[03/30/09 - 12:26 PM]
BBC America - May Highlights
In addition to newcomers "Apprentice UK" and "Don't Tell the Bride," look for the return of "Hotel Babylon."

[via press release from BBC America]


-Sir Alan Sugar hits the boardroom in the premiere of Apprentice UK-


The infamous words "You're Fired!" will now be heard on BBC AMERICA with the premiere of Apprentice UK. English entrepreneur and businessman Sir Alan Sugar takes on fourteen ambitious and eager young candidates through a series of weekly challenges. The candidates are divided into two groups hoping to outsmart the other team through demanding and fierce tasks before facing the boardroom showdown. Ultimately, one of these lucky contestants will have the opportunity to earn a high-paying job in Sir Alan's billion dollar global empire.

Each week the teams face off with challenges that include creating an ad campaign to sell Sir Alan's private jets, designing a kid's toy and even presenting a "live" television show selling real products on air. After each challenge is complete, the losing team has to make the unfortunate choice of picking out the weakest candidates while Sir Alan and the board has the difficult task of "firing" a player. Each week dreams are shattered while one person is getting closer to their dream job.

Episodes 1-4 are channel premieres, Episodes 5-12 are U.S. premieres. Apprentice UK, premieres Tuesday, May 5, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, all following episodes will premiere Tuesdays, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.


In the tradition of getting married, the soon-to-be groom proposes and the soon-to-be bride plans every detail of the wedding but this isn't the case in Don't Tell The Bride. Narrated by Ruth Jones (Nessa, Gavin & Stacey), each episode follows one couple on their journey as the groom is given $20,000 � and sole responsibility for all decisions - towards their big day. But that means he's got to plan every aspect of the wedding including picking out the bride's gown. His wife-to-be remains in the dark during the entire process and their relationship is pushed to the limit as the groom has to deal with demanding bridesmaids, difficult mother-in-law's, expensive flowers and even surviving his own bachelor party. These grooms will only have one chance to give their bride the wedding of a lifetime.

Don't Tell The Bride premieres Friday, May 15, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT


Hotel Babylon returns, including a guest star appearance by Paula Abdul, to BBC AMERICA with an all-new season filled with the glitz, glamour and drama at one of London's most exclusive hotels where guests can have whatever they want � for a price. Whether it's throwing a Grand Prix victory celebration or helping to launch a new fashion line, the staff at Hotel Babylon work tirelessly for their glamorous, image-obsessed customers. Charlie Edwards (Max Beesley) has been promoted to manager and his first task is to cope with a new public relations expert, Emily James (Alexandra Moen). She is beautiful, ambitious and scrambling to put Hotel Babylon back on top following a bad review. However she's struggling with the entire staff to gain their trust and respect as being the newest member of their team. This season the beloved staff � including Tony the Concierge, Receptionists Ben and Anna, Barman Gino, and Jackie, Head of Housekeeping � have to cope with a wide array of demanding guests, including fake aristocrats, a spoiled child star, a Michelin-starred chef, and a master illusionist. They host everything from a diamond auction to auditions for a musical � and somehow make it all look effortless. The special guest stars this season include Paula Abdul (American Idol), John Barrowman (Torchwood), Nathaniel Parker (Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Bleak House) and Michael Landes (Ghost Whisperer, CSI).

Hotel Babylon premieres Friday, May 15, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT



In preparation for the Mistresses season finale, catch each episode BBC AMERICA has aired so far. The marathon premieres extended-length versions of the last four episodes. Join Katie, Trudi, Jessica and Siobhan for an afternoon of drama, friendship and love to experience the lives of everyone's favorite Mistresses.

Mistresses Marathon airs Sunday, May 3, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT


BBC AMERICA salutes everyone's favorite, chain-smoking, cocktail-sipping, best friends Edina and Patsy on Mother's Day with an afternoon of laughs in the quirky mishaps of Absolutely Fabulous. Tune in to watch the humorous antics of Edina and Patsy as they spin out-of-control in some of their most memorable episodes.

Absolutely Fabulous Mother's Day airs Sunday, May 10, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT


Nutritionist Gillian McKeith helps some deserving people tackle their biggest obstacle � what they eat. She forces them to expose their bad eating habits and gears them toward the road to better health by developing a good diet and better eating habits.

You Are What You Eat Marathon airs Sunday, May 17, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT


The threesome that is Top Gear - Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May - embark on some of the greatest road trips ever to air on television. Start your engines in this trip across the world as they ride scooters through the Vietnamese jungle, race a bullet train in Japan, send a car down a ski jump in Norway, cross the treacherous Makgadikgadi desert in Botswana, and try to survive traveling through the American Deep South in true Top Gear style.

Top Gear Roadtrip airs Sunday, May 24, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET/PT


Party like a Rock Star on Memorial Day with BBC AMERICA and some of its most interesting BBC AMERICA Reveals including My 100,000 Lovers, 100 Men Own My Breasts, Should I Smoke Dope?, Coked Up Britain, Beatles Biggest Secrets, and Rolling Stones: Truth and Lies.

Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll Memorial Day Party airs Monday, May 25, starting at 8:00 a.m. ET/PT


Sir Alan Sugar and his "firing squad" send some unlucky business men and women home as BBC AMERICA brings Apprentice UK to the U.S. Just two little words "you're fired" will shatter the dreams of some hopeful candidates on their way to landing their dream job. Watch the competitive first five episodes of the season as the determined candidates get one step closer to earning a top-paying job with Sir Alan Sugar.

Apprentice UK Firing Line airs Sunday, May 31, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT


Other series that continue to premiere new episodes during May include:

Weekdays: The Hotel Inspector and Antiques Roadshow UK

Fridays: Mistresses

Saturdays: Ashes to Ashes and The Graham Norton Show

Sundays: Any Dream Will Do

BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies and life-changing makeovers. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 63 million homes.

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