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Thursday 27 Nov 2014

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BBC ONE Unplaced Week 4

A Short Stay In Switzerland

Sunday 25 January
Julie Walters plays Dr Anne Turner in Frank McGuinness's moving drama
Julie Walters plays Dr Anne Turner
in Frank McGuinness's moving drama

Julie Walters stars in a one-off drama inspired by the true story of Dr Anne Turner, from award-winning writer Frank McGuinness.

Having just witnessed the death of her husband, Jack, from an incurable neurological disease, Anne Turner is diagnosed with a near-identical illness. With determined rationality, Anne's answer is that once her illness has reached a critical point, she will take her own life ... but she needs her children's support.

The more Anne's son and two daughters struggle to gain consensus over their mother's desire to die, as they struggle to find another way through, the further they pull apart. From Jessica's silent recriminations to Sophie's stubborn practicality, the magnitude of the situation threatens to tear the family to pieces. Anne must also face the fury of her best friend, Claire, whose opposing views bring them into direct and vocal conflict.

Writer Frank McGuinness says: "As a doctor, Anne Turner lived and worked by her principles, and she chose to die by them. This film recognises that rare courage."

Edward Turner is played by Stephen Campbell Moore; Jessica by Lyndsey Marshal; Sophie by Liz White; Claire by Harriet Walter; Richard by Patrick Malahide; Jack by Will Knightley; and Mrs Savery, Anne's loyal housekeeper, by Michelle Fairley.


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BBC TWO Unplaced Week 4

Horizon – Why Are Thin People Not Fat?

Monday 26 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO

It is estimated that there are now more people on the planet at risk from obesity-related diseases than there are suffering from starvation. Western society in the 21st century is eating itself into an early grave but, while the ranks of the overweight and obese are swelling, there is a significant proportion of the population who are apparently immune to this phenomenon.

Horizon – the BBC's flagship science strand – sets out to discover what is keeping these people thin. Are some people really able to consume as much as they like without becoming obese? If so, how do they do it?

Ten volunteers have agreed to eat double their normal intake of calories over four weeks to see how their bodies cope with a month-long chocolate, cake and fast-food frenzy.

The test is based on a 1967 experiment on Vermont State Prison inmates, in which medical researcher Ethan Simms recruited a group of prisoners to eat as much as they could until they had gained an extra 25 per cent of their original body weight. The reward was early release. Despite eating up to 10,000 calories per day, only six of the nine who took part succeeded. The experiment seemed to show that, however available and calorie-rich food is, not everyone will become overweight.

More than 40 years on, Horizon, with the help of Swedish scientist Fredrik Nystrom from the University of Linkoping, follows the volunteers over the course of the month to find out what is happening to the extra calories they are consuming, and why their bodies respond in such different ways.

Horizon also meets Professor Jane Wardle from University College London, who is exploring whether eating habits are genetic or learned, and Dr Nikhil Dhurandhar, who believes a virus could be responsible for some cases of obesity.

The programme asks whether obesity has an evolutionary advantage, if there could be a genetic basis to will-power, and whether people have a natural weight that their bodies strive to maintain, however much they eat or exercise.


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BBC THREE Unplaced Week 4

Being Human Ep 1/6

New programme
Sunday 25 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC THREE
Vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner) tries to steer clear of blood in BBC Three’s new comedy series about a group of unlikely housemates
Vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner) tries to steer clear of blood in BBC Three’s new comedy series about a group of unlikely housemates

Three twenty-something housemates are united in trying to live normal lives, despite struggling with unusual afflictions: one's a werewolf, one's a vampire and one's a ghost, in BBC Three's sexy, witty and thrilling new series.

On first appearances, things seem to be positive and "normal" for the three friends. Ghost Annie is buoyed by the fact that she is finally starting to be seen by ordinary people, rather than just by her housemates. In an attempt to escape the guilt and self-loathing for his previous killings, vampire Mitchell has sworn off blood, determined to kick the habit. Even the neurotic and anxious George is in relatively good spirits, putting his monthly transformation into a rampaging werewolf to the back of his mind to focus on life in the new house-share.

But it's not long before their supernatural conditions catch up with them.

The vampire world won't leave Mitchell alone: he's harassed by leader Herrick and his side-kick, Seth. They ominously warn him that he cannot deny what he is, and should turn his back on humanity to return to the vampire fold.

George considers the house a sanctuary from his condition but promptly tears it apart when he is reluctantly forced to transform into a werewolf at the full moon.

Annie, meanwhile, is heartbroken when their landlord, her fiancé Owen, pays a visit and reminds her of everything that she has lost. After tricking Owen to come back to the house, Annie discovers that he's got a new girlfriend, ending any hope of her ever being with the love of her life again.

Elsewhere, Mitchell is finding it very hard to stay on the wagon. He arranges a date with a nurse, Becca, and it seems that pretty soon he'll be feeding again. George discovers where Mitchell is and races to save Becca – but will he get there in time?

Lenora Crichlow plays Annie, Aidan Turner plays Mitchell and Russell Tovey plays George. Being Human also features Annabel Scholey as Lauren, Jessica Harris as Becca, Dylan Brown as Seth and Jason Watkins as Herrick.


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