|BBC THREE Wednesday 17 December 2008|
Lucy (left) and Natalie are desperate to avoid
being named The Last Millionaire
With last week's winners, Carl and James, safely back home with their entrepreneurial reputations intact, it's up to the last two contestants, Lucy and Natalie, to battle it out in Hong Kong, in the final episode of the series which pitches 12 of Britain's brightest young entrepreneurs against one another to see who can create the most profitable businesses from scratch.
This week, the two entrepreneurs must produce a product or product range with the theme East Meets West. Unbeknown to each other, both decide to plunge into Hong Kong's highly competitive t-shirt manufacture and design sector, but they take very different approaches. Lucy acts as a broker for underground designers, trying to place their designs with chic retailers and powerful distributors. Natalie, meanwhile, decides to manufacture t-shirts promoting entrepreneurialism which can be customised with clients' logos and brand names.
It's a frenetic week in Hong Kong, but both girls are fuelled by the desire to make more money than their rival – and avoid becoming The Last Millionaire.
Other programmes in BBC Three's Money Season include Filthy, Rich And Famous, How To Rob A Bank and The Way To Riches (working title).
|BBC FOUR Wednesday 17 December 2008|
ART OF ITALY
The Perfect House –
The Life And Work Of Andrea Palladio
Wednesday 17 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR
As BBC Four's The Art Of Italy season draws to a close, director Tim Kirby marks the quincentenary of the birth of Andrea Palladio – considered by many to be the world's most influential architect. The villas and palaces that he designed for the aristocrats of Vicenza and Venice, as well as his seminal Four Books Of Architecture, defined an architectural style that became known as neo-classicism.
Palladio's influence can be seen everywhere, from the dome of Jefferson's Monticello to the portico of the "Southfork" ranch in Dallas. Even an arch Modernist like Le Corbusier confessed to being a "disciple" of this miller's son, who rose from apprentice stonemason to the leading architect of the Venetian Republic.
Drawing on his own detailed research of the architecture of Ancient Rome, Palladio developed a set of rules that transformed domestic architecture by appropriating the language of the classical temple and applying it to the home.
The Palladian villa has been described as "the perfect house", combining an austere grandeur with an inspiring and yet intimate human scale. The German poet Goethe summed up the reactions of many who have experienced a Palladian house first hand: "You have to see these buildings with your own eyes to realise how good they are."
The Perfect House – The Life And Work Of Andrea Palladio provides the next best thing to a personal visit – a ravishing documentary journey through the plains of the Veneto, visiting the 17 villas that remain and exploring in detail what makes them work. From the rugged farmhouse outlines of the Villa Emo to the seductive pleasure-dome curves of the Villa Rotonda, the programme combines history and biography with a critical appreciation from leading experts of a man whose designs for living changed the face of the world.
Contributors include: architects Zaha Hadid, Robert Adam and Robert Tavernor; architectural historians Howard Burns, Guido Beltramini and Charles Hind; and owners of some of Palladio's most celebrated buildings, among them Count Foscari (Villa Foscari) and Contessa Diamonte Luling Buschetti (Villa Barbaro).