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Friday 22 Aug 2014

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BBC TWO New this week 2011

Burnistoun Ep 1/6

New series
Thursday 13 October
11.20-11.50pm BBC TWO

Set in the fictional Scottish town of Burnistoun, this acclaimed sketch show, written and performed by top Scottish duo Robert Florence and Iain Connell, brings a glimpse into the lives of the daft and demented characters who live there.

Robert says: "Myself and Iain are delighted to bring this series of Burnistoun to a UK audience for the first time. We might have the lowest life expectancy in Europe and the highest crime rate in the universe, but we do have some fine comedy sketches for you to enjoy while you're here!"

One of those is the internationally appreciated, global viral comedy phenomenon that is The Lift sketch, already with over two and half million internet views. There is also nitty-gritty film pastiche The Drugs and a catalogue of hilarious events set in motion by the tossing of a two-litre bottle of fizzy drink.

Regular characters include Paul and Walter, the snippy siblings who manage to create high drama out of running an ice cream van; best pals Peter and Scott, who debate the economics of missing a round on a night out; and Jolly Boy John, who is 100 per cent "for real" when filming videos in his own bedroom.

Burnistoun stars Robert Florence and Iain Connell with Kirsty Strain, Allan Miller, Richard Rankin and Jim Muir.


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How The World Got Mixed Up

Saturday 8 October
9.45-11.15pm BBC TWO

Part of BBC Two's Mixed Race Season, How The World Got Mixed Up explores the historical and contemporary social, sexual and political attitudes to race mixing.

Throughout modern history, interracial sex has been one of society's great taboos, and across many parts of the world, mixed-race relationships have been subjected to a range of deterrents. Mixed couples have endured shame, stigma and persecution and many have risked the threat of ostracism from their friends and families.

In several parts of the world, including South Africa during the apartheid era, governments introduced legislation to prohibit race mixing. Laws against race mixing were still in force in 16 American states until they were declared unconstitutional by The US Supreme Court's verdict in the Loving versus Virginia case of 1967.

Yet despite the social and legal constraints – and the even more violent extra-judicial attempts to discourage race mixing organised by extreme nationalist groups like the Ku Klux Klan – interracial relationships have been an ever-present feature of societies throughout modern times.

Through the stories of interracial relationships which created scandals in their own time – including the liaisons between the East India Company's James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Muslim princess Khair un-Nissa at the beginning of the 19th century, and the romance of Botswanan royal Seretse Khama and middle-class British girl Ruth Williams in the years after the Second World War – the film examines the complex history of interracial relationships and chronicles the shifts in attitudes that, for centuries, have created controversy and anxiety all around the world.


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Monday 10 October
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO

There's only a slim chance that black and white parents will have twins of different skin colour and 50 years ago these twin births were almost unheard of in the UK; however, with the number of interracial relationships increasing, so too will the number of cases.

Telling the surprising story of this genetic phenomenon, Twincredibles, part of BBC Two's Mixed Race Season, explores the life experiences of five sets of black and white twins, from babies and teenagers through to brothers nearing 30, who are similar in so many other ways but lead very different lives because of the colour of their skin.

The programme hears from teenagers James and Daniel, who grew up in South East London, where it was the whiter-looking twin Daniel who suffered racial abuse; 11-year-old Glaswegian twins Ebony and Moesha who are very different in character; and new mum Shirley who has just given birth to twins Hope and Leo.

Travelling through the experiences of each set of twins, the film unpeels the impact this genetic phenomenon has on how the twins see themselves and how the outside world views them, and creates a surprising and compelling story about the journey of mixed-race Britain.


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BBC THREE New this week 2011

Junior Doctors – One Year Check Up

Thursday 13 October
9.00-10.00pm BBC THREE

It's been a year since BBC Three followed the lives of seven newly qualified junior doctors when they joined the wards for their first day at work at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle and the Newcastle General Hospital.

One year on they're back together to find out whether they now finally feel like doctors, reflect on what they've learnt from the past year and look forward to the challenges ahead.

First years Adam, Katherine and Lucy recall the struggles they faced on their first weeks on the wards: Lucy's lessons on coping with the inevitable emotion of cases; Katherine's difficulties with routine tasks like taking blood; and Adam's frustrations with hospital paperwork.

Meanwhile, second years Jon, Suzi, Andy and Keir look back on some of the challenges the past year has presented: how scared Suzi really was on her first day in A&E; and the price John paid for his work-hard, play-hard philosophy and the lessons learnt.

Now, at the end of their time as junior doctors, the second years look ahead. After struggling to find his path, Keir now has an exciting new job and Andy has made a life-changing decision.

The junior doctors meet up one last time to share the hard times, the good times, their most memorable moments, the times they'd prefer to forget and what the future holds for them.


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