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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

Programme Information

New this week

Harry's Arctic Heroes Ep 1/2

New series
Tuesday 23 August
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE

Harry's Arctic Heroes charts the extraordinary attempt by four severely injured Afghan veterans to complete the first unsupported trek by wounded soldiers to the North Pole. Prince Harry joins them for the first leg of their journey.

Filmed over a year, their intense training culminates in the expedition, for which the Arctic provides a stunning backdrop to their longer journeys towards physical and psychological recovery.

The soldiers – Captain Martin Hewitt (29), Captain Guy Disney (28), Sergeant Steve Young (28) and Private Jaco Van Gass (26) – undertake gruelling training in the UK and Norway.

When Prince Harry joins them in Svalbard he comments: "What these boys are doing is truly fantastic, to learn more about them, to hear their stories is very, very special. You don't get to meet people like this very often."

The soldiers are determined to succeed, as Capt Guy Disney explains: "I'm missing an ankle and calf and for me it's not holding me back and it won't hold me back."

According to Private Jaco Van Gass, who lost an arm, the trek to the North Pole is to inspire others: "We're doing this for other injured servicemen and women, to show them that something like this is possible."

And Prince Harry adds: "Myself and my brother, and a huge majority of the British public, support these guys in everything they do and always will do, hopefully. After doing a very small stint in Afghanistan I like to think that I've got a rough idea of what goes on out there and how they feel."

The series is narrated by John Hurt.


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Epic Win Ep 1/6

New series
Saturday 20 August
5.30-6.10pm BBC ONE

Could a man identify a product purely by reading its barcode? Could a mobility scooter hit 70mph? Is it possible to kick yourself in the head more than 60 times in a minute? And, most importantly of all, is there someone in this country who can identify any type of fish, simply by being slapped round the face by it?

Epic Win is a brand-new entertainment series which attempts to answer these burning questions, as host Alexander Armstrong welcomes ordinary individuals to put these extraordinary abilities to the test.

As well as taking on their personal challenge, each contestant also faces the Epic panel, headed by comedian Micky Flanagan, with two weekly special guests. If the contestants succeed in their challenge, the panel will put a secret monetary value on their skills of up to £1,000 each, giving a potential grand prize of £3,000 – although this amount is not revealed at this point.

The contender now faces the increasing totaliser machine. They are presented with a succession of increasing random amounts of cash. They choose when to stop the totaliser at the amount which they believe the panellists have valued them at. Will they guess correctly and walk away with an epic cash prize, or will they get greedy and end up with nothing, leaving through the "Epic Fail" door?

Joining Alexander and Micky is comedian Joe Lycett, who lends his totally epic voice as the on-screen announcer.


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BBC TWO New this week

The Man Who Crossed Hitler

Sunday 21 August
9.00-10.25pm BBC TWO and BBC HD
Ed Stoppard and Ian Hart lead an all-star cast in this drama about The Man Who Crossed Hitler
Ed Stoppard and Ian Hart lead an all-star cast in this drama about The Man Who Crossed Hitler

Bringing a little-known story to life, Ian Hart (Five Daughters) and Ed Stoppard (Upstairs, Downstairs) lead an all-star cast in this revealing one-off drama that tells the true story of a Jewish lawyer who challenged Hitler – and paid with his life.

In the summer of 1931, with Germany on the brink of economic collapse and the city of Berlin turning into a paramilitary war zone, the audacious young prosecutor Hans Litten (Stoppard) chooses to subpoena a star witness to a trial of Nazi thugs. In spite of the risk to his own safety, and against the advice of those who love him, Litten forces rising political star Adolf Hitler (Hart) to make a rare appearance in the witness stand of Berlin's central criminal court.

Litten aimed to expose the true character of Hitler and his politics to the German public and, in a humiliating and hostile cross-examination, Hitler was forced to account for his political beliefs, his apparent contempt for the law and his desire to destroy German democracy. Hitler survived the ordeal but it was a close encounter which he never forgave and for which Litten paid a heavy price.

The supporting cast includes Bill Paterson as powerful judge Kurt Ohnesorge, Anton Lesser as Litten's friend and former barrister Rudolf Olden, John Hollingworth and Sarah Smart as Mr and Mrs Furst – Hans Litten's confidants – and Ruth McCabe as Hans's mother.

The Man Who Crossed Hitler is simulcast on the award-winning BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel available through Freesat 109, Freeview 54, Sky 169 and Virgin 187.


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BBC THREE New this week

Lee Nelson's Well Good Show

New series
Thusday 25 August
10.30-11.00pm BBC THREE
Lee Nelson returns with his anarchic brand of comedy
Lee Nelson returns with his anarchic brand of comedy

Viewers are invited to delve into the world of Lee Nelson for half an hour of outrageous and hilarious mayhem. Get ready for some Well Good fun as Lee unleashes his anarchic brand of good-natured ribbing, dubious life lessons and general mischief as we get to know the live studio audience through a variety of games.

Viewers also meet Lee's relatives as his Nan sings renditions of the latest chart bangers; and best mate "fat legend" Omelette is pushed to "do it" for a weekly Peer Pressure Challenge.

During the show, Lee introduces viewers to some of his favourite TV shows – 110% Bent, a fly-on-the-wall documentary allowing 100 per cent access into the premiership life of top footballer Jason Bent, and daytime hit Life Begins... with Doctor Bob, following the antics of the bungling medic as he is set loose on a busy maternity ward.


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