BBC America March 2010 Highlights

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BBC AMERICA MARCH 2010 HIGHLIGHTS

TOP GEAR SEASON 14 – U.S. PREMIERE
Following directly on the heels of Top Gear season 13, is another fast-driving, explosive and hilarious all-new Top Gear. This season kicks off with hosts Richard Hammond and James May’s idea of a driver’s heaven when they take an Aston DBS Volante, a Ferrari and a Lamborghini Spyder to Romania. They are in search of an obscure, legendary stretch of road that some driving enthusiast claims to be the “greatest road in the world”. Also James May makes a rare appearance on the Top Gear track and compares the BMW 760i with the Mercedes S63 AMG while finding himself entangled in a strange card game with The Stig.

This season also features Jeremy and Richard settling their issue of which company has produced the greatest number of brilliantly well-made cars, James trying to solve the issue of getting large RV’s to campsites without causing major traffic congestion and Jeremy hitting the track in a legendary rally car while Richard invents the new sport of airport vehicle racing. And the ongoing hit original “Star in the Reasonably Priced Car” segment features Hulk actor Eric Bana, Twilight Saga: New Moon and Frost/Nixon star Michael Sheen and Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie.
Top Gear premieres Monday, March 15, 8:00p.m. ET/PT

BBC EARTH SUNDAY

THE LIFE OF MAMMALS: INSECT HUNTERS – BBC AMERICA PREMIERE

Esteemed Sir David Attenborough brings to life the history of the insect hunter. When mammals first appeared, insects were abundant on earth and mammals made meals of them. They learned to regulate their body heat to hunt at night while dinosaurs were asleep and protect themselves against angry insects and larger predators. The insect eating mammals were at the beginning of the mammal’s history and are still thriving today. Featured insect hunters in this BBC AMERICA premiere are musk shrews that dive under water, moles that swim in sand, pangolins and giant anteaters that survive entirely on a diet of social ants and termites and insect eating bats that take to the air for the insects that fly.
The Life of Mammals: Insect Hunters premieres Sunday, March 21, 4:00 p.m. ET/ 1:00 p.m. PT

THE LIFE OF MAMMALS: OPPORTUNISTS – BBC AMERICA PREMIERE

When it comes to food most mammals are specialist – some eat nothing but termites, some just seeds, some eat flesh while others rely on plants like bamboo in the giant panda’s case. However, instead of being a specialist, mammals also become a generalist known as the omnivore, which eat a variety of food in whatever seems to be around at the time. Among these opportunists are the raccoon that search on land and sea, the babirusa pig that detect the scent of ripe fruit through dense tropical vegetation, skunks in Texas who feast on baby bats only a few weeks out of the year and the most adaptable and successful mammal – humans.
The Life of Mammals: Opportunists premieres Sunday, March 21, 6:00 p.m. ET/ 3:00 p.m PT

THE LIFE OF MAMMALS: LIFE IN THE TREES – BBC AMERICA PREMIERE

The tropical forest provides shelter and food for mammals that have made the three dimensional world of the forest their home. Trees provide food, security from ground living predators and refuge from the elements.

And to reap the benefits of this world, special adaptations are needed. The Rock Hyrax, similar looking to guinea pigs, are accomplished climbers and walk around the low branches of the acacia trees when they feed. Sloths and lorises have the talent of gripping – claws on one hand and fingers and thumbs on the other – to grip with all four limbs. The tamandua has a prehensile tail which grips to allow for termite eating as it hangs and the squirrel, whose agility is legendary to their light body, balancing tail and sharp claws, allows them to move around tree tops at astonishing speeds.
The Life of Mammals: Life in the Trees premieres Sunday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. ET/ 4:00 p.m. PT

MOVIES

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE – BBC AMERICA PREMIERE
Sean Connery as James Bond is dispatched to Japan after an American and Soviet spacecraft disappear mysteriously in orbit. With each nation accusing the other amidst the Cold War, James Bond travels secretly to a remote Japanese island in order to find the perpetrators and comes face to face with Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE. With the help of Japanese agent Tiger Tanaka, his student Kissy Suzuki, and a backpack-sized helicopter, Bond is on a mission to break down the superpowers and find the hijacked spacecrafts.
You Only Live Twice airs Sunday, March 21, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

STUNTS

SURVIVORS SUNDAY
If a virulent disease scoured the planet, wiping out 99% of the human race and killed every member of your family, your lovers, friends, neighbors and probably everyone you have ever known and the world was stripped of all the conveniences of the 21st Century, would you survive? BBC AMERICA presents a marathon of its newest sci-fi hit, Survivors. The marathon features all episodes in the season to-date and prepares for brand new premieres airing Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT.
Survivors Sunday airs Sunday, March 7, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT

THE INBETWEENERS: AN AFTERNOON OF AWKWARD MOMENTS
The awkward yet painfully funny teenage friends, Will, Simon, Jay and Neil are back with a marathon of the first 9 episodes of The Inbetweeners. Catch up on their hilarious antics as the four of them together try to make it through the trials of growing up in middle-class suburbia.
The Inbetweeners: An Afternoon of Awkward Moments airs Sunday, March 14, starting at 3:30 p.m. ET/ 12:30 p.m. PT

BBC EARTH SUNDAY
The breathtaking natural history programming from the BBC, presents five incredible specials this Sunday afternoon, including the premieres of three Life of Mammals specials: Insect Hunters, Opportunists, and Life in the Trees.
BBC Earth Sunday airs Sunday, March 21, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT

LICENSE TO THRILL ALL-DAY BOND-A-THON
BBC AMERICA presents an all day, action-packed marathon of James Bond movies including You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger. From Istanbul to Amsterdam, and Fort Knox to Japan, experience the adventure of Sean Connery’s Bond as he travels the world on a mission for Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
License to Thrill All-Day Bond-a-thon airs all day Sunday, March 28

ONGOING PREMIERES

Other series that continue to premiere new episodes in March include:
Weekdays: Antiques Roadshow UK
Mondays: Top Gear
Wednesdays: The Inbetweeners
Fridays: Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
Saturdays: Six Nations Rugby Championship, Survivors

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