British expats don’t have too many things to complain about regarding living abroad. Great weather, good money, and probably an enhanced social life.
But you may hear the odd whine when it comes to feeling way too far behind friends and family at home on much-loved TV series.
If you thought about attempting to find out who killed Lucy by watching EastEnders via Skype last year, then BBC First is probably right up your street.
The channel is launching February 1 in the Middle East and will bring us shows such as the London soap opera as well as Luther, Sherlock and Doctor Who.
Available exclusively with OSN, the aim is to be the first place to air new episodes of the stories in the Middle East and North Africa.
So those looking forward to seeing the likes of the BBC’s new adaption War and Peace could quite well find themselves firmly rooted to their sofa and eyes glued to the screen next month.
It replaces the BBC Entertainment channel and will provide Arabic subtitles.
Viewers will get used to seeing A-list actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Idris Elba and Peter Capaldi in their small screen roles, and there’s plenty more where that came from.
Medical dramas Casualty, Doctors and Holy City are going to be available to watch and well as Doctor Foster (a drama which had 10 million people hooked in the UK) and Dickensian (reinvention of Charles Dickens’ novels, where his iconic characters live side by side in a Victorian neighbourhood).
“This is the first of several exciting new premium additions to OSN being announced in the first quarter of this year and reaffirms that we are the number one destination for premium content in the region,” Emad Marcos, Senior Vice President of OSN’s Media partners & Digital said.
“We work with outstanding channel partners to bring the very best content.”