BBC Two unveils its Autumn 2008 highlights
Later... and Later Live... With Jools Holland
Later With Jools Holland returns in the autumn, continuing with the live version on Tuesdays
at 10pm, which is a mouth-watering half-hour taster for Friday's traditional hour-long
Music fans can expect an array of some of the finest acts in music. The last series saw TV
debuts from The Last Shadow Puppets, Lykke Li, Santogold and Glasvegas, alongside
performances from more established acts such as Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Paul
Weller, Portishead and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
Extra treats can be seen online at bbc.co.uk/later.
Jack Dee returns in the critically acclaimed hit comedy Lead
Balloon. In the third series, viewers learn a whole lot more about the
world of Rick Spleen; Rick, on the other hand, appears to have
learnt very little, as he suffers a near-death experience, is hit with a
shock revelation about his family tree, and struggles to cope with
yet more embarrassing episodes.
Meanwhile, tension mounts on the domestic front. When Rick's
housekeeper Magda comes to stay while her boiler's being fixed,
Rick is worried that it might turn into a more permanent
arrangement. Ben and Sam's relationship hits the rocks – but can
they summon up enough energy to get back together? Michael,
the deranged café owner, discovers a secret that threatens to push
him over the edge…
Magda is played by Anna Crilly, Ben by Rasmus Hardiker, Sam by
Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Michael by Tony Gardner.
|Louis Theroux - Philly PD
Louis Theroux - Philly PD
Louis Theroux joins the Philadelphia Police Department patrolling the most dangerous part of the city.
There are around 400 homicides a year in an area of just over 100 square miles, there are drug
dealers on every corner and it's considered part of normal life to carry a gun.
Embedded within the Philly rapid-response teams, Louis feels a palpable sense of adrenalin mixed with
frustration as police and gangs take each other on night after night, but there's also a camaraderie
which develops between officers under these hugely stressful conditions.
Louis senses a society trying to contain a lawlessness born out of poverty, mistrust and segregation.
Over time, he sees a complex picture evolve – there are cops and robbers, guns and violence, but
also tenderness and compassion in the most unexpected of places.
By virtue of what they see day in, day out, this life inevitably takes its toll on the officers who,
paradoxically just like those they are policing, find it very difficult to ever feel truly safe and to ever
completely trust others.
|Losing It: Griff Rhys Jones
Losing It: Griff Rhys Jones On Anger
Anger is an increasing problem in modern life. In homes and offices, on the road and in
the air, frustration and rage are all around, yet very few people acknowledge their anger.
In this two-part series, Griff Rhys Jones takes a startlingly honest look at anger in himself
"I do get angry sometimes, well we all get angry sometimes, don't we?" he comments.
"But I do admit I can work myself up into a froth, or a tantrum. The demon can take over
and I can find myself raging at someone. Not all the time, but enough to make me
Griff believes that anger helps him in his life and can even be creative. But how do other
people react when they are on the receiving end?
Griff investigates anger and the ways in which people seek to control it – from meditation
to anger management. It's a bumpy ride...
My Zinc Bed
Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress Uma
Thurman is joined by Jonathan Pryce (Pirates Of The Caribbean,
Leatherheads) and Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, My
Summer Of Love) in a film adaptation of David Hare's acclaimed
stage play My Zinc Bed.
Penniless but gifted poet Paul Peplow (Considine) is a recovering
alcoholic who is sent to interview wealthy internet entrepreneur
Victor Quinn (Pryce).
Paul finds himself employed by Victor and
subsequently encounters his employer's wife, Elsa (Thurman), herself
a recovering alcoholic.
Elsa recognises a kindred spirit in Paul and
the two embark on an affair, but the addictions that pull them
together also serve to drive them apart.
Hare explores the nature of addiction, faith and friendship in this
screen version of his critically acclaimed stage play.
The incredible hidden stories of the planet's oceans are told in a landmark new series for BBC Two.
More is known about the surface of Mars than the depths of the Earth's oceans. Hidden in these
unknown waters are stories that reveal new truths about human past, the planet and life within it.
Presented by explorer Paul Rose (Meltdown, BBC Two; Voyages Of Discovery, BBC Four), environmentalist
Philippe Cousteau Jr, maritime archaeologist Dr Lucy Blue and marine biologist Tooni Mahto, the series
unravels the oceans' mysteries.
It will tell fascinating stories from the world of underwater archaeology,
geology, marine biology and anthropology; from seas including the Southern Ocean, the Indian
Ocean, the Red Sea, the Arctic Ocean and the Mediterranean.
There will also be an enhanced web presence at bbc.co.uk/oceans including exclusive content,
games, discussion boards and 360° videos.
Oceans is a vital and timely understanding of our planet's biggest and least understood asset, its
Prescott On Class
Is there still such a thing as a class system and does John Prescott
recognise it after 10 years at the heart of government as Deputy
In this thought-provoking two-part documentary series, John
Prescott goes on a very personal exploration of the current state of
the British class system.
Investigating the dreams and aspirations of the richest and the
poorest, Prescott grapples with political apathy, middle-class syntax
snobbery and the wealth gap in modern Britain.
With "celebrity" as
a career option and increased immigration a reality, what does
Britain's class system look like after 11 years of New Labour?
John's journey starts and ends in Hull, taking in a wide range of British people
of all classes along the way.
With intimate access to John and his
wife Pauline, the series also includes autobiographical material,
some illustrated with personal family archive dating from the Fifties.