BBC America HD – July 2009 TV Schedule

Doctor Who - Planet of the Dead

Some of you might already know that I am a big fan of BBC America and their programs. And turns out this July is going to be pretty great on BBC America. Not only are they launching BBC America HD on July 20, 2009, but they have a pretty great schedule to accompany it.

So let’s take a look a their TV schedule for July 2009:

Saturday, June 27 (technically not July, but it’s Doctor Who, so it’s worth noting)

It’s Christmas Eve in 1851 and Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian London. When the Doctor (David Tennant) arrives to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths, he’s surprised to meet another Doctor (David Morrissey), with his own sonic screw driver. How could this be possible? Could this Doctor be a future regeneration? But if so where are his memories? The two must combine forces to defeat the ruthless Miss Hartigan (Dervla Kirwan), who is the Cybermen’s human ally. But are two Doctors enough to stop the rise of the CyberKing?

Monday, July 20

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.

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?
A new episode premieres each night from Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Saturday, July 25

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 twenty-somethings 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.

Sunday, July 26

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?

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.


BBC America will also have a few marathon worth noting:

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

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

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