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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
7.45-8.45pm 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


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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


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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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