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Network TV Week 40

Thursday 2 October 2008


BBC ONE Thursday 2 October 2008
Doctors
Thursday 2 October
1.45-2.15pm BBC ONE
www.bbc.co.uk/doctors

       

George sees a woman who is worried about her hair falling out, and fears that she is being abused by her daughter as she has a lot of bruises on her arms, as the drama set in a Midlands health centre continues. While George speaks to the woman, her daughter turns up in the surgery waiting room. As her mum and George head back, they catch her stealing from another patient's purse.

 

The girl pushes past George, Julia and Ronnie, and gets away. Ronnie recognises her as he is representing her in a shoplifting case, but can't say anything to anyone. He speaks to her about what happened, and it transpires that the young girl is just trying to protect her heroin-addict mother.

 

Meanwhile, Melody has her assessment with Nick and receives some good feedback from him about how she's developed as a doctor. Later, Nick takes part in the charity wheelchair race and Caroline cheers him on.

 

George is played by Stirling Gallacher, Julia by Diane Keen, Ronnie by Sean Gleeson, Melody by Elizabeth Bower and Nick by Michael McKell. Caroline is played by guest star Rae Baker.

 

SD2

EastEnders
Thursday 2 October
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE
www.bbc.co.uk/eastenders

       

Bradley asks Stacey to renew their wedding vows in tonight's visit to Albert Square.

 

Meanwhile, Christian and Ronnie go to the school reunion together.

 

Bradley is played by Charlie Clements, Stacey by Lacey Turner, Christian by John Partridge and Ronnie by Samantha Janus.

 

JM3

 

BBC TWO Thursday 2 October 2008
The Restaurant Ep 8/15
Thursday 2 October
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO
www.bbc.co.uk/restaurant
Press pack

       

Half of the six remaining couples face tonight's elimination challenge – Tim and Lindsie, Peter and Laura, and Chris and Caroline – as the series in which the couples battle it out for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to open a new restaurant with Raymond Blanc continues. Having failed to make their international cuisine work, one couple's dream of going into business with Raymond comes to an end.

 

This week the three couples face a jumbo-sized challenge. They must prepare and serve their own food which must be transformed into a First Class lunch aboard a waiting Boeing 747. Raymond is using this challenge to test each couple's restaurant concept and also how their service skills fare in one of the toughest fine-dining environments on Earth – or perhaps, the sky.

 

First, the chefs have to cook, portion and chill their dishes. Then the meals must be delivered to the plane. Here, the front-of-house take over, warming and serving the meals to a First Class cabin full of discerning passengers ... and some very special guests.

 

This is Chris and Caroline's (from Ray White's) second time facing a challenge so Chris decides to play safe and stick to what he knows best. Pete, from The Welsh Wok, finds his rice is not up to scratch (again), and the name of Tim's True Provenance lamb dish seems odd.

 

When they arrive back to meet Raymond, a man who knows a thing or two about first-class catering, it soon becomes clear they are all in danger. But eventually one couple can't hold on and Raymond closes their restaurant – for good.

 

KA

 

BBC THREE Thursday 2 October 2008
The Wrong Door – Bondo Ep 6/6
Thursday 2 October
10.30-11.00pm BBC THREE
www.bbc.co.uk/wrongdoor

       

In a world inhabited by the warring factions of clowns, ninjas and pirates, Commander Bondo of the Clown Secret Service is tasked with thwarting a dastardly ninja plot to assassinate Captain Goitre. The leader of the Train Pirates comes under threat, in the last episode of the daring sketch show set in a parallel universe, where the special effects seen in the movies and on TV are part of everyday life.

 

Meanwhile, Melanie's relationship with Philip the Dinosaur reaches breaking point and Xotang the giant robot's holiday plans are ruined when he forgets his passport.

 

Brian Blessed guest stars as Captain Goitre, Burt Kwouk as the Ninja Master and Doctor Fox as ... Doctor Fox.

 

CD3

 

BBC FOUR Thursday 2 October 2008
Ian Hislop Goes Off The Rails
Thursday 2 October
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR
Feature

       

Ian Hislop investigates the notorious Beeching Report of 1963
Ian Hislop investigates the
notorious Beeching Report of
1963

Ian Hislop looks at the background to and the impact of the notorious Beeching Report of 1963, which led to the closure of many of Britain's railway lines and stations. Was its author, Dr Richard Beeching, a kind of Genghis Khan with a slide rule, ruthlessly axing swathes of Britain's rail network in the name of progress, or was he simply the fall guy for something that had to happen? In its Victorian heyday, Britain's railways stretched nearly 20,000 miles, in a country barely 600 miles long. Most of that network was still in place in mid-20th-century Britain, a very different era increasingly dominated by the motor car. Yet steam locomotives with romantic names could still be found chuffing across the green hills and valleys, a way of life immortalised in the poetry of John Betjeman.

 

In 1962, the Conservative Government of Harold Macmillan started looking at the increasing deficit of the railway system, recruiting leading industrialist Richard Beeching from ICI to run British Railways. Within a year, Beeching had written a report concluding that half of the network was uneconomic and that most of that should be closed down.

 

Ian brings his customary sharp eye and wit to the subject of the Beeching Report and the cuts that followed. With contributions from rail experts, campaigners, government advisers, railwaymen and passengers, Ian Hislop Goes Off The Rails also looks at the subsequent loss to the British landscape, community and way of life when the railway map of Britain shrank.

 

LK



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