|BBC ONE Wednesday 3 December 2008|
Mr Merdle secures a position for Sparkler at the Circumlocution Office, as
Dickensian adaptation continues. Mrs Merdle is, to say the least, gleeful at having got her son out of Fanny's clutches, but perhaps she is rejoicing too soon.
Amy is thrilled to think that she might return to London should Fanny marry Sparkler, but her hopes are dashed when her father orders her to remain in Venice until she is fit to appear in Society.
Fanny, meanwhile, detects a hint of romance between her father and Mrs General and is determined that her despised chaperone will never become her step-mother.
Back in London, Pancks shows Arthur an official handbill announcing that the French traveller Rigaud, last seen at the House Of Clennam, is missing, presumed murdered. Arthur is horrified that his respectable, but icy, mother is suspected of foul play.
When Cavalletto reveals that Rigaud himself is a murderer, Arthur rushes to Mrs Clennam to find out what has been going on and to try to clear her name.
Mr Merdle is played by Anton Lesser, Edmund Sparkler by Sebastian Armesto, Mrs Merdle by Amanda Redman, Fanny Dorrit by Emma Pierson, Amy Dorrit by Claire Foy, William Dorrit by Tom Courtenay, Mrs General by Pam Ferris, Pancks by Eddie Marsan, Arthur Clennam by Matthew Macfadyen, Rigaud by Andy Serkis, Cavalletto by Jason Thorpe and Mrs Clennam by Judy Parfitt.
|BBC TWO Wednesday 3 December 2008|
The team (L-R: Philippe Cousteau Jr,
Lucy Blue, Tooni Mahto and Paul Rose)
travel to the Indian Ocean, which covers
13 per cent of Earth's surface
Covering 26 million square miles, the Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's major oceans, accounting for some 13 per cent of Earth's surface. Its remote corners contain some of the most pristine marine habitats in the world. But its relationship with man is now at a tipping point.
In the first of two episodes about the Indian Ocean, explorer Paul Rose, environmentalist Philippe Cousteau Jr, maritime archaeologist Dr Lucy Blue and marine biologist and oceanographer Tooni Mahto look at the pressures that are changing this ocean, as the series delving into the hidden stories of the planet's oceans continues.
Its coral reefs are fragile ecosystems under enormous pressure, but now scientific advances may offer hope. The expedition visits the only "coral nursery" in the Indian Ocean, one of the few places in the world where an extraordinary technique is being used to repair damaged reefs.
It is also home to a remarkable reef where schools of graceful Manta Ray, the largest of the rays, visit for a very unusual reason. Three-quarters of those visiting the reef have suffered shark bites and the team reveals how their wounds are treated by other reef inhabitants. The team also seeks out one of the Indian Ocean's most elusive creatures, the Dugong.
Here, as elsewhere in the world, shark fishing has been increasing at an alarming rate. With tens of millions of sharks caught worldwide each year, Paul and the team visit a small community in Mozambique, where shark fishing has recently become an established practice, to find out what is driving the trade.
Working with the Met Office, the team also takes part in a global experiment to try to understand more about the world's oceans by launching an electronic float as part of a four-year mission to collect vital information about the Indian Ocean.
|BBC THREE Wednesday 3 December 2008|
With last week's winners safely back home with their reputations intact, the three remaining pairs of entrepreneurs fly to Naples where they must build food-and-drink-related businesses from nothing, as the series which pitches 12 of Britain's most successful young entrepreneurs against each other, to see who can create the most profitable businesses from scratch in six different cities, continues.
Fresh from failing to escape in the first three weeks, the remaining six will be determined to outwit their opponents.
The businesses established this week range from an event to promote the city's only ice and bar gallery with a party at the bar and gallery itself; a pair acting as brokers for a Michelin-starred restaurant; and the provision of a menu translation service, each of which is underpinned by the entrepreneurs' desperation to fly home as winners.
The losers watch with envy as the successful duo return to their glamorous lives, leaving the remaining four entrepreneurs to head for Bangkok, where they are now dangerously close to the unwanted tag of being The Last Millionaire.
Other programmes in BBC Three's Money Season, which continues throughout November and December, include Filthy, Rich And Famous, How To Rob A Bank and The Way To Riches.
|BBC FOUR Wednesday 3 December 2008|
THE ART OF ITALY
Travels With Vasari Ep 2/2
Wednesday 3 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR
continues his Travels With
Vasari, part of BBC Four's
The Art Of Italy
BBC Four's Art Of Italy continues with the conclusion of Andrew Graham-Dixon's search for the origin of art and its place in the world today.
In the second episode of Travels With Vasari, Andrew discovers paintings documented by Giorgio Vasari in his book Lives Of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors And Architects.
Vasari's own period in the 16th century is one in which, he believed, artists attained perfection in their work, surpassing anything created in Ancient Greece or Rome.
On his journey Andrew revels at the three "titans" of the era, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo, exploring their great works – including The Last Supper, The Mona Lisa and the Sistine Chapel.
By scrutinising their work, Andrew hopes to show how important they were not just to their contemporaries but also to the world today.