Balding gets busy
• Clare Balding will replace Aled Jones from January as host of Good Morning Sunday on Radio 2. It's the first radio show for Balding, who describes it as 'a challenge, a responsibility and a very exciting development in my career'. Jones, who has presented the faith slot for six years, will be working with Radio 2 on a new musical series for 2013. She is also going to front Britain's Brightest early next year, a Saturday-night entertainment show on BBC One that aims to find the country's sharpest mind.
• Woman's Hour is to launch a nationwide quest to find the 100 most powerful women in Britain today. The Woman's Hour Power List will be compiled during a month of special programmes on Radio 4 and supported by online nominations. Author and editor Eve Pollard will chair a panel of judges, with a publication of the Power List drawn up early next year.
• The BBC Philharmonic and Asian Network link up on November 12 for a special concert in Bradford. Asian Network head Mark Strippel says the station will be entering new territory when it presents 'music that our listeners will have grown up with, performed by some of South Asia's leading contemporary singers with one of the UK's leading classical orchestras'.
'Extinction and sex'
• BBC Four's Storyville has teamed up with broadcasters around the world to commission eight films that ask why a billion people still live in poverty in the 21st century. They will be screened in 180 countries next month. The series will be launched on BBC One in the UK with Four Born Every Second, which will look at childbirth and infant mortality around the world. The other seven films will be shown on BBC Four.
• Comedian Dara O Briain will front a new six-part science series for BBC Two from early November. Each programme will take on a single subject from a variety of angles. O Briain, who has a degree in mathematics and theoretical physics, will be joined by 'some of the world's foremost thinkers' for a mix of studio discussion, films and on-the-spot reports. 'It's for anyone who, like me, is curious about space, brains, extinction and sex,' says O Briain.
• Former EastEnders star Lacey Turner will star as Molly Dawes in new single drama Our Girl. Written and created by Tony Grounds, the 90-minute BBC drama production tells the story of Molly, the eldest of five children who becomes a soldier in the Royal Army Medical Corps and serves in Afghanistan. It starts filming in Hertfordshire this month.
• BBC One's Imagine follows pianist Lang Lang as he opens his own piano school in China and plays for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and crime writer Ian Rankin as he wrestles with a new novel. Alan Yentob returns with a new series, starting on November 6, which will also profile choreographer Matthew Bourne, photographer William Klein and author Jeanette Winterson.
• Autumnwatch returns to BBC Two for four days from October 30. The programme shifts to the Scottish Highlands to follow the stories of the UK's wildlife, for the first time tracking the action in real time on a network of live cameras. Infrared and thermal cameras will delve into the nocturnal lives of the creatures, while the latest macro camera technology will reveal the world's smallest species. Winterwatch will follow in January.
• England Women's football team's friendly against France on Saturday, October 20, will be broadcast live on BBC Three. It's their third successive game to be broadcast live by the BBC; the last was their 3-0 triumph over Croatia which secured England qualification to Euro 2013. Coverage of Saturday's match from Charlety Stadium in Paris starts at 7.50pm.
• Blue Peter wants children to dress for bed during the day. Its 'Go Pyjamas' appeal for Children in Need is challenging young viewers and their families to play football in their pjs, for instance, or hold onesie days at school and to get sponsored for doing so. On November 8 the programme will attempt a world record for the largest gathering of people wearing one-piece pyjamas at their Salford studios. The number to beat is 309.
• The One Show, meanwhile, is bringing back the Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need - but presenter Matt Baker, who raised £1.9m when he pedalled the rickshaw from Edinburgh to London last year, is being spared any further agony. He'll cycle alongside six youngsters who are supported, or who have previously been supported, by Children in Need-funded projects as they pedal the rickshaw the 411 miles from Llandudno to Television Centre.