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Saturday 28 January

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Casualty

Linda is faced with a problem when her errant sister fails to return for her children and Dylan meets his match in an acerbic alcoholic in Casualty: Hero Syndrome.

When Linda’s sister Denise disappears on a bender leaving her children, Britney and Joe, behind, Linda is forced to bring them into the ED. The children cause chaos and matters come to a head when Britney steals a baby to get back at her Aunt. But Linda faces an impossible decision when she finds out that Denise is likely to go to jail and the children could be taken into care…

Meanwhile homeless alcoholic Duncan gives Dylan a run for his money when he’s brought into the ED after his trolley of belongings catches fire. Dylan is surprised to find someone ruder and less cooperative than himself, but realises there’s more to Duncan than meets the eye. Using tough love to sort out Duncan’s problems, could Dylan be a secret softie after all?

Stars: Christine Tremarco (Linda), William Beck (Dylan), Britney (Devon Beigan), Joe (Taylor Parry), Billy Boyd (Duncan).

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Tennis: Australian Open Women's Final

John Inverdale and studio guest John Lloyd present live coverage of the women’s final as the first Grand Slam title of the year is decided.

Twelve months ago a rejuvenated Kim Clijsters claimed her first Australian crown in Melbourne, and the fourth Grand Slam of her career, as she saw of the challenge of ninth seed Li Na in straight sets. China’s Na had earlier put out number one seed Caroline Wozniacki at the semi-final stage.

Commentary comes from Andrew Castle and John Lloyd.

Sunday 29 January

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Call The Midwife

Jenny is placed on the district nursing roster for a few weeks to extend her experience of community practice.

She attends to Joe, a gentle old soldier with appalling leg ulcers. Jenny grows very fond of Joe and when his condition deteriorates, Jenny realises how much their friendship has enriched her life.

At the antenatal clinic Trixie and Cynthia enrol Winnie Lawson as a new patient. In her forties Winnie had thought her days of nappies and babies were long gone, and seems upset by her pregnancy. By contrast her husband Ted is overjoyed by the news. However at the baby’s birth everyone gets a bit of a surprise.

Jenny is played by Jessica Raine; Sister Julienne by Jenny Agutter; Sister Evangelina by Pam Ferris; Sister Monica Joan by Judy Parfitt; Chummy by Miranda Hart; Sister Bernadette by Laura Main; Trixie by Helen George and Cynthia by Bryony Hannah.

Birdsong

Eddie Redmayne and Clemence Poesy star as the passionate young lovers Stephen and Isabelle, brought together by love and torn apart by the First World War in BBC One's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' modern classic, Birdsong, adapted by award-winning writer Abi Morgan (The Hour, Iron Lady).

As Stephen recovers from his injuries, he is still haunted by memories of his affair with Isabelle. While he and his men prepare for a major offensive at The Somme, Stephen unexpectedly meets Isabelle again, but she is unable to explain why she left him, and Stephen goes into the attack in a state of turmoil, not sure whether or not he will see her again. The battle is devastating. Over the months that follow, Stephen begins to find comfort in his friendship with Jack Firebrace, and when Isabelle's sister Jeanne reveals the secret which Isabelle had hidden from him, Stephen starts to believe, at last, that there is a future worth fighting for.

Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn, Richard II) stars as Stephen Wraysford; Clemence Poesy (28 Days Later, Harry Potter) is Isabelle Azaire; Joseph Mawle is Jack Firebrace; Richard Madden is Weir; Laurent Lafitte is Rene Azaire; Matthew Goode is Captain Gray; Anthony Andrews is Colonel Barclay and Marie Josee Croze is Jeanne Fourmentier.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Tennis: Australian Open Men's Final

Sue Barker and guest John Lloyd introduce live coverage of the men’s singles final.

It was this tournament last year where current world number one Novak Djokovic developed his new-found taste for victory. Not only did he beat Britain’s Andy Murray, a finalist for the second successive year, in straight sets to claim the title, but he also did the same to Roger Federer at the semi-final stage. Djokovic went on to win Wimbledon and the US Open but will 2012 prove as fruitful for him? 

Commentary comes from Andrew Castle and John Lloyd.

Top Gear

In the first of a brand new series, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May head to Italy for a supercar shootout featuring the Lamborghini Aventador, the McLaren MP4-12C and the Noble M600.

Their trip starts at the incredible Nardo test track, a facility so massive it is visible from space, before heading north for a nerve wracking drive around the centre of Rome. The journey concludes at the legendary Imola circuit, a track challenging enough to have embarrassed many an F1 driver, with a timed challenge against the incredible skills of The Stig.

Back in the studio the presenters look forward to some car highlights of 2012 and will.i.am takes the wheel of the Reasonably Priced Car.

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

This feature-length documentary, produced by Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack, tells the story of the rock icon's torturous and emotionally fraught journey to sobriety.

This is the first time British terrestrial TV viewers will be able to see this insightful and sometimes brutally honest documentary, which had a theatrical and DVD release in 2011.

The film takes an unrivalled look at the notorious Black Sabbath front man’s life and his sometimes extreme behaviour. It features interviews with Ozzy’s brothers and sisters, as well as wife Sharon and children Jack, Aimee and Kelly Osbourne.

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is a film about the intoxicating rush of success and the redemption that comes from pulling away from the very thing that ultimately leads to success. Featuring never-before seen footage uncovered from the archives and interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee, Henry Rollins and others, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is the first documentary to take viewers inside the mind and psyche of a legendary and timeless cultural star.

Directors/Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli

Producers/Jack Osbourne and Marc Weingarten

Production Co/NZK/Schweet Productions Inc

Distributor: Eagle Rock

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Sunday Concert – BBC SO

Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Symphony Orchestra play Shostakovich's Symphony No 10, and are joined by Daniel Hope in Britten's Violin Concerto.

Of all Shostakovich's symphonies, the Tenth is often said to be the most perfectly formed and deeply felt. In contrast, Unstuck, by young American composer Andrew Norman, is cheerfully upbeat, until it gets 'stuck' in a repetitive groove and has trouble fighting free. Britten's concerto, with its combination of wit and elegiac lyricism, sits somewhere in between.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny

Monday 30 January

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Helen's Polar Challenge - Blue Peter Special

This special nine-week Blue Peter series follows Helen Skelton, the toughest girl on TV, as she sets out to complete a grueling 500 mile challenge to the South Pole, for Sport Relief 2012.

To reach the South Pole, the daredevil presenter must travel for up to 14 hours a day across the coldest and windiest places on earth, battling ferocious 80mph winds and temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celcius.

Helen will be travelling by kite, ski, and - in a world first - by bike, to raise awareness for Sport Relief.

In today’s episode, stage two of her South Pole training begins as she travels to California to get to grips with her specially made ice bike.

EastEnders

Panic ensues when Derek threatens the Moon brothers for the money they owe him. The boys are in a race against time - but as all their sources dry up will they have to face the wrath of Derek Branning?

When Tyler helps Whitney out with her driving lessons it is clear that there is still a spark between the two. Determined to forget her feelings for Tyler, Whitney puts her efforts into spending time with Fat Boy, but will she be able to stay away from Tyler?

When Kim organises a fitness class ‘Kimba!’ at the community centre, Andrew takes Heather along as a surprise and the girls are shocked to discover Andrew’s secret talent.

Anthony Moon played by Matt Lapinskas; Tyler Moon is played by Tony Discipline; Derek Branning is played by Jamie Foreman; Whitney Dean is played by Shona McGarthy; Fat Boy is played by Ricky Norwood; Kim Fox is played by Tameka Epsom; Andrew Cotton is played by Ricky Grover and Heather Trott is played by Cheryl Fergison.

Mrs Brown's Boys - Mammy's Going

When Spartacus the old family dog starts looking poorly, the Brown children reluctantly decide the time has come to put her in a home. But when the Brown children decide how to break the sad news to their mother, Agnes gets the wrong end of the stick.

Under the impression that her children are planning on putting her in a nursing home, a furious Agnes sets out to persuade her children she’s not going senile.

Meanwhile, Cathy’s new boyfriend Professor Clowne is determined to interview Agnes for his new book about motherhood and won’t take no for an answer. Agnes reluctantly agrees to the interview but then becomes convinced that Clowne actually wants to study her to prove that she’s going senile.

Moreover, with Agnes’s birthday fast-approaching, the Brown family have decided to throw their mother a surprise party. But poor Agnes is expecting a completely different surprise…

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Protecting Our Children - Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don't

Tragic cases such as Baby P and Victoria Climbié thrust the social work profession into the media spotlight, but few understand the complexities behind the work of child protection social workers.

After years of negotiation with Bristol City Council, NHS Trusts, Family Courts and the police, the BBC has unprecedented access to the social workers and their clients. BBC Two follows the child protection teams as they make life-changing decisions for the city’s children.

In Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don’t newly-qualified Susanne is working with a 'low risk' family. But even the most straightforward situations often develop into something more ominous.

Her first case is to help a family with their three year-old son Toby, who has learning difficulties. His parents need support and advice about how to improve their parenting, as well as the conditions of their small flat.

However, dad Mike's hostility towards Susanne means she can’t help the family in the way she would like. The risk in the case increases when unexplained bruises are found on Toby. More experienced social workers are drafted in to help Susanne but the parents still won’t accept the support.

After months of trying to affect change, the team manger Sallyanne decides to take the case to court. As the situation deteriorates further, mum Tiffany gets pregnant. Her unborn child becomes another case for the social workers.

Protecting Our Children is made in partnership with The Open University.

CBBC

CBBC

The Ministry Of Curious Stuff

Mysteries will be solved and questions answered when viewers enter The Ministry Of Curious Stuff - CBBC's brand new comedy sketch show starring Vic Reeves.

The Ministry of Curious Stuff is a fantastical depository of information staffed by Vic and his team of inquisitive fact-finders, including his dim-witted assistant Captain Length-Width - a man who takes stupidity to impressive new levels.

As the ringmaster of this magical, weird and unpredictable world, Vic's mission is to provide answers to questions posed by CBBC viewers - no matter how weird or wonderful those questions might be.

Discovering the answers to these questions is the launch pad for sketches, songs, animations and Vic's unique flights of fancy, with viewers discovering some amazing facts along the way.

In today’s episode Vic and his team try and avoid bedtime, meet the world’s smartest animal and investigate the worst places to go on holiday.

Starring Vic Reeves as himself, with Captain Lengthwidth (Dan Renton Skinner), Mr Frazernagle (Jack Carroll), Mr Lovett (Tyger Drew-Honey), Miss Tea Party (Beth Rylance) and Miss Wannamaker (Rhyanna Alexander Davis).

Tuesday 31 January

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

Anthony and Tyler discover how nasty Derek really is when he offers them a way out of debt. Panicking, Anthony asks for help from an unlikely person.

Fat Boy is still fuming following last night’s events, but after words with both Dot and Bianca he relents and goes to find Whitney. But will she forgive him?

Heather is angry at Andrew for lying to her, but when she challenges him Andrew surprises her with a grand gesture.

Anthony Moon is played by Matt Lapinskas; Tyler Moon is played by Tony Discipline; Derek Branning is played by Jamie Foreman; Fat Boy is played by Ricky Norwood; Dot Cotton is played by June Brown; Bianca Butcher is played by Patsy Palmer; Whitney Dean is played by Shona McGarthy; Rose Cotton is played by Polly Perkins; Andrew Cotton in played by Ricky Grover and Heather Trott is played by Cheryl Fergison

Prisoners' Wives

Gemma’s perfect life comes crashing down when armed police storm her house and arrest her husband, Steve, on suspicion of murder. Alone, scared and submerged into an unknown world, Gemma struggles to make sense of the bewildering judicial system but she’s certain of one thing; her husband’s innocence.

When Gemma visits Steve for the first time, she meets three other women: Francesca, a career criminal’s wife, Lou, a drug dealing young mum, and Harriet, a visitor who sits outside the prison – never venturing in. Each have their own story, their own secrets...

Gemma’s unshakeable belief in her husband turns to doubt and fear when she realises he has no alibi and the police investigation is gathering momentum. And Gemma starts to think the unthinkable; could her husband be a murderer?

Jonas Armstrong plays Steve; Emma Rigby plays Gemma; Polly Walker plays Francesca; Pippa Haywood plays Harriet; Natalie Gavin plays Lou.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Junior Doctors: Your Life In Their Hands

BBC Three continues to follow eight newly qualified junior doctors as they leave behind five years of medical study and hit the wards at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital.

Ben has always wanted to work with children and he’s looking forward to his rotation in paediatric surgery. It is not long before his diplomacy skills are put to the test when he has to negotiate with a five year old who is refusing to let him take blood.

Elsewhere fellow housemate Priya has an equally challenging time on the night shift and Sameer has to face the harsh reality that not every patient can be saved.

Over in A&E, Amieth is trying to adjust to the relentless pace of the department. He soon realises that not all patients need medical intervention, when he encounters a homeless person who just seems to want some company…

Wednesday 1 February

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

The Crusades/Victory in the East

In the concluding episode of BBC Two’s compelling three-part series The Crusades, Dr Thomas Asbridge reveals that the holy wars were not decided on the hallowed ground of Jerusalem, but in Egypt.

As trade blossomed between Christians and Muslims and the Mongol hordes arrived from Asia, a saintly French king – afire with crusading zeal – and the most remarkable Muslim leader of the Middle Ages fought for ultimate victory in the East.

Drawing upon eyewitness chronicles and the latest archaeological evidence, Dr Asbridge argues that it was a fearsome slave-warrior from the Russian Steppes – now forgotten in the West – who finally sealed the fate of the crusades. And, most controversially of all, Asbridge challenges the popular misconception that the medieval crusades sparked a clash of civilisations between Islam and the West that continues to this day.

Thursday 2 February

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

Terrified of the repercussions from the events from last night Anthony and Tyler wait anxiously for news from Derek

Heather is excited to share her news with the residents of Walford, but the in-fighting amongst the Mitchell’s and another of Walford’s couples threatens to ruin it for her.

Whitney finds herself caught in the middle between Jack and Roxy when she gives them some advice about Amy, but will her actions lead to more problems for her?

Anthony Moon played by Matt Lapinskas Tyler Moon is played by Tony Discipline, Derek Branning is played by Jamie Foreman, Heather Trott is played by Cheryl Fergison, Whitney Dean is played by Cheryl Fergison, Jack Branning is played by Scott Maslen and Roxy Mitchell is played by Rita Simons

Inside Men

John Coniston is the manager of a cash counting house who finds himself in the middle of his worst nightmare: an armed robbery. His family are taken hostage and the gang force him to open the safe at gunpoint. John has been trained for this moment, but is he prepared for the real thing?

Nine months earlier and we see that John’s life is normally anything but exciting. Despite all the dreams and ambitions in his early 20s, he’s now entrenched in a humdrum normality: married, mortgaged, scraping by.

John has always played it safe. He lives in fear of confrontation. His one source of pride is his record at work. At his counting house the books are always balanced. Not even a fiver goes missing without him knowing about it.

Then one day while checking the accounts John notices that £50,000 has gone missing and he can see his world falling apart. He suspects two men of being responsible – Chris, a security guard at the depot and Marcus, a forklift driver.

John calls the two men into his office to confront them. But instead of turning them in to the police he offers them all a way out that will change them and their lives forever.

Steven Mackintosh plays John, Ashley Walters plays Chris, Warren Brown plays Marcus, Kierston Wareing plays Gina, Leila Mimmack plays Dita, Nicola Walker plays Kirsty, Hannah Merry plays Olivia, Tom Mannion plays Gordon, Ruth Gemmell plays Rebecca and Paul Popplewell plays Tom.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Putin, Russia And The West

The third episode of this four-part series, War, tells the story of how in August 2008, Russia went to war with America’s ally, Georgia.

It includes in-depth interviews with Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev and with Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili, who recalls the decision to launch an attack on Russian troops.

The programme charts the intense behind-the-scenes negotiations that led up to the conflict, notably the summit in Bucharest where President Bush’s efforts to get Georgia into NATO came up against the opposition of France and Germany, determined not to provoke Russia.

When the shooting starts, French President Nicholas Sarkozy brokers a ceasefire. Meanwhile, in Washington, US officials, including Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and Condoleezza Rice, describe what happened inside the National Security Council as they debated whether to give Georgia military support - in effect whether to go to war with Russia.

Friday 3 February

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

Derek plays on a fragile Ben’s emotions, persuading him that he could take charge of his own life now he is estranged from the Mitchells.

but it seems Ben has changed his mind when he tells Shirley he is ready to see Phil.

Whitney faces losing her job following Roxy’s interference, will Bianca and Jack be able to talk her round or is Whitney back to where she started?

Ian tries his best to bond with Lucy but it’s clear that Mandy’s presence at the Beale house is not making her happy.

Derek Branning is played by Jamie Foreman; Ben Mitchell is played by Joshua Pascoe; Shirley Carter is played by Linda Henry; Phil Mitchell is played by Steve McFadden; Whitney Dean is played by Shona McGarthy; Roxy Mitchell is played by Rita Simons; Bianca Butcher is played by Patsy Palmer; Jack Branning is played by Scott Maslen; Ian Beale is played by Adam Woodyatt; Lucy Beale is played by Hettie Bywater and Mandy is played by Nicola Stapleton

Hustle

When the grifters’ friend, Carol, suffers a heart attack, the Hustle gang discover she’s been the victim of a sham diet plan run by American fraudsters Dr Dean Deville and his wife, Dana.

Determined to put the corrupt fraudsters through their paces, Mickey hatches a weight-loss scam to sell them a miraculous diet pill, but knows they'll first need to gain their trust with an elaborate convincer. He lures the couple in by claiming he can steal a much-desired Faberge egg while Ash, dressed in a fat suit, speedily loses weight.

The Devilles are intrigued by the weight loss and Ash lets slip that he's been taking a stolen diet drug. The team convince Dean and Dana to steal the formula from a pharmaceutical lab but it’s a risky endeavour. Have the grifters gone too far this time?

Mickey is played by Adrian Lester, Albert by Robert Vaughn, Ash by Robert Glenister, Sean by Matt Di Angelo, Emma by Kelly Adams, Dr Dean Deville by John Barrowman, Dr Dana Deville by Raquel Cassidy and Carol by Jodie Prenger.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

How The Brits Rocked America: Go West

How The Brits Rocked America: Go West is a three-part music documentary series celebrating the 50-year narrative of British music in America and we now arrive in the decade of excess - the 1970s.

Cream may have paved the way but it’s Led Zeppelin who come to own the USA in the 70s, conquering the United States in less than a year.

The industry changes - FM radio emerges as an experimental frontier - and concerts like California Jam attract never-seen-before crowds of over 200,000 gig-goers. The new rock royalty (including Black Sabbath and Deep Purple) begin to cash in – and decadence ensues, with LA as the backdrop to the extravagance - personalised jumbo jets with dancefloors were the order of the day. The 70s concludes in a cosy cartel of monolithic rock bands – and it looked like they were there to stay.

Contributions come from Sir Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, Jimmy Page, Nick Mason, Tony Iommi and many more plus archive footage of their respective bands The Beatles, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath.



CBBC

CBBC

Tracy Beaker Returns

There’s more chaos at the Dumping Ground in this brand new episode of the hugely popular Tracy Beaker Returns – devised by the multi-award-winning children’s author Jacqueline Wilson and the drama team at CBBC.

Harry is asking difficult questions about his mother and Carmen is distracted by the return of Rick to the Dumping Ground. Desperate to find a mother figure Harry runs away, unintentionally causing trouble for Sapphire and forcing Carmen to think about her own mum.

Meanwhile the young people are being given a lesson in responsibility as Tracy makes them look after eggs for the day. But will the Egg Sitting Challenge be a success and will Mike think that they are responsible enough to have a new computer?

Starring Dani Harmer as Tracy Beaker.

 

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