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[07/07/09 - 09:48 AM]
Keep Cool in August with U.S. Premiere Seasons of Skins and Top Gear on BBC America
"Skins" returns Thursday, August 6 while "Top Gear" is back on Monday, August 17.

[via press release from BBC America]

KEEP COOL IN AUGUST WITH U.S. PREMIERE SEASONS OF SKINS AND TOP GEAR ON BBC AMERICA

SKINS � U.S. PREMIERE

Critically acclaimed dramedy, Skins, returns with an all new season and a fresh young cast. It's the show that had everyone buzzing and now it's time for a new set of hilarious and downright audacious adventures. As TV Guide said "The randiest 16-year-old students on TV are back. No, not those rich Upper East Siders but the kids on this award-winning British series that tackles every teen issue bound to induce parental nightmares."

Skins continues to push boundaries in ways only teenagers can, while telling shocking and sometimes heartbreaking stories about the trials of adolescence. The Class of 2009 is headed up by the beautiful and mysterious Effy (Kaya Scodelario), returning as the new queen bee. She's joined by best friend, Pandora (Lisa Blackwell) and a trio of suitors � Freddie (Luke Pasqualino), J.J. (Ollie Barbieri) and Cook (Jack O'Connell). Together the gang bond as they fall in and out of love and lust, fight one another, compete with each other and unite as one. Skins premieres Thursday, August 6, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

TOP GEAR � U.S. PREMIERE

International Emmy-winning car show, Top Gear, continues with a new U.S. premiere season. Hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May travel to France to race supercars across the highest bridge in the world, turn real cars into radio control cars, and pit a Bugatti Veyron against a plane and high-speed train in a sprint across Europe. Plus, celebs like Indy Car champion Nigel Mansell, and Little Britain star David Walliams stop by to do a lap around the track. Top Gear premieres Monday, August 17, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

MOVIES

HANNAH AND HER SISTERS � BBC AMERICA PREMIERE

Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest, Mia Farrow, and Barbara Hershey lead a star-studded cast in this legendary Woody Allen film. Over the course of one tumultuous year, Hannah's (Farrow) husband Elliott (Caine) falls in love with Hannah's sister Lee (Hershey), while Hannah's ex-husband (Allen) begins an affair with her other sister, Holly (Wiest). Michael Caine and Dianne Wiest won Oscars for their performances, and Woody Allen took one home for his screenplay. Hannah and Her Sisters airs Sunday, August 9, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

STUNTS

Skins Sunday

Get ready for an all-new season of the coming-of-age drama Skins by taking a look back at the most memorable moments from the first two seasons in a seven-episode marathon starting at 1:00pm. Skins Sunday airs Sunday, August 2, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET/ 10:00 a.m. PT

Revealing Sunday

From high school pregnancy pacts, to women addicted to being surrogate mothers, to the highs and lows of life as a stoner, no story is too shocking or personal for this day. Starting at 3:00pm, tune in for five straight hours of riveting stories for a very revealing afternoon. Revealing Sunday airs Sunday, August 9, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT

Top Gear Marathon

BBC AMERICA gasses up the tank for an all new season of Top Gear with an afternoon full of the best moments from last year's model. Starting at 1:00pm, tune in for seven hours of fast cars and ridiculous challenges, including a race from Switzerland to England on one tank of gas, reviews of new Bentleys, Porsches, and Lamborghinis, and Jeremy, Richard, and James attempting to drive the entire length of Vietnam � on scooters. Plus, there are two best-of specials featuring even more all-time classic bits. Top Gear Marathon airs Sunday, August 16, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET/ 10:00 a.m. PT

Think Pink

It's a three-week celebration of Peter Sellers in his legendary role as Inspector Clouseau. Every Sunday, BBC AMERICA presents a different Pink Panther movie, beginning with the film that started it all, the original Pink Panther, on August 16. The following week, Clouseau returns to action � with over twenty assassins on his tail � in The Pink Panther Strikes Again. And finally, on August 30, Clouseau gets the chance to investigate his own murder, in Revenge of the Pink Panther. Think Pink Sunday, August 16, Sunday, August 23 and Sunday, August 30, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT each week

Summer Clean-Up

Tune in this Sunday at 3:00pm for five full hours of America's dirtiest, dingiest, nastiest, and most foul-smelling abodes. It's a ten-episode marathon of How Clean Is Your House?, the cringe-inducing show that sets dust-busting divas Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie on some of the most disgusting and disorganized homes you've ever seen this side of the Atlantic. Summer Clean Up airs Sunday, August 23, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT

BBC Earth Sunday

Nobody in the world does natural history programming like the BBC and the esteemed Sir David Attenborough. BBC AMERICA is proud to feature three specials from this legendary team so amazing and awe-inspiring they must be seen to be believed. At 5:00pm, Sir David recounts the life of Charles Darwin and demonstrates the miracle of evolution, in Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life. Then, at 6:00pm, Great Natural Wonders of the World celebrates the wealth of natural features that makes our planet so uniquely beautiful. Finally, at 7:00pm, it's the Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth, featuring a look at the most incredible demonstrations of life's vitality. BBC Earth Sunday airs Sunday, August 30, starting at 5:00 p.m. ET/ 2:00 p.m. PT

ONGOING PREMIERES

Other series that continue to premiere new episodes in August include:

Tuesdays: You Are What You Eat

Wednesdays: Gordon Ramsay's F Word

Fridays: Friday Nights with Jonathan Ross

Saturdays: Being Human

Sundays: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

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 64 million homes.





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