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Saturday 3 January 2009

BBC ONE Saturday 3 January 2009
Football Focus
Saturday 3 January
12.10-1.00pm BBC ONE

Manish Bhasin and guests discuss what's been happening in the world of football and look ahead to the weekend's fixtures.


It's the third round of the FA Cup (sponsored by E.on), which is always a special day in the football calendar as it marks the arrival of the top two divisions into the famous knockout competition. The "big four" clubs have all been paired with lower league opposition, so there'll be plenty of fans harbouring dreams of a famous "giant killing". Non-league Histon, who upset Leeds United in the second round, will be aiming to do the same to Coca-Cola Championship side Swansea.


The studio guests also assess the impact of the hectic festive schedule of fixtures on the Barclays Premier League table. There's a full league programme in Scotland today; in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League, Celtic host Dundee United while Hearts and Hibernian meet in the Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle.



Saturday 3 January
9.00-9.50pm BBC ONE

Toby fights for his life in the river as memories flood back of past mistakes, as the medical drama continues. Jay, who is on a passing party boat, spots Toby in the water and dives in to try and save him.


Toby later comes round in hospital, where his father tells him not to throw away all his years of training. But Toby is adamant, and tells his dad he's gay.


Elsewhere, as a car heads towards a level crossing, the driver, David, realises the brakes don't work. Unable to stop, however, he throws himself from the car – causing an accident in the process.


Jordan, meanwhile, tells Toby he can't leave immediately as they are stretched to the limit. Where Toby struggles with the pressure, Ruth methodically deals with her patients one by one. Toby is put under more stress when the driver who caused the accident asks him to lie. His day goes from bad to worse when he misses a crucial scan and Jordan agrees he should leave immediately.


Katie, a little girl cut badly from the train crash, causes havoc and violently lashes out. Finally, Ruth turns to Toby and asks him not to leave because she needs his help. Toby succeeds where everyone else has failed, and gets the little girl to open up.


Ruth and Toby share a moment together at the end of the frenetic day – they have been through so much together. Ruth is sad to see him leave, but Toby encourages her to stick with it, and he tells her she's cut out to be a surgeon.


Toby is played by Matthew Needham, Ruth by Georgia Taylor and Jordan by Michael French.




BBC TWO Saturday 3 January 2009
Richard Hammond's Blast Lab
Saturday 3 January
8.30-9.00am BBC TWO

Richard Hammond presents a new science-based game show for children
Richard Hammond presents a new science-based
game show for children

Richard Hammond presents a new, science-based game show for CBBC, set in a fictitious underground laboratory in the grounds of his supposed stately home.


Richard invites two groups of three friends into his lab to take part in his crazy experiments and compete against each other to win prizes. The winning team take their prizes home, but the losers get to blow their prizes up ... all in the name of science, of course! In reality, though, there are no losers on this show, because getting the opportunity to push the plunger is a treat in itself, even if it means sacrificing your booty.


Each show focuses on a different scientific theme or principle. In the mini science round, Richard's former science teacher, Mini Miss (she is 65 years old but, due to a failed Hammond time-travel experiment, she has returned to the present-day as a 10-year-old) asks the teams to compete as they take part in an experiment. Each experiment – which ranges from building rockets that demonstrate Newton's third law to exploring the properties of water tension – is designed to have true "take away" value, so children can seek to replicate these at home if they wish.


After each mini science round, Richard expands on the theory by sending his lab technicians (Lab Rats) into the field to test the same principles to the max with some spectacular results. These films have genuine "wow" factor and will bring the excitement of science to a broad audience. However, these are experiments to watch and admire from afar – they're definitely not to be tried at home!


Richard is joined in his secret lab by Ninja Nan, who is in charge of security. She is a 70-year-old woman who may look frail but she is a fully trained Ninja. Richard is also joined by the Lab Rats (a team of poor, beleaguered technicians at his beck and call), and his beloved car, Oliver, the Opel Kadett he brought back from a Top Gear filming trip to Botswana.





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