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Saturday 5 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Casualty: Happily Ever After

Sam is sending Dylan the wrong messages, while Dixie and Jeff are at loggerheads.

Dixie and Jeff rush nine-year-old Luke into the ED with a suspected head injury. When he dies, Dixie is convinced that there are suspicious circumstances and calls the police. Jeff is furious as he knows the boy’s father and is convinced that he had nothing to do with his son’s death. Yvonne and D.I. Cook come to investigate the matter at the ED.

Meanwhile, Dylan thinks that Sam wants to get back together with him and he books a table for them at a romantic restaurant. But Zoe realises that Sam actually wants to serve him with divorce papers and she convinces Sam to finally tell Dylan the truth.

Starring Michael French (Jordan), Jane Hazlegrove (Dixie), Matt Bardock (Jeff), Rachel Shelley (Yvonne), Grahame Fox (DI Cook), William Beck (Dylan), Charlotte Salt (Sam) and Sunetra Sarker (Zoe).

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

The Bridge

The murderer has groomed a number of seriously schizophrenic people over a long period of time, convincing them to commit carefully synchronised violent crimes in Malmö and Copenhagen on the same day.

With the third truth, the murderer wants to highlight the cutbacks within mental health care, which has been reduced to 'a pat on the back and a jar of pills'. Saga and Martin manage to find a break in the case, a teenage girl who has run away from home. Could she be the witness that ultimately leads them to the murderer?

Written by Camilla Ahlgren, Måns Mårlind, Hans Rosenfeldt, Nikolaj Scherfig and Björn Stein.

Cast: Sofia Helin as Sara Norén, Kim Bodina as Martin Rohde, Dag Malmberg as Hans Petterson, Rafael Petterson as John, Anette Lindbäck as Gry, Said Legue as Navid, Kristina Brändén AS Anne, Puk Scharbau as Mette Rohde, Emil Birk Hartmann as August Rhode, Sarah Boberg as Lilian, Christian Hilborg as Daniel Ferbé, Kristina Lima De Faria as Åke, Magnus Krepper as Stefan Lindberg.

The Bridge

Copenhagen is up in arms when a group of police officers who beat an immigrant to death are found innocent.

One of the accused officers is kidnapped and found chained up in his basement by the dead immigrant’s brother. Will he forgive or take revenge on his brother’s killer? Here the murderer wants to draw attention to the fourth truth, namely the failure of the state’s integration policy. For the first time, Saga and the killer are in contact with each other.

Written by Camilla Ahlgren, Måns Mårlind, Hans Rosenfeldt, Nikolaj Scherfig and Björn Stein.

Cast: Sofia Helin as Sara Norén, Kim Bodina as Martin Rohde, Dag Malmberg as Hans Petterson, Rafael Petterson as John, Anette Lindbäck as Gry, Said Legue as Navid, Kristina Brändén AS Anne, Puk Scharbau as Mette Rohde, Emil Birk Hartmann as August Rhode, Sarah Boberg as Lilian, Christian Hilborg as Daniel Ferbé, Kristina Lima De Faria as Åke, Magnus Krepper as Stefan Lindberg.

Sunday 6 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Planet Earth Live

Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury join the world’s best natural history film-makers for the most ambitious live wildlife series ever undertaken, following the real-time stories of the world’s most charismatic animals around the globe.

Experts and cameramen/women from the award winning BBC Natural History Unit combine the spectacular cinematography of Frozen Planet with the live techniques of Big Cat Live and Springwatch to follow real-life animal dramas from around the globe throughout May - a critical time for many of the Earth’s young animals.

From baby elephants in Kenya, black bears in Minnesota, macaque monkeys in Sri Lanka, meerkats in South Africa, grey whales in the Pacific to the lions of the Masaai Mara, the lives of many wild youngsters hang in the balance. Expect the unexpected as nature writes the script.

Based in southern Kenya, Richard fulfils a childhood dream as he tracks the Marsh pride of lions with camerawoman Sophie Darlington. The group, made famous by Big Cat Diary, is at a crucial time in their history with a pride takeover. A lioness has escaped with the cubs, but with limited food their survival hangs in the balance.

In the wild Northwoods of Minnesota Julia Bradbury gets up close and personal with one of the most feared predators on the planet - black bears. She joins expert Dr Lynn Rogers as bear families emerge from their dens with new born cubs. On the Pacific coast she follows the epic migration of grey whales and their calves running the gauntlet of killer whales.

Monday 7 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

To escape their woes, Whitney, Lucy and Lauren decide to go on a girly night out - but the evening ends in disaster as a drunken Lauren makes a terrible choice.

It's make or break time for Tyler and Whitney’s relationship. She thinks that Tyler can’t see a future with her - but will he be able to change her mind?

Derek does his best to try and convince Carol and the kids not to move away.

Whitney is played by Shona McGarty, Lucy by Hetti Bywater, Lauren by Jacqueline Jossa, Tyler by Tony Discipline, Derek by Jamie Foreman and Carol by Lindsey Coulson.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Great British Menu

Great British Menu continues with the nation’s greatest chefs competing 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 breathtaking and awe-inspiring.

Twenty-four of the finest chefs in the country are competing over 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 the glittering guest list of British sporting greats includes Sharron Davies, Tessa Sanderson, Baroness Grey-Thompson and Dan Greaves.

It’s week five and a chance for the chefs from the North West to battle it with Johnnie Mountain (The Atrium, Westminster), Aiden Byrne (The Church Green, Cheshire) and Simon Rogan ( L’Enclume, Cumbria), with Great British Menu veteran Marcus Wearing returning to decide who goes through to meet the judges. With the competition in full swing, the pressure in the kitchen hots up leading to one of the most dramatic weeks in Great British Menu history.

On Monday the chefs present their starters: Simon Rogan prepares grilled salad, truffle custard, cheese foam and cobnut crisp, Aiden Byrne presents black cherry and foie gras terrine with palm sugar mousse, with Johnnie Mountain serving foie gras ice cream, Cherry ravioli and Ibérico ham.

Tuesday’s programme sees them prepare their fish courses; including lobster with pickled beetroot, sweet apple and cuckoo flower, and beetroot poached salmon, caviar, razor clam, citrus and fennel salad.

Wednesday’s main courses include Simon Rogan’s suckling pig with Northern mead, vintage vegetables and artichoke, whilst Thursday’s dessert menus feature Aiden Byrne’s orange and olive oil cake with candied celery before Marcus decides who makes it through to meet the judges.

On Friday Prue Leith, Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort will decide which of the North West 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.

World Cup Rowing - Belgrade

John Inverdale introduces highlights of the opening World Cup rowing regatta in Serbia.

It's the first of three World Cup events that Great Britain will use to fine-tune their preparations for the London Olympics, where Team GB is tipped to improve on their Beijing medal haul of six.

Double sculls pair Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins were unbeaten together in 2011, and will be determined to extend that record in Belgrade. All eyes will also be on GB’s new-look men’s coxless four, which has been bolstered by the addition of Pete Reed and Andy Triggs Hodge.

Badminton Horse Trials

Clare Balding presents the action from the Badminton Horse Trials, including live coverage of the showjumping, extended highlights of the cross-country and a look back at the dressage.

Badminton is one of the most prestigious events on the equestrian calendar and a great chance for Britain’s Olympic hopefuls to impress the selectors. Great Britain’s equestrian team have won just one Olympic gold medal since 1972, but the likes of William Fox-Pitt, Piggy French, Mary King and Zara Phillips are hoping they'll get the chance to impress on home turf this summer.

The 70s

Historian Dominic Sandbrook examines the final years of the decade and how the late 70s reached deep into the future with debates about British life that still rage today.

Dominic considers the impact of the late 60's hippy philosophy on the entrepreneurs of the 70s, in particular Richard Branson. Branson, argues Dominic, turned the free spirit of the 60s into a business success, with the realisation that the future wasn't about heavy industry and nationalisation but about private enterprise and selling pleasure.

The floundering 60s ideal included the post-war concrete housing estates, which by the late 70s were associated with violence, vandalism and misery. Dominic looks at how the dream of better living had soured, shaping familiar debates about youth crime and problem families.

The post war dream of comprehensive education was also under attack with focus on a new TV show. The launch of BBC's Grange Hill in 1978 became a cause of consternation among educational traditionalists, with its frank depiction of disruptive pupils. The worries over Grange Hill were signals of a deeper debate about educational standards that still bubble on today.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

The King And The Playwright: A Jacobean History

In the final episode of The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History, Professor James Shapiro reflects on the legacies of King James and William Shakespeare, re-examining the work of the playwright in the troubled first decade of the king's reign when he was reaching the end of his theatrical career.

Although Shakespeare’s late plays such as The Winters’s Tale and The Tempest are often grouped as romances, Shaprio argues that he was still an experimental playwright, alert to the anxieties of the Jacobean world.

King James’s own family life was fractured and plagued by sexual scandal, and the themes of marital discord, the loss of royal children and colonial politics all feature strongly in Shakespeare’s plays.

Shakespeare was constantly developing his work, collaborating with younger writers and exploiting the intimacy, lighting and musical opportunities of the indoors Blackfriars theatre, but when the Globe burned down in 1613 Shakespeare’s theatre career ended.

The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History is part of the ambitious BBC Shakespeare Season.

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 more 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 heads to Mexico’s breathtaking Yucatàn Peninsula, where he embarks on a high-octane chase with the sailfish (the fastest fish in the sea) and witnesses these swimming speedsters take on a bait ball of sardines.

He also dives on a pristine reef in search of a real-life sea monster, and in a thrilling climax to his trip he ventures alone, in complete darkness, into the ‘cave of hanging serpents’ where he marvels at the awesome hunting skills of the Mexican night snake, a cold-blooded predator that can catch a bat on the wing.

On Tuesday, Steve and the crew are in Australia and it’s Deadly to the extreme. Steve heads into the blistering sun of the outback to fulfill a lifelong dream of finding the most venomous snake in the world - the fierce snake whose toxic strike could kill a quarter of a million mice in a single bite.  

The team then heads to Tasmania where Steve finds a devilish mammal that gets himself in a spin when competing for food. Finally he goes in search of a toxic terror living right in the heart of Sydney, diving into the harbour to hunt for the blue ringed octopus. It might fit in the palm of your hand, but one touch of this critter could lead to deadly consequences.

On Wednesday it's a first for Deadly 60, as Steve and the team head to New Zealand where Steve descends deep into the Waitomo caves to find an unusual predator that lures insects with a lethal lightshow - the glow-worm. He then heads to South Island to get an aerial view of one of the biggest animals on Earth, the sperm whale, before driving inland to meet a very curious bird armed with deadly intelligence. The kea may seem to be an ordinary parrot, but its big brain makes it a hunter to be reckoned with. Finally, Steve returns to the ocean in search of sperm whales, and uses his kayak to get an awe-inspiring close-up of this leviathan of the deep.

On Thursday the team is in South Africa, and Steve is taken out by the fastest feet on the planet when he goes up against a couple of cheetahs in a friendly game of football, before heading out to see them in action in the wild. He also meets a monkey-snatching crowned eagle that uses its dagger-like rear talon to snatch unsuspecting treetop primates, and turns the latest camera technology on a trio of Africa’s deadliest snakes, giving a unique view of the venom-spitting cobra, the super-sensitive boomslang and split-second striking puff adder.

In Friday's episode the team is back in Australia for one of Steve’s most dramatic encounters ever, as he dangles beneath a helicopter and is dropped into the nest of a giant, wild saltwater crocodile.  

He also goes in search of the most venomous animal on earth, the box jellyfish - one sting could be fatal so caution is an absolute must. And finally he enters a snake-infested marshland on a hunt for two lethal contenders for his list, the tiger snake and the copperhead snake. This snake-infested marshland would bea nightmare to most, but Steve admits it is one of the best days out he’s ever had!

Tuesday 8 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

Tanya and Ian are worried when their daughters don't come home from their night out. Ian is relieved when Lucy walks through the door, but Max and Tanya panic when they find out what has happened.

Afia has decided to revamp the Argee Bhajee, but while she is full of brilliant ideas to get the restaurant on the map, Tamwar is reluctant and calls Zainab for support.

Ray is shocked when he finds out about Carol’s plans.

Tanya is played by Jo Joyner, Ian by Adam Woodyatt, Lucy by Hetti Bywater, Lauren by Jacqueline Jossa, Afia by Meryl Fernandes, Tamwar by Himesh Patel, Zainab by Nina Wadia, Ray by Chucky Venn and Carol by Lindsey Coulson.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

The Town Taking On China

Tony Caldeira is a man on a mission - to create a British workforce who can defeat the economic might of China - using only cushions!

Until recently, manufacturing in China was cheap and that meant British manufacturing couldn't compete. Cushion-magnate Tony, like many businessmen, turned to Chinese workers to make his products. However, soaring wages in China mean that Tony is now embarking on an ambitious experiment - to bring jobs back to Britain. The question is - does Britain want to work?

Tony’s challenge starts down at the local jobcentre, finding the superhero staff who can outperform the Chinese. Sewing floor supervisor Pam and experienced machinist Joanne must then train young people in the old skill of sewing and convince them that a broken nail isn’t the end of the world.

Meanwhile, Tony must inspire his new recruits to commit to the company, despite the fact they’re only earning the minimum wage. He’ll also need all the help he can get from his trusted factory manager Malcolm, despite their working styles being chalk and cheese.

The situation becomes starker when Tony visits China and he’s held to ransom by a member of staff who wants a 50% pay rise.

But back in Kirkby, his team of underdogs are falling like dominoes and his dream of bringing manufacturing jobs back to Britain is fading fast...

Wednesday 9 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Sporting Heroes: After The Final Whistle, with Michael Vaughan

2005 Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan looks at the issues and emotions involved in retiring from a successful career in sport.

The TV pictures which showed an emotional Michael Vaughan announcing his retirement from the England captaincy revealed the captain in a new light. Throughout his stellar England cricket career he was admired as a solid and calm head - but at the moment he relinquished the captaincy he suddenly appeared vulnerable.

Having undergone an emotional journey when he retired, Vaughan asks how retirement from top level sport changes the way you look at life and how the world defines you after your career is over.

He also talks to top sports people about the inevitable moment when have to leave their chosen profession and embrace a new life.

Featuring professionals who are recently retired, soon to be retired and long out of their sports, the 50-minute documentary looks at how they coped with those changes and how they view the future in the light of profound changes to their working and personal lives.

The documentary features impactful interviews with tennis legend John McEnroe, Open golf winner Darren Clarke, former England football captain Tony Adams, former world heavyweight champion and successful businessman George Foreman, England rugby player turned City stock-broker Josh Lewsey, Olympic badminton medallist, mum and ambassador Gail Emms, England cricketer Matthew Hoggard, inspirational disabled rugby player Matt Hampson and former boxing champion Herol 'Bomber' Graham.

All have dealt in different ways with the inevitable changes that transpired. All of their stories give a fascinating insight into how very different sports people deal with the major issue of retirement.

Presenter/Michael Vaughan, Producer/Director Ged Clarke

A Northstar Television production for BBC Sport

Thursday 10 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

Ben comes up with a way of taking Phil's mind off Shirley and getting him out of the house, but it soon backfires. Phil's day gets worse when he gets a visit from DCI Marsden.

The Masoods prepare for the grand reopening of the Argee Bhajee, but Afia gets annoyed when Tamwar takes Zainab's side over hers, causing friction between the two.

Derek is curious when a young girl appears to be following him, but when he finally confronts her he is shocked when she reveals her identity.

Ben is played by Joshua Pascoe, Phil by Steve McFadden, Shirley by Linda Henry, DCI Marsden is played by Sophie Stanton, Afia by Meryl Fernandes, Tamwar by Himesh Patel, Zainab by Nina Wadia and Derek is played by Jamie Foreman.

Friday 11 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

After a visit from DCI Marsden Phil decides that the only way to keep his family safe is to get away - but Jay is adamant that he isn't going. As things get worse for him, an angry Phil reverts to his old ways…

Abi worries for Jay when she sees him arguing with Phil, and asks Max to speak to him. But will Jay open up to Max?

Phil is played by Steve McFadden, Jay by Jamie Borthwick, Max by Jake Wood, Syed by Marc Elliot, Christian by Johnny Partridge, Afia by Meryl Fernandes, Tamwar by Himesh Patel and Abi by Lorna Fitzgerald.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Maestro At The Opera

It’s week two on Maestro At The Opera and with one well-known personality leaving the competition last week, the three remaining would-be-conductors continue in the competition to master the ultimate art form – opera.

The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden once again opens its celebrated doors as the three hopefuls left must continue the battle for the ultimate prize - the chance to conduct a whole act in a legendary opera at the world famous Royal Opera House, in front of a discerning audience of over 2000.

In tonight’s programme, with the help of their mentors, the would-be-Maestros are introduced to, and must master, the art of conducting a fully staged operatic scene. To succeed they must learn to cope with several singers, props, a set and one apprentice has to take on a chorus of 24 singers. To top it all, they're now down in the orchestra pit conducting one of the world's greatest professional orchestras that of the Royal Opera House. 

Then, at the end of an intense week’s training, in front of a panel of experts as well as a discerning audience, the three hopefuls must step up to the podium for a final performance. They have to conduct their scene in a bid to enter the final next week.

The judges, world-renowned British conductor Sir Mark Elder, orchestral double bass player Dominic Seldis and star soprano Danielle de Niese, must select one apprentice conductor to send straight through to the next stage. The remaining two must face the orchestra’s vote and one must wave goodbye to their baton for good.

There can only be one winner; there can only be one Maestro At The Opera.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Lip Service

Tess is in unrequited love hell, so when Ed starts gloating about his love life it makes her feel even lonelier.

Sadie is sure her clinch with magazine editor Lauren is her ticket out of temping hell, but is left reeling when Lauren snubs her at the office.

Back at her day job, Sadie’s irreverent take on waitressing gets her into hot water and she’s caught off guard when Lauren turns up at the restaurant to make amends.

The pair end up spending the afternoon together in a hotel room, but when Lauren rushes off, leaving Sadie a bundle of money to settle the hotel bill, she’s left feeling less than valued by her lover.

At the hospital Dr Declan teases Lexy when she reveals she’s taking Sam to a wine tasting event as a friend. On hearing this, Bea shows signs of jealously which makes Lexy question whether their ‘no-strings-attached’ arrangement is as straightforward as she’d hoped.

Tess finds herself on an impromptu blind date with Meg, a friend of Nora and Ed’s. But when events take a weird turn for the worse she calls on Lexy to save the day.

At the wine tasting Sam warms to Lexy - but then makes an alarming discovery.

Tess is played by Fiona Button, Ed by James Anthony Pearson, Sadie by Natasha O’Keeffe, Lauren by Neve McIntosh, Dr Declan by Adam Sinclair, Lexy by Ann Skelton, Bea by Alana Hood, Meg by Ainsley Howard, Nora by Sinéad Keenan and Sam by Heather Peace.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

BBC Young Musician 2012

Percussionists James Larter, Richard Rayner, Molly Lopresti, Peter Rayner and Hyun-gi Lee are the last to perform in the BBC Young Musician 2012 category finals, with the hope of a place in the semi-final in sight. But who will take last place in the line-up?

Adrian Spillett, who became the first percussionist to win the BBC Young Musician title in 1998, will be listening carefully to the five performers alongside performer and teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music, Andrea Vogler. Completing the panel is general adjudicator Gareth Jones, who was a member of the music staff of Welsh National Opera for numerous years.

Presenter, musician and writer Clemency Burton-Hill will be guiding the audience at home through all the backstage news, with profiles of the five category finalists and extensive insertions from their performances.

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