Friday 14 Mar 2014
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.
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."
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."
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.
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