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BBC ONE Unplaced Week 40
Silent Witness – Safe (Part 1) Ep 1/6
Wednesday 1 October

Leo is stopped for drink driving and finds himself doing community service in a rough part of South London, in the opening story of the 12th series of the medical crime-drama. He has to answer to a tough-talking community worker, AJ, who's not pleased that he's been assigned a "drunk whitey". The kids laugh at Leo behind his back, trying to intimidate him. It is an unsettling experience and he keeps his mouth shut.


Elsewhere in South London, Nikki is called out to a funfair at a local park where a teenage girl has fallen to her death from a ride. The paramedic, Ryan McBride, is more interested in Nikki and doesn't waste any time in asking her out. She focuses on the job in hand, but doesn't say "no". Upon closer inspection, Nikki begins to suspect that the girl may have already been injured when she was strapped into the ride. The site is quickly turned into a crime scene.


The post mortem confirms that the girl had been stabbed. It also reveals that she may have been brutally raped. DS Wallace, the investigating officer, suspects that the rape may have been part of a gang initiation. One of these gangs is headed up by Keenan, who is trying to recruit Levi – one of the young boys from AJ's youth club. Leiv's older brother, Errol, used to "run" with Keenan's crew.


Leo tries to keep his head down, he just wants to do his hours and get out. But when Errol is stabbed near their playing fields, Leo steps in and takes charge, much to AJ's surprise. Leo's quick, decisive action wins him new respect from AJ and the kids, particularly Levi.


Leo Dalton is played by William Gaminara, Nikki Alexander by Emilia Fox, Harry Cunningham by Tom Ward, AJ by Aml Ameen, Ryan McBride by Jamie Sives, DS Wallace by Paul Higgins, Keenan by Charles Mnene, Levi Harris by Kedar Williams-Stirling and Errol by Daniel Kaluuya.



Silent Witness – Safe (Part 2) Ep 2/6
Thursday 2 October

Errol's death has hit AJ hard, in the second and concluding part of the opening story of a new series of the medical crime drama Silent Witness. When Levi stops coming to the youth centre, AJ despairs that he or anyone can ever actually make a difference to the kids' lives. Leo doesn't want him to give up hope. He talks to Levi and tries to encourage him to tell the police what he knows about the murders. But Levi is too scared to "squeal" on Keenan. Instead, he's pushed forward to kill a member of the Somali crew and retrieve Keenan's drugs. Levi is unable to carry through the stabbing and runs away – leaving Keenan and his cohort to finish the job.


A shaken Levi turns to Leo for help and finally confides all that he knows. Leo relays the information to DS Wallace. But the police are unable to secure any concrete evidence against Keenan, who manages to evade their net and corner Levi in the park. He sets his dog on Levi and the vicious attack kills him. Leo is distraught.


Finally, just when it seems that all hope of catching Keenan has gone, the team make a breakthrough. But will their efforts ever be enough to make a difference to the lives of the kids on these estates?


Leo Dalton is played by William Gaminara, Nikki Alexander by Emilia Fox, Harry Cunningham by Tom Ward, AJ by Aml Ameen, Levi Harris by Kedar Williams-Stirling, Keenan by Charles Mnene and DS Wallace by Paul Higgins.




BBC TWO Unplaced Week 40
Beautiful People –
How I Got My Vase
Ep 1/6
Thursday 2 October
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Meera Syal stars as Aunty Hayley in this adaptation of the childhood memoirs of Simon Doonan
Meera Syal stars as Aunty
Hayley in this adaptation of the
childhood memoirs of Simon

Olivia Colman, Meera Syal, Aidan McArdle, Layton Williams, Samuel Burnett and Luke Ward-Wilkinson star in Beautiful People, a comic memoir based on the story of Simon Doonan, who was born in Reading but is now creative director of the swankiest store in New York, Barneys. Each week, the narrative moves between New York City, "now", and Reading, "then".


In the first episode, Simon is creating a window in the New York store when his assistant, Sacha, knocks over a vase. Memories come flooding back of how he got the vase; of how his mum, Debbie, drank too much of his dad's homemade wine; of how his sister, Ashlene, was desperate to "hang with the crew in the hood"; of how his mum's blind best friend, Hayley, betrayed a trust; and of how he came to be wearing a dress that belonged to his best friend, Kylie's, mum.


When you are 13 and living in Reading in the Nineties, the world is a very strange place...


Beautiful People is written by Jonathan Harvey (Gimme Gimme Gimme) and based on Simon Doonan's best-selling book of the same name. This glittering and hilarious series explores Simon's teenage memories of his desire to live amongst the "Beautiful People" from the perspective of his New York department store window.


Beautiful People stars Olivia Colman (Peep Show, That Mitchell And Webb Look) as Debbie Doonan, Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars At No. 42) as Aunty Hayley, Aidan McArdle (Me And Orson Welles, Not Only But Always) as Andy Doonan, Layton Williams (Billy Elliot in the West End) as Kylie, Samuel Barnett (The History Boys) as the older Simon and 13-year-old Luke Ward-Wilkinson (Wild At Heart) as the young Simon.


Beautiful People is produced by Justin Davies with Jon Plowman (Absolutely Fabulous) as executive producer.



Heroes – The Second Coming: Volume 3
Wednesday 1 October

Sylar (Zachary Quinto) needs a boost as the new series of Heroes begins
Sylar (Zachary Quinto) needs a
boost as the new series of
Heroes begins

The hit American drama returns with revelations that redefine familiar characters and shake the series to its core. The first chapter of Volume 3 kicks off moments after shots ring out, as the shocking identity of Nathan's assassin and the reasons why the Texas press conference had to be cut short are revealed.


Peter and Matt are immediately thrown into unexpected and uncharted territory. With his powers partially restored, Sylar decides that a visit to Claire could give him a boost. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, Hiro and Ando are charged with safeguarding a family secret that could split the planet apart. They discover that the path to a grim future starts with shady speedster Daphne. In New York City, thanks to Maya, Suresh makes a startling breakthrough that could change the world – or just destroy his. And who is Tracy Strauss?


Adrian Pasdar plays Nathan Petrelli, Milo Ventimiglia plays Peter Petrelli, Greg Grunberg plays Matt Parkman, Zachary Quinto plays Sylar, Hayden Panettiere plays Claire Bennet, Masi Oka plays Hiro, James Kyson Lee plays Ando, Brea Grant plays Daphne, Dania Ramirez plays Maya and Sendhil Ramamurthy plays Suresh.



James May's Big Ideas Ep 1/3
Sunday 28 September

James May goes in search of a better and bolder way of getting from A to B
James May goes in search of a better and
bolder way of getting from A to B

James May returns with an exciting new series and this time he is searching the globe for the latest, most promising but often bizarre technologies. He looks at three distinct future concepts: personal transport; robotics; and energy.


In the first programme, James seeks a better and bolder way of getting from A to B and begins his travels in the frozen wastes of Russia to take the controls of a means of transport kept secret from the public until the Nineties – the ekranoplan. Capable of skimming above sea and ice at incredibly high speeds, this flying machine originally baffled American intelligence agencies.


Continuing his travels, James heads to the US in a bid to pilot the world's only surviving flying car for its first flight in four years. The legendary Aerocar of the Fifties was once a darling of the skies, and with Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner and Lana Turner as previous passengers, it proves that a flying car can be the ultimate "babe magnet".


Searching for the world's smallest helicopter, James travels to Japan, where he finds a machine which is held aloft by four tiny engines. With each engine weighing the same as a large chicken – but with the power of 10 horses – James watches in amazement as it takes off.


James even turns himself into a human rocket in his quest, strapping on a rocket pack in a suburban garden in Sussex. The machine, which eats up fuel faster than a jumbo jet, has been built by commercial pilot Stuart Ross, a man who likes flying so much that he wants to do it without an aeroplane.


And finally, in California, James encounters his ultimate dream – the latest in a long line of inventions by Dr Moller, a man who has spent 40 years pursuing a flying car capable of vertical take off. Its controls are so simple that anyone can fly it. But is the world ready for a flying car?


James May's Big Ideas is a co-production between BBC Vision and Open University.





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