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Tues., Aug. 12 at 10 p.m. ET

Could you travel across the UK on five pounds a day? Leon Logothetis – the travelling “nobody” – does just that in the internationally-acclaimed series, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody. Follow Logothetis across the pond as he travels from London to Exeter in the original version of the series. Each of the seven episodes chronicles his odyssey as he eats, sleeps and travels on the goodwill of the British people. But this journey comes with a few rules along the way: he cannot take money from people directly, he cannot beg and he cannot stay in any place for longer than one night. And if that’s not enough, while Logothetis survives on pocket change, his crew enjoys luxurious accommodations and fine dining, tormenting him with their treats kilometre after kilometre. Will he make it?

Wed., Aug. 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET

While many Canadians wish to evade bizarre weather and ferocious storms, daring Canadian stormchaser George Kourounis eagerly heads into the heart of these storms – and other natural phenomena – with brand new episodes of OLN’s hit series Angry Planet. This time, George flirts with active volcanoes in Italy, goes on an off-trail skiing adventure in B.C., explores the natural wonders of Iceland and journeys to mythical Timbuktu to witness the birth of a hurricane.

Wed., Aug., 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT

Liverpool drainage team Billy Rood and Carl Millar prove once again that no job is too smelly, slimy or sloppy for them.

Watch as they clear a blocked drain filled with exotic examples of sewage wildlife.

Then, to add to the fun, the boys are forced to take a hands-on approach to a sewage problem – literally – as they’ve forgotten their gloves!

Then, follow dog dirt detective Richard Wright who fights the messes made by man’s best friend. He has the power to issue on-the-spot fines to anyone who fails to stoop and scoop their pet’s waste.

But in order to bring these careless citizens to justice, Wright must catch them in the act first.

Will there be justice for these infractions or will Wright be left to pick up the pieces?

Wed., Aug. 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT

Oldham’s playboy pest controller Steve Malloy is known as the pied piper to the town’s rodent population. Follow Malloy as he enthusiastically sets about sending some rats pestering Oldham residents to the “big sewer in the sky.”

Meanwhile, Liverpudlian drainage duo Billy Rood and Carl Miller are concerned with sewers at a more earthly level. The lads take a practical approach to tackling a house plagued by bad plumbing and a mysterious smell.

Meanwhile, over in Warrington, things aren’t looking much better for house clearance team Barry Walsh and Steve Holmes, who take on Warrington’s worst kept flat – with the world’s worst toilet.

In the towns of northern England there is plenty of filth to clean up. In Oldham, cleaners Dianne Smith and Stella Aspinall take on their worse job ever cleaning up for an elderly man whose unbelievably filthy house has become a serious health hazard.

Then, meet Phil Chadwick and his witty team of street cleaners who spend their days cheerfully cleaning up Warrington’s dog messes and other interesting surprises.

Dirtbusters

Next, watch as the mayor’s former chauffeur, who now makes his living as an exterminator, saves citizens from pesky rodents.

Will he be able to scare away a fearless rat which is squatting under a nervous client’s garden shed?

Wed., July 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT

Dirtbusters

Cleaning a decade’s worth of rubbish from an alcoholic’s house, tackling a foul smell in a clogged toilet and even sifting through a dank sewer are truly filthy jobs, but for a special group of Brits, it’s all in a day’s work!

Premiering Wed., July 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT on OLN, Dirtbusters is a new six-part series that follows cleaners, plumbers, garbage collectors and exterminators on the job as they clean up – and clean out – messes in the homes and streets of England.

On the front lines of the dirty war on waste, these men and women laugh in the face of filth.

As trash continues to take over lovely British towns, watch as this squad of dirt soldiers rid lucky communities of rubbish, backed-up sewage and pesky rodents.

No home is too slimy or smelly. No crevice is too rank or rancid. It’s often a dirty job – but these Dirtbusters are on the case!

Who Will Be This Year’s Cycling Tour de Force? Find Out When Tour de France Airs Exclusively on OLN, July 5 – 27

Each year, hundreds of cyclists descend on France for the one of the world’s most prestigious cycling competitions – the Tour de France. With each turn of the pedal, these athletes are pushed to their physical and psychological limits as they surge closer to the finish. But who will emerge ahead of the pack and win the coveted yellow jersey?

Find out when the 2008 Tour de France returns to OLN this July. For the eighth consecutive year, OLN is the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of the event, bringing viewers LIVE coverage of the competition each day from Saturday, July 5 to Sunday, July 27 (specific broadcast times are included below).

Live coverage of each race stage – as it happens – will be hosted by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen in addition to competition analysis from Craig Hummer and Bob Roll.

Throughout the Tour, special guests including Robbie Ventura and Frankie Andreu will provide colour commentary on the race, shedding light on the exciting trials and triumphs of the cyclists involved in the prestigious competition. For the duration of the Tour, OLN will bring viewers full coverage of the race each morning (check local listings).

Then, OLN offers enhanced coverage during prime time that will include interviews, travel features, historical features and training tips.

Tour de France 2008 Now in its 95th year, the 2008 Tour de France consists of 21 stages covering a total distance of 3,500 kilometres. With 10 flat stages, five mountain stages, four medium mountain stages and two individual time-trial stages, this year’s race will include four mountain finishes, 82 kilometres of individual time-trials and two rest days.

The Tour route will run from Brest in the north western region of Bretagne through central France to the southern coast and then north again for the last stage ending on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Additionally, this year’s competition will include 10 new town stops, two of which are in Italy – Prato Nevoso and Cuneo. Don’t miss all the pedal-pushing action as this year’s cyclists ride to the finish in competition with each other and themselves.

Ed Robertson

Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies is once again leaving his cozy tour bus and gearing up for adventure as production is currently under way on Season 3 of the original OLN series Ed’s Up!.

This summer, 13 half-hour episodes are being shot for broadcast in Fall 2008 in Canada on OLN. The second half of production on the new season is going international with filming set to begin this week in Jamaica and the U.K.

“OLN is thrilled that Ed’s Up! continues to evolve each season,” said Patrice Baillargeon, Executive Producer, OLN. “As Ed flies to destinations beyond Canada and the continental U.S., viewers will get a chance to follow him to places where the locations themselves will become an integral part of the storylines.”

Throughout Season 1, Robertson began logging flight-time in his Cessna airplane, crossing Canada to tackle a series of on-the-job challenges: working with the army, ranchers in Alberta and a CFL football team. Then, in Season 2, jobs got tougher — and wetter — as Robertson took advantage of his new floatplane license by making water landings all over Canada and the U.S. He worked in a New York City hospital ER, a Canadian Air Force boot camp and a Chicago slaughterhouse. Through it all, the Canadian rock star learned how hard the work-a-day life could be as he took on the toughest of jobs with his trademark good humour and down-to-earth attitude.

“He’s a tough guy to crack, that Ed!” laughs Les Tomlin, president and Executive Producer of Peace Point Entertainment Group. “He rises to almost every occasion. We’ve only been able to break him a couple of times!”

As Season 3 of the hit OLN series moves production overseas, Tomlin explains that the workplace challenges awaiting Robertson this time around are as much mental as physical. “There’s more of an emotional connection with the people he’s working with,” says Tomlin, notably when the rock star goes to teach at a school in Jamaica. “This’ll be the first time that the show goes off the North American continent,” Tomlin explains, “The idea is to really take him out of his North American element and see how he survives.”

From working as a coffee farmer in Jamaica to joining a sailing crew as they cross the Irish Channel on their way to Liverpool, Robertson will log over 16,000 kilometres in his plane. But the most important journey for the musician will be exploring his own emotional and physical limits, learning a new respect for the people who grapple with some of the world’s most difficult jobs.

Working again with producer Craig Fleming, Robertson and the crew are racing to complete filming before he’s due back in the recording studio in mid-July to work on the next Barenaked Ladies album.

Robertson is a co-founding member of the band Barenaked Ladies and plays guitar, sings, writes, raps, drums – and flies! The band has sold over 12 million records, achieved a U.S. number one single, and received two Grammy nominations and seven Juno Awards. As an actor, Robertson has appeared in the films Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle; The Wrong Guy; Love, Sex, and Eating the Bones; and such TV shows as Charmed; 2 Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Joint; MadTV; and Dennis Leary’s Merry @@$$%@ Christmas.

On the last leg of Coltrane’s journey, the actor stops at Dent Valley for some Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. It’s a farmers’ sport where male participants wear peculiar embroidered pants – a custom introduced by the Victorians. Coltrane spends time with a farmer’s daughter who dreams of triumphing in the traditionally male arena.

Then, Coltrane drives to Lake Windermere, where he meets the daughter of one of his heroes, Sir Donald Campbell. Find out how Campbell died in a power boat accident and watch as Coltrane tries out a speed boat for himself. The journey continues to Northumbria, which has more castles than any other county in the U.K.

At Chillingham Castle – allegedly the most haunted in England – Coltrane employs some parapsychologists to check the place out. What will the group learn about the castle’s bloodthirsty history? After making his way over the border into Scotland, Coltrane heads to Dumfries and Galloway find out more about one of his family ancestors – blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan.

This inspired relative invented the modern bicycle and Coltrane sets out to make a replica of the bike at the local museum.

For his final stop in Glasgow, he heads to a restaurant that’s involved in the city’s bid to retain the “Curry Capital of Great Britain” title. After quick stint at cooking his own curry, Coltrane enjoys a well deserved meal at his journey’s end.

Sun., June 29 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on OLN

Back on the road, Coltrane stops in the village of Stilton for an eccentric cheese-rolling tournament. Here, fancy dress is obligatory and for the locals, this quintessentially British event is bigger than Christmas.

Then, join Coltrane as he heads west to Burton-on-Trent to meet Rev. Paul Sinclair, a leather-clad biker who operates the world’s only motorcycle funeral service.

Next, travel to Mountsorrel’s granite quarry, one of the biggest holes in Britain. At 10 times the size of Wembley stadium, this quarry is the source of stone for British motorways.

Watch as Coltrane gets the chance to blow a bit of it up on the second leg of his journey.

Next, at the Yorkshire village of Pateley Bridge, step inside the oldest sweet shop in England. With over 200 different kinds of rare sweets in the shop, Coltrane enjoys the delectable treats that have been in production since 1827.

For the final stop on this part of his intriguing journey, Coltrane arrives at the Wray Scarecrow festival, one of Lancashire’s top attractions.

With over 10,000 people visiting each year, local residents come together to make hundreds of scarecrows for the unusual event.

Sun., June 22 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on OLN