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The Restaurant
The Restaurant

BBC Two unveils its Autumn 2008 highlights

Programmes Q-Z

The Restaurant


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.





This World


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.




Top Gear
Top Gear

Top Gear


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 new series.





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 costs nothing!


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 donated pieces.





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 in full.


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 Of Fire.


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
What To Eat Now

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.


More information, including recipes from the series, will be available at




WWII - Behind Closed Doors
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 Communism.


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.







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