Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
The Doctor has regenerated into a brand-new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover, as Doctor Who returns for a new series. With the Tardis wrecked and the sonic screwdriver destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world – and only Amy Pond to help him.
The Doctor is played by Matt Smith and Amy Pond by Karen Gillan.
Doctor Who is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
To mark Passover 2010, BBC One tells the remarkable story of 300 Jewish orphans who survived Nazi ghettos, extermination camps and "death marches" across frozen Europe, and who eventually found peace and recuperation in Windermere.
One of the many tragic aftermaths of the Holocaust was the hundreds of Jewish orphans who were left without a home to return to. The Red Cross appealed to the Allies for help and Britain offered to find homes for 1,000 children under the age of 16.
The first 300 boarded the RAF's Stirling Squadron in August, bound for recuperation in the clean air of Windermere. Home was a disused factory site staffed by volunteers. On arrival in Windermere, one survivor, Arek Hersh, remembers "borrowing" bikes and exploring the countryside in his underwear as it was several days before clothes could be found for everyone. Cumbrians with long memories recall the impact the group made, including the local bakery struggling to meet demand as survival instincts took over, and at meal times, huge quantities of bread disappeared into children's pockets.
The group remained in Windermere for about six months before being dispersed to hostels in cities around Britain. Eventually, they left to begin the task of building new lives, both in this country and abroad. Over the years they have kept in touch with each other and even formed their own society, but few have spoken publicly about what they endured.
As they now look back on their lives, many recognise the importance of sharing what happened to them and so some of the survivors have agreed to provide what may be the last chance to hear their remarkable story in Holocaust – Escape To Windermere.
BBC Two marks the most important week in the Christian year with a classic service of music and speech recorded in the glorious setting of the chapel of King's College, Cambridge.
Easter From King's follows the tradition of Carols From King's and the Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols to tell the story of Holy Week and Easter in words and music.
Christ's entry into Jerusalem, his betrayal, Crucifixion and triumphant Resurrection on Easter Day are told in the well-loved words of the King James Bible and reflected on in poems by George Herbert, John Donne and Edith Sitwell.
The world-famous choir of boy choristers and choral scholars sing a selection of seasonal hymns, Easter carols and well-known choral music, including Panis Angelicus, Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus and extracts from Stainer's Crucifixion and Handel's Messiah.
Hymns and Easter carols include Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, Ride On Ride On In Majesty, My Song Is Love Unknown, There Is A Green Hill Far Away, Now The Green Blade Riseth, This Joyful Eastertide and Thine Be The Glory.
Other music includes: Lotti: Crucifixus; Weelkes: Hosanna To The Son Of David; Casals: O Vos Omnes; Stainer: God So Loved The World (from The Crucifixion); and Blow: Salvator Mundi.
Alys Fowler shows gardening newcomers and enthusiasts alike how easy it is to grow fruit and vegetables in among shrubs and flowers, in this new series.
In the small back garden of her Victorian terraced house in Birmingham, Gardeners' World presenter Alys has set out to grow enough food for her and her husband to eat at least one good meal a day for a large part of the year.
But rather than converting her garden into an allotment with regimented rows of plants, Alys is growing her fruit and vegetables among her shrubs and flowers so that the garden remains beautiful as well as productive. The series follows her across the growing year as she transforms her small patch into a place where peas climb up roses, beetroot sit happily next to sunflowers and dwarf beans and lettuces edge the path.
This week, Alys introduces viewers to peas and beans – prolific vegetables which also look beautiful in the borders. Alys grows enough to eat fresh and to store some for the winter. She makes delicious broad bean falafels and pea-shoot cocktails, and forages for willow stems to make plant supports. Alys also acquires some additions to the family along the way – two chickens, Gertrude and Alice B.
Alys's mission is to prove that growing and cooking your own fruit and vegetables is hugely rewarding, cost effective and life-enhancing.
Says Alys: "The thing about growing your own vegetables is that because they are fresh and you grew them yourself they do taste better – you really can taste your hard work!"
Those new to growing their own vegetables can visit BBC Learning's Dig In website at bbc.co.uk/digin for expert advice, information and encouragement and regular updates throughout the growing season. Viewers can also look out for recipes and news of a nationwide Dig In Tour.
Cracking Antiques is on a myth-busting mission to prove that people can add style and glamour to any type of home by investing in antique, vintage and retro furnishings, without breaking the bank.
Presented by interior designer Kathryn Rayward and antiques expert Mark Hill, Cracking Antiques shows that antique and vintage objects are often a better made, more stylish and cheaper alternative than much of what the high street has to offer.
Each week, Mark and Kathryn will be on hand to guide a novice second-hand shopper through the dos and don’ts of buying old and help to create a truly unique room.
Rebekah Prince from Essex wants to transform her characterless and dated bedroom. She longs for an opulent French bedroom with bags of “wow factor”, but buying the rococo look straight from the shops can come with a hefty price tag. Mark and Kathryn help her achieve that dream by hunting out French antiques and vintage items to create a glamorous, lavishly appointed boudoir for a lot less money.
Throughout the series, Kathryn offers interior design ideas and practical suggestions on how to create stunning one-off pieces by customising furniture, while Mark is on hand with his top tips and helpful advice on the items to buy now that could go up in value in the future. A careful hunt around junk shops, antiques markets and charity stores can still turn up items that are under-priced or out of fashion.
This week, the programme reveals the smart buys in vintage glassware and stylish Ercol furniture and how to transform a shabby standard lamp into one that’s as good as new.
Cracking Antiques provides the all-important guide to furnishing a home with classic pieces, how to bag a bargain and how to buy an investment piece for the future.
Jake Humphrey hosts live coverage of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the third race on the 2010 Formula 1 calendar. Jenson Button grabbed pole in his Brawn last year and went on to win the race itself. Button has joined McLaren this season where his team-mate is fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton, who had a miserable time in Malaysia last year and did not reach the final stage of qualifying, leaving him to start the race in 12th.
The last year has been tumultuous for many of Augusta's Masters champions. This documentary catches up with Masters heroes over the years as they reveal evocative tales on what is the first Major of the year.
Some of the golfing greats reflect on the highs and lows of their campaigns to claim the prestigious Green Jacket.
This programme includes contributions from Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Ernie Els and Greg Norman, to name but a few.
Clare Balding presents live coverage of the 156th Boat Race. More than 250,000 spectators will be gathered on the banks of the River Thames to watch the rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge Universities race each other over the four-and-a-quarter-mile distance from Putney to Mortlake. Andrew Cotter leads the commentary alongside former Oxford coach Dan Topolski and former Cambridge President Wayne Pommen. Oxford have won four of the last five races and will, once again, be looking to assert their authority over the light blues of Cambridge.
Four-time Olympic Gold medallist and 10-time World Rowing Champion Sir Matt Pinsent will be reporting on all the action on the day and more expert analysis comes from Olympic Silver medallist and double Boat Race winner Acer Nethercott. In addition, Riz Lateef will be out and about with the crowds getting all the atmosphere and stories from the riverside.
Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram are back for the second instalment of the new series of the action-packed adventure game show. Twenty more brave Brits travel halfway round the globe to take on quite possibly the world's largest collection of oversized foam obstacles. The winner is crowned Total Wipeout champion and walks away with £10,000.
Yet more brand-new obstacles make their debut, including the Super Walk Of Shame, a collection of unfeasibly high podiums which the contestants must try to cross – wobble-free.
Health and Safety officer Bob bites off more than he can chew, while Justice of the Peace Victor earns the nickname The Funky Judge. Other characters making their mark this week include a cheerleading couple from Scotland and Des, an egg-themed super hero.
The Big Balls are back, this time with the addition of The Motivator – a giant foam hammer designed to gently coax the hesitant into action... Tonight The Motivator claims its first victim in spectacular style.
This week the 12 remaining contestants battle Crash Mountain – a mechanical monster which causes havoc in a fast and furious combination of slips, falls and concussion.
The five dazed Dizzy Dummies are faced with the badly named Tippy Table Maze and the Blueberries, which whittle the field to the final brave three who face the gob-smackingly hard all-new Wipeout Zone.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and host Graham Norton continue their search for a new West End star as the potential Dorothys go head-to-head in the first live show. The panel of experts – Charlotte Church, John Partridge and Sheila Hancock – are on hand alongside Andrew to pick out the highs and lows of each performance, as the nationwide search for a Dorothy to fill the ruby red slippers continues.
The 10 Dorothys chosen by Andrew and the panel last week, plus the 11th wildcard voted through by the public, take to the stage for the first time as they try to impress the judges and the viewers at home.
The public vote for their favourites, and Andrew decides which Dorothy will be hanging up her ruby slippers and which will be continuing on her journey down the yellow brick road.
Over The Rainbow is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Stephanie Beacham checks into Holby City hospital playing a feisty feminist who's unlucky in love, in Casualty – Love Of A Good Man.
Fiercely independent Monica (Beacham) is rushed into the ED after sustaining an electric shock when changing a light fitting. She's happy to be treated by Ruth but is scathing of the young doctor's need for approval from her male superiors. Refusing help from her long-time admirer, Jerry – who also received an electric shock – Monica is reluctant to admit she's in pain. But is it too late for Monica to let Jerry know that she does appreciate him after all?
Elsewhere, Yuki is distraught over the botched intubation and not entirely sure he was to blame. He is anxious to get to the bottom of events. Overcome with guilt, May confesses to him that she was actually at fault. Shocked that she lied to him, Yuki nevertheless agrees to stand by her and sacrifice his career while she owns up to Jordan. May has to decide whether to confess all to the senior medic or sacrifice friendship for ambition once more.
Meanwhile, Jay's future is still on the line over the clinical trial incident. When the lost medical notes which could clear him finally turn up at the ED, Fairfax gets to them first and tells Ruth that the notes prove Jay is at fault and, for Jay's sake, it's best that he doesn't see them. A distracted Ruth concurs. At the incident review Henry says that, without the notes, the case is still inconclusive but Ruth's subsequent outburst is quashed by Fairfax. Highly suspicious, Jay vows to find out the truth...
Monica is played by Stephanie Beacham, Ruth by Georgia Taylor, Jerry by Stephen Boxer, Yuki by Will Sharpe, May by Laura Aikman, Jay by Ben Turner, Fairfax by Michael Maloney and Henry by Tom Chadbon.
The late Harry Carpenter belonged in the ranks of the greats of sporting commentary. Former BBC colleague and friend Des Lynam pays tribute to the man whose distinctive tones made his name synonymous with boxing. Des remembers some of Harry's iconic moments, especially with the charismatic Muhammad Ali.
A restored Sylar seeks out the carnival to obtain a new batch of powers but discovers a new weakness, as the super-powered US drama continues. Meanwhile, Claire and Peter try to resolve their emotions at Nathan's wake, and Noah and Lauren capture Edgar and try to determine what he knows.
Zachary Quinto plays Sylar, Hayden Panettiere plays Claire, Milo Ventimiglia plays Peter, Adrian Pasdar plays Nathan, Jack Coleman plays Noah, Elisabeth Rohm plays Lauren and Ray Park plays Edgar. Heroes also stars Greg Grunberg as Matt, Robert Knepper as Samuel, James Kyson-Lee as Ando, Cristine Rose as Angela Petrelli, Dawn Olivieri as Lydia, Dawn Lyen Gardner as Elizabeth and David H Lawrence XVII as Eric Doyle.
Heroes is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Jake Humphrey presents live coverage of the Malaysian Grand Prix as the 2010 Formula 1 season gets into its stride. Last year's race was an eventful one with monsoon conditions forcing the Grand Prix to be abandoned after 31 laps. That meant that, for only the fifth time in the sport's history, the drivers were awarded half the usual points.
Viewer's have another chance to see this race later today on BBC One (time to be confirmed) with highlights on BBC Three at 7pm.
Live Eucharist for Easter Day comes from Winchester Cathedral. The service is introduced by the Dean of Winchester, the Very Rev James Atwell. The preacher is the Rt Rev Michael Scott-Joynt, Bishop of Winchester, who opens the service by knocking at the Cathedral's West Door to symbolise the opening of the empty tomb and the Resurrection of Jesus. Director of music Andrew Lumsden conducts the Winchester Cathedral Choir as the congregation joins in traditional Easter hymns, including Jesus Christ Is Risen Today and Thine Be The Glory. The organist is Simon Bell.
As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to visit the United Kingdom later in the year, BBC One goes to Rome on Easter Sunday for the Pope's traditional Easter Message and Blessing "Urbi et Orbi" to the city and the world. Denis Nowlan sets the scene in St Peter's Square.
For Easter Day, Songs Of Praise is in the Holy Land for a special programme called The First Easter.
On the most important day in the Christian calendar, Aled Jones sets out to discover what life was like for some of those who witnessed the first Easter Day, 2,000 years ago, when Jesus rose from the dead.
He hears about Mary, who came to the tomb expecting to anoint Christ's dead body; Thomas, who had his doubts; and Peter the fisherman, whose life was turned around by the Resurrection.
The programme features interviews with Bible experts based in Israel who provide an insight into first-century life, traditions and culture, helping to explain the incredible story. Dr Jerome Murphy O'Connor is a Dominican priest and Professor of New Testament at the École Biblique in Jerusalem; Dr Paul Wright is executive director of Jerusalem University College; and Dr Shimon Gibson is an archaeologist and author.
The hymns for Easter Day – including The Day Of The Resurrection and Thine Be The Glory – come from Christ Church in Jerusalem, the first Protestant church to be built in the Middle East. There are also special performances from Tel Aviv all-girl choir Sirenot and vocalist Riki Neeb, who works as a gardener at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, a peaceful garden near the old city wall that attracts thousands of Christian pilgrims.
When a young woman becomes seemingly possessed by the spirit of a Victorian sorceress, illusionist Jonathan Creek and intrepid investigator Joey Ross must fight to prove she is innocent of murder, as the supernatural detective drama returns for a one-off special.
In a lofty old timbered house on the outskirts of London, mystery surrounds the strange death of a former owner, Dr Thadeus Northcote, who, in 1889, fell victim to the supernatural powers of his Egyptian housekeeper and secret lover, the sensuously beautiful Selima Al Sharad. Spurned by her master, she is said to have sealed his fate by correctly predicting the exact time and day he would meet a dreadful, agonising death – apparently without any physical or rational explanation.
More than a hundred years later the house, Green Lanterns, has become home to celebrated crime writer Hugo Dore and his publisher wife, Harriet. But even he has been unable to unlock the riddle of Dr Northcote's death.
And when he rescues sweet young Emily Somerton from her menial job in a shoe shop to assist his ageing housekeeper Mrs Gantry, the malign presence of her Victorian predecessor once again appears to stalk the house...
Gradually, Emily becomes convinced she is losing her mind, as a series of mysterious developments suggest she is no longer in control of her own actions – and that an unearthly force is encouraging her to commit murder...
Perhaps a chance meeting with a likeable young man in a duffel coat will offer an avenue of hope?
After a friendly drink with Jonathan Creek at his London hotel the signs couldn't be more auspicious. But as the two of them look set for a romantic night together, things take an unexpected turn for the worse ... and Emily is once again left feeling alone, confused and threatened.
With events at Green Lanterns beginning to spiral out of control it is down to Joey to repair the relationship between Creek and Emily, and set the scene for a strange investigation that will take them, ultimately, to the site of the eerily isolated Judas Tree ... where the solution to the mystery proves more bizarre and shocking than either of them could have imagined.
Alan Davies plays Jonathan Creek, Sheridan Smith plays Joey Ross, Paul McGann plays Hugo Dore, Sasha Behar plays Harriet Dore, Natalie Walter plays Emily Somerton and Doreen Mantle plays Mrs Gantry.
Jonathan Creek is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Recent press coverage has highlighted a number of cases that have placed the spotlight firmly on the treatment of the Christian faith in the UK. From the marking of Christmas with "Winter Light Festivals", to Christians making high-profile court appearances to defend their right to wear a Cross at work and nursing staff defending their right to offer to pray for patients in their care, many Christians feel that their faith – once at the heart of British society – is being pushed to the margins.
In Are Christians Being Persecuted?, a one-hour special for Holy Week on BBC One, Nicky Campbell investigates whether Christians are being discriminated against in modern society. He explores the effect of multi-culturalism and asks Town Hall leaders and local councils their rationale for renaming the traditional celebrations, and examines whether members of Britain's ethnic minorities are offended by traditional Christmas Lights celebrations. The programme also analyses the impact of both recent human rights legislation and the forthcoming equality bill, questioning whether they are promoting a more or less tolerant society.
Featured in the documentary are some of the country's leading religious and secular voices, including Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi, Michael Nazir Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, Shami Chakrabati, the Director of Liberty, and Polly Toynbee, President of the National Secular Society.
Simon Reeve crosses Northern India under the dark storm clouds of the annual monsoon, one of the great climactic events of the Tropics, as he continues his journey circling the world.
From the coast of Gujarat to the teeming metropolis of Kolkata (Calcutta), this journey takes him across areas of India rarely visited by tourists.
In the east he visits the "Little Rann", a unique desert environment and home to the last viable population of the Indian wild ass. These shy, beautiful creatures are impossible to keep in captivity and are under threat from India's vast and ever-expanding human population, another huge issue across much of the Tropics.
Nearby Ahmedebad was the home city of Mahatma Gandhi but, despite his legacy of tolerance, the city has been the scene of vicious clashes between Hindus and Muslims. Simon visits a project that works with traumatised children from both communities.
Passing through the beautiful holy city of Ujjain, the Tropic of Cancer takes Simon to Bhopal, a city notorious as the site of the world's worst industrial accident 25 years ago. Simon is astonished to find the site still contaminated by chemicals and people living nearby complaining of severe health problems.
Just outside Bhopal is the Satpura national park, where Simon investigates the decline of India's tiger population and has a memorable encounter bathing a huge Indian elephant.
Following the line west takes him through the "Red Corridor" – the scene of a violent Maoist insurgency – where he joins soldiers on the frontline and visits villages caught in the crossfire.
Finally, arriving in Kolkata, Simon ponders a new car so affordable it is expected to sell millions, adding to the city's unbelievable congestion. He also sucks the eye out of a fish during a traditional Bengali meal.
Professor Brian Cox descends to the bottom of the Pacific in a submarine as his series examining the Wonders Of The Solar System concludes. The deep ocean is one of the most alien places on Earth, yet life thrives here in bizarre oases. In the final episode of the series, Brian casts an eye over the Solar System to see whether there may be other worlds that could harbour life.
Sifting through the dust of the Atacama Desert in Chile, Brian explains how some of the soil in this moonscape is more sterile than a hospital operating theatre. This is because the Atacama is the driest desert in the world. Even the most basic life forms need liquid water so the search for aliens has been led by the search for water in the Solar System.
Soaring above the dramatic Scablands of the United States, Brian discovers how the same extraordinary landscape has been found on Mars – and created in the same way. A monumental flood left its signature in the rocks of both planets but it was all carved out in a geological heartbeat – just a few weeks at most – and the water soon disappeared.
Brian goes in search of signs of calmer conditions on Mars where life could have gained a toe-hold. He finds it in the salt pans of Mexico, where shallow sea water evaporates to form gypsum. Where there is gypsum, there must have been pools of water. And gypsum has been found all over the Red Planet.
Mars was once warmer and wetter but now its surface can no longer support life. It is too dry, too cold and too unprotected from the harsh irradiation of the Sun. But Brian reveals there could still be life on Mars – if people look in a different place.
Donning a gas mask to protect himself from toxic gas, Brian enters a cave in southern Mexico. In the pitch black he finds a mysterious life form, nicknamed a snottite, which looks as bad as it sounds. It feeds off rock instead of sunlight and pees strong acid. And it is thought that relatives of these creatures could be surviving in newly discovered caves on Mars.
Brian's sixth wonder is a different kind of hidden, dark world. Jupiter's moon, Europa, is a dazzling ball of ice etched with strange cracks and red markings. The patterns in the ice reveal that, far below, there is an ocean with more potentially life-giving water than all the oceans on Earth. Some scientists believe the red streaks could even be the tell-tale sign of bacteria.
But of all the Wonders Of The Solar System forged by the laws of nature, there is one that stands out. In the final episode of this series, Brian reveals the greatest Wonder of them all...
Let's Celebrate continues its noisy, colourful and vibrant tour of the UK showing how children experience different religious and cultural festivals around the country with a topical look at Easter.
On Easter Sunday, Let's Celebrate visits Toby from Lancashire as he prepares to celebrate this very special Christian festival. He picks spring flowers with his friends, meets some lambs and chicks, and makes an Easter garden at church, which represents the place where Jesus was buried. Meanwhile, a sand artist helps tell the story of Easter and of how Jesus came back to life, and Thomas Ticker attempts some sand art of his own.
On Monday, the noise and colour of Carnival is brought to life as Let's Celebrate visits Myriam from London as she chooses her colourful costume for the Notting Hill Carnival.
On Tuesday Let's Celebrate is in Manchester as Amirah and her family prepare for the Islamic festival of Eid-al-Fitr, which occurs after Ramadan. Amirah prepares onion pakoras with her mum and visits the Mosque before celebrating with her extended family.
On Wednesday, it's the turn of Shelin from Scotland, who is making lanterns and food for the Buddhist festival of Wesak.
Everything goes with a bang on Thursday when Jessica from Leicester is busy preparing for Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. She makes diya candles and buys colourful sweets before visiting the temple and enjoying fireworks.
And on Friday, St Andrew takes centre stage as George and Archie enjoy a torch- lit parade to celebrate the patron saint of Scotland.
The Jacksons and Brannings are on edge at the hospital as Jack's condition worsens, in the week's first visit to Albert Square.
Meanwhile, Janine's latest scheme involves managing the R&R club while Jack is in hospital, and Billy finds himself and Jay homeless, so moves in with Heather and George.
Jack is played by Scott Maslen, Janine by Charlie Brooks, Billy by Perry Fenwick, Jay by Jamie Borthwick and Heather by Cheryl Fergison.
Gabby Logan presents live coverage from the City Ground where Nottingham Forest take on Cardiff in a key match in the Championship promotion race.
The teams shared the points in an entertaining 1-1 draw at Cardiff City Stadium earlier in this campaign but the stakes are even higher now as the end of the season comes into view and the battle for promotion intensifies. It’s now more than 10 years since Forest were last in the Premier League, while Cardiff haven’t appeared in the top flight of English football for almost half a century.
Joining Gabby in the studio are Lee Dixon and Leroy Rosenior.
Hey, hey, we're the ... ZingZillas!
Today sees the launch of CBeebies' new music sensation – ZingZillas. Zak, Tang, Panzee and Drum invite viewers to their island paradise for a daily toe-tapping, finger-clicking musical extravaganza with some of the biggest names in international music. Joining the ZingZillas this week for their Big Zings are didgeridoo player Dhinawan; Jim Hart on the vibraphone; rock band BMQ; piper Martin McKay with his bagpipes; Dame Cleo Laine scatting; and opera star Sarah Connolly with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The fun starts on Monday with a jamboree of musical madness across CBeebies and two special launch episodes: Didgeridoo Hullabaloo and Tang's Happy Day. The ZingZillas rush to the glade to see where the deep rumbling sound is coming from – it's a didgeridoo, played by Dhinawan. While trying to help the Moaning Stones, Granite and Gravel, celebrate their birthdays, they discover that wrapping paper cardboard tubes make great didgeridoos – so everyone can join in the Big Zing.
Tang decides to play a really happy song for the next Big Zing, and the sunny, jazzy sound of the vibraphone, played in the glade by Jim Hart, sounds perfect. But though Tang can't wait to play his song to the others, each time he finds someone to play it to they need his help instead. Will he ever get to sing his happy song in the Big Zing?
On Tuesday, youngsters can pull out their air guitars as the ZingZillas get rocking in Rock Guitar with glade guests The BMQ. Zak particularly likes the way they play their guitars and wants to join in, but doesn't have a guitar – and he can't play one anyway. Todd suggests he joins in by playing ... a broom!
Todd's Auntie Dot is coming to visit on Wednesday in Auntie Dot's Dash, and the ZingZillas decide to rehearse a special song for her with the help of Martin McKay's bagpipes. But Dot gets stuck in the jungle, so Todd decides to disguise himself as her so the others aren't disappointed. Will his ruse be rumbled – or does Auntie Dot manage to see the Big Zing after all?
Tang, Panzee and Drum have come up with a great tune for Thursday's ScatZilla Big Zing but Zak just can't think of any words to go with it. DJ Loose introduces Zak to Cleo Laine and the art of scatting. Zak loves the way she makes up special words which match the music and decides that he's going to scat in the Big Zing.
Having heard opera singer Sarah Connolly in the glade in Friday's Operatic Todd, the ZingZillas set about creating the Big Zing Opera. Todd is chosen to play the prince to Sarah's princess – but has to perform in his bath! All is explained as the BBC Concert orchestra joins Sarah and the ZingZillas for the best Big Zing ever.
Carol and Max are at loggerheads over Billie's decision to join the Army as Carol feels it is far too dangerous for her son, as the drama continues in Walford.
Elsewhere, Zsa Zsa is surprised to find a mysterious gift left for her.
Meanwhile, the Masoods are shocked when Amira is sent a large sum of money by her father and suggests that she and Syed move out of the family home.
Carol is played by Lindsey Coulson, Max by Jake Wood, Billie by Devon Anderson, Zsa Zsa by Emer Kenny, Amira by Preya Kalidas and Syed by Marc Elliott.
When Michael learns of Mark's resignation he accepts that Vanessa must go, but he's determined to allow her to exit with dignity, as the medical drama continues. His plan backfires when Vanessa makes Michael look a fool in a board meeting, before she leaves Holby for a new job.
Joseph is determined to make things right. He apologises to Linden and lets Faye move back into their flat. When he discovers that Linden is due to help Faye move back in, he demands that she explain why she left him. After some home truths, Joseph falls into the arms of one of his patient's relatives.
Meanwhile, Oliver is hungover and desperate for an easy ride. Holby Care seems like a perfect remedy – until Sacha arrives, determined to annoy him.
Michael is played by Hari Dhillon, Mark by Robert Powell, Vanessa by Leslie Ash, Joseph by Luke Roberts, Linden by Duncan Pow, Faye by Patsy Kensit-Healy, Oliver by James Anderson and Sacha by Bob Barrett.
Sophie Dahl feels nostalgic for homely British food, as her cookery series continues.
When Sophie has been out of the country for a while, she inevitably ends up feeling homesick with a desire to be back in England and to enjoy the tastes and sensations of home.
This means a supper of roasted tomato and thyme soup with double-baked cheese and chive potatoes, which evokes memories of her teenage years in Camden, north London. Sophie also creates a perfectly British afternoon tea with her twist on a traditional Victoria sponge made with homemade raspberry jam and orange buttercream and bakes golden flapjacks with mango, sour cherries and coconut.
To ground her firmly back in Britain she takes a train journey through the countryside and finds herself on a windy beach recalling chilly childhood holidays. Her trip is topped off with crab, salmon and dill fishcakes with homemade tartare sauce, roasted red potatoes and wilted spinach.
To round off her nostalgic day Sophie makes the king of British desserts, the crumble, made with toffee apples and pears.
Filmed over the course of a year, Great Ormond Street features unprecedented access to doctors from one of the top children's hospitals in the world as they make some of the hardest choices in medicine. When medical technology seems to offer so much, every parent with a sick child will hope that something can be done – but doctors must decide when enough is enough. For the first time on television, cameras follow Great Ormond Street Hospital's doctors into the meetings where they come face-to-face with the most difficult ethical dilemmas on a daily basis.
Pushing The Boundaries focuses on the work of the largest children's cardiac unit in the UK. Two of its surgeons – Martin Elliott and Victor Tsang – perform extremely advanced surgery that isn't carried out anywhere else in the country, and the team's success rate for heart transplant is well above the international average. Consultant cardiologist Philip Rees is the team's longest-serving doctor, and admits that he still finds it difficult not to become too emotionally involved in individual cases.
The film documents the stories of four children as the team attempt to save their lives. The parents of eight-month-old Aicha, given only a few months to live, refuse to accept the team's decision that there's nothing else to be done, forcing the doctors to reconsider their decision. Eight-month-old Natalie's parents are offered surgery that might save their daughter's life, but the procedure is very complex and has never been tried before. Nine-year-old Bryan has already had several life-saving heart operations but now a high-risk heart transplant is all that's left to him; and Blessing's parents must decide whether to agree to a perilous operation on their daughter when she is only two days old.
Through their stories the film explores when it's right to treat a child, and when further intervention is problematic, possibly even unjustifiable. As surgeon Martin Elliott says: "Just because we can, doesn't mean we should."
Mark Beaumont concludes his epic cycle journey in South America on the last leg of his exhilarating and agonising adventure down the American Cordillera – the longest series of mountain ranges on the planet which runs from the Alaskan Ranges to the southern tip of the Andes.
Mark, the young Scot who broke the record for pedalling around the world, is self-filming the journey and has successfully made it through North and Central America, climbing to the summit of Mount McKinley – the highest peak in North America – along the way.
But in Ecuador, a bout of food poisoning lays him low. It's a serious blow for the cyclist as he needs to meet a deadline for the second mountain climb on his journey, Argentina's Mount Aconcagua. He has a weather window to make the ascent but long delays on the journey south may dash his hopes of getting on the mountain. However, Mark has no option but to take time out. He says: "I've lost so much time in the mountains, but there's no way I can cycle like this."
Taking just one day out, he hauls himself back on the bike and heads to the Peruvian border. Being wind-beaten through the dry lands of eastern Peru is tough, but it is at least some preparation for crossing the most parched place on Earth, Chile's Atacama Desert. It's one of the most testing times of the journey and it takes Mark three weeks to make it through the desert. "I don't think humans are meant to be here. It's a dead part of the world," he comments.
Despite losing two stone, he manages to regain his strength as he leaves the desert behind and sets his sights on the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. He makes his rendezvous with an experienced team of mountaineers and sets off on the gruelling ascent, the last daunting challenge before he can hit the road again through Patagonia and his final destination. As the end approaches, Mark reflects: "I've had a lifetime of experiences in nine months. It's fairly humbling to see the world at the speed of a bike."
Gemma and Jeff find themselves at a local film première where a team of footballers is in attendance. Suddenly, Gemma's aspirations of becoming a Wag seem a distinct possibility as she and Jeff follow them to a local club.
When one of the footballers asks Gemma out on a date both she and Jeff are nearly fit to explode with excitement. Kenny goes into overdrive planning Gemma's press but neither of them realises it's a case of mistaken identity as the footballer in question plays not for Manchester United, but for Macclesfield United. Things come to a dramatic head with the fabled paparazzi within spitting distance, but it seems that Gemma's dream is destined to remain just that for the time being.
Gemma is played by Anna Gilthorpe, Jeff by Ross Adams and Kenny by Angus Barnett.
The Gemma Factor is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Maddy isn't bothered that her ex-husband, Robbie, has a new trendy young girlfriend, as the sitcom starring Caroline Quentin continues. That is, until she discovers that her son, Ted, thinks she's the greatest thing on two legs...
Caroline Quentin stars as Maddy, with Patrick Nolan as Ted.
Rachel is determined to put the chaos caused by Max Tyler's dramatic departure firmly behind them, as the second half of the latest series of the school drama picks up from where it left off at the end of last year. But for Kim it is not so easy to forget as she reveals that she is expecting Max's baby.
It's year eight pupil Bianka Vale's birthday but the only present she wants is to spend time with her dad, Gary, who has separated from her mum. When Gary turns up at school Bianka is delighted to see him and persuades Grantly to allow her to leave with him. What Grantly doesn't realise is that there is a court order out against Gary, banning him from having unsupervised access to his children.
Rachel sees them leaving, and immediately becomes concerned. She follows them to a caravan in an isolated field where she muscles her way in, refusing to leave as Gary becomes increasingly aggressive. She manages to steal Bianka's phone and lets Kim and the police know their location but Gary's murderous intentions come to the fore. Rachel and Bianka find themselves trapped as Gary vents dangerous gas into the caravan. He is determined to make his ex-wife suffer by taking Bianka from her and if that means killing Rachel as well then so be it.
Back in the staff-room, Grantly finds himself on the receiving end of some hot tempers both for letting Gary take Bianca and for writing his "private memoirs", which reveal some personal secrets about the staff. Ruby is at breaking point with her marital and financial problems, and in an act of desperation starts stealing school equipment to sell on internet auction sites.
In the playground new boy Finn Sharkey arrives, bringing with him cheekiness and mayhem. Chris Mead knows Finn from a previous school – where he had Finn expelled! It's not long before Finn runs riot, disrupting all his classes and influencing Amy, Siobhan and Josh. However, when he returns home to his empty house, it seems Finn may not be the confident, happy-go-lucky boy he makes out.
Rachel Mason is played by Eva Pope, Kim Campbell by Angela Griffin, Bianka Vale by Maisie Jo Stahl, Gary Vale by Dean Andrews, Grantly Budgen by Philip Martin Brown, Ruby Fry by Elizabeth Berrington, Finn Sharkey by Jack McCullen, Chris Mead by Will Ash, Amy Hampton by Ayesha Gwilt, Siobhan Green by Phoebe Dynevor and Josh Stevenson by William Rush.
Waterloo Road is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Great minds don't always think alike. In fact, off-beat thinking has led to some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our age. In an insightful three-part series – part of the BBC's year-long celebration of science – Britain's most influential and respected scientists explain how their unique scientific perspectives have redefined how we think about the world around us.
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell – one of the world's brightest astrophysicists, who once played a key role in a discovery that revolutionised her field – talks about her detection of pulsars in the first episode. Pulsars are a by-product of supernova explosions that make all life in the Universe possible. Jocelyn explains how supernova explosions are the factories that produce all of the building blocks of the Universe, apart from hydrogen and helium, and that the violently spinning neutron stars (pulsars) are testament to the aftermath of these explosions.
But for Jocelyn, it has been a bitter-sweet journey on the road to success. Though her discovery of pulsars warranted a Nobel Prize, controversially it was her male colleague and supervisor that was recognised for the achievement.
The impressive astrophysicist describes the thought processes that led to her discovery and explains how she went from failing her 11-plus to uncovering one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 20th century. She also discusses how her life as a Quaker sits alongside her passion for science.
In the first of a captivating series, Beautiful Minds introduces viewers to one of the great unsung heroines of British science.
As Mona's wedding approaches, New Yorkers mourn a national tragedy, as the series set in the world of advertising in Sixties' America continues.
The competition for vice-president of accounts comes to an end and Lane Pryce delivers the news, causing one of the Mad Men to contemplate his future with Sterling Cooper. Don argues with Lane for rejecting a potential replacement for Sal. When Jane's attempts to befriend Margaret before the wedding go awry, Jane locks herself in the bathroom.
Peggy and Duck's meetings are becoming more frequent and Peggy discusses their relationship with Karen. While Don makes an effort to mend their relationship, Betty catches sight of Henry and a young woman at the wedding. All is not as it seems and Henry has a surprising proposition for her. Betty accuses Don of ruining their relationship, but Don doesn't take her seriously. All personal problems are soon overshadowed with the news of John F Kennedy's assassination...
Talia Balsam plays Mona, Jared Harris plays Lane Pryce, Jon Hamm plays Don, Peyton List plays Jane, Elizabeth Rice plays Margaret, Elisabeth Moss plays Peggy, Mark Moses plays Herman "Duck" Phillips, Carla Gallo plays Karen, January Jones plays Betty and Chris Stanley plays Henry.
Mad Men is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Roxy and Ronnie's relationship is already strained and Danny stirs things further in tonight's visit to Walford.
After getting a job at a bookmaker's as assistant manager, Ryan hires Janine and they start plotting to get more money.
Meanwhile, to Syed's horror, Amira hires Christian to fix up their new flat.
Roxy is played by Rita Simons, Ronnie by Samantha Womack, Danny by Liam Bergin, Ryan by Neil McDermott, Janine by Charlie Brooks, Syed by Marc Elliott, Amira by Preya Kalidas and Christian by Don Partridge.
The highly acclaimed comedy series that captures family life at its most deliciously chaotic returns.
In this, the first of six new episodes, Gran takes the Brockman family for a day out seeing the sights of London. But when Ben sees Trafalgar Square, it turns out he has a singular vision of what happened at the Battle of Trafalgar. Karen is unimpressed with modern art, Jake suffers serious trauma when he is unable to text and one of the family uses a visit to HMS Belfast for a brief re-enactment of World War Two.
Gran is played by Rosalind Ayres, Ben by Daniel Roche, Karen by Ramona Marquez and Jake by Tyger Drew-Honey. Outnumbered also stars Claire Skinner as mum, Sue, Hugh Dennis as dad, Pete, and David Ryall as Grandad (Sue's dad).
Live coverage of the Masters from Augusta (which begins on BBC Two at 9pm) continues on BBC One. No British player has won the coveted green jacket since Nick Faldo in 1996, but with the likes of Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey ranking among the world's best so far this year, that could change this weekend.
Hazel Irvine introduces the action with commentary from Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Wayne Grady and Sam Torrance.
Golf US Masters is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Hazel Irvine presents live coverage of the Masters, the first golf major of 2010.
Argentine Angel Cabrera returns to Augusta as the reigning champion. Tiger Woods was the last man to successfully defend the Masters back in 2002 and the American is bound to command plenty of headlines once again this week, whether he plays or not.
The commentators are Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Wayne Grady and Sam Torrance.
Golf US Masters is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Tension between Christian and Zainab mounts when they find themselves painting the flat together in the final visit of the week to Albert Square.
Meanwhile, Carol discovers that Billie has more to do with the gun than he first let on.
Danny is pleased to discover that Roxy keeps a large stash of money in the safe above the Vic.
Christian is played by John Partridge, Zainab by Nina Wadia, Carol by Lindsey Coulson, Billie by Devon Anderson, Danny by Liam Bergin and Roxy by Rita Simons.
When DC Chris Skelton opens CID's post and discovers a human hand, DCI Gene Hunt and his team find they have a murder to solve.
The only defining feature on the severed hand is a strange burn mark and DI Alex Drake and the team discover there have been a string of single women murdered across the country, each left with the same crescent-moon shaped burn. It seems all the women had one thing in common; they were members of the Crescent Moon Dating Agency.
When Alex registers with the agency and gets nowhere she decides to take matters into her own hands and invents speed dating, much to the distaste of the agency's owner, Elaine Downing.
As Luigi's fills up, Alex does her best to play the lonely single woman. DI Ray Carling and Chris find themselves an attractive pair of twins to charm, while Gene, on the other hand, is struggling to attract anyone of the opposite sex.
Meanwhile, WPC Shaz Granger, feeling let down by the police force, has handed in her notice. But Gene manages to persuade her to take on one final operation, going undercover to catch the man they believe is the killer. As Shaz puts herself in the firing line it seems this may be her last sting in more ways than one...
Alex is still working to discover the truth behind Sam Tyler's death after her tip-off from Jim Keats that Gene had something to do with it. When Gene discovers what she's up to he can't help but intervene.
DC Chris Skelton is played by Marshall Lancaster, DCI Gene Hunt by Philip Glenister, DI Alex Drake by Keeley Hawes, Elaine Downing by Beth Goddard, DI Ray Carling by Dean Andrews, WPC Shaz Granger by Montserrat Lombard and Jim Keats by Daniel Mays.
Ashes To Ashes is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Live action from the Masters in Augusta switches to BBC One (following coverage on BBC Two at 9pm), with the players battling to avoid the cut and ensure their return for the weekend's final two rounds.
American Anthony Kim enjoyed a memorable second day in last year's tournament, setting a new Masters record by landing 11 birdies in his round of 65.
Peter Alliss provides the commentary with Ken Brown, Wayne Grady and Sam Torrance.
Golf US Masters is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Hazel Irvine introduces further live coverage of the 2010 Masters from Augusta, Georgia, where Angel Cabrera is the defending champion.
With one round under their belt, the field will now know how the famous Augusta National is playing – one of the most beautiful courses on the planet, it is also one of the trickiest to negotiate, even for the world's elite.
Commentary comes from Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Wayne Grady and Sam Torrance.
An eclectic variety of artists gather at Air studios in London to perform their interpretations of the classic and timeless songs of the Great American Songbook. Among those performing are Paolo Nutini, Melody Gardot, Claire Martin, Sharleen Spiteri, Gwyneth Herbert, Jose James and Krystle Warren.
The Great American Songbook BBC Four Session is a celebration of the music and popular songs of famous and prolific American composers from the Twenties onwards.
Composers such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Rogers and Hammerstein and Hoagy Carmichael wrote the tunes for Broadway theatre and Hollywood musicals that earned enduring popularity before the dawning of rock 'n' roll.
These famous songwriters penned songs, best described as "standards", which have entered the general consciousness. Tunes that every musician and singer aspires to include in their repertoire, such as Over The Rainbow, Cheek To Cheek, Bye Bye Blackbird, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Lush Life, That Old Black Magic and The Lady Is A Tramp can all be heard tonight.
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