Wednesday 11 Dec 2013
We live on a world of wonders, a planet of astonishing beauty and complexity – but it doesn't exist in magnificent isolation. This is the greatest age of exploration ever known, and a fleet of probes, orbiters and landers have brought new worlds of wonder into view. In this spellbinding new series, physicist Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most extreme locations on Earth to explain how the laws of nature have carved spectacular landscapes throughout the Solar System.
At the heart of it all is the powerhouse, our star – the Sun. Brian explores the Sun's magisterial rule over every world in the Solar System. He travels to India to catch a remarkable quirk of nature, a total solar eclipse. He explains how the Earth, of all the planets in the Solar System, is the only one to have a moon that completely obscures the face of the Sun. For a few precious minutes, Brian stands in awe as our link to the light and heat that sustains us is cut off.
The scale of our star's power is hard to imagine. In the Brazilian rainforest, Brian describes how every molecule of every drop of water is moved around our blue planet by the Sun's energy, creating some of the most wondrous sights on Earth.
Yet heat and light are not the only powers of the Sun reigning over the Solar System. In the Arctic Circle, in Norway, Brian witnesses the battle between the Sun's wind and our planet, as the night sky dances with a magical display of the Northern Lights.
Beyond Earth, the solar wind creates auroral displays on other planets as it journeys on into the depths of space. In California, Brian makes contact with Voyager, a space probe that has been travelling since its launch 30 years ago. Now, 14 billion kilometres on, Voyager has just detected that the solar wind is beginning to run out of puff.
But even out here – the farthest Man has ever sent a space probe – isn't the end of the Sun's dominion. Brian explains how the Sun's greatest power, its gravity, reaches out for hundreds of billions of kilometres, where the lightest gravitational touch encircles our Solar System in a mysterious cloud of comets.
It's FA Cup quarter-final weekend and Dan Walker previews today's football fixtures, while Manchester United and Arsenal are both in Premier League action.
United and Arsenal also have one eye on the second leg of their Champions League last 16 matches, which take place midweek. Sir Alex Ferguson's side play AC Milan, with David Beckham set to face his old club at Old Trafford for the first time since leaving in 2003.
Today's programme also looks back at the main football stories of the last seven days, including the League Cup final and the midweek international friendlies.
Gabby Logan introduces all the scores from today's football fixtures as final whistles blow up and down the country.
It's FA Cup quarter-final weekend while, in the Premier League, Manchester United visit Wolves. Promotion-chasers Nottingham Forest and Swansea meet in the Championship and Rangers host St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League.
Digital viewers can watch Final Score, from 2.30pm until 6pm, by pressing the Red Button on their remote controls.
Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones host the penultimate instalment of the celebrity dance extravaganza, in which another group of stars pay homage to iconic dance routines in a bid to wow viewers with their moves.
Tonight sees the last chance for the twinkled-toed dancers to secure a place in the final, which will see the six finalists dance for their chance to be crowned the Let's Dance For Sport Relief Champion. Proceeds from the voting go to Sport Relief.
Each week the celebrity acts (a mix of solos, duos and groups) recreate a number of famous dances and last week saw comedian Shappi Khorsandi, boxers Carl Froch, Duke McKenzie, Johnny Nelson and Tony Jeffries, TV presenters Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes, and weather presenters Becky Mantin, Claire Nasir and Lara Lewington take to the dance floor. Others due to take part over the series include some of the nation's favourite Grumpy Old Women – Jenny Éclair, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Susie Blake – and sporting greats Peter Shilton and Rodney Marsh.
Comedian Robert Webb was crowned champion last year, when he wowed the public and judges in last year's grand final when he produced a spectacular dance routine to Flashdance ... What A Feeling. Will tonight's show feature a performance from the Let's Dance Champion of 2010?
Yuki's jealousy forces him to take romantic action with May, as the medical drama continues. Jordan, meanwhile, receives a tempting offer from the board and Kieron finally reveals his business with Jordan.
With Adam still behaving erratically, Henry approaches Jordan to see if he'd be interested in taking over as clinical lead. Concerned about the effect on Adam's confidence, Jordan is reticent but agrees to a meeting nonetheless. With Zoe covering the F2 bursary interviews, Jordan is set to attend the meeting – until Kieron secretly dismisses his taxi, offering to transport Jordan on his motorbike instead.
Driving an increasingly furious Jordan to a remote spot, Kieron is determined to get something off his chest – is this his opportunity to reveal just what his business is with the older doctor?
As May continues to flirt with Kieron, Yuki is in turmoil, especially when Lenny tells him that it's only a matter of time before something happens between them and that Yuki should make a move first. Spurred on by his mentor, Zoe, Yuki slips a love note in May's locker but gets more than he bargained for when he finds the F2 exam paper hidden in her bag.
Meanwhile, Howard Fairfax and Ruth are concerned when it looks like a patient's health may have deteriorated due to their clinical trial drug and, for once, Zoe rejects Jordan when he offers to spend time with her after a shift.
Will Sharpe plays Yuki, Laura Aikman plays May, Michael French plays Jordan, Robert Boulter plays Keiron, Tristan Gemmill plays Adam, Tom Chadbon plays Henry, Sunetra Sarker plays Zoe, Michael Maloney plays Howard Fairfax and Georgia Taylor plays Ruth.
Dani Harmer (who plays Tracy Beaker in the CBBC series) narrates the third programme in CBBC's My Life documentary strand which follows the lives of extraordinary children from across Britain, each with their own unique and personal story to tell. This week's documentary is Billboard Kids, which looks at the story behind a charity's poster campaign aimed at challenging the public's prejudices against facial disfigurement.
There are around half a million people in the UK with a significant disfigurement to the face and this year, Changing Faces, one of the charities that represents them, is mounting its first poster campaign featuring only children.
Billboard Kids follows the four children chosen to front the campaign: Lucas is taking part in the campaign because he wants people to know he's just like any other kid and he's joined by Max, Harry and Lauren, who are proud to become the faces of the campaign. The film follows them at home, from the first meeting with the advertising agency through to the photo shoot and finally to the moment they see themselves on billboard posters across London for the first time.
They also meet up with Adam, who featured in a previous campaign and who advises the young billboard stars on what they can expect when the posters appear, and the participants also reveal how they cope when people stare at them.
Harry was severely burnt in a house fire as a young child and wants people to know that he's "just an ordinary boy, just with a different look".
The remaining films in the My Life strand are Karate Kids, featuring three disabled friends who have embraced martial arts at their school, transforming their mobility and their confidence; My Dad In Prison, which examines what it is like to be a child with a father in prison and follows the work of an innovative new prison homework club; and, finally, Children Of The Road, which follows a group of Irish traveller children at one of the biggest traveller sites in the country.
Single, Together, Whatever is a brand-new, six-part observational documentary for BBC Switch which examines teen relationships – giving a unique insight into what young people really think about love.
It follows the ups and downs of the love lives of a diverse group of 14- to 18-year-olds in real-life situations as they flirt, date, get together, break up and experience the emotional rollercoaster of teen romance.
Each episode has a different theme and charts the various stages of relationships, from asking someone out for the first time to experiencing life as a couple.
In today's opener, viewers meet three single teenagers in their search for love. Sixteen-year-old Stan wants his first serious relationship with a girl but has no clue how to get himself one. Making conversation with them would be a good start so Stan's friends try to help him out.
Kaytee, 17, has been single for three months and hates it. Although her past relationships have mostly ended in disaster, she is keen to find that special someone. She thinks her best male friend might want to go out with her but she soon discovers that she may have misread the signals.
Mike is 17 and has no problems meeting girls, helped by the fact that he's in a band. But he's wondering if it's time to take himself off the market and ask the girl he's seeing to make it official. His house party seems like the perfect opportunity, but will he have the guts to take the plunge?
Claire learns the truth behind the attacks and Sylar takes matters into his own hands, as the super-powered US drama continues.
Still reeling from the sorority hazing, Claire is determined to solve the mystery of the attacks. But HRG realises that he may have once again put her life in danger.
Elsewhere, Sylar and Matt engage in a battle of the brain in the fight for control of Matt's body – with potentially dangerous implications. And Peter enjoys using his new power while working – until he notices a problem.
Hayden Panettiere plays Claire, Zachary Quinto plays Sylar, Jack Coleman plays HRG, Greg Grunberg plays Matt and Milo Ventimiglia plays Peter. Heroes also features Deanne Bray as Emma, Robert Knepper as Samuel, Adrian Pasdar as Nathan, Jimmy Jean-Louis as the Haitian, Madeline Zima as Gretchen, Dawn Olivieri as Lydia, Tessa Thompson as Rebecca, Kat Purgal as Allison, Carlease Burke as Nurse Hammer, Danica Stewart as Ashley, Candice Patton as Olivia, Sally Champlin as Lynette and Assaf Cohen as Hesam.
Heroes is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
When the Lark Rise school loses its teacher, Emma steps in and discovers a talent she never knew she had, as the period drama based on Flora Thompson's novel continues. But Margaret, too, feels she is perfectly suited to the role, and an unexpected rivalry springs up. For Margaret, teaching offers a much-needed distraction from the heartbreak of remaining childless; while for Emma it is the chance to feel valued for something other than being a wife and mother.
Over in Candleford, Dorcas and Thomas are also at odds. Thomas is agitating about his working conditions but, when Dorcas won't take his grievances seriously, he decides to start a union: The Candleford Post Office Letter Carriers Association, or CaPOLCA. Laura and Minnie are reluctant to join, but Thomas becomes increasingly militant, and relations between him and Dorcas go rapidly downhill.
Meanwhile, Minnie is on a mission to make herself beautiful so that Alf will notice her, and enlists the help of Laura and Dorcas to transform her. But Minnie's new-found femininity suffers a blow when she falls over and gets a black eye. How can she face Alf now?
Despite the misgivings of their husbands, neither Margaret nor Emma will back down, so they are forced to share the role of schoolteacher. But, before long, they have set themselves up in competition with each other in their preparations for the school bazaar, with Emma heading up the boys' team, and Margaret the girls'. Secretly, they both hope that if they perform their tasks well, it will be an opportunity to impress the school governors and further their teaching ambitions.
When Dorcas's dispute with Thomas reaches childish proportions, she turns to Robert to arbitrate a solution. Robert's intervention builds a bridge between them, and Thomas reveals the underlying reason for his dissatisfaction at work: his struggle to come to terms with Margaret's apparent willingness to accept their childlessness and embrace a life dominated by work.
The day of the school bazaar arrives, but which team will win the school prize and what will it mean for Margaret and Emma's future plans?
Lark Rise To Candleford is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
David Dimbleby looks at the Age Of Money as he continues BBC One's landmark history of Britain's greatest art and artefacts.
In the 18th century, the triumph of commerce led to the emergence of a new "middle" class: a social group who craved pleasure and novelty, developing their own tastes in art. Dimbleby explores the resulting Golden Age in painting as Hogarth, Reynolds and Gainsborough reinvented the British style. The story ends in 1805 with the burial of Horatio Nelson, a commoner, at the heart of St Paul's: the supremacy of the middle class assured.
Items examined (and places visited) by Dimbleby in the telling include 18th-century bank notes (Bank of England); portraits by Reynolds and Gainsborough (Kenwood House); Wedgwood pottery (Wedgwood Museum, Stoke-on-Trent); Chippendale furniture (Nostell Priory, Yorkshire); Dr Johnson's Dictionary (Johnson's House, Lichfield); Edinburgh New Town; Dr Hunter's anatomical models and sketches (Hunterian Museum, Glasgow); Hogarth's Rake's Progress (Soane Museum, London); The Royal Academy; de Loutherbourg's Eidophusikon and Gainsborough's Show Box (V&A); James Gillray satirical prints (British Museum); and Nelson's Tomb (St Paul's Cathedral).
Adrian Chiles introduces highlights from today's Premier League fixture between Everton and Hull, as well as all the goals from yesterday's matches in the top flight.
There was just one match in the Premier League today but recent history suggests it could produce plenty of goals. Everton and Hull have met in both league and cup this season, with the two games yielding nine goals.
The Toffees won 4-0 in the League Cup but came unstuck in the league meeting, losing 3-2, although they did stage an exciting second-half fightback from being 3-0 down at half-time.
As always, Adrian will also put the spotlight on the funnier side of football in 2Good 2Bad.
Sixteen million lambs are born every year in the UK, making lambing season the biggest and busiest event in the farming calendar. For five nights, BBC Two broadcasts live from a 900-ewe farm in South Wales, capturing the life-and-death drama as it unfolds.
In this groundbreaking series, presenter Kate Humble gets her hands dirty helping to make sure as many lambs as possible survive those crucial first days after birth. She is joined by Countryfile presenter and farmer Adam Henson and the family who have been running this farm for generations, the Beavans.
The stakes are high as the Beavans rely on a successful season for the future of their business. And not every lamb will make it. From the glimmer of hope offered by a hypothermic lamb being nursed back to health to the heartbreaking sight of tottering newborns rejected by their mothers, Kate, Adam and the Beavans have their work cut out.
Alongside the day-to-day action on the farm Lambing Live delves deeper into the secret life of sheep. Throughout the week Adam is on hand to offer expert advice and examine the wider issues facing sheep farmers in the UK today. From agriculture and history to economics and veterinary science, Adam tells the story of sheep farming in Britain, past and present.
Three bona fide princesses from around the globe come to the UK in search of their Prince Charming.
Living together in a modest house in Essex, the girls must leave their privileged lifestyles behind to go undercover as ordinary people with ordinary jobs, in the hope they will meet men who will love them for who they are and not because they're princesses.
Immersing themselves in the UK dating scene, the princesses trawl the nightclubs, bars and supermarkets of Essex, as well going on blind dates and speed dating in the hope of finding their true love among the "commoners".
At the end of their time in the UK, the princesses must reveal their true identity to their chosen ones and extend an invite back to their homeland to show them their life as a princess.
HRH Princess Xenia of Saxony, Duchess of Saxony, from Germany, descends from one of the most powerful royal families Europe has ever known. Beautiful, glamorous and vivacious, she is a well-known celebrity in her native Germany. She is hoping to meet a man who loves her for who she is and not because of her royal lineage.
HH Princess Aaliya Sultana Babi of Balasinor is 35 and still hasn't found love. Her ancestors were warriors who have ruled in India for centuries. However, approaching men for dates in her culture is not the usual way, so will this shy princess be able to overcome her reservations and find her perfect prince?
Princess Nvannungi Sheillah is from the Buganda Kingdom – the largest and most powerful kingdom in Uganda. She is one of the most famous women in her country but her status has meant she has found it very difficult to meet a man. With a long list of requirements, will she find a man in the UK who can meet her high standards?
In the first episode the princesses land in the UK and meet each other for the first time. Choosing their undercover names, they begin their lives as ordinary people, starting their allocated jobs at a café, hairdresser and sports shop.
Blending in to society as an ordinary person isn't easy for the princesses. Princess Sheillah, in particular, struggles to understand some typical British foods and is totally mystified with the idea of a jacket potato.
Learning to do her own washing is a challenge for Princesses Xenia, who doesn't know what cotton is. Meanwhile, the first chance the girls get to sample the UK social scene doesn't end successfully for Princess Aaliya, who finds casually chatting to men is so unfamiliar it's all a little overwhelming.
Having set her sights on Max, a scheming Becca goes about putting her plan into action, as the drama continues in Albert Square. After a little chat in the café with Abi, Becca walks away with a set of house keys in her hand. Later, Max comes home to a little surprise.
Trouble is still brewing for young Billie Jackson as his old crew mates seem intent on getting to know Whitney, despite the young girl's fears.
Jane feels that it is time to tell Ian about Lucy's pregnancy. Even though Jane seems to have the situation under control, Ian seems to have different plans and cannot help but seek advice from an old friend.
Max is played by Jake Wood, Becca by Simone James, Abi by Lorna Fitzgerald, Billie by Devon Anderson, Whitney by Shona McGarty, Jane by Laurie Brett, Ian by Adam Woodyatt and Lucy by Melissa Suffield.
Women is a three-part documentary series from acclaimed director Vanessa Engle (director of Jews and Lefties). In this series, she turns her attention to sexual politics, charting the rise of feminism and interrogating its impact on contemporary women's lives. Generational in structure, tonight's first film, Libbers, maps the ideology of women's liberation in the Seventies; the second film, Mothers, looks at the consequences of feminism for today's mothers; and the third, Activists, is about young feminist activists now.
As recently as 40 years ago, women were systematically oppressed both in society and in the eyes of the law. Libbers tells the story of the ideological development of feminist politics and explains how impossibly constrained women's lives were until well into the last century. Well-known feminist ideologues explain how and why they became involved in the women's liberation movement, describing the battles they fought both privately at home and on the broader political stage.
The women have all lived passionate and unusual lives and, in a set of candid interviews, they explain the crucial role of consciousness-raising, the direct action they took against beauty pageants and women's magazines and discuss the sexual impact of the movement from orgasms to experimenting with lesbianism. The film also includes the last interview with novelist Marilyn French, who died in May 2009.
The programme features interviews with key figures from the movement from the US and the UK, including Ann Oakley, Susan Brownmiller, Germaine Greer, Kate Millet, Sheila Rowbotham, Lynn Alderson and Robin Morgan.
A brand-new series of the multi award-winning Something Special returns in a new, daily, week-day, year-round slot designed to provide continuity for its loyal audience. Presented by Bafta-award-winning presenter Justin Fletcher and his alter-ego, the much-loved, slightly hapless Mr Tumble, Something Special uses Makaton signs, symbols and gestures to help young children learn how to communicate.
Simple, informative and, most of all, great fun, Something Special focuses on everyday aspects of young children's lives to help them understand the world around them. This series sees Justin and Mr Tumble take their gentle blend of physical comedy and exploration to airports, hospitals and even the seaside for a host of fact-finding adventures. And Grandad Tumble, Aunt Polly and noble newcomer Lord Tumble are often on hand to ensure that things don't run smoothly.
"I'm delighted that Something Special is becoming a more permanent feature of the CBeebies schedule as research shows that it's fantastically important for children, especially those with learning difficulties, to have continuity," says producer Allan Johnston.
"One of the things about working for CBeebies is that you have the ability to touch little children's lives and it doesn't get much better than getting an email from a parent saying that a child has done something for the very first time after watching your programme," he adds. "Every children's programme has the ability to affect a child and that's what's so special about working on Something Special. Television for these children isn't throwaway – it has an impact and it makes a real difference."
This week's programmes take off with a visit to the airport. Justin and his friend, Rhys, pretend to fly a helicopter but Mr Tumble is having trouble getting off the ground. Maybe something special that Grandad has made for him in his shed can help...
On Tuesday, the gang are in a metropolitan mood as they head off to Manchester city centre. Justin and his friends, George and Georgia, take a ride on a bus and put on an absolutely fabulous fashion show. Mr Tumble wants to go exploring, too, but will he make it to the bus stop in time?
Justin and his friends, Oskar and Muzzammil, are looking for something special at the garden centre on Wednesday where they see fish and make wishes in the fountain. Meanwhile, Mr Tumble is looking for a hole in the garden for his beautiful plant but he's not getting much help from Grandad and Lord Tumble.
It's off to the seaside on Thursday as Mr Tumble dresses as a pirate and goes in search of buried treasure, while Justin takes to the water to get a closer look at a lighthouse.
On Friday, Justin and Mr Tumble check into Sheffield Children's Hospital. Justin meets Kieran, who is about to have an operation, and Mr Tumble has brought flowers, a card and a big bunch of grapes for Grandad Tumble – but he's nowhere to be found...
CBeebies continues to journey to the heart of Africa for more clever, snappy, stripy, slithery and feathered stories in Tinga Tinga Tales, from the producer of the award-winning Charlie And Lola.
On Monday viewers find out Why Woodpecker Pecks. There was a time when Woodpecker didn't peck. All the birds had their own sound but Woodpecker didn't make a sound at all. Then, one very dark night in Tinga Tinga, the moon and the stars disappear. The animals summon the birds to tell Lion ... but Woodpecker can't pass the message on. A distraught Woodpecker flies up to the skies and, in desperation, pecks at the dark sky. Then, a star comes back, then another, then another! Everyone is delighted, no beast more than Woodpecker, who now has her very own special sound ... pecking.
The week then continues with episodes from early in the series featuring Lion, Elephant, Tortoise and Owl.
Peggy is desperate to feel needed behind the bar at the Queen Vic but there are storm clouds on the horizon when she and Roxy organise a grime night to attract a younger crowd, as the drama in Albert Square continues.
Meanwhile, Patrick, who is anxious to please Liz, launches an investigation to try to track down her missing son, Owen, but it may not be as easy as he first thought.
Elsewhere, peer pressure is mounting against Billie and Whitney.
Peggy is played by Barbara Windsor, Roxy by Rita Simons, Liz by Kate Williams, Patrick by Rudolph Walker, Billie by Devon Anderson and Whitney by Shona McGarty.
For four celebrities unemployment is about to become a chilling reality, as they start on their emotional journey to become Famous, Rich And Jobless.
Larry Lamb (Gavin And Stacey, EastEnders), television gardener Diarmuid Gavin, interior designer Meg Matthews and model-turned-mechanic Emma Parker Bowles put unemployment in the spotlight by agreeing to swap their fame and fortune for a world of joblessness, job-hunting and surviving on the poverty line and benefits.
With everything they value stripped away, some old clothes and just under £10 a day to live on, they have to adjust to being out of work, out of money and out of their comfort zones, as they discover what it's really like to be jobless in the UK today.
They are guided and assisted by Emma Harrison, employment expert, and Craig Last, a former youth worker for the charity Centrepoint, who has helped many homeless young people find jobs.
At the beginning of their eight-day experience, they are sent to four unemployment blackspots across the country where they spend their first four days surviving on benefits and looking for work. Larry goes to Hartlepool, Diarmuid to Hackney, Meg spends her time in the Ebbw Valley and Emma tries to find work in Wolverhampton.
A night of constant rejections as he hunts for work sees Diarmuid get very emotional; Meg succeeds in earning some money by making friends with the locals in her community; Emma struggles to overcome her addiction issues to get a job in a bar and to get by; and Larry decides to eke out his benefits money as long as he can, to avoid any attempt to look for work.
Larry says: "I don't want to go drifting around knocking on doors asking if they've got work, cos I've got enough grub in my belly. I just feel that if I'm careful I can live on what they give me. If I've got enough money just to keep me ticking over ... I think my energy is best spent understanding where I am, trying to make contact with people, rather than trying to go around trying to get a day's work somewhere."
As the unemployment statistics once more start to head upwards, multi-Bafta-winning film-maker Brian Woods takes a journey behind the numbers to the people they represent.
Filmed throughout 2009, and seen in part through the eyes of children, Jobless tells the stories of several families across Britain, as both husband and wife cope with losing their jobs – in most cases for the first time in their lives.
Andy and Jackie both worked for a computer printer company in Bracknell. Their daughter, Hannah, aged eight, shares the reality of life without work: "We don't tell people about mummy and daddy losing their jobs because they'll just tell their mummies and then mum will get embarrassed." Andy is confident he will soon find something but, as the months pass, the strain starts to show.
In the North East of England, nine-year-old Leah comments: "I don't really understand why there isn't that much money any more. I only really understand that people are all losing their jobs. Is that the recession?"
And in Enfield, Samantha, aged nine, is missing her dad. Both her parents lost their jobs after two decades of working for a car parts company (originally part of Ford) which filed for bankruptcy. Samantha's dad, Paul, along with several hundred others, occupied the plant, demanding that Ford honour their original severance terms. "He's been sleeping there almost two weeks now. If he sleeps there next week I'm just going to go in there and get him out ... I miss my daddy so much."
Glasgow-based reporter Derek observes when he is told to clear his desk at The Daily Record after 30 years: "I've written many stories of people being made redundant; I've seen people leaving factories for the last time, like caterpillars, people coming out of Ravenscraig when it closed. But it's something that happens to other people, not something that happens to you ... Oh yes it does!"
The athletes head to Sambarwa in Indonesia this week where buffalo racing is a big part of the Annual Independence Day celebrations, in the penultimate edition of their challenge of a lifetime against some of the remotest tribes on Earth.
Athletes Joni, Alex, Lesley, Anna and Natalie will need nerves of steel for this high-octane race in the penultimate leg of their journey.
Each of the girls will have to drive a chariot drawn by two water buffalos. This is no mean feat as these animals weigh in at around a tonne each. They have been bred and trained for racing and reach speeds of more than 30mph.
It's going to be a tough enough challenge for the girls to keep their balance and stay on the chariot, but they must also go over two jumps and hit the target to be in with a chance of winning.
The tribe members take the sport very seriously and there are a lot of rites and rituals which lie at the heart of the event, so the girls get their very first taste of black, and white, magic.
Gemma Collinge has only one ambition – to be famous by the time she's 21 – but the clock is ticking. Her dreams of escaping the quiet backwater of rural Lumb Dean mean everything to her and it appears all her dreams are about to come true when a talent agent shows interest in meeting her.
The responsibility of styling her for the all-important meeting falls to her high-camp best friend, Jeff, and it seems her ambitions are within her grasp – but can she leave behind her beloved no-nonsense Nan, ever-pragmatic friend Nell and Lumb's loveable locals, including an incompetent policeman and an obsessive-compulsive café owner?
Gemma is convinced that this is her ticket to the bright lights, but it emerges all is not what it seems with talent agent Kenny Grantham – which, of course, won't diminish Gemma's unbridled, relentless enthusiasm.
The Gemma Factor stars newcomer Anna Gilthorpe as Gemma, Ross Adams as Jeff, Angus Barnett as her agent, Kenny, and Claire King as Jeff's Ab-Fab-style mum. Gwyneth Powell and Emma Kearney also star.
The Gemma Factor is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Four celebrities continue to learn about the realities of unemployment as they move in with an unemployed buddy, in the second part of this documentary which explores joblessness in Britain today.
Larry Lamb, Diarmuid Gavin, Emma Parker Bowles and Meg Matthews have been stripped of all their money, clothes and personal possessions to experience what it's like to be out of work and out of money.
The four travel to Yate, Bury, Wilmslow and Wolverhampton to live with people who are experiencing life without a job and without much prospect of one. Their aim is to try to encourage their new friends to go out and find work, but how do they help their buddies and how successful are they?
Diarmuid moves in to the six-bedroom house of benefits family Eddy, Christina and their five kids. But he lasts less than a few hours before moving into a local Bury hotel. Meg inspires reformed ex-con Nick, from Wolverhampton, to ignore the stream of job rejections and find confidence to keep looking for work opportunity.
Larry, meanwhile, turns relationship counsellor and recruitment advisor in an attempt to help recently unemployed former sales manager Mark from Wilmslow get out of his depression and back into employment. And Emma spends four days looking for jobs for 22-year-old single mum Louise from Yate, near Bristol.
The physical and emotional experience of the last eight days has challenged their prejudices and preconceptions of joblessness and the different reasons and circumstances that leave someone without a job that we take for granted. But will it change their attitudes beyond the programme when they return to the comfort and safety of their old lives?
When Joe Tobin runs over Danielle Marchetti with his car after confronting her about her affair with his father, he must hurry to save her life and avoid being arrested, as the series set in the high-stakes world of New York litigation continues.
Unaware that the lawyer is working to spirit Danielle out of the country, Joe calls Leonard Winstone for help. Knowing that keeping Danielle in hiding is essential to protecting the Tobin family, Winstone orders Joe to stay put until he can get there. And once Joe learns of the problems that Danielle's testimony could create for his family, he agrees to let Winstone put her on a plane once a doctor gives her the all clear to fly.
Meanwhile, as he prepares to tell his in-laws that their investments with Tobin have left them penniless, Tom Shayes sets out to track down Danielle. Ellen cries off an invitation to be on hand for Danielle's arrest so that she can visit her family, while Patty gives prosecutor Curtis Gates a lead to the missing woman's whereabouts.
Back at the house, the doctor pronounces Danielle well enough to travel as long as she appears normal during the few hours prior to her flight. She then lapses into delirium, which worries Joe, who closely monitors her condition.
Meanwhile, Patty's claim to have incriminating information linking her and Louis Tobin fails to intimidate Winstone.
As Tom Shayes prepares to deliver the bad news to his in-laws, Joe calls the doctor with an update on Danielle's condition. The doctor insists that flying will kill her but Joe decides to put Danielle on the plane anyway. As Ellen is drawn into a family drama at home, and Patty tips off the DA to the charter flight's imminent departure, Joe and the unconscious Danielle are stopped by the police en route to the airport. Once Danielle is admitted to the hospital, Winstone learns that she's been subpoenaed.
Joe Tobin is played by Campbell Scott, Danielle Marchetti by Madchen Amick, Leonard Winstone by Martin Short, Tom Shayes by Tate Donovan, Ellen Parsons by Rose Byrne, Patty Hewes by Glenn Close and Louis Tobin by Len Cariou.
New York's inhabitants go on vacation for the hot month of August, as the acclaimed American drama set in an advertising agency in the early Sixties continues. Betty's campaign calls for the reservoir are interrupted by a call from Conrad Hilton. Conrad asks Don to fly to Italy to inspect the Rome Hilton and Don invites Betty to accompany him.
Betty enlists the help of Henry at a local council hearing regarding the water reservoir. After the meeting Henry makes his motivation clear to Betty.
While Trudy is away for the weekend, Henry comes to the aid of an au pair in distress in his building. While helping her, he runs into an old colleague in their new job, which is embarrassing for both of them. After his good turn, Pete expects more than thanks in return. As a result he lands himself in trouble with his wife and his neighbours.
Meanwhile, Rome, a new hairdo and competition from the Italians reignite Don and Betty's passion. Back at home, Sally kisses Ernie during a game of grown-up but a prying spy gets her into trouble.
January Jones plays Betty Draper, Chelcie Ross plays Conrad Hilton, Jon Hamm plays Don Draper, Alison Brie plays Trudy, Vincent Kartheiser plays Pete and Kiernan Shipka plays Sally Draper. Mad Men also stars Elisabeth Moss as Peggy, Christina Hendricks as Joan, Bryan Batt as Salvatore Romano, Michael Gladis as Paul, Aaron Staton as Ken, John Slattery as Roger Sterling, Ryan Cutrona as Gene Hofstadt, Eric Ladin as William Hofstadt, Mark Moses as Herman "Duck" Phillips, Jamie Thomas King as Guy and Ryan Cartwright as John Hooker.
Mad Men is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's high definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
When Billie's crew tags Arthur's bench with cans of spray paint, Whitney is left to take the blame and the brunt of Carol's anger, in the latest slice of drama from Walford. Knowing what it is like to be on the other end of Carol's temper, Bianca takes a sympathetic approach with the teenager.
Patrick makes a breakthrough in his investigation. Trying to trace Owen's whereabouts from a bunch of flowers sent to Liz, he and Libby head down to the florist hoping to find some answers.
Peggy is pushed to the limits of her trust when she is asked to help a family member in trouble with the police.
Billie is played by Devon Anderson, Whitney by Shona McGarty, Carol by Lindsey Coulson, Bianca by Patsy Palmer, Patrick by Rudolph Walker, Liz by Kate Williams, Libby by Belinda Owusu and Peggy by Barbara Windsor.
Andrew Graham Dixon meets iconic film director Martin Scorsese in the last in the current run of The Culture Show. Scorsese's latest feature film, Shutter Island, is based on the Dennis Lehane novel and tells the story of a detective ravaged by the trauma of his past. Scorsese reveals the filmic influences on his latest work, from psychological thrillers to film noir and gothic horror.
Andrew also meets with American artist Jenny Holzer as a major exhibition of her work opens at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Holzer made her name in the Seventies with text-based conceptual art, creating provocative writings on media from T-shirts to LED signs in public spaces such as New York's Times Square. This exhibition gathers together over 30 years of her art including her most recent work, which incorporates government documents as a central theme.
Tom Dyckhoff investigates what life is like on a housing estate. With the government planning to put money into new social housing, he looks at what innovations the architects are offering residents for the future.
Like comics, video games are perpetually trapped in the purgatory of "low art". Jacques Peretti looks into the art of the video game and discovers whether they are changing the creative world for good, or evil.
Classical music writer for The New Yorker, Alex Ross, talks to The Culture Show about concert culture and how audience behaviour is changing in the 21st century.
As the Jewish Museum in London prepares for its grand reopening after major redevelopment, Sarfraz Manzoor takes a look inside Britain's largest museum devoted to a single faith/culture. And Elmore Leonard talks viewers through his 10 rules of writing.
It's the final of Dancing On Wheels and the two remaining couples go head-to-head to win the competition and represent the UK at the European Championships of Wheelchair Dance Sport.
Choreographer and star of Strictly Come Dancing, Brian Fortuna, has given the couples one ballroom and one Latin dance each, making this the toughest week's training yet. With help from his professional dance partner Kristina Rihanoff, he'll show them how to wheelchair dance the Viennese waltz, the foxtrot, the jive and the rhumba.
The finalists will dance for the judges – Strictly Come Dancing's James Jordan, reigning champion Ola Jordan and paralympic athlete Ade Adepitan – one last time. The judges must decide which couple will go on to win the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of representing their country at the most prestigious Wheelchair Dance Sport competition in the world, the European Championships in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The physical and mental strain of running consecutive marathons starts to really show for renowned comedian Eddie Izzard, as the series following his ultimate challenge of human endurance for Sport Relief – completing a staggering 43 marathons in 51 days around the UK – continues.
With a mere five weeks of training under his belt it's tough going; Eddie has agonising injuries and is suffering from mental exhaustion, and he's less than a quarter of the way round. He has run from London to Wales, completing 10 marathons in 11 days, but still has 33 to go. On his next free day he will perform a stand-up gig in the Lake District, but this is seven marathons away! Just a few miles in, he collapses in agony with his toenail hanging off and is advised to slow down and walk. But Eddie's going to do it his way; he ignores the pain and continues running.
Tensions mount at Patrick's house when Lucas fears that his secret might be uncovered, in the week's final visit to Albert Square. He realises that he needs to find a way to distract Patrick and Libby from the search for Owen.
Ian and Jane agree that Leon must never find out he is the father of Lucy's baby. Ian remembers that he has already let it slip and rushes to cover his tracks.
Grateful to Peggy for welcoming him back into the Vic, Danny devises a plan to help the snubbed matriarch regain some power behind the bar.
Patrick is played by Rudolph Walker, Lucas by Don Gilet, Libby by Belinda Owusu, Ian by Adam Woodyatt, Jane by Laurie Brett, Leon by Sam Attwater, Lucy by Melissa Suffield, Peggy by Barbara Windsor and Danny by Liam Bergin.
The call has gone out once again to keep national pride flying at Eurovision – with legendary hit-maker Pete Waterman taking on the iconic competition this year.
Eurovision – Your Country Needs You, with host Graham Norton, returns as a live musical spectacular with six brand-new acts competing to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo.
All six hopefuls will sing live in the studio before a specially selected panel, before being whittled down to the final three. These three acts will then perform their own version of Pete Waterman's creation before the voting lines open and the public decide who will appear in the all-important final in May.
Reliving the Eurovision experience is Jade Ewen, now part of the Sugababes and singing their latest single. Last year, Jade helped to restore the UK's national pride when she performed Andrew Lloyd Webber and Diane Warren's song It's My Time in Moscow – coming a respectable fifth in the proceedings.
Also, Scandinavian superstar Alexander Rybak sings Fairytale, the song that brought Norway Eurovision glory last year; there's a dip into the Euro archive vault; and news about other entries from all around Europe.
The colourful world of the handloom weaver is explored in the final episode of Monty Don's Mastercrafts.
Fashion designer Holly Berry, 26; ex-city business analyst Tref Davies, 35; and craft writer Momtaz Begum-Hossain, 28, head to the Sussex countryside to embark on an intensive introduction to this most complicated but ultimately satisfying of crafts.
The Romans introduced hand looms to Britain 2,000 years ago and, by the 15th century, British weaving was some of the most accomplished in Europe. The industrial revolution and the invention of power looms turned the cottage weaving industry into a global market.
Nowadays, there are fewer than 200 people in the UK making a career from hand weaving; the group's mentor, Margo Selby, is one of them. With 13 years experience behind her, her central London studio supplies internationally to top boutiques and prestigious department stores.
While the trainees grapple with winding warps, setting looms, threading headles and handling shuttles, Monty explores the importance of hand weaving in history, visiting Hampton Court to experience the finest examples of hand-woven tapestries in existence.
The trainees are immersed in the world of weaving, attempting to sell their woven wares to the general public and, finally, putting all they've learned into practice. They are asked to both design and weave three-metre lengths of fabric to be judged by Michelle Bowen from the Arts Council and Angela Swan from the worshipful company of weavers.
Andy Hamilton, Marcus Brigstocke and Julia Hartley Brewer are this week's guests on the comedy quiz, attempting to identify the true stories from the fakes after three days locked away in a media-free zone.
Hosted by David Mitchell, the programme plays on the fact that some news stories are so hard to believe you'd think they'd been made up for a joke – and in this show some of them have. It's up to Andy, Marcus and Julia to identify the real stories. However, having been shut away in the bubble for four days, they're out of touch and willing to believe almost anything.
Simon Russell Beale continues his journey through the history of Western sacred music in this second series for BBC Four, which looks at how religious music has continued to thrive despite the increasingly secular nature of society.
Actor and former chorister Simon first travels to Germany and Austria to explore the work of two musical giants, Brahms and Bruckner. With accompanying music performed by Harry Christophers and his choir The Sixteen, Simon discovers how Bruckner approached his sacred music as a devout Catholic, while Brahms found himself unable to believe in anything but his music.
Simon undertakes a journey that starts in northern Germany and finishes in the Austrian capital, Vienna, where both composers eventually settled.
The young warriors encounter some ghostly disappearances as their quest to find the 12 spirit pieces continues, in the CBBC martial arts drama series that mixes CGI and live action.
After saving Ming from one of Hwang's traps, the five warriors learn that all her fellow villagers have disappeared after being forced by Hwang to walk the Dark Path to the Cave of Ghosts. In search of the next spirit piece, Ming leads the warriors to the cave where Trix and Vicky encounter ghostly visions and dark secrets from their own private pasts. Can they defy their demons and find the piece? And how long will it be before they meet The Forger?
Elizabeth Chan plays Ming, Tom Wu plays Hwang, Gilles Geary plays Trix, Lil' Simz plays Vicky and Mo Zainall plays The Forger. This episode also features Jessica Henwick as Bo, Karl Rogers as Martin, Alicia Lai as Jen, Benedict Wong as Li, Jennifer Lim as May and Burt Kwouk as the voice of Shen.