|BBC ONE Saturday 22 November 2008|
Manish Bhasin and guests look ahead to the weekend's football action, in this week's edition of Football Focus.
In the Barclays Premier League, Aston Villa are looking to beat Manchester United for the first time this century. Newcastle have come away from Stamford Bridge empty-handed on their last six league visits, but will hope to do better today. Neutrals will be looking forward to the game between Manchester City and Arsenal, where there should be plenty of footballing flair on offer.
Promoted sides Stoke and West Brom, meanwhile, meet at the Britannia Stadium. In the Coca-Cola Championship, Crystal Palace and Bristol City, who both made the play-offs last season, meet at Selhurst Park, while both Rangers and Celtic are in action in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League.
Manish also looks back at the midweek international friendlies and ahead to this week's Uefa Champions League fixtures.
Dave Woods brings viewers highlights from the final of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, as the month-long competition reaches its climax.
The Suncorp Stadium, in Brisbane, had a guaranteed 52,500 sell-out crowd well before the tournament began and now the last two teams standing are battling it out for the crown of world champions.
Australia have won the tournament on the last six occasions and it would be a big upset if the Kangaroos had not bounced into yet another final. Match commentary comes from Ray French and former GB coach Brian Noble.
Ray Stubbs and the team bring listeners all the results from today's fixtures in England and Scotland, in this week's edition of Final Score.
The programme also features reports and reaction from the big games, which include Chelsea v Newcastle and Manchester City v Arsenal. Further down the league ladder, Scunthorpe and Leicester met at Glanford Park in a battle of League One promotion contenders.
Digital viewers can watch Final Score from 2.30-6pm by pressing the Red button on their remote controls.
The sequins are flying this week, as the seven remaining couples vie for the hotly contested title of Strictly Come Dancing champions.
Once again, Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly are on hand to oversee proceedings, as the celebrities and their professional partners compete against each other to stay out of the bottom two, win favour from the judges and, most importantly, win the hearts and minds of the public.
Arlene Phillips, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Len Goodman cast their critical eye over the performances, but it's the public vote which will decide the contestants' fate.
The lowest-scoring contestants return to dance for their place in the competition in Sunday's results show.
Gwen (Angel Coulby) joins
forces with Merlin to save the
village from a ruthless group of
Merlin, Arthur, Morgana and Gwen join forces to save Merlin's village from a ruthless group of bandits, as the magical family drama continues.
Merlin is stunned when his mother, Hunith, turns up in Camelot, bruised, battered and desperate for help. Their village, Ealdor, has been attacked by a bandit, Kanan, and his men. Kanan is demanding all of the harvest and will be back in a week to collect everything – or the villagers will pay with their lives. If they give their food to Kanan, however, they will starve to death.
Merlin gets Hunith an audience with King Uther, who listens to her story but refuses to do anything. Ealdor is beyond the boundary of Camelot's realm and none of Uther's soldiers can cross the border – to do so would be an act of war.
Merlin, meanwhile, tells Arthur that he can no longer be his servant. He has to protect his mother and friends and will leave in the morning.
Merlin goes to Gwen to pick up some weapons and armour but, when he gets there, he finds Morgana with Gwen. After hearing Hunith's appeal, they couldn't let Merlin go alone. He tries to argue with them but they're both determined to help the villagers.
The gang sets up camp for the night in the woods and, as Merlin lies awake, unable to sleep, he hears the sound of a horse approaching through the darkness. It's Arthur, who tells him that he has come to help fight, too.
When they arrive, they find Kanan and some of his men ransacking the place. There's a stand-off and Kanan is forced to back down as Arthur demonstrates his prowess with the sword.
Arthur convinces the villagers that they have to fight, but an old friend of Merlin's, William, refuses – he blames Arthur for riling Kanan.
Merlin realises that, unless he uses his powers, there is no way that they can defeat Kanan and his men, but will he risk exposing his abilities to save his friends and the villagers?
Colin Morgan plays Merlin, Bradley James plays Arthur, Katie McGrath plays Morgana, Angel Coulby plays Gwen, Caroline Faber plays Hunith, Alexander Siddig plays Kanan, Anthony Head plays Uther and Joe Dempsey plays William.
Ruth wakes up in Jordan's bed and revels in what she believes is the start of a new relationship, in this week's edition of the medical drama. Jordan, however, clearly feels differently and later rejects her outright – to her utter humiliation. Upset and feeling lonely, Ruth turns to Toby for support, but instead gets the surprise of her life when she catches him in bed with someone unexpected.
Dixie and Jeff, meanwhile, are called to a stabbing at a farm, where they find a man dying and a disturbed young man clutching a knife. As events unfold, however, it transpires that there is far more to this incident than meets the eye.
Elsewhere, the documentary about Holby's emergency department is to be shown on TV. While Kelsey can't wait to see it, Dixie is terrified of what it might show. All day long, she takes her nerves out on Jeff, before finally admitting to him how scared she is that the documentary will show she caused the crash. With Jeff's unflinching support, she summons all her courage and they watch the documentary together.
Ruth is played by Georgia Taylor, Jordan by Michael French, Toby by Matthew Needham, Dixie by Jane Hazlegrove, Jeff by Matt Bardock and Kelsey by Janine Mellor.
Gary Lineker introduces all the
action from today's Premier
Gary Lineker introduces highlights from today's Premier League games, in which Aston Villa hosted Manchester United and hoped to break a run of 14 straight defeats against the champions in all competitions.
Newcastle, meanwhile, had scored just once on their last eight visits to Stamford Bridge – would they fare any better in today's clash with Luiz Felipe Scolari's Chelsea? Fulham met Liverpool at Anfield, having conceded 14 goals in their last four visits while scoring just two in return. Manchester City had lost all but one of their last nine home meetings in the league against Arsenal – could they improve that awful record today?
Newly promoted Stoke and West Brom met at the Britannia Stadium, while the other Premier League newcomers, Hull City, travelled to Portsmouth and Middlesbrough hosted Bolton.
|BBC TWO Saturday 22 November 2008|
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Mission Beach USA Ep 5/8
Saturday 22 November
12.20-12.50pm BBC TWO (Schedule update 31 October)
The group is still split up and staying with some of the Americans from their course, and now they each get to sink their teeth into real Californian life, as the observational documentary, shown as part of BBC Switch, continues.
While most of the Brits shop, eat and party with their American friends, Georgie and Yasmine have to get up at 6am on a Saturday morning to go kayaking. Tommy and Joe put their accents to good use to impress some Californian girls at a house party and, back on the course, the group gears up for the most scary challenge yet, a 40ft-pier jump, deep into the ocean!
This is the ultimate "work hard, play hard" environment, where the dream of the Californian lifestyle meets tough discipline; will the British team sink or swim?
John Inverdale introduces live coverage as Wales tackle New Zealand at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
It's been 55 years since the Welsh beat the All Blacks and New Zealand were ruthless in their last meeting, brushing Wales aside 45-10. But Wales will be hoping for inspiration from their Kiwi head coach, Warren Gatland, who guided them to the Six Nations grand slam earlier this year.