Canwest specialties boast a slew of premieres next month

History Television and National Geographic fire the first shots of all-new WWII-themed programming, while BBC Canada brings the funny with four fresh shows - all starting in June.

Canwest’s History Television rolls heavy with the world broadcast premiere of Tank Overhaul, Season 2. Airing Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT as of June 1, the four hour-long eps feature military geeks, genius mechanics and eccentric millionaires living their dreams by restoring four notable battle tanks from the Second World War, and each ep follows one tank’s story.

Also on History Television, the network premiere of The War airs Sundays at 5 pm ET/PT starting June 15. Six years in the making and told from an American perspective, the 14 hour-long eps follow the fortunes of ordinary men and women from four US towns, giving viewers a glimpse into how the Second World War altered their lives and those of their neighbours, as well as their country.

Over on Canwest’s National Geographic Channel, which like History targets the 25-to-54 demo, six hour-long eps of Generals at War will air Wednesdays starting June 10 at 8 pm ET/9 pm PT in HD. The Canadian premiere tells the story of some the most epic battles of the Second World War, from the mass desert skirmishes at El Alamein, to the harrowing siege of Stalingrad.

New series on BBC Canada, which also targets the 25-to-54 demo, include four new Canadian premieres: airing Mondays at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT beginning June 29 with six half-hour eps, P.A.s follows the lives of four personal assistants in London – the secrets they hold, the men they date and the balance of power between them and their privileged bosses. Also beginning June 29, with six eps on Mondays at 11:30/8:30pm PT pm ET, Free Agents is a half-hour rom-com about talent agents, one suffering the emotional fall-out from his divorce, another dealing with bereavement.

The Canadian premiere of Beautiful People airs Tuesdays at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT beginning June 30 with six half-hour eps, and is based on the best-selling childhood memoirs of Simon Doonan, current CD of Barneys New York. Also beginning June 30 and airing at 11:30 pm ET/8:30 pm PT is the Canadian premiere of How Not To Live Your Life. The six half-hour eps feature Don, a single twenty-something with an overactive mind that plays out scenes of what he shouldn’t say or do.