Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
David Tennant and Suranne Jones star in Single Father, a touching yet humorous drama written by Mick Ford about finding love after heartbreak.
Dave and Rita are a devoted couple living in the midst of mess and mayhem with their children Lucy, Paul, Ewan and Evie. But everything changes in an instant when Rita is killed in a road accident. Suddenly, Dave, a photographer, faces an uncertain future and the seemingly impossible job of bringing up the kids alone.
Dave finds it hard to cope at first, but at least he has the love and support of friends and family especially Rita's best friend, schoolteacher Sarah, and her partner Matt.
Eldest daughter Lucy, Rita's child from a previous relationship whom Dave has brought up as his own, is particularly devastated – she's lost her mum and has never known who her real dad is.
When an education officer visits to tell Dave that Lucy has been playing truant from school, a new threat emerges for the family. As Dave and Rita weren't married, Dave realises that his guardianship of Lucy is hanging by a thread.
Eventually, in a bitter confrontation, Lucy rejects Dave, telling him she wants to find her real father. Dave is devastated and things are further complicated when she runs away from home.
In the panic that follows, Dave calls on Sarah to help with the kids so he can go in search of Lucy and he finally cracks under the emotional pressure. Sarah comforts Dave and, in their shared moment of grief over Rita's death, the friends grow closer.
This four-part relationship drama asks how soon is too soon to fall in love? With his children at the centre of his world, Dave worries about what will happen when they find out about his blossoming relationship with Sarah and whether he's betraying Rita's memory...
A Red Production for BBC One through BBC Scotland, Single Father is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Dave is played by David Tennant, Sarah by Suranne Jones, Rita by Laura Fraser, Lucy by Natasha Watson, Paul by Chris Hegarty, Ewan by Robert Dickson, Evie by Millie Innes and Matt by Warren Brown.
BBC flagship film show Film 2010 returns to BBC One with a new look and new presenters Claudia Winkleman and film journalist Danny Leigh.
Broadcasting live for the first time in its 40-year history and with a longer running time of 40 minutes each week, the new series features more discussion and debate than ever before.
Each week, Claudia and Danny lead a range of topical debate and discussion on the latest news and releases from the world of film, joined in the studio by actors, film makers and well-known guest reviewers. The show also features regular reports on issues across the industry.
Hazel Irvine and Clare Balding introduce more action from the 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi, including highlights from the morning sessions in athletics and swimming plus action from the first of the boxing quarter-final sessions, where all winners are guaranteed at least a bronze medal. Commentary comes from Jim Neilly and Richie Woodhall.
From 10am, alongside the boxing, there are also highlights of two key preliminary matches in the hockey competitions as England's men take on New Zealand, while England's women face Malaysia. And in the archery competition, this morning sees the Individual Compound finals.
Andy Jameson, Adrian Moorhouse and Sharron Davies are poolside at the SPM Swimming Complex for more event finals, including:
11.30am Men's 50m Freestyle
11.34am Women's 200m Butterfly
11.47am Women's Para S9 100m Butterfly
11.54am Men's 200m Breaststroke
Today's finals include the fastest race in the pool – the Men's 50m Freestyle, where it will take little over 20 seconds to decide the medals and where Australia's Eamon Sullivan will be one of the favourites. Fellow Australian Jessicah Schipper should be the woman to beat in the 200m Butterfly, while her team-mate Brenton Rickard will be one of the favourites in the Men's 200m Breaststroke.
Commonwealth Games 2010 is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108. Digital viewers can access more live coverage of events via BBCi on the red button and broadband.
John Inverdale is joined by Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson for more athletics action, including:
2.30pm Men's 400m Final
2.35pm Women's Javelin Final
2.40pm Men's 800m Semi Final
3.15pm Heptathlon 800m
Three more gold medals are decided in the athletics arena, with the highlight expected to be a riveting men's 400m final. Jamaican pair Jermaine Gonzales and Ricardo Chambers have been the Commonwealth's outstanding performers this year, both improving on their lifetime best. Rob Tobin leads the Home Nations' challenge in the absence of European medallists Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney.
The commentators are Steve Cram, Paul Dickenson, Jonathan Edwards, Brendan Foster and Phil Jones
There is also action from the women's singles tennis final, the table-tennis team gold, more boxing quarter-finals and both Scottish hockey teams – the women versus Australia and the men against India.
Commonwealth Games 2010 is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108. Digital viewers can access more live coverage of events via BBCi on the red button and broadband.
Merlin has an unexpected meeting with the mysterious Taliesin, as the fantasy drama continues. The wizened old sorcerer takes the young warlock to the crystal cave and shows him a glimpse of the future. But this gift turns out to be more of a curse when, to his horror, Merlin sees Morgana... set to kill Uther.
Merlin knows he must do all that he can to stop the future from playing out. But changing the pages of destiny is a dangerous game and his actions have fatal consequences. With the whole of Camelot in a state of grief can the young warlock undo the damage he has caused, or is it too late?
Merlin is played by Colin Morgan, Taliesin by Karl Johnson, Morgana by Katie McGrath and King Uther by Anthony Head
Tonight in the celebrity dance competition, all 14 couples perform brand new dances and go head-to-head for the first time in a battle to win the admiration of both the judges and the public to secure those all-important votes.
This week the public get to vote for the first time, and with Bruno, Len, Alesha and Craig's points counting for half of the couple's final scores, it will be the first time to compare whether the viewers and the judges agree.
For the results, viewers can tune in tomorrow night (Sunday) to see who's sailing through to next week, and who will be sailing off in to the Strictly sunset.
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.
Michelle Collins returns as Camille to tear a strip off the hard-working medical staff of Holby Hospital's Emergency Department as the drama continues in the world's longest-running prime-time medical series, Casualty.
Simone Lewis is brought back into the ED after breathing difficulties following a fall. When she explains the circumstances leading up to the fall, Kirsty suspects she has suffered a panic attack and suggests to Camille that Simone might be suffering hysterical paralysis. Camille is furious that Kirsty appears to be putting the blame on Simone and a nasty confrontation ensues. Can feisty Kirsty keep her cool under extreme provocation?
Lenny admits to Chrissie that he knows she's an undercover newspaper reporter but can he convince her to run a positive news story about the ED instead?
Parents at Holby College want to give Jeff a bravery award for going over and above the call of duty during the shooting. Jordan is delighted with the positive PR but Jeff is deeply unhappy about the attention and vents his frustration by beating up a patient who has been taunting him. Just what is troubling the normally placid paramedic?
Jordan is determined to change the public's perception of the ED and issues Holby City health check forms to give patients the opportunity to assess the staff. But the results aren't quite what he hopes for when the tea lady scores top marks!
Camille is played by Michelle Collins, Simone Lewis by Jayne Wisener, Kirsty by Lucy Gaskell, Lenny by Steven Miller, Chrissie by Rebecca Calder, Jeff by Matt Bardock and Jordan by Michael French.
Steve Backshall and Naomi Wilkinson take the Live 'n' Deadly convoy to Northern Ireland this week, as the wildlife action and adventure series continues. Steve and Naomi also have a close up meeting with some elephants and other inhabitants of the African Savannah.
There's a whole host of deadly animals eager to get onto the show, including a leopard gecko, a bearded dragon and the more familiar, but just-as-prickly, slug-munching hedgehog.
Steve and Naomi meet one of the UK's deadliest birds of prey, the Golden Eagle, which has been re-introduced to Ireland. Armed with super-powered eyesight, this fantastic bird can spot its dinner from more than a mile away.
This week's special guest is cyclist Mark Beaumont, current world record holder for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by bicycle. Mark travelled 18,296 miles in 194 days and 17 hours, beating the previous record by an astonishing 81 days.
Steve dons his climbing gear for another big adventure in search of sea birds and sets a group of kids a deadly mission deep inside a dark damp cave.
Steve will also be turning up in Belfast on Sunday with his Deadly Day Out, where members of the public can get the chance to see him and some amazing British wildlife in action.
Clare Balding and John Inverdale have more action from the pool as they introduce live coverage of the swimming finals, including:
12.07pm Women's 400m Individual Medley
12.21pm Men's Para S10 Freestyle
12.35pm Men's 1500m Freestyle
1.07pm Women's 4x100m Medley
1.21pm Men's 4x100m Medley
Scotland's Hannah Miley finished an impressive fourth in the women's 400m Individual Medley as a 16-year-old Commonwealth Games debutante in 2006 and, having claimed gold at the European Championships in Budapest in August, she will be looking to get among the medals in her favourite event.
Welsh star David Davies will be defending his 1500m Freestyle title in the longest and last of the individual swimming events – but his rivals will include Canadian Ryan Cochrane.
And in traditional style, the swimming programme is completed with the Men's and Women's Medley Relays, which always prove an exciting climax to proceedings.
The action switches to the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex for more athletics action, including:
1.15pm Women's 200m Round 1
1.20pm Men's High Jump Final
1.30pm Men's Long Jump Final
1.40pm Men's 200m Round 2
1.55pm Women's Shot Final
2.10pm Women's 3000m Steeplechase Final
European bronze medallists Martyn Bernard and Chris Tomlinson attempt to add to their medal collection against the Commonwealth's best in Delhi, in the high jump and long jump respectively.
Abi Oyepitan and Joice Maduaka line up in the heats of the women's 200m for England. Northern Ireland's Anna Boyle progressed the furthest of any home nation competitor in Melbourne four years ago, but was eliminated at the semi-final stage.
Commonwealth Games 2010 is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108. Digital viewers can access more live coverage of events via BBCi on the red button and broadband.
This Culture Show special celebrates the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
Presenter and film maker Tim Samuels returns to the Scottish village of Comrie in Perthshire to ask the locals for their verdict on this year's Man Booker shortlist, made up of the following six books: Parrot And Olivier In America by Peter Carey; Room by Emma Donoghue; In A Strange Room by Damon Galgut; The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson; The Long Song by Andrea Levy; and C by Tom McCarthy.
Tim has been to Comrie on Booker business for the Culture Show twice before, so as he makes his way around the town to hand out the shortlisted books, he meets many of the characters who have taken up his reading challenge in previous years, from the butcher and the vicar to the lord of the manor.
After three weeks of intensive reading, during which they had a chance to talk to the shortlisted writers, the people of Comrie give their verdict on who should win the Man Booker Prize this year. The Comrie's winner will be announced at a special village fete with the local pipe band in attendance.
In their previous Booker reading marathons for the Culture Show, the people of Comrie's book choice hasn't matched that of the official judges. Will their favourite turn out to be the winner this year?
The official 2010 winner is announced on Tuesday 12 October and BBC News programmes on TV and radio will carry reports live from the awards ceremony at London's Guildhall.
Thirty-two Gold medals were won today, including the conclusion of the swimming competition. Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey present highlights of all the significant action involving British teams and competitors as the Games reach the halfway stage.
Now in its seventh year, the annual BBC Four World Cinema Awards celebrate the best of contemporary international film-making and highlight the channel's commitment to international cinema.
The shortlist for the awards is voted for by UK-wide film writers, while The BBC Four World Cinema Achievement Award celebrates the outstanding work of an international film maker.
This year, some 200 UK-wide film writers were invited to select shortlisted films from around 280 recent releases.
The five films which polled highest were then shortlisted for the BBC Four World Cinema Award 2010.
The 2010 Shortlist is:
A specially assembled jury will debate the films and select an overall winner. The director of the winning film, along with the recipient of the Achievement prize, will receive their awards at a special television ceremony at the BFI Southbank in London on Thursday 7 October.
BBC Parliament gives viewers a chance to relive the historic 1970 General Election, which resulted in a surprise win for the Conservatives under Ted Heath.
The 1966 Labour Government had been dogged by economic crises, forcing the devaluation of sterling in 1967. Industrial relations were consistently poor and the government upset many of its own supporters by backing the American war in Vietnam. Prime Minster Harold Wilson was also humiliated by the UK's rejected application for membership of the European Economic Community and the unpopularity of the government was shown in a record number of 15 by-election defeats during the course of the parliament.
But by 1969 a turnaround in the economy saw a rise in Labour's fortunes and the polls soon began forecasting that the government could get another chance. But the Conservatives had effectively reorganised the party machine and had a strong grassroots network in place. The Liberals' campaign suffered somewhat as they struggled to break in a new leader after Jo Grimond was succeeded by Jeremy Thorpe.
Cliff Michelmore presents the BBC Election 70 results programme, with analysis by David Butler and Robert McKenzie and interviews by Robin Day with leading political figures and commentators including Ludovic Kennedy, Kenneth Harris and Robert Carvel.
Among the interviews are: former Prime Minister Harold Wilson with David Dimbleby, the Conservative Leader Edward Heath with Michael Charlton and the Liberal Leader Jeremy Thorpe with David Lomax. And Desmond Wilcox is with the crowds in Trafalgar Square watching and commenting on the results.
Lee McKenzie introduces live coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix from the Suzuka circuit.
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is a previous winner of this race, although his victory came at the Fuji Speedway circuit in 2007. Last year he managed a third-place finish here at Suzuka, but it was Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel who took the honours ahead of Jarno Trulli.
With Ferrari's Fernando Alonso another previous winner at this famously demanding circuit, competition will be fierce as the Formula 1 season approaches its climax.
The Grand Prix will be repeated on BBC One today at 2pm.
Hazel Irvine introduces highlights of the women's cycling road race, which took place overnight, plus live coverage of the men's road race as Commonwealth Games coverage continues from Delhi.
The men's race takes place over a 167km course, taking in some of Delhi's famous landmarks such as India Gate. Mark Cavendish from the Isle of Man and Welsh rider Geraint Thomas both made waves in this year's Tour de France and will be looking to cap excellent seasons by capturing the Commonwealth title. Also riding will be Scotland's David Millar along with the defending champion Mathew Hayman of Australia.
There are also highlights of the women's event in which Olympic road race champion Nicole Cooke was attempting to win the Commonwealth title – no easy task in an event which favours riders who can call on the support of team-mates to help them plot their way through the race. Welsh star Cooke took bronze in Melbourne four years ago when Natalie Bates, backed by a strong Australian team, claimed gold. England also had high hopes of success in Delhi, with the likes of Emma Pooley, Lizzie Armitstead and Sharon Laws in their team.
Commentary comes from Hugh Porter and Chris Boardman.
Hazel also presents the conclusion of the archery competition – the individual recurve finals – boxing quarter-final action and England's men against South Africa in the hockey.
It's the first results show of series eight of Strictly Come Dancing and it's just over four weeks since the celebrities discovered who their professional partner would be. But, for one of them, their Strictly experience ends this evening.
The couples have done all they can to impress the judges and win the public over with their new-found skills, but tonight one celebrity will take to the floor for their last dance.
For this year's result shows, Tess Daley will be joined by It Takes Two host Claudia Winkleman, to preside over the evening's events including the Strictly Pros delighting audiences once more with a dazzling professional performance.
Jennie Gow introduces round 15 of the MotoGP season, live from Sepang in Malaysia.
Valentino Rossi was crowned world champion for the seventh time here last season after finishing third behind Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa.
This year, Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo has dominated the championship and with just three rounds to go after this race, the Spaniard will be desperate for the points that could secure his maiden world title.
Steve Parrish and Charlie Cox provide the commentary.
John Inverdale presents today's action from the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, including live coverage of the concluding stages of the men's cycling road race, an event in which Australian Mathew Hayman upstaged the favourites four years ago in Melbourne.
With the swimming events now completed, attention at the SPM Aquatics Centre turns to diving. The first three medals are set to be decided as the competition gets under way.
Today's three finals include the Men's 1m springboard in which Australia's Matthew Mitcham, bronze medallist at last year's World Championships in Rome, will be among the favourites. Bob Ballard and Leon Taylor provide the commentary.
From 1pm, Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson join John for more athletics action, including:
1.00pm Men's Discus Final
1.15pm Women's High Jump final
1.20pm Women's 200m Semi-final
1.30pm Men's 200m Semi-final
1.45pm Men's Para T54 1500m Final
1.55pm Women's Long Jump Final
2.00pm Men's 400m Hurdles Final
2.15pm Women's 400m Hurdles Final
2.35pm Men's 800m Final
3.05pm Women's 800m Semi-final
3.30pm Women's 200m Final
3.40pm Men's 200m Final
Nine athletics titles will be decided this afternoon, but all eyes will be on Caster Semenya in the semi-finals of the women's 800m. The South African world champion has returned from an enforced year-long absence while the IAAF investigated her eligibility to compete and the talented youngster will be eager to make up for lost time.
The Caribbean's top sprinters are expected to dominate the men's and women's 200m finals, while Welshman Dai Greene is expected to add the Commonwealth title to his European 400m Hurdles gold.
Commentary comes from Steve Cram, Paul Dickenson, Jonathan Edwards, Brendan Foster and Phil Jones.
There is also a round-up of the latest action from the tennis men's singles final, bowls, boxing and weightlifting.
Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey present a round-up of the best of the action on the seventh day of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Twenty-nine gold medals were at stake today with much expected from home nations competitors, including Nicole Cooke from Wales in the cycling road races. It was also another busy evening in the athletics.
John Inverdale is joined by athletics superstars Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson for more coverage from the track at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, including:
2.20pm Men's 1500m Round 1
2.40pm Women's 800m Final
2.50pm Women's 4x100m Round 1
3.05pm Men's 4x100m Round 1
3.25pm Men's 10,000m Final
Caster Semenya will start as favourite for the women's 800m and the South African is aiming to add the Commonwealth title to the World Championships gold she won 14 months ago in Berlin. Defending champion Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya looks like her biggest rival, having recently returned from injury.
The men's 10,000m features England's Chris Thompson, who won a European silver medal this summer behind team-mate Mo Farah, who has opted not to compete in Delhi.
An experienced English quartet also line up in the women's 4x100m, an event where the Caribbean nations are expected to take all the beating.
The commentator team trackside is: Steve Cram, Paul Dickenson, Jonathan Edwards, Brendan Foster and Phil Jones.
There is also more semi-final boxing action from the flyweight, lightweight, welterweight, light-heavyweight and super-heavyweight divisions. Commentary comes from Jim Neilly and Richie Woodhall.
John also brings highlights of the second women's hockey semi-final and latest news of the bowls and diving competitions.
Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey present the best of the late evening action on day eight of the Games, plus interviews with the headline makers and the other stories making an impact in Delhi.
Carol faces the worst day of her life when she hears that her son is dead, in the week's first visit to Albert Square.
Carol is played by Lindsey Coulson.
When a Chinese snatch team arrive in London for a 48-hour visit, Section D's suspicion is aroused, as the tense spy thriller continues. This causes Beth Bailey to call on the services of Kai, a Chinese Security Services agent who she has been grooming to help infiltrate security.
Ruth Evershed goes undercover at QMK, a research facility, and discovers that the Chinese are looking for Jiang Lee, a scientist who has discovered a de-salinisation technique worth billions. Desperate to get hold of Lee, the Chinese will stop at nothing, but the UK cannot afford to lose an intellectual property of such value.
Meanwhile, a bomb is reported at QMK and Ruth quickly evacuates with Jiang Lee. However, it soon becomes clear that the bomb was merely a ruse to get Lee out in the open, and the team begin to believe that Kai might be a triple agent.
Later, there is suspicion from Section D on receiving a second bomb threat, but when they investigate they discover a bomb in central London. With minutes to spare they are under pressure to stop a catastrophic explosion and ensure Jiang Lee stays on British soil.
Amid the chaos, Lucas and Maya's relationship intensifies and he becomes increasingly distant from the team. Are Lucas's loyalties beginning to change as his past catches up with him?
Beth Bailey is played by Sophia Myles, Kai by Benedict Wong, Ruth Evershed by Nicola Walker, Jiang Lee by Daphne Cheung, Lucas North by Richard Armitage, Maya by Laila Rouass and Harry Pearce by Peter Firth.
Hazel Irvine and Clare Balding introduce action from the first day of the rugby sevens, and more boxing.
Two days of competition gets under way in the rugby sevens with a full day of preliminary matches. There are highlights of some of the key games so far featuring the home nations, England, Scotland and Wales. The commentator is Andrew Cotter.
It's semi-finals day in all weight categories in the boxing, with the first session featuring light flyweight, bantamweight, light-welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight. Commentary comes from Jim Neilly and Richie Woodhall.
There are also highlights of the first women's hockey semi-final.
Clare Balding and John Inverdale present live coverage of the final pool matches in the rugby sevens:
12.40pm South Africa versus Wales
1.02pm New Zealand versus Scotland
1.24pm England versus Australia
The home nations take on the big guns in their final group matches, hoping to book their place in the quarter-finals. Scotland look to have the hardest task – they take on New Zealand, who have won all three tournaments held so far. England, losing finalists four years ago, finish off the action against great rivals Australia. Commentary comes from Andrew Cotter.
There is also more athletics action this afternoon, including:
Women's 100m Hurdles Final
Women's 4x400m Round 1
Men's 4x400m Round 1
Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final
The women's 100m hurdles promises to be one of the highlights of the athletics programme, with five of last year's finalists at the World Championships eligible to compete in Delhi – including the three medallists.
The 4x400m relays get under way today and, at 2pm, Olympic and world 3,000m steeplechase champion Brimin Kipruto of Kenya is vying to add Commonwealth gold to his list of major titles,
On day eight of the Commonwealth Games, 13 Gold medals were won on a day dominated by athletics, the start of the rugby sevens competition and boxing semi-finals. Highlights of the key competitions featuring athletes from the home countries come from Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey.
The Benefits go to church, Italian politician Gabbatore tries to find a mistress for the British Prime Minister, the Surgeons' Wives are introduced, and a group of white van men sing the rousing chorus of the Van Drivers' Lament, in the latest episode of the comedy series written by and starring Bafta Award-winning comic duo Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse.
Celebrity guests Richard Herring and Vanessa Feltz join Dave Gorman to explore the novel ideas pitched from the studio audience, who all believe their idea could just be a stroke of Genius. Proposals this week include a cat-shaped cat flap, sheep scrabble, wheat biscuit architecture and a glove puppet designed especially to assist with job interviews. Two audience members also get the chance to build and test a prototype of their idea – "nacho gloves".
This week undoubtedly offers some innovative propositions, but, of course, it's up to the judges to decide between the good, the bad and the genius.
Stevie devises a cunning plan to keep the flat, in the final omnibus edition of the online EastEnders spin-off series. But when Olly tries to patch things up, will Stevie fall back into his arms?
Elsewhere, finding their mum forces a confrontation between Sol and Asher. Meanwhile, Naz returns to face her family and pack for Turkey. She is on the run and Stevie's attempt to help goes horribly wrong. Is it too late for Sol to pick up the pieces?
Finally, the dance-off reaches a climax just as Asher comes face-to-face with trouble.
Stevie is played by Amanda Fairbanks-Hynes, Olly by Joshua MacGuire, Sol by Tosin Cole, Asher by Heishma Thompson and Naz by Emaa Hussen.
Steve and Becky are drunk and arguing, as the 20-something comedy concludes. They storm back into the flat, soon followed by their even drunker mates including Jamie, Becky's oldest friend.
While everyone drinks Steve's drink and eats all his food, Steve tries in vain to deal with Becky and her close friendship with Jamie. Eventually he can't take it any more and locks Becky in the bathroom. He has something he really needs to get off his chest.
Steve is played by Russell Tovey, Becky by Sarah Solemani and Jamie by Martin Delaney.
Mark Gatiss – The League Of Gentleman star, Doctor Who writer and lifelong horror fan – celebrates the horror film in this new three-part series for BBC Four.
Episode One follows Mark as he brings his passion, expertise and humour to the golden age of Hollywood horror. From the Twenties until the Forties, a succession of classic pictures defined the horror genre. Mark explains just how daring and pioneering these films were, and why they still send a chill down the spine today.
Mark starts with silent film Phantom Of The Opera, starring Lon Chaney, "the man of a thousand faces". Mark explains how Chaney achieved his ground-breaking make-up effects, and shows how the Phantom's success kick-started the horror boom. He recounts how a modest British touring play inspired the first great horror talkie, Dracula, with Bela Lugosi, and demonstrates how British director James Whale radically moved the genre on with Frankenstein, featuring Boris Karloff's unforgettable portrayal of the monster.
Mark explores the increasingly camp and daring themes of James Whale's work in Bride Of Frankenstein and The Old Dark House, whose star Gloria Stuart, now 99, reveals what it was like to work with Whale and Karloff. Mark shows how Hollywood horror changed and evolved, becoming dark and perverse (in films such as Freaks), and light and humorous (the swashbuckling Son Of Frankenstein), before a final flourish with the psychological horror of RKO Pictures films (Cat People, I Walked With A Zombie), which still influence directors today.
But by the early Fifties, the monsters were facing their biggest threat – the rise of science fiction films in the post-war atomic era.
Along the way, Mark steps into some of the great sets from these classic films, discovers Lon Chaney's head in a box, and finds out why Bela Lugosi met his match in Golders Green.
Aquatic adventurers Captain Barnacles Bear, Lieutenant Kwazii Cat and medic Peso Penguin continue to take viewers on an exciting voyage of discovery through the world's oceans as they patrol the seas and have thrilling adventures underwater. Stationed in their impressive home base, The Octopod, The Octonauts dive into action whenever there is trouble underwater, using their fleet of aquatic vehicles to rescue sea creatures, explore new underwater worlds and triumphantly save the oceans from danger – all in a day's rather wet work.
On Monday The Octonauts set out to find and photograph Professor Inkling's long-lost cousin, the elusive Giant Squid; on Tuesday a huge Orca whale becomes stranded on a beach and the Octonauts devise a plan to pull him back into the water, with some help from a group of tunnelling Fiddler Crabs; Wednesday's wet adventure sees the crew trying to catch a runaway Octopod when it's hijacked by a group of crustaceans trying to escape their algae-infested waters; on Thursday Shellington gets lost in a dark sea cave and gets unexpected assistance from some blind Remipedes; and Friday's fun sees Captain Barnacles Bear and Kwazii Cat leaping onto the backs of some speedy Sailfish to help round up their out-of-control rescue vehicles.
The Octonauts, based on the richly imaginative books by design team Meomi, combines classic team adventure with dazzling CGI animation to transport children to a world they don't normally visit... deep under the ocean.
The Octonauts is filmed in HD and will be shown on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108 – on the Saturday and Sunday following the weekday transmissions, from 2pm.
Sarah Jane Smith and her gang of trusty sidekicks return with more alien-busting adventures in the fourth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Featuring the usual mixture of thrills, laughs and scares the new series promises fun with enemies old and new, including the terrors of the Nightmare Man and a dangerous journey back into history. The show also takes its first visit to an alien world and tackles brand new vulture aliens the Shansheeth.
The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) makes a guest appearance in two special episodes which unite Sarah Jane, with another of the Doctor's former companions, Jo Grant (Katy Manning), in the mysteriously entitled Death Of The Doctor written by Russell T Davies. Additional guest stars include: Laila Rouass, Cheryl Campbell, David Bradley, Julie Graham and Lucie Jones.
In the first two-part adventure, The Nightmare Man, Sarah Jane's adopted son, Luke, faces life-changing events and Bannerman Road will never be the same again when he has his first nightmare and is haunted by a dark figure from his dreams. A strange entity is reaching out to our world, with terrible consequences for the whole human race.
The Sarah Jane Adventures is executive produced by Russell T Davies and Nikki Wilson, and produced by Brian Minchin. Writers on the fourth series include Phil Ford (also co-producer), Joseph Lidster, Rupert Laight, Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman.
This opening episode will be repeated on BBC Two on Wednesday 13 October at 4.30pm.
Elisabeth Sladen returns as Sarah Jane Smith, alongside Tommy Knight as Luke, Daniel Anthony as Clyde and Anjil Mohindra as Rani, Julian Bleach plays the Nightmare Man.
Clare Balding introduces live coverage of the climax of the rugby sevens competition, with the Bronze Medal match at 11.50am and the Gold Medal match at 12.15pm.
The 2006 final provided one of the highlights of the Commonwealth Games, with New Zealand seeing off England 29-21 in front of 50,000 fans in Melbourne. The All Blacks have dominated rugby sevens since it made its debut at the Commonwealth Games in 1998, winning all three gold medals. Will there be a change of guard this afternoon? The commentator is Andrew Cotter.
There is also news of the second netball semi final.
John Inverdale is joined by Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson for more coverage of the athletics, including:
2.20pm Women's 5000m Final
2.55pm Women's 4x400m Final
3.20pm Men's 4x400m Final
Scottish duo Steph Twell and Freya Murray line up in a competitive looking 5000m, headed by Kenyan world champion Vivian Cheruiyot.
The curtain comes down on another Commonwealth Games athletic programme with the traditional 4x400m relay final for both men and women.
The commentary team is: Steve Cram, Paul Dickenson, Jonathan Edwards, Brendan Foster and Phil Jones.
Elsewhere, it's semi-finals day at the Siri Fort Sports Complex at the business end of the individual events in the badminton. The whole of the host nation will be behind superstar Saina Nehwal, who is aiming to become India's first female Commonwealth badminton champion.
England fans will be hoping Nathan Robertson is still in the doubles events – the Nottingham shuttler is the defending champion in the mixed doubles but is playing with a new face, Jenny Wallwork, in Delhi after the retirement of long-time partner Gail Emms. Commentary comes from David Mercer and Gail Emms.
There is also news of the second men's hockey semi-final and the men's 3m synchro diving final.
Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey introduce more late evening action from Delhi, plus reflections on the big stories of the day.
The reporting team is Matthew Pinsent, Rishi Persad and Sonali Shah.
Carol blames Lauren for Billie's death, but Max turns on her and gives her some home truths, in the latest action from Walford.
Meanwhile, Jay chooses Phil over Billy.
Carol is played by Lindsey Coulson, Lauren by Jacqueline Jossa, Max by Jake Wood, Jay by Jamie Borthwick, Phil by Steve McFadden, and Billy by Perry Fenwick.
The relationship between Faye and Linden breaks down as Linden discovers a number of lies Faye has told in her desperation not to lose him, as the medical drama continues.
Despite his attempts to leave her, Linden can't help but try to save her when she is threatened by a drug addict – but his act of chivalry ends up costing him dearly.
Michael is called into work on his day off to explain some figures he's lied about in his plans for Holbycare. Things go from bad to worse when a woman he's slept with asks him to operate on her varicose vein. When he realises that Ric is behind people scrutinising his proposal, he punches him and swiftly loses not only his pitch for Holbycare but also his job as Director of Surgery.
Frieda is in a good mood after Oliver asks her out for a drink to say thank you for bailing him out recently. She even considers applying for an F1 job when Penny pushes her. However, when Penny realises the reason behind Frieda's cheerfulness, she asks Oliver what he's playing at. Oliver doesn't want to lead Frieda on and so cancels the drink, causing Frieda to throw her application form in the bin.
Faye Byrne is played by Patsy Kensit, Linden Cullen by Duncan Pow, Michael Spence by Hari Dhillon, Ric Griffin by Hugh Quarshie, Frieda Petrenko by Olga Fedori, Oliver Valentine by James Anderson and Penny Valentine by Emma Catherwood.
Hazel Irvine introduces more action from the rugby sevens and diving competitions.
Highlights of the early morning rugby sevens quarter finals are followed by live coverage of the semi finals at 9.58am and 10.20am.
New Zealand are chasing a fourth consecutive Commonwealth title, but England and Sevens World Series champions Samoa are among those hoping to make a big impression today. The commentator is Andrew Cotter.
There are also highlights of the Men's 10m synchro final – one of the most spectacular of the diving events. It requires perfect timing and agility to create what is often breathtaking symmetry. England's hopes rest with teenagers Tom Daley and Max Brick – the pair will be looking for better luck than they had at the European Championships in Budapest in August, when Daley was forced to withdraw with a triceps injury. Commentary comes from Bob Ballard and Leon Taylor.
There is also action from the first men's hockey semi-final and the first netball semi-final.
John Inverdale presents more track and field action from Delhi, including:
1.00pm Women's Pole Vault Final
1.10pm Men's Javelin Final
1.20pm Men's Triple Jump Final
1.25pm Women's 4x100m Final
1.35pm Men's 4x100m Final
1.50pm Men's 1500m Final
Among the highlights from Delhi today is the men's triple jump final, while England's Andy Baddeley goes for gold in the men's 1500m, although world leader Silas Kiplagat of Kenya will start as favourite.
The sprint relay finals also take place, with England hopeful of adding further medals in both the men's and women's events.
Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey introduce highlights from day nine of the Games, including the final evening of athletics and the conclusion of the rugby sevens competition. They also take a look at how the home nations competitors fared on a day when 21 Gold medals were won.
The musical guests joining Jools Holland on the fifth show of the series include: The Ting Tings, who make a welcome return to the show to perform tracks from their new second album; Cyndi Lauper, who first came to the attention of pop fans back in 1984 with her debut Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and who will be in the studio to perform a song or two from her new blues album Memphis Blues; John Legend, who has just released a collaborative album with The Roots entitled Wake Up, and who will be playing a couple of tracks from that with his own band; and the UK-born, New York-based Mercury winning Antony And The Johnsons, who return to the show to perform tracks from their new album, Swanlights.
A tale of sex, lies and true love in modern Scotland, Lip Service is a seductive new relationship drama starring Laura Fraser, Ruta Gedmintas and Fiona Button following the lives of a group of 20-something lesbians.
When spirited photographer Frankie went to America two years ago she ran away from many things: her relationship with Cat; her family; herself. Now she's back home in Glasgow for the funeral of her beloved aunt and her sudden return causes a stir among her friends.
For former girlfriend Cat, Frankie's reappearance throws her so much that she almost jeopardises her blind date with sexy policewoman Sam. Cat's brother, Ed, is also anxious as Frankie is the only other person who knows about his secret love for best friend – and lesbian – Tess. Only Jay seems happy as he's reunited with his drinking buddy and former pulling-partner-in-crime, Frankie. But as he's on the verge of settling down with new love Becky, Jay has to fight the urge – and Frankie's bad influence – to fall back into his bad-boy ways.
Meanwhile, unlucky-in-love aspiring actress Tess has a humiliating run-in with her ex-girlfriend, but things start to look up for her when she finds herself being hit on by gorgeous, and apparently straight, daytime TV presenter Lou Foster.
Initially hostile towards her former lover, Cat has a change of heart after learning Frankie is back in town for her aunt's funeral. Overwhelmed by an urge to comfort her, Cat tracks Frankie down to a funeral parlour and, for the first time since their split, the two connect. But painful memories quickly come to the surface as Cat recalls how badly Frankie treated her.
Later, when Cat returns to make amends, she witnesses first-hand Frankie's apparent inability to change and vows never to let her get close again.
Produced by Kudos Film And Television (Ashes To Ashes, Spooks, Life On Mars) through BBC Scotland, sexy six-part series Lip Service was created by Harriet Braun (Mistresses, Attachments).
Frankie is played by Ruta Gedmintas, Cat by Laura Fraser, Sam by Heather Peace, Ed by James Anthony Pearson, Tess by Fiona Button, Jay by Emun Elliott, Becky by Cush Jumbo and Lou Foster by Roxanne McKee.
With Luke, Clyde and Rani trapped in a bizarre dreamscape, Sarah Jane must fight alone in the concluding part of the first story in the fourth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
As the Nightmare Man grows stronger, only K9 might hold the key, but can Luke summon the courage to face his adult life before the whole world becomes trapped in an endless nightmare?
This episode will be shown again on BBC Two on Thursday 14 October at 4.30pm.
Luke is played by Tommy Knight, Clyde by Daniel Anthony, Rani by Anjil Mohindra, Sarah Jane by Elisabeth Sladen and the Nightmare Man by Julian Bleach.
Clare Balding introduces more boxing and diving action from Delhi, including:
11.45am Middleweight Final
12.15pm Heavyweight Final
Some of the world's best amateur boxers are hoping to make a name for themselves on this big international stage. A formidable list of Commonwealth competitors have gone on to become professional world champions, including John Conteh, Barry McGuigan, Lennox Lewis, Richie Woodhall and Wayne McCullough. Commentary comes from Jim Neilly and Richie Woodhall.
At 12.30pm, it's the Men's 10m Platform Final.
The last diving competition of these Commonwealth Games is arguably the most eagerly awaited, with English teenager Tom Daley going for gold. Even though he is still only 16, Daley is experienced in international competition and scored his greatest triumph at last year's World Aquatics Championships in Rome when he won gold.
England's Pete Waterfield, who won gold in this event in Manchester in 2002 and silver four years later, should also be in the mix. But stiff opposition should come in the shape of Australia's Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham and Canada's Alexandre Despatie, who won Commonwealth gold as a 13-year-old in 1998. The commentators are Bob Ballard and Leon Taylor.
There is also a round-up of other decisive action involving competitors from the home countries.
John Inverdale has more action from the boxing competition, including:
2.30pm Flyweight Final
2.45pm Lightweight Final
3.15pm Welterweight Final
3.45pm Light-Heavyweight Final
4.15pm Super-Heavyweight Final
The boxing concludes with an afternoon of breathless action featuring five finals, including the prestigious super-heavyweight final which was won by a young Lennox Lewis in 1986. England topped the boxing medals table at Melbourne 2006 and the prospects for all the home nations look encouraging in Delhi. Commentary comes from Jim Neilly and Richie Woodhall.
There is also action from the badminton bronze medal matches and bowls singles finals.
As the day draws to a close, Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey present some of the late-night action from Delhi plus interviews and features reflecting on the stories of the day and the impact the Games has made.
The reporters are: Matthew Pinsent; Rishi Persad; and Sonali Shah.
Personal troubles spill over into the corridors of Waterloo Road as the popular drama set in a secondary school continues. Vicki's home life continues to spiral dangerously out of control, Grantly's stubbornness compromises his ability as a teacher and Janeece begins to wonder if she's made the right decision about her baby.
Now living in a hostel, Vicki is struggling to balance her schoolwork with visiting her critically ill dad in hospital. Following another poor exam result, a concerned Chris confronts Vicki, but she won't reveal the true extent of her dire situation and threatens Chris with blackmail if her grades are not changed. Finally, they strike a deal that helps Vicki but leaves Chris's career hanging in the balance.
Meanwhile, Grantly struggles to cope with his wife's Alzheimer's, a matter that becomes worse when he returns home to an unexpected welcome. Despite his desperation, an ever loyal Grantly promises Fleur that he won't put her in a care home and continues to shrug off Ruby's growing concern.
And Ruby herself faces a dilemma as Janeece wants to spend more time with the baby and seems increasingly uncertain about her decision to give it away. A worried Tom questions whether Janeece is being taken advantage of, leading Ruby and John to realise that they must have the adoption legally recognised as soon as possible.
Vicki Macdonald is played by Rebecca Ryan, Grantly Budgen by Phillip Martin Brown, Janeece Bryant by Chelsee Healey, Chris Mead by William Ash, Fleur Budgen by Lorraine Cheshire, Ruby Fry by Elizabeth Berrington, Tom by Jason Done and John Fry by Ralph Ineson.
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.
Hazel Irvine presents cycling highlights of the early morning women's time trial, followed by live coverage of the finish of the men's time trial.
England's women's time trial team included Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley, while Olympic road race champion Nicole Cooke lined up in Welsh colours.
Australia won all four road race gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games but neither Nathan O'Neill nor Ben Day, who won gold and silver in the road race in Melbourne four years ago, will be in Delhi. Among the men's time trial medal hopefuls are Geraint Thomas, who memorably won track cycling gold in the men's team pursuit at the Beijing Olympics. Commentary comes from Hugh Porter and Chris Boardman.
There are also highlights of the women's hockey medal matches. Hosts India won gold in the women's tournament in 2002 and silver four years ago in Melbourne and expectations were high for more success at the start of the tournament. England, after their tremendous recent showing at the World Cup in Argentina, will also be hoping to feature prominently today.
There are also highlights from the boxing finals, including:
10.30am Light-Flyweight Final
10.45am Bantamweight Final
11.15am Light-Welterweight Final
The first boxing gold medals of these Games are decided at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium. Hopes of a medal for the home nations are high; Great Britain's boxers won three silver and two bronze medals at the European Championships in Moscow this summer, their best showing since 1961. The commentators are Jim Neilly and Richie Woodhall.
Clare Balding presents continued coverage of the Men's 10m Platform Final, hopefully featuring England's diving world champion, Tom Daley.
Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey introduce highlights of the penultimate day of the Games. The focus of attention was on the boxing, where 10 of the day's 29 medals were decided.
Observational documentary series Wonderland returns to the small screen, seeking out the people and places that offer a glimpse of today's Britain that is usually hidden from view.
Nine-year-old Harvey is a budding Billy Elliot in the most unlikely of surroundings. On a South Leeds estate, in the heart of rugby league territory, Harvey is a member of the UK's first all-boy cheerleading squad. Cheerleading For Boys follows the DAZL Diamonds, as they are known, preparing for a competition that could change their lives for ever.
Their coach, Ian, sees the National Cheerleading Championships as a great challenge for the young team: "They're going to do a predominantly female sport, so I suppose they've got to get some balls, haven't they?"
It's not plain sailing for the boys. Twelve-year-old Joe admits: "They used to call me 'camp' and 'puff' and all that. But then, when I'm on the rugby pitch, they go: 'Oh ... you're well rough!'" And, with many of the boys being brought up by single mothers, life is far from a fairytale.
As films such as Billy Elliot and TV shows like Glee make performing all the rage, life in the spotlight has never seemed so attractive. But, as competition day approaches, how will the boys cope with the gruelling practice sessions and the pressures of performance on top of the challenges of their day-to-day life? From the streets of South Leeds to the glittering lights of the national finals, the film accompanies these boys and their families on what could be the journey of a lifetime.
Historian Michael Wood continues to follow a single village through the whole of English history, now reaching the dramatic battles of conscience in the time of the Hundred Years War. Set in the Leicestershire village of Kibworth, and assisted by today's villagers, Michael follows the stories of individuals who lived through these times.
Amazing finds in the school archive help trace peasant education back to the 14th century and Michael learns how the people themselves set up the first school for their children.
Evidence also reveals that some villagers join in a rebellion against King Henry V, while others rise to become middle-class merchants in the textile town of Coventry. On the horizon is the Protestant Reformation but the rise of capitalism and individualism sow the seeds of England's future greatness.
Michael Wood's Story Of England is repeated tomorrow night, Thursday 14 October, a broadcast that is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Sue Barker presents live coverage of the Closing Ceremony of the 19th Commonwealth Games from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, including the handover to Glasgow 2014.
The first-ever Commonwealth Games to be held in India comes to a close with Delhi bidding a spectacular farewell as the focus switches to Scotland, where the countries of the Commonwealth will gather again in Glasgow in four years time.
The commentators are Huw Edwards, Steve Cram and Tinku Ray.
A grieving Carol lashes out at all sides when she realises she didn't really know her son, in today's visit to the Square.
Elsewhere, Bianca crumbles after she discovers what happened between Ricky and Kim.
Meanwhile, Billy defies Phil but is crushed to discover that Jay is already lost to him.
Carol is played by Lindsey Coulson, Bianca by Patsy Palmer, Ricky by Sid Owen, Kim by Tameka Empson, Billy by Perry Fenwick, Phil by Steve McFadden and Jay by Jamie Borthwick.
Hazel Irvine introduces action from the final day of competition, where medals have been decided in the men's and women's marathons and men's hockey. There is also action from the netball and badminton finals.
Clare Balding introduces the concluding action from the 19th Commonwealth Games, from table-tennis, rhythmic gymnastics and badminton.
Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey introduce highlights of the Closing Ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, including the handover to Glasgow 2014, along with key action from the final 16 Gold medals awarded today.
Stacey Dooley, one of the stars of the hit BBC Three series, Blood, Sweat And T-Shirts and her own spin-off show, Stacey Dooley Investigates, returns with a new, documentary shining a light on under-age sex trafficking in Cambodia.
Stacey's journey begins in the red light district of the capital city, Phnom Penh, where thousands of young girls are thought to be working – an estimated third of Cambodia's 80,000 sex workers are under 18.
Here, she sees how young girls are paraded in front of local men in the capital's bars. Stacey also meets a girl who shares her story of how she was trafficked when she was just 12 years old. Now 18, she agrees to take Stacey on a trip back to the street brothels and gangland areas where sex is the only recognised commodity.
Stacey learns how poverty forces adults to sell their children into this horrific underworld, from which it is hard to recover. But, with the help of charity workers, she also sees how it is possible for these girls to lift themselves out of the mire and start a new life.
Child Trafficking – Stacey Dooley Investigates is accompanied by Stacey's BBC Three Diary at bbc.co.uk/blogs
Billy is shocked when a friend from his past arrives in the Square in the final visit of the week to London E20.
Meanwhile, Carol learns more about her son by seeking comfort from an unlikely source, Kim consoles Bianca and Peter helps Whitney to lay the past to rest.
Billy is played by Perry Fenwick, Carol by Lindsey Coulson, Kim by Tameka Empson, Bianca by Patsy Palmer, Peter by Thomas Law and Whitney by Shona McGarty.
A retrospective exhibition of the late fashion designer Ritchie Levene's work prompts the team to reinvestigate his murder, as the drama about retired police offers re-examining old cases continues.
Since Ritchie was stabbed to death at his 40th birthday party three years ago, his ex-wife Sarah has been campaigning for the case to be reopened and uses the exhibition to increase pressure.
Ritchie was a brilliant designer, but he wasn't a businessman. He left his financial affairs in the hands of his brother Adrian, who ultimately inherited the company on Ritchie's death. While Ritchie's relationship with his brother was tempestuous his other personal relationships were equally challenging. Ritchie's new wife Alison's junkie ex-boyfriend had moved in with them; his PA, Melanie, was infatuated with him; and his ex-wife Sarah was struggling to come to terms with the end of their marriage.
Sarah makes it clear to the team that she believes there can be only one outcome to their investigation – the arrest of her former brother-in-law Adrian. He certainly had the most to gain from his brother's death – professionally and personally – but is Adrian really a cold-blooded killer?
The world of high fashion isn't the most natural environment for three ageing ex-coppers, but the case has a surprising affect on Gerry. Enlisting Emily's help, he decides it's time to update his image, the results of which aren't to everyone's taste.
Amanda Redman plays Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, James Bolam plays Jack Halford, Dennis Waterman plays Gerry Standing, Alun Armstrong plays Brian Lane, Hannah Waterman plays Emily Driscoll, Rupert Graves plays Adrian Levene, Belinda Stewart-Wilson plays Sarah Levene and Anna Louise Plowman plays Alison Levene.
Turner-prize winning artist Grayson Perry presents this Culture Show special from Frieze Art Fair, one of the world's most influential contemporary art fairs situated in the middle of Regent's Park, London.
This year there are more galleries than ever before, showing some of the best work from more than 1,000 of the world's most innovative artists to an international roster of hugely important art buyers.
But Frieze isn't just about buying and selling. It's also a stage for artworks specially commissioned and curated to take place in and around the fair.
Grayson tours the show, meeting some of the artists whose projects can be seen at the fair, including Spartacus Chetwynd, whose playful performance is inspired by a live game show, and Matthew Darbyshire who transforms the fair's ticket office into a concept mobile phone shop.
Meanwhile, Alastair Sooke meets this year's winner of the Cartier Award, Simon Fujiwara, who is creating the ruins of an ancient lost city which he is installing as part of an imagined archaeological dig beneath the fair.
The Frieze Art Fair has a huge impact on London's galleries, with most of them opening new exhibitions in the same week. Andrew Graham Dixon gets a sneak preview of the new installation in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall and talks to artist Ai WeiWei, one of the most prominent and influential figures on the Chinese art scene.
Over the last 20 years his provocative and challenging work as artist, curator, designer and architect has played a key role in the development of contemporary Chinese art from the radical avant-garde movement in the late Seventies to his collaboration on the Bird's Nest stadium at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Ben Lewis also leaves the Frieze bubble, going on an art safari around London to discover what's new on the art scene. He visits the aspiring galleries of Peckham and the East End to find tomorrow's Frieze stars, and investigates the new non-profit galleries that are causing a stir.
With a Newport backdrop behind him, Rob Brydon meets comedy legend Ronnie Corbett in the penultimate edition of The Rob Brydon Show. There's also music and chat and a fabulous outifit change for Paloma Faith.
Each week, Rob interviews a top guest in his own unique manner, shows off his own musical talent with a first-class music act, and indulges in some cheeky audience banter.
As an intermission from wall-to-wall Rob, there will also be stand-up from a comedian, hand picked by Rob – tonight's guest comedian is Lucy Porter.
As always, Friday's edition of the eclectic music show offers a wider selection of performances and chat, with occasional surprises.
This week's guests include the Ting Tings, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, and Antony and the Johnsons.
Forthcoming shows in this series will feature the likes of Robert Plant, Midlake, the Black Keys and Kings Of Leon, among others.
For additional content, the Later ... website features exclusive 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 and the Spatial AKA Orchestra, LCD Soundsystem, Alicia Keys, Joanna Newsom, Mumford And Sons, The National, Vampire Weekend and many more.
Frederick Chopin is known for his technically demanding and expressive piano compositions, but he was also passionate about the female voice.
Chopin – The Women Behind The Music follows maverick young pianist James Rhodes on a journey to Warsaw, Paris and London to discover the women whose voices had such a powerful influence on the composer.
Exploring Chopin's life, Rhodes encounters the singers who enchanted the composer with their voices: Konstancja, a young soprano and the object of his teenage affections; Delfina, the sexually notorious Polish Parisian émigré countess; fellow composer and opera singer Pauline Viardot; and Swedish opera star Jenny Lind, who so affected Chopin in the final years of his life.
James performs a selection of Chopin's piano music and rising young opera star Natalya Romaniw sings some of the arias that inspired Chopin. There are also musical contributions and comments from the great Chopin practitioners Emmanuel Ax and Garrick Ohlsson, biographer Adam Zamoyski and Chopin expert Jeremy Siepmann.
This third hour-long archive compilation – part of BBC Four's month-long celebration of the singer-songwriter – features classic songs from Bobbie Gentry, Kris Kristofferson, Buffy Saint-Marie, Janis Ian, Gordon Lightfoot, John Martyn, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Don McLean, Linda Lewis, Ralph McTell, Loudon Wainwright III, Don Williams and Paul Brady.
The series unlocks the BBC vaults to explore the burgeoning genre that exploded at the dawn of the Seventies, becoming one of the defining styles of the decade. Programme sources include the Old Grey Whistle Test, In Concert, Top Of The Pops, Sounds For Saturday, the Bobbie Gentry Show and One In Ten.
Each episode of Singer-Songwriters At The BBC is followed by a specially created Songwriters' Circle programme, which sees three singer-songwriters perform their classic songs, while helping each other out musically with harmonies and the odd guitar part.
BBC Four also features a series of classic In Concert performances from the early Seventies, featuring James Taylor, Carole King, Neil Young and Cat Stevens and more recent concerts by the likes of James Taylor, Carole King and Leonard Cohen.
The penultimate episode of Songwriters' Circle highlights three of the best "Americana" singer-songwriters – Texans Lyle Lovett and Joe Ely and Indiana's John Hiatt.
Each of these artists draws on country, rock 'n' roll, blues and soul influences to craft their own characteristic sound, each with their own distinctive lyrical voice.
Lyle Lovett performs classics including If I Had A Boat and My Baby Don't Tolerate; John Hiatt plays some of his strongest and most covered work, including Thing Called Love and Have A Little Faith In Me; while Joe Ely, who flies in for the show especially from his hometown of Lubbock, Texas, tells his share of stories and performs Me And Billy The Kid, Honky Tonk Masquerade and more.
These specially created concerts, part of BBC Four's month-long celebration of the singer-songwriter, are filmed at Bush Hall on Uxbridge Road in West London. Each features three singer-songwriters performing their classic songs in turn, while helping each other out musically with harmonies and the odd guitar part. The artists only meet an hour or two before going onstage. In between performances, they take the viewer inside their work, chatting about their songs, their history and background.
As part of the celebration, BBC Four also features Singer-Songwriters At The BBC – four hour-long episodes exploring a rich vein of BBC archive singer-songwriter performances from the likes of Neil Diamond, Elton John and Billy Joel, which are broadcast alongside Songwriters' Circle on Friday evenings. The channel also features a series of classic In Concert performances from the early Seventies, featuring James Taylor, Carole King, Neil Young and Cat Stevens, and recent concerts by the likes of James Taylor, Carole King and Leonard Cohen.
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