|BBC ONE Wednesday 10 September 2008|
A pregnant woman's husband is convinced that her anorexic past has come back to haunt her and follows her to the surgery when she goes to see Melody, in this midweek offering of the medical drama. She denies any problems, however, and says she is eating normally and that it is her husband who has the problem.
Ronnie, meanwhile, invites everyone to George's surprise fancy dress party. He gives Mal a lift to the Campus surgery and accidentally lets slip to Mal that Julia has been through a lot with Mac and Leo. When Mal mentions he knows what she's been through, Julia is not happy that someone has been talking.
Elsewhere, Joe tells Daniel he's been offered a job teaching at Harvard, but doesn't trust Daniel enough to be able to accept it. Daniel goes to the police station to tell them the whole truth about Kay to prove that Joe can trust him. While they are there they bump into Kay, who has been arrested.
Melody is played by Elizabeth Bower, Ronnie by Sean Gleeson, George by Stirling Gallacher, Mal by Ray Fearon, Julia by Diane Keen, Joe by Stephen Boxer, Daniel by Matthew Chambers and Kay by Clare Calbraith.
Ainsley Harriott goes back to
his Caribbean roots
Ainsley Harriott heads to the West Indies to uncover his roots and discovers that Caribbean history isn't quite as "black and white" as he'd imagined, as the series in which famous names venture on a journey of discovery into their ancestors' pasts continues.
On arrival in Jamaica, Ainsley thinks he knows his father's family history. He's been told that his grandmother's family came to Jamaica as indentured labourers from India. Ainsley wants to discover where exactly in India his great-grandparents came from but, as he begins his research, he's shocked to find himself heading down a very different path to the one he imagined.
Ainsley thought his grandfather's ancestry was equally straightforward. He knows his great-grandfather was in the colonial West India Regiment and assumed that before that they were slaves. Heading to Barbados, he learns that his great-grandfather did have a distinguished career in the army, fighting for the British Empire in the Sierra Leone "Hut Tax War" but, apart from this, nothing else is as he thought.
How, in the time of slavery, did one of his ancestors, an unmarried "free black" woman, accumulate enough money to buy seven houses? His next discovery is even more surprising. Ainsley's great-great-grandfather, James Gordon Harriott, wasn't a black slave as he thought, but something very, very different.
|BBC TWO Wednesday 10th September 2008|
There’s more athletics action in the 2008 Paralympics tonight as Clare Balding and Steve Cram bring the action from the Bird’s Nest stadium. Wheelchair racer David Weir’s attempt to win his first-ever Paralympic gold medal should be one highlight.
Meanwhile, more track cycling medals are up for grabs, with the men’s team going in the sprint final.
GB will also be aiming for more gold medals in the pool today, including the freestyle relay.
This programme is also available on the BBC HD channel. From 10am to 4pm, digital viewers can access more live coverage of events via BBCi on the Red button and broadband.
|BBC FOUR Wednesday 10th September 2008|
| Blood And Guts – A History Of Surgery Ep 4/5
Wednesday 10th September
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR
The human face is the embodiment of beauty and identity, and in the fourth episode of Blood And Guts – A History Of Surgery, Michael Mosley investigates the history of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.
The programme ignores the obvious to reveal how surgeons in ancient India were practicing facial surgery over 2,600 years ago, and delves into its roots in the 16th century when a syphilis epidemic resulted in horrific facial disfigurements. Michael tries out first hand some of the surgical techniques early surgeons developed – and ends up making an acquaintance with bondage!
He hears how surgeons tried a catalogue of weird and wonderful ways to fix damaged faces, including ox cartilage, rubber and paraffin wax. In 1903, at the age of 22, American socialite and beauty Gladys Deacon had hot wax injected into her face to perfect her nose. It melted and destroyed her looks and she ended up in a psychiatric hospital, where she died in 1977 at the age of 96.
Michael asks whether cosmetic surgery really has come a long way since paraffin wax. Botox – the injection of a highly toxic neurotoxin – is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the country today. Michael decides to test it out at a Harley Street clinic.
It was during the great World Wars that plastic surgery really developed. Michael meets the surviving members of the famous "Guinea Pig Club" – veterans from the Second World War who became human guinea pigs for pioneering plastic surgeons Sir Harold Gillies and Sir Archibald McIndoe. Faces were literally blown away, jaws ripped off and skulls crushed. Gillies's reconstruction restored these faces to a semblance of humanity.
In the present day, plastic surgery is on the cusp of one its greatest achievements of all time – the first full face transplant. Michael meets top surgeon Peter Butler to find out what it would feel like to live with someone else's face. Is this seminal operation the ultimate in identity theft?