Tuesday 29 Jul 2014
Dame Ellen MacArthur joins Dallas Campbell on his quest to understand something that affects us all – the unpredictable British summer, as the popular science series co-produced by the Open University continues. As Ellen takes on the Round The Island Race, Dallas attempts to explain complex island weather patterns, while trying not to be seasick.
Meanwhile, Jem Stansfield tests out hybrid braking systems that could save people up to £2,000. He then uses a wind machine to explain how nature forms the three billion lightning strikes that hit Earth each year, and the electrical weather phenomenon, St Elmo's fire.
Liz Bonnin inspects the Natural History Museum's collection of stones and bones as she seeks to find out more about the origins of speech and, finally, Dr Yan Wong explains why our neural motion detectors may be the cause of a common optical illusion; a wheel that spins the wrong way on film.
Peggy wants to know why Sam's trial has been delayed and is shocked by the answer, in the first visit of the week to Albert Square.
Meanwhile, Amira provides Christian with some information which leaves Syed in very hot water.
Peggy is played by Barbara Windsor, Sam by Danniella Westbrook, Amira by Preeya Kalidas, Christian by John Partridge and Syed by Marc Elliott.
In the first of a two-part Panorama, award-winning journalist Paul Kenyon follows one of the most dangerous migration routes in the world, across the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, as thousands of people a year head for Europe.
Kenyon becomes the first journalist to film with the secretive desert patrols, which comb the dunes for migrants. It is estimated that 150 attempt the crossing every day, joining the route from across sub-Saharan Africa.
The death toll is high. Kenyon finds the bodies of those who've died from dehydration, still a thousand miles short of Europe. The International Organisation For Migration estimates around a million migrants have already made it to the North African coast, many of them waiting for an opportunity to cross the Mediterranean.
But the story begins in a small Ghanaian village, where the Imam tells his young followers that getting to Europe is "like fighting a war. Either you win or lose, it's like a gamble." Those who try, he describes as "our heroes", even if they perish in the process.
Kenyon has visited the village before. It was once home to a man called Justice Amin, who has featured in two previous Panorama programmes. He was one of 27 men whose journey to Europe ended clinging to a tuna net in the middle of the Mediterranean. Justice now lives in Italy and the Panorama team links him up with his old village via satellite. In front of a packed crowd, he tells his old friends not to attempt to follow him. But, even after his warnings, several young men continue their preparations for the long journey to Europe.
Obstacles on the route are mounting. Kenyon gains exclusive access to the desert prisons which house those migrants caught on the journey. Some are fleeing war and persecution and were banking on Europe to protect them. But the vast majority are economic migrants seeking a better life in Europe and the UK.
In the second part of the story to be broadcast later in September, Kenyon discovers that the route across the Mediterranean is being shut down. One European country is catching the migrants at sea and sending them back.
Kenyon films with the Italian police as they arrest migrants in the street and take them to the newly created "interrogation and expulsion centres". And he follows the migrants to the end of their 3,000-mile journey, to Calais and "the jungle" as they make their desperate plans to cross the Channel to the UK.
Boyd's team interviews rapist Jason Bloch, who lets slip that his accomplice was "just a kid", in the second part of this week's crime drama story. This vital clue prompts the team to open up a new line of investigation. When Eve returns from Bloch's college with a photo album, Kat discovers a picture of him with an unknown pupil, who they identify as James Mitcham.
Boyd and Grace visit Mitcham at his home, where Mitcham's young daughter reveals a man fitting Bloch's description had recently visited their house in the middle of the night. Boyd knows that Mitcham is the second rapist, but doesn't have enough evidence.
Gemma then positively identifies the photograph of Mitcham as the second rapist; however, Boyd is forced to suspend all enquiries due to his illegal methods of producing the suspect's name.
Meanwhile, Spencer feels that he has outgrown the Cold Case Unit and turns to an old friend for a way out.
Gemma, driven to despair by the halt in proceedings, can't wait for Bloch and Mitcham to be brought to justice and decides to take matters into her own hands. After kidnapping Mitcham's daughter, Gemma arranges to meet Mitcham at the bridge he had thrown her from more than a decade ago.
Boyd races to the bridge but isn't prepared for the grizzly scene that greets him there...
Trevor Eve plays DSI Peter Boyd, Sue Johnston plays Dr Grace Foley, Tara FitzGerald plays Dr Eve Lockhart, Wil Johnson plays DI Spencer Jordan and Stacey Roca plays DS Katrina Howard.
This episode guest stars Michelle Dockery as Gemma Morrison, Ian Mercer as Jason Bloch and Rory Kinnear as James Mitcham.
The comedy panel show hosted by Rob Brydon and featuring team captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack concludes with a final profusion of unbelievable truths and very believable lies.
This week, TV presenter Davina McCall and comedian Dave Gorman join David's camp and compete against journalistic powerhouse Janet Street-Porter and funnyman Omid Djalili on Lee's team.
Throughout the course of the show, each celebrity reveals amazing facts and sometimes embarrassing personal tales for the consideration of their rivals. To fool the opposition, panellists will need quick wits and a poker face. Only those who can think on their feet will survive interrogation from the other team.
Topics up for debate this week include Janet allegedly writing her will on a piece of cardboard when she thought the plane she was in was going to crash; Omid supposedly launching a condiment line, including Omid Djalili's Piccalilli, and David's mobile phone screen saver being a picture of his living room carpet. The answer to all of these questions and many more will be revealed in tonight's programme.
Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – is a time to contemplate the past year and to atone and apologise for any wrong-doings. In a special 20-minute New Year message, the Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, reflects on morality in British society and asks whether faith can help people strengthen their moral sense and build a more gracious future.
From financial turmoil in the City to the scandal of MPs' expenses, 2009 has been a sobering time. The Chief Rabbi talks to leaders from across British society, as well as the BBC's Economics Editor, Robert Peston, to discover why the markets failed and what has been learned since the downturn. Could a lack of morals have contributed to the market economy's demise?
In an interview with John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of The Economist, the Chief Rabbi discusses whether religious belief creates a sense of morality and results in a healthier, wealthier and more honest society.
And a fundraising event for children, organised by City traders, perhaps begins to confirm that the Chief Rabbi's message is getting through – that it's time to value a moral code and to give something back by caring about others.
Justice, compassion, decency, integrity and a sense of honour and duty are all essential to the human enterprise, says the Chief Rabbi.
Finally, he argues that Rosh Hashanah should be the time for Jew and non-Jew alike to admit their sins, and to renew their commitment to do what is right rather than what is comfortable.
Tom Dyckhoff's journey into Britain's heritage continues with a look back to the Seventies and the battle to save London's Covent Garden market.
The decade began with a post-Sixties hangover of radicalism and protest, and ended with Margaret Thatcher sweeping into Downing Street, signalling the death knell for Britain's traditional industries and many of its ways of life. Nowhere epitomised this dramatic story more than Covent Garden market where, in the early Seventies, the spirit of activism infused the local community when planners proposed to bulldoze the area and move residents out.
It was a real David and Goliath story, and when the planners were defeated, it appeared to be a victory for the community – a first in British planning history. But was it? The battle was won, but in the long term, was the war lost to the march of gentrification and the demands of tourism in the post-industrial age?
For the first time in more than 40 years, the main protagonists in the Covent Garden story, all still passionate about their plights, tell their side of the story. What emerges is a vivid and personal portrait of a wonderfully eclectic community that fought for its right to survive and to save its historic buildings, but who now regard their triumph as, at best, a Pyrrhic victory.
Saving Britain's Past is a BBC/Open University production. A 20-page heritage booklet is available to viewers who call 0845 366 80 11 or at www.open2.net, where visitors can join The Open University in mapping the nation's contemporary heritage.
Justin Fletcher returns for a second week of fun and giggling in his new sketch show for the nation's under-sixes.
Monday's show features naughty old monarch King Flannel trying to sneak a packet of crisps past his beady-eyed butler; Chip Monk, who uses all his wiles to avoid selling his beloved pets; DIY Dan, TV's worst do-it-yourself practitioner, who makes a meal of putting up wallpaper; and Captain Adorable, who delivers a piece of heavy furniture.
Tuesday's shows sees Captain Adorable help out the local brass band; King Flannel up to his usual tricks with his long-suffering butler; wildlife explorer Rapids Johnson getting too closer to his target; Gail Force, the glamorous newshound who reports on all the important local issues; and, Anna Conda, the reptiles expert.
On Wednesday, Captain Adorable "rescues" two young diners in a culinary pickle; Gail Force reports on an exciting sporting event; DIY Dan continues his hapless bodging; and The Lost Pirate looks for ways to get to his treasure.
On Thursday, Captain Adorable hunts for some milk to save the day for two fussy ladies; Milkshake Jake scores an own goal with a football fan; Ann Teak, the bossy antiques "expert", knows a priceless, rare vase when she sees one; Chip Monk refuses to sell his beloved hamster; and Rapids Johnson has a rare day off and tries to forget about giant pandas.
Wrapping the week up on Friday is Packed-Lunch Pete, still determined to eat his lunch despite being challenged by some wayward pine cones; Major Boogie, the tired old tin soldier, who enjoys a temporary break from routine with the Teddy Bear on the toy shelf; DIY Dan, who makes a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to clock-mending; King Flannel, who has aristocratic visitor who gets a bit too close to some cake that the king has got his eye on; and The Lost Pirate, who could be close to digging up his treasure at last, after seeing off his arch rival, Bluebeard.
Each episode also features the Gigglekids – children from all around the country who tell Justin their favourite jokes.
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