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12:00 AM, October 15, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 15, 2010

Making learning fun

Two new educational shows on BTV


A scene from the TV serial “Biswash”.

English in Action, which initiated “BBC Buzz”, is launching two new television programmes -- TV serial “Biswash” and game show “BBC Janala-Mojaye Mojaye Shekha”. Made by the BBC World Service Trust, both programmes will be aired back-to-back on BTV and BTV World, starting from October 16 at 2:15pm. They will be aired every week on Fridays at 6:50 pm and repeated on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 3 pm.
The aim of the programmes is to make learning English fun for children and adults.
“Biswash” is a 24-episode serial set in Bangladesh and the UK. With a focus on family and tradition, it features stories ranging from treasure hunts in Old Dhaka, to an alien looking for a wife and romance on the streets of London. The cast includes A.T.M. Shamsuzamman, Humayun Faridee, Giasuddin Selim, Shaidul Islam, Arabi Rahman, Shama Rahman, and Sameer Ahmed.
“Biswash” will be followed by “BBC Janala-Mojaye Mojaye Shekha”, an educational game show which builds on the English used in the serial. The show will be hosted by Rumana Malik Munmun, with the help of comedian Kamal Bayezid and English teacher Alexandra Tyers.
Incidentally, the last episode of “BBC Buzz” will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 9:20 pm. The final episode will feature revisiting of some of its previous episodes.
“BBC Buzz” was launched over a year ago, with the tagline “Celebrating the best of everyday life in Bangladesh.” The aim of the programme was to reflect the diversity, ambitions, aspirations and achievements of young Bangladeshis.
One of the highlights of the programme was 'Everyday Heroes', a platform for young individuals to showcase their talents.
“BBC Buzz” was funded by Ukaid, from the Department for International Development through English in Action, a major educational initiative launched to raise the English language skills of 25 million people in Bangladesh by 2017.

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