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Network TV BBC Week 47:

21-27 November

BBC ONE Saturday 21 November 2009

Merlin Ep 9/13

Saturday 21 November
6.05-6.50pm BBC ONE
Merlin (Colin Morgan) refuses to listen to Gaius
Merlin (Colin Morgan) refuses to listen to Gaius

When Merlin discovers the beautiful druid girl Freya trapped in a bounty hunter's cage, he knows he must help her escape, as the magical family drama continues. Gaius warns against getting involved but Merlin refuses to listen.

Merlin harbours Freya in the tunnels beneath Camelot. But with the bounty hunter searching for his missing prize and a ferocious magical beast on the loose, she can't stay hidden long. Merlin's intense new friendship is tested to the limit and he is forced to make some heartbreaking decisions as he battles to keep Freya safe.

Colin Morgan stars as Merlin; Laura Donnelly is Freya; and Richard Wilson plays Gaius.

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Casualty – Second Chance

Saturday 21 November
8.45-9.35pm BBC ONE

Tensions are running high in the emergency department as the F2s nervously await an important decision and Ruth struggles to impress Dr Sarah Evans by treating a patient alone, as the medical drama continues.

With the department at full stretch treating casualties from a major fire and a car accident victim with cerebral palsy, the F2s bicker through their shift as they anxiously await the fall-out from their treatment of Amir. Adam warns them that they must continue to work as part of a team but Ruth, in particular, is reluctant to work with them and the young medics are uneasy. Could this be the end of their short careers as doctors?

Keen to impress neurological expert Dr Sarah Evans, Ruth refuses to ask for advice about the cerebral palsy patient, preferring to struggle on alone. But when the patient's condition worsens, the vastly experienced Jordan steps in to help. Will Ruth be honest about the situation? And where exactly does her future at the hospital lie?

Meanwhile, massage parlour workers Bree and Joy are brought into Holby City hospital with burns sustained when a fire broke out in their flat. Both were making plans to escape the controlling clutches of the massage parlour owner, Tony. Bree has the help of her new boyfriend, Dave, but will it be plain sailing for the young couple?

Ruth is played by Georgia Taylor, Dr Sarah Evans by Julia St John, Adam by Tristan Gemmill and Jordan by Michael French.

This episode guest stars Lauren Drummond as Bree, Angela Lonsdale as Joy, Gary Oliver as Tony and Anthony Costa as Dave.

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The Impressions Show
With Culshaw And Stephenson Ep 3/8

Saturday 21 November
9.35-10.05pm BBC ONE
Jonathan Ross (Jon Culshaw) delivers a speech as the fast-moving sketch show continues
Jonathan Ross (Jon Culshaw) delivers a speech as the fast-moving sketch show continues

Culshaw and Stephenson are at it again with another host of their uncanny impressions.

The myriad characters this week include Tess Daly and Vernon Kay, who pick up an unexpected holiday hitch-hiker; Jonathan Ross, who delivers a great speech; and Fiona Bruce, who is up to her old tricks again on Antiques Roadshow.

Nick Knowles also makes an appearance at the local hardware store and Lorraine Kelly debuts in "Bad Jobs For Celebrities".

The Top Gear cast are put through their paces and Gok Wan, Boris Johnson, Amanda Holden, Amy Winehouse and Cheryl Cole all come in for a good ribbing in this fast-moving sketch show.

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BBC TWO Saturday 21 November 2009

My Almost Famous Family – Christmas Time Ep 11/11

Saturday 21 November
10.00-10.30am BBC TWO

Christmas has come early in the Swann household in the final episode of CBBC's all-singing and all-dancing musical comedy drama series.

The Totally Annabelle Christmas special is coming live from the Swann's living room. Unfortunately, Toyah's OCD makes it difficult for her to be one of Martha's wise men.

Meanwhile, Hadley is desperate to sing his solo; Shalondra is determined to find her presents; and Isaac has to fathom out how he is supposed to play the drums with a cookie jar stuck on his hand.

Annabelle is played by Alice Henley, Toyah by Naomi Battrick, Martha by Rachel Brady, Hadley by Angus Harrison, Shalondra by Rakie Ayola and Isaac by Matt Morgan.

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Berlin – Ruined Visions Ep 2/3

Saturday 21 November
7.30-8.30pm BBC TWO

Standing amid the ruins of the Second World War in 1945, Allied commanders believed Berlin could never be rebuilt. Yet today, bullet-marked buildings stand next to the newest technology.

The futuristic city of Fritz Lang's Metropolis was inspired by Berlin's forward-thinking modern architects. However, as the spectre of Nazism loomed, Hitler branded their work un-German and their ideas were linked with Communism. Most fled, leaving the city they had built behind.

As Fuehrer, Hitler commissioned architect Albert Speer to transform Berlin into a new Neo-Classical capital named "Germania". Though Speer's master-plan never went into construction, the sites and remnants of Hitler's buildings have proved a huge problem for the city of Berlin.

However, it is the ghost of the Berlin Wall which dominates the city today. The Wall sparked an architectural competition between the two Berlins, as the only way to prove yourself to the other side was to build tall. Matt Frei finds out if this invisible barrier still exists in the minds of the city's inhabitants.

Berlin is co-produced by The Open University. A free bi-lingual guide to the city is available to accompany the series by calling 0845 366 8013 or visiting open2.net.

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Ugly Beauty

Saturday 21 November
8.45-9.45pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 6 November)

Beauty is one of the great subjects of art. From the earliest cave paintings, art has searched for sights that are delightfully proportioned and pleasing to the eye. In many people's eyes, though, the modern world has given up the great search for beauty in art, and dismissed it as old-fashioned or escapist.

Art critic Waldemar Januszczak disagrees. In Ugly Beauty, Waldemar argues that the need for beauty in art is actually greater than it has ever been. However, the definition of beauty has changed, and people need to look for it in different places. Voyaging adventurously through the contemporary art world, Waldemar hunts down some of today's best-known modern artists and asks them about their search for beauty. People need beauty in their lives as much as they ever did but in today's art, they have to know where to find it.

The programme explores the dark beauty of Tatsuo Miyajima's LCD sculptures and the subtle light installations of James Turrell. Carl Andre discovered a stern modern beauty in squares of industrial materials dropped around a goods yard, while Yoko Ono finds a pale and haunting beauty in the colour white. Jeff Koons sees beauty in the trashy pop culture around him and the cancer paintings of Damien Hirst find a version of modern beauty in deformed human anatomy. Anish Kapoor's huge colour pieces surround people with their beauty and immerse them in it.

Beauty can be electronic or scientific, subtle and elusive, but by Waldemar standards it is still beautiful.

Ugly Beauty is part of the BBC's Modern Beauty Season across BBC Two and BBC Four.

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The Thick Of It Ep 5/8

High Definition programme
Saturday 21 November
10.20-10.50pm BBC TWO

After weeks of trading bitter blows in the press, Department of Social Affairs And Citizenship minister Nicola Murray MP and her shadow, Peter Mannion MP, are invited onto BBC Radio 5 Live for a debate on Richard Bacon's late-night phone-in programme, as Armando Iannucci's critically acclaimed political comedy continues.

Director of Communications Malcolm Tucker and opposition PR guru Stewart Pearson decide to listen in the comfort of their respective offices but, when some breaking news threatens to make things difficult for the politicians, the programme quickly turns into a phone-in like no other. Malcolm and Stewart are left with no choice but to start getting their people over to the studios.

Nicola Murray is played by Rebecca Front, Peter Mannion by Roger Allam, Malcolm Tucker by Peter Capaldi and Stewart Pearson by Vincent Franklin.

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 bbc.co.uk/blogs/comedy.

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Defying Gravity – Fear Ep 7/13

High Definition programme
Saturday 21 November
10.50-11.35pm BBC TWO

It's Halloween aboard the spaceship Antares and the forces of darkness are revealed in more ways than one, as the American science-fiction drama continues. Feverish hallucinations jeopardise the lives of the crew just as they're about to embark on a promotional event for which the whole world is waiting.

There's something strange on board, though. Nearly all the astronauts have racing heartbeats and raised temperatures. Back at Mission Control, Goss is ramping up for an outer-space Halloween promotional stunt that will result in billions of dollars' worth of scientific funding. Desperate to keep the project on track, Goss orders Claire to attribute the symptoms to contaminated Halos, the crew's removable libido inhibitors. But the problems continue to escalate, with hallucinations plaguing almost everyone on board and even extending to Eve, on Earth.

In spite of their efforts the space stunt is doomed. Ted is left clinging to the edge of the spaceship in a dust-storm mirage, while Nadia is frozen at the controls by an illusionary figure. Both Mintz and Paula are trapped in a truss corridor by terrifying visions. Finally, Donner and Zoe, immobilised by their own phantasms, discover that they are also connected by an identical dream.

Donner is played by Ron Livingston, Zoe by Laura Harris, Ted by Malik Yoba, Jen by Christina Cox, Nadia by Florentine Lahme, Eve by Karen LeBlanc, Claire by Maxim Roy, Goss by Andrew Airlie, Mintz by Eyal Podell and Paula by Paula Garces.

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

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BBC PARLIAMENT Saturday 21 November 2009

MPTV – 20 Years Of Commons On Camera

Saturday 21 November
9.00-9.30pm BBC PARLIAMENT

Today In Parliament's David Wilby presents a special programme taking a look at how Parliamentary life has changed since letting TV cameras broadcast its daily business.

The autumn of 1989 was the culmination of years of arguments in Parliament; was it a necessary feature of a modern democracy for the public to watch their elected representatives at work? Or would the TV cameras destroy the sanctity of Parliament, with broadcasters manipulating the pictures and mischievous MPs using the cameras for self-publicity?

All parties were split down the middle. Vote after vote to allow televising was lost, some extremely narrowly. However, in February 1988, a breakthrough was made; Conservative backbencher Anthony Nelson successfully tabled a motion to allow cameras in for an experimental 18-month period – despite his own leader, Margaret Thatcher, being against the move. Some 21 months later, the cameras were finally turned on.

In fact, the House of Commons was not the first chamber in Parliament to allow TV cameras – it was the House of Lords, initially in 1968, with a short, internal, experimental broadcast, then finally on a permanent basis in 1984.

The 18-month experiment in the Commons was such a success that it soon became a permanent move, with support from such key Parliamentarians as the then-deputy speaker Betty Boothroyd.

However some of those who were against the move, including backbench MP and former TV producer Roger Gale, feel it has been detrimental to the public's perception of Parliament. The rowdy atmosphere of Prime Minister's Questions gets all the focus – with the real behind-the-scenes work of MPs going unnoticed.

An exclusive survey for BBC Parliament has revealed that more than three-quarters (77 per cent) of MPs think televising has made Parliament more transparent, while 93 per cent of MPs think that a Parliament closed off to television would now be "unthinkable".

But concerns about the broadcasting of Parliament remain, with 21 per cent of MPs claiming that televising the House of Commons has undermined its dignity. Nevertheless, 20 years on, and with MPs being under the microscope like never before, it seems the TV cameras are here to stay.

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Network TV BBC Week 47:
Sunday 22 November 2009

BBC ONE Sunday 22 November 2009

Garrow's Law – Tales From The Old Bailey Ep 4/4

Sunday 22 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
Garrow (Andrew Buchan) continues to defend the victims of rough justice
Garrow (Andrew Buchan) continues to defend the victims of rough justice

Sir Arthur Hill congratulates William Garrow on his successful defence of a prostitute accused of murdering a client, as the 18th-century legal drama series based on real cases concludes. Sir Arthur also takes great delight in revealing that Lady Sarah is pregnant with his child.

Garrow tries to persuade Lady Sarah to leave Sir Arthur but she tells him that they have no future together.

Meanwhile, a desperate Mary Hamer visits John Southouse's office, begging him to instruct Garrow to defend her husband, Joseph, who has been languishing in Newgate Prison, without charge, for many months on suspicion of sedition and plotting an armed uprising against the King. Southouse is sympathetic but tells her that he is unable to help as his association with Garrow is over.

Later, Garrow finds Southouse at the coffee house and offers his old mentor the hand of friendship. Southouse's reluctance is set aside after Mary's arrest at a meeting of The London Corresponding Society along with her supporter, Charles Lynam. Garrow has read about Joseph in newspaper reports and is keen to take on the case. Southouse agrees to assist and sets about securing the release of Mary and Charles so that they can help prepare the defence.

Elsewhere, the Secretary Of State, Viscount Melville, and Sir Arthur Hill meet with fellow MPs. Alarmed by the American and French revolutions, the politicians agree to press charges against Joseph. Sir John Scott, the Attorney General, is instructed to prosecute, assisted by Silvester.

When Sir John's prosecution before Judge Buller at the Old Bailey proves weak, Melville and his colleagues devise a plan. Sir John and Silvester offer Garrow and Southouse a deal – if Joseph pleads guilty, meaning certain death for him and fellow members of the Society, the lives of a further 800 men suspected of plotting against the King will be spared. To make matters worse, Melville's men find a receipt for a hundred muskets in Joseph's house.

Lady Sarah forces Sir Arthur to tell her about the plot against Joseph and she then reveals to Garrow that Lynam is a government spy.

Melville then tries to influence Garrow by offering him the job of King's Counsel. Garrow is tempted but his conscience prompts him to refuse. After promising to give his own version of the trial to journalist Thomas Rawlings, Garrow asks him to find the names of the 800 men on the government's list as he prepares to defend Joseph.

Sir Arthur Hill is played by Rupert Graves, William Garrow by Andrew Buchan, Lady Sarah Hill by Lyndsey Marshal, John Southouse by Alun Armstrong, Silvester by Aidan McArdle and Judge Buller by Michael Culkin.

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BBC TWO Sunday 22 November 2009

Tennis – ATP World Tour Finals

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 22 November
2.00-5.30pm BBC TWO

Live coverage comes from the O2 Arena of the opening day of the ATP World Tour Finals, which are taking place in London for the first time.

Over the next week, the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray will be battling it out for the prestigious title along with the $5m total prize money that is on offer. The world's top eight players are invited to the tournament, which features two round-robin groups, followed by semi-finals and the final.

In its various guises since its inception in 1970, the event has been won by the game's biggest names, including Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Federer himself, who has claimed the title four times.

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BBC ONE Monday 23 November 2009

Shaun The Sheep Eps 1-5/20

New series
Monday 23 to Friday 27 November
4.25-4.35pm BBC ONE
Shaun The Sheep and his friends flock back to BBC One
Shaun The Sheep and his friends flock back to BBC One

Shaun The Sheep and his faithful flock are trotting back to CBBC for a new series of farmyard frolics.

Made by the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations, using stop-motion animation, Shaun The Sheep made his international showbiz debut in the Wallace And Gromit's feature film, A Close Shave.

Unlike most sheep, Shaun is not one to follow the flock. Curious, resourceful and fun-loving, his enthusiasm and inexperience is often a recipe for sheeptacular shenanigans. Together with Shirley the enormous ewe and Timmy the mischief-making lamb (now a TV star in his own right on CBeebies), Shaun and his flock are determined to go about their daily adventures while avoiding detection by the farmer. They also pull the wool over the eyes of long-suffering sheepdog Bitzer and try to keep out of the way of the cantankerous naughty pigs.

Made in high definition, the international Emmy-winning Shaun The Sheep's new exploits begin this week when he dresses as the farmer and, now he has the power to boss Bitzer around, he decides to throw a party. All goes to plan until Shaun encounters the real farmer...

On Tuesday, the flock hijacks a road line-painting machine and causes chaos while creating giant works of art in the field.

In Wednesday's escapade, a leak in the barn forces the flock to relocate to the pig sty for the night. However, the selfish pigs don't want to share.

A reluctant Timmy tries to avoid bath time in Thursday's show and in trying to escape he gets a spring attached to his tail. It's up to the flock to catch the bouncing baby sheep and return him to the tub before he destroys the farm.

The farmer hits the dance floor on Friday and attempts to learn how to ballroom dance using Pidsley as his dancing partner. The din they create annoys the sheep so much that Shaun decides to stop them.

Shaun The Sheep fans can also catch up with their fluffy friend in the Cartoon Works area of the CBBC website.

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EastEnders

Monday 23 November
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE

Phil orders Ricky to tell him what Sam's note said, in the first visit of the week to Albert Square. Unfortunately, it reveals nothing of her whereabouts.

Meanwhile, a mystery man has arrived on the Square. While Minty is repairing a car, the man comes in, casually asking a string of questions about the Arches' books and finances.

Phil is played by Steve McFadden, Ricky by Sid Owen, Sam by Danniella Westbrook and Minty by Cliff Parisi.

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Life – Hunters And Hunted Ep 7/10

High Definition programme
Monday 23 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
The cheetahs hunt their prey
The cheetahs hunt their prey

The ability to learn from past experiences and so develop novel solutions to problems has allowed mammals to flourish in the harshest of environments. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the life-and-death struggles between the hunters and hunted.

This week's episode of Life, narrated by David Attenborough, travels to northern Kenya, where three cheetah brothers work together in a new and unique way to hunt large prey such as ostriches – prey most other cheetahs would not dare to confront. As males play no part in the raising of their young, this incredible behaviour will probably disappear when these animals die.

Female mammals look after their young for extended periods of time, enabling the youngsters to learn skills from their mother that might just give them the edge in the fight for survival. Off the Falkland Islands, in a pod of nine killer whales, one female has learned to seize elephant seal pups from a tidal pool where they are learning to swim. No other orca knows how to do this but, crucially, her calf is now learning the technique from her.

Mammals also have the ability to use their senses in ways that defy belief. Star-nosed moles in Canada have the most amazing noses and sense of smell. Their nostrils are fringed by 22 lobes that look like little fingers. These are incredibly sensitive to touch and allow the mole to find and consume food faster than any other mammal.

The moles' senses are even more stunning when they dive underwater. In another TV first, Life reveals a new discovery recently made by scientists – the mole exhales a bubble from its nostrils and then re-inhales the bubble, effectively sniffing underwater at the rapid speed of 10 times a second.

In Life's diary section – Rock Pooling – cameraman Mike Pitts and producer Adam Chapman travel to the Falkland Islands on the tip-off that a pod of orca has learnt how to hunt naïve elephant seal pups when they first venture into the water. Despite inquisitive seal pups, bad visibility underwater and South Atlantic storms, the crew manage to film a unique hunting strategy.

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

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BBC TWO Monday 23 November 2009

Miranda Ep 3/6

Monday 23 November
8.30-9.00pm BBC TWO

Miranda's (Miranda Hart) trip to the gym doesn't go as planned
Miranda's (Miranda Hart) trip to the gym doesn't go as planned

With increasing amounts of pressure from her mother, Penny, to get a "proper job", and PR queen Tilly's new promotion, Miranda decides it's high time to turn herself into a "career bitch". When an interview for sales manager at a local department store comes up, Miranda decides that, with her retail experience and people skills, she's the perfect candidate for the job. Despite her alarming propensity to sing in interviews and address random questions to "Sir Alan", she manages to impress.

Like all good career girls, Miranda heads to the gym and, after a fuchsia-face-inducing workout, she decides it's perhaps not quite for her. In a desperate attempt to break her water-tight contract with the gym, Miranda threatens to usher in a mass of dirty dogs and sheep in protest – with little success.

Later, Miranda's hapless attempts at waitressing in Gary's restaurant not only embarrass her furious mother but also mean that Tilly's celebratory promotion drinks are in danger of being more fiasco than fiesta.

Penny is played by Patricia Hodge, Tilly by Sally Phillips and Miranda by Miranda Hart.

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MODERN BEAUTY SEASON
School Of Saatchi Ep 1/4

New series
Monday 23 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 6 November)

Kate Bush, Matthew Collings, Tracey Emin and Frank Cohen choose the 12 artists who will exhibit their work for Charles Saatchi
Kate Bush, Matthew Collings, Tracey Emin and Frank Cohen choose the 12 artists who will exhibit their work for Charles Saatchi

The "enfants terribles", the YBAs (Young British Artists), created scandal in the Nineties with their provocative, headline-grabbing works. So, must artists simply find a way to shock in order to make a name for themselves today? What direction is contemporary art heading in as the end of the Noughties approaches, and where is the new talent who will shape the art world for the next decade?

To find out, Charles Saatchi, the powerful art world supremo, is looking for the next generation of creatives. Throughout this new series, he selects six unknown artists and sets them up in their own East London studio for 10 weeks. To develop their talents, they are commissioned to make a series of ambitious artworks and will meet leading figures from the art world.

Saatchi will, ultimately, select just one artist's work to join his exhibition, Newspeak – British Art Now, at the Hermitage Gallery in St Petersburg, and has also arranged for them to receive their own studio space for three years.

The series explores the often-controversial subject of contemporary art and what substance, if any, actually lies behind the hype. It offers a unique look into the workings of the art world today while giving a fascinating insight into the creative process that goes into developing the art.

In today's opener, a shortlist of applicants bring their work to a London warehouse for scrutiny by the panel – artist Tracey Emin, critic and broadcaster Matthew Collings, art collector Frank Cohen and Barbican curator Kate Bush. They are confronted by an array of bizarre and wondrous work that constitutes contemporary art today.

They choose 12, who will exhibit their work for Saatchi himself, from which six artists will then be picked. During the final selection stage, the panel question them about their work and task them with doing a seemingly straight-forward life drawing.

Next week, the hard work begins when the chosen artists are required to create a large-scale public art commission in a traditional seaside town, following in the footsteps of some of Britain's greatest sea artists, such as JMW Turner and modern public sculptors including Antony Gormley.

School Of Saatchi is part of The Modern Beauty Season, a range of programmes on BBC Two and BBC Four which look at the concept of beauty in modern art.

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BBC THREE Monday 23 November 2009

Young Mechanic Of The Year Ep 2/4

Monday 23 November
10.30-11.30pm BBC THREE

BBC Three celebrates the Young Mechanic Of The Year
BBC Three celebrates the Young Mechanic Of The Year

Showcasing the very best of young talented British professionals, Young Mechanic Of the Year is the second in a series of four programmes, each celebrating a different profession and the young people of the UK who are working hard to build up their careers.

Presented by George Lamb, the series of four standalone programmes highlight the true star of each profession. Hundreds of 16 to 24-year-old butchers, mechanics, hairdressers and chefs from across the country took part in a rigorous audition process in an attempt to be crowned the best in their profession, and were whittled down to a final five in each of the four categories.

Unlike other talent shows, these finalists haven't set out to be famous, and they don't want to be celebrities, but they are all striving to be the best at what they do.

Young Mechanic Of The Year sees five finalists face a number of increasingly difficult challenges designed to test their skill, knowledge, ability and passion for the job they do. As they pit their skills against each other they are pushed to their limits to impress two judges who are experts in their field and industry.

Judging Young Mechanic Of The Year are Bernie Fineman, with more than 50 years experience in the automotive trade and a no-nonsense approach to getting results, and David Massey, one of the country's leading high-performance experts, who specialises in high-end fine-tuning and specialist diagnostics.

With three gruelling challenges which will test them to the limits, a grilling from the judges and elimination all to overcome, the last person standing will truly be able to claim the title of BBC Young Mechanic Of The Year.

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BBC FOUR Monday 23 November 2009

Gracie!

Monday 23 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR

Jane Horrocks stars as the singer and comedienne from Rochdale
Jane Horrocks stars as the singer and comedienne from Rochdale

The Women We Loved season continues as Jane Horrocks (Little Voice, The Street) stars as Gracie Fields in Nick Vivian's romantic drama about the singer and comedienne from Rochdale who, in the Thirties, became the nation's darling and the highest-paid film actress in the world.

Renowned for her "common touch", Gracie symbolised the indomitable spirit of Britain.

Beginning at the phenomenal peak of her career when her iconic status seemed indestructible, this film examines Gracie's war-time struggle between love and duty, and the staggering repercussions of her relationship with Italian-born Hollywood director Monty Banks, played by Tom Hollander (Desperate Romantics; Valkyrie). Gracie! opens a window on the complicated private life of a very public star who, despite everything, was determined to keep the nation laughing.

Jane Horrocks sings a stunning repertoire of Gracie's songs, including Sally, Sing As We Go and Looking On The Bright Side.

The Season concludes next week as Anne-Marie Duff stars as Margot Fonteyn, one of the truly great dancers of modern times. Partly based on Meredith Daneman's biography of Fonteyn, Margot explores the dancing partnership and complex relationship with Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev, forged at the point in her career when everyone expected her to retire. The cast includes: Sir Derek Jacobi, Penelope Wilton, Lindsay Duncan, Con O'Neill and Dutch actor Michiel Huisman as Nureyev.

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BBC ONE Tuesday 24 November 2009

EastEnders

Tuesday 24 November
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE

Owen appears at Liz's fruit stall saying he has unfinished business, in tonight's visit to Albert Square. Liz tells him to go and hide in Jim's house but warns him he's not staying.

Meanwhile, the girls head to the Vic for Denise's hen party. Seeing his chance, Lucas attempts to escape but is stopped by the boys returning to the house with drinks – they are throwing a stag party.

Owen is played by Lee Ross, Liz by Kate Williams, Denise by Diane Parish and Lucas by Don Gilet.

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Paradox Ep 1/5

New series
Tuesday 24 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE (Schedule addition 6 November)
Tamzin Outhwaite and Emun Elliott star in Paradox, an intriguing, high-concept, high-octane, investigative drama
Tamzin Outhwaite and Emun Elliott star in Paradox, an intriguing, high-concept, high-octane, investigative drama

A series of five episodes by Lizzie Mickery, Paradox is an intriguing, high-concept, high-octane, investigative drama starring Tamzin Outhwaite and Emun Elliott. The team must not only prevent complex crimes and incidents, but also wrestle with the moral and emotional implications of changing the future.

World-renowned space scientist Dr Christian King claims to have received a series of images from space. The images appear to have come from assorted sources; some look like CCTV imaging and others look like photos but, most disturbingly, they appear to show fragments of an event – a huge explosion in which many people are killed. Shockingly, Dr King claims the disaster is yet to happen and that it will take place in 18 hours' time.

Is this an elaborate warning of a terrorist attack or could it be something else? DI Rebecca Flint and her team, DS Ben Holt and DC Callum Gada, are put on the case to investigate Dr King and the images. They are uncertain of what to believe but have to put their reservations aside to race against a ticking clock and prevent the possible catastrophe from taking place.

As the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle come together, it becomes clear that this is a chain of events which no person could possibly predict or plan. Rebecca and her team are stunned by their findings but must continue their investigations without arousing suspicion – if news of this reaches the public's consciousness, there will be chaos.

With time running out and tragedy drawing closer, Rebecca begins to contemplate the impossible – that the images might not be a coded warning or an elaborate threat, but a genuine glimpse of the future.

DI Rebecca Flint is played by Tamzin Outhwaite, Dr Christian King by Emun Elliott, DS Ben Holt by Mark Bonnar and DC Callum Gada by Chiké Okonkwo.

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Imagine – Dame Shirley Bassey: The Girl From Tiger Bay

Tuesday 24 November
10.35-11.35pm BBC ONE (Schedule addition 6 November)

Alan Yentob accompanies Dame Shirley Bassey from rehearsals to recording studios during the making of her latest album in London and Dublin, in tonight's episode of Imagine.

Dame Shirley has seen five decades as a recording artist, a triumphant Glastonbury appearance and a major illness. Now, some of the best contemporary British songwriters have interpreted her life through song for a new album. The songs frame and explore the myth of Dame Shirley, the girl from Tiger Bay, and come from artists including Gary Barlow, The Pet Shop Boys, Manic Street Preachers and Rufus Wainwright, along with famous Bond composer John Barry and lyricist Don Black.

Alan discovers how Dame Shirley takes a song and makes it her own and how she has prioritised her performance and career over her private life. Along the way, Alan talks to artists contributing to the album about their inspiration behind the songs they have provided for Dame Shirley, their opinions on her artistry and her relevance in music today. The film also takes a look back at Dame Shirley's life, including an archive of her greatest performances, to tell the story of what makes Dame Shirley the living legend that she is today.

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BBC TWO Tuesday 24 November 2009

A History Of Scotland Ep 6/10

Tuesday 24 November
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO
Neil Oliver continues to tell Scotland's history
Neil Oliver continues to tell Scotland's history

The first five parts of A History Of Scotland cut a swathe through from Roman times to the Stewart ascension to the throne of England as well as Scotland. Now presenter Neil Oliver takes the story up from 1600s to the modern day in the remaining five parts of the series through times of international wealth and 20th-century industrial decline.

The series, co-produced with the Open University, returns with an episode about an amazing, but also disturbing, period in Scotland's history. In what is effectively the sixth episode in this 10-part series, the focus is on the Covenanters and a time, 1638-1688, when the country was riven with religious tension.

After Great Britain was founded, the Scots began to find themselves torn between their natural affinity to their ancient line of Stewart Kings and their intense religious conviction. Should they follow King Charles I or King Jesus? When Charles I tried to impose his form of religion on the Scots, they were forced to choose.

Entitled God's Chosen People, tonight's episode is about the forging and impact of two of the most remarkable documents in Scottish history which broke the power of the Stewart kings: the Covenants (of 1638 and 1643) – written contracts with God in which the Scottish Covenanters sought not only to redefine their own place in Britain, but also Britain itself.

They were to start the British Civil Wars, unleash revolutionary turmoil which struck off the head of Charles I and, ultimately, lead to Cromwell's conquest of Scotland to defeat the Stewarts. Yet, even in this darkest hour, the Covenanters' dream refused to die. When Charles II was restored they had high hopes for their covenanted king, but Charles was having no truck with Covenants which gave the common man his place and placed limits on the Crown.

Neil Oliver says: "The opening episode is looking at an amazing period in Scottish history when the country's religious leaders believed that Scottish Presbyterians were God's chosen people, like the ancient Israelites, and they drafted a Covenant directly between the people of Scotland and God.

"We are looking at a period of 400 years within which Scotland is a country punching above its weight – internationally dynamic in terms of industry, ideas and sheer get-up-and-go, but that, as we'll see, was part of the problem.

"Scotland makes its mark on the world but she does it by exporting her most valuable commodities – her people and ideas."

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BBC ONE Wednesday 25 November 2009

Jimmy's Food Factory –
Who's Fooling With Our Food? Ep 6/6

High Definition programme
Wednesday 25 November
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE

Jimmy Doherty looks at some of the tricks food manufacturers use to maintain a constant supply of seasonal foods all year round, as he concludes his mission to unravel the scientific secrets behind mass food production.

In a bid to find out how bananas that grow thousands of miles away always arrive in the supermarket perfectly ripe, Jimmy sets up his own banana-ripening experiment. He also turns his mind to mushrooms, which normally only appear in the fields in autumn, but grace the supermarket shelves all year round.

If people relied on nature to supply salmon to supermarkets, they would find empty fridges for much of the year, so Jimmy visits a salmon farm in Scotland, where he discovers a plot to fool the fish into believing it's summer when, in fact, it's really winter.

Finally, Jimmy explains how sandwich ham producers make people think the pink slices are cut from a single joint of meat, rather than lots of tiny pieces squashed together.

Jimmy's Food Factory is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

CD3

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Waterloo Road Ep 5/20

High Definition programme
Wednesday 25 November
8.00-9.00pm BBC ONE

It's Open Day at Waterloo Road and the school is buzzing with preparations, as the drama continues. Max and Rachel are determined to show that the merger with John Fosters is a success and set out to wow the parents and governors with a united school.

Ruby, meanwhile, has taken it upon herself to upgrade the school's buffet menu and puts caviar and other pricey sundries on her husband, John's, company credit card. When Ruby sneaks home to pick up some forgotten ingredients, however, she is confronted with bailiffs and John is forced to admit that his company is bankrupt. She's hurt, betrayed and terrified about losing the luxurious lifestyle she prizes so highly. When Ruby returns to school, Max is unsympathetic and she has a total meltdown in front of the pupils and an LEA representative.

On top of everything else, a nervous and twitchy Max spends the day trying desperately to keep the women in his life apart. Above all, he is keen to make sure that the floundering Helen is kept out of the spotlight and that his clandestine affair with Kim remains a secret. But when Rachel walks in on a private moment between Kim and Max, Kim is mortified – leading Rachel to frostily confirm that she's known about them for some time and that Kim's personal life is none of her business. Clearly Rachel does not approve.

Max presses on, taking over the Open Day and leading the new parents around the school on a tour. Rachel fears Max is using the Open Day to show her up in front of the governors and is about to approach one of them, Jen, to complain about Max. Christopher, however, stops her in her tracks and explains it wouldn't be a good idea given that Jen is Max's wife. Rachel is left shocked and wonders what to do about Kim.

Tom Chambers plays Max Tyler, Eva Pope plays Rachel, Elizabeth Berrington plays Ruby Fry and Angela Griffin plays Kim.

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

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Spooks Ep 4/8

Wednesday 25 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
Lucas North's (Richard Armitage) past catches up with him
Lucas North's (Richard Armitage) past catches up with him

Lucas North's past catches up with him this week when his former Russian prison torturer, Oleg Darshavin, turns up with intelligence about a Sudanese terror attack on London, as the spy drama continues. However, Darshavin's information comes at a price and it's one Harry and Ros are not willing to pay.

Despite their reservations, Harry and Ros agree to Lucas meeting Darshavin as he requests. But their fears that Darshavin still has a hold over Lucas are soon realised when Lucas goes off the radar and meets Darshavin at his own flat.

Lucas struggles to keep control of the situation but manages to bring Darshavin to the verge of revealing the target – until CIA officer Sarah Caulfield turns up and throws the entire operation into jeopardy. With Lucas and his lover's lives in danger, he has to use all his powers of persuasion to get the Sudanese terrorist's name out of Darshavin and keep himself and Sarah alive.

Section D soon tracks the terrorist down but, before Ros can get to him, he's assassinated and Section D is back to square one. The only person who can help them is Darshavin, but Lucas has lost his trust and Darshavin clearly has his own personal agenda.

Meanwhile, Harry begins to realise there may be a traitor in their midst and he tips off Sarah's boss, Samuel Walker, about the covert intelligence meeting in Basel. However, a CIA traitor will stop at nothing to ensure their cover remains intact – even if they're left with blood on their hands.

Lucas is played by Richard Armitage, Oleg Darshavin by Emil Hostina, Harry by Peter Firth, Ros by Hermione Norris, Sarah by Genevieve O'Reilly and Samuel Walker by Brian Protheroe.

PPR

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Inside Sport – Mind Games: Depression In Sport

Wednesday 25 November
11.20-11.50pm BBC ONE

Gabby Logan looks into the stigma surrounding mental health issues in sport, as Marcus Trescothick speaks for the first time since suffering a recurrence of his stress-related illness.

The programme includes behind-the-scenes footage from Trescothick's recent trip to India, while Frank Bruno, Neil Lennon and John Kirwan also talk about their battles against depression. Inside Sport also examines the myths and misconceptions that still surround mental illness and asks whether people expect too much of their sporting heroes.

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BBC TWO Wednesday 25 November 2009

Andrew Marr's The Making Of Modern Britain –
Little Britain (1930s) Ep 5/6

Wednesday 25 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO

Andrew Marr visits Oswald Mosley's house
Andrew Marr visits Oswald Mosley's house

For Andrew Marr, the story of Britain in the Thirties is one of betrayal, political extremism, unemployment and hats. Bowlers, trilbies, top hats and flat caps are everywhere as the country descends into chaos when the financial crash on Wall Street engulfs Britain.

In the penultimate film in Andrew Marr's epic six-part series about British life in the early 20th century, solutions to the national crisis are offered by Britain's most unlikely paramilitaries – the Greenshirts – and by its most threatening agitators, "the Blackshirts", led by Britain's own pantomime villain, Oswald Mosley.

With fascists on the march in Europe, Andrew finds that Britain has perfected the ability to look the other way and hope for the best. Dazzled by Gracie Fields and delighted by Butlins, Britain also has a nostalgic eye on the past, building mock Tudor homes for the new commuter class.

With vivid anecdotes and fascinating archive, Andrew argues that appeasement, not confrontation, was the British way. Only the lone voice of Winston Churchill is warning of the horrors ahead. In an age of big, bad ideas, Britain in the Thirties can appear small-minded and reticent. But Andrew invites listeners to look a little harder and see how Little Britain was tested and faltered, before finally coming of age and allowing modern Britain to be born.

PR

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BBC ONE Thursday 26 November 2009

EastEnders

Thursday 26 November
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE

Ben asks Ian if he can help Phil in tonight's visit to Albert Square. As they discuss a loan, Lucy mischievously suggests that she and Ian take advantage of Phil's vulnerability.

Meanwhile, Christian tells Syed that he loves him and the two look on as Amira catches Denise's bouquet.

Ben is played by Charlie Jones, Ian by Adam Woodyatt, Phil by Steve McFadden, Lucy by Melissa Suffield, Christian by Johnny Partridge, Syed by Marc Elliott, Amira by Preeya Kalidas and Denise by Diane Parish.

JM3

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Gavin & Stacey Ep 1/6

New series
Thursday 26 November
9.00-9.30pm BBC ONE (Schedule addition 6 November)

Critically acclaimed across the board, and the recipient of four British Comedy Awards, two Baftas and a South Bank Award, the hugely successful Gavin & Stacey, written by James Corden and Ruth Jones, returns for a third and final series to BBC One.

Gavin starts his new job in Cardiff, while Stacey is thrilled to be back at home in Barry once again. Smithy, meanwhile, comes to terms with life in Essex without his best mate and Nessa is adjusting to life in Dave's caravan in Sully.

The weekend brings with it a big reunion, as everyone meets up for the christening of baby Neil. But how will Smithy react to news from Nessa that it's a double celebration? And what will Gavin's answer be to Stacey's request?

Gavin & Stacey stars Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Ruth Jones and James Corden, with Alison Steadman, Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb and Melanie Walters. Guest stars include Julia Davis, Adrian Scarborough, Steffan Rhodri, Sheridan Smith, Pam Ferris and Margaret John.

CS

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BBC TWO Thursday 26 November 2009

The Restaurant Ep 5/6

Thursday 26 November
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO
JJ and James relish the chance to outdo their competitors
JJ and James relish the chance to outdo their competitors

There's a heat-wave in Bristol and the four remaining couples sweat it out at a tea dance, serving afternoon tea to more than a hundred guests, in the penultimate episode of The Restaurant.

Front of house must up their game in presentation and service and it's a chance for the chefs to show off their baking skills. There's another challenge too: front of house must win over as many guests with their menus as they are competing directly against each other for the first time.

JJ and James relish the chance to outdo the others, while Chris and Nathan come a cropper with their menu. When Raymond Blanc's partners, Sarah Willingham and David Moore, turn up, they find that parched guests are wilting.

Evening service is a second chance to shine. At their restaurants the couples take bookings from VIP guests with special requests. Each table of 12 wants a three-course meal topped off with a celebratory cake. Painful scenes unfold as the chefs pour their creativity into making cake mountains and flying planes.

For Raymond, Sarah and David, it's a sobering night as they see who can polish up their service and deliver what the customer wants and who looks like they have lost their way. At the end of it all, the journey will be over for another couple.

PA/JD

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Wonderland – Virgin Swimmers Ep 6/8

Thursday 26 November
9.45-10.30pm BBC TWO

Sandy, 56, learns to swim
Sandy, 56, learns to swim

One teaching pool, six weeks and nine very different adults are brought together to face a challenge that has always defeated them – learning to swim – as the observational documentary series continues.

Instructor Linda has seen it all before. She knows that most of the women will be petrified of getting their hair and faces wet; the men will be embarrassed by their lack of prowess; and all of them will probably have to conquer demons that run much deeper than a fear of water.

"This is it – it's now or never!" declares 56-year-old Sandy from Southend-on-Sea. But at the end of the second week, still reluctant to get her face wet and asking for armbands, she reveals stories of a cosseted childhood that still haunts her adult years. The girl who was never allowed to play with other children has become the woman who hides behind an ever-present mask of mascara.

Mandy, aged 37, is almost too afraid to don a swimming costume at the beginning of the course, fighting a feeling that no-one ever expects her to achieve.

And 39-year-old kitchen salesman Wyn's floundering breaststroke speaks of a nervous history that he is resolved to master in what becomes his own version of chlorine therapy.

After six weeks, Linda leads her protégés to the ultimate test in the big pool. It is sink-or-swim time.

CD3

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BBC THREE Thursday 26 November 2009

Russell Howard's Good News Ep 6/7

High Definition programme
Thursday 26 November
9.45-10.30pm BBC THREE

The penultimate episode of BBC Three's new topical show, Russell Howard's Good News, features the Mock The Week star offering his unique perspective on the big stories.

Each show is put together on the brink of transmission, with Russell talking about the stories dominating the media this week and picking up on those little overlooked things that make him smile.

Recorded weekly in front of a live studio audience, Russell Howard's Good News also offers viewers at home the chance to shape the agenda by submitting stories online at bbc.co.uk/russellhoward (where they will also be able to view exclusive extra features) or via Twitter at twitter.com/russellhoward.

Russell Howard's Good News is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

APR

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BBC FOUR Thursday 26 November 2009

A History Of Christianity –
Reformation: The Individual Before God Ep 4/6

Thursday 26 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch continues his series exploring the true origins of Christianity by looking at the religious revolution of the Reformation and how a faith based on obedience to the clergy gave way to one of individual accountability to God alone.

One of the world's leading historians and Professor of History of the Church and Fellow at St Cross College, Oxford, Professor MacCulloch shows how the dominance of the Catholic Church was challenged by two key reformers, Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli, and how a disagreement over a sausage marked a turning point in Christian history.

The birth of a new kind of rationalistic Protestantism is explored, one that shunned priestly authority in favour of individual interpretation of the Bible – a problematic approach that was structured by Jean Calvin with the establishment of the Geneva Bible.

The programme also sheds light on the compromises that helped form the Church Of England and how Protestantism triumphed over Islam in Spain.

Travelling to Mexico, Professor MacCulloch examines how Catholicism fought back, assimilating New World local cultures in an attempt to establish a New Jerusalem. He then visits Prague, where the devastating legacy of a 30-year, pan-European war is explored and looks at how a new colony for Christian exiles in America helped save Protestantism from extinction.

A History Of Christianity is a co-production with the Open University. Further information can be found at open2.net.

GD/JF

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BBC ONE Friday 27 November 2009

EastEnders

Friday 27 November
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE

Peggy berates Phil for not changing the supplier's order, in the final visit of the week to Albert Square. He evasively admits he has a lot on his mind.

Heather, meanwhile, spots Max in the market and rather sheepishly asks for her money back. Keen to keep Tanya out of earshot, Max calmly assures her she's "doing the right thing" for baby George's future.

Peggy is played by Barbara Windsor, Phil by Steve McFadden, Heather by Cheryl Fergison and Max by Jake Wood.

JM3

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The Armstrong And Miller Show Ep 6/6

Friday 27 November
9.30-10.00pm BBC ONE

Dr Tia in Botswana reveals he isn't looking to change the culture of a continent, but just wants to earn the people's reverence, as the quirky comedy sketch show concludes.

Viewers also discover the origins of job interviews when a new caveman wants to join the tribe; the Second World War pilots eye up two "buff" women in uniform; Dr Dennis Lincoln-Park is in the Dutch university town of Leighton with a rare and precious tulip; Weird Howard joins in on stag-do stories and relays a practical joke he played on a friend involving potassium hydrochloride from a Russian website; and Jilted Jim pops up from the bottom of the Jacuzzi, where he's been for four minutes trying to starve his brain of oxygen in a desperate attempt to forget the memory of his wife's fling.

A group of workers are also about to tap into the terrorist Firewall when their boss comes up with a solution and introduces a masseur for "wellness in the workplace".

RD4

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BBC TWO Friday 27 November 2009

Beautiful People – How I Got My Water Feature Ep 3/6

Friday 27 November
10.30-11.00pm BBC TWO

Simon (Luke Ward-Wilkinson) wants a water feature
Simon (Luke Ward-Wilkinson) wants a water feature

With Ground Force at the height of its popularity and garden make-overs all the rage, Simon feels a desperate need for a water feature, as the second series of the glitzy award-winning comedy, inspired by the memoirs of New York fashionista Simon Doonan, and written by Jonathan Harvey, continues.

Meanwhile, all the women of Melody Crescent feel their own desperate need to "sloshercise" with hunky training instructor Tiger. Elaine Paige also makes a stunning appearance in Simon's imagination.

Older Simon is played by Samuel Barnett, young Simon by Luke Ward-Wilkinson, Debbie by Olivia Colman, Andy by Aidan McArdle, Aunty Hayley by Meera Syal, Kylie by Layton Williams and Ashlene by Sophie Ash.

JD/PA

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CBBC Friday 27 November 2009

Sorry I've Got No Head Ep 8/13

Friday 27 November
5.15-5.45pm CBBC

Younger viewers are treated to a feast of comedy in this week's edition of Sorry I've Got No Head.

The dreaded dinner lady serves up another weighty helping in the canteen; the blueberry cook tries a spot of decorating; there is another tantalising spread on offer at the party buffet; and senior citizens Jasmine and Prudith try to order takeaway pizza for the first time.

The Deer Club also sees some strange new arrivals as some members reluctantly bring along their cousins. Meanwhile, Tammy's unwanted storyteller creeps up at an inopportune moment in her chess game and Ross and his grandad plan a football match on North Barrasay, where he is the only member of the team.

Sorry I've Got No Head features the comedy talents of Marcus Brigstocke, Mel Giedroyc, David Armand, Anna Crilly, James Bachman and Nick Mohammed.

VT

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