|BBC ONE Saturday 17 May 2008|
Gary Lineker and guests are at Wembley for the E.on FA Cup Final between Portsmouth and Cardiff City.
Barclays Premier League side Pompey will be expected to beat their Coca-Cola Championship opponents but, after what has been one of the most unpredictable competitions in the trophy's long and distinguished history, league status is unlikely to count for much. With neither side having contested an FA Cup Final since the war, both sets of fans have been eagerly anticipating the showdown. BBC One has full coverage of the build-up to the match, which kicks off at 3pm.
Portsmouth last reached this stage in 1939, when they won the Cup for the only time in their history. Their manager, Harry Redknapp, had never been to Wembley as a player or manager prior to this season's semi-final and is vying for the first major trophy of his 25-year managerial career.
Cardiff have waited even longer to reach another FA Cup final, having last done so in 1927 when they beat Arsenal 1-0. They remain the only Welsh side to have won the competition.
It is the fifth time in this season's competition that Portsmouth have faced a Championship club, with the one exception being the incredible 1-0 quarter-final win against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Their progress to the Final has been built on a solid defence, with goalkeeper David James conceding only one goal in previous rounds.
Cardiff's highlight so far also came in the last eight, when Peter Whittingham's magnificent goal – his third in their run to the final – set Dave Jones's side on their way to a 2-0 win at Middlesbrough.
In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for 10 days. Was it amnesia? A nervous breakdown? Or a Giant Alien Wasp..? As Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama continues, the Doctor and Donna join forces with the world's most famous crime novelist to encounter a body in the library, poisoned cocktails and a Vespiform seeking revenge.
David Tennant plays the Doctor and Catherine Tate plays his companion Donna Noble, with guest stars Felicity Kendal and Fenella Woolgar.
Graham Norton continues the compelling talent search in which Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and the panel – John Barrowman, Denise Van Outen and Barry Humphries – seek a budding star for the role of Nancy and three youthful protégés to play orphaned urchin Oliver in Cameron Mackintosh's forthcoming revival of that much-loved timeless musical, Oliver!.
Just five girls remain to sing live for viewers' votes and the chance to play Nancy in the West End. As usual, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the panel keep a close eye on proceedings, and choose another hopeful Oliver for a place in the semi-final.
Viewers can sing along by pressing their Red button.
Marilyn and Zoe both try to persuade Charlie of the benefits of opening a private clinic for minor injuries in the hospital – but Charlie's having none of it, as the long-running medical drama continues.
The deliberate actions of a broken-hearted woman cause a serious road traffic collision [RTC], with far-reaching consequences for a couple off to Las Vegas for their wedding. Later, the woman's ex-husband is at the ED with someone else, and the ripple effect continues as he finds out his girlfriend has been hiding her profession as a prostitute.
Lol is brought into the ED with a head injury. His fiancée claims he's "possessed" – his accent and speech have changed dramatically. Ruth deals well with the couple, and advises them of the best course of action. She is proud of what she achieves, and even manages to join in some banter with her colleagues.
Adam and Jessica snipe at each other all day, but at the end of their shift they agree to stop bickering and work as professionals. However, instead, they fall into one another's arms.
Toby, his mind elsewhere, misplaces his stethoscope. Snezana secretly slips it into her bag.
There's a grudging respect between Charlie and Marilyn at the end of such a tough day. She offered her help as a nurse and praises the way the department handled the RTC. But with Charlie refusing to countenance her idea of a private clinic, her veiled threats about his future still hang in the air.
Marilyn is played by Caroline Langrishe, Zoe by Sunetra Sarker, Charlie by Derek Thompson, Ruth by Georgia Taylor, Adam by Tristan Gemmill, Jessica by Gillian Kearney, Toby by Matthew Needham and Snezana by Ivana Basic.
It has been more than 10 days since Douglas left for Italy to work on his film script with comedian Marty Cady, as the quirky and provocative series concludes. Douglas is also in the company of his beguiling young wife, Denise, and since Alice has heard nothing from him she can only assume the inevitable has happened.
She calls Douglas's producer, Lloyd, to see if he has heard anything, and they end up having dinner, exchanging commiserations because Lloyd's wife, Janey, found out about his recent fling and promptly walked out of the door. But could there be more on Lloyd's mind than mere mutual consolation?
As Alice struggles once again to come to terms with her sense of isolation in an increasingly mad and hostile universe, she realises that her flatmate, Fae, isn't going to provide her with a sense of reassurance and compassion. Fae can take only a cynical view of her middle-aged neighbour's recent marriage to a glamorous young brunette who also happens to be a paraplegic.
Cleo shares stories of her latest boyfriend and his pornographic constellations with Milly, before Alice introduces them to two young interior decorators, whose very presence provided Alice with an eerie out-of-body experience.
Perhaps the answer to Alice's question has never really been in doubt. And she is poised, finally, to discover the Ultimate Truth about what fate had in store for her all along.
Alice is played by Tamsin Greig, Lloyd by Owen Brenman, Fae by Amelia Curtis, Cleo by Sheridan Smith and Milly by Montserrat Lombard.
Match Of The Day presents highlights and reaction from today's FA Cup Final between Portsmouth and Cardiff City.
No team from outside the top flight has won the famous trophy since West Ham beat Arsenal in 1980 – were Championship side Cardiff able to strike a blow for the Football League in today's showpiece at Wembley?
|BBC TWO Saturday 17 May 2008|
Matt Dallas stars as Kyle in
BBC Switch’s new teen drama
BBC Switch unveils a host of new shows within its Saturday afternoon TV zone on BBC Two. The zone's flagship show is Kyle XY, an acquired teen drama from ABC/Disney. The series opens with Kyle waking up, naked, in a forest on the outskirts of Seattle. He has no memory of who he is, where he has come from or why he is even in the forest.
His mysterious journey begins when he walks out of the forest and onto the city streets. The police arrest Kyle and take him to a local detention centre, where psychologist Nicole Trager is called upon to come and assess him. It's quickly evident to Nicole that Kyle is a unique and gifted individual, who in turn demands unique treatment. So Nicole takes Kyle home to meet her family – but not everyone is pleased to welcome him into the Trager household. And who is the suspicious character keeping watch on Kyle outside his new home?
Matt Dallas plays Kyle, Marguerite MacIntyre plays Nicole Trager, Bruce Thomas plays Stephen Trager, April Matson plays Lori Trager and Jean-Luc Bilodeau plays Josh Trager.
BBC Switch launches Class Of 2008 today as part of a raft of new teen programmes on the BBC Switch zone on BBC Two.
This observational documentary series, narrated by Louis Bhose, follows six talented young friends in London trying to make it in their fields of fashion, music, design, acting and DJ-ing. The series follows the ups and downs of their creative journeys as they try to land record deals, modelling contracts and acting roles, show fashion collections and launch club nights.
Today's first episode sees DJ and club promoter Flash Louis introduce viewers to his group of friends: Daisy Lowe is a top model with Select, while Daisy's boyfriend, Will Cameron, is the lead singer of up-and-coming indie band Blondelle; Kesh is a fashion designer, stylist and DJ who is already making a name for herself among the fashion elite; Daisy's friend Portia Freeman is well on her way to becoming one of the most unique models of her generation; and Daryl Fox-Huxley is a boxer-turned-budding-actor.
When Daisy decides to move to New York to chase her dream of becoming a global supermodel, she splits up with Will and leaves Louis looking for a new flatmate. Daisy's mum and stepdad, Pearl and Danny, are also sad to see her go so far away, but Daisy seems ready to make a sacrifice for her modelling career.
Portia vows to put her modelling work before boyfriends this year, as in the past her relationships have always come first. Kesh is facing a new challenge as a fashion designer and Daryl has to prove he's more than just a pretty face in the acting world. Meanwhile, Will is forced to move in with his Blondelle bandmates and share a bed with his guitarist. "Sacrificing my relationship with Daisy for being in a band has made me so much more hungry, because I don't want to throw away a perfectly good existence for nothing," he says.
It's the beginning of a new era for the friends as they face their future.
The BBC's teen brand, BBC Switch, continues its weekly teen talk show The Surgery, hosted by Jeff Leach – a series of 20-minute programmes linked to BBC Radio 1's Surgery, giving British teenagers a voice.
Today, Jeff and his teen surgery discuss whether guys and girls can be just friends – is a platonic relationship possible, or does physical attraction always get in the way? – and whether, if a teen relationship does blossom, it can last for ever.
The Surgery deals with an assortment of topical issues facing teens such as dating, family, social networking, ASBOs, fashion, drinking and drugs, body image, celebrities, politics and more. Each week, Jeff hosts an open and challenging discussion with the teen studio audience, with weekly contributions from teens around the UK. The Surgery has a dedicated website at bbc.co.uk/switch which offers expert advice and practical information.
SWITCH ON BBC TWO
Revealed... Why Do They Hate You?
Saturday 17 May
2.20-2.35pm BBC TWO
Charlotte Ashton and Anthony
Baxter discover why British
teenagers have got a bad
The BBC's teen brand BBC Switch today launches Revealed..., as part of its new raft of content on the BBC Switch zone on BBC Two.
Revealed... is a new series about the lives of teenagers who are often talked about in the news, but often overlooked as an audience. With no studio base, the series leads viewers on a journey out on the road to make sense of a variety of subjects such as entrepreneurship, hidden America, gangs, family life, sex, school and more.
In the first episode, Revealed... Why Do They Hate You?, young journalists Charlotte Ashton and Anthony Baxter travel around the UK to discover why British teenagers have got such a bad reputation.
They meet 60 teenagers at a beach party in Torquay, including Claire, whose local park was closed due to its popularity with under-18s, and discover the truth about a generation often branded as criminals.
With the help of a criminologist, Revealed... gets to the bottom of crime statistics, spends a rainy night on patrol with officers in Torquay and discovers why young people are actually far more likely to be a volunteer than a criminal.
|BBC PARLIAMENT Saturday 17 May 2008|
Industry Lecture Series –
Will Hutton Ep
Saturday 17 May
9.00-9.30pm BBC PARLIAMENT
British writer, columnist, and Chief Executive of The Work Foundation, Will Hutton, shares his thoughts on the future role of public service broadcasting in the last of the Creative Industry Lecture Series.
As part of the response to the Ofcom Public Service Broadcasting review, the BBC has invited three leading figures in the creative community – Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry and Will Hutton – to give their personal views on what public service broadcasting delivers to Britain.
Will Hutton delivers his lecture to an invited audience on Thursday 15 May in Manchester. BBC Parliament broadcasts the lecture in full today and it will also be posted online at bbc.co.uk/thefuture.