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Network TV BBC Week 1: 2-8 January 2010

BBC ONE Saturday 2 January 2010
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Total Wipeout – Celebrity Special Ep 2/2

Saturday 2 January
Time to be confirmed BBC ONE

Richard Hammond returns for a second Total Wipeout Celebrity Special, featuring the world's most ridiculous obstacle course.

Ten more well-known stars swap the red carpet for red faces as they battle foam and mud in order to clinch a cash prize for a charity of their choice.

There's no special VIP treatment as the celebrities, including Olympic champion Sally Gunnell, actor Chris Parker, comedian and presenter Kirsten O'Brien and children's TV duo Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes, belly flop their way towards the final Total Wipeout zone.

Loose Women's Andrea McLean gives it her all on the qualifier and comic Joe Pasquale puts in a commendable performance.

It's not all plain sailing, though, with the course asking some big questions of the celebrities – questions such as will TV presenter Dominic Littlewood "get done" by the dizzy dummies? Will model Danielle Lloyd cope in the mud bath on the sucker punch? And, most importantly, can comedy actress Cleo Rocos survive the day with her make-up and hairstyle intact?

Amanda Byram is on hand once again to offer her blend of wit and sarcasm ringside, as these 10 famous faces make their way through the course – all in the hope of winning the title of Total Wipeout Celebrity Champion.

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So You Think You Can Dance – The Auditions

Saturday 2 January
7.00-9.00pm BBC ONE (Schedule addition 10 December)
(L-R) Cat Deeley, "Nasty" Nigel Lythgoe and Arlene Phillips kick off the search for Britain's favourite dancer
(L-R) Cat Deeley, "Nasty" Nigel Lythgoe and Arlene Phillips kick off the search for Britain's favourite dancer

Cat Deeley kicks off the search for Britain's favourite dancer, as the international smash sensation So You Think You Can Dance comes to Saturday nights on BBC One, under the watchful eye of esteemed judges Arlene Phillips and "Nasty" Nigel Lythgoe.

From the initial auditions across the UK, So You Think You Can Dance follows thousands of hopefuls who turned out with their leg-warmers and the moves they hoped will impress the judging panel. They are in the running for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to dance on the Hollywood version of the show and take home the £100,000 prize.

Nigel made his name as the original TV super-judge on Popstars in 1999, and now, after launching So You Think... in the US to trailblazing success, he's coming home. As head judge on the new So You Think..., he will sit alongside renowned choreographer Arlene Phillips and a third weekly guest judge.

They put the hopefuls through gruelling rounds of auditions and recalls, culminating with Choreography Camp, as contestants dance for their lives in the hope of progressing to next week's first live show.

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Casualty – A Day In The Life: Part One

Saturday 2 January
9.05-9.55pm BBC ONE

The big day dawns for Adam and Jessica as they prepare for their wedding but Adam is feeling rather worse for wear, as the medical drama continues.

Adam emerges from the on-call room dressed as superman, following a heavy night. He walks past Henry and Zoe with as much dignity as possible but knows Jessica is going to be furious. As he prepares to leave the chaotic ED, he promises Jessica he won't be late – only to walk straight into the path of a patient, who collapses.

At their country house venue, Jessica waits impatiently for Adam as the guests start to arrive. Charlie races Adam, who manages to wangle a police escort. As the service gets under way, Adam and Jessica get the giggles. But, before they are officially named man and wife, Tess interrupts – there's been a major road accident. Much to Jessica and the registrar's disgust, Adam returns to the hospital.

Back at the hospital, Yuki and May are working well in the crisis unit, but Yuki is struggling to forgive May for her recent deceptions. Meanwhile, Ruth is moved by Jay's sensitive handling of a patient who has been abused. She decides that she'd like to take their relationship further.

As their colleagues finish their shift, Adam and Jessica are travelling through country lanes with the kids. As Jessica chats to Zoe on the phone, Adam is forced to swerve to avoid hitting an oncoming vehicle. The call is cut off just before the car skids, flips and lands on a frozen lake where the ice begins to crack...

Adam is played by Tristan Gemmill, Jessica by Gillian Kearney, Henry by Tom Chadbon, Zoe by Sunetra Sarker, Charlie by Derek Thompson, Yuki by Will Sharpe, May by Laura Aikman, Ruth by Georgia Taylor, Jay by Ben Turner and Sam by Patrick Baladi.

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BBC ONE Sunday 3 January 2010
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Wallander – Faceless Killers Ep 1/3

New seriesHigh Definition programme
Sunday 3 January
9.00-10.30pm BBC ONE (Schedule addition 10 December)

Entering an isolated farmhouse on what he believes is a routine call, Inspector Wallander discovers a bloodbath, as the Bafta-winning series starring Kenneth Branagh as the famous Swedish detective returns to BBC One for three new feature-length investigations.

An old man has been tortured and beaten to death. Beside his shattered body, his wife is barely alive. As her life slowly slips away, she whispers to Wallander a word that sounds like "foreigners". When her dying word is leaked to the press by the police, there is an outbreak of racist reprisals in Ystad.

Meanwhile, Wallander's personal life is a shambles. He sees little of his daughter, struggles to bond with her new partner – a second-generation Syrian doctor – and his relationship with his mentally fragile father is pushed to the limit. On top of that, the fallout from the case causes him to doubt everything, even his abilities as a police officer.

The second series was shot on location in Ystad, Southern Sweden, during 2009. "I'm delighted to be back in Kurt Wallander's shoes for three further adaptations," says Kenneth Branagh. "The character's story becomes ever more complex in these next films. The entire team relished the privilege of bringing them to the screen for an audience who proved so loyal last time out."

Returning to the series alongside Branagh are David Warner, Richard McCabe, Tom Hiddleston, Sarah Smart, Jeany Sparks, Polly Hemingway and Sadie Shimmin. The second series also features Arsher Ali, Beatie Edney, Rupert Graves, Dhafer L'Abidine, Phyllis Logan, Saskia Reeves, Vincent Regan and Angela Thorne.

The first series of Wallander won six Baftas, including Best Drama Series, while Kenneth Branagh won the Best Actor prize at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. The series was also nominated for two Emmy Awards following its screening on PBS in the United States earlier this year.

Wallander 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 TWO Sunday 3 January
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Closing Guantanamo – This World

Sunday 3 January
7.00-8.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule update 10 December)

On his second day in office, President Obama pledged to close the Guantanamo detention centre within a year.

For BBC Two’s This World, former Defence Secretary Michael Portillo embarks on an eight-month quest to understand both the national security implications and the human rights issues involved in closing down the controversial centre.

Portillo is a firm defender of civil liberties, but he also believes in a robust response to terrorism and other threats facing society. Travelling to Guantanamo and then to Washington, Yemen and Bermuda, Portillo tries to find out why it is proving so difficult for Obama to keep his promise a year on. He discovers that balancing national security with human rights is a tougher challenge for Obama than he had envisaged.

Portillo visits the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to find out who is still being held there and why, their conditions and what security risks are involved in closing the camps.

He travels to Washington as resistance to President Obama’s closure plan grows – not just among the Republicans; many Democrats are nervous too. As early as May 2009, Congress had blocked the President’s request to fund his $80m closure plan, refused to allow prisons in the US to hold the detainees and would not permit the release of any detainee to live in the United States.

In order to close Guantanamo, many detainees need to be returned to their home countries or, where it is considered too risky, relocated to other countries. With the US itself refusing to take relocated detainees, This World looks at the difficulties involved in doing both. More than 40 per cent of the detainees still in Guantanamo are Yemenis. Portillo finds out that the US Administration has serious reservations about sending them back home and he travels to Yemen to find out why.

Finally, Portillo asks how President Obama will bring to justice high-profile detainees such as those accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammad.

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ELVIS NIGHT
Elvis In Vegas

Sunday 3 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule update 10 December)

In 1969, Elvis Presley was at the peak of his powers with a stage show at the Hilton and recordings that made him "the most famous entertainer in the world". But, beneath the surface, his own demons – and the schemes of his celebrity manager, Colonel Tom Parker – were taking their toll. This is the untold story of how Elvis transformed Las Vegas but how the city helped destroy him.

Based in Seventies Vegas, and featuring some of Elvis's finest performances, home movies and rare archive footage, Elvis In Vegas reveals a bizarre tale of intrigue and excess, recounted by those closest to him. It reveals how the Las Vegas experience impacted on his spectacular shows, chart-topping recordings, volatile relationship with Colonel Parker and his unusual private life – all set against the glamorous backdrop of a "Sin City" that would never be the same again.

The programme features interviews with Priscilla Presley, Colonel Parker's wife, Loanne, the Memphis Mafia, Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra, songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and many more.

Elvis In Vegas is part of Elvis Night on BBC Two, which also includes Elvis By The Presleys Uncut, a home-movie portrait of the star by his nearest and dearest, and two performance specials: Elvis – The Comeback Concert, from 1968; and Elvis – Aloha From Hawaii, from 1973.

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Network TV BBC Week 1: Monday 4 January 2010

BBC ONE Monday 4 January 2010
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EastEnders

Monday 4 January
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE

In the Minute Mart, Phil is taunted by a police officer about his drinking and behaviour, as a new week begins in Albert Square. Phil gets angry and tells the officer to either question him or leave him alone.

Meanwhile, Adam taunts Darren over Libby.

Phil is played by Steve McFadden, Adam by David Proud, Darren by Charlie G Hawkins and Libby by Belinda Owusu.

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Hustle Ep 1/6

New series
Monday 4 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE (Schedule addition 11 December)

The Hustle gang is back in business, ready to take each and every cheat, liar and criminal for all they've got, as the drama starring Adrian Lester, Robert Glenister, Robert Vaughn and Matt Di Angelo returns. From MPs' expenses to fat-cat bankers, there are plenty of marks for the team to target. Brother-and-sister duo Sean and Emma are working out well as new members of the crew and, as much as Mickey hates to admit it, Albert was right about them – they are proving to be real assets to the team, especially as Emma bears a striking resemblance to a certain Antipodean songstress.

As the team wraps up an ingenious con featuring Emma as pop princess Kylie Minogue, Albert is busy priming the next unsuspecting mark: former banker Piggy Richardson, who has been hounded by the press after a public pension scandal. When Albert introduces himself as a headhunter for the Western Bank of California and paints a very pleasant picture of what life could be like away from the glare of the media, Piggy is keen to meet Mickey, who is posing as a currency specialist with a PhD in Economics.

However, just as the plan starts to fall into place, a mysterious woman enquires about Mickey's whereabouts and throws everything into disarray. Mickey has no idea who she is or what she wants but, when she invites him out for dinner, he's intrigued – that is, until she turns out to be DCI Lucy Britford. With a 95 per cent conviction rate and a good idea of what the crew is up to, Britford believes that catching Mickey would be the "ultimate scalp" and a great stepping-stone in her career. Emma is the only one who seems worried – although it's possible her concern may be tinged with jealousy...

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Mickey is certain that he can outsmart Britford – after all, no one's managed to catch him yet. With the agreement of the team, he decides to plough on with the con. His confidence has so far served them well but this time his arrogance could prove their undoing.

Sean Kennedy is played by Matt Di Angelo, Emma Kennedy by Kelly Adams, Mickey Bricks by Adrian Lester, Albert Stroller by Robert Vaughn and Lucy Britford by Indira Varma. The cast also includes Robert Glenister as Ash Morgan.

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BBC TWO Monday 4 January 2010
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Great British Railway Journeys Ep 1/20

New series
Monday 4 to Friday 8 January
6.30-7.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 10 December)

In 1840, one man transformed travel in Britain. His name was George Bradshaw and his railway guides inspired the Victorians to take to the tracks. Stop by stop, he told people where to travel, what to see and where to stay. Now, 170 years later, Michael Portillo makes four epic journeys across the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us and what remains of Bradshaw's Britain.

The first journey sees Michael travel coast to coast, from Liverpool to Scarborough. His first stop is the great port of Liverpool, where he meets local author Peter Grant. Michael gets a lesson in how to speak Scouse, as they explore the impact of immigration on the city and its famous accent.

Michael then visits Birkenhead Park, one of the inspirations for Central Park in New York. There he meets Mervyn Kingston, whose family fled from Russia in the 1880s when the Jews were being persecuted in the pogroms. Mervyn tells Michael that many of the Jewish refugees ended up in Liverpool, after catching the train from Hull, to begin their journey to America.

Leaving Liverpool, Michael travels along the world's first passenger railway line to Manchester. Stopping off at Rainhill, he talks to rail expert Christian Wolmar about the Rainhill Trials – the first locomotive race which was won by Stephenson's Rocket – and also finds out about the first railway fatality.

After spending the night in Worsley, Michael explores the nearby underground canals, part of the world's first canal system built by the Duke of Bridgewater. At his last stop, he meets Ian Edmonds for a tour of his family's cake factory – the last remaining Eccles cake business in the area. There, Michael has a go at folding an Eccles cake and finds out why these sweet pastries were exported all over the world.

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Nurse Jackie – Pilot Ep 1/12

New seriesHigh Definition programme
Monday 4 January
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 10 December)

Critically acclaimed US comedy Nurse Jackie stars multi-Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner Edie Falco (The Sopranos) as Jackie Peyton, a strong-willed nurse in a New York City emergency room.

A lapsed Catholic with a weakness for prescription drugs, Jackie keeps the hospital balanced with her own kind of justice. Fellow nurse Mohammed "Mo-Mo" de la Cruz, British doctor Eleanor O'Hara and pharmacist Eddie Walzer are her confidants, while impressionable first-year student Zoey Barkow and Dr Fitch "Coop" Cooper are sent to test her. By-the-book ER administrator Gloria Akalitus is Jackie's boss and nemesis.

In the opening episode, Nurse Jackie tries to make something good come from a senseless death in the ER room, but her day is complicated by her secret need to get her hands on some tablets from boyfriend Eddie. In addition, she has to cope with a bike messenger with a broken leg, a stoner with third-degree burns after a prank went horribly wrong, and a prostitute with multiple stab wounds. It's all in a day's work for the nursing staff.

Mohammed "Mo-Mo" de la Cruz is played by Haaz Sleiman, Dr Eleanor O'Hara by Eve Best, Eddie Walzer by Paul Schulze, Zoey Barkow by Merritt Wever, Dr Fitch "Coop" Cooper by Peter Facinelli and Gloria Akalitus by Anna Deavere Smith.

Nurse Jackie 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 ONE Tuesday 5 January 2010
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EastEnders

Tuesday 5 January
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE

At their flat, Heather tells Shirley that Darren has upset her, in tonight's visit to Albert Square. Shirley then threatens Darren.

Later, Adam teases Darren about a text he has received from Libby.

Heather is played by Cheryl Fergison, Shirley by Linda Henry, Darren by Charlie G Hawkins, Adam by David Proud and Libby by Belinda Owusu.

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Holby City

Tuesday 5 January
8.00-9.00pm BBC ONE

Faye hopes that if she throws herself into her work, it will help her get over her grief for Archie, as the medical drama continues. Being back in the hospital where Archie died, though, only intensifies her need for answers. Against Joseph's advice, Faye finds a quiet place to talk to Lauren and asks her why she killed her son. Later, Lauren is brought into Holby as a patient...

Meanwhile, a chilled-out Ric returns to work after his suspension and Jac sees an opportunity to retain her consultant status and share his patient list. However, she unintentionally upsets him by undermining him in theatre, so he blocks her promotion.

Chrissie bumps into Sacha Levy, with whom she recently went on a date, and discovers that he is covering a shift at Holby. She is surprised to see him and tries to avoid him. But, when he asks to see her again, he realises that she is pregnant – and that the child is his.

Faye is played by Patsy Kensit Healy, Joseph by Luke Roberts, Lauren by Riann Steele, Ric by Hugh Quarshie, Jac by Rosie Marcel and Chrissie by Tina Hobley.

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BBC TWO Tuesday 5 January 2010
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Great British Railway Journeys Ep 2/20

Monday 4 to Friday 8 January
6.30-7.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 10 December)

In the second leg of his first journey from Liverpool to Scarborough, Michael Portillo visits "cottonpolis" – George Bradshaw's home town of Manchester – as the series that explores how the railways changed the nation continues.

Meeting up with tour guide Jonathan Schofield, Michael finds out how the world's first railway helped to turn Manchester's cotton industry into a global success.

Michael then takes the train out to Denton in the suburbs of Manchester. This was once the centre of the hat-making world, turning out thousands of hats which were transported all over the country on the railways. Here, Michael meets Karen Turner from Failsworth Hats, the last remaining hat factory in the area. Karen fits Michael for his own custom-made trilby which, some say, was invented here, and he finds out where the phrase "mad as a hatter" came from.

Back in the centre of Manchester, historian Trefor Thomas tells Michael more about Bradshaw and how he came to produce the world's first pocket railway timetables.

Leaving Manchester for Bury, Michael meets businessman Tony Rogers to find out how the railways helped to create the national institution of fish and chips. The railways allowed fish to travel quickly inland and it soon became available everywhere, allowing fish and chip shops to flourish all over Britain. Tony runs a fish and chip shop supply business and takes Michael to one of the best shops in the area for a fish supper.

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Nurse Jackie – Sweet-n-All Ep 2/12

High Definition programme
Monday 4 to Friday 8 January
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 11 December)

Jackie and her husband, Kevin, become concerned that their eldest daughter, Grace, is suffering from anxiety, as the American comedy continues.

In the emergency room, an irate patient hits Jackie, who then makes herself a coffee laced with a pain-killing ingredient, only for the hospital administrator, Mrs Akalitus, to drink it by mistake.

Student nurse Zoey, meanwhile, questions whether or not nursing is the right career path for her – a question prompted after a severed ear floats up in the toilet.

Jackie is played by Edie Falco, Kevin by Dominic Fumusa, Grace by Ruby Jerins, Mrs Akalitus by Anna Deavere Smith and Zoey by Merritt Wever.

Nurse Jackie 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 Tuesday 5 January 2010
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We Need Answers Ep 6/13

Tuesday 5 January
10.30-11.00pm BBC FOUR

Former editor of The Sun turned broadcaster Kelvin MacKenzie competes with cooking writer and celebrity chef Sophie Grigson, as the anarchic comedy game show continues.

The rules are simple – contestants must match their answer to the one given by a text answering service.

Each show also features a cunning physical challenge which pits the contestants against each other. This week's episode sees Kelvin and Sophie playing a tickling game.

Mark Watson hosts, Tim Key is in the question master's chair and Alex Horne provides expert analysis from a booth.

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Network TV BBC Week 1: Wednesday 6 January 2010

BBC TWO Wednesday 6 January 2010
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Great British Railway Journeys Ep 3/20

Monday 4 to Friday 8 January
6.30-7.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 10 December)

The first stop in today's leg of Michael Portillo's journey from Liverpool to Scarborough is the West Yorkshire town of Todmorden, as he continues to find out what remains of George Bradshaw's Britain.

In Bradshaw's day, the railways made it possible for food to travel quickly and cheaply all over the country, transforming the UK's eating habits. Today, things are changing and, in Todmorden, the aim is to become self-sufficient and cut down on food miles. Michael meets Pam Warhurst, who is showing people how to grow vegetables and source their food locally.

Travelling on to Skipton, Michael meets railway carriage restorer Stephen Middleton and samples first-class travel Victorian style on the Embsay And Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. He visits the nearby ruins at Bolton Abbey, a great favourite with Victorian tourists, and spends the night at the Devonshire Arms, a 350-year-old coaching inn mentioned in Bradshaw's guide.

For the next part of the journey, Michael and his Bradshaw guide take to the skies with a trip on the Network Rail helicopter to survey the tracks and monitor coastal erosion. In Bradshaw's time, this kind of work would have been done by linesmen walking the tracks but, these days, the lines are checked with infrared cameras.

Back on the ground, Michael finds out what makes train spotters tick, before exploring York's Roman remains with archaeologist Andy Jones. Bradshaw wrote a great deal about Roman York but what has been discovered since then?

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Nurse Jackie – Chicken Soup Ep 3/12

High Definition programme
Monday 4 to Friday 8 January
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 11 December)

Jackie shares her concerns about daughter Grace with the worldly and sophisticated Dr O'Hara, as the comedy continues.

At work, an elderly man who has chosen to treat his heart failure with chicken soup comes in to hospital to enjoy a bowl before he dies. Eddie, meanwhile, Jackie's pharmacist boyfriend, breaks the news that he is to be replaced by an automated-pill dispenser within a few months.

Jackie is played by Edie Falco, Grace by Ruby Jerins, Dr O'Hara by Eve Best, the elderly man by Eli Wallach and Eddie by Paul Schulze.

Nurse Jackie 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 ONE Thursday 7 January 2010
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EastEnders

Thursday 7 January
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE
Bradley (Charlie Clements) and Stacey discuss the idea of moving
Bradley (Charlie Clements) and Stacey discuss the idea of moving

Bradley and Stacey discuss the idea of moving, in today's visit to Albert Square.

Ronnie and Roxy are astounded by a surprise appearance from their mother and Peggy is not too happy about it either.

Bradley is played by Charlie Clements, Stacey by Lacey Turner, Ronnie by Samantha Womack, Roxy by Rita Simons and Peggy by Barbara Windsor.

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Silent Witness – Intent: Part 1 Ep 1/10

New seriesHigh Definition programme
Thursday 7 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE (Schedule addition 11 December)

One of the BBC's most popular dramas, starring William Gaminara, Tom Ward and Emilia Fox, returns for its 13th series. Forensic pathologists Leo, Harry and Nikki are back and gathering evidence to help solve some of the most unimaginable murders.

In the first two-part episode of the series insurance investigator William Byfield is found dead, apparently suffocated from the exhaust fumes piped into his car. Harry's initial examination suggests it was a likely suicide but, after further examination, the team suspects the man may have died from cyanide poisoning.

The victim's over-zealous work replacement Clare Ambler starts to suspect Byfield's death may be linked to his latest investigation involving the untimely death of Stephen Connelly, a healthy middle-aged man. Leo is worried that he has no recollection of the case or being the pathologist who signed off on Connelly's post-mortem.

Meanwhile, Harry runs into a hospital grief counsellor he worked with in the past who turns out to be Connelly's widower, Rebecca. Convinced Rebecca can be trusted, Harry assures Leo he has nothing to worry about and that it is another case of "bureaucratic inefficiency". But Ambler doesn't back down and convinces the police to investigate Leo for fraud.

William Gaminara plays Professor Leo Dalton, Tom Ward plays Dr Harry Cunningham, Emilia Fox plays Dr Nikki Alexander, Paul Broughton plays William Byfield, Polly Frame plays Clare Ambler and Lucy Cohu plays Rebecca Connelly.

The concluding part of this episode of Silent Witness can be seen tomorrow.

Silent Witness 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 TWO Thursday 7 January 2010
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Great British Railway Journeys Ep 4/20

Monday 4 to Friday 8 January
6.30-7.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 10 December)

Michael Portillo continues his journeys to find out what remains of George Bradshaw's – the man transformed travel in 1840 – Britain.

Michael meets Tom Dixon, the last liquorice grower in Pontefract, as part of the fourth leg of his journey from Liverpool to Scarborough. Pontefract was covered in liquorice fields in Bradshaw's time and it was here that the Pontefract, or Pomfret cake, was invented. Michael finds out what's happened to the liquorice industry since Bradshaw's time and visits a new sweet factory.

His next stop is Hull, once the destination for "monster excursions" involving massive trains carrying thousands of early tourists to the coast. In Hull, Michael investigates why Bradshaw compared the city to Venice, before meeting maritime historian Robb Robinson to find out how the railways transformed Hull into one of the world's largest white-fish ports.

On the train to Bridlington, Michael shares his journey with climate expert John Pinnegar, who explains what's really happening to North Sea cod stocks and how global warming is changing the kinds of fish found around Britain's coast.

In Bradshaw's time, Bridlington was transformed by the railways from a sleepy fishing village into a bustling seaside resort. Today, it's changing again. Travelling with Frank Powell, Michael learns the sustainable way to fish for sea bass from a new wave of fishermen.

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Nurse Jackie – School Nurse Ep 4/12

High Definition programme
Monday 4 to Friday 8 January
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 11 December)

Jackie and Kevin are called to Grace's school, where the teacher, the school nurse and a district psychologist tell them that Grace should start taking anti-anxiety medicine, as the comedy continues.

Jackie resists this and suggests to Kevin that Grace might be better off in a private school. At the hospital, Dr O'Hara saves the life of a boy who has fallen and has to cope with the over-the-top gratitude of the boy's twin brother.

Later, trainee nurse Zoey loses her first patient.

Jackie is played by Edie Falco, Kevin by Dominic Fumusa, Grace by Ruby Jerins, Dr O'Hara by Eve Best and Zoey by Merritt Wever.

Nurse Jackie 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 ONE Friday 8 January 2010
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EastEnders

Friday 8 January
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE (Copy updated 4 December)

Glenda sits at the kitchen table, listening to muffled voices in the hallway, in today's visit to Albert Square. Ronnie tells them all that they can't kick Glenda out, but Peggy, Phil and Roxy want her to leave.

Shirley's niece, Zsa Zsa, shows up and quizzes her aunt about her relationship with Heather.

Glenda is played by Glynis Barber, Ronnie by Samantha Womack, Peggy by Barbara Windsor, Phil by Steve McFadden, Roxy by Rita Simons and Zsa Zsa by Emer Kenny.

EastEnders: E20, the online spin-off series, begins tonight and can be seen at bbc.co.uk/eastenders/e20 after this episode.

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Silent Witness – Intent: Part 2 Ep 2/10

High Definition programme
Friday 8 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE (Schedule addition 11 December)

Leo thinks he may have figured out why he has no recollection of Connelly's post-mortem but, before he can prove his innocence, he is violently struck over the head in front of his house, as the forensic drama continues.

While Leo lies in a coma, Nikki helps the police with their investigations, as the body of Coroner David Levin is discovered and he has also been poisoned by cyanide.

All evidence points to Rebecca but Harry refuses to believe she is behind the murders. He has become romantically involved with her and, in a bid to help prove her innocence, he re-examines Levin's body to find evidence, putting his career on the line.

When Harry finds proof that Levin took his own life, Nikki convinces the police they have no case against Rebecca. Harry goes to question Rebecca about why Levin would want to frame her, only to discover an empty house and no sign of her...

William Gaminara plays Professor Leo Dalton, Emilia Fox plays Dr Nikki Alexander, Adam Kotz plays David Levin, Lucy Cohu plays Rebecca Connelly, Tom Ward plays Dr Harry Cunningham and Polly Frame plays Clare Ambler.

Silent Witness 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 TWO Friday 8 January 2010
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Great British Railway Journeys Ep 5/20

Monday 4 to Friday 8 January
6.30-7.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 10 December)

In 1840, one man transformed travel in Britain. His name was George Bradshaw and his railway guides inspired the Victorians to take to the tracks. Michael Portillo continues his journeys to find out what remains of Bradshaw's Britain.

On the last leg of his journey from Liverpool to Scarborough, Michael's first stop is Flamborough Head. There he meets RSPB site manager Ian Kendall to find out what's happened to the sea-bird populations in the area since Bradshaw's time. Back then it was a popular destination for bird watchers and "climmers", who scrambled down the cliffs to steal bird's eggs. These days, it is home to Britain's largest mainland colony of gannets. The cliffs are also home to England's oldest chalk lighthouse, as well as a more "modern" one built in Bradshaw's time which pioneered a new signalling system.

Along the coast in Filey, Michael meets local fisherman Jeremy Smith to discover why they still use traditional "coble" boats. These boats are unique to the area and were built to cope with the challenges of the coastline. Calling on expert knitter Margaret Taylor, Michael learns to decipher the traditional knitting patterns on Filey fishermen's jumpers.

Finally, Michael arrives in Scarborough, the end of his journey. Scarborough became one of the most popular tourist destinations in Victorian times when the railways arrived. He pays a visit to field archaeologists Dr Nigel Melton and Janet Montgomery to hear about the latest research into "Gristhorpe man". This 4,000-year-old skeleton was discovered in Bradshaw's time and caused an immediate sensation, attracting crowds of Victorian visitors to Scarborough. Today, Michael finds out what kind of person Gristhorpe man was and what it was that killed him.

Michael also goes on a tour of one of the oldest and largest purpose-built hotels in Europe, the Scarborough Grand, a traditional Victorian hotel.

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Nurse Jackie – Daffodil Ep 5/12

High Definition programme
Monday 4 to Friday 8 January
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 11 December)

It's Zoey's first night shift and a 10-year-old girl brings her mother, who suffers from lupus, into the ER, as the comedy continues. Jackie realises that the girl is her mother's primary care-giver and breaks with hospital policy and sends them home with medicine that the mother's health-care policy won't pay for.

Dr O'Hara treats Zoey to lunch in a four-star restaurant and Mrs Akalitus accidentally suffers from a self-inflicted tasering.

Zoey is played by Merritt Wever, Jackie by Edie Falco, Dr O'Hara by Eve Best and Mrs Akalitus by Anna Deavere Smith.

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

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CBBC Friday 8 January 2010
www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc

Tracy Beaker Returns

New seriesHigh Definition programme
Friday 8 January
Time to be confirmed CBBC
Five years on and still in trouble – Tracy Beaker (Dani Harmer) is back
Five years on and still in trouble – Tracy Beaker (Dani Harmer) is back

Five years after the last series, Tracy Beaker is back in a feature-length episode and she is in trouble again. This time, she is in big financial trouble and needs a job – fast.

Devised by multi-award-winning children's author Jacqueline Wilson and the drama team at CBBC, the series sees Dani Harmer reprise the role that made her famous.

Tracy Beaker Returns catches up with the eponymous heroine, now a young adult and living with her adoptive mother, Cam. She is writing a book, The Story Of Tracy Beaker, which gives an account of her sometimes outrageous actions while living in the care home. She is convinced that the book will be an instant hit that will make her rich and famous. However, after a series of disasters, she realises she needs to earn some cash – fast.

Over in the Dumping Ground, they need staff and who better than one of their former residents? Having spent half her life living in the home, Tracy approaches the job of trainee care worker believing that she knows it all. But she soon finds out the hard way that she doesn't know everything.

Still young herself, Tracy is caught between two worlds. She must earn the respect of her colleagues as a professional, without losing the trust of the children.

Dani Harmer plays Tracy Beaker, Lisa Coleman plays Cam and Connor Byrne plays Mike.

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

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