|BBC ONE Saturday 31 May 2008|
Manish Bhasin and guests discuss the latest events in the world of football.
The 2008 European Championships are just a week away and the teams involved are now fine-tuning their preparations.
None of the home nations will be present, of course, but they were in friendly action this week with England playing the USA and Wales meeting Iceland, while Scotland faced the Czech Republic last night.
The programme also looks ahead to England's friendly against Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow. England's only previous meeting with the Soca Warriors was in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. On that occasion, late goals from Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard spared England's blushes against the smallest country ever to qualify for the World Cup finals.
After last weekend's domestic play-off finals, the full make-up of next season's Premier League is clear and the studio experts speculate on how the new boys will fare in the top flight.
Sue Barker presents highlights from the weekend action at this year's French Open where Roger Federer is aiming to win the only Grand Slam title to so far elude him.
The world No. 1 has looked vulnerable by his own exceptional standards this season but signalled his determination to focus on completing his set of majors by beginning his clay-court season earlier than usual. But, however well the Swiss plays, he is still likely to have to overcome the "King of Clay", Rafael Nadal, who is aiming for his fourth consecutive Roland Garros title – a feat which would emulate Bjorn Borg.
Following the announcement of Justine Henin's retirement from tennis, the competition is now wide open in the women's singles. Henin has won the last three titles in Paris. Meanwhile, British hopes will rest with Andy Murray, who missed both the French Open and Wimbledon last year because of a wrist injury.
BBC One brings viewers live coverage from one of the Carnegie Challenge Cup quarter-finals. A place in the final at Wembley in August is just two wins away for the teams left in the famous competition.
At this stage last year, Bradford ran in nine tries as they crushed Huddersfield 52-20 to reach the last four.
Graham Norton hosts the show
as Lloyd Webber's epic quest
for a new Nancy draws
to a close
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's epic quest to find a new Nancy finally reaches its conclusion as the public decide on a new superstar for the West End stage in this final competition.
From regional auditions, via the rigours of the "Nancy House" and through 10 weeks of adrenalin-pumping, live TV performances, it's been a rollercoaster ride for the Nancy hopefuls.
The three remaining West End wannabes have just one more live show to prove to the nation that they have the power, charisma and talent to win one of the most prized and best-loved roles in the musical theatre.
Graham Norton hosts the show as the Nancy hopefuls do battle one last time, under the watchful eye of the expert panel: Torchwood star and leading man John Barrowman; West End and Broadway star Denise Van Outen; Fagin Barry Humphries; and West End producer Cameron Mackintosh.
Unlike previous weeks, Andrew Lloyd Webber forfeits his saving vote, and it's down to the viewers to decide which Nancy is worthy of wearing the locket.
Viewers can sing along by pressing their Red button.
The I'd Do Anything Results Show, when the winner is revealed, is on BBC One tonight from 8.45 to 9.15pm.
Alex Kingston guest stars as Professor
One hundred years ago, the Universe's greatest library was sealed off with only a cryptic warning as explanation: "Count the shadows."
However, it now appears that the shadows are on the move again,
as Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama continues. The Doctor and Donna must uncover the terrible truth behind the Nodes and the horrifying Data Ghost to uncover the Library's secret.
David Tennant plays the Doctor and Catherine Tate plays his companion, Donna Noble. Alex Kingston, Colin Salmon and Steve Pemberton guest star in this episode.
It's the morning of the MIU (Minor Injuries Unit) opening, as the popular medical drama continues. Simon, the new Clinical Nurse Manager, clashes with Charlie immediately – and literally – in the hospital car park. Marilyn tries to convince Charlie and the rest of the staff that the MIU will be a success. But Charlie is not buying any of it and accuses Simon of "canvassing for customers".
Meanwhile, Bob and Gary perform a flying act at a "superhero" convention. Bob plays the "superhero", Gary operates the wires. But their days as a double-act could be numbered as Bob suffers a nasty fall.
Noel is struggling to cope with the filing and passing on the wrong hospital notes could prove disastrous. Ruth gives him a hand and stands up for him when he is blamed. A near disaster is averted but Charlie and Simon remain in conflict.
Jessica and Adam have been flirting until Sean appears and Jessica panics. They argue but make up passionately.
Having spent most of the day sending emails to her "boyfriend'" in Afghanistan – blissfully unaware of Big Mac's involvement – Kelsey complains to Alice that her internet love interest is too romantic.
Charlie is played by Derek Thompson, Simon by Paul Fox, Marilyn by Caroline Langrishe, Bob by Martin Crewes, Gary by Mark Little, Noel by Tony Marshall, Ruth by Georgia Taylor, Jessica by Gillian Kearney, Adam by Tristan Gemmill, Sean by Richard Dillane, Big Mac by Charles Dale, Kelsey by Janine Mellor and Alice by Sam Grey.
|BBC TWO Saturday 31 May 2008|
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Meta4orce Ep 1/4
Saturday 31 May
2.05-2.15pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 21 May)
The BBC's teen brand, BBC Switch, launches Meta4orce today. Meta4orce is an interactive animated detective series of four eight-minute episodes about a team of four genetically altered investigators – Ecko, Soma, Stream and Shift. Working for a government-funded organisation called MAKO, they solve high-profile crime cases in the flooded city of London in 2034.
The four have been given extraordinary powers to help them solve crimes in ways "normal" detectives never could, including the ability to visualise the history recorded into objects, to experience the fading memories of a dying brain, to "taste" the information contained in samples of blood and to manipulate time.
Peter Milligan, the renowned graphic novel writer for DC Comics and Marvel, has penned the script.
Fully interactive problem-solving games complement the show and viewers will be able to join the action online at key points in the storyline to help solve the crime.
The series begins with the discovery of JJ, the teenage son of an influential businessman, who has been found dead in his apartment. MAKO sends their team of four to investigate using their skills for the first time at a real murder scene.
Ecko reads the history recorded into the murder weapon, Soma then tastes a sample of the victim's blood by biting into the victim's neck. Stream then enters the victim's so-called "deadsphere", to locate some of his dying memories, but she gets trapped as the victim's brain starts to collapse. Shift has to try to rescue her by using his time-manipulation skills. All the while, the team is being watched from afar...