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Thursday 31 Jul 2014

BBC ONE Autumn 2009

Date: 09.07.2009
Category: BBC One

New faces and shows come to BBC One this Autumn

This autumn BBC One brings viewers a spectacular line-up of new shows and talent to Britain's most-watched channel. From in-depth factual programming to a fresh line-up on Strictly Come Dancing alongside hugely anticipated new dramas, BBC One will offer a variety of entertaining and thought-provoking programming that will keep viewers hooked.

Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One, said: "I am passionate about ensuring BBC One reaches the widest possible audience. By taking creative risks that surprise and entertain I believe this autumn's line-up of shows will do just that."

Some of this season's highlights include:

Strictly Come Dancing

This year the UK's biggest, brightest dance extravaganza has had a makeover for its seventh series.

There will be a new face on the judging panel as Alesha Dixon joins the line-up. Alesha will be judging the dancers on their performance rather than their technique and, as a former champion of the show, she knows exactly what they are going through.

In addition, guest judge Darcey Bussell will be joining the show for the last three weeks to add her unique world-class dancing take on the performances.

Around The World In 80 Days

Six pairs of celebrities re-enact the epic odysseys of Phileas Fogg and Michael Palin for a 21st-century audience. Once again, the limit is 80 days, but this time a team of celebrities must pass on the baton in the ultimate relay race, undertaken non-stop, in real time.

Respecting the heritage of Fogg and Palin, the Around The World In 80 Days travellers shouldn't use aeroplanes although any other means of transport, from camels to Bullet trains, is acceptable.

Each celebrity will be raising money for BBC Children in Need as part of the challenge, including bringing home curiosities to auction off in aid of the charity.

On Children In Need Night the celebrities will head for the BBC studios to find out just how much they have raised for the cause in this fast, frantic and often frustrating global race against the clock.

The teams are: (leg one) Frank Skinner and Lee Mack; (leg two) Nick Hewer and Saira Khan; (leg three) Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker; (leg four) Bill Turnbull and Louise Minchin; (leg five) John Barrowman and Myleene Klass; (leg six) Shane Richie and Josie Lawrence.

Children in Need Live

Every year, BBC Children in Need creates magic moments that raise huge amounts of money for disadvantaged children but this year's appeal week will kick off with something a little different for BBC One audiences to enjoy.

To launch the 2009 appeal, Children in Need will stage a spectacular concert at the Royal Albert Hall put together by Gary Barlow, featuring Take That and a host of rock and pop's finest.

The full line-up of performers and ticket details will be revealed in the autumn and all profits from the tickets and sales of recordings will go to BBC Children In Need.

Jay Hunt also announced the commission of a major new arts programme for broadcast on BBC One in 2010, Modern Masters:

Modern Masters

In this four-part modern art series, BBC One looks at some of the most notable and influential artists of our time and makes the claim that Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Warhol are 'Modern Masters'.

Hugely-talented artists with intriguing life stories, millionaires in their own lifetimes, it is small wonder that Picasso, Dali, Matisse, and Warhol have been embraced by the mainstream, touching many aspects of modern culture in a unique manner.

The series will look in depth at each artist and explore why these modern masters deserve their fame and how their legacy continues to pervade our culture and everyday lives.

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