Wednesday 29 Oct 2014
Having been barred from his noisy, disorderly public library for causing a disturbance, Brian Lane finds solace in the old-fashioned, respectful and tranquil surroundings of The London Library, as the drama following a team of ex-policeman brought out of retirement to investigate unsolved cases from the past continues. When he discovers that a membership card is listed among the personal affects of a cold case victim, he wastes no time volunteering to go undercover there.
The Unsolved Crime And Open Case Squad (UCOS) reinvestigate the death of university professor Dr Richard Symes, who died falling from the roof of his college three years ago. As Lane relishes his relocation to The London Library, immersing himself in Symes's specialist field of the history and philosophy of science, Pullman and Standing visit Symes's widow, Paula.
An antiquarian bookseller, Paula is less than happy about the case being reopened. She is, however, keen to point out that while she believes her husband committed suicide, she blames college principal Jeremy Ventham for pushing him to the brink. A conflict of old and new teaching methods saw Ventham axing Symes's department, shutting down the college library and forcing Symes into early retirement.
However, when Halford visits the scene of Symes's death and speaks to Ventham, he learns that the early retirement package was merely a polite way of sacking Symes after discovering he was caught stealing books from the college library. But why would a man so passionate about books and their importance in education steal them? Could Paula's business have benefited from the thefts?
Lane is finding that life as an academic at The London Library isn't all reading, researching and quiet contemplation. He becomes distinctly uneasy in his peaceful retreat when Symes's former colleagues, retired college lecturers Jasper and Sophie Urquhart, take an unhealthy interest in him and his reading material.
Amanda Redman plays detective superintendent Sandra Pullman, with Alun Armstrong as Brian Lane, Dennis Waterman as Gerry Standing, James Bolam as Jack Halford, Beth Goddard as Paula Symes, Jonathan Cullen as Jeremy Ventham, Anne Reid as Sophie Urquhart and David Ryall as Jasper Urquhart.
This special episode of the hit comedy panel show Would I Lie To You? is a compilation of previously unseen material and out-takes from the most recent series. These are the funnies that just couldn't be squeezed in the first time around, and it's 100 per cent brand-new footage. As ever, Rob Brydon hosts proceedings and David Mitchell and Lee Mack are the lightning-quick team captains.
Over the course of the show, a stellar cast of 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 fiction for fact.
Featuring in this week's episode are big-name guests from across series four, including Ruth Jones, Ronnie Corbett, Jason Manford, Fern Britton, Keeley Hawes, Richard E Grant, Joanna Page, John Bishop, Patrick Kielty, Bernard Cribbins, Stephen Mangan, Jack Dee, Patsy Palmer, Martin Clunes, Professor Brian Cox, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Peter Serofinowicz, Kevin Bridges, Chris Addison, Deborah Meaden, Julian Clary and Holly Walsh.
Did Professor Brian Cox once cause the Hadron Collider to be shut down after he spilt yoghurt in it? Does Martin Clunes sometimes change the order in which he puts on his shoes and socks to spice up his daily routine? And was John Bishop once asked to leave the cinema for crying too loudly?
BBC Two and BBC Radio 4 LW broadcast live from Westminster Abbey, where the Pope joins the Archbishop of Canterbury in a celebration of Evening Prayer. Huw Edwards presents for TV and Edward Stourton is joined by Monsignor Mark Langham on Radio 4.
The BBC will also be covering other events during the Papal visit on the BBC News Channel.
Rob Brydon returns with his own show, featuring special guests and a first-class musical act each week. Rob, a No. 1 hit artist (with the 2009 Comic Relief song Islands In The Stream), also displays his own impressive musical skills by performing alongside his musical guests. By way of intermission from all of these showbiz antics, Rob has also hand-picked some guest comedians to keep the entertainment flowing.
Tonight, Rob chats to Little Britain star and old friend David Walliams. Rob also chats and jams with his hero, Sir Tom Jones, and champions rising star and stand-up comedian Tom Deacon.
As always, Friday's Later... With Jools Holland offers a fuller buffet of performances and chat, with occasional surprises.
Further shows in this series will feature the likes of Grinderman, Scissor Sisters, Robert Plant, Janelle Monae, Midlake, The Black Keys, Steve Miller Band, Kings Of Leon, John Legend & The Roots and many more.
For additional exclusive content, the Later... website features performances and interviews with acts on each week's show at bbc.co.uk/later.
Since 1992, Later has featured performances from some of the biggest and hottest names in music, with 2010's spring series welcoming Gorillaz, Jerry Dammers & The Spatial Aka Orchestra, LCD Soundsystem, Alicia Keys, Joanna Newsom, Mumford & Sons, The National, Vampire Weekend and many more.
This is the story of deals on the beach, accidental pop stars, friendship, breakdowns, comebacks, multimillion-dollar deals and new discoveries. Legend tells the story of musician, producer, record industry mogul and artist Mr Herb Alpert.
Herb Alpert is probably best known as the trumpet player who created the Tijuana Brass group, and sold the world the sound of Mexico; or the crooner who made the ladies swoon when he sang This Guy's In Love With You. From his first job working with soul legend Sam Cooke to creating A&M records, one of the world's most successful independent labels, Herb's life reads like a story of dreams come true. This programme follows Alpert today and profiles his music and artwork as he exhibits his sculptures for Hollywood's art elite.
Contributors include: Herb Alpert, Lou Adler, Quincy Jones, Richard Carpenter, Sting, Jam & Lewis and Stephen Fry.
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