Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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