Thursday 17 Apr 2014
Dan Walker and guests preview the weekend's domestic football action following the international break. The standout fixtures include the London derby at Upton Park between West Ham and Chelsea and Manchester United's trip to Everton on Sunday.
Dan and his guests also discuss what lies in store for the British clubs in Europe this season with the Champions League and Europa League group stages about to commence.
Strictly Come Dancing, presented by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, is back for series eight and kicks off with a red carpet launch show from Television Centre.
The line-up of 14 new celebrities and their partners-to-be walk the red carpet before being paired for the first time in front of a studio audience. None of the celebrities know who their partners are until they're told in the programme.
As well as the new celebrities and their dance partners, seven new dancers will take the Strictly floor on a brand-new set to perform spectacular group routines, with an exclusive performance from the new dance troupe.
The celebrities will perform a group routine and judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Alesha Dixon return to give their verdict on the runners and riders.
Strictly Come Dancing is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
It has been a year since Lady Morgana disappeared and no trace of her has been found, as the fantasy drama starring Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head and Richard Wilson returns for a new series.
Just as it seems all hope is lost, Merlin and Arthur pick up a trail. Set upon by bandits it seems they may perish but Merlin's secret magic saves the day. As the dust settles, a mysterious, bruised and bloodied figure approaches the group: it's Lady Morgana.
Camelot rejoices at her return but Merlin is worried that Morgana will remember the circumstances of their last meeting and tell King Uther that he tried to kill her. The King will not understand that he did it to save Camelot from Morgana's half-sister, sorceress Morgause's deadly enchantment; Merlin would be executed on the spot.
Morgana promises Merlin that she has learnt the error of her ways and repents for the evil things she has done. Morgause no longer has any hold over her and Morgana forgives Merlin and promises to keep his secret.
Uther and Morgana enjoy a tearful reunion. The King is delighted that his ward has returned and immediately announces a banquet in her honour. But is there more to her return than meets the eye?
As the evil magic begins to take hold of Uther's mind, Gaius urges Arthur to take command and Merlin begins to suspect that Morgana's repentance is not all it seems. Can Merlin find out what is really going on before Camelot is cast into the greatest peril it has ever known?
Katie McGrath plays Morgana, Colin Morgan plays Merlin, Bradley James plays Arthur, Anthony Head plays Uther, Emilia Fox plays Morgause, Tom Ellis plays Cenred, Richard Wilson plays Gaius and John Hurt is the voice of the Dragon.
It's the aftermath of the shocking incident at Holby College and the Emergency Department (ED) is under attack from the press and the public, as the medical drama continues.
The press have nicknamed the ED "Hellby" and patients are even refusing to be treated there. As a furious board led by Henry demands answers, Jordan is determined to find a scapegoat, unsettling all the staff in the process. Even the highly experienced Tess and Charlie are feeling the pressure. Will the intense public scrutiny pull the team together or tear them apart?
War veteran Leslie and young boy Amir are brought in to the ED with wounds caused by an explosion. As they are being treated, Amir reveals that he found two hand grenades in Leslie's shed and he still has one with him. Amir pulls the pin and the ED is evacuated, leaving just the two of them and Charlie. It's down to Charlie and Leslie to try to stop Amir from detonating the grenade. Just what is the connection between Leslie and Amir?
Meanwhile, unconcerned by the fallout from the college incident, Ruth arrives at work excited about a new surgical job she's applied for. It should be a formality, especially with new husband Edward to put in a good word for her. With the appointment being announced today, could this be the long-awaited opportunity that ambitious Ruth has been hoping for?
Henry is played by Tom Chadbon, Jordan by Michael French, Tess by Suzanne Packer, Charlie by Derek Thompson, Leslie by Richard Hawley, Amir by Gagan Sharma, Ruth by Georgia Taylor and Edward by Stephen Billington.
Gary Lineker presents highlights of the seven Premier League matches that took place today. Chelsea headed east across London for a derby game against West Ham, now managed by Chelsea's former boss Avram Grant. The champions were held to a 1-1 draw by the Hammers last season with Frank Lampard equalising against his former club from the penalty spot.
Other matches include Arsenal's home game against Bolton, a clash between two newly promoted sides as Newcastle entertain Blackpool and Steve Bruce's return to the DW Stadium as his Sunderland side took on Wigan, the side he previously managed.
Live 'n' Deadly is a new live and unpredictable Saturday morning show presented by action adventurer Steve Backshall with children's TV favourite Naomi Wilkinson. The series is designed to show CBBC viewers that you don't have to travel halfway round the world to enjoy amazing adventures or animal encounters.
Every week, Steve and Naomi pitch up at a different destination across the country in the Live 'n' Deadly truck and, in front of a live studio audience, they'll present a 60-minute show crammed full of animals, adventure, challenges, dares and interaction with the viewers at home.
Steve pits himself against a variety of animals as he attempts to master their skills. Meanwhile, Naomi busts some awesome animal myths in Deadly Sleuth and also meets some deadly cute creatures – sweet-looking animals with real bite.
Throughout the series, a host of celebrity guests challenge Steve to an activity face-off.
In the first show Steve makes a grand entrance when he faces a series of animal encounters with an assortment of creatures.
He is set to get up close and personal with a Burmese Python and handle baby meerkats while Naomi reveals the sinister deadly side to these cute-looking creatures and demonstrates an African spotted eagle owl's eerily silent wings.
In this week's mission, a group of children are sent diving off Skomer in search of monsters from the deep.
Viewers can also get involved via the website during the show and throughout the week. The fun doesn't stop after the show has ended as, every Sunday, Steve visits different cities in Deadly Day Out, giving viewers the chance to get up close and personal with British wildlife, try a new outdoor adventure and meet Steve and his curious collection of deadly animals.
Gabby Logan presents live Championship action from Turf Moor as Burnley take on local Lancastrian rivals Preston North End. The Clarets have returned to the second tier of English football following relegation from the Premier League but boast one of the strongest squads in the division. Preston have endured an indifferent start to their 11th straight season playing at this level but will be keen to put one over their neighbours. This fixture has traditionally produced goals, with 14 being scored in the last three encounters at Turf Moor.
Match Of The Day Live – Burnley v Preston North End is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Katie Derham hosts the traditional Last Night festivities as Jiří Bělohlávek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform in an evening of great music and vivid colour. The evening begins at 7.30pm on BBC Two before moving to BBC One at 9.15pm (with both parts simulcast on the BBC HD Channel).
Adding the solo glamour are American soprano Renée Fleming and Ukrainian-born viola player Maxim Rysanov, each acknowledged for the excellence of their music making as well as their onstage elegance.
Known for her roles as great operatic heroines, Fleming sings a series of intimate songs by Richard Strauss and what is perhaps her signature piece – Rusalka's romantic entreaty to the moon. Rysanov performs his own arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Variations On A Rococo Theme and movements from Vaughan Williams's rarely heard Viola Suite.
Other works include the première of Jonathan Dove's joyous setting of a poem by Walt Whitman, Tchaikovsky's sun-drenched homage to Italy and there's also an opportunity for the combined forces of the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony chorus to shine in Parry's much-loved choral ode. All this and the traditional Last Night fare looks set to make it one of the musical highlights of the year.
Viewers can also watch BBC Proms In The Park live from Hyde Park via the BBC Red Button. These outdoor celebrations, presented by Sir Terry Wogan, feature a host of acclaimed musical stars including Neil Sedaka, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. The event culminates in a live video link-up with the Royal Albert Hall in London and a nationwide sing-along to the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic You'll Never Walk Alone, as well as Last Night Of The Proms favourites Land Of Hope And Glory and Jerusalem.
Last Night Of The Proms is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
This special 90-minute celebration of Later... With Jools Holland features an eclectic array of artists and fans of the show picking their favourite and most memorable performances from over the years, ahead of the show's 250th episode.
Since its beginning in 1992, Later... has been host to the full spectrum of the world's greatest acts and musicians; overseen the TV debuts of countless new stars; and become the premier music show on television.
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