underwater photography have opened the doors to unknown territories never before explored.

The Monday Night Crime slot will present the complete television works of superb crime writer Minette Walters. During August and September BBC Prime will showcase the murder and mayhem dreamt up by Ms Walters’ pen and adapted with a chill by the BBC.

The Sculptress is a two part psychological thriller starring Pauline Quirke as a confessed double murderer, whose past is about to be raked over by an ambitious writer. This is followed by The Ice House, a whodunit, that springs surprises and sizzles with sex as Corin Redgrave reopens a 10 year old murder investigation after a body is found in a disused ice house. Two more Minette Walters crime thrillers follow in September: The Scold’s Bridle and The Echo.

Wednesday Double Drama will include double episodes back to back of Rescue Me, a comedy drama about love and romance set in the offices of women’s magazine Eden, starring Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones’s Diary).

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley return in Absolutely Fabulous in Comedy Triples; three episodes of fashion fun back to back every Tuesday night starting in August.




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