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BBC ONE Saturday 12 December 2009

Merlin – The Fires Of Idirsholas Ep 12/13

Saturday 12 December
6.00-6.45pm BBC ONE
Gaius (Richard Wilson) is worried when the fires of Idirsholas burn for the first time in 300 years
Gaius (Richard Wilson) is worried when the fires of Idirsholas burn for the first time in 300 years

When the fires of Idirsholas burn for the first time in 300 years, Gaius fears a sorcerer has revived the deadly Knights of Medhir, in the penultimate episode of the magical family drama. Morgause has returned, hell-bent on ending Uther's reign.

Arthur and Merlin ride out to face the Knights and barely escape with their lives. Upon returning home, they find everyone in Camelot is under a strange enchantment – all except for Morgana. Could she be behind the magic which threatens the Kingdom? As Morgause and her Knights attack a helpless Camelot, Merlin's loyalties are stretched to the limit.

Gaius is played by Richard Wilson, Morgause by Emilia Fox, Uther by Anthony Head, Arthur by Bradley James, Merlin by Colin Morgan and Morgana by Katie McGrath.

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Strictly Come Dancing

Live event/outside broadcastHigh Definition programme
Saturday 12 December
6.45-8.00pm BBC ONE (Schedule addition 24 November)

With the title of Strictly Come Dancing Champions 2009 in their sights, the three remaining couples compete in the semi-final and penultimate show in this year's series. Viewers will be on the edge of their seats to see who will make it through to the final and be crowned the overall winners.

The competition is shaping up to be tougher than ever with each couple having to undertake two dances to win over the viewers and impress the judging panel of Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell.

Tonight's programme also promises an exclusive performance from the one and only Lily Allen singing It's Not Fair.

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

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Casualty – No More Heroes

Saturday 12 December
8.10-9.00pm BBC ONE

Competition for the fellowship hots up and the pressure is intense for the F2s, as the medical drama continues. Lagging behind the others, Yuki desperately needs to prove himself and, when a work outing goes disastrously wrong, he gets exactly the chance he needs.

Yuki is failing fast in the race for the fellowship and his mentor, Zoe, blames it on his lovesick glances for May. She challenges him to ask her out for a drink. However, a coach-load of crash victims proves a serious distraction.

Jim, a young man who sabotaged the bus with his best mate, Pete, for a laugh, is horrified when Becky – a girl he fancies – dies in the crash. He confesses all to Yuki, who advises him to do the right thing, but puts himself in danger in the process.

Meanwhile, Jordan is desperate to return to the resus room from his exile in admin. Outside the hospital, he is recognised by a man who collapses in front of him. Once revived, it's clear the man has no idea who he is. Unable to get hold of Adam, who is at a school play with Jessica, Jordan decides to deal with the patient himself. But can he cope with the stressful conditions in resus?

Elsewhere, Polly attends Alistair's funeral with his friend, Abe – who is delighted when she arrives knowing that she was the only important person in Alistair's life. When she discovers exactly how fantastical he imagined their relationship to be, however, she snaps – revealing exactly what went on between them. A disgusted Abe promises to tell the hospital, threatening Polly's career.

Yuki is played by Will Sharpe, Zoe by Sunetra Sarker, May by Laura Aikman, Jim by Danny Worters, Pete by Andrew Thomas Jones, Becky by Sarah Callyn, Jordan by Michael French, Adam by Tristan Gemmill, Jessica by Gillian Kearney, Polly by Sophia di Martino and Abe by Joe McGann.

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BBC TWO Saturday 12 December 2009

The Thick Of It – Ep 8/8

Interactive TVHigh Definition programme
Saturday 12 December
10.10-10.40pm BBC TWO

As the election looms, and the opposition is eyeing the prize, the word around the Westminster village is that Malcolm Tucker is running out of both options and friends, as Armando Iannucci's political comedy concludes.

He may have bitten off more than he can chew with Steve Fleming but, when an offer of help appears from an unlikely direction, Malcolm starts to set his finest trap yet.

David Haig guest stars in tonight's episode.

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 – Eve Ate The Apple Ep 9/13

High Definition programme
Saturday 12 December
11.40-12.25pm BBC TWO (Copy updated 23 November)
Paula (Paula Garces) is shaken
Paula (Paula Garces) is shaken

As the Antares draws closer to Venus, the mysterious secret in Pod 4 is finally exposed, revealing the incredible true nature of the space mission, as the science-fiction drama continues.

Entranced by a haunting song, the Antares crew is inexorably drawn to storage Pod 4 where the otherworldly object awaits them. In Mission Control, Ajay and Arnel also see the strange object for the first time as Goss announces that they are now all sworn to secrecy about the real nature of the space mission. Ted struggles to take in the fact that Eve has known the truth all along. Meanwhile, Paula is shaken to the core of her religious convictions and Rollie confesses to Jen that he was also in on the secret.

When a second enthralling song suddenly emanates from Venus, Donner understands that a similar object is calling to the object in Pod 4. He and Zoe and the others are awestruck by the realisation of the true nature of their mission.

Ajay is played by Zahf Paroo, Arnel by William Vaughan, Goss by Andrew Airlie, Ted by Malik Yoba, Paula by Paula Garces, Rollie by Ty Olsson, Jen by Christina Cox, Donner by Ron Livingston and Zoe by Laura Harris.

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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