New on BBC Lifestyle in April, 2009

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Starting on BBC Lifestyle in April, 2009:


In Search of Perfection - Season 2 Special
On: Monday, 27 April 2009 at 18h30

in search of perfection

Culinary alchemist and three Michelin-starred chef, Heston Blumenthal demonstrates his unique approach to cooking, this time attempting to revolutionise the traditional Christmas dinner.

Turning his attention to the biggest meal of the year, Heston invites six celebrity guests who all have one thing in common - a genuine love of food - and Heston's aim is to make them feel like children again, albeit with some very sophisticated tastes.

When broadcasters Terry Wogan and Kirsty Wark, comedians Dara O'Briain, Rob Brydon, and Sue Perkins, and actor Richard E Grant arrived, they have no idea what to expect.


Living With Modernism
Premier date: Wednesday, 8 April 2009 at 19h30

Simon Davies presents a series looking at modernist homes in the UK and the people who live in them. He travels the length and breadth of the country seeking out attractive abodes designed by leading architects of the modern movement.

The show includesa Hertfordshire home with a distinctive and extraordinary paraboloid roof, and the Bromley home of designer David Callcott, which is  fusion of stark modernism and art deco.

Simon also visits a couple who purchased one of Scotland’s finest modernist homes solely for the lush garden, only to discover the building’s architectural merits from one of its original designers, who visits the house for the first time in forty years.

Living With The Future
Premiere date: Wednesday, 8 April 2009 at 20h00


This series travels the United Kingdom to discover some of the finest examples of contemporary architecture.

From a minimalist glass cube to an unusual modern thatched manor house, the show introduces a variety of people who all share a common dream of living with the cutting edge of architecture and design.

Houses featured include one which contains an enormous swimming pool in the sitting room, and another with an unusual two storey egg shape dominating the central core of the house.

Living in these amazing homes can take some getting used to - their owners have to get to grips with computer controlled lighting and heating, recycled building materials and a plethora of high tech gadgets.

All of these are supposedly designed to make our modern lives easier and more comfortable, but, as the show reveals, can on occasions be more of a challenge than a convenience.


Cash In The Attic USA
On: Friday, 10 April 2009 from 08h00 to 18h30

BBC Lifestyle devotes a day to shows involving trinkets, antiques and bric-a-brac owned by members of the public.

The line-up includes:

Cash In The Attic USA

An expert team hunt high and low in people’s homes looking for long-forgotten hidden treasures. They search for anything of value that can be converted into cash at an auction, from antique furniture to fine art and family heirlooms. The objective:  to raise money to put towards the home owner’s dream.

Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow sets out to reveal those valuable and not-quite-so-valuable antiques tucked away at the back of the cupboard.

Filmed at locations around the British Isles, local residents bring in their personal treasures to be examined. They may have been handed down through generations, discovered in dusty attics or picked up in junk shops, and all are commented on and valued by the Roadshow experts.

Parenting Day
On: Saturday, 11 April 2009 from 08h00 to 18h00

A day of programming dedicated to the art of parenting.

The line-up includes:

Supernanny USA

Supernanny Jo Frost goes Stateside on a mission to tame the wildest toddlers, soothe the savage six-year-olds and get even the most difficult child to cooperate in the second series of Supernanny USA.

In each episode, this modern-day Mary Poppins observes how parents handle day-to-day obstacles with their children. Once she's given her often brutally honest assessment of their failings and the parenting pitfalls that they are stumbling into, she works with the parents, instilling her tried-and-trusted methods for transforming unwanted behaviour in their children until the kids are under control.

Honey, We're Killing The Kids

Child psychologist Kris Murrin visits families in need of a lifestyle change to show the parents quite literally the future consequences of their children's current unhealthy habits.

Following a series of medical, nutritional and psychological tests, computer graphics produce a detailed portrait of how the children will look when they hit middle age, with often upsetting results.

Help is on hand from a team of experts, who issue the families with a set of rules aimed at kicking the bad habits and putting the children on the road to a much happier, healthier future.

Homes And Reinvention
On: Sunday, 12 April 2009 from 08h00 to 23h30

A day of home makeover shows.

The line-up includes:

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Ty Pennington and his Extreme Makeover design team continue to make more families’ dreams come true by building them luxury homes where every sumptuous detail is perfect. Racing against time on projects that would usually take months, the team manage to cram every little detail into just seven days.

Grand Designs

Presenter Kevin McCloud as he comes face to face with more people who want something a little different out of their homes - so much so that they decide to build them themselves.

As modern life becomes more structured, people are expressing their individuality through their houses, and self-building has never been more popular.

Whether it is a barn conversion, an eco-friendly house using the latest cutting-edge technology, or a wooden structure using traditional building methods and materials, Kevin has handled all sorts of contructions and goes emotional journey with each of the homeowners.

Fine Family Feasting
On: Monday, 13 April 2009 from 08h00 to 18h30

A day of shows dedicated to fine wines and feasting.

The line-up includes:


Season 3 of Cooked, which once again comes from Africa as Justin Bonello sets off on a gastronomic journey around Mozambique. Subtitled My Heart Is In Africa, Justin heads off in search of Africa’s wild heart, wanting to tell the stories of the continent he loves.

Part cookery show, part travelogue, Cooked gets up close and personal, and is all the more rewarding for that.

Oz And James' Big Wine Adventure

Top Gear presenter James May knew nothing about wine, but that's all changed since wine expert Oz Clarke invited him on a month-long trip to France to learn all about it.

In this second season of the series, Oz And James’ Big Wine Adventure, the odd couple reunite at the unlikely venue of Muscle Beach, California, a place synonymous with bronzed, toned body-builders, but also, as Oz reveals, the site of his triumph at the World Wine Tasting Championship in the 1980s.

From there, the pair head off on their next adventure, in a 42-foot motorhome, around the lush valleys and vineyards of California for the next stage of James’ wine education.

1 Comment

07 Apr 2009 20:56

I still miss BBC FOOD.

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