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BBC ONE Wednesday 2 September 2009

Wildest Dreams Ep 7/7

High Definition programme
Wednesday 2 September
7.30-8.30pm BBC ONE

It's the day of the final and the rookies are in the awe-inspiring Masai Mara – home of the BBC's Big Cat Diary series – and it's the big cats that are in their sights.

A female cheetah and her cubs, and the world-famous Marsh pride of lions, are among the big cats the three remaining amateur wildlife film-makers can film in pursuit of their dream job in the BBC's prestigious Natural History Unit.

For them, it's the culmination of a two-month intensive crash course in wildlife film-making. Now they must take the lead on their own and rely on everything they have been taught.

For wildlife film-maker James Honeyborne and presenter Nick Knowles, it's an opportunity to sit back and watch their trainees stand on their own two feet.

Alongside James and Nick is one of Big Cat's on-screen presenters and expert Jonathan Scott, who will aid the wannabes in their task.

Each person is given the choice of three themes on which to base their film of the Masai Mara. They are then given a day to create a film, using the other two finalists as they see fit. Teamwork is crucial to the wildlife film-maker so the finalists will be assessed not only on the quality of their own film but also on how well they conduct themselves when helping their rivals.

At the end of three days, James, Nick and Jonathan review the films and how they were made. James makes the final decision on whose wildest dream comes true, as one rookie wins a year's contract 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 6/6

Wednesday 2 September
10.55-11.25pm BBC ONE

There are currently 700,000 people with dementia in the UK and, by 2025, there will be more than a million people with the degenerative condition. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia but, as yet, there is no cure.

In the sixth and final episode of Silverville, viewers meet Eileen, who is 70 years old and has Alzheimer's.

Eileen travelled the world with the Guides and was instrumental in getting Milton Keynes its own guide camp. She never married and, diagnosed with Alzheimer's, moved to Lovat Fields, a new retirement village in Milton Keynes, when it opened.

Viewers can see the ups and downs of a life with dementia as Eileen is followed as she has a periodic mental health review; celebrates her birthday with a trip to Silverstone race track and a ride in a Ferrari; and travels to her old family home town and school.

At the moment, Lovat Fields supports a handful of residents with dementia in varying degrees. As Eileen's condition continues to deteriorate, she may need more care and support than a retirement village can provide.


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The Muslim Tommies

Wednesday 2 September
11.25-11.55pm BBC ONE (Schedule addition 27 August)

The Muslim Tommies tells the little-known story of the Muslim troops who fought, on behalf of Britain, as part of the Indian Army during the First World War. Drafted in at short notice to fight on the Western Front in Flanders, they played a key role in holding the line at a crucial stage in the fighting. Without their contribution the war could have turned out very differently for Britain and her Allies.

Official reports, from censors attached to the Indian Army, feature letters sent home to families and friends that document what life was like on the Front Line for these soldiers from Britain's far-flung Empire. The letters offer a unique insight into the struggles, religious practices, hopes and fears of ordinary Muslim soldiers. They reveal deep-seated feelings about their own culture and identity, but also of a fierce loyalty to Britain and its Empire. For a few, this loyalty would be tested later in the war, when they were faced with the prospect of fighting against fellow Muslims in Mesopotamia (the present-day Iraq); for the majority of these troops, however, there seems to have been no wavering in their commitment to the British cause.

Nowadays, Islam is frequently portrayed as a faith which challenges British values, yet history shows that at this key moment – and others – the security of Britain was guaranteed by Muslims fighting on this country's behalf.

The self-sacrifice and courage of Muslim troops during the First World War is echoed in the actions of Muslims fighting today in the ranks of the British Army in Afghanistan. On 1 July 2006, Lance-Corporal Jabron Hashmi became the first British Muslim soldier to be killed during the conflict in Afghanistan.


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BBC TWO Wednesday 2 September 2009

This World – Gypsy Child Thieves

Wednesday 2 September
7.00-8.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 21 August)

Across Europe, children are being forced onto the streets to beg and steal. They come from one of the poorest communities in Europe – the Romanian gypsy. For centuries, gypsies have lived on the margins of society and faced discrimination. Many steal and beg to survive but, in the last 20 years, organised crime has taken over. And since 2007, when Romania joined the EU, gypsy children have been trafficked and exploited on a much larger scale.

In an attempt to understand what’s happening to these children, Romanian film-maker Liviu Tipurita embarks on a journey through Europe for BBC Two’s This World, which takes him inside the closed world of the gypsy community. He also talks to the authorities and institutions meant to be dealing with this disturbing phenomenon.

In Spain, eight-year-olds robbing grown men at cash machines have become a common sight. In Madrid, Tipurita films distraction thieves as they try to steal big sums of money from customers who then fight back. The Spanish police say they the thieves make up a third of all the under-17s they have to deal with in the city. In Italy, where gypsies face a shocking tide of racism, a major police investigation found enslaved children locked in a shack like animals. Two years on, Tipurita’s investigation finds out whether the elaborate police operation has saved them from a life of crime.

In an attempt to trace the roots of the problem and the origins of this exploitation within the gypsy community, Tipurita travels to his native, Romania, home to the largest gypsy population in the world. He meets one of the most powerful leaders of the gypsy underworld, for whom stealing is a profession that has been passed from generation to generation, and who provides a special insight into the history of gypsy crime.

This World asks whether these children are the victims of a culture of crime and a wider society that seems to have abandoned them. It also asks an important question – will anyone save them from the hands of their exploiters?


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Shooting Stars Ep 2/6

High Definition programme
Wednesday 2 September
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer introduce more mayhem in Shooting Stars
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer introduce more mayhem in Shooting Stars

Pop star Liz McClarnon, Kaiser Chiefs' front man Ricky Wilson and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace join Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer in the second episode of the hit comedy panel show, which also features Jack Dee and Ulrika Jonsson as team captains.

The guests expect the worst, with Vic and Bob providing non-stop injections of mayhem. Vic takes a lucky Liz on a very special date around the studio and Gregg wears an extremely revealing pair of tights for an extraordinary food-based challenge.

Keeping an eye on the scores and lending his voice to another unique song is George Dawes, aka Matt Lucas. Award-winning burger van owner and new regular team member Angelos Epithemiou (played by Dan Skinner) takes his seat alongside Ulrika.

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


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The Wire – The Dickensian Aspect Ep 6/10

Wednesday 2 September
11.20pm-12.20am BBC TWO
McNulty (Dominic West) takes an interest in a homeless man
McNulty (Dominic West) takes an interest in a homeless man

Mystified by Omar's disappearance, Marlo and Chris ramp up their efforts to locate their nemesis, as the American crime drama continues.

After going to a sparsely attended waterfront ceremony, Carcetti fires away at a larger press event – and recasts himself as a champion for the homeless. Bunk revisits some old leads in the rowhouse cases but is frustrated in his attempts to get bloodwork from the crime lab.

Templeton, meanwhile, looks for a perfect follow-up to his latest, nationally covered story, which has replaced the city's educational crisis on the paper's priority list. After the detail gets more manpower, Freamon presses McNulty to get new surveillance equipment, but the resources aren't as deep as both hoped. Pearlman discovers new clues pointing to corruption in City Hall; Marlo makes new appointments at the latest co-op meeting; and McNulty takes a peculiar interest in a homeless man.

Michael Kenneth Williams plays Omar, Jamie Hector plays Marlo, Gbenga Akinnagbe plays Chris, Aidan Gillen plays Carcetti, Wendell Pierce plays Bunk, Tom McCarthy plays Templeton, Clarke Peters plays Freamon, Dominic West plays McNulty and Deirdre Lovejoy plays Pearlman.


CBBC Wednesday 2 September 2009

Roy – A Matter Of Principal Ep 5/13

Wednesday 2 September
4.30-5.00pm CBBC

It is hard to stay out of trouble when you are a cartoon and this week proves no exception for Roy, as he instigates more animated antics after a run-in with the headmaster over a confiscated computer game.

Roy's birthday is looming and he knows exactly what present his parents have bought him – a portable gaming console. He secretly opens it a few days early with the intention of rewrapping it the night before his birthday. Roy sneaks the console into school and, while completely engrossed in a game, he accidentally bumps into Mr Hammond, who swiftly confiscates it.

When Kathy dares him to retrieve it Roy takes her up on the offer. Armed with a camcorder, to record his actions, he sneaks into Mr Hammond's office. But when Roy takes longer than expected, his quick-thinking pals have to find a novel way of covering his absence in class.

Roy is voiced by Scott Graham, Kathy is played by Chloe McCormack and Mr Hammond by Mark Lambert.


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