Thursday 27 Nov 2014
Dan Walker and guests preview the weekend's domestic football action.
Newcastle surprisingly beat Arsenal at the Emirates earlier this season; can they also beat Arsene Wenger's men at home? This is one of eight Premier League matches taking place on a busy day of action.
Manchester United take on Wolves at Molineux in the day's late kick-off. In the Championship, Burnley host Norwich, while it's the fifth round of the Scottish Cup – with the undoubted tie of the round being Rangers' match with Celtic at Ibrox.
In this Inside Sport special, US Olympic icon Michael Johnson takes a look at the phenomenon that is the Super Bowl. This annual fixture is the finale of the NFL season and commands the biggest TV audience in America – in excess of 100 million. Its mixture of top-class sporting action and showbiz razzmatazz means it is always a dazzling spectacle.
As well as capturing all the excitement of the build-up to Super Bowl XLV, Johnson, a proud Texan, revels in a tour of this year's venue, the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas – which just happens to be the largest domed structure in the world.
Johnson also talks to legends of the sport, as well as British American football fans including England's rugby team manager Martin Johnson and television presenters Vernon Kay and Dermot O'Leary.
And he samples first-hand the Super Bowl itself, bringing his own unique insight into what many people call the biggest show on Earth.
Gabby Logan introduces live coverage from the Stadio Flaminio in Rome as Italy entertain Ireland in the Six Nations championship.
Twelve months ago first-half tries from Jamie Heaslip and scrum half Thomas O'Leary helped the Irish to a 29-11 win over a dogged Italian side at Croke Park. The 2009 champions boast an unbeaten Six Nations record against Italy, winning each of the 11 previous meetings.
Commentary comes from Eddie Butler and Philip Matthews.
John Inverdale hosts live action from the Stade de France, Paris, as the reigning Six Nations champions begin their quest for back-to-back titles.
Mathieu Bastareaud was the French hero 12 months ago: the centre ran in two tries to help the visitors secure an 18-9 victory at Murrayfield. The boot of Chris Paterson contributed all of the points for Andy Robinson's men.
Scotland have only beaten France once before in Six Nations history. That win came five years ago in a 20-16 home victory. Commentary comes from Andrew Cotter and Jonathan Davies.
Matthew Kelly stars as consultant psychiatrist Andrew Brookfield as a deeply disturbed Ruth is sectioned in a specialist psychiatric unit, as the medical drama continues.
Bedraggled, confused and shaking, Ruth awakes in a sparse room. Deeply upset, she kicks out at Charlie as he tries to help her. Resisting attempts to talk to consultant Andrew Brookfield she searches for someone in charge. As Charlie tries to reason with her she lashes out and has to be restrained. Later she phones the Emergency Department and speaks to Tess, begging her for Jordan's help. Tess is upset on hearing this, but can't do anything to help.
Meanwhile, in a flashback scene, Ruth purposefully walks into resus where a patient lies on the slab – it's Mary, a woman in her thirties, who looks very much like Ruth, and wears a heart-shaped necklace. In a later session Ruth starts to open up to Andrew, explaining who Mary is – a former patient who Ruth suspected of having Munchausen's Syndrome during their series of fraught encounters.
Later, Ruth meets a fellow patient, Jim, and forms a bond. Jim is desperate to listen to music so that he can practise for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, but to Ruth's annoyance the staff won't allow him to have earphones. Not to be thwarted Ruth takes Jim to the chapel where there is a piano for him to practise. He plays for her and one thing leads to another... until they are discovered by staff.
As the story of Mary unfolds, Andrew realises that it could hold the key to Ruth's problems. And when Jim tries to harm himself after their encounter, Ruth realises that it was her fault for enabling him to play music.
Just who is Mary and how can she help Andrew get to the core of Ruth's mental problems? And is Ruth ready to stop fighting those who are treating her and accept that she needs help?
Ruth is played by Georgia Taylor, Charlie by Derek Thompson, Tess by Suzanne Packer, Mary by Phillipa Peak and Jim by Sam Crane.
Gary Lineker introduces highlights from the day's eight Premier League matches.
Newcastle took on Arsenal at St James' Park looking to complete a first league double over the Gunners in 16 years. Manchester United were away at Wolves hoping to maintain their 100 per cent winning Premier League record against the West Midlands club, while Blackpool travelled to Everton for a top-flight league match for the first time in 40 years.
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