Friday 18 Apr 2014
BBC One's winter warmer, Lark Rise To Candleford, starring Julia Sawalha, Olivia Hallinan, Brendan Coyle and Claudie Blakley, returns for a third series. Based on the novels by Flora Thompson, and adapted by Bill Gallagher, the new series continues to chronicle the lives of the hamlet folk of Lark Rise and the wealthier inhabitants of neighbouring Candleford.
Daniel Parish, a handsome and ambitious young journalist, arrives in Lark Rise with exciting news for the Timmins family. Emma's aunt has died, leaving her a large inheritance. All Daniel seeks in return for this information is permission to write their rags-to-riches story for his newspaper.
The legacy, however, seems too good to be true. It could buy them a whole new life in Candleford, and Robert a business of his own, yet Emma is troubled by this potential windfall and worries that Robert desires this new life more than she does.
Laura and Daniel, meanwhile, find a connection through their shared love of writing. She opens her heart to him and shows him her private journal. But Dorcas is suspicious of Daniel's motives and challenges him to write about love and community instead of sensation. When Daniel's article is published, Laura is devastated to discover that Daniel has used the contents of her journal to mock her family and friends.
As the plans for the move to Candleford gather pace, Emma and Robert hide their growing unease about leaving their home. So when they discover that Emma is one of several claimants to the money, and stands to inherit only a tiny sum, they celebrate remaining in Lark Rise and the life they love there.
Daniel, too, has come to value the way of life in Lark Rise and desperately seeks to make amends. But can he convince anyone, especially Laura, to trust him again?
Ben Aldridge plays Daniel Parish, Claudie Blakley plays Emma Timmins, Brendan Coyle plays Robert Timmins, Olivia Hallinan plays Laura Timmins and Julia Sawalha plays Dorcas Lane.
Lark Rise To Candleford is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
After killing a man in the line of duty, Wallander finds himself spiralling into depression, as the Bafta-winning series starring Kenneth Branagh as the famous Swedish detective continues its run of three new feature-length investigations.
He has just decided to leave the police when an old friend, Sten Torstensson, a solicitor, approaches him to investigate the recent death of his father in a car accident. At first, Kurt dismisses his friend's suspicions about the accident as unlikely, but Sten explains that the keys to the vehicle were found outside the car, raising Wallander's suspicions.
A report explains that the keys had fallen from the ignition, something that could never have happened if his father had smashed the car while driving. Sten begs him to look into the case but, as interested as he might be, Wallander is still fragile and dismisses the case.
Wallander later learns that his solicitor friend has been found dead – a possible suicide – and realises that he was wrong not to listen. Against his better judgement, a troubled Wallander returns to work to head what may now have become a double murder case.
An enigmatic big-business tycoon who hides behind tight security seems to be the common denominator in the two deaths...
Kurt Wallander is played by Kenneth Branagh and Sten Torstensson by David Sibley. This episode also features Sarah Smart as Anne-Britt Hoglund, Tom Hiddleston as Martinsson, Sadie Shimmin as Lisa Holgersson and David Warner as Povel Wallander.
Wallander is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
In 1984 Indira Gandhi sent troops into the holiest and most revered of Sikh shrines, The Golden Temple. The aim was to expel the Sikh militant preacher, Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, and his followers. The bloodiest of consequences ensued, ultimately leading to Indira Gandhi's assassination by her own Sikh bodyguards and a backlash against the Sikhs that India had not witnessed since the days of partition.
1984 – A Sikh Story tells the tale of this tumultuous year through the eyes of British-born Sikh, Sonia Deol, who was only 11 when the Indian army stormed The Golden Temple.
Sonia has only begun to understand her faith in recent years – an awakening that began during her own visit to The Golden Temple; and there are many questions she needs answered. How could Indian troops, led by a Sikh, storm such a sacred shrine? How did the cult of Bhindranwale attract so many Sikh followers and why is he still revered by some today?
This one-off documentary takes Sonia on an emotional journey back to India in a bid to discover how such an attack could ever have taken place.
Throughout her journey, Sonia meets and interviews eye-witnesses including Giani Puran Singh, a Golden Temple priest, who dodged bullets from both the Indian army and Bhindranwale's men; as well as General Brar, who was in charge of "Operation Blue Star" and whose army stormed the temple.
Sonia meets those caught up in the aftermath of Mrs Gandhi's assassination and the resulting terrifying riots in Delhi. She also interviews the women who were widowed during the riots and former BBC correspondent Mark Tully, who became known for giving the world an insight into these events as they were happening, on the ground.
Starting in the UK and following Sonia on her journey to India, 1984 – A Sikh Story tells the story of her personal voyage to understand the history of her faith and explore what it means to be Sikh in Britain today.
Executive Producer Tommy Nagra says: "The events of 1984 have become an iconic and integral part of modern Sikh history. This is very much a personal film unravelling a chain of bloody events that India had not witnessed since the days of Partition."
1984 – A Sikh Story is a BBC Vision Production for BBC One.
Graham Bell and Ed Leigh present coverage of the men's giant slalom from the Swiss resort of Adelboden, in today's edition of Ski Sunday.
Austrian superstar Benni Raich has ruled the roost here of late, winning three of the last four races on the legendary Chuenisbärgli slope. But there will be a partisan home crowd willing on current giant slalom world champion Carlo Janka, not to mention last year's overall World Cup champion in the discipline, Didier Cuche.
Ed also samples the delights of night-time ski jumping as he travels to the heart of Austria for the climax of the Four Hills Tournament in Bischofshofen.
Adrian Chiles offers the last word on the weekend's Premier League action, with highlights of today's games and all the goals from yesterday's matches.
Liverpool hosted Tottenham at Anfield with unpleasant memories of the opening day of the season no doubt still fresh in their minds. Spurs beat the Reds 2-1 that day, setting the trend for what has been a disappointing campaign so far for Rafael Benitez's side.
The likes of Sir Trevor Brooking, Billy Bonds and Frank Lampard Sr were in the last West Ham side to host Wolves in a top-flight match at Upton Park. The Hammers played Wolves again today, having enjoyed a 2-0 win at Molineux back in August. It's been a tough season for both sides and the three points at stake could prove crucial come the end of the season.
There will also be a look at the lighter-hearted moments from the weekend's action in 2Good 2Bad.
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