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AIRDATE - Her Story: The Female Revolution | @Foxtel @BBCWorld

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Mishal Husain
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BBC World News will premiere a new four-part series, Her Story: The Female Revolution from 20th February, which will profile women from around the world who are defining the struggle for equality in the 21st century.

With access to some of the most powerful and influential women in the world, as well as women working at the grassroots level, BBC World News will explore how women are taking charge and leading in an often male-dominated world.  The series was co-produced by J. Walter Thompson Entertainment Productions, alongside award-winning production company Films of Record.

Narrated by the BBC’s Mishal Husain, the series explores how women are forging new paths, defying expectations and redefining different spheres of life, from leadership to religion; work to marriage; motherhood and sex.

Women, overall, are still poorer and have fewer rights than men, but significant progress has been made this century. The number of female world leaders has doubled in the last 10 years. Girls now enrol at primary school at almost the same rate as boys, and in many countries, women outnumber men at university.

Each episode is told through the eyes of five or six women from across the world, including: the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė; Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde; the author of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler; and Inna Shevchenko, founder of feminist activist group FEMEN.

Mary Wilkinson, Head of Content for BBC World News, said:

“Whether achieving success at the grassroots of society, the corridors of power or in industries where men still dominate, this series features women who are bringing about change and giving other women more control over their lives. This is a great opportunity for the BBC’s global audience to meet a range of women from every strata of society, who refuse to be limited by the traditional expectations of a women’s place in the world.”



Saturday 20 February at 8.10pm AEDT

The first episode will explore the role of female leadership in the 21st century. The episode follows several high-profile female leaders, including Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström; the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė; President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Mayor of Soda in Rajasthan, Chhavi Rajawat; and Kurdish female fighters in the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ). The episode will examine how the perception of leadership has changed, and how female leaders are redefining stereotypes associated with power and leadership.



Saturday 27 February at 8.10pm AEDT

The second episode will examine how women from the deserts of West Africa to the cities of China are redefining the place of marriage, childbirth and sex in their lives. The episode follows author of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler; 19-year-old Balkissa Chaibou, who is fighting against child marriage in Niger; reproductive rights campaigner, Morena Herrera from El Salvador; Chinese sexologist and LGBT activist, Li Yinhe; and former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, who faced criticism because of her decision not to have children. The women in this episode expose the fault lines in what it means to be a woman and a mother around the world today.



Saturday 5 March at 8.10pm AEDT

The third episode follows the stories of women who are working to promote gender equality within their own religious faiths. The episode follows lawyer and Orthodox Jew, Riki Shapira, and Muslim journalist Asra Nomani, both campaigning for women’s religious rights and the right to pray alongside men; Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, an excommunicated Catholic bishop determined to lead within her own faith; Inna Shevchenko, founder of feminist activist group FEMEN; and the Buddhist monk, Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, who is on a mission to build up bhikkhuni sangha (female monkhood) in Thailand, where it is illegal for women to be monks.



Saturday 12 March at 8.10pm AEDT

The final episode of the series will focus on the lives of women that are breaking through in the most unexpected places, and the ongoing fight to be economically independent and equal. The episode will follow Iranian racing driver, Laleh Seddigh; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, who has balanced a high-powered career with family and motherhood; chemist and Managing Director of Biocon Ltd, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, whose business model is geared up to provide women with more opportunities; Haifaa al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female film director, who battled restrictive cultural codes to bring the stories of Saudi women to a wider global audience; and Joênia Wapixana, the first indigenous female lawyer in Brazil.


Steven Moffat to finish up with Doctor Who | @ABCtv

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BBC announces Steven Moffat’s next series of Doctor Who will be his last and confirms Chris Chibnall as new Head Writer and Executive Producer.


Airdate: Acclaimed BBC Mini-Series War and Peace on BBC First | @Foxtel @BBCFirstAus

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The series began screening on BBC One in the UK Sunday night to critical acclaim and has been hailed as ‘breathtaking” by the UK’s Telegraph.


Airdate: Almost Royal - This month on The Comedy Channel | @Foxtel @ComedyChannel

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This month will see the premiere of Almost Royal on The Comedy Channel, the series is the first ever comedy produced by BBC America.


A Place to Call Home scores new deal with the BBC

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You have to wonder what the Seven Network was thinking when it axed the high rating period drama A Place to Call Home earlier this year. 


Netflix rival Stan signs new content deal with the BBC

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The SVOD service Stan has made another content announcement confirming customers will have access to an extensive selection of BBC programs when the service launches shortly.


Preview: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson feature tonight on Alan Carr Chatty Man @Foxtel

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Zach Braff and Kate Hudson join Alan Carr tonight on UKTV. image - BBC

Zach Braff and Kate Hudson join Alan Carr tonight on UKTV.
image - BBC

The new series of the critically acclaimed chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man, premieres tonight on Foxtel's UKTV at 9:30pm

The wonderfully self-deprecating series presented by BAFTA Award-winning Alan Carr delivers side-splitting comedy with even more laughter, silly antics, celebrities and top music acts than ever before.

In tonight's episode Alan is joined by Hollywood stars Kate Hudson, Zach Braff, Lee Mack and Dan Aykroyd.

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The premiere is full of great moments including Zack Braff discussing his experience in an ‘I feel like chicken tonight’ commercial. prompting comedian Lee Mack to chime in with,

“It’s interesting to listen to you (Zack Braff) about adverts because I’ve genuinely been asked to do two adverts. They say if you want to know your perception amongst the public ask what the advertisers are asking you to do…. That says more about you as a person than any other thing. I’ve been asked to do two adverts….lemsips and hobnobs....”

Loved by both the public and his guests for his irrepressible, warm and witty approach, Alan welcomes a stellar line-up of guests this season including British pop sensation Jessie J, singer and songwriter Ella Eyre, and funny man Jack Whitehall.

Also joining Alan on the couch for series 13 is British rapper and singer-songwriter Professor Green, English rock band Kasabian and one of the best-selling artists of all time, Lionel Richie.


Last Night Of The Proms - Express from the UK on UKTV @Foxtel

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Embraced globally as being the world’s greatest classical music festival with 120 years of history, Last Night of the Proms is a night that is uniquely British


Premium BBC drama now available for the first time on Google Play

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The Musketeers - now available in Australia on Google Play image - BBC Worldwide

The Musketeers - now available in Australia on Google Play
image - BBC Worldwide

Australian fans of BBC content now have another method to access their favourite shows now that they are no-longer premiering on the ABC

From today Australian fans can now purchase entire seasons for a range of BBC programs, including Doctor WhoThe Musketeers, Sherlock and Frozen Planet, from the Google Play store with prices starting at $2.99 for single episodes.

 Additional titles, including programming from Foxtel's premium drama channel BBC First, will be released to the store on a regular basis. With the recent launch of BBC First many ABC viewers have been left disappointed they no-longer receive their favourite shows for free. Many of the titles are also available via iTunes.

Commenting on the deal,  Rob Leach, Director of Business Development and Consumer Digital at BBC Worldwide said: “We’re delighted to offer Google Play customers access to a host of award-winning British content.

“Making the BBC’s content more widely available across digital platforms is key to our strategy, enabling us to broaden our reach, increase audience engagement with the BBC brand and deliver new revenue streams.”

Louisa Bayles, Head of Digital and DVD Sales, BBC Worldwide ANZ, who negotiated the deal added: We want to give audiences a wide variety of options on how and where to view their favourite BBC shows.

“This deal means that Google Play customers will now have some of the best known and loved British TV brands at their fingertips.”

BBC Worldwide content is also available on Google Play in the US, UK and Canada and can be viewed on Android devices or via the Google Play app on iOS.


James May's Cars Of The People - Special series on BBC Knowledge @Foxtel

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James May's Cars Of The People is a three-part special from the Top Gear production team that tells the history of cars that have been socially significant in the 20th century.