BBC America September Highlights Include U.S. Premiere of 'Top Gear'

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August 17th, 2010

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BBC AMERICA - SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Guess who takes a spin around the Top Gear track this season?

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz guest in the all-new U.S. Premiere season of Top Gear

Top Gear SEASON 15 - U.S. PREMIERE

The boys are back! Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May return with an all-new, U.S. premiere season of Top Gear. This season features the much anticipated episode with Hollywood mega-stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment. Tom and Cameron go head to head on the Top Gear track trying to get the fastest lap time in a Korean hatchback. As they both watch one another's lap, Jeremy compliments Cameron as "looking great in a helmet" and Tom boasts of driving the hatchback on two wheels. This episode reveals one of these A-list stars will have the fastest time of any celebrity to drive around the track so far this season.

And the boys have more fun and adventure as Jeremy goes on a quest to find out where all the three-wheeled cars have gone, James drives a pickup truck up an active volcano in Iceland and makes a rare visit to the Top Gear track to test the Porsche 911 Sport Classic and Boxster Spyder. Meanwhile, Richard gives an old Chevrolet Lacetti a dignified send off and the trio embarks on a road trip across the South of England. The ever popular Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment also features Hollywood actor Andy Garcia, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, Formula One ace Rubens Barrichello and British journalist Alistair Campbell.

Top Gear premieres Monday, September 27, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

BBC EARTH SUNDAY

Breathtaking natural history programming from BBC EARTH presents an afternoon of incredibly, colorful creatures every Sunday in September.

BRITAIN'S BIGGEST BEASTS - U.S. PREMIERE

Big mammals like moose, wolves and bears once roamed and hunted in the Scottish Highlands but now that deer and sheep have decimated the landscape for over the past 200 years, one man has a vision to restore the Scottish Highlights back to its natural state by building Britain's first wilderness game reserve. Paul Lister, owner the 25,000-acre Alladale estate in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, believes the introduction of these big predators is the natural way to restore the landscape and since buying the property has achieved a great deal by planting 80,000 new trees. But Paul knows the next stage is to introduce herbivores and Caledonian pine trees. Once the Highland has started to heal itself, other Scottish wildlife such as capercaillie (grouse), red squirrel, and osprey will be brought back. But the biggest challenge is getting the local farmers and other estate owners on his side. They have to be convinced that wolves and bears can once again roam the highlands without endangering their livelihoods.

Britain's Biggest Beasts premieres Sunday, September 12, 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT

WOLF BATTLEFIELD - CHANNEL PREMIERE

The Rockies is home to one of North America's most successful packs of timber wolves and this documentary follows the Lone Pine pack as they run in their pack, hunt and bring down prey. However since losing a pup to a bear, the pack is smaller than its neighboring pack and they must find a way to appear bigger and stronger. If the wolves let down their guard, the bigger more powerful pack could invade their territory and take over which will make them an unsuspecting target to their biggest threat - the grizzly bear. Using airborne surveillance techniques, on-board miniature cameras, and a "prey-cam" they provide a unique prey's eye view of the hunt by examining this pack's stamina, stealth, reflexes and agility.

Wolf Battlefield airs Sunday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. ET/ 4:00 p.m. PT

MOVIES

Every Saturday in September BBC AMERICA presents film's best British Supervillians including three channel premieres - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Die Hard with a Vengeance and Superman 11.

ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THEIVES - CHANNEL PREMIERE

Classic, '90s adventure film starring Alan Rickman, Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman re-tells the story of Robin Hood and the outlaws. After escaping prison in Jerusalem, Robin Hood (Kevin Costner) makes his way back to England where he discovers his father has been killed by the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman). With his home in shambles and his people oppressed, Robin takes command of a band of outlaws to take on the evil Sheriff.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves airs Saturday, September 4, at 5:00 p.m. ET/ 2:00 p.m. PT

DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE - CHANNEL PREMIERE

This heart-thumping, action-packed film stars Bruce Willis as NYPD detective John McClane, Samuel L. Jackson as his reluctant partner Zeus Carver and Jeremy Irons as the main villain Simon Peter Gruber. Detective McClane is no stranger to danger but this time danger is out to find him and closing in on him quickly. With the help of his pal Zeus, they try and beat Simon at his own game.

Die Hard with a Vengeance airs Saturday, 4, at 8:00 p.m.ET

SUPERMAN 11 - CHANNEL PREMIERE

Christopher Reeves (Clark Kent/Superman) stars in this classic role alongside Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor), Terrance Stamp (General Zod) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane). When terrorists seize the Eiffel Tower and threaten to demolish Paris with a nuclear device, Superman comes to the rescue and launches the weapon into outer space. But the explosion unleashes exiled villains from Krypton and sends them back to Earth, where they attempt to use their evil powers to take over the world.

Superman II airs Saturday, September 4, at 10:30 p.m. ET

STUNTS

THE ACCENT OF EVIL MARATHON

Rest and relax during the Labor Day weekend with BBC AMERICA for non-stop action and adventure with the nastiest villains you can imagine, all of whom share a common attribute - their British accents. From the outlaws of Krypton to the Sheriff of Nottingham, you'll recognize the bad guys in these movies by their accents of evil. Saturday has three channel premieres - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Superman II - as well as the return of Star Trek Generations, and tune into BBC America all month long for additional encores.

The Accent of Evil airs Saturday, September 4 starting at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT and Sunday, September 5, starting at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH THE INBETWEENERS

As summer winds down, spend a Sunday going back to school with The Inbetweeners as Will, Simon, Jay and Neil make any high school experience, whether good or bad, seem better than their embarrassing, Awkward high school experiences. It's suburban adolescence at its most Awkward in BBC AMERICA's marathon of the complete first two seasons of The Inbetweeners.

Back to School with The Inbetweeners airs Sunday, September 12, starting at 12:00 p.m. ET/ 9:00 a.m. PT

Being Human FINALE COUNTDOWN

George (Russell Tovey), Mitchell (Aidan Turner) and Annie (Lenora Crichlow) have battled their own demons, struggled to fit into society and experienced the ups and downs of friendship while being a werewolf, vampire and ghost. As season 2 finale approaches, catch up on the entire season with back-to-back episodes leading up to the big finish premiering at 9:00 pm.

Being Human Finale Countdown airs Saturday, September 18, starting at 11:00 a.m. ET/ 8:00 a.m. PT

BBC EARTH SUNDAY

Don't miss an afternoon full of breathtaking natural history programming from the BBC which includes five incredible specials, including the channel premiere of Wolf Battlefield.

BBC Earth Sunday airs Sunday, September 19, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT

TOP GEAR RACE TO THE STARTING LINE

Just in time for the U.S. premiere season of Top Gear, BBC AMERICA is featuring three days of every episode of the most recent seasons - all leading up to the big season 15 premiere on Monday, September 27. Kick off the three-day event with a "Best of Top Gear" premiere episode on Friday at midnight, including episodes from every season over the last 5 years, featuring Winter Olympics and Polar specials, all airing in back-to-back episodes.

Top Gear Race to the Starting Line airs Friday-Monday, September 24-27, starting on Friday at 12:00 a.m. ET/ 9:00 p.m. PT

ONGOING PREMIERES

Other series that will continue to premiere new episodes during September include:

Mondays: Top Gear

Wednesdays: The Choir

Thursdays: Come Dine With Me

Saturdays: Being Human

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