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Network TV Week 40

Saturday 27 September 2008

BBC ONE Saturday 27 September 2008
Football Focus
Saturday 27 September
12.10-1.00pm BBC ONE


Manish Bhasin and guests reflect on the latest football news and look forward to another weekend of action including the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool.


Liverpool were somewhat fortunate to win at Goodison Park last season, but are David Moyes's side capable of exacting revenge today?


Following last weekend's showdown between Chelsea and Manchester United, has either side emerged as clear favourites for the title now?


And, in a season which has already seen many changes, West Ham's new regime faces a London derby against Fulham at Craven Cottage.



Cycling – World Road Championships
Saturday 27 September
1.00-2.00pm BBC ONE


BBC Sport presents live coverage of the 86-mile women's road race from Varese, in Italy, where Nicole Cooke, who started Great Britain's Olympic gold rush with a memorable victory in Beijing, will be looking to achieve a rare Olympic and World Championship double.


The Welsh star has won silver and bronze medals in past World Championships and has been training hard to complete the set with gold here.



Golf – British Masters
Saturday 27 September
2.00-4.30pm BBC ONE


Hazel Irvine presents live coverage of the third round of the British Masters from the Brabazon Course at The Belfry. The £1.8m prize fund has attracted an impressive field with several of Europe's Ryder Cup stars in action.


With the cut made, the onus is now on the chasing pack to put themselves in contention ahead of the final day's play.


Peter Alliss and Ken Brown lead the commentary team.



Final Score
Saturday 27 September
4.30-5.10pm BBC ONE


Ray Stubbs hosts a round-up of all today's football action with reports and reaction from the big games, including Manchester United's home match with Bolton and Chelsea's visit to newly promoted Stoke. There's also post-match reaction from the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park, which kicked-off at lunchtime.



Merlin Ep 2/13
Saturday 27 September
6.00-6.45pm BBC ONE
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Merlin (Colin Morgan) is running out of time
Merlin (Colin Morgan) is running
out of time

With a shield bearing enchanted but hidden snakes who await only his command to strike, the Knight Valiant rides into Camelot to compete in the annual sword-fighting tournament, as BBC One's adventure-packed family drama continues.


As Arthur prepares to fight Valiant in the final, a disgruntled Merlin, still getting to grips with his many arduous duties as Arthur's new servant, discovers that Valiant is cheating. If Valiant unleashes the magical snakes upon him, Arthur will surely die.


Merlin presents his evidence to Arthur, who has not exactly been impressed with Merlin's lack of talent for his new job. Arthur is initially dubious, but takes a leap of faith and decides to trust the youthful Merlin.


Arthur makes his case to his father King Uther before the entire royal court, but is forced to withdraw the allegations. With his father disappointed in him, Arthur blames Merlin for his humiliation and dismisses him.


Realising that he must master the magic that brings the snakes to life so he can expose Valiant and save Arthur, Merlin struggles through the night trying to learn the incantation. On the day of the tournament final, Merlin is running out of time...


As Arthur fights Valiant, dodging snake bites from the magic shield, Merlin finally masters the magic. He races to the amphitheatre and uses his own powers to expose Valiant by revealing the snakes to the world. But is Merlin too late to save Arthur, and will his own magic abilities be revealed?


Will Mellor plays Valiant, Bradley James plays Arthur, Colin Morgan plays Merlin and Anthony Head plays King Uther.



Strictly Come Dancing
Saturday 27 September
6.45-8.05pm BBC ONE
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Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly host the latest round of Strictly Come Dancing live from BBC's Television Centre, where the remaining 15 celebrity couples compete for the coveted title.


Tonight the men strut their stuff in a group dance, while the women battle to avoid bottom place on the leader board.


Judges Arlene Philips, Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli cast a professional eye over the performances of Christine Bleakley, Jodie Kidd, Cherie Lunghi, Heather Small, Lisa Snowdon, Rachel Stevens, Gillian Taylforth and Jessie Wallace. One will make her exit after performing either a salsa or foxtrot.



Saturday 27 September
8.55-9.45pm BBC ONE


Jordan prepares for another day in the ED as the long-running medical drama continues.


Adam doesn't like change, and he doesn't trust Jordan, either. As the pair continue to clash, Adam wants to know why the celebrated heart surgeon has come to run their ED. Ruth, on the other hand, is thriving under Jordan's leadership and seems to have started dressing in a more glamorous and feminine way.


Meanwhile, two sisters, Penny and Jean, discover their mother has collapsed. It appears the elderly lady may have taken an overdose, and one of her daughters may have helped.


Elsewhere, Zoe leaves work briefly and secretly visits a gynaecologist to see if she can have children.


Emergency treatment is later needed when a car falls on a man's leg after a fight at a garage. Jordan takes control in resus, but seems to have a memory lapse. No-one picks up on it and, without hesitation, Ruth continues where Jordan leaves off.


The other man involved in the fight takes Charlie hostage, but Charlie notices he needs urgent treatment and Abs seizes control. Jordan pulls off the tricky operation, enjoying the opportunity to show off his surgical skills – despite Adam's opposition.


Jordan leaves the ED in deep thought and gets into his car. He takes a letter from his glove box – a referral appointment to see a specialist – studies it, then screws it into a tight ball.


Nick Jordan is played by Michael French, Adam by Tristan Gemmill, Ruth by Georgia Taylor, Zoe by Sunetra Sarker, Charlie by Derek Thompson and Abs by James Redmond.



Match Of The Day
Saturday 27 September
10.05-11.25pm BBC ONE


The Merseyside derby takes centre stage as Gary Lineker presents highlights from today's Barclay's Premier League matches. Liverpool have won six of their last eight matches at Goodison Park, including a controversial 2-1 success last season. Everton, who were reduced to nine men in that match, were furious when strong claims for a late penalty were turned down. Can David Moyes's side set the record straight today?


Elsewhere, newly promoted Hull face a difficult assignment against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and Manchester United host Bolton.




BBC TWO Saturday 27 September 2008
Golf – The British Masters
Saturday 27 September
4.30-6.00pm BBC TWO


Hazel Irvine presents further coverage of the third day of the British Masters from the Brabazon course at The Belfry, as the overnight leaders negotiate their way around the back nine holes.


Colin Montgomerie, who last won the tournament a decade ago and who recently missed out on a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team, will be desperate to show the British public that he can still compete against the continent's elite players and add to his 31 previous European Tour titles.


Peter Alliss leads the commentary team, supported by Andrew Cotter.



Cycling – World Road Championships
Saturday 27 September
6.00-7.05pm BBC TWO


Viewers can catch up on highlights from today's women's road race in Varese, Italy, with Nicole Cooke attempting to follow up her magnificent Olympic success with another gold medal. Raced over 86 miles, the event also features Cooke's team-mate Emma Pooley, who last month became the first British woman to win an Olympic medal in the time trial.





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