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BBC ONE Monday 23 March 2009

Missing Live Ep 6/20

Live event/outside broadcast
Monday 23 to Friday 27 March
9.15-10.00am BBC ONE

Missing Live appeals for information about 28-year-old Gregg Jackson from West Kilbride in this week's file of cases.

Gregg disappeared in June last year after buying a house with his girlfriend, Clare. On 25 June, Clare left for work, leaving Gregg at home. He was due to sit a building qualification exam that morning but never made it there. Around that time he had also been going for lots of job interviews. When Clare returned home that day, he wasn't there and he hasn't been seen since.

Missing Live continues to ask viewers for assistance on many new and long-term cases in a live and fully interactive TV series.

As well as urgent appeals, the series also features up-to-the-minute information on cases featured and stories of loved ones reunited with people who have been missing or separated – sometimes for years.

In 17 of the cases featured on the programme during the last series, the missing person was found, seven of those were as a direct result of appeals during the show. Throughout the series, hundreds of phone calls and sightings were reported to the programme.

The programme talks to Zeenat Ozzer, whose mother, Shahira, saw herself on television and called the police. Mother and daughter have now been reunited.

If viewers can help with any of the appeals featured on the programme, they can contact Missing People on FreeFone 0500 700 700 (from the UK). Calls are confidential and lines are open 24 hours a day.

Missing Live is presented by Louise Minchin (BBC Breakfast) and Rav Wilding (Crimewatch). The series details the valuable ongoing work of police forces across the country and UK charity Missing People, as they try to discover the whereabouts of some of the 200,000 people who are reported missing each year.


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Half Moon Investigations Ep 12/13

High Definition programme
Monday 23 March
4.35-5.05pm BBC ONE

Impressive talent contest hypnotist Ruby casts a spell over her school colleagues, as the series based on the best-selling book by Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer continues.

With a chance to appear on television, competition is fierce among the contenders. When baton-twirler Nikky comes sobbing about her sabotaged costume, Moon and Red suspect different people and go their separate ways to prove their theories.

Moon is completely distracted by the loss of his Private Investigator's badge, which seems to have clouded his professional judgement. He certainly seems to be upsetting his two closest friends. He can't fathom what April and the Pinks are secretly discussing with Mia and makes a complete fool of himself in trying to find out. However, justice is served in the end and Moon's detecting abilities are no longer in question, with or without a badge.

Ruby is played by Eleanor Forder; Nikky by Emma Gallagher; Moon by Rory Elrick; Red by Sebastian Charles; April by Nicola Duffell; and Mia by Olivia Grant.

Half Moon Investigations is also simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.


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Monday 23 March
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE

Archie invites Ronnie to a family meal to celebrate Peggy coming home from hospital in tonight's visit to Albert Square. But Ronnie tells Archie that she's not sure if she can pretend the past never happened.

Billy worries when Jay won't go to school or talk about his time on the streets. Billy gives Jay some money from Peggy for a new school uniform – but can Billy trust him?

Archie is played by Larry Lamb, Ronnie by Samantha Janus, Peggy by Barbara Windsor, Billy by Perry Fenwick and Jay by Jamie Borthwick.


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Cleopatra – Portrait Of A Killer

Monday 23 March
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE (Schedule Addition 16 March)

Based on exclusive access to archaeologists and the evidence as it unfolds, Cleopatra – Portrait Of A Killer is a tale of rivalry, lust, incest, murder and power that destroyed an empire. It is an incredible true story about one of history's greatest legends.

This documentary follows archaeologist Neil Oliver as he embarks on an epic journey that takes him from the tombs of the ancient world to high-tech forensic laboratories to discover whether human remains found in Ephesus, Turkey, belong to Cleopatra's sister, Princess Arsinoe. If the bones can be pieced together, the experts hope to be able to prove that she really was murdered by Cleopatra's Roman lover, Mark Anthony, on her orders.

The film promises to end more than 2,000 years of speculation surrounding the story of Cleopatra's murderous commands and reveals the darker side of love and power in the ancient world.


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BBC TWO Monday 23 March 2009

Grow Your Own Drugs Ep 4/6

Monday 23 March
8.30-9.00pm BBC TWO

James Wong explores the traditional use of herbs
James Wong explores the traditional use of herbs

Most people use herbs to give food a bit of extra taste and flavour. But ethnobotanist James Wong explores their traditional use in helping to treat a range of minor everyday ailments, from cold sores and insect bites to bad breath.

Using lemon balm, he creates a lip salve which might help when cold sores strike. Next, James forages in the fields for plantain, a common weed, which he uses to make a cream to help soothe insect bites and stings. And for those keen to have fresh breath, he shows how to make a spray using thyme.

Cross-country joggers try out James's bites and stings remedy, and a make-up artist who works in close contact with her clients is keen to find out if James's thyme breath spray could replace the mints she always carries with her.

And for a beauty treat, James uses peppermint and other common garden herbs to whip up a fragrant homemade body scrub.

Next week, James turns his attentions to roots.


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Heroes – Exposed Ep 18/25

Monday 23 March
9.00-9.45pm BBC TWO

The hunt continues as Matt and Peter get closer to exposing the truth, in tonight's episode of the American drama epic. After receiving a tip from Rebel, Matt and Peter race to Building 26 to rescue Daphne and recover files that will expose the government's plans for those with abilities.

Claire finds help from an unlikely source in smuggling Alex out of the city. As Sylar and Luke continue their road trip, Sylar begins to have memories of his father that lead him to the truth about his mother. Meanwhile, The Hunter puts his own agenda into action with an explosive surprise for one of the heroes.

Matt is played by Greg Grunberg, Peter by Milo Ventimiglia, Daphne by Brea Grant, Claire by Hayden Panettiere, Sylar by Zachary Quinto and The Hunter by Zeljko Ivanek. Heroes also stars Masi Oka as Hiro, James Kyson Lee as Ando, Sendhil Ramamurthy as Suresh, Adrian Pasdar as Nathan, Cristine Rose as Angela, Jack Coleman as HRG and Ali Larter as Tracy.


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Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle Ep 2/6

Monday 23 March
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO

Stewart Lee explores a different theme each week in a stand-up routine, illustrated with sketches featuring an ensemble cast, as his Comedy Vehicle continues.

In the second episode, Stewart casts his eye over the state of British television today, and tries to find out whose fault it is. Along the way, via a sketch, he meets the villagers who, every year, host a bizarre celebration of The Funniest Moment Ever On Television; explains his idea for a sequel to March Of The Penguins; and finds out why Ant and Dec never seem to grow older.

The cast includes Stewart Lee, Paul Putner, Cathryn Bradshaw, Miles Jupp, Simon Munnery, Kevin Eldon, Will Smith and Justin Edwards. Peter Serafinowicz provides the voiceover.


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BBC FOUR Monday 23 March 2009

Fish! A Japanese Obsession

Monday 23 March
9.00-10.30pm BBC FOUR

Fish in Japan are a national obsession – a source of food, entertainment, riches, tradition and innovation. But in an age when fish stocks are dwindling, it's an obsession that threatens to consume its own future.

In this 90-minute documentary, travel writer, broadcaster and fisherman Charles Rangely-Wilson shares his fascination for fish and their watery worlds. Charles's travelogue through Japan explores the nation's unique obsession with fish, one that infects every aspect of Japanese life – food, identity, religion. He uses this commonality as a way of unlocking the strange and wondrous Japanese culture.

Charles embraces his role as the "gaijin", the round-eyed outsider, to discover something vital about what makes the Japanese unique. He uncovers the national pride and sense of self that the elderly attach to eating whale; explores the emerging gulf between old and young by looking at their differing attitudes towards sushi etiquette; and finds how eating potentially deadly fugu speaks volumes about Japanese notions of masculinity.

Charles meets a man who is pioneering a wildly successful brand of fish ice cream and a hard-rock band that sings only about tuna and whose stage show features head-banging and sashimi. He also tries ikizukuri – the freshest sashimi in the world.

In Tsukiji, the biggest fish market in the world, Charles witnesses the frenetic and bewildering ritual of the morning bluefin tuna auction, where the finest specimens are inspected like prize show-dogs but with higher price tags than a show-room Ferrari.

Charles also discovers that being in the centre of a sprawling metropolis is no barrier to a spot of angling. You don't even need a body of water to hone your skills – just a few coins and an arcade game. He encounters haunted canals, sushi vending machines and sushi snobs who run the risk of eating tuna out of existence.

Ultimately, Charles discovers that, by using fish as a key, he can unlock the most elusive and idiosyncratic of national psyches.

Fish! A Japanese Obsession is part of BBC Four's Japan Season which also features Japan In Colour – The Wonderful World Of Albert Kahn, which can be seen on Saturday 21 March.


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CBEEBIES Monday 23 March 2009

Tellytales – The Baby Bunyip Ep 11/15

Monday 23 to Friday 27 March
4.30-4.45pm CBEEBIES

Tellytales goes Down Under in its quest to bring myths, legends and age-old tales from around the world vividly to life for young children.

This Australian story is about a very unusual little creature that brother and sister Dodi and Kimba encounter while out fishing by the side of a watering hole. Their net suddenly becomes very heavy and when they pull it out of the water, they land a strange creature, covered with mud and slime.

Dodi and Kimba wash off all the mud but they still can't tell what it is. It has the head of a puppy, the ears of a bunny, the legs of a kangaroo, flippers like a seal and a tail like a platypus.

The children play with the strange creature all day until it is time to leave the watering hole. They say their farewells but the animal doesn't want to leave them and starts to follow them home. Dodi and Kimba know it is wrong to take a wild animal home but, soon, the creature has followed them so far that they have no choice.

At home the children's uncle is shocked to see the creature and tells them that it is a baby bunyip. He explains that the bunyip's mummy will be sad that her baby is not with her and may be a little cross. In the morning, Dodi, Kimba and their uncle take the baby back to the watering hole in the hope of reuniting the bunyip with its mother.


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CBBC Monday 23 March 2009

M.I. High – Operation Flopsy Ep 12/13

High Definition programme
Monday 23 March
5.15-5.45pm CBBC

The spies put Flopsy, the Grand Master's adored pet rabbit, up for ransom in the penultimate episode of the gripping drama series. Surely the Grand Master won't be able to resist and Oscar will finally be reunited with his mum?

Oscar's mum leaves a covert message in his favourite magazine. She's still being held captive by SKUL and is ill. She is in desperate need of some medicine, which is in her locker in MI9 Headquarters. Oscar is really worried but also overjoyed that his mum has contacted him.

The mission of the day is to capture the Grand Master. MI9 have yet to succeed but Carrie has a plan to lure the Grand Master's adored pet rabbit, Flopsy, into their clutches – surely his master will follow? They devise an elaborate plan to screen all white rabbits in the country for fictitious disease Blue Ear. But just when the spies are about to capture the Grand Master, he escapes, leaving Flopsy behind.

Oscar confesses to Frank and his fellow spies what he's been asked to do. Carrie comes up with yet another brilliant plan. Exchange Oscar's mum for Flopsy. It couldn't be more perfect. MI9 will get the Grand Master once and for all and Oscar will be reunited with his mum.

The location is agreed and both MI9 and SKUL stand on opposite sides of a bridge. The Grand Master is within their grasp. Oscar sees his mum for the first time in years. He's overcome with emotion but, in a shocking and painful twist, things go horribly wrong...

The Grand Master is played by Julian Bleach, Oscar by Ben Kerfoot, Oscar's mum by Rae Baker, Carrie by Charlene Osuagwu and Frank by Jonny Freeman.

M.I. High is also being simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media. This episode is also available to view on BBC iPlayer for CBBC for seven days after its first showing on BBC One. BBC iPlayer for CBBC can be accessed at


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