Thursday 17 Apr 2014
Michael Mosley embarks on an astonishing voyage through the world's most complex organism – humans. He brings to life the very latest scientific advances by combining spectacular CGI with fascinating human stories.
Inside The Human Body starts with the story of our creation, swimming with millions of sperm on their long and dangerous journey to fertilise a single egg and discovering the ingenious ways a woman's body takes control to select the very best. Michael meets two mothers: one who has borne 16 children and has been pregnant for more than 12 years in total; and Diane, from Leeds, who has beaten odds of 10,000 to 1 to conceive non-identical triplets.
The programme explains that, to create a body, one single cell multiplies to one hundred trillion cells; and cameras are on hand as Diane sees her 23-week-old triplets in the womb in extraordinary 3D detail for the very first time.
The story of Ronnie and Donnie, the world's oldest conjoined twins (aged 59), helps viewers understand the rarities that sometimes occur as an embryo divides; and, in a TV first, Human Bodies uses data from the scans of developing embryos to show how the human face develops. The programme also travels to India to discover how cleft palates are caused by the embryonic face failing to fuse together properly during a tiny window of just a few hours.
In a dramatic finale, Inside The Human Body follows 26-year-old Nkosi as she faces the dangers of childbirth in Rwanda, and Diane, in the UK, as she gives birth to her triplets.
Inside The Human Body is simulcast in HD on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.
A new term at Waterloo Road gets off to a noisy start when Karen arrives to discover the alarm going off and her new site manager, Rob Scotcher, taking a laid-back approach to the problem. When a Year 12 pupil abandons and then claims her baby, Karen is concerned for the girl, her child and the dark secret she's keeping.
New teachers Eleanor Chaudry and Daniel Chalk want to make a good impression, but the kids aren't going to give them an easy ride. "Chalky" is instantly marked out as a soft target, while Ms Chaudry's strict rules land Sambuca Kelly in the "cooler". What Eleanor sees as unruly behaviour in Sambuca is just a personality clash according to Tom, but her erratic behaviour gives cause for concern.
Meanwhile, new boy Aiden Scotcher has caught the eye of Jess – but it's her friend Vicki who's got his attention.
Karen Fisher is played by Amanda Burton, Rob Scotcher by Robson Green, Eleanor Chaudry by Poppy Jhakra, Daniel Chalk by Mark Benton, Sambuca Kelly by Holly Kenny, Tom Clarkson by Jason Done, Aiden Scotcher by Oliver Lee, Jess Fisher by Linzey Cocker, Vicki MacDonald by Rebecca Ryan and Ali Redback by Kirsty Armstrong.
Waterloo Road is simulcast in HD on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media Channel 108.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston, Stephen Rea, Rafe Spall, Kierston Wareing and Lesley Sharp star in Hugo Blick's sophisticated and gripping conspiracy thriller which delves into the heart of human morality.
Two years ago Harvey Wratten, one of the UK's biggest crime lords, and his nephew Jay Wratten were imprisoned. After serving only two years they received a Royal pardon – but just four hours into their freedom Harvey is murdered. The Shadow Line begins...
DI Gabriel has just returned to work after being shot on an undercover job; his partner was killed and Gabriel suffered amnesia with a bullet lodged in his head.
Gabriel starts to investigate the Wratten case with his partner DS Honey. Joseph Bede, one of Wratten's men, is keen to find out who killed Wratten, and also wants to track down Glickman, their money man. With Wratten dead and Glickman missing, Bede is left holding the fort.
Meanwhile, Jay Wratten is a loose cannon...
Bede sends his foot soldiers on a mission to find Glickman, and also the missing driver who collected Wratten from prison, Andy Dixon.
Jay Wratten is played by Rafe Spall, DI Gabriel by Chiwetel Ejiofor, DS Honey by Kierston Wareing and Joseph Bede by Christopher Eccleston.
The Shadow Line 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.
The weird and wonderful world of Psychoville returns to BBC Two for a brand new series to fright and delight in equal measure, taking mystery and intrigue to new heights.
The new six-part series of the award-winning comedy thriller follows on from the dramatic end of the first series, where the relationship between the seemingly unconnected characters was revealed as they were drawn back to the scene of their crime by a vengeful Mr Jolly.
In episode one the survivors of the explosion at Ravenhill Psychiatric Hospital are reunited to bury one of their number killed in the blast. But there is no rest for the wicked as new mysteries beckon.
The survivors of the blast are under surveillance by the mysterious Grace Andrews and her inept henchman, Kelvin. Meanwhile, Detective Finney starts to question the survivors in an attempt to find out more about Kenchington's return from the dead and her hunt for her missing locket.
Co-creators and writers Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton once again take centre stage, playing a range of loveable grotesques in a world that only they could imagine.
Grace Andrews is played by Imelda Staunton, Kelvin by Daniel Ings and Detective Finney by Mark Bonnar. The all-star cast also includes Dawn French, Daniel Kaluuya, Daisy Haggard, Jason Watkins, Sarah Solemani, Jason Tompkins, David Bamber, Christopher Biggins, David Cann, Katherine Parkinson and Lisa Hammond.
The new series is once again accompanied by a rich and immersive online experience where fans can delve deeper into the work of Psychoville at bbc.co.uk/psychoville.
Psychoville 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.
The BAFTA-nominated Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle returns for a second series on BBC Two.
In this first episode, Stewart looks at the subject of charity. Or rather he tries to, but gets rather sidetracked into talking about crisps, his grandad and whether this new series is going to have any actual jokes in it.
The show is shot before a live audience, with a guest cameo by Armando Iannucci.
Every year, 600 children with disfiguring conditions visit the world-renowned Craniofacial Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where their lives are transformed by astonishing and innovative surgery, backed by psychological and educational support.
From the initial surgical consultation, through the incredibly complex surgery to the nervous moments of first recovery, Children's Craniofacial Surgery – A Fighting Chance follows the parents, surgeons and children as they undergo their high-risk, unpredictable and ground-breaking procedures – which, in some cases, are only just the beginning...
Two-year-old Coral has a rare genetic syndrome called Crouzons. Coral's brain is growing through a gap in her skull and plastic surgeon David Johnson wants to remove and reshape her existing skull to make space for her brain. But the surgery is complicated by abnormal blood vessels which are growing outside the brain and the risks of operating could mean a stroke, paralysis, coma or even death. After one failed procedure elsewhere it's an enormous decision for Coral's parents.
The film also features fragile baby Daire who suffers from Apert syndrome and whose skull is so malformed that his brain is sliding down into his spinal column; eight-year-old Lauren, whose skull could fuse at any time, causing dangerous raised brain pressure; and five-year-old Ivy, who was born with an incredibly rare syndrome called Adam's Oliver, in which part of her skull is missing.