Canwest factual channels get busy for Fall

BBC Canada and History Television have several series poised to make their North American debuts. Some classic faves will also show up.

Canwest is set to add new series to its factual channels in September, several of which will be making their North American debuts.

BBC Canada will offer viewers five new shows. Fantasy Homes by the Sea (10 x 60 min.) will have its North American premiere on Monday, September 15 at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT. Airing on Mondays and Saturdays, the series will follow 10 couples as they scour the housing market for the best coastal properties in the UK, Europe and Florida.

George Gently (1 x 100 + 2 x 120) will make its North American debut on Wednesday, September 15 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT 15. The series follows an old-fashioned policeman (played by Martin Shaw, star of Judge John Deeds – pictured) who is dedicated to the pursuit of law breakers.

Holby Blue (20 x 60) will give viewers a look at post-9/11 policing as a team of officers deals with radical criminals while simultaneously helping to fight the war on terror on home soil. Airing Mondays at 8 pm ET /5 pm PT, the series will begin its first North American run on Monday, September 15.

Mary Queen of Shops (10 x 60) will broadcast in Canada for the first time on September 19 on Fridays at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT. Viewers will be able to tag along with UK shopping guru Mary Portas as she helps struggling retailers rev up to compete with ‘big box’ superstores.

New to the network, Build a New Life in the Country (28 x 60) will begin on September 20. The design show is set to air Saturdays at 1 pm and 11 pm ET and Sundays at 12 pm ET. It follows British adventurers who dream of tranquil homes and lifestyles in ideal rural spots in the UK and abroad.

BBC Canada also boasts the return of some fan favourites in September: Top Gear (Season 11, Sundays at 8 pm ET), What Not to Wear (Season 7, Fridays at 8 pm ET), Gavin and Stacey (Season 2, Tuesdays), Jam and Jerusalem (Season 2, Tuesdays at 9 pm ET), and Flog It (Season 2, Set 2, Mon-Fri at 3:30 pm ET).

History Television will also bolster its line-up in September. Cult-classic M*A*S*H will make its network debut on September 2, airing weekdays at 12 pm, 12:30 pm, 5 pm and 5:30 pm. Fans will once again be able to share the adventures of Hawkeye, Trapper and the gang from the very beginning.

The Canadian premiere of Shockwave (13 x 60) is slated for September 5. The show, which will air on Fridays at 8 pm ET/PT, will take raw footage of catastrophic events from all over the world and dissect each video, revealing 3D views that tell viewers what went down.