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Thursday 27 Nov 2014

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BBC ONE Unplaced Week 20

Eurovision – Jade's Story

Saturday 16 May
6.20-6.50pm BBC ONE

Andrew Lloyd Webber has a mission – to put the UK back on the Eurovision map. The expectations are high, following the BBC's search for the UK's entrant in Your Country Needs You, writing the song with Diane Warren, and the public choosing Jade Ewen to sing it. This show follows Jade from the moment she won through to her arrival in Moscow for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

From the excitement and emotion of winning Your Country Needs You, this programme follows Jade and captures her amazement as she spends the day after her win with her family, before being whisked off to Malta to sing live on their Eurovision show in a vast arena, just a couple of days later.

Graham Norton guides viewers through Jade's journey on a whirl of interviews, TV appearances, recording studios, stylists, behind the scenes at the shooting of her music video and numerous TV appearances all over Europe.

With Moscow looming, does Jade have what it takes to make it at the biggest non-sporting event in the world? Along the way there's help from Andrew Lloyd Webber, coaching from Arlene Phillips and even advice – and some words of warning – from previous winners Lulu and Katrina. So with the hopes of the nation resting on her shoulders in the vast Olympiysky Stadium in Moscow, and in front of over 100 million TV viewers, will Jade be able to claim It's My Time?


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BBC TWO Unplaced Week 20

Why Poetry Matters

Wednesday 20 May
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO
Griff Rhys Jones explores what poetry means to him
Griff Rhys Jones explores what poetry means to him

Griff Rhys Jones launches the BBC's Poetry Season on BBC Two with a personal, passionate and illuminating celebration of the power of verse.

Why Poetry Matters, a one-off documentary, explores poetry in all its diverse forms – what it means to Griff himself, how integral it is to life and why we all need it.

Embracing an eclectic range of poetry from Philip Larkin to Ben Jonson and from William Shakespeare to Robert Frost, Griff sets out to demonstrate how verse infiltrates our lives – from our most intimate emotions to performance in public spaces, from daily media to the heart of religion and from the school room to the political arena.

Griff receives a masterclass from National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner on the power of Shakespeare's verse and dissects a Keats poem with poet Simon Armitage in the 18th-century operating theatre in London, where Keats was a trainee surgeon.

Griff immerses himself in the "bardic bear pit" that is a contemporary poetry "slam" and visits poetry doctor Laura Barber for a poetic diagnosis and possible cure for his notorious anger. Laura advocates that poetry can be cathartic, arousing or, if needs be, there to calm people down.

Griff goes on a guided tour of the poetic dandies and dreamers with former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion in the National Portrait Gallery, and sees how DJ and poet Charlie Dark inspires children to love poetry today.

Griff then meets members of The Southend Poetry Society who have been discussing verse, versifiers and versification for over 30 years. He also helps get commuters at Euston Station to collectively perform WH Auden's Night Mail, and encounters experimental poet Valerie Laws during the creation of a random poem, using a dozen beach balls, a swimming pool and a marker pen.

Laws's concept is that verse does not necessarily need to have rhyme or metre but can be made through chance. Laws writes a haiku onto 11 balls and lets water and nature do the rest – with more than 40 million possible outcomes.

Griff says: "Don't be frightened, don't be overawed – enjoy the ecstasy, the intensity and the pure depraved pleasure of great poetry... Remember, it's there to excite you!"

Why Poetry Matters is part of the BBC's Poetry Season on television, radio and online at


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The Trouble With Working Women –
Why Can't A Woman Succeed Like A Man Ep 1/2

New series
Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 May
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO

Newsreader and mum of three Sophie Raworth teams up with father of three Justin Rowlatt to explore the thorny issue of what people really think of women at work, in this provocative, new, two-part series.

Nearly 40 years on from the Equal Pay Act, why is it that men still dominate the top jobs and why do men, on average, earn £369,000 more than a woman across their career?

In a competitive mood from the off, Sophie and Justin conduct a series of tests, experiments and brain scans and meet people such as Harriet Harman, Labour's Deputy Leader; multi-millionaire lingerie magnate Michelle Moan; and an armed female officer at the Metropolitan Police's firing range.

A video pod tours the country, meanwhile, to hear from the nation, and reveals what men and women really think of each other.

In today's opener, Sophie and Justin want to find out why so few women make it to the top. Is it sexism, the practicalities of family life or biology? And, crucially, is the notion women can have it all – a successful career and a family – myth or reality?

Justin takes on former air hostess-turned-small-business woman Sylvia Tidy Harris, who thinks women with children are bad for her business and chooses not to employ women of child-bearing age. She believes this is legal – so long as she doesn't advertise when she recruits new employees.

When it comes to biology, Justin tries to prove the theory of evolutionary psychology – that boys are hard-wired for success. To Sophie's delight, however, his test fails. In round two, they go head to head on a trading floor to see if hormones might explain why the city is so male-dominated. Once again, Sophie has a surprise for Justin.

Perhaps the most surprising meeting is with Erin Pizzey, the founder of the women's refuge movement. She's spent her life working and fighting for equality but has come to a frightening conclusion. It seems she believes the idea of having it all is a dangerous myth.

But there are women who do seem to have it all. Cambridge Fellow Rosanna Omitowoju has four young children, a happy marriage, a full-time, full-on job and no outside help. Despite the 5am starts, juggling career and children is definitely the right thing for her.

The series also features specially commissioned surveys that throw new light on the debate. There are plenty of arguments along the way, but Sophie and Justin eventually manage to reach a conclusion.


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