BBC Two reaches for the stars with an ambitious new season

A wide range of ambitious factual programmes, distinctive series and single dramas, and innovative new comedy offers stimulating, entertaining and rewarding television across all genres on BBC Two this autumn and winter 2010/11.

Highlights include:

The return of Brian Cox in a major new series, Wonders Of The Universe, and a Stargazing event exploring the skies live on-air over three nights.

A season of programmes looking at our schools, the choices parents have to make and whether we could do better?

A season on troubled families, including a very personal documentary by Neil Morrissey, who was taken into care at the age of ten.

A big focus on history with new programmes and new presenters, including Ancient Worlds with Richard Miles, Pompeii with Mary Beard, Behind Closed Doors with Amanda Vickery, The Do-Gooders with Ian Hislop and programming to mark the Battle of Britain’s 70th anniversary, with a drama-documentary based on Geoffrey Wellum’s best-selling book, First Light.

A focus on literature in the new year with Sebastian Faulks celebrating the novel in Faulks On Fiction.

New drama including When Harvey Met Bob, which tells the story behind the Live Aid event, Christopher And His Kind starring Matt Smith and literary adaptation The Crimson Petal And The White.

New and innovative comedy, including: The Stephen K Amos Show, The Rob Brydon Show, The Trip starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc, Whites starring Alan Davies, plus the return of Miranda and Harry And Paul.

And new formats, including James May’s Man Lab, How TV Ruined Your Life with Charlie Brooker, Michel Roux’s Service, A Dream Life In The Country and Giles And Sue Live The Good Life.

Says Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two: “This new season reflects BBC Two at its most ambitious and distinctive, bearing the early fruits of the extra investment in drama and offering viewers some fantastic new mainstream comedies alongside the greatest range of factual programming on TV.

“This autumn and winter, viewers can enjoy some big moments created around issues that matter, from schooling to live stargazing events; a focus on history in the autumn and then on literature in the winter; and programmes that reflect the contemporary world with moving human stories, like Neil Morrissey on childcare. We’ve also got lots of exciting new factual formats, including Michel Roux’s Service, Sue And Giles Live The Good Life and James May’s Man Lab. Plus, I’m delighted to say that we have a fantastic range of inspiring, authoritative and entertaining talent on the channel in the worlds of fact and fiction.”


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