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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

Programme Information

BBC ONE and BBC ONE HD
New this week
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Planet Dinosaur – Lost World Ep 1/6

New series
Wednesday 14 September
8.30-9.00pm BBC ONE
Spinosaurus – thought to have been one of the biggest killers to ever walk the Earth
Spinosaurus – thought to have been one of the biggest killers to ever walk the Earth

From the deadliest killers to the biggest and strangest beasts, Planet Dinosaur brings to life a new and terrifying world of dinosaurs.

More types of dinosaurs have been discovered in the last two decades than the 200 years before. This series uses the latest CGI and cutting-edge research to reveal the deadly secrets of these new giants.

For the first time on British television, the very latest dinosaur discoveries have been brought together and brought to life in this ground-breaking series. Featuring a cast of new dinosaurs that will feed the nation's nightmares, the next generation of children aren't going to be talking about Tyrannosaurus rex – they are about to meet far bigger, badder, more vicious characters that roamed the Earth 95 million years ago.

The series starts in North Africa, where two of the world's biggest predators once battled for supremacy. At 13m and 7 tonnes, Carcharodontosaurus was a huge beast, a gigantic lizard-like carnivore with shark-like teeth more than 6 inches long. It was an efficient hunter that would slash at its prey until it bled to death.

But the discovery of an upper jaw in Morocco revealed an even bigger carnivorous killer – Spinosaurus. Four metres longer than Tyrannosaurus rex, Spinosaurus is thought to have been one of the biggest killers to ever walk the Earth. But unlike the meat-eating Carcharodontosaurus, Spinosaurus mainly ate fish, living and hunting almost exclusively in the water.

Like all predators that share an environment, the two may once have had to compete for food. Planet Dinosaur takes a look at what one such deadly battle may have looked like and finds out which giant beast would have been most likely to survive a fight to the death.

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The Body Farm

New seriesHD
Tuesday 13 September
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE and BBC ONE HD
Tara Fitzgerald plays Dr Eve Lockhart in BBC One's new original forensic crime drama series
Tara Fitzgerald plays Dr Eve Lockhart in BBC One's new original forensic crime drama series

Tara Fitzgerald and Keith Allen star in The Body Farm – BBC One's new original forensic crime drama series.

Dr Eve Lockhart is one of Britain's leading forensic pathologists and runs a state-of-the-art forensic research facility called The Body Farm with her business partner, Mike Phillips. Theirs is the only facility in the country using real human body donors to examine the complex and fascinating journey the body goes through as it decays and returns to the earth.

When Eve gets a call from DI Craig Hale asking for her help to investigate an unusual crime scene, she sees an opportunity to bring much-needed funding to The Body Farm, but her decision to work with the police on real crime scenes will take her team out of their comfort zone.

The team includes Rosa Gilbert and Oscar "Oggy" Traynor, who are both gifted young scientists but their previous experience is strictly academic. They quickly discover that dealing with real people who are suffering in the aftermath of crimes is a lot messier than they expected.

Eve and the team encounter a crime scene in a derelict tower block which is both disgusting and fascinating. Human remains are splattered all over the walls of a small flat. They soon find evidence that local teenagers have been using the tower for wild parties. The team begin to suspect that the human remains are connected to the attempted suicide of a young girl weeks before.

Using all the cutting-edge techniques they have been developing on The Farm, Eve and the team discover the cause of the blast which destroyed the bodies of two young men, and uncover the victims' secrets.

Tara Fitzgerald plays Dr Eve Lockhart; Keith Allen plays DI Hale; Mark Bazeley plays Mike; Wunmi Mosaku plays Rosa; and Finlay Robertson plays Oggy.

The Body Farm is simulcast on the BBC One HD channel available through Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.

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The Bomb Squad

Tuesday 13 September
10.35-11.35pm BBC ONE

For the first time ever, the Ministry of Defence has allowed a documentary team access to The British Counter IED Task Force – the men and women whose job it is to find and defuse Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan.

The Bomb Squad, intimate and observational in style, is full of revelations – what an IED looks like, what it's like to risk your life as a highly trained operator or as a young searcher, and what it's like to be the family left behind wondering if their loved ones will come home.

Bomb Disposal Operator Adam is halfway through his six-month tour of Afghanistan. Over the past weeks Adam and his team have cleared 17 IEDs from a compound and the route outside it, so that it can be used as an army base.

Captured on helmet camera, viewers see what Adam sees as he is standing over the bomb which could kill him if he makes one wrong move.

It's estimated more than 1,000 IEDs are dug into the ground in Afghanistan every month. These crude, home-made bombs, hidden underfoot or beside routes, killed or wounded almost 8,500 coalition troops in 2010. They are the No. 1 killer of British troops in Afghanistan.

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Waterloo Road

New series
Wednesday 14 September
7.30-8.30pm BBC ONE

Waterloo Road is back for a new term and it's the first day at school for charismatic superhead Michael Byrne, brought in by the education authority to turn the school around. But Michael literally bears the scars of his success following an attack at his previous school by the knife-carrying Wayne. Called to court to hear the verdict, Michael is appalled when his ex-pupil is acquitted of attempted murder, and vows to get revenge.

For new pupils Phoenix and Harley Taylor, the day begins in tragedy when they discover the death of their nan. Determined not to be sent back to live with their abusive alcoholic father, the brothers resolve to keep her death a secret, but their plan begins to unravel when their erratic behaviour attracts attention.

Meanwhile, the old guards' noses are put firmly out of joint by the introduction of a fresh team of high-achieving teachers specially chosen by Michael, including newlyweds Jez and Sian Diamond. And the pupils are confronted by an influx of trouble-makers from the nearby estates, including ring-leader Tariq, but Finn's more interested in Tariq's beguiling sister, Trudi – perhaps he can get over Sambuca after all?

Michael Byrne is played by Alec Newman, Phoenix Taylor by Kayak Moore, Harley Taylor by Kane Tomlinson-Weaver, Jez Diamond by Alex Walkinshaw, Sian Diamond by Jaye Jacobs, Tariq by Naveed Choudhry, Finn by Jack Mullen and Trudi by Aryana Ramkhalawon.

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BBC THREE New this week
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Young Soldiers

New series
Thursday 15 September
9.00-10.00pm BBC THREE

For some young men the decision to join the army is an easy one. It is what comes next that is often the hardest part. Young Soldiers follows one group of young men as they leave friends, families and lives behind to become Britain's next generation of infantry soldiers.

Following them from the first day of basic training at Catterick to the start of their first tour of duty in Afghanistan, Young Soldiers takes an unprecedented look at what life is really like for one group of boys as they journey to become army men.

The first episode starts with the boys' first day as new recruits. Ashley (19), Lee (19), Darren (22) and Andrew (26) are just a few of the young men who pass through the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick each year. Here, they train to become some of the best infantry soldiers in the world. But before they can learn about guns and grenades, it is 5am starts, ironing creases into trousers and the secrets of good hygiene.

The trainee soldiers are drilled on everything from personal fitness to keeping their lockers tidy and some are finding it tougher than others. Those who survive the first five weeks of intensive preparation will be rewarded with the first milestone in their army careers, the presentation of their regimental berets.

The families of these new recruits are also adjusting to a new regime as they struggle with the decision their sons have made to join the army at a time of conflict and their inevitable deployment to Afghanistan.

Young Soldiers follows four men as they take their first steps into one of the toughest jobs in the world: life as a British soldier.

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CBBC New this week
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Deadly 360 Birds Of Prey Ep 1/13

New series
New this week
Day and time to be confirmed CBBC
Steve Backshall enters the high-tech Deadly HQ
Steve Backshall enters the high-tech Deadly HQ

Younger viewers can join Steve Backshall as he enters his high-tech Deadly HQ to re-create and analyse in forensic detail three exhilarating hunts by some of the world's greatest predators.

This ground-breaking new CBBC series sees Steve in his own virtual studio, with some of the most stunning natural history footage ever filmed at his fingertips.

Each week, using interactive touch-screen style technology, Steve breaks down all the action as three phenomenal predators take on three cunning and resourceful prey animals in epic battles for survival.

In the first episode, the predators are all birds of prey. A common city pigeon attempts to outmanoeuvre the fastest animal on the planet, the peregrine falcon; a mountain hare tries to outrun the massive golden eagle; and an osprey has its sharp sights on a very slippery fish, the flounder.

Using touch-screen style interactions, special graphics, maps, slow-motion, magnification and rewind techniques, along with a host of real, live animals, skeletons, and 3D models, Steve delves beneath the feathers to uncover the hidden facts that influence each hunt and explain why predators often succeed – but sometimes fail.

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Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up Ep 1/13

New series
Friday 16 September
Time to be confirmed CBBC
Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes present their Big Friday Wind-Up
Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes present their Big Friday Wind-Up

Pranks, games and surprises are around every corner with Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up, a new entertainment show for CBBC.

Packed full of humour and fun, the show takes viewers on a roller-coaster journey, getting them set for the weekend in a way that only Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes can.

At the heart of the show is the ultimate money-can't-buy-prize: the chance to Win The Presenter – either Sam or Mark. Two families will compete for this unique opportunity each week but with one twist – they won't know anything about it until the show starts.

Aside from offering themselves as human prizes, Sam and Mark's other regular features include You've Been Smarked, where they hit the road to set up children from around the UK with elaborate hidden-camera pranks, and In Yer Face, where, armed only with simple disguises and their ingenuity, the boys compete against each other to see how involved in a kid's day they can get without being recognised.

This week the guys prank three children by persuading them to help out their home town of Barnsley with a fictitious bid to host the Olympic Games. There are surprises for the studio audience, including two girls who discover their mum has spent the week embarrassing them on daytime TV; and there's also a shock for someone else when their dad delivers an unforgettable performance on the Wind-Up stage.

Sam and Mark are also joined by special guests the Sugababes, who perform their new single, Freedom.

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