Wednesday 30 Jul 2014
The eagerly anticipated ninth season of BBC One's smash-hit show, Strictly Come Dancing, returns for an action-packed weekend of dance on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October, hosted by Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly.
Seven of the 14 celebrities and their professional partners took to the floor for the very first time last night, strutting their stuff for the judges and the viewers at home. The remaining celebrities make their dancing debuts tonight when each of the seven couples perform either a waltz or a cha-cha-cha.
Strictly's fearsome foursome Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Alesha Dixon, then give their verdicts, awarding each couple a score out of 10. There is no public vote or elimination and the judges' scores are carried over to the following week.
The celebrities taking part in this year's star-studded series are, for the men: Rory Bremner, Robbie Savage, Russell Grant, Harry Judd, Dan Lobb, Audley Harrison and Jason Donovan; and, for the women: Lulu, Holly Valance, Alex Jones, Anita Dobson, Nancy Dell'Olio, Chelsee Healey and Edwina Currie.
Also an alternative commentary on the live shows is brought to viewers via the BBC Red Button by dance guru Karen Hardy and her weekly special guests.
As the Doctor makes his final journey to the shores of Lake Silencio in Utah, he knows only one thing can keep the universe safe – his own death – in the concluding episode of this series of the time-travelling drama. But has he reckoned without the love of a good woman?
Doctor Who fans can also enjoy an extra helping of the Time Lord's adventures in a special, one-off mini episode written by schoolchildren in Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three tonight.
The Doctor is played by Matt Smith, Amy by Karen Gillan and Rory by Arthur Darvill.
The paramedic teams do battle while Omar and Jeff learn the meaning of teamwork, as the medical drama continues. Meanwhile, the fallout from the drugs programme becomes evident.
Recovering drug addict Chloe is in a critical condition following her beating from a dealer, and Annie waits desperately at her side. Linda blames Jordan for closing the drugs programme which would have kept them both safe. She's forced to take desperate measures as Annie's withdrawal symptoms and grief threaten to overwhelm her.
Fed up with her bickering colleagues, Dixie pairs up Omar and Jeff for the day. Omar is peeved but he soon learns that sometimes putting the patient before targets pays off.
Mark Bardock plays Jeff with Dhafer L'Abidine as Omar, Jane Hazlegrove as Dixie, Christine Tremarco as Linda, Tina O'Brien as Chloe and Naomi Bentley as Annie.
This week on Live 'n' Deadly, Steve Backshall and Naomi Wilkinson head to Wales and "monkey around" on an aerial assault course with scary climbs and super-fast zip-wire slides.
They also get a lesson in the art of balance with a breathtaking demonstration by a team of "slackliners" who flip and somersault on a wire just one inch wide.
Steve comes face to face with some of the biggest and most deadly spiders in the world and challenges a peregrine falcon to a 100m race, while Naomi goes up, up and away – paragliding over the spectacular Welsh mountains with a very special bird, the Red Kite.
As the series finale comes to its dramatic conclusion over on BBC One, Doctor Who Confidential comforts fans with an extra helping of the Time Lord's adventures in a special, one-off mini episode.
In Death Is The Only Answer, the Doctor meets both friend and foe. After managing to distract his enemy with a little-known, age-old, Time Lord weapon – a yo-yo – the Doctor has to help a fellow time-travelling friend get home. But who is he, how did he get in the TARDIS and what's going on with his hair?
The three-minute episode was specially written by children from a school in Basingstoke after they entered a BBC Learning and Doctor Who Confidential competition. Doctor Who Confidential shows how Oakley Junior School's script was developed from page to screen, culminating in their own very special encounter with the Doctor himself...
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