Tuesday 10 Dec 2013
In the last ever series of acclaimed spy drama Spooks, the team has been left reeling by Lucas North's betrayal, and with Harry Pearce on gardening leave, Section D has a new leader. Erin Watts is acting head and she has brought Calum Reed with her, a brilliant officer and technical genius.
However, Harry Pearce survives his MI5 employment tribunal and is quickly back on the Grid in the thick of the action. Buried secrets are unearthed when Max Witt, a retired spy and Harry's colleague in Berlin during the Cold War, is found murdered by an unknown assassin.
Meanwhile Ilya Gavrik, Russia's foreign ambassador and Harry's opposite number in the KGB for much of the Eighties, has flown into London to negotiate a ground-breaking strategic partnership between Russia and the UK.
Harry makes his feelings about the partnership clear, but Home Secretary Towers insists he put a lifetime of animosity behind him and make friends with the old enemy; a request made even more urgent when the killer of Max Witt now appears to be targeting Gavrik.
Gavrik is in the UK with his wife, Elena, and they are joined by their son, Sasha, a London-based FSB officer tasked with the security of his family.
Elena was Harry's secret asset in Berlin during the Cold War when he got her to spy on her husband. But when Elena reveals he's asked her to spy for him again, Harry realises that someone is pretending to be him. Who is it and, more importantly, why?
Erin Watts is played by Lara Pulver, Calum Reed by Geoffrey Streatfeild, Harry Pearce by Peter Firth, Max Witt by Giles Havergal, Ilya Gavrik by Jonathan Hyde, Home Secretary Towers by Simon Russell Beale, Elena Gavrik by Alice Krige and Sasha Gavrik by Tom Weston-Jones.
Iain De Caestecker (River City, Coronation Street, Young Herriot) stars in The Fades, a new BBC Drama Production fantasy horror series by Jack Thorne (This Is England '86, Skins, The Scouting Book For Boys, Cast Offs).
Iain plays Paul, a young man who is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that neither his therapist nor best friend and fellow geeky social outcast Mac can provide answers for. Worse still, Paul is starting to see the Fades – the spirits of the dead – all around him. They're everywhere but they just can't be seen, smelt, heard or touched by living beings. But now an embittered and vengeful Fade has found a way to break the barrier between the dead and the living and Paul, Mac and their friends and family are all right in the eye of the storm. But the most terrifying twist is yet to come – the fate of humanity rests in the hands of the two friends who already have enough trouble getting through a day in one piece, let alone saving the world.
Daniel Kaluuya is Mac; Natalie Dormer is Sarah, whose extraordinary ability puts her in grave danger of attack from the Fades; Tom Ellis is Mark, a teacher under suspicion when his ex-wife Sarah is missing, feared dead; Johnny Harris is Neil, a lone warrior against the forces of darkness, who becomes Paul's unlikely mentor; and Daniela Nardini is Helen who, like Paul, also has an extraordinary ability which will prove useful in the fight to save mankind.
Lily Loveless is Anna, Paul's twin sister - fierce and uncompromising she finds being related to someone like Paul rather annoying; Claire Rushbrook is Meg, Paul and Anna’s mum; Theo Barklem-Biggs is PC Phillip Firth; Jenn Murray is Natalie; and Sophie Wu plays Jay.
All over Britain, teenage girls are forced into marrying men they barely know, in the name of money, property and, often, a British passport. Two years in the making, this documentary tells the story of two British girls (whose identities have been changed for protection purposes) trying to escape from forced marriage.
Alia, aged 18, has already returned to the UK after been forced into marriage, but now she's under pressure to go back to her husband in Pakistan, a man twice her age. Meanwhile, in Bangladesh, 17-year-old Jessie has been promised in marriage to a cousin more than twice her age. She faces being cast out by her family if she refuses.
My Forced Unwanted Wedding follows Alia and Jessie as they seek the help of the British authorities. In Bangladesh, a team from the British Consulate travels under police guard to reach Jessie. They must act quickly. If the men of the family return while they're there, the situation could become volatile.
In Britain the police have now set up a network of specialist units to help the increasing numbers of forced marriage victims. Officers from a unit in Lancashire try and help Alia decide whether to stay in a loveless forced marriage or face serious trouble from her family and start life afresh on her own.
Following on from the huge success of the first two series, EastEnders – E20 is back for a third series beginning online on 20 September and broadcast on BBC Three on Fridays at 8.30pm. The third series focuses on three brand new characters: Donnie, Ava and Faith.
Viewers meet Donnie and Ava as they pack up their belongings after their care worker tells them they are moving into temporary accommodation. However, on the way, their minibus crashes and they both flee the scene leaving the bus driver and care worker behind, injured.
Donnie and Ava come across a derelict 3 Albert Square and decide to stay there. Faith, who has been kicked out by her grandmother Grace after being caught in bed with Fat Boy, sees them and invites herself to join, and so begins the unlikely threesome's adventures on Albert Square.
In need of food and money, they set out to try and scam some of Walford's local residents, including Kim and Masood, but things don't go to plan and they end up back at square one. To everyone's surprise Faith is the one to come up with the goods, but when the group arrive back at the house they realise that Janine Malloy has discovered their hiding place.
Donnie is played by Samuell Benta, Ava by Sophie Coloquon, Faith by Modupe Adeyeye, Janine by Charlie Brooks, Kim by Tameka Empson and Masood by Nitin Ganatra.
Series three premières online on the EastEnders website, with three episodes per week, each lasting 10 minutes long. These episodes are then broadcast on BBC Three on Fridays at 8.30pm.
This series has been developed by BBC Learning to address issues in the PSHE curriculum such as family breakdown, bullying and teen sex. It is accompanied by online resources for PSHE teachers to help them use the storylines in the classroom for pupils aged over 14.
The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst has trained the leaders of the British Army – and armies further afield – for 200 years. Three gruelling terms turn men and women into officers capable of inspiring soldiers on current operations such as the one in Afghanistan.
Episode one, Virgin Soldiers, follows the fresh-faced cadets as they struggle with the relentless routines of the first term. Strict discipline and severe physical demands prove too much for some, as Britain’s future military elite get used to life in a different world.
The infamous first five weeks at the prestigious military academy are renowned for being one of the toughest experiences most people will ever go through. Cadets are stripped of their physical and psychological comforts and put through a strict regime of water parades, sleep deprivation, strenuous exercise, bulling boots, ironing, room inspections, drill and a whole lot of shouting. From now on nothing but perfection will be tolerated. It's a process that reduces most recruits to private tears before "cracking on".
Within the first 24 hours of arriving at the Royal Military Academy, new recruit Batty wants his freedom back; another, Darrock, has to come to terms with the death of a best friend killed on active service in Afghanistan. In Sandhurst’s 200-year-old corridors and classrooms the great-great-grandson of former Prime Minister Lloyd George rubs shoulders with Thompson, an electrician from the London Underground. Struggling with 18-hour days, the September 2010 intake are all pushed to their limits.
Steve Backshall is back in his Deadly HQ for another high-tech investigation into some of the world's greatest predators and their unsuspecting – yet often cunning – prey.
Using interactive touch-screen style technology, and a variety of sci-fi style forensic techniques, Steve breaks down all the action as the epic battles for survival unfold.
In this week's show the predators are all canines – a pack of grey wolves use canny intelligence to take on a massive, antler-armed elk; a rare Ethiopian wolf sniffs out the huge burrowing rodent that is the giant mole rat; and African wild dogs match stamina against the pace of the impala.
Three predators versus three prey – which will win the ultimate battle for survival?
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