Saturday 21 Dec 2013
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.