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Saturday 14 April

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Formula 1: Chinese Grand Prix - Qualifying

Jake Humphrey presents live coverage from the Shanghai International Circuit, as the drivers contest grid positions for the Chinese Grand Prix.

World Champion Sebastian Vettel took pole last year, but was eventually upstaged by Lewis Hamilton who won the race.

The Grand National

The 165th running of the most famous horse race in the world, over a course that includes renowned landmarks Becher’s Brook, the Canal Turn and The Chair. Four and a half miles and 30 fences stand between racing’s bravest horses and jockeys and one of the most cherished prizes in sport.

The McCain name was already a long established part of Aintree folklore before Ballabriggs triumphed last year, and it was a victory which gave trainer Donald McCain his first Grand National success. Donald’s father Ginger trained the legendary Red Rum to three wins and two runner up spots. He also won the race with Amberleigh House in 2004.

On Britain’s biggest race day, coverage from Aintree will be hosted by Clare Balding, who will be joined by Rishi Persad; former Grand National winning jockeys Mick Fitzgerald and Richard Dunwoody; Richard Pitman, John Parrott and Gary Wiltshire. Race commentary will come from Jim McGrath, Ian Bartlett and Darren Owen.

In the build-up to the National, there will be a series of features on some of the main contenders for the race, as well as a support card of four top class races.

The Voice UK

It’s the final week of blind auditions and the final opportunity for artists to claim the remaining places on the coaches’ respective teams, as the search to find the UK’s next great voice continues.

The coaches – Jessie J, will.i.am, Danny O’Donoghue and Sir Tom Jones – are seated in chairs facing away from the stage for the blind auditions. If a coach is impressed by an artist's voice alone, he/she pushes a button on the chair to select the artist, at which point the chair rotates so the coach can see the performer. If more than one coach turns, the power shifts to the artist, who then has the choice of which of the coaches' teams he or she wants to join.

If no coach turns, the artist is out of the competition. Once the coaches have each chosen the 10 singers for their teams, they will personally train the artists, shaping them into future stars, as they move into the Battle Rounds, which take place next weekend.

Casualty: Fools For Love

Tom gets too close to a young patient, Lloyd is upset by a racial taunt and a woman takes revenge on a nuisance neighbour, with fiery consequences in Casualty: Fools For Love.

Teenager Alicia is back in the ED after collapsing at school and Tom is determined to get to the bottom of her symptoms. But shrewd Linda believes that Alicia’s problems are psychological and that she’s developed an unhealthy fixation on Tom. Can Tom take a step back and see what’s really going on?

Long-suffering Rosemary takes action on her nuisance neighbours by setting her house on fire, but is shocked to wake up at the ED to find her neighbour’s son Connor has rescued her. With Connor implicated for starting the fire, will Rosemary own up to her actions?

Meanwhile, Lloyd and Scarlett disagree when Lloyd flares up after receiving a racist insult.

Stars Oliver Coleman (Tom), Christine Tremarco (Linda), Michael Obiora (Lloyd), Madeleine Mantock (Scarlett), Melissa Suffield (Alicia), Sandra James-Young (Rosemary) and Connor Ryan (Connor).

Please note: this episode of Casualty is followed by a special red button episode revealing a dark secret from Sam’s past.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Titanic: A Commemoration In Music And Film

Live from Belfast’s Waterfront Hall John Humphrys hosts this commemorative event to mark the centenary of the sinking of RMS Titanic.

A unique blend of music and documentary, the show features special performances from Bryan Ferry, Katie Meula, Joss Stone, Nicola Benedetti, Alfie Boe, Charlie Siem, Maverick Sabre, Mica Paris and the Ulster Orchestra.

The performances wrap around a documentary which tells the story of the ill-fated ship, those who built her, the people who sailed on her and the enduring legacy of the tragedy.

Imelda Staunton and Simon Callow read extant material drawn from survivors’ accounts and newspaper reports of the time, while award-winning musician Jamie Cullum explores the importance of music on board the ship.

The show will also feature the world premiere of Titanic Drums, an original composition by John Anderson featuring 100 traditional drummers from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a massed choir, and six times World Champion drummer Mark Wilson.

Merlin's Colin Morgan, Bronagh Gallagher and Ian McElhinney also star.

The project, which has been commissioned by BBC Two and BBC Northern Ireland from independent production company Whizz Kid Entertainment and Anderson Spratt Group Ltd, received funding from Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Northern Ireland Screen and is supported by Belfast City Council and Tourism Ireland.

A Whizz Kid Entertainment / ASG Co-production for BBC Two and BBC Northern Ireland.

Sunday 15 April

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Formula 1 - Chinese Grand Prix

Jake Humphrey is joined in Shanghai by Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard for live coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix.

McLaren will be looking for more success on the circuit where they have enjoyed victory in three of the previous four seasons.

Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag last year, finishing ahead of the Red Bull team of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

There will be a full re-run of the Grand Prix, BBC One and BBC One HD at 2pm.

Silent Witness: Paradise Lost

A two-part drama written by Stephen Davis.

Part one of two

Grisly serial killer Arnold Mears has a penchant for poetry, but no remorse for violently killing three teenagers.

He’s spent the last five years sending Annie, a desperate mother of a missing girl, on secret hunts to uncover his hidden victims. But with still no bodies found, Annie’s son Andy, upset at Mears’ manipulation of his mother, turns to Nikki for help.

Leo finds himself in hot water with the team when he re-examines a case by Nikki’s old mentor, Dr. Helen Karamides.

Part two of two

Nikki hunts down the original detective on the case, Detective Inspector Gladwyn, and visits the church which killer Arnold Mears attended as a boy.

Mears is furious that the police have been made aware of the undiscovered bodies and declares that he is prepared to reveal where he has hidden them - but only to Nikki. Can she outwit the scheming Mears and compel him to reveal the whereabouts of the bodies and Annie?

William Gaminara plays Leo, Emilia Fox plays Nikki, Tom Ward plays Harry, James Cosmo plays Arnold Mears, Rakie Ayola plays Annie, Tobi Bakare plays Andy, Pooky Quesnel plays Helen Karamides and Ken Drury plays Detective Inspector Gladwyn.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

This World - Norway's Massacre

In July 2011 Norway suffered the worst attack by a terrorist acting alone in the history of the world. Yet Anders Breivik was not an Al-Qaeda sympathiser: he was an ethnic Norwegian from the affluent side of Oslo.

This World traces the story of the attacks. Combining powerful eyewitness testimony, unique footage, unseen archive and interviews with those involved -including the Norwegian Prime Minister - the programme makers offer new insights into the life and mind of Breivik, exposing the hidden hatreds that drove him.

The documentary pieces together the course of the attacks, revealing the delays that gave Breivik time to continue his massacre. As witnesses raise questions about the police response, those in charge, including the leader of the team who arrested Breivik, speak to the programme.

This World also seeks to explore Breivik’s motivation, including analysis of his manifesto, as his lawyer and psychiatrists reveal chilling details about his behaviour. While many feel he is insane, psychiatrist Dr Randi Rosenqvist presents a different assessment: “The view that Muslims should leave Norway has nothing to do with psychosis.”

But some hope the massacre can be the spark for a better society. Tonje Brenna, a leader of the Labour Party youth wing targeted by Breivik, says: “I have never been more certain that the fight we fight for a more tolerant and just society is important. I have never been so convinced that politics is as important as it is now.”

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Cerys On 6

Cerys Matthews is back with an eclectic mix of music from blues to beats, with poetry and a range of guests.

This morning Cerys is joined in the studio by American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer, Chuck Prophet.

Presenter/Cerys Matthews, Producer/Jax Coombes

Monday 16 April

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

There is great anticipation over the re-launch of Ian’s café, in particular its new name. Lucy eagerly awaits the reveal, but will it be the surprise that she hoped for?

Struggling financially, Alfie looks for a way to pay Derek off and Roxy comes up with a plan to help.

Meanwhile, Shirley’s constant reminiscing about Heather is alarming Ben and Jay and Phil worry that there is no end in sight.

Ian is played by Adam Woodyatt, Lucy by Hetti Bywater, Derek by Jamie Foreman, Alfie by Shane Richie, Roxy by Rita Simons, Shirley by Linda Henry and Jean by Gillian Wright.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Great British Menu: The Olympic Feast

Great British Menu is back and for 2012 the nation’s greatest chefs are battling it out for the chance to cook a glittering Olympic Banquet. The chefs’ task is to create a menu that captures the Olympic spirit - food that is both breathtaking and awe-inspiring.

This week it’s the turn of the Central England chefs: returning Great British Menu contenders, Aktar Islam (Lasan) and Daniel Clifford (Midsummer House) and newcomer Paul Foster (Tuddenham Mill). Paralympian discus medallist Daniel Greaves takes time out to meet one of the chefs and give them valuable tips for competing at the highest level.

Twenty four of the finest chefs in the country will compete in eight regional heats for the opportunity to create a world-beating four course menu at a prestigious event at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, hosted by British Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave with a glittering guest list of British sporting greats.

Great British Menu veteran Glynn Purnell returns as a regional judge to decide which chefs will go through to the judges, Prue Leith, Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort, on Friday for a chance to make the national finals.

Monday kicks off with the starters - but which one is going to be first off the blocks? Will it be pork neck with ribwort plantain and pork scratchings, veal tartare with caramelised sweetbread and burnt onions or breast of squab with confit leg, chilli and sweetcorn shoots?

In Tuesday’s programme the chefs cook their fish course - poached ray wing with chicken skin and sea vegetables; stuffed red mullet with roasted artichoke and parmesan purée and pickled mackerel with smoked langoustine and infused coconut milk.

Wednesday sees the chefs prepare their main course, but which one will get top marks? Will it be goosnargh duck breast and hearts with potatoes cooked in pine, slow poached chicken and sweetcorn egg, or coriander crumbed lamb loin with sweetbread bhajis and pea pilao?

Thursday is the final chance to impress Glynn with their dessert dishes: whipped sea buckthorn with meringue and crispy rice, raspberry and tarragon roulade with cookie dough and tarragon oil and dark chocolate with raspberry jelly and raspberry sorbet.

On Friday the Great British Menu chefs will decide which of the central region chefs make it through to the national final for an opportunity for one of their dishes to be on the menu at The Olympic Feast.

The 70s: 1970-1972

Historian and self-confessed 70s enthusiast Dominic Sandbrook takes a radical look at a decade which he claims shaped the Britain of today.

The early years of the 70s were marked by aspiration and ambition, as a newly affluent nation reached for greater material reward - with profound implications for politics, the economy and society as a whole.

As mortgage availability increased, millions stepped on the property ladder, swapping city terraces for airy suburban new-builds and fuelling a massive housing boom. According to Dominic it was this new materialism which blurred class barriers, creating a society that would embrace the ideals that eventually Thatcherism would embody: “We think that Margaret Thatcher created this, but they created her.”

A critical moment in shaping new Britain was PM Ted Heath’s conviction that Britain should be a part of Europe. This was combined with the new wave in foreign travel, as millions of tourists soaked up the sun in the Spanish Costas returning with a taste of Europe and an enthusiasm for wine drinking.

The arrival of thousands of Ugandan Asians in 1972 tested the tolerance of the nation. Dominic compares the hostility of the anti-immigration lobby to the welcome that was offered to these immigrants in some provincial towns.

Culturally, the 70s saw an onslaught of a different kind for the traditional male, as youth embraced the flamboyance of Marc Bolan and David Bowie’s provocative assertions of bisexuality. This sowed a seed of sexual tolerance as well as a greater assertiveness of gay identity, Dominic argues.

Angels of Mersey

The six-part seriesfollows Liverpool’s chaplains, from the work they do to the lives that they touch.

Muslim convert and chaplain Adam Kelwick is moving house to be closer to the main mosque where he works.

With his unique understanding of both Christianity and Islam, Adam is on a mission to build bridges between Muslims and the wider community.

University Rabbi Schmuli Brown is buying food for a Jewish student social event, kosher ten pin bowling. It’s all part of the Rabbi’s mission to keep students close to the Judaic path.

And chaplains at Alder Hey hospital meet up with the mum who found God when she faced her worst nightmare at the hospital.

Tuesday 17 April

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

Derek stirs trouble when he tells Ian that the reason Mandy is doing thriving business in the café is because she is charming the male customers.

Ben and Jay go back to school in the hope of bringing some sort of normality to their lives, but Ben is more interested in what his psychiatrist report says.

Derek by Jamie Foreman, Ian by Adam Woodyatt, Mandy by Nicola Stapleton, Jay by Jamie Borthwick, Ben by Joshua Pascoe and Tiffany by Maisie Smith.

The Syndicate

In episode four of The Syndicate Leanne’s past catches up with her and she’s thrown into panic when Stacey goes missing.

Feelings are riding high as Stuart tries to help, causing repercussions in his home life.

Denise is starting to heal her wounds, helped along by a budding romance. Jamie uses his winnings to enter the adult dancing business while Bob flies to South Africa to bet on a chance at prolonging his life. Leanne thinks she may have pieced together who robbed the shop...

Leanne is played by Joanna Page, Jamie is played Matthew Lewis, Stuart is played by Matthew McNulty and Denise is played by Lorraine Bruce.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Meet The Romans With Mary Beard

In the first episode in a new series exploring Rome from the bottom up, Professor Mary Beard asks not what the Romans did for us, but what the Empire did for Rome.

All roads lead to Rome, but this isn’t the tale of trading might and imperial power - it’s a portrait of the world’s first global metropolis as seen through the eyes of the ordinary Roman on the street. This is a city where everyone and everything came from somewhere else. The Empire affected everything Romans wore, ate, touched and worshipped.

Mary rides the Via Appia, climbs up to the top seats of the Colosseum, takes a boat to Rome’s famous port Ostia and takes us into the bowels of Monte Testaccio (‘broken pot mountain’). She also meets Eurysaces, ex-slave and eccentric baker, who made a fortune out of the grain trade, building his tomb in the shape of a giant bread-oven; Baricha, Zabda and Achiba, three prisoners of war who went on to become Roman citizens and Pupius Amicus, the purple-dye seller making imperial dye from murex shellfish imported from Tunisia.

Wednesday 18 April

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Waterloo Road

It’s the day of Scout’s wedding to asylum seeking pupil Danilo and she is having doubts - but her mum persuades her to go through with it.

At school Scout becomes jealous when Danilo flirts with Em, and calls the wedding off. Later Danilo convinces Scout that he does like her and he thought she didn’t like him. Scout decides to go ahead with the marriage even though Phoenix tries to persuade her not to. When Danilo fails to show up to football practice, Phoenix lets slip to Tom about the marriage and it’s a race against time to find the happy couple.

Meanwhile, Finn is pressured into committing an act of retaliation on Tariq’s gang. Michael is forced to install extra security measures at the school due to the escalating gang violence. But when the funding is cut and he approaches the LA to find out why, he discovers the future of the school is under threat.

Elsewhere, Lorraine continues to chase Michael about her job offer, Zak struggles with his identity now that his father has gone and Maggie and Grantly take their relationship to the next level.

Scout is played by Katie McGlynn, Emily James by Shannon Flynn, Danilo by Mish Boyko, Finn Sharkey is played by Jack McMullen, Michael Bryne by Alec Newman, Lorraine Donnegan by Daniela Denby-Ashe, Zack Diamond by Lee Abate, Maggie Croft by Melanie Hill and Grantly Budgen by Philip Martin Brown.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Our Food: Kent

Giles Coren and the Our Food team explore Kent. This is the garden of England, rich with orchards and fruitful harvests, but it’s also on the doorstep of continental Europe - a source of new tastes and ideas.

Giles gets a taste of what British beer was like before the arrival of hops, while Alys Fowler uncovers the real roots of English cherries. The team also discover lavender’s long history as a flavour as well as a fragrance and learn the secret of some mysterious buildings on Romney Marsh.

Giles sails through Kent on the Lady of the Lea, an original Thames barge built in 1931. Rivers and estuaries put Kentish food within easy reach of the markets of London - the barges were big enough to ply their trade in coastal waters but could also venture into narrow creeks to pick up goods direct from suppliers.

Giles learns the importance of getting the tides right and meets a huffler - someone whose job it was to lower the mast so the barge could pass under bridges and sail deep into the heart of Kent.

Divine Women

Award-winning historian Bettany Hughes sets out on an epic journey across continents and back in time to trace the hidden and often controversial history of women in religion.

In the second of three episodes Bettany Hughes uncovers the lost era of the priestess. She travels to the island of Lesbos to discover the truth behind the much sensationalized poet Sappho. Best known today for giving us the words sapphic and lesbian, in her own time Sappho fulfilled the important role of a priestess, channeling the power of Aphrodite the goddess of sex.

Then in Athens, the heart of Ancient Greece, Bettany Hughes reveals how religion gave women a vital role in a society which otherwise regarded them as worthless.

She then heads to Ancient Rome where the fate of the civilisation lay in the hands of six sacred women – the vestal virgins. She discovers how religion gave this select group of women a life of privilege and luxury, but how their status came at a terrifying price.

Finally, she returns to those crucial early years of Christianity where she finds evidence about the role of women that contradicts centuries of Christian teaching and challenges the belief that women should not be priests.

Thursday 19 April

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

When Alfie is sent to complete another one of Derek’s ‘jobs' and goes missing, Roxie panics. She is livid when she realises she has been sucked into another of Derek’s games.

Max tries to ignite some passion into his relationship with Tanya but she continues to pull back.

Ben gets the results of his psychiatric test and tries to hide the report from his dad.

Derek is played by Jamie Foreman, Roxy by Rita Simons, Alfie by Shane Richie, Max by Jake Wood, Tanya by Jo Joyner, Phil by Steve McFadden and Ben by Joshua Pascoe.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Louis Theroux - Extreme Love: Autism

In America nearly one child in a hundred is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder - a brain disorder characterised by an inability to socialise and communicate.

Louis travels to DLC Warren in New Jersey, one of the most innovative autism schools of its kind, to find out how specialised intervention can help both the children and the families who care for them.

He meets Joey, whose mother Carol is finding it increasingly hard to cope with some of the more challenging aspects of his disorder. In between the ever more explosive tantrums, Louis discovers a cheeky and charming 13-year-old, but there are tough decisions ahead about his future in the family home.

Nicky is 19. After making good progress at DLC Warren he is about to leave, but the prospect of change leads to increasing anxiety and erratic behaviour. Surrounded by a loving family who say they wouldn't have him any other way, he shows Louis his novel Dragonula and invites him to share his first day at his new school.

Twenty-year-old Brian is severely autistic and his behaviour - setting fire to the house and attacking his mother - has led to the difficult decision of placing him in residential care. Louis meets a mother whose love for her son has been tested to its limits and finds out how the school is preparing him for an adult life.

Friday 20 April

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

Shirley and Andrew are shocked when they discover that Phil was behind Jean's decision not to go to the police and decide to confront him. How will he get out of this one?

Whitney, Carol and Bianca go on a girl’s night out, which ends up in disaster when their method of sneaking booze into the club goes awry.

Janine tells Michael that he needs to contribute to the wedding if he wants to make decisions. He goes about getting his hands on some money, but who does he manipulate into giving it to him?

Whitney is played by Shona McGarty, Carol by Lindsey Coulson, Bianca by Patsy Palmer, Shirley by Linda Henry, Andrew by Ricky Grover, Jean by Gillian Wright, Phil by Steve McFadden, Janine by Charlie Brooks and Michael by Steve John Shepherd.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Twenty Twelve

Siobhan and her team at Perfect Curve have come up with the idea of covering Anish Kapoor’s Orbit Tower with a special wrap sponsored by a condom company and making this the basis for a major sexual health campaign around the Olympics, in the final episode of the series.

By the time Ian is brought up to speed the accompanying rap video Get It On has already gone viral on YouTube. Is it too late to cancel the campaign and avoid alienating every single Catholic competing country? Meanwhile Graham is charged with re-designing the Olympic Torch Relay route so that it goes beyond Surrey. Elsewhere there’s unhappiness over who’s got what tickets to the actual Games.

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

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Lip Service

Sexy, provocative and seductive, BBC Three drama Lip Service returns to the bars and clubs of Glasgow’s Merchant City to follow the lives of a group of 20-something lesbians.

After a loved-up month on holiday in South America, Cat and Sam arrive back in Glasgow with a colossal bump. Having run away from her relationship with first love Frankie, Cat knows she must now face the music.

It looks like Tess finally has it all: her first proper acting role, a fabulous new flat and a gorgeous girlfriend. Landing one of the leading roles in a big theatre production should be a cause for celebration, but things don’t go quite to plan on her first day in the job.

Locking horns with self-obsessed co-star Nora, it’s clear Tess is going to have her work cut out, dealing with constant put-downs and snide comments. But new friendship and much needed support come in the shape of Hugo, a cynical but loveable actor.

Frankie and Tess are struggling with the rent for their new flat and go in search of a flatmate. Enter Lexy - a sexy, funny and straight-talking Australian doctor who instantly makes an impression on Tess. But she’s not the only one who reacts to Lexy’s arrival…

Frankie bumps into her former flame Sadie and offloads her troubles onto her. Sadie, who is down on her luck, decides to deliver some home truths.

Produced by Kudos Film and Television (Hustle, Ashes to Ashes, Spooks) through BBC Scotland, sexy six-part series Lip Service is written, created and executive produced by Harriet Braun (Mistresses, Attachments).

Cat is played by Laura Fraser, Sam by Heather Peace, Frankie by Ruta Gedmintas, Tess by Fiona Button, Nora by Sinéad Keenan, Hugh by Stuart McQuarrie, Lexy by Anna Skellern, Sadie by Natasha O’Keeffe, Jay by Emun Elliott and Ed by James Anthony Pearson.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

BBC Young Musician 2012: Category Finals

This week, BBC Young Musician 2012 turns the spotlight on the brass category as five talented performers take to the Dora Stoutzker Hall stage at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill goes behind the scenes to capture the latest news, with profiles of the five category finalists and extensive highlights from their performances. Each instrumentalist will be hoping to win the category and take their place in the BBC Young Musician 2012 Semi-Final.

The brass category finalists are Jonathan Bates on E flat Tenor Horn, Elzbieta Young on Trumpet, Christopher Dunn on Tuba, Elizabeth Tocknell on French Horn and Alexander Kelly on Bass Trombone.

Having already survived two tough audition rounds they will be out to impress a respected panel of adjudicators, including Naomi Atherton who won the Brass Final of BBC Young Musician in 1984 and David Childs - also a winner of the BBC Young Musician brass category. General adjudicator across the category finals is conductor Gareth Jones.

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