BBC Brit, BBC Earth unveil Polish launch line-up

Fourteen factual series, including David Beckham: Into the Unknown, Top Gear and Billy Connolly's Big Send-Off, will launch BBC Brit and BBC Earth in Poland in February.
December 5, 2014

BBC Worldwide is to launch two global genre brands – BBC Brit and BBC Earth – in Poland on February 1.

Promising a full slate of entertaining factual programming, the BBC Brit slate includes Mud, Sweat and Gears, described as an action-packed contest where car enthusiasts race in vehicles they’ve radically custom-designed.

Journalist and broadcaster Louis Theroux meets eccentric dog owners in LA Stories: City of Dogs while radio producer, author and TV host Karl Pilkington visits other cultures in The Moaning Of Life, where he measures their experiences with happiness, death, careers, marriage and children.

Meanwhile, BBC Brit will also host long-running car-focused series Top Gear, with premiere episodes airing in Poland on the same day they are broadcast in the UK.

Elsewhere, the first season of Speed with Guy Martin follows the titular motorcycle race and truck mechanic, who creates speed-based challenges; while comedian Lee Mack and celebrity guests investigate the bizarre in order to bust some myths in Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.

Soccer superstar David Beckham travels across Brazil with some of his closest friends in David Beckham: Into The Unknown, and Billy Connolly’s Big Send-Off finds the Scottish comedian exploring changing attitudes, beliefs and approaches towards death.

Over at BBC Earth, Life Story – narrated by Sir David Attenborough and shot in 4K – spans the globe, capturing animal behavior with stunning imagery.

Professor Brian Cox hosts Human Universe, which tells the story of humanity through great questions, while Life Below Zero: The Thaw chronicles people who live off the grid in Alaska. Lands of the Monsoon offers a look at Southern Asia’s wildlife and cultures, and examines the way they cope with tumultuous weather.

Explorer Steve Backshall searches for the deadliest animals on Earth and extreme forces of nature on Deadly Pole to Pole, which finds him traveling from the Arctic to the Antarctic in search of his pursuits.

And twin doctors Chris and Xand Van Tulleken undergo month-long high fat and high sugar diets to test the effects of poor nutrition in Sugar V Fat.

“The BBC is renowned throughout the world for the quality and intelligence of its output,” said BBC Worldwide’s executive VP for CEMA Grant Welland in a statement. “Add to that some of the biggest names on television brought together in two carefully curated channels, and you have a unique and exciting offering.”

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