Sunday 22 Dec 2013
John Inverdale presents live coverage as New Zealand round off their European tour by facing the Barbarians, whose squad this year features star names including Bryan Habana, Matt Giteau and Bakkies Botha. The All Blacks' only previous defeat to the Baa-Baas was back in 1973 in a match of mesmeric quality which has gone down in rugby folklore. The game featured an unforgettable try by Wales legend Gareth Edwards.
Studio guests include Jeremy Guscott and Jonathan Davies while match commentary comes from Eddie Butler and Brian Moore.
The ruthless warlock Alvarr is determined to destroy Camelot and allow magic to reign again, as the magical family drama continues. To fight Uther, however, Alvarr must reclaim the Crystal of Neahtid – a precious magical relic of the Old Religion. Few can harness its power, but Alvarr believes Mordred can use it to further their cause.
The crystal is safely locked up in Uther's vaults and many have lost their lives trying to reclaim it. Alvarr, though, has a secret weapon – Morgana's powerful bond with the druid boy. Morgana has always protected Mordred but will she go as far as turning into a thief and traitor to help him and the charismatic Alvarr?
Merlin is shocked by her choice and by the true power of the mysterious crystal.
Alvarr is played by Joseph Mawle, Uther by Anthony Head, Mordred by Asa Butterfield, Morgana by Katie McGrath and Merlin by Colin Morgan.
With the title of this year's Strictly Come Dancing Champions 2009 in sight, the competition hots up as the remaining couples compete in the semi-final of this year's series.
Helping to put the couples through their paces, world-renowned former ballet star Darcey Bussell joins the judging panel as a guest judge. Sitting alongside the regular panel of Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli, Darcey will be offering her opinion of the performances from now until the grand final.
Strictly Come Dancing is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Ruth's brother Jonathan, the black sheep of the family, makes an unwelcome visit to Holby City Hospital, fresh from serving a prison sentence, as the medical drama continues.
Ruth is horrified when Jonathan turns up in the Emergency Department (ED) looking for her help – much to Jay's surprise, who didn't even realise she had a brother. Jonathan swears to Ruth that he has turned over a new leaf but she sees the track marks in his arms and refuses to believe that he's changed.
Later, a group of hard-drinking homeless men cause havoc in ED when they start stealing bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitiser from the wards and take it back to an unsafe hospital annexe to enjoy in private. Tragedy strikes when young security guard Mick, desperate to win Ruth's approval, confronts the homeless men on his own, but Jonathan, who has seen the commotion, is quick to get help. Will his part in the events convince Ruth that he's changed and that she can help him make a fresh start?
Meanwhile, Jessica and Adam's wedding arrangements continue apace but Adam struggles to maintain his composure when interference comes from an unwelcome source...
Ruth is played by Georgia Taylor, Jay by Ben Turner, Jessica by Gillian Kearney and Adam by Tristan Gemill. Anthony Grundy guest stars as Jonathan and Thomas Morrison as Mick.
Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson are at it again as the series featuring their assortment of uncanny impressions continues.
This week, the impressions include Gordon Ramsay's debut on CBeebies; Kate Winslet appearing in the Bad Jobs For Celebrities slot; Davina McCall and Claudia Winkleman having yet another dilemma; and Kirstie and Phil from Location, Location, Location getting themselves into a bit of a pickle.
There's also a showdown between Simon Cowell and Anne Robinson; Ant and Dec trying to find their way in the jungle; and Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are also parodied.
David Tennant, Georgia Moffett, David Warner, Stuart Milligan and Clark Peters are among the roll call of talent appearing in the new, animated Doctor Who special, Dreamland, set in the infamous alien hotspot Roswell and described by writer Phil Ford as "Doctor Who meets a Fifties monster B-movie".
The new high-definition animated adventure serves up all the traditional Doctor Who ingredients, including excitement, drama and humour.
Dry Springs, Nevada, 1958. During a visit to a local diner, the Doctor befriends a young waitress, Cassie, and her friend Jimmy. When he stumbles across a strange alien artefact, the Doctor is led to the mysterious Area 51 in Roswell, also known as Dreamland, the most secret base in the USA. There, he has a dark encounter with the sinister Colonel Stark.
So begins a momentous mission for the Doctor who, with the help of his new companions and Jimmy's grandfather, Night Eagle, sets out to rescue the stranded alien, Rivesh Mantilax, and his wife, Saruba Valek, from the threat of the ruthless Viperox, led by Lord Azlok, and the clutches of the American military.
As sunset falls the Viperox battle drones start to attack the US army base. Can the Doctor find a way to halt the seemingly unstoppable aliens in their tracks?
The cast of Dreamland includes: David Tennant (Doctor Who, Casanova, Hamlet) as the Doctor; Georgia Moffett (Doctor Who, Spooks, Marple) as Cassie; Tim Howar (Last Chance Harvey) as Jimmy; David Warner (The Omen, Star Trek VI, Titanic) as Lord Azlok; Stuart Milligan (Jonathan Creek, Lewis) as Colonel Stark; Peter Guinness (Sleepy Hollow, City Of Vice) as Mr Dread; Nicholas Rowe (Margaret, Hotel Babylon) as Rivesh Mantilax; Clarke Peters (The Wire) as Night Eagle; and Lisa Bowerman (Casualty, Spooks) as Saruba Velak.
Dreamland will also be shown on the HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media (time to be confirmed).
Nicola Murray and her team are desperate to find a major sports personality to be the face of the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship's new Healthy Choices campaign, in the penultimate episode of Armando Iannucci's political comedy.
Malcolm is away on holiday and doesn't want to be disturbed, so they have to take advice from Steve Fleming, who is back on the scene as the Prime Minister's new fixer.
Is Fleming really as nice as he seems? And everyone knows Malcolm never takes holidays – so what is he up to?
Nicola is played by Rebecca Front and Malcolm by Peter Capaldi.
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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