BBC America airs a variety of programming including popular British programs and scripted shows developed specifically for the American market, as of 2015. The network does not focus on any particular genre, instead including drama, science fiction, natural history, entertainment and movies on its schedule. Popular series on the channel include "Doctor Who," "Orphan Black," "Man vs. Wild," "The Graham Norton Show," and "Broadchurch."
"Doctor Who" is a long running science fiction program centering on the travels of the Doctor, an alien Time Lord that travels across space and time, frequently accompanied by human companions. "Orphan Black" is a dramatic conspiracy thriller that centers on the story of Sarah, a woman who unwittingly discovers that she is one of many clones that must fight to protect the safety of their loved ones. "Man vs. Wild" centers on British survival expert Bear Grylls pretending to be a stranded tourist as he attempts to show viewers how to survive the most hostile natural environments on Earth. "The Graham Norton Show" is a celebrity talk show, hosted by British comedian Graham Norton, known for a blend of intelligent humor and general weirdness.
BBC America's British shows are produced in series that tend to be significantly shorter than American television seasons. The channel offers many of its programs free on demand through a number of television providers, including Comcast Xfinity, Optimum, DirecTV, Dish and Verizon FIOS, sometimes just a day after it originally airs.
BBC America is affiliated with the British Broadcasting Channel, a public network in Britain funded by British TV licensing fees. By law, these fees cannot be used outside of Britain, so BBC America runs commercials like most other American networks. DVDs and other items associated with BBC America programs are available on BBC.com.