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BBC ONE Unplaced BBC Week 2
Life Of Riley Ep 1/6
Thursday 5 January
8.00-8.30pm
BBC ONE

     

Maddy (Caroline Quentin) and Jim (Neil Dudgeon) are living the Life Of Riley
Maddy (Caroline Quentin) and Jim (Neil Dudgeon)
are living the Life Of Riley

Caroline Quentin returns to BBC One in a new six-part sitcom, Life Of Riley.

 

She plays Maddy, who has just remarried and is about to find out what happens when two families collide. Suddenly, she is the head of a modern-day extended family, with children, stepchildren, step-siblings and half-siblings, and a few ex-partners and in-laws thrown in for good measure.

 

Maddy is like Roseanne but thinner, like Seinfeld but with dirtier trainers and like Victor Meldrew – but she does believe it. In Life Of Riley, Maddy discovers that parenting has never been so complicated and she is outwitted at every turn by people a quarter of her age.

 

In tonight’s opening episode, Maddy finds a pregnancy test and is convinced it belongs to one of her stepchildren. But she’s in for a big surprise when she finds out who the real owner is...

 

Life Of Riley co-stars Neil Dudgeon as Maddy's husband, Jim.

 

JP

Lark Rise To Candleford
Sunday 11 January
8.00-9.00pm
BBC ONE
www.bbc.co.uk/drama/larkrise

     

Dorcas (Julia Sawalha) sets out to defeat newcomer James (Jason Merrells)
Dorcas (Julia Sawalha) sets
out to defeat newcomer
James (Jason Merrells)

Battling with her emotions for new arrival James Dowland, Dorcas Lane sets out to defeat the dashing property developer in the parish council elections, as this popular adaptation of Flora Thomson's memoir of her Oxfordshire childhood continues. In her quest to win, Dorcas is caught up in a fight to prove that there is a place for women in politics.

 

Meanwhile, over in Lark Rise, the daily grind of making ends meet proves too much for Robert and Emma Timmins, as they find themselves torn between the past and the future. As Candleford continues to embrace the growth and prosperity that James Dowland pledges, Robert's reluctance to change grows stronger.

 

Lily Spicer, too, has her own issues with change. Used to living her life on the road, the appeal of a little home comfort is overwhelming. Longing to settle down, but hesitant to compromise her true self, Lily must decide what it is that makes her a real woman.

 

Young romance continues to puzzle Alf Arless, as he questions his feelings for Laura again. With the help of Twister, they set out to win her over. But the introduction of Alf's new love interest is not quite what it seems.

 

Jason Merrells plays James Dowland, Julia Sawalha plays Dorcas Lane, Brendan Coyle plays Robert Timmins, Claudie Blakley plays Emma Timmins, guest star Lorraine Ashbourne plays Lily Spicer, John Dagleish plays Alf Arless, Olivia Hallinan plays Laura Timmins and Karl Johnson plays Twister.

 

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

 

GJ

BBC THREE Unplaced BBC Week 2
The Undercover Princes Ep 1/4
Thursday 15 January
10.30-11.30pm
BBC THREE

     

L-R: Prince Manvendra, Prince Africa Zulu and Prince Remigius make themselves at home on Brighton beach
L-R: Prince Manvendra, Prince Africa Zulu
and Prince Remigius make themselves at home
on Brighton beach

Three bachelor princes head for the UK in search of true love. But, to ensure that the people they meet will love them for themselves, and not just their wealth and status, they are going undercover, living and working as "ordinary" people for the first time in their lives.

 

Taking jobs as a barman, a waiter and a hotel housekeeper and sharing a terraced house in Brighton, without their trusty servants, the princes hope to find potential princesses among the "commoners". In a short stay, time is of the essence as they hit the singles scene, trawling bars and clubs, visiting internet dating sites and even trying speed dating.

 

One prince has his heart set on a quite different kind of "princess". From one of India's richest families, Crown Prince Manvendra has servants to do everything for him. At 43, he has never known true love and, in 2006, he became the first Indian royal to come out as gay. Will Brighton prove the perfect place for him to find a partner?

 

At 30, His Royal Highness Prince Africa Zulu of Onkweni Royal House, Zululand, South Africa, has been hurt before and might take a while to find Miss Right. His aim is to find "a good-looking woman, good personality not essential". But with a very traditional outlook, how will he cope with liberal Brighton culture – and sharing a house with a gay royal?

 

His Royal Highness Prince Remigius of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, is looking for a queen to continue the royal line. But for a man raised in accordance with strict protocol, only an aristocrat will do. In fact, he is hoping for "a woman as sophisticated as Princess Diana". Will he find a queen on the dance floors of Brighton?

 

At the end of their stay in the UK, the princes reveal their true identity, whisking their chosen ones back to their kingdoms where they must decide if their new-found love will be everlasting.

 

In the first episode, tensions emerge between Prince Manvendra and Prince Africa Zulu and, despite some early success, going on the pull in Brighton proves harder than it looks.

 

Narrated by Dawn Porter, The Undercover Princes follows the compelling antics of three very different royals on one extraordinary mission.

 

VW



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