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Saturday 2 February

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Six Nations Rugby - Wales v Ireland

Jason Mohammad introduces live coverage from Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium as Wales begin the defence of their Six Nations crown.

The Welsh opened the 2012 campaign with victory over Declan Kidney’s side in Dublin before going on to complete their third Grand Slam in seven years.

But since then they have endured a torrid time, losing their Test series in Australia 3-0, before suffering four defeats in the Autumn Internationals series, including a surprise loss to Samoa.

Ireland will be looking to build on the promise they showed last time out with a 46-24 victory over Argentina in November.

Jonathan Davies and Keith Wood are in the studio to analyse the action.

 

Six Nations Rugby - England v Scotland

John Inverdale presents live action as England and Scotland begin their Six Nations campaigns by contesting the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham.

England are looking for a fourth consecutive Test victory over the Auld Enemy, having won last season’s Murrayfield encounter 13-6, courtesy of a Charlie Hodgson try.

And they will begin the Six Nations among the favourites to take this year’s title following their memorable win against world champions New Zealand in November.

For Scotland, the game marks the beginning of a new era after the departure of former head coach Andy Robinson, as his interim replacement Scott Johnson takes charge for the first time.

Studio analysis comes from Sir Clive Woodward, Jeremy Guscott and Andy Nicol. Andrew Cotter and Brian Moore are in the commentary box.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Howard Goodall's Story Of Music - The Age Of Invention

In the second episode of a brand-new landmark six-part series on BBC Two, composer Howard Goodall presents his own view of the period in music between 1650 and 1750, in which many of the musical innovations we now take for granted were invented.

In an age when Newton put in place the basic laws of science, Howard argues that musicians did the same thing in music. He says it is no wonder in an age that also saw great advances in clock-making, that much of the music of this period sounds like the whirring, clicking and ticking of an intricate, magical machine. In addition, Howard suggests that the paying public had arrived on the scene, and music was therefore to change, profoundly.

This was the age of Corelli, Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel. Vivaldi developed a form of concerto where a charismatic solo violin was pitted against the rest of the orchestra. Bach’s music was composed to glorify God and to do so, not least in his monumental St John and St Matthew Passions, he wrote some of the most subtly complex, heartfelt music of all time. Handel, most famously in Messiah, brought all the techniques of the preceding hundred years to a brilliant pitch, in a work that was both crowd-pleasing and sacred.

The Sound of Music is accompanied by complementary programming on BBC Radio 3: The Sound of Music in Fifty Works and Story of Music Question Time.

Presenter/Howard Goodall

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Borgen

The Prime Minister's daughter's health is deteriorating and her psychiatrist suggests admitting her to a private psychiatric hospital to avoid long waiting lists.

However, as part of the government's major reform package, 'Our Common Future', Birgitte's government is removing the tax advantages of private health insurance, so Birgitte must pay for the treatment herself, rather than through Philip's health insurance.

During Laura's illness, Birgitte and ex-husband Philip have grown closer to each other, despite the fact that he is still with Cecilie.

Kasper and Katrine decide to tell their bosses about their relationship. While both Birgitte and Torben accept it, Katrine feels that Torben does not assign her to certain tasks, as he fears she will favour the government.

When the press find out the PM's daughter is at the private hospital, a violent media storm erupts, and the hospital ask Birgitte to solve the problem, or they may have to discharge Laura. For the first time in her career as PM, Birgitte puts her family above her work and once her health care reform has been passed by parliament, she decides to take indefinite leave.

Cast includes Sidse Babett Knudsen as Birgitte Nyborg Christensen, Pilou Asbæk as Kasper Juul, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Katrine Fønsmark and Søren Spanning as Lars Hesselboe.

In Danish with English subtitles.

Borgen

While Birgitte has been on leave from the post of Prime Minister, Hans-Christian Thorsen, chairman of the Labour Party, has deputised and positioned himself to be a possible successor.

Kaspar has to deal with this, while looking for a flat with Katrine, who also wants to have a child - something he is really not prepared for.

Birgitte has been at home for a month, supporting her daughter Laura, who is still in hospital, and rebuilding her relationship with Philip. When Kasper and Sejrø try to persuade her to come back before Thorsen completely takes over the Prime Minister's Office, she has to decide whether to stay at home until her daughter is well, or return to work and finish her work before the election? She is eventually provoked by Michael Laugesen, who asserts that a woman simply cannot be prime minister. Determined to disprove him, she returns to the Prime Minister's Office and negotiates the last major parts of her reform package. With her vision for Danish society implemented, she steps up to the podium in parliament to deliver a special remark: and calls an election.

Cast includes Sidse Babett Knudsen as Birgitte Nyborg Christensen, Pilou Asbæk as Kasper Juul, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Katrine Fønsmark and Søren Spanning as Lars Hesselboe.

In Danish with English subtitles.

Sunday 3 February

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Six Nations Rugby - Italy v France

John Inverdale presents live coverage from Rome as Italy meet France on the opening weekend of this year’s Six Nations.

The French began the 2012 campaign with a 30-12 victory over their continental neighbours, but went on to finish a disappointing fourth in the championship.

Italy will be hoping for a repeat of the last time the two sides met in Rome in 2011, which ended in a memorable 22-21 victory for the Azzurri.

Studio guests are Jeremy Guscott, Thomas Castaignede and Keith Wood. Commentary comes from Alastair Eykyn and Jonathan Davies.

Blandings

BBC One’s period comedy series Blandings, based on PG Wodehouse’s celebrated stories continues.Tonight’s episode features guest appearances from Paloma Faith as Georgia and David Walliams as Baxter.

Blandings is threatened by the return of dictatorial secretary Baxter (David Walliams), hired by Connie (Jennifer Saunders) to put an end to all tomfoolery. This is a tragedy for Clarence (Timothy Spall); but he finds an unusual ally in his grandson George, who has been happily rampaging through the grounds with an air rifle. It is not long before there is an outbreak of clandestine shooting and smarting buttocks. Meanwhile, Freddie (Jack Farthing) returns to coax Clarence into to clearing his debts. This time he is pursued by East End gangsters and brings with him a beguiling dancer who takes a fancy to Beach (Mark Williams).

Blandings has been written by Guy Andrews who is also the executive producer. The producer is Spencer Campbell and the director is Paul Seed. Mammoth Screen’s joint Managing Directors Michele Buck and Damien Timmer are executive producers. The BBC executive producer is Kristian Smith.

Call The Midwife

Jenny is seconded to a short-staffed London Hospital to work on the male surgical ward.

Initially hesitant about her temporary assignment, she becomes increasingly reluctant about her new duties when she finds herself working under an intimidating surgeon, Mr Tracey.

Back in Poplar, the midwives have a new addition to the household, Jane, who lends a hand in Jenny's absence. In one of their most unusual cases, the nuns and midwives are introduced to a forthright pair of twins, Meg and Mave Carter. The two women are identical in every way - they even share a husband; except one of them is now pregnant. As the pair come to terms with the impact that a baby will have on each of them, Jenny unexpectedly helps to save the life of an old friend.

Jenny is played by Jessica Raine, Mr Tracey by Anthony Calf, Jane by Dorothy Atkinson and Meg and Mave Carter by Monica Dolan.

Ripper Street

As the dock strike of August ’89 takes grip of the city, the killing of a Jewish anarchist leads Reid and the team into the merciless chicanery of the British government’s fight against international terrorism.

The order from Reid’s superiors is to drop the case, but he can smell something afoot, particularly when Deborah Goren appears at the station vouching for the dead man’s character. Jackson is sent undercover at the escalating Dock Strikes, while Drake is on the other side, policing against what he considers justified protest. As Reid digs deeper, he discovers signs of Special Branch and Russian agitators pulling strings on his own manor – while the approaching anniversary of a great tragedy in his life tips his personal life into crisis.

Starring Matthew Macfadyen as Det. Insp. Edmund Reid, Jerome Flynn as Det. Sgt Bennet Drake, Adam Rothenberg as Cpt. Homer Jackson, MyAnna Buring as Long Susan, David Wilmot as Sgt Donald Artherton, Jonathan Barnwell as PC Dick Hobbs, David Dawson as Fred Best, Charlene McKenna as Rose Erskine, Amanda Hale as Emily Reid, Lucy Cohu as Deborah Goren, Joseph Gilgun as Carmichael, Hugh O'Conor as Mr Eagles, Michael Smiley as George Lusk, Giacomo Mancini as Thomas Gower, Beverley Klein as Mrs Manby, and David Coon as Ernest Manby.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Ski Sunday

Graham Bell and Ed Leigh present a unique programme from the centre of Moscow.

In advance of the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year, Russia's capital is hosting an incredible slalom race with the world's best skiers performing head-to-head on a man-made course in the city.

Ed and Graham will also be joined by 2010 Olympic skeleton champion Amy Williams as they head to St Moritz to all take part in a bobsleigh race on the oldest course in the world.

Top Gear

In episode two, the presenters take an epic road trip across the western side of the United States in three front-engined supercars.

With Jeremy Clarkson in a Lexus LFA, Richard Hammond driving the new Dodge Viper and James May choosing the latest Aston Martin Vanquish, a glorious soundtrack is guaranteed and so is a furious debate about which is best, as the trio head from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and on to Palm Springs. Along the way, the three presenters take in racing circuits, airbourne attacks and a race against the police before making a break for the Mexican border with a terrifying penalty for the last car to make it. Mick Fleetwood is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

Wonders Of Life

In this episode, Expanding Universe, Professor Brian Cox travels across America encountering a diverse range of creatures that reveal how the senses evolved.

Deep in the caves of Kentucky, Brian finds his way through the darkness by sense of touch and sound alone. Here, he encounters the paramecium, a microscopic single-celled organism that can orientate itself through a clear sense of touch. Brian reveals that the electrochemical process through which they ‘feel’ the world underlies practically all senses in all living things.

Looking at taste he holds a metre long catfish whose entire body is covered in taste buds. It is through these that the catfish builds a ‘picture’ of its murky river environment.

During a scuba-dive in California, Brian meets the Mantis shrimp, whose eyes are made of 10,000 lenses with twice as many visual pigments than any other creature. But it’s in the octopus’s eyes that Brian finds a link between the ability to process sensory data and intelligence. This discovery may be evidence that humans evolved large brains in order to make sense of what they could see.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Being Human

What do you get when you put a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost in a house-share in Barry? The return of Being Human!

Ghost Alex is adjusting to life after death with werewolf Tom but vampire Hal is in hell. Not because he’s chained up like an animal, but because he’s desperate to get his marigolds on the messy house.

But when Tom and Alex decide to set him free, Hal’s wracked by uncertainty… can he control his bloodlust? Things get complicated with the return of Mr Rook, the shady figure whose government department protects the world from supernaturals.

Having been fired from the café, Hal and Tom find new employment at the Barry Grand Hotel, home to poisonous pensioner Captain Hatch (Phil Davis). Unknown to our trio, his decrepit exterior hides an ancient evil that threatens not only their friendship but also the entire world.

Starring Damien Molony (Hal), Michael Socha (Tom), Kate Bracken (Alex), Phil Davis (Captain Hatch), Steven Robertson (Mr Rook), Colin Hoult (Crumb), Victoria Ross (Lady Catherine), Jeremy Swift (Emil), Claire Cage (Patsy).

Monday 4 February

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

Guilty that he didn't show up for the meeting with the Iman, Masood tries to make things right for Zainab, but is his desire to fix things just covering deeper feelings about his relationship?

Determined to get hold of her father, Abi starts to look for him and soon learns she doesn't have to look far - when she finds him, she is disgusted by what she sees.

Wanting to keep their exciting news to themselves, Whitney is annoyed when she learns that Tyler has told Alfie but will Tyler be able to stop the news spreading?

Masood is played by Nitin Ganatra, Zainab by Nina Wadia, Abi by Lorna Fitzgerald, Max by Jake Wood, Whitney by Shona McGarty, Tyler by Tony Discipline and Alfie by Shane Richie.

Mrs Brown's Boys

Wedding plans are in full swing as Rory and Dino prepare for their big day. With celebrity wedding planner La La Doggy on board, it looks set to be the wedding extravaganza of the year. But is it really what anybody wants?

Agnes is glad to be back in her own house after having renovations done, but she’s not sure if her new kitchen was worth the wait. Meanwhile, Buster has found the perfect car for Rory. Is it the motor of his dreams or will he too be left with a bad dose of buyer’s remorse?

If Agnes isn’t sure about Cathy’s detective boyfriend Mick, who knows what she will make of his parents? Determined to meet them before the wedding, Agnes ignores Cathy’s warnings and invites them over. However, an evening with the O’Learys reveals a lot more than Agnes was ever expecting…

Agnes clashes with Father Damien when he raises some religious concerns about the wedding. And Maria goes head to head with the unstoppable La La Doggy. Can love truly conquer all?

Being Eileen

Being Eileen is a new six-part, heartwarming comedy starring Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Coronation Street) which follows the lives of the large, close-knit and dysfunctional Lewis family from Birkenhead, Merseyside.

In episode one, chaos descends on the Lewis family as it appears that Eileen has gone missing and isn’t answering her mobile phone, prompting daughter Paula to have a meltdown and drag the rest of the family into a search to find her.

The series features Sue Johnston as Eileen Lewis, the recently widowed matriarch of the Lewis clan, her son and daughter-in-law Pete (Dean Andrews, Last Tango In Halifax) and Mandy (Julie Graham, Survivors), daughter and son-in-law Paula (Elizabeth Berrington, In Bruges, Stella) and Ray (William Ash, Shameless, Waterloo Road) and both couples’ respective children, Ethan and Melissa, and Jack and Liam. The recent trip to Lapland (in the successful Christmas 2011 special) changed Eileen's outlook on life and left her determined to live life to the full rather than 'sitting in the corner dressed in black'. But life back home is a little less inspiring than Lapland’s spectacular vistas and Northern lights. Eileen struggles to find her own peace and joy in life after Ted, as often confounded by her hilariously self-centred children and loveable but trying grandchildren.

Being Eileen is penned by Michael Wynne (Olivier Award winner, Best New Comedy 2010 for The Priory, BAFTA, Best British Film 2005 for My Summer Of Love) and produced by Rosemary McGowan (Jonathan Creek).

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Lost Kingdoms Of South America

In the spectacular deserts of coastal Peru, Dr Jago Cooper explores the dramatic rise and fall of Chimor, the first empire of South America. Revealing an empire that thrived in the face of the most extreme climate conditions in the world – but ultimately could withstand the forces that eventually destroyed it.

His journey begins among the ruins of a vast lost city once home to an all-powerful monarchy, whose subjects transformed the desert landscape, created gold and silver treasures, and believed so strongly in the power of their gods that they made the most shocking of sacrifices.

Presented by archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper, BBC Four reveals the extraordinary history of some of South America’s ancient civilizations, exploring spectacular ruins and investigating the myths and legends that surround these mysterious kingdoms.

The four part series, Lost Kingdoms of South America, explores some of the richest and most vibrant histories in the world, revealing fascinating stories of complex and sophisticated civilisations that existed for up to a millennium before their fall to the Incas and the Spanish in the middle ages.

CBBC

CBBC

Fit

In this episode, find out what happens when you feed sprouts to pigs, learn how to make cola part of your exercise regime, and meet the multi-tasking marathon runner who puts a new spin on the School Run.

Plus watch the 4x100 metres relax (there was a spelling mistake) and take some terrible time-saving tips from Chad Stevens.

CBEEBIES

CBEEBIES

Mr Bloom's Nursery: Get Set, Grow

Mr Bloom’s Nursery: Get Set, Grow! sees Mr Bloom pack up his Compo Car and head out across the country to set up a travelling village fete for hundreds of Tiddlers. Mr Bloom is, of course, joined by his loveable team of Veggies who are thrilled to discover about life outside the Nursery from an amazing maize maze to meeting enormous vegetables; from scarecrow competitions to floating gardens.

On Monday, Mr Bloom’s fete is in West Bromwich where Margaret the Cabbage wants to be a pop star. A visit to a market trader teaches Margaret about the importance of preparation while the Tiddlers help Mr Bloom create a stage for the pop performance.

Tuesday sees the fete visit Hartlepool where there is a homemade hat parade. Mr Bloom and the Tiddlers make some flippy floppy hats out of unwanted leaves.

Mr Bloom is in Kilmarnock on Wednesday where a group of scouts are making mashed potatoes in a giant 'mashathon'! Mr Bloom and the Tiddlers come up with an innovative way of recycling the leftovers!

Thursday’s episode finds Mr Bloom in Redruth where Raymond’s sandwiches keep going missing. The Veggies dress up as superhero characters to investigate while Mr Bloom discovers ways that crops can be protected from pests.

And on Friday, it’s off to Kings Lynn where the Wee MacGregors are having trouble getting to sleep but the Tiddlers have a solution!

Tuesday 5 February

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

Masood's anger with Zainab knows no bounds and he storms off to The Vic to think, but as Zainab does the same at home, she is alarmed when Ayesha tells her some home truths.

Max tries to explain himself to Abi and Lauren. However, they shun their father, not wanting to listen to his excuses.

Bianca is disappointed by Whitney's news and does her best to change her mind - but will she get through to her?

Zainab is played by Nina Wadia, Masood by Nitin Ganatra, Ayesha by Shivani Ghai, Max by Jake Wood, Abi by Lorna Fitzgerald, Lauren by Jacqueline Jossa, Bianca by Patsy Palmer and Whitney by Shona McGarty.

Holby City

When a child with unexplained injuries presents on AAU, Michael and Chrissie can’t help but suspect the parents of abuse, while Gemma and Sacha are more sympathetic. It’s Michael’s case and he gets the final say – will he pull the family apart by calling social services, or give the parents the benefit of the doubt?

Ollie’s sick of splitting his life between two homes and suggests he move in with Tara. Worried that his constant presence will get in the way of her research and studying, she refuses. He decides to show her that he can do things her way, which ends with them facing the wrath of Elliot. Has Ollie completely spoiled any chance he had of moving in with Tara, or will she have second thoughts?

Arthur’s people skills are tested when he deals with a tricky patient. Working with Chantelle, he learns a few tricks and successfully deals with the patient. But when the time comes to acknowledge her help, he inadvertently insults her instead.

Michael is played by Tina Hobley, Chrissie is played by Tina Hobley, Gemma is played by Ty Glaser, Sacha is played by Bob Barrett, Ollie is played by James Anderson, Tara is played by Jing Lusi, Elliot is played by Paul Bradley, Arthur is played by Rob Ostlere and Chantelle is played by Lauren Drummond.

Death In Paradise

Camille is devastated when her best friend, Aimee (played by Jamelia), a singer on a Caribbean party boat, collapses while on stage during a night of music and cocktails. Struggling to breathe, Aimee shockingly dies in Camille’s arms. It seems she has been poisoned.

As the rest of the team arrive on the scene, they start talking to staff and tourists on the boat, including entertainment boss, Stephen, cook Grant and fellow performer, Eloise. They quickly gather a fuller picture of the crime scene, piecing together photographs taken at the party.

As the murder case continues, the team struggle to find the source of poison, but when they stumble across the ‘gargling bottles’ that the singers use before performances, it seems they have found a lead. Meanwhile, Richard is trying his best to support an emotional Camille. However, sensitivity doesn’t seem to be DI Poole’s strong point...

DI Richard Poole is played by Ben Miller, Camille Bordey by Sara Martins, Aimee by Jamelia Davis, Stephen by Jonny Phillips, Eloise by Amanda Mealing, Grant by Dexter Fletcher and RJ by Dylan Edwards.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

The Great Album Showdown With Danny Baker: Rock

Kicking off The Golden Age Of The Album season across Radio 2, 6 Music and BBC Four is a three-part series, The Great Album Showdown With Danny Baker, during which he is joined by music aficionados to discuss what makes the best albums in rock, pop and R&B.

On tonight’s Great Album Showdown aficionado Jeremy Clarkson, award-winning producer Stephen Street and journalist Kate Mossman do battle over the best rock album, presided over by Danny Baker.

They’ll be exploring the good, the bad and the ugly of the rock album world from their covers to their vocalists, to their role as political medium and as a space for musicians to express their full artistry. But will they agree on their finest rock albums of all time?

Wednesday 6 February

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Africa

In the final episode, entitled The Future, David Attenborough experiences the realities of rhino poaching and examines the challenges elephants face with an increasing human population encroaching on their habitat. He meets Maasai warriors that have become lion guardians, and witnesses local conservation in action on the tropical East coast, as he concludes the Africa series.

In Kenya, David has a memorable encounter with a young rhino called Elvis, brought up by the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. His horn has been removed to protect him from poachers. Elsewhere in Africa, on average two rhinos are killed every day, and conservationists are attempting to protect one of the last great gatherings of black rhinos in the Kalahari.

In Mozambique, civil war has raged through Gorongosa National Park, decimating what was once a wildlife haven. An ambitious team of scientists and conservationists is attempting to assess the damage and whether it can thrive again in the future.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Brain Doctors: Emergency

High risk, extremely skilled and breathtakingly complex, Brain Doctors features surgeons working at the very frontiers of their medical expertise and knowledge. Landmark Films has had remarkable access over nine months to the neurosurgeons at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital – sharing the daily highs and lows – and to their patients whose lives depend on their skill.

Cameras follow both paediatric and adult surgeons as they carry out high risk operations on the most complex, delicate and important organ, removing brain tumours, correcting brain abnormalities and saving the lives of trauma victims.

Some of the patients are what Paediatric Neurosurgeon Jay Jayamohan calls 'frequent flyers' – children with complex conditions who require a lifetime of surgery. The films highlight the strong bonds of trust and commitment that are forged between families and their surgeons.

Patients often arrive in the Neurosurgery Department shell-shocked: a routine visit to the optician or GP has triggered a process which ends with major brain surgery to remove a life threatening tumour.

Tracey, a midwife and mum to two sons, lies in a coma with massive head injuries suffered in a car crash. Husband John escaped relatively unscathed and sits constantly by her bed, willing her to open her eyes.

Martin was struck down by a mysterious virus which has rendered him unconscious and unable to breathe for himself. Every day, his wife Lisa, checks for signs Martin is coming round. For doctors and patients, the NICU is a physically and mentally gruelling place to be.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

People Like Us

Three miles north of the city centre is a little known Manchester suburb called Harpurhey. Ten years ago it was labelled the most deprived neighbourhood in England, but there’s a lot more to life round here than government statistics.

Over one long summer a vibrant mix of feisty, witty and headstrong young people from the area let us into their secret world and show us what it’s really like growing up the hard way. From life-changing tales of drug-addicted parents and battles with alcoholism, to dreams of becoming actors and rappers; from a young entrepreneur with a penchant for drag, to the on-going feud between an eccentric landlord and his disgruntled young tenant… In this six-part documentary series the young people of Harpurhey tell their own stories in their own words, in often hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking detail.

In episode one we meet 18-year-old Amber Wakefield whose family – mum Karen, step-dad Paul and sister Maddy - run the local launderette. Amber’s just finished college and was facing the prospect of a summer stuck in the ‘Wishy Washy’. Instead, she’s booked a fun-filled holiday to Magaluf with eight of her mates including best-friend Codie, who spends so much time at Amber’s house she’s practically one of the family. For Amber, it’ll be her first holiday without her parents, and for Codie, her very first time abroad. Amber’s mum is worried by all the things she’s heard about Magaluf, but the girls are more concerned with getting some drinking practice in with a pre-holiday night on the town. How will they fare on their Spanish sunfest?

At the heart of the local area is Harpurhey Market, where we meet Jamie, 19, a discount DVD trader with a bit of a reputation as a ladies' man. Two nights ago, Jamie unexpectedly proposed to his on/off girlfriend, Lucy. But Jamie’s mum is worried that her son doesn’t really love Lucy, and warns Jamie can’t be trusted to stay faithful. Can a leopard change its spots?

A mile down the road from the Wishy Washy launderette is a local newsagent owned by 26-year-old David and his boyfriend, also called David. By day, David works behind the shop counter, but by night, David transforms into his drag queen alter ego, Diana Dior. Diana’s a regular on the gay scene in Central Manchester, but David’s never dared to introduce her to the local community. Now he’s decided it's time for Diana to stop hiding above the newsagent. What will the locals make of Diana when she stages a drag show in a local pub?

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

The Great Album Showdown With Danny Baker: Pop

Tonight’s guests include Boy George and journalists Grace Dent and David Hepworth. Together they will champion, duel and ponder the best, most notable albums of pop.

Along the way, they’ll be talking about the charismatic figures of pop and the popstars that adorned their teenage bedroom walls; about the joy of pop and the albums that allow escapism into a world where it’s possible to dance like no-one is watching; about pop, romance and the songs that form the soundtrack to break-ups and make-ups; and tales of some of the genre’s eccentrics, anecdotes and ingredients of a great pop album.

Part of the Golden Age of the Album season across Radio 2, 6 Music and BBC Four.

Bob Servant Independent

It’s just three weeks to the by-election and Bob’s faltering campaign urgently needs a boost. In a daring twin attack, Bob and Frank target both the religious vote and Broughty Ferry’s womenfolk.

Faced with opposing candidates posing with their partners, Frank urges Bob to find a ‘bit of skirt’. It’s a challenge that Bob takes up with gusto until a romantic date brings unexpected danger. Meanwhile, a day at the local church leads to Bob disrupting a prayer group.

Brian Cox plays Bob Servant, Jonathan Watson plays Frank, Pollyanna McIntosh plays Philippa Edwards, Rufus Jones plays Nick Edwards, Shirley Henderson plays Kirsty, Derek Riddell play Reverend Thomson and Sanjeev Kohli plays Norrie.

It will be shown again on BBC Two Scotland on Friday 8 February at 10.00pm.

Thursday 7 February

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

The atmosphere is tense in the Masood household and, as the obvious stares them in the face, Zainab clearly doesn't want to acknowledge it.

Tamwar escapes the house, wanting to give his parents some space. As he confides in Fatboy about his family problems, Fatboy does his best to give him some advice.

Masood is played by Nitin Ganatra, Zainab by Nina Wadia, Tamwar by Himesh Patel and Fatboy by Ricky Norwood.

Waterloo Road

Former pupil Bolton Smilie causes a stir when he turns up in his army uniform to see Tom, but all is not well; the success of the PRU is under the spotlight; and the Barry’s treatment of Connor make Imogen question her true feelings.

Bolton’s arrival makes an impression on the Waterloo Road pupils and staff alike. Nikki believes he’s a great role model for the kids so Lorraine ropes Bolton into doing a speech to the sixth form students.

Bolton reluctantly agrees to spend time with a disillusioned and underperforming Rhiannon who is distracted by her crush on Barry. Elsewhere, arsonist Connor is back at school as part of the PRU but that’s the least of his worries. Annoyed at Connor’s return, Dynasty and Kacey plot their revenge, determined to make him pay for what he’s done to Imogen.

Later, Bolton’s speech doesn’t go well, not helped by a cynical Grantly riling him. Increasingly anxious and clearly on edge, Bolton tries to confide in Tom but is interrupted. Worse still, Barry has stolen Bolton’s army rucksack and discovers a loaded gun inside.

When the Military Police arrive looking for Bolton, Tom realises something is seriously wrong. A cornered Bolton snaps, putting Grantly and his classroom in jeopardy.

Elsewhere, Dynasty’s gang ambush Connor after school. But their vengeful actions are abruptly stopped by Imogen who arrives on the scene. Left alone with Connor, Imogen realises she still has feelings for her ex-boyfriend, in spite of what he did to her.

And when Lorraine announces she wants to close the PRU, unlikely advocate Rhiannon pleads with her to reconsider – the PRU is her only chance to make something of her life.

Bolton Smilie is played by Tacia Newall, Tom by Jason Done, Connor by Shane O’Meara, Imogen by Kirstie Steele, Nikki by Heather Peace, Lorraine by Daniela Denby-Ashe, Rhiannon by Rebecca Craven, Barry by Carl Au, Dynasty by Abby Mavers, Kacey by Brogan Ellis and Grantly by Philip Martin Brown.

Waterloo Road is a Shed Production for BBC One through BBC Scotland.

Silent Witness: Greater Love

Human remains found on a charity Afghan water supply project send Leo, Nikki and Jack to the war-torn region to establish if it’s a British soldier who vanished five years ago, suspected of being murdered by Taliban forces.

Amidst ruthless Taliban attacks and a dangerous, alien culture, Leo develops a life-changing relationship with a charity worker as the team grow suspicious of a British security firm’s torture of captured Taliban fighters. But when a forensic breakthrough changes the course of the team’s investigation, it triggers a chain of events that put them all in imminent danger.

Emilia Fox plays Dr Nikki Alexander, William Gaminara plays Professor Leo Dalton, David Caves plays Jack Hodgson, Liz Carr plays Forensic Lab Scientist Clarissa Mullery, Sam Hazeldine plays Scott Lambert, Chris Reilly plays Sean Nugent, Brana Bajic plays Fawzia, Branko Tomovic plays Darek, Joe Doyle plays Karim

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

The Genius Of Invention

The Genius Of Invention is a new series for BBC Two exploring how key inventions came about through sparks of inventive genius and steady incremental improvements hammered out in workshops, separating myth from reality in the lives of the great inventors and celebrating some of the most remarkable stories in British history.

Nothing has shrunk the globe more than our extraordinary ability to communicate across oceans and continents. Looking at how this came to be, episode three of The Genius of Invention tells the story of the inventors and inventions who helped build the modern world by harnessing electricity and electromagnetism to enable instant messages to be sent across vast distances.

Filmed at the BT National Network Control Centre in Shropshire, Michael Mosley and academics, Prof Mark Miodownik and Dr Cassie Newland tell the fascinating story of three more transformative inventions; the electric telegraph, the telephone and wireless communication.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Way To Go

In episode four "The Bitter End", the assisted-suicide business takes a step towards the dark side when Scott (Blake Harrison) - desperate to quit the vet clinic after Dr. Jill's (Melanie Jessop) sexual harassment hits a peak - agrees to start buying the drugs they use from an illegal dealer.

Scott's troubles at work pale in comparison to his troubles in the bedroom, so he plans a special night for Julia - which ends up going terribly wrong. Joey (Ben Heathcote), meanwhile, falls off the gambling wagon. Cozzo (Marc Wootton) has to pretend he's Jewish in order to satisfy a client's dying needs.

The series is written by Bob Kushell with additional episodes written by Russell Arch, Brian Dooley (Smoking Room) and Jeff Greenstein (Desperate Housewives, Will And Grace). The producer is Justin Davies (Psychoville, Some Girls) and the executive producer is Jon Plowman (Ab Fab, Psychoville, Twenty Twelve).

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

The Great Album Showdown With Danny Baker: R&B

In the final instalment of the Great Album Showdown With Danny Baker, actor and soulman Martin Freeman, Mica Paris and DJ Trevor Nelson join Danny Baker for tonight’s discussion about the best, most notable and most inspiring R&B albums of all time.

Rhythm and blues - doo-wop, soul, funk, disco, hip-hop and rap all fall into its broad, groovy scope. Tonight’s panel will explore the relationship between gospel and soul and the voices that bring that emotion to life. They’ll recall the heady days of Motown and the legends that inspire their passion and dance moves down the ages.

CBBC

CBBC

Fierce Earth

On today's Fierce Earth, the team investigates the terrifying giant waves of the tsunami.

Zoe and Dougal travel to Japan to meet child survivors of the 2011 disaster and test-ride the brand-new tsunami escape pod. Meanwhile, Leo attempts a very unusual route to safety when all else fails.

Friday 8 February

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

Masood desperately tries to get Zainab to realise how he feels, but when she finally listens to him it seems that the Masoods may not be as indestructible as Zainab thought.

Despite Bianca not happy about Whitney's decision, Whitney and Tyler decide to celebrate with their friends, but will Bianca come round?

Masood is played by Nitin Ganatra, Zainab by Nina Wadia, Bianca by Patsy Palmer, Whitney by Shona McGarty and Tyler by Tony Discipline.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

When Albums Ruled The World

When Albums Ruled The World explores what is arguably the most important period in popular music history. For over a decade from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, popular music – from rock to soul, folk to reggae – swapped the sketch pad of the 45rpm single for the expansive canvas of the 33 1/3rpm album.

From Bob Dylan to the Beatles, The Who to Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye to Bob Marley, Pink Floyd to Fleetwood Mac, ideas became as important as melody, and music became art in the form of some of the most legendary albums ever recorded. With contributions from musicians, producers and personalities, this one-hour documentary for BBC Four remembers the rise and decline of the vinyl LP – and the slew of unforgettable masterpieces that graced its stereo grooves.

Part of the Golden Age Of The Album season across Radio 2, 6 Music and BBC Four.

CBBC

CBBC

The Dumping Ground

In episode 7, The Truth Is Out There, after getting bad exam results Frank denounces school and gets a job in the local café.

He develops a full-blown crush on the waitress, Jade, and when she introduces him to a psychic medium it seems like Frank has finally found some answers about his future. But his Dumping Ground friends worry that he’s been taken for a ride. Who is telling the truth?

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