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BBC ONE Saturday 31 October 2009

Football Focus

Saturday 31 October
11.30am-12.00noon BBC ONE

Football Focus comes live from Craven Cottage ahead of Fulham's match with Liverpool. Dan Walker, Mark Lawrenson and Lee Dixon look ahead to the game and a busy weekend of Premier League action.

There is reaction from the mid-week Champions League matches and a preview of the north-London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.

There's also a chance to catch up with the good, the bad and the downright quirky events of the last week in Seven Days In Focus.


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Formula 1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 31 October
12.10-2.10pm BBC ONE

Jake Humphrey introduces live coverage of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Seven months and 16 races on from the first qualifying session in Melbourne, when Jenson Button stormed to pole in a sensational debut for Brawn GP, the season comes to a close in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

It's been an incident-packed year for the sport and there is sure to be plenty more excitement in Abu Dhabi, which has a stunning race track around the newly constructed Yas Marina to host its first Formula 1 contest.


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Rugby League Live – Four Nations

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 31 October
2.10-4.30pm BBC ONE

Clare Balding is at the DW Stadium in Wigan where England take on Australia in the second weekend of the Four Nations tournament.

Any sporting match-up between the two countries is always fiercely contested and an added incentive for England today is the chance to eradicate the memory of the 52-4 mauling they were given by the Kangaroos when the teams last met during the 2008 World Cup.


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Merlin Ep 6/13

Saturday 31 October
6.05-6.50pm BBC ONE
Lady Catrina (Sarah Parish) settles into Camelot
Lady Catrina (Sarah Parish) settles into Camelot

Newly crowned Queen Catrina (played by Sarah Parish) settles in as Camelot's first lady, in the second episode of the thrilling two-parter of the magical family drama series. As Queen Catrina's true troll nature surfaces, her influence over Uther increases, and the repercussions are felt throughout the kingdom.

When Catrina accuses Merlin of stealing, he is driven into hiding. Forced to sneak around the castle, Merlin must find a way to expose Catrina's true form without getting caught. However, even if he succeeds, will this be enough to break her powerful magic? Or will Camelot be stuck with a troll as a Queen forever?

Sarah Parish guest stars as Queen Catrina, Anthony Head as Uther and Colin Morgan as Merlin. Merlin also stars Bradley Jones as Arthur, John Hurt as The Dragon, Richard Wilson as Gaius, Angel Coulby as Gwen, Kate McGrath as Morgana and Adam Godley as Jonas.


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Strictly Come Dancing

Live event/outside broadcastHigh Definition programme
Saturday 31 October
6.50-8.45pm BBC ONE

As the competition hots up, this week's Strictly Come Dancing, hosted by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, sees the remaining 10 celebrities, and their professional dance partners, take to the floor for what could be their last time.

Following the performances, viewers are able to vote for the couple they want to stay in the competition.

The two couples with the lowest scores will find themselves in the dance–off. The judges will then decide who they'd like to save and who must leave the competition.

Tonight's programme also features a special performance by musical legends the Bee Gees.

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 31 October
8.55-9.45pm BBC ONE

There are some nasty Halloween surprises in store for some of the staff of Holby City hospital as the medical drama continues.

Adam and Henry are furious when Zoe reveals she's lost a memory stick of confidential patient data. She's reluctant to explain how the data went missing – it was stolen by her much younger ex-boyfriend, Joel – but assures them she can retrieve it by the end of the day. Henry gives her until 4pm or she's fired and things look very bleak when Zoe totally mishandles the situation with Joel. Support, however, comes from an unexpected source when Jordan steps in to help out.

Adam, meanwhile, is under pressure – there are patients to treat, budgets to write and Zoe has disappeared. Jessica is disappointed when Adam declines to help with the children's Halloween party that night and the stressed medic is forced to choose between putting his family or work life first.

Jeff's suspicions about Alistair grow when he and Polly are called to a shout and find Alistair standing over an unconscious body at a factory. Jeff is forced to apologise when it turns out Alistair had nothing to do with the accident but warns him to stay away from Polly. Later that night, Polly is petrified to find that Alistair has broken into her flat with a carved pumpkin and a bottle of wine. She's even more terrified when he demands to know why she's cheating on him. A shaky Polly is forced to tell Alistair she loves him.

Back at the hospital, there's a mystery man in the department asking for change, cadging cigarettes and talking about God. Tess and Adam ask him to move on, but there may be more to him than meets the eye...

Adam is played by Tristan Gemmill, Zoe by Sunetra Sarker, Jordan by Michael French, Jeff by Matt Bardock, Polly by Sophia Di Martino, Alistair by Joe McFadden and Tess by Suzanne Packer. Don Warrington guest stars as Trevor.


The Impressions Show With Culshaw And Stephenson
Ep 1/8

New series
Saturday 31 October
9.45-10.15pm BBC ONE

Master impressionist Jon Culshaw joins forces with talented Debra Stephenson, who returns to her comedy roots. No one is safe as the two of them lampoon some of the most familiar celebrities in Britain today.

Episode one sees Michael McIntyre, The One Show, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell, Ricky Gervais, Davina McCall, Claudia Winkleman, Kylie and Dannii Minogue all coming in for the Culshaw and Stephenson treatment. Among many sketches, Culshaw shows viewers that Ross Kemp as not quite the hard man he’d have them believe, and Stephenson does a brilliantly acerbic Anne Robinson.


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BBC TWO Saturday 31 October 2009

My Almost Famous Family – Take A Chance On Me Ep 8/11

Saturday 31 October
10.00-10.30am BBC TWO

Sibling rivalries rise to the surface in this week's melodic episode of the musical comedy drama series, as Toyah and Aretha compete to write a song for top R&B star Monelle, played by former UK Eurovision entry Javine Hylton.

Toyah and Aretha set to work, each trying to compose their own song for Monelle. After many fruitless attempts, including one which sees Aretha rhyming "shower with Chihuahua", the opposing sisters realise that they need to work together to make their tune pitch-perfect.

Elsewhere, a bemused Hadley tries to work out why all the fans seem to prefer Isaac.

Toyah is played by Naomi Battrick, Aretha by Dominique Moore, Hadley by Angus Harrison and Isaac by Matt Morgan.


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The Season

New series
Saturday 31 October
12.25-12.55pm BBC TWO

Set in France's exclusive Val D'Isere ski resort, this brand-new constructed reality series for teens from BBC Switch follows the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of a group of young seasonnaires as they work and play in the party capital of the Alps.

In the first episode, Abi, the self-confessed gossip queen, introduces the cast.

Hari is going out with Tom, but never knows where she stands. Luckily she has Oscar as a shoulder to cry on. He's every girl's best friend but seems to be making enemies with the boys. Holly is loved up with wannabe pro-boarder, Sam. They seem like the perfect couple, but are they going to throw it all away?

Tommy and Emily came to Val as a couple but split up. They say they're happy just being friends, but it's obvious they're not. Abi is delighted to be with Jay, although she's not sure of their future because "you never think of life after the season".

In the first episode, with all the parties, flirting, heartache and arguments, it's a bubble of drama, 24/7.


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The Thick Of It Ep 2/8

Interactive TVHigh Definition programme
Saturday 31 October
10.10-10.40pm BBC TWO
Malcolm (Peter Capaldi) with Nicola (Rebecca Front), the new Secretary of State, are in The Thick Of It
Malcolm (Peter Capaldi) with Nicola (Rebecca Front), the new Secretary of State, are in The Thick Of It

Nicola Murray MP has been Secretary of State for just over a week, as Armando Iannucci's political comedy continues. Already, there is press speculation on how long she is going to last. And now, someone at the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship has completely wiped the immigration records of 170,672 people.

Who's going to get the blame? Who's going to get the job of breaking the news to Malcolm? And how is Nicola going to get through an entire lunch with the staff of The Guardian without revealing the catastrophic scale of the latest computer disaster?

Nicola is played by Rebecca Front and Malcolm by Peter Capaldi. The Thick Of It also stars Chris Addison as Ollie, Joanna Scanlan as Terri and James Smith as Glenn.

The Thick Of It is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

Digital viewers who press the Red button after the programme can find exclusive additional content. Exclusive features on key members of the cast and crew can also be found on the BBC Comedy blog, at


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Wonderland – The Ghostman Of Skye Ep 2/8

Saturday 31 October
10.40-11.20pm BBC TWO

Observational documentary series Wonderland continues with a Halloween special.

The Isle of Skye may be famous for its rugged Scottish beauty, but there is something else visitors ought to know about – across the island, reported sightings of ghosts are legion. These reports come from some of the island's most reliable and respected figures. Even a former policeman and a man of the church have stories to tell.

With the memory of his deceased wife, Nina, still fresh in his mind, former missionary Donald Angus Maclean is filmed as he collects the island's ghost stories. Among them are the tale of the ghost child, the story of the headless woman and intriguing accounts of "The Car That Wasn't There".

As Donald investigates these sinister stories, he shares his growing conviction that this world and the next are much closer to each other than most are ready to believe. "The curtain that separates us from the beyond is so very thin," he says. "It could also be that the beyond is not nearly as dark as we take it to be."

In the course of the film it becomes apparent that Donald, too, is haunted – not by visions of disappearing cars or headless women, but by the memory of his late wife.

Wonderland continues on Thursday in I Won University Challenge.


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