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BBC ONE Tuesday 16 March 2010
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Blue Peter – Helen's Amazing Amazon Adventure

Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 March
4.35-5.00pm BBC ONE

The story of Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton's incredible record-breaking adventure, kayaking down the mighty river Amazon in aid of Sport Relief, is told over the course of two programmes.

In one of the toughest challenges ever undertaken by a Blue Peter presenter, Helen's epic journey was conducted at a gruelling pace, paddling up to 14 hours a day to average the 60 miles needed to complete her target of kayaking 2010 miles in six weeks, with only one rest day a week.

The first programme follows her as she begins her training, arriving in Peru for the start of her odyssey. She visits Proceso Social, a project which uses Sport Relief cash to reduce child labour and increase access to education among semi-urban child migrants in Peru. Helen then begins her first week on the water.

The second programmes witnesses the highs and lows of her demanding trip, with the high points seeing her break two world records (please note: this is subject to verification).

By the mid-way point, Helen tripled the previous Guinness World Record for the longest solo kayak and broke the record for the longest kayak in 24 hours by a woman on flowing water by paddling an impressive 75 miles in one day.

Other memorable moments include kayaking with pink dolphins and visiting a carnival.

The lows find her struggling with heat exhaustion and seasickness and losing a day on the water when the crew boat sank overnight. After initially making great progress, the going gets tough when wind and choppy waters make it a real battle for her to reach the end point of her journey.

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EastEnders

Tuesday 16 March
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE

Things heat up at the auction in tonight's episode of the long-running drama as Roxy goes well over-budget in her determination to outbid her rival for the Booty salon.

Meanwhile, Lucas is forced to face his fears when Mo, determined to find some hidden treasure, joins the gardening squad with a metal detector in hand.

Concerned that Lucy will find it difficult to balance her pregnancy and her education, Ian and Jane go to meet with the headmaster of the school. Lucy is horrified when they tell her that she is going to be home-schooled.

Roxy is played by Rita Simons, Lucas by Don Gilet, Mo by Laila Morse, Lucy by Melissa Suffield, Ian by Adam Woodyatt and Jane by Laurie Brett.

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Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds Ep 1/3

New series
Tuesday 16 March
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE (Schedule addition 3 March)

Richard Hammond takes a breath-taking journey into the parallel universe that lies beyond the limits of the naked eye, in this new, three-part series for BBC One.

Despite our eyes' amazing powers, our vision is surprisingly limited – offering only a very narrow view of the world. Using state-of-the-art technologies, Richard discovers the world beyond these limits and explores the hidden secrets of the invisible world around us.

In Speed Limits, Richard explores the wonders of the world of detail hidden in the blink of an eye.

The human eye takes about 50 milliseconds to blink, but it takes the brain around 100 milliseconds longer to process what can be seen. We might not be conscious of this time lag going on but, in those milliseconds, there are a huge number of happenings that pass us by.

Using the latest high-speed cameras, Richard travels into this lost time meeting the lightning chasers whose technology and tenacity have helped explain one of nature's most awesome and fleeting phenomena.

A lethal shockwave is made 200 times slower to study its progression as it turns air into a force strong enough to shatter solid rock. And, under the sea, a crustacean harnesses an invisible force turning it into the most powerful knockout blow in the ocean.

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BBC THREE Tuesday 16 March 2010
www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree

Last Woman Standing –
Tarahumara Mountain Endurance Race: Mexico Ep 6/6

Tuesday 16 March
9.00-10.00pm BBC THREE
Natalie, Joni, Lesley, Anna and Alex embark on a long-distance run at altitude in Mexico
Natalie, Joni, Lesley, Anna and Alex embark on a long-distance run at altitude in Mexico

The Tarahumara of northern Mexico call themselves the Raramuri, which means "those who run".

Over generations, they have adapted to the thin mountain air and their extraordinary lung capacity and stamina makes them some of the best endurance runners in the world.

In the final programme in the series, the UK athletes take part in a special race known as Arihueta, a long-distance run at an exhausting high altitude through the treacherous Mexican mountains.

While they are running they must hurl hoops with a stick. In keeping with the tradition of the race, their shoes are primitive sandals made from old car tyres.

Training begins with a run through the mountains, which sounds simple enough until the girls soon begin to struggle at 2,400m above sea level, where the air is very thin and the steep, rocky paths are strewn with tree roots and loose stones.

As the week of training continues, the girls realise the true scale of the challenge ahead. Not only do they have to battle with the high altitude, they must also master the Arihueta to be in with a chance of winning the race.

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The Gemma Factor

High Definition programme
Tuesday 16 March
10.30-11.00pm BBC THREE

Gemma remains determined to hang on to her agent, Kenny Grantham, despite his criminal record for human trafficking, as the comedy about a showbiz hopeful continues.

Gemma's pals rally around to try to get her to see sense and Jeff poses the pivotal question: "What would Coleen Rooney do?"

Together, they set out to meet Kenny and, despite their best intentions, Jeff quickly finds himself being lured by the glittering promise of fame. Unaware that back in Lumb Dean his mother is shamelessly trying to seduce the local constabulary, Jeff's new-found client status with Kenny means he can finance showreels for him and Gemma and help Kenny out of a very tight spot with some angry customers.

Betty's advances are lost on Kieran, who only has eyes for Gemma. Nell's eye is well and truly caught by a local street performer and Gemma and Jeff are left eagerly awaiting the result of their showreel.

Gemma is played by Anna Gilthorpe, Kenny Grantham by Angus Barnett and Jeff by Ross Adams.

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

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