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BBC ONE Wednesday 9 December 2009

Big Top – Skydiver Ep 2/6

High Definition programme
Wednesday 9 December
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE
(Schedule addition 12 November)

Will Boyco (Bruce Mackinnon) save the day?
Will Boyco (Bruce Mackinnon) save the day?

Circus Maestro has seen better days, as the colourful, upbeat and heart-warming family comedy series set in and around a travelling circus and starring Amanda Holden, John Thomson, Sophie Thompson, Ruth Madoc and Bruce Mackinnon continues.

Circus Maestro's founder is in prison for fraud and his daughter, Lizzie, is now struggling to recapture the glory days. When the Circus' most popular performer breaks both legs diving 50 feet into a suitcase, Lizzie is forced to look for a replacement.

The only volunteer is Boyco the acrobat but, as the most talented member of the troupe, Lizzie can't afford to risk injuring him. Her only other options are a Chinese hypnotist, a human cannonball with a death wish and a small, unwilling dog. With show time looming, it looks as if Lizzie will have to do the skydive herself...

Elsewhere, Plonky the Clown takes his performance to the streets and gets into a fight with a living statue.

Amanda Holden plays ring-mistress Lizzie, Bruce Mackinnon plays Boyco and John Thomson plays Plonky the Clown.

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


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Waterloo Road Ep 7/20

High Definition programme
Wednesday 9 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC ONE

When quiet Year 10 student Cassie Turner accuses Amy, Siobhan and, later, Michaela of bullying her, it looks like the girl gang problem has returned to Waterloo Road, as the school drama continues. Despite the protests of innocence from the accused girls, however, Cassie's recent detached behaviour, along with her falling grades, is enough for Kim to haul the suspected offenders off to the Cooler. Cassie's best friends, Lauren and Sam, are hurt that she didn't go to them for help, but also believe she is being bullied.

Cassie's mother has a meeting with Kim and seems relieved to find that bullying is the cause of Cassie's recent strange behaviour. During one of Ruby's lessons, Cassie flees the room terrified – grabbing Karla and harming herself while cowering in the boiler room. Cassie is rushed to hospital and, although she is physically fine, the doctors suspect the onset of a psychological disorder.

Helen's management of the pupils' behaviour, meanwhile, is more lax than ever. When Michaela discovers Helen's address via a social networking site, a gang of Waterloo Road teens turn up and wreck her flat. Desperate for help, Helen rings Tom, who rushes to her aid but leaves Helen seriously considering her future at the school.

Meanwhile, Rachel struggles to keep Max's marriage a secret from Kim. When Rachel finally tells her the truth, Kim dumps him on the spot. Later, Max storms round to Rachel's flat, furious that she told Kim he was married. When Rachel tries to shut him out, Max pushes her and only relents when Rachel threatens to call the police.

Cassie is played by Charlotte Wakefield, Siobhan by Phoebe Dynevor, Michaela by Zarrah Abrahams, Kim by Angela Griffin, Lauren by Darcy Isa, Ruby by Elizabeth Berrington, Karla by Jessica Baglow, Helen by Vinette Robinson, Tom by Jason Done, Rachel by Eva Pope and Max by Tom Chambers.

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 6/8

Wednesday 9 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
Ros (Hermione Norris) is caught in the crossfire
Ros (Hermione Norris) is caught in the crossfire

Britain is on the verge of bankruptcy. The Government is unable to honour its national debt payments and Section D must retrieve more than a billion pounds of illegal earnings from the impenetrable DeWits bank, as the spy drama continues.

For the past four months, Ryan Baisley, a DeWits employee, has been working as an MI5 asset, secretly recording account details. With the country close to economic collapse, MI5 orders Baisley to hand over the information. However, Baisley has other plans.

A team of assassins breaks into Baisley's safe house, leaving him alone and on the run for his life. Harry and his team have no idea where Baisley is and, to make matters worse, they discover he has attempted to do a deal with the DeWits bank manager, Irvin Perrot.

With time running out, Section D tracks Baisley down but the assassins aren't far behind. As Ros catches up with him, she is caught in the crossfire of a shootout. Although Ros sees off the hit men, Baisley slips away – leaving Section D back at square one.

Ros forces Perrot to reveal when his exchange with Baisley will take place. She knows the hit men will be lying in wait but she will stop at nothing to get to Baisley first.

Meanwhile, Ruth's investigations into the power meeting at Basel pay off when she discovers something called "Nightingale". The team must find out what, or who, Nightingale is.

Ryan Baisley is played by Ewen Bremner, Harry by Peter Firth, Irvin Perrot by Richard Durden, Ros by Hermione Norris and Ruth by Nicola Walker.


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BBC TWO Wednesday 9 December 2009

Horizon – How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth?

Wednesday 9 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 27 November)

In a Horizon special, naturalist and BBC broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough investigates whether the world is heading into a population crisis. As Patron of the Optimum Population Trust, Sir David is keen to explore all sides of the issues facing population control.

David is well aware that the world exists in a delicate balance – Earth's natural resources are rapidly becoming outstripped by the seven billion people that depend on them for survival.

In his lengthy career, David has watched the human population more than double, from two and a half billion in 1950 to nearly seven billion today – and it is still growing. The United Nations estimates that the population will peak at nine billion in 2050. David reflects on the profound impacts of this rapid growth, both on humans and the environment. In Mexico, the programme finds out how a megacity is coping with water shortages; while in Rwanda, the programme explores whether the country's dense population and limited resources contributed to last century's genocide.

Improvements in social policy and global co-operation also offer hope. Although coercive population control has had a dark history of enforced sterilisations, demographers and data analysts now know that where women are emancipated and literate and family planning is available, birth rates decrease. Rwanda leads the way among sub-Saharan nations in progressive family planning solutions. With the country's population set to double by 2050, the government has made population central to its agenda. So far, family planning outreach programmes seem to be working.

Yet, while much of the projected growth in human population is likely to come from the developing world, it is the lifestyle enjoyed by many in the West that has the most impact on the planet. Some experts claim that in the UK, people use as much as two and a half times their fair share of Earth's resources. So, finally, David examines whether it's the duty of each of us to commit not only to smaller families, but also to change the way we live for the sake of all humanity – and planet Earth.


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BBC FOUR Wednesday 9 December 2009

Art Of Russia Ep 1/3

New series
Wednesday 9 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR (Copy updated 18 November)
Art historian Andrew-Graham Dixon presents Art Of Russia
Art historian Andrew-Graham Dixon presents Art Of Russia

Art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon travels to Russia on an astonishing travelogue through centuries of the art and treasures of the largest country in the world.

Following the success of Art Of Spain and Art Of Italy, Art Of Russia is a grand tour of Russian masterpieces, many of which are unknown in the West, revealing a history made up of many different cultures and peoples.

The first of three programmes opens in Moscow, where Andrew discovers relics from Russia's earliest age – objects that emphasise the mystery of the country. But it is with the arrival of Christianity that Russia creates its first incredible treasures – half sacred object, half work of art – the religious icon.

Celebrating Russia's earliest icon, the beautiful and moving Our Lady Of Vladimir, Andrew explores the country's most atmospheric church, the Trinity Cathedral at Sergiev Posad.

He examines the huge impact of Christianity on the country in the 10th century, leading to Russia developing its own mysterious traditions, including sacred icon paintings and beautifully crafted folk art. He also explores the greatest symbol of Russian cultural identity, the onion dome, and reveals the incredible beauty and craftsmanship of the sacred iconostasis.

The story of Russia's turbulent early history culminates in the enlightened rule of Tsar Peter The Great, who created Russia's "'window to the West" ending centuries of isolation and founding one of the most beautiful cities in the world, St Petersburg.

Art Of Russia, British television's first series to be devoted to the history of Russian art, is a sumptuous and surprising journey through the treasures of a nation whose art should be celebrated much more than it is.


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