Saturday 21 Dec 2013
A compelling week-long story surrounding the kidnapping of a toddler and the repercussions it has is told on BBC One Daytime's award-winning drama, Doctors.
Carousel tells the story of how a last-minute pre-holiday shopping trip for Daniel and Zara turns into a nightmare when Daniel's two-year-old daughter, Izzie, goes missing.
Daniel meets Zara in town to pick up some items for their holiday. They are flying to St Lucia that evening, and he has Izzie with him. Zara remonstrates that Izzie will be bored, but Daniel insists she'll be fine. They treat her to ice cream and get her face painted before Daniel puts her on the carousel.
As she goes round and round, Zara leaves briefly to buy a gift from a jewellery shop, and Daniel takes a call from the hotel as he tries to organise a surprise for Zara. But when Daniel finishes his phone call he realises the carousel has stopped and Izzie has gone. Zara reappears and, worried, joins the search through the busy stalls, but Izzie is nowhere to be found.
Daniel is frantic when the police finally arrive, and as people crowd around he accuses Zara of not wanting Izzie with them in the first place, thinking her shopping far more important. Zara is upset but keeps her cool as Daniel shouts at members of the public.
Zara calls police officer Rob for help and also has to tell Izzie's mum, Lisa, who is distraught. The search is unsuccessful and as they get to the car Daniel breaks down; Zara holding him tight.
Zara takes Daniel back to her house to wait for news. As she looks at the jewellery she bought earlier, a small bracelet with "Isobel" inscribed on it, she tries to hold back tears. Downstairs Daniel is sobbing when DI Driver arrives ... but she has no news.
Meanwhile, an 11-year-old boy, Christopher, walks home from school, passing his dad, Alec, who's on his way to the shops. Christopher arrives home and is shocked when Susan, his mother, introduces him to his new sister, Daisy. The little girl is Izzie.
Throughout the week's episodes, more is revealed about the kidnap and events surrounding the taking of Izzie, culminating in Friday's dramatic conclusion.
Carousel features guest stars Ben Edwards as Christopher Oakley, Tim Dantay as Alec Oakley and Matilda Ziegler as Susan Oakley. Dr Daniel Granger is played by Matthew Chambers, Dr Zara Carmichael by Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh, Lisa Torres by Michelle Lukes, Sgt Rob Hollins by Chris Walker and DI Driver by Elizabeth Rider.
Billie's funeral has heartbreaking consequences as an isolated Carol struggles to cope with her grief, in tonight's visit to Walford.
Bianca is horrified when old enemies return to the Square and Vanessa has a bombshell of her own.
Elsewhere, Kat is thrilled when the Vic's newest barmaid is revealed.
Billie is played by Devon Anderson, Carol by Lindsey Coulson, Bianca by Patsy Palmer, Vanessa by Zoe Lucker and Kat by Jessie Wallace.
When British security is compromised resulting in a fatal American drone attack on a US army camp, the head of the CIA travels to The Grid, as the spy drama continues.
Relations between MI5 and the CIA are fraught and Harry Pearce agrees that Section D and the rest of MI5 will use the USA's security system, Cybershell, to avoid further security breaches.
Meanwhile, Lucas North is tasked with protecting ex-hacker-turned-White-House-cryptographer Daniella Ortiz. She has the codes to start Cybershell and Lucas must ensure her safe delivery to MI5.
Back on The Grid, Tariq Masood discovers that their computer systems have been hacked into by suspected Russian and Chinese hackers who can see and hear every move they make. However, once the perpetrators have realised that Tariq and the rest of Section D are aware they have been bugged, the hackers put The Grid's computer systems on lockdown. If Ortiz is successful in delivering the codes, Russia and China will have unlimited access to MI5 and the CIA's entire catalogue of intelligence; the consequences are unfathomable.
Elsewhere, Lucas encounters several problems on his journey and has to make a tough decision. Will his personal life and the secret he's so desperately trying to hide take priority over his work at MI5?
Harry Pearce is played by Peter Firth, Lucas North by Richard Armitage, Daniella Ortiz by Fiona Glascott and Tariq Masood by Shazad Latif.
Tim Minchin and Alexei Sayle join host Dave Gorman to decide which of the imaginative ideas pitched by the studio audience may actually turn out to be Genius.
Ideas proposed include: harmonica false teeth for the elderly; decimalised time; and turning the underground into a lazy river so people can float to their destination in rubber rings.
Mark Gatiss, League Of Gentleman star and writer of Doctor Who and Sherlock, concludes his personal history of horror cinema.
In this programme Mark explores the explosion of American films of the late Sixties and Seventies that dragged horror kicking and screaming into the present day. With their contemporary settings and uncompromising content, films such as Night Of The Living Dead and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre remain controversial. But Mark argues that the best of these films – often regarded as being only for hardcore fans with strong stomachs – have much to offer. Made by pioneering independent film-makers, they reflected the social upheavals of American society and brought fresh energy and imagination to the genre.
Mark gets the inside story of the films from a roster of leading horror talent. He meets director George A Romero, whose Night Of The Living Dead and Dawn Of The Dead turned zombies into A-list monsters; sits down with Tobe Hooper, the mild-mannered director of the notorious Texas Chain Saw Massacre; and joins director John Carpenter on a tour of the locations where he filmed the smash-hit Halloween, which triggered the slasher movie boom.
Mark also gives the devil his due, celebrating the other great horror trend of the era – a string of satanically themed Hollywood blockbusters, including Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist and The Omen, which helped horror conquer the box office.
Along the way Mark visits Bates Motel, gets mobbed by zombies and finds out what happened to Omen star David Warner's decapitated head.
Music sensations Zak, Tang, Panzee and Drum continue to get young viewers jumping, swaying and trilling to music from around the world 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.
In Monday's episode, the ZingZillas say "aloha" to Hawaiian group Beats Of Polynesia, who bring their soothing sounds and sunshine to the glade. On Tuesday, the BBC Concert Orchestra provides the music as the ZingZillas compete in a quiz about the four sections of the orchestra in a bid to win the "golden coconut".
On Wednesday, musician and former Jamiroquai bassist Stuart Zender joins the ZingZillas to teach them about slap bass guitar and help them find the mystery banana eater. In Thursday's show the ZingZillas choose a photo of their favourite glade guests for Tang's photo album and there are appearances from Dame Evelyn Glennie, Sarah Connelly and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Cajun band Petit et la Gros and Spanish guitarist Angus Cruikshank with flamenco dancer Verena Menichelli.
The week ends on Friday when Panzee dances like a ballerina to the distinctive sounds of the celeste, played by versatile musician Roderick Elms.
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, as there is on Monday when the Octonauts and some helpless crabs are caught between two territorial groups of aggregating anemones – and their numbers are growing!
It's freezing cold on Tuesday when the Octopod gets trapped in the ice while exploring the Arctic. Only Captain Barnacles Bear's skilful navigation – and the help of a friendly Narwhal – can get them free. On Wednesday the Octonauts dive deep to explore the deepest part of the ocean, the "Midnight Zone". Here they discover a strange rock that happens to be home to a new species of worm.
It's hands over ears time on Thursday when the Octonauts encounter a Snapping Shrimp, a small creature that uses its claws to make a big (and stunning) noise. And on Friday a slimy, slippery Snot Sea Cucumber is loose on the Octopod and Captain Barnacles Bear decides the only way to save it is to flood the ship.
There are more fun-filled antics and monstrous goings on at the Carlson Family household this week as new sitcom Me And My Monsters continues. The three monsters who live in the basement, Haggis, Fiend and Norman, continue to cause mess and mayhem as they become embroiled in family life.
Eddie tries to teach Haggis to be more assertive, but things soon get out of hand as the furry giant starts to throw his weight around. Nick messes up his and Kate's wedding anniversary, so she announces he is not the man she married and Fiend, Haggis and Norman decide to kidnap him to find the "real" Nick.
When Angela's friends bail out of her first sleepover the monsters step in for some girly fun, but her fickle friends change their minds and Angela finds herself hosting two sleepovers. Angela wreaks her revenge when she finds the monsters and Eddie have been snooping in her diary and, after the monsters scare off the cleaner, Kate reaches breaking point – either they clear up their own mess or they have to leave.
Nick is played by Felix Williamson, Kate by Lauren Clair, Eddie by Macauley Keeper and Angela by Ivy Latimer.
Matt Smith, Laila Rouass and Katy Manning guest star in Death Of The Doctor, written by Russell T Davies.
When The Doctor is declared dead, old companions Sarah Jane and Jo Grant meet for the very first time and join forces to discover the truth. As an interstellar conspiracy gathers around Unit HQ, Clyde finds that he holds the fate of the Time Lord in his hand – quite literally!
Old friends fight together to make one last stand against the sinister Shansheeth. But with Clyde and Rani trapped and in terrible danger, Sarah Jane and Jo Grant realise their worst fears – their friendship with the Doctor might be the very thing that dooms them.
The Doctor is played by Matt Smith, Sarah Jane by Elisabeth Sladen, Jo Grant by Katy Manning, Clyde by Daniel Anthony, Rani by Anjli Mohindra and Colonel Karim by Laila Rouass.
This two-part adventure is repeated on BBC One at 4.30pm on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October.
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