|BBC ONE Sunday 10 August 2008|
Today sees the climax of the women's team event in the archery competition. Britain's hockey teams begin their pursuit of medals while China and the USA compete in the men's basketball contest. Overnight, more swimming medals are decided.
Comprehensive details of the
BBC's Olympics 2008 coverage can be found in BBC Programme Information's separate Olympic section.
Andrew Marr explores Britain
Andrew Marr takes viewers on a journey across the country and back in time to reveal the habits, rhythms and secrets uncovered when looking down from the skies, in a new, epic documentary series.
This first episode explores one day in the life of the British. Data from satellites exposes the great migrations across the nation on land, at sea and in the air. The documentary reveals a bird's eye view of the great water, electricity and telephone networks that keep the country working in a never-ending chain of supply and demand.
In the hour before dawn, most of the nation is slumbering. But, between 7 and 10am, 36 million people are on the move as the nation gets to work or school. More than one million people board a train, tens of thousands of buses hit the roads and 15 million drivers jump in their cars.
Andrew meets the transport specialists who explain why Britain's networks of tracks and roads are working at full capacity, how the phantom traffic jam originates and how the experts try to keep the nation moving.
Once rush hour is over, work
begins and, using state-of-the-art technology and satellite tracking,
Britain From Above reveals the demands placed on supplies of electricity
and water and finds out where the waste goes. It also shows the
national telephone network as it comes to life on an average working
day, with hundreds of thousands of phone calls being made per minute and over
5,000 texts per second being sent, not to mention the volume of email traffic ...
and that's just before lunch.
Meanwhile, Andrew gets to the bottom of why London's city planners think gossip is as important as money, and finds out why one man is fixated on the theme tune for EastEnders.
This programme is accompanied
by Britain From Above – The City, at 10pm, on BBC Two.
|BBC TWO Sunday 10 August 2008|
BBC Two's Britain From Above companion series turns back time, drawing on previously unseen archive footage and photography to focus on the dramatic transformation of Britain's cities, landscape and industry, as seen from above.
Focusing on the period since the Second World War, Britain From Above explores the greatest period of change in the nation in the last 200 years.
Tonight's opening programme reveals the transformation of Britain's capital city – London. Starting with the cataclysmic destruction of the Second World War, the programme charts the changing city skyline, laying bare the forces that have created the modern city seen today and revealing how those forces continue to influence the city's evolution.
London's transformation began on 7 September, 1940. Three hundred German bombers flew in from the east, following the line of the Thames. They arrived at 6.45pm and looked down on their target – the heart of London's docks. As the Blitz began, London's attackers also photographed the city. And this extraordinary view of London's destruction, captured by her enemy, is shown here for the first time on television.
Immediately after the war, the RAF was also busy above, taking an aerial survey of the city. Together, these two archives reveal the secrets at the heart of Britain's war effort – the allotments in Hyde Park, the carrots growing in the Tower moat and the petrol rationing in full force.
Once the war was over, planners looked afresh at the city and saw an opportunity to rebuild London as a clean-lined, sleek, open, modern metropolis. Lord Abercrombie drew up a blueprint for re-development but the aerial archive demonstrates exactly how little of the dream of a Brave New World became a reality in the economic depravation of the Forties and Fifties.
Finally, current aerial photography shows London in all her present glory – the changes at the heart of the city, including the docklands, the City of London and the dramatic, modern architecture that now dominates the skyline.
This programme accompanies Britain
From Above – 24-Hour Britain, at 8pm, on BBC One.
|BBC THREE Sunday 10 August 2008|
Experienced spy Hannah
(Joanne Froggatt) watches
over a new colleague
The year is 2013. Thames House is gone and regional MI5 Field Offices have sprung up in its place. Are six young new recruits tough, moral and clever enough to protect Britain's future?
Spooks – Code 9 is a new six-part drama for BBC Three, allowing viewers to see the future of Spooks and to get even closer to the world of conspiracy and espionage.
London has been evacuated following a nuclear bomb and the country's power base has shifted north. In the wake of the attack, MI5 must completely restructure and establish field offices across the UK. They need young, new officers on the ground – and fast. It is members of this new generation of patriots who help make up MI5's new Field Office 19.
Field Office 19 is in the middle of an investigation into arms dealers Theo Danakis and Flynn Dixon. So new spooks, including ex junior doctor Rob, wild and fearless Kylie, reformed bad boy Jez and charmer Vik, are all working undercover. Former police officer Rachel is running the show for the first time, under the watchful eye of experienced spy Hannah. But things aren't exactly going to plan for Jez and Vik. Luckily, the unexpected arrival of new recruit and mathematical genius Charlie changes their fate.
When Hannah receives news that the Prime Minister will be visiting the city the following day, the pressure mounts to take down Danakis and Dixon. Intelligence being gathered increasingly points towards an assassination attempt on the Prime Minister.
It doesn't take long for the team to discover that the intended hit-man is a known assassin, Jermain Lee. The team tracks him to a hotel overlooking the PM's proposed route – providing them with further evidence of his intentions. Convinced the PM is the target, Kylie and Jez close in on Lee's hotel room.
But, as the team moves in on Lee, Charlie realises the signs just don't add up. Realisation hits that the PM may not be the target – and that one member of Field Office 19 is walking straight into a trap.
Spooks – Code 9 is accompanied by an exciting online extension. The series includes a live, alternate reality experience that provides a multi-dimensional setting for the show and allows viewers to explore and contribute to this changed world.
Theo Danakis is played by Nick Nevern, Flynn Dixon by Louis Dower, Rob by Andrew Knott, Kylie by Georgia Moffett, Jez by Heshima Thompson, Vik by Christopher Simpson, Rachel by Ruta Gedmintas, Hannah by Joanne Froggatt, Charlie by Liam Boyle and Jermain Lee by Jamie Bertwistle.
Episode two follows this series opener at 9.50pm.
|BBC FOUR Sunday 10 August 2008|
The legendary and unique King's Singers – once described as "being just about as much fun as you can have in public with your clothes on" – mark their 40th anniversary with a special Proms concert.
The line-up has changed a few times over the 40 years but the impeccable standards haven't. Their repertoire is all-encompassing – from medieval music to masterpieces of the Renaissance, from lieder to folk, pop and jazz.
Regular Proms presenter Suzy Klein talks to the sextet and there's a chance to hear their thoughts and memories, as well as some of the best a capella singing in the country. Tonight's Prom includes a programme of Poulenc, MacCabe, French Renaissance Madrigals, Victorian part songs and traditional English folk songs, including Greensleeves, Blow Away The Morning Dew and Widdicombe Fair.
Digital viewers can press the Red button on their remote controls for programme notes during the performance.