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BBC ONE Wednesday 20 October 2010

Waterloo Road Ep 9/10

High Definition programme
Wednesday 20 October
8.00-9.00pm BBC ONE and BBC HD

A controversial classroom CCTV scheme spectacularly backfires when the cameras are turned on the teachers, in the penultimate episode of the current series of the drama set in a Rochdale comprehensive school.

Elsewhere, a familiar face comes to the aid of a desperate Grantly, and Janeece finally confronts Ruby with the truth.

When Chris launches a trial scheme to equip the classrooms with CCTV there is uproar among both staff and pupils. Jonah is outraged when he learns that the staff room doesn't have a camera and hatches a plan to expose the hypocrisy of the scheme, unwittingly stumbling upon Jess's and Chris's secret in the process. A violent clash in the corridors of Waterloo Road ensues, and Chris and Jonah attempt to cover up the truth in Karen's office.

Meanwhile, Grantly's personal crisis worsens as Fleur's mental health continues to decline, and a confidential chat with Ruby quickly becomes playground gossip. Later, Steph Haydock turns up to help and a stubborn Grantly is forced to make a heartbreaking decision.

Elsewhere, Janeece can't stand to see Ruby with her baby and summons the courage to ask for her back. When Ruby refuses, Janeece takes drastic action and the realisation dawns that perhaps Ruby can't keep the baby away from a mother who actually wants and loves her.

Grantly Budgen is played by Phillip Martin Brown, Janeece Bryant by Chelsee Healey, Ruby Fry by Elizabeth Berrington, Chris Mead by William Ash, Jonah Kirby by Lucien Laviscount, Jess Fisher by Linzey Cocker, Karen Fisher by Amanda Burton, Fleur Budgen by Lorraine Cheshire and Steph Haydock by Denise Welch.

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.


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BBC TWO Wednesday 20 October 2010

Hostage In The Jungle – This World

Wednesday 20 October
7.00-8.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 8 October)

On 23 February 2002, Ingrid Betancourt, a presidential candidate in Colombia's elections, was kidnapped by the left-wing Farc rebel group along with her assistant and friend, Clara Rojas.

Ingrid is of dual nationality, having married a French diplomat, and swiftly became perhaps the world's most famous hostage, with presidents pleading for her release at the G8 and even the Pope asking for her release.

She was held for more than six years in the jungle, with only occasional news coming out, including a shocking picture which showed her clearly on the verge of collapse, if not death, in 2007.

Hostage In The Jungle – This World is the first documentary account of what happened in the jungle in her own words and of those who were there with her: Clara, her campaign manager, and Marc Gonsalves, one of three Americans who were also held by Farc for many years.

The film tells how Ingrid and Clara's friendship fell apart, with them ending up virtual enemies, and how Clara came to have a child with one of the Farc guards. The film explores the dynamics of captivity, including remarkable interviews with both the man who kidnapped Ingrid and her main camp commander. Interspersed with archive of her family and politicians fighting over how to deal with the problems, the film is a raw, first-hand account of how people cope with surviving 24 hours a day with fellow hostages. In Ingrid's words: "It is often more difficult to forgive your fellow hostages than the guards who keep you."

It is a story of continued escape attempts; the terrible retributions that Farc would take on such attempts; of hell in the jungle; and of extraordinary human suffering and endurance.

The film ends with the most daring rescue since operation Entebbe (a hostage-rescue mission in the Seventies). The Colombian military sent in 12 unarmed men and women pretending to be aid workers and lured the guerrillas into believing that they were transferring them on a humanitarian mission. The film includes extraordinary footage of the whole operation including footage from a Farc mobile phone, as well as accounts by those who are saved.


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Wonderland – High Society Brides

Wednesday 20 October
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO

Observational documentary series Wonderland continues, seeking out the people and places that offer a glimpse of today's Britain that is usually hidden from view.

Nothing marks out a life that seems to be destined for wealth and privilege as sharply as the photographs that appear on the "Girls in Pearls" page of Country Life magazine. Here the nation's most blue-blooded young women have, for the last 100 years, announced their engagements, their comings of age and their life plans.

Arabella, who featured on the page in 1990, admits in the film: "I really enjoy all the stuff that the Women's Lib people fought against. I love baking, I like cooking, I care about curtains."

Brought up with the ambition of marrying someone with a stately home or a large country estate, many of these women discovered that the wedding ring was not so much the expected happy-ever-after ending as the beginning of a rollercoaster ride through modern married life. As the Dowager Duchess of Bedford, featured in 1960, puts it: "There is a price to pay for everything. There's no such thing as a free lunch."

This film follows the lives of five of the women who have appeared on the page over the last 50 years. From Kate Sackville-West, who grew up in Knole, one of the largest houses in the country, to Henrietta Tiarks, the Fifties It-girl who married a duke, Wonderland charts the highs, the lows and extraordinary reversals of fortune that followed the publication of their glamorous and pearl-decked engagement photos.


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BBC FOUR Wednesday 20 October 2010

Towton – 1461 Ep 1/8

New series
Wednesday 20 October
8.30-9.00pm BBC FOUR

As part of pan-BBC project A History Of The World, BBC Four broadcasts a series of eight documentaries, each made by a different BBC English Region.

Each of the programmes looks at a significant turning point in that region's history and shows how the change continues to resonate through objects or the landscape.

In the first programme, Towton – 1461, Horrible Histories author Terry Deary shows how the Battle of Towton changed the course of the War of the Roses – and led to more deaths on British soil than any other battle in British history.


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Michael Wood's Story Of England –
Henry VIII To The Industrial Revolution Ep 5/6

High Definition programme
Wednesday 20 October
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR

Michael Wood at the National Archives in Kew
Michael Wood at the National Archives in Kew

Historian Michael Wood nears the end of this compelling tale of one English village through time.

Set in the Leicestershire village of Kibworth, and assisted by today's villagers, the story now reaches the dramatic events of Henry VIII's Reformation and the battles of the English Civil War.

Michael tracks Kibworth's 17th-century dissenters; travels on the Grand Union Canal; and discovers an 18th-century feminist writer from Kibworth who was a pioneer of children's books.

The extraordinary tale of a young highwayman transported to Australia also comes to life as his living descendents return to the village to uncover their roots.

Finally, the Industrial Revolution comes to the village with framework knitting factories, changing the village and its people for ever.

Michael Wood's Story Of England is repeated tomorrow night, Thursday 21 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.


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