Wednesday 30 Jul 2014
John Inverdale is at Twickenham this afternoon as England face France in the RBS Six Nations. England have won the last two meetings between the sides, including the World Cup semi-final 18 months ago, but France came out on top when the teams last met at the home of English rugby union – winning 21-15 in a 2007 World Cup warm-up game.
Match commentary comes from Eddie Butler and Brian Moore.
James Dowland is confined to his hospital bed when his son, Sidney, arrives in Candleford, as BBC One's adaptation of Flora Thompson's childhood memoirs concludes.
Dorcas welcomes the child into the Post Office, encouraging Laura and Ruby to do everything they can to make him feel at home there. As Sidney is introduced to the colourful characters of Candleford and the charming folk in Lark Rise, he becomes quite an object of local fascination. When James is at last released from hospital, however, he clashes with Dorcas over what's in the best interests of the son he never knew he had.
Elsewhere, as the wedding of Thomas Brown and Miss Ellison fast approaches, anticipation and excitement grows among the people of Lark Rise and Candleford. Thomas is thrown into a torrent of uncertainty and anxiety by a few words from the common book of prayer, and Miss Ellison develops a strange disease of the skin which could be the result of her own anxieties. Will the betrothed couple ever make it down the aisle?
Jason Merrells plays James Dowland, Julia Sawalha plays Dorcas Lane, Olivia Hallinan plays Laura, Victoria Hamilton plays Ruby Pratt, Mark Heap plays Thomas Brown and Sandy McDade plays Miss Ellison.
Patty doubles her efforts to bring down the powerful Ultima National Resources (UNR), as the award-winning US legal drama continues. Despite the setback she faced after Daniel failed to back up her claims that it was dumping toxic waste, and knowing that UNR is seeking approval from the government for an upcoming merger, Patty turns over her files on the company in confidence to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) deputy director Douglas Schiff.
With the government still pursuing its case against Patty, the investigators press Ellen to keep working as their informant inside Hewes & Associates. Ellen is invited to a party celebrating Tom's 10th anniversary at the firm. She offers to wear a wire and return to Patty's apartment for the first time since her fiancé's murder. Meanwhile, though warned by Phil that she may be under investigation, Patty refuses to allow her ally, Uncle Pete, to question Ellen.
As Ellen takes measures to protect herself and keep the government's investigation from being derailed, Walter Kendrick worries that Schiff's ruling could ruin his plans for UNR. Ellen's FBI handlers, meanwhile, worry that Patty may be aware of their investigation – prompting them to warn Ellen that the case may have been compromised.
Though he has more than enough evidence to justify stopping the merger, Schiff tells Patty that he's been overruled by his superiors at FERC. As Kendrick assures Daniel that he has held up his end of their bargain by cleaning up the pollution at the West Virginia plant, Uncle Pete continues to press Patty with his suspicions about Ellen. Worried that the FBI's case is about to fall apart and that she will be exposed, Ellen risks everything to save the investigation – and herself – by telling Patty that she has been working as an informant. Finally, as Phil cautions Patty against continuing to pursue a case against UNR, Uncle Pete looks to protect Patty by sending the hitman he hired to kill Ellen during the Frobisher case into hiding.
Patty is played by Glenn Close, Daniel by William Hurt, Ellen by Rose Byrne, Tom by Tate Donovan, Uncle Pete by Tom Aldredge and Walter Kendrick by John Doman.
Adrian Chiles presents highlights from today's three Barclays Premier League games – Aston Villa versus Tottenham, Chelsea versus Manchester City and Everton versus Stoke.Villa's dream of qualifying for the Champions League next season is now a real possibility and Martin O'Neill's side were looking to consolidate that position today at home against Tottenham – who desperately need points to ensure their Premier League survival.
Chelsea, meanwhile, were looking to do the double over Manchester City and history was certainly on their side – the Blues went into the game having scored 28 goals in their last 13 games against City, while conceding just two. One of those came at the City of Manchester Stadium earlier this season when Brazilian Robinho scored on his City debut. But the London club had the last laugh, winning 3-1 with goals from Ricardo Carvalho, Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka.
Stoke made their first top-flight visit to Goodison Park since 1984, when they were thumped 4-0 by Everton. Could the Potters turn the tables against David Moyes's team today and, in the process, ease their relegation worries? There's also a round-up of yesterday's action and a look at the lighter side of football in 2Good, 2Bad.
Donna is played by Natalie Casey, Janet by Sheridan Smith, Wesley by Thomas Nelstrop, Gaz by Will Mellor, Louise by Kathryn Drysdale and Tim by Luke Gell.
Graham Bell and Ed Leigh attempt to cross the vast snowy wilderness of Iceland, in their final adventure of the series. Travelling by skidoo, the pair soon realise they are in for a challenging and gruelling expedition in a hot-and-cold world of geysers and glaciers.
Janet and Gaz plan their first night together as a couple, as the comedy starring Sheridan Smith and Will Mellor returns for a new series, following a special Comic Relief episode last week. However, things don't go as smoothly as planned when Janet finds out that Gaz has asked his ex-girlfriend, "bald Shirley", to babysit Corinthian.
Gaz is annoyed that Jonny, although dead, is still haunting their relationship – his possessions are all around the flat, including his ear-wax candle and his concrete head. And Janet starts every sentence with "since Jonny died". It also doesn't help when Gaz admits he was sleeping with Donna and Janet at the same time.
They soon find their own unique way of resolving the argument and decide that, although they both miss Jonny, they have to move on if they are to make it as a couple.
Janet is played by Sheridan Smith and Gaz by Will Mellor.
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