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BBC ONE Wednesday 26 August 2009

Wildest Dreams Ep 6/7

High Definition programme
Wednesday 26 August
7.30-8.30pm BBC ONE

The pressure is on for the remaining rookie film-makers
The pressure is on for the remaining rookie film-makers

The pressure is now on to make it to the final challenge for the remaining rookie film-makers, as the series in which a group of wildlife enthusiasts compete to win a job with the BBC's prestigious Natural History Unit continues.

Now camped at Lewa – a huge, ground-breaking wildlife conservation area in Kenya – the team is set the challenge of choosing and filming a strong story about this remarkable place. They are split into pairs and given local experts to act as their guides while they are in the reserve.

Lewa has become a top wildlife conservation area by working with the area's indigenous people to reduce poaching and to make everyone feel part of the project. It has been so successful that, so far, not a single rhino has been poached.

Two of the great stories that the rookies might uncover concern a baby rhino that is looked after day and night by a human carer, and a leopard caught by local villagers so that it can be safely relocated away from the village.

Wildlife film-maker James Honeyborne wants to see if the teams can build on the work they have done so far and produce a fascinating film about the area. James and presenter Nick Knowles then assess the film as usual but this time it's for a place in the final – just one step away from that coveted job with the BBC's Natural History Unit.

Wildest Dreams is simulcast on the BBC HD Channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.


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Silverville Ep 5/6

Wednesday 26 August
10.45-11.15pm BBC ONE

Around 10,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease every year and the risk of getting the illness increases with age. As the pensionable population swells, greater numbers of people are starting to experience the challenges and ill-health that later life can present.

As BBC One continues its candid look at life inside one of the UK's new retirement villages, viewers meet 77-year-old Bill. Bill has Parkinson's and moved to Lovat Fields, a new retirement village in Milton Keynes, when his need for support reached a level that meant he could no longer be cared for at home.

A passionate political activist, Bill has campaigned on social issues throughout his life and, most recently, successfully fought for a specialist nurse in Milton Keynes when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's.

Fiercely independent, Bill doesn't let his disease get him down. The programme follows him on a day on which he decides to break his routine by taking a trip out to the nearby city centre.


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BBC TWO Wednesday 26 August 2009

The Wire – Transitions Ep 4/10

New series
Wednesday 26 August
11.20pm-12.20am BBC TWO

Campbell tries to smooth out the transitions in the police department, as the acclaimed US crime drama continues.

The newspaper scrambles to confirm surprising news from City Hall, but loses out to the TV media in scooping a high-profile Grand Jury appearance.

As Marlo tries to win favour with the Greeks, Proposition Joe pays his last respects to a fallen colleague, and prepares to make himself scarce in anticipation of a showdown. Meanwhile, Freamon enlists the help of a past partner to help with the investigation.

Marlyne Afflack plays Campbell, Jamie Hector plays Marlo, Robert Chew plays Proposition Joe and Clarke Peters plays Freamon.


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BBC FOUR Wednesday 26 August 2009

Cell – The Spark Of Life Ep 3/3

Wednesday 26 August
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR

Dr Adam Rutherford discovers the secrets of the cell
Dr Adam Rutherford discovers the secrets of the cell

Dr Adam Rutherford concludes his compelling journey through 350 years of science to discover the secrets of the cell – and of life itself.

The Spark Of Life begins with some of the earliest evidence of life on Earth: fossilised cells that are a staggering one billion years old.

It is now believed that all life on Earth began with one primordial cell from which every living thing evolved. Today, however, knowledge of the cell has brought humankind to the brink of something truly profound. Scientists may be about to create living cells from scratch and, if they succeed, it will be the first life form on Earth that has not evolved from that original cell. It would be the Second Genesis.

To show how this has become possible, Adam traces the scientific quest to understand how the first cells came into existence in Earth's distant past. From bizarre experiments that recreated the toxic chemical soup of the early Earth, to startling new revelations from inside meteorites, he tracks down evidence of the very first living cells on the planet.

At Harvard University, Adam meets the scientists at the Origin Of Life initiative who are coming close to creating living cells in the laboratory. Filmed for the first time are Professor Jack Szostak's "proto-cells", which can feed, grow and divide in primitive ways – fulfilling some of the key requirements of life. Even more astonishing are Professor George Church's synthetic cell parts, which can perform the single most important process at the heart of all life: reading DNA code and carrying out its instructions.

Scientists using Church's techniques have already manipulated naturally occurring cells to do extraordinary things. Adam meets a team in San Francisco, led by Dr Steve del Caldayre, that has radically re-engineered bacteria cells so that, when fed sugar, they produce clean diesel oil.

This new science of synthetic biology is already coming up with life-changing solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing humankind. But Adam asks how much further scientists will go when they cross the threshold and create new cells from scratch.

Please note: The first two episodes in this series can now be found in BBC weeks 32 and 33 Programme Information.


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CBBC Wednesday 26 August 2009

Roy – Charity Case Ep 4/13

Wednesday 26 August
4.30-5.00pm CBBC

Roy's enthusiasm gets the better of him when he throws himself into the annual school charity drive, as CBBC's comedy drama about a cartoon boy who lives in the real world continues.

Ballyfermot's charity drive is in full swing and the thought of getting their photo in the local paper makes some pupils more enthusiastic than others.

Roy is selected to collect public donations in a bucket but is landed with a quiet location by pushy team leader Kathy. Things don't go too well for the animated boy but when he notices a busker attracting a lot of attention – and money – he has a flash of entrepreneurial genius. He spots a beautiful electric guitar in a shop window and decides that, if he spent the money he has collected so far on the guitar, he could use it to make so much more...

Roy is voiced by Scott Graham and Kathy is played by Chloe McCormack.


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