BBC Entertainment has been yanked from DStv after years of torturing us with dated seasons, tired line-ups and half-finished series.
The abysmal channel will be put out of its misery at the end of August and a new channel called BBC Brit will replace it on Tuesday, 1 September. It's going to be available to Premium, Extra and Compact subscribers and mostly focuses on factual entertainment e.g. Top Gear, talk shows, reality shows and documentaries.
BBC Knowledge will also go through an overhaul - on the same day. It's going to change to BBC Earth, which is described as a channel that "shares the wonders of the universe." It will only be available to Premium subscribers and remains on channel 184.
The overhaul of the channels rolls out in September and then a new BBC channel launches on Channel 119 on 18 October called BBC First, which makes a hefty promise to us.
The name strongly suggests that it will air British shows FIRST instead of years after everyone else. It implies that we'll see series such as Downton Abbey when everyone else sees them instead of the terrible, dated airings we've been forced to suffer.
All we can is say thank you ITV Choice! The launch of ITV a couple of months ago must have sparked the move because ITV is fresh, current and everything that BBC Entertainment hasn't been.
Will BBC First deliver where BBC Entertainment failed? Time will tell.
Here's a round-up of some of the titles on each channel:
The cast of Youngers/Damian Lewis in Wolf Hall.
A comedy drama set in the UK urban music scene, the series follows the journey of two teenage boys, Yemi and Jay, in their quest to break into the music industry.
The Moaning of Life
Radio producer, author and TV presenter Karl Pilkington sets out in his own inimitable style to check out other cultures to experience how they face up to life’s big issues like happiness, death, careers, marriage and children.
Duck Quacks Don’t Echo
Comedian Lee Mack presents a new panel show that explores bizarre and fascinating facts. Each week, three celebrity guests offer an incredible fact for discussion and with some expert help they’ll attempt to prove to their fellow panellists that it’s true.
Life is Toff
Life is Toff visits Britain’s notorious aristocratic family, the Fulfords and tells the intimate and surprising stories from their lives.
David Attenborough meets President Obama
US President Barack Obama interviews Sir David Attenborough at the White House where they discuss the future of the planet, their passion for nature and what can be done to protect it.
Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the series spans the globe and tells the remarkable and often perilous story of the journey through life capturing extraordinary moments of resilience and tenacity and never seen before animal behaviours.
Professor Brian Cox presents Human Universe, the story of humanity told through the greatest questions we’ve ever asked. Venturing into incredible places across the globe and drawing on the latest scientific theories, the series explores everything from the nature of consciousness and language development to the human need to search deeper into the unknown and our compulsion to discover alien life in the universe.
Life Below Zero
A series that follows the drama and hardships experienced by four Alaskan households in different corners of a merciless territory as they battle to make it through a long, dark, freezing winter.
Based on Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker prize-winning novel, and starring Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall is an historical drama that chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell, the son of a humble blacksmith who became King Henry VIII's chief minister, as he navigated the corridors of power in the Tudor court.
A new six-part gangster drama, starring Cillian Murphy as a gangster operating in Birmingham, England, during the aftermath of World War 1.
An eight-part mystery thriller starring James Nesbitt as Tony Hughes, the father of a boy missing in France. When five year-old Oliver disappears while on holiday, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years to come.
Doctor Who returns for a ninth series, starring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald.