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Ministry of Curious Stuff

Mysteries will be solved and questions answered when viewers enter The Ministry Of Curious Stuff - CBBC's new comedy sketch show starring Vic Reeves.

The Ministry of Curious Stuff is a fantastical depository of information staffed by Vic and his team of inquisitive fact-finders, including his dim-witted assistant, Captain Length-Width - a man who takes stupidity to impressive new levels.

As the ringmaster of this magical, weird and unpredictable world Vic's mission is to provide answers to questions posed by CBBC viewers - no matter how weird or wonderful those questions may be.

Discovering the answers to these questions is the launch pad for sketches, songs, animations and Vic's unique flights of fancy, with viewers discovering some amazing facts along the way.

In today’s episode, Vic and his team wonder whether unicorns exist, discover which creature has a thousand eyes and find out if people can travel through time.

Vic Reeves stars as himself, with Dan Renton Skinner as Captain Length-Width, Jack Carroll as Mr Frazernagle, Tyger Drew-Honey as Mr Lovett, Beth Rylance as Miss Tea Party and Rhyanna Alexander Davis as Miss Wannamaker.

Saturday 14 January




Tom solves a mystery, Sam meddles with a patient’s home life and Big Mac is an unlikely hero in Casualty: Death and Doughnuts.

It’s the day after the Silverton explosion and Jordan introduces Tom, who is formally joining the team. Tom soon finds he has a mystery on his hands when a family who were involved in the explosion end up back in the ED with unexplained injuries. But when the young son of the family is kidnapped, all becomes clear, and as the child faces extreme danger, trusty Big Mac is in the right place at the right time.

Dylan accuses Sam of interfering when her attempts to reunite a dying patient with his ex-wife go awry when it turns out that it was his former lover he actually wanted to see. But can Sam’s meddling actually have done some good after all?

And Jordan’s cool is uncharacteristically ruffled when he meets attractive young police chief DCI Rippon. Could there be romance in the air for Holby’s head honcho?

Oliver Coleman plays Tom, Charles Dale plays Big Mac, William Beck plays Dylan, Charlotte Salt plays Sam, Michael French plays Jordan and Rachel Shelley plays Rippon.



Ski Sunday

Graham Bell and Ed Leigh are in Switzerland for the longest, fastest and most arduous downhill race on the men’s tour – Wengen’s infamous Lauberhorn.

The Austrians had the last laugh here in 2011, as veteran Klaus Kroell pipped the home favourites, Didier Cuche and Carlo Janka, to the title.

This year, the Swiss contingent will be looking to fight back and make it three home wins in the last four years.

Sunday 15 January



Call The Midwife

Call the Midwife is a moving and intimate insight into the colourful world of midwifery and family life in 1950s East London.

This opening episode sees newly qualified midwife, Jenny Lee, arriving at Nonnatus House. Believing she has been sent to a small private hospital, Jenny is surprised to find herself at a convent. Initially daunted by her surroundings, and not least the formidable Sister Evangelina and the eccentric Sister Monica Joan, Jenny gradually begins to find her feet.

The story of the week focuses on the first case Jenny is allowed to handle alone, under the guidance of Sister Julienne - the care of Conchita Warren during her 25th pregnancy.

Conchita is married to Len, who fought in the Spanish Civil War and brought Conchita home with him. Conchita speaks no English and spends her days caring for her enormous family. Her case appears to be routine but, when freezing smog descends on London, events take a turn for the worse. Conchita slips and goes into labour at 30 weeks gestation, suffering from severe concussion.

Jenny, alone in the house with Conchita and her husband, must draw on all her reserves of skill and courage if Conchita and her premature child are to survive.

We also meet Pearl, whose indomitable spirit rises above a dose of venereal disease, and Muriel, whose home delivery shows the best and worst that the system has to offer.

Jenny is played by Jessica Raine, Sister Julienne by Jenny Agutter, Sister Evangelina by Pam Ferris, Sister Monica Joan by Judy Parfitt, Sister Bernadette by Laura Main, Trixie by Helen George and Cynthia by Bryony Hannah.

Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall

The Reichenbach Fall is the final episode in BBC One’s much praised, multi-award-winning drama Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

James Moriarty – the greatest criminal mind that the world has ever seen. Sherlock and John knew he wouldn’t stay hidden for long. But even they never guessed the sheer scale and audacity of the crime that would propel Moriarty back into the headlines. The crime of the century. The Tower of London, the Bank of England, Pentonville prison – all sprung open on the same day as if by magic! But Moriarty’s plans don’t stop there...

Sherlock and John lock horns with their old enemy in one final problem that tests loyalty and courage to their very limits. Sherlock must fight for his reputation, his sanity and his life. But is he all he claims to be?

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as John Watson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Andrew Scott as Moriarty, Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper and Katherine Parkinson is Kitty Riley.

Monday 16 January




Ricky plans to show his love for Bianca by planning a romantic meal for the two of them, but will it be enough?

Tanya and Max confront Lauren about her recent drunken behaviour and the truth about the extent of her antics becomes clear. However, they are forced to realise that they may be a part of Lauren’s problems when they visit a doctor.

When Mandy interrupts bonding time between Lucy and Ian, Lucy gets up to her old tricks by formulating a plan to get rid of Mandy.

Ricky is played by Sid Owen, Bianca by Patsy Palmer, Tanya by Jo Joyner, Max by Jake Wood, Lauren by Jacqueline Jossa, Mandy by Nicola Stapleton, Lucy by Hetti Bywater and Ian by Adam Woodyatt.

The One Griff Rhys Jones

Following on from the success of The One Ronnie, three more of Britain’s best loved comedians take to the stage. This week, actor and adventurer Griff Rhys Jones returns to sketch comedy on BBC One.

Griff takes centre stage in this all-star sketch show, where he will be joined by some of the biggest names in television, including Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Tom Hollander (Rev) and Larry Lamb (Gavin & Stacey). And for the first time in 15 years, Mel Smith will be doubling up with Griff, as they reprise their iconic Smith and Jones head to head sketch.

Mrs Brown's Boys - iMammy

With Dermot and Maria’s baby due very soon, Agnes is excited about the prospect of having a new Brown in the house. But in the meantime, she has to make do with the robot baby which the expectant couple have been given to practise with at their pre-natal classes.

Unfortunately, the new addition to the family keeps crying and disturbs everyone at night. Agnes kindly offers to babysit the robot baby and seems to have the magic touch, but her methods are not exactly orthodox…

Meanwhile, Cathy is feeling down about her love life. However, there’s a new man on the horizon: her psychology lecturer Professor Clowne. Agnes is suspicious that a lecturer would want to hang around with one of his students and questions Clowne’s intentions. But in fact the Professor seems more interested in studying Agnes for his new book than he does in spending time with Cathy.



American Football - Play Off Highlights

Matt Roberts presents highlights from the second round of the NFL play-offs.

The top seeds enter the fray and take on the winners of the wildcard games. The victors will be just one game away from the Super Bowl.

Mike Carlson offers analysis on the action.

Stargazing Live

Stargazing Live returns for a second three-night series (Mon 8.30-9.30, Tues & Wed 8-9pm) set to show everyone – from the complete beginner to the enthusiastic amateur – how to make the most of the night sky.

Professor Brian Cox and Dara O' Briain will broadcast live from the control room of the Jodrell Bank radio observatory, interacting live with the audience and calling on a starry collection of the country’s finest astronomical minds to explore the majestic wonders of the skies above Britain.

As they showcase breathtaking images from the world’s most powerful telescopes, Brian and Dara will be joined by celebrities and scientific experts including space nut Jon Culshaw and guest of honour Captain Eugene Cernan, the last man ever to walk on the surface of the moon.

In an information-packed jaunt across the cosmos, Brian and Dara will look at Moons (episode 1), the Galaxy (episode 2) and the Search For Life (episode 3), teaching us everything we’ve always wanted to know about the solar system, our Milky Way and the deepest recesses of space.

In their own unique style, the pair will tackle some of the most intriguing questions in astronomy, such as Why Does the Moon Cause The Tides?, How Do We Know Where Black Holes Are When They Are impossible To See? and What Will We Actually Say If We Ever Make Contact With An Alien Race?

Closer to home, there will also be hints and tips for getting started in Stargazing and advice on navigating your way around the skies.

The Stargazing Live audience will be asked to help make scientific history, as they’re invited to join an online experiment to discover a brand new planet, far outside the confines of our Solar System.

Stargazing Live will also attempt to tackle the issue of light pollution by turning off all the lights in a small town, live on air. During the final episode, the entire population of Dulverton in Somerset will be asked to come together and simultaneously switch off all of their lights to showcase the wonders of the night sky.

The Stargazing Live team are inviting everyone to get involved in one of the hundreds of astronomy events taking place across the country to coincide with the series. With astronomical societies, telescope demonstrations, interactive activities, AV media, talks, recitals, planetarium investigations and astrophotography, there’s something for everyone.

To find out about events near you visit

Stargazing Live is co-produced by the Open University.



How Sex Works - Playing the Field

The second episode of How Sex Works tracks the highs and lows of different sexual adventures. Travelling inside the human body using CGI, the programme explores the physiological, neurological and psychological changes that happen before, during and after sex.

For many people, after their first taste of sex they want more, and with increasingly complex ways to explore the sexual landscape, it can be an interesting journey.

The programme follows one man who enjoys playing the field and meeting different women, and others for whom sex has become something to avoid - one girl who describes herself as asexual reveals why she actively shuns sexual encounters.

Alongside revealing scientific insight into the chemicals influencing the sexual choices we make, the programme considers how new technology can help us find that quick fix, making sex more accessible than ever before.

How Sex Works is part of the Sex Season on BBC Three.



Storyville - My Friend Sam: Living For The Moment

Part of Storyville’s Survivors season, My Friend Sam – Living For The Moment is about an extraordinary man: Sam Frears. Now 39 years old, Sam was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder. Familial Dysautonomia left him with a 50 per cent chance of making it to his fifth birthday.

My Friend Sam reveals a complex, engaging, exceptional person as he struggles with everyday life while pursuing his joint goals of getting his acting career back on track and finding love.

Tuesday 17 January




DCI Marsden opens up an old investigation and tries to manipulate Ben to get what she wants.

Jane throws a fundraising event at The Vic which leads to an unexpected offer, which may take her away from Walford.

The relationships between the Brannings is tense, but when Derek comes to apologise to Carol for his behaviour, it seems they could all be back on track.

Lucy’s latest plan to get rid of her stepmother backfires. Has she gone too far?

Ben is played by Joshua Pascoe, Jane by Laurie Brett, Derek by Jamie Foreman, Carol by Lindsey Coulson and Lucy by Hetti Bywater.

Wednesday 18 January



The Crusades; Holy War

In this gripping new three-part series for BBC Two, Dr Thomas Asbridge presents his revelatory account of the Crusades, the 200-year war between Christians and Muslims for control of the Holy Land.

The story of the Crusades is remembered as a tale of religious fanaticism and unspeakable violence, but now fresh research, eyewitness testimony, and contemporary evidence from both the Christian and Islamic worlds shed new light on how these two great religions waged war in the name of God.

Episode one traces the epic journey of the First Crusaders, as they marched 3,000 miles from Europe to recapture the city of Jerusalem from Islam, enduring starvation, disease and bloodthirsty battle to reach their sacred goal, and then unleashed an appalling tide of barbaric violence upon their Muslim enemies.

Yet far from being the invincible holy warriors of legend, Dr Asbridge reveals that these crusaders actually considered surrender in the midst of their titanic expedition.

Thursday 19 January




Ben is seething with jealousy as Phil and Jay bond over the Arches new venture. Fed up of always being the outcast, will this push him to do something he may regret?

Masood reveals some new revelations about Yusef to the family, which put a stop to any healing and reconciling that’s been done.

Bianca is more than surprised when an old acquaintance comes to Walford to find her. Will she come clean to Morgan about who this stranger is?

Ben is played by Joshua Pascoe, Phil by Steve McFadden, Jay by Jamie Borthwick, Masood by Nitin Ganatra and Bianca by Patsy Palmer.



Putin, Russia And The West

Vladimir Putin, after eight years as President of Russia and four more as Prime Minister, is stubbornly holding onto power. He has announced his intention to return as President and declared his United Russia party the winner in parliamentary elections that have widely been seen as fraudulent, causing mass protests in Moscow and elsewhere with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets.

But just how did this consummate political operator with a background in the KGB become a valued ally of the West? And when did his policies start to provoke deep concern in Washington and London? Putin, Russia & the West tells the inside story, with contributions from Putin’s top colleagues and the Western statesmen who have clashed with him.

This is a four-part series from Norma Percy and the team at Brook Lapping behind the multi-award-winning documentaries The Death of Yugoslavia, The Second Russian Revolution and Iran & the West.

The first film, Taking Control, starts with George W Bush meeting Putin in June 2001 and declaring how he looked Putin in the eye and ‘got a sense of his soul’. Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice recall their reactions to the discussions that happened behind closed doors, with Putin delivering a prophetic warning about Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Taliban. Three months later, 9/11 happened.

Following the terrorist attacks, Putin quickly aligned Russia with the West, to the surprise of many in the Kremlin. The US and Russia had opposed each other for decades, but the world had now changed. Sergei Ivanov, Russian’s Defence Minister, tells how offers from Taliban to join forces with Russia against America were rejected with strong language.

But at home Putin was becoming increasingly authoritarian. Mikhail Kasyanov, then Russia’s Prime Minister, recalls a meeting with Putin and the country’s top businessmen, where ‘all the oligarchs present almost hid under the table in fear.' The film also tells the story of how Russia’s richest man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, challenged Putin and ended up in prison.

Friday 20 January




Bianca starts to feel the pressure of family life at the Butchers's and is furious to discover that Liam has been bunking school. However, she is pleasantly surprised to discover what he’s been up to.

With relationships strained in the Masood household, Afia turns to an unlikely face on the Square for advice.

Tanya takes matters into her own hands and tricks Jane into attending an interview. However, this backfires when Jane reveals some news that Tanya wasn’t expecting.

Bianca is played by Patsy Palmer, Liam by James Forde, Afia by Meryl Fernandes, Tanya by Jo Joyner and Jane by Laurie Brett.


The law catches up with the crafty Hustle conmen when corrupt police officer DI Fisk (played by Patrick Baladi) is bribed into bringing them down.

Unaware of Fisk’s watchful eye, the gang moves in on their latest mark, Linda Runcorn (played by Nina Sosanya), the crooked CEO of an online hotel and restaurant guide. They develop an inheritance scam to convince Linda a wealthy heir has left her valuable jewellery and an impressive estate.

Meanwhile, Fisk arrests Sean’s ex-girlfriend, pickpocket Kat (played by Skye Lourie), on false charges, blackmailing her to spy on the team so he can catch them. Left with no choice, Kat persuades Sean to let her join the con.

Things get heavier when Fisk demands that Kat plant cocaine in Emma’s bag, resulting in Emma’s arrest. With Emma in prison and the grifters under surveillance, there seems little way the Hustle gang can escape unscathed...

Mickey is played by Adrian Lester, Albert by Robert Vaughn, Ash by Robert Glenister, Sean by Matt Di Angelo, Emma by Kelly Adams, DI Fisk by Patrick Baladi, Linda Runcorn by Nina Sosanya and Kat Farmer by Skye Lourie.

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