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BBC ONE Monday 19 January 2009

Half Moon Investigations Ep 3/13

Monday 19 January
4.35-5.05pm BBC ONE
Mia (Olivia Grant) is amused by Moon's fear of water
Mia (Olivia Grant) is amused by
Moon's fear of water

Pint-sized private eye Fletcher "Half" Moon is forced to conquer his fear of water, as the comedy drama based on Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer's best-selling book continues.

When someone tries to sabotage training for St Jerome's star swimmer, Harriet "The Fish" Thompson, by putting purple dye in the swimming pool, Moon is determined to find the culprit. But his profound fear of water threatens to jeopardise the investigation.

Much to the amusement of ace reporter Mia, and Moon's embarrassment, it looks like he may fail to conquer his fear. Meanwhile, headmistress Quinn apprehends Harriet's fellow swimmer, Shell, and Moon's crime-busting partner, Red, ignoring their protests of innocence. But why are The Pinks so keen that the swimming trial be cancelled?

Detecting is everything to Moon. In search of the truth, he is willing to battle for the kids who can't fight for themselves – which is not always easy in the jungle that is the playground, where enemies lurk around every corner. But while Moon sticks to the rules, his crime-busting partner, Red, knows how to bend them.

Fletcher "Half" Moon is played by Rory Elrick, Harriet Thompson by Olivia Ross, Mia by Olivia Grant, Quinn by Jennifer Black, Shell by Rosie Day and Red by Seb Charles.


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Monday 19 January
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE

As Tanya finally arrives home, Max worries about how to break the news that Lauren is in the care of Social Services, in the first visit of the week to Albert Square. Ian, meanwhile, taunts Stacey about her family troubles, but finds that he has troubles of a different kind. And Peggy is aghast to discover that her purse is missing but, this time, it doesn't look like Jay is to blame.

Tanya is played by Jo Joyner, Max by Jake Wood, Lauren by Madeline Duggan, Ian by Adam Woodyatt, Stacey by Lacey Turner, Peggy by Barbara Windsor and Jay by Jamie Borthwick.


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BBC TWO Monday 19 January 2009

Million Dollar Traders – Profit And Loss Ep 2/3

Monday 19 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 5 January)

Eight complete amateurs struggle to master the art of city trading and cope with the worsening global debt crisis, as Million Dollar Traders, part of BBC Two's City Season, continues. By the end of the episode, it becomes clear that some of them are not going to make it to the end of the experiment.

Their task is a challenging one. Top city fund manager Lex Van Dam has put a million dollars of his own hard-earned cash on the table to prove a point – can ordinary people be taught to trade, and beat the professionals at their own game?

The traders have already been working hard for two weeks, but what do they have to show for it? They've lost £5,000 of Lex's money – and he's not amused.

In the opening programme of the series, the traders were given £25,000 each to play with but, as programme two begins, the figure is doubled to £50,000 – which scares the life out of the less confident traders such as Cleo Folkes, who is developing a phobia about making investments. Young vet Cleo has hardly invested any of her money and is showing the strain, battling tears of frustration as she loses her nerve time and time again.

Others, however, are more able to take risks. Shopkeeper Amit likes to think big – but the volatile world markets hit him hard and he loses money. Newly retired soldier Mike Tovell, meanwhile, tries to make some money when the conflict in Georgia breaks out, and retired IT expert Simon Brew reckons chocolate is worth investing in when times are hard. Environmentalist Sam Duby, however, has problems with capitalism, but single mum of twins, Caroline Taysom, and bright economics student Ohi Imoukhuede keep their heads down and ride the storm caused by the growing debt crisis.

But coping in the city is about managing pressure as well as doing your sums. By the end of the episode, one man is at his wits' end and decides to tell Lex that he's had enough.


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BBC THREE Monday 19 January 2009

Born Survivors – My 22 Stone Dad And Skinny Me Ep 2/3

Monday 19 January
10.30-11.30pm BBC THREE

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.

In this second episode, Emma is 15 years old, 5ft 7 inches and weighs just seven and a half stone. In 12 months, she's lost 14lbs. Six months ago, Emma admitted that she'd stopped eating and she blamed her dad, Grant.

Weighing in at 22-and-a-half stone, Grant is clinically obese. Discovering that his own weight was at the root of his only daughter's illness was devastating for him.

An eating disorder is a complex mental illness and, despite the fact that one in 20 young women in the UK will develop an eating disorder, getting professional help is not always easy. Fortunately, living in Lancaster means Emma can be referred to EDN (Eating Disorders Network), the area's only eating disorders charity.

In weekly sessions, counsellor Sue Hind will help Emma reach a safe weight of eight-and-a-half stone. In order to help his daughter's recovery, Grant has also signed up for therapy, too. He's tried lots of diets before and they've always failed. This time, with the help of counsellor Sue Gardner, he's going to tackle his obesity once and for all.

In addition to the weekly one-to-one sessions, the family will also get together with both therapists for fortnightly family therapy. It's an opportunity to bring to the table things they find hard to talk about when they're alone at home.

Over the course of six months, the programme follows Emma as she attempts to get to her goal weight. In order to help his daughter towards recovery, Grant works hard to shed five-and-a-half stone. Observing the family dynamic, by talking to Emma, her parents and her boyfriend, My 22 Stone Dad And Skinny Me attempts to understand the growing danger of eating disorders amongst teenagers.

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


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BBC FOUR Monday 19 January 2009

Science And Islam Ep 3/3

Monday 19 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR

Professor Jim Al-Khalili travels to Iran and Syria in search of clues that reveal how Europe's scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries had its roots in the earlier world of medieval Islam, as Science And Islam concludes.

It is a commonly held view that modern science began when Polish astronomer Copernicus argued that Earth and all the planets go around the sun. This flatly contradicted the prevailing view that Earth was static and at the centre of the universe and that everything in the heavens revolved around it.

In this film, Jim finds many clues in Copernicus's great book on astronomy that suggest he got a great deal of his observational and mathematical ideas from at least three Islamic astronomers.

In fact, some of Copernicus's diagrams are taken from these earlier scientists' work. Two of them, Al-Battani and Ibn al-Shatir, lived and worked in Syria, while the third, Al-Tusi, lived in Iran, but they all pre-date Copernicus by hundreds of years.

Jim's mission is to uncover the largely forgotten but hugely important contribution of these astronomers to our understanding of the world. He sees the exquisite sundial, designed by Ibn Al-Shatir, that sits on top of a minaret in the great mosques in Damascus having long been believed to have been destroyed.

He also travels into the hills of northern Iran to visit an archaeological dig, which has uncovered a secret scientific community from medieval times.

And he visits the remains of one of the most influential observatories of the Islamic world. It was built by Al-Tusi, one of the astronomers whose ideas would heavily influence Copernicus.

Having found evidence of the debt the modern world owes Islamic science, Jim investigates why science in the Islamic world appears to go into decline after the 16th and 17th centuries and then reveals how, today, it is, in fact, alive and well and still guided by the principles of common learning.


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CBBC Monday 19 January 2009

M.I. High – Agent X Ep 3/13

Monday 19 January
5.15-5.45pm CBBC

The teen spies learn more about Oscar's secretive past this week, as the exciting secret agent series continues.

Oscar's photograph has been uploaded onto the internet and has been seen by the wrong eyes – those of the Grand Master, who sends Agent X, the world's most notorious agent, after Oscar.

Team boss Frank London has calculated that Agent X, who has never failed a mission, will be at St Hope's School in four hours. Oscar must escape immediately – never to return. Determined to save their new colleague, Carrie and Rose persuade Frank to let them find Agent X before he gets to Oscar.

Starting at Oscar's old house, they find that Agent X is one step ahead of them at every turn. Much cleverer than they expected, it looks like the notorious spy is winning.

Oscar is reluctant to tell Rose and Carrie what really happened to his mum – they've long suspected that he was not telling them everything – but if the girls are to prevent Agent X from kidnapping him, or worse, Oscar will have to tell them his secrets.

Oscar is played by Ben Kerfoot, The Grand Master by Julian Bleach, Agent X by Mia Clifford, Frank London by Jonny Freeman, Carrie by Charlene Osuagwu and Rose by Rachel Petladwala.


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