Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
Long-running consumer affairs programme Watchdog returns to BBC One. Anne Robinson, Matt Allwright and Anita Rani are back presenting eight prime-time shows from a brand-new set. They look at the latest news affecting their viewers and offer advice, as well as quizzing big businesses on some of their claims.
Matt once again hosts Rogue Traders, which is now a regular strand of Watchdog. In this series, Matt and his team go undercover to expose bad service and law-breaking by companies who exploit the public.
Matt says: "We've filmed through the bitterest winter in 25 years to bring this series to the air – Dan even had to invest in thermal long johns under his leathers. The weather was cold, but we've managed to catch some red-hot rogues: plumbers, electricians, pest controllers, and a couple of areas we've never covered before. I can't wait."
Jeff Anderson, the new Editor of Watchdog, says: "With taxes about to go up, unemployment rising, and companies desperate to protect their profits, there's never been a greater need for a programme that looks out for the consumer's interests. The new series of Watchdog will ruthlessly expose examples of poor value, bad service and plain old-fashioned rip offs – and make sure those responsible are held to account."
Jake Humphrey presents live coverage from Shanghai of qualifying for tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel was in pole position last season and went on to take the chequered flag a day later. The Red Bull-Renault driver is expected to feature strongly again this year, as is 2008 winner Lewis Hamilton. And Michael Schumacher will be relishing his return to the Shanghai track – he still holds the record for the fastest lap there.
Highlights of this morning's Chinese Grand Prix qualifying session are presented by Jake Humphrey in Shanghai.
Clare Balding presents live coverage of the Challenge Cup fourth-round tie between Hull and Leeds Rhinos – a repeat of the 2005 final won by Hull in Cardiff.
Leeds have dominated the Super League in recent seasons but success in the Challenge Cup has been harder to come by, and they couldn't have asked for a tougher test at the KC Stadium today.
Commentary comes from Dave Woods and Jonathan Davies.
Richard Hammond is back once again with another helping of Total Wipeout mayhem from the most ridiculous obstacle course in the world.
Twenty normal members of the British public, including a beekeeper and an accountant, attempt to navigate their way through four mud- and water-filled rounds, each containing obstacles and challenges more tricky than ever. But only one will be victorious and win a £10,000 prize and the coveted crown of Total Wipeout Champion.
This week some brand-new Qualifier obstacles make for some quite spectacular falls, including The Crazy Keys – a series of unstable planks precariously hanging over a swamp – and The Swing Thing, on hand to test the contestants' timing, strength and swing-ability to the limit.
From here only 12 will tackle Total Wipeout's newest addition, Crash Mountain, which serves up a healthy portion of unbelievable aerobatics and wipeouts.
Will Oxford University brainbox Amy be able to outsmart the Qualifier? Can part-time aerobics instructor Paul hot-step his way to the mother of all workouts and secure a place in The Wipeout Zone? And, when the dust finally settles, will gold-medal-winning champion athlete Geraldine be on the top step of the podium?
Amanda Byram, courtside as always, offers up her support to the competitors in the form of giggles and sniggers.
The Doctor has been summoned by an old friend, but in the Cabinet War Rooms far below the streets of blitz-torn London, it's his oldest enemy he finds waiting for him, as the time-travelling adventures continue. The Daleks are back – but can Winston Churchill be in league with them?
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.
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 third 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 search for a brand new Dorothy to fill the ruby red slippers continues.
The remaining nine Dorothys take to the stage once again as they perform to impress the judges and the viewers at home. The search also continues for a Toto to accompany Dorothy on her journey through Oz.
The public vote for their favourite girl's performance, and Andrew must decide 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.
A DNA test proves once and for all whether or not Jordan is Kieron's father and Jay grasps an opportunity to clear his name, as the medical drama continues.
Following Kieron's motorcycle accident, Jordan is annoyed to find their situation the subject of gossip in the hospital. After Tess persuades Jordan to visit Kieron, he finds himself thawing towards the young medic but is determined not to become too involved until the DNA results come back. Will the test prove that the two sparring doctors are indeed father and son?
Keen to clear his name over the clinical trial incident, Jay comes to the ED to get Tess and Ruth on his side. Ruth avoids him but her suspicions about the safety of the clinical trial are aroused when Fairfax asks her to administer half the usual dosage to a patient . Can she find the missing notes which prove exactly who was at fault all along?
Adam spends more time with Lyn and once again enjoys being in the chaotic family atmosphere he so misses. But Lyn becomes suspicious that Adam is only interested in her children and after an angry confrontation she orders him to leave. In an extremely dark mood, Adam drives off into the night...
Meanwhile, May is uneasy when she can't get hold of Yuki and pensioner Evelyn is persuaded that she doesn't have to face her medical problems alone.
Michael French plays Jordan, Robert Boulter plays Kieron, Ben Turner plays Jay, Suzanne Packer plays Tess, Georgia Taylor plays Ruth, Tristan Gemmill plays Adam and Laura Aikman plays May. This episode also guest stars Liz May Brice as Lyn and Gavin And Stacey's Margaret John as Evelyn.
While Hiro and Ando attempt to save Suresh, Bennet tries to expose Samuel's weakness in his attempt to defeat the carnival leader, as the super-powered US drama continues.
Masi Oka plays Hiro, James Kyson-Lee plays Ando, Sendhil Ramamurthy plays Suresh, Hayden Panettiere plays Claire Bennet and Robert Knepper plays Samuel.
Heroes also stars Jack Coleman as Noah, Greg Grunberg as Matt, Zachary Quinto as Sylar, Cristine Rose as Angela Petrelli, Milo Ventimiglia as Peter, Kate Vernon as Vanessa, Deanne Bray as Emma, Dawn Olivieri as Lydia, Todd Stashwick as Eli, Lisa Lackey as Janice Parkman, Elisabeth Rohm as Lauren Gilmore and Sasha Pieterse as Amanda Strazzulla.
Heroes is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Sylar visits Claire while Hiro's past decisions manifest themselves subconsciously as a result of his brain tumour, as the American superhero drama continues.
Meanwhile, Samuel tries to impress his long-lost love, Vanessa, but things don't go as planned.
Sylar is played by Zachary Quinto, Claire by Hayden Panettiere, Hiro by Masi Oka, Samuel by Robert Knepper and Vanessa by Kate Vernon.
Heroes is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
The BBC's F1 team have the inside track on the Chinese Grand Prix, which gets under way in Shanghai in a few hours' time, with an insight into what viewers can expect from the fourth Grand Prix of the season.
Jake Humphrey presents live coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, with expert analysis from David Coulthard, Martin Brundle and Eddie Jordan.
Sebastien Vettel dominated proceedings in China last year but, as the first three Grands Prix races of 2010 have shown, Formula 1 is extremely competitive this year. Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 winner, should feature strongly as should Jenson Button, who needs a strong drive today to give his title defence real momentum.
Race commentary comes from Jonathan Legard.
The Formula 1 Forum follows on the Red button from 10.15-11.15am, and highlights can be seen later today, from 12-2pm on BBC One and from 7-8pm on BBC Three.
Highlights of this morning's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai are presented by Jake Humphrey.
Clare Balding presents live coverage of the fourth-round tie between last year's beaten finalists, Huddersfield, and Hull Kingston Rovers.
Hull KR's cup campaign ended in heartbreak last season with a golden point defeat against eventual winners Warrington in the quarter-final. This season marks the 30th anniversary of their famous Challenge Cup final win over rivals Hull FC. Can they upset Huddersfield and go on another winning run?
The nine remaining Dorothys have performed, and the public have voted. Tonight, the decision comes down to Andrew Lloyd Webber, who must choose between the two Dorothys with the fewest public votes as to who leaves the show.
There is also a group performance from all the remaining finalists and a recap of their performances from last night, and the Dorothys are followed as they embark on another mission. But it all comes down to the big result: a climactic sing-off between the two Dorothys with the fewest votes, and a big decision from Andrew Lloyd Webber. Who will be sent back to Kansas, and who will continue on their journey along the yellow brick road?
Over The Rainbow – Results is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Leeds in the Eighties and Mark Stevenson's mother, Betty, is worried about his upcoming nuptials, as Kay Mellor's drama concludes.
Betty was left with no option but to return to her previous life after Craze was killed. For the last 30 years, her son Mark has been her world. Now he's moving out and she feels she will have nothing left.
Mark is eventually forced to reveal that he and his fiancée Jo intend to move to Australia – an announcement which leaves his mother reeling. Later, a tearful Betty has her own revelation – she tells Mark he is the only thing that keeps her going and she has never really loved Donald. She stuns Mark by admitting she did love someone once, and confesses to him about her affair with Craze, and the traumatic way that ended.
Aware that Jo came to Leeds to find her birth mother, who gave her up while she was in prison, Betty becomes convinced that Jo is Craze and Moira's daughter. She becomes desperate to trace the connection to provide a reason that might prevent Mark from marrying Jo. But, as the wedding day approaches, Betty is in for another shock...
Betty struggles to get herself through the morning of the wedding. As the ceremony begins, she runs out of the church, desperate to reach the sanctuary of home. Betty is horrified to discover Moira waiting for her after hearing from Ingrid. The two women then have an explosive argument where Betty finally reveals the truth.
Betty stumbles into her house and climbs into the loft – shutting herself in with her memories of Craze. When Donald and Mark eventually find her, she clambers onto the roof, threatening to end her life to be with Craze.
On the roof, Donald has the most honest conversation he has ever had with his wife and Betty is staggered when he admits to already knowing about her affair. He has always loved Betty, and thought if he could only hang in there, she would come back to him one day. In a desperate attempt to save his wife, Donald slips and is left dangling off the roof. A stunned Betty must decide between joining her dead lover or saving her husband, who loves her more than she ever realised...
Mark Stevenson is played by Andrew Lee Potts; Eighties Betty by Sue Johnston; Fifties Betty by Billie Piper; Craze by Theo James; Jo by Anna Skellern; Fifties Donald by Joe Armstrong; Eighties Donald by Alun Armstrong; Fifites Moira by Kelly Harrison; and Eighties Moira by Barbara Marten.
Simon Reeve's latest trek starts in western Bangladesh with a boat trip down the mighty River Padma (the Ganges in India) and ends with a perilous jungle trek into a remote area of Burma, as he continues his epic journey circling the world.
Bangladesh is the country thought to be most vulnerable to climate change and Simon finds communities on the River Padma desperately shoring up the riverbank as increased meltwater from the Himalayas means their land is crumbling away before their eyes. He goes night fishing with otter fishermen, clinging to their curious way of life despite dwindling fish stocks.
Bangladesh is also the most densely populated large country in the world, and in the mega-city of Dhaka, one of the fastest-growing cities in the Tropics, millions live in terrible poverty. In a sweltering glass factory Simon meets Jahangir, a 10-year-old worker earning around 30p a day, and learns that child labour is a harsh fact of life with nearly five million children earning vital income for their families or themselves. It is an emotional and upsetting subject.
Simon discovers that Western campaigners and fashion firms have forced Bangladeshi clothing factories to stop employing child labour, but this has meant many families going hungry, and many children have taken riskier jobs.
Jahangir takes Simon to a charity project, one of thousands established by Unicef, where working children learn vital skills to help them break out of the cycle of poverty.
Leaving Dhaka, Simon joins a knockabout game of Kabbadi, the national sport, which involves holding a single breath while tagging players on the opposing team, and avoiding being wrestled to the ground. Simon escapes with just minor injuries.
Following the Tropic to the north-east Indian state of Tripura, Simon discovers the impact of humans on the local wildlife, visiting a sanctuary for an endangered species of monkey whose forest habitat is disappearing – a huge issue in this area.
Simon then travels across the neighbouring state of Mizoram, a province so remote that people there call India "the mainland", and on to the most dangerous part of his entire journey: Burma.
Burma's military regime has banned the BBC from filming in the country, but Simon travels to a remote section of the border with India and crosses covertly into Burma via a ramshackle zip wire across a turbulent river.
With his producer and cameraman, Simon treks through a remote area of Chin state, which has only been visited by a handful of outsiders since the Second World War. In a village of ethnic Chin people, he learns how the Chin are brutalised and oppressed by the Burmese military, and how they rely on covert aid workers for basic healthcare.
Late at night, Simon is told that a Burmese army patrol is nearby. He and the team have to flee through the night in pouring rain, back towards safety in India.
Faced with the challenging behaviour of their kids, more and more parents in America are turning to psychoactive medication to help them cope – even though the drugs, and sometimes the diagnoses, remain controversial. Louis Theroux travels to one of America's leading children's psychiatric treatment centres, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to get to know some of the diagnosed children and to try and understand what drives parents to put their kids on drugs.
Louis meets Hugh, a 10-year-old who has been diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Aspergers and Bipolar Disorder. Moving in with Hugh and his family, Louis learns more about his controversial diagnosis and gets to know a family where even the dog is on meds. He also meets Jack, aged six, a child who has been excluded from school for his explosive behaviour and now takes antidepressant medication for his anxiety. And when 15-year-old Kaylee, diagnosed with ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, takes a day off her medication, Louis gets a glimpse of what her life is like without the drugs.
From "med checks" to "personal pharmacies", Louis explores the world of psychiatric medication for kids, attempting to find the line between ordinary bad behaviour and pathology; and trying to answer the question of whether the latest pharmaceuticals are taking the place of old-fashioned parenting.
F1 fans can relive the drama from this morning's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai with race highlights presented by Jake Humphrey.
With on-line mapping and in-car Sat Nav, maps are part of everyday life more than ever before. But maps aren't simply graphic representations of the surroundings or ways of getting from A to B. They are also windows onto different cultures, snapshots of defining moments in history and powerful tools of political persuasion.
Map enthusiast and expert Professor Jerry Brotton visits the world's first known map, which was etched into the rocks of a remote alpine hillside 3,000 years ago. Each culture has been developing its own unique, often surprising way of mapping ever since. And as Henry VIII's stunning maps of the British coastline from a bird's-eye view show, they were also used to exert power and control over the world.
During the Enlightenment, the great French Cassini dynasty pioneered the Western quest to map the world with greater scientific accuracy. This was later developed further by the British military, giving rise to the Ordnance Survey. The quest for accuracy went hand in hand with a growing belief in Western superiority. But Brotton discovers that the methods and values of the Enlightenment have been challenged by cultures with different perspectives and equally effective alternative ways of mapping. He uncovers an example of this in a map of the Pacific Islands drawn up by a Polynesian navigator which astonished Captain Cook.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, scientifically accurate map-making became a powerful tool of European expansion. And Brotton examines how the way in which the British carved the state of Iraq out of the Middle East had devastating consequences for the nomadic tribes of Mesopotamia.
Maps – Power, Plunder And Possession is part of BBC Four's map mini-season which coincides with the launch of the British Library's exhibition Magnificent Maps – Power, Propaganda And Art, opening on 30 April. It is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Having had enough of Pat and Peggy squabbling, Roxy takes matters into her own hands by locking the two of them in her front room, in the opening visit of the week to Walford.
Meanwhile, Ben reveals more about the girl from school who is bullying him.
Pat is played by Pam St Clement, Peggy by Barbara Windsor, Roxy by Rita Simons and Ben by Charlie Jones.
The Restaurant runners-up James and Ali join the country set in the second programme of the series, catering for a family throwing a shooting party for friends on their country estate.
James and Ali have spent the last nine months training under Raymond Blanc but are now ready to step out of the professional kitchen and into the real world.
In today's programme, chef James is keen to put a modern spin on a six-course game banquet, while Ali, working front of house, needs a crash course in how to be a butler. Can they give the family a night to remember?
This enlightening series explores the beauty of maps, beginning tonight with a journey back to medieval times, as part of BBC Four's map mini-season which coincides with the launch of the British Library's exhibition Magnificent Maps – Power, Propaganda And Art, opening on 30 April.
The Hereford Mappa Mundi is the largest intact medieval wall map in the world and its ambition is breathtaking – to picture all of human knowledge in a single image. The work of a team of artists, the world it portrays is overflowing with life featuring Classical and Biblical history, contemporary buildings and events, animals and plants from across the globe and the infamous "monstrous races" which were believed to inhabit the remotest corners of the earth.
The Mappa Mundi, meaning "cloth of the world"', has spent most of its long life at Hereford Cathedral, rarely emerging from behind its glass case. This programme represents a rare opportunity to get close to the map and explore its extraordinary detail to give a unique insight into the medieval mind. This is also the first to programme to show the map in all its medieval glory, revealing the results of a remarkable year-long project by the Folio Society to restore it using the latest digital technology.
The map has had a chequered history. Since its glory days in the 14th century, it has languished forgotten in store rooms, been dismissed as a curious "monstrosity", and was controversially almost sold. Only in the last 20 years have scholars and artists begun to realise its true depth and meaning with the map exerting an extraordinary power over those who come into contact with it. This show meets some of these individuals, from scholars and map lovers to Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry, whose own work, the extraordinary Map Of Nowhere, has been inspired by the Mappa Mundi.
Some funky boogie woogie piano from Elio Pace, a favourite of Sir Terry Wogan, kicks off the musical magic in this week's ZingZillas.
Zak, Tang, Panzee and Drum are then joined later in the week by the BBC Concert Orchestra, some Balinese gamelan from Lila Cita, clarinettist Julian Bliss and Taiko drummer Joji Hirota.
It's hot on ZingZilla island on Monday, which means boogie woogie Bubble Trouble for Zak. He is trying to cool down with a lemonade but it gives him hiccups. As bubbles keep popping out of his mouth, Todd tries to shock Zak's hiccups away but he just keeps laughing and more bubbles keep escaping so that he can't play his harmonica. With Big Zing time approaching, can the toe-tapping, funky music from today's guest Elio Pace help them find a solution?
A visit to Tang's Club House is scheduled for Tuesday. He has a complicated guitar solo to play in today's Big Zing and really wants to practise, but the others want to play tickle chase instead and are being far too noisy. Todd offers to build Tang his own club house – it's a bit rickety but does the job, until everyone comes to apologise and it collapses! But Tang has done enough practice to play his solo with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
On Wednesday, Tang tells the story of when the Beach Byrds first arrived on ZingZilla Island. Todd was supposed to be showing them around but couldn't find them because they were in the glade watching a Gamelan performance by Lila Cita. When the ZingZillas wanted them to join in with the Big Zing they were nowhere to be found. Eventually, a trail of feathers led back to the Coconut Hut where the Beach Byrds had decided to stay.
Thursday is Tidy Island Day with Tang acting as judge. Zak is trying to write some suitable Big Zing lyrics, but keeps discarding bits of paper over his shoulder making the Clubhouse really messy. Tang is unimpressed and goes to see Todd's garden which is lovely and tidy until Zak throws his rubbish out of the window. Todd starts tidying up but Big Zing time is approaching and Zak still hasn't written any lyrics. They head to the glade for some inspiration from clarinetist Julian Bliss. It's not until Todd returns the discarded paper to the Clubhouse that Zak finds he can put his rubbish to good use and really start composing.
There's a noisy end to the week in Disappearing Drum, as Drum heads down to the glade to see Japanese Taiko drummer Joji Hiroto. In the Clubhouse, Zak is writing a Big Noise song. The band is ready to rehearse but Drum is missing. They try to practise without her, but it doesn't sound right. Panzee finds Drum in the glade but she doesn't want to come back, she wants to stay and listen to the drumming. Panzee has an idea – the Taiko drummers could play in the Big Noise Big Zing. Then Drum could listen and play music, and the Taiko drummers do make a very Big Noise.
Chelsea is suspicious about Amira's constant dizziness and nausea, in today's visit to the Square.
Ronnie is gutted when Jack asks her to leave after she confesses her love for him.
Masood feels the strain following what he has discovered.
Chelsea is played by Tiana Benjamin, Amira by Preeya Kalidas, Ronnie by Samantha Womack, Jack by Scott Maslen and Masood by Nitin Ganatra.
Chrissie tries to embrace Sacha's family – his two daughters and his larger-than-life mother, Esther – but finds it all too much when Esther starts talking about wedding plans, as the medical drama continues. She tells Sacha he will always be a part of baby Daniel's life, but they will never be a family.
On the day of Jac and Paula's kidney transplant, Jac tries to stop her birthday becoming public knowledge. When Paula hits a complication in theatre, Michael, Ric and Joseph battle to save her. After the operation, Paula's memory is jogged by Donna. And Jac celebrates her birthday with her mum for the first time in over 20 years.
Michael feels humiliated when Cunningham announces he wants Michael to share the Director of Surgery responsibilities with Connie. Aghast, Michael tries to convince Cunningham to let him job share with Ric.
Chrissie Williams is played by Tina Hobley, Sacha Levy by Bob Barrett, Esther Levy by Carol Macready, Jac Naylor by Rosie Marcel, Paula Burrows by Julie Legrand, Michael Spence by Hari Dhillon, Ric Griffin by Hugh Quarshie, Joseph Byrne by Luke Roberts, Donna Jackson by Jaye Jacobs, Terence Cunningham by Roger Barclay and Connie Beauchamp by Amanda Mealing.
At the end of a rotten week, everyone feels the urge to escape, but most of the time that's simply not an option. Sophie Dahl's answer is to have an escapist weekend using the power of food to transport her somewhere exotic.
She draws inspiration from her own foreign travels so that just one weekend can be made to feel like a week's holiday. For a Friday night, to take her back to carefree childhood summers spent at her grandmother's house in Martha's Vineyard, she creates a soothing New England-style clam chowder with crunchy thyme and lemon breadcrumbs.
On Saturday, it's a saucy Mexican brunch of blackbean quesadillas with peppers, home-made guacamole and lime sour cream dip served with spicy hot chocolate. Sophie chooses a late lunch of calamari salad with chargrilled peppers, red chicory and herby lime dressing to summon up the warmth of lazy Mediterranean holidays.
To round off her escapist weekend, Sophie visits a sari shop and acquires an exotic new table cloth which inspires her final meal on Sunday, namely Dahl's dhal with lemon and saffron spiced rice. By the end of this culinary adventure she feels ready to re-enter the real world again.
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.
The series concludes by following the staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital's renal department as they treat children for a condition which has no complete cure. Long-term treatment over decades requires an enormous level of cooperation and consent between the medical team, the patients and their parents. But what happens when parents and older children are unwilling to accept the doctors' advice?
Doctors Lesley Rees, Rukshana Shroff and Sarah Ledermann must make complex decisions in a never-ending cycle of treatment.
Four-month-old Alisha was born with kidney failure. Staff must try to keep her alive until she grows big enough to receive a kidney transplant. However, as she suffers repeated infections which threaten her life, staff and her parents must consider whether it is right to carry on.
Fourteen-year-old Imann's kidneys are slowly poisoning her and doctors want to remove them. She is terrified of surgery and refuses to have the operation. Can staff persuade her to go through with it?
Bethany was born with profound mental and physical disabilities, including poorly functioning kidneys. Her father, Paul, is keen to donate his kidney to his daughter, but staff must decide whether she is likely to survive a transplant – and whether it would be in her best interest.
In each case, the team have to decide the best course of action, trying to balance the needs of the patient with the hopes and expectations of their parents.
Joining Jools for the second show of this series is Kate Nash, who – since making her debut on the show in 2006 – has gone from strength to strength and is about to release her second album, My Best Friend Is You, from which she'll be performing a couple of tunes.
Seattle-based Band Of Horses make a welcome return to the studio to showcase numbers from their new album, Infinite Arms. And, having been responsible for co-inventing The Specials, Jerry Dammers and his Spatial AKA Orchestra sees him and a host of guests embrace the spirit of the legendary Sun Ra along with all manner of far-out sounds, and make their TV debut playing a Sun Ra number as well as their unique take on Ghost Town.
Also returning after making his TV debut on the show is Plan B, who performs songs from his acclaimed new album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks. Pennsylvania's Melody Gardot returns to the Later ... studio to perform tracks from her My One And Only Thrill album. And Cream's legendary Jack Bruce is on hand to chat about his new book.
The traditional longer version, Later ... With Jools Holland, can be heard on Friday 23 April at 11.45pm.
Later Live ... With Jools Holland is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Six young consumers from a variety of backgrounds in Britain swap their lives for the simple mud huts and shanty towns of Africa and Asia, where they work alongside the people who mine, manufacture, process and recycle our luxury goods, in a new series exploring the human cost of making these luxuries.
It follows the success of Blood, Sweat And Takeaways (broadcast in 2009), which explored the human cost of food production in South East Asia and was the highest-ever rating factual programme on BBC Three. Following its successful showing on BBC Three, it was repeated on BBC One. The first series, Blood, Sweat And T-Shirts, earned a Bafta nomination.
In Britain today, what were once seen as luxury goods are fast becoming everyday items. From electrical gadgets to leather handbags and shoes, as we consume more and more these products are becoming increasingly disposable.
But would we care more if we knew the human cost of making our luxuries?
In the first programme, the six Brits head to the isolated mining town of Ilakaka in Madagascar to discover where the gems and jewellery found on the British high street come from – a side of Madagascar that has not been seen before on British television. Here, they live alongside mine workers in their simple homes.
In the vast open pit mines they join hundreds of workers in chain gangs, digging for one of the most sought-after gems in the world – sapphires. On average, one worker per day dies in these pits. But when the back-breaking work gets too much for consumers James, Alexandria and Lucy, they're shocked to discover the alternative – a makeshift 50ft-deep mine shaft, inside the front room of someone's house, which can only be accessed by rope and pulley. Each day, the workers do two four-hour shifts to bring up 12 bags of gravel, which they must then move to the river where they sift through it looking for gems. There is no oxygen so far down the shaft, so they must fill bags with air and pump it in to the mine shaft just so that they can breathe.
It's not just the extreme working conditions and hand-to-mouth existence of the locals, who earn a very basic living wage of one pound a day for their work, that shock the Brits, but that the value of the rough stones is so cheap compared to the jewellery on sale in our shops.
The British Library is home to a staggering four and a half million maps, most of which remain are stored safely in its colossal basement. Tonight's programme in the series celebrating the beauty of maps delves behind the scenes to explore some of their amazing treasures in more detail.
This is the story of three maps, three "visions" of London, over three centuries; visions of beauty that celebrate, but also distort the truth, even lie. It's the story of how urban maps have tried to impose order on chaos.
On Sunday 2 September 1660 in a Pudding Lane bakery, the Great Fire of London began reducing most of the City to ashes. Among the huge losses were many maps of the City itself.
The Morgan Map of 1682 was the first to show the whole of the City of London after the fire. Consisting of 16 separate sheets, measuring 8 ft by 5 ft, it took six years to complete. His beautiful map symbolised the hoped-for ideal City, even including buildings, most notably St Paul's Cathedral, that weren't yet built.
In 1746 John Rocque produced the most detailed map ever made of London. Re-surveying the City in its entirety, such was the project's scale that it almost bankrupted him. Like Morgan's, Rocque's map is all neo-Classical beauty and clinical precision. But the London it represented had become the opposite – in engravings of the time, such as Night, artist William Hogarth shows a city boiling with vice and corruption.
Stephen Walter's contemporary image, The Island, plays with cartographic notions of order and respectability. His extraordinary London map looks at first glance to be just as precise and ordered as his hero Rocque's but, looking closer, it includes 21st-century markings such as "favourite kebab vans" and sites of "personal heartbreak".
The BBC Four maps series coincides with a British Library exhibition, Magnificent Maps – Power, Propaganda and Art which opens on 30 April.
Maddy discovers Danny is seeing the school counsellor, as the sitcom starring Caroline Quentin concludes.
She attempts to play therapist herself – but no matter how hard she tries to solve his problems, she only seems to make them worse.
Caroline Quentin plays Maddy with Taylor Fawcett as Danny.
Kim and Chris come to blows over his introduction of an APU (Advanced University Preparation) scheme for Ros, the school's brightest pupil, as the drama set in a Rochdale school continues.
Kim believes the scheme should be open to everyone, but Chris thinks it's cruel to build up pupils' hopes of getting into a top university if their grades aren't strong enough.
It's a battle of wills, won when Michaela stages a protest demanding to be allowed on the scheme and Rachel opens it up to everyone. However, Michaela soon learns she's not cut out for the rigours of academic life and Kim is left lecturing Chris on their need to address the aspirations of all Waterloo Road's pupils.
Elsewhere, year 10 pupil Aiden Keen has a bad attitude and a tendency to blame every slight or joke on the fact that he's very overweight. When Kim confiscates snacks from him during lessons, Aiden sneaks back into her empty office to retrieve them. Caught in the act, Aiden goes on the defensive and persuades his doting mother to lodge a formal complaint against Kim, suggesting she's bullying him because of his size. Rachel gets involved but it's not until Mrs Keen sees her son's attitude towards his peers and teachers, that she realises she's spoiling Aiden rotten and endangering his health by letting him eat junk food all day.
Rachel hires a new head chef to double up as Waterloo Road's healthy school coordinator which puts Ruby's nose out of joint. In addition the successful and extremely well-qualified candidate, Adam Fleet, turns out to be a welcome blast from Rachel's past....
Kim Campbell is played by Angela Griffin, Chris Mead by William Ash, Ros McCain by Sophie McShera, Michaela White by Zarrah Abrahams, Rachel Mason by Eva Pope, Aiden Keen by Josh Brown, Ruby Fry by Elizabeth Berrington and Adam Fleet by Steven Waddington.
Waterloo Road is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
In a fascinating one-off special, the team from Bang Goes The Theory digs deep into our most important tool – our brains. The team discovers mind-controlled taxis, explores the brain's incredible adaptability and investigates the multi-million pound brain-training industry.
Brain training games are big business across the UK but the fact is that there's very little to support whether brain training really does anything to improve the brain power of the general population. In one of the most pioneering trials of its kind, Bang Goes The Theory unveils the results of the biggest-ever scientific investigation into whether brain training games really work.
With results taken from more than 13,000 volunteers who trained their brains three times a week for six weeks, the study findings are set to make fascinating viewing. Plus, with the collaboration of scientists from leading scientific institutes, the Medical Research Council and the Alzheimer's Society, the scientific trial will be published in one of the UK's top-tier scientific papers later this month. The results are quite unexpected.
Next, in another of their impossible feats, Jem Stansfield and Dallas Campbell take on the positively futuristic – driving a two-ton taxi with the power of thought alone. At Santa Pod Raceway, they attempt to push their minds to the limit by using their brain's electrical signals to move two black cabs along the race track.
Finally, the team learns more about the brain's extraordinary adaptability. Liz Bonnin meets Phil, who was diagnosed with the rare condition Rasmussen's Encephalitis when he was a small boy, resulting in a spherectomy (the removal of half of his brain). Liz discovers how his brain has developed and adapted over the years and finds out how a series of tasks, including juggling, can change the way that all of our brains work.
The one-off special is aired halfway through the new series of BBC One's popular science show.
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Antiguan finance minister Horatio Emanuel promises Stuart Zedeck, Leonard Winstone and Joe Tobin that the lawyers will never see the confidential banking records they need, as the American legal drama continues.
Already sceptical of Emanuel, Patty suggests turning their attention to Tobin's daughter, Carol, who Ellen has pegged as a suspect in Danielle Marchetti's mysterious death. However, because Carol went missing after being seen with Danielle shortly before she died, the search is difficult.
Meanwhile, as Zedeck begins providing the Tobins with the money that Louis left for them, disgraced financier Arthur Frobisher's efforts to rehabilitate his image with a wind energy project lead him to ask actor Terry Brooke to be its spokesperson. And while Brooke initially refuses, he eventually agrees to help sell the project in exchange for the film rights to Frobisher's upcoming autobiography.
A concerned Marilyn Tobin asks Winstone to hire an investigator to find Carol. As Winstone initiates a search, Tom and Ellen begin using credit card and cell phone records to track her down too. Meanwhile, when Ellen runs into Michael Hewes and his older girlfriend Jill Burnham, she is surprised to learn they are expecting a baby. Unaware that their pregnancy is supposed to be a secret, an unwitting Ellen startles Patty with the news.
In a neighborhood in Brooklyn where he suspects Carol is hiding, Tom enlists a homeless man he knows to help find her. However, before Tom hears anything back, Winstone learns that Carol is living in a loft building that he owns. Finally, after tracking Carol to where Joe stashed her to avoid having her connected to Danielle's death, the homeless man not only tips off Tom to Carol's whereabouts, but claims that he previously saw Winstone disposing of some boots that belonged to Louis Tobin, as well as Danielle Marchetti's cell phone. Finally, Jill keeps a meeting with Patty under wraps as she mulls over her offer to abandon Michael.
Horatio Emanuel is played by Michael Potts, Stuart Zedeck by Dominic Chianese, Leonard Winstone by Martin Short, Joe Tobin by Campbell Scott, Patty Hewes by Glenn Close, Carol Tobin by Ana Reeder, Ellen Parsons by Rose Byrne, Arthur Frobisher by Ted Danson, Marilyn Tobin by Lily Tomlin, Tom Shayes by Tate Donovan, Michael Hewes by Zachary Booth and Jill Burnham by Wendy Moniz.
Alys Fowler continues to face the daunting challenge of turning her small urban backyard into a beautiful yet productive garden as The Edible Garden continues.
Showing gardening newcomers and enthusiasts alike how easy it is to grow fruit and vegetables in among shrubs and flowers, this week Alys takes a look at root crops and leafy greens – mainstays of her edible garden.
Planted amid the majestic kales are the red stems of earthy Swiss chard, and the deep purple foliage of beetroot, all delivering delicious dishes from mid-summer right through the winter.
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.
And Alys doesn't go short of tasty options, from beetroot and yoghurt soup to rhubarb and raspberry pie. There is also a good supply of eggs from her two chickens, Alice B and Gertrude.
Alys's mission is to prove that growing and cooking your own fruit and vegetables is hugely rewarding, cost effective and life enhancing.
Anyone 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, as well as regular updates throughout the growing season, recipes and news of a nationwide Dig In Tour.
Interior designer Kathryn Rayward and antiques expert Mark Hill create a cosy country retreat as they continue their 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.
They want to drag antiques from their pedestals, blow the dust off them and show how they can be more affordable, stylish and better made than much of what the high street has to offer.
Ellen and Dean Barker are in the middle of renovating their rural family home. They need help transforming their soulless living-room-cum-building-site, but the luxurious country chic style they want doesn't come cheap on the high street. Mark and Kathryn want to show them that antiques and vintage objects are often a better-made, more stylish and cheaper alternative than much of what the high street has to offer, and create the stunning, contemporary country living room Ellen and Dean have always dreamed of.
Also in the programme, Mark is on hand with his expert tips on two upcoming areas to invest in, that could go up in value in the future: Fifties coffee tables and stainless steel metal wear, and Kathryn demonstrates that while it's wise to invest in some key pieces, people shouldn't forget about the well-made but tired pieces of furniture forgotten about in attics and garages. With some simple reupholstering, Kathryn turns a scuzzy old sofa into a stunning one-off design piece.
The Dutch Golden Age saw map-making reach a fever pitch of creative and commercial ambition. This was the era of the first ever atlases: elaborate, lavish and beautiful.
This was the great age of discovery and marked an unprecedented opportunity for mapmakers who sought to record and categorise the newly acquired knowledge of the world. Rising above the many mapmakers in this period was Gerald Mercator, inventor of the Mercator projection, who changed mapmaking for ever when he published his collection of world maps in 1598 and coined the term "atlas".
Mercator's extraordinary ambition was to produce a series of six atlases which would contain all the knowledge of the world. Yet early editions of his work sold poorly because, though brilliant scientifically, the decoration was plain. For consumers, maps were as much about art as geography.
Colour, adornment and embellishment were key. For the Dutch, maps were a way of expressing power, wealth and control. Vast wall maps feature in nearly a third of Vermeer's paintings, testament to both the status and importance of maps, but a mark too of the growing relationship between maps and art.
The programme looks at some of the largest and most elaborate maps ever produced, from the vast maps on the floor of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, to the 24-volume atlas covering just the Netherlands, to the largest atlas in the world, The Klencke Atlas. It was made for Charles II to mark his restoration in 1660. But while being one of the British Library's most important items, it is also one of its most fragile, so hardly ever opened. This is a unique opportunity to see inside this enormous and lavish work, and see the world through the eyes of a king.
The BBC Four maps series coincides with a British Library exhibition, Magnificent Maps – Power, Propaganda and Art which opens on 30 April.
The Bafta-winning children's series is back for a General Election special, with children interviewing senior politicians on key issues that matter to their age group.
Election was the ground-breaking children's series that had kids competing in political skills to be the best leader.
In the run-up to the General Election 2010, four bright and passionate children (aged 11-13) grill senior politicians from the three biggest political parties – Alan Johnson MP (Labour), David Cameron MP (Conservatives) and Lembit Opik MP (Liberal Democrats) – on how they plan to make Britain a better place for children.
The show is presented by Angellica Bell and the debate chaired by Andrew Neil, with the political interviews filmed in front of a live audience of 140 children. Sharon Osbourne, Julia Bradbury and Evan Davis all have cameo appearances as celebrity mentors.
Each of the four children represents an issue that they feel passionate about. They have all gone on personal journeys to find out more about their issue.
Thirteen-year-old Louis from London has been a victim of an attempted mugging and wants to ask the politicians about knife crime and street safety. Catherine, 11, from Cumbria, lives next to a wind farm that she feels spoils the landscape and wants to hear politicians' views about the environment. Thirteen-year-old Akul from Bolton believes that government debt is a big problem for society and wants to ask the politicians about the economy. Finally, 13-year-old Megan from Wootton Bassett has experienced her father being away fighting in Afghanistan and wants to talk about the conflict.
At the end of the event, the audience of schoolchildren vote on which of the four issues they feel is most important to them.
This programme is repeated on CBBC on Sunday 25 April at 5.15pm.
After discovering that Jack punched Dr Steele, Ronnie heads to the hospital to tell Jack how she feels about him, as the drama continues in Albert Square.
Meanwhile, Zsa Zsa wins the Vic's darts tournament with a £300 prize.
Elsewhere, Christian and Syed discuss their options for the future.
Jack is played by Scott Maslen, Dr Steele by Simon Wilson, Ronnie by Samantha Womack, Zsa Zsa by Emer Kenny, Christian by John Partridge and Syed by Marc Elliott.
Karen recreates Britain's Got Talent, Ben takes a close interest in Dad's medical tests, Mum thinks Jake's healthy interest in girls is becoming unhealthy, and the ghost of John McEnroe hovers over Dad's Saturday morning game of tennis, as the comedy series that captures family life at its most deliciously chaotic continues.
No-nonsense Karen decides to sort things out in Outnumbered, a very recognisable evocation of the daily rollercoaster of family life and a celebration of parental incompetence, as a beleaguered mum and dad attempt to raise their kids with the minimum of emotional damage for all concerned.
Ramona Marquez plays Karen, Daniel Roche plays Ben, Hugh Dennis plays Dad, Claire Skinner plays Mum and Tyger Drew-Honey plays Jake.
Lagos's version of Venice is Makoko, a slum built on water. Tonight's programme of this eye-opening series, which explores one of the most extreme urban environments on the planet, continues its journey by taking a trip into the lives of the people who choose to live and work on the waters of Lagos Lagoon.
Fisherman Chubbey lives here in a house built on stilts. With 18 children and five grandchildren to support, he's become an expert at making money from the most unlikely of places. Whether building a fish pond in the water around him or renting out a spare room which he hasn't even built yet, he's always got an innovative scheme on the go. But when his teenage son starts hanging out with a local gang, he faces worries familiar to parents all over the world.
Paul is a saw operator at Ebute Metta, the largest timber yard in West Africa. Much of the wood that goes into building Lagos passes through this place, floated in on enormous rafts, some over a kilometre long. Paul sleeps in the saw mill and dreams of getting his own place in Makoko, but saving enough money takes a long time and the work is dangerous; deadly electric shocks from the machinery are a real fear.
Kissme and Daniel make their living diving for sand at the bottom of the Lagoon and selling it to the building trade. Between them they can fill two dumper trucks a day, collecting every grain with just an old iron bucket, taking it back to shore in a boat with sewn-together rice sacks for sails.
As humans begin to come to terms with an increasingly urban future, this extraordinary series offers unprecedented access and insight into the lives of just a few of the millions of slum dwellers here who are living at the sharp end of the fastest growing megacity in the world.
Following on from last year's acclaimed documentary The Autistic Me, this new film catches up with Oliver, Alex and Thomas a year after director Matt Rudge first met them. For the lives of these young men on the autistic spectrum, the last 12 months has seen some dramatic changes and upheavals in all of their lives, as they continue their journey into adulthood.
Oliver, 25, has High Functioning Autism and had been searching for a job. In the first programme, his temporary contract at the British Library had come to an end and he was desperate for something to do so he could have a routine and find self worth.
A year on, Oliver has moved out of home but is still desperate for work. Attending a course specifically designed to help people with autism find employment, he's been undergoing mock interviews and has work experience at a supermarket. But with an encyclopaedic knowledge of British history, is stacking shelves really all he can get?
Tom, 16, has Autistic Spectrum Disorder. His frustration with a lack of independence was at boiling point and his parents thought it best he spend some time away from the family in a residential care unit.
Tom is no longer at the care unit. He and his family have moved over 300 miles to start afresh in Cornwall; however, their idyllic dream move is proving a challenge for everyone – especially Tom. He finds himself isolated in the countryside, with no friends and contemplating the pressures of having to attend a mainstream college.
Alex, 25, has Asperger's Syndrome. Alex was using the internet to find a girlfriend, and had been on a first date with Kirsty, 20, another girl with autism.
A year later, Alex is doing well at work and Kirsty has become his girlfriend – but he still hasn't actually seen her since their first date. They live in separate towns and travelling to see each other is difficult and challenging. But Kirsty's birthday party is fast approaching and he plans a trip to see her. What does the future hold for a relationship such as theirs?
In 1877, when graphic artist Fred Rose produced his Serio Comic Map of Europe at War, maps began to take on a new direction and form, reflecting a changing world.
Maps were such a part of the national psyche that the outlines of countries and shape of continents had become iconic and instantly recognisable. This meant that the maps themselves could be used in new ways, not as geographical tools, but as devices for humour, satire or storytelling.
Rose's 1877 map exploited these possibilities to the full using a combination of creatures and human figures to represent each European nation. The personification of Russia as a grotesque-looking octopus, extending its tentacles around the surrounding nations, perfectly symbolised the threat the country posed to its neighbours. The breakdown of the old empires into new, smaller, more defined nation states proved to be fantastic material for the new breed of map-makers who exploited each country's new characteristics, exaggerating and mocking them in order to make a political point.
The political upheaval of the 19th century also provided the perfect stage for the explosion of satirical maps. Rose perfectly captured the public mood in 1880 with his General Election maps featuring Gladstone and Disraeli, using the maps to comment upon crucial election issues still familiar to us today, such as troop deployments, independence and Britain's role in international affairs. Stored in the British Library basements for 130 years, this will be the first time the public will be able to see these fascinating maps on television. The programme features an interview with modern-day political cartoonist Peter Brookes, talking about the employment of satire in this way.
But it wasn't just the historical backdrop that was right; changes in printing technology suddenly meant maps could be published in large numbers, at greater speed and a fraction of the cost. At a modern print workshop 19th-century technology is used to create a stunning replica of Fred Rose's original octopus map.
The BBC Four maps series coincides with a British Library exhibition, Magnificent Maps – Power, Propaganda and Art which opens on 30 April.
Amira and Syed have a house warming party, in the final visit of the week to Albert Square, but tensions are running high in the Masood household. Qadim turns up to congratulate his daughter.
Fat Boy gets on the wrong side of Whitney when he says his T-shirt is from her stall – in fact it's from Stacey's.
Amira is played by Preeya Kalidas, Syed by Marc Elliott, Qadim by Ramon Tikaram, Fat Boy by Ricky Norwood, Whitney by Shona McGarty and Stacey by Lacey Turner.
DCI Gene Hunt and his team, DI Alex Drake, DI Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton, are hot on the tail of a van they believe contains a large amount of heroin, as the Eighties police drama continues.
When the Quattro blocks the van's escape route, the team are faced with a woman brandishing a sawn-off shotgun but bullish Gene shows no fear and heads straight over to take on the female blagger. Things then take a strange turn when Gene seems to let her escape.
It transpires that the woman is an undercover police officer and Gene is not happy that an operation is taking place on his patch. DCI Jim Keats is quick to shed some light on the situation; Louise Gardner from Hanfield police station has infiltrated the Staffords, a notorious crime family with whom Gene shares some history.
Determined to take over the operation, Gene manages to blow Louise's cover. Jim is not happy, and the situation is made worse when Louise turns up at CID beaten and bruised. With Louise under Gene's protection, the team have to work fast to stop Daniel Stafford getting his latest lot of heroin on to the streets.
As Gene and Alex close in, something is not quite right. Some of Louise's reports are missing and it looks as if someone on the inside is bending the rules to help keep the Staffords on the streets.
Meanwhile, the ghostly police constable with the 6-6-20 epaulette is still haunting Alex. She is increasingly convinced that he's the key to getting home.
DCI Gene Hunt is played by Philip Glenister, DI Alex Drake by Keeley Hawes, DI Ray Carling by Dean Andrews, DC Chris Skelton by Marshall Lancaster, DCI Jim Keats by Daniel Mays, Louise Gardner by Zoe Telford and Daniel Stafford by Bryan Dick.
Ashes To Ashes is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
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