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Friday 11 February 2011


High Definition programme
Friday 11 February
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE and BBC ONE HD

Ronnie spots Roxy and Michael kissing, in the final visit of the week to Albert Square.

Later, Jack and Michael decide to go into business together, while Dot tries to help Heather with her money problems.

Ronnie is played by Samantha Womack, Roxy by Rita Simons, Michael by Steve John Shepherd, Dot by June Brown and Heather by Cheryl Fergison.

EastEnders is simulcast in HD on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.


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Hustle Ep 5/6

Friday 11 February
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
Ash (Robert Glenister) attempts to con an unscrupulous football agent
Ash (Robert Glenister) attempts to con an unscrupulous football agent

When Ash finds out that the local football club where he grew up has gone bust and closed down, he suggests the Hustle gang should tackle the greed that has taken over the great game, as the drama continues. Of course, the team stand to make loads of cash in the process!

Railton FC fell at the hands of Don Coleman, a ruthless football agent who is prepared to step over anyone who gets in the way of him making money. Coleman pulled a clever trick on the football club using the small print in a talented young player's contract. As a result, the club didn't get a transfer fee when the player left, leaving it in piles of debt it couldn't pay off. It's time for the Hustlers to give Coleman a taste of his own medicine, playing the game of the long con...

Sean poses as Brandon Harris, a star striker from Canada looking to relocate to England, with Ash acting as his manager. The pair gain Coleman's trust by involving him in a transfer deal which will make him some serious cash before Mickey, who plays the role of an investment facilitator, goes to reel him in.

When Ash has an accident and develops a rare condition that means he can't lie, it looks like it won't just be the con that's over but Ash's days as a grifter as well. Can Mickey, Albert, Sean and Emma convince the seemingly untouchable Coleman to score an own goal, or will they be shown a red card?

Ash is played by Robert Glenister, Don by David Harewood, Sean by Matt Di Angelo, Mickey by Adrian Lester, Albert by Robert Vaughn and Emma by Kelly Adams.


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BBC FOUR Friday 11 February 2011

Sergei Rachmaninoff – The Harvest Of Sorrow

Friday 11 February
7.30-9.00pm BBC FOUR

The start of a major season by award-winning film-maker Tony Palmer begins with his film Sergei Rachmaninoff – The Harvest Of Sorrow. The 90-minute documentary film, shot in Russia, Switzerland and America, profiles the great composer with music conducted by Valery Gergiev and was made with the full participation of the composer's grandson, Alexander Rachmaninoff.

Rachmaninoff's romantic, passionate music, which has been used in films such as Brief Encounter and Shine and includes some of the most famous melodies of the 20th century, is as popular today as it has ever been. Palmer's film features Rachmaninoff's letters and other reminiscences spoken by Sir John Gielgud and specially commissioned performances conducted by Valery Gergiev with the Kirov Orchestra and Chorus of The Mariinsky Theatre.

The film includes extracts from home movies of Rachmaninoff provided courtesy of his grandson Alexander and presents a unique and loving insight into a world long gone, but definitely not forgotten.

The season of Palmer's films continues in coming weeks with an account of the Salzburg Festival; a film about André Previn; and the secret life of Carl Orff.

Winner of dozens of international prizes, including the Prix Italia (twice), Palmer's films have been described by David Attenborough as "thrilling, controversial, occasionally outrageous, but with profound musical insights". The film is produced by Mike Bluett.


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Reggae Britannia

Friday 11 February
9.00-10.30pm BBC FOUR

Reggae Britannia explores and celebrates the impact of reggae on British music and culture from the Sixties through to the mid-Eighties. Directed by Jeremy Marre, this 90-minute documentary is the latest in the critically acclaimed BBC Four Britannia music strand that has previously covered jazz, folk, soul, pop, synth, prog, heavy metal, blues and festivals.

In the late Sixties/early Seventies, the first big reggae pop hits like Israelites and Young Gifted And Black topped the charts, reaching beyond the West Indian community and the white working-class skinhead audience who had adopted this infectious rebel dance music when it first arrived from Jamaica. Reggae Britannia meets the Jamaican performers who brought their music to the UK, which went on to change British tastes and fashion in turn as Jamaican reggae radicalised itself with dreadlocks, Rastafari and mystical, visionary lyrics, from Big Youth to Bob Marley.

But at the same time, Britain was developing its own styles of reggae. Through the testimony and music of reggae's top British musicians, from roots bands to "lovers rock" and "British dub", the programme follows reggae's battle to be heard and appreciated, and to transform a society still suffering from deep ethnic divisions. In the wake of Bob Marley's tours of the UK, home-grown bands such as Aswad and Steel Pulse offered sounds and lyrics that spoke to their British audience.

In the late Seventies, reggae helped forge Rock Against Racism and transformed both mainstream rock and punk, appearing alongside bands like The Clash. Simultaneously, earlier forms of reggae were being championed by Midlands bands including UB40 and The Specials who, while reviving the old ska and reggae hits of the Sixties and Seventies, continued using this music as a voice of social protest, as they again took British reggae back to the top of the pop charts.

By the Eighties, new wave bands such as The Police were taking dub and reggae-influenced rock onto MTV, reaching worldwide audiences. Meanwhile, the travelling sound systems, the traditional home of roots reggae, had combined the skills of their DJs and "toasters" with soul and rock, creating a music that was truly inclusive. And by the mid-Eighties, reggae had become a part of the British mainstream, mirroring the social and political changes it had helped to shape.

The documentary includes contributions from: Jerry Dammers and Neville Staple of The Specials, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lovers Rock stars Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson, Boy George, Dennis Bovell, DJ Don Letts, Paul Weller, the music and members of Aswad, Steel Pulse and Matumbi, "toasters" Tippa Irie and Dennis Alcapone, Bob Andy, Chris Blackwell, UB40, Viv Albertine of The Slits and many more.


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Reggae Britannia At The Barbican

Friday 11 February
10.30pm-12.00midnight BBC FOUR

Accompanying BBC Four's reggae content, the Barbican in London hosts a special Reggae Britannia At The Barbican concert on Friday 5 February. The event is filmed and broadcast on BBC Four after the Reggae Britannia documentary (9pm).

Featuring a substantial house band led by musical director Dennis Bovell, founder of British reggae band Matumbi and producer of both Linton Kwesi Johnson and The Slits, the concert is a celebration of reggae in Britain from the dawn of the Seventies through the mid-Eighties.

Guest artists appearing include Big Youth; Ali Campbell, formerly lead singer of Birmingham's UB40; Dave Barker of Dave And Ansell Collins fame, who topped the charts in 1971 with Double Barrel; Janet Kay of smash hit Silly Games fame; Carroll Thompson, queen of lovers rock; and DJ and producer Dennis Alcapone with vocalist Winston Reedy.

There are also performances from Ken Boothe (No. 1 in 1974 with Everything I Own, later covered by Boy George); Brinsley Forde, formerly lead singer of London-based roots reggae outfit Aswad; Neville Staple of The Specials; Pauline Black of The Selecter; and Rico Rodriguez, legendary Jamaican trombonist, formerly of The Specials.


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CBBC Friday 11 February 2011

Tracy Beaker Returns Ep 7/13

Friday 11 February
5.00-5.30pm CBBC

Jacqueline Wilson's Bafta-winning drama about the kids and carers in a children's home continues with a blossoming romance for Tracy.

Johnny and Tee return from an experimental weekend stay with prospective foster parents convinced the family will foster them permanently. But when the family claim they only want to foster Tee on her own, Tracy and Mike agree to lie to protect the siblings.

Finding out the truth, Johnny is disappointed but, keen to do the best for Tee, he persuades her to get fostered on her own. But when the foster family try to drive a wedge between the siblings, Tracy is forced into action. Will she find a way for Johnny and Tee to stay together?

Meanwhile, a romance is blossoming between social worker Seth and Tracy. But when Seth tells Tracy he is leaving social work to go on the road with his band and wants her to join him she has to choose between love and her career at the Dumping Ground.

Tracy is played by Dani Harmer.


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