Johannesburg - British television channel ITV has given the green light for its programmes to be aired in South Africa.ITV Choice will launch on DStv on channel 123 this week as part of a deal between ITV Studios Global Entertainment and MultiChoice.That means viewers will get to see the massively popular historical drama Poldark, starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) as Captain Ross Poldark, a soldier who fought for Great Britain in the American War of Independence.When he returns home, however, he discovers that his father has died and the woman he loves is engaged to another man.
Poldark will air on Thursdays, starting on 7 May, at 21:00.Also coming to SA screens is the acclaimed criminal drama Vera, starring award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn.In the show, which will air on Tuesdays at 21:00, starting tomorrow, Blethyn plays Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope who, together with her trusted partner, Detective Sergeant Joe Ashworth, has to solve some very gruesome murders.Another must-see is Home Fires, a six-part World War 2 drama about a group of women living in Cheshire.As their husbands, brothers and sons go off to war, the Paxford Women’s Institute bands together through trying times.
The series, which can be seen at 21:00 on Wednesdays, starting on 7 May, stars Francseca Annis, Samantha Bond and Claire Rushbrook.Martin Clunes makes a welcome return to television screens playing Sir Arthur Conan Coyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, in the three-part drama, Arthur & George.The series, which also stars Arsher Ali as George Edalji, Charles Edwards as Alfred Wood, Art Malik as Reverend Shapurji Edalji and Emma Fielding as Charlotte Edalji, is based on the book of the same name by Julian Barnes, which was itself based on the real-life Great Wyrley Outrages.
Over the course of the show Conan Doyle tries to clear the name of a man accused of stealing. The series will air on Monday, 11 May at 21:55.Other programmes viewers will be able to see on ITV Choice include: the award-winning Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway; Big Star’s Little Star; Keep It In The Family; Get Your Act Together; and the British soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale.All programming will air very close to British transmission dates, with the soaps airing within 48 hours of their broadcast in the United Kingdom.Coronation Street can be seen Monday to Thursday at 19:15 while Emmerdale will be on screens weekdays at 18:20.
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