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Network TV Week 18

Saturday 26 April 2008


BBC ONE Saturday 26 April 2008
Football Focus
Saturday 26 April
12.10-1.00pm BBC ONE
www.bbc.co.uk/sport

       

Manish Bhasin tackles the latest events in the world of football and looks ahead to this weekend's fixtures.

 

It's been an eventful week in European football with the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals taking place, including the third meeting in four years at this stage between Chelsea and Liverpool – with the Reds victorious on the previous two occasions. Manish and his guests assess the chances of two English sides reaching next month's final in Moscow.

 

With the Barclays Premier League reaching its final weeks, we could well know the identity of this year's champions after today's clash between Chelsea and Manchester United.There are also plenty of issues to be settled at the other end of the table, with all the teams involved in the relegation battle in action today.

 

The Coca-Cola Championship promotion race has been tight all season and two of the teams fighting for a play-off spot, Ipswich and Wolves, meet today at Molineux. There is also a chance to see the goals from last week's Clydesdale Scottish Premier League.

 

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Final Score
Saturday 26 April
4.30-5.20pm BBC ONE
www.bbc.co.uk/sport

       

Final Score brings all the results from today's football fixtures, with reports and reaction from around the country on the final whistle.

 

A studio panel of experts gives its opinions as the afternoon's events unfold. Today's games include a clash between Premier League title rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.

 

Digital viewers can watch Score from 2.30-6pm by pressing the Red button on their remote control.

 

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Doctor Who – The Sontaran Stratagem Ep 4/13
Saturday 26 April
6.20-7.05pm BBC ONE
www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho

   

Doctor Who (David Tennant) and Donna (Catherine Tate) face another alien threat
Doctor Who (David Tennant)
and Donna (Catherine Tate)
face another alien threat

Martha Jones summons the Doctor back to modern-day Earth, but an old enemy lies in wait, as Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama continues. With the mysterious ATMOS devices spreading across the world, Donna discovers that even her own family is not safe from the alien threat – but is it too late to save them?

 

David Tennant plays the Doctor and Catherine Tate plays his new companion, Donna Noble. Freema Agyeman and Christopher Ryan guest star.

 

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Casualty
Saturday 26 April
8.55-9.45pm BBC ONE
www.bbc.co.uk/casualty

       

Curtis (Abdul Salis) is troubled when an emergency call comes in
Curtis (Abdul Salis) is
troubled when an
emergency call comes in

Ruth begins the morning on a high, jogging into work and arriving exhilarated, in this week's episode of the medical drama. Later, though, her confidence is knocked as Toby completes a medical procedure that has eluded her, and another patient dies. Abs and Maggie are both very concerned about Ruth and she struggles to deal with her feelings. She seems to be back in the dark place where she was before.

 

Meanwhile, a disaster occurs as a son throws petrol on his father, causing an explosion which injures him, his father and his mother.

 

Elsewhere, on the local Farmead Estate, a young boy staggers home with leg injuries and calls an ambulance. When the emergency call comes in, Curtis recognises the address and is troubled. Curtis and the boy appear to know each other, and another side of Curtis threatens to emerge, despite his protestations that he has changed. Later, he lays flowers at a grave.

 

Later, Alice is with her boyfriend, walking home after their date and planning another. They kiss, but Alice pulls away. As she enters her house and sees her mother, it becomes clear why she is so reticent.

 

Ruth is played by Georgia Taylor, Toby by Matthew Needham, Abs by James Redmond, Maggie by Susan Cookson, Curtis by Abdul Salis and Alice by Sam Grey.

 

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Love Soup Ep 9/12
Saturday 26 April
9.45-10.15pm BBC ONE
www.bbc.co.uk/lovesoup

       

Alice (Tamsin Greig) comes face to face with a self-confessed necrophiliac
Alice (Tamsin Greig)
comes face to face with a
self-confessed necrophiliac

Ronnie Corbett and Jan Ravens join the Love Soup cast this week as the entertaining and provocative drama continues.

 

Alice can barely contain her excitement at the prospect of meeting one of her lifelong TV heroes – veteran comedy actor Gordon Bexter. However, Douglas warns her that there is also a strangely perverse, non-commercial side to the star that not even his fans are aware of.

 

Following his latest knockabout performance as Widow Twankey in the West End, Bexter is to direct a challenging new avant garde play at the Royal Court called Kiss Of Death. And, when Alice comes face to face with the play's author, a self-confessed necrophiliac, she is disturbed to find him taking more than a casual interest in her body.

 

Meanwhile, Alice still has doubts about Doug and their relationship and wonders whether it's time to face the uncomfortable truth: that their days as a couple are numbered. As ever, the love lives of her friends and colleagues also continue to run their quirky course. An episode with a misplaced ring threatens to trigger yet another civil war on the perfume counter as Milly becomes convinced that her new boyfriend in the carpet department has a secret history with Cleo.

 

Elsewhere, Alice's new producer friend, Lloyd, has just met the woman of his dreams at a party – and it turns out that there is more to Janey than meets the eye.

 

Alice is played by Tamsin Greig, Gordon Bexter by Ronnie Corbett, Douglas by Mark Heap, Milly by Montserrat Lombard, Cleo by Sheridan Smith, Lloyd by Owen Brenman and Janey by Jan Ravens.

 

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Match Of The Day
Saturday 26 April
10.30-11.50pm BBC ONE
www.bbc.co.uk/sport

       

Gary Lineker presents all the goals and highlights from today's Premier League games.

 

Pick of the fixtures is the clash between title rivals Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Cristiano Ronaldo has had an outstanding season and would have been looking to increase his impressive goal tally by finding the net against Chelsea, who are the only Premier League team that the Portuguese wizard has not scored against.

 

There was also a north-east derby between Middlesbrough and Sunderland, who snatched a point when the sides met back in September thanks to Liam Miller's 89th-minute equaliser. Liverpool travelled to struggling Birmingham City and Newcastle were hoping to do the double over West Ham. Manchester City hosted Fulham, while Bolton's fight to avoid relegation continued at Tottenham and Wigan were at home to Reading.

 

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