Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
Christopher Eccleston stars in Accused, the first in a series of six new, powerful dramas written by Jimmy McGovern. Each story is about an ordinary person who ends up in the dock.
Willy is a man in turmoil. He does his best; he's a good plumber and a loving father, but he fails to be a faithful husband.
At the very moment Willy's about to drop the bombshell on his wife, Carmel, his daughter Laura arrives home and announces she's getting married. Willy's guilty secret must wait.
Shortly afterwards Willy's family are out for a celebratory dinner with Laura's well-to-do prospective in-laws. He insists on paying for everything and is humiliated when his bank card is refused. It transpires that he hasn't been paid for his last job because the company is bankrupt.
Having been comfortable for years, Willy is now worried about money. But his pride won't allow him to change what are becoming elaborate and costly wedding plans.
What's more, Willy's infidelity is getting to him and, as pressure from all sides mounts, his behaviour becomes increasingly erratic. In a moment of despair he seeks solace in a local church, but ignores the priest's straightforward advice.
When his car breaks down Willy takes a cab and finds something on the back seat that might be the answer to his prayers – or the beginning of his downfall.
But events rapidly spiral against him and Willy ends up in the dock. Now he awaits the jury's verdict. What will they decide? Guilty or innocent?
Willy is played by Christopher Eccleston, Carmel by Pooky Quesnel, Laura by Joanna Higson and the priest by Rod Arthur.
Mackenzie Crook, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Andy Serkis, Marc Warren, Naomie Harris, Warren Brown and, in his first leading role, Ben Smith, each star in one of the remaining episodes.
Pioneering 18th-century barrister William Garrow revisits the Old Bailey to champion the rights of prisoners against the power of the State, as BBC One's acclaimed drama Garrow's Law returns for a second series.
When 133 African prisoners are thrown overboard from slave ship The Zong in suspicious circumstances, Garrow challenges the brutal trade that regards slaves as cargo, not human beings.
Widowed and alone in London, Garrow's friend and mentor, Southouse, grapples with his inner demons. However, Garrow's return proves timely as Southouse's life spirals rapidly into introspection and despair, making him focus on the future and his legal career.
Southouse is approached by an insurance company that wishes to prosecute The Zong's Captain Collingwood, who is accused of inventing his story in order to conceal a massacre and claim compensation.
But Garrow is reluctant to represent the insurers. Unaccustomed to operating as a barrister for the Prosecution, Garrow questions the morality of acting as a mouthpiece for those who effectively support the slave trade.
However, the testimony of freed African slave turned campaigner Gustavus Vassa tips the balance for Garrow. Vassa witnessed first-hand the terrible conditions and brutal treatment that the slaves endure on the ships and, through him, Garrow becomes drawn into a case that engages his sense of outrage and justice.
Meanwhile, Lady Sarah Hill returns unexpectedly to London with her infant son, Samuel. Fuelled by jealousy, Sir Arthur Hill – now Assistant Secretary to the Admiralty – grows convinced that Lady Sarah is in love with Garrow, and questions the paternity of his own son.
Sir Arthur throws her out of the marital home and begins proceedings against Garrow under the charge of "criminal conversation" – an 18th-century code for adultery. The scandal, if successful, will leave Lady Sarah desolate and ruin Garrow for ever. This amounts to a declaration of war between the two adversaries.
William Garrow is played by Andrew Buchan, Southouse by Alun Armstrong, Captain Collingwood by Jasper Britton, Gustavus Vassa by Danny Sapani, Lady Sarah Hill by Lyndsey Marshal and Sir Arthur Hill by Rupert Graves.
Garrow's Law is simulcast in HD on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.
The new BBC One HD channel will simulcast a network version of the BBC One schedule, with the majority of peaktime programmes in HD, including The Apprentice, Strictly Come Dancing, Children in Need, Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile, The Graham Norton Show and The Royal Variety Show.
Master impressionists Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson blast back on to TV screens this autumn to take off some of the most recognisable faces in showbiz.
This series the talented duo once again don wigs and costumes to produce some startlingly uncanny impressions.
A selection of characters from last year returns alongside a whole host of new impressions, including Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby, Delia Smith, Ken Barlow and Katherine Jenkins.
The first episode reveals what could happen if Harry Hill became a UN peace negotiator; Culshaw shows that Steven Gerrard is not just a talented football player; and Stephenson's Katie Price plans her wedding to Michael Winner.
The BBC's flagship arts strand, Imagine, returns to BBC One with an eclectic line-up of films exploring the private lives and personal passions that have inspired some of the most distinguished figures from the world of arts and culture.
In the first film of this new series, Alan Yentob meets one of China's most politically outspoken and creatively provocative artists. Outside of art circles the name Ai Weiwei has remained little known in the UK – until now. This autumn, the relative anonymity in Britain of a man who is unquestionably the most famous contemporary artist in China has to come to an abrupt end. Ai was invited to produce a new work for the vast Turbine Hall at Tate Modern – the country's most high-profile annual public art commission. The piece proved to be one of the most elaborate and ambitious works ever created for Britain's most celebrated contemporary art exhibition space.
In this film, Alan joins Ai as the artist oversees the installation of his work. Alan also speaks to Ai's team of technicians that have helped to turn the artist's vision into a reality.
Taking a fresh look at Scotland's landscape – and how much man has shaped this "natural wilderness" – is Professor Iain Stewart, in this new five-part series.
Says Iain: "Having lived away from Scotland for 20 years what really hit home is just how beautiful it is – truly one of the most beautiful places in the world – but also just how much it has been shaped by man, contrary to our perception of Scotland's landscape as a natural wilderness."
Each week Iain Stewart takes a different theme – Trees, Earth, Sea, Water and Climate – and reveals how these and man have combined to make the land we know today.
In the first episode, Trees, he examines how, over thousands of years, the actions of man and climate very nearly led to the demise of Scotland's trees and forests. And he examines the patchwork efforts to re-establish woodlands in Scotland over the last few centuries.
Iain's starting point in this episode is a place he had wanted to visit for 25 years – a group of protected islands at Loch Maree in Wester Ross, with the remnants of a once great forest which covered more than half of Scotland.
As he notes: "It is a remnant of pinewood that allows us to glimpse how Scotland might have looked thousands of years ago."
From this relic of the ancient Caledonian forest he travels to Loch Tulla and, together with Dr Richard Tipping of Stirling University, looks into the peat bogs of the area and what they say about the trees and landscape of millennia past.
And he finds out about the Planter Dukes of Atholl who, from the mid 1700s to the mid 1800s, put 21 million trees on the hills of Perthshire.
BBC Radio 1's Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw present highlights from the first BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, which takes place at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday 14 November 2010.
Featuring amazing performances from chart-topping acts JLS, The Wanted, Taylor Swift and Professor Green, BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards rewards some of the country's most inspirational teenagers and applauds the best stars from the music and entertainment world.
Three awards will be presented to three outstanding teenagers in the categories of Teen Community Hero, Teen Entrepreneur and Teen Hero. Radio 1 listeners nominated teenagers who they felt should be recognised in these categories, with the winners selected by a panel of industry insiders, experts and celebrities.
Fearne and Nick are joined by a host of famous faces to hand out the Teen Awards as well as the coveted titles of Best Song, Best Album, Best TV Show, Best Actor, Young Sporting Hero and, the one everyone wants to win, Best Dressed.
Meanwhile BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Gemma Cairney snoops around backstage to get all of the gossip from everyone appearing at the event – sneaking in everywhere from dressing rooms and the green room to the toilets and car park, so no celebrities are safe.
BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards is a massive multi-platform event for the BBC across television, radio and online. Highlights of the event air on BBC Radio 1 on Sunday 14 November and there ia also major interactive presence online at bbc.co.uk/radio1.
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