Classic Comedy With Sony On Saturday 18th

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Tune in to Sony Movies Classic for a day of classic comedy and guaranteed laughs from 8.35am! Films include one of the Marx Brothers’ finest feasts of nonsense, Duck Soup, at 10.20. That’s followed at 11.45 by another great comedy about a fictitious European nation: Peter Sellers stars – thrice! – in The Mouse That Roared, a hilarious war satire about the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, whose forces inadvertently stumbles across a weapon that could destroy the Earth. The scheming Prime Minister (Sellers) plots with the Grand Duchess (also Sellers) to declare war on the USA, lose the war, and get that foreign aid. Unfortunately, they forget to tell Tully Bascombe (Sellers again), commander of their medieval army. Through a series of unbelievable circumstances, this man does his best and wins the war, much to the Duchy’s dismay.

Then Peter Potter Jnr. (Bob Hope) heads out West to claim the inheritance left to him by his father, only to discover he has been left nothing but debts in Son of Paleface (3.20pm). The day wraps up with the 1971 film version of Dad’s Army at 5.15pm.

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Smithsonian Tours Stately Homes

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Through the eyes of host Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, viewers will receive an all-access pass to the amazing architecture, aristocratic inhabitants, priceless treasures and best-kept secrets of some of the United Kingdom’s most impressive estates. An all-American girl from Illinois, Julie Montagu moved to London for work, where she met her future husband, Luke. Three months into their relationship, she learned that he was the heir to the Earldom of Sandwich, and upon their marriage, she became Viscountess Hinchingbrooke.

An American Aristocrat’s Guide To Great Estates, starting at 8pm on Tuesday 21st, will follow Viscountess Hinchingbrooke as she visits these lavish homes – from Gloucestershire’s Sudeley Castle to Scotland’s Inveraray Castle to her husband’s own historic family estate in Dorset, Mapperton. Montagu will go beneath the skin of these finely crafted buildings as she discovers the lifestyles of the current owners, staff and craftspeople responsible for maintaining every exquisite detail, revealing what it really takes to maintain such storied estates for future generations.

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Mark Hamill Joins FX’s Shadows

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Jermaine Clement’s vampire sitcom What We Do In The Shadows has already had an impressive crop of guest stars in its first season, including Tilda Swinton, Wesley Snipes and Evan Rachel Wood. Indeed, it was only with the appearance of Taika Waititi and Clement himself, reprising their roles from the film of the same name, that it became clear the series was a sequel rather than a reboot.

But it’s now confirmed that next season will have a guest spot from true genre royalty – Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. This should certainly make up for the news that, after the acclaim for her film Booksmart, Beanie Feldstein will not be available to reprise the role of Jenna this series. Core cast Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou and Harvey Guillén will all return.

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Undriveables Take The Wheel!

Monday, January 13th, 2020

For some, driving remains an impossible dream. Try as they might, they just cannot pass their test. Every year, 17,000 people sit their test for the seventh time… and there are learners out there who have failed more than twenty times! Now, these poor Undriveables are thrown a lifeline. Catch their stories this January with Planet Knowledge, documentaries on demand on Freeview channel 265!

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Saturday With Bogie On Sony Movies Classic

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

Sony Movies Classic brings you an afternoon of iconic movies starring Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart from 1.40pm this Saturday afternoon. Immerse yourself in some classic film-noir in Dead Reckoning. Bogart stars as WWII soldier Rip Murdock, whose war buddy suddenly disappears instead of receiving his Medal of Honour.  Convinced that nothing is as it seems, Rip’s investigation soon becomes more dangerous than expected when he meets the captivating Coral and learns of her husband’s murder…

Years after Bogart’s Casablanca days, Humphrey finds himself a bit further East in French-occupied Damascus for Curtis Bernhardt’s Sirocco. In 1925 Harry Smith (Bogart) – a selfish American ex-pat – is involved in some dangerous smuggling and gun running for the Syrian rebels until he gets arrested by the French. Forced to start selling weapons to the other side, he soon develops an interest in a French officer’s mistress – the elusive Violette. And you are in for a treat with The African Queen – one of the greatest movie classics of all time. Humphrey Bogart stars as heavy-drinking engineer Charlie, who operates a run-down river boat called the African Queen during 1914 in German East Africa. British Christian missionaries Samuel and Rose (Katharine Hepburn) must rely on Charlie for their travels until one day, a tragic event leaves Rose in the sole hands of Charlie and they must navigate their way through

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PBS Goes Up Close With Crocodiles

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

They go back a very long way, these scaly, semiaquatic predators. Distant cousins of the dinosaurs, they are said to have hardly changed at all in over two hundred million years.

Absorbing documentary The Dark Side Of Crocs (January 10th, 7.20pm) follows a pair of Nile crocodiles in their African river habitat. These are treacherous waters, shared with neighbours such as the formidable – and equally aggressive – hippopotamus. Remarkably, the two species have managed to coexist, albeit uneasily. Despite their vicious reputation, Nile crocodiles can be surprisingly social, living in groups.

In the wilds of Africa, water comes and goes. While it is essential for survival, few creatures can call the river home. Learn all about these tough, thick-skinned river reptiles and their age-old way of life.

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Gelding Narco-Hippos On Smithsonian

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s brutal regime ended in a hail of bullets. His infamous reign of terror – dramatised in Narcos – left Colombia with the legacy of a corrupt narco-state and something more bizarre: African hippos. In the 1980s, Escobar smuggled four hippos into Colombia to join his growing collection of exotic animals at his $63 million estate outside Medellin. Left to fend for themselves in the wake of his death, these extremely dangerous beasts broke out and have become the world’s largest alien invasive species.

Today, breeding at twice their typical rate and with no natural predators keeping them in check, more than 60 roam the Colombian wilds, wreaking havoc in villages at night and threatening the ecosystem that feeds into the Amazon river. Surprisingly, Colombians adore their hippos despite these dangers and it’s illegal to cull them. Left with no other option, Colombian vet Dr. Gina Serna is tasked with capturing and sterilising the hippos – an operation never before performed in the wild in Colombia,

but caught on camera by a British filmmaker in The Hunt For Escobar’s Hippos (January 8th, 8pm).

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Animal Magic On Sony Movies Christmas

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Settle down for a Saturday full of puppies and ponies with Sony Movies Christmas on the 21st, because it’s Christmas Animals Weekend! In festive feline caper Santa Claws (1pm), all young Tommy wants for Christmas is his own kitten. Little does he know that Santa is allergic to cats. Because of this sensitivity, usually Mr Claus has a strict ‘no cats as gifts’ policy. However, since Tommy has been such a good boy, Santa is prepared to lift this rule and send him a cute furry friend.  Chaos ensues when a whole litter of kittens stow away in the sleigh and Santa’s allergies get the best of him, rendering him unable to deliver all his presents. Will the furry little helpers manage to save Christmas day?

When spoiled, 21-year-old college student Luce Lockhart is forced to take a job over the holidays walking a rich developer’s dog, she is thrilled to discover they are going to build a salon and spa over the quaint local dog park nearby in A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale (7pm). But when Luce meets Dean, an irritating yet handsome dogwalker actively trying to stop them, Luce is forced to question what the park means to her newfound friends, and whether she can put aside her selfish ways to help save the park before Christmas.

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Christmas With Ziggy Stardust On PBS

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Even in the peerless career of David Bowie, the 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars stands out. After years of hard graft and novelty hits, he imagined an alien rock ‘n’ roll star – and then became him.

David Bowie: Stardust (Christmas Day, 8.35pm) explores that riot of shimmering guitars and androgyny, from the vision behind it to the rapturous reception it received among Britain’s youth – sentiments not always shared by the older generation. Looking at Bowie’s fusion of music, style and theatre, this documentary pays tribute both to the man, and to the incredible album that made him. This is the story of the moment when Brixton-born dreamer David Jones ascended into the ranks of rock royalty.

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Smithsonian Goes Inside The Christmas Factory

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

In this Christmas special, showing on Thursday 19th at 8pm, Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman explore the fascinating factory processes and surprising history behind our favourite festive treats. Gregg follows 24 hours of production at a cake factory in Oldham, near Manchester, where they make two million Christmas cakes for Marks and Spencer. He helps to mix dried fruit and spices and discovers the challenges of producing 480 perfect cakes every hour.

Meanwhile, Cherry is given special access to Britain’s largest marzipan factory that produces two thousand tonnes of almond paste each year, and visits one of Britain’s largest sprout farms where, during the two weeks before Christmas, they pick 190 million sprouts. Ruth adds her own Christmas revelations by investigating how our early industrial heritage inspired Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol, and why we call Christmas tree lights ‘fairy lights’.

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Bad Boys on Sony Movies

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Take a trip to Miami with the detectives who run close to breaking the law themselves at 9pm on Sunday 15th December.

Lifelong friends and police partners Marcus and Mike – played by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence – are investigating the theft of $100 million of Mafia heroin from a secure police vault. Internal Affairs suspect it may have been an inside job and threaten to shut down the department unless they recover the drugs in five days. But can the boys find the culprits in time?

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PBS tells the real story behind the Hatfields and McCoys

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

The stereotype of feuding hillbillies shooting at each other across a river for no good reason at all is a powerful one, but the truth is more complicated than the myth. The Feud (Friday 13th, 8.30pm) tells the true story of the most famous family conflict in American history, between the Hatfield and McCoy clans in the remote mountains of central Appalachia in the 1880s.

Eking out a living, Anderson Hatfield’s success, and Randolph McCoy’s envy, would lead to brutal violence and a bloody feud. But these clashing clans also created an enduring image of the Appalachian people as barbarous savages, living in so-called Murderland – an image that was seized on by Eastern capitalists, eager to displace the mountain men and steal their resources.

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Smithsonian unveils Jefferson’s secret Bible

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Thomas Jefferson is best known for authoring America’s Declaration of Independence and for his rivalry with Alexander Hamilton (as brought to life in Hamilton). But America’s third president also compiled another remarkable text: he cut and pasted together a version of the bible in which he took out all of Jesus’ miracles and most references to the supernatural – even removing the angels from Jesus’ birth. The book, which focused on the ethical teachings of Jesus, was kept private in Jefferson’s lifetime.

The Smithsonian Institution acquired it from his family in the 19th century and the artefact survived – but just barely; 98% of the pages were broken. Thomas Jefferson’s Secret Bible (Friday 13th, 9pm) follows experts at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as they meticulously conserve this fragile volume, page by brittle page. By doing so they open a window into the past, and into the mind of a revolutionary thinker who was accused of being a “howling atheist”.

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Sony Movies plans a Heist

Friday, November 29th, 2019

When their attempt to rob a casino owned by the feared gangster Pope (Robert De Niro) goes awry and a shootout ensues, Vaughn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Cox (Dave Bautista) are forced to flee on foot and hijack City Bus 657 and take the passengers hostage.

Now, in a high-speed chase, Vaughn will not only have to outwit the police, led by Officer Bajos (Gina Carano) who are in hot pursuit, but will also have to contend with Pope’s maniacal righthand man, Dog (Morris Chestnut), in order to make it through the day alive. But we quickly learn that things are not what they seem, and Vaughn has more than one card up his sleeve. That’s Heist, airing Sunday 1st December at 9pm.

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Something In The Air on PBS

Friday, November 29th, 2019

It’s a killer that claims tens of thousands of people every day, causes a range of respiratory diseases, changes how our DNA functions and may even be responsible for dementia. Often invisible to the eye, pollution is everywhere – even when we think we’re safe.

Documentary Something in the Air (Monday 2nd December, 9pm) explores the dangers of pollution, from children suffering with asthma in Toronto, to the cities across Europe and Asia that have to shut down and stop traffic to manage the air their people breathe. Also explored are potential solutions, including small, portable air monitors that can show the worst contaminants. As researchers reveal the invisible dangers around us, we can learn how to protect the most precious resource we have – air.

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Sony Movies on a Ghotsly Ride!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Sony Movies will be showing superhero movie Ghost Rider (2007) on Friday 22nd November. Years ago, motorcycle stuntman Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) sold his soul to save the life of a loved one. Now, he transforms into a fiery, avenging agent of justice at night wherever evil roams.

As the only one who can walk in both worlds, Johnny is charged by Mephistopheles himself to destroy Blackheart, a demon that wants to overthrow Mephistopheles and create a worse hell than the one that currently exists.

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PBS Explores The Siege of Mecca

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

On November 20, 1979, at 5:30 in the morning, hundreds of heavily armed men led by 42- year-old bedouin preacher and former national guard corporal Juhayman al Utaybi took over the holiest shrine of Islam, the Grand Mosque of Mecca.

Trapping almost 100,000 pilgrims inside, they demanded the immediate abdication of the Saudi royal family, the expulsion of all foreigners and the kingdom’s return to pure Islam. The resulting battle lasted 15 days and cost hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. The Siege of Mecca (Wednesday 20th, 8.40pm) draws on first-hand accounts and private archives from Arab, French, German and American military, intelligence and civilian sources to uncover what really happened during the siege, what consequences it had, and how it still affects the world today.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Renewed at NBC

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Its seventh series doesn’t premiere until February, but police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which stars Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Stephanie Beatriz and Terry Crews, has already been renewed for an eighth.

In another piece of good news for the cast, Melissa Fumero, who plays punctilious cop Amy Santiago, has announced that she’s expecting her second child, exactly four years after sharing the news of her first pregnancy.

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FX Renews Mayans

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

FX has confirmed that it will be renewing biker gang drama Mayans MC for a third series, with co-creator Elgin James now sole showrunner. This follows the departure of Kurt Sutter, who co-created Mayans and ran the show from which it spun off, Sons of Anarchy.

Fox 21 TV Studios president Bert Salke said, “Keeping this vibrant series strong is a huge priority to everyone at Fox 21 Television Studios, FX Productions and of course FX, which has been a spectacular home and platform for both Mayans M.C. and Sons before it.”

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Twice The Gosling On Sony Movies

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

On Saturday 9th November from 9pm, Sony Movies brings you a Ryan Gosling double-bill, with the award-winning Drive, followed by gritty crime drama, Only God Forgives. The nameless driver (Gosling) is a skilled Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals in Drive. Though he projects an icy exterior, lately he’s been warming up to a pretty neighbour named Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her young son, Benicio. When Irene’s husband gets out of jail, he enlists Driver’s help in a million-dollar heist. The job goes horribly wrong, and Driver must risk his life to protect Irene and Benicio from the vengeful masterminds behind the robbery.

In Only God Forgives, Julian (Gosling) is a respected member of the Thai criminal underworld, having set up a boxing club which acts as a front for a drugs operation. When Julian’s brother Billy murders an underage prostitute, the police call on retired cop Chang – the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughter’s murderer but everyone is in danger when Julian and Billy’s mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) turns up to find out what happened to her son.

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Smithsonian has Memphis Belle in Colour

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

The definitive story of one of the most famous aircraft in history and the subject of a Second World War documentary by William Wyler – the Oscar winning director of Ben-Hur – who shot colour footage during combat. Memphis Belle was deployed to Prestwick, Scotland in 1942. Now you can see Memphis Belle in Colour on Smithsonian at 7pm on Sunday 10th November.

Her permanent base was at RAF Bassingbourn, England, from where she flew 29 bombing missions over France and Germany and shot down eight German aircraft. The B-17 Bombers, known as the Flying Fortresses, flew in large numbers from Britain – taking the war to Nazi Germany, buoying the spirit of Britain and America, and playing a key role in making the Allied victory in Europe possible. Today, the original Memphis Belle has been preserved at the Museum of the United States Air Force in Ohio.

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Sony Movies Meets Miami Vice

Friday, November 1st, 2019

As the nights draw in, November  2nd  has some tropical respite at 9pm. Spend Saturday night in sun-soaked Miami with Crockett & Tubbs in the channel premiere of Miami Vice, starring Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell. The big screen update of the classic TV series has guns, drugs, murder and fast-cars aplenty!

The capture of a murderous drug lord South Florida takes a personal turn for undercover detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs. The controversial Crockett gets involved romantically with the wife of a trafficker of arms and drugs, whilst Tubbs has to deal with an assault on his loved ones.

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Earthrise On PBS

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Christmas Eve, 1968 saw TV audiences captivated by a spectacle previously confined to the realms of science fiction: a live telecast of the lunar surface. The historic images came courtesy of NASA’s Apollo 8, the first manned space mission to leave Earth’s gravitational pull and orbit the moon.

Needless to say, this feat was not achieved without considerable risk. A catastrophic outcome could well have put paid to America’s goal of putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Earthrise: The First Lunar Voyage (November  4th, 7.50pm) examines what has been described as NASA’s most crucial mission, for which the astronauts had just four months to prepare. Interviews with those involved offer fascinating insights into the era’s high-stakes space race and the long and perilous road to Neil Armstrong’s “one small step”.

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Evil Up Close to return on A+E

Friday, October 25th, 2019

After a  four-year break, independent production company FirstLook TV is to resume production of Evil Up Close, a series which looks at the killers people never suspected they were hiding. The new series will again use interviews and more to tell the stories of ten shocking crimes from the viewpoints of those involved, including police, prosecutors and relatives.

Featured cases will include Kim Edwards, who while only in her teens nonetheless killed her mother and sister while they slept, and Georgina Henshaw, who financially exploited and then murdered a co-worker.

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Martin Scorsese Thrill-Ride For Sony Movies

Friday, October 25th, 2019

Prepare for things to get a little strange this Saturday night as Sony Movies brings you Leonardo DiCaprio in mind-bending psychological thriller, Shutter Island (Saturday 26th, 9pm).

The unexplained escape of a murderess from a locked room brings U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) and his new partner (played by Mark Ruffalo, now better known as the Hulk) to investigate at her prison, a fortress-like asylum located on a remote and windswept island.

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PBS Follows The Unravelling Of Trump’s Court

Friday, October 25th, 2019

When he became President, Donald Trump promised to root out wrongdoing and ‘drain the swamp’. But in the two years since he was appointed, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation convicted scores of the president’s top political advisors and closest associates – with more likely to follow.

As President Trump faced accusations of collusion with Russia and the obstruction of justice, Frontline: The Mueller Investigation (Friday 25th at 10.15pm) reveals the history of Mueller’s investigation, discovering how the President of the United States set himself on a collision course with America’s top law enforcement officials.

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PBS Meets The Ship Sinkers

Monday, October 14th, 2019

How do you turn rusting ships into thriving artificial reefs, perfect for diving and home to all kinds of marine life? Join The Ship Sinkers at 7.50pm on Thursday 17th, as they turn former New Zealand frigate HMNZS Wellington into a thriving underwater world.

Cutting the rusting hulks up for scrap is expensive, and leaving them to fall apart in the world’s dockyards is an ecological nightmare. Instead, The Ship Sinkers meticulously clean them of pollutants, wire them with explosives and sink them.

Featuring exclusive archive materials from the early days of ship sinking and stunning new high- definition footage, take a trip beneath the waves as clapped-out wrecks become diving meccas – and big business for the tourist industry.

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Sony Movies Airs Vanilla Sky

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Penélope Cruz star in this weeks’ mind- bending Friday Night Film Club movie, Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky, at 9pm on 18 October.

David Aames (Cruise), a young New York City publishing magnate finds romantic redemption when he falls in love with Sofia (Cruz). However, while their relationship is still in its early stages, David is coaxed into a car by his jealous and suicidal ex-lover, Julie (Diaz), who drives off a bridge, killing herself and seriously injuring David.

As he gradually begins to rebuild his life after the accident, David catches glimpses of strange things that suggest everything may not be as real as it seems…

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GLOBAL LISTINGS WINS EPG CONTRACT FOR CABLENET IN CYPRUS

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Photo: CEO and Founder of Global Listings, Thalia Droussioti

London, 10th October 2019

Global Listings, the worldwide leader in providing a one-stop solution to broadcasters’ content requirements, today proudly announces that it has won the exclusive EPG contract to deliver metadata and images for 100 channels to the Cablenet network in Cyprus.

Global Listings’ service provision coincides with Cablenet’s pioneering new EPG, launching later in 2019, which will provide the platform’s viewers with a brand new EPG experience. Global Listings will be delivering rich and deep EPG metadata for all 100 international and local channels broadcasting on the platform in English and Greek, in addition to images for every programme, seamlessly integrated into Cablenet’s new system.

Thalia Droussioti, CEO of Global Listings, said: “I am delighted that we are working in partnership with one of the biggest and fastest-growing telecommunications networks in Cyprus. Cablenet has chosen Global Listings after extensive market research and we are delighted that they have identified us as the best partner – in terms of technology, service delivery and price – for their new EPG platform.”

Antonis Kyprianou, TV & Content Manager of Cablenet, said:

“We are proud to announce today, our partnership with Global Listings, the international expert in delivering EPG data. This partnership comes as a result of the upcoming upgrade of our existing broadcast programming services which we offer to the end-user.  This new generation TV platform will feature continuously updated information and quality EPG services, allowing the end-user an enhanced TV experience. At Cablenet, we are looking forward to the launch of this new EPG platform.”

ABOUT GLOBAL LISTINGS

Global Listings works strategically with broadcasters, delivering their programme information, enhanced editorial metadata, images and EPGs to the multi-screen world: cable, satellite, terrestrial, IPTV, VOD and OTT in local language and time zone.  Global Listings operates in 145 countries including the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Russian Federation and Asia Pacific and in 36 languages on a daily basis, with a global reach of more than 6.6 billion TV viewers. The company was launched in 2002, with its headquarters based in central London, and boasts a robust network of 19,000 linguists based locally per national market.

Learn more about Global Listings at:

Website: http://www.globallistings.info

Twitter: @global_listings

Facebook: @globallistings

Instagram: @globallistings

ABOUT CABLENET

Cablenet is the only fully independent telecommunications provider in Cyprus with a privately-owned network and new generation infrastructure, specialized human resources and an integrated support system. Cablenet, the fastest fixed network in Cyprus, offers packages which include high-speed broadband internet access, television, fixed and mobile telephony. Additionally, Cablenet offers corporate customers tailor-made solutions according to their business needs, no matter the size of their company.

Learn more about Cablenet at:

Website: http://cablenet.com.cy  and http://cablenetbusiness.com.cy  

Twitter: @CablenetCyprus

Facebook: @Cablenetcy

Instagram: @cablenet_cyprus

For more information please contact:

For Global Listings:
Marketing Department
Tel: +44 (0)20 7702 4436
Email: pa@globallistings.info

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Email: marketing@cablenetcy.net



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Sony Movies Takes A Trip to Elysium

Friday, October 4th, 2019

In the year 2154 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated and ruined Earth.

Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium – but that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means necessary. Max (Matt Damon), a former car thief living in the ruins of LA, agrees to take on a life threatening mission that could potentially bring equality to these polarized worlds.

A star-studded sci-fi action thriller also starring William Fichtner, Elysium is directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9). It airs at 9pm on October 5th on Sony Movies.

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Smithsonian Visits the Bats of Panama

Friday, October 4th, 2019

There is a 600-acre patch of forest in Panama where 72 species of bats co-exist – more than in the whole of Europe or the USA. Biologists are perplexed as to how this can be possible. So many species competing – and thriving – in such a small area is extraordinary.

German scientist Elisabeth Kalko spent over 10 years working in the dark on Barro Colorado Island. She gathered a group of the world’s most adventurous and daring women scientists: the Batwomen of Panama. They live and work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at Gatun Lake in the middle of the Panama Canal, determined in their quest to solve this bat mystery. Screening at 9pm on October 9th, Batwomen Of Panama captures highs and lows of research life and the scientists’ journey through frustration to the truth, combined with startling and exquisite footage of the bats in action.

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Comic Creators Reflect On FX’s Y: The Last Man

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra, who created Y: The Last Man, have offered some thoughts on FX’s forthcoming TV version at New York Comic Con. The story follows life on Earth after all men, bar the eponymous Yorick and his pet monkey, mysteriously die.

The topicality of the theme in light of #metoo and the like was a recurring motif: “Now is the right time for it, more than ever. The death of all men doesn’t feel so much like an apocalyptic thing; it’s more like escapist fantasy.”

Vaughan also announced that even one of the two male roles in the story, Amp the monkey, had in the event been taken by a female simian. Showrun by Eliza Clark, the series will premiere in 2020.

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Black Pharaohs on PBS

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

They were the rulers whose reign supposedly defied belief, warriors from neighbouring Nubia who conquered Egypt and held it for nearly a hundred years. Their existence was denied by the racism of early archaeologists, convinced that black African culture could never have challenged Egypt’s supremacy.

Now, Dr Vivian Davies, keeper of Egyptian antiquities at the British Museum, claims that a recently discovered set of hieroglyphs from a tomb at El Kab prove that in 800 BC, Egypt was under the rule of ‘black Pharaohs’ from the neighbouring Kingdom of Kush (modern-day Sudan).

As the British Museum prepares an international exhibition that supports his assertion, The Black Pharoahs (Tuesday 1st October, 7.50pm) accompanies Dr Davies as he unearths more clues about Egypt’s long-forgotten rulers and their great civilisation.

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Colombia’s Most Successful Film Comes to Smithsonian

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

British filmmaker Mike Slee spent four years shooting over 150 hours of footage to capture the largely unseen beauty of the world’s second most biodiverse country. Filmed in ultra-high definition, the 90-minute special Colombia Wild Magic (Wednesday October 2nd, 9pm) brings viewers to Colombia’s wild lands, wildlife and the people who, every day, are a part of it.

Colombia is a country with some of the most diverse habitats and extraordinary creatures on earth. Condors circle the Andean skies, jaguars prowl the forests, hammerhead sharks and humpback whales swim in the oceans. Colombia Wild Magic broke box office records in Colombia to become the most watched film in the history of the country’s cinema.

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Cider House Rules on Sony Movies

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

In the channel premiere of The Cider House Rules (Monday 30th September 9pm), Tobey Maguire stars as Homer Wells, a young man raised in an orphanage and taught medicine by the doctor (Michael Caine) who runs it.

Disagreeing with his tutor over the controversial issue of abortion, Wells leaves home and finds work on a cider farm, where he meets and falls in love with another man’s girlfriend (Charlize Theron).

He is also forced to re-evaluate his principles when one of the farm workers becomes pregnant by her own father. This star-studded emotional rollercoaster will have you crying tears of empathy and joy, and is a truly endearing coming-of-age story.

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PBS explores Ghosts of the Third Reich

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Some three-quarters of a century on, the Nazis’ grim legacy continues to cast its shadow over the families of their victims – and also over the descendants of the perpetrators themselves, as this powerful documentary (showing at 9pm on Friday 20th September) attests.

Haunted by the concept of ‘the sins of the fathers’, and struggling to come to terms with the accompanying guilt, shame, pain and regret, individuals whose family members were supporters, officers and the elite of the Nazi regime strive to distance themselves from their crimes and ideology.

This need for reconciliation and healing is vividly evoked by the example of The Austrian Encounter. Brought together in honest dialogue, descendants of Nazi perpetrators and Holocaust victims bravely face the past together in an attempt to exorcise these ghosts.

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New Details of NBC Streaming Service Announced

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

More details of NBC’s new streaming service have been announced, not least its name – Peacock, after the channel’s logo.

NBC Entertainment Co-Chair Paul Telegdy has also joined the ranks of media execs inspired by the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, raising the possibility of a shared continuity connecting the channel’s comedy shows, with attendant crossovers. This would hardly be a first for the network, of course, as witness the nineties Friends/Mad About You crossover deriving from Lisa Kudrow having parts in both shows.

Additionally, Bill McGoldrick, president of scripted at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and president of unscripted at NBCU channels USA Network and Syfy, has had his role expanded to include oversight of scripted for Peacock, which is planned to debut next year.

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Timothy Olyphant joins Fargo

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

The fourth season of FX’s Fargo, based on the Coen brothers film and showrun by Legion’s Noah Hawley, continues to add big names to its ensemble cast. Now Timothy Olyphant – star of Deadwood, Justified and Santa Clarita Diet – has been announced as playing the major role of Dick “Deafy” Wickware.

Set in 1950s Kansas City, Missouri, the new season will focus on the collision between new communities arriving in the area. Also appearing are Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Jessie Buckley and Ben Whishaw.

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Exciting New Direction For Sony’s UK Movie Channels

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

On Tuesday 10th of September Sony will launch the UK’s first free-to-air movie network as it rebrands its existing channels to form one cohesive Sony-branded portfolio Sony Movies, Sony Movies Action and the seasonal pop-up channel Sony Movies Christmas.  On the same day, the Sony-owned entertainment channel True Entertainment will be relaunched as Sony Channel. All channels will be available on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media with a new modern and cinematic design alongside an exciting slate of new content.

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Explore Startling Biodiversity with Nigel Marven

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

An archipelago of 7,000 tropical islands scattered in the Pacific, the Philippines has a greater variety of life per square mile than any other country. A land of contrasts, where calm tropical seas meet active volcanoes, half of its 52,000 species are found nowhere else on Earth.

Now, presenter Nigel Marven is exploring its ancient rainforests, pristine coasts and coral reefs as cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art drones and ultra-hi-speed cameras capture the amazing wildlife, including many of the country’s creatures that have never been caught on camera before.

From endangered eagles to multi-coloured pit vipers, deadly thresher sharks, juvenile Phillippine crocs, flamboyant cuttlefish and the extraordinary coconut octopus, meet some of the world’s most wonderful creatures – in Wild Philippines, from Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th September on PBS America.

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Insight and Vice turn lives around with football

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

 September 10th, leading 4K UHD HDR broadcaster Insight TV launches gritty new series Streetkings in Jail, a co-production with VICE Studios.

Each episode will see street football legend Edward Van Gils visit a different country and team up with a leading player there: Ruud Gullit (Netherlands), Gilberto Silva (Brazil), Juan Pablo Angel (Colombia) and Kevin Kuranyi (Germany). Together, they visit prisons, looking for talented players whose lives have taken a wrong turn and seeing if their ball skills might be enough to turn their stories around.

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Volcanoes erupt on Smithsonian

Friday, August 9th, 2019

In the summer of 2018 two powerful active volcanoes – Kilauea in Hawaii and Fuego in Guatemala – erupted. Thousands of people were made homeless and hundreds died. Now scientists on the ground are attempting to predict what will happen next. VOLCANOES: DUAL DESTRUCTION (September 17th at 8pm) features exclusive eyewitness footage that tells both the scientific and human story of these two deadly disasters.

The film interweaves the stories of the two eruptions and the events that followed over the course of a 30-day period. It explores the remarkable geological differences between the two volcanoes, explaining the devastating chain of events that followed each eruption. The programme incorporates experts from the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program, which uniquely documents all volcanoes on the planet active over the last 10,000 years. During the early stages of an eruption anywhere in the world it acts as a clearing house for reports, data and imagery. Produced by Emporium, London.

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David Attenborough searches for lost gods

Friday, August 9th, 2019

When Sir David Attenborough bought an odd carving at a New York auction in the early 1980s, he had no idea that it would lead him on an investigation that would span the globe, taking him to Russia, Australia, England and Easter Island.

The carving was considered of little value. But Attenborough was fascinated by its “grotesque head, attached to a body grossly elongated and as thin as a stick, carved in wood” – and he was determined to discover more.

The Lost Gods of Easter Island, airing on PBS at 7.50pm on August 15th, follows David as he learns more about their forgotten civilisation, and attempts to find the origin of the carving – possibly a gift given to Captain Cook by the Easter Island natives in 1774.

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FX Renews Atlanta, Dramatises Lewinsky

Friday, August 9th, 2019

John Landgraf, Chairman of FX Productions and FX Networks, had a number of exciting announcements at the US Television Critics Association summer press event.

Donald Glover’s much-lauded comedy-drama Atlanta has yet to begin production of its third season, but has already been confirmed for a fourth. Meanwhile, the next season of American Crime Story will be called Impeachment, and follow the sex scandals that dogged Bill Clinton’s presidency. Paula Jones (played by Annaleigh Ashford), Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein), and Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) will be among the lead characters, with the real Lewinsky also serving as a producer.

Additionally, production was confirmed to be underway on comics adaptation Y: The Last Man, following the lone survivor of a mysterious event which kills every other male on Earth.

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PBS Catches Up With The New Space Race

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Space travel used to be a dream that belonged to the great nations, as America and Russia competed to reach the Moon. But today it’s a different story as new technologies and lower costs put the cosmos in reach of private companies.

Documentary Rise Of The Rockets (Friday 19th, 9pm) explores the new thirst for space travel, from NASA’s ambition to take humankind far beyond Earth in a rocket to rival the mighty Saturn 5, to the efforts of private companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic.

The 1980s saw privatised space travel boom and bust. Are the dreams of today’s generation anything more than hype and wishful thinking? Are we witnessing the Rise Of The Rockets? Or will they crash and burn?

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NBC’s News for Millennials

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

NBC News is to partner with Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form digital service Quibi for two new programmes aimed at bringing the news to a younger generation.

Morning and evening shows, each less than six minutes long, will be coming out daily, with their own hosts and dedicated correspondents, plus access to NBC’s global reach, reporting teams and archive.

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Smithsonian Investigates Lunar Conspiracists

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

On the day of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Smithsonian Channel looks at a conspiracy theory. The Apollo Moon missions are one of America’s greatest accomplishments. From the famous first footsteps of Apollo 11 to the rover-driving astronauts of Apollo 17, America’s success on the moon ended the space race with the Soviet Union. But a subculture of obsessives think the Apollo missions are America’s greatest cover-up.

Smithsonian Spotlight: Denying The Moon Landing (Saturday 20th, 8pm) traces the Apollo missions, how initial scepticism evolved into full-blown conspiracy theories, and why in the face of overwhelming evidence some still refuse to believe the irrefutable truth. Apollo astronauts, among others, reflect on the programme’s successes, as well as the shock of having their accomplishments questioned 50 years later.

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Go Wild with Shark Fest

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

This month, Nat Geo Wild UK have 11 hours of new content devoted to the sea’s most memorable predators, with a variety of angles on the many varieties of these chillingly efficient fish.

Programming includes shark-on-shark attacks in Cannibal Sharks; the inventor of the ‘shark-proof suit‘, who aims to prove his invention by being bitten by a tiger shark in Man Vs Shark; scientists and cinematographers reliving their most amazing shark-feeding moments in Great Shark Chow Down; and meteorologists trying to predict potential shark swarms in Forecast: Shark Attack. It all kicks off with the return of When Sharks Attack for a fifth series at 8pm on Friday 19th.

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Smithsonian Revisits the Atomic Age

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Smithsonian Channel will shed light on years of America’s history that were shrouded in secrecy and deception in ATOMIC AGE DECLASSIFIED, starting July 9th at 8pm. The three-part series takes viewers back to the Atomic Age of the mid-20th century, a time when there was excitement about the potential of nuclear planes, trains and automobiles, and private programmes were on a mission to identify the endless possibilities of atoms as an energy source.

But recently declassified materials show that America’s atomic dreams had a dark side, with paranoia and secrecy leading to many near-disasters and raising the question of how far America was willing to go in the volatile atomic race. The series reveals the key role of a military spy station in space, and examines the unlikely partnership between Hollywood and the US Government, as well as an 800-page World War III battle plan.

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PBS celebrates the Thai cave rescue

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

For 18 days in 2018 the world watched and held its collective breath. Trapped deep underground in a flooded cave in northern Thailand, 12 boys and their football coach awaited rescue. But could they be brought out alive?

Premiering in the UK on the first anniversary of the boys’ rescue, THAI CAVE RESCUE (July 8th, 7.50pm) charts the remarkable story of their release, from the first moments that they found themselves trapped, to the international team of cave divers assembled to locate and bring them to safety.

Featuring interviews with the key people involved, discover the innovation, teamwork and endurance behind the remarkable rescue, as the team raced against time to reach the boys, exploring every option – from pumping out water, to drilling a new exit, to ultimately cave diving with the children.

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