|BBC ONE Saturday 13 December 2008|
Manish Bhasin and guests look ahead to the weekend's football action, which includes a mouth-watering Barclays Premier League clash between Tottenham and Manchester United. Spurs have looked a different team under new manager Harry Redknapp, who has enjoyed some stand-out results against United in the course of his long career – most famously his FA Cup giant-killing success with Bournemouth back in 1984.
Hull's away record has been most impressive in their debut season in the top flight but today they face an awesome task at Anfield, where they meet Liverpool. Meanwhile, there are a couple of North West derbies, with Everton travelling to Manchester City and Wigan hosting Blackburn.
In the Clydesdale SPL, Celtic host Hearts, having beaten them 2-0 at Tynecastle earlier this season, while Rangers are at Dundee United – who came within a minute of a shock win at Ibrox when the sides met in November.
Manish also looks back at the midweek Champions League games and previews the upcoming Uefa Cup fixtures.
Viewers can get up to speed with what's been happening on the pitch today in Final Score, with all the results, reports and reaction from all the big games up and down the country.
Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal were all involved in Premier League fixtures while, north of the border, both Celtic and Rangers were in action.
Digital viewers can watch Final Score from 2.30-6pm by pressing the Red button on their remote controls.
Tensions reach fever pitch in tonight's penultimate show, as the semi-final stage sees the four remaining celebrity couples strut their stuff on the dance floor in the hope of making it through to next week's glittering final. With the whiff of victory in the air, there's more pressure than ever on the couples as they compete to win that all-important Strictly Come Dancing trophy.
Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly once again preside over the proceedings, live from BBC's Television Centre, and judges Arlene Phillips, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman offer their critiques of the performances. However, it is the public vote which will decide the contestants' fate.
Arthur's (Bradley James) life
hangs in the balance
Arthur's life hangs in the balance, as the magical family drama reaches its conclusion. Merlin is the only one who can save him – but at what cost?
Whilst out on a hunting trip, Arthur and his men encounter a huge and terrifying monster that has the body of a lion and the head of a serpent, with a huge pair of dripping fangs.
Gaius explains that what they encountered was a questing beast, said to have been conjured from the nightmares of a long-dead king. It is a creature of great power from the old religion, whose bite is always fatal. Uther refuses to acknowledge such folly and sends the knights out to kill it.
Arthur and his men, meanwhile, creep through the forest to find the tracks of the beast and nervously follow its trail to a cave. As they cautiously enter its lair, the beast jumps out of the darkness at Arthur. Merlin rushes to help but doesn't get there in time, and the beast hurls Arthur to one side. Merlin uses magic to send a sword flying at the creature and it vaporises before his eyes. The beast is dead, but Arthur lies unconscious on the floor, blood dripping from his shoulder. He has been bitten and it looks like he may not survive.
Merlin seeks the help of the Great Dragon, who tells him he must go to the Isle of the Blessed and ask the old religion to save Arthur – it alone has the power.
Merlin goes back to Gaius with the clues the dragon has given him. Gaius fills in the gaps – the ancient magic which has the power to mirror life can reverse death itself. But there is a price to pay: in order to save a life, a life must be taken.
Merlin has some tough decisions to make that could see his world changed for ever.
Bradley James plays Arthur, Colin Morgan plays Merlin, Richard Wilson plays Gaius and Anthony Head plays Uther. Tonight's concluding episode also stars Michelle Ryan as Nimueh and John Hurt as the voice of the Great Dragon.
Jessica finally admits to a delighted Sean that she is pregnant, as the medical drama continues. She is secretly furious, however, when Sean announces the news to the entire department. Without consulting her first, Sean then tells everyone that they are moving to Saudi Arabia.
Adam is left reeling at the news and, after a day out with his brother, Alex, during which Alex reveals his condition has worsened, remains in denial.
Ben, meanwhile, confronts Toby about his suspension. However, although Toby tries to sort the situation out, he cannot bring himself to admit to Jordan that Ben did not put him under any pressure to sleep with him.
Elsewhere, Ruth attends her interview for surgical rotation but is furious when Jordan's questions during the board scupper her chances.
Jessica is played by Gillian Kearney, Sean by Richard Dillane, Adam by Tristan Gemmill, Alex by Luke Hamill, Ben by Mark Letheren, Toby by Matthew Needham, Jordan by Michael French and Ruth by Georgia Taylor.
Gary Lineker brings viewers highlights from today's Premier League games, which include a fascinating clash between Tottenham and Manchester United at White Hart Lane.
After their dreadful start to the season, Spurs have been revived by the arrival of Harry Redknapp, who is an old friend of Sir Alex Ferguson, but who will have known better than to expect any favours from the United manager today. Hull's away record, meanwhile, is among the best in the Premier League but their strength on the road would have faced a real test today when they visited Anfield, the home of Liverpool. On their last visit to the North East, Arsenal had to rely on a last-minute Cesc Fabregas goal to earn a point at Sunderland – Arsene Wenger would not have wanted a repeat of that against Middlesbrough at the Riverside today.
Sunderland have won their last three games against West Brom, including a 1-0 win in the Premier League two years ago, one of just three victories for the Black Cats in a miserable season that culminated in relegation. Stoke, who have surprised several teams since their ascent into the Premier League, were at home to Fulham. There were also two North West derbies, with Everton travelling to Manchester City and Wigan hosting Blackburn, while Martin O'Neill's Aston Villa were at home to Bolton.
|BBC TWO Saturday 13 December 2008|
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Mission Beach USA Ep 8/8
Saturday 13 December
12.45-1.15pm BBC TWO
Four weeks of intense training comes to
an end for the lifeguard wannabes
It's the end of the road for the British teenagers after four weeks of constant training in America. As the observational documentary series in which eight British teens dived into San Diego's junior lifeguard programme concludes,
the final tests see the group become involved in a swim with leopard sharks and try some deep-water snorkelling. A nervous Yasmine, meanwhile, is asked to prepare a speech for the final day.
This is the ultimate "work hard, play hard" environment, where the dream of the Californian lifestyle meets tough discipline. But will any of them manage to pick up an award for their efforts in training to be a junior lifeguard? And how much will everyone miss life on Mission Beach?