Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
Medieval historian Dr Stephen Baxter uncovers the dramas and mysteries that surround England's earliest surviving public record, in this special programme on the Domesday Book.
Domesday is the first great national survey of England, a record of who owned every piece of land and property in the kingdom. Historians have never been able to agree exactly why it was commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1085. Most think that it was used to raise taxes – but Baxter has his own theory.
The making of the Domesday Book was a huge logistical exercise. Commissioners set out across the country to attend intimidating local inquests. These established who owned what, both in 1066, before the Norman Conquest, and in 1086, after 20 years of Norman rule. The results of these inquests were then collected, edited and written up by one scribe. It was given the name Domesday Book by Anglo-Saxons who felt that its authority was as final as the Day of Judgement.
Domesday records the trauma of the Norman Conquest – the greatest social and political upheaval in England's history. It confirmed that land once owned by the English was now legally in the hands of the Normans. This was a revolution in land ownership. Baxter tells the human and political story of this drama of dispossession. He also finds out the true purpose of the Domesday survey. Proving that it couldn't have been used to collect taxes, he argues that the Domesday Book is about something far more important than money – its real purpose was to confer revolutionary new powers on the monarchy in Norman England.
Domesday is part of a season of Norman programmes on the BBC, including Professor Robert Bartlett's three-part series The Normans, Dan Snow's Norman Walks, Treasures Of The Anglo-Saxons and The Making Of King Arthur.
Working in partnership with more than 20 heritage and history organisations, BBC Learning's Hands On History offers a range of events and activities as part of the Norman Season, including Norman walks. See bbc.co.uk/history for details.
Football Focus returns for the start of the new season, as Dan Walker and his guests look ahead to the opening day's fixtures in the Football League as well as the Community Shield between Chelsea and Manchester United.
There is also much to discuss following the events at the World Cup in South Africa, where England performed so dismally.
Clare Balding presents live coverage as the two major forces of rugby league in recent years come face to face to earn a place in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
Despite their dominance of the Super League, Leeds Rhinos have a dismal record in the Challenge Cup. They last contested a final in 2005 and the last time they actually lifted the trophy was way back in 1999.
St Helens, on the other hand, won the trophy three times in succession from 2006 to 2008, before they surrendered their crown to Warrington last year. The match is live from Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium.
Gabby Logan presents live coverage from Elland Road as newly-promoted Leeds play their first match in the Championship after a three-year absence.
These clubs were huge rivals in the early Seventies as they vied for the First Division title, and were both managed by the legendary Brian Clough. His son, Nigel, is now in charge of Derby and will be looking for a vast improvement on his side's performance last season when they finished in a lowly 14th position.
Leeds boss Simon Grayson is chasing back-to-back promotions, but he knows the Championship is a highly competitive league and will want to start the season well in front of the home fans.
Gabby is joined in the studio by Lee Dixon and Danny Mills.
Steve Jones and co-host Nemone return as eight more contestants try to avoid exiting the most terrifying multiple-choice quiz in the world.
Seven hopefuls are dropped, tipped and fired off the gigantic steel tower with nothing – the last person standing wins £10,000 and exclusive use of their legs to walk down the stairs.
This week's contestants include a music teacher, a lifeguard and a retired policeman – all of whom try to avoid exiting the show in ever-more innovative and ridiculous ways.
Smallholder and full-time mum Liz is dangled by her ankles over a terrifying 80ft drop from the tower upside-down in Exit 9; lifeguard Liam might need saving himself as he and the other contestants face being punched off the tower by a man in ridiculously large boxing gloves, in Exit 3; and mobile hairdresser Rachael finds herself sitting with the other players on a rocket in the hair-raising Exit 73.
The field is narrowed to four and the nightmare takes a worrying turn as the remaining contestants stand on the bonnets of four cars in Exit 84. The car attached to the wrong answer is dropped, with the contestant still on board falling into the water below.
Night falls and the three survivors return to the tower for the final. They may have made it through the whole day but, for two losers, a watery demise awaits in Exit 101 as the trapdoors open and their hopes of victory slip away.
The winner stays dry, safe and £10,000 richer.
An inspirational schoolteacher gets the surprise of his life when he's whisked off to Las Vegas for a Barry Manilow masterclass, on this week's Tonight's The Night, hosted by John Barrowman. Could it be magic when he returns to the studio to perform a medley of Manilow hits?
Other surprises on the show include a mum from Liverpool, and darling of her community, who takes to the stage for an amazing performance with West End star Jodie Prenger. And, all the way from Australia, Tap Dog dancer Adam Garcia takes a young mum under his wing to teach her a unique routine especially for the show.
Meanwhile, a young man who battled cancer gets the surprise of his life on his wedding night – Tonight's The Night-style. Inspired by hit musical Mamma Mia!, his wedding guests have learnt a special dance routine – just for him.
The studio audience are also surprised this week as John makes a very special song dedication to an unsuspecting audience member.
Packed full of surprises and magical moments, Tonight's The Night is the show that really can make dreams come true.
Tonight's The Night is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Casualty favourites Derek Thompson and Suzanne Packer, Academy award-winner Brenda Fricker and newcomer Jennie Jacques join forces for a hard-hitting and moving special episode of the medical drama.
Charlie has agreed to help Megan ease her suffering and steals drugs from the hospital, but Tess discovers his plan and tries to stop him. Pointing out that this goes against everything they, as health professionals, believe in, Tess outlines the other options for controlling Megan's pain and depression, such as home-hospice care.
Meanwhile, Megan has bonded with her young healthcare assistant, Lily, who confides she is pregnant but doesn't know who the father is. Determined not to keep the baby to bring it up alone, Lily asks Megan if she'll accompany her to the abortion clinic.
When Megan finds out that the cancer has spread to her brain she keeps quiet. In a bid to lift her spirits, Charlie asks Megan what she would do if she had three wishes. Megan would like to go to Las Vegas, drink banana daiquiris and be serenaded by Tom Jones and Frank Sinatra. So Charlie recreates Vegas in her living room and Megan, Charlie, Tess and Lily play roulette, sip cocktails and dance to Megan's favourite crooners.
After a wonderful evening, Lily is shocked the next morning to find Megan unconscious in the bath. She is rushed to the ED where her life is saved. Realising that Megan will now need round-the-clock nursing care, Charlie goes to her house to help – but the stubborn nurse is still determined to resist his efforts.
When Lily decides to keep her baby after all, Megan is touched but unwavering in her resolution to end her suffering. Will Charlie put his misgivings aside and help out his great friend in her hour of need?
Charlie is played by Derek Thompson, Megan by Brenda Fricker, Tess by Suzanne Packer and Lily by Jennie Jacques.
Katie Derham introduces the first of Valery Gergiev's two Proms appearances this season as he conducts the World Orchestra for Peace – an ensemble of first-rate players from around the world – in Mahler's funereal, stormy and ultimately life-affirming Symphony No. 5, continuing the Proms Mahler cycle to commemorate 150 years since the composer's birth.
At 9pm, immediately after the BBC Two broadcast, viewers can press the red button and see Mahler's Symphony No. 4 from the same concert.
This Prom is also repeated on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 10 August at 2pm.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman embark on their final thrilling, scary, action-packed and hugely entertaining adventure as Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson.
Despairing of the ingenuity of London's criminals, Sherlock is invited to take on what looks to be a very ordinary case – a young civil servant found on a railway line with his head smashed in. It seems to be open and shut – or so he thinks.
The curtain is about to rise on a terrifying game of cat and mouse as a crazed bomber pits his wits against Sherlock. A 20-year-old murder, a blood-soaked car, a rediscovered Old Master worth millions – it's just the kind of adventure Sherlock and John relish, but who is behind these deadly puzzles? London is set to become a battle ground as Sherlock confronts the one person capable of beating him.
Sherlock Holmes is played by Benedict Cumberbatch and John Watson by Martin Freeman, Mrs Hudson by Una Stubbs, Molly Hooper by Louise Brealey, Inspector Lestrade by Rupert Graves, Sargeant Sally Donovan by Vinette Robinson, Connie Prince by Di Botcher, Kenny Prince by John Sessions, Lucy by Lauren Crace and Miss Wenceslas by Haydn Gwynne.
Sherlock is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Clare Balding hosts coverage as Challenge Cup holders Warrington take on Catalans Dragons in an intriguing semi-final at the Stobart Stadium in Widnes.
Warrington have been in prolific try-scoring form this season and look set to retain the trophy they won when they beat Huddersfield at Wembley last year.
The Dragons' form is improving after a poor start to the season and they picked up a notable win over St Helens. The French side confounded expectations by reaching the final in 2007 and will be looking to upset the form book once again.
Part of BBC Three's Adult Season, Young Dumb And Living Off Mum follows a group of mollycoddled young adults as they battle to prove they can grow up. In a bid to sever those apron strings, the youngster who makes the most effort to cut it in the world of work will win a round-the-world trip and get the chance to finally fly the nest.
The parents decide it's time that their little ones led a healthier lifestyle and impose an alcohol ban before sending a box of fresh fruits and vegetables to the house. Duane, Coran, Levi, Adam, Danielle and Iman are stumped as they've never cooked a meal from scratch before and have no idea what to do with the asparagus or pineapple.
Coran's mum, Odette, sets this week's work challenge – which is a stint in an advertising agency. The pampered bunch will need to up their game if they are to fare well in this highly competitive and creative industry.
With the clock ticking, they are split into two groups and have to devise an advertising campaign to raise awareness of STIs in young adults. So, with condoms, green body paint and urine sample bottles at the ready, the wannabe adults set to work on their commercials. Tempers fray, however, when some of the group try to buckle down and work hard but others just aren't pulling their weight.
Who will prove themselves as well and truly on the path to maturity and self-sufficiency, and who will the parents decide has been putting in the least effort and remove from the competition?
Shirley is sickened by a devastating discovery about Phil, in the week's first visit to Walford.
Meanwhile, Janine shocks no one more than herself with a question for Ryan.
Elsewhere, is Bianca cheating on Ricky?
Shirley is played by Linda Henry, Phil by Steve McFadden, Janine by Charlie Brooks, Ryan by Neil McDermott, Bianca by Patsy Palmer and Ricky by Sid Owen.
TV presenter Simon Amstell plays a version of himself in Grandma's House, a new six-part comedy written by Simon and his long-term collaborator Dan Swimer.
The series stars Simon Amstell as a TV presenter who is quitting his job to try to do something more meaningful with his life.
Each episode is set at Grandma's house, where Simon's family regularly congregate to catch up. Everything happens under the watchful eye of Grandma, who is desperate to see everything going well.
The show also stars Bafta winner Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Nighty Night) who plays Simon's mum, Tanya, a larger-than-life single woman who's looking for love and who dotes on her famous son; and Linda Bassett (East Is East, Larkrise To Candleford) as Grandma.
Other cast members include Geoffrey Hutchings (Benidorm, Sunshine) as Grandpa, James Smith (In The Loop, The Armando Iannucci Show) as Clive and Samantha Spiro (Cor Blimey, Tomorrow La Scala) as Auntie Liz; and the series introduces Jamal Hadjkura as Liz's son, Adam.
Grandma's House is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Sarah-Jane Honeywell and her excitable puppet sidekick, Go-Joe, continue their journey across the UK to encourage youngsters to get off the sofa and get active this summer in the high-energy series Mighty-Mites. Encouraging children to get out and try something new, from go-karting to kite-flying and pond-dipping to pottery painting, in each episode two children – the Mighty-Mites – try an activity for the very first time.
This week's exciting activities include drumming, ballet, skateboarding and rugby.
It's noisy on Monday as Mighty-Mites Anandaleen and Alessandro get up and have a go at drumming. Go-Joe is feeling musical and when he visits his friends they form a "kitchen band" with saucepans and wooden spoons before Sarah-Jane takes them all to meet Alain, who teaches them how to play a Samba rhythm on a drum.
The Mighty-Mites are still feeling musical on Tuesday when Luca and Alanah get up and join a ballet class. Donning special dance shoes they spend a lesson doing lots of bending and stretching to music.
Young viewers can jump on board on Thursday as Mighty-Mites Margaux and Nathan trade their scooters for skateboards. Together with Sarah-Jane and Go-Joe, they learn how to jump on and off the board safely and even get to ride down some of the ramps with the instructor!
Wrapping up the week, it's time to scrum down and learn some basic rugby skills. Mighty-Mites Jack and David head off to a special children's rugby lesson where they learn how to hold the oval ball, how to score a try and how to kick a goal.
Ryan and Janine's crippling defences start to crumble, in the latest drama in Albert Square. Is there hope for happiness there?
Elsewhere, a frustrated Max goads Jack to breaking point, while a heartbroken Shirley turns to Heather – and the bottle – for comfort.
Ryan is played by Neil McDermott, Janine by Charlie Brooks, Max by Jake Wood, Jack by Scott Maslen, Shirley by Linda Henry and Heather by Cheryl Fergison.
Ric and Michael's banter continues, in the latest episode of the medical drama. With the battle for funds reaching new levels, they must both set up pitches to the board.
Later, Ric bumps into Annalese and the connection becomes more conspicuous by the minute.
Greg has an awful hangover and some unwanted responsibilities as Oliver's education supervisor and must teach him all day, much to Connie's amusement. Greg delegates paperwork to Oliver, who ends up discovering a serious discrepancy which panics Greg and Connie.
Penny, meanwhile, is delighted to be made the unofficial boss on the Acute Assessment Unit, but her delight turns to dismay when she and Frieda encounter a perverse and disturbed patient.
Ric Griffin is played by Hugh Quarshie, Michael Spence by Hari Dhillon, Annalese Carson by Anna-Louise Plowman, Greg Douglas by Edward MacLiam, Oliver Valentine by James Anderson, Connie Beauchamp by Amanda Mealing, Penny Valentine by Emma Catherwood and Frieda Petrenko by Olga Fedori.
The scientific crew on board The Orpheus submarine run into severe danger in their quest to find new life forms, as the blockbuster thriller set thousands of feet below the Arctic ice continues.
Crew members have died and they find themselves in the grip of a mysterious dark force. They are in trouble, they are stuck, and they are running out of air. Their only option is to escape in the one-man submersible. But where will they escape to?
James Nesbitt (Occupation, Murphy's Law) stars as Clem Donnelly, alongside Minnie Driver (Circle Of Friends, Good Will Hunting) as Frances Kelly and Goran Visnjic (ER, Welcome To Sarajevo) as Samson Ungliss.
The Deep is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, alongside team captains Jack Dee and Ulrika Jonsson and all-round quiz referee Angelos Epithemiou, gather once again for another episode of the hit comedy quiz show.
Guests joining in the fun tonight are Gavin And Stacey star Mat Horne; the new Mr Jordan, Alex Reid; GMTV's Penny Smith; and TV presenter Tim Lovejoy.
Angelos presents another incredible Variety Showcase, Penny has problems keeping seated and Alex takes part in a very physical final challenge.
Shooting Stars is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Baby Beauty Queens peeks behind the velvet curtains with ambitious 23-year-old Lucie as she sets up her very first pageant, as the series exploring the pressures on young people to grow up too quickly in an image-obsessed Britain continues.
Model Lucie Brassington is about to organise and hold her very own beauty pageant. Girls from age six have entered via the internet to try their hand at becoming the new face of this prestigious title. For most of the girls who are competing for the Miss Mini title it will be their first time at ever walking down a catwalk, and for Lucie it's the first time she has ever run a pageant.
On the day of the pageant, 26 grand finalists compete for this new title. It's a tense and nerve-racking day for all of them, especially when most of the judges are coming down with the flu. Lucie and her mum go on a frantic search for a final judge with minutes to spare. The programme reveals whether novice Lucie will manage to pull off the first Miss Mini Photogenic UK with a little help from mum and dad; and how three very different girls – Karagh, Megan and Telka – fare in their first-ever pageant.
If your parent is physically unwell, schoolfriends' sympathy and a shoulder to cry on are often at hand. But for a young person with a parent suffering from mental health problems, the stigma can be overwhelming and domestic upheaval can be an unspoken secret.
In this intimate and deeply personal authored documentary, Tulisa from chart-smashing N-Dubz recounts growing up with a mother who suffered from a schizo-affective disorder, and the pressure it placed upon her. Tulisa also travels the country to meet other young Britons caring for a mentally ill mum or dad.
Tulisa – My Mum And Me is part of BBC Three's Adult Season on TV and online at bbc.co.uk/adultseason.
The return of Bonfire Night unearths some bitter memories among the Mongrels, as the surprising, adult multispecies comedy concludes.
After failing to protect his friends as fire warden the previous year, metrosexual fox Nelson faces an angry mob demanding an end to the event for good. However, when a rather bewildered and incompetent Marion is nominated as leader of the rebellion, things don't quite go as planned. After having her wings clipped by a safety conscious Nelson to stop her flying into fireworks, a grounded Kali faces a new danger from Vince, who suddenly sees Kali as an easy meal. Kali has to do some serious plotting to devise a way of avoiding becoming Vince's dinner.
Meanwhile, Destiny sets her sights on a modelling career after being spotted by a dog photographer in the park. However, the result of the photo shoot isn't quite as glamorous as she had hoped.
Nelson is voiced by Rufus Jones, Marion by Dan Tetsell, Kali by Katy Brand, Vince by Paul Kaye and and Destiny by Lucy Montgomery. Eamonn Holmes also guest stars in tonight's episode.
Mongrels is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Clare Balding heads for Yorkshire as she continues her journey in cycling author Harold Briercliffe's wheel tracks.
Clare's 30-mile route through Brontë country offers spectacular views, tough cycling across the region's craggy moorland and a string of stories about a group of extraordinary women who left their mark on the area.
She starts in Hebden Bridge, which was once a thriving mill town in the Calder Valley, but was a community in decline when Harold Briercliffe visited in the late Forties. Yet even then, it had a secret inner life which was captured in an extraordinary collection of images by pioneering photographer Alice Longstaff.
Clare then heads off across open moorland to Haworth, home to the Brontës. She drops in at the famous parsonage where the sisters lived, before briefly crossing the border into Lancashire to see Wycoller Hall – the inspiration for Ferndean Manor, where Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester finally shared a life together.
The surrounding village of Wycoller could have disappeared beneath the waters of a planned reservoir but for the efforts of two remarkable local women. Clare examines the stories of Susannah Benson and Evelyn Jowett, before cycling off to nearby Blake Dean to investigate a Henpecked Husbands club which sought refuge from their wilful wives in a variety of secret meeting places.
The final destination is Hardcastle Crags, an unspoiled and wild beauty spot. However, in the early 1900s a sprawling community of 600 people lived here in what was known as Dawson City – an improvised village to house workers building Walshaw Reservoir.
Britain By Bike is part of BBC Four's celebration of the outdoors – The Call Of The Wild.
Matt Allwright sends a British family undercover to a four-star, all-inclusive hotel in Tunisia to find out if bad reports from some tourists are really true, as BBC One's consumer series continues. The Secret Tourists are less than impressed with the poor standard of their room and the general cleanliness of the hotel. The family is also concerned with the health and safety of the pool area and the discovery that five out of seven smoke detectors they see are out of order.
The series' environmental health expert, Dr Lisa Ackerley, joins the family at the hotel to collect some samples for testing. Testing the bedside table for microbes, Dr Lisa finds it dirtier than the toilet, the testing machine showing the highest reading she has ever seen. She also reports that the fire safety measures are unacceptable and could lead to serious potential dangers, even death, in the event of a fire.
Reporter Carole Machin meets a British tourist whose six-year-old son drowned at a hotel swimming pool abroad. Following a report that estimates there are nearly 650 swimming pool accidents a day in the European Union, Carol travels to Lanzarote to look into hotel pool safety over there. During the course of the investigation, The Secret Tourist finds evidence of widespread safety breaches including the fact that half of the swimming pools in the survey do not have lifeguards, 70 per cent of the hotels visited lack adequate buoyancy aids and half the hotels checked out have broken tiles and sharp edges surrounding the pool.
Matt reveals more tricks and cons that tourists can be exposed to while on holiday and this week shows how unsuspecting tourists can be scammed in taxis that charge more or rig meters for scenic detours. The Secret Tourist also recreates a hire company con, revealing how some hirers claim their mopeds, boats and pedalos have been damaged and threaten to keep tourists' passports until they give them compensation.
The Secret Tourist team researches the holidays from hell, so viewers don't have to.
Reporter Lucy Ash travels to Chechnya to investigate the practice of bride stealing. Young women are being kidnapped from the street and, within days, married to men they may never have met. Although officially disapproved of, this centuries-old tradition is flourishing.
From the moment a young woman is snatched, to her wedding one week later, Lucy follows the twists and turns as two families struggle to negotiate a compromise.
Lucy is also with the mullah whose job it is to arbitrate between the two families and prevent the incident spilling into bloodshed. After a week of tense negotiations she finally attends the colourful wedding celebrations where it seems there are as many guns as guests.
All this is played out in a country still recovering from its brutal war with Russia where political disappearances and murders are commonplace.
Chechnya’s President, Ramzan Kadyrov, is an ally of Moscow and governs the Republic with a firm hand. In an interview he explains he is promoting his own particular Chechen interpretation of Islam. Lucy then joins a state-sponsored patrol on the streets of Grozny – its job is to persuade women to wear headscarves and dress appropriately. Lucy also meets human rights campaigners to learn how dangerous it can be to oppose the authorities.
Lucy also visits the new Islamic Medical Centre where thousands of troubled and disturbed women have been sent for treatment, many the victims of bride stealing. There, Lucy witnesses a harrowing exorcism performed on a woman in an effort to cure her unhappy marriage.
What emerges is a picture of a country and its people struggling to balance the often contradictory forces of Russian law, Islamic Sharia law and ancient Chechen tradition.
Six weeks later, Lucy makes a further trip, this time to Kazakhstan, to meet up again with the newlyweds to find out how they are adapting to married life and how the bride is getting on with a husband she barely knew on her wedding day.
Professor Robert Bartlett continues his journey tracing the extraordinary expansion and unchecked ambition of the Normans. Drawing on Anglo-Saxon chronicles, medieval manuscripts and some of the most powerful examples of Norman architecture, he reveals how their impact is still felt in our culture and politics to this day.
Bartlett explores the impact of the Norman Conquest of Britain and Ireland in this second episode. He shows how William the Conqueror savagely cut down any opposition and built scores of castles and cathedrals to intimidate and control. He imposed a new aristocracy and commissioned the Domesday Book, the greatest survey of England that had ever been attempted. This gave him an efficient instrument of control and a useful means of raising revenue.
England adapted to her new masters. Intermarriage between the Normans and the English was common, giving rise to a transformation of the language and culture of the land. Bartlett argues that the political and cultural landscapes of Scotland, Wales and Ireland were also forged by the Normans. In Scotland, the Normans were invited in, while they faced opposition in Wales and never managed to take the whole country. In Ireland, Bartlett shows how the Normans created a division between the English and the Irish that still exists to this day, laying the blueprint for colonialism in the modern world.
The Normans is part of a season of Norman programmes on the BBC, including Domesday, Dan Snow's Norman Walks, Treasures Of The Anglo-Saxons and The Making Of King Arthur.
Working in partnership with more than 20 heritage and history organisations, BBC Learning's Hands On History offers a range of events and activities as part of the Norman Season, including Norman walks. See bbc.co.uk/history for details.
There's fury on the footpaths this week as the walking club splits in two, as BBC Four's comedy following the hikes, heartaches, friendships and rivalries of a misfit rambling club, written by Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil, concludes.
Bob's life is collapsing on all fronts: redundancy looms, and Christine is ready to revolt and replace him as walk leader. Even his best friend Tom is slipping away from him, drawn irresistibly toward the hi-tech-fibre-clad charms of Christine. When Bob and Christine realise they can't share the same path any more, Tom must choose between them. Bob finally snaps under the strain and goes missing, and they've all got to work together to find him.
Meanwhile, Sophie confronts Joe about his ruinous overspending, Tom hopes to discover Roman treasure with his metal detector "just like that bloke on the news who was on the sick", and teenage Hazel's big secret is out. She's been spotted rambling with her Dad's club by her cooler mates, when she said she was doing work experience at a major fashion house. How will she face her friends now? And will she finally kiss Victor?
Christine's past is revealed; there's a fight with a giant ice cream; Tom steals a bike – in its third episode, the adventure in sensible footwear reaches its thrilling climax.
Bob is played by Mark Heap, Christine by Ruth Jones, Tom by Steve Edge, Sophie by Katherine Parkinson, Joe by Steve Wight, Hazel by Gwyneth Keyworth and Victor by Joe Tracini. The Great Outdoors is written by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley.
The Great Outdoors is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Richard Hammond concocts another set of scientific experiments from his secret laboratory, using chemical reactions and carbon emissions as his theme for this week's edition of the scientific game show.
In the mini science test Nanny Returns, the Red Team boys face the Random Radicals in this Egyptian-themed game. The teams have to use various solutions and light sources to reveal the hidden code inscribed in invisible ink on some scrolls. The team which finds the correct code first can then unlock the golden Cleopatra Ninja Nan trapped inside a glass case.
At Richard's top-secret testing centre, a Secret Agent Drag Race sees the unusual combination of a helicopter, Aston Martin and a Segway compete against each other over a quarter-of-a-mile course. The studio audience then has to work out which vehicle released the least carbon dioxide per second.
A lovesick Whitney excitedly awaits Billie's return, in the latest action from Albert Square.
Meanwhile, Peggy is pole-axed by some home truths.
A furious Carol finally accuses Bianca in a humiliatingly public showdown.
Whitney is played by Shona McGarty, Billie by Devon Anderson, Peggy by Barbara Windsor, Carol by Lindsey Coulson and Bianca by Patsy Palmer.
Best friends Katie, Trudi, Jessica and Siobhan allure their way into more trouble, as the popular friendship drama continues.
Katie is forced to take a trip down memory lane when she visits the house she grew up in after her interfering mother, Vivienne, unexpectedly announces that she's planning to sell the property. But Katie finds more than she bargained for and unearths a disturbing secret that threatens to destroy her fond childhood memories.
Trudi is still struggling to juggle her successful cake-making business and life at home. Even though her fears that she's failing in her duties as a mother and wife grow, she still declines an attractive offer to sell her business to investor Chris Webb, leaving Richard furious. However, another offer from Chris is more than Trudi ever bargained for...
Desperate to have a baby, Jessica can't wait to start her IVF treatment despite the high price tag that comes with it. But financial worries begin to take their strain on Jessica and Mark's relationship and she's forced to face the tough realisation that they might not be able to support a child.
Siobhan begrudgingly agrees to be Dominic's "best woman" at his fast-approaching wedding. However, after collecting the rings with Dominic, she realises that she's not as happy about the wedding as she first thought and risks making her feelings clear when she drinks too much at his stag do.
Katie is played by Sarah Parish, Trudi by Sharon Small, Jessica by Shelley Conn, Siobhan by Orla Brady, Vivienne by Joanna Lumley, Chris Webb by Vincent Regan, Richard by Patrick Baladi, Mark by Oliver Milburn and Dominic by Adam Rayner.
The Princess Royal talks about the many facets of her life in an exclusive interview with John Inverdale – from being a member of the royal family, Olympic athlete and mother to her tireless work as a highly respected patron of over 200 charities and member of the London 2012 Olympic organising committee.
Viewers can also see a very personal insight on Princess Anne from her children, Peter and Zara.
The programme also examines closely her long career and involvement in sport. After winning the European Equestrian title in 1971, she famously won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Dame Judi Dench and Lord Coe are among those paying tribute as the Princess Royal celebrates her 60th birthday.
In the first of three, hour-long specials from Edinburgh, The Culture Show features the best in theatre, art, dance, books, comedy and cabaret from week one of Europe's biggest cultural festival.
Presenter Sue Perkins – herself an Edinburgh veteran – invites today's comic stars to recall their debut on the Edinburgh Fringe, which sees The Assembly Rooms and The Gilded Balloon celebrate their 30th and 25th years respectively in 2010.
Previewing the Edinburgh International Festival which launches tomorrow night (13 August), The Culture Show goes behind the scenes with the National Theatre of Scotland as they rehearse their latest production, Caledonia. A story of greed and mass delusion, the play is based on financial adventurer William Paterson's attempt to found a Scottish colony in Panama in 1698 and turn one of the poorest nations in Europe into a superpower.
The Culture Show also previews the International Festival's opening night concern, El nino, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing John Adams's musical interpretation of the nativity story.
Alastair Sooke gives his verdict on the Martin Creed retrospective at Fruitmarket Gallery and the Turner Prize-winning artist's performance work at the Traverse Theatre.
Australian writer Christos Tsiolkas, in town for the Book Festival, talks about his controversial novel, The Slap – an unflinching account of how events spiral out of control when a man hits someone else's child at a barbeque.
Peggy asks the universe for the Vic, in the week's final visit to Walford, but will her voice be heard?
Meanwhile, Phil's descent into oblivion takes a dark turn when he hatches a chilling plan.
An isolated Carol makes amends with Bianca – but only after exposing Bianca's dirty little Texan secret.
Peggy is played by Barbara Windsor, Phil by Steve McFadden, Carol by Lindsey Coulson and Bianca by Patsy Palmer.
Tom and Sally get together to organise Amber's big day when Steve proposes, and Roy becomes agony aunt to Steve's pre-wedding nerves, as the comedy series about two elderly delinquents concludes.
When Amber calls round to show off her home-grown vegetables she doesn't bank on the reaction she receives from her unimpressed dad, Tom, and changes the subject to the exciting news that she has accepted Steve's proposal.
Tom realises that, financially, this is going to be most crippling day of his life but on the plus side he and Sally will be spending a lot more time together.
As mother of the groom, Sally goes into wedding overdrive and calls a meeting with Tom to get started on the essential 200-strong guest list. A worried Toms turns to Roy for advice, who advises him to be honest – Sally will understand that he can't afford a lavish wedding and assures him Amber will be happy with a simple day. Alternatively, he could always part with his beloved motorbike...
Tom confesses he can't meet the cost of a big day and Sally offers to pick up the bill with a nest egg she purposely set aside. It isn't long before pre-wedding nerves set in with Steve turning to Roy for marriage tips and Amber to her dad for reassurance that she is doing the right thing.
Sally also begins to have her doubts about a big wedding before Tom saves the day announcing he has sold his motorbike to give his daughter a perfect wedding and honeymoon to match, not realising that the reality turns out to be something quite different.
This panel show, in the grand tradition of the parlour game, is presented by comedian Rob Brydon. Over the course of each show, the celebrity guests reveal amazing stories about themselves, some of which are true and some of which are not. The aim of the game is to fool the opposition into mistaking fact for fiction and vice versa
David Mitchell and Lee Mack are the lightning-quick team captains hoping to lead their team to victory.
This week, Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel-Horwood and adventurous presenter Ben Fogle join David's camp to compete head-to-head with newsreader Kate Silverton and Outnumbered's Hugh Dennis on Lee's team.
Contestants will have to decide if Lee Mack was really thrown out of ballroom dancing classes when he was six; if Hugh Dennis truly has to touch his nose every time he says France for superstitious reasons; and whether Kate Silverton honestly read an entire news bulletin with one foot in a bucket of iced water. All this and more will be revealed on this week's Would I Lie To You?
The London Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious events on the athletics calendar and will see some of the world's best athletes go head-to-head across the two days of competition.
British heptathlete and World Champion Jessica Ennis is expected to compete along with other top names including Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay, Philips Iduwo, Mo Farah, David Greene and Jenny Meadows. Many of the competitors will be coming into the event off the back of the European Championships in Barcelona.
The London Grand Prix is the 12th Diamond League meeting of the year, in a newly created super league for athletes. Its two-day format means it covers more IAAF Diamond League disciplines than any other event on the world circuit.
Coverage continues tomorrow on BBC One from 1pm.
Val comes home to find Roger in an agitated state, as the bittersweet comedy starring Dawn French and Alfred Molina and focusing on the everyday, seemingly trivial trials and tribulations faced by a middle-aged married couple, continues.
Val's committed a cardinal sin in the eyes of Roger the botanist, and left their evening meal – fish fingers and frozen peas – in the conservatory fridge usually dedicated to Roger's seedlings and other plant-related projects. Thus begins a chain of events and escalating rows – each seemingly about fish fingers, but could there be more to it than that?
Despite various attempts by both parties to smooth things over there is no mistaking the tension in the air. Is Roger's bad mood down to more than the trespassing fish fingers? Is it because the two new warring water voles at the Winter Gardens have been named after Roger and his boss Phil?
Developed from an original idea by Dawn French, Roger And Val Have Just Got In is written by Emma and Beth Kilcoyne (Dogtown).
Roger And Val Have Just Got In is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
In the first of three special festival editions of The Review Show from Edinburgh, Kirsty Wark presents the programme live from the city. Her panel will discuss the highlights of the Fringe festival and the contenders for the prestigious Foster's Comedy Awards; and look ahead to some of the highlights of the International Festival.
On 20 August The Review Show is presented from the Edinburgh Book Festival. Kirsty Wark and Ian Rankin are joined by guests to discuss the state of the novel, and will take a look at the long list of nominations for the Man Booker Prize.
On 27 August, Kirsty and her guests are live from Edinburgh and discuss BBC Director General Mark Thompson's keynote address to the Edinburgh TV festival, as well as reviewing some of the highlights of the International and Fringe festivals. The Review Shows will also feature live performances and a guide to some of the quirkier corners of the Edinburgh festival.
Dr Mu's time-reversing reset button forces Rufus to relive the same day yet again this week, as he is transported by his future self to a parallel universe for a sleepy adventure.
Rufus is transported to the Dream Station, a giant space station in orbit above the Land of Nod, the land where all the dreams in the universe take place. Dr Muhahahaha has sabotaged the Dream Station and is gradually sending the Earth's population to sleep.
Buck and Gelina, the Dream Station technicians with responsibility for the Earth's dreams, tell Rufus of the planet's peril. To save the world from its waking nightmare, Rufus must travel to the Land of Nod and find a way to wake the world, armed only with an extremely stinky bag of cheese, mysteriously given to him by his future self.
Rufus is played by Rufus Hound, Doctor Muhahahaha by Colin McFarlane, Gill/Gelina by Eva Alexander and Barry/Buck by Colin Ryan.
Hounded 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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