Posts Tagged ‘bbc’

The Parody of French and Saunders

December 29, 2008

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French and Saunders

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french-and-saunders-31French & Saunders is a British sketch comedy television show written by and starring BAFTA Award-nominee Dawn French and Emmy and BAFTA Award-winner Jennifer Saunders.

French & Saunders carried over six seasons and forty-six episodes up until late 2007. The show began humbly but immediately established its own niche as a spoof on other types of shows. In the first season it was set up to intentionally look like a low-budget variety show in which the two stars were constantly attempting grandiose stunts and often failing miserably.french-and-saunders-2

As the series progressed and ratings skyrocketed the duo received higher and higher budgets with which to create elaborate parodies of mainstream culture. These ranged anywhere from recreations of films to spoofs on popular music artists. Certain spoken phrases and sight gags that referenced previously-performed sketches (often from years before) were incorporated for loyal fans. Another unique aspect to the show is that it was permeated by a sense of awareness at all times that the viewer was actually watching a parody. Unlike many parodies that are done in a straightforward manner for effect, French & Saunders uses the viewer’s awareness of what is going on to further stretch out the joke.

Cast of French & Saunders:
Jennifer Saunders
Dawn French

Directors:
Bob Spiers
Kevin Bishop
Geoff Posner
Ed Bye
John Birkin
Tristram Shapeero

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Dawn: Listen, I really don’t want you to take this personally or think that I’m being cruel or unkind, but you’re really just a hideous, talentless bitch with a foul attitude, aren’t you?
Jennifer: Well, thanks to you AND your mother.

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© 2007 BBC Worldwide
Source: en.wikipedia.org

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WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

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Do You Know What Not to Wear?

December 18, 2008

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What Not to Wear

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bbc-what-not-to-wear-1What Not to Wear originated on BBC Two in 2001, hosted by fashion gurus Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine who also co-authored several fashion books based on the show. The first ever episode was broadcast on 29 November 2001.

Every episode features an “ambush” style confrontation and makeover of a woman, and sometimes a man who has been nominated by their friends as particularly unfashionable. The subject has their current fashion sense evaluated. The presenters take particular regard to the participant’s body-shape and self-image (with the help of a 360 degree mirror cabinet) and determine what will work best for them. bbc-what-not-to-wear-4

The participant is then given £2000 to go shopping for a new wardrobe, which is supposed to be in accordance with the advice they have been given. Although they are free to spend how they wish, they are spied upon and counselled on the ways of fashion by the show’s two hosts.

Trinny and Susannah were often known for their tactile behaviour with the participants and for frequently referring to breasts as “tits”. They were also renowned for their direct comments on the show, where Trinny’s comments have reduced some participants to tears, and Susannah once spontaneously pulled a female candidate’s underwear down during filming as her knicker line was visible.

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© 2005 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: en.wikipedia.org

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

Are You Geared Up for Speed?

December 5, 2008

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Top Gear

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Top Gear
(in its original 30-minute format) was a car-based BBC television series produced by BBC Birmingham, broadcast from 1977 to 2001. It consisted of 30-minute magazine format programmes presented by a number of people, including Angela Rippon, Noel Edmonds, William Woollard, and latterly Jeremy Clarkson, reviewing new car models and other car-related issues such as road safety. Other features included classic car events and motorsport.

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The show was relaunched in 2002. The new series format incorporates a number of major changes from the old show. The running time was extended to one hour and two new presenters were introduced: Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe, with James May replacing Dawe after the first series. The Stig, an anonymous masked racing driver, was introduced as the test driver. New segments were also added, including “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car”, “The Cool Wall”, “Car News”, “Power Laps”, and one-off features such as races, competitions and the frequent destruction of caravans. The program is estimated to have 385 million viewers worldwide. In 2007, it was one of the most pirated television shows in the world.

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“This… is a car programme. There will be no cushions, there will be no rag-rolling, no-one will sing, and at the end of the series, no-one will have a recording contract. This is our new base, and this is our purpose-built test track. There are no traffic jams here, ooh… apart from this one, and no bus-lane either. This… is Top Gear!” – Jeremy Clarkson

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© 2008 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: en.wikipedia.org, bbc.co.uk, topgear.com/uk

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

Learn from the French Odyssey

November 7, 2008

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Rick Stein’s French Odyssey

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rick-stein-french-odyssey-1Starting at the mouth of the mighty Girdone River in Bordeux, award-winning chef Rick Stein embarks on a trip that everyone would love to take – along the rivers of Southern France, sampling the local culinary delights on the way. In this series, Rick’s new home is called Rosa – an eighty-year-old, hundred foot long barge which has been doing the trip for the best part of thirty years. The barge’s captain, Bernard, is a good man to have aboard, not least because he knows the best bars, wine producers and restaurants along the 800 kilometre journey.

Rick is on a gastronomic odyssey to find all the glorious food and wine that France can offer – from eels in cider and buckwheat galettes to entrecôte bordelaise and shad grilled over vine trimmings, sarladaise potatoes fried in duck fat with garlic and parsley, snails Languedoc style and La Bourride, and an epic Bouillabaisse at L’Epuisette a restaurant on La Corniche in Marseille.rick-stein-french-odyssey-3

Rick introduces his French Odyssey with a diary where he conjures up visions of long hot French afternoons spent sipping wine in the sunshine over a lazy lunch, “Beauduc is a smudge on the map somewhere between the Mediterranean and a network of etangs, the salt-water lagoons that are all part of Rhone delta. There’s a restaurant there called Chez Jou Jou, which is any seafood lover’s dream: tellines with aioli as a starter, then loup de mer as the main course – I don’t know if there was any other choice, and I don’t care really – all washed down with copious quantities of ice-cold Picpoul de Pinet. Jack Nicholson’s been there, Dustin Hoffman’s been there, and now me.”

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“You’ve got to love Rick Stein. Unlike every other TV chef, he’s got no gimmicks, he doesn’t swear and he doesn’t slag off other telly cooks.” Scottish Daily Record

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©2005 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: lifestylefood.com.au, bbc.co.uk, rickstein.com

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

Whose Celebrity Chef is at your doorstep?

November 6, 2008

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Friends for Dinner

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The incredibly popular Friends for Dinner, sends one of Britain’s best chefs into an ordinary kitchen to help eight willing novices prepare a gourmet feast.

The fledging cooks know little about what is to happen, other than that one of the biggest names in the food world is about to arrive on their doorstep; armed only with their cookery books and years of experience.

With chefs Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes, Rick Stein, Madhur Jaffrey, Jamie Oliver and Ainsley Harriot helping to create a stir, the results are sure to be spectacular.

Friends for Dinner is an entertaining, fly on the wall insight, watching everyday people attempt to put together extraordinary dinner parties to impress and spoil their closest friends. Invited guests reveal traits and anecdotes about their friends, as the home cook busily prepares for the evening dinner party.

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“Nothing is more joyful or exhilarating than fresh fish simply cooked.” – Rick Stein

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*Only available for online viewers in Singapore
© 2000 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: lifestylefood.com.au, abc.net.au

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

Cooking with the Big Ains

November 5, 2008

ainsleys-gourmet-4Ainsley’s Gourmet Express

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With the hectic pace of modern living, many of us find it hard enough to get time to eat, let alone cook for ourselves. Ainsley’s Gourmet Express, is a fun guide to do-it-yourself fast food. The popular chef, with the big personality, whisks up a mouthwatering medley of dishes from around the world, all easy to prepare, and bursting with flavour and nutrients.

There’s food for family and friends, for special occasions and romantic dinners for two, for alfresco dining and even for cooking on holiday. With inspirations and demonstrations from several of London’s top chefs, and smart takes on global cuisines, the action never stops in this mesmerizing series.

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But before you can cook you need ingredients, so first Ainsley goes shopping at markets and delicatessens. For inspiration, he talks to cooks and restaurateurs, then after a session in the kitchen, he sits down to enjoy the meals he has prepared with friends and family.

Ainsley’s cuisine is inspired by everything from the fast-fry dishes served from hawker stalls in Asian markets, to the swiftly sliced sushi of busy Tokyo. He plucks the speedy-serve ideas from Italy and Greece, too.

Most of all, Ainsley focuses on fresh, uncluttered, stylish food, that impresses on occasions but doesn’t leave the cook slaving over a hot stove when the guests have arrived. After all, who wants to be making beef just instead of sipping martinis?

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“It was an exciting period. One day I’d be creating posh nosh for Elton John; the next I’d be making steak-and-kidney pud with mash for Princess Margaret. I’ve been lucky to have worked at every level of the catering business, and I think that it’s an enormous advantage to know how to make delicious beans on toast as well as Lobster Thermidor.” – Ainsley Harriot

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*Only available for online viewers in Singapore
© 2001 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: lifestylefood.com.au, bbc.co.uk, wikipedia.com

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

The Mammoth Journey During the Last Ice Age

October 6, 2008


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Episode 6 : “Mammoth Journey”

Filming locations: Yukon, Canada
30,000 Years Ago

The sixth episode takes place during the last Ice Age. It starts in the peak of the summer. The North Sea has become a grassy plain because the ice at the polar caps has caused the sea levels to drop significantly. Grazing on the plain are herds of Woolly Mammoth, Saiga antelope, and European bison. A clan of humans (Cro-Magnons) is also there spending the summer.

The central focus of the episode is the migration of the herd of mammoth as they travel 400 kilometers from the North Sea to the Swiss Alps for the winter and then back again in the spring. As the mammoth herd migrates south, the episode shows two large deer, the Megaloceros, fighting for rights to a harem of females. As the male Megaloceros fight, a group of humans ambushes them, killing one.

A mother mammoth and her baby are separated from the herd, but survive a stalking Cave Lion. Eventually the herd of mammoth reach the Swiss Alps and the mother mammoth and baby rejoin the herd. The episode also depicts a clan of Neanderthals, who have especially evolved to survive in the cold climate. One is charged by a Woolly Rhinoceros, but escapes, in part because of his stocky constitution.

The climax of the episode is when the clan of Neanderthals attacked the herd of mammoth as they turn back to the north. The Neanderthals are gifted hunters who are able to chase a couple of mammoths off a cliff by using fire and weapons.

Narrator:
Kenneth Branagh

Production Crew:
Director:
Nigel Paterson

Writers:
Kate Bartlett
Jasper James
Michael Olmert

Producers:
Tim Haines
Jasper James
Nigel Paterson

Film Editors:
Greg Smith
Andrew Wilks

“We have since built museums to celebrate the past, and spend decades studying prehistoric lives. And if all this has taught us anything, it is this: no species lasts forever.” – Kenneth Branagh

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*Only available for online viewers in Singapore
© 2001 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, IMDb.com

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

Roam in the World of Predators

October 6, 2008


Walking with Beasts 

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Episode 5 : “Sabre-tooth”

Filming Location: Brazil
1 Million Years Ago

The fifth episode shows the strange fauna of the isolated continent of South America and explores the effects of the Great American Interchange, which had happened 1.5 million years earlier. Since South America had drifted apart from Antarctica 30 million years ago, many unique mammals had evolved, including the Doedicurus: an armoured glyptodont that had a cannon ball-sized spiked club on a bony tail; the Macrauchenia, a long-limbed litoptern, somewhat resembling a humpless camel with a short trunk; and Megatherium, a very large ground sloth.

Before the continents of South America and North America collided, an 8 foot tall predatory “Terror Bird”, Phorusrhacos, had reigned as top predator. However, the great cats, migrating from the north, soon displaced them as top predators. The episode focuses on a male Smilodon, a sabre-toothed cat, named Half Tooth, whose leadership of a pride is threatened by two males who are brothers and work together against him.

The rival males ultimately chase off Half Tooth (actually Half Tooth backs off wisely without any serious injuries, feeling that the two males would be too strong for him), kill his cubs, and take over his pride. Next, the episode shows the Smilodon cats hunting down Macrauchenia and trying to protect the young from the two brothers. In the background, “Terror Birds” still hunt, but give way to the Smilodon.

However, a Megatherium,who wanted to eat meat as diet supplement, charges the pride of Smilodon, in order to eat some of the carrion. In the process, the Megatherium kills the dominant rival male, enabling Half Tooth to return, kill the other male and reclaim his territory.

Narrator:
Kenneth Branagh

Production Crew:
Director:
Nigel Paterson

Writers:
Kate Bartlett
Jasper James
Michael Olmert

Producers:
Tim Haines
Jasper James
Nigel Paterson

Film Editors:
Greg Smith
Andrew Wilks

Watch The BBC’s “Walking with Beasts” now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

*Only available for online viewers in Singapore
© 2001 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, IMDb.com

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

The Great Rift Valley…3.2 Million Years Ago

September 29, 2008


Walking with Beasts 

Watch The BBC’s “Walking with Beasts” now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

Episode 4 : “Next of Kin”

Filming Locations: South Africa, and the Great Rift Valley
3.2 Million Years Ago

The fourth episode takes place in the Great Rift Valley in eastern Africa. The climate has changed, and now great grasslands have replaced trees. The episode focuses around a tribe of small hominids known as Australopithecus, one of the first apes able to walk upright and a close ancestor to humans. The Australopithecus has evolved to walk upright so as to better maneuver the plains as well as to climb the trees.

However, it notes that although the Australopithecus looks human, it still only has the mind the size of a chimpanzee’s. Some of the topics explored in the episode are the close social bonds among the tribe, how they use grooming as a means of communication, and how they work together to forage for food and to defend one another from attacks from such animals as an angry male Deinotherium and the predator Dinofelis. It touches upon how competing tribes of Australopithecus war among one another.


It also explains the hierarchy in the tribe among the males (who are much larger than the females) and tells a story of how the dominating male is eventually overcome by another male, who wins the right to feed first at carrion and to mate with the females. Another story tells of a young Australopithecus (nicknamed “Blue”) who tries to fit into the tribe after he is orphaned.

Narrator:
Kenneth Branagh

Production Crew:
Director:
Nigel Paterson

Writers:
Kate Bartlett
Jasper James
Michael Olmert

Producers:
Tim Haines
Jasper James
Nigel Paterson

Film Editors:
Greg Smith
Andrew Wilks

Watch The BBC’s “Walking with Beasts” now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

*Only available for online viewers in Singapore
© 2001 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, IMDb.com

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.

Walk in the Land of Giants

September 26, 2008


Walking with Beasts 

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Episode 3 : “Land of Giants”

Filming Location: Mexico and Arizona
25 Million Years Ago

The third episode takes place during the late Oligocene, in Mongolia, where there were seasonal rains followed by a long drought. It tells the story of a mother Paraceratherium, a massive hornless rhinoceros that was the largest land mammal to have ever lived.

The episode first shows the mother Indricothere giving birth, and then tending to the male calf as it matures. While giving birth, the mother defends the helpless calf from several Hyaenodon, large creodont predators.

Also, the mother’s old calf tries to come back but is chased away. It gives a snapshot into the future of the calf. The mother raises her calf for three years, but eventually chases it away after she mates with another male.

The episode then chronicles the young Paraceratherium’s travels until it reaches adulthood, including encounters with Cynodictis, and large aggressive Entelodon, which are distant relatives to the modern-day pig.

Narrator:
Kenneth Branagh

Production Crew:
Director:
Nigel Paterson

Writers:
Kate Bartlett
Jasper James
Michael Olmert

Producers:
Tim Haines
Jasper James
Nigel Paterson

Film Editors:
Greg Smith
Andrew Wilks

Watch The BBC’s “Walking with Beasts” now for free online at WOWtv! Click HERE for more information.

*Only available for online viewers in Singapore
© 2001 BBC Worldwide.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, IMDb.com

About WOWtv

WOWtv is a leading US-based broadband entertainment provider, streaming an extensive library of video content to internet savvy youths and young adults throughout Asia. Some of the programs that are available from WOWtv’s Singapore website include the latest fashion programs from Video Fashion New York, popular Korean drama series, top-notch BBC documentaries and dramas, and much more. WOWtv is also in the midst of expanding their offering to include social networking and user-generated content functions and is planning for more exciting new features such as offering music online and E-commerce in the near future. WOWtv is truly the all inclusive platform for the internet savvy youths and young adults of today to gather, entertain themselves with videos, music, shopping, share their own creations and network with others. Click HERE to visit WOWtv Singapore now.