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BBC ONE Thursday 19 March 2009

Missing Ep 4/5

Monday 16 to Friday 20 March
2.15-3.00pm BBC ONE

Cassie Garrison reports her husband, Paul, missing, in the penultimate episode of the new daytime drama starring Pauline Quirke. The couple's young daughter, Jess, says her dad chased a man in the park and didn't come back.

Amy, meanwhile, is searching for MJ's missing sister, Ellen, and finds her phone number at a student house. Amy gives MJ the number, although Jason tells her it's against the rules.

Jamie Garrison has called Paul and Cassie's house from a bail hostel. He's Paul's brother, but Cassie hasn't seen him since he caused a fight at their wedding. Jamie, however, claims he knows nothing about Paul's disappearance.

As MJ and Jason update Cassie, Jamie arrives and confesses that he and Cassie had an affair and that Jess is his child – he told Paul everything at the park.

Paul later snatches Jess from school, but she's soon returned saying that her dad wanted to apologise and say goodbye. MJ is worried about Paul's mental state after he resigns from work.

Meanwhile, Layla Gudka is searching for her father. She tells Amy her mother is dead, but Amy discovers Layla's mother is still alive and, in fact, Layla is the missing person.

Cassie Garrison is played by Meredith Braun, Paul by Patrick Toomey, Jess by Lily Targett, Amy by Pooja Shah, MJ by Pauline Quirke, Jason by Felix Scott, Jamie Garrison by Dominic Marsh and Layla Gudka by Tehmina Sunny. Missing also stars Mark Wingett as the Radio DJ and former crime correspondent Danny.

On BBC One Daytime at 9.15am each weekday morning, Missing Live explores the real life work of missing persons investigations, with direct appeals for missing people in a live, daily, studio show.


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Runaways Ep 1/3

New programmeHigh Definition programme
Thursday 19 March
4.05-4.35pm BBC ONE
Sean (William Miller) and Molly (Saffron Coomber) are Runaways
Sean (William Miller) and Molly (Saffron Coomber) are Runaways

Emmy award-winning film-maker Paul Wilmshurst (Hiroshima, Forgiven) lifts the lid on the underground world of child runaways in a thought-provoking new, three-part drama serial for CBBC on BBC One. Forming part of CBBC's season examining homelessness, Runaways explores some of the everyday risks faced by young people trying to survive on the streets.

Ignored at home by his mother, 11-year-old Sean (William Miller) is made to look after his two younger brothers. Fleeing his unhappy home life and bullying at school, Sean takes to the streets and meets serial runaway Molly (played by newcomer Saffron Coomber). Together the pair attempt to survive by sleeping rough and trying to find food before falling into the clutches of a deceptive stranger.

The series follows the police search for Sean and the emotional ramifications for his mother and brothers. Sean's occasional imaginings, fears and fantasies are portrayed in brief animations, based on original drawings by William Miller, which bring his heightened senses to life.

In the opening episode, bullying at school increases but Sean's mother is too busy with her new boyfriend to listen to his fears. He decides to run away. Cycling into town, Sean's bike is stolen and he is chased by some older boys. He is rescued by serial runaway Molly who takes him to a sanctuary, of sorts – a seemingly deserted warehouse. In the morning, Sean wakes to find Molly gone and is concerned to find himself surrounded by other people sleeping rough.

Kierston Wareing, who received a string of acting nominations for her role in Ken Loach's film, It's A Free World, plays Sean's mother, Kelly. Sean's brothers, Dean and Jack, are played by Jack Scanlon and Haydon Downing, respectively.

Runaways is also being simulcast on BBC HD, the BBC's High Definition channel. Which is available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media. With up to five times more detail than standard definition television, HD offers exceptionally vivid colours and crisp pictures to make Runaways a truly cinematic TV experience.

Runaways is part of CBBC's Homeless Season which also features the revealing documentary series Sofa Surfers.


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BBC TWO Thursday 19 March 2009

Jimmy Doherty In Darwin's Garden – Of Apes And Men Ep 3/3

Thursday 19 March
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO

Jimmy Doherty endures having electrodes put on his face to induce a smile, places a snake in a box inside a monkey's cage and plays the bassoon to some earthworms, as the series recreating some of Charles Darwin's groundbreaking experiments concludes.

Filmed largely at Darwin's former home, Down House, and at London Zoo, Jimmy uses Darwin's notebooks to carry out the "hands-on" experiments that helped show that humans were animals and had evolved from apes.

Says Jimmy: "I think Darwin's experiments on human evolution are some of his most brilliant – really imaginative. They took him into areas like child psychology and how we show emotions – work that put him far ahead of his time."

Darwin was convinced that many human attributes are found throughout the animal kingdom. Jimmy recreates Darwin's experiment to test the intelligence of earthworms by playing music to them.

He also investigates the curiosity of monkeys by revisiting Darwin's ambitious experiment in which monkeys examine a box that contains a dangerous-looking snake. This is thought to be the first time the experiment has been repeated since Darwin originally undertook it. And, at London Zoo, Jimmy witnesses the ability of great apes to recognise themselves in a mirror.

Darwin thought that the expression of emotions in animals would provide further evidence for his theory. Jimmy volunteers to recreate the experiment of French anatomist Duchenne, which allowed Darwin to show that the muscles of humans were similar to that of apes, by having a smile artificially induced when electrodes are attached to his face.

Jimmy also previews the Evolution Megalab experiment with Professor Steve Jones – an ambitious study organised by the Open University to discover the modern distribution of the banded snail across the United Kingdom.

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 3/3

Thursday 19 March
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO
Andrew Marr concludes his exploration into the importance of Charles Darwin's idea
Andrew Marr concludes his exploration into the importance of Charles Darwin's idea

Andrew Marr considers the importance of Charles Darwin's ideas to our survival as a species and to the preservation of life on Earth, in the final episode of Darwin's Dangerous Idea. Arguing that Darwin is the father of ecology, Andrew shows how the modern environmental movement was built upon his insights.

Darwin's theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection is one of the most powerful and influential scientific theories ever proposed. Its impact has reached far beyond the world of science and has been used to challenge the place of religion in society. It has been appropriated – and often misappropriated – for political ends and has profoundly shaped society, economics and the arts.

In tonight's concluding programme, Andrew discusses how Darwin introduced the idea that extinction was an integral part of evolution and revealed the interconnectedness of all life on Earth. Marr argues that Darwin's revelations about evolution give key insights into the future of mankind and the planet. Often in the past, the combination of Darwin's ideas with politics has had disastrous social consequences. But Marr argues that our failure to combine politics with the insights his theory provides could be leading us to environmental disaster and humanity's own extinction. He also explores how Darwin's insights have helped some scientists come up with possible solutions to the environmental crisis of mass extinction.

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 19 March 2009

Tellytales – Muri On The Moon Ep 9/15

Monday 16 to Friday 20 March
4.30-4.45pm CBEEBIES

Muri On The Moon – an African tale about a day dreamer who gets a wake-up call – 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 and live action, Tellytales offers viewers 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.

Once upon a time in Africa, a boy called Muri lived with this mother. Muri was a dreamy boy, which often got him into trouble. One day, when Muri was supposed to be helping his mother make some bread, he started day-dreaming about flying and spilt the flour and broke the bread bowl.

Muri's mum was furious and ordered him to sit on a stool to think about what he'd done. But, as he pondered, the stool suddenly took off into the air and headed straight for the moon. When he got to the moon, Muri discovered a village where the villagers ate only dry flour – which they didn't really like. Muri kindly offered to make them all bread – if only he could remember how.

The villagers were thrilled with the bread and presented Muri with a beautiful bread bowl. When he returned home, his mother was delighted with the bread bowl but was even happier to have Muri back and they lived happily ever after.


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