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BBC ONE Sunday 3 January 2010

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

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 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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