Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
Hazel Irvine introduces live action from the third day's play of the European Tour's flagship event, the PGA Championship from Wentworth. The players that made the halfway cut will now have their eyes firmly on a prize fund of €4.5m, one of the largest on offer on the European Tour.
Ernie Els, who has a house on the Wentworth estate, acted as architect for the redesign of the famous West Course following Paul Casey's victory in the tournament last year. Top of Els's agenda was a remodification of all 18 greens.
Two Englishmen, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, ranked four and six in the world respectively, will be relishing the prospect of trying out the new greens.
Coverage continues on BBC Two at 4.30pm.
It's 2015 and the most ambitious drilling project in history has reached deeper beneath the Earth's crust than man has ever gone before – but now the ground itself is fighting back.
In the latest episode of the time-travelling drama, written by Chris Chibnall, the Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in a tiny mining village and find themselves plunged into a battle against a deadly danger from a bygone age.
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's epic quest to find a new Dorothy reaches its conclusion as the viewing public decides on a new superstar for the West End stage in the final of Over The Rainbow.
Through regional auditions, the rigours of the various missions and eight weeks of adrenalin-pumping live TV performances, it has been a rollercoaster ride for the Dorothys. Now, the three remaining finalists have just one more chance to show the nation that they have the power, charisma and talent to win one of the most prized and best-loved roles in musical theatre.
Graham Norton is the host as the Dorothys do battle under the watchful eye of the expert panel of Charlotte Church, Sheila Hancock and John Partridge.
Unlike in previous weeks, Andrew Lloyd Webber doesn't have a saving vote this evening – it is up to the viewers to pick the performer that they believe is most worthy of wearing the ruby red slippers.
Tonight's finalists will sing a range of songs, including their personal favourites from the series, as well as a group performance with the eight Dorothys who weren't lucky enough to make it this far. At the end of the first show, the would-be Dorothy with the lowest number of public votes will leave the competition, leaving just two remaining.
Later in the evening Over The Rainbow returns with the final Results Show, in which one of those girls will finally be crowned Dorothy.
Viewers will also find out this evening which lucky dog will perform in a one-off gala performance as Toto.
Over The Rainbow is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's high definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Lenny's cockiness knows no bounds as he thinks the Fellowship is in the bag, as the medical drama continues. However, he's brought back down to Earth with a bump when his patient dies of a mysterious virus.
With Yuki ruling himself out of Fellowship contention, Lenny's convinced it is his. Swaggering around the ED, his confidence is soaring until one of his patients is diagnosed with a degenerative disease and another dies suddenly and inexplicably. Could this be another incidence of the mysterious Cryptococcsis virus? Devastated and perplexed, Lenny is determined to get to the bottom of the cause and prove himself again.
Elsewhere, Ruth uses her surgical training to provide hope for a terminal patient. Knowing full well she'll only make an enemy of an eminent surgeon, she pesters him unflaggingly until he finally concedes to her view.
Meanwhile, Jordan is still in high spirits and fixated on the idea of having children. Zoe desperately tries to distract him with anything other than the truth – that she can't have children. When told a medical procedure could give her a one-in-four chance of being able to conceive, Zoe dismisses the idea. She's doctor material, not a mother. But her heart is set on Jordan...
Steve Miller plays Lenny, Will Sharpe plays Yuki, Georgia Taylor plays Ruth, Michael French plays Jordan and Sunetra Sarker plays Zoe.
Olive's audition for the school band is interrupted by some bad news about her boyfriend in Confidence, the fifth episode of the fast-paced multi-platform drama about British teenage life. Today's edition also introduces new boy Elliott.
Featuring a cast of rising stars performing storylines suggested by teens, The Cut offers drama-packed entertainment for a soap-loving audience. It is shown in five-minute episodes online from Monday to Friday at bbc.co.uk/thecut with an omnibus edition on BBC Two on Saturdays.
Olive is played by Billie North and Elliott by Alex Roe.
Coverage from Wentworth continues (from BBC One) as the third round of the PGA Championship reaches its climax.
The most prestigious tournament on the European Tour always attracts a stellar field and those who have made the cut will be hoping to join a roll call of winners that includes Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer.
Hazel Irvine introduces the action with commentary from Peter Alliss, Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter.
The band member that everyone struggles to name in a pub quiz; the out-of-focus guy on the LP sleeve; sometimes a bass player, perhaps on keys, sometimes nobody is quite sure what they do, but they're there alright.
The series that examines the anatomy of great rock 'n' roll bands continues with The Other One – the catalyst, the glue holding it all together, the band's secret weapon. Sometimes shunning the limelight, these shadowy group members are not to be underestimated because, at the end of the day, they may be the ones keeping the show on the road or even running it.
Tonight's selection of "other ones" includes the late John Entwistle, bass player with The Who; Ray Manzarek, keyboardist with The Doors; and a man who summed up his band's whole existence, Bez of the Happy Mondays. The programme examines the importance of their individual contributions.
Narrated by Mark Radcliffe, tonight's programme also includes contributions from Mani of the Stone Roses; Rick Wakeman; Andy Fraser, bass player with Free; Nicky Wire from Manic Street Preachers; Jon Lord from Deep Purple; Jools Holland; Keith Emerson and many more.
I'm In A Rock 'n' Roll Band! is a multi-platform project on BBC Two, BBC Radio 2 and bbc.co.uk, which dissects the traditional band, looking at what makes each of the individual members tick. The series culminates in a live studio show on Saturday 5 June, when industry experts will discuss their favourite rock 'n' roll musicians and create the ultimate fantasy band.
From the Vaynol Estate in Bangor, North Wales, BBC Radio 1 DJ's Edith Bowman and Reggie Yates introduce TV highlights from the UK's biggest free music festival, BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend.
BBC Three's exclusive TV coverage includes live performances from a dazzling line-up of international and UK artists, including Cheryl Cole's first UK festival appearance as a solo artist. Also featured are international superstar Alicia Keys, Dizzee Rascal and Florence and the Machine, as well as side-of-the-stage interviews and all the news and behind-the-scenes fun from around the site.
The 10th Big Weekend promises to be bigger and better than ever with live music across four stages. The two-day event is also broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra and has a major interactive online presence at bbc.co.uk/radio1.
Radio 1's Big Weekend is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's high definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Spanish artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) remains one of the art world's most controversial figures. An artist with brilliant technical abilities, his dreamscapes have become some of the most famous pictures ever painted. As BBC One's modern art series looking at some of the most notable and influential artists of our time concludes, Alastair Sooke discusses whether Dali's often comical behaviour and his eager readiness to embrace advertising and the media as part of a quest for fame and fortune, undermined the seriousness of his purpose.
Sooke argues that Dali was one of the most influential men in the 20th century, whose influence has spread through fashion, comedy, advertising and art. But was he also a great artist?
Discovering the importance of Dali's childhood as a source of his art, Sooke goes back to the Spanish seaside towns the artist frequented as a child. Together with Dali's biographer, Ian Gibson, he finds the landmarks that became the source for motifs that occurred throughout his career.
For Dali it was the surrealists, led by French poet, philosopher and agitator Andre Breton, who proposed an agenda and a direction in art that he considered he could make his own. Inspired by the theories of Freud, Breton and the surrealists proposed an art movement that would focus on interior worlds, tap into the unconscious mind and reflect the human fascination with sex. Though Dali joined the movement late, he quickly became its champion and evangelist.
Sooke travels to the US to see Dali's most celebrated painting, The Persistence Of Memory (1931). Featuring melting clocks in a hunting desert, it is still much referred to in advertising and popular media, and Sooke considers why Dali's work has such perennial appeal.
Talking about Dali's own paranoia, leading psychoanalyst Darian Leader explains that he used the real world as a prompt to discover alternative possibilities. Dali could look at a rock and see a face; he could look at a melting Camembert cheese and see a melting clock signifying mortality.
One of Dali's most controversial contributions to art was his reconfiguration of everyday objects to make them suggestive and thought-provoking. Visiting the home of Dali's British patron, Edward James, with the Victoria & Albert Museum's curator Ghislane Wood, Sooke is shown several of these: Dali's telephone with a lobster receiver; the sofa made in the shape of Hollywood actress Mae West's lips; and an armchair made from ... arms.
Leading contemporary artist Jeff Koons describes how Dali's provocative art in the 20th century gave artists like him permission to experiment in new ways. But it is not just the art world that has taken on the mantle of surrealism. Sooke explores how creative industries from advertising to fashion have absorbed the potential of surrealism's promotion of the ridiculous and the suggestive. From the adverts Dali himself designed or appeared in, to those on screens today, commercials continue to delight and provoke by making surreal links.
From the early dress designs that Dali made with Elsa Schiaparelli to those created by the late Alexander McQueen and worn recently by Lady Gaga, fashion's debt to Dali remains profound. The entertainment industries also owe much to the artist. His sense of the absurd set a marker for comics from Monty Python to today's Mighty Boosh, as writer and performer Noel Fielding reveals. The admiration that film-makers Alfred Hitchcock and Walt Disney had for the painter is also explored as Sooke heads to Hollywood to unearth Dali's collaborations with these titans of the silver screen.
The journey ends in the Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres, Spain, where Sooke marvels at the output of the man and admits the irrevocable impact he has had on the contemporary world.
Modern Masters – Dali is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Jennie Gow presents coverage from the Le Mans MotoGP.
The iconic motorsport venue in Northern France was host to a classic Grand Prix last year that saw Spain's Jorge Lorenzo battle difficult weather conditions to win. He will be among the favourites on the grid as he clearly likes the track, having also finished second in the race in 2008. As ever, the legendary Valentino Rossi will be the man to beat as he showed in the opening race of the season in Qatar.
This is only the third MotoGP of the season after the Japanese GP was postponed due to the disruption caused to air travel by the Icelandic volcano, so riders will be keen to get some points on the board.
Hazel Irvine presents live action from the final round of the PGA Championship from Wentworth. Last year, Paul Casey picked up the trophy and a cheque for €750,000 after emerging victorious from a nail-biting duel with fellow Englishman Ross Fisher.
Casey needed three birdies in the last four holes to secure the win, which lifted him up to third in the world rankings. With the Ryder Cup looming in September, the vital qualification points on offer here will ensure competition at the top of the leaderboard will be fiercer than ever.
Nick Frost stars as John Self in this timely two-part adaptation of Martin Amis's blackly comedic cult novel Money, set among the greed and excess of early-Eighties capitalism.
Self, a successful director of commercials, quits his agency and travels to America to direct his autobiographical feature film debut, with the assistance of high-flying moneyman Fielding Goodney.
As they begin to make headway with the production, getting their pitch accepted and securing major names for the film, Self receives obscure late-night phone-calls from an anonymous and threatening caller who appears to know his every move.
Undeterred and sustained by a diet of pornography, alcohol and room service, Self attempts to juggle his pursuit of the money with his dysfunctional relationship with girlfriend Selina, his old friend Martina and bitter father Barry.
Meanwhile, conflict between his stars, Lorne Guyland and Caduta Massi, over the proposed nudity or lack thereof in their sex scenes, as well as the script-changing demands of moralistic actor Spunk Davis, threaten to ruin his feature film.
Things take a darker turn for Self when, unable to remember a particularly hedonistic night's events, he finds himself stranded and bleeding after being attacked. With nothing taken, though, who attacked him and what was the motive?
One thing is central to all of this – money – and as Self notes at the start of this compelling drama, "Money doesn't care if you say it's evil, it just makes it stronger."
Nick Frost is John Self, Vincent Kartheiser is Fielding Goodney, Emma Pierson is Selina Street, Hattie Morahan is Martina Twain, Tim Pigott-Smith is Barry, Oliver Cotton is Lorne Guyland, Jerry Hall is Caduta Massi and Joshua Dallas is Spunk Davis.
Money is part of the Eighties season on BBC Two, which also features Abi Morgan's Royal Wedding and the Boy George biopic Worried About The Boy. Part two can be seen on Wednesday 26 May at 9pm on BBC Two.
Money is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Three different projects in the notorious Johannesburg suburb of Hillbrow receive help from the five footballers' wives and girlfriends (WAGs) who have left their pampered lives behind to experience the reality of life behind the gloss of the World Cup by working in some of the poorest and most deprived neighbourhoods in the host nation, South Africa.
Formerly an affluent white suburb under apartheid, Hillbrow is now the home of the poor, dispossessed, illegal immigrants and criminal gangs. Prostitution and sex trafficking are massive problems here and the WAGs tackle the issues head on, working with charities and organisations that help women and girls.
Elen Rivas and Ellie Darby work days and nights with former prostitutes, going into brothels to teach sex workers the dangers of HIV infection and trying to persuade them to leave the brothels to begin a new life. Shocked by what they find, Ellie says: "I feel sick ... the smell of marijuana and heroin was too much for me."
They eventually convince a 21-year-old prostitute to take herself and her baby out of a brothel and into a woman's shelter. Ellie continues: "All it took was two people to ask her about her story, take an interest. One phone call and she's in this great shelter; she'll be looked after now and at peace."
Chantelle Tagoe is based at the controversial Central Methodist Church, which offers 3,000 immigrants a place to sleep. It's dirty, squalid and dangerous. Chantelle breaks down when she first witnesses the human misery. "For this to be the last resort, it's awful. Just all the overcrowding and the children ... it's like their whole life is with them."
In the crèche she meets three-year-old Moses – a withdrawn boy who was abandoned at the church when his mother never returned to pick him up. Chantelle is drawn to him and makes a connection. "What a week's wages of a footballer could do, imagine what it would do in a place like this... £5,000 would feed a family for 10 years! It puts it all into perspective." At the end of her stay she pledges to sponsor Moses until he is 18.
Amii Grove and Imogen Thomas are based in a shelter for abused women and teenagers. They work long hours in the kitchens to feed the 150 women who live there. Again, for Imogen the gruelling hours almost prove too much. She walks out in a temper, but eventually returns to work after a rest.
BBC Three broadcasts exclusive coverage from the UK's biggest free music festival, BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, which this year comes from Vaynol Estate, Bangor, North Wales.
Presented by Radio 1 DJs Edith Bowman and Reggie Yates, the TV highlights include live performances from a dazzling line-up of international and UK artists as well as side-of-the-stage interviews with many of the acts, and all the news and behind-the-scenes fun from around the site.
This year is Radio 1's 10th Big Weekend and the event promises to be even better than ever. With live music across four stages, the two-day event is also broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra and has a major interactive presence online at bbc.co.uk/radio1.
This evening's show features performances from JLS, Paolo Nutini, Rihanna and Vampire Weekend.
Radio 1's Big Weekend is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Phil is shocked when he learns of Ben's wickedness, in the week's first visit to Walford.
Meanwhile, Stacey finds maternity leave a struggle.
Elsewhere, Ryan and Janine battle to win their twisted bet.
Phil is played by Steve McFadden, Ben by Charlie Jones, Stacey by Lacey Turner, Ryan by Neil McDermott and Janine by Charlie Brooks.
Jo Malone helps two creative entrepreneurs enter the fiercely competitive fashion industry, in the latest episode of the series in which she and fellow business expert Nick Leslau mentor the owners of eight small businesses with big retail dreams from across Britain.
Beryl Brewis is a 39-year-old single mum from High Wycombe who, with a little help from some local grannies, is determined to help keep Brits warm in winter with her knitted merino wool scarves. After losing her fiancé last year, Beryl wants to get her life back on track by pouring her heart and soul into her business and is passionate about realising her dreams of selling her scarves on the high street and providing a better life for her and her two teenage sons. Impressed by her steely determination, Jo and Nick introduce Beryl to Pringle's creative director Clare Waight Keller who, with their help, must take Beryl swiftly back to the drawing board in the hope she can gain enough confidence to create a coveted accessory just right for the high street market.
Meanwhile, 27-year-old Claire English from East Sussex is hoping to make the jump from selling small numbers of her eclectic handmade jewellery at Portobello Market to securing a desirable business deal with a high-end national retailer. Encouraged by a fashion editor's feedback, Jo and Nick soon recognise that while Claire is an incredible British talent, she only makes just enough money to survive. They call upon top celebrity jeweller Stephen Webster to help Claire focus on both her collection and her business acumen. Having only eight weeks to turn her business around, will Claire's intense journey end with an invitation to pitch for a place on the high street?
High Street Dreams is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed he is gay, and a number of other sportspeople from around the world have "come out", this has led some to argue that the professional sporting arena is now a place where homosexual men and women can participate and enjoy the same freedoms as everyone else.
But with the world's most popular game, football, still outwardly 100 per cent heterosexual, journalist Mark Chapman investigates whether we really are seeing the smashing of sport's Last Taboo.
Mark journeys across the UK and Ireland meeting gay and straight sporting figures including Gareth Thomas, Donal Cusack and Martina Navratilova, to find out why it is so difficult for gay athletes to be open about their sexuality, and the consequences if they are.
It's a journey that leaves Mark with some surprising conclusions as to why gay professional sportspeople still prefer to keep their sexuality hidden.
Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera, traces the history of Italian opera in this new three-part series, travelling through Italy to explore the central role that opera plays in Italian history and culture.
Opera Italia features exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Pappano working in rehearsal with some of today's greatest singers, including soprano Renée Fleming, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, tenor Juan Diego Flórez and baritone Sir Thomas Allen. There is also performance footage, filmed in collaboration with the Royal Opera House and conducted by Pappano himself, including Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia and Verdi's La traviata.
In episode one, Pappano begins his journey by looking at the origins of opera as entertainment in the ducal palaces of Italy. He visits the Ducal Palace in Mantua where Monteverdi worked as court musician and travels to Rossini's home in Pesaro where the annual Rossini Festival takes place.
Opera On The BBC is a major new season of programmes across the BBC celebrating opera.
Another week of fun and games with Rosie and her friends begins with something getting up poor Oakley's nose. He can't stop sneezing, rattling Rosie and Raggles' playhouse and sending the poor Little Acorns flying down the hill. When a giant sneeze sends Little Bear flying away on a kite, Rosie is determined to find the cause.
On Tuesday, Saffie plans to invite the Little Acorns over for a sleepover but, as Saffie and Oakley are so far apart, Saffie cannot ask Oakley herself and is relying on Rosie and Raggles driving to and fro in the Twooter. Rosie tries to think of a better solution but Bluebird can't help as she is too busy creating the newest designer nest and Holly and Will are supposed to be helping Big Bear to skip. Will Oakley ever get Saffie's message?
Rosie and Raggles are Looking After Little Bear on Wednesday so that Big Bear can build Little Bear his first scooter as a surprise. But Little Bear proves to be quite a handful and they are all exhausted by the time it is ready. Luckily, Raggles rallies his friends so that Little Bear can test run his first-ever scooter.
There's a new hero in town on Thursday – SuperWill. The only snag is that no one seems to need his help, so Will takes matters into his own hands and flies Raggles's kite into Oakley's branches. He just means to rescue it unharmed but, when the kite is ripped and torn, Will feels terrible. But then Little Bear goes missing and a real hero is required...
Finally this week, Bluebird thinks her nest has been stolen. She accuses Will of taking it, but when she catches Big Bear with a big pile of sticks she's convinced he's the culprit. They all decide to make Bluebird a replacement nest... until her real nest is discovered – exactly where she left it! Forgetful Bluebird!
Another set of eager recruits are catapulted into the next century to join Caleb's resistance battle against the mighty Roboidz, in the penultimate week of the sci-fi drama game show.
Megan, Qais, Lucy and Elliot are the human resistance sent to the Roboidz' industrial floating headquarters, Future Gate, to try to save humanity. They have to solve a series of challenges in a face-off with the massive machines in order to try to gain bio rods, the enemy's vital fuel source. Across the three shows they must negotiate Shade Alley and face the Frozen Vaults and, on the top deck, tackle the timed Rebel Roboid test.
Viewers can unlock more secrets about Caleb's past and discover details about the mysterious Cybele and Neuros on the CBBC website.
Lindsay Duncan (Doctor Who, Rome) voices Cybele and Neuros, and Stuart Goldsmith stars as Caleb.
For more than five decades, Blue Peter has gained unprecedented access to prestigious venues and events. This week the trend continues as Joel Defries and Helen Skelton go behind the scenes at the House of Lords, The Royal Mews and The Household Cavalry to help prepare for the State Opening of Parliament.
Helen dons her apron to clean Her Majesty The Queen's throne with a special vacuum cleaner. She faces a hard task ahead of her as the Royal chair, which was made in 1847, has not been cleaned for 60 years! Meanwhile, Joel is at the Household Barracks helping to muck out the horses, prepare The Queen's coach and take part in the early morning rehearsal.
Blue Peter also catches up with Kiran, who was first seen on the programme as part of the Send A Smile Appeal which asked viewers to make operation gowns. Kiran is visiting the UK for the first time and is going to meet the eagle-eyed viewer who spotted that she was wearing the gown they had made during her cleft palate operation.
Finally, a young parcour expert is in the studio to talk about their role in the new Disney film The Prince Of Persia.
Lucas has questions about Jordan – but no answers, as the drama continues in Albert Square.
After the recent revelations, Phil insists that Ben lay low.
Meanwhile, Stacey returns to work but it soon drives her bonkers.
Lucas is played by Don Gilet, Phil by Steve McFadden, Ben by Charlie Jones and Stacey by Lacey Turner.
Mark is told that he has been accepted for the CEO job and announces to staff that he will be helping out with day-to-day duties as it is his last day, as the hospital drama continues.
When Elaine is diagnosed with brain damage, Connie is desperate to atone for her guilt. But when Kevin realises that Connie has misled them, Connie is forced to defend her position.
Meanwhile, Donna is determined to make her first day as sister a success but, when she has to manage new nurse Elizabeth, she realises her colleague's relentless efficiency is in danger of showing her up.
Mark is played by Robert Powell, Elaine by Tilly Vosburgh, Connie by Amanda Mealing, Kevin by Danny Webb, Donna by Jaye Jacobs and Elizabeth by La Charné Jolly.
Having spent a night with Zoe, Luther thinks they are back together, as the dark psychological thriller continues.
Meanwhile, serial killer Henry Madsen, the man responsible for Luther's extended leave, has woken up from his coma. A worried Luther knows he must concentrate on a new case.
Across London, four young women have been murdered. Despite the hundreds of hours of CCTV footage and the huge pool of witnesses, no connection can be found between them. But the time between murders is decreasing; whoever this killer is, he's on a spree. He's going to keep killing until he's caught.
Convinced the unknown killer will strike again that night, Luther must work against the clock to identify his man. At the same time, he must seek to convince Alice that he can't see her any more. Because of Madsen, it's just too dangerous. But can Alice ever accept this?
DCI John Luther is played by Idris Elba, Zoe by Indira Varma and Alice Morgan by Ruth Wilson. This episode also features Warren Brown as Justin Ripley, Steven Mackintosh as DCI Ian Reed, Paul McGann as Mark North, Saskia Reeves as DSI Rose Teller and Dermot Crowley as Martin Schenk and guest stars Graham Shand as the murderer and Nicola Walker as the murderer's wife.
Luther is also simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's high definition channel available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Tonight sees the first of two spectacular Eurovision Song Contest semi finals live from Oslo, Norway. Performers from 17 countries will be singing their hearts out in a bid to win a place in the Grand Final on Saturday 29 May. Paddy O'Connell and Sarah Cawood bring their unique take on the glitz and glamour, the weird and the wonderful.
Paddy has an exclusive look behind the scenes, while Sarah finds out just how desperate some countries are to win. The UK's entrant, Josh Dubovie, also gives his first reactions to the Eurovision spectacle.
There's also a preview of all the songs from Thursday's second semi final in which UK viewers can vote.
Viewers can also email comments about tonight's show direct to Paddy O'Connell in his commentary box at firstname.lastname@example.org and find out all the latest gossip on the competition at bbc.co.uk/eurovision.
Stephen Fry was 10 years old when he first heard Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture on his father's record player. A revelatory experience, it ignited a lifelong passion in Stephen for Wagner's music.
In Stephen Fry On Wagner, Stephen confronts Wagner's troubled legacy and explores his fascination for this controversial composer against the backdrop of preparations for the Bayreuth Festival – the annual Wagner extravaganza held in a theatre purpose-built by the composer.
Immersing himself in preparations for the Festival, Stephen eavesdrops on rehearsals and discovers more about the music he loves. He explores the labyrinthine backstage workings of the Opera house, plays music on Wagner's own piano and meets the composer's great grand-daughter, Eva Wagner-Pasquier who, with her sister, recently took control of the Festival.
Opera On The BBC is a major new season of programmes across the BBC celebrating opera.
New boy Finn's disruptive behaviour continues at Waterloo Road and he persuades Josh and Amy to join him in smoking a legal high. For Amy, it's a far-from-pleasant experience and Josh has further side-effects when he starts hallucinating in class.
Tom, worried about his son's behaviour, questions Josh who "fesses" up – believing that his dad would be cool about it as they are more like friends than father and son. However, Josh is stunned and humiliated by Tom's angry reaction and, in retaliation, he spikes Tom's lunch with the drug.
Meanwhile, when a frightened Kim has a pregnancy scare, Tom offers to drive her to hospital but, during the journey, the drug's effects take hold and the car crashes, leaving Tom fighting for his life and Kim worried about the future of her baby.
Back at school, Chris is trying to cement a sports partnership with a local posh school. The head, Camilla, is visiting Waterloo Road to consider the proposal, and Chris's attempts to keep the worst side of the school from her fail as she witnesses general rowdiness and the after effects of Josh's behaviour. With plans for the partnership in tatters, Steph steps in to truthfully tell Camilla that Chris only has the schools' best interests at heart, and that they work hard to fix the problems they have. Camilla, however, is only prepared to enter a partnership if Chris agrees to total honesty and openness about Waterloo Road's problems.
Elsewhere, Sam is annoyed with Bolton for ignoring her since their kiss. She seethes about it quietly, thinking he's laughing about her with his friends, until her anger comes out on the basketball court and a fight ensues. Bolton tries to apologise, saying he didn't mean to lead her on, but Sam calls him on it, knowing that he is just embarrassed about her in front of his mates. Adam, meanwhile, discovers Ruby's diazepam but agrees to keep it a secret, and Philip and Ros continue to drift apart as Ros's crush on head of French, Jo, develops.
Finn is played by Jack McMullen, Josh by William Rush, Amy by Ayesha Gwilt, Tom by Jason Done, Kim by Angela Griffin, Chris by William Ash, Steph by Denise Welch, Sam by Holly Kenny, Bolton by Tachia Newall, Adam by Stephen Waddington, Ruby by Elizabeth Berrington, Philip by Dean Smith and Ros by Sophie McShera.
Waterloo Road is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
"I had a feeling of something going on..." John Self states in the final part of this gripping adaptation of Martin Amis's cult novel – and he is most definitely right.
John's persistent caller tells him he wants his life – a declaration that seems to have little or no effect on John. Although he mentions his concern about the caller to Fielding, John is all too happy to follow his producer's advice – ignore the calls and spend more money.
Meanwhile, John has an epiphany over his tempestuous relationship with Selina, but is he too late? Perhaps he'd be better off with the mild-mannered Martina, who seems to bring out the best in him.
Things promise to look up for John as the script finally arrives, but on reading it he is incensed to find his entire vision has been sabotaged, with a script that his demanding cast would never go near. After threatening to ditch the movie he comes to a conclusion – he'll write the script himself.
Winning praise and admiration from Fielding and the film's cast, things seem as though they're back on track, but a mysterious red-headed woman (who bears an uncanny resemblance to John's long-absent mother) keeps appearing and the caller seems to be getting ever closer.
With the revelation of some long-withheld home truths, and an extraordinary showdown between John and the caller, will money precipitate the downfall of John Self – or will it be his making?
Nick Frost is John Self, Vincent Kartheiser is Fielding Goodney, Emma Pierson is Selina Street and Hattie Morahan is Martina Twain. The cast also includes Jerry Hall as Caduta Massi, Oliver Cotton as Lorne Guyland, Joshua Dallas as Spunk Davis, Tim Pigott-Smith as Barry and Tamsin Egerton as Butch Beausoleil.
Money is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Soprano Danielle de Niese, who shot to fame in Britain with her portrayal of Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne in 2005, grants unlimited access to her life and art as she prepares to make her debut in the role of Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
Diva Diaries provides a revealing personal perspective into the hectic life and art of an international opera singer.
As she rehearses for this important role, Danielle records her personal highs and lows during the preparations on her own "diva-diary" camera.
Opera On The BBC is a major new season of programmes across the BBC celebrating opera.
Lucas terrorises Ben into revealing what he did to Jordan, in tonight's trip to the London Borough of Walford.
Elsewhere, Ryan attempts to get closer to Stacey and Lucy begs Libby for help with her exams.
Lucas is played by Don Gilet, Ben by Charlie Jones, Jordan by Michael-Joel David Stuart, Ryan by Neil McDermott, Stacey by Lacey Turner, Lucy by Melissa Suffield and Libby by Belinda Owusu.
As Westminster Abbey prepares to unveil a new set of gargoyles, Andrew Graham-Dixon explores the strange and sinister history of these macabre figures, as BBC Two's flagship arts series The Culture Show continues. He also gets to see a gargoyle of himself.
Andrew also travels to Llandudno for a sneak preview of the newly refurbished Mostyn Gallery. Following an ambitious £5.1m overhaul taking the best part of two years to complete, this once-unassuming gallery has been transformed into a beautiful modernist chapel of contemporary art.
Miranda Sawyer and Mark Kermode go head to head as they make their opposing cases for theatre versus film. Miranda explains why the theatrical experience so enthrals her but film leaves her distinctly underwhelmed, while Mark picks up the gauntlet for what promises to be an outspoken and forthright comeback.
Writer Michael Smith examines the national obsession with "ye olde past" as he visits the National Trust's latest acquisition, Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland. He also looks at the now-defunct Spanish City amusement park in nearby Whitley Bay to find out if heritage really offers a window into a shared history.
Sarfraz Manzoor takes a turn as an intern on America's most successful satirical newspaper, The Onion, and finds out how the college paper from Wisconsin not only bucked the decline of the dead tree press but landed a TV show and sports channel to boot.
Literary critic Geoff Dyer explores the new writing emerging from the "war on terror" and asks whether this kind of reportage is now the best writing we have, achieving something which was once the ambition of the novel. The Culture Show asks prize-winning Vanity Fair journalist Sebastian Junger and writers and readers in the British Army with experience on the ground whether, when it comes to this war, the novel has been made somewhat superfluous.
This week's Culture Show concludes with music from indie rock band The Magic Numbers.
Paddy O'Connell presents the second semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest, in which UK viewers can vote for the songs they think should make it through to Saturday's Grand Final in Oslo.
While Paddy and Sarah Cawood offer their unique take on events, Pete Waterman, co-writer of the UK entry, gives his views. There's also an exclusive look at how the UK's singer, Josh Dubovie, has been getting on with his preparations.
There are also interviews with some of the acts that have already progressed through from Tuesday's first semi final.
Viewers can email comments about tonight's show direct to Paddy O'Connell in his commentary box at email@example.com and find more news and behind-the-scenes gossip at bbc.co.uk/eurovision.
Lucas blames himself for Jordan's injuries, while Phil races to the police station to stop Ben confessing, in the final visit of the week to Albert Square.
In other developments, a fuming Whitney vows to take revenge on Leon and Billie returns ... to a horrible surprise.
Lucas is played by Don Gilet, Jordan by Michael-Joel David Stuart, Phil by Steve McFadden, Ben by Charlie Jones, Whitney by Shona McGarty, Leon by Sam Attwater and Billie by Devon Anderson.
BBC Four presents the Royal Opera House's award-winning production of Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro, conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by David McVicar.
McVicar updates the action from late 18th-century Spain to the 1830s and shows the breakdown of the relationship between Gerald Finley's suave, dashing but self-absorbed Count and Dorothea Röschmann's passionate yet dignified Countess.
Antonio Pappano conducts and joins the performance with recitatives on the harpsichord in a rich homage to Mozart's performance practice.
Opera On The BBC is a major new season of programmes across the BBC celebrating opera.
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