|BBC ONE Saturday 6 December 2008|
Manish Bhasin looks ahead to the weekend's football action with help from expert studio guests.
Today's Barclays Premier League fixtures include the return of Roy Keane to Old Trafford with his Sunderland side. Having faced Manchester United twice as a manager, Keane is yet to see his new team score against the club where he became a legend. Middlesbrough take a trip to Hull, while Arsenal are at home to Wigan and East Lancashire neighbours Blackburn and Bolton both face tricky home fixtures against Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.
It's an important few days in the Coca-Cola Championship, with a full programme of games taking place midweek. Today's matches include a couple which could prove crucial in the promotion battle, with Sheffield United playing Burnley and QPR hosting Wolves. North of the border, Rangers meet Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League strugglers Hamilton ahead of Celtic's match away at Hibernian tomorrow.
Manish also looks back at what happened in the Uefa Cup last week and glances ahead to this week's Champions League action – which will be the last before Christmas.
Viewers can catch up on all the results, reports and action from today's football fixtures around the country, in Final Score.
Chelsea visited Bolton in the Premier League, while there was a Championship clash between promotion hopefuls Sheffield United and Burnley. In Scotland, Rangers hosted SPL new boys Hamilton.
Digital viewers can watch Final Score from 2.30-6pm by pressing the Red button on their remote controls.
The quarter-finalists are in
judge Craig Revel Horwood's
line of fire
The quarter-finals bring the remaining five celebrity couples to a showdown on the dance floor this week, as they vie to become Strictly Come Dancing champions. With renewed vigour, the heat will really be turned up as the contestants fight for their place in the semi-final.
As usual, Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly preside over the glittering spectacle, while the contestants put themselves in the line of fire from judges Arlene Phillips, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman. Once again, it's the all-important audience vote, combined with the judges' scores, which save the couples from elimination. The lowest-scoring couple will return for the Sunday night dance-off to fight for their survival in the competition.
Morgana (Katie McGrath) is hell
-bent on revenge
When Gwen suffers tragedy at Uther's hand, Morgana becomes hell-bent on revenge, in the penultimate episode of the magical family drama.
Against his better judgement, Gwen's father, Tom, agrees to help a renegade sorcerer, Tauren, turn lead into gold using a magical stone. Halfway through the act, a voice rings out – they're both under arrest. Several guards appear out of the shadows, led by Arthur. Tom goes quietly but Tauren uses his magical powers to escape.
Morgana and Arthur plead mercy for Tom but Uther is adamant – he will face trial and, if he is found guilty, there can be only one sentence. Morgana tells Uther that if he kills Gwen's father, she will never forgive him.
Morgana goes looking for Gwen and, amongst the debris of the chase in the forge, she finds the magical stone which the sorcerer must have dropped during his escape. Morgana places the stone in her pocket and heads off. Merlin can sense the stone but is unsure what the powerful feeling of magic means.
Morgana realises that Tom's trial is just a formality – Uther has made up his mind and will find him guilty no matter what. She therefore decides to take matters into her own hands and steals the keys to Tom's cell – sneaking down into the dungeons and slipping them to a stunned Tom.
Later that night, Tom makes a bid for freedom. But, when the guards discover his cell is empty, Uther orders that he be found – and executed on sight. Despite his best attempts, Tom is caught and struck down on the spot – Gwen is devastated.
Morgana is furious and confronts Uther, but her actions land her in serious trouble when she is sent to prison by the angry King. Will Morgana's rage push her too far and endanger the lives of those closest to her?
Angel Coulby plays Gwen, Anthony Head plays Uther, Katie McGrath plays Morgana, David Durham plays Tom, Cal MacAninch plays Tauren, Bradley James plays Arthur and Colin Morgan plays Merlin.
A frantic Jessica arrives at work and, after collapsing, finally admits to Tess that she is pregnant, in this week's edition of the medical drama. She confesses to Tess she is unhappy with Sean, and soon discovers that her pregnancy is further along than she thought. With this knowledge, and with Amelia worried her parents are going to divorce, she decides to stay in her marriage.
Ruth, meanwhile, worries that Toby isn't coping after his night with Ben. After a confrontation with Ben, she reports him to Jordan for taking advantage of Toby. She is, however, unwilling to address the similarities between Ben and Toby's situation and her own with Jordan.
Elsewhere, Adam and Alex meet and Adam confides in his brother about his relationship with Jessica.
Jessica is played by Gillian Kearney, Tess by Suzanne Packer, Ruth by Georgia Taylor, Toby by Matthew Needham, Jordan by Michael French and Adam by Tristan Gemmill.
Gary Lineker brings viewers all the goals and highlights from today's Premier League fixtures, in tonight's edition of Match Of The Day.
Roy Keane took his Sunderland side to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, the club where he was revered as a player. The Irishman had yet to see Sunderland score against United while he has been in charge, but the Black Cats did manage to frustrate Sir Alex Ferguson's side at Old Trafford last season, before finally losing out to Louis Saha's second-half winner.
Bolton had beaten Chelsea just once in their last 15 attempts, but needed to get something out of today's game at the Reebok Stadium – with a relegation scrap already seeming inevitable for Gary Megson's side. Just down the road at Ewood Park, Blackburn also faced a tough task against early pace-setters Liverpool.
It's more than 18 years since Stoke and Newcastle met in the league, but they did play twice in the FA Cup last season – when the Potters were still a Championship side. Sam Allardyce was Newcastle manager for the 0-0 draw but was sacked before the replay, which the Magpies won 4-1 and which was played on the same day that it was announced that Kevin Keegan would be returning to the club as manager.
Today's two games in the capital saw Arsenal play Wigan, while Fulham welcomed Manchester City to Craven Cottage. Middlesbrough travelled down the north-east coast to meet Hull.
|BBC TWO Saturday 6 December 2008|
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Mission Beach USA Ep 7/8
Saturday 6 December
12.45-1.15pm BBC TWO
The group enter their final week in California and are presented with their most gruelling challenge yet – a race totalling the equivalent miles from San Diego to Hawaii – as the observational documentary series following eight British teens as they embark on San Diego's world-famous junior lifeguard programme, and shown as part of BBC Switch, continues.
With two hours on the clock, each of the Brits has to run 10 miles of Mission Beach and swim around every buoy, which gives Joe one of his last chances to beat American boy Treager. In their free time, Aine fails to cook for the group but succeeds in being asked out by American guy Eddie. But, as her nerves start to kick in, will her Californian date be everything she wants it to be?