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BBC America said Thursday that it has acquired five unscripted series that will be making their U.S. premieres, including two starring chef Gordon Ramsay.

The network has acquired Season 3 of "Gordon Ramsay's F Word" and Season 4 of "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares" (Fox airs a U.S. version of the latter that also stars Ramsay).

This means that BBC America will have aired the U.S. premieres for all four seasons of "Nightmares" and all three of "F Word" as well as two seasons of "Ramsay's Boiling Point."

The acquisitions include eight hourlong episodes of "Nightmares," which features Ramsay helping failing chefs save their restaurants, and nine 49-minute episodes of the food magazine show "F Word," both of which are produced and distributed by Optomen Television. "Nightmares" premiered at 8 p.m. Thursday, while "F Word's" debut date has not been announced.

BBC America also has acquired a third food-centric series, the reality competition "Last Restaurant Standing" (first season). The show, which stars chef Raymond Blanc, features nine couples competing to open their own restaurant with Blanc's financial and personal backing.

The series, which went under the title "The Restaurant" in the U.K., consists of 15 hourlong episodes and is set to premiere on BBC America at 8 p.m. Feb. 12. It's produced by BBC Production and distributed by BBC Worldwide.

The other two shows acquired by BBC America are "Mary Queen of Shops" (first and second seasons) and "Top Gear" (Season 10).

"Mary," which features retail/branding/marketing expert Mary Portas helping struggling boutique owners, is produced and distributed by Optomen, with a premiere date yet to be announced.

The car-centric "Top Gear" is produced by BBC Production and distributed by BBC Worldwide. It premieres at 8 p.m. Feb. 25.
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