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LIVING CHANNEL – Saturdays from 1 December, 7.30pm

Join the best of British celebrities – Griff Rhys Jones, Vic Reeves, Joanna Lumley, Bill Bailey, Joe Simpson, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Miranda Richardson as they travel to exotic locations to address the plight of some of the world’s most endangered species. The celebrities take a journey to find new ways of working with the people and the environments they live in, and look for solutions that will ensure the animals survival.

LIVING CHANNEL – Sundays from 25 November, 9.30pm

Discover the world of three unique living adventurers, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and John Simpson. Each individual takes the others into his world. Knox-Johnston – the ultimate Sea Dog, a former merchant and Royal Navy captain turned solo sailor-conqueror of the seven seas. Ranulph Fiennes – the great ‘merchant explorer’ who likes to pit himself against the harshest elements on Earth. John Simpson – the ‘merchant adventurer’ whose instinct it is to return time and again to penetrate deeper than before the most dangerous countries where human conflict has wreaked disaster on their societies.

LIVING CHANNEL – Sundays from 25 November, 8.30pm

For thousands of years frankincense – an aromatic resin – was valued more highly than gold. Believing its sweet smelling smoke had healing powers it was popular with Pharaohs, Kings and Roman Emperors. Their insatiable demand created trade routes spanning from the Arabian Sea to the shores of the Mediterranean, the first link between the Arabian and Western worlds. The Frankincense Trail is an epic, four-part documentary series that traces the ancient frankincense trade route of Arabia across the amazing modern world of the Middle East. Intrepid presenter Kate Humble follows the two- thousand-mile trail that was first established some 5,000 years ago on a quest that’s steeped in history, searing with desert heat, and is full of characters and adventure.

LIVING CHANNEL – Weekdays from 19 November, 4pm

Recorded on location around the UK, Bargain Hunt gives two teams of amateur collectors an hour at an antiques fair in which to acquire the best bargains possible for �300. Then their purchases are entered into a genuine auction. Presenter Tim Wonnacott calculates the surprising ups and downs as each item goes under the hammer and the team with the most profit, wins. But even with expert help, contestants soon discover it’s not as simple as it looks!

LIVING CHANNEL – Saturdays from 17 November, 6.30pm

With economic housing and great weather, property development in expanding countries such as Bulgaria, Northern Cyprus and Morocco is becoming the latest way for northern Europeans to experience a new way of life. In this series, successful property developer Gary McCausland shows you where and how to buy, and advises on the high risks caused by language barriers and different legal and financial procedures. We follow ten plucky, opportunistic people looking to make money by turning wrecks into dream holiday destinations.

LIVING CHANNEL – Fridays from 16 November, 8.30pm

Hosted by designer Karen Sealy, Summer Home is a new design series that transforms dark, dingy and dated vacation homes into relaxing, peaceful retreats. Comfortable in either hardhat or heels, Karen creates accessible designs and provides tips and tricks for any vacation homeowner. Each episode transports viewers to a unique community to meet vacationers with a dilemma. Karen arrives on the scene with an assortment of clever and frugal solutions for creating functional, practical designs that incorporate kids, pets and multi-generations.

LIVING CHANNEL – Fridays from 16 November, 8.00pm (Encore Tuesday 8.00pm)

The average kiwi section is around 600m or more and in today’s tough economic times, when young families are facing critical issues with the ever-increasing costs of food, the garden is a prime pantry that can provide a family’s food throughout the year. The Garden Pantry looks at how to establish a year-round garden in New Zealand, from great composting to companion planting; complimenting that with easy to learn masterclasses that highlight the dying arts of the preserving ways of yesteryear, showcasing the many ways Kiwi Grandparents used to provide for their families from the garden and the orchard all year round.

LIVING CHANNEL – Thursday 15 November, 9.30pm

Alan lives in a property so heavily hoarded that his wife, Marion, has nowhere to sit or wash. The council have given him just two weeks to clean up his garden; if he fails, the couple face prosecution. The stairs are so thick with rubbish and rotting food that even moving around is dangerous. Vasoulla, presenter Jasmine Harman’s mum, can only fully access one of her five bedrooms. Torn between wanting a better life for her and her son, and a deep emotional attachment to her belongings, she has nonetheless agreed to a total house clearance. Each hoarder presents a unique challenge, but together they help Jasmine understand this complex and debilitating psychological disorder.

LIVING CHANNEL – Weekdays from 12 November, 6.30pm

Five strangers compete to be the ultimate hosts. Not only are they judged on their culinary skills but they also have to extend their hospitality beyond dinner, as one of their rivals will stay the whole night. The focus is firmly on to the personalities involved, as we see round each home and watch the competitors get to know each other and find out how they cope under pressure.

LIVING CHANNEL – Weekdays from 12 November, 6.00pm

With traditional interviews fast falling out of favour in an ultra-competitive job market, inventive bosses are looking for radical alternatives for finding the best staff. Each week, eight hopefuls host a prospective employer in their own home. Not only are they expected to impress the boss with their culinary and hosting skills, they also have to prove they are the right person for the job. With the chance to peek around their bedrooms, meet their partners, sample their cooking and perhaps even get tipsy together, the bosses are going to really get to know their would-be employees. In this interview show with a twist, job-hunters’ lives, loves and larders are laid bare as we discover who can be the host with the most and claim that dream career.