Saturday 21 Dec 2013
This autumn BBC One brings viewers a spectacular line-up of new shows and talent to Britain's most-watched channel. From in-depth factual programming to a fresh line-up on Strictly Come Dancing alongside hugely anticipated new dramas, BBC One will offer a variety of entertaining and thought-provoking programming that will keep viewers hooked.
Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One, said: "I am passionate about ensuring BBC One reaches the widest possible audience. By taking creative risks that surprise and entertain I believe this autumn's line-up of shows will do just that."
Some of this season's highlights include:
Strictly Come Dancing
This year the UK's biggest, brightest dance extravaganza has had a makeover for its seventh series.
There will be a new face on the judging panel as Alesha Dixon joins the line-up. Alesha will be judging the dancers on their performance rather than their technique and, as a former champion of the show, she knows exactly what they are going through.
In addition, guest judge Darcey Bussell will be joining the show for the last three weeks to add her unique world-class dancing take on the performances.
Around The World In 80 Days
Six pairs of celebrities re-enact the epic odysseys of Phileas Fogg and Michael Palin for a 21st-century audience. Once again, the limit is 80 days, but this time a team of celebrities must pass on the baton in the ultimate relay race, undertaken non-stop, in real time.
Respecting the heritage of Fogg and Palin, the Around The World In 80 Days travellers shouldn't use aeroplanes although any other means of transport, from camels to Bullet trains, is acceptable.
Each celebrity will be raising money for BBC Children in Need as part of the challenge, including bringing home curiosities to auction off in aid of the charity.
On Children In Need Night the celebrities will head for the BBC studios to find out just how much they have raised for the cause in this fast, frantic and often frustrating global race against the clock.
The teams are: (leg one) Frank Skinner and Lee Mack; (leg two) Nick Hewer and Saira Khan; (leg three) Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker; (leg four) Bill Turnbull and Louise Minchin; (leg five) John Barrowman and Myleene Klass; (leg six) Shane Richie and Josie Lawrence.
Children in Need Live
Every year, BBC Children in Need creates magic moments that raise huge amounts of money for disadvantaged children but this year's appeal week will kick off with something a little different for BBC One audiences to enjoy.
To launch the 2009 appeal, Children in Need will stage a spectacular concert at the Royal Albert Hall put together by Gary Barlow, featuring Take That and a host of rock and pop's finest.
The full line-up of performers and ticket details will be revealed in the autumn and all profits from the tickets and sales of recordings will go to BBC Children In Need.
Jay Hunt also announced the commission of a major new arts programme for broadcast on BBC One in 2010, Modern Masters:
In this four-part modern art series, BBC One looks at some of the most notable and influential artists of our time and makes the claim that Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Warhol are 'Modern Masters'.
Hugely-talented artists with intriguing life stories, millionaires in their own lifetimes, it is small wonder that Picasso, Dali, Matisse, and Warhol have been embraced by the mainstream, touching many aspects of modern culture in a unique manner.
The series will look in depth at each artist and explore why these modern masters deserve their fame and how their legacy continues to pervade our culture and everyday lives.
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a heart rending journey through the British justice system
Maxine Peake stars in the return to BBC One of Peter Moffat's Bafta award-winning drama. This major new five-part thriller takes an uncompromising and insightful look at the criminal justice system through the experience of one woman. Peake leads an impressive cast that boasts some of Britain's top acting talent, including Matthew Macfadyen, Denis Lawson, Steven Mackintosh, Eddie Marsan and Sophie Okonedo.
Peake plays Juliet Miller, a woman who suffers from depression. She is married to Joe Miller (Macfadyen), a barrister at the height of his professional powers. The couple have one 13-year-old daughter, Ella (Alice Sykes). When Joe is stabbed at home one night, the family's life is changed forever. As fragile Juliet travels through the criminal justice system under the constant scrutiny of police, prison and social services, questions are raised about psychological and sexual abuse.
Passing through the family courts, her ordeal concludes in a heart-rending denouement in the High Court.
the second of four specials for 2009 starring David Tennant
David Tennant returns as The Doctor in The Waters Of Mars, the second of four Doctor Who specials being screened on BBC One this year. He is joined by his cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet, Adelaide, played by acclaimed British actress Lindsay Duncan.
Adelaide is head of the Mars Base and doesn't take kindly to an uninvited appearance by The Doctor. Peter O'Brien, star of Neighbours, Flying Doctors and Casualty, also guest stars as Ed, Adelaide's second in command.
The Waters Of Mars is written by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford and is directed by Graeme Harper.
more drama in the lives of the residents of Albert Square
EastEnders continues its rich tradition of highlighting social issues as Stacey struggles to come to terms with the idea that she may have bi-polar disorder – the same mental illness that her mother Jean has been living with for many years.
As ever, there's no such thing as a quiet life in the nation's most famous fictional Square and the drama is set to continue as the original Mitchell sister, Sam (Danniella Westbrook), returns to Walford.
Last seen bolting off to Brazil, a suspect in the murder of Dirty Den, what is it that makes Sam decide to leave the land of sunshine and samba, knowing that she faces possible arrest back in Blighty? Will the regulars welcome her back to the Queen Vic with open arms or send her scurrying back to Rio?
What will the re-appearance of his ex-wife mean for Ricky who, along with Bianca, already faces a tough emotional challenge in seeing Whitney through the trial of her abusive step-father Tony King?
The Masood household, meanwhile, face their biggest family dilemma yet as Syed struggles with an on-going conflict between his faith and his feelings. And, with affairs of the heart always proving a hotbed for high drama in London E20, what lies in store for Jack and Ronnie? Will Max and Tanya resurrect their rocky relationship, and will Peggy be charmed by Archie when he slithers his way back into the Square?
As Albert Square waves a fond farewell to Dawn and Garry, will they be heading off happily into the sunset together? Finally, as Walford welcomes Heather's little bundle of joy, the burning question is: "Who's the Daddy?"
an exciting four-part adaptation of Jane Austen's comic masterpiece
Emma is a fresh and witty serial adaptation of Jane Austen's comic masterpiece by award-winning writer Sandy Welch (Jane Eyre, North And South, Our Mutual Friend).
Romola Garai (Atonement, Vanity Fair), plays the "handsome, clever and rich" Emma Woodhouse, a young woman who dominates her small provincial world of Highbury. Misguidedly believing that she is a skilled matchmaker, Emma repeatedly attempts to pair up her friends and acquaintances, often with regrettable consequences.
The cast includes Jonny Lee Miller (Endgame, Melinda And Melinda), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Cranford), Tamsin Greig (The Diary Of Anne Frank, Green Wing), Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet) and Jodhi May (Einstein And Eddington, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard).
A Bafta-winning writer, Sandy Welch unfolds Austen's compassionate and humorous story of self-deceit and self-discovery in four hour-long episodes, providing a rich insight into one of the author's most complex characters.
cave paintings take on a whole new meaning
Trevor Eve and Eve Myles star in Framed, a brand new family drama for BBC One.
When a secretive convoy of men and trucks start arriving in a remote Welsh village, the villagers discover that the National Gallery in London has been flooded and its priceless paintings are being sent to Wales for safe storage in the bowels of the old slate mine (just as they were during the Second World War).
In charge of this operation is Lester, an intelligent but reserved curator who prefers paintings to people. That is until a funny and pivotal misunderstanding leads him to invite the local children to view the paintings inside the mountain, setting off an extraordinary chain of events that transform the lives of the villagers and, eventually, Lester himself.
Framed is adapted by Frank Cottrell Boyce from his best-selling children's novel.
a new legal drama inspired by the life of an 18th-century barrister
Set in the Old Bailey of Georgian London against a backdrop of corruption and social injustice, Garrow's Law is a new four-part legal drama inspired by the life of pioneering barrister William Garrow.
The series, co-created by Tony Marchant, is based on real legal cases from the late 18th century. Andrew Buchan (Cranford, Party Animals) as Garrow leads a cast including Alun Armstrong (New Tricks) and Lyndsey Marshal (Rome).
From rape and murder to high treason and corruption, each episode begins with the investigation of a real crime sourced from the Old Bailey archives of the day. In an age where defence counsel was for the minority, the youthful Garrow and his associate Southouse (Armstrong) work to uncover the truth or fight for justice, championing the underdog and pioneering the rigorous cross-examination of prosecution witnesses that paved the way for the modern legal system.
A gifted maverick, at times arrogant and with a burning sense of destiny, Garrow's drive to change the nature of the trial creates powerful enemies both in the corrupt underworld and among the political elite.
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adventures in life, love and fashion
A young fashion designer battles her evil ex-boss, a sexy but devilish business partner and snobby fashionistas as she strives to get her big break in work and love in this new six-part romantic comedy.
Set in the bustling, creative hotbed of London's Brick Lane, Lenora Crichlow (Being Human, Sugar Rush) plays Ali Redcliffe, who sets out to make a name for herself as a designer through sheer hard work and talent.
But scheming Davina Bailey, played by Dervla Kirwan (Doctor Who), is the designer of the moment – the woman that every hot star wants to be dressed by – and she isn't about to give up her crown as queen of fashion.
Ali's trump card might just be Marco, played by Michael Landes (Love Soup), a mercurial and brilliant business partner, who wants to make Ali a star.
Extraordinarily talented in her professional life, Ali is impetuous, feisty and neurotic. Her personal life is a mess, but this mid-twenties single girl is fiercely loyal to her tightly knit group of friends, Alex, Mimi and Lydia. The ups and downs of her friendships, the solidarity, extraordinary chemistry and their entwined destinies make up the fabric of Material Girl.
A Carnival Film And Television production
a race against time to prevent crimes that have yet to happen
If you could see the future, would you change it? That's the dilemma facing Detective Inspector Rebecca Flint (Tamzin Outhwaite) and astrophysicist Dr Christian King (Emun Elliott) when a series of rogue images transmitted into his laboratory from space, throw them together.
The fragmented images appear to be of a major incident, but shockingly they suggest it has yet to happen; it's in the future. Christian, Rebecca and her team, DS Ben Holt (Mark Bonnar) and DC Callum Gada (Chiké Okonkwo), have just 18 hours to work out the clues and prevent a tragedy.
A series of five episodes by Lizzie Mickery, Paradox is an intriguing, high-concept, high-octane, investigative drama, in which the team must not only prevent complex crimes and incidents, but wrestle with the moral and emotional implications of changing the future.
A Clerkenwell Films production
an epic love story about the pursuit of dreams against all odds
Adapted from Andrea Levy's award-winning and best-selling novel, Small Island is an epic love story about the determined pursuit of dreams in the face of seemingly insurmountable barriers.
Set against the backdrop of the Second World War, at a time when landlords put up signs declaring: "No Irish, no coloureds, no dogs", Small Island follows the interlocking lives of Londoner Queenie (Ruth Wilson) and her husband Bernard (Benedict Cumberbatch); Gilbert and Hortense (David Oyelowo and Naomie Harris), the young Jamaican couple who become their lodgers; and the handsome but mysterious Michael (Ashley Walters).
From the heat and hustle of life in Forties Jamaica to the devastation of London in The Blitz, Small Island is an ambitious yet personal tale that deftly touches on the weighty themes of empire, prejudice and war with a warm, uplifting generosity of spirit.
This two-part drama is written by Paula Milne (Endgame, The Virgin Queen) and Sarah Williams (Becoming Jane, The Secret Life Of Mrs Beeton) and directed by John Alexander (Life On Mars, Survivors).
A Ruby Television production
the curtain goes up and the mayhem pours down
A colourful, upbeat comedy set in and around a travelling circus, Big Top stars Amanda Holden, John Thomson, Sophie Thompson, Tony Robinson, Ruth Madoc and Bruce Mackinnon.
What do you do when you've advertised a death-defying stunt that everyone has bought tickets to see, and the performer is just a little bit too injured? How do you manage a group of people who are so jealous of each other that they are happy to sabotage their colleagues' performances? What do you do about others who are so dedicated as performers that they are willing to sabotage their own chances of survival? How do you hold onto your star acrobat when he is being chased by immigration officials?
Fraught with problems and dealing with a cacophony of egos, Ring Mistress Lizzie must somehow keep the whole thing going.
A Big Bear Films production
a new chapter opens as the young couple return to Barry Island
With four British Comedy Awards, two Baftas and a South Bank award to its name, Gavin & Stacey returns for a new series on BBC One.
As Gavin starts his new job, the move to Barry Island means big changes for the whole family. Pam and Mick have to adjust to an empty nest while Gwen's got a full house again. Stacey is in her element, but will this finally be the solution to the couple's long-distance problem? And how will Gavin take to living in Wales?
Smithy questions their friendship along with his own role as father – and with Dave Coaches on the scene and now engaged to Nessa, will Smithy find himself pushed out of the frame? How will life in a caravan work out for Nessa and her soon-to-be husband Dave?
Written by James Corden and Ruth Jones, Gavin & Stacey stars Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Ruth Jones and James Corden, with Alison Steadman, Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb and Melanie Walters. Guest stars include Julia Davis, Adrian Scarborough, Steffan Rhodri and Sheridan Smith.
A Baby Cow production
warm-hearted sketch comedy from talent at the top of their game
Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson star in Impressions Show, a warm-hearted new sketch comedy series with fantastic impersonations from talent at the top of their game.
Each week Jon, star of Dead Ringers and one of Britain's top impressionists, and Debra, best known for her roles in Coronation Street and Bad Girls, but originally an impressionist and stand-up comedian, portray a host of well-known stars as you've never seen them before.
The supporting cast features some exciting new performers, and there's the odd guest cameo from some real stars, though some will be harder to spot than others.
a brand new quiz show on all things telly related
Steve Jones hosts As Seen On TV, a brand new panel quiz show on all things telly related.
Each week teams of well-known celebrities, led by regular captains Fern Britton and Jason Manford, battle it out over five rounds to be crowned champions of TV trivia. This fun and exciting new show will also enable telly fans to test their own knowledge alongside the guests.
A Shine production
a unique blend of comically meaningful conversation on popular culture
Graham Norton's acclaimed talk show moves to BBC One this autumn. The biggest and funniest names in show business join Graham for his unique blend of comically meaningful conversation, the best music and extraordinary interaction, as he explores all aspects of the popular cultural universe.
Starting every show with his trademark monologue, Graham draws on years of experience as a polished stand-up, packing his routine with shiny jokes, many of them brand new. The pick of the UK's glitterati and Hollywood's finest should expect the unexpected as they take their place on his designer sofa. Meanwhile members of the studio audience expectantly await their chance to catch Graham's eye and perhaps achieve a certain kind of fame.
A So Television production
lycra-clad contestants keep their eyes on the wall
Hole In The Wall, the hilarious, action-packed Saturday night entertainment show, returns to BBC One this autumn, hosted by new presenter Anton Du Beke.
Each week, the teams contort their silver lycra-clad bodies through holes of differing sizes, ensuring that they keep their eyes on the wall. Throughout the show, the holes in the wall become ever more challenging and will approach the teams at a faster speed. Competition is fiercer and the stakes are higher, as only the winning team can walk away with the £10,000 prize money for the charity of their choice.
A talkbackTHAMES production
the very best in Friday night chat and performance
With its hallmark irreverent style and string of accolades, including four Bafta prizes, Jonathan serves up the very best in Friday night chat and performance each week as he welcomes a dazzling, eclectic line-up of global guests from the worlds of music and entertainment. Recent guests have included: Tom Cruise, Eric Cantona, Stevie Wonder, Martin Sheen, Eminem, The Killers and Morrissey.
Consistently the most-watched BBC One Friday night show, Friday Night With Jonathan Ross is now a global success, enjoyed by audiences from America to Australia.
A Hotsauce TV production
a showcase of the hottest names in comedy
Hosted by some of the country's top stand-up performers, the Bafta-nominated Live At The Apollo returns to BBC One for a new series this autumn.
Each week the special guest hosts, including Michael McIntyre and Jason Manford, will perform in front of more than 3,000 comedy lovers at the world famous Hammersmith Apollo theatre.
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An Open Mike production
the quite interesting comedy quiz
Following a triumphant first season on BBC One, comic quiz QI returns with 16 hilarious new episodes.
Asking the impossibly difficult questions is everybody's favourite polymath, Stephen Fry, who is harried and hampered at every turn by regular panellist Alan Davies. Points are awarded for answers that are "quite interesting", regardless of whether they are correct or even relevant, while heavy penalties are imposed for those that are "obvious" but wrong.
It is quite possible to win the game with a minus score, in fact Alan Davies often gets a minus score, but he almost always comes last.
Each series deals with subjects beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. This seventh series covers "G" and features such unpromising subjects as Geography, Greek, Geometry, Gravity and Groceries.
Packed with surprising information and gleefully overturning "common wisdom", QI will make viewers wonder why they bothered going to school.
Regular guests include the cream of Britain's comedy talent, such as Bill Bailey, Rob Brydon, Jo Brand, Phill Jupitus, Johnny Vegas, Ronni Ancona, David Mitchell, Jimmy Carr, Clive Anderson and Jeremy Clarkson.
Joining Stephen and Alan for a baptism of klaxons are first-timers Graham Norton, Sue Perkins, Jack Dee, Barry Humphries, Sandi Toksvig and David Tennant.
A talkbackTHAMES production
the nation's best-loved dance extravaganza returns
BBC One puts the sparkle back into the weekend as Strictly Come Dancing returns for its seventh fabulous series this autumn.
And this year the UK's biggest, brightest dance extravaganza has had a makeover. There will be a new face on the judging panel as Alesha Dixon joins the line up. As a star performer and past champion of the show, Alesha knows exactly what the dancers are going through.
Towards the end of Strictly's run, Darcey Bussell will appear as a guest judge, adding her unique world-class dancing take on the performances. Darcey will also appear on It Takes Two, for which further details will be announced at a later date.
Over 14 weeks, Strictly Come Dancing 2009 looks set to be more exciting than ever with 16 new contestants warming up for their first showdown. And there will be an even bigger presence at Strictly Come Dancing online, giving fans a chance to have their say and featuring exclusive interviews and clips.
extreme obstacle mayhem for the fearless and the foolhardy
Hosted by Richard Hammond, Total Wipeout returns for more spectacular crashes and hilarious mud splashes. The purpose-built course outside Buenos Aires is a magnet for the fearless and foolhardy from all over the world – but how will the UK's finest fare?
There's even more at stake in this series as, for the first time, contestants compete to be crowned "champion of champions" in the concluding show of the series. It's all about poise, balance, determination, strength and, of course, staying out of the mud.
Amanda Byram will be trackside once again in Argentina to talk to the courageous contestants about how brilliantly, or terribly, they are doing in their valiant attempts to complete this extraordinary course.
One thing is guaranteed, every show will be packed with the most outrageous collisions ever seen. Total Wipeout is a painfully funny game show that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
An Endemol production
a comic look at the world as wild animals see it
BBC One invites its audience to take a Walk On The Wild Side with a brand new comedy series that seeks to provide a long overdue forum for the views and opinions of the animal kingdom. It's a world of hip hop-loving badgers, dieting pandas and a marmot called Alan. They and a whole bunch of other characters come together in this new show, which combines comedy with jaw-dropping natural history footage.
Caroline Wright, Executive Producer, BBC Entertainment said: "Walk On The Wild Side is a potent mix of amazing wildlife photography, a fantastically talented group of comedy writers and performers and an amazing furry cast. Who could ask for more?"
The series features the vocal talents of some of Britain's most promising new comedians, including Jason Manford (Live At The Apollo, 8 Out Of 10 Cats), Isy Suttie (Peep Show), Steve Edge (Phoenix Nights, Star Stories) and Jon Richardson, combined with remarkable footage from the BBC's Natural History Unit.
Special guests will include family favourites Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Barbara Windsor, Stephen Fry, Richard E Grant, Rolf Harris and Sir Tom Jones. The regular cast comprises Pal Aron, Rhod Gilbert, Sarah Millican, Harriet Carmichael and Harry Peacock.
Walk On The Wild Side was commissioned by Jay Hunt, Controller BBC One, and Mark Linsey, Controller Entertainment Commissioning.
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a stellar night of live music from the Royal Albert Hall
Every year, BBC Children In Need creates magic moments that raise huge amounts of money for disadvantaged children, but this year’s Appeal Week will kick off with something a little different for BBC One audiences to enjoy.
To launch the 2009 appeal, Children In Need will stage a spectacular concert at the Royal Albert Hall put together by Gary Barlow, featuring Take That and a host of rock and pop’s finest. The full line up of performers and ticket details will be revealed in the autumn and all profits from the tickets and sales of recordings will go to BBC Children In Need.
“It’s fantastic to be able to kick off BBC Children In Need 2009 in such a special way,” says Gary Barlow. “I’ve always wanted to do something like this and I can promise a night to remember, a night that will, I hope, play a small part in changing the lives of disadvantaged children across the UK.”
BBC One Controller Jay Hunt said: "This year the very best of British musicians, led by Gary Barlow, will stage a spectacular night at the Albert Hall in aid of BBC Children In Need. We’re thrilled to be working with Gary Barlow on this brand new addition to Children In Need programming for BBC One."
celebrities re-enact the famous journey of Phileas Fogg
Six pairs of celebrities re-enact the epic odysseys of Phileas Fogg and Michael Palin for a 21st-century audience. Once again, the limit is 80 days, but this time a team of celebrities must pass on the baton in the ultimate relay race, undertaken non-stop, in real time.
Respecting the heritage of Fogg and Palin, the Around The World In 80 Days travellers shouldn’t use aeroplanes, although any other means of transport, from camels to Bullet trains, is acceptable. Each celebrity will be raising money for BBC Children In Need as part of the challenge, including bringing home curiosities to auction in aid of the charity.
On Children In Need Night, 20 November 2009, the celebrities will head for the BBC studios to find out just how much they have raised for the cause in this fast, frantic and often frustrating global race against the clock.
The teams are: (leg one) Frank Skinner and Lee Mack, (leg two) Nick Hewer and Saira Khan, (leg three) Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker, (leg four) Bill Turnbull and Louise Minchin, (leg five) John Barrowman and Myleene Klass, (leg six) Shane Richie and Josie Lawrence.
an intimate portrait of parents and their children
Every parent thinks their child is beautiful, but their faces really do have the power to sell. Child modelling is big business; baby models advertise more than £3 bn worth of products each year. But what makes mothers decide to send their children into such a cut-throat industry?
Some, like proud mums Jamie and Kelly, believe that their child has what it takes to be hugely successful. They noticed eight-month-old Frankie's potential at an early age, but he is still waiting to land his first paid job.
Esther, meanwhile, believes that little Hadley Jack, five-months-old, has the potential to fulfil his mother's ambitions for him to become a model. But, being a mum to five children, will she be able to drop everything to travel hours across London to auditions and shoots?
Then there's Matthew and Leanne who believe they have something so special that they are sitting on a goldmine. Their identical triplets are just three of a new wave of "credit crunch babies", whose parents need the extra money that modelling could bring in.
My Supermodel Baby is an intimate and diverse portrait of the lives of these parents and their children.
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an eclectic mix of factual programming on BBC One
BBC One brings an eclectic mix of documentaries to its 10.35pm slot this autumn. Heartfelt, gritty and enlightening, there is something to pique all interests.
An intriguing film uncovers the mystery behind the miraculous appearance of a Shakespeare Folio. A rare book dealer finds himself at the centre of a worldwide investigation into one of the world's most famous books – worth millions.
Award-winning film-maker Norman Hull travels to America in an attempt to piece together the bizarre tale of the 76-year-old grandmother and supposed "black widow" who may have got away with murder - not once, but six times.
Two films look at emotive children's issues: My Child Doesn't Speak follows three young girls with a rare emotional disorder known as "selective mutism", as they struggle to overcome their phobia and speak to people other than their parents for the first time in years. Another film follows families undergoing therapy to deal with children who are extremely aggressive at home.
And a survivor's guilt is also explored in a moving documentary about the Marchioness tragedy.
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Jimmy Doherty investigates the science of mass-produced food
Jimmy Doherty investigates the contents of our shopping trolley in an innovative new series that looks at the science behind making mass-produced food.
Jimmy started his own farm to learn more about how his food is produced. But he can't grow everything he eats, so now he's wondering what goes into making all the other food we buy from the supermarket.
Jimmy's mission takes him to the country's leading food manufacturers to unravel the scientific secrets behind removing bugs from bagged salad, keeping frozen ice cream soft and making cans that keep beans fresh for years.
Armed with all the tricks and techniques learned from the big boys, Jimmy decamps to a Suffolk barn to set up his own food factory, complete with a prototype supermarket food production line. Can he build a machine to flash freeze peas faster than the factory-standard 16 minutes? Will making bread in a dustbin really keep it soft for a week? Does tumbling pork in a cement mixer really produce square sandwich ham?
Jimmy's Food Factory is full of unlikely surprises about the science of making mass-produced food. Viewers will never look at the supermarket shelves in the same way again.
extreme behaviour in nature's battle for survival
It's Life… but not as we know it. Life is about extreme behaviour – the extraordinary ends to which animals and plants go in order to survive. It's survival of the fittest in their battle against daily life-or-death challenges.
Produced by the BBC Natural History Unit, Life is full of surprises, drama and spectacle. There are strange creatures such as star-nosed moles and sarcastic fringeheads, the strangest of fish.
Epic spectacles include millions of fruit bats darkening the Zambian sky, dozens of polar bears feasting on a whale and a billion butterflies cloaking a forest in Mexico.
Amazing TV firsts and examples of new behaviour include cheetahs collaborating to bring down prey twice their size, killer whales who have learnt to stalk seals, a pack of giant Humboldt squid joining together to hunt sardines at night and Komodo dragons preying on buffalo.
Four years in the making, this 10-part series is narrated by David Attenborough.
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putting the simplicity back into cooking
Nigel Slater sets out to put simplicity back into cooking and inspires viewers with his passion for gardening for the kitchen.
Nigel is an accidental gardener; he grows to cook – not to garden, and his enthusiasm for "grow your own" is at the forefront of this new series.
Each episode covers a week in the life of Nigel's cooking, in which he prepares memorable and delicious meals aimed at those who'd rather spend more time eating than cooking. Picked, plucked and pulled from the kitchen garden, the emphasis is on simple and fresh recipes.
From easy snacks to sumptuous desserts, Nigel creates meals for different moods and days, whether it's grilled sardines on a blisteringly hot August evening or a bowl of gently aromatic stew on a rainy day in late spring.
Along the way, he meets people who devote their lives to producing fresh food, all taken back to cook in Nigel's kitchen.
Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers is part of BBC Learning's Dig In campaign which is encouraging the nation to grow and cook its own food bbc.co.uk/digin
could identical twins hold the key to understanding what makes us who we are?
Identical twins are a source of endless fascination – many people are intrigued by their appearance and the stories of incredible bonds that exist between them. But twins are also of interest to scientists, who believe they could hold the key to understanding what makes us all who we are.
This new series is full of engaging tales and the opening programme explores the similarities between twins – observing six-year-old twins separated as babies and brought up in different countries being reunited for the first time.
The second programme explores what contributes to the differences between identical twins, and meets sets of twins where one is gay and one is straight, and where one has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the other doesn't. It also follows a twin pregnancy and looks at the different experiences twins have in the womb.
Through these stories, the series discovers how twins are helping to revolutionise scientists' ideas about nature and nurture, and finds out how our experiences interact with genes in ways that we are only just beginning to unravel.
an insight into the care of British soldiers injured in Afghanistan
For the first time, the Ministry Of Defence has allowed television cameras to follow wounded soldiers from the moment they are flown back to the UK, right the way through their treatment at Selly Oak hospital and its Defence Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.
With enormous public interest in the medical care given to injured soldiers, this unique film explores the reality behind the headlines when British soldiers are reported "very seriously wounded" in Afghanistan.
In particular, Wounded follows the journeys of two men: a 19-year-old Ranger who, in July 2008, had his right leg blown off and his eyes badly burnt by an improvised explosive device; and a 24-year-old Lance Corporal, who lost three limbs after moving a booby-trapped sandbag.
Unconscious and watched by their families, these soldiers fight for their lives... but surviving their injuries is just the beginning.
all the action from the Championship, League One and League Two
BBC One brings Football League fans across the country unrivalled coverage of their team next season, with the Football League Show, a new Saturday night programme showcasing all the goals from the Championship, League One and League Two.
Live coverage of the Football League also returns to the BBC for the first time since 1988. Ten matches from the Championship will be shown live, while highlights of the end of season play-offs will bring the season to a dramatic conclusion.
The League Cup also returns to the BBC, with live coverage for the first time since 1987. One leg of each semi-final will also be shown live, as well as highlights from every round.
With all the action from the Premier League on Match Of The Day and BBC Radio 5 Live, the BBC provides football supporters with access to all the goals and all the action, the length and breadth of the country. Fans won't miss a thing with comprehensive multi-platform coverage on TV, radio, BBC Online, via the Red Button and on the BBC iPlayer.
An IMG production for BBC Sport
the exciting conclusion to an extraordinary season, live on BBC One
The 2009 Formula 1 season is reaching the halfway point in its first year back on the BBC, with nine Grands Prix remaining of this extraordinary season.
The new rules, introduced at the start of the season, have thrown the championship wide open with traditional front-runners McLaren, home of Britain's current world champion, Lewis Hamilton, and Ferrari facing stiff competition from a number of teams – including the season's surprise package, Brawn GP.
The coverage continues with all the action from the German, Hungarian, European, Belgian, Italian, Singapore, Japanese, Brazilian and (the inaugural) Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The BBC team, led by presenter Jake Humphrey; pundits David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan; commentary team Martin Brundle and Jonathan Legard; and reporters Lee McKenzie and Ted Kravitz, bring viewers all of the racing action and news as the 2009 Formula 1 champion is crowned.
incisive investigations from BBC One's flagship current affairs programme
BBC One's flagship current affairs programme continues to examine the stories that matter, providing audiences with a diverse mix of domestic and international news and analysis.
Panorama has conducted ground-breaking investigations, such as Primark On The Rack, for which it received the Royal Television Society award for home current affairs. More recently it examined the standard of homecare for the elderly in Britain's Homecare Scandal, while undercover nurse Margaret Haywood put a 20-year career on the line to help Panorama expose serious failings in the care of the elderly at one NHS Hospital in Who'd Be An NHS Whistleblower? Further revelations were uncovered in the Truth About Baby P, who died while under the care of social workers.
Panorama's international reports included Britain's Terror Heartland, which revealed connections between Pakistan and radicals in the UK; an investigation into the poor working conditions of labourers in Dubai; and the continuing conflict in Gaza.
A BBC News And Current Affairs production
the definitive sporting review returns for its 56th year
Live from the Sheffield Arena, in what will be the fourth occasion that the event has been held outside London, BBC Sports Personality Of The Year looks back at the best of the action from the sporting year, culminating with the crowning of the public's choice for the 2009 title.
Last year saw what many regarded as the strongest shortlist in the show's history, featuring eight Olympic gold medallists, an undefeated world boxing champion, the world Formula 1 champion and a world top five ranked tennis player. Nearly 10 million viewers and a sell out audience at the Liverpool Echo Arena saw cyclist Chris Hoy eventually claim the main award, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Rebecca Adlington.
Sports Personality Of The Year will be live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 Live with updates also available at BBC Sport Online.
Some of the clips used above are taken from previous series and are used for illustrative purposes only.