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Mission Galápagos

Series 1 (3 episodes)

From Tuesday 26 September at 19:30 on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184)

The remote volcanic Galápagos Islands are one of the greatest treasures of the natural world; a biological wonderland where evolution has proceeded at an extraordinary pace, but climate changes mean this tropical paradise is under threat. Liz Bonnin joins a team of world-renowned scientists aboard the research vessel MV Alucia on an expedition across the islands in one of the most ambitious scientific expeditions ever attempted in this isolated archipelago. It is an exciting opportunity for the team to delve into a world that still largely remains a mystery to science.

The journey begins on the Galápagos’ west side at the youngest and most volcanically active islands in the archipelago, Isabela and Fernandina, which are home to a richly diverse wildlife scene. Here, Liz and the team journey into the clouds above Wolf, the tallest volcano in the Galápagos, where they join a group of biologists hunting for the elusive pink iguana which is teetering on the edge of extinction.

Liz also ventures down in the Nadir; a specially-equipped deep sea submersible, in search of the elusive mola – or ‘sunfish’ – to understand more about its little-known behaviour in the deep. Meanwhile, the team sets sail north for the most remote and inhospitable islands to tag and track hammerhead sharks, but nothing can prepare the Alucia crew for the power of the ocean in this isolated marine wonderland…

Finally, Liz and the team study some of the oldest Galápagos islands to see first-hand the impact that humans have had on this pristine wilderness and reflect on the importance of their missions which will help future generations protect the Galápagos and its extraordinary wildlife in the future.

Fortitude

Series 2 (10 episodes)

Wednesday 27 September at 20:00 on BBC First (DStv channel 119)

Simon Donald’s Arctic chiller, starring Hollywood heart-throb Dennis Quaid, returns for a second series. The islanders have overcome the parasite threat and they’re doing their best to keep going. They’ve wiped out any trace of the wasps – the source of the contamination – but swathes of residents are still leaving and the mainland is trying to suffocate the town by cutting off its funding and supplies. Those who stay are doing so because their life is here and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sheriff Dan Anderssen disappeared soon after he shot Elena and is now missing and presumed dead, despite Eric’s desperate attempts to find him. Meanwhile, Vincent remains traumatised by his wasp attack, but the fact that he and Natalie have finally succumbed to their feelings for each other means he can’t leave Fortitude, despite the terror that still haunts him. Odegard and Eric, on the other hand, are struggling to hold on to their marriage, and Odegard looks likely to be the first to admit defeat as she grapples with an intrusive government figure that threatens both her office and Fortitude itself.

New faces are also pulled into Fortitude’s vortex, including Michael Lennox, PC Ingrid’s stepfather, who is hell bent on catching King Crab, an Arctic fisherman’s dream, worth hundreds of thousands. Michael’s wife, Freya, is dying and he is desperately trying to afford treatment. As well as this, a strange new figure has appeared in town determined to destroy the evil spirit that has descended upon Fortitude and its inhabitants. For there’s a demon amongst the herd and they must be stopped no matter the consequences.

 

Unforgotten

Series 2 (6 episodes)

From Friday 29 September at 20:00 on BBC First (DStv channel 119)

The Bafta-winning drama series returns to our screens as a troubling cold case asks tough questions about justice, in an enthralling story full of heart and drama.

When the remnants of a body are found hidden in a river, DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan are faced with an impossible investigation. David Walker disappeared in 1990 at the age of 34. Only the slightest scraps of potential leads remain, but relentless work leads Cassie and Sunny to four people. Each has a connection to Walker, and a painful secret.

The four names are the pieces of the jigsaw Cassie and Sunny must solve, but the harder they try to put this picture together, the more blurred it becomes. It’s a case that will push their relationship to the limit, and question their assumptions about the most damaged and destructive in society.

 

Our Girl

Series 1 (7 episodes)

From Sunday 01 October at 21:00 on BBC First (DStv channel 119)

Lacey Turner plays the unstoppable Molly Dawes who, having been born and raised in East London with few prospects, went from nobody to a soldier in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Six months later from where we last saw her after completing her initial training, Molly is deployed to Afghanistan as a serving medic. As one of the last missions before the British Army withdraws from the country, Molly is thrilled to be joining the platoon but makes a bad first impression on their leader, Captain James (Ben Aldridge). Things only get worse when Molly discovers Smurf (Iwan Rheon), a face from the past she’d rather forget, is a member of the platoon. As Molly feels the pressure to prove herself, a growing friendship with a local Afghan girl puts Molly in a precarious position with more than her reputation in jeopardy.

Molly is forced to grow up quickly by the unforgettable experiences she faces, and the extraordinary challenges she’ll share with the platoon will give them almost as much importance in her life as her family. Afghanistan will change Molly’s view of life in ways she could never have foreseen – and shape the character of our girl forever.

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