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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

Programme Information

New this week

Candy Cabs Ep 1/3

New series
Tuesday 5 April
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE

Jackie (Jo Joyner) and Elaine (Lisa Millett) struggle as they launch their all-female cab company
Jackie (Jo Joyner) and Elaine (Lisa Millett) struggle as they launch their all-female cab company

Best friends Jackie and Elaine are mourning the death of their friend Shazza, whose passing has left them in the lurch just as they were set to go into business with an all-female cab company, in this new comedy written by Johanne McAndrew and Elliot Hope. It's at Shazza's funeral that they make a pact to proceed with their plan.

With chaotic personal lives, a secretly re-mortgaged home and a bunch of best friends depending on them for jobs, they embark on their dream of Candy Cabs. Taking the biggest gamble of their lives, they accept delivery of a fleet of bright pink taxis, celebrate with a launch party and pray that business will flow.

But they soon discover a host of hidden obstacles, including the need to sit the "knowledge" before they can even hit the road, and the little problem of signing up customers. Jackie takes an unorthodox approach to manipulating the media, much to Elaine's dismay. And just what are the motives of Kenny Ho, the enigmatic boss of the town's largest fleet of cabs?

The shady Dennis, Shazza's ex, turns up to disrupt their lives, Elaine struggles to keep her secret from her husband and, unexpectedly, romance is in the air for Jackie.

With so many distractions, can they keep their eyes on the road and turn their fledgling business into the success they dream about?

Jackie is played by Jo Joyner, Elaine by Lisa Millett and Dennis by Paul Kaye. Candy Cabs also stars Paul Nicholls, Denis Lawson, John Henshaw, Jodie Prenger, Claire Sweeney, Melanie Hill, Tom Goodman-Hill and Daniel Ryan.


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BBC TWO New this week

Filthy Cities – Medieval London Ep 1/3

New seriesInteractive TV
Tuesday 5 April
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO

Historian Dan Snow takes viewers on a unique journey through the squalid grime of the past in this new, three-part series which uncovers the filthy histories of three of the world's leading modern cities: London, Paris and New York.

Dan begins by visiting 14th-century London, lifting the lid on the untold story of the city's fetid past.

Dan gets down and dirty in medieval grime to discover the hard way how the London we know today was forged in the filth of the 14th century.

CGI peels back the layers of London's streets and, as they are revealed as they were 700 years ago, Dan steps into the shoes of a medieval Londoner – with wooden platforms designed to help him rise above the disgusting mess underfoot. He also spends the night as a medieval muck-raker, shifting six tonnes of filth and excrement, and even has a go at medieval butchery.

In his quest to immerse himself in all things medieval Dan also investigates the remains of a plague victim, and learns how the catastrophic Black Death epidemic helped a cleaner London emerge from the muck of the past.

Viewers can press the red button or visit to unearth extra filthy footage and join Dan on his journey. Viewers can also experience the real smell of history for themselves with special scratch-and-sniff cards available in libraries – more information is available via the website.


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Lambing Live

New series
Throughout the week
L-R: Andrew Marston, Kate Humble, Lyn the sheepdog, Rachel Marston and Olivia
Kate Humble joins the Marston family in Cumbria for Lambing Live

Following the success of the first series, Lambing Live returns with a brand new series and a new set of challenges. Last spring, Kate Humble and Adam Henson tested their shepherding skills on a lowland farm in Wales, but this time the life-and-death drama of lambing is heading for the hills in Cumbria.

Lambing can be a fraught and sometimes risky business and for five nights Lambing Live will be right at the heart of the action with live nightly updates.

There's a new farm and a new family as Kate is apprenticed to the Marstons – a sheep-farming dynasty spanning three generations who have made their lives in the remote and sometimes harsh world of hill farming. For the Marstons, it's not just about the numbers, it's about breeding stock and they're looking for quality and pure blood lines.

Kate once again gets her hands dirty on the farm, helping to make sure as many lambs as possible survive those crucial first days after birth. Though Kate has a good grasp of the shepherding basics, since September she's been discovering that hill sheep demand a new set of skills and a whole new language. It's now time for Kate to put everything she's learnt into practice – but it won't be easy.

Lambing with the Marstons will also be a challenge for Adam – he's used to lambing indoors on his own farm in the lush and relatively low lands of the Cotswolds but he's about to get a real taste of what it's like to be a hill farmer, putting his skills to the test in a very different environment.

Alongside the day-to-day action on the farm, Adam once again travels the UK to explore British sheep farming in all its many and varied forms. From the wool that once made Britain great to the science behind their flocking instinct, Lambing Live tells the surprising story of sheep farming in Britain, past and present.

For behind-the-scenes information on Lambing Live you can follow @BBCsecretsheep on Twitter.


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Louis Theroux – America's Most Hated Family In Crisis

Sunday 3 April
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO

Louis Theroux returns to Kansas to catch up with America's Most Hated Family
Louis Theroux returns to Kansas to catch up with America's Most Hated Family

Following up on his hugely popular and acclaimed 2007 documentary The Most Hated Family In America, Louis Theroux returns to Topeka, Kansas, for a second visit to the Westboro Baptist Church.

A fire-and-brimstone Christian group, made up of 80 or so members of the Phelps family, the WBC have made themselves notorious in America – and worldwide – for their pickets of the funerals of soldiers killed in action, where they wield anti-gay placards. The Phelps believe the soldiers were killed as part of God's punishment of America for its toleration of homosexuality.

But, four years on from Louis's last visit, there are signs of disarray in the Phelps clan. A series of defections of family members has shaken up the church. They've been at the centre of a landmark Supreme Court case and, possibly because of the resulting attention, their beliefs have become increasingly bizarre.

In America's Most Hated Family In Crisis, Louis is once again granted a behind-the-scenes look at America's most controversial Christian group as it gears up for what it sees as the final showdown with doomed America. Louis explores the church's strange new belief that Obama is The Beast spoken of in the Book Of Revelation, and their conviction that we are now in the run-up to the second coming of Christ.

But the church members have now seen his first documentary and, as a result, they revile Louis, who they see as one of the most evil men in all human history – alleging that he is on a par with Pontius Pilate for his supposed mockery of true Christianity.

Yet the church members also see the spreading of their message as a necessary part of the church's out-reach, even if it means spending time with a hopeless unbeliever.

Louis also tracks down two of the departed members – young women, both of whom he had interviewed in the first film when they were still inside the church. He probes the parents of the apostates, who have "cut off" their renegade daughters, and who now affect a strange and chilling indifference to the separation.

Louis gets under the skin of the church members, showing the human cost of living as part of an extreme religious group: the secret pain of parents who've turned their back on their children; and the forbidden yearnings of the younger female devotees.


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Later Live ... With Jools Holland Ep 1/9

New seriesLive event/outside broadcastHigh Definition programme
Tuesday 5 April
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO and BBC HD

Later Live ... With Jools Holland returns to BBC Two for a new, nine-week run.

Joining Jools in the studio for tonight's opener are Elbow, who return to the show with tunes from their fifth studio album, Build A Rocket Boys!. Also from Greater Manchester – although now London-based – are Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye, who make their first appearance on Later with songs from their debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding.

BBC Sound of 2011 finalist Anna Calvi also makes her Later debut, leading her trio with songs from her self-titled debut album. Retro-soul king Raphael Saadiq returns to the show with songs from his latest solo album, Stone Rollin'; and Sweden's The Tallest Man On Earth, aka solo artist Kristian Matsson, is introduced, bringing his Dylanesque delivery and formidable acoustic guitar picking.

For additional exclusive content, the Later... website features exclusive performances and interviews with acts on each week's show. And, as always, the extended Later ... With Jools Holland offers a fuller buffet of performances and chat, with occasional surprises.

Later Live ... With Jools Holland is simulcast on the award-winning BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel available through Freesat channel 109, Freeview channel 54, Sky channel 169 and Virgin Media channel 187.


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Later ... With Jools Holland Ep 1/9

New seriesHigh Definition programme
Friday 8 April
11.50pm-12.50am BBC TWO and BBC HD

Jools Holland returns with an extended version of Later ..., featuring all the performances from the half-hour Later Live ... show plus additional music, interviews, chat and the occasional surprise.

More additional exclusive content is available on the Later website.


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BBC THREE New this week

Police Academy UK Ep 1/4

New series
Sunday 3 April
9.00-10.00pm BBC THREE

L-R: Colonel Gonzalo Londoño (Colombia), Police Constable Usufono Latu (Samoa), First Class Constable Luke Elsbury (Australia) and Assistant Commissioner of Police Alfred Nawa (Zambia)
Four international police officers experience a night shift in Colchester, Essex

Four international police officers, at key points in their careers, come to the UK on a five-week fact-finding mission. They're here to learn the tricks of the trade from three very different UK police forces; Essex, West Midlands and Gwent (in South Wales).

What they see during their stay is a far cry from the police work they do in their home countries of Colombia, Samoa, Zambia and Western Australia. During their time in the UK, the four international officers gradually get to grips with British culture and crime and, at the end of their stay, they return home to implement some new ideas they've learned on their mission. They also proudly dismiss elements of British policing and culture that they found deplorable and backward!

Episode one sees the four international officers arrive in Essex, a county renowned for its loutish, drinking culture. Their first week in the UK is spent preparing for a booze-fuelled Friday night shift in the party town of Colchester. Our officers take part in drill training, dog training and self-defence and also deal with routine crime such as shoplifting, anti-social behaviour and road rage.

They're surprised to discover that the great British public seems to have no respect for its police force but it's their night out in Colchester that shocks them the most. They watch astounded as Essex police pours resources on taking care of youths too drunk to look after themselves.

After a night of witnessing debauchery and violence on the streets of Colchester, PC Luke Elsbury from Western Australia can't believe how "hands off" his British counterparts are. Referring to the Brits' treatment of one nuisance reveller in particular, he says: "As you can probably tell I'm feeling frustrated – where I'm from his night would have been over." Colonel Gonzalo Londoño, from Colombia, doesn't believe it's the job of the police to be taking care of drunks: "I think people should be able to take care of themselves"; and Assistant Commissioner Alfred Nawa, from Zambia, and PC Usofono Latu, from Samoa, are simply shocked to realise that British youngsters are throwing their lives away on drink.


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BBC FOUR New this week

Room At The Top Ep 1/2

New series
Thursday 7 April
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR

Maxine Peake and Matthew McNulty star in Room At The Top, part of the Modern Love season
Maxine Peake and Matthew McNulty star in Room At The Top, part of the Modern Love season

Room At The Top, based on John Braine's classic novel about Joe Lampton, a young man on the make in Forties Yorkshire, forms part of BBC Four's new Modern Love Season, exploring love and sexuality in 20th-century literature. Set amid the social aspirations of post-war Britain, Room At The Top is about one man's struggle to gain status against all odds.

Having qualified as an accountant in a German Prisoner Of War camp, Joe leaves working-class, industrial Dufton behind him and takes a job as senior audit clerk at the town hall in affluent Warley. He takes lodgings at "t'top" – the poshest part of the town – and starts to make his mark on Warley society. Good at his job, Joe quickly shows his natural skill at climbing the career ladder up through the petty politics of local government. But Joe has two things on his mind – money and sex – and his ambitions go well beyond anything offered by civic life.

He embarks on a plan to marry into the prosperous middle classes by joining the local amateur dramatic society in order to meet a better class of woman. Seeing that Joe's working-class, chip-on-the-shoulder attitude is likely to get him into trouble, he is taken under the wing of fellow thespian Alice Aisgill – a woman 10 years older than Joe – who urges him to date Susan Brown, daughter of the richest (and most powerful) man in Warley.

Alice is unhappily married to a rich local car dealer and is known in the am-dram society as something of a femme fatale. She watches as Joe succeeds in luring Susan away from her rich boyfriend, Jack Wales. But Joe's cold-blooded ambition and Alice's detached role as matchmaker are blown apart by something neither she nor Joe can control – their passion for each other.

Joe Lampton is played by Matthew McNulty, Alice Aisgill by Maxine Peake, Susan Brown by Jenna-Louise Coleman, Counsellor Brown by Kevin McNally and Jack Wales by Theo James.


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