Hyped up to the max by our own gorgeous Lisa Snowdon, the new TV channel dubbed TLC, which stands for ‘The Learning Channel’, launches tomorrow on Sky and specialises in ‘extreme’ reality TV.
The channel is already hugely popular in the US and lovers of reality telly should get ready to set their recorders or timers, as some of the programmes coming up in the listing are must see TV.
You’ll be treated to Breaking Amish, which follows a group of Amish teenagers coping with a new life in New York, or check out My Strange Addiction, where you can see various people talking about what they are obsessed with, be it licking cat fur or eating car tyres, but the main stay of the channel has to be Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, programme that showcases everything that is right with America (!).
The story is about a precocious child pageant star and her family living in rural Georgia. The girl herself is actually named Alana Myers, but she calls herself Honey, and after the first few shows were aired, a piece in the Hollywood Reporter described it as the “most socially irresponsible channel” in America.
The TLC channel comes under the Discovery umbrella of programmes, but perhaps learning and education are not the main aims of this channel.
However, Discovery Networks UK & Ireland general manager Susanna Dinnage thinks that the new channel could do well over here, and says that it is her wish is that “that we have as strong a channel for women as we do for men with Discovery”.
So what exactly do UK viewers have to look forward to?
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo – Tuesdays at 9pm from 14th May
Honey Boo Boo is set to be a global star, and if you haven’t heard of her now, you’ll soon be gripped with her family antics. Alana, also known as Honey Boo Boo, is six years old and you’ll get to meet the rest of her equally self-proclaimed “crazy” family from Georgia, USA, and apparently even Barack Obama is a fan!
Breaking Amish on TLC – Sundays at 9pm from 5th May
This show features five young Amish Mennonite men and women who move to New York City. They have to decide whether they want to leave their Amish way of life, or return back to their loved ones. Whatever they decide, it makes for fascinating viewing.
Your Style In His Hands – Thursdays at 9pm from 9th May
Ladies, would you trust your fella to give your a complete style make-over? These ladies agreed to a £5,000 wardrobe makeover, but their boyfriends had total say in what was bought and binned. Thank goodness Lisa Snowdon was on hand to help them choose!
Oprah: The Next Chapter on TLC – Wednesdays at 8pm from 8th May
There are two reasons why Oprah is the chat show Queen of the world, first she has the ability to get her guests to open up on all sorts of topics, and second, she gets the best guests. Oprah’s Next Chapter features her interviews with Rihanna and quizzed her about her relationship with Chris Brown.
Ultimate Shopper – Thursday 2nd May, 9pm
If you are wondering what Aussie star Holly Valance has been up to, she’s pitted against fashion expert Brix Smith Smart, photographer Paul Hartnett and specialist guest judges – including Grace Woodward and Jonathan Pang in a series of style challenges.
Challenges include putting together the perfect first date outfit to creating the ultimate interview look.
British viewers might be interested to know that Susanna Dinnage is hinting that TLC UK could soon be on the lookout for a home-grown Honey Boo Boo.
“It’s all about offering what the audience responds to. We’ve got a fantastic production and development unit here in London. We hope to keep all these great ideas coming,” she said. TLC is about “having a really good mix.
You want people to turn on at any time and find a bit of television that entertains them and gets them thinking and talking.”
TLC launches on Tuesday, April 30 2013 on Sky 125