|BBC ONE Monday 12 January 2009|
Red Sharkey (Seb Charles, left)
Fletcher "Half" Moon
(Rory Elrick) are on the trail of
a mobile phone thief
Schoolboy-turned-private-detective Fletcher "Half" Moon attempts to solve another mystery this week, as the comedy drama series based on Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer's best-selling book continues.
Detecting is everything to Moon. He wants the truth and he is willing to battle for the kids who can't fight for themselves, which isn't always easy when there are enemies around every corner in the jungle that is the playground.
Hungry for their first proper case, "Half" Moon and his detecting partner, Red, are on the trail of a mobile phone thief who is bullying other children by text.
Mobile phones are going missing at St Jerome's and Moon and Red are on to it. They soon realise that the thief is also sending abusive texts, but not before more friends fall out and alliances are destroyed.
Moon and Red attempt to find the thief's identity before complete anarchy sets in.
Meanwhile, Moon's sister, Hazel, longs for Goth Dogboy to notice her. But he only has eyes for Red's sister, Genie. Will Hazel's quest to attract Dogboy's attention be a lost cause?
"Half" Moon is played by Rory Elrick, Red by Sebastian Charles, Hazel by Robyn Milne, Goth Dogboy by Greig Taylor and Genie by Kathleen Kid.
Libby and Chelsea are on tenterhooks as they worry about their family's future, in the first visit of the week to Albert Square.
Lucas and Denise, meanwhile, meet to discuss their relationship. Will the wedding go ahead?
Elsewhere, an unresponsive Jean brings back painful childhood memories for Stacey.
Libby is played by Belinda Owusu, Chelsea by Tiana Benjamin, Lucas by Don Gilet, Denise by Di Parish, Jean by Gillian Wright and Stacey by Lacey Turner.
|BBC TWO Monday 12 January 2009|
| CITY SEASON
Million Dollar Traders Ep 1/3
Monday 12 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 12 December)
Eight ordinary people are given a million dollars, a fortnight of intensive training and two months to run their own hedge fund, in this new series as part of BBC Two’s City Season. Have they got what it takes to make a fortune, or will the pressure of working in one of the toughest industries be too much to bear?
The series is a unique experiment designed to reveal the inner workings of a city trading floor. Top hedge funder Lex Van Dam has supplied the money – he wants to see if ordinary people can beat the professionals and he expects a return on his investment, too.
In programme one, Lex must choose his traders. Following a rigorous selection process, eight very different characters are picked to go forward and trade Lex’s hard-earned cash, under the supervision of Anton Kreill, a 29-year-old city veteran – and millionaire – who retired two years ago.
The traders are Ohi, a 19-year-old straight-A maths student; Caroline, an entrepreneur and single mum of young twins; Simon, a retired IT expert; Emile, a fight promoter; Sam, an environmentalist; Cleo, a young vet; Mike, a newly retired army major; and Amit, a shopkeeper.
On day one, the hopefuls are up at the crack of dawn, ready at their desks when the markets open at 8am, with the £25k they have each been given to trade in the first week.
But the novices have external forces against them with the global credit crunch beginning to bite – and they quickly realise that the market conditions they’re working in are some of the most volatile for a generation.
Inexperienced and nervous, Mike and Simon try to make the right calls but both lose money, while Cleo’s natural confidence deserts her as she struggles to find the courage to make even a single trade.
As Anton monitors their progress and reports back regularly to boss Lex, it becomes clear that they’re losing money. Lex is not amused. They get a roasting, and they’ve still got six weeks left to go.
|BBC THREE Monday 12 January 2009|
| Born Survivors –
Kizzy: Sex, Prams And Exams Ep 1/3
10.30-11.30pm BBC THREE
Monday 12 January
(Schedule addition Monday 22 December)
Born Survivors returns to BBC Three with a new series of hard-hitting and inspiring TV documentaries in which young people forced to live with serious issues reveal their strategies for survival. The documentaries, which tackle the subjects of young motherhood, eating disorders and under-age drinking, tell the extraordinary stories of young people surviving whatever life throws at them and gives them a unique opportunity to talk candidly about their experiences and determination to change their lives.
The documentaries are accompanied by online minisodes – two to four-minute self-contained videos, and nine short films made by young people across the country in collaboration with the Media Trust, whose themes range from homelessness and growing up in care, to cancer and gang life. Both minisodes and short films can be found at bbc.co.uk/bornsurvivors.
Kizzy became pregnant when she was just 13, and gave birth to Kaylib in May 2007. Her pregnancy, birth and the first few months of motherhood were captured in a touching and unique film originally broadcast on BBC Three in December 2007. The birth itself, in May, was the best moment of her life, she says.
In the summer of 2008, the cameras returned to catch up with the young mum. Kizzy: Sex, Prams And Exams follows Kizzy's journey from young teenager to full-blown mother and shows her attempts to take her own first steps towards independence.
Kizzy has now hit her stride and is a lot more confident with Kaylib than when he was first born. This confidence is due in part to the help and support she's received from her family, and particularly from Michael, her boyfriend.
Not only is Kizzy turning 16, but she is also waiting for her GCSE results, the outcome of which will determine whether she can carry on with her further education – most girls who have a baby never return to full-time mainstream schooling.
Kizzy has also been thinking about getting her own place with boyfriend Michael and becoming more independent, but her parents don't think she is ready to leave the family home. This leads to a heated discussion on the eve of her birthday.
Juggling motherhood, college and work is tough for this 16-year-old, but not impossible. And along the way she manages to find a place for Kaylib at the local nursery, and have him baptised. But then Kizzy is not your average teenager, and she's working hard to throw off any negative labels attached to her because she had Kaylib so young.
|BBC FOUR Monday 12 January 2009|
Professor Jim Al-Khalili travels
to Northern Syria to discover
Islamic scientists' contribution
to scientific method
Professor Jim Al-Khalili travels to Northern Syria, to the backstreets of Damascus – one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world – and on to the Nile in Cairo to discover Islamic scientists' contribution to scientific method, as Science And Islam continues. He unearths the breakthroughs they made which helped shape science today.
Jim argues that modern scientific method was born in the medieval Islamic world, in and around the 9th and 10th century AD.
He travels to Northern Syria to learn more about the great astronomer and mathematician Al-Biruni who, 1,000 years ago, correctly estimated the size of the Earth to within a few hundred miles.
He tells the story of Al-Razi, who began the process of the classification of substances that eventually led to the creation of the Periodic Table.
In Cairo, Jim also encounters extraordinary physicist Ibn
al-Haytham, who proved one of the most fundamental principles in physics – that light travels in straight lines. Despite working with incredibly crude instruments, Ibn established the modern science of optics.
|CBBC Monday 12 January 2009|
| M.I. High – The Mole Ep 2/13
Monday 12 January
Former EastEnders star Dean Gaffney makes a guest appearance in this week's episode of the spy drama as bank robber extraordinaire Luke Withers.
New spies Carrie and Oscar are still trying to earn their stripes with espionage leader Frank London and the pressure increases as they are told that they are still on trial. Together with the more experienced Rose, they have to work against the clock to stop a mystery criminal who is robbing all the banks in the country.
One British bank after another discovers that someone has tunnelled into the vaults, stolen all the money and vanished. The team thinks it looks like the work of The Mole, but he is in a highly secure M.I.9 prison.
Meanwhile, The Mole's former sidekick, Luke Withers, is enjoying the success of his dastardly exploits, convinced that he is the world's most cunning criminal mastermind.
The new recruits try to decipher a pattern between the robberies so that they can be one step ahead of the copy-cat mole before he strikes again. However, with Rose busy at M.I.9 HQ, Oscar and Carrie have to come up with something brilliant to solve this crime wave and to prove their worth at M.I. High.
Luke Withers is played by Dean Gaffney, Carrie by Charlene Osuagwu, Oscar by Ben Kerfoot, Frank London by Jonny Freeman, Rose by Rachel Petladwala and The Mole by Jeff Rawle.