Wednesday 12 Mar 2014
In the run up to Red Nose Day on Friday 13 March, The Big Red Nose Climb follows a host of celebrities as they embark on a colossal ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. This documentary follows Alesha Dixon, Ben Shephard, Cheryl Cole, Chris Moyles, Denise Van Outen, Fearne Cotton, Gary Barlow, Kimberley Walsh and Ronan Keating as they do Summit Funny For Money and undertake the climb of a lifetime to raise funds for Comic Relief.
At 19,340 feet above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro in north-eastern Tanzania is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The celebrity climbers are undertaking an exhausting eight-day trek and The Big Red Nose Climb will be there to capture every gruelling moment – recording every bump, slip and trip from the base camp to the summit.
The team's incredible efforts will raise money to help change lives across Africa and the UK. In particular they will be exploring how they can help tackle malaria, which kills a child every 30 seconds across Africa. The disease is the leading killer of children in Tanzania.
With money raised through this extraordinary event, Comic Relief will be able to provide nets that can prevent potentially fatal mosquito bites in Africa, as well as helping extremely vulnerable, poor and disadvantaged people in the UK.
Viewers can sponsor the celebrity team by visiting rednoseday.com/sponsortheteam.
Manish Bhasin, Mark Lawrenson and Martin Keown look ahead to the weekend's football action, which includes the quarter-finals of both the FA Cup and the Scottish Cup.
Just eight teams are left in both competitions so Wembley or Hampden Park will be very much in the thoughts of the various protagonists. This stage last year threw up some major shocks – both Manchester United and Chelsea went out, while Championship side Cardiff beat Barclays Premier League Middlesbrough on their own turf. North of the border, Celtic lost 1-0 at home to Aberdeen in a replay.
Sue Barker presents live coverage from Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against the Ukraine at the Braehead Arena in Scotland.
It's the second of three days in this Davis Cup tie and the doubles rubber is the main event. Andy Murray is Britain's top player by a country mile but GB captain John Lloyd must decide whether to ask him to take on the doubles in addition to his two singles matches. Given that Britain have won the doubles rubber – so often a crucial turning point in the contest – just twice in their last eight ties, with Murray winning just one of his five doubles appearances, it will be a tough call.
At stake this weekend is a place in the World Group play-offs later in the year. Commentary is provided by Andrew Castle and Greg Rusedski.
Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones host the third heat of the dance extravaganza as another group of celebrities pay homage to iconic routines in a bid to wow viewers with their moves and win a place in the Let's Dance For Comic Relief final.
The celebrities take to the floor to give the performance of their lives in front of a studio audience and a panel of experts, led by Anton Du Beke.
Today's show is the last of the three heats. A total of six acts will go through to the spectacular final next week on Red Nose weekend and one act will be crowned the Let's Dance For Comic Relief champion. As in previous weeks, viewers will vote for their favourite dancers to go through to the final. Proceeds from the voting will go to Comic Relief.
Kelsey arrives at work to find she has put a lot of noses out of joint, as the medical drama continues. Tess, Charlie, Zoe and, most importantly, Alice, all snub her attempts at apologising. She tries to retract her resignation but Tess informs her that it's not so simple. A patient escaping from a life without love then gives her inspiration.
Adam is still confined to cubicles, which he is finding increasingly difficult – especially when he has to deal with a junkie trying all sorts of tricks to get a methadone prescription. He is forced to re-evaluate his method of care when the patient ends up on the roof of the Emergency Department, threatening to throw herself off. Jay, meanwhile, shows that his ability to connect with people is his hidden strength – but will it be enough to keep his job?
A distraught Alice is trying – and failing – to get over Curtis, who has broken her heart ... until she discovers that things may not be quite as they seem.
Kelsey is played by Janine Mellor, Tess by Suzanne Packer, Charlie by Derek Thompson, Zoe by Sunetra Sarker, Alice by Sam Grey, Adam by Tristan Gemill, Jay by Ben Turner and Curtis by Abdul Salis.
Roy hasn't had a physical relationship with a woman for as long as he can remember and, egged on by Tom, he visits Katia, a Belorussian prostitute in Soho, as the comedy series written by award-winning writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong concludes. Emboldened by his friend's actions, Tom decides to start seeing Katia as well.
Meanwhile, Amber is attending a church group as she has taken a fancy to Phil, the local vicar. She persuades her Dad, Tom, to come with her to a meeting and, despite his natural cynicism, he begins to take an interest in Christianity. His new-found religious beliefs, however, are naturally at odds with his interest in Katia.
Tom and Roy's friendship is then threatened when Roy discovers that Tom is also seeing Katia. Can they both turn their backs on the most affordably priced love of their lives, or will their desire for Katia drive them apart?
Clive Swift plays Roy; Roger Lloyd Pack plays Tom; Amanda Mullen plays Katia; Katherine Parkinson plays Amber; Patrick Baladi plays Phil; and Jane Asher plays Sally.
BBC Two brings live coverage from the Oval Lingotto, in Turin, where the 2009 European Indoor Athletics Championships are taking place.
Today's schedule includes Kelly Sotherton attempting to upgrade the pentathlon silver she won at the last championships in Birmingham, two years ago. Standing in her way will be Olympic heptathlon champion Nataliya Dobrynska of the Ukraine.
Also among today's events are the men's and women's 400m finals and all the semi-finals of the 60m. Commentary is provided by Steve Cram, Paul Dickenson and Steve Backley, with analysis from Colin Jackson.
A sudden storm proves the catalyst for a series of revelations that will for ever change the lives of a number of Lark Rise and Candleford residents, as BBC One's adaptation of Flora Thompson's childhood memoirs continues.
When the address on a letter is rendered indecipherable, Dorcas Lane pursues the identity of its recipient only to uncover a shocking secret kept from James Dowland for years. Dorcas is subsequently haunted by strange noises around the Post Office and, although greatly distressed, is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Laura Timmins, meanwhile, is tormented by the knowledge of a possible betrayal. Will her intervention – even with the best of intentions – make things better for Alf and Nan? Emma also receives life-changing news that she finds impossible to tell Robert.
Later, Miss Ellison's choice of who she wants to give her away at her wedding meets with objection, not just from Thomas Brown, but from others in the hamlet.
Julia Sawalha plays Dorcas Lane, Jason Merrells plays James Dowland, Olivia Hallinan plays Laura Timmins, John Dagleish plays Alf Arless, Rebecca Night plays Nan, Claudie Blakley plays Emma Timmins and Brendan Coyle plays Robert Timmins.
Patty is in New York preparing to defend Daniel Purcell against a murder charge, as the award-winning US legal drama continues.
Ellen and Tom, meanwhile, are in West Virginia looking for Josh Reston, the newspaper reporter who has uncovered evidence linking Ultima National Resources (UNR) to the dumping of toxic chemicals. CEO Walter Kendrick presses his lieutenant to find the water sample that Josh collected from outside a UNR plant, before any damage can be done to his company. Arriving at Josh's ransacked cabin, Ellen and Tom begin to worry when the reporter is nowhere to be found.
Daniel's concerns about a possible murder conviction are eased when another suspect is arrested. Although Kevin Walker confesses to murdering Christine Purcell after Daniel positively identifies him, Patty is convinced that he wasn't acting alone. Worried that Walker could cave under pressure and expose their conspiracy, Kendrick tells Claire Maddox to make sure he will never be able to talk.
Back in West Virginia, Josh emerges from hiding, telling Ellen and Tom what he knows about UNR's illegal dumping and revealing that he has the evidence that will confirm their suspicions. In order to keep the information from falling into the wrong hands, Tom and Josh draw the attention of both the local police and Kendrick's henchmen, allowing Ellen to escape to New York with the sample.
After convincing Patty to finally allow a meeting between him and their son, Michael, Daniel arranges to test the water sample in preparation for filing a lawsuit against UNR. But, when he is called to submit the toxicity report before a judge, Daniel catches Patty unawares by testifying that there is absolutely no sign of any pollution being released from the UNR plant. Finally, after Daniel makes it clear that he doesn't want anything more to do with UNR now that he has been bribed to destroy Patty's case, Wayne Suttry hires an assassin to make sure that Walker can never talk.
Patty is played by Glenn Close, Daniel by William Hurt, Ellen by Rose Byrne, Tom by Tate Donovan, Josh Reston by Matthew Davis, Walter Kendrick by John Doman, Kevin Walker by Bill Dawes, Claire Maddox by Marcia Gay Harden and Wayne Suttry by Brett Cullen.
Sue Barker presents live coverage from the third and final day of Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Ukraine at the Braehead Arena in Scotland.
The reverse singles take place today with the eventual winning nation earning a place in the World Group play-offs later this year. British fans will be hoping that John Lloyd and his team will have already wrapped up victory by this stage, as happened two years ago against Croatia when Tim Henman and the Murray brothers put Britain into an unassailable 3-0 lead going into the final day.
Andrew Castle and Greg Rusedski provide the commentary.
Live coverage of the European Indoor Athletics Championships continues from the Oval Lingotto in Turin.
The third and final day includes the men's and women's 60m finals. Britain has an excellent record in the men's sprint, winning gold at seven of the last nine Championships. The last four titles were won by Jason Gardener, but with the Bath sprinter now retired there will be a new name on the roll of honour.
Steve Cram, Paul Dickenson and Steve Backley provide the commentary with analysis from Colin Jackson.
Ski Sunday presents highlights of the men's downhill from the Norwegian resort of Kvitfjell, which will be hosting two downhill events this year after fog caused the postponement of the race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany in February.
It was a similar story last year when the cancelled Val d'Isere race was also held in Kvitfjell. On that occasion, American Bode Miller won one race and was second in the other on the way to clinching the overall World Cup title.
Matt Chilton commentates.
Graham Bell and Ed Leigh invite Duran Duran front man Simon Le Bon and his brother, Jonny, to a frozen lake in Sweden in a quest for sailing supremacy on ice, as the all-action winter sports show continues.
On catamaran-shaped boats, they fly across the ice at speeds of up to 100kph in an exhilarating – and potentially dangerous – competition.
Graham and Ed are then challenged to access the highest mountain peaks using only natural means, such as animals and wind, rather than cable cars and helicopters.
In a first for BBC Three, the cast of Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps are joined by the casts of Coming Of Age and Grown Ups in a special episode for Comic Relief.
Tim, the bartender of The Archer, arranges Timothy Claypole's Comic Relief Night Of Fun – a pub quiz with a twist.
Split into three teams, the guys and girls battle it out in three categories, starting with the "bitch off", which literally ends in tears as Gaz takes it too far and DK takes it personally. Next is the "drink off" in which Grant, Donna and Matt head for the bar to see who can down a pint of lager the fastest.
The final category is the "flirt off" and Gaz is in his element. Jas joins Michelle and Janet (both played by Sheridan Smith), who do their best to seduce Gaz into giving them the highest score for their flirting abilities. As Michelle and Janet try their best lines, Jas shows that, where Gaz is concerned, the direct approach works best.
As a special treat for Comic Relief the episode ends with a song – Stop Thinking, Start Drinking – featuring an unmissable rapping duet from DK and Gaz.
This Comic Relief special is co-written by Susan Nickson (Two Pints Of Lager and Grown Ups) and Tim Dawson (Coming Of Age).
Comic Relief's Naughty Bits is a collection of all those rude and cheeky moments in which celebrities have been shamed and humiliated and participants on Red Rose Day have even ended up naked, all in the name of fundraising.
Forming part of BBC Three's night of Comic Relief, this 60-minute show relives some of the most memorable late-night antics from the past 21 years, including Ricky Gervais's squirm-inducing appeal film, Borat's jaw-dropping offer to Graham Norton via a naked Chris Evans and a foul-mouthed Elton John.
The programme also features Sheridan Smith, Ralf Little, Jeff Leach, Alex Riley and Rhod Gilbert choosing their favourite and most shocking moments.
Schoolboy private detective Fletcher "Half" Moon and his crime-busting partner, Red, are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery of a missing, exclusive interview tape, in this week's episode of the comedy-drama based on author Eoin Colfer's best selling book, Artemis Fowl.
Ace school reporter Mia proves her journalistic credentials by scooping a much sought-after interview with "it" girl and chart-topping star Shona Beiderbeck. And, if that isn't enough good news, Ben, an exchange week pupil placed in her care, puts a spring in her step.
When the much-anticipated interview is stolen, Mia is reluctant to let Moon and Red investigate the case and asks them to drop it. Is she embarrassed that she allowed it to be stolen in the first place, or is there more to it than that? Moon and Red have their own ideas about who the culprit is, but they're in for a shock when they start to dig a bit further into the case.
Meanwhile, Papa Sharkey investigates a mystery of his own. Two of his children have come home with black eyes and he's determined to get to the bottom of it before the Sharkey name is dragged through the mud once again.
Fletcher "Half" Moon is played by Rory Elrick, Red by Sebastian Charles, Mia by Olivia Grant, Ben by Kristian Cunningham and Papa Sharkey by Russell Anderson.
Half Moon Investigations is also simulcast on BBC HD – the BBC's high definition channel available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media. With up to five times more detail than standard definition television, HD provides exceptionally vivid colours and crisp pictures to make Half Moon Investigations a truly cinematic TV experience.
Jack gives Roxy his credit card so that if she needs to buy anything for Amy she has money at her disposal, in the first visit of the week to Walford.
Stacey, meanwhile, tells Danielle that she finally has to admit the truth to Ronnie.
Elsewhere, Zainab and Ian are at loggerheads over their business venture, while Masood and Jane find a real connection.
Jack is played by Scott Maslen, Roxy by Rita Simons, Stacey by Lacey Turner, Danielle by Lauren Crace, Ronnie by Samantha Janus, Zainab by Nina Wadia, Ian by Adam Woodyatt, Masood by Nitin Ginatra and Jane by Laurie Brett.
Ethnobotanist and gardener James Wong turns the spotlight on flowers this week, as he continues to explore plant-based natural remedies and beauty treatments.
He reveals the historical use of some well-known flowers to relieve the symptoms of three common minor ailments. Using elderflowers, James shows how to makes lozenges which could soothe a sore throat; with marigold flowers, he makes a gel for acne; and he makes a cream for eczema from violas.
People with each of these ailments, who are keen to try out a more natural approach to their health problems, can try out James's remedies.
Next week, James reveals more about the fascinating properties of trees.
Nathan Petrelli's best laid plans often go awry but, this time, they face exposure, as Homeland Security begins an investigation under direct orders from the President of the United States, in this week's episode of the epic American drama series.
Sylar and Luke embark on a road trip to find Sylar's father, but are secretly being hunted by Nathan's agents. Life gets complicated for the Bennet family, meanwhile, as Claire goes into action to protect a young man with abilities from being captured by HRG. Elsewhere, Matt's prophetic images lead Hiro and Ando to India and a mysterious ally comes to the aid of the Heroes.
Adrian Pasdar plays Nathan Petrelli; Zachary Quinto plays Sylar; Dany Byrd plays Luke; Hayden Panettiere plays Claire; Jack Coleman plays HRG; Greg Grunberg plays Matt; Masi Oka plays Hiro; and James Kyson Lee plays Ando.
Myths, legends and age-old tales from around the world are lifted off the pages and put straight into a child's imagination in Tellytales, a vibrant new series for CBeebies. Combining animation and live action, Tellytales is an innovative mix of pop-up books, silent movies and magical stage plays with children playing the characters, telling the tales, helping create the artwork and performing all the songs.
From England's Jack And The Beanstalk to Egypt's Dancing Rose and North America's The Racing Princess to Russia's The Magic Porridge Pot, Tellytales immerses the audience in some of the world's most exciting traditional stories while exploring different cultures and landscapes.
"Children absolutely love being told these classic tales that have been handed down from generation to generation," says series producer Elen Rhys. "Some stories are better known than others and many span national boundaries – for example, we found countless versions of Cinderella. Many of the tales have a moral, too, but one thing they all have in common is the ability to enchant children wherever they are in the world."
In each episode, the tale or legend comes from a different country and combines traditional lighting, props, humour, make-up and costumes with cutting-edge virtual studio technology. Under the guidance of artist Anthony Evans, children from primary schools in Cardiff helped to create the artwork for the series, incorporating the cultural artistic influences for each tale. This was then brought to life to create the vibrant backdrops.
Elen auditioned around 350 schoolchildren from primary schools around the Cardiff area and then chose 35 children between the ages of four and 11 to bring the characters to life. Two tuneful school choirs perform the songs, specially composed for the series by Andy Davies and Elen.
The classic English fairy tale, Jack And The Beanstalk, in which Jack is instructed by his penniless mother to sell their cow, Milky, at the market, kicks off the series. On the way, Jack is persuaded to sell Milky for five magic beans which he is told will bring him lots of luck. Jack's mother is furious and throws the beans down in disgust. The next morning, a giant beanstalk has grown as high as the sky. Bravely, Jack scales the beanstalk and, at the top, finds a mighty castle. Inside is a huge bag of shining gold – guarded by a fearsome giant. Jack has to try to get the gold before the giant sniffs him out...
Some of the nation's best-loved contemporary poets serve up more tasty portions of poetry for younger viewers this week, penned for CBeebies viewers.
A food theme kicks off the week, as Children's Laureate Michael Rosen warns of the perils of stray dried fruit, in Dangerous Raisin. "A raisin has escaped from the raisin jar. It's whooshing across the table like a shooting star. Now, it's leaping in the air like a kangaroo. 'Look out, dad, it's coming for you!'"
The charms of a trip to the café with grandad are extolled by John Rice in I Went To The Café: "When I go to the cafe with grandad, he hangs his hat from a hook on the shelf. I get that sweet 'n' lovely feeling that I've got him all to myself."
And Valerie Bloom's Pancake Dad pays tribute to dad's performance in the kitchen: "Daddy made some pancakes last night for our tea, but when we'd eaten all of them, we were still hungry. There wasn't enough for all of us, we all looked round for more, and we found them on the ceiling and on the kitchen floor."
Jason's cousin, Alvin, pays the Masons a visit for the first time in ages. Grandpa, played by James Bolam, says he was a lovely boy and used to love going for bike rides. But, when Alvin arrives, it seems that he's turned into a terrible teenager who wants to do nothing but sleep on the sofa and eat sweets – particularly Grandpa's favourite lemon bonbons.
Grandpa decides he wants to teach Alvin a lesson and puts on his magic shrinking cap but, before he can go too far, Jason persuades Alvin to go with him to Mr Whoops's shop in search of yet more sweets. Grandpa hitches a lift in Alvin's rucksack and goes with them and is determined to get Alvin to change his ways.
Alvin, meanwhile, is being greedy so Grandpa starts to have some fun with him. He takes the wrappers off some lollipops and dresses up as a giant sweet. As Alvin goes to grab it, the sweet starts telling him off – telling him that too many sweets and too much sitting about on sofas is bad for you – and then chases the astonished teenager out of the shop.
An exhausted Alvin eventually arrives home and promptly falls asleep on the sofa. When he wakes up, Grandpa and Jason convince him that it was all a dream. Alvin decides to give up eating so many sweets and go on a healthy bike ride, instead. And Jason has such a good time with Alvin that he can't wait for him to come and stay again.
There is an energy crisis facing the country in this week's edition of the popular CBBC drama series, and someone is draining the country's power at a rapid rate. Britain's only hope is Raymond Stilt and his genius invention, The Glove, a renewable-energy generator that is entirely solar-powered. But The Glove isn't ready and needs testing, and the only people who can help are the M.I. High spies.
Raymond and his Glove are brought back to St Hope's. The spies must protect Raymond, test the glove and find out where all the country's energy is disappearing to. Rose and Raymond get to work on testing the glove, while Carrie researches where all the power is going. Meanwhile, environmental expert Fleur Forna arrives at St Hope's to give a talk on recycling and energy-saving tactics. When The Glove is ready for testing, Rose organises a SWAT team to be on standby. However, when an intruder appears and snatches The Glove, Carrie manages to retrieve it – but the intruder escapes. Rose and Carrie really need Frank and Oscar's help but something has happened to them. It's like they're in a daze. Could it have anything to do with Fleur's alluring perfume?
The spies have a race on their hands to test The Glove and find out who's stealing the power before the country is plunged into total darkness.
Raymond Stilt is played by Angus Harrison, Rose by Rachel Petladwala, Carrie by Charlene Osuagwu, Fleur Forna by Clare Buckfield, Frank London by Jonny Freeman and Oscar by Ben Kerfoot.
M.I. High is also simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's high definition channel available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media. With up to five times more detail than standard definition television, HD gives you exceptionally vivid colours and crisp pictures to make M.I. High a truly cinematic TV experience.
This episode will also be available to view on BBC iPlayer for CBBC for seven days after its first showing on BBC One. Viewers can catch up with previous episodes at bbc.co.uk/cbbc and click on iPlayer or access BBC iPlayer for CBBC directly at bbc.co.uk/iplayer/cbbc.
Peggy decides to show her face in the Square following her disastrous appearance in The Walford Gazette, in tonight's visit to Albert Square.
Following Ronnie's detective work, Roxy's escalating spending on Jack's credit card finally catches up with her, while Jay ropes a reluctant Billy into his food scam to make extra money.
Peggy is played by Barbara Windsor, Ronnie by Samantha Janus, Roxy by Rita Simons, Jack by Scott Maslen, Jay by Jamie Borthwick and Billy by Perry Fenwick.
Ric enforces his zero-tolerance policy when Steve Hewitt, a well-known philanthropist, arrives at Holby, as the medical drama continues. Ric turns him down for treatment, however, on the basis that he is overweight and a smoker but, when he goes into crisis, Connie gloats.
Annalese, meanwhile, is determined to find out what Michael's been up to and checks up on Donna, who has a necklace that matches hers – confirming Annalese's suspicions of an affair.
Donna, Maria, Maddy and Tom are all hungover but try to continue working, and Tom fakes some research for Ric's crucial paper for the board.
Ric is played by Hugh Quarshie, Connie by Amanda Mealing, Annalese Carson by Anna-Louise Plowman, Michael Spence by Hari Dhillon, Donna Jackson by Jaye Jacobs and Maria by Phoebe Thomas.
Jessica is suffering from the worst hangover of her life following a massive drunken bust-up with husband Mark, and is mortified when reminded of her actions, as the drama following the tangled love lives of four women continues. The newlyweds soon make up and Mark whisks Jessica away for a romantic weekend. But it's not long before Mark's PA, Carrie, turns up and bursts their romantic bubble.
Trudi's shocking discovery that Richard's estranged wife, Natalie, is living in a care home and that she did not run off to Spain, has left her horrified. When Trudi finally lets Richard explain, he is terrified that she will hate him. Trudi, however, tentatively forgives Richard and they visit Natalie. But, once reality hits home, Trudi isn't sure if she can be with Richard any more.
Katie, meanwhile, is surprised when Jack takes her on a trip down memory lane. They spend a perfect day together – until Jack has to go home to his wife. Katie goes to her boyfriend, Dan's, house for lunch and is shocked to find Jack and his wife there. Filled with guilt, Katie can't play at being the happy couple any more and their pleasant lunch turns sour.
Elsewhere, Siobhan is at her wit's end trying to get her marriage to Hari back on track and remove her lover, Tom, from the picture. She encourages Hari to open his own restaurant so she can leave her job and be a stay-at-home mum. It seems she's found the perfect solution, but there is someone who doesn't want things to run smoothly for her.
Jessica is played by Shelley Conn, Mark by Oliver Milburn, Carrie by Preeya Kalidas, Trudi by Sharon Small, Richard by Patrick Baladi, Natalie by Alison Rose, Katie by Sarah Parish, Jack by Steven Brand, Dan by Mark Umbers, Siobhan by Orla Brady, Hari by Raza Jaffrey and Tom by Thomas Lockyer.
Mathew Horne and James Corden star in their own, new character comedy sketch show on BBC Three. Mathew and James host the show as themselves in front a studio audience while also playing a wide range of characters.
James is overexcited about the fact that he and Mat have their own show, which has disastrous results. Meanwhile, viewers are introduced to Xander, an old boarding school chum from hell, and Tim Goodall, the gayest news reporter ever. Viewers can also marvel at Jonny and Lee Miller's magical rally against gun crime; watch James's valiant attempts to win a World Championship relay race; and see Ricky Gervais's special turn in the latest Karate Kid film.
My Strike explores the experience of going on strike and the impact it has on individuals on both sides of a dispute. Drawing on a time when millions of days were lost to industrial action each year in Britain, it covers a spectrum of industries and includes personal accounts from people not normally thought of as strikers – including Lord Tebbit, who took part in a pilots' strike before he went on to become Trade And Industry Secretary, and former BBC Director-General Greg Dyke.
Every striker confronts personal pressure. Women machinists at the Ford Motor Company plant in Dagenham incurred the wrath of husbands and families when they forced the temporary closure of their factory in the fight for pay parity in 1968. Ian Lowes, who led the gravediggers' strike in 1979, tells how they faced physical attack from furious members of the public who were unable to bury their dead, and Norman Tebbit's agent had some stern questions for his striking Tory candidate.
The programme examines how each strike had a different tone. For some, striking was a very gentlemanly affair – London Weekend Television allowed strikers inside the building, in case of rain, and Greg Dyke split his time between the picket line and wind-surfing in Wales.
For others, strike action was out-and-out war. Former newspaper boss and one-time reluctant striker Eddie Shah recounts some of the dirty tricks he claims print unions used when he confronted them over the closed shop.
The programme also examines how striking changes lives. South Shields miner Norman Strike split from his wife and family in the strike but found a new life as an academic; Anne Scargill lost her faith in the police after her arrest during the miners' strike, but found her independence; Peter Snow faced his own crisis of confidence on crossing the picket line in the run-up to an election; and Norman Tebbit used his experience of striking to shape legislation to curb the unions.
Set against the backdrop of John F Kennedy's 45th birthday party, and rumours of an appearance by Marilyn Monroe, the office is buzzing with other news – Joan's engagement, the arrival of Don's stunning new secretary, Jane, and a visit from celebrity comedian Jimmy Barrett – as the provocative multi-award-winning American drama continues.
Trudy and Pete have a meeting with one of New York's top fertility experts. Trudy's enthusiasm is obvious, but Pete seems more ambivalent. Privately, he concedes to the doctor that he is worried about the future – the "bomb", the economy, his in-laws and his job.
Against his better judgment, meanwhile, Don agrees to meet Jimmy's wife, Bobbie Barrett, for dinner. While drinking from a bottle, Bobbie sidles up to Don as they drive out to her beach house in Long Island, before distracting him with a kiss – causing Don to lose control of the car. After failing a breath test, and not having enough cash to pay the fine, Don is taken to the police station. When Peggy bails him out she tells him she'll forget about what's happened, but warns him that she doesn't want him treating her badly because she knows about the incident.
On his return home, Don tells Betty that he crashed the car due to a combination of his high blood pressure pills and booze. When she chides him as to why he didn't tell her about his condition, or call to let her know he'd been in an accident, he says he didn't want to worry her.
Bobbie, meanwhile, is concerned about how she will explain her black eye to her husband, Jimmy, but Peggy steps in to help by letting her stay at her apartment.
During a flashback, Peggy is seen in the hospital, after giving birth, being visited by Don. He advises her to do "whatever they say" to get released and then move forward with her life. He tells her it never happened.
Back in Peggy's Brooklyn apartment, Bobbie can't resist quizzing Peggy's motives for coming to Don's rescue. Does she love him? Peggy says that he has "helped" her, but doesn't go into detail. Bobbie guesses it has something to do with ambition and offers her advice on getting on in a man's world.
Joan is played by Christina Hendricks, Don by Jon Hamm, Jane by Peyton List, Jimmy by Patrick Fischler, Trudy by Alison Brie, Pete by Vincent Kartheiser, Bobbie Barrett by Melinda McGraw, Peggy by Elisabeth Moss and Betty Draper by January Jones.
Bringing to life myths, legends and age-old tales from around the world, Tellytales continues with the Welsh version of the legend of King Arthur in The Sword In The Stone. Combining animation and live action, Tellytales is an innovative mix of pop-up books, silent movies and magical stage plays with children playing the characters, telling the tales, helping create the artwork and performing all the songs.
Long ago there lived a wise old wizard called Merlin. Needing to find a new leader for Wales, Merlin set a test. He planted a sword in a stone with the help of a little magic and then held a huge festival inviting hopefuls to try to remove it – for only a true leader would be able to remove the sword from the stone.
Hopefuls came from far and wide, including a mysterious mystic, a fearsome warrior, a powerful leader and a small boy called Arthur. The sword refused to budge until, to the crowd's amusement, young Arthur stepped up. Easily removing the sword from the stone, Arthur became King Arthur.
Younger viewers are treated to some more delicious mouth-watering morsels of Poetry Pie, featuring creations from Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, Andrew Collett, Lemn Sissay and Cheryl Moskowitz – all composed specially for CBeebies.
The first spoonful of pie comes from Lemn Sissay, whose offering takes a culinary turn in In The Kitchen: "I look at the bright coloured cups in the kitchen, I go zoom with my shiny spoon in the kitchen, I can talk to the fork in the kitchen, and my plate is my mate in the kitchen."
Seven-year-old poet Grace Taylor has a couple of secrets she'd like to get off her chest, in I Want To Tell You...: "I want to tell you a secret. My teddy comes to life. And if you think that's a little strange, then you should meet his wife."
Meanwhile, Michael Rosen conjures a painted world in Take A Brush, while Andrew Collett goes for a Skip.
Finally, Cheryl Moskowitz rumbles on about lorries, in Pete Drives: "Pete drives a lorry that's red, Ben drives a lorry that's blue, Kate drives a lorry that's silver and gold and Harry can't drive 'cause he's two."
It's Mum and Dad's wedding anniversary in today's instalment of Grandpa In My Pocket, and they've received lots of lovely cards from their friends. Mum is thrilled when Dad gives her a beautiful necklace and promises to treasure it for ever and never take it off. But Mum is devastated when she immediately loses it in the garden pond while picking flowers.
Grandpa, played by James Bolam, decides to use his magic shrinking cap to find it for her just as soon as Mum and Jemima leave for Jemima's diving class. But, just as Grandpa brings out his cap, Great Aunt Loretta arrives to cook a special anniversary meal for Mum and Dad – a lovely thought, but terrible timing.
While Great Aunt Loretta is tidying up, she finds Grandpa's cap and decides that as it's so old and she never sees him wear it, it can go in the bin. Grandpa and Jason are horrified and Jason tries to retrieve the cap while Great Aunt Loretta is distracted chopping some onions, but she catches him and Grandpa has to come up with another plan.
Grandpa makes Great Aunt Loretta believe that there's a mouse in the house. She runs upstairs, terrified, leaving just enough time for Grandpa to put on his cap, shrink and dive into the pond. He finds the necklace and gives it to a delighted Mum.
It's the day of Bolton's boxing match and PE teacher Rob, who is determined to help Bolton win, gives him some pills to calm his nerves, as the drama set in a state secondary school continues. Rob's life is soon turned upside-down, however, when Jasmine finds out about the pills and reports him to the boxing medic and a furious Rachel.
After a string of disturbances and complaints from the neighbours, the Kelly family discover that they are to be evicted. Tom feels partly to blame, and he and Rose visit the Housing Association to try to get the decision reversed. Meanwhile, Ralph Mellor, Chair of the Board Of Governors, makes Marley a cash offer on the strict proviso that he keeps well away from his daughter, Flick. A torn Marley is sorely tempted, given his current family circumstances.
Elsewhere, Chlo puts her foot down with Donte. Unable to pay the extortionate rent on their flat, she wants to move back to Tom's. Donte is mortified and has to swallow his pride.
It's also the day Eddie and Melissa are due to fly out to get married, but things don't quite go to plan, leaving Eddie and Rachel reeling...
Bolton Smilie is played by Tachia Newall, Rob Cleaver by Elyes Gabel, Jasmine Koreshi by Shabana Bakhsh, Rachel Mason by Eva Pope, Tom Clarkson by Jason Done, Rose Kelly by Elaine Symons, Ralph Mellor by Malcolm Scates, Marley Kelly by Luke Bailey, Flick Mellor by Sadie Pickering, Chlo Grainger by Katie Griffiths, Donte Charles by Adam Thomas, Eddie Lawson by Neil Morrissey and Melissa Ryan by Katy Carmichael.
At the peak of the dry season in the Kalahari Desert, herds of elephants trek towards a life-saving event, as this series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, continues to capture Earth's most dramatic and epic wildlife spectacles. The programme reveals remarkable new behaviour as these resourceful elephants try to make the most of the stagnant pools, arid woodlands and waterholes guarded by prides of hungry lions.
The annual flooding of Botswana's Okavango Delta turns 4,000 square miles of arid plains into a maze of lagoons, islands and swamps. As millions of animals are drawn to this wetland, including great herds of famished elephants and buffalo, the scene is set for some of the greatest clashes in nature.
The experienced elephant matriarchs time their arrival at the delta to coincide with the lush grass produced by the great flood. In a TV first, the programme shows how they use their trunks to siphon clean water from the surface layers of a stagnant pool, while avoiding stirring up the muddy sediment on the bottom with their feet.
Bull hippos also converge on prime territories formed by the rising flood water. Two big bulls do bloody battle – at times, each is lifted out of the water by its rival.
Lechwe swamp deer, zebra, giraffe, crocodiles and numerous fish and countless thousands of birds arrive in the delta. And, in a phenomenon never before filmed in the Okavango, thousands of dragonflies appear – seemingly from nowhere – within minutes of the flood arrival, mating and laying eggs.
As the flood finally reaches its peak, elephants and buffalo, nearing the end of their epic trek across the desert, face the final gauntlet of a hungry pride of lions.
In a heart-wrenching sequence, a baby elephant is brought down by a lion in broad daylight.
The diary section – Mission Impassable – shows how the versatility and persistence of cameraman Mike Holding results in some amazing sequences of the flood advancing.
A major new three-part series for BBC Four tells the story of the Baroque age.
Written and presented by Waldemar Januszczak and filmed in high definition in locations across Europe, the series explores the impact of the world's first truly global art movement as it travelled from Catholic Rome to Protestant London between 1600 and 1720, before eventually ending up as the house style of the whole of Latin America.
The Baroque is habitually presented as an era of brilliant individuals: Caravaggio in Italy, Velazquez in Spain, Rubens in Flanders and Rembrandt in Holland are some of the greatest artists that have ever lived.
But a wider truth about the Baroque, often overlooked, is that it was an era of huge artistic achievement across the board – articulating itself through a multitude of art forms and in numerous ways. Although the Baroque can initially be understood as a powerful fight back by the Catholic Church against Protestantism, the style lost many of its religious ambitions as it spread across the world, leaving only the need to be noticed.
Programme one looks at the birth of the movement as it burst onto the scene in Italy. It was here that all of the main characteristics of the Baroque found their earliest form: from the cinematic realism of Caravaggio to the grand illusionism of Padre Pozzo's painted ceiling in San Ignazio; from the bewildering architectural inventions of Borromini to the grand Baroque flourishes of Bernini; and from the light-hearted mythologies of the Carracci to the dark and murderous art of Naples.
Tellytales continues to bring myths, legends and age-old tales from around the world vividly to life with the North American fable of The Racing Princess. Combining animation and live action, Tellytales is an innovative mix of pop-up book, silent movie and magical stage play with children playing the characters, telling the tales, helping create the artwork and performing all the songs.
Princess Bright Water is a very fast runner and swears she will only marry a man who can beat her in a race. One day, a young man called Hot Foot comes to the village, accompanied by his friends Sharp Ear and Straight Arrow.
The princess agrees to race against Hot Foot, but half-way through the princess tricks Hot Foot into taking a rest. He promptly falls asleep, leaving the princess to make a dash for the finishing line, where Sharp Ear and Straight Arrow are astonished to see the princess heading towards them, alone.
Sharp Ear listens carefully and hears Hot Foot snoring, so Straight Arrow fires an arrow to wake him up. Realising that the princess has tricked him, Hot Foot races for the finishing line. Will he catch the wily princess and, if he does, will he want to marry her after her trickery?
CBeebies serves up a mid-week snack of Poetry Pie, full of crashing space rockets, colourful festivals, sparkling seasides and rolling oceans, all composed by some of the nation's best-loved contemporary poets, specially for CBeebies.
Charlie the alien tells the story of William, who crash lands in Camembert and catches stars in Chrissie Gittens's Sky High: "William went up in a rocket to see where it would go. It flew round and round and round the sun, and burnt his left big toe."
Debjani Chaterjee extols the colours and sounds of the Hindu spring festival, Holi, in Colours of Holi. She writes: "Sitars strum, Tablas drum! Holi's here – a thrilling time of year! Red, blue, orange and green, sparkling powders can be seen on the streets and marketplace, in my hair and on my face. Holi's here – a thrilling time of year!"
And yellow kites, ice-cold drinks, sandcastles and seagulls take centre stage in Wes Magee's day trip to the beach in The Seaside. "What a day beside the sea for Mum, Dad, and dear old Gran and my best friends and me. Hey, how we raced along the sand, running, running hand in hand."
Wrapping up the episode, the worms take their turn to perform Ocean, by the pupils of Ysgol Yr Esgob.
James Bolam's Grandpa is looking forward to spending a fun Saturday playing cars with Jason and watching Jemima practice her dancing. He is dismayed when he remembers that his grumpy, miserable sister, Loretta, is coming to visit.
When Great Aunt Loretta arrives, she is, as expected, in a very grumpy mood, so Grandpa embarks on a campaign to make her laugh. On goes the shrinking cap and he flies around the room in Jason's toy aeroplane and then hides in a teapot. Loretta then unwittingly throws him into the bin with the old teabags and Jason has the unenviable task of rescuing him.
The plan isn't working. Great Aunt Loretta is still very cross but Grandpa won't be stopped and continues to run riot around the house with Jason getting the blame. He ends up in the Jammy Jumblie biscuit tin with Beowulf's squeaky chicken dog toy.
Great Aunt Loretta opens the tin and is greeted by an ingeniously disguised tiny Grandpa – the Genie of the Jammy Jumblies – who proceeds to dance with the chicken, much to Loretta's delight and amusement. Grandpa's plan has worked! Suddenly, Great Aunt Loretta is laughing and dancing around the living room with Jason, to the amazement of the rest of the family.
Jay tries to get through to Billy by telling him that Honey will never come home, in tonight's visit to Albert Square.
Meanwhile, Ian tries to get to know Tanya better, as she is Jane's best friend, but their evening doesn't quite go to plan. And Ronnie finally tells Roxy how she really feels, but can their rift be mended?
Jay is played by Jamie Borthwick, Billy by Perry Fenwick, Ian by Adam Woodyatt, Tanya by Jo Joyner, Jane by Laurie Brett, Ronnie by Samantha Janus and Roxy by Rita Simons.
Jimmy Doherty feeds his own urine to an insectivorous plant and cuts the tail feathers from a peacock, as the series examining some of Charles Darwin's ground-breaking experiments continues.
Scientist, farmer and presenter of BBC Two's Jimmy's Farm, Jimmy aims to find out why carnivorous plants eat insects and what effect the loss of tail feathers has on a peacock's sex life, as he continues to investigate the untold story of Darwin – the ingenious experimentalist. And, through in-breeding experiments with plants, Jimmy also discovers why Darwin was so concerned about his marriage to his first cousin, Emma.
Filmed largely in Darwin's gardens at Down House in Kent, Jimmy uses his hero's notebooks to conduct the "hands-on" experiments that Darwin first carried out after publishing his theory of evolution in 1859.
"The reason I'm doing these experiments is because Darwin did them all," Jimmy explains. "Darwin was the greatest biologist of all time. He carried them out to support his theory of evolution – one of the most far-reaching ideas in the history of science."
Many of these experiments have never been done since they were first devised by Darwin, 150 years ago, and help Jimmy gain a truly original insight into the theory. These and other investigations helped Darwin bolster his theory in the face of fierce criticism, which culminated in the famous Oxford debate of 1861, when the theory was first discussed in front of a public audience.
Co-produced by The Open University, Jimmy Doherty In Darwin's Garden is part of the BBC's Darwin season. For a free Open University Tree of Life poster, viewers can visit bbc.co.uk/darwin or phone 0845 300 8854.
Andrew Marr continues to trace the widespread impact of Charles Darwin's work from its inception to the modern day, and tonight examines the social and political impact of Darwin's theory of evolution. He discovers that Darwin's idea has taken a life of its own far beyond science and has shaped the way the world is seen.
Darwin's theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection is one of the most influential theories ever proposed. In this programme, Marr investigates how Darwin's idea has been appropriated for political ends as varied as imperial expansion, the attempted extermination of European Jews and the formation of the United Nations.
Marr examines how, throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries, skewed understanding of Darwin's science was adopted by questionable politics – with disastrous results. Interpretations of his theory of natural selection were abused to justify racism, to develop a eugenics programme that led to the compulsory sterilisation of the "feeble-minded" in the USA and to start a human breeding programme in Nazi Germany that aimed to build an Aryan "master race".
As Marr examines Darwin's influence on politics and society, it becomes clear that, 150 years after the publication of On The Origin Of Species By Means Of Natural Selection, Darwin's idea remains as challenging and influential as ever.
Co-produced with The Open University, Darwin's Dangerous Idea is part of the BBC's season of programmes in 2009 marking the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth. More information can be found at bbc.co.uk/darwin, where viewers can also request a free Open University Tree of Life poster.
Dancing Rose – an Egyptian version of the story of Cinderella – is today's featured story, as Tellytales continues to bring myths, legends and age-old tales from around the world vividly to life.
Combining animation with live action, Tellytales offers an innovative mix of pop-up book, silent movie and magical stage play, with children playing the characters, helping to create the artwork and performing the songs.
Once upon a time in Egypt, an old man called Snorus had three servants to help him in his house. Silky did the cooking, Sulky did the cleaning and the youngest, Rose, did the washing.
Each day, Rose went to the river to do the washing all by herself. She didn't mind because she had a special friend – a hippo – who watched her dance to the music of the river.
One day, Snorus saw Rose's beautiful dancing and sent her a pair of delightful slippers, which made Silky and Sulky very jealous. Then they heard that the Pharaoh, the most important man in Egypt, was having a party. Everybody was invited and Rose was extremely excited, but Silky and Sulky said that she couldn't go – there were plates to clear, sweeping to do and piles of washing to clean.
Left alone to do the washing, Rose didn't feel much like dancing so the hippo decided to cheer her up by dancing for her. Rose's beautiful slippers got soaked and she took them off, only for a huge bird to fly off with one in his mouth.
The Pharaoh wasn't enjoying himself at the party. He loved dancing, but he could find no one with whom he wanted to dance. Suddenly, a beautiful rose-coloured slipper landed in his lap. Pharaoh knew it must belong to a beautiful dancer and wanted to meet her straight away. Silky and Sulky claimed the slipper was theirs, but their feet were too big and smelly. When Snorus pointed out that the slipper belonged to Rose, they all set off in the royal boat to find her...
Some of the nation's best-loved contemporary poets serve up more tasty tit-bits especially for CBeebies viewers, as Poetry Pie continues.
Andrew Collett opens the show with his poem about a caveman who discovered soccer, in First Football: "The first football was invented by a caveman called Simple Joe, who, when trying to kick the ball, broke his little toe."
Next, Mischa the hamster offers sound advice on where not to put your potty in, Roger Stevens's The Potty Song: "Never put your potty on the table, never put your potty on a chair, never put your potty on the TV, never put your potty on the stair."
Lindsay Macrae then succumbs to the sounds and smells of falling asleep, in Before I Go To Sleep: "I can smell hot chocolate, I can feel clean sheets, I can squeeze my teddy tight, before I go to sleep."
The worms have their turn with Dreamers Dreams by the pupils of Cradley Primary School, who worked alongside poet James Carter to create their piece: "When day is done and night is come, that's when dreamers dream..."
Completing the pie mixture is Debjani Chatterjee's The Mela Is The Thing, in which animals celebrate the mela festival: "It's time to laugh and to sing. Tiger cats are mewing, prairie dogs are barking, jumbos are trumpeting, polar bears are dancing – everyone doing their thing!"
Meera Syal guests stars as Mrs Pointy Pencil, the extremely strict art teacher, while Grandpa (James Bolam) gets to dress up as a fairy, in today's episode of the CBeebies comedy-drama.
Jason and his sister, Jemima, have joined the first kids' art club to be held at Miss Smiley's Cafe, and Mrs Pointy Pencil is its leader. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, Grandpa puts on his magic shrinking cap and flies off to the café on Jason's toy seagull, Gordon. Meanwhile, Jason, Jemima and Mum jump into Campo, their trusty camper van, and head off to the café themselves. When Grandpa arrives at Miss Smiley's Café he discovers that Mrs Pointy Pencil is no fun at all.
She has insisted that everyone bring something to draw in the class, but Jason has forgotten to bring Gordon the seagull. Just as he is about to explain, he notices Gordon in the corner. It can mean only one thing – but Grandpa is nowhere to be seen.
Jason's friend, Lily, has also forgotten to bring something to draw, but Grandpa comes to the rescue by dressing up as a fairy doll. Unfortunately, Mrs Pointy Pencil seizes upon the doll and declares that everyone must draw her. Suddenly, Grandpa is the centre of attention and his secret is about to be discovered.
With Jason's help, Grandpa escapes, hiding in the art cupboard, but when Mrs Pointy Pencil discovers him there, he pretends to be a real fairy and casts a spell on her, telling her to be nice and let the children be more creative. Mrs Pointy Pencil is enchanted and suddenly the art club becomes fun – all thanks to Grandpa and his magic cap.
This is must-see TV at its finest as Comic Relief takes over BBC One for a whole night of comedy gold in a one-off extravaganza of top telly treats.
An amazing bounty of TV beauties will guide viewers through the big night, with hosts including David Tennant, Davina McCall, Fern Britton, Claudia Winkleman, Jonathan Ross, Alan Carr and Graham Norton.
Comedy sketches come from Little Britain and Ricky Gervais, while Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse pitch their wares to the Dragons' Den judges.
There'll be tears of both laughter and sadness as French And Saunders perform their last sketch, and old friends and new flames join the comedy queens in a toe-tapping, show-stopping unforgettable farewell.
Gavin And Stacey's James Corden (Smithy) imparts his wisdom to the England football squad and the Outnumbered family embraces all that Red Nose Day has to offer.
Throughout the night, Davina McCall, Lenny Henry, Paul O'Grady and Ant & Dec report back on how the money raised is hard at work and changing lives here in the UK and in Africa.
Viewers can also tune in to see the conclusion of Comic Relief Does The Apprentice and see which of the celebrity candidates feel the wrath of Sir Alan Sugar and hear the immortal words: "You're fired!"
There are more special moments from Let's Dance For Comic Relief, a one-off Sarah Jane Adventures sketch, featuring national treasure Ronnie Corbett, and a unique collaboration between double-acts Armstrong & Miller and Mitchell And Webb.
Also in the studio, performing live for the nation, are Britain's biggest boy band – Take That – as well as Franz Ferdinand and girl band The Saturdays, who perform one of this year's Red Nose Day singles, Just Can't Get Enough.
Gavin And Stacey stars Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones (aka Bryn and Nessa) also perform their own delightful version of (Barry) Islands In The Stream, live in the studio.
On BBC Two at 10pm, Comic Relief spreads the music love with a special one-off edition of Top Of The Pops. Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates are joined by a host of comics to present an incredible live show, including performances from Oasis, U2 and, once again, Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones, giving another rendition of their Comic Relief single.
James Corden and Mathew Horne bring up the rear in the wee hours as they guide viewers through some of the more risky and rude moments from Red Nose Days past.
The Indian tale of the Snake Charmer is brought slithering to life in Tellytales, the delightful new CBeebies series which sees children performing myths, legends and age-old stories from around the world.
Once upon a time in India lived a man called Ashok, his wife Sashi and their best friend Khali – a very friendly snake. Ashok was a snake charmer and when he played his flute, Khali would dance to his tune.
The people in Ashok's village loved his charming act but they didn't have much money to give him, so he decided to take Khali to the big city and try his luck there. The audience in the city loved the show and filled Ashok's basket with lots of money.
Ashok and Khali were delighted and hurried back to Sashi with the money but they didn't realise there were a couple of robbers watching them. The robbers saw Sashi and Ashok put a basket in the shed and waited until they were asleep before they pounced. What a shock they had when, instead of a basket of money, they found a basket of snake! Clever Khali scared the frightened robbers away!
Michael De Souza spins a tangled web in this week's final helping of Poetry Pie, the poetic programme which showcases work from some of the nation's best-loved contemporary poets, composed especially for CBeebies.
In De Souza's Hider Spider, a speedy little arachnid leads the occupants of a house a merry dance in a hairy game of hide and seek: "Did she walk into my wardrobe to hide amongst my clothes? Did she sneak behind the mirror to powder her spider nose? Did she snuggle up inside my bed? Let's take a little peep, time for one last game with spider before we go to sleep."
The whole Mason family are going on a Sunday bike ride around Sunnysands as Grandpa In My Pocket, starring James Bolam, continues. Grandpa can't ride a bike any more but that doesn't stop him trying to join in and have some cycling fun. As the Masons set off, Grandpa puts on his magical shrinking cap and hides inside Jason's backpack.
First stop is Mr Whoops's toy shop, where Mum has said everyone can buy a treat to take on their trip. Jemima chooses a pink bucket and spade, Dad chooses a book about sea birds and Mum chooses a sketch pad and some paints. Despite a warning from Dad that it is not windy enough, Grandpa persuades Jason to buy a kite, but when they get to the beach, they are disappointed to find that Dad was right all along – there's just no wind. Dad says that if Jason can get the kite to fly, he'll eat his socks in a sandwich!
Never one to turn down at a challenge, daredevil Grandpa attaches himself to the tail of the kite and uses his magic to get himself and the kite high into the air. Everyone is amazed!
Worried that Dad will see Grandpa on the end of the kite through his binoculars, Jason lets go of the string. Grandpa and the kite fly off and are soon out of sight. Jason feels bad, but he needn't have worried – Grandpa manages to steer the kite back home and lands safely in the tree in the garden. And Dad has to eat a rather unusual snack!