|BBC ONE Sunday 14 December 2008|
Gary Lineker, Sue Barker and
Jake Humphrey host the annual
celebration of sporting
excellence, live from Liverpool
Sue Barker and Gary Lineker are back at the helm of BBC Sports Personality Of The Year as they guide viewers through another great night of entertainment that honours the biggest names in the world of sport. They are joined this year by Jake Humphrey in his first Sports Personality.
This celebration of sporting excellence, which is one of television's most anticipated annual events, is broadcast live from the Echo Arena in Liverpool before an audience of around 8,000 people – just the third time in its history that members of the public have been able to attend the prestigious event.
With the competition now in its 55th year, the title of Sports Personality of the Year 2008 will be awarded to the sportsman or woman whose actions have most captured the public's imagination over the last year. The trophy, which is decided on the night by a public vote, last year went to boxer Joe Calzaghe and this year's competition promises another knock-out field.
Other hotly contested awards to be presented tonight include Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Overseas Personality of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award, which will honour a true sporting legend.
– One Step Behind Ep 3/3
Sunday 14 December
9.00-10.30pm BBC ONE
Inspector Kurt Wallander
(Kenneth Branagh) needs to
track an assassin who is
always one step ahead
It is Midsummer's Eve. In the woods, a party of three young adults, in period fancy dress, enjoy a picnic, in the final story adapted from Henning Mankell's bestselling novels. Through the trees a lone assassin, armed with a gun, approaches…
Later, a slightly hysterical mother arrives at the police station. She has received a postcard – her daughter has gone to Europe with two friends, on a whim. The three were last seen heading off to the woods for a Midsummer's Eve picnic. Inspector Kurt Wallander wonders what the problem is; presumably the handwriting is the daughter's?
Meanwhile, Wallander's colleague, Svedberg, is murdered at home, shot at close range. Details about Svedberg's personal life emerge and Wallander wonders how well he really knew him. Svedberg seems to have been involved with the missing youths from the picnic, but it's not clear how.
Back in the woods, three bodies are discovered, all shot at close range. A fourth girl who was meant to attend the picnic is assassinated while in Wallander's care and, shortly afterwards, a newlywed couple falls prey to the assassin's gun.
The assassin plans his murders with meticulous precision, relying on knowledge that is secret to everyone except his victims. How is he privy to this information? Wallander must track a killer who always seems to be one step ahead – and who seems to be following Wallander as much as Wallander is following him.
Kenneth Branagh stars as Kurt Wallander. The cast also includes Sarah Smart as Anne-Britt Hoglund, Sadie Shimmin as Lisa Holgersson, Tom Beard as Svedberg, Tom Hiddleston as Martinsson, Richard McCabe as Nyberg, Jeany Spark as Linda Wallander, Lorraine Brunning as Eva Hilstrom, Samantha Best as Lillmor Norman, Duncan Holmes as Klas Boge and Sanchia McCormack as Ylva Brink.
|BBC TWO Sunday 14 December 2008|
– European Cross Country Championships
Sunday 14 December
1.00-2.45pm BBC TWO
Steve Cram presents coverage
of the 15th European Cross
Country Championships, from
Steve Cram presents coverage of the 15th European Cross Country Championships, which are taking place in Ostend, Belgium.
Ukraine's Sergey Lebid is the man to beat, having won the title seven times, including last year in Toro, Spain. One of his challengers could be the man who won in 2006 – Britain's Mo Farah, who disappointed in the Olympics but came back to win the Great North Mile in October.
The generally disappointing performance by the British athletics team in Beijing led to the appointment of Charles van Commenee as head coach and the trip to Ostend will be his first in his new role.
Spaniard Marta Dominguez won the women's race last year, but conditions will probably be very different this time, with mud and heavy ground in Ostend more likely than the dry and fast going that the athletes encountered in Spain in 2007. Meanwhile, Britain's Steph Twell will be aiming for an unprecedented third consecutive win in the junior women's event.
Adrian Chiles presents highlights of today's two Barclays Premier League games, which included a London derby between Chelsea and West Ham.
Gianfranco Zola was a legend at Chelsea and the Italian is bound to have received a warm reception at Stamford Bridge this afternoon, even though he was arriving as West Ham manager. Zola will have had his work cut out as the Hammers lost their last six Premier League games against Chelsea. The Blues also have a new manager this season in Luiz Felipe Scolari, whose attacking brand of football has delighted home fans and neutrals alike.
Portsmouth and Newcastle have also both suffered recent managerial upheaval – in fact, the Magpies' two meetings with Pompey last season came first under Sam Allardyce and then under Kevin Keegan, both of whose tenures at the club proved short-lived. Portsmouth's former manager, Harry Redknapp, rejected the Newcastle job last season but he, too, has since moved on (to Tottenham), leaving Tony Adams in charge at Fratton Park.
There will also be a chance to see all of yesterday's Premier League goals and the programme will ensure the weekend ends with a chuckle in 2Good 2Bad.