|BBC ONE Monday 5 January 2009|
| Half Moon Investigations Ep 1/13
Monday 5 January
4.35-5.05pm CBBC ONE
Red Sharkey (Seb Charles)
and Fletcher “Half” Moon (Rory
Elrick) are TV's newest
Schoolboy turned private detective Fletcher "Half" Moon gets to work solving mysteries and fighting for justice in a new comedy drama series based on Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer's best-selling book.
Half Moon, played by Rory Elrick, sees things that his school friends don't. Since graduating as a fully qualified private detective from the Bernstein online Detective Academy, he has solved all sorts of minor mysteries at school and at home. His puzzles have ranged from lunchboxes stripped of everything but fruit; to counterfeit homework networks; lunch money extortion; the theft of school property; and even playground blackmail.
Every detective needs a partner and Half Moon, not being the tallest or the most confident 13-year-old in the playground, has found an unlikely ally in former bad-guy Red Sharkey. Half Moon sticks to the rules but Red knows how to bend them.
Helping the boys with their investigations is sassy, straight-talking journalist Mia Stone. Mia likes to tag along on investigations, hoping to get a scoop for the school's gossip-packed newspaper.
Their nemesis is teacher's pet April Devereaux, leader of The Pink. An aspiring criminal mastermind, April is often behind many of the crimes committed, framing her enemies and attempting to capitalise on their weaknesses. She is frequently – but not always – thwarted by Half Moon.
When the winner of the art club competition has one of his paintings stolen, it transpires that this is not the only recent theft at St Jerome's school and the new headmistress, Principal Quinn, is already on the case.
According to school reporter Mia, the prime suspect is Red Sharkey, whose family members are no strangers to being top of a suspect list. But when Half Moon realises that he is following the wrong trail, an unlikely alliance is forged and a new detective duo is born.
Rory Elrick plays Half Moon, Seb Charles plays Red Sharkey, Olivia Grant plays Mia Stone and Nicola Duffell plays April Devereaux.
What does the future hold for Lauren Branning now that the truth is out about what happened on the night Max was knocked down?
In the first visit of the week to Albert Square, Whitney finally tracks down her mum, but can she live up to her daughter's expectations?
Elsewhere, can Jean forgive Stacey for hiding the news that Sean has gone?
Lauren Branning is played by Madeline Duggan, Max by Jake Wood, Whitney by Shona McGarty, Jean by Gillian Wright, Stacey by Lacey Turner and Sean by Rob Kazinsky.
|BBC FOUR Monday 5 January 2009|
| Science And Islam Ep 1/3
Monday 5 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR
Professor Jim Al-Khalili reveals
some of the great scientific
achievements of the Islamic
Professor Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of the great scientific achievements that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries. The series reveals a great leap in scientific knowledge during this period in Baghdad, Cairo and Cordoba.
For Jim, this is a personal story. Born in Baghdad to an Iraqi father and English mother, he is a scientist, a professor of Nuclear Physics at Surrey University.
Jim travels to Iran, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Spain and Italy to find out about the great Islamic scientists whose names are rarely heard in the west.
He tells the story of mathematician Al-Khwarizmi, who did much to establish the mathematical tradition known today as algebra.
Jim investigates the great doctors and medical researchers of the time and discovers that Arabic texts like Ibn Sina's Canon Of Medicine remained a source of medical knowledge up to the 17th century. He tells the story of Al-Razi, who improved medical diagnosis and even attempted medical trials, and he finds out how cataract operations were done and visits one of the world's first hospitals in Damascus.
When the Islamic Empire established itself, from the 7th century AD onwards, its rulers or caliphs made gathering the world's knowledge a top priority. Islamic scholars travelled the known world in search of mathematical, medical, astronomical and philosophical texts.
By the 8th and 9th centuries, the ruling elite of Baghdad organised regular debates between scholars. At these vibrant events, all kinds of ideas, often from other civilisations and cultural traditions, were debated, discussed and even radically improved.
The scientific legacy of this extraordinary time lives on. Terms like algebra, algorithm and alkali, are all Arabic in origin and are at the heart of modern science.
|CBBC Monday 5 January 2009|
| M.I. High – Art Attacks Ep 1/13
Monday 5 January
There are some new spies on
the block as M.I. High returns
for a new term and a new
It's a new year at St Hope's and there's a host of fresh faces joining the highly-trained teenage secret agents at M.I. High, as the spy drama returns for a thrilling third series of top-secret adventures.
Geeky but gorgeous spy Rose is joined by two new sidekicks – wise-cracking, high-kicking gymnast Carrie and master-of-disguise Oscar, who is harbouring a mysterious secret.
Masterminding the teen spies from MI9's headquarters, deep beneath an innocuous comprehensive school, is new team leader Frank London with a wealth of espionage experience from his training role at MI9.
Under Frank's command, the spies' mission is to protect Britain from threats to national security concocted by the evil Grand Master and his Secret Kriminal Underground League (S.K.U.L.). And, this time, the threats are deadlier than ever.
With the risk to the country now at an all-time high, the young spies must use their wit, intelligence and amazing talents to foil the bad guys. Can they protect Britain, escape detection and still get their homework in on time?
The new team have to set aside their reservations about working together when they discover that the world's most famous monuments are being vandalised. The Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China have all been covered in provocative art work signed by famous British graffiti artist Kranky. The timing couldn't be worse. The UK is trying to persuade the world to sign the anti–S.K.U.L. treaty, which should unite the world in their fight against the Grandmaster. But Kranky's spray-can work is making Britain look foolish.
Rose is played by Rachel Petladwala, Carrie by Charlene Osuagwu, Oscar by Ben Kerfoot and Frank London by Jonny Freeman.