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BBC ONE Saturday 19 September 2009

Football Focus

Saturday 19 September
12.15-1.00pm BBC ONE

Dan Walker previews the weekend's football action, which includes the Manchester derby and an all-London clash between Chelsea and Tottenham, who have both made bright starts to the Premier League season.

With the Champions League and Europa League group stages now also under way, there is plenty for Dan and his studio guests to discuss. There is also a look back at the good, the bad and the funnier football moments from the past week in 7 Days In Focus.


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Tennis – Davis Cup

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 19 September
2.30-4.30pm BBC ONE

Sue Barker presents live coverage of the doubles rubber in Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Poland in Liverpool. Britain need to beat Poland to avoid relegation to the third tier and the doubles result could well prove crucial. GB haven't won the doubles in their last three Davis Cup matches and will be looking to end that run at the Echo Arena.


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Merlin Ep 1/13

New series
Saturday 19 September
6.40-7.25pm BBC ONE
L-R: Gwen (Angel Coulby), Gaius (Richard Wilson), Morgana (Katie McGrath), Merlin (Colin Morgan), Arthur (Bradley James) and Uther (Anthony Head)
Magical Merlin returns to Saturday nights on BBC One

The magic is back – bigger, bolder and more action-packed than ever – as the hit family fantasy series, Merlin, returns to Saturday nights. The thrilling opening episode guest stars Mackenzie Crook (The Office, Pirates Of The Caribbean).

In the dark tunnels deep beneath Camelot, an ancient tomb is discovered, filled with treasure. Gaius begs the King to seal it shut again, fearing that the tomb belongs to Cornelius Sigan, an evil sorcerer who cursed Camelot and swore he would, one day, return to destroy the city. But Uther is too taken with the treasure to listen, insisting Sigan is just a fairy tale.

Meanwhile, new servant Cedric muscles in on Merlin's position as Arthur's right-hand man and turns the prince against his loyal friend. Merlin is convinced the slippery newcomer is up to something and he's right – Cedric is a con man and a thief who is after the magnificent jewel found at the heart of the tomb. Little does Cedric know his precious prize is more dangerous than he could possibly imagine.

Camelot has never been more vulnerable but how can Merlin make things right when, thanks to Cedric, he might have lost Arthur's friendship for good? Merlin faces the prospect of turning to the creature he swore he'd never trust again – The Great Dragon.

Richard Wilson is Gaius, Anthony Head is Uther, Bradley James is Arthur, Mackenzie Crook is Cedric, Colin Morgan is Merlin and John Hurt is the voice of The Great Dragon. The cast also includes Katie McGrath as Morgana and Angel Coulby as Gwen.


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Strictly Come Dancing

High Definition programme
Saturday 19 September
7.25-9.05pm BBC ONE
Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly host the glittering celebrity dance contest
Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly host the glittering celebrity dance contest

Following last night's ballroom extravaganza, it's time to sizzle as Saturday night is Latin night on Strictly Come Dancing. Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly are back as the same eight couples take to the dance floor to perform either a Cha Cha or a Rumba in a bid to impress the judges and the viewers with their moves.

Tonight the competition really hots up as the judges' scores from both Friday night and Saturday are combined, and viewers will be able to vote for the couple they want to stay in the competition. The two couples with the lowest scores when the viewers' votes and judges' scores are combined find themselves in the dance-off, where they dance once again and the judges decide who stays and who is the first couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2009.

Dancing tonight are: Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna; Lynda Bellingham and Darren Bennett; Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff; Ricky Groves and Erin Boag; Martina Hingis and Matthew Cutler; Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan; Jade Johnson and Ian Waite; and Rav Wilding and Aliona Vilani.

The second group of eight couples take to the dance floor on Friday.

Strictly Come Dancing is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.


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Saturday 19 September
9.15-10.05pm BBC ONE

It's the first shift after the horrifying events at the shopping centre for the F2s, the group of juniors who have started work at the hospital, as the medical drama continues. All three are nervous and their confidence sinks further when Adam palms them off onto Zoe for the day – he's got too much to deal with in the wake of Heather's accident.

Zoe, equally stressed over her "mother's" illness, divides the trio – Yuki is sent on a shout with Jeff and Polly and Lenny and May are assigned mentors for the day: Lenny with Zoe and May with Ruth. All three struggle in their own way and are banned from treating patients for the rest of the shift.

Later, in a counselling session with Ben, the trio struggle to open up. Eventually, each in turn reveals that recent events have shaken them. Ben identifies that each of them is missing a part of themselves and the three resolve to work on their flaws and soon realise they can help each other by working as a team.

As the new team celebrates in the pub later that evening, Zoe slips out to make a call on her mobile...

Adam is played by Tristan Gemmill, Zoe by Sunetra Sarker, Yuki by Will Sharpe, Jeff by Matt Bardock, Polly by Sophia DiMartino, Lenny by Steven Miller, May by Laura Aikman, Ruth by Georgia Taylor and Ben by Mark Letheren.


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Match Of The Day

Saturday 19 September
10.30-11.40pm BBC ONE

Gary Lineker introduces highlights from today's Premier League fixtures. Arsenal played Wigan, having won seven of their eight previous Premier League meetings against the Latics. Liverpool visited West Ham, hoping to replicate the 3-0 victory they enjoyed at Upton Park last season, while Sunderland and Burnley met in the top flight for the first time in almost 40 years.

The last three meetings between Aston Villa and Portsmouth have produced more red cards than goals – would the teams be able to keep their cool in the heat of today's clash at Villa Park? The day's other games saw Bolton host Stoke while Hull and Birmingham also met in the top flight for the first time.


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The Football League Show

Saturday 19 September
11.40pm-12.55am BBC ONE

The Football League is averaging nearly 100 goals per weekend this season and Manish Bhasin introduces today's Hot 100. Early season pace-setters Cardiff City welcomed QPR, who have yet to mount a consistent challenge. Middlesbrough and West Brom, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, met in a top-of-the-table clash, while Peterborough and Reading both looked to improve on their poor starts.

Mark Clemmit adds his unique view of the Football League and viewers can add their thoughts via email and text.


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BBC TWO Saturday 19 September 2009

Skate Nation Ep 10/10

Saturday 19 September
9.00-10.00am BBC TWO

Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes present the nail-biting Skate Nation final as the two remaining teams compete against each other in the Skate Stadium.

The studio audience and judges Camilla Dallerup, Asha Kirkby and Kevin Adams face the unenviable decision of choosing which team will win a trip to Taiwan to attend the World Games.

The final show features a host of surprises and, after two and a half months of presenting the show on two feet, Sam and Mark finally get their skates on.

Skipping into the studio are guest champion jump rope team DDF from Belgium and Kid British perform their song Our House.

Please note: Skate Nation has 10 episodes and not 11 as previously billed in Programme Information.


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My Almost Famous Family –
The Girl Is Mine Ep 2/11

Saturday 19 September
10.00-10.30am BBC TWO
Gary (Andrew Clover) ends up knee-deep in trouble in My Almost Famous Family
Gary (Andrew Clover) ends up knee-deep in trouble in My Almost Famous Family

Chaos reigns in the Swann household when Gary and Shalondra decide to spend some time alone together, as CBBC's all-singing, all-dancing comedy-drama series continues.

Gary's father, Terry – an ageing former rock star – becomes a rather unsuitable babysitter when he seems more concerned with reliving his rock star past and playing loud guitar than looking after his grandchildren. Unfortunately, Toyah needs to practise for her grade 8 cello exam and, to make matters worse, Aretha becomes distraught when Terry insists he joins the band to perform his old embarrassing hit from the Seventies.

Unaware of the issues at home, Gary and Shalondra have their own troubles to contend with when they maroon their camper van in a muddy field full of angry cows.

Gary is played by Andrew Clover, Shalondra by Rakie Ayola, Hadley by Angus Harrison, Aretha by Dominique Moore, Isaac by Matt Morgan, Martha by Rachel Bradley and Terry by Alan Ford.


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The Cut

New series
Saturday 19 September
12.00midday-12.25pm BBC TWO

Viewers are introduced to four very different teens, each with their own reasons for entering or trying to leave the world of The Cut, in BBC Switch's new multi-platform soap, featuring fast-paced storylines packed with plenty of drama.

Jay is looking for answers; Stephen's been suspended from school and doesn't have anywhere else to go; Marla is hunting high and low for her mum; and Olive can't wait to escape from it all with her secret boyfriend.

But with a hooded man stalking the streets and the age-old animosity between Loxley and Mackinnon at boiling point, will any of them survive the first episode?

Featuring a cast of rising stars and storylines suggested by teens, The Cut broadcasts online from Monday to Friday in five-minute episodes at, with an omnibus edition on BBC Two on Saturdays.

Jay is played by Samuell Benta, Stephen by Matthew Kane, Marla by Lara Goodison, Olive by Billie North, Toni by Jessica Dickens and Mack by Dermot Martin.


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