Monday 10 Mar 2014
Dan Walker and guests discuss the latest news and views in a week dominated by cup competitions. The sixth round of the FA Cup is staged this weekend, with the remaining teams vying for a Wembley semi-final appearance. Reading were the only non-Premier League club to reach this stage last season and they led 2-0 at home to Aston Villa before conceding four second-half goals without reply.
There is also reaction to Arsenal and Tottenham's Champions League ties in midweek, when the two north London clubs were attempting to reach the quarter-finals at the expense of Barcelona and AC Milan respectively. Next week it's the turn of Chelsea and Manchester United to try to advance to the next round.
Gabby Logan is in Rome as hosts Italy welcome last year's Grand Slam champions, France. A home victory would be a huge shock, as Italy have lost all 11 previous Six Nations matches against the French and conceded 96 points in the last two meetings.
Commentary is provided by Alastair Eykyn and Andy Nicol.
John Inverdale is joined by guests Keith Wood and Jonathan Davies at the Millennium Stadium as Wales seek their first home win in this fixture since 2005.
Both nations have won the Grand Slam in recent years but made a faltering start to this year's tournament: Wales were beaten at home by England, while Ireland only narrowly overcame Italy before losing to France.
Wales did at least end an 11-month losing streak by defeating Scotland in February, thanks in no small part to all-time leading try scorer Shane Williams. Ireland have struggled to replicate the form shown when winning the Grand Slam in 2009, but they did display some signs of reaching those heights against the Welsh in last year's Six Nations. Can Declan Kidney's side rediscover their verve in Cardiff? Eddie Butler and Phillip Matthews are the commentators.
It's the grand finale of Let's Dance For Comic Relief and the six finalists, who have been busy perfecting their dance moves, will be pulling out all the stops in a bid to take the crown and raise money for Comic Relief.
Alex Jones and Steve Jones host tonight's live show as viewers get the opportunity to have their say in who should be crowned the twinkle-toed champion of the dance floor.
Across three heats the acts have been paying homage to iconic dance routines, from Beyonce's Crazy In Love to Queen's I Want To Break Free. Tonight sees the six chosen finalists take to the floor and give it their all in the hope of being crowned king or queen of the dance floor.
The celebs will have to go all out to impress the viewers, as there is no runner-up chosen by the panel of Rufus Hound, Miranda Hart and Louis Spence. It's the viewers' phone votes that will count tonight – and nothing else.
Last year Rufus Hound stole the show with his unforgettable take on Cheryl Cole's Fight For This Love. Who will set the stage alight and take the crown this year? Viewers can tune in and vote for their favourite act, with all proceeds going to Comic Relief.
This week viewers are also treated to a special guest performance from Plan B.
Let's Dance For Comic Relief is simulcast in HD on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.
Driven to tears, Jay finally faces up to his problems, and there's a new doc on the block, as the medical drama continues.
Jay is on tenterhooks waiting for the results of his ultrasound but just getting through his shift seems impossible when his nan, Maryam, shows up, having scared off another carer. He's struggling to concentrate and is also under pressure to visit Ruth. When his results show he does have cancer, Jay is forced to admit defeat and tearfully tells Maryam she's going into a home while he helps a "friend" sort out his problems.
Jordan is interviewing for Ruth's replacement and Miriam thinks that she has just the person. She calls up Dylan Keogh, who reluctantly agrees to meet her, but the bus he's on crashes en route. Dylan just manages to free Hannah when the bus explodes. He ends up at the ED along with some of the other victims, including the driver, Filip. Jordan is unable to diagnose the problem with the driver, but an unwilling Dylan makes a "eureka" diagnosis.
Meanwhile, Hannah has discovered that she's being replaced by a younger, prettier sales rep, Cheryl. Her boss, Ant, insists she mustn't rush back to work. Looking in the mirror, Hannah realises why as her face was severely injured in the bus crash. She is filled with hurt and fears that her looks have been lost for ever.
Ruth is overjoyed about the prospect of seeing Jay and escapes from the pysch ward. She heads out shopping, planning their new life together. Charlie discovers that she hasn't been taking her medication but can he track her down before she gets arrested when shops become suspicious about her credit cards?
Viewers can see more action from Holby City's Psych Ward by pressing the red button following the transmission of this episode of Casualty and through Sunday.
Jay is played by Ben Turner, Maryam by Souad Faress, Ruth by Georgia Taylor, Jordan by Michael French, Miriam by Cheryl Campbell, Dylan Keogh by William Beck, Hannah by Beth Goddard, Filip by Rafael Ferenc, Cheryl by Nathalie Emmanuel, Ant by Sam Newman and Charlie by Derek Thompson.
Nine-year-old Harry, 10-year-old Kailan and 13-year-old Luke all struggle to stay awake throughout each day. All the boys have narcolepsy but have never before met anyone else with the condition. This poignant film takes an intimate glimpse into the trio's daily lives and finds out what happens when they eventually get to meet.
The three boys all find school really exhausting and have to sleep at some point during the day because they are so tired. Harry has a lie-down in the school staff room after lunch, but Luke and Kailan refuse to do this. Luke forces himself to keep going until his dad collects him, and then falls asleep as soon as he gets in the car. He has to lie down for another hour or two when he gets home.
They all need to take medication to keep them awake and to help them sleep. But as their tablets wear off they can get grumpy as they become increasingly tired. Kailan's medicine makes him really hungry and he wakes up every couple of hours during the night needing to eat. Terrified that he might fall asleep while eating and choke on his food, Kailan's mum stays with him through every night-time snack.
In addition to coping with their narcolepsy the boys also have to contend with cataplexy, a rare condition which makes the muscles collapse and the person go all floppy – which is usually triggered by an emotion such as laughing. Luke has taken drastic measures and has stopped laughing, as it is the only way he knows how to control it.
As the programme draws to a close the children finally get to meet. It proves to be a huge morale booster for the boys, who gain support from talking to each other about their condition.
In The King James Bible – The Book That Changed The World, Melvyn Bragg sets out to persuade viewers that the King James Version has driven the development of the English -speaking world over the last 400 years – often in most unanticipated ways.
Melvyn argues that while many think our modern world is founded on secular ideals, it is the King James Version that influenced the English language and its literature more than any other book. It was also, he believes, the seedbed of western democracy, the activator of radical shifts in society such as the abolition of the slave trade, the debating dynamite for brutal civil wars in Britain and America and a critical spark in the genesis of modern science.
In his quest to uncover the impact of the King James Bible, Melvyn travels to historic locations in the US, where the King James Bible had a deep impact, including Gettysburg and the American Civil War. He also visits Washington's Lincoln Memorial, site of Martin Luther King's I have A Dream speech.
Manish Bhasin presents highlights of arguably the biggest match of the Cricket World Cup so far as two of the favourites, India and South Africa, meet in Nagpur. All the latest news from across the tournament is also discussed in the programme.
Highlights of the Cricket World Cup continue throughout the week on BBC Two, including England's match against the West Indies.
Star guest Jason Byrne finds himself locked in his dressing room in a rather floral edition of Dick And Dom's Funny Business this week.
Comediennes Trodd en Bratt buzz into the studio with their bee sketch, the Rootin' Tootin' Cowboys present a mighty fine adjective-laden description of Harry Potter and Kiosk Of Champions serve up a straitjacket sketch.
As well as the comedy in the studio, the TV that turns itself on at random features entrepreneur show Animal's Den, starring Tommy & The Weeks with Katie Wix. And house band Abandoman create another improvised musical finale featuring words provided by the studio audience.
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