Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
Gary Lineker introduces live coverage of the League Cup final from Wembley as Manchester United and Aston Villa contest the first major trophy of the season.
Defending champions United start favourites against Villa, who are making their first cup final appearance for a decade. However, Villa have been synonymous with the League Cup since winning the inaugural competition in 1961. They have lifted the trophy five times, second only to Liverpool, and manager Martin O'Neill has twice won it as a player and twice more as manager of Leicester City. The last of those successes was in 2000, when Villa also reached a Wembley final but lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup.
Both clubs reached the final in dramatic fashion, with United overcoming their Manchester rivals City with a stoppage-time goal from Wayne Rooney, while Villa recovered from a two-goal deficit to beat Blackburn 6-4 in the decisive second leg.
Villa shocked United earlier in the season with their first win at Old Trafford for 26 years, courtesy of Gabby Agbonlahor's headed winner. But United have won 14 major trophies since Villa beat them in the League Cup final of 1996 and, in Rooney, they boast the outstanding talent on the pitch.
Pearl is in a state of panic, as the period drama based on Flora Thompson's novels continues. She's received a dressmaking commission from Lady Whiteleaf which could save her ailing business, but without Ruby there is no way she can do the work in time. That is, until Enid, a seamstress looking for a position, arrives in Candleford. Her needlework is exquisite and Pearl's prayers seem to have been answered.
In the post office, Dorcas is excitedly showing off her brand-new, state-of-the-art kitchen range, with which she plans to cook a sumptuous Michaelmas feast. But when the range keeps mysteriously breaking down, Dorcas loses her customary cool. She becomes determined to master its secrets if it's the last thing she does.
As Pearl and Enid work, the two women forge a touching friendship. Pearl feels free to be herself with Enid and share confidences about her life, while Enid is in awe of Pearl's independence and strength of character. Enid seems completely at home in Candleford, a place where she feels women can be their own masters. But Dorcas is troubled by the speed of Pearl's attachment to her new friend, and worries that all is not what it seems with Enid.
When the first part of Enid and Pearl's dressmaking commission meets with the approval of Lady Whiteleaf and they are invited for dinner, Pearl is euphoric. They excitedly plan their outfits, but Pearl's joy turns to shock and outrage when Enid turns up wearing trousers! Enid tries to recruit Pearl to her cause – to free women from the confines of their restrictive clothing – but a mortified Pearl throws her out of the shop.
When Pearl discovers that Enid is, in fact, a runaway wife and that her husband is offering a reward for her return, her sense of betrayal and humiliation is complete. Enid tells the women of Candleford the story of her stifling marriage and thwarted ambitions, while Pearl storms off to Inglestone to inform Enid's husband of her whereabouts.
But when Pearl encounters Thomas, Daniel and Sydney on the road, she pauses to reflect on her actions, and begins to regret her rejection of Enid. Just then, the seamstress herself turns up and tells Pearl a few home truths about her behaviour, and how it isolates her from her neighbours. But will Pearl be able to forgive Enid, and learn how to be a true friend?
Matilda Ziegler plays Pearl, Hattie Morahan plays Enid, Julia Sawalha plays Dorcas, Mark Heap plays Thomas, Ben Aldridge plays Daniel and Edward Darnell-Hayes plays Sydney.
Lark Rise To Candleford is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Adrian Chiles hosts highlights from today's three Premier League fixtures.
Liverpool met Blackburn at Anfield – it's not been the easiest of campaigns for Rafael Benitez and he would have been hoping for a repeat of last season's result, when the Reds won 4-0, rather than the 0-0 draw they were held to at Ewood Park before Christmas.
Tottenham and Everton came face to face at White Hart Lane. The two sides shared a dramatic draw at Goodison Park in December when Spurs led 2-0 with 12 minutes to go, only to concede two goals and then miss an injury-time penalty.
Sunderland and Fulham began the season well but have found the going tougher in recent months, so three points would have been very welcome for both sides at Craven Cottage today.
There is also a round-up of yesterday's Premier League goals and a look at the funny side of football in 2Good 2Bad.
George and Annie are inside Kemp and Lucy's facility, still hoping that they can be cured of their supernatural afflictions, in the final episode in the current series of the drama following the lives of three housemates who happen to be a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire.
Mitchell, knowing just how cruel these "cures" really are, aims to save his friends from Kemp's macabre experiments. But, as his heart blackens with rage and fury, can his friends save him from himself? And how will he react when he's face to face with Lucy, the lover who betrayed him?
And, as death's door opens for her again, is this really the end of Annie?
Russell Tovey stars as George, Lenora Crichlow as Annie, Donald Sumpter as Kemp, Lyndsey Marshal as Lucy and Aidan Turner as Mitchell.
Being Human is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
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