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BBC ONE Unplaced

Doctor Who

New seriesHigh Definition programme
Saturday 3 April
6.20-7.25pm BBC ONE
Matt Smith begins his first adventure as the Doctor
Matt Smith begins his first adventure as the Doctor

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.


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The Orphans Who Survived The Concentration Camps

Monday 5 April
10.15-10.50pm BBC ONE (Title change 24 March)

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.


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BBC TWO Unplaced

Easter From King's

Saturday 3 April
5.40-6.55pm BBC TWO

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.


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The Edible Garden Ep 1/6

New series
Wednesday 7 April
8.00-8.30pm BBC TWO

Alys Fowler reveals how easy it is to grow fruit and vegetables in the garden
Alys Fowler reveals how easy it is to grow fruit and vegetables in the garden

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 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.


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Cracking Antiques Ep 1/6

New series
Wednesday 7 April
8.30-9.00pm BBC TWO
Kathryn Rayward and Mark Hill embark on a myth-busting mission
Kathryn Rayward and Mark Hill embark on a myth-busting mission

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.


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