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  1. Tonight, as Egypt - Children Of The Revolution airs - filmed over a year through Egypt's revolution and tumultuous aftermath - two of the three young people we followed, Gigi and Ahmed, are back on the streets still fighting for the regime to "really" fall. The third, Tahir, an Islamist tort...

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  2. As Fahmida and Nazir's sweet story returns for three more episodes, writer Shakeel Ahmed explains why no other title would do.

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  3. She's top of the class when it comes to news broadcasting, but how will journalist Samira cope with the pressures of the kitchen?

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  4. 'A new place for aspiring comedians... and a potential route for them to work in television.' Producer Jon Aird reveals how a short online video became a pilot episode on BBC Three.

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  5. In the five years I've been a Blue Peter presenter this is one of the hardest things I've done, but also one of my proudest moments. I wanted to do one final challenge on the show that would push me both physically and mentally, and hopefully inspire people young and old to take up something...

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  6. I guess there are two ways of approaching a TV production: knowing exactly what you want to say and finding the people who fit into the mould, or telling the story you discover as you go along. There's always going to be a bit of an overlap, but in the case of Mixed Britannia on BBC Two I'd ...

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  7. America is the world leader in locking people up. Today in the land of the free there are more prisoners per head than anywhere else in the world. Here's how a TV development team got access to the fascinating world of women's prisons

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  8. One of the main reasons I have ended up doing what I now do - making documentaries from the less accessible and hospitable parts of the world - is that I have always been slightly desperate to escape small town English life. I grew up in Bedford, but most of my family is from neighbouring Lu...

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  9. 'Her emotions have become engaged and that's unusual for her. She is thrown.' As the finale is upon us, Gillian Anderson shares her thoughts on her character in BBC Two's thriller - DSI Stella Gibson.

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  10. When my friend rang to ask me out for a drink, I was already in Heathrow Terminal 5. "I'm not going to be around for the next four months or so," I told him. "I'm going to Lagos." His immediate reaction - "Why? What's wrong? Are you in trouble? Is it the police?" - was typical. Nigeria, and L...

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  11. The idea for Roger: Genocide Baby sparked to life as I sat watching BBC Breakfast, munching on some oats. A young British actor, Roger Nsengiyumva, was promoting his new film Africa United and I heard him say something like, "Yes, I was born in 1994 during the Rwandan genocide." I put my...

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  12. Spitfire Women is a documentary that tells the story of the female pilots who transported aeroplanes for the RAF as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA). Eighty-nine-year-old Margaret Frost was one of the one hundred and sixty-eight women in the ATA and features in the programme. She spo...

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  13. I'm really interested in making documentaries that go into worlds we seldom get to see, so I was thrilled to be asked to work with producer Lucy Cohen on an observational film made inside a psychiatric hospital. I'd also had an old mate who'd been in and out of psychiatric hospital many time...

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  14. Well, here we are back again in Studio One at BBC Television Centre for my fifth series conducting the live band on Strictly Come Dancing, after taking over from the great Laurie Holloway. This year looks like it's going to be a good one, judging by the launch show. The new set looks amazing...

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  15. 'He introduced me to one of his best mates as his "second mum."' How filming every seven years for BBC One's documentary series builds long-term relationships with contributors.

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  16. I first fell in love with crusading history as a schoolboy and continue to be fascinated by these medieval holy wars. In many ways, they have become my life's work. For me, the Crusades, the wars fought between Christians and Muslims for possession of the Holy Land between 1095 and 1291, hav...

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  17. Lapland covers quite touching issues that are affecting the Lewis family - like the loss of their family patriarch - and then my character, the holiday rep Jingle Jill interrupts with quite hilarious material. It's very much a comedy drama. I remember when I read the script how moving and tou...

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  18. 'Clouds are about as far from the popular image of light and fluffy floating puffs of cotton wool as you can get' Meterologist Felicity Aston on flying through clouds for BBC Two's two-part documentary.

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  19. We almost had to hose their benches down! And Gok’s the most competitive! Who’d have thought? Read on for more gossip from a production insider.

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