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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

BBC Two Summer & Autumn 2011

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Hairy Bikers' Meals On Wheels

Hairy Bikers' Meals On Wheels

This brand new series sees the Hairy Bikers, Simon King and Dave Myers, explore the social issue of providing meals on wheels in Britain today.

In the wake of the Blitz, war-torn Britain united to deliver hot meals to families whose homes had been destroyed. Sixty years on, the children of that "baby boomers" generation are reaching retirement during a time of recession – so the bikers are determined to reignite the Dunkirk spirit to get meals back on their wheels.

Working to encourage members of the community to engage with their local service, and developing recipes to improve the quality of the meals being offered, the bikers get to grips with a community who are determined to carry on providing daily, hand-delivered hot meals for their elderly population.


An Optomen production

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Home Cooking Made Easy

Home Cooking Made Easy

Following on from the success of Baking Made Easy, Lorraine Pascale spreads her culinary wings as she shares her delicious recipes, secrets, passion and know-how in a fabulous new feel-good series, Home Cooking Made Easy.

During the series Lorraine mixes recipes from all areas of home cooking for every imaginable occasion, from snappy suppers to impressive delicious celebration dishes. Using tips, tricks, cheats, techniques, smart shortcuts and professional kitchen secrets she presents fabulous and achievable recipes that taste incredible, from basics through to recipes with real wow factor.

With original ideas, new twists on classics, interesting and varied modern food and dishes with influences from all corners of the world, each recipe always has Lorraine's unique stamp so the food is uncomplicated, empowering – and absolutely delicious.

A Pacific production

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The Choir – Soldiers' Wives

The Choir – Soldiers' Wives

Choirmaster Gareth Malone returns with the fourth series of the BAFTA and RTS award-winning series The Choir – and this series is set to be his most ambitious and emotional challenge to date.

The Choir – Soldiers' Wives sees Gareth working with the partners and children of those in the armed services from the Chivenor barracks in Devon. During his time with the battalion families, Gareth embeds himself into life on the base – home to a mix of Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force personnel.

Many military partners have spoken of feeling overlooked and they desperately want a voice to express themselves. With the service personnel having been deployed to Afghanistan, this is an opportunity for those left behind in the UK to come together – without the boundaries of age, rank or background. Can Gareth unite the base through the power of song?


A Twenty Twenty production

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James May's Man Lab

Returning for a second series, James May's Man Lab sees James embark on a mission to help modern man relearn some of the vital skills that are in danger of being lost for ever.

This series sees James and his team embark on action-packed stunts including evading expert trackers while being chased across Dartmoor; taking a penalty kick in front of an 80,000 sell-out crowd; and finding his inner rock god by reforming a long-forgotten band and playing one of the summer's biggest festivals.

Working from his new and improved Man Lab HQ, James also learns practical skills that every man should know – from repairing electronics to building an indoor garden, and from cutting down trees to finding his creative side by painting a portrait.

Packed with quick tips and useful knowledge, the second series of James May's Man Lab promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

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A Plum Pictures production

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Rick Stein's Spain

Driving his chum's rather clapped-out camper van, which he describes as his Rocinante, celebrated chef Rick Stein embarks on a culinary journey through Spain laced with history, literature and stunning photography.

"I've wanted to make a series in Spain for a long time," Rick explains. "I love Spanish food, I've been going there since I was a young boy – but until quite recently I don't think people really took the food seriously. French and Italian cooking was felt to have more finesse. Thanks to a handful of really dedicated Spanish chefs and a growing enthusiasm for its rugged flavours, that has all begun to change. No one cooks fish with more respect or grills meat better. To me the underlying point of journeying to Spain would be to discover 'duende' in the cooking. By that I mean a sense of soul, of authenticity. The word is normally used for the soul of flamenco but I think it could be equally applied to the art of Spanish cooking because to my mind, in really good food, there is a communication between the cook and diner that amounts to art."

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Denham Productions

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Sophie Dahl On Mrs Beeton

Best-selling author and food writer Sophie Dahl tells the compelling story of Mrs Beeton – one of the most famous food writers in British cooking. Mrs Beeton's Book Of Household Management was once a must-have on the wedding list of every aspirational Victorian bride and it became an instant best-seller when it was first published in 1861. But little is known about Isabella Beeton's fascinating life.

Sophie Dahl On Mrs Beeton mixes social history with cookery and storytelling to celebrate the life of an extraordinarily modern woman.

Immersing herself in the world and times of Mrs Beeton, Sophie traces her journey from modest childhood to wife, fashion journalist, editor and best-selling author, who died aged just 28 of puerpal fever contracted after the birth of her fourth child. And Sophie tries out a few of Mrs Beeton's stalwarts, such as carrot jam, pigeon pie and lobster à la francaise, to see whether they stand the test of time and still appeal to the modern palate.


A Keo Films production

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The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake off returns for a second series. Twelve of the country's best bakers enter the Bake Off, but only one can be crowned the winner. Over eight weeks their cake-baking, pastry, bread-making and patisserie skills are taken to the limit as they are challenged to bake everything from the perfect tarte au citron to towers of macaroons, and from iced fingers to family pies.

In their quest to prove they have what it takes to be crowned Britain's best amateur baker, their efforts will be judged by acclaimed cookery writer Mary Berry and master baker Paul Hollywood. Meanwhile, as the bakers bake, hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc trace the history of British baking.

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Love Productions

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MasterChef The Professionals

The BAFTA award-winning MasterChef The Professionals returns to BBC Two with its fourth series in the autumn.

Across the six-week run, the professional chefs are tested, challenged and pushed to the edge of their culinary limits, in the hunt for a young chef who can make it to the top of the culinary world.

Legendary double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace are joined once again by Michel's trusted sous chef, notorious perfectionist Monica Galetti.

Together they search for the chef who has the skills, commitment, palate and style to make it one day to Michelin standard. The Classic Recipe test and Skills Test help Monica select those who get to cook for Michel and Gregg, before a series of incredible challenges take this year's contestants around the world in the challenge rounds.

Only one can join previous winners Claire Lara, Steve Groves and Derek Johnstone and claim the title of Professional MasterChef 2011.

Michel Roux Jr Classics

Off the back of the fourth series of MasterChef The Professionals, these two half-hour programmes are a special treat not just for all MasterChef fans, but also for any serious cook. Two-Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jnr gives a masterclass, cooking some of the classic dishes that were highlighted in the show and demonstrating some new, never-seen-before concoctions that showcase his exceptional culinary talent and knowledge.

This is a true chance to learn from a master as he demonstrates the most complex of processes in a way that makes it possible for all cooks to attempt, and gives some revealing insights into the history and meaning of the food that has earned him his reputation.


A Shine TV production

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Frank Skinner's Opinionated

Multi-award-winning stand-up comedian Frank Skinner returns for a third series of his critically acclaimed topical comedy show this autumn. Frank will be joined by a host of guests, a variety of experts and a lively studio audience to discuss the week's events.

Previous guests have included Miranda Hart, Lee Mack, Al Murray, Sarah Millican, Chris Addison, Dave Gorman and Alan Davies, all discussing a range of topics from baldness to burkas, spectacles to celebrity super-injunctions and the complexities of electoral reform.

Frank Skinner's Opinionated will be filmed in studios across the UK, visiting cities nationwide and inviting the city's residents to put questions to the week's guests and get involved in the topical debate.

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An Avalon production

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Ruth Jones' Summer Holiday

Ruth Jones returns to BBC Two with the third of her seasonal chat shows, Ruth Jones' Summer Holiday. Following in the footsteps of her Christmas Cracker and Easter Treat, Ruth's show will be a relaxed affair where she catches up on the latest goings-on with the irrepressible Jonathan Ross, the hilarious Sarah Millican, and hugely talented comedy actor Stephen Mangan, plus music from rockabilly whirlwind Imelda May.


Tidy Productions

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The Rob Brydon Show

Rob Brydon's back for a second series of The Rob Brydon Show after a sensational year that's earned him two BAFTA nominations and a British Comedy Award.

The Rob Brydon Show is a mix of comedy, chat and music recorded before a live studio audience. In this new series, Rob meets some of his favourite comedians, including Bruce Forsyth, Dame Edna Everage, Matt Lucas and Bill Bailey. And the audience has a chance to join in too when Rob throws the floor open to offer them a chance to ask their own questions.

Rob also performs with some of his musical heroes, including the reformed Faces, featuring legendary guitarist Ronnie Wood, and Mick Hucknall. And each show features an up-and-coming stand-up act.

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An Arbie production in association with Small Man Ltd

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QI, the world's most challenging quiz, is returning to BBC Two for its 10th series in autumn 2011. The award-winning panel show first launched on BBC Two in September 2003. Host Stephen Fry and regular panellist Alan Davies both return and are joined each week by (mostly) willing guests who try to answer impossibly difficult questions. Any "quite interesting" answer may get a point (whether right or wrong), but penalties will be imposed for answers which are obvious, wrong, or (worst of all) obviously wrong.

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A talkbackTHAMES production

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University Challenge

Twenty-eight of the UK's brightest university quiz teams will compete in the latest series of the contest that requires knowledge of everything and everyone from Aristotle to Zamenhof. Difficult questions are made no easier by being asked by Jeremy Paxman, presiding over his 18th series and as demanding as ever of the teams taking part; more than six months of competition and over 3,000 questions in five stages of increasing difficulty stand between the teams and the Series Championship.

The competition has recently become tougher, with the introduction of a fiendish quarter-final stage in which teams must win twice before qualifying for the semi-finals. The contestants competing in this, the 2011/2012 contest, are as always a mixed and characterful bunch.

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An ITV Studios Limited production

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Dragons' Den

Dragons' Den returns for its ninth series with five multimillionaires eager to invest in some of Britain's best entrepreneurs.

This year there's a new Dragon as award-winning businesswoman Hilary Devey – who made her fortune in the logistics industry but who has diversified into property, events and beyond – joins returning Dragons Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Theo Paphitis and Duncan Bannatyne. The line-up may have a different look, but the Den and its rules remain the same – nervous entrepreneurs walking up those infamous stairs trying to convince the Dragon investors to part with their hard-earned money, and hoping to walk away with the cash injection that could turn their dreams into reality.

Each year the Den sees some extraordinary products and inventions: there have been giant yellow submarines, a suitcase that turns into a sun lounger and a remote control shaped like a magic wand. This series is no different as some of the most passionate characters and investable entrepreneurs pitch business ideas and inventions, the breadth of which is only seen on Dragons' Den.

Dragons' Den – How To Win

Dragons' Den – How To Win casts an analytical eye over the highs and lows experienced by the hundreds of entrepreneurs who have dared to enter the Den. Across the episodes, How To Win breaks down the key ingredients that lead to investment, and explores the tough business lessons that have been learnt at the hands of the Dragons.

From nurturing an idea to creating a business plan, then pitching and finally negotiating, How To Win features the show's most memorable entrepreneurs, who pick apart each other's attempts at investment.

Guiding viewers through their secrets to success are the Dragons themselves, who hit the road visiting the people who made it, and the ones that didn't. They see first-hand the tough lessons learnt at their very own hands and relive the amazing stories of entrepreneurs whose lives have changed immeasurably. From public speaking to buying a house, the rules of the Den can help everyone, and this series is packed with tips and advice that will reach into people's everyday lives.


BBC Productions North

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BBC Two is the home of MotoGP, the world's premier motorcycling championship.

Matt Roberts presents live coverage of all 18 rounds of high-adrenaline action. Commentators Steve Parrish and Charlie Cox, and reporter Azi Farni complete the expert team. Live race coverage is complemented with in-depth analysis and news, interviews and stories from behind the scenes, as the circuit moves through 13 countries across the globe.

2010 was a dramatic season which saw reigning champion Valentino Rossi breaking a leg mid season but returning to the track in just six weeks. However, his absence allowed his young nemesis, Jorge Lorenzo, to take the title in spectacular style. 2011 should prove to be an even more exciting year for the home crowd as British rider Cal Crutchlow joins the grid.


A Century TV production

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Match Of The Day 2

Colin Murray returns on Sunday evenings with Match Of The Day 2.

As well as comprehensive highlights from Sunday's games, Match Of The Day 2 wraps up all the weekend's Premier League games, looking back at all the incidents, talking points and controversies.

Joining Colin analysing all the action will be a range of pundits from the world of football, including current Premier League players and managers as well as BBC regulars Lee Dixon and Mark Lawrenson.


A BBC Sport production

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