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Network TV BBC Week 15: 11-17 April

BBC ONE Unplaced Week 15

Doctor Who – Planet Of The Dead

High Definition programme
Unplaced
Day and time to be confirmed BBC ONE
David Tennant and Michelle Ryan visit The Planet Of The Dead
David Tennant and Michelle Ryan visit The Planet Of The Dead

When a London bus takes a detour to an alien world, the Doctor must join forces with the extraordinary Lady Christina, in this one-off seasonal special. But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets, hidden in the sand. And time is running out, as the deadly Swarm gets closer.

Planet Of The Dead features David Tennant as the Doctor, Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina and Lee Evans as Malcolm. It is written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts.

Planet Of The Dead is also being simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

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BBC TWO Unplaced Week 15

Professor Regan's Diet Clinic

New series
Unplaced
Day and time to be confirmed BBC TWO (Schedule Amendment 27 March)

Professor Regan examines the scientific truth behind the marketing claims
Professor Regan examines the scientific truth behind the marketing claims

Conducting real-life experiments and employing her own inimitable brand of interrogation, Professor Lesley Regan returns to our television screens to put products under the microscope and to get to the scientific truth behind the gimmicks.

In this new series she takes on the world of diets; looks at the products stashed in home medicine cabinets; examines how children are affected by food and play; and gets under the skin of the non-surgical products that promise a body beautiful without the hard work.

In the first episode, Professor Regan's Diet Clinic, Lesley takes on the multi-million pound slimming and diet food industry to discover the truth behind the hype. Turning herself into a guinea pig she aims to discover what to eat to guarantee losing 10lbs a year; investigates a diet pill that helps 70 percent of study participants lose weight in one month; and examines the evidence behind the claims for vitamin supplements.

Finally, she puts her taste buds to the ultimate test in one of the world's leading food labs and chews her way through a pile of carrots. Raw carrot is billed as the ultimate health food, but in this rather unusual experiment with the world's first computerised stomach model, Professor Regan discovers that it's not all it's cracked up to be.

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Network TV BBC Week 15: Saturday 11 April 2009

BBC ONE Easter Saturday 11 April 2009

Robin Hood – Lost In Translation Ep 3/13

Easter Saturday 11 April
Time to be confirmed BBC ONE
Robin is in danger when the Sheriff tries a spot of blackmail
Robin is in danger when the Sheriff tries a spot of blackmail

The Sheriff learns that the Abbot is guilty of an heretical act as the drama starring Jonas Armstrong, Richard Armitage, Keith Allen, David Harewood and Joanne Froggatt continues. Seeing an opportunity, the Sheriff blackmails the religious dignitary and forces him to help bring down Robin Hood.

Robin and the Outlaws arrive in Locksley to hear the Abbot demanding that the villagers turn Robin in. Tuck is determined to confront the Abbot but is arrested.

The Sheriff rides in with a tortured Tuck, announcing that if the villagers don't want the same fate, they must turn Hood in.

The Sheriff then sends the Abbot to persuade Tuck to betray Robin. But Tuck remains resolute and asks why the Abbot has abandoned the fight for good. Tuck is amazed by the answer. The Abbot's heresy is that he is translating the Bible into English – an act which will change the known world. Even for such a prize, Tuck won't betray Robin. The Abbot has no alternative, Tuck must die. Robin, however, has other ideas...

As Tuck is about to be publicly put on the rack, Robin and the Outlaws orchestrate a dramatic rescue attempt. In the confusion, the Outlaws and Tuck escape.

Tuck explains why the Abbot is seemingly working with the Sheriff. Robin, Much and Little John confront the Sheriff and Robin appeals to the Abbot to tell the truth but he refuses and they are arrested.

The gang are tied to the stake and the despicable Sheriff holds aloft a flaming torch. Will Robin and the Outlaws manage to escape their terrible fate?

The Sheriff of Nottingham is played by Keith Allen; the Abbott by David Hayman; Robin Hood by Jonas Armstrong; Much by Sam Troughton; Allan A Dale by Joe Armstrong; Tuck by David Harewood and Kate by Joanne Froggatt.

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Casualty

Easter Saturday 11 April
9.00-9.50pm BBC ONE

Jordan is shattered to discover that his symptoms are caused by a large brain tumour, as the medical drama continues. Meanwhile, Adam confronts Jordan, having discovered evidence of his recent mistakes. Jordan goes on the offensive against Adam, determined to keep hold of his job – whatever the cost.

Zoe's juggling of her professional and private life comes unstuck when abuse is discovered at the home of Sharice's childminder. The childminder immediately falls under suspicion but Zoe helps find out the truth. She also has to deal with pressing childcare issues but pushes Sharice's grandparents further away.

Jay and Ruth go to a surgeons' dinner together. Jay is performing a service for Ruth, in return for payment. He successfully acts out the role, but breaks the rules when he asks for a goodnight kiss.

Jordan is played by Michael French, Adam is played by Tristan Gemmill, Zoe is played by Sunetra Sarker, Ruth is played by Georgia Taylor and Jay is played by Ben Turner.

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Golf – The Masters

Live event/outside broadcast
Easter Saturday 11 April
10.30pm-12.00midnight BBC ONE

Gary Lineker presents live coverage of the third round of the Masters from Augusta, Georgia. South African Trevor Immelman was a rare wire-to-wire winner last year.

However, such are the infamous challenges of the Augusta National course that none of the leaders will be allowing themselves to think of wearing the famous green jacket at this stage.

Tiger Woods will be the centre of attention at his first big event since returning from knee surgery. The all-conquering American has a special affection for the Masters, as it is the tournament that provided the first of his 14 major triumphs, 12 years ago.

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BBC ONE Easter Sunday 12 April 2009

MotoGP Preview

Easter Sunday 12 April
1.00-1.30pm BBC ONE

MotoGP Preview provides viewers with a look ahead to the 2009 MotoGP season, which begins in Qatar today and continues around the globe until the 17th and final race in Spain in November. Defending champion Valentino Rossi's quest for a seventh world premier class title will begin under the floodlights at the Losail track near Doha. The Italian has had a busy off-season, doing some test driving for the Ferrari Formula 1 team and also competing in a stage of the World Rally Championship but he now returns to two wheels.

Rossi will once again be riding for Yamaha but several of his main rivals have been swapping teams. Rookie Andrea Dovizioso was one of the stars of last season and the Italian has joined Honda as Dani Pedrosa's new team-mate for 2009, replacing former world champion Nicky Hayden, who has joined Ducati and who will ride alongside 2007 world champion Casey Stoner. British fans will be keeping an eye on the progress of James Toseland, who will be competing in his second season in MotoGP.

Like all of the riders, Toseland will be using Bridgestone tyres for the championship, one of a number of changes MotoGP is undergoing in 2009. Others include shorter practice sessions and new restrictions on engines.

The Qatar GP will be shown live on BBC Four at 8.30pm.

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Ep 5/6

Easter Sunday 12 April
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
No 1 Ladies Detective Agency: JLB Matekoni (Lucian Msamati) does a spot of fishing
No 1 Ladies Detective Agency: JLB Matekoni (Lucian Msamati) does a spot of fishing

Rra Patel has charged Mma Ramotswe with finding out the identity of his daughter's secret boyfriend, as the charming drama continues. However, as he has received no news on the case, Rra Patel tells Mma Ramotswe he might just take his business to her rival, Cephas Buthelezi, owner of Gaborone's new Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency.

Shocked by this new competition, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi visit Cephas and find him to be arrogant and rude, accusing them of being both unqualified and inexperienced. Determined to prove him wrong, the ladies steal a prospective client, local entrepreneur Meomi "Two Shots" Pulani, from under his nose.

Rra Pulani is running a beauty pageant but has some badly behaved contestants and needs to know who deserves to win "Miss Beauty and Integrity". Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi convince him that his case needs a woman's touch and Mma Makutsi sets off to meet all the contestants and asses their suitability.

Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe is hot on the trail of Nandira Patel but, realising she is being followed, Nandira confronts Mma Ramotswe and reveals her father has been too quick to judge her love life.

All this case-solving provides a welcome distraction for Mma Ramotswe. She is wrestling with her feelings for her friend JLB Matekoni. His advances spurned again, the mechanic disappears on a solo fishing trip to nurse his broken heart. But all is not lost as Mma Ramotswe finally realises what her heart truly desires.

Rra Patel is played by Harish Patel, Mma Ramotswe by Jill Scott, Cephas Buthelezi by Paterson Joseph, Mma Makutsi by Anika Noni Rose, Two Shots Pulani by Kenneth Nkosi, Nandira by Lisa Shah and JLB Matekoni by Lucian Msamati.

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Damages Ep 9/13

Easter Sunday 12 April
11.05-11.50pm BBC ONE

Patty is certain that Uncle Pete's death is part of a government conspiracy aimed at getting her to drop her lawsuit against Ultima National Resources, as the award-winning legal drama continues. As she orders her staff to be on their toes, Ellen tells her FBI handlers that she doesn't suspect Patty in Pete's death. Meanwhile, Wes Krulik looks to use Ellen to gain access to Katie, her late fiancé's sister.

When asked for information about the government's case against Patty, Tom's sister, Justice Department lawyer Cynthia Shayes, cannot find any case files. As Ellen presses her FBI handlers about the lack of any official documents, Patty turns her attention to Lonnie Samble, the prostitute who is involved with the trader behind a market manipulation scheme. Though initially reluctant to help, Lonnie co-operates when Patty offers to finance her college education and influence the judge in a pending child custody case.

Still suspicious that the government is out to get her, even though no one can confirm the existence of an investigation, Patty takes her accusations – and threats – directly to the FBI's Don McGraff. As McGraff alerts agent Pell to the fact that Patty is getting uncomfortably close to their conspiracy, Krulik learns that Ellen has stumbled onto information that could prove dangerous and is told to kill her. However, when he lures her to his apartment, will he have the strength to carry out the order?

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BBC TWO Easter Sunday 12 April 2009

Golf – The Masters

Live event/outside broadcast
Easter Sunday 12 April
7.00pm-12.00midnight BBC TWO

Gary Lineker hosts live coverage from Augusta as the 2009 Masters reaches its conclusion. Last year, Trevor Immelman enjoyed his maiden major success, becoming the first South African to win the Masters since the legendary Gary Player. Tiger Woods's expected challenge wilted on the final day last year, but the American will be looking to make up for lost time in 2009, having missed much of last season because of knee surgery. Others hoping to be challenging over the final holes include Phil Mickelson and Ireland's three-time major winner Padraig Harrington.

Paul Casey began his final round at Augusta last year, just four shots off the lead and with hopes of becoming the first Englishman since Nick Faldo to win the Masters. But he plummeted out of contention with a seven-over-par 79. It is surely only a matter of time before either Casey or one of the other players from this generation of talented English golfers clinches a major. Could it happen on the historic Augusta National course this weekend?

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BBC FOUR Easter Sunday 12 April 2009

MotoGP – Qatar GP

Live event/outside broadcast
Easter Sunday 12 April
8.30-10.00pm BBC FOUR

Matt Roberts presents live coverage from Qatar as the 2009 MotoGP season roars into life. Casey Stoner began the defence of his title with a win at the Losail track last year but it was his rival, Valentino Rossi, who enjoyed the last laugh, clinching his sixth world premier-class title at the end of the season.

Qatar is one of the most unpredictable races on the MotoGP circuit, due to its unique track, which is often strewn with sand blown in from the desert. History was made there last year when the event became the first in the sport's history to be held under floodlights. Britain's James Toseland will be among those under the spotlight this season. His sixth place in Qatar last year promised much for the season ahead, but he proved unable to better that performance.

Race commentary comes from Charlie Cox and Steve Parrish.

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BBC ONE Easter Monday 13 April 2009

Lifegivers

New series
Easter Monday 13 to Friday 17 April
9.00-9.45am BBC ONE

Last year more than 3,000 lives were saved or improved by organ transplant operations. These and countless others were made possible by blood donation. But, sadly, more than 500 people died while waiting for a life-saving transplant operation and more than 7,000 people are still on the waiting list.

In a new live BBC One Daytime series, Lifegivers, presented by Nadia Sawalha and Dr Jonty Heaversedge, takes a look at the life-saving world of organ and blood donation.

Featuring a mix of live studio guests and powerful personal stories from across the UK, the programme explains the facts, dispels the myths and raises awareness of the issues surrounding organ and blood donation.

Today's opening episode features the moving story of Jennifer Foster, who became Scotland's first living liver donor when she donated two thirds of her liver to save her dying husband Daniel.

As the week continues, Lifegivers features the first woman in the UK to have four separate transplants – a new heart, lung, liver and kidney – and a young man who had 90 operations and four kidney transplants before his sixth birthday.

Alongside filmed interviews, Nadia and Jonty are joined live in the studio each morning by guests including people who have recently undergone operations; the families of donors meeting the people who have benefited from their loved one's life-saving gift; and celebrity guests, including actor David Harewood, comedian Eddie Large, sports presenter Gaby Logan and former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson, who talk about their own experiences and work in the field of organ and blood donation.

Each day there will be an update on blood stocks and donor sessions happening across the country, while viewers can get further information from bbc.co.uk/lifegivers or by phoning the BBC Action Line.

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BBC TWO Easter Monday 13 April 2009

Great British Menu

Easter Monday 13 April
6.30-7.00pm BBC TWO

Great British Menu seeks out a taste of the north
Great British Menu seeks out a taste of the north

With so many talented chefs in the north of England, Great British Menu has split the former northern region into two, North East and North West, as the series enters week three.

First it's the battle between proud Geordies Kenny Atkinson (The White Room at Seaham Hall, County Durham) and Ian Matfin (Abode, Manchester) to be crowned regional winner for the north east.

Kenny plans a starter of salad of Aberdeen Angus beef, carrots, horseradish and Shetland Black potatoes followed by a fish dish of Craster fish pie, a main course of Northumberland Blackface lamb, asparagus, baby leek and pease pudding and finally strawberry textures for desert.

To achieve this, Kenny visits a smokehouse to get some tips for his fish course and a local farm to seek out an alternative to Parma ham for his Great British main course. He also visits a chilli farm in Northumberland to try some of the 70 varieties of hot fruit chillis.

Rival Ian goes for a ham hock starter with parsley jelly and pease pudding. His fish dish is braised turbot with oysters, mussels and basil sauce with a main course of fillet of beef, mushrooms, marrow bone and red wine sauce. For dessert, it's warm honey tart with glazed lemon curd and blackberry milkshake.

Ian, meanwhile gets tips for pease pudding from a butcher in Whitley Bay and visits an oyster farm next to Holy Island. He also sees how his favourite cut of beef gets to the kitchen at Monkridge Hill Farm near Otterburn.

Former Great British Menu champion, the double Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wearing, is on hand this week. The competing chefs also visit the Royal Marine Reserves in Otterburn to cook a hearty meal using ration packs and ingredients scavenged from the local area. How will they cope when faced with an open fire, freshly caught game and a Swiss army knife?

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Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle Ep 5/6

Easter Monday 13 April
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO (Schedule Amendment 7 April)

Stewart Lee reminds viewers that he’s one of the country’s finest stand-up comedians
Stewart Lee reminds viewers that he’s one of the country’s finest stand-up comedians

"I live opposite a fire station. One day, one of the firemen asked me what I do for a living and I said I was a stand-up comedian, and he said: 'You must be very brave. Stand-up comedy is the hardest job in the world.' I said: 'It is, and I am glad that you, of all people, appreciate that.'"

Stewart, one of the finest stand-ups working in Britain today, reminds the audience, in case anyone had forgotten, that he is, in fact, a comedian. Tonight, he talks about the comedian who has been the biggest influence on his career, how the noble art of stand-up comedy works, and where he sees it going in the future – in retrospect probably not a good idea.

Each episode of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle sees him explore a different theme in a stand-up routine, illustrated with sketches featuring an ensemble cast including: Paul Putner, Kevin Eldon, Tony Law, Stephen K Amos, Simon Munnery, Gail Brand and with voice over from Peter Serafinowicz.

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The Wire – The Cost Ep 10/13

Easter Monday 13 April
11.20pm-12.20am BBC TWO

With a key witness in custody, McNulty and Daniels debate how to protect him in the months before he testifies, as the Baltimore-set American drama continues.

Meanwhile, Sydnor and Carver track down the Barksdale crew's main stash house, Prez shows off his "gift for the paper trail", Proposition Joe brokers a meeting between Omar and Stringer Bell; and Orlando attempts to become a player.

The Wire's ensemble cast includes: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Idris Elba, Clarke Peters, Wendell Pierce, Domenick Lombardozzi, Andre Royo, Sonya Sohn, Michael K Williams and Wood Harris.

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CBEEBIES Monday 6 April 2009

Timmy Time – Timmy Says Sorry Ep 6/26

Easter Monday 13 to Friday 17 April
12.00noon-12.30pm CBEEBIES

Timmy accidentally kicks a football through the nursery window in the week's first visit to the nursery school in an old farm nestling in some rolling hills.

After a spell on the naughty stump, CBeebies' newest star tries to be more careful, but ends up knocking down Otus's sandcastle with a careless kick of the ball. After much soul searching, Timmy realises it's not enough to say sorry, you have to show you're sorry too.

Complete with messy play area, story corner and garden, this is the perfect place for a young lamb to start finding his place in the world... Only on CBeebies, Timmy Time is Aardman's first pre-school series, specially created for boys, girls and animals between two and five years old. It combines the studio's world class stop motion style with the colourful simplicity of classic pre-school animation.

Timmy's nursery world is stylised, bright and colourful and the stories are presented with charm, humour and bags of fun.

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BBC ONE Tuesday 14 April 2009

EastEnders

Tuesday 14 April
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE

Shirley finds Phil upset and concocts a plan to cheer him up, as the trials and tribulations of life in Albert Square continue.

Lauren, meanwhile, is sceptical when she learns that Abi is planning a romantic dinner for Tanya and Max, and Dot learns a secret that Dotty has been keeping.

Shirley is played by Linda Henry, Phil by Steve McFadden, Lauren by Madeleine Duggan, Abi by Lorna Fitzgerald, Tanya by Jo Joyner, Max by Jake Wood, Dot by June Brown and Dotty by Molly Conlin.

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Holby City

Tuesday 14 April
8.00-9.00pm BBC ONE

Annalese is suspended over Hewitt's death and Ric informs her that the police might charge her with manslaughter, as the medical drama continues.

Tom, meanwhile, discovers that Ric knows about his faked reports and is desperate to gain his trust again, but everything he does goes wrong.

Elsewhere, Elliot's dog, Samson, is still in a bad way and Elliot decides to operate on the dog himself with help from Martha and Jac.

Annalese Carson is played by Anna-Louise Plowman, Ric Griffin by Hugh Quarshie, Tom Campbell-Gore by Denis Lawson, Elliot Hope by Paul Bradley, Martha Woodman by Holly Lucas, and Jac Naylor by Rosie Marcel.

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All The Small Things Ep 3/6

Tuesday 14 April
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
Esther (Sarah Lancashire) steps in to save the day
Esther (Sarah Lancashire) steps in to save the day

Well-meaning meddling from fellow choir members results in a spontaneous engagement for the choir's newest additions, Sofija and Nemanja, as Debbie Horsfield's uplifting musical drama series continues. Overjoyed bride-to-be Sofija begins to prepare her dream church wedding and pins her hopes on a special performance from Michael's choir during the ceremony.

Events turn sour, however, when Nemanja steps on Gilbert's toes both in the choir and at work. Gilbert is outraged when Nemanja is offered his coveted soloist position in the choir and a lucrative decorating contract at the church.

But Nemanja holds firm and refuses to be bullied by the "old guard". The extent of Gilbert and wife Ethel's intimidation campaign forces Sofija to question whether she and Nemanja will ever be accepted into the community. With their wedding plans in tatters, it's down to Esther's choir to step in – but will it be too late to save the day?

New friends Esther and Jake, meanwhile, find themselves thrown together by their work on the new church community space. The project helps take Esther's mind off of her failed marriage, albeit temporarily, as Layla, who's keen to impress Michael, focuses on forming a bond with his and Esther's teenage daughter, Georgia.

With more intrigue about the true nature and history of their relationship, Jake is desperate to shut Layla out of his life for good. Happier times are ahead for Kyle, though, as a tentative friendship with Grace begins to blossom.

Sofija is played by Brana Bajic, Nemanja by Kristian Kiehling, Gilbert by David Fleeshman, Esther by Sarah Lancashire, Jake by Bryan Dick, Layla by Sarah Alexander, Michael by Neil Pearson, Georgia by Jo Woodcock, Kyle by Richard Fleeshman and Grace by Ayesha Gwilt.

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BBC TWO Tuesday 14 April 2009

The Speaker Ep 3/8

Tuesday 14 April
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO

Deborah Meaden, the doyenne of Dragons' Den, joins judges Jo Brand, Jeremy Stockwell and John Amaechi this week, as the hunt for Britain's best young speaker continues.

The first challenge of the week sees the remaining 20 contestants asked to deliver a speech, with no preparation, at the vast Wembley Arena. Speaking at this daunting venue is no walk in the park for the young speakers and only 10 will make it through to the next challenge – where the dragon awaits.

Mentor Deborah is on hand to teach the 10 surviving contestants about the art of conviction. After a series of sessions, the teenage hopefuls are sent into busy Covent Garden market with empty jars to see if they can convince the public that they are the most important jars in the world. Under Deborah's watchful eye, they are then set the task of speaking at London's world-famous Speakers' Corner in front of a very expectant audience.

The two weakest contestants will be eliminated from the contest and only eight will go through to tomorrow's round of challenges – but only one will be eventually crowned The Speaker...

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The Wire – The Hunt Ep 11/13

Tuesday 14 April
11.20pm-12.20am BBC TWO

When a buy-bust goes bad, the police intensify their pursuit of Savino, Wee-Bey and Little Man, as the acclaimed drama series continues.

With an eye on the press Burrell orders Daniels to launch a city-wide series of drug raids. Elsewhere, Barksdale's ranks start to thin and Freamon decides there's a rat in the precinct.

The ensemble cast for The Wire includes: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Idris Elba, Clarke Peters, Wendell Pierce, Domenick Lombardozzi, Andre Royo, Sonya Sohn, Michael K Williams and Wood Harris.

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BBC THREE Tuesday 14 April 2009

My Life As An Animal

New series
Tuesday 14 April
Time to be confirmed BBC THREE

Richard Da Costa
Richard Da Costa

Eight intrepid volunteers take part in an innovative and bold experiment, in this new series. To try and learn more about animals, they sleep, eat and endeavour to communicate with horses, dogs, pigs, penguins and seals. By getting back to basics, the experiment also hopes to help the participants learn something about their own lives as well as the animals.

The volunteers closely observe the animals, using this to carefully inform their own behaviour. Among other animal activities, they try to gain a place within the strict hierarchy of the thoroughbred stallions, win the trust of a pack of foxhounds and learn more about pigs and their piglets.

In today's opener, entrepreneur and actor Richard Da Costa and BBC Radio 5 Live's travel and news reporter, Lynsey Horn, take part in a unique television experience as they volunteer to live their lives as pigs for four days. Leaving their homes and luxuries behind, Richard and Lynsey immerse themselves in the pigs' environment by sleeping with them, eating their food and even learning to speak like the animals. By the end of the programme, the real-life "Dr Dolittles" – and viewers – will have learned first-hand about a pig's life in Britain today.

While Richard lives in an indoor pig sty with 10 other pigs as part of an intensive pig farming operation, Lynsey moves into a field that houses 63 organically reared pigs. The pair learn about the lifecycle of the animals, with a lesson in artificial insemination and a visit to an abattoir. Pig expert Katy Mason teaches them how to grunt in order to communicate effectively with their fellow pigs and wildlife expert Terry Nutkins devises challenges to help them become accepted as pigs, by the pigs.

Will it be a pig's life for Richard and Lynsey or will they be trotting back home at the first hurdle?

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Horne And Corden Ep 6/6

Tuesday 14 April
10.30-11.00pm BBC THREE

Singer Will Young makes a special guest appearance tonight, in the final episode of the comedy sketch show hosted by James Corden and Mathew Horne.

James is devastated that it's the end of the series, while Mat doesn't seem so bothered. Meanwhile, Tim Goodall tackles obesity; Xander interrupts Jibson's daughter's birthday party; Shovey Mate attacks in a lift; Spider-Man and Superman finally show their true colours; and the Young People's Church have a song with a mission.

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BBC FOUR Tuesday 14 April 2009

Mad Men – The Inheritance Ep 10/13

Tuesday 14 April
10.00-10.50pm BBC FOUR

In the year that America talked about putting a man on the moon, Sterling Cooper plans to promote the company's ability to help congressmen land aerospace contacts for their districts, as the award-winning drama continues.

In preparation for the upcoming convention, the account team attendees, Pete and Paul, discuss their strategy. Don reminds them that every engineer, scientist and general will be there "trying to figure out how to put a man on the moon, or blow up Moscow – whichever one costs more." However, it is events outside the office that are the focus this week.

Pete's family world is in turmoil – his wife, Trudy, keeps asking him to consider adoption and his brother, Bud, reveals how thoroughly their father squandered their inheritance. But it is while he is with his mother that Pete finally snaps. She threatens to disinherit him if he adopts a child – repeating his father's description of adoption as "pulling from the discards". His response leaves his mother in shock and forces Bud to come clean about her financial state.

Across town, Betty also has family problems as she learns her father, Gene, has had a stroke. She calls Don for support, and when they both arrive at his house the next morning Gene is confused – and, at one point, he mistakes Betty for her dead mother. Later that day, when she is chatting to her brother, William, Betty complains about Gloria, their stepmother. He says that he appreciates Gloria for taking on their father's care. The following morning, as Betty clears her dad's breakfast plate, Gene again mistakes Betty for his late wife.

When Don and Betty arrive back home, Don goes upstairs to take a shower but Betty tells him he should leave.

Later, in the office, Don informs Joan that he will be accompanying Pete to California instead of Paul, and instructs her to send Paul a memo about the change of plans. However, she heads back to where everyone is gathered and publicly tells him, instead – taking great pleasure in upsetting him.

Pete is played by Vincent Kartheiser; Paul Kinsey by Michael Gladis, Don by Jon Hamm; Trudy Campbell by Alison Brie; Bud Campbell by Rich Hutchman; Betty Draper by January Jones; Gene Hofstadt by Ryan Cutrona; William Hofstadt by Eric Ladin; Gloria Massey Hofstadt by Darcy Shean and Joan by Christina Hendricks.

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CBEEBIES Tuesday 14 April 2009

Timmy Time – Timmy Steals The Show Ep 7/26

Easter Monday 13 to Friday 17 April
Time to be confirmed CBEEBIES

Timmy invites younger viewers to join him for some more adventures at his nursery school, in this week's second offering of the CBeebies series from the makers of the much-loved and critically acclaimed Shaun The Sheep.

Whilst bossing everybody about during rehearsals for the nursery's talent show, diva Yabba loses her voice. She is crestfallen that she may not able to perform, but Timmy saves the day by performing for her.

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BBC ONE Wednesday 15 April 2009

Waterloo Road Ep 15/20

Wednesday 15 April
8.00-9.00pm BBC ONE

Determined to reunite the girls' football team, Tom persuades his old friend, Captain Andy Watson, to run an Army Day, using team building techniques to whip the girls into shape, as the drama set in a Rochdale comprehensive school continues.

The day, however, descends into a shambolic mess when one pupil spots the opportunity for a personal act of revenge.

Davina, meanwhile, is delighted to finally qualify as a teacher, and things seem perfect when Rachel offers her a job at Waterloo Road. But her day starts to unravel when Tom is more preoccupied with his own projects and she discovers that money has gone missing from their joint account.

Things go from bad to worse when Davina finds out that Tom has lent the money to Rose Kelly. She then witnesses Rose slapping Tom and suspects he has been lying to her about his involvement with Rose.

Elsewhere, Kim is desperately trying to protect her own secret from the prying eyes of the Home Office, but with Grace in hiding with Steph, Kim wonders if she has done enough to put the authorities off the scent.

When Tom returns home laden with champagne and flowers, determined to make it up to Davina, there's a letter waiting for him and no sign of Davina...

Tom Clarkson is played by Jason Done, Andy Watson by Sam Hazeldine, Davina Shackleton by Christine Tremarco, Rachel by Eva Pope, Rose by Elaine Symons, Kim Campbell by Angela Griffin and Steph Haydock by Denise Welch.

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BBC TWO Wednesday 15 April 2009

The Speaker Ep 4/8

Wednesday 15 April
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO
The Speaker reaches the last eight – judges (L-R) Jeremy Stockwell, Jo Brand and John Amaechi
The Speaker reaches the last eight – judges (L-R) Jeremy Stockwell, Jo Brand and John Amaechi

The hunt for Britain's best young speaker continues as Earl Spencer joins judges Jo Brand, Jeremy Stockwell and John Amaechi in the quest for the nation's most talented, talkative teen.

The Speaker invites tough-talking 14 to 18-year-olds from class jokers to shy, sensitive types to go head to head as they learn to talk publicly and passionately about the things that matter to them.

Earl Spencer's powerful eulogy at his sister Diana's funeral was recently named one of the greatest speeches of the 20th Century. Now a coach to the international business community, he joins The Speaker to mentor the contestants in the art of communicating information.

"When people speak in public they are actually trying to communicate information to their audience," says Earl Spencer. "The bottom line is you have got to be interesting, you have got to be measured and you have got to have something important to say".

Inviting the remaining eight contestants to this stately home at Althorp in Northamptonshire, Earl Spencer puts them through a series of challenges to see how well they communicate information. First the teenagers, who have never spoken in front of each other before, must talk for one minute about an ancient household object.

Next, they become temporary tour guides to inform visitors about designated rooms at Althorp. From the haunted oak bedroom to the vast picture gallery, the contestants have eight whole minutes to talk knowledgeably and factually about their patch – with a couple of red herrings thrown in for good measure...

Seven contestants will make it through to next week's challenges – but only one will eventually be crowned The Speaker.

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The Wire – Cleaning Up Ep 12/13

Wednesday 15 April
11.20pm-12.15am BBC TWO

With the tapped pay phones out of service, McNulty and Daniels try to keep up by wiring Barksdale's back office at the club, in the penultimate episode of the award-winning American crime drama.

Meanwhile, Wallace returns to the projects and Bodie gets new responsibilities. D'Angelo makes a run to New York City for his uncle and Daniels faces off against Burrell and his political allies, with the detail's future in the balance.

The Wire's ensemble cast includes: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Idris Elba, Clarke Peters, Wendell Pierce, Domenick Lombardozzi, Andre Royo, Sonya Sohn, Michael K Williams and Wood Harris.

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BBC FOUR Wednesday 15 April 2009

Mud Sweat And Tractors – Milk Ep 1/4

New series
Wednesday 15 April (Schedule Addition 2 April)
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR

A new four-part series for BBC Four tells the story of man's relationship with the land, charting the revolution that food production in Britain underwent in the 20th century, and examining the impact this had on the lives of farmers and consumers alike. Intimate and touching home films, recorded at the time, provide a unique and largely unseen record of a century of revolution on the land.

The first programme looks at milk. The changing ways in which it was distributed and sold are captured in the home movies of two dairy farmers from the South of England – Nick Gosling, whose mother filmed life on the farm from the Fifties through to the end of the century, and Will Hosford, whose father has home movies of their lives in farming stretching back to the Thirties.

These home movies reveal the scale of the revolution in one of the most important products of the farm. Through them viewers can see the transition from hand milking to robot milking, from milk delivered to the door to milk sold by supermarkets, and from cows that produced 15 litres a day in the Thirties to cows that today produce over 60 litres a day. To survive the changing conditions, they took different routes: Nick became organic, while Will forged a relationship with Britain's biggest milk retailer, Tesco. Their stories and films help viewers understand the scale of the revolution and why, when most dairy farmers were throwing in the towel, these two survived.

Mud, Sweat And Tractors is part of a season of programmes on BBC Four exploring how food gets from the fields to the kitchen table. It documents the revolution this process has undergone in Britain over the past 100 years and examines how the countryside has changed as a result.

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CBEEBIES Wednesday 15 April 2009

Timmy Time – Timmy Wants The Beret Ep 8/26

Easter Monday 13 to Friday 17 April
Time to be confirmed CBEEBIES

Ruffy is wearing a beret... and Timmy wants it, in today's midweek offering of the CBeebies series from the makers of the much-loved and critically acclaimed Shaun The Sheep. After successfully getting hold of the beret, Timmy also takes Otus' glove-puppet and Mittens' wagon, but he doesn't know what to do when his own beloved teddy-bear goes missing...

Only on CBeebies, Timmy Time is Aardman's first pre-school series, specially created for boys, girls and animals between two and five years old. It combines the studio's world-class "stop motion" style with the colourful simplicity of classic pre-school animation. Timmy's nursery world is stylised, bright and colourful and the stories are presented with charm, humour and bags of fun.

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BBC ONE Thursday 16 April 2009

Horrible Histories Ep 1/13

New series
Thursday 16 April
4.35-5.00pm BBC ONE (Schedule Addition 27 March)
Jim Howick as Ugg
Jim Howick as Ugg

Some of the UK's top comedy talent join forces to introduce children to gruesome events and ghastly characters from British and international history. Sarah Hadland, Steve Punt and Meera Syal are among those bringing to life strange facts, rotten rulers, gory battles, crazy inventions and weird and wonderful moments from the past, in this new series based on the books written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown.

Starting out in the Savage Stone Age, Horrible Histories progresses through the Awful Egyptians, Rotten Romans, Vicious Vikings, Measly Middle Ages, Terrible Tudors, Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians, right up to the Second World War. Each episode features a mixture of sketches from different ages, played by the talented ensemble cast, and commentary comes from the show's host – Rattus Rattus, the talking rat.

Horrible Histories romps through the ages and features a mixture of sketches, cartoons and quizzes – including pastiches of some familiar adverts and television formats, such as Historical Wife Swap, Historical Hospital and Ready Steady Feast.

Author Terry Deary also pops up throughout the series in some cameo roles, including a Roman Emperor and a grave robber.

In today's opener, a pirate captain worries about early bedtime, a soldier from the First World War struggles to cook with fake food and the four King Georges form a boy band and sing Born To Rule – a musical journey through 18th-century British History, sung in the style of a Westlife ballad.

Horrible Histories boasts some of Britain's finest comedy talent including writers Steve Punt, John Holmes and Giles Pilbrow and actors Meera Syal, Sarah Hadland, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby and Ben Ward. John Ecclestone is the puppeteer for Rattus Rattus.

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EastEnders

Thursday 16 April
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE

Shirley accuses Phil of drinking again, which he adamantly denies, in the penultimate visit of the week to Walford.

After her argument with Abi, meanwhile, Tanya comforts an upset Lauren.

Elsewhere, Libby pesters Chelsea and says that Patrick ought to see Tommy again, but Chelsea warns her sister about interfering in Patrick's business.

Shirley is played by Linda Henry, Phil by Steve McFadden, Abi by Lorna Fitzgerald, Tanya by Jo Joyner, Lauren by Madeleine Duggan, Libby by Belinda Owusu, Chelsea by Tiana Benjamin, Patrick by Rudolph Walker and Tommy by Edward Woodward.

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My Family

Thursday 16 April
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE

Susan's old university friend, Margot, visits for some support during her divorce, as the series about the dysfunctional Harper family continues. Ben is surprised when Margot reveals how good Susan was at picking men up in her youth and is horrified to find out their sons, Nick and Michael, were named after two of her many ex-boyfriends.

Meanwhile, Janey attempts to lift Roger's spirits by assuring him women find him attractive – especially her fictitious Swedish friend, Elke. When Roger learns Swedish and decides he wants to meet Elke, Janey is forced to let him down by faking a phone call from Elke saying she's moved back to Sweden. All she has to do is persuade someone to be Elke.

Elsewhere, Margot finds out her husband has a date and decides she needs a man to make him jealous. Susan and Ben volunteer to help her, but end up distracted by a wager they have between themselves. Susan is confident she can pick up more phone numbers than Ben and, in no time, she's surrounded by men – whilst Ben struggles to get women to take any notice of him.

Margot has no more luck than Ben, so Susan very kindly loans him to her for the evening as a substitute date. When the date goes to plan and Margot's husband leaves the restaurant looking miserable, the pair celebrate with another bottle of wine. But, the following morning, it seems it may have been one bottle too many as Ben wakes up in a very sticky situation.

Susan is played by Zoë Wanamaker, Margot by Belinda Lang, Janey by Daniela Denby-Ashe, Roger by Keiron Self and Ben by Robert Lindsay.

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BBC TWO Thursday 16 April 2009

The Wire – Sentencing Ep 13/13

Thursday 16 April
11.20pm-12.20am BBC TWO

Daniels and McNulty turn to a higher authority in an effort to continue the case, as one of television's most critically acclaimed series, The Wire, concludes.

Brianna Barksdale joins her brother in their new headquarters, while Freamon and Bunk try to trace a crucial call. Elsewhere, Pearlman and McNulty celebrate a break in the case as those caught up work out plea bargains, and D'Angelo envisions a life outside the drug culture.

The ensemble cast of The Wires includes: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Idris Elba, Clarke Peters, Wendell Pierce, Domenick Lombardozzi, Andre Royo, Sonya Sohn, Michael K Williams and Wood Harris.

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CBEEBIES Friday 17 April 2009

Timmy Time – Timmy Wants The Blues Ep 9/26

Easter Monday 13 to Friday 17 April
Time to be confirmed CBEEBIES
Aardman's loveable lamb Timmy
Aardman's loveable lamb Timmy

From the much-loved and critically acclaimed makers of Shaun The Sheep, Timmy Time, starring the "only lamb in the flock", continues.

Timmy is having a blue day today and collects all the blue toys, blue cushions and blue paint. But, when it comes to painting a picture, he quickly discovers he's going to need more than just one colour.

Only on CBeebies, Timmy Time is Aardman's first pre-school series, specially created for two- to five-year-olds. It combines the studio's world-class "stop motion" style with the colourful simplicity of classic pre-school animation. Timmy's nursery world is stylised, bright and colourful and the stories are presented with charm, humour and bags of fun.

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Network TV BBC Week 15: Friday 17 April 2009

BBC ONE Friday 17 April 2009

EastEnders

Friday 17 April
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE

A chance encounter with Jack makes Max want to spend more time with his family, in the final visit of the week to Albert Square.

Roxy, meanwhile, is concerned about Ronnie's well being and Nick breaks into Dot's house using a key left for him by Dotty.

Jack is played by Scott Maslen, Max by Jake Wood, Roxy by Rita Simons, Ronnie by Samantha Janus, Nick by John Altman, Dot by June Brown and Dotty by Molly Conlin.

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BBC TWO Friday 17 April 2009

Genius Ep 4/6

Friday 17 April
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO

Comedian Johnny Vegas joins host Dave Gorman this week, as the show that searches for ideas with more than a hint of genius about them continues.

Submissions in tonight's episode include: dating insurance to ease the pain of break-ups; a torture box for inanimate objects; more fish to make fishing more interesting; two-way ladders you can go down as well as up; and a conveyor duvet for maximum coverage.

Gorman and Vegas road-test a prototype for the conveyor duvet with less than sterling results and determine the winner of the competition, who will take the coveted Genius trophy home with them.

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CBEEBIES Friday 17 April 2009

Timmy Time – Timmy Plays Ball Ep 10/26

Easter Monday 13 to Friday 17 April
Time to be confirmed CBEEBIES

The series from the makers of the much-loved and critically acclaimed Shaun The Sheep continues, following the adventures of Timmy, the "only lamb in the flock", at his nursery school.

The class are learning how to play football, but Timmy keeps hogging the ball. Ruffy and Paxton soon get bored, leaving Timmy to play football with a not-very-athletic Otus. But, after teaching Otus how to pass the ball, Timmy wins himself a new football partner.

Only on CBeebies, Timmy Time is Aardman's first pre-school series, specially created for two to five-year-olds. It combines the studio's world-class "stop motion" style with the colourful simplicity of classic pre-school animation. Timmy's nursery world is stylised, bright and colourful and the stories are presented with charm, humour and bags of fun.

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