BBC One Winter/Spring 2008
The journey towards the FA Cup final began back in August 2007 with the qualifying rounds of the knockout trophy.
The New Year opens with the all-important third round of the FA Cup – the world's oldest and most well-known domestic football competition – when the big guns from the Premier League enter the fray for the first time.
For all footballers, it's a dream and aspiration to get to the FA Cup final and an appearance at the iconic Wembley Stadium.
Gary Lineker presents live coverage over each FA Cup weekend in Match Of The Day Live, from the third round to the pinnacle of the competition, the final at Wembley in May.
Hotel Babylon wouldn't be five-star without its usual array of fabulous guests.
Checking in for series three are: John Barrowman, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Megan Dodds, Anita Dobson, Jeremy Sheffield, Alan Davies, Paula Abdul, Nicola Stephenson, Lesley Garrett, Lee Sharpe, Mark Bannerman, Donna Air, James Lance and Don Gilet, among others.
As well as the regular cast, Hotel Babylon welcomes new employees Alexandra Moen as PR superwhizz Emily, who promises to shake things up a bit; and Lee Williams as Charlie's new right-hand man and deputy manager, Jack.
Max Beesley returns as charismatic general manager Charlie Edwards and joins Dexter Fletcher, who plays concierge Tony; Emma Pierson as foxy head receptionist Anna; Natalie Mendoza as sexy head of housekeeping Jackie; Michael Obiora as bitchy receptionist Ben; Martin Marquez as charming head barman Gino; and Ray Coulthard as stiff-upper-lipped food and beverage manager James.
Kiss Of Death
Louise Lombard (CSI, House Of Eliott), Lyndsey Marshal (Rome) and Danny Dyer (Straightheads, The Football Factory) star in Kiss Of Death, a gritty new two-part crime drama.
Written by Barbara Machin (who also created Waking The Dead), the format represents a bold step forward for the crime genre: as events flip both backwards and forwards in time, this compelling story is told at various times from the point of view of every character involved – those investigating the crime, as well as the killer and his victims.
A killer has killed once and kidnapped another victim, challenging the team to work out why. Suddenly everyone's past comes under scrutiny, and everyone's version of the truth comes under suspicion.
The cast also includes: Shaun Parkes (Notes On A Scandal, Casanova), Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, The Bill), Ace Bhatti (New Street Law), Brian McCardie (Lilies, Low Winter Sun) and Jeffery Kissoon (Space 1999, Grange Hill).
|BBC One Winter/Spring 2008 |
Lark Rise To Candleford
Brendan Coyle, Dawn French, Olivia Grant, Olivia Hallinan, Mark Heap, Ben Miles, Julia Sawalha and Liz Smith star in a new adaptation of Flora Thompson's magical memoir of her Oxfordshire childhood. A love letter to a vanished corner of rural England, this is a heart-warming drama series teeming with wit, wisdom and romance.
Set in the small hamlet of Lark Rise and the wealthier neighbouring market town, Candleford, at the end of the 19th century, the series chronicles the daily lives of farm-workers, craftsmen and gentry, observing characters in loving, boisterous and competing communities of families, rivals, friends and neighbours.
This world is seen through the eyes of a teenage girl, Laura Timmins (Olivia Hallinan), as she leaves Lark Rise to start a new life under the wing of the independent and effervescent Dorcas Lane (Julia Sawalha), who is post-mistress at the local post office in Candleford.
The pair epitomise the force of friendship as they see each other through the best and worst of times.
The Last Enemy
Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Carlyle head an all-star cast in a dynamic new thriller about a man whose search for the truth about his brother's death catapults him into an international conspiracy – and a passionate love affair.
Authored by Peter Berry (Prime Suspect 6, Kiszko – A Life For A Life), The Last Enemy co-stars Max Beesley, Anamaria Marinca, David Harewood and Geraldine James.
When the reclusive Stephen Ezard (Cumberbatch) returns to London for the funeral of his brother Michael (Beesley), an aid worker killed by a landmine, he feels like a stranger in his own country. Britain has been transformed into a security state after a major terrorist attack and ID cards are strictly enforced.
He is startled to discover that Michael had a beautiful wife, Yasim (Marinca), and seeks comfort in her arms. But Yasim is on a mission of her own. Terrified of losing her, Stephen agrees to support a secretive government project – but his actions trigger a spiral of strange events.
Kidnapped by a violent man, wooed by an old lover with friends in high places and followed at every turn, Stephen doesn't know who he can trust. But he becomes determined to find out what really happened to Michael ... even at the risk of losing his own identity.
|BBC One Winter/Spring 2008 |
A Life In Cold Blood
Sir David Attenborough transforms our perceptions of cold-blooded animals in the final chapter of his epic overview of life on Earth.
"Reptiles and amphibians are sometimes thought of as slow, dim-witted and primitive. In fact they can be lethally fast, spectacularly beautiful, surprisingly affectionate and extremely sophisticated," says David.
Using the latest filming technology from the BBC's world-renowned Natural History Unit – including ultra-high-speed, thermal, miniature and on-board cameras – David reveals the intimate lives of the cold blooded and discovers the secret of their success.
Amazing TV firsts include wild rattlesnakes hunting, anacondas giving birth underwater, a male frog "giving birth", a mother caiman leading her crèche of babies to safety, and semaphoring Panamanian golden frogs.
David also has a close encounter with a spitting cobra and watches passionate giant tortoises, observing: "making love in a suit of armour can't be easy!"
Is it possible that somewhere out there a perfect partner exists for each of us? Back for a second series, Love Soup, created by David Renwick, takes an entertaining and provocative look at one woman's search for sanity, sex and a soul-mate.
Alice Chenery (Tamsin Greig) is joined by her sweet, yet slightly deranged, colleagues Cleo Martin (Sheridan Smith) and Milly Russell (Montserrat Lombard) as they struggle to find the perfect man, experiencing a series of disastrous dates, bizarre experiences and embarrassing mishaps.
Alice's life takes a turn for the better when she moves to London and embarks on a steady relationship with writer Douglas (Mark Heap), but will he turn out to be her soulmate – and will Alice ever discover the meaning of life?
Guest stars include Sanjeev Bhaskar, Lucy Speed, Bill Bailey, Ronnie Corbett, Jan Ravens, Helen Lederer, Mackenzie Crook, Charlie Brooks and Lynda Bellingham.