As part of its evolution to become bigger, better and broader, BBC Brit is delighted to be bringing the hugely popular British soap EastEnders to DStv (channel 120) from 19 June, weeknights at 18.30 CAT, enabling it to reach a bigger audience.
BBC Brit will still host hugely popular series such as Top Gear and The Graham Norton Show, but will now also be the exclusive home to popular entertainment programming such as Strictly Come Dancing and new drama and comedy series including Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.
Kully Kaur-Bains, Head of Programming Africa, BBC Worldwide said, “We know our African audiences have an insatiable appetite for entertaining British soaps. We are very excited to introduce the scandals, romances and family dramas of EastEnders to even more DStv viewers on BBC Brit.
“South Africa is the only market in the world to host BBC Worldwide’s full suite of channels and over the past six months we have seen record viewing figures and an impressive 17 percent uplift in share, proving that we are the ones to watch.”
Set in London’s East End, multi award-winning EastEnders will premiere on BBC Brit from Monday 19 June at 18.30 CAT, when viewers can look forward to the return of familiar face Robbie Jackson (Dean Gaffney) and introduction of new characters including bad lad ‘Woody’ Woodward (Lee Ryan), business woman Fi Browning (Lisa Faulkner) and brand new family The Taylors, who are set to cause big trouble on The Square.
EastEnders is a long-running British soap opera created by Julia Smith and Tony Holland which has been broadcast in the UK since 1985. Set in the East End of London in the fictional Borough of Walford, the programme follows the stories of local residents and their families as they go about their daily lives in Albert Square, tackling many dilemmas that are considered to be controversial and taboo issues in British culture and social life previously unseen on United Kingdom mainstream television.
EastEnders has won a variety of different awards including nine British Academy Television Awards, four Royal Television Society Programme Awards, and 84 British Soap Awards.