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BBC America Beefs Up Programming Slate With Graham Norton Game Show, 'Top Gear' Veterans

Date July 25, 2011
Graham Norton BBC America is getting more original. The network announced a new slate of original US programming, with a Graham Norton-hosted game show and Richard Hammond's 'Hard Drive' leading the charge.

'Would You Rather with Graham Norton' will test contestants' knowledge of American comics. The series is the first original show pick-up for BBC America...

Graham Norton BBC America is getting more original. The network announced a new slate of original US programming, with a Graham Norton-hosted game show and Richard Hammond's 'Hard Drive' leading the charge.

'Would You Rather with Graham Norton' will test contestants' knowledge of American comics. The series is the first original show pick-up for BBC America general manager Perry Simon. Viewers will recognize Norton from his hit talk show 'The Graham Norton Show.' The new unscripted series will shoot in New York and is being produced by So Television.

'Hard Drive with Richard Hammond' will star 'Top Gear' host Richard Hammond as he competes with local experts around the US in the toughest and most extraordinary vehicles. The format of the show is based off the format of 'World's Toughest Driving Tests' and is going to be produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.

While those two shows have received series orders, BBC America also has a number of pilots in development. 'James May's Man Lab US' features 'Top Gear' presenter James May and follows him teaching his transatlantic brethren the skills that define manhood.

'AUTO Biography' will take a look at cars and their lost history, family trees, and previous owners.

'Battlemodo,' produced by True Entertainment and Gawker Media, takes Gizmodo.com testing techniques and uses them in the real world. The show puts two products against each other in an effort to reveal the superior one.

'No Kitchen Required' will drop four chefs into remote locations and force them to create a meal for the local community while putting their own spin on the available ingredients.

BBC America's final pilot, 'Shock Therapy,' comes in the form of a one-hour special and back door pilot. The special has a 'Maury'-esque quality and will pair young people with addictions with an "extreme version of themselves" in an effort to spark a desire to change their lives.

Tell us: Are you excited for BBC America's new programs?

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