As part of its evolution to become bigger, better and broader, BBC Brit is delighted to be bringing the hugely popular British soap EastEnders to DStv (channel 120) from 19 June, weeknights at 18.30, enabling it to reach a bigger audience.
BBC Brit will still host hugely popular series such as Top Gear and The Graham Norton Show, but will now also be the exclusive home to popular entertainment programming such as Strictly Come Dancing and new drama and comedy series including Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.
To further satisfy the local appetite for British soaps, medical drama Holby City is back and will be exclusively broadcast on BBC First (DStv channel 119) from 19 June, weeknights at 19.00.
Kully Kaur-Bains, Head of Programming Africa, BBC Worldwide said, “We know our African audiences have an insatiable appetite for entertaining British soaps. We are very excited to introduce the scandals, romances and family dramas of EastEnders to even more DStv viewers on BBC Brit. In addition, firm favourite Holby City is back with a bang and will have our BBC First audiences hooked.
“South Africa is the only market in the world to host BBC Worldwide’s full suite of channels and over the past six months we have seen record viewing figures and an impressive 17 percent uplift in share, proving that we are the ones to watch.”
Set in London’s East End, multi award-winning EastEnders will premiere on BBC Brit from Monday 19 June at 18.30, when viewers can look forward to the return of familiar face Robbie Jackson (Dean Gaffney) and introduction of new characters including bad lad ‘Woody’ Woodward (Lee Ryan), business woman Fi Browning (Lisa Faulkner) and brand new family The Taylors, who are set to cause big trouble on The Square.
Back by popular demand, long-running medical soap Holby City will be on screens in South Africa from Monday 19 June at 19.00, on premium drama channel BBC First. The trials and tribulations of Holby’s medical and ancilliary staff continue to cause high drama on Keller Ward, as well as in their personal lives. Popular characters Jac Naylor, Ric Griffin and Henrik Hanssen are still reigning the corridors of the hospital and series 18 introduces us to new characters including ex-military medic Bernie Wolfe and F1 trainee Jasmine Burrows, who also happens to be Jac’s half-sister.