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BBC ONE Wednesday 16 December 2009

Big Top – Visa

High Definition programme
Wednesday 16 December
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE

Boyco the acrobat makes his TV debut, starring in an advert for personal injury lawyers, 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.

Spurred on by jealousy, Plonky the Clown reports Boyco to the immigration authorities and Lizzie discovers that he has no UK work visa.

Lizzie is willing to do anything to keep Boyco in the country – even marry him – but Boyco will marry for nothing less than true love. Meanwhile, Plonky will do absolutely anything to prevent the wedding from happening, even if that means sabotaging the show.

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

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 8/10

High Definition programme
Wednesday 16 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC ONE
Helen (Vinette Robinson) is desperate to impress
Helen (Vinette Robinson) is desperate to impress

It's the day of Helen's first official inspection and she is desperate to impress, as the drama about a comprehensive school continues. Having just spent the night with Max, she now believes their romance might be reignited.

Never one to miss an opportunity, Amy offers to keep the entire class under control – if Helen pays her for the favour. Terrified about losing her job, Helen agrees and can't help but think it's £20 well spent when the inspector is obviously impressed with her "teaching ability". It's only when Helen refuses to give further bribes that Amy runs to Rachel and confesses all.

Max has been defending Helen all day but, upon learning that gossip surrounds their relationship, he attempts to sink Helen's career. Helen is forced to face the harsh truth that she's a terrible teacher and decides to leave Waterloo Road for good – although not before leaving a compromising video of her and Max for Rachel to find.

Chris learns of Max's threatening behaviour towards Rachel and is horrified. He nails his colours firmly to Rachel's flag – it's another ally Max has lost. Meanwhile, Lindsay washes her hands of the girl gangs and tries to rekindle her friendship with Ros and, after one day too many of being bullied by Amy, Siobhan ditches her best mate for boyfriend Luke.

Rachel is disgusted by the video of Max and Helen and realises how low Max will stoop – sleeping with a trainee teacher, then ousting Helen from her position to hide it. Unfortunately, Kim is oblivious to the day's drama and, learning that Max has filed for divorce, is persuaded to give him and their relationship another chance.

Helen is played by Vinette Robinson, Max by Tom Chambers, Amy by Ayesha Gwilt, Rachel by Eva Pope, Chris by William Ash, Lindsay by Jenna Louise Coleman, Ros by Sophie McShera, Siobhan by Phoebe Dynevor and Luke by Richie Reeves.

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 7/8

Wednesday 16 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
Harry (Peter Firth) is furious
Harry (Peter Firth) is furious

When a Pakistani intelligence officer is stabbed to death in south London, Dickie, the head of the Pakistani intelligence service in London, wants to talk. Dickie tells Harry Pearce and Ros Myers that he has been running an asset who has infiltrated a group of Hindu nationalists, led by Harish Dhillon.

Dhillon's group is planning an attack targeting Muslims and, with tensions between the Hindu and Muslim communities riding high, a furious Harry demands that Dickie hand over his asset – 17-year-old Ashok Veerkal.

A Muslim with a Hindu name, Ashok is terrified of Dhillon and is desperate to cut ties with him. But there's too much at stake and Section D applies pressure to find out when and where the attack will happen.

Ashok manages to discover the details of the attack but, just as Section D are about to swoop, they learn that Dhillon's handler is working with CIA agent Sarah Caulfield.

Ashok is forced to stay undercover, but Dhillon's handler knows there is a traitor, leaving Ashok in the firing line. Section D is desperate to prevent a war breaking out on British soil between the Muslim and Hindu communities, but how far will they go to stop it?

Dickie is played by Harmage Singh Kalirai, Harry Pearce by Peter Firth, Ros Myers by Hermione Norris, Harish Dhillon by Paul Sharma, Ashok Veerkal by Ashley Kumar and Sarah Caulfield by Genevieve O'Reilly.


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BBC TWO Wednesday 16 December 2009

The Hairy Bikers Celebrate
The Twelve Days Of Christmas

High Definition programme
Wednesday 16 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 24 November)

The Hairy Bikers Celebrate The Twelve Days Of Christmas in a one-hour special in which the famous song is interpreted through the medium of food, as only Simon King and Dave Myers know how.

For A Partridge In A Pear Tree, it's a stuffed partridge served up at BBC Radio Norfolk; Five Golden Rings inspires them to cook a gut-busting breakfast for construction workers on the Olympic site; Six Geese A-laying sees them dressed up as pantomime dames; and they join a bunch of winter swimmers for Seven Swans A-swimming.

The bikers' foodie journey through the song ends with a Christmas feast for pipers and drummers as they put up a giant Christmas tree for a full-on "hairy" Christmas celebration.

The Hairy Bikers Celebrate The Twelve Days Of Christmas 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 FOUR Wednesday 16 December 2009

The Art Of Russia – Roads To Revolution Ep 2/3

Wednesday 16 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR (Schedule addition 18 November)

From the monuments of the Tsars to the sumptuous countryside, glittering palaces and Faberge eggs to the art of the avant-garde, Roads To Revolution, the second part of BBC Four's groundbreaking The Art Of Russia, explores how Russia went from being a country of aristocratic excess in the mid-18th century to a hotbed of revolution at the beginning of the 20th century.

Art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals the range and exuberance of Russian art during this period, looking back at Tsarina Elizabeth I's St Petersburg, where artists were discouraged from painting in a Russian style and taught to emulate the great artists of Europe. This era led to the greatest revolt in Russia's artistic history, as a group of radical artists rebelled. The "Wanderers" were Russia's answer to the Impressionists, transforming ordinary life and the Russian landscape into the subjects of great art.

Andrew explores how these radical artists led a new bravery in Russian art in the early 20th century, culminating in the revolutionary art of Wassily Kandinsky, who created the world's first abstract art, and Kasimir Malevich, whose painting Black Square seemed to prophesise the coming revolution.


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