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September sees a host of brand new British content from BBC heading to DStv Now for you to enjoy. Find out more below!

BBC Studios in Africa confirmed today that it has inked its first content deal with MultiChoice’s streaming services for an exclusive array of Arts and Culture content, set to inspire DStv Premium customers this spring.

For those wanting to dust off those winter cobwebs and step into the new season feeling invigorated and informed on the world and its wonders, they need look no further. From Tuesday, 4 September, DStv Premium customers will be able to sit back and enjoy nearly 130 hours of new content ranging from opera, to architecture, through to the great masters of art. The content will be available to stream or download on Catch Up on DStv Now online and on the app on iOS and Android, and also on Catch Up Plus, accessible when you connect your DStv Explora to the internet.

The wave of new and exciting content from the BBC can be categorised into ten genres. The music genre ranges from live concerts from some of the world’s most celebrated musicians – such as Roberta Flack and Robbie Williams, to symphonic orchestra, opera and thought-provoking documentaries on some of the greatest musicians of all time including Jimi Hendrix, Duran Duran and for younger audiences – One Direction. Whereas The Great Masters delves into the works of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Da Vinci to name just a few, customers can choose to explore the splendour of our manmade world with studies of architecture, from Gothic all the way through to some of the British Royal families’ most iconic palaces.

Standout shows that will soon be available to stream or download include:

Queen's Golden Jubilee Concerts: Party At The Palace

A two-hour concert from Buckingham Palace in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee starring a top line-up of the world’s most popular artists. The show saw a seemingly never-ending stream of music A-listers perform a very special combination of each other’s work and favourite material. Performers included Sir Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Brian May, Annie Lennox, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones and Will Young.

 

Royal Opera House: The Nutcracker

To get audiences in the festive mood ahead of Christmas comes the live performance of the classic The Nutcracker, with its wonderful score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The story takes place during a Christmas party where the toy maker Drossellmeyer (Sir Anthony Dowell) comes to entertain the children. He gives Clara (Alina Cojocaru) a Nutcracker doll and she at once falls in love with it. When everyone has gone to bed Clara comes downstairs to find her doll and suddenly gets involved in a great adventure. Sir Peter Wright’s production for the Royal Ballet is designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman and the orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by Evgenii Svetlanov. The programme is introduced by Deborah Bull.

 

One Direction - Road to San Siro

This concert film captures One Direction at the peak of their pop-music powers, performing all their biggest hits from What Makes You Beautiful and Live While We’re Young to One Thing and Story of My Life. A joyful celebration of the band’s journey so far, it’s an impressive snapshot of the world’s biggest boy band in action.

 

The Queen's Palaces

Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse - these buildings have been part of British royal history for hundreds of years. Presented by Fiona Bruce, The Queen’s Palaces showcases the art and architecture, the interior decoration and the treasures stored inside these fabulous buildings and reveals the surprising and fascinating stories behind them.

 

Van Gogh - Painted With Words

Hollywood A-lister and multi award winning actor Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Vincent Van Gogh to perfection in this powerful and critically acclaimed docudrama, with every single word of dialogue sourced from the artist’s original correspondence.

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Fry's Planet Word

It’s all about communication. Language is what defines humans from other species, and with our planet home to around 7,000 different languages (with South Africa having 11 official languages alone) words have played a crucial role in our evolution. Renowned wordsmith Stephen Fry is the perfect guide for this fascinating exploration of language in all its forms: from cutting edge linguistic research to the glories of world literature. Revealing how language is used, abused and continues to evolve, Fry’s Planet Word looks at whether we are any closer to understanding the most complex activity of the human brain.

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