Friday 18 Apr 2014
Popular current affairs programme Inside Out returns to BBC One this week with a nine-week run.
Eleven regional programmes across England feature a range of stories bringing viewers surprising and sometimes hard-hitting stories from their localities.
Included in the first programme of the new series are:
BBC London: This half-hour special follows a hugely controversial charity paying drug addicts cash to get themselves sterilised.
BBC South West: Looks at the potential impact of changes to housing benefits on both landlords and tenants.
BBC East: Highlights the councils who own personal number plates worth a fortune.
BBC South East: Investigates how easy it is to buy genuine police uniforms.
BBC West: Alastair McKee investigates a bizarre Cold War experiment conducted by government scientists at Porton Down.
BBC South: Jon Cuthill presents as The Brighton Promettes are reunited 50 years after they strutted their stuff on Brighton Prom.
BBC East Midlands: Investigates how households are cashing in on solar power.
BBC West Midlands: West Midlands Police is home to four Premier League football clubs. The programme examines how police are coping with so many high-profile games.
BBC North West: Stuart Maconie discovers a previously unknown Wainwright walk across the North of England.
BBC North East and Cumbria: Investigates door-to-door charity sellers.
BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire: Investigates the death of a disabled child while in respite care.
An ill-advised tryst, a spiteful dare, a spiked drink and a fist fight cause Happy Monday night at R&R to descend into turmoil, in the week's first visit to Albert Square.
While all this is going on, who's looking after baby Lily?
In a move to bring peace to Palestine and Israel, the American President is en route to London to chair secret talks between peace negotiators from both countries, as the tense spy drama continues. Beth Bailey and Dimitri Levendis go undercover as Home Office liaison officers at the talks, while the rest of Section D are tasked with ensuring nothing will jeopardise the long-awaited occasion.
Preparations appear to be going smoothly until a journalist threatens to run the story. Ruth Evershed convinces her not to print it but the implications are clear: someone does not want the peace talks to go ahead. The team frantically search for the source of the leak and Tariq Masood goes to work on tracing calls made to the journalist.
Lucas North picks up the trail and makes several discoveries which indicate the culprit has only one agenda – assassination. With the murder of the US President a very real threat, Section D must find the suspect before they are faced with an international scandal of unimaginable proportions.
With time running out, Harry Pearce and his team are put under immense pressure to locate the sniper and ensure the President is not put at risk. As events unfold it becomes clear that the real threat to the President is much closer than anyone had realised.
Beth Bailey is played by Sophia Myles, Dimitri Levendis by Max Brown, Ruth Evershed by Nicola Walker, Tariq Masood by Shazad Latif, Lucas North by Richard Armitage and Harry Pearce by Peter Firth.
Mark Gatiss – star of the League Of Gentlemen, writer of Doctor Who and Sherlock, and horror fan – continues his celebration of horror cinema.
In this episode Mark tells the stories behind the films of the Fifties and Sixties, which fired his lifelong enthusiasm for horror when he first saw them on TV as a child.
These mainly British pictures were dominated by the legendary Hammer Films, which rewrote the horror rulebook with a revolutionary infusion of sex and full-colour gore – all produced in the English Home Counties. Mark explains just what made these films so special.
He meets key Hammer figures to find out why their Frankenstein and Dracula films conquered the world, making international stars of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. He looks at the new boom in horror that followed in Hammer's wake, talking to Barbara Steele, star of the ravishing Italian film Black Sunday, and influential American producer Roger Corman, creator of a series of disturbing and dreamlike Edgar Allan Poe films.
While an excessive emphasis on sex helped fuel Hammer's decline after the late Sixties, Mark recounts how other British horror films flourished, including the portmanteau films of Amicus Productions, which were structured around sequences of short stories, and the intriguing cycle of "folk horror" films set in the British countryside and drawing on paganism and folklore – such as The Wicker Man and Mark's personal favourite, Blood On Satan's Claw.
Mark also talks to actors Barbara Shelley and David Warner about their horror appearances, makes a pilgrimage to Whitstable, home of Peter Cushing, and finds out why Dracula's bedroom activities got the British censor steamed up.
Music sensations Zak, Tang, Panzee and Drum are back to get young viewers jumping, swaying and trilling to music from the world over in ZingZillas. With influences spanning the globe from soul to samba and big band to bhangra, the talented primates live to create fantastic music from their island paradise – with a little help from mentor DJ Loose and their very special musical guests.
Gorilla and lead singer Zak provides vocals, while musical genius and lead guitarist Tang the orang-utan creates the most wonderful compositions. The band is styled by chimpanzee bass guitarist and keyboard player Panzee; and monkey percussionist Drum always lays down a great beat.
In each episode, these island entertainers are joined by special guests from the world of music. Ranging from a full concert orchestra to a lone saxophonist, the guests help the ZingZillas incorporate their sounds into the pulsating Big Zing as they celebrate musical styles from around the world.
In Monday's episode, the ZingZillas are joined by well-known Russian Theremin player Lydia Kavina. Could the distinctive tones of the Theremin be just what the team are looking for to complete Super Zak's super hero Big Zing?
On Tuesday the Swingle Singers take centre stage as they show the ZingZillas how to make sounds with their mouths and voices. But the only sound Panzee can seem to make is a fit of the giggles!
On Wednesday the ZingZillas collect bamboo to make panpipes and are joined for the Big Zing by Andean pipers Kausery; Thursday is spring cleaning day and the Big Byrds have tidied away Drum's drums. Luckily Cajun band Petit Et La Gros are in the glade to pick up the beat with a Cajun triangle.
And on Friday the ZingZillas put on a special show for Todd's Aunty Dot with the help of rock band The BMQ, tenor saxophone James Knight, bhangra performers Jugnu Bhangra and Hammond organist Dr Lonnie Smith.
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 in The Octonauts. 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.
There's an explosive start on Monday when Captain Barnacles Bear and the team must evacuate sea creatures before an underwater volcano erupts. But there's one creature that won't budge: a slow-moving, gelatinous Blobfish.
On Tuesday the Octonauts follow an old map to what Kwazii believes is treasure guarded by a sea monster, but instead they meet a playful Octopus with all kinds of surprising abilities.
On Wednesday the Octonauts find an unusual Sea Star on the beach and search the ocean from top to bottom (literally) to help find its home.
On Thursday the team helps out an Albino Humpback Whale with a nasty case of sunburn.
Finally, on Friday the Gup-B goes missing and the Octonauts journey into a mysterious kelp forest, meeting strange and interesting creatures along the way.
The Octonauts is based on the richly imaginative books by design team Meomi. Produced in HD, it combines classic team adventure with dazzling CGI animation to transport children to a world they don't normally visit ... deep under the ocean.
When an old enemy, Androvax the Veil, returns to Earth, the gang face a dilemma, as the alien-busting adventure series continues. Should they trust him – or does the legendary Vault hold an even greater terror?
A second threat then arises when android guardians threaten to destroy anyone who uncovers their secrets.
As the battle between Sarah Jane, Androvax and the androids reaches its climax, Rani has to save her own mother from being caught in the crossfire. But, as the Vault opens, with the destiny of the entire Veil species at stake, is it too late to save anyone?
Elisabeth Sladen stars as Sarah Jane Smith alongside Tommy Knight as Luke, Daniel Anthony as Clyde, Anjil Mohindra as Rani Chandra, Mina Anwar as Gita Chandra and Mark Goldthorp as Androvax.
This two-part adventure is repeated on BBC One at 4.30pm on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 October.
The fiendish new live-action comedy series follows the lives of the Carlson family. Nick, Kate and their children Eddie and Angela have recently relocated from Australia to a smart townhouse in the UK. It has everything they could wish for in a new home; original features, plenty of rooms and a fabulous kitchen. Even more incredibly it was on the market at a knock-down price. Some might say it was a giveaway. So what's the catch? Well... there are monsters in the basement!
But they're not the kind of monsters that people should be afraid of. Fiend, Haggis and Norman might look a bit odd; they might cause mess and mayhem; they might have questionable personal hygiene issues – but the reality is they just want to be loved and become part of the family.
For Angela, they're the worst house guests a teenage girl could have. For Kate, they're another three kids to juggle with her working life. For highly strung Nick they are a constant source of chaos and stress. But for Eddie, they're the best friends a 10-year-old boy could have.
This week Eddie panics about his impending school report and tries to stop the post; Haggis gets depressed and needs a father figure so Nick steps into the role; the monsters try to revive their singing group; and Eddie teaches the monsters about lying and soon regrets his decision.
Nick is played by Felix Williamson, Kate by Lauren Clair, Eddie by Macauley Keeper and Angela by Ivy Latimer. The Monster Puppets were created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop UK.
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