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BBC PRIME (article first published : 2004-11-4)

November sees a wealth of new programming coming to BBC Prime. Whether itís gripping drama, tongue-in-cheek comedy or the best in documentary and lifestyle programmes, itís all there on BBC Prime.

Top Gear Xtra is a long-running favourite in the UK and features the inimitable Jeremy Clarkson putting cars that are hitting the motoring headlines through their paces. The show involves a studio audience in some good-hearted banter.

Graham Norton peaks in November with three US Specials to end the present series of this outrageous chat show. His guests could scarcely be more high profile including such Hollywood greats as Whoopi Goldberg and Susan Sarandon. Yet more scandalous comedy comes in the form of Julia Davis who is both star and writer of the sinister Nighty Night. On the pretext that her ill husband is already dead, her character develops an unhealthy obsession with finding a new man and will let nothing stand in her way.

Written 600 years ago, the Canterbury Tales are given new life on BBC Prime this month. With such headline-grabbing names as Julie Walters and Keeley Hawes, these six stories feature a wealth of compelling characters in thrilling situations. Every Monday night, Canterbury Tales is followed by another mystery to be solved by the delightfully scruffy and idiosyncratic Jonathan Creek. There are more medical emergences to cope with in a new series of Holby City and Tinsel Town brings a taste of the Glaswegian club scene to local screens, offering a glimpse of Dawn Steele of Monarch of the Glen fame in an earlier role. Meanwhile, Two Thousand Acres of Sky gives an insight into a somewhat calmer Scottish existence when a single mother swaps city living for life on a small Scottish island.

No Going Back follows the real-life adventures of families who give up the rat race in order to turn their dreams into reality even if it means sacrificing some of lifeís luxuries. Moreover, in African Village a British family embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they volunteer to experience life in a remote and traditional African village.

Meanwhile, back in the UK, professional property hunters Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer pound the pavements to secure the best possible property for the most competitive price in Location, Location, Location. Also, on the property theme, Safe As Houses follows the trials and tribulations of couples moving home.

Prime People, BBC Primeís new Saturday night Biography slot, looks in depth at the life and works of the genius Leonardo da Vinci in a three-part documentary Leonardo and November once again sees the entertainment marathon Children in Need roll into town with all the best acts from the worlds of television, the movies and music.

BBC Prime can be found on DStv.




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