BBC Two unveils its Autumn 2008 highlights
World-renowned chef and restaurateur Raymond Blanc returns for the series in which nine couples
compete for the unique opportunity to open a new restaurant with him.
This time, the passionate Blanc
is hands-on in his role as master restaurateur. To inspire the couples each week, he shares and
demonstrates his creative talents with them in his search to find the pair with the flair, enthusiasm and
ability to succeed in the tough but hugely rewarding world to which he has dedicated his life.
Each couple competes to prove they have the vision and talent to create their perfect restaurant and
open it to the paying public. They must turn their business into a success or risk facing one of
Raymond's rigorous challenges.
Each week's losing couple will have their restaurant closed – for good.
Adding to the pressure are eagle-eyed inspectors and industry experts Sarah Willingham and David
Moore, who scrutinise all aspects of the couples' restaurants, food and service.
Each week, Raymond
eliminates one couple until just the triumphant winners remain.
Multi-award-winning international current affairs series This World
returns this autumn with more absorbing reports.
In this season, reporter Tom Mangold follows the trail of the alleged
kingpin of the illicit international arms trade, Victor Bout, whose
activities are said to have fuelled conflicts around the world, from
Africa to Iraq.
And This World tells the full story of how a group of international
climbers witnessed Chinese border guards taking aim and killing
one of a group of Tibetans high on the Himalayas as they prepared
to cross from Chinese territory to Nepal.
Following a short summer break Jeremy Clarkson, Richard
Hammond and James May are back in the driving seat of
the nation's favourite motoring show, bringing their inimitable
style, wit and enthusiasm back to our screens for a brand
Twiggy's Fashion Trade
Twiggy, the original supermodel, heads a team of fashion experts in a new
clothes-swapping series which gives viewers the knowhow and inspiration to give their
wardrobes a new lease of life… all for free.
Each week a group of women are invited to Twiggy's glamorous studio
for a fashion-tastic opportunity – to get a brand-new wardrobe that
Based on the US craze of clothes-swapping parties, the series will see the fake fur fly as the
women, armed with eight garments each, vie for the best items. However, no one will go
home disappointed as the experts are on hand to show how to reinvent last season's
mishaps into this season's must-haves.
A celebrity guest makes an appearance each week and donates clothes from their own
wardrobe, plus designers are challenged to put together wearable looks from the
Wayne McGregor: A World Premiere
Wayne McGregor, perhaps the most successful and dynamic British
choreographer of his generation, is creating his first new work for the
Royal Ballet since becoming its resident choreographer in 2006.
BBC Two explores the intimate process of creating a high-profile and
complex new work of dance, from the earliest days to the world
première performance at the Royal Opera House, to be broadcast
Wayne McGregor has worked on a huge range of productions: with his own
company, Random Dance; with ballet and modern companies; in
musicals and plays; and even in the film Harry Potter And The Goblet
He often uses new technologies, saying: "I get bored very
easily so I always find challenges to keep myself awake."
With this new work audiences can expect typically ambitious and
exciting ideas, combining multi-layered set designs by British artist Julian
Opie (who designed the famous Blur album covers), and a fusion of
live and electro music by Edinburgh-based composer Max Richter,
whose richly atmospheric music McGregor discovered online.
What To Eat Now
Making his debut on TV, culinary free spirit and chef Valentine Warner combines his
two great passions – food and nature – as he hunts, fishes and cooks his way across
Britain to create delicious meals from the very best seasonal food.
Viewers don't have to be gardeners or hunters to make Valentine's mouth-watering
autumn recipes – all the ingredients are available in the shops – but Valentine shows
why now's the time to eat them.
He brings the seasonal treats to life with the help of
a range of filming techniques, including time-lapse photography.
Tapping in to his childhood in the wilds of Dorset and his experience of cooking in
some of London's best kitchens, Valentine's infectious enthusiasm demonstrates
what people should be eating in the autumn, how it grows and how to cook it.
information, including recipes from the series, will be available at bbc.co.uk/food.
|WWII - Behind Closed Doors
WWII - Behind Closed Doors
Joseph Stalin – the supreme leader of the Soviet Union – was a tyrant responsible for the deaths of
millions. Yet the man who created all this suffering also had some unlikely relationships during the
Second World War. Not just with leaders of the great democracies such as Winston Churchill and
Franklin Roosevelt, but also, earlier in the war, with Hitler.
World War II – Behind Closed Doors tells the inside story of these controversial dealings.
It's a television history like no other made before, as all the dramatic reconstructions contained in the
series have been carefully sourced from archive material – much of it only available since the fall of
The films also contain documentary footage shot throughout Europe, and interviews with
eyewitnesses – including members of Stalin's secret police who have never before spoken on camera.
Written and produced by award-winning film-maker Laurence Rees (Auschwitz), this six-part series is a
compelling new way of seeing the most secret and dramatic events of the Second World War.