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Saturday 25 January



MOTD Live: Brentford v Leicester City

Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford face Leicester City in what promises to be a compelling tie between two vibrant sides who are surpassing expectation this season.

Gary Lineker presents.

Brentford reached the FA Cup fifth round for the first time in 13 years last season, and this could be an emotionally charged tie at Griffin Park, which they are leaving in the summer after 116 years.

Leicester are still fighting for honours on all three domestic fronts this season, while manager Brendan Rodgers is unbeaten in 31 domestic cup matches since an FA Cup semi-final defeat with Liverpool in 2015.

Tennis: Australian Open Highlights

Relive the pivotal points and breathtaking brilliance from today’s third-round matches at the opening Grand Slam event of the year in Melbourne.

It was at this stage last season that Caroline Wozniacki’s defence of her solitary Grand Slam title was ended by Maria Sharapova.

Highlights continue on BBC Two for the rest of the week.

The Greatest Dancer

It’s the final week of auditions of the dance talent show - plus tonight it’s Callbacks, where the Dance Captains must fight it out to complete their teams of three acts to take through to next week’s first Live Show.

Dancers of any age and dance style compete to win £50,000 and a chance to perform on Strictly Come Dancing.

At the auditions the audience still hold the power, and only they will decide if the mirror opens for the acts or not. The dancers need to impress at least 75 percent of the audience for the mirror to open.

So far three of the Dance Captains have already chosen one act each for the Live Shows, which means tonight it’s definitely Oti who will be picking an act from the day’s auditions to be in her team.

Then it’s Callbacks, where dancers who the mirror opened for return to find out if they are going to make it through to the live shows or not, as the Dance Captains fight it out to pick two more acts each to join their teams.

The superstar Dance Captains are: multi-platinum-selling singer Cheryl, Broadway and Glee star Matthew Morrison, Strictly Come Dancing Champion Oti Mabuse and choreographer to the stars, Todrick Hall.

The series is hosted by singer, rapper and former Strictly Champion Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo, member of multi-award winning dance troupe Diversity.

Love Island star and professional dancer Curtis Pritchard is the Receptionist who welcomes all the acts backstage as they nervously await the biggest audition of their lives.

The acts will be showing off all styles of dance, from ballet to Afrobeats, street to ballroom, contemporary to tap as they give the performances of their lives in the hope of opening the mirror.

But who will become The Greatest Dancer?

MOTD: FA Cup Highlights

The best action and reaction from the fourth-round ties in the FA Cup, with the winners progressing to the last 16.

There were plenty of upsets at this stage last season, with AFC Wimbledon and Millwall knocking out Premier League opponents West Ham and Everton respectively, while Newport County of League Two followed up their victory over Leicester in the previous round by eliminating Middlesbrough in a replay.



Bowls: World Championships

Rishi Persad presents live semi-final action from the World Indoor Bowls Championships at the Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton-On-Sea.

The best indoor players from across the globe gathered next to the Norfolk coast this week, and now we are down to the last four in the singles.

Who will make it through to the showpiece final tomorrow?

Commentary comes from David Corkill and John Price. Highlights will be shown on BBC Two later today.

Sunday 26 January



MOTD Live: Manchester City v Fulham

Reigning champions Manchester City host Fulham, who knocked out top-flight opponents in the previous round and are also vying for an immediate return to the Premier League.

While City have reached this stage of the competition for the eighth successive season, Scott Parker’s Fulham side ended a three-year wait for an FA Cup win by beating Aston Villa earlier this month. The Whites have lost their past eight matches against Manchester City though, going more than a decade since their most recent victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Gabby Logan introduces the action.

MOTD Live: Shrewsbury v Liverpool

Gary Lineker introduces the most-anticipated tie of the round, with Liverpool travelling to lower-league opposition as they seek to reach the last 16 for the first time under Jurgen Klopp.

Despite Liverpool’s stunning renaissance under the German, victory over Everton in the third round was only their fourth in 11 FA Cup matches under him - with Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle taking the Reds to replays during that time.

Doctor Who

Ko Sho Blo! Trigger-happy space police the Judoon are targeting 21st century Gloucester.

The Doctor, Yaz, Ryan and Graham race back to Earth in order to prevent them doing too much damage to the cathedral city. But who are they looking for? And what did they do to incur the wrath of the Judoon?

Written by Vinay Patel and Chris Chibnall
Directed by Nida Manzoor
Guest starring Neil Stuke, Jo Martin, and Ritu Arya

Call The Midwife

Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) volunteers to put up a group of trainee doctors at Nonnatus House while they undertake the practical aspect of their obstetrics diploma.

Dr Turner (Stephen McGann) and Sister Julienne hope the exercise will remind the council how vital Nonnatus House is to the community, and help remove the threat of demolition.

The young doctors - Benedict (Sam Woolf), Kevin (Lee Armstrong), Nigel (Callum Sharp) and Will (Micky Dartford) - are to stay in Lucille (Leonie Elliott) and Nurse Crane’s (Linda Bassett) room while all the midwives cram in with Trixie (Helen George) and Valerie (Jennifer Kirby). There’s a lot of excitement about their arrival and the doctors don’t disappoint.

On his CDC rounds, Fred (Cliff Parisi) comes across a street marked for demolition, with one house clearly showing signs of life...

Pictured: Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter)

The Trial Of Christine Keeler

Christine is on tenterhooks as Stephen’s (James Norton) life hangs in the balance while his sentence is decided.

Christine’s lie about Lucky Gordon (Anthony Welsh) haunts her and she faces trial herself.

Pictured: Christine Keeler (Sophie Cookson)



Bowls - World Championships

Rishi Persad presents live coverage of the World Indoor Singles Final from the Potters Leisure Resort in Norfolk.

The World Indoor Singles title has previously been clinched by such greats as Alex Marshall, Paul Foster, David Bryant, Tony Allcock, Richard Corsie and Andy Thomson.

There were emotional scenes on the rink at Hopton-On-Sea 12 months ago as Scotland’s Stewart Anderson claimed the title for the second time.

Today’s finalists will be eager to join the illustrious roll of honour.

With commentary from David Corkill and John Price.

Top Gear

Paddy, Freddie and Chris head on a British summer holiday in super-cheap second-hand convertibles.

Chris tests the new Ariel Atom on track, and Freddie attempts to bungee-jump an old Rover off a dam.

Win the Wilderness: Alaska

Win The Wilderness follows six British couples as they compete for the ownership of an extraordinary home in the Alaskan wilderness.

Situated 100 miles from the nearest road, the three-storey property is the home and legacy of Duane and Rena Ose, the married couple who have spent over 30 years building it. Now both in their 70s, and with their children unable to take it on, the Oses are searching for a couple to inherit their life’s work.

Travelling deep into the Alaskan wilderness, the couples will face four keys tests, each based on the Ose’s own experiences in the wild. Whichever couple impresses most on each test will earn a flight to see Duane and Rena’s home on Ose Mountain and experience life there first hand.

Upon arrival at camp, the couples are met by CJ, a local survival expert who has been entrusted by the Oses to assess each couple. Provided with canvas sheets, ropes and minimal instructions, the couples must use the surrounding forest to build the shelters they will live in during their time in the Alaskan bush.

The next morning, the Oses invite one couple to make the 100-mile journey by bush plane to their home. From the moment they touch down, the couple have 24 hours to prove themselves to Duane and Rena. If they demonstrate their potential to their hosts, they will make it onto the Ose’s shortlist for new owners and return to the wilderness camp. If they don’t, Duane and Rena will send them straight back to the UK.

Pictured: Bee and Theo 

Keeler, Profumo, Ward and Me

Secret audio tapes reveal the true story behind the 1963 Profumo Affair in this exclusive documentary. The tapes, which have been uncovered after more than 35 years, will air for the first time in BBC Two’s Keeler, Profumo, Ward And Me.

Presented by veteran broadcaster Tom Mangold who covered the story while he was a reporter on Fleet Street, this 1 x 60 minute documentary contains fresh revelations and an exclusive, inside account of the last hours of Dr Stephen Ward, the osteopath and portrait artist who introduced Christine Keeler to John Profumo.

More than 20 hours of interview tapes with Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, recorded in 1984 by the producers of the feature film Scandal, have been released to this programme. They provide a unique insight into the weekend at Cliveden and both women's claims of being pressured into giving evidence against Stephen Ward.

Pictured: Tom Mangold by Stephen Ward's flat on Wimpole Mews




Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) returns as Annie, who’s feeling pretty good after having faced her demons - her mom (Julia Sweeney), her boss (John Cameron Mitchell) and her troll. With boyfriend Ryan (Luka Jones) and best friend Fran (Lolly Adefope) by her side, she’s ready to take on the world.

But was hastily quitting her job and jumping into a relationship with someone a little less than career-focused the best idea? Annie’s on a path to self-discovery, joined by both Fran and her mother, as they figure out what they really want in life.

While Annie doesn’t always find it easy, she’s no longer the doormat she once was. She's determined and she’s only just getting started...

Episode one: Camp
Annie quickly discovers that it’s not the best idea to make big decisions while on an adrenaline high.

Episode two: Kevin
It’s the first day of Annie’s freelance career and she’s buzzing to have nobody but herself to answer to. And what’s the first step of her new professional journey? Interviewing the troll (Beck Bennett).

Meanwhile Fran (Lolly Adefope) is smitten with her new girl - but things quickly spiral.

Episode three: Skate
After a month of being her own boss, Annie is starting to crack. She can’t find work and she misses her old friends from The Thorn. Ryan (Luka Jones) comes with her to Ruthie’s (Patti Harrison) roller-skating birthday party, where Annie has to save face in front of her friends - and of course, Gabe (John Cameron Mitchell).

Episode four: Freak
Annie's professional life is looking shaky and she knows she needs to do something about it. But at least her love life is looking up. She takes Ryan (Luka Jones) to dinner with her parents while Fran (Lolly Adefope) takes herself out on a solo date.

Episode five: Wedding
Annie (Aidy Byant) accompanies Fran (Lolly Adefope) to her cousin's wedding as her "emotional support animal" - but sometimes even Annie's levels of loyalty and support aren't enough to protect Fran from the feeling she's a disappointment to her family...

Episode six: WA-HAM
Annie (Aidy Bryant) is covering a women in business conference for the Thorn. But Annie quickly finds she has mixed feelings about the feminist credentials of WA-HAM (Women Are Having A Moment).

Episode seven: Salon
Gabe (John Cameron Mitchell) invites Annie (Aidy Bryant) to a sophisticated soiree at his house. The Thorn’s publisher, will be there and Annie needs to make a good impression. Ryan (Luka Jones) goes as Annie’s date, on the condition that they can leave halfway through so he can go to his monthly burger eating competition.

Episode eight: HR
Annie (Aidy Bryant) has to go endure a humiliating office meeting. After a difficult month for Fran (Lolly Adefope), she wants to arrange a party for her friends, to be known as 'Franfest'.

Shrill is an 8x25’ series produced by Broadway Video and Brownstone Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. 

Pictured: Annie Easton (Aidy Bryant), Fran (Lolly Adefope)

Man Like Mobeen

The award-winning BBC Three comedy returns for a third series.

Episode one: You Reap What You Sow
All Mobeen wants to do is follow his faith, lead a good life and make sure his sister fulfils her potential. But can he juggle this when his criminal past is always chasing him?

After the attack on his best friends and threats against his sister at the end of the last series, series three finds Mobeen (Guz Khan) armed, dangerous and out for revenge. Determined to resolve things without bloodshed, his attempts to make up for past mistakes see him pulled back into the world of unhinged crime boss Uncle Khan (Art Malik).

Owing money to Khan, (with deadly consequences if he doesn’t pay him back) Mobeen struggles to undertake his criminal orders under the watchful eye of Khan’s useless nephew Nav (Nikesh Patel).

Now living at Uncle Shady’s 'safe house', can Mobeen keep his family safe whilst staying out of jail? Or will the dark path he’s being forced down lead to him paying the ultimate price?

Episode two: Moving Food
Mobeen is trying to do a good deed by helping out at the local food bank. But juggling this with strict orders from Uncle Khan to launder money could leave him with a deadly debt that’s impossible to pay.

Episode three: Permanent Exclusion
Mobeen and Aks must demonstrate their commitment to a good cause to prevent Aks being excluded from school. This involves attending the funeral of Mobeen’s former teacher, but when drug a deal goes wrong at the church, Mobeen has bigger things to worry about.

Episode four: Boys In The Wood
With a hit out on Officer Harper, Mobeen steps in to try and save his life and take him out of the firing line. Eight and Nate must stall Harper’s assassin long enough for Mobeen and Harper to escape through the woods.

Episode five: This Is The Ends
Mobeen and the gang must get out of Small Heath, but can Mobeen finish what he’s started and guarantee his sister’s safety before the police or Khan’s gang take him down?

  • Man Like Mobeen is written and created by Guz Khan and Andy Milligan and stars Guz Khan, Tez Ilyas, Dúaa Karim and Tolu Ogunmefun.

Monday 27 January



Crime: Are We Tough Enough?

Chris Daw QC, one of the country’s most eminent criminal barristers, and Ayesha Nayyar, the Law Society’s Sole Practitioner of the Year, look at how Britain’s courts are handling what many believe is a law and order crisis.

Ayesha thinks the system should be prosecuting more, getting higher conviction rates and sending those found guilty to prison for longer.

Chris, on the other hand, thinks we’re already doing all that - and it’s not working. He thinks we need to be sending fewer people to jail and for less time. Instead, he believes, the legal system needs to look at solutions that can keep people out of the courts in the first place - namely regulating drugs.

Ayesha visits Lowestoft to meet Adele Bellis, who was attacked by a man at a bus stop with acid. However, after suffering months recovering in hospital, it was her experience of going through the courts that left her with psychological scars as bad as those on her face. Not only was she called a liar in court, but her attacker got out after two years and is now free to move back to the area. She doesn’t think she got anywhere near justice.

Chris visits Manchester Crown Court where he explains why both sides - including those accused of crime - need to be fairly represented in court. There he meets a former Chief Prosecutor for the North of England, who agrees with Chris that long sentences do not lead to less crime.

In the second half of the episode, Chris sends Ayesha to meet former undercover drugs cop Neil Woods, who now thinks that all drugs should be legalised. Only then, he argues, will you take the market off organised crime and reduce the violence that comes with the billion-pound market.

Ayesha sends Chris to meet former front line police officer, Norman Brennan, who agrees with her when it comes to cracking down on crime. He thinks the CPS should be renamed the Criminal Protection Service and argues that defence lawyers like Chris are "part of the problem".

Pictured: Ayesha Nayyar and Chris Daw QC

Silent Witness

Teenagers messing around in a stolen car collide with a concrete pillar in a multi-story car park. The joyriders escape, but within the smashed concrete, the unmistakable form of a skull is revealed.

After painstakingly extracting the skeleton encased inside, Nikki and the Lyell team must investigate a suspicious death from 20 years ago.

Meanwhile Clarissa faces a difficult decision regarding her mother’s care.

Pictured: Penny Mullery (Paddy Glynn), Clarissa Mullery (Liz Carr)



The Windermere Children

August, 1945. A coachload of children arrive at the Calgarth Estate by Lake Windermere, England. They are child survivors of the Nazi Holocaust that has devastated Europe’s Jewish population.

Carrying only the clothes they wear and a few meagre possessions, they bear the emotional and physical scars of all they have suffered.

From Bafta-nominated screenwriter Simon Block and Bafta and Emmy-winning director Michael Samuels, The Windermere Children is the first dramatisation of a remarkable true story about hope in the aftermath of the Holocaust, based on the powerful first-person testimony of survivors who began their new lives in the UK.

The drama is led by a stellar cast including Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist), Romola Garai (The Miniaturist), Tim McInnerny (Strangers) and Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones).

Charged with looking after the children is child psychologist Oscar Friedmann (Kretschmann). Along with his team of counsellors, including art therapist Marie Paneth (Garai), philanthropist Leonard Montefiore (McInnerny) and sports coach Jock Lawrence (Glen), they have four months to help the children reclaim their lives.

By the lake, the children learn English, play football, ride bikes, express their trauma through painting - and begin to heal. Some locals taunt them, but they are embraced by others. Haunted by nightmares, they yearn for news of their loved ones. When the Red Cross arrives with letters about the fates of their families, none of them receive good news. But in the absence of relatives, the children find family in each other.

The Windermere Children is the stark, moving and ultimately redemptive story of the bonds the children make with one another, and of how the friendships forged at Windermere sustain them as they rebuild their lives in the UK.

Pictured: Arek (Tomasz Studzinski), Sala (Anna Maciejewska), Ike (Kuba Sprenger), Sam (Marek Wrobelewski), Chaim (Kacper Swietek)



Love Monster

Love Monster follows the colourful and funny adventures of lovable hairy hero Love Monster as he searches for the right thing to do in a world in which he is one of a kind. Showcasing the importance of kindness, empathy, connection and instinct, Love Monster is full of heart and ‘big life’ learnings for little ones.

Each day brings an exciting new occasion for Fluffytown. It’s Sharing with Others Day on Monday. Love Monster comes back from holiday to find chocolates waiting for him and because it’s Sharing With Others Day he should share them with his friends but they look very tempting.

On Tuesday’s Bouncy Slidey Day, Tiniest Fluffiest Bunny is frightened and stuck at the top of the big slide. Love Monster needs to be very brave and help her slide down.

On Wednesday, Love Monster and Tiniest Fluffiest Bunny have trained together so they can win Three-Legged Race Day, but disaster strikes when Elder Kitten puts them into different teams.

Thursday is Show And Tell Day and Love Monster can’t wait to show everyone in Fluffytown his favourite conch shell - until he finds out that the day is meant to be unicorn themed!

Finally, Friday is Perfect Pineapple Party Day, and Love Monster has dressed up in the perfect costume - but it means he can’t move properly and ends up knocking over the unicorn float. Can he save the day?

Love Monster is voiced by Darren Foreman, Tiniest Fluffiest Bunny by Sarah Hadland and Elder Kitten by Lewis Macleod.

Tuesday 28 January



Crime: Are We Tough Enough?

Today, Chris and Ayesha look at what role our prisons should play in the fight against crime.

For Ayesha, "porridge should mean porridge". Prison should be a place that acts as a punishment for those who have committed a crime, and as a deterrent for those who are thinking about it. At the moment, that’s not happening.

Chris disagrees. He believes that prisons are an overused - and ineffective - tool in the fight against crime, which crush the human spirit, make people worse and don’t work.

Ayesha visits Altcourse Prison outside Liverpool to get an idea of what a modern prison which focuses on rehabilitation looks like. She gets the full tour, including facilities such as the Family Unit, the Recreation Grounds and the Therapy Owls. In the end, Ayesha feels that her opinions have been challenged as she can see the passion the staff have for the job and the emphasis on rehabilitation that could work. However, she still thinks it’s all a bit cushy.

Chris spends time with former Manchester gangster Darryl Laycock outside Strangeways. Now reformed, Darryl dismisses the idea that prisons are a holiday camp and instead insists that most of them remain unfit for purpose.

In the second part of the show, Ayesha sends Chris to meet a family whose son was murdered by a man let out on prison licence. Chris sends Ayesha to go and meet a woman who was sent to jail for a crime she didn’t commit. By the end of the show, both Chris and Ayesha feel their positions have been challenged.

Pictured: Chris Daw QC with Darryl Laycock in Manchester

Holby City

It’s the 75th Holocaust Memorial Day, and Sacha’s (Bob Barrett) Great Aunt Maria (Susan Engel) is admitted, looking extremely unwell. Essie (Kaye Wragg) and Dom (David Ames) offer support, as they can see that Sacha is heartbroken for his great aunt, as she is also a Holocaust survivor.

He keeps vigil by her bedside, clinging on to the hope that she might just recover and pull through.

Cameron (Nic Jackman) sees red when dealing with a stabbing victim and her nervous boyfriend, Owen (Stephen Odubola). Trying to get to the bottom of what happened, Owen feels pressurised and bolts out of the hospital. Cameron runs after him, only to realise that Owen has also been stabbed. Cameron and Jason (Jules Robertson) get stuck in a broken down lift with Owen and battle to save his life.

Nicky (Belinda Owusu) feels under the cosh when her mother Tracey admits that she hasn’t paid off her debt to the man in the car crash, and that she’s getting threatening phone calls. Nicky has to step in, as Tracey doesn’t know what to do and hasn’t got the money to pay him.

Silent Witness

The Lyell team identify the concrete-encased remains as those of Derek Marshall, survived by his wife Sue and sister Ann.

Clarissa traces payments to a cryogenics facility, leading to the discovery of another suspicious death.

Lacking any proper documentation, the coroner orders a post-mortem into the cryogenically frozen body. How did they die and why was the decision made to freeze them?

Young, Sikh And Proud

Journalist Sunny Hundal (pictured) explores the legacy of his late brother Jagraj Singh, the most popular Sikh leader of modern Britain, who sparked an unprecedented revival of young people returning to the faith.

Sunny and Jagraj fell out very publicly over their opposing religious views and didn’t speak for years. In Young, Sikh And Proud, Sunny explores what led to that schism and why they each had such different approaches to the faith. Sunny also asks whether what he sees as a rise in religious activism among a minority of young Sikhs, points towards a wider story of identity and belonging.

On this journey Sunny meets people from all walks of the faith, including a young protester; one of the UK’s most senior Sikh policemen; and the leader of one of the country’s most outspoken Sikh youth organisations.

In a bid to understand why his own brother became so religious Sunny also spends time with his family, and, for the first time, visits a Sikh camp. His brother, like hundreds of other young people, went to one of these camps to learn more about the faith. Through learning about his brother’s path to the religion, and by exploring his own identity, can Sunny understand more about what it means to be Sikh in modern Britain?

Sunny says: "My brother was an extraordinary character, who went from a west London estate to the British Army, to being a religious leader.

"I wanted to understand his journey. But in the process I learnt much more than I expected."



My Life: Our Big Vote

My Life: Our Big Vote follows three teenage girls as they take on one of the biggest challenges of their young lives - competing for a seat in the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Elena, Jodi and Mairi live in the small town of Coatbridge where only two seats are available in the Scottish Youth Parliament. Not only do they have to compete against each other but they are also standing against two older boys.

Just like any other election, each candidate has their own campaign plan. The film shows the teenagers speaking on stage at a series of hustings in local schools, a crucial chance to persuade their audience that they are the candidate worth voting for. They all find it incredibly nerve-wracking standing up in front of strangers and it's even more scary when they have to represent themselves in their own schools and pitch hard for votes.

By the time election night comes round emotions are running high. Has their hard work campaigning actually paid off? It's decision time for all three girls. Who will be taking their place alongside their peers to help change their country for the better?

Wednesday 29 January



Crime: Are We Tough Enough?

Chris and Ayesha spend time on the streets to find out what is really happening with Britain’s knife-crime crisis.

Ayesha visits Greater Manchester Police to look at the sort of weapons that have been taken off the streets as part of their Operation Sycamore campaign. She is astonished at the sheer range of knives on show, including huge blades bought from the internet and of the homemade variety. The police tell her that we need to crack down using Stop and Search.

Chris visits Polmont Young Offenders Institution to meet young men who are doing time for violence. He discusses their background and why they think they ended up in trouble. He also meets the Governor of Polmont who tells him that the young men "are victims too".

In part two of the show, Ayesha sends Chris to meet the family of Yousef Makki, who was killed in a knife incident. They tell him the sheer agony they have been through, including at the hands of the criminal justice system.

Chris sends Ayesha to an NHS Accident and Emergency to meet the doctors who have to deal with knife crime day in day out. Dr Gayle Hann suggests that we need to adopt a Public Health Model when it comes to tackling crime - one that looks at the causes of crime.

Pictured: Sergeant Richard Proctor with Ayesha Nayyar, Manchester



Good Omens

In episode three we follow Aziraphale and Crowley’s friendship across the ages.

Meanwhile, in the present day, Agnes Nutter’s (Josie Lawrence) descendant Anathema (Adria Arjona) arrives in Tadfield on her own mission to save the world.

Cast: Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Adria Arjona, Miranda Richardson, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, Mireille Enos, Daniel Mays, Siân Brooke, Sam Taylor Buck, Ned Dennehy, Ariyon Bakare, Nina Sosanya, Jon Hamm, Frances McDormand

Pictured: Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), Crowley (David Tennant)

Thursday 30 January



Crime: Are We Tough Enough?

Chris and Ayesha spend time with different police forces, looking at how they are dealing with crime.

Ayesha thinks that the police need to "get back to basics" - tough front-line policing on the streets that takes the fight to the bad guys. And they need to be given whatever tools they need to get the job done.

Chris thinks that policing needs to adapt to modern society and the communities they serve, arguing that you can’t give Dixon of Dock Green a Taser and expect it to turn out well.

Ayesha spends the day with the Greater Manchester Police, in particular with two front-line bobbies on the beat. They tell her what’s going on and what they need to do their job. Both are strong supporters of Stop and Search, as well as tasers.

Chris travels to Scotland, where he sees how a completely different policing model is being enacted. The Violence Reduction Unit was set up on the grounds that ‘you can’t arrest your way out of violence problem’. Instead, Police Scotland focus on intervention with criminals, getting them treatment and jobs. Chris meets Callum, a young man who has benefited from this system.

In part two, Chris sends Ayesha to visit a community that has found itself on the wrong end of excessive Stop and Search. In Tottenham, she meets Ken Hinds, a community worker who is working in the community to lessen tensions and stop accidents happening. Ayesha gets to witness a real-time Stop and Search, with Ken in action. Ayesha is left feeling considerable admiration for Ken’s skills.

Ayesha sends Chris to visit a high tech Security Exhibition, where the latest in technology-assisted policing solutions are on display. He gets to see drones, body cams and facial recognition all in action, but is unimpressed.

Pictured: Ken Hinds with Ayesha Nayyar, Harringay, London

Best Home Cook

It’s week five of Best Home Cook and Mary Berry, the queen of home cooking, Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett and produce expert, Chris Bavin, continue to test the remaining six talented home cooks on their finest dishes.

This week Mary gives the cooks just one hour 45 minutes to create their Ultimate Curry night. The cooks have their work cut out for them as Mary has asked for a vegetarian feast of two different curries, a traditional bread and a fried snack. 

This week Chris has chosen an ingredient that features on most people’s weekly shopping list. At the end of the challenge Mary, Angela and Chris give their verdict on the cooks’ creations, and there are triumphs as well as disasters. The judges must then decide, taking both the Ultimate and the Rustle Up into account, who is safe and who needs to prove themselves by cooking again in the Eliminator.

Five weeks into the competition and the cooks’ fears about being in the Eliminator are stronger than ever. With the judges banished and unable to see what is happening, the safe cooks support from the side, while this week’s weaker cooks try to follow a recipe to the letter to avoid being sent home.

Angela has chosen a fiddly desert this week and the tension is palpable as the cooks try to deliver perfection. At the end of this round, the judges must agree which is their least favourite version of the dish, and with that decision made all the cooks return to the kitchen.

Everyone learns at the same time which cook is leaving the competition.

Death In Paradise

After Christopher Williams’ (Michael Obiora) lifeless body is found on a boat far out at sea, D.I Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon), D.S. Madeleine Dumas (Aude Legastelois), Officer JP Hooper (Tobi Bakare) and Officer Ruby Patterson (Shyko Amos) are called out to the scene of the crime.

With all evidence pointing towards a deadly fall, Jack is bothered by the strange appearance of the body and with the fact that Christopher’s car was left abandoned miles out into the woods.  Suspicion soon starts to fall on those closest to the victim: Christopher’s wife Alesha (Clare Hope-Ashiety), and friends Clarence (Javone Prince) and Shonelle (Lorraine Burroughs).

With everyone having an alibi for the time of the murder, the team drift further away from finding out the truth. Will this case prove too tough for the team to crack?

Meanwhile, Jack’s daughter Siobhan (Grace Stone) is visiting the island and encourages him to accept Anna’s (Nina Wadia) offer to join her on her travels. Jack finds himself left at odds with what to do and has a big decision to make.

Pictured: Ruby (Shyko Amos), JP Hooper (Tobi Bakare), DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O'Hanlon), Madeleine Dumas (Aude Legastelois)



Travels In Euroland With Ed Balls

In the second episode, Ed Balls heads to Poland and Germany, exploring the anti-elite sentiment which has swept Europe. He joins workers in a Polish coal mine, visits a so called ‘Nazi Village’ and travels to an anti-jihadi training camp.

Ed begins his trip in Leczna, Eastern Poland, home to the country’s deep coal mines. After the EU ordered the mass closures of coal mines across Europe, the populist Law and Justice Party has established a stronghold in the region, promising to stand up for the miners’ jobs against Brussels.

Ed meets Josef, who has worked in the mines for over 15 years, and is shown the exhausting reality of working an eight-hour shift over a staggering 1km underground. He also meets Josef’s family and friends, who tell him about the importance of the mine to the local region.

Crossing the border to neighbouring Germany, Ed heads to the village of Dorfchemnitz. In the national elections of 2017, the village returned the highest vote in the entirety of the country for the controversial, far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, and have now been dubbed the ‘Nazi village.’ As the former MP for a constituency which had the highest BNP membership in the UK, Ed is keen to get behind the headlines to find out what’s really going on.

Ed’s time in Germany also sees him visit Bremen, a city which has felt the impact of Merkel’s controversial policy to take on more refugees during the migrant crisis than any other country in Europe. Even in this most diverse of cities, the AfD party is picking up votes - and Ed wants to know why. He meets with local cab driver Karsten, who feels threatened by the rise of refugee violence in the city, and has a surprising story to share.

Ed also meets Frank Magnitz, the local AfD representative who believes his party are the only ones who are standing up for the people on the ground. But Ed is shocked to discover the propaganda Magnitz is using to promote his message.

Ed’s journey comes to an end back in Poland. Here, he goes to a gun training camp, marketed as a place where ordinary citizens can learn how to defend themselves in the event of a terrorist attack. Ed meets the men who have signed up to the training camp, and finds that some have more reason than most to feel under threat.

As the episode comes to a close, Ed considers whether the anti-elitist, anti-Islam rhetoric of the populist politicians is encouraging more people to take up arms.

Pictured: Ed and Karsten in Bremen, Germany



Sam Mendes: Life Cinematic

In this first episode of new series Life Cinematic, Oscar-nominated British director Sir Sam Mendes OBE talks to Edith Bowman about the films that have influenced his life and career.

His choices range from classics Blue Velvet, Taxi Driver and The Godfather II to contemporary films including Lost In Translation and The Social Network. Sam also provides insight into the making of his most recent film, 1917, and reflects on his early introduction to cinema, as well as his future career aspirations.

Life Cinematic is a new series of television specials delving into the art film making in an entirely new way. Each episode will feature an in-depth interview with a renowned filmmaker, blended with a selection of classic clips that have influenced or inspired them. Filmmakers will draw on their knowledge and expertise to shine a light on the artistry in the films they love, be it the perfect protagonist, sound design, chase sequence, or simply their favourite single shot.

Friday 31 January



Crime: Are We Tough Enough?

In the final episode, Chris and Ayesha bring their evidence to court, where they present their arguments to a select jury of 12 people who have featured across the week.

Ayesha presents her case and Chris presents his case before the jury leave to consult in a separate room. There are strong arguments on all sides, and the jury come back to the courtroom and ask for clarification from both Chris and Ayesha on a number of points, before voting. 

Once the verdict is delivered Chris and Ayesha tell the jury that unless we come together to find a solution to the current crime crisis, then nothing will get done.

The two present their joint five-point plan.

Pictured: Ayesha and Chris at a moot court, Manchester

The Goes Wrong Show

Episode six: Ninety Degrees.

This week’s show is a family saga of lust and betrayal set in the American Deep South, as the children of Herb Burgess, the head of Burgess Fine Tea, gather to plan the division of the business after their father’s incipient demise.

The show’s title refers to the heat in Tennessee, but a designer error means that one of the sets has been built at a literal 90 degrees to the vertical. Too expensive to re-stage, our gang decide to turn the cameras on their side and pretend that everything’s normal. Gravity, however, has other ideas, and when even getting in and out of chairs is potentially limb-threatening, you know things aren’t going well.

Unfortunately the set in question also features food, drink, and a liaison that's not the only problem - as a remote-controlled dog falls victim to a spat between Chris and Robert, rogue jack-in-a-boxes crop up on set and Herb’s bedroom somehow ends up upside down.

Pictured: Max (Dave Hearn), Vanessa (Bryony Corrigan)

King Gary - The Big Schmooze

Gary is having an extension built, but one objection from a neighbour could affect his planning permission, so he hosts a civilised dinner party for all Crescent folk in what he’s billing ‘the big schmooze’.

Gary goes on full charm-offensive to woo the residents at the soiree, especially arch nemesis Stuart. Denise, an experienced soirée host, tries to take over the proceedings, while Big Gary is only interested in watching the boxing on Gary’s new curve television with his gatecrashing golfing mates.

Terri uses the party as an opportunity to showcase her new mobile cocktail business venture ‘Bartini’ and, for ease, orders a massive ‘Deliveroo’ for everyone - but when the delivery is hours late, the evening takes a drunken nosedive.

Pictured: Mad Kay Lisa McGrillis



Stewart Copeland’s Adventures In Music

To conclude this three-part series, Stewart Copeland explores the transcendental powers of music.

Why do certain sounds have the ability to move people, transport the mind and help us escape this world - if only briefly?

As a child, Stewart’s path was determined when, despite being raised by strict atheists, he was deeply moved by the massed voices of the Wells Cathedral choir singing Jerusalem. Ever since this, he’s been fascinated by the ability of music to lift us up.

In this episode, called Altered States, he travels to Morocco to discover the polyrhythms of Gnawa and back to Wells Cathedral to understand the mechanics of choral polyphony. He meets Kanye West collaborator Caroline Shaw to examine the powers of melody and the human voice and CeCe Winans to discuss the roots of Gospel.

Finally Stewart takes a gong bath in New York and visits minimalist master Steve Reich to unpack the trance-inducing powers of repetition.

A Somethin’ Else production.

  • Pictured: Caroline Shaw and Stewart Copeland

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