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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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BBC ONE Unplaced Week 24

Occupation Ep 1/3

New series
Tuesday 16 June
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
Mike (James Nesbitt) meets Dr Aliyah Nabi (Lubna Azabal) in Iraq
Mike (James Nesbitt) meets Dr Aliyah Nabi (Lubna Azabal) in Iraq

Occupation is a searingly powerful drama starring James Nesbitt, Stephen Graham and Warren Brown and written by Peter Bowker that spans the five years following the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

It follows the lives of three soldiers and friends, first during the battle for Basra, then as they struggle to adapt to life back home, then, finally, as very different forces draw them back to Iraq.

The BBC's first major drama set against the backdrop of the Iraq war, Occupation is an unforgettable journey into the heart of the darkness that is conflict and its chaotic aftermath.

During the invasion of Iraq in April 2003, three British soldiers from the same unit come under crossfire in a Basra flat; there, an explosion has huge consequences for an Iraqi girl, an event which radically shapes the lives of Danny, Mike and Hibbs over the coming years.

Failing to adjust to civilian life in Manchester, Danny, Mike and Hibbs are each inspired to return to Basra for his own reasons: one for money, one for love and one because he passionately believes in the mission to rebuild Iraq. They return to a Basra awash with billions of US dollars, creating a boom time for private military contractors. As the drama charts their interwoven journeys from the invasion of Iraq to the present day, viewers see how these three friends, united in battle, are torn apart by the aftermath.

James Nesbitt (Five Minutes Of Heaven, Murphy's Law) plays Sergeant Mike Swift; Stephen Graham (This Is England) plays Corporal Danny Peterson; Warren Brown (Hollyoaks) plays Lance Corporal Lee Hibbs; Nonso Anozie plays Erik Lester; and Lubna Azabal plays Dr Aliyah Nabi.

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Occupation Ep 2/3

Wednesday 17 June
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE

Back in Basra, business is booming for private military contractors, as Peter Bowker's searingly powerful drama starring James Nesbitt, Stephen Graham and Warren Brown continues. Danny and Lester seize the chance to make money by winning a contract to rebuild a hospital; and Mike tracks down Aliyah and hears some surprising information. His marriage soon comes under strain.

Hibbs, meanwhile, starts to unravel when he witnesses the murder of a friend.

James Nesbitt (Five Minutes Of Heaven, Murphy's Law) plays Sergeant Mike Swift; Stephen Graham (This Is England) plays Corporal Danny Peterson; Warren Brown (Hollyoaks) plays Lance Corporal Lee Hibbs; Nonso Anozie plays Erik Lester; and Lubna Azabal plays Dr Aliyah Nabi.

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Occupation Ep 3/3

Thursday 18 June
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE

Danny tries to negotiate for Hibbs's release from his kidnappers in the concluding part of Peter Bowker's powerful drama starring James Nesbitt, Stephen Graham and Warren Brown.

With their invisible companies working for untraceable cash, Danny and Lester are making a fortune in Basra. Mike's son, Richard, joins the Army, and Mike promises to return to Iraq to keep an eye on him. When Aliyah's husband is kidnapped, Mike, Danny and Hibbs's journeys all fuse in a tense and emotional finale.

James Nesbitt (Five Minutes Of Heaven, Murphy's Law) plays Sergeant Mike Swift; Stephen Graham (This Is England) plays Corporal Danny Peterson; Warren Brown (Hollyoaks) plays Lance Corporal Lee Hibbs; Nonso Anozie plays Erik Lester; and Lubna Azabal plays Dr Aliyah Nabi.

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Hotel Babylon Ep 1/8

New series
Friday 19 June
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE

Hotel Babylon is due to close down and Juliet Miller, nicknamed "The Undertaker" by the gang, has been appointed by management to oversee its demise, as the drama set in a five-star hotel returns for a new series.

In a last-ditch attempt, Tony desperately pitches Babylon to a wealthy Asian businessman, whose daughter is meeting a Bollywood star and her future husband for the first time in an elaborate introduction ceremony at the hotel. However, the deal goes into freefall when Tony refuses to meet his demands. To top it all, a terrorist threat in London brings the city to a standstill and some stranded airline passengers bound for the airport seek refuge in the hotel.

Among them, to the amazement of both, is Juliet's ex-husband, Sam. They haven't seen one another in five years and, soon, old tensions re-surface. Will Sam and Juliet overcome their problems to ensure the safety of their "stranded guests", and can Tony and the gang find a way of saving the hotel from closure?

Meanwhile, receptionist Anna is eight months' pregnant, in total denial and refusing to tell anyone who the father is. So all bets are on below stairs as the gang attempts to be the first to discover the daddy's identity!

Nigel Harman (EastEnders) and Anna Wilson-Jones (The Time Of Your Life) join the regular cast of Hotel Babylon as Sam and Juliet. Tony is played by Dexter Fletcher and Anna by Emma Pierson. Episode one of series four is written by Jack Williams.

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BBC TWO Unplaced Week 24

Psychoville Ep 1/7

New seriesHigh Definition programmeInteractive programme
Thursday 18 June
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO
Psychoville co-creator Steve Pemberton plays man-child David Sowerbutts
Psychoville co-creator Steve Pemberton plays man-child David Sowerbutts

Scary, funny and bloody, BBC Two and BBC HD introduce a new comedy-thriller from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, two of the acclaimed creators of The League Of Gentlemen.

Steve and Reece are joined by a rich mix of talent, including Dawn French, Dame Eileen Atkins, Nicholas Le Prevost, David Bamber, Janet McTeer, Christopher Biggins, Daisy Haggard, Debbie Chazen, Daniel Kaluuya and Adrian Scarborough.

Episode One begins with a mystery. Mr Lomax, a blind recluse with an unusual hobby; Robert, a telekinetic dwarf; Mr Jelly, an embittered, hook-handed clown; David, a serial-killer obsessed man-child; and Joy, a deranged but caring midwife, each receive black-edged cards bearing the anonymous message: "I know what you did."

As the past catches up with these five apparently unconnected characters, their lives begin to unravel.

Reece and Steve have also written exclusive content to offer viewers an online comedy experience at bbc.co.uk/psychoville. Each principal character is supported by their own website featuring exclusive videos and extra comedy. Viewers can also interact with the mysterious blackmailer to uncover more about the secrets surrounding the main characters.

Immediately after the first episode has finished on BBC Two, digital viewers can press the Red Button to watch the next gripping instalment of Psychoville, which is also simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition service available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

The main characters and cast include Mr Jelly (Reece Shearsmith), an embittered, hook-handed clown and children's entertainer, who is tormented by the success of his rival, Mr Jolly (Adrian Scarborough). Joy (Dawn French) is a desperately misguided midwife with a very odd child; Nicola (Elizabeth Berrington) is a nurse and Joy's colleague; George (Steve Pemberton) is Joy's brow-beaten husband; and Robert (Jason Tompkins) is a love-struck telekinetic dwarf who falls in love with Debbie, his panto Snow White (Daisy Haggard), who is beautiful but not very smart.

Brian/Wicked Queen (Reece Shearsmith) is Robert's panto co-star. Brian is both wicked and a queen. Mr Lomax (Steve Pemberton) is a blind, avaricious collector; Michael/Tealeaf (Daniel Kaluuya) is Mr Lomax's care worker; David Sowerbutts (Steve Pemberton) is a serial-killer obsessed man-child; Maureen Sowerbutts (Reece Shearsmith) is David's mother, whose relationship with her son is just a little bit too close; Chelsea and Kelly Su Crabtree/The Crabtree sisters (Alison Lintott and Debbie Chazen) are online auction millionaire twins who are conjoined Siamese but monovisual; and Christopher Biggins plays himself as the director of the Snow White panto.

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The Supersizers Eat ... The Eighties Ep 1/6

New series
Monday 15 June
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO

Giles Coren and Sue Perkins get into the groove as they eat their way through the Eighties
Giles Coren and Sue Perkins get into the groove as they eat their way through the Eighties

Giles Coren and Sue Perkins embrace all that is the Eighties as they spend a week in a warehouse conversion on the Thames immersed in a soundtrack of Duran Duran, ABC, Visage and Spandau Ballet. There's yuppie decadence in spades for the Supersizers as Giles parades around the City trading stocks and shares, and Sue power dresses her way through life as a Sloane Ranger.

Throughout the week, they sample the delights of nouvelle cuisine and are introduced to the joys of sundried tomatoes, ciabatta and prawns, care of Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing. The Supersizers drown in a sea of champagne and ingest copious amounts of coffee from the newly launched Prêt A Manger.

In a quest to become a Tory MP, Giles lunches with Norman Tebbit and Jeffrey Archer on the latter's iconic shepherd's pie and feasts on Margaret Thatcher's dessert of choice, banoffee pie. Meanwhile, Sue samples Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles's sumptuous wedding breakfast and tries out Jane Fonda's infamous workout video.

Eighties decadence soon takes its toll and the Supersizers find themselves reliving the Black Monday crash and the Miner's Strike. As unemployment levels rise, Giles and Sue are faced with an economy breakfast of instant coffee and Pop Tarts and meals of pan haggerty and Pot Noodle, as they while away the hours with board games and ice skating.

At the end of a week of excess, Giles and Sue throw a dinner party and enjoy one final foodie meal in the company of Ken Livingstone, Lynne Franks, Carol Decker and Toby Young, before Giles discovers exactly how a week of overindulgence has affected his heart.

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The Price Of Life

Wednesday 17 June
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO

On a finite budget, the National Health Service can't afford to offer patients every treatment on the market, so how does the nation decide which patients should be the winners – and who should be the losers? BBC Two has secured exclusive and unprecedented access to NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence), the controversial body that decides which drug treatments the NHS can afford. Its judgements have precipitated many bitter battles over the last decade but, for many, the people behind the process remain shrouded in mystery.

Focusing on cancer drug Revlimid, award-winning documentary-maker Adam Wishart follows those who must decide whether to approve the drug and those who will be affected by the outcome. They are: Professor David Barnett, chairman of the NICE appraisals committee, charged with assessing its effectiveness; cancer patients including Julia Gatt and Eric Rutherford, whose lives depend on the decision; Sol Barer, head of the American drug company that discovered Revlimid and profits from it; and NHS manager Sophia Christie, who has to deal with the financial consequences of the committee's decision.

The programme tells the compelling story of the people whose everyday lives are affected by this intricate process. Will Julia and Eric get the drug they need and, if so, will Sophia be forced to make cuts to her budget in other areas? The very human conflicts that arise open up for debate a bigger moral question – how much is life worth, and how much should society pay?

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Springwatch Close Encounters With Simon King Ep 1/3

Monday 15 June
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO

Following the recent live Springwatch event on BBC Two, viewers are treated to three special themed programmes to extend the 2009 season.

Simon King, the king of field craft, shares his most memorable animal encounters and the awe-inspiring nature moments he has had on Springwatch and in his lifetime of UK wildlife-watching.

Over the years, Simon and his hi-tech "mission impossible" field team have been seeking out close encounters with some of the UK's rarest, most surprising and charismatic animals and investigating a host of intriguing wildlife mysteries.

Simon leads the audience through his technique and the philosophy behind his approach and encourages Springwatch viewers to get out there and seek their own close encounters.

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Springwatch Holidays With Martin Hughes-Games Ep 2/3

Wednesday 17 June
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO

Following the recent three-week live event, BBC Two brings viewers the second in a series of three special editions of Springwatch.

With the summer holiday season about to start, and the credit crunch making more and more people consider a holiday in the UK, Martin Hughes-Games and the team provide an essential guide to holiday-making with a wild twist.

Whether viewers are thinking of going to the seaside, heading for the hills, woods and rivers, staying home in the garden or around the city, Springwatch has lots of suggestions for things to do or look out for – wherever the location and whatever the budget.

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Springwatch Home Movies With
Gordon Buchanan Ep 3/3

Thursday 18 June
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO

Gordon Buchanan celebrates the emerging field of home-grown film-making in the final themed special following this year's three-week live series of Springwatch.

Springwatch has become known not only for the amazing camerawork of its core technical team, but also for the fascinating and hilarious contributions from viewers.

Gordon showcases some of the very best wildlife footage that the Springwatch audience has shot and sent in over the years. He also looks back at his own experience as a cameraman, sharing some of his golden rules of fieldwork and field-craft, and provides an easy and accessible master-class in how to make a start at filming and how to improve technique.

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BBC THREE Unplaced Week 24

Personal Affairs Ep 1/5

New series
Tuesday 16 June
9.00-10.10pm BBC THREE
Laura Aikman, Maimie McCoy, Ruth Negga and Annabel Scholey star as four fabulous personal assistants in Personal Affairs
Laura Aikman, Maimie McCoy, Ruth Negga and Annabel Scholey star as four fabulous personal assistants in Personal Affairs

Set against an emotional backdrop of friendship, ambition, sex and filing, Personal Affairs is an offbeat new drama series for BBC Three following the fortunes of four fabulous personal assistants in the City.

It's 8.30am on Monday morning and all is quiet – for the time being, at least. But an extraordinary event is about to unfold, leaving the girls questioning what happened, who is responsible and what dark secrets lurk beneath the bright lights of the City.

In the opening episode, perfect PA Grace Darling is shocked and horrified when her larger-than-life boss, Rock Van Gelder, makes a surprise marriage proposal. In an attempt to put Rock off the idea of matrimony, Grace enlists the help of her PA pals, Midge, Lucy and Nicole, who apply their own unique form of persuasion. But, when Grace mysteriously disappears from the office, it seems that all her problems may not be solved after all – leaving the others to question what has happened and where Grace has gone.

Celebrity-obsessed Midge, meanwhile, is a bag of nerves as she waits for news on her latest TV talent show application. But just as her dream of fame looks set to become a reality, Midge's bubble is burst and, unbeknown to her, her boss, Simon, is responsible.

Elsewhere, Lucy has issues of her own. Her ever-absent boss, Iain Ebelthite, has gone AWOL to his French chateau – once again leaving her in the lurch. And, to make matters worse, Lucy clashes with the new temp, Sid, after she makes it known she believes office work is beneath her. However, Sid's arrival is not quite what it seems and secrets and lies abound.

Later, Nicole enjoys a steamy encounter in the office lift with a mysterious man, but she quickly discovers that this particular sexual rendezvous has serious consequences.

Grace Darling is played by Olivia Grant, Rock Van Gelder by Robert Gant, Midge by Annabel Scholey, Lucy by Laura Aikman, Nicole by Maimie McCoy, Simon by Darren Boyd, Iain Ebelthite by Mark Benton and Sid by Ruth Negga.

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