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Saturday 24 March

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Formula One: Malaysian GP Qualifying Highlights

Jake Humphrey introduces the best action from qualifying in Sepang as the new season enters its second race.

The unique 15-turn circuit, famed for its wide corners and long straights, was completed in 1999 and is staging a Formula One race for the 14th occasion.

Last season saw an epic four-way tussle for pole between Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber and McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Ultimately it became dual between Vettel and Hamilton, with the German claiming a dramatic pole by just a tenth of a second on his final lap.

The Voice UK

With millions of viewers around the world, The Voice is one of the biggest international TV formats of the past few years - and now it’s arrived in the UK. It all begins tonight with the first of the blind auditions and a spectacular group performance by the four coaches - Jessie J, will.i.am, Danny O’Donoghue and Sir Tom Jones.

The premise is simple: the search for the UK’s next great voice. Only people with real vocal talent will be invited to blind auditions, where each artist auditions on stage for the four A-list coaches who sit with their back towards them. The coaches hit a button on their chair if they are impressed with their voice, coming face-to-face with the artist for the first time. Unconcerned with appearance, their auditions are about one thing and one thing only: the voice.

Each of the coaches has only ten places on their team, so has to select carefully the voices they want to work with. If more than one coach turns their chair, the power shifts to the artist and the artist then has the choice of which of the coaches' teams he or she wants to join. The artists are selected, mentored, and trained by their coaches who are four of the most successful figures in the music industry.

When each coach has a full team of ten artists, they then develop them through the remaining stages until one artist is named 'The Voice UK'.

Casualty

It’s judgement day for Sam when the GMC begins its investigation into her actions, in Casualty: Lest Ye Be Judged.

Following the allegation of assault against Sam by a patient’s relative, Keith Parr, a GMC official, is in the ED to conduct interviews with Sam’s colleagues. Zoe and Scarlett are called in to answer questions but Dylan goes out of his way to try to avoid the grilling.

In an attempt to distract herself Sam tends to a cantankerous old soldier, who softens when he discovers that Sam is an army medic. Can Sam get to the bottom of his mysterious pains and impress the watchful GMC official at the same time? Meanwhile Linda is moonlighting in a private clinic to earn extra money but, exhausted by the late nights, is starting to make potentially dangerous mistakes. Will the other staff find out what’s causing her tiredness?

Stars: Michael French (Jordan), Charlotte Salt (Sam), Sunetra Sarker (Zoe), Christine Tremarco (Linda), William Beck (Dylan), Steven Miller (Lenny).

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

How God Made The English

How God Made The English explores both what it means to be English and what has shaped English identity. The three-part series for BBC Two is written and presented by Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University and presenter of the award-winning BBC series A History of Christianity.

In episode two, A Tolerant Nation? Professor MacCulloch challenges the commonly held assumption that the English are historically exceptionally tolerant. He argues that England has been one of the most intolerant of all societies.

Throughout the series MacCulloch teases out the real forces which are shaping and moulding English identity. He challenges the fashionable wisdom that secular forces and the humanistic values of the Enlightenment have made the English who they are today.

Rather, he shows that the roots of Englishness lie in a tangle of religious motives. Ranging from King Alfred to Henry VIII, from the Reformation to the British Empire, and from the abolition of the Slave Trade to modern multi-culturalism, Professor MacCulloch disentangles that complex history to reveal the surprising ways in which God has made the English.

BBC PARLIAMENT

BBC PARLIAMENT

Dickens in Parliament

Charles Dickens began his literary career while a journalist at Westminster. In his bicentenary year, Carolyn Quinn reports on how his time at Parliament inspired him.

Dickens started covering debates for the Mirror of Parliament, later moving to The Morning Chronicle.

It was a dramatic time for British politics. The battle for electoral reform gripped the nation. Changes to the Poor Law brought in the workhouse system – and in 1834 much of Parliament burned down.

Gallery reports were front-page news but conditions for reporters were grim - and Dickens was no fan of Parliamentary pomposity.

bbc.co.uk/parliament

Sunday 25 March

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Sport Relief: The Mile Show

The biggest ever Sport Relief reaches an amazing climax as the nation goes the extra mile by taking part in the Sport Relief Mile.

Alex Jones, Matt Baker and John Inverdale host live coverage from The Mall, home to the London Mile. The programme is also live in Glasgow and Manchester, where the Mancunian Milers will be accompanied by a live music performance by Olly Murs.

Over one million people of all ages and abilities will be doing the mile over the course of the Sport Relief weekend, one of the largest mass participation events ever staged in the UK. BBC cameras will also be at all 17 Flagship Miles to bring you all the excitement.

Also featured will be special films about how Sport Relief money is transforming the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK and special star guests will be popping in to share their Sport Relief Mile experiences.

Formula One: Malaysian GP Highlights

Jake Humphrey presents highlights of the Malaysian Grand Prix from Sepang, the second race of the new Formula One season.

Last year’s pole sitter Sebastian Vettel negotiated his way round the 3.4 mile circuit with perfection, despite the KERS power-boost device in his car malfunctioning. The German went on to takea second successive chequered flag of the season ahead of Britain’s Jenson Button, who began the day in fourth, by 3.2 seconds. Renault’s Nick Heidfeld joined them on the podium by clinging on for third.

Arguably the day’s major talking point was the collision between old rivals Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso with 10 laps to go - an incident that proved costly to their podium chances.

After the race, both drivers had an additional 20 seconds added to the times by race stewards for their part in the infringement. Alonso kept his sixth place, but Hamilton fell a further place to eighth.

Upstairs Downstairs

Lady Agnes returns home determined to heal the rift in her marriage.

Sir Hallam, too, is desperate to make amends and does all in his power to rectify his personal and professional mistakes. But a shocking revelation leaves the pair reeling - and a cataclysmic turn of events changes the landscape of 165 Eaton Place forever…

Downstairs, as war approaches, Harry and Beryl face a ticking clock to get their affairs in order.

Meanwhile, after his behaviour the previous evening, Mr Pritchard leaves 165 Eaton Place in shame and Johnny is left to run the household. But when Mr Prichard’s absence becomes more prolonged the house is thrown in to chaos and Johnny seeks counsel from a familiar face.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Being Human

The Old Ones have arrived and are intent on taking over the world by force.

Cutler has other plans, but when they go awry he plots revenge on his own kind.

Annie is upset as she realises she has been tasked with making the most difficult decision in order to save the world. Tom and Hal have their own plan to destroy the vampires, but when vampire leader Mr. Snow visits Hal, he demonstrates the power he holds over our hero.

Starring Lenora Crichlow as Annie, Michael Socha as Tom, Damien Molony as Hal, Matthew Ashforde as Daniels, Kate Bracken as Alex, Gina Bramhill as Eve, Mark Gatiss as Mr. Snow, Andrew Gower as Cutler, Fred Pearson as Archivist, Steven Robertson as Mr. Rook and Michael Wildman as Milo.

Monday 26 March

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Secrets And Words

New series Secrets and Words is a contemporary drama of five stand-alone episodes, with the common theme of adult literacy.

Each episode features adult characters who face some degree of difficulty in reading and writing. Stripped across the week, the dramas explore the day-to-day struggles the characters face and the impact that keeping it a secret has on their relationships, friendships, jobs and parenting.

In the first episode, Love Letters, JJ discovers love letters in his wife’s wardrobe. Unable to read them himself he enlists the help of his daughter’s teacher, Fiona - but what secrets and lies will be uncovered along the way?

The series continues on Tuesday with Help Me If You Can, in which Valerie struggles to read the prescriptions in the chemist where she works with Ray, and is left terrified when a regular customer collapses - could she be to blame?

A Study In Time on Wednesday explores the impact on trainee teacher Sam when he loses his ability to read and write following a tragic accident. As he pushes family and friends away, can his relationship with girlfriend Naomi survive?

Thursday’s episode, The Crossing, explores the unlikely friendship between lollipop lady, Kathleen, and 10-year-old Megan, whose mother has left her to run off with another man. But will Kathleen’s secret jeopardize their relationship?

In the final episode, Mightier Than The Sword, Jackie and John appear to have the perfect marriage. However all is not as it seems and when Jackie decides to take secret classes to improve her reading, their seemingly perfect life begins to unravel.

JJ is played by Tony Maudsley, Fiona by Julie Graham, Valerie by Christine Bottomley, Ray by Phil Davis, Sam by Anthony Welsh, Naomi by Sarah Smart, Kathleen by Susie Blake, Megan by Ramona Marquez, Jackie by Kaye Wragg and John by Derek Riddell.

The series is a joint BBC Learning and Daytime commission and was filmed on location in and around Liverpool by Liverpool-based company LA Productions.

EastEnders

Emotions are running high in Walford as a grief-stricken Shirley battles to come to terms with the loss of her best friend.

Ben is overcome with guilt and is petrified that Jay is going to crack under pressure, so he goes to desperate measures to protect himself

Shirley is played by Linda Henry, Phil by Steve McFadden, Jay by Jamie Borthwick and Ben by Joshua Pascoe.

Empire

In the final part of his personal investigation of Britain’s empire, Jeremy Paxman tells the extraordinary story of how a desire for conquest became a mission to improve the rest of mankind, especially in Africa – and how that mission shaded into an unquestioning belief that Britain could - and should - rule the world.

In Central Africa he travels in the footsteps of David Livingstone, who though a failure as a missionary, became a legendary figure – the patron saint of empire who started a flood of missionaries to the so-called Dark Continent.

In South Africa, Paxman tells the story of Cecil Rhodes - a man with a different sort of mission, who believed in the white man’s right to rule the world, laying down the foundations for apartheid. The journey ends in Kenya, where conflict between white settlers and the African population brought bloodshed, torture and eventual withdrawal.

The series ends with a question: did empire do any good?

One Night

Bespoke kitchen salesman Ted - a man who considers nothing too trivial to worry about - believes that at 50 his future might be the dole queue. So to impress his boss Kenny he is throwing a barbecue - and it has to be a complete success.

When a teenage girl with a gang of her mates from the estate nearby refuse to pick up a piece of litter and hurl abuse at him outside his house, Ted takes action.

He reports her to her head teacher and the girl is suspended. But that evening at the barbecue Ted starts to believe that he is being targeted for revenge. He shares his suspicions with his guests who at first are amused by this ‘typical Ted’ behaviour - but events escalate and the house is attacked and his wife Sally injured.

Ted catches a young teenage lad from the nearby estate whom he believes is responsible and drags him into his garden to wait for the police. However, Sally thinks that it will be Ted who will face prosecution for false imprisonment and assault and put them at risk of real revenge from older members of the boy’s gang.

As Ted realises that Kenny and Kenny’s wife Dawn also think he is in the wrong Ted gets increasingly wound up and comes to blows with his boss. When he recovers and calms down Ted realises that he is the one who is out of control. Determined to make amends for what he has done Ted now sets out to do the right thing - a course that will end in tragedy.

Episode Two

Today is the day of Danny’s funeral who was killed by a rival gang. As a result of suspension from school for bad behaviour Rochelle risks her academically bright future by going to see her secret boyfriend, on rival gang territory, the night before her critical exam.

Episode Three

This is the day that Carol intends to fulfil her secret ambition. However, it is also the day she discovers her eldest son Jake is back to his gang life-style and her ‘Oxford hopeful’ daughter Rochelle has been suspended from school - forcing Carol to make the most critical decision of her life.

Episode Four

Today is Alfie’s 13th birthday and, if he passes his initiation test, he will get to join the Lakemead T’ugs; the people he most respects and the gang who rule the neighbourhood. However, Alfie is about to discover the gulf between his own delinquent behaviour and what it is they expect him to do.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Angels Of Mersey

A new six-part series for BBC Two, Angels of Mersey, follows the front line work of Liverpool’s chaplains, from the work they do to the lives that they touch. Employed by the hospital, university and football ground, they are also out on the street providing spiritual guidance and a helping hand when life gets tough.

In this first episode the chaplaincy team at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital receive a call from a couple whose son is seriously ill. Sam will have six hours of open heart surgery and his parents David and Rachel have requested a special service, the Sacrament Of The Sick.

Meanwhile, at Liverpool University’s Freshers’ Fair Anglican Chaplain James Harding is on a one-man mission to sign up first year students to the church. He knows it’s not going to be easy but James has a sales trick up his sleeve - an offer he hopes freshers will be unable to refuse.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

My Murder

A chance meeting with a young girl leads to murder, as a teenage boy is engulfed by a web of lies in this innovative and gripping factual drama.

My Murder tells the true story of Shakilus Townsend, a 16-year-old boy who was led to his death by 15-year-old Samantha who he thought of as his girlfriend in a murder which became known as the honey trap killing. Written by Levi David Addai (Oxford St, Micah) and produced by BBC Current Affairs, it is a raw portrait of young people’s hopes and fears as they struggle to grow up on Britain’s streets.

The film sees the lives of the three young people collide with terrible consequences. It charts how Samantha's lies lead Shakilus into the lethal world of her gang-leader boyfriend, Danny. This story is given added power and poignancy by the real-life testimony of Shakilus' mother, Nicola.

My Murder, produced by Colin Barr (10 Days to War) and starring John Boyega (Attack The Block, HBO’s Da Brick) combines excellent documentary making and hard hitting drama as it examines a tragedy which not only took one life but ruined many. Addai's hard-hitting and moving script captures the tragic reality of misplaced love, as well as getting behind the headlines of a notorious murder.

My Murder is part of CRIMINAL BRITAIN - a stimulating and hard-hitting season of programmes where BBC Three looks at how crime affects the lives of young people today and brings to life the human stories behind the startling stats, from the perspectives of both the perpetrators and the victims.

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CBBC

CBBC

Deadly 60

British explorer, naturalist and wildlife presenter Steve Backshall is back on another exciting Deadly 60 mission - and he’s taking CBBC viewers with him.

Steve will be tracking down another 60 downright deadly animals, including some of the planet’s deadliest record breaking critters – amongst them are the fastest, most venomous and biggest predators ever seen on the show.

On Monday he travels to Indonesia in search of three very different reptiles to add to his list of 60 deadly predators. He and his crew have a nerve-racking close encounter when they are chased by a group of ravenous, three-metre-long Komodo Dragons, the world’s largest venomous lizards.

On Tuesday Steve’s adrenaline-filled adventure takes him to the medieval Ethiopian city of Harar, where he has a unique and potentially lethal encounter with a pack of spotted Hyenas. Capable of tearing their prey apart with super strong jaws and thick muscular bodies, here they are hand fed, allowing Steve the encounter of a lifetime with this normally unapproachable predator.

On Wednesday Steve is on his home turf, scouring land, sea and air, for some of the deadliest critters that the UK has to offer.

First, he heads for the seas off the coast of Plymouth, in search of monsters from the deep - and he’s not disappointed! In the bowels of a wreck he comes face to face with a giant conger eel, one of the most feared predators in the ocean.

In Thursday's show, Steve and the crew head into the beautiful Alaskan wilderness for another deadly adventure. It’s the largest state in America, and is home to some of the most impressive predators on Earth. Out at sea he uses sonar technology to track down massive humpback whales, with a unique hunting strategy. Next he braves freezing coastal waters to get a close up view of the world’s furriest mammal. Adapted for the freezing waters, they do look cute, but don’t be fooled, they’re prolific killers and they’re very sharp minds.

On Friday, Steve’s search for deadly animals takes him and the crew to South Africa. This time they’re looking for one of the most iconic of them all, the fearsome great white shark. He gets some fantastic views of this king of the ocean, and to demonstrate their awesome hunting prowess, he has a special trick up his sleeve.

School of Silence

Term is now well underway as more new students arrive at the School of Silence - one of the strangest schools in the country. Here Britain's noisiest children set out to prove that they can keep quiet for just one day - but can they?

Head teacher Miss Gobstop and her team of staff have their hands full with children from Glasgow, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

The pupils are put through a series of tests by the teachers, who are determined to prove that these children can't be silent. Mr Gross, the school’s most disgusting teacher, has a selection of revolting tasks for the children in General Studies.

Miss Adventure takes the children on a riotous journey in Geography; Mr Prance puts the children in the spotlight with his rip roaring performing arts class and The Professor tries to trip them up with some dastardly science experiments.

But can they break these kids and make them giggle, squeak or squeal, or will the children prove once and for all that despite what everyone says about them, they can keep quiet?

The Ministry Of Curious Stuff

Vic Reeves and his team of inquisitive fact-finders are back in the Ministry of Curious Stuff - a fantastical depository of information where mysteries are solved and all manner of strange and wonderful questions are answered.

As the ringmaster of this magical, weird and unpredictable world, Vic's mission (along with his dim-witted assistant Captain Length-Width) is to provide answers to questions posed by CBBC viewers - no matter how curious those questions may be.

Today, Vic and his team find out whether animals have best friends, discover the strangest things you can wear and wonder who’s better – boys or girls?

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

Tuesday 27 March

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Eastenders

Shirley is pleased when she is told that George can stay with her until they can track down Darren, but his presence at the Mitchells serves as a constant reminder of Heather.

Phil is concerned when he overhears Jean talking about seeing Andrew on the night Heather died.

Meanwhile, Patrick stumbles across some vital evidence which could either get Andrew off the hook or incriminate him further.

Shirley Ben is played by Joshua Pascoe, Phil by Steve McFadden, Jean by Gillian Wright, Andrew by Ricky Grover and Patrick by Rudolph Walker.

The Syndicate

In a new five-part drama for BBC One, written by Kay Mellor, The Syndicate tells the story of five workers at a cut-price supermarket in Leeds whose lives are turned upside down after they jointly win the lottery.

In episode one, local Right Buy U supermarket in Leeds is threatened with closure, spiralling its five staff, Bob, Stuart, Denise, Leanne and Jamie into an uncertain future.

Faced with the prospect of losing his young family if he doesn't get hold of some cash quickly, assistant manager Stuart Bradley and his younger brother Jamie are forced to take matters into their own hands, with dramatic consequences for store manager Bob.

Just when it seems things can’t get any worse the unthinkable happens: 18 million pounds falls into their laps. Is the money going to be the answer to all their problems, or is life about to get a whole lot more complicated?

Bob is played by Timothy Spall, Stuart is played by Matthew McNaulty, Denise is played by Lorraine Bruce, Leanne is played by Joanne Page and Jamie is played Matthew Lewis.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

This World - The Mormon Candidate

John Sweeney investigates the beliefs of Mitt Romney, the man most likely to take on Barack Obama later this year, and asks whether America is ready for a Mormon president.

Sweeney travels to Utah to examine the appeal of the world's fastest growing religion, which has an estimated 14 million members.

He meets the stars of the expensive 'I'm A Mormon' ad campaign, who tell him of their dedication to family and charity; polygamists who follow an old Mormon tradition which the official Church has turned its back on and missionaries who set out to recruit new members around the world, just like Romney did in the 1960s.

Sweeney also finds ex-members who claim that they are cut off from their families and who accuse Mormonism of being a cult and explores the faith with a Mormon Apostle.

The Mormon Church sees an opportunity in Mitt Romney's run for the White House and is spending millions on an advertising campaign called I Am a Mormon. Mitt Romney himself very rarely utters those words, arguably because he knows his Mormonism could cost him votes.

In America people don't criticise each other's religion, but that doesn't mean the voters don't hold it against them. According to a poll*, one in four Americans has said they would be less likely to vote for a Mormon. And as Sweeney follows the campaign trail he finds a Republican party dominated by white evangelicals who can't stand Mitt Romney.

*PEW Research Centre, May 25-30, 2011

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Reggie Yates: Teen Gangs

TV presenter and Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates explores the culture of fear, anger and violence which drives the dangerous world of teenage gangs, in this one-hour documentary made by Mentorn Media.

Reggie sets off convinced that a person's surroundings do not define who they are or how well they do in life. But, as he embarks on a journey that provides a close-up view of teenage gang life in Britain, he is forced to confront his own beliefs. Where does responsibility really lie? Is it about the choices people make or about their environment?

Meeting 22-year-old former gang member Aaron, Reggie begins to understand that status and fast money are key attractions of gang life. Will Aaron, now out of prison and on licence, have the mental strength to make a new start?

Another person trying to turn their life around is Talisa, a 22-year-old ex-gang member who used to be a lookout for drug dealers. Talisa is lucky to be alive after being stabbed 14 times, but the temptation of money and peer pressure can be hard to ignore.

To learn about gang problems outside London, Reggie travels to a rehabilitation scheme in St Helens, Merseyside, where he meets a former member of Manchester's ruthless Gooch Gang. After a life in 42 different care homes, Darren says joining a gang was a way of earning respect, getting protection and making himself feel part of a family.

At the end of filming Reggie reflects on what he's learned from his journey: "I came into this process believing that the person is in charge of their own destiny and the individual decides just how far they can go, but since meeting street gang members I think environment has a huge say on how far someone can go and I think more than anything I've got a new-found respect for how fortunate I have been. What I've seen on the streets these last few months has changed the way I feel."

Wednesday 28 March

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

My Life: Bionic Me

The critically acclaimed CBBC documentary series My Life is back, and today’s film, My Life: Bionic Me, follows two incredible children with unique stories to tell.

Eleven-year-old Anton lost his arm in a car accident three years ago and has had to adapt, learning how to carry out the everyday tasks he used to take for granted. He now loves to cycle, play video games and mess about with his mates.

Seven-year-old Olivia was two-and-a-half when she got meningitis and lost her left arm and both of her legs just below the knee - though she now tells people that ‘a crocodile bit my legs off'. Her mum was convinced that Olivia would never walk again, but within weeks she was running around on prosthetic limbs.

We follow both children as they are fitted with the latest in high tech designer limbs, and in this touching and inspiring film we find out what difference this makes to their lives.

Waterloo Road

It’s the day of the school fun run and Jez’s star athlete, Mercedes, has been training hard to impress him.

When she’s injured on the run she persuades Jez to take her home and - misreading the signs - tries to kiss him. Jez’ s life starts to unravel and Sian later admits her true feelings about their relationship.

Meanwhile, relationships are tense as Trudi makes a decision about Finn and Grantly returns to work, barely a week after the loss of his wife.

Michael Byrne is played by Alec Newman, Sian Diamond by Jaye Jacobs, Jez Diamond by Alex Walkinshaw, Tariq Siddiqui by Naveed Choudry, Mason Price by Kaine Barr, Linda Radleigh by Sarah Hadland, Daniel Chalk by Mark Benton, Finn Starkey by Jack McMullen, Grantly Budgen by Philip Martin Brown and Maggie Croft by Melanie Hill.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

The Secret Life Of A Superpower

In the first in-depth television analysis of the US diplomatic messages or 'cables' turned into a global sensation by the website WikiLeaks, Richard Bilton lifts the lid on a superpower’s secret thoughts and aspirations, plans and strategies, struggles and fears.

In episode two Richard Bilton confronts the nightmares that haunt America. Using the secret cables, Richard offers a striking analysis of the state of the superpower - facing defiance around the world, struggling to achieve its goals, locked in confrontation with enemies new and old.

This includes how it struggles with Russian aggression, China’s rising economic power and military might and the ultimate threat – an Iranian bomb. He journeys to Russia to investigate allegations of Kremlin corruption, meeting the key sources who gave information to American diplomats.

And he tells the story of a modern, Cold War-style crisis at the very heart of NATO. From information in the cables, Richard charts how China’s economic and military muscle present an unprecedented threat to America’s self-confidence.

Meeting persecuted Chinese dissidents, he shows how America has struggled to challenge China on its human rights behaviour. Finally, he examines America’s greatest fear: an Iranian nuclear bomb. He meets those who tried to convince America to strike at the heart of Ahmadinejad’s Iran – and the top flight US diplomats who admit the urgency of their clearest danger.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

I Never Said Yes

A woman is raped every ten minutes in the UK (British Crime Survey 2009/2010) and as a new campaign recognises the vulnerability of young people, BBC Three documentary I Never Said Yes (working title) explores why thousands of rapes still go unreported and conviction rates remain low.

Presenter Pips Taylor meets young victims of rape who have experienced the legal system and tries to understand why the stereotype of a rapist being a stranger in a dark alley still persists when a rapist is more likely to be someone you know.

For 26-year-old Pips, who narrowly escaped a violent assault as a teenager, it’s time for a bigger conversation about rape. She explores some of the myths and media hype around the issue and the culture of blaming the victim, while also speaking to young men about their attitudes to rape. She believes we shouldn’t be saying ‘don’t get raped’, but ‘don’t rape’.

I Never Said Yes reveals stories of rape survivors, with unflinching interviews, each highlighting aspects of the life-long consequences of rape – and where the system is failing victims. Two of the young women, bravely waive anonymity to speak to on camera.

Surprisingly, despite the horror of this crime, Pips learns from the survivors she meets that it’s possible to survive being raped and even to turn a terrible experience into something positive.

I Never Said Yes is part of Criminal Britain, a stimulating and hard-hitting season of programmes on BBC Three which looks at how crime affects the lives of young people today and brings to life the human stories behind the startling stats, from the perspectives of both the perpetrators and the victims.

Thursday 29 March

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Eastenders

As Phil desperately tries to hold his family together, he is worried about Jay’s whereabouts.

Plans are being made for Laurens 18th, although Whitney worries that she may not be able to afford Lucy’s extravagant plans.

As Jean is appointed Events Manager of The Vic, her first event sees her organising a Heather tribute night - but Alfie and Roxy worry how Shirley will react.

Jay is played by Jamie Borthwick, Phil by Steve McFadden, Ben by Joshua Pascoe, Lauren by Jacqueline Jossa, Whitney by Shona McGarty, Lucy by Hetti Bywater, Jean by Gillian Wright, Alfie by Shane Richie and Roxy by Rita Simon.

Panorama: The Honeymoon Murder

In November 2010 a newly-married couple began their honeymoon in South Africa. By the end of it the bride, Anni Dewani, would be dead and her husband Shrien accused of plotting her murder.

In this Panorama special investigation, Jeremy Vine examines the case against Dewani as he fights extradition to South Africa to stand trial for Anni’s murder. 

South African police and prosecutors have openly stated that Dewani is their man. With access to police statements, witnesses and key evidence including the post mortem report, the Panorama investigation reveals inconsistencies which may call that certainty into question.

Using CCTV footage never before seen publicly, Panorama pieces together key moments in the case for the first time. The footage captures the moment Dewani is said to have commissioned his wife’s murder as well as images of the hours leading up to Anni Dewani’s death and the moment he allegedly paid off one of the killers.  

We also see footage from the days prior to the murder as the couple honeymooned in their Cape Town hotel, revealing a side to their relationship different to that which has so far been portrayed.

Did wealthy businessman Shrien Dewani arrange for a taxi driver to have his wife killed or were he and Anni just a honeymoon couple like any other?  

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

White Heat

It is present day and painful wounds from the past are reopened as the foursome continue to sort through the flat.

Back in 1979 it’s the winter of discontent: strikes are causing chaos, rubbish lines the streets and a General Election is imminent. The seven are now in their early thirties but only Jack, Jay and Orla still live in the flat. The former flat mates come together in the pub to celebrate Alan and Lilly’s engagement.

Alan’s news confirms Jay’s sense of alienation. He has to hide his sexuality at work and worst of all from his family. Now he decides it is time to tell his parents that he is gay.

Margaret Thatcher’s election victory serves as a reminder to Jack about his failed political ambitions. Seeing Charlotte again also reminds him of what he’s lost and he decides to get clean and stand as a Labour Party candidate.

Lily and Alan's wedding reception is in full swing when a stop and search encounter with the police gets Victor arrested. It is down to Jack to save him, but in doing so he knows he will risk his new political career and any chance of winning back Charlotte…

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Pramface

At eight and half months, Laura is in the final stages of pregnancy. She’s also stuck at home and really bored. With her parents lost in their rekindled love and best friend Danielle otherwise engaged, Laura gets Jamie to take her on a shopping trip.

Meanwhile Mike has decided to get a professional in to help him lose his virginity. He’s raising money for a prostitute by pretending to do a fun run. Beth has innocently been helping with the fundraising, but when she discovers where the money is actually going, she's furious.

Meanwhile, Keith is taking Sandra on a trip to the Lakes, hoping the beautiful landscape will soften the blow when he breaks the news to her that he's packed in his job.

When Laura's waters break in the middle of the shopping centre, panic sets in.  Jamie, Laura’s only apparent support, is not really rising to the occasion. In fact, he can’t even remember where he parked the car. As labour takes hold, Jamie has to grow up pretty quickly as this chapter of their lives comes to an end and parenthood beckons.

Friday 30 March

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Eastenders

It is the night of the tribute karaoke event for Heather, but while Jean is doing her best to make sure it all goes well, the night takes a disastrous turn when Shirley turns up.

Mandy is devastated when Ian confirms her worst fears - that she is just like her mother. Has Ian pushed her too far?

Meanwhile, Lauren disappoints her parents yet again when she turns up at her birthday lunch drunk.

Jean is played Gillian Wright, Shirley by Linda Henry, Lauren by Jacqueline Jossa, Ian by Adam Woodyatt and Mandy by Nicola Stapleton.

Titanic With Len Goodman

In a new three-part series, Titanic With Len Goodman, the Strictly Come Dancing judge discovers how the impact of the Titanic disaster is still felt a century after the ship sank.

Len has his own connection to the Titanic. Before he was a dancer he was a welder for Harland and Woolf, the company that built Titanic between 1909 and 1912 in Belfast. Len worked for them 50 years later at their yard in East London.

To mark the centenary of the Titanic tragedy Len explores the ship’s 100 year legacy and learns how for the victims’ families - and for the survivors themselves - the sinking of the ship was just the beginning of the story.

Generations later, those stories linked to the Titanic are still unfolding. Len meets the modern-day descendants to learn how, a century on, Titanic’s legacy lives on.

In the first programme of the series, Len discovers how Titanic claimed the lives of eight men in Belfast before she even touched the water. He tries his hand at riveting, experiencing first-hand the blood and sweat that went into building a ship a century ago. He visits Southampton, to find out why it was the city hit hardest by Titanic’s death toll. He also meets descendants of Titanic’s crew, who describe how just traumatised the disaster left their relatives.

Len also explores the story of the Titanic band. It’s one of the best known stories from the ship, but few will have heard how the death of one of the musicians tore his family apart for one hundred years. Len meets a descendant who tells him how and why this happened.

 Len says: “Making this series has been a fascinating journey for me. You might think the Titanic story was just about a ship that sank. But I’ve found out there is so much more to it than that. The real story of the Titanic isn’t about a ship, it’s about people, and in making this series I’ve been lucky to meet some wonderful personalities who astonished me with their tales of how Titanic affected their families forever. We filmed all over the UK, but spent a whole week in Belfast where I had a wonderful time meeting people. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and really hope everyone will get as much enjoyment watching it at home.”

Edward Hart, who directed and produced the series, says: “Working with Len was a total pleasure. He’s a constant professional who’s determined to get it right whatever the weather. He’s also sharp as a tack, with a curious mind and, as we all know from Strictly, a lovely manner with people. That, and his own experience in a Harland and Wolff shipyard, made him the ideal man with whom to explore Titanic’s legacy.”

Titanic with Len Goodman is an independent production from 360Production for BBC One & BBC Northern Ireland. It has been made with funding from Northern Ireland Screen.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Twenty Twelve

The British Comedy award-winning Twenty Twelve returns tonight for a four-part second series.

As the Games get ever nearer the Algerian Olympic team threaten to boycott the Games after discovering that the Shared Belief Centre does not face Mecca.

Ian (Bonneville) and his team have just hours to find a solution that will keep everyone happy. Head of Infrastructure Graham Hitchins (Theobald) ends up accompanying Ian to a crucial three-way teleconference with Sebastian Coe, the British Foreign Office and the Algerian representative, Dr Benhamadi. No chance then, that events will end up veering badly off track.

Written and directed by John Morton (People Like Us), Twenty Twelve sees the return of Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Jessica Hynes (Spaced), Olivia Colman (Rev), Amelia Bullmore (Ashes to Ashes), Karl Theobald (Green Wing) and Vincent Franklin (The Thick Of It)

They are joined this series by two new characters, played by Samuel Barnett (Beautiful People) and Morven Christie (Monday Monday). Together they form the Olympic Deliverance team, paddling hard below the waterline to keep the London 2012 Olympics on track and on budget.

Twenty Twelve is produced by Paul Schlesinger and the executive producer is Jon Plowman.

CBEEBIES

CBEEBIES

Mr Bloom's Nursery

This week, there’s a special episode of Mr Bloom’s Nursery as Mr Bloom takes his Veggies to Burnley.

Mr Bloom is asked by a group of Tiddlers to help transform an area of derelict land.

Working with the Pennine Lancashire Community Farm in Burnley, Mr Bloom sets the local community to work to transform the land into a shared outdoor space complete with allotment plots and outdoor classroom. Mr Bloom brings the Veggies when it’s time to prepare for the grand opening and party!

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