|BBC ONE Saturday 10 January 2009|
The first round of Barclays Premier League games to take place in 2009 feature in this week's edition of Football Focus.
With Chelsea visiting Manchester United tomorrow afternoon, there's a chance for their title rivals to exert some pressure ahead of that fixture. Liverpool travel to Stoke – having been held to a frustrating goalless draw by the Potters at Anfield earlier this season.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have won their last five matches against Bolton but Arsene Wenger, who has complained in the past that Wanderers' style of football is overly physical, will nevertheless be wary of Gary Megson's men.
There's also a north-east derby at the Riverside where Middlesbrough host Sunderland, while Aston Villa take on West Brom in a Midlands match-up.
In the Coca-Cola Championship, Swansea and Burnley, two clubs vying for promotion to the top flight, meet at Turf Moor. North of the Border, it's the fourth round of the Tennants Scottish Cup, which sees the entry of the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League teams – the pick of the ties sees Edinburgh rivals Hibernian and Hearts clash at Easter Road.
Results, reports and reaction from the key football games up and down the country, including a north-east derby in the Premier League between Middlesbrough and Sunderland, feature in this week's Final Score.
Viewers can also catch up with all the news from today's Scottish Cup fourth round, which sees the Scottish Premier League teams enter the fray.
Digital viewers can watch Final Score from 2.30-6pm by pressing the Red button on their remote controls.
| Total Wipeout
Saturday 10 January
5.50-6.45pm BBC ONE
Richard Hammond presents another helping of the action-packed game show, as it returns for round two. Men and women from all walks of life compete on one of the world's largest, extreme obstacle courses, hoping to win a cash prize.
It's week two and, in Argentina, 20 daring contestants take on four of the toughest, most ridiculous and physically demanding games ever created.
Only three of the most bold and courageous will make it through to the final hugely dramatic Wipeout Zone. Here, they must use every last ounce of energy as they tackle a 45ft slide, rolling barrels, a climbing wall, a giant spinning plate, rolling logs and a series of trampolines.
Presenting from the safety of the studio, Richard is in charge as the action unfolds. Meanwhile, Amanda Byram is trackside in Argentina to talk to the courageous contestants about how brilliantly – and how terribly – they are doing in their valiant attempts to complete this extraordinary course.
The purpose-built course outside Buenos Aires is a magnet for the brave and the foolhardy from all over the world – but how will the UK's finest fare?
If the contestants beat the obstacle course in good time they will go through to the next round. If they fall over, give up or get "totally wiped out", however, they're on their way home. One thing is guaranteed – every show is packed with the most outrageous, bone-shaking crashes and smashes ever seen. Total Wipeout is a painfully funny game show that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats.
Please note: Total Wipeout begins in BBC Week 1 on Saturday 3 January.
| Eurovision – Your Country Needs You Ep 2/5
Saturday 10 January
6.45-7.45pm BBC ONE
Andrew Lloyd Webber and his team of professionals have decided on a shortlist of six acts all hoping to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. Tonight, the contestants vie for a place in Eurovision history and take to the stage for the first of the live shows, hosted by Graham Norton.
Performing live for the viewers, the acts have to show they've got the right ingredients to take on the best in Europe, and all are hoping to win enough votes to stay in the competition.
Andrew is on hand to encourage them throughout the week and each act must put his advice into practice. Andrew is accompanied on his mission by a team of music industry professionals, including Colin Barlow, a music expert who acts as Andrew's right-hand man.
This week, the acts are tested with a Eurovision-style task and, from the bunker, viewers find out how Andrew is getting on with composing the song.
Special guests over the series include former Eurovision winners and some of pop's biggest acts will also sing some Eurovision classics.
Once all the acts have performed, the public cast their votes. Five acts will go through to next week’s show with a chance of being the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Moscow, in May.
Zoe (Sunetra Sarker) is
frantically trying to find Sharice
Zoe arrives for work to find Sharice waiting for her, in this week's edition of the medical drama. Believing the young girl was sent by Abby as emotional blackmail, she walks away. Abby later wakes up and finds her daughter is missing.
Alex, meanwhile, arrives at ED as Adam has booked him in for an operation. The brothers, however, clash over the op and Alex is not sure he wants to go through with it.
Having finally found Sharice, the family ends up at a scrap-yard. Sharice, having answered her father back in the car, escapes, and Abby follows her. Chaos ensues, as Abby tries to protect Sharice by hiding her in the boot of a scrap car. Finn chases after Abby, but she attacks him in self-defence with a large spanner while trying to escape from him. Finn catches up with Abby, but they both end up fighting for their lives in resus as a result.
Sharice, meanwhile, is left for dead in the boot of the car, which is waiting to be scrapped. In resus, Zoe frantically tries to establish where Sharice is.
Elsewhere, Tess tries to get hold of Jessica and is concerned that she is not at work. An upset Jessica, meanwhile, is at home watching a video of her children. Maureen, her mother-in-law, turns up to tell her the new owners of the house will shortly be moving in and produces a contract that Sean tricked her into signing before he left. Maureen refuses to listen to Jessica's pleas, however, and insists she hands over the keys.
Zoe is played by Sunetra Sarker, Alex by Luke Hamill, Adam by Tristan Gemmill, Tess by Suzanne Packer, Jessica by Gillian Kearney and Maureen by Jane Lapotaire.
Gary Lineker brings viewers highlights from the first round of Premier League fixtures of the New Year.
Liverpool's title challenge continued against Stoke, who held the Reds to a goalless draw at Anfield and who have proved a hard team to beat at the Britannia Stadium this season. Arsenal played host to Bolton, a team who have been something of a bête noire for Arsene Wenger in seasons gone by – although the Gunners have won their last five meetings with Wanderers.
Roy Hodgson's Fulham, meanwhile, faced Blackburn, a club he managed for a brief and unhappy spell 11 years ago. Aston Villa have looked like creditable top four challengers so far this season, but Martin O'Neill would be the first to admit that keeping up their form going into the second half of the campaign will be an even tougher task – especially given the lack of depth in their squad. Earlier today, they hosted fellow Midlanders West Brom, whose current ambitions are limited to Premier League survival. Another derby game saw Middlesbrough meet Sunderland, who have scored last-gasp goals in their last three games against their north-east rivals.
The last six meetings between Newcastle and West Ham have seen an average of four goals a game, but who hit the net when the sides met on Tyneside today? In the remaining games, Hull travelled to Everton while Manchester City were at Portsmouth.
|BBC TWO Saturday 10 January 2009|
| BBC SWITCH ON BBC TWO
Almost Perfect Guide To Life
Saturday 10 January
12.20-12.45pm BBC TWO (Copy updated 19 December)
BBC Radio 1's Reggie Yates joins BBC Switch to present The Almost Perfect Guide To Life - a new six-part series offering a one-stop guide to everything teenagers want to know but don’t know who to ask. Joining Reggie to introduce Insider Guide segments is AJ Odudu in her first TV presenting role.
It is tough being a teen – surging hormones, changing bodies, exam stress and pocket money that just doesn't cut it are some of the things they have to deal with. And, on top of that, there's pressure to wear the right clothes and to look good – when all they really want to do is spend time with their mates.
The show gives young people the information they need in an informative and entertaining way to help get them through this confusing time. From how to pull, how to pass and how to pretend they've known this stuff all along, each episode is fast-paced, funny, frank and packed with insider tips presented by experts for both guys and girls.
The opening programme features 16-year-old Simon, who has the world at his feet, except when it comes to the dance floor. He’s in serious need of specialist help, so Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole steps in to show him some moves.
There are also quick guides on how to smell good and how to shave, and AJ gives viewers an insider’s guide to work experience, in which she meets top London hair stylist James Galvin. This is followed by a guide to dressing fashionably on a budget, featuring Kate Nash's personal stylist Liz Cardwell, who helps 19-year-old student Emily.
BBC Switch launches Myths today, a series of six, five-minute modern interpretations of a selection of Greek myths aimed at teenagers.
The stories revolve around the lives of several teenagers living in the fictional village of Delphi, and feature a special appearance from top girl band The Saturdays as The Syrens. Interpreted by BBC Switch's in-house writers, the series is a co-production with Ridley Scott's RSA Films and is directed by Henry Mason.
The series opens with Paris And The Goddesses – an interpretation of the original Judgement Of Paris myth. Fifteen-year-old Paris has always felt that he doesn't fit in and it hardly helps that the love of his life, Helen, doesn't even know he exists. But a chance meeting with Zeus at the house party of the year changes everything and gives Paris the opportunity to finally be noticed.
The other films featured in the series are: The Eye Of The Cyclops, The Fall Of Icarus, The Syrens Call, The Love Of Narcissus and Escape From The Underworld.
Myths is a multi-platform experience and viewers can watch them, explore the original Greek myths, get to know the characters and play the Myths quiz and games online.
UK sitcom Trexx & Flipside, starring Peter Dalton and David Ajala, gets an airing BBC Two this afternoon, following its run on BBC Three last year.
Trexx and Flipside are wannabe hip-hop stars and their music label, Wu Hah Records, is run by Mr Brilliance, who doesn't seem to know his 50 Cent from his Snoop Dogg. Luckily, Ollie, the assistant, knows what she's doing and takes charge. But things aren't looking too good and even Ollie worries about the boys' misguided efforts when they crash the British Rap Awards in a borrowed limo shared with a hen party – not to mention their arch rival, rapper B-Ice, who has sworn to put the boys in the gutter. Pitted against their rap rivals and backed by a no-hoper manager, will Trexx and Flipside ever make it?
Today's opener – Faking It – sees Mr Brilliance decide there is no such thing as bad publicity and wants Trexx and Flipside to get some. For Flipside, this means a fake date with a teen soap star and for the pacifist Trexx, a feud with rapper B-Ice. The only problem is B-Ice doesn't know it's a fake feud and, even after accepting a written apology, he decides enough is enough – nobody calls his mum names in a newspaper. The fake feud is now a very real one. Meanwhile, Flipside's fake date, Amber, is not too impressed and her hyper-fit boyfriend is even less impressed. It looks like Mr Brilliance has got them into another fine mess.
Trexx is played by Pete Dalton, aka 1Xtra BBC's Mistajam, Flipside by David Ajala, Mr Brilliance by Rich Fulcher, aka The Mighty Boosh's Bob Fossil, and Ollie by Ashley Madekwe.
Neil Oliver explores the
growth of Scottish patriotism
The growth of Scottish patriotism is charted tonight, as the series telling Scotland's history, presented by Neil Oliver, continues. The programme explores how war with England saw the kingdom of Scots transformed by necessity into the newly emerging nation of Scotland.
The tale begins with the brutality of Scotland's Alexander II, who did not flinch from doing whatever he had to do to secure his kingship. Yet, for all the King's brutality, Neil says: "Alexander II had given the Scots a united kingdom with a border – a sense of who they were."
As tragedy hit his successor, Alexander III, a king who lost his wife and all three of his children, before then losing his own life when he fell from a horse, all this was swept away. King Edward of England then had the upper hand and he wanted to subsume Scotland as he had done Wales. But the prospect of fighting Edward's wars tipped the Scots over the edge, and they fought back.
One of the leaders of the popular uprising was William Wallace.
Says Neil: "This is the story of two ruthless men – Alexander II, who forged Scotland through blood and violence, and William Wallace, whose resistance to the nation-breaking king of England hammered national consciousness into the Scots.
"The Wallace story is one of the defining legends of Scotland's story. And yet with all the mythologising, we've lost sight of Wallace the man – a remarkable man, but a man nonetheless."
Tonight's episode of A History Of Scotland, which is co-produced with the Open University, covers the years 1214-1305 and takes a detailed look at the characters and circumstances shaping these brutal but also complex times.