BBC Worldwide Channels weekly highlights: July 2015


Team Wookie and Jonny with their cars. (From L: Benny, Darren, Tom ?Wookie? Ford, Jonny Smith, John, Luccia)Pointless Series 1 (28 episodes)

Every Monday to Wednesday at 18:10 from 29 June on BBC Entertainment channel 120 DStv???

Hosted by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, Pointless is a game show in which teams of two contestants have to score as few points as possible by finding obscure but correct answers to questions. ??Before the show, each question has already been posed to 100 people who have 100 seconds to give as many correct answers as they can think of. ??The less commonly known answers are the ones the contestants are looking for as they are worth the least points, whereas incorrect answers are awarded the full 100 points. An eponymous ‘Pointless’ answer is one which none of the 100 people gave. ??The couple that makes it through to the third and final round has the chance to win the jackpot of £1,000, which rolls over each episode if the finalists don’t find a pointless answer. ??

The Secret Life of Babies

?Monday 29 June at 22:00 on BBC Knowledge channel 184 on DStv??

What can a baby see and hear? How does a baby explore the world? Why can they swim underwater? How do they communicate? And why do toddlers have temper tantrums? ??The first three years are the most important of a human’s entire life – it’s when we learn to walk, talk and socialise. But as an adult, baby behaviour is both mystifying and fascinating. Using the latest specialist filming techniques this programme reveals the ‘natural history’ of a baby starting with newborns and following their growth and development, as they become toddlers.

The Great Interior Design Challenge Series 1?

From Sunday 28 Jun at 17:00 on BBC Lifestyle channel 174 on DStv???

The search for Britain’s best amateur interior designers begins with the first of eight heats. Would-be interior designers Sarah, Helen and James take on three large bedrooms in Edwardian homes in the leafy north London district of Muswell Hill. They have 48 hours, £1,000 and the help of a builder to interpret and make real the homeowners’ briefs. ??Vintage homeware designer Sarah has given herself a lot to do including upholstering a chair, something she has never done before. Asset manager James has to get the homeowners on board with his bright colours and artist Helen is hoping to discover an Edwardian gem behind some built-in cupboards. ??As well as impressing the homeowners, they must also satisfy judges Sophie Robinson and Daniel Hopwood. Only one designer can make it through to the quarterfinal. ??Next, the amateurs are taking on very unusual and rather beautiful homes in Beckenham, Kent. Built in the 1930s, these homes are classic art deco design – blocky, bright white with a touch of Hollywood glamour. The amateurs are asked to redesign sunrooms at the very top of the houses. Surrounded by glass, they create a unique challenge for the designers.

???Come Dine With Me Series 8

From Monday 29 June at 19:00 on BBC Lifestyle channel 174 on DStv

???Five total strangers take turns hosting the ultimate dinner party for their fellow contestants who give points for the night based on the food and atmosphere. ??Each show has its own comedy and drama revolving around the eccentric personalities highlighted by a wickedly funny narration. With cooking disasters and fiercely competitive hosts, Come Dine with Me is an irresistible invitation.

Mud, Sweat & Gears Series 1 (9 episodes)

From Thursday 2 July at 22:00 on BBC Knowledge channel 184 on DStv???

The ultimate car construction and challenge competition where regular hosts and their teams of petrolheads go head-to-head super-customising, super-racing and generally blowing up the craziest mutated cars this side of Mad Max! ??Rival team leaders select a pretty ordinary base car, then work against the clock with their team members to rip it apart and radically redesign it. Once the teams have their machines fixed up and ready to race, epic adventures unfold in a contest where literally anything can – and will – happen. ??In an added twist, after the thrills and spills of the three stunt challenges, the losing team has to stand by and watch as their lovingly crafted vehicle is dramatically destroyed!