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BBC ONE Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2010
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EastEnders

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
8.00-9.00pm BBC ONE (Schedule updated 20 May)

Peggy returns to find Ben living with Ian, in an hour-long episode of the East End drama for the Bank Holiday.

Lucy first fakes a note to help Peter, and later devises a plan to scare Leon. Zsa Zsa and Whitney agree to help her but Lucy's scheming gets out of hand, leaving Leon in danger.

Meanwhile, Harvey continues to woo both Peggy and Pat. Then, after a scare, Peggy is given some good news.

Peggy is played by Barbara Windsor, Ben by Charlie Jones, Ian by Adam Woodyatt, Lucy by Melissa Suffield, Peter by Thomas Law, Leon by Sam Attwater, Zsa Zsa by Emer Kenny, Whitney by Shona McGarty, Harvey by Martin Jarvis and Pat by Pam St Clement.

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BBC TWO Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2010
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Rowing World Cup Highlights

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
1.00-2.00pm BBC TWO

BBC Two brings all the action from Slovenia's beautiful Lake Bled with highlights from the World Cup, the first of three regattas held this summer that bring together the world's best rowers.

With the 2012 Olympics now only two years away, the World Cup is a key barometer ahead of the London Games. Great Britain won their third successive series last season but they will face a real challenge from Germany, who topped the medal table at the 2009 World Championships. Commentary comes from Garry Herbert and Dan Topolski.

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Paralympic World Cup 2010

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
2.00-4.00pm BBC TWO

BBC Two brings viewers live action from the Paralympic World Cup at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

The Great Britain team boasts plenty of world-class athletes, including double Paralympic gold medallist Eleanor Simmonds, plus fellow Beijing success stories Matthew Walker, Liz Johnson and David Roberts. They will be looking to lay down a marker to their rivals ahead of this summer's World Championships.

In addition to the swimming, the programme also features highlights of the wheelchair basketball, seven-a-side football and athletics competitions.

South African star Oscar Pistorius is the man to beat in the sprints, while the middle-distance events could see a fascinating duel between Josh Cassidy and Great Britain's Dave Weir. The Canadian claimed a surprise win at this year's London Marathon after Weir suffered two flat tyres in the closing stages. Weir will be determined to exact revenge in Manchester.

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Great British Menu – Finals And Banquet Eps 41-45/45

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
6.30-7.00pm BBC TWO

Following eight weeks of fierce competition in the regional heats, the remaining chefs compete for the chance to prepare their dishes at a special banquet hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, in the finals of Great British Menu 2010.

Twenty-four chefs have now been reduced to eight, who this week cook their menus again, preparing one course per day (starter on Monday, fish course on Tuesday, main on Wednesday and dessert on Thursday). Tasting and marking are judges Prue Leith, Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort. The chefs are allowed to make minor alterations to each of their dishes and to change one of them entirely, giving them the best possible chance to get a dish on the final banquet menu.

The challenge for the chefs this year was to find new suppliers and source as many ingredients as possible from in and around historic National Trust properties in their region. How well the chefs have stuck to the brief will be key and, in a special twist, there is also a surprise addition to the panel.

The week concludes with a documentary on Friday covering the final banquet and charting the stories of the successful chefs. Their guests are local food champions – the producers, farmers and fishermen who work tirelessly to put British produce on the map. These are the people to whom viewers have been introduced throughout the series and who have been instrumental in providing the ingredients for many of the chefs taking part in the competition.

The first half of the final programme follows the chefs in the week leading up to the banquet, as they make the painstaking preparations for what is arguably one of the most important meals they will ever cook. The chefs also revisit their producers and farmers to ensure that everything is going to plan with the all-important ingredients. The second half focuses on the day of the banquet, from the early-morning food deliveries at the venue to the arrival of the guests and The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

The banquet is the ultimate celebration of the very best local produce the nation has to offer and the ultimate challenge for the winning Great British Menu chefs.

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The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
9.00-10.30pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 19 May)
Maxine Peake stars as pioneering lesbian Anne Lister
Maxine Peake stars as pioneering lesbian Anne Lister

Maxine Peake (Criminal Justice) stars in this bold and passionate new drama for BBC Two, based on the extraordinary life of a pioneering woman.

Anne Lister (1791-1840) was a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist. She was a lesbian who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, in private defied the conventions of her times by living with her female lover.

Lister kept a detailed account of her life, her loves and her emotions in a fascinating and painfully honest four million word journal. A sizeable portion was written in code and the recent deciphering of these diaries provides an astonishing insight into the life of the woman who has been called Britain's first modern lesbian.

Anne Lister's remarkable diary and her truly extraordinary life form the basis of this drama, written by Jane English (Street Dance 3D, Sugar Rush), directed by James Kent (Elizabeth David – A Life In Recipes, Margaret) and featuring a stellar cast: Anna Madeley (Crooked House, Sense And Sensibility), Susan Lynch (Elizabeth – The Golden Age, The Scouting Book For Boys), Christine Bottomley (Land Girls, Hope Springs), Gemma Jones (Spooks, Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince), Dean Lennox Kelly (Shameless, Robin Hood) and Tina O'Brien (Coronation Street).

Starring as Lister, Maxine Peake says: "Anne Lister was an extraordinary woman who up to recently has only really been documented in lesbian history. Hopefully with this film and documentary she will reach a wider audience, exposing them to this inspirational and formidable woman."

An accompanying one-hour documentary, presented by Sue Perkins, tells the story of Lister and the decoding of her diaries.

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BBC FOUR Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2010
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OPERA ON THE BBC
Opera Italia – Viva Verdi Ep 2/3

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR
Renée Fleming as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata
Renée Fleming as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata

Antonio Pappano begins his second journey into the world of Italian opera at London's Royal Opera House, where he is music director, during rehearsals for Verdi's great masterpiece, La Traviata, with Renée Fleming.

As he traces the composer's role in Italian history and culture, he heads to Le Roncole and Busseto in Northern Italy, where Verdi grew up amid political turmoil. Politics were a major influence on his operas and Pappano next visits Naples to conduct a performance of Va' Pensiero from Nabucco, which became a powerful symbol of political unity for the Italian people.

Verdi chose controversial subjects for his operas, with Rigoletto focusing on depravity at court, La Traviata about a kept woman and Don Carlo critical of the Catholic Church. Pappano unpicks these and other innovative operas, in rehearsal and performance with some of today's greatest Verdi singers.

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CBBC Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2010
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Horrible Histories Eps 1-5/13

New series High Definition programme
Bank Holiday Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
4.35-5.00pm CBBC and BBC HD

Martha Howe-Douglas as a Gorgeous Georgian, Ben Willbond as a Vociferous Viking and Mathew Baynton as an Awful Egyptian help to recount some Horrible Histories
Martha Howe-Douglas as a Gorgeous Georgian, Ben Willbond as a Vociferous Viking and Mathew Baynton as an Awful Egyptian help to recount some Horrible Histories

Following its horribly successful debut last year, the historical comedy sketch show returns to delight viewers with more gruesome events and ghastly characters from British and world history. To celebrate the start of a new series of Horrible Histories this half-term, CBBC features episodes every day in a special themed week, packed full of fun.

The series features performances from some of the UK's finest comedy talent, including David Baddiel (Baddiel And Skinner Unplanned, Newman And Baddiel), Alexei Sayle (The Young Ones, Comic Strip Presents), Jon Culshaw (Dead Ringers, The Impressions Show With Culshaw And Stephenson) and David Lamb (Come Dine With Me).

From Slimy Stuarts to Groovy Greeks and Awful Egyptians to Gorgeous Georgians, each episode features a mixture of sketches from different ages, plus commentary courtesy of the show's talented host: a talking rat.

The comedy songs are back by popular demand and include the toe-tapping number Spartan School Musical and a Charles II song (with a nod to Eminem). A plethora of pastiches pay homage to familiar television formats, including Victorian Dragon's Den, Historical Wife Swap and Ready Steady Feast.

Shakespeare shows off the words he created in Historical Mastermind on Monday and some guests have trouble digesting their gargantuan 40-course meal in Roman Come Dine With Me, narrated by Dave Lamb.

Heraclitus tells the Grim Reaper of his untimely end in Stupid Deaths on Tuesday's show and Historical Hospital raises the Jolly Roger with a pirate theme.

Vincenzo Larfoff (David Baddiel) recounts a spine-tingling Scary Story which turns out to have a rather mundane ending on Wednesday and historical PR spin doctor Cliff Whiteley advises clients Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid.

Thursday features a guest appearance by Alexei Sayle as a healer in a Historical Hospital sketch on the Crusades, while a Second World War girl band sing about girl power in the Forties.

The week rounds off with the Bob Report, condensing the history of the Crusades into 90 seconds, while George IV sings about his role as Prince Regent and there is a lesson in Roman table manners.

Horrible Histories is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.

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