Programming potpourri coming to specialties

Canwest aims to keep viewers satisfied indoors with plenty of hot new series and specials in August.

BBC Canada is set to air the witty new series Fairy Tales on Friday, August 1 at 9 pm. Four fairy tales – Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Empress’s New Clothes and Billy Goats Gruff – are updated by contemporary British writers (Ed Roe, Richard Pinto, Anil Gupta, Debbie Hornsfield and Jeremy Dyson).

On Wednesday, August 6 at 10 pm, the heart-warming series Lark Rise to Candleford (pictured) will premiere. Funny and emotional, it’s set in the Oxfordshire countryside of the late 1800s, and stars Olivia Hallinan (Sugar Rush, Girls in Love), Claudie Blakley (Gosford Park, Cranford) and Dawn French (The Vicar of Dibley).

Discovery Health will have new seasons of returning series All Star Workouts, A Lyon in the Kitchen and Mystery Diagnosis V. Premiering on Sunday, August 3 at 5 pm is a special presentation of Jon & Kate Plus 8 Hit the Road, in which the Gosselin family of 10 travels across the US to Disneyworld.

Special presentations are set to air on the Food Network, including BBQ Marathon on Monday, August 4 from 2-8 pm, and Ice Cream Marathon on Sunday, August 17 from 5-10 pm, repeating at 12-5 am. The Ice Cream Mini Marathon 1 and 2 will air on Wednesday, August 20 from 9 pm to 12 am and Thursday, August 21, from 9-11 pm, respectively.

HGTV will debut the special presentation Civic Day: RV Event on Monday, August 4, from 1 pm to 4 pm, with a repeat at 8 pm, featuring the latest in RVs and motor homes.

History Network will release part one of Hiroshima on Tuesday, August 5 at 8 pm and part two the following day at the same time. The two-part special uses documentary footage, reenactments and interviews with survivors of the world’s first atomic bomb attack and key military personnel. On Thursday, August 7 at 8 pm, the in-depth documentary Pearl Harbor: Who Fired First will air.

A week’s worth of Cities of the Underworld will begin Monday, August 11 at 8 pm and feature nine viewer favourites, including New York (August 11) and London (August 12).

The National Geographic Channel will air the special Ape Genius on Tuesday, August 5 at 8 pm and follow it with stories about four other apes. Also premiering are Megafish on Tuesday, August 12 at 8 pm, Killer Dragons on Tuesday, August 19 at 8 pm and A Taste of Base on August 19 at 9 pm.

Special remembrance programming about the disaster that struck New Orleans is skedded for Saturday, August 30 at 1 and 3 pm: Inside Hurricane Katrina and Katrina Pet Rescue.

New episodes of The Real Hustle and Naked Science will begin on Thursdays at 8 and Wednesdays at 9.

Slice will premiere Workout II (with Jackie Warner) on Wednesdays at 9 pm, beginning August 13. The channel will also air the encore presentation of How to Make Love to My Wife on Monday, August 25 at 10 pm. The show examines Greg Lawrence’s ineptitude in bed, but also offers ‘information and tips relevant to both sexes.’