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Programme Information

Network TV Week 21

Sunday 18 May 2008

 

BBC TWO Sunday 18 May 2008
MotoGP
Sunday 18 May
12.30-2.00pm BBC TWO
www.bbc.co.uk/sport

     

Suzi Perry presents live coverage of the Le Mans MotoGP. Casey Stoner stole most of the plaudits last season in earning his first title but he was upstaged at Le Mans by fellow Australian Chris Vermeulen, who won his maiden MotoGP race.

 

The treacherous rainy conditions meant that only 12 riders finished, with Stoner third and multiple world champion Valentino Rossi down in sixth. Rossi and Stoner are among the contenders again in this year's title race, which has also seen impressive performances from rookies Jorge Lorenzo (who won the 250cc race in Le Mans last year), Andrea Dovizioso and Britain's James Toseland, whose Tech 3 Yamaha team has already taken up an option to extend his contract for another year.

 

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MotoGP Extra
Sunday 18 May
2.00-2.30pm BBC TWO
www.bbc.co.uk/sport

       

There's more reaction from round five of the MotoGP series at Le Mans, as well as a round-up of the 250cc and 125cc races, where young British trio Danny Webb, Scott Redding and Bradley Smith have been making an impact this season.

 

The programme also has a special feature on the Brooklands Motorcycle Centenary meeting, marking the 100th anniversary of the first motorbike racing at the birthplace of British motorsport.

 

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Boxing
Sunday 18 May
2.30-3.45pm BBC TWO
www.bbc.co.uk/sport

       

Ronald McIntosh presents highlights of the ABA Boxing finals. With the Beijing Olympics just around the corner, it's a big year for amateur boxing and hopes are high that there may be a potential Amir Khan among the fighters at the ABA finals.

 

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Great Manchester Run
Sunday 18 May
3.45-5.05pm BBC TWO
www.bbc.co.uk/sport

     

Now in its sixth year, the Great Manchester Run attracts some of the world's elite runners and wheelchair racers and will be a platform for the Beijing Olympics for many of the competitors.

 

The 10k race is also open to fun runners, many of whom are raising money for good causes. In addition there will also be a host of celebrities pounding the streets of Manchester for charity. Britain's Jo Pavey returns to defend the title she won last year when she beat Hungarian Aniko Kalovics. Kalovics will be competing again in this year's race, as will marathon world champion Catherine Ndereba of Kenya.

 

There was a new UK all-comers' record in the men's race last year with Kenyan Micah Kogo breaking Haile Gebreselassie's record in a race in which Britain's Mo Farah was a very creditable third.

 

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BBC FOCUS ON CHINA
Wild China – Shangri-La
Ep 2/6
Sunday 18 May
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO

       

Temmincki's tragopan, a bird found in China
Temmincki's tragopan, a bird
found in China

Wild China travels to Yunnan Province, the area said to have inspired the legend of Shangri-La – a lost-world paradise hidden among mountain peaks – as BBC Two's unique new series, gaining access to all of China, continues.

 

This is perhaps the richest natural treasure in all of China. Great parallel mountain ranges channel mighty rivers from Tibet southwards to the tropics. Here, chilly mountain forests are home to elusive red pandas and the highest-living monkeys in the world.

 

In the valleys below, luxuriant jungles – growing way north of the tropics – are home to ancient tribes. Gibbons, sunbirds and wild elephants live where normally deserts would be found. But how does the jungle survive here? The rugged landscape holds the key and the programme explains and explores this wonderful and unique ecosystem that has fascinated and enthralled explorers for centuries.

 

Wild China is part of a pan-BBC collection of programmes on TV, radio, and online, examining China in its Olympics year. In May, the BBC launches its Focus On China website pulling together all the BBC's formidable expertise, knowledge and archive on China.

 

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Premiership Rugby
Sunday 18 May
12.25-1.25am BBC TWO (Schedule change 8 May)
www.bbc.co.uk/sport

       

John Inverdale presents highlights from both of the semi-finals in this year's Guinness Premiership competition.

 

At this stage last year, Gloucester, who had topped the table, thrashed Sale 50-9, while Leicester had to grind out a 26-14 win over Bristol. But it was the Tigers who went on to lift the Premiership trophy at Twickenham.

 

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BBC FOUR Sunday 18 May 2008
Mad Men – Nixon Vs Kennedy Ep 12/13
Sunday 18 May
10.10-11.00pm BBC FOUR

       

It is election night and election fever has gripped the Sterling Cooper agency, as Matt Weiner's hit US drama continues to take an unflinching look at the world of Sixties advertising in New York. However, behind the frivolity, the internal politics are gearing up to be as exciting as the Presidential elections.

 

Pete challenges Don Draper about why he thinks he should get the job as Head of Account Services: "I earned this job, I deserve it," he tells Don, in a heated exchange. Don, however, asks him to be patient because he's still not ready.

 

As Don leaves the office he notices his colleagues standing around quietly. As the lift doors close, the office erupts with laughter and the election party gets under way.

 

As the night rolls on and the votes get closer, the group gets friskier. Ken pulls Allison to the ground to reveal the colour of her underwear. Everyone laughs, apart from Peggy and Marge, who are not impressed. Peggy then leaves the party.

 

The next morning, as the office begins to recover from the night before, Pete has some political power play of his own on his mind.

 

Thanks to Adam's box, he has discovered Don's real identity. He confronts Don with the information, but Don recognises his attempt at blackmail. Don's angry exchange with Pete results in Don being overcome with a graphic flashback to the trenches in Korea.

 

Will this be the final clue to the riddle of the enigmatic Draper?

 

Pete is played by Vincent Kartheiser, Don by Jon Hamm, Ken by Aaron Staton, Alison by Alexa Alemanni, Peggy by Elizabeth Moss, Marge by Stephanie Courtney and Adam by Jay Paulson.

 

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