Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
Wallace And Gromit's World Of Invention sees world-renowned inventor Wallace and his faithful side-kick (turned cameradog) Gromit turn their hand to presenting for the very first time, hosting a six-part series from the basement of 62 West Wallaby Street. They take an enthusiastic look at some real-life cracking contraptions, from gadgets that help around the home to the mind-boggling world of space travel and much more in between.
From their self-built television studio, Wallace introduces films of inventors from around the world, and unveils some of his very own creations. In the first episode, Wallace and Gromit discover the inventors who have taken their cues from Mother Nature to create their own ingenious devices. The lovable pair range from Loughborough to Israel to discover the cracking contraptions that power the world around us.
Wallace introduces a film featuring a new generation flying machine – a radio-controlled airship inspired by the movement of animals, birds and fish. Taking their inspiration from manta ray fins and penguin wings, the agile airships can travel through air and water as gracefully as Mother Nature herself.
Enigmatic sculptor Theo Jansen premières his latest fusion of art and engineering, the Animaris Siamesis – a huge, insect-like structure that moves independently and gracefully with the wind. In Israel, Wallace's science reporter, Jem Stansfield, meets a man who has invented a fish-like "gill" which could allow humans to breathe underwater, and looks at some weird and wonderful autonomous carnivorous robotic furniture based on the Venus Fly Trap plant.
Each episode includes Wallace's Inventor Of The Week, which looks at one specific captivating inventor at a time, and Curiosity Corner, where he delves into a particularly strange story from the world of invention. Meanwhile, Jem (inventor of the vacuum-powered glove and coffee-powered car) presents a weekly segment analysing why certain innovative ideas Never Got Off The Drawing Board. Contraption Countdown celebrates Wallace's favourite quirky finds, including a list of top inventions that would set any health and safety officer's heart racing. Finally, Wallace shares some of his own brilliant inventions with the audience, although they often lead to disaster for poor Gromit who, as always, can be relied on to save the day.
The six-part factual series is accompanied by regional roadshows and an online world of invention to inspire the inventor in everyone. To go crackers about inventing, viewers can visit bbc.co.uk/wallaceandgromit.
Wallace And Gromit's World Of Invention is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Food writer Nigel Slater returns with a second series of Simple Suppers, cooking a week's worth of uncomplicated, tasty meals that can easily be re-created at home.
The series takes inspiration from a different theme each week, with this first programme giving a new twist to favourite classic recipes. Whether it's a makeover for the traditional cottage pie, or an exciting new version of the time-honoured apple tart, Nigel proves that by taking the basic principles and just altering them slightly, it's easy to jazz up the nation's most-loved dishes.
Nigel also visits fellow passionate gardeners on allotments and gardens across the country, and creates the ultimate fresh feast from the fruits of their labour. This week Nigel gives a new spin to beans on toast, with newbie gardeners Karina and Craig.
The series is part of the BBC's Dig In campaign. More information can be found online at bbc.co.uk/gardening/digin.
Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
BBC One brings the story of the British high street to life in an exciting and ambitious new series that transports four empty shops and a group of modern shopkeepers and their families back to the high street's heyday in the 1870s, before propelling them through a century of dizzying change, right up to the Seventies.
In the picturesque market square in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, the families' lives are turned upside down as they experience how shopkeepers lived and worked in six key eras of British history. But these are no museums. The shops will be serving modern-day customers who are used to the pace and convenience of 21st-century shopping.
In tonight's opening episode, the shopkeepers are going back to the 1870s and the birth of the British high street, where they set up shop for the very first time. The butcher, the baker, the grocer and the ironmonger must all get to grips with every aspect of Victorian life.
And they have their very own Chamber of Commerce, headed by greengrocer and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace, which is on hand to keep a watchful eye on the shopkeepers, making sure that they stick to the rules, regulations and technology of the day.
Shopkeeping 1870s-style means going back to basics and each shop faces its own challenges as they establish a customer base in the lead-up to selling goods on market day.
While the bakers struggle with back-breaking work, mixing dough by hand and baking by candlelight through the night, the butcher is under pressure to sell every bit of a giant pig to ensure any kind of a profit. The grocers have to blend tea, pat butter and package marmalade before it can even leave the shop. The ironmonger also has his work cut out – selling mole traps and mangles to modern customers isn't easy.
In a challenge laced with real-life entertainment, family drama and human endeavour, the families have to deal with whatever history throws at them.
What is Diwali? For many it's as big a celebration as Christmas and New Year rolled into one day – a feast of light during the dark days of autumn. But few non-Hindus realise that Diwali is in fact the third day in a festival that lasts five.
This thought-provoking documentary features British Hindus – including a family, priests, theologians, artists, entrepreneurs and The One Show's Anita Rani – who, day by day, reveal the meaning of each ritual and custom. Colourful original illustrations of iconic stories from the Hindu scriptures show how each day is a celebration of a distinct spiritual and moral message designed to help every Hindu cast off their secular baggage and replenish their inner spiritual light.
"In 50 years of programme-making, I have been lucky enough to explore the living world in all its wonder and variety. Now I'm off to explore the origins of all of this – to look for the very first living creatures that appeared on this planet," explains David Attenborough.
Travelling to Newfoundland, Morocco and Queensland, he finds evidence in fossils and living animals of an extraordinary period in Earth's history, half a billion years ago, when animals first appeared in the oceans.
This story can only be told now because, in the last few years, extraordinary fossil finds at sites across the world have transformed understanding of the first life forms. And the latest technology allows the programme makers to bring the animals back to life and understand in detail how they moved, using computer graphic imaging.
The journey begins in Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire, close to where David grew up, where the discovery of a 560-million-year-old fossil – a complex organism called Charnia – helped transform understanding of how life began to evolve from the earliest single-celled organisms.
In Canada and Australia, David looks at how cells first began to stick together in the aftermath of a near devastating Ice Age, forming the first complex organisms.
Exploring Mistaken Point in Newfoundland, he says: "This is recognised as one of the most important fossil-bearing sites in all the world. For here you can see fossils of the very first animals that evolved on this planet," he says.
When animals began to move, it represented a fundamental turning point. In the Ediacara Hills in Australia, he examines the fossils and trails left by Dickensonia and Kimberella and, through CGI reconstruction of the ancient sea floor, the programme illustrates how active it had become.
Just 50 million years after the first multi-celled organisms, animals had heads with sensory abilities, tails and segmented bodies.
David concludes: "It took 3,000 million years for multi-celled organisms to appear, but just 50 million years later – an evolutionary blink of an eye – animals as we know them were taking shape."
BBC Two celebrates Sir Elton John with an evening of programmes dedicated to the iconic singer-songwriter. Featuring a new and exclusive documentary, Madman Across The Water – The Making Of Elton John, the night also includes Elton John – BBC Radio 2 Electric Prom recorded earlier in the month and finishes with Elton John At The BBC, a compilation of archives documenting the star's career.
Sir Elton John's collaboration with cult American piano-man Leon Russell on their new album, The Union, is a timely reminder of the unique combination of influences that came together to create such a distinctive rock star.
This documentary, featuring new and rare interviews with, among others, Bernie Taupin, T-Bone Burnett, Leon Russell and an extensive and exclusive interview with Elton, traces the early years and road to stardom of the most successful living male solo artist. It tells of Elton's youth in leafy Pinner, Middlesex, his lengthy apprenticeship in the British music business of the mid-Sixties and his sudden stardom in the USA in 1970, followed by a golden period of albums, tours and hits that made Elton perhaps the international superstar of the Seventies. It is also an account of the damage, drugs and depression on the underside of all that glittering stardom. This is the story of the making of Elton, and the music that made him a household name before his extra-musical activities made him perhaps more famous for "being Elton" than for his music.
This story runs from young Reg Dwight's childhood spent learning classical piano and listening to American rock 'n' roll on the radio, through paying his dues as the keyboard player in a touring blues band, to finding his own voice, and the words of Bernie Taupin in the dying days of Tin Pan Alley.
Contributions from ex-band members, friends and record label managers provide a great insight into the musical, social and serendipitous factors that resulted in Elton's rapid rise to fame 40 years ago.
The film relives the heady days of Elton's most creative and prolific period and is packed with stunning performance footage of his countless hits and flamboyant live shows.
The film shows how Elton, looking back on his career at the age of 63, is finally taking stock of the highs and lows of his extraordinary life and, with his new recordings, seeks to re-connect with the passion and inspiration which formed the foundation of his career in music.
BBC Two brings audiences Sir Elton John's Electric Prom concert. Featuring some of the superstar's greatest classics, the programme also includes Elton performing with Leon Russell, Plan B and Rumer, playing tracks from their new collaboration, The Union.
BBC Red Button also showcases this year's Electric Proms. Going behind the scenes at each of the concerts, Jo Whiley watches the artist in rehearsal, talks to them about the show, the songs and the musicians involved and mixes some exclusive/unbroadcast songs from the concerts with some big hits. The Elton John programme is available from the evening of 30 October through to Saturday 6 November.
A Night With Elton John comes to a close with Elton John At the BBC. Drawing upon a range of archive materials, the programme tracks Elton's rock 'n' roll years through a choice selection of performances, interviews and clips.
Alan Titchmarsh reveals the design secrets behind Britain's great gardens and examines how they continue to influence gardeners, including himself, today.
"These are some of my favourite gardens and their ground-breaking designs continue to inspire me in my own garden. Whether it's the bold eccentricity of Biddulph Grange, the sweeping romanticism of the landscape garden at Stowe, the formal elegance at Hatfield House or the warm, intimate garden at Sissinghurst in Kent, these gardens have influenced generations of designers. I'm thrilled to be revealing the secrets behind their success and giving viewers ideas on how to employ the designs in their own gardens," says Alan.
Alan's Garden Secrets shares insights into the work of the master gardeners, with practical tips on how to recreate some of the most stunning features.
Starting with the 17th century, Alan visits Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. This was a time when horticulture and architecture worked seamlessly together and Hatfield reflects this new love of the aesthetic.
Alan comments: "The 17th century gave us the first examples of formal gardening and Hatfield is a classic example of it, with its stunning use of the humble hedge and its clever use of perspective. From Hatfield we can learn to make our garden work in unison with the house, as well as learning fantastic ways to grow fruit."
He examines the famous parterres which are some of the first examples of Britain's affection for formal gardening. The parterre has been brought into the 21st century by designer Tom Stuart-Smith, with his designs at Broughton Grange in Oxfordshire.
Alan looks at the use of perspective at Hatfield; examines a French import, espaliers, which has changed the way trees are contorted in gardens; and shares a tip for stepover apple trees.
And he takes a closer look at how Britain's affection for topiary began in gardens such as this, where they were originally seen as architectural forms. Demonstrating in his own garden, Alan shows that you don't need to plant hedges to achieve this, creating a portable sedum cube.
Psychoville returns with a spooktacular hour-long Halloween special.
Four tales of terror unfold as location manager Phil Walker investigates the abandoned ruins of Ravenhill Psychiactric hospital.
Does the ghost of evil Governess Edwina Kenchington still walk the empty corridors? What other horrors lie within the crumbling walls and will health and safety allow any filming there in the first place?
Psychoville is written by and stars Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.
Dan Walker and guests look ahead to the weekend's big games, including Manchester United's match against Tottenham Hotspur. It is now a remarkable 67 matches since Spurs won an away match at Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool – a record they are desperate to end.
Elsewhere, there is a London derby between Arsenal and West Ham. In Scotland, Rangers face a tricky match against Inverness.
Hull's City Hall plays host for the first time to the World Masters, the oldest established major in world darts. Celebrating its 37th year, the tournament attracts hundreds of players from around the globe.
First up this afternoon, reigning BDO World Champion Martin Adams takes centre stage as the round-of-16 nears its conclusion. No. 5 seed Tony O'Shea follows him to the oche before quarter-final matches get under way, with players continuing the battle for the £25,000 first prize.
Colin Murray and Bobby George introduce the action, with commentary from Tony Green and David Croft.
Viewers can expect chills and thrills as Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly host tonight's Strictly Halloween special, which is sure to make pulses run and spines tingle.
The celebrities and their partners perform a range of different ballroom and Latin dances but with a spooky twist. Some couples will be a treat but some will need a trick to save them from comments from the ever-watchful Strictly judges, Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Alesha Dixon.
Also in tonight's programme, the professionals perform a hair-raising all-male Paso Doble, which is not to be missed.
Tomorrow's results show reveals who goes and who stays to dance another week.
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.
Arthur embarks on a solitary quest to retrieve the Golden Trident from the Fisher King and prove himself worthy of the Camelot throne, as the fantasy drama continues.
With the Prince beyond the protection of the citadel, Morgana sees an opportunity to use her dark magic and gives him a precious bracelet containing a Phoenix Eye. She insists he wears it at all times for protection but it saps him of his life force and he is left defenceless in the Fisher King's perilous realm.
With the help of Gwaine, can Merlin reach him in time and fulfil his own quest to protect the future king of Camelot?
Bradley James plays Arthur, Donald Sumpter plays The Fisher King, Katie McGrath plays Morgana, Eoin Macken plays Gwaine and Colin Morgan plays Merlin.
With the threat of an inspection looming, Kirsty collapses at work and Mads makes another mistake in Casualty – No Place Like Home.
Jordan rallies the troops – they're due an inspection any time in the next two weeks and he hopes Tess's staff are up to scratch. Big Mac and Noel theorise with Mads that the inspector might take the form of a "mystery shopper" and Mads assumes that hypochondriac patient Alan must be the inspector so prioritises him at the expense of other patients.
Zoe is annoyed that Mads didn't keep an eye on her patient as requested but stands up to Jordan when he questions what went wrong. Mads feels she's failed but learns another important lesson when Zoe tells her if she wants to fit in, she must never admit to being in the wrong.
Kirsty is having trouble sleeping so she takes a sleeping tablet. But she has mistaken the time and, as soon as she takes it, she receives a phone call – she's late for work. Tess is furious and warns Kirsty that she might have to face a formal investigation. Struggling to stay awake and keep her mind on the job, Kirsty tricks Adam into prescribing Ritalin for a mystery patient. Kirsty takes it but, after her cocktail of drugs, she collapses in the shower.
Mads discovers her in the shower and she and Adam sneak her into a cubicle, away from the beady eyes of Tess. Adam is forced to shock her and, when she comes round, he tries to talk to her but she says she just needs to sleep. He commandeers the on-call room for her to have some rest.
Meanwhile Kirsty's tight-lipped husband, Warren, arrives at the hospital complaining that Kirsty is late home from work. Despite Adam's protests, Warren insists on driving Kirsty home. Kirsty gets into bed at home but Warren watches as she lies awake. She's exhausted but, for some reason, she just can't sleep...
Kirsty is played by Lucy Gaskell, Mads by Hasina Haque, Jordan by Michael French, Tess by Suzanne Packer, Big Mac by Charles Dale, Noel by Tony Marshall, Zoe by Sunetra Sarker, Adam by Tristan Gemmill and Warren by Stephen Lord.
Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen and Lee Dixon cast their eyes over the day's Premier League fixtures, with Manchester United facing Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs have failed to win at Old Trafford since a certain Mr Lineker scored the winner in a 1-0 victory in 1989.
Champions Chelsea face an away trip to Blackburn Rovers, who held them to a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park last season.
Struggling West Ham travel across London to face a daunting fixture with Arsenal, but the Hammers have a decent record against their London rivals, having lost only twice in their last five visits to play on the Gunners' home patch.
Strictly promises a ghoulish evening as rock 'n' roll's king of horror, Alice Cooper, performs a classic bloodcurdling track – complete with a professional dance routine that will do anything but leave the blood cold.
In tonight's spooky instalment Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman find out who stays and who goes, as the couples with the least combined public vote and judges' scores from last night's show discover who enters dance heaven and who plunges into dance hell.
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.
With the inquiry into Rita's death looming, Dave faces some difficult, and life-changing, choices in the conclusion to Mick Ford's humorous romantic BBC One drama.
Sarah and Dave have fallen in love but, while Dave excitedly makes plans for their future together, a cautious Sarah fears that they're rushing things.
Dave is furious after discovering that Stuart told Lucy about the forthcoming inquiry into her mother's death. And, to make matters worse, both Lucy and Ewan plan to attend – against Dave's wishes.
At the court, Anna isn't impressed to see the kids there, making it clear that she feels it's inappropriate. After Dave is forced to watch CCTV footage showing the moment Rita died, the painful process leads him to question his relationship with Sarah.
Later, an insensitive Michelle demands to know what their daughter Tanya will get out of it. But money is the last thing on Dave's mind. There's another complication when Stuart announces plans to start the adoption process for Lucy.
Elsewhere, Matt offers Sarah everything she's ever wanted – marriage, kids and commitment – but she's not interested. Suspicious about their sudden split, Matt is convinced there's someone else involved and asks her outright about Dave. Sarah's silence speaks volumes.
Matt goes to confront his love rival at the studio but meets a flirtatious Tanya instead. Seizing an opportunity for revenge, he sleeps with her before revealing all about Dave and Sarah's relationship.
Later, a furious Tanya arrives at Dave's house and, in front of the children and Sarah, tells everyone about their father's secret relationship. The kids – especially Lucy – react badly. Emotionally torn, Dave asks Sarah to leave, choosing to devote himself to his family instead.
Weeks later, relationship advice comes from an unlikely source as Anna persuades a lonely Dave to rekindle his romance with Sarah – he's not the only one who misses her, the kids do too.
Unable to find Sarah, Dave attends the school's end-of-term assembly but is stunned to hear the headmaster announce Sarah's resignation. Convinced he's lost his new love for good, the children and Dave search for Sarah before it's too late...
Dave is played by David Tennant, Sarah by Suranne Jones, Lucy by Natasha Watson, Stuart by Rupert Graves, Evie by Millie Innes, Ewan by Robert Dickson, Michelle by Jenni Keenan Green, Tanya by Sophie Kennedy Clark, Matt by Warren Brown and Anna by Neve McIntosh.
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.
Jennie Gow introduces the penultimate race of the MotoGP season in Estoril, Portugal.
It has been another thrilling season, in which Spanish prodigy Jorge Lorenzo has firmly emerged from the shadows of his Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.
Lorenzo's path to the title has been made easier by injuries to both Rossi and Dani Pedrosa, but the 23-year-old has still been in scintillating form and has dominated the podium. He has won at this circuit for the last two years and will be hot favourite to make it a hat-trick of victories.
Charlie Cox and Steve Parrish provide the commentary.
Colin Murray and Bobby George introduce coverage from the semi-finals and final of the 2010 World Masters in Hull, with the winner picking up £25,000 in prize money.
Tony Green and David Croft provide the commentary.
Dave Woods introduces highlights of the clash between Australia and England in Melbourne.
Australia's squad is skippered by the legendary Darren Lockyer, who led his side to victory over England in the final of last year's tournament. That match was finely poised at 22-16 until a late barrage of tries gave the Aussies a 46-16 victory – their highest margin of victory over the English away from home.
Steve McNamara's England squad is packed with Wigan players following their Super League Grand Final success and brothers Sam and Joel Tomkins are tipped to make a big impact on the international stage.
There is also action from the match between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in Rotorua.
Colin Murray presents highlights of the day's Premier League matches, including two feisty derbies.
First up is Aston Villa's clash with Birmingham City at Villa Park. The Blues are on a horror run against their biggest foes, losing their last six matches to the Villans, including two 1-0 defeats last season.
Newcastle face north-east rivals Sunderland for the first time since February 2009 following the Geordies' relegation to the Championship. Now back in the big time, they will be itching to get one over Steve Bruce's Black Cats, having failed to beat them in their last two encounters.
Today's other match sees Bolton host struggling Liverpool, who will be desperate to climb the table following their shocking start to the season.
Jake Humphrey introduces highlights from Wembley Stadium as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Denver Broncos.
This is the fourth successive year that London has hosted a regular season NFL match and it throws together two teams with a rich Super Bowl history – the 49ers have won it five times and the Broncos twice.
The two sides clashed at Super Bowl XXIV in January 1990 and the 49ers' 55-10 victory that night remains the biggest margin of victory in the history of the Super Bowl.
BBC One's acclaimed Daytime series Moving On, created by multi-award winning writer Jimmy McGovern, returns with 10 stand-alone films featuring a wealth of well-known faces, including Anna Massey, John Simm, the late Corin Redgrave, Robert Glenister, Roy Marsden, Susannah Harker, Jenny Agutter, Pooky Quesnel, Ewen Bremner, Lisa Faulkner, Nicola Stephenson, Daniel Ryan, Maggie Steed and Hannah Gordon.
Written by a combination of new and established writers, the series was filmed on location in and around Liverpool by Liverpool-based company LA Productions.
The series explores contemporary issues, from Alzheimer's to adoption, religion to special needs care. It also features co-dependency, sibling rivalry and the nature of loyalty and friendship – all linked by the common theme of characters who reach a turning point in life and then move on.
In today's first film, written by John Fay, divorcee Anne has put her life on hold to care for her mother Bella, who has Alzheimer's. She feels trapped in her own home and has no social life. Her adventurous son Chris, meanwhile, is travelling through South America on a round-the-world trip.
It's difficult but Anne copes, despite getting little help from her self-obsessed sister, Lynne, whose life revolves around her husband Ricky and their kids.
Anne misses her only child desperately, so following Chris's progress on the internet is a lifeline and she waits anxiously for his all-too-infrequent emails.
When her computer breaks down just as she's about to have an online conversation with Chris, repairman John walks into her house and into her life. She leaves him in her home to work on the repair and goes to use the computer at the library, but Bella is in one of her confused spells and thinks John is an intruder. Bella hits him with a whisky bottle full of coins, leaving him concussed at the foot of the stairs.
Plagued with guilt, Anne offers to help John, who is unable to drive for several weeks.
Despite a difficult start romance blossoms, but when Lynne threatens to put a traumatised Bella in a care home the family have to reassess where their priorities lie; will Anne finally be able to put her own needs first?
Anne is played by Susannah Harker, Bella by Anna Massey, Lynne by Pooky Quesnel, Ricky by Jonty Stephens and John by Daniel Ryan.
Stacey and the Slaters are thrown into a state of panic, in the week's first visit to Walford.
Elsewhere, a vengeful Harry reveals the truth about Jodie to a horrified Darren.
Stacey is played by Lacey Turner, Harry by Linal Haft, Jodie by Kylie Babbington and Darren by Charlie G Hawkins.
Ruth Evershed is approached by official council snooper Keith Deery, who claims to have uncovered covert activity, as the spy drama continues. While following a woman under surveillance for minor offences, he witnesses a "dead drop" message left on a park bench, but Ruth brushes off his claims as nonsense.
However, Ruth later discovers that Deery has applied to MI5 four times but was rejected due to mental instability following his wife's death. Having recently been reminded of the life she left behind in Greece, Ruth is empathetic to his circumstances and starts to question her original dismissiveness. Her Section D colleague, Dimitri, advises her to trust her instincts and follow up the potential lead.
Ruth heads to Deery's flat as Dimitri is sent to look into the death of a Mafia leader whose body has been uncovered on a boat on the Thames. Arriving at Deery's seemingly empty flat, Ruth is greeted by Gilles Rigaut, ex-French Foreign Legion and known contract killer. Rigaut is interrogating Deery and viciously attacks Ruth to discover what she knows.
As Dimitri pieces the complicated jigsaw together he realises that Ruth has become embroiled in something very dangerous and the team quickly rush to her aid. However, at Deery's flat things are already out of hand and untrained Deery is forced into a terrifying decision when Ruth's life is put in jeopardy.
Elsewhere, Lucas North's past finally comes crashing down on him as he comes face to face with Harry Pearce in a confrontation that will change Section D for ever.
Ruth Evershed is played by Nicola Walker, Keith Deery by Trevor Cooper, Dimitri Levendis by Max Brown, Gilles Rigaut by Dave Legeano, Lucas North by Richard Armitage and Harry Pearce by Peter Firth.
Dave Gorman is joined by comedienne Shappi Khorsandi and glam rock legend Noddy Holder in the last episode of the series. They discuss ideas pitched by the studio audience and decide whether they could, in fact, be Genius.
Proposals offered this week include emery board escalators – to file your nails while moving between floors; saving the environment by banning Christmas records such as Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody; and the door hat – a device which places a hat on your head as you open your front door to someone. If you're happy to see the person at the door you can say that you have only just got in and take your hat off. And if you're unhappy to see the person, you can get rid of them by saying that you've just put your hat on, as you're about to pop out. Either way you win ... in a charming way!
Aquatic adventurers Captain Barnacles Bear, Lieutenant Kwazii Cat and Medic Peso Penguin continue their exciting voyage of discovery through the world's oceans.
Stationed in their impressive home base, the Octopod, the Octonauts dive into action whenever there is trouble, using their fleet of aquatic vehicles to rescue sea creatures, explore new underwater worlds and triumphantly save the oceans from danger.
In Monday's episode the Octonauts race against time to rescue Tweak's pal, a Leatherback sea turtle, who is caught in a fast-moving ocean current that's sucking it into a whirlpool.
On Tuesday Peso and Tweak must work alone to remove a stuck hermit crab from its shell when Captain Barnacles Bear and the crew are unable to return to base.
There's a mixed-up blue whale on the loose on Wednesday when the Octonauts are cleaning the Octopod. The resulting noises cause the whale to act in strange and dangerous ways.
Peso the Penguin's little brother, Pinto, visits on Thursday but he's more interested in being a pirate than a medic – at least until he accompanies Peso on a mission to rescue Dashi and Shellington in a kelp forest.
And there's a mystery to solve on Friday when important objects start to go missing from the Octopod. The Octonauts stake out the thief, who turns out to be a decorator crab – stealing their things to decorate his shell.
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.
Clyde and Rani wake up one day to discover that they are the only survivors of the human race, as the alien-busting adventures series continues. The whole of Earth is empty – even Sarah Jane has vanished. But a deserted London holds terrors of its own. Strange forces lurk in the shadows, as mysterious visitors approach...
Clyde and Rani meet their enemy as the Robots arrive on Earth – but what do they want, and where has the human race gone? It's a race against time, but without Sarah Jane's expertise, Clyde and Rani must trust each other like never before if they're to save the whole world.
Clyde is played by Daniel Anthony, Rani by Anjli Mohindra and Sarah Jane by Elisabeth Sladen.
This two-part adventure is repeated on BBC One at 4.30pm on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 November.
Daytime drama series Moving On, created by Jimmy McGovern, continues with a new film every day this week looking at contemporary issues through characters who reach a turning point in life and then move on.
When Mary-Ann and Anthony's attempt to adopt their foster baby, Grace, founders at the last moment, they resign themselves to a lifetime of heartbreak, in Nick Leather's drama Skies Of Glass.
It doesn't help that Mary-Ann's sister Sarah, who has three teenage kids of her own – Thom, Ruth and Lily – is always ready with interfering advice. While Anthony seeks solace in the pub, Mary-Ann busies herself running the local youth club at St Pat's church.
Some months later, Mary-Ann sees a girl, Gemma, running away from her car at the end of youth club. As she drives home, there's a cry from the backseat – it's a newborn baby with a note entrusting her to Mary-Ann.
Having experienced the acute pain of giving up a child, Mary-Ann is determined to reunite mother and baby without involving the police. But after long days of searching it's revealed that Gemma isn't the mother. Anthony is worried and frantic – surely if they don't report the baby they are almost kidnappers?
No one comes forward from the youth club and, while Anthony has a huge change of heart and thinks they should move away and make a fresh start with the baby, Mary-Ann argues that they must do the right thing, even if it breaks both their hearts.
Will they find out who the real mother is and will there be a happy ending for anyone?
Mary-Ann is played by Claire Skinner, Anthony by Shaun Dooley, Sarah by Teresa Banham, Thom by Steven Williamson, Ruth by Angela Holmes, Lily by Holly-Mai Leighton and Gemma by Katie McGlynn.
Kat and Alfie's new-look Vic is finally revealed to the residents of Walford, in the latest drama from Albert Square – but will the grand opening go according to plan?
Meanwhile, Darren accidentally lets a heart-rending cat out of the bag.
Elsewhere, Stacey and Ryan's relationship takes a startling turn.
Kat is played by Jessie Wallace, Alfie by Shane Richie, Darren by Charlie G Hawkins, Stacey by Lacey Turner and Ryan by Neil McDermott.
The Benefits appear on quiz show Ask The Dysfunctional Family; the Writer helps the Landlady deal with her troublesome husband; all the modelling hopefuls spotted by Mike Noughts gather to meet him at his house; the Football Manager is relegated to League One; and the Lovelorn Customer makes his last-ever visit to the Polish Café, as the series written by and starring Bafta award-winning comic duo Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse concludes.
Cat puts her relationship on the line when she lies to Sam; a jilted Tess ventures into the world of internet dating; and, after a run-in with her uncle, a self-destructive Frankie finds herself on the wrong side of the law, as the seductive relationship drama continues.
Frankie and Tess move into an amazing new flat courtesy of estate agent Sadie, Frankie's casual fling. But, despite their incredible new pad, Tess is depressed about her dire love-life – until she's persuaded by Frankie to launch herself into the dating scene once more.
Love-struck Ed can only stand by and watch forlornly as Tess goes out on a date but it proves to be a troublesome experience, to say the least, for the unlucky-in-love actress.
Frankie continues to search for answers as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her identity. Feeling totally lost, she turns to Cat – the only person she feels she can confide in. Cat can't bear to see Frankie so distressed and lies to her lover, Sam, to get information through her work.
Armed with the facts Frankie confronts her Uncle Cameron, who warns her off further investigation. But this only fuels Frankie's fire to find out the truth.
To assuage her guilt over lying for Frankie, Cat invites Sam to lunch with her parents. It's a cringe-worthy affair but Sam is in great form.
Loving Sam all the more for this, Cat confesses her secret but Sam admits she's always suspected. Although relieved to finally hear the truth, Sam questions Cat's loyalties and whether she still holds feelings for her ex, Frankie.
Frustrated and rejected by her uncle and desperately upset about Cat, Frankie is in a reckless mood, determined to forget her troubles. She ends up embarking on a drug-fuelled session with Sadie. Together they make a wild and dangerous combination.
When they find themselves in trouble with the police, Frankie is forced to turn to the unlikeliest of allies for help, but her troubles are only just beginning...
Cat is played by Laura Fraser, Sam by Heather Peace, Tess by Fiona Button, Frankie by Ruta Gedmintas, Sadie by Natasha O'Keeffe, Ed by James Anthony Pearson and Uncle Cameron by Tom Mannion.
Lip Service is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Jenny Agutter stars as a woman approaching her 60th birthday in Skin Deep, one of the 10 one-off films in the BBC Daytime drama series Moving On, created by Jimmy McGovern.
Jean is attending her Class of '66 school reunion, but no one seems to recognise her as the glamorous girl who was once joint third Miss New Brighton and was whisked off to Malta on an exotic honeymoon.
She arrives home infuriated to find husband Frankie asleep in his chair and complains to him that she must have aged terribly. He loves her regardless and knows better than to answer.
The next day, Jean shows some photos to her daughters, Nicola and Lindsay, but the girls spot the ones who have had cosmetic surgery a mile off. Jean is shocked – no wonder her school friends looked so good. She goes right off the idea of her upcoming 60th birthday party.
A nervous Jean secretly decides to try some Botox and visits a clinic, and also makes an effort with her hair and make-up. But Frankie doesn't notice and Jean storms out of the house, only to be complimented by her neighbour Tom. Husband Frankie is shocked when Jean confesses to the Botox but finds himself agreeing to pay for more treatment – expensive injectable fillers.
The birthday party is back on, but Jean is still not happy because she can't find a dress to wear. But she knows what the answer is – a tummy tuck. Frankie's flabbergasted at the suggestion, convinced that she must be having an affair, and storms out. Jean is devastated and Frankie bewildered at how his quiet life has been up-ended – will they be able to share how they really feel before it's too late?
Jean is played by Jenny Agutter, Frankie by Robert Glenister, Nicola by Lisa Faulkner, Lindsay by Nicola Stephenson and Tom by Tom Lloyd-Roberts.
This episode is written by Lyn Papadopoulos.
The age of modern timekeeping began in North East Lincolnshire 300 years ago. Adam Hart-Davis brings to life the story of John Harrison and the journey from some wooden clocks near Grimsby, to the superiority of British ships on the high seas, to Sat Nav, in the third of BBC Four's documentaries as part of the pan-BBC project A History Of The World.
Each programme is made by a different BBC English Region, and each looks at a significant turning point in that region's history and shows how the change continues to resonate through objects or the landscape.
Haggis, Fiend and Norman get up to more monstrous tricks in the Carson household this week, as the family sitcom continues.
When Angela is asked to babysit, the monsters ask Nick how babies are made. As usual, they get the wrong end of the stick, and Haggis ends up thinking he's pregnant. Will Eddie and Angela persuade him that the baby is not his before its real mother comes back?
Eddie sneakily floods the basement so that Fiend, Haggis and Norman are allowed to live upstairs with the family. But his plan backfires when hanging round with the humans turns the monsters into very un‐monsterly, civilised grown‐ups.
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.
When Moose is released from jail after serving an eight-year sentence for armed robbery, he is anxious to see his ex, Tina, and their daughter, Jess, who was only a baby when he was sent down.
Malaise, starring John Simm, Susan Lynch and Ewen Bremner, is written by Dale Overton and directed by Dominic West and is one of 10 films in the BBC Daytime drama series Moving On, created by Jimmy McGovern.
Tina blames Moose for leaving them on their own and has severed all ties with him. She is now living with supermarket security guard Adam – he's kind, reliable and, more importantly, the only dad her little girl has ever known.
Moose is warned by probation officer Christy to keep away from them, but he can't help himself. Jess quickly discovers the truth and, like her mum, wants nothing to do with her father. Adam thinks they should move away but Tina relents and arranges a secret meeting with the father of her child.
Moose tells Tina that he's a changed man. He's got contacts in Crete, a nice apartment and a stake in a club. He invites Jess to start a new life with him and, the next day, two one-way tickets to Greece arrive in the post.
Adam, meanwhile, is angry when the school mistakenly accuses him of frightening Jess, then Moose turns up at his workplace and provokes him into a scuffle. He's suspended from the supermarket.
Tina rips up the airline tickets to prove her love for Adam, but he is still angry and goes to have another showdown with Moose. But Moose surprises him by confessing that he had nothing to do with the armed robbery. He was blackmailed and took the blame to protect Tina and Jess from harm. Would Tina's decision be different if she knew the truth?
Moose is played by John Simm, Tina by Susan Lynch, Jess by Olivia Poole, Adam by Ewen Bremner and Christy by Belinda Everett.
Alfie's fear over Kat's hospitalisation prompts him to make a heart-warming decision, in tonight's visit to Albert Square.
Meanwhile, Jane confides in Christian about her plans for revenge against Ian.
Elsewhere, a heartbroken Jodie rejects Vanessa and Pat confronts Janine about her mischief-making in the Vic.
Alfie is played by Shane Richie, Kat by Jessie Wallace, Jane by Laurie Brett, Christian by Johnny Partridge, Ian by Adam Woodyatt, Jodie by Kylie Babbington, Vanessa by Zoe Lucker, Pat by Pam St Clement and Janine by Charlie Brooks.
Andrew Graham-Dixon presents the latest edition of The Culture Show from Glasgow.
He visits the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence to view a landmark exhibition of works by Bronzino – artist and poet to the Court of Medici. One of Italy's most renowned artists, Bronzino was born in 16th-century Florence and his work can be seen throughout the city. This first show devoted to his elegant, austere paintings in the Mannerist style brings together 54 of the 70 paintings he produced, including three hitherto lost works.
Also in the programme, Mark Kermode meets with director Mike Leigh to discuss his latest work, Another Year, a comedy drama which many feel wrongly missed out on the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year. The film stars Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen as a well-adjusted, happy couple and charts their relationship with a range of less well-adjusted friends and family members.
Matt Berry, best known for his comedy roles in IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh and Garth Merenghi, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Jesus Christ Superstar. He argues the original Rice/Lloyd Webber album is a seminal work and far edgier, experimental and daring than the musicals they went on to produce. Featuring many great British session musicians of the late Sixties and rock singers such as Ian Gillan in the lead roles, Berry argues the musicianship is both brilliant and unique.
Jacques Perreti investigates the Gateshead Granny Cloud, the brainchild of Sugata Mitra, visiting professor of educational technology at Newcastle University. Mitra has recruited hundreds of grannies in Newcastle to go online and help children in India with their education, based on the grandmother method – stand behind, admire, act fascinated and praise. So does it work?
There's also an interview with New York author Paul Auster on the publication of his latest book, Sunset Park, and the new play by Nina Raine. Tribes is an unconventional drama about the limits of communication for 18-year-old Billy, a deaf boy growing up in a hearing family. One of the Culture Show's directors, also named Billy, who grew up in similar circumstances, gives his verdict on the play.
And finally, in a new regular archive slot, Simon Schama picks his favourite foodie moments from the BBC's back catalogue, including Fanny Cradock, Delia Smith and Keith Floyd.
The Culture Show is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat 108, Freeview 50, Sky 143 and Virgin 108.
Paperwork and pragmatism once again prevail as the staff on B4 clock watch their way through the day, as Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine's acclaimed comedy of characters "getting on" with the endless procedures and minor crises in this overlooked backwater of the health service continues.
While Den and Matron Hilary Loftus are flirting behind closed doors, an incident on the ward triggers the blame game. Meanwhile, Pippa receives good news about her faecal forum paper, and the arrival of consultant Peter Healy further lightens her mood.
Devised, written and performed by all three cast and directed by Peter Capaldi, Getting On is a bleakly hilarious, honest and quietly compassionate story of a typical ward where nobody wants to end up, yet where many people will.
Den is played by Joanna Scanlan, Matron Hilary Loftus by Ricky Grover, Pippa by Vicki Pepperdine and Peter Healy by Peter Capaldi.
The co-dependency of a drug addict and a loved one within an ordinary family is explored in the latest film in the BBC Daytime drama series Moving On – a series of 10 stand-alone films created by Jimmy McGovern which feature characters that reach a turning point and learn how to move on in life.
Letting Go by Karen Brown stars Naomi Radcliffe as worried mum Kirsty, whose ordinary world comes crashing down the day she finds a burnt spoon and sticky ashtray hidden under the sofa.
Kirsty has always warned her 14-year-old son Sam about drugs but, despite her initial shock, she's determined to get her son help.
Fearing her partner Lee will be angry, Kirsty turns for help instead to a drop-in centre, where drugs counsellor Brenda gives her the bad news – it looks like heroin. Kirsty ransacks the house and finds a used needle bin in the loft. She tells a horrified Lee, who is forced to confess that he's the addict, not Sam.
Lee promises it won't affect their relationship but Kirsty can't stop thinking about it – the lies, the wasted money, the people, and the danger. She issues an ultimatum: either the drugs go or he does. Lee decides to leave.
Kirsty won't tell anyone the real reason they have split up, even when her mother Shirley presses her. But when Lee drops off Sam after football training one day she decides to take him back and is determined that they can beat it together.
She goes on a mission to learn everything she can, refusing to rest until she finds the "cure". But her crusade takes over her life in a way the drugs never did – her appearance becomes more dishevelled and her work suffers. Kirsty is being dragged further and further down – whose habit is it?
Kirsty is played by Naomi Radcliffe, Sam by Adam Long, Lee by Jack Deam, Brenda by Maureen Beattie and Shirley by Beatrice Kelley.
Vanessa sinks to sickening depths to win back her daughter's love, in the final visit of the week to Walford, but will it be worth it?
Meanwhile, brides-to-be Ronnie and Kat go head-to-head over their reception plans and Roxy makes a devastating discovery.
Vanessa is played by Zoe Lucker, Ronnie by Samantha Womack, Kat by Jessie Wallace and Roxy by Rita Simons.
The UCOS team reinvestigate the murder of a talented young boxer when the gun used to kill him is discovered at the scene of an armed robbery 15 years later, as the drama about retired detectives re-investigating unsolved crimes continues.
Twenty-one-year-old Eddie Mayfair was shot dead one week after a victorious fight that left his opponent, Milton Joseph, seriously injured and unable to continue his boxing career. Milton was considered to be the chief suspect, but as UCOS delve deeper they discover a darker side to professional boxing in a case that causes conflict and friction among the team.
When the team speak to Eddie's friends and family no one has a bad word to say about him. All are keen to point the finger at Milton or one of his gang, believing that Eddie was killed in revenge for destroying Milton's career.
Eddie's trainer, Doug Palmer, is still visibly distressed at losing his young protégé, blaming himself for not being at the gym at the time of the shooting. Eddie's manager, Harry Gallo, echoes the praise for his young fighter, but Pullman and Lane are surprised to discover that Eddie's mother, Ronni, is now working as Gallo's PA. Eddie's fiancée, Eve, has since married his friend and sparring partner Danny Branston, but it is clear that marriage and a big house haven't filled the void left by losing the love of her life.
Milton Joseph paints a very different picture of the much-loved Eddie Mayfair. Defensive and bitter, his hatred towards Eddie is palpable, suggesting the rivalry between these two promising young boxers extended beyond the ring. But, as the team discover, boxing isn't just about the glory of the fight; it's a money-making business where everyone involved wants their pound of flesh, whatever the cost.
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman is played by Amanda Redman, Jack Halford by James Bolam, Brian Lane by Alun Armstrong, Gerry Standing by Dennis Waterman, Milton Joseph by Michael Wildman, Doug Palmer by John Benfield, Harry Gallo by Matthew Marsh, Ronni Mayfair by Maggie O'Neill, Eve by Chloe Howman and Danny Branston by Del Synott.
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