Wednesday 29 Oct 2014
The drama from Waterloo Road continues as Janeece and Ruby come to blows over the subject of motherhood, while Marcus's first day almost ends in disaster when his proactive approach to teaching uncovers a shocking secret about Ronan's home life.
After catching Ronan selling DVDs in class, and brimming with ideas about improving parent-teacher relationships, Marcus takes it upon himself to visit Ronan's father at home.
A seemingly upstanding businessman, Ronan's father is upset that his son is selling his possessions, and both he and Marcus assume Ronan must be in some sort of trouble. However, it soon becomes clear that Marcus hasn't grasped the full picture and Ronan is in fact saving the money to flee Rochdale and escape his father's illicit family business. Events reach boiling point in the corridors of Waterloo Road and Ronan is forced to make a decision that will change his life forever.
Meanwhile, Tom witnesses his son being picked on by Finn and persuades Josh to help out at his lunchtime self-defence class, an exercise that only serves to add to Josh's humiliation. Later, away from his father's interference, Josh is finally able to confront Finn and ask for his acceptance and friendship again.
Back at school, Ruby relentlessly scrutinises Janeece's diet and lifestyle, while Janeece does some digging for herself and discovers that Ruby may not be the perfect mother she pretends to be. The pair call a truce and agree to be totally open with each other from now on. However, there is one subject Ruby can't bring herself to talk about, leading to an embarrassing forfeit in the staff room. Finally, a jubilant Janeece proposes a radical solution to help her and Ruby through the pregnancy.
Janeece is played by Chelsee Healey, Ruby by Elizabeth Berrington, Ronan by Ben Ryan Davies, Marcus by Wil Johnson, Mr Burley by Martin Kemp, Tom by Jason Done, Finn by Jack McMullen and Josh by William Rush.
Waterloo Road is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Writer and historian James Holland presents a fresh analysis of the extraordinary events of the Battle of Britain in the Summer 1940, focussing on the tactics, technologies and intelligence available to both sides.
The BBC's season about the battle continues with an analytical insight from veteran British fighter pilots and James also travels to Germany to meet some of the few surviving Luftwaffe aces. He is also given access to diaries offering further first-hand testimony from those who fought in the battle. He also uncovers transcripts of unmediated conversations between captured German airmen, secretly recorded by Air Intelligence at Trent Park, North London, in 1940.
Examining the way in which Germany and Britain used their resources from air defence to firepower, James finally resolves a debate which has raged in the fiercest terms for seven decades: which was the better fighter plane, the Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 or the Messerschmitt Bf 109E?
Arguing that the battle should be seen as starting much earlier, in May 1940, James charts the shift in power between the two countries across a crucial five-month period. By examining the events of that summer from both sides, and through a longer time frame, he gets closer to understanding the real story of the Battle of Britain.
Battle Of Britain – The Real Story is part of the BBC's Battle Of Britain season on TV and Online at bbc.co.uk/history.
Historian Michael Wood shines an intimate light on the lives of ordinary people over the last 2,000 years in this fascinating new series. Set in the Leicestershire village of Kibworth, the series tells the story of one place through the whole of English history, with the people – not the rulers – at the centre of the narrative.
Kibworth is modern Britain in miniature: located in the very heart of England and split now by the A6, it's the kind of place you could drive through without giving it a second thought. But, like most places in England, scrape just beneath the surface and you discover an incredibly rich historical tapestry.
The first episode delves into the roots of the Kibworth community, its ancestors and landscape, exploring the deep past that shaped the village and its people. With the help of the local people and using archaeology, landscape language and DNA, Michael begins to uncover the lost history of the first thousand years of the village.
More than 250 villagers unite in digging up their own back gardens to unearth artefacts and look into the history that's all around them. A staggering 55 test pits were dug over one weekend, the largest number ever in a single place, and a wealth of evidence discovered: pottery from the Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods all the way through to the Middle Ages; debris of Georgian coaching inns; frame knitters' workshops; and railway navvies' camps.
In Michael Wood's Story Of England the stage is set. From the Romans to the Vikings, from the Black Death to the civil war, this series lays bare a history peopled by fascinating real-life characters, including Tudor teachers, highwaymen, Suffragettes and First World War soldiers.
Michael Wood's Story Of England is repeated tomorrow night and that broadcast 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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