Wednesday 29 Oct 2014
On the final leg of the iconic children's programme's Italian adventures, Blue Peter presenters Joel Defries, Helen Skelton and Andy Akinwolere discover the secrets behind the Roman Empire. Aside from its military might, what enabled one tiny city to control so many people for so long?
In finding the answers, the presenters end up training as gladiators, directing traffic on Italy's busiest square and emptying the Trevi fountain of its daily collection of coins thrown in by wish-hunting tourists.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the Culture Show presents a one-hour special on the art of the Second World War.
Despite being locked into a life-or-death struggle, wartime Britain saw an extraordinary explosion of public art. From portraits to posters, cartoons to huge canvases – art was suddenly everywhere. Among the works were some of the most intense and immediate creations of the 20th century.
Presenter Alastair Sooke explores the often overlooked history of Britain's wartime renaissance. He meets the Blitz survivors, factory workers and "Land Girls" who became the subject of iconic paintings, and talks to contemporary war artists about the challenges of creating art in conflict zones.
Travelling from the shipyards of the Clyde to the concentration camps of northern Germany, Alastair discovers how art rose above propaganda to create an enduring, deeply humane record of the "People's War", laying the groundwork for a future understanding of what art should be and do.
This Culture Show Special is part of the BBC's Battle Of Britain Season on TV and online at bbc.co.uk/history.
The Art Of World War Two – A Culture Show Special is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
After 10 weeks of intense rounds, from Towneley Hall in Burnley, Antiques Master reaches its climax. Throughout the series, some of the country's leading amateur enthusiasts have battled through a number of challenges. The two remaining antiques aficionados now go head-to-head, across four tough challenges, in a bid to be crowned the first Antiques Master.
Leading the search for Britain's Antiques Master is host Sandi Toksvig and, on hand with the key facts and figures is Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles.
Antiques Master has scoured the country's leading museums, antique shops and private collections to provide unparalleled access to the best and most varied artefacts ever seen on British television. The two finalists have to use all their experience, in-depth knowledge and intuition to differentiate the priceless from the worthless in this final round. Tonight's programme features a diamond-encrusted Victorian spider brooch, worth an astounding £15,000, and a pair of Doulton Burslem vases.
The finalists are: Su from Merseyside, whose specialism is Doultan Ware; and Judith from Wiltshire, who has an in-depth knowledge of 18th and 19th-century English porcelain.
Whose passion, skill and knowledge will prove to be priceless and earn them the inaugural title of Antiques Master?
Following on from the huge success of EastEnders – E20, a second series of the hit online spin-off drama begins online on Tuesday 7 September, and on TV the following week. The new series focuses on Sol, Asher, Stevie and Naz – four brand-new young characters.
Stevie is found in a crying heap in the middle of Walford; brothers Ash and Sol need a place to crash as they can't go home; and Naz comes to Walford looking for a place to escape. One by one, the quartet meet up until they are all under one roof in the flat above Roxy's beauty salon. All have something to hide – but will living together force these secrets out?
In the first episode, when Asher and Sol find themselves homeless, their quick thinking turns Stevie’s relationship misery into an opportunity. Meanwhile, Naz gets into trouble with Fatboy; cue Sol to the rescue. And so begins the adventures of four unlikely flatmates...
On Tuesday, the foursome go to Olly’s party, even though he strictly warns Stevie to stay away. However, Naz, Asher and Sol are surprised by Stevie’s "friends".
Stevie is played by Amanda Fairbanks-Hayes, Asher by Heishma Thompson, Sol by Tosin Cole, Naz by Emaa Hussen, Fatboy by Ricky Norwood, and Olly by Joshua MacGuire.
Series two premières online on the EastEnders website, with two episodes per week which are around 14 minutes long. These episodes can be seen in one omnibus the following Monday on BBC Three.
This series is written by the same young writers – all aged between 17 and 22 – responsible for the first run of episodes.
As before, the E20 website, along with its Facebook and Twitter pages, will feature a wealth of cast interviews and extra-special clips to extend the E20 world. This time, BBC Three also goes behind the scenes with E20 Extra – videos that give a behind-the-scenes look at every stage of the production process.
It's Steve's birthday and everyone wants to go out and get plastered – except Steve – as Stefan Golaszewski's comedy revealing the hilarious and often shocking truth of what really goes on behind the bedroom doors of today's 20-somethings continues.
Steve is ill in bed. Or at least he tells his mum and everyone else he is. When Becky, Laura, Shelly and Paul can't persuade him to go out and celebrate, Steve stays in and – with a little help from Dan – makes very good use of his presents.
Russell Tovey plays Steve, Sarah Solemani plays Becky, Kerry Howard plays Laura, Ricky Champ plays Paul and Joe Wilkinson plays Dan.
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