Wonders of the solar system

2014-02-17 00:00

BBC Knowledge (DStv channel 184) will be beaming the wonders of the solar system and the night sky into to your living room from the Arctic Circle and the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Stargazing, which gets under way at 10 pm on Thursday.

In the series, Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain will bring viewers the latest news from the solar system and the best views of the night sky.

O Briain will be experiencing weightlessness on an infamous “vomit comet” flight on the Space Coast in Florida, while Cox investigates the possibility of antimatter as a propulsion system. They will be joined by Liz Bonnin, who will be in Tromso, Norway, chasing the Northern Lights, and Mark Thompson, who will be attempting to navigate using nothing but the stars.

Other guests include Dr Carolyn Porco of the Cassini Imaging Team, Apollo astronaut Walt Cunningham, International Space Station astronaut Chris Hadfield and leading British proponent of ESA’s Gaia mission Professor Gerry Gilmore.


Ramsay’s Hotel Hell season two, which was due to start this week, will be replaced with Hell’s Kitchen USA season eight, which premieres tonight at 9 pm.


Glow TV, South Africa’s first eastern-inspired channel on a free-to-air platform, has added five new food shows — Health Mange More, Mummy Ka Magic, Tea Time With Chef Rakesh Sethi, Filmy Dabba Party and Stars Ka Tadka — to its line-up.

The new shows will air weekdays at 5.30 pm on Glow TV, on OpenView HD, preceded by world-renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor at 5 pm.


Starting on BBC Knowledge (DStv channel 184) at 9 pm on Wednesday is Stephen Fry: Out There, in which the British actor and TV host looks at what it means to be gay in different corners of the world.

In episode one, Fry travels to Uganda, where the government is considering a new law that would make homosexuality a capital crime — putting gay people to death for their sexuality — and goes to the United States to explore “reparative therapy” that claims to offer a “cure” for being gay.

In episode two, he visits Brazil, home to the largest gay pride celebration in the world and a place that has some of the best legislation on the planet for gay equality — but it has come at a price.

Fry also visits Russia, where gay people are now worse off than they have been for a long time due to a conservative government that is backed by the disapproval of the Russian Orthodox Church, and India, where the old British laws that criminalised homosexuality have just been overturned.

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