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February on BBC

BBC highlights for the month of February include Unforgotten, The 2023 Brit Awards, EE British Film Academy Awards 2023, The Jonathan Ross Show, The Universe with Brian Cox, Life Below Zero: Canada, How to Sleep Well With Michael Mosely and Supertato.

Unforgotten – Series 5 (M)

Australian Premiere

Coming soon

Available on Foxtel On Demand

Starring: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Sinéad Keenan & Carolina Main

6 x 60′

The BAFTA-winning hit returns as DI Sunny Khan and new DCI, Jessie James, uncover the truth behind another historical murder.

Human remains are discovered in a newly renovated period property in west London. But is this a murder dating back to the 1930’s or has the body been disposed of in more recent times? Sanjeev Bhaskar is back to lead the team alongside Sinéad Keenan who plays his new partner DCI James. The ghost of much-loved former colleague Cassie Stuart still hangs over the department – does Jessica have the resolve, professionalism and spirit to live up to her much-admired and respected predecessor? DI Khan’s loyal team reprise their roles including Jordan Long as DS Murray Boulting and Carolina Main as DC Fran Lingley.


The 2023 Brit Awards

Australian Premiere

Sunday, February 12 at 8.30pm

Hosted by: Mo Gilligan

1 x 120′

The Brit Awards are the most anticipated event in the British music industry’s calendar and this year they will be hosted by Mo Gilligan.

2023 Awards Categories include Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, International Artist of the Year, International Group of the Year and International Song of the Year.

Harry Styles and rock duo Wet Leg lead all nominations with four. The Brits have nominated 20 female artists – the most in a decade. Elsewhere, Stormzy, The 1975, Cat Burns and dance music DJ Fred Again all received three nominations. Artists including George Ezra, Arctic Monkeys, Nova Twins, Aitch and Dave claimed two. Debut nominations went to K-pop girl group Blackpink, Eurovision star Sam Ryder, Kentucky rapper Jack Harlow and British grime and hip-hop artist Kojey Radical. In the international artist of the year category, three of America’s biggest female acts – Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lizzo – will battle it out for the prize.

Performers at this years Brit Awards include Harry Styles, Sam Smith, Kim Petras and rock duo Wet Leg.

EE British Film Academy Awards 2023 (M)

Australian Premiere

Monday, February 20 at 8.30pm

Hosted By: Richard E Grant

1 x 120′

Considered one of the biggest nights in the film industry calendar, the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAS) are renowned for welcoming and honouring an impressive line-up of stars and are regarded as an important indicator of the frontrunners for the Academy Awards®.

All Quiet on the Western Front leads nominations with 14 in total, followed by Banshees of Inisherin and Everything Everywhere All At Once with ten each, Elvis with nine, and TAR with five. All Quiet on the Western Front, The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All At Once and Tár are all nominated in the ‘Best Film’ category.

Australian actress Cate Blanchett has been nominated for a BAFTA for her leading role in “Tár”.

This years event takes place at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall

The Jonathan Ross Show – Series 19 (M)

Australian Premiere

Fridays at 8.30pm from February 17

9 x 45′

The heavyweight of comedy chat, Jonathan Ross, gets up close and personal with A-list stars in this no-holds-barred talk show. For over two decades Jonathan has been a giant of the television landscape, winning massive audiences for every show with his celebrity guests, live music and trademark humour. From the light entertainment shows that made him a household name, to film reviews, comedy panel shows and hosting awards ceremonies, Jonathan Ross is showbiz. His charming style means he gets far more from his guests than any other interviewer, as stars spill their secrets. Must-watch TV has never been so much fun.

Guests this series include Lewis Capaldi, Hans Zimmer, Rita Ora, Tyson Fury, Sylvester Stallone, Stormzy, Michael McIntyre, Gordon Ramsay, Adam Lambert and Kate Hudson.

The Universe with Brian Cox (PG)

BBC Earth Premiere

Saturdays at 7.30pm from February 4

5 x 60′

Deep space. High drama. Take a front row seat for the greatest show in the universe. From the makers of The Planets.

Every night, above our heads, a drama of epic proportions is playing out. Alien planets, zombie stars, black holes bigger than a billion suns. The cast of characters is extraordinary, and each one has its own incredible story to tell. Universe takes you on an interstellar journey to places we didn’t even know existed 10 years ago – including new discoveries of strange alien worlds. Using incredible CGI and drawing on huge advances in technology and scientific understanding, it immerses you in awe-inspiring wonders. The Planets captured the story of the solar system. Universe goes far beyond, propelling you into the vastness of space.

Life Below Zero: Canada – Series 2

Australian Premiere

Saturdays at 8.40pm from February 4

8 x 60′

The compelling series that follows a diverse group of Canadians as they carve out an ‘off grid’ existence in the remote Canadian north returns.

Five hardened northerners are back to battle predators and the elements for the most basic human necessities. Becky ‘came north’ to start a family. Bentley has only known a life in the bush. Swiss trappers Kim and Pierre moved to the Yukon to realise their dream of living off the land. And, new for Series 2 is Jonathan, a half Inuit, half French father of two who is determined to bring up his sons in a traditional Inuit way.

How to Sleep Well With Michael Mosely

BBC Earth Premiere

Thursday, February 23 at 8.30pm

1 x 60′

A comprehensive guide to the science of sleep – and how it impacts everything we do.

Sleep is a ritual that unites us all. But why do we do it? This documentary reveals how sleep affects almost every part of our physical and mental wellbeing, from memory and mood to immunity, weight and fertility. New research and theories are put to the test in experiments never before shown on TV. And in the UK’s biggest-ever sleep survey, discover how sleeping habits vary across age, lifestyle and location. Accessible and genuinely useful, this is the startling science behind our slumber

Supertato (G)

Australian Premiere

Weekdays at 7.50am from February 6

16 x 7′

Good battles against evil among the aisles of a local supermarket in this slapstick comedy animation series featuring the world’s greatest potato superhero.

The supermarket may be closed but everything is far from quiet in the aisles. Evil Pea has escaped her icy lair in the freezer and is determined to take over the store forever. Based on the bestselling books by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, this brand-new-action packed animation series follows the adventures on Supertato, the world’s greatest potato superhero, as he and his fruit and veg pals do everything they can to try and stop Evil Pea. Each episode brings new challenges and slapstick silliness – from riding an out-of-control toy dinosaur to building a baguette rocket to visit the stinky cheese mmon in the deli aisle, but will our superhero be able to protect his friends and return Evil Pea to the freezer where she belongs?

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