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BBC ONE Thursday 12 March 2009


Thursday 12 March
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE

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.


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BBC TWO Thursday 12 March 2009

Jimmy Doherty In Darwin's Garden – The Storm Breaks Ep 2/3

Thursday 12 March
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO
Jimmy Doherty continues to recreate some of Charles Darwin's groundbreaking experiments
Jimmy Doherty continues to recreate some of Charles Darwin's groundbreaking experiments

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 or phone 0845 300 8854.


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Darwin's Dangerous Idea Ep 2/3

Thursday 12 March
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO

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, where viewers can also request a free Open University Tree of Life poster.


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CBEEBIES Thursday 12 March 2009

Tellytales – Dancing Rose Ep 4/15

Thursday 12 March
4.30-4.45pm CBEEBIES

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...


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Poetry Pie

Thursday 12 March
4.55-5.00pm CBEEBIES

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!"


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Grandpa In My Pocket Ep 23/26

Thursday 12 March
5.30-5.45pm CBEEBIES

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.


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