Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
Ricky asks Whitney why she told the police about Sam, in tonight's edition of EastEnders, saying that she will have to face up to the consequences. Bianca tells Ricky that Whitney only did it because she loves him.
Meanwhile, Amira suggests that Christian and James would make a good couple. James talks to Syed about possibly having a relationship with Christian.
Ricky is played by Sid Owen, Whitney by Shona McGarty, Sam by Danniella Westbrook, Bianca by Patsy Palmer, Amira by Preeya Kalidas, Christian by John Partridge, James by Paul Keating and Syed by Marc Elliott.
The second part of the BBC's major series on the global financial crash examines the boom years before the bust. Testimony comes from many of the key decision-makers over the last two decades, including Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King. The programme also features an exclusive interview with former Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the USA Alan Greenspan, charting how the financial bubble grew and grew.
The programme explains how people changed their attitude to risk, learnt to live with debt and – above all – how governments stepped back from regulating the system. At the heart of the story is Alan Greenspan, who, for 20 years, was one of the most powerful people in the world. However, in October 2008, weeks after the catastrophic collapse of Lehman Brothers, the man whose ideas influenced the world admitted he just might have been "partially" wrong.
The Age Of Confidence shows how low interest rates and the economic rise of China left the markets awash with "cheap" money. Banks were also busy inventing new and ever-more risky investment strategies. This, allied with a boom in the US housing market, created the perfect storm that hit in the summer of 2007.
The programme looks at whether the holy grail of economics had really been discovered – a risk-free, guaranteed way of making money – or whether it was a time of mass self-delusion, as bankers, regulators and politicians looked the other way while the economy headed for financial disaster.
Finally, the film tells the story of Roland Arnall, boss of sub-prime bank Ameriquest. He built a multi-million dollar fortune selling sub-prime mortgages and was appointed by President Bush to be Ambassador to the Netherlands. However, in a cautionary tale for the times, he ended his days dealing with lawsuits and paying out $325m in an out-of-court settlement in a case over allegations of predatory lending practices.
New girl Shelley spends her day gambling and ringing premium-rate lines using the meeting room phone where she can't be traced, as Lunch Monkeys, the comedy series about the slackers in the admin team at personal injury law firm Fox Cranford, continues.
On a trip to place a bet during office hours, Shelley bumps into slime ball solicitor Charlie, as he returns from lunch with Tania. Charlie has been trying to persuade Tania that she shouldn't have their baby.
After putting Charlie firmly in his place, it's a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire for Shelley as she runs into senior partner Mike Cranford at the bookies. Is it the end of the road or the start of a beautiful new friendship?
Meanwhile, Tania has a difficult decision at the Choices Family Planning Clinic, but love-struck Kenny makes sure she's not alone. Darrel enlists Asif's new hypnosis skills in his mission to find a client's missing cheque, but Asif's competitive streak ensures he won't play by the rules.
Shelley is played by Rachel Rae, Tania by Jessica Hall, Charlie by Steve John Shepherd, Kenny by Christian Foster, Darrel by Chris Hannon and Asif by Abdullah Afzal.
Lunch Monkeys is simulcast on the BBC HD Channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin media.
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