Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
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.
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