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Extreme School

In episode one - Phoenix Military Academy - Keziah and Ibbi, two London kids who misbehave at their UK school, sign up for a week at one of America’s toughest military academies. Will a spell at Extreme School be the making of them?

Both children regularly land themselves in trouble for winding each other up, and 14-year-old Keziah runs away from her teachers when challenged, while 13-year-old Ibbi just likes to argue with them. But the kids find out pretty quickly that this kind of behaviour won't be tolerated at the Academy when they meet the School’s Commandant, Colonel Harris.

The new recruits get a taste of military discipline immediately when the infamous Sergeant Powell orders Ibbi to do press ups after a failed uniform inspection.

To graduate successfully from Extreme School, the kids must stick to all school rules, follow the strict uniform policy, show improvement in their behaviour and pass a big final challenge. On top of all that, they face a packed school timetable which pushes them to the limit both physically and mentally. For their final challenge they must rely on each other and work together to perform a complicated military drill in front of the whole school. Will old habits die hard, or will they finally put aside their differences?

In episode two – St Joseph’s Convent - two year-nine girls from Newcastle with a bad attitude to education sign up for a stint at St Joseph’s Convent in St Lucia to see if they can change their ways. 

The girls’ total lack of interest in school shocks the tough-talking Principal, Sister Rufina, and they soon realise that they may have finally met their match. Facing strict uniform rules and a no-make-up policy, life at the convent is very different to school in Newcastle. The girls struggle to see the point of learning good manners and etiquette, which is a must for every convent girl. But they do take on the convent school's community spirit, helping out at an underprivileged school and spending an afternoon at the pre-school, where the children are a law unto themselves. Will it give the girls a taste of their own medicine?

Despite being bright, the girls have ambitions to find jobs that mean they can muck about with their mates. Will work experience at a banana plantation help give them a wake-up call? Their final challenge is to perform with a group of kids from the underprivileged school at a charity concert in front of an audience of over 700 people. But will they win over the guest of honour, Her Excellency, the Governor General of St Lucia, and do enough to graduate from Extreme School?

Saturday 16 March



Formula 1 - Australian Grand Prix Qualifying Highlights

Suzi Perry presents highlights from the qualifying session of the first Grand Prix of the 2013 season in Melbourne, Australia.

It is set to be a thrilling year for the sport as Mercedes’ new driver Lewis Hamilton looks to break the stranglehold Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has had on the world title for the last three seasons. Last year it was Hamilton, in a McLaren car, who earned pole in qualifying but he could only finish third as then team-mate Jenson Button took the chequered flag.

Six Nations Rugby - Italy v Ireland

Jason Mohammed presents coverage of Italy v Ireland on the last day of action from the 2013 Six Nations.

The Italians will hope to finish this year’s tournament in the same way they started it, following their incredible win over France on the opening weekend. However, they will have to defy history if they are to beat Ireland, a country they have never beaten in 13 previous Six Nations encounters, and whom they lost 42-10 to last year.

For Ireland’s players it will be a last chance to impress on the international stage ahead of the British and Irish Lions squad being picked later this season for the tour to Australia this summer. Commentary comes from Conor McNamara and Phillip Matthews, with expert analysis in the studio provided by Italian legend Marco Bortolami.

Six Nations Rugby - Wales v England

John Inverdale introduces live coverage from Cardiff as Wales take on old foes England in their final game of the 2013 Six Nations.

England broke a three-game losing streak in Cardiff when they won on their last Six Nations visit to the Millennium Stadium two years ago. But Wales were the victors in last year’s clash when they triumphed 19-12 at Twickenham on their way to sealing the Grand Slam.

Things did not go quite so well for the Welsh in the rest of 2012, but nothing stokes their fires quite like a visit from England, and a full-blooded encounter can always be expected. Expert analysis comes from Sir Clive Woodward, Jeremy Guscott and Jonathan Davies; commentary by Eddie Butler and Brian Moore.



Six Nations Rugby - France v Scotland

Gabby Logan introduces live coverage of the final match of the 2013 Six Nations as France take on Scotland at the Stade de France.

The French have endured their worst ever start to a Six Nations campaign, putting the pressure firmly on coach Philippe Saint-Andre. However, they have lost to the Scots only once in the Six Nations era and never on home soil. In fact, Scotland have only managed two victories in France since 1969.

Commentary by Andrew Cotter and Lawrence Dallaglio, with expert analysis from Andy Nicol.

Sunday 17 March



Formula 1 - Australian Grand Prix Highlights

Suzi Perry presents coverage of the first Grand Prix of the 2013 Formula 1 season from Melbourne, Australia.

Sebastian Vettel became the youngest ever three-time world champion when he won last year’s championship by fending off the challenge of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. Competition is set to be just as fierce this time round with Lewis Hamilton looking to mount a title challenge from behind the wheel of a Mercedes, whom he joined at the end of last season. His former team-mate at McLaren, Jenson Button, won this race last year.

The Lady Vanishes

Beautiful and wealthy young socialite Iris Carr is used to being at the heart of her social group, but when her friends’ raucous behaviour escalates while on holiday in the Balkans she resolves to seek out some tranquillity and travel home alone.

Her expectations of peace are short lived when at the railway station Iris wavers in the scorching heat and constant jostle of passengers, fainting suddenly on the platform. She wakes in time to be rushed on to the train but with a pounding head and a feeling of being almost in a dream.

While in this malaise, she is comforted by an older English lady called Miss Froy, whose tweed suit and bookish looks hide a surprisingly jovial and adventurous spirit. She talks at length about her employer and her desperation to return home to her family but when Iris falls asleep she awakes to find Miss Froy vanished and her fellow passengers denying she ever existed.

With only the friendship of handsome English traveller Max Hare for support, Iris maintains her conviction that Miss Froy has somehow been abducted. But who would want to snatch a seemingly harmless English woman and where would she be hiding? As fellow passengers refute Iris’ story and figures emerge who will disprove Miss Froy’s existence, Iris’ conviction appears increasingly to be madness. With only Max to help her, Iris will have to rely on a strength of character she never knew she had to battle doubt and overcome danger as she strives to solve the mystery of why the lady vanished.

Cast: Tuppence Middleton plays Iris Carr, Benedikte Hansen plays The Baroness, Selina Cadell plays Miss Froy, Tom Hughes plays Max Hare, Alex Jennings plays The Professor, Julian Rhind-Tutt plays Mr Todhunter/Sir Peveril, Keeley Hawes plays Mrs Todhunter/Laura Parmiter, Pip Torrens plays Reverend Kenneth Barnes, Sandy McDade plays Mrs Barnes, Gemma Jones plays Rose Floodporter, Stephanie Cole plays Evelyn Floodporter and Jesper Christensen plays The Doctor.



Figures Skating: World Championships Highlights

Sue Barker presents coverage of the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships from London, Ontario in Canada.

With just a year to go before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, competition will be fiercer than ever. At last year’s championships, Italy’s Carolina Kostner was the star, winning gold in the ladies’ free, while Canadian sensation Patrick Chan won his second successive world title in the men’s event. There will be highlights of all four free programmes – the pairs, men’s, ladies’ and the ice dance. Sue will be joined by 1980 Olympic champion Robin Cousins.

Toughest Place To Be A… Farmer

The second programme in the series sees Richard Gibson, a dairy farmer from Devon, travelling to northern Kenya, one of the most arid regions in the world, as he joins the Samburu tribe to live the life of a cattle herder.

Back in Devon, Richard treats his 120 Holstein cows like finely tuned athletes and in return they reward him with an incredible 2 million pints of milk a year.

As no crops grow in northern Kenya, for centuries local tribes have herded cattle, but in recent years more severe and longer droughts have started to threaten the lifestyle of these semi-nomadic herders.

Richard will experience the constant battle for food and water. Most days his host village elder Lemerigichen must dig down into the earth to find water for his cows. It’s exhausting work in the baking heat, yet these herders survive only on a little maize and milk, while some days there’s no food at all.

Richard also learns that as drought pushes tribes closer together in search of ever-dwindling water supplies, they stray onto each other’s territory. Traditional enemies, they now fight with guns that have come over the border from Sudan and Somalia.

It's Kevin

A brand new six-part BBC Two comedy series starring comedy actor and stand-up Kevin Eldon.

In the first episode, Kevin explains the history of sandwiches, meets a man with a musical medical condition and introduces a few unusual characters.



In The Flesh

In The Flesh is an exciting new three-part drama for BBC Three that tells the story of zombie teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family.

After his death four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see Kieren again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands of the dead were re-animated; and now, after months of re-habilitation and medication, the zombies are gradually being returned to their homes.

Now known as PDS sufferers (Partially Deceased Syndrome) - and since the passing of the PDS Protection act - the government have set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of the rising, and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued.

A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment and the source of the ‘rotter’ hating Human Volunteer Force (HVF), Kieren returns to his home in the rural village of Roarton. Here he is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him and the flashbacks that continue to haunt him of what he did in his untreated state.

Kieren’s parents, Steve (Steve Cooper) and Sue (Marie Critchley), are undoubtedly pleased to see him, but his sister, Jem (Harriet Cains), isn't so ready to pick up where they left off.

Meanwhile, the HVF, led by violent Bill Macy (Steve Evets) and backed by local churchman Vicar Oddie (Kenneth Cranham), are ready to take action against any PDS Sufferer reintegrated on their patch.



The Incredible Story Of The Monarch Butterfly: Four Wings And A Prayer

Based on the critically acclaimed book by Sue Halpern and narrated by Academy-nominated Kristin Scott Thomas, The Incredible Story Of The Monarch Butterfly: Four Wings And A Prayer, follows the migration of the Monarch butterfly from its birthplace in Canada to its wintering site in the rainforests of Mexico.

Every autumn, a truly incredible natural event takes place. A Monarch butterfly born in Canada will fly more than 3,000 miles to Mexico, across land it has never seen. Its journey is filled with peril; many never make it and those that do will never return. It takes three more generations to make the journey back the following spring. No generation has ever made the journey before, and will never make it again. The great mystery is how they do it.

The Incredible Story Of The Monarch Butterfly: Four Wings And A Prayer is part of BBC Four's Alien Nation season.

Monday 18 March




Bianca is at the end of her tether with Liam but how far will she go to protect her son?

Kat is furious when she finds out Alfie has gone behind her back and arranged a meeting with a solicitor to get a contact order for Tommy.

Sharon advises Tanya that the best way to move on from Max is to get a new man, which gives Tanya food for thought.

Bianca is played by Patsy Palmer, Liam by James Forde, Kat by Jessie Wallace, Alfie by Shane Richie, Sharon by Letitia Dean, Tanya by Jo Joyner and Max by Jake Wood.

Panorama: The Spies Who Fooled The World

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of one of the most contentious and divisive wars in living memory, Peter Taylor forensically investigates how key aspects of the secret intelligence used by Downing Street and the White House to justify the invasion of Iraq, were based on fabrication, wishful thinking and lies.

Using remarkable first hand testimony, this one-hour Panorama special reveals the full story of how two very highly placed sources, both close to Saddam Hussein, talked secretly to the CIA via an intermediary and directly to MI6 in the build-up to the war and said Iraq did not have an active Weapons of Mass Destruction programme. But both were ignored.

In a compelling story of spies and intrigue, deception and lies, key players reveal how sparse British and American intelligence was and how none of the handful of human sources had direct knowledge of WMD production. The former CIA Paris Station Chief, Bill Murray, explains how he used an intermediary to recruit Iraq’s Foreign Minister and his frustration when he found crucial intelligence from this source was rejected because it didn’t fit in with the White House’s agenda. The intelligence from Iraq’s Foreign Minister was confirmed four months later, when an MI6 officer met Iraq’s Head of Intelligence, who passed on the same message, saying Iraq had no WMD.

Lord Butler, author of the 2004 report into the WMD intelligence, says the British public was misled.

With a series of revelatory interviews, including a shocking exchange with the Iraqi spy and self-confessed fabricator ‘Curveball’, Panorama sheds new light on the spies who fooled the world.



The Challenger

New BBC Two factual drama starring award winning actor William Hurt (Altered States, History Of Violence, Into The Wild), about American physicist Richard Feynman’s determination to reveal the truth behind the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster.

When Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight on the morning of 28 January 1986, it represented one of the most shocking events in the history of American spaceflight. A Presidential Commission was immediately convened to explore what had gone wrong, but with the vast complexity of the space shuttle and so many vested interests involved in the investigation, discovering the truth was an almost impossible challenge.

A truly independent member of the investigation was Richard Feynman. One of the most accomplished scientists of his generation, he had worked on the Manhattan Project to build the first atom bomb and won a Nobel Prize for his breakthroughs in quantum physics. Feynman deployed exceptional integrity, charm and relentless scientific logic to investigate the secrets of the shuttle disaster and in doing so, helped make the US space programme safer.

The Challenger is co-produced by BBC, The Open University and Science Channel. It was commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two, and Kim Shillinglaw, Commissioning Editor for Science and Natural History.

Other cast includes Bruce Greenwood, Brian Dennehy, Kevin McNally, Joanne Whalley, Eve Best and Henry Goodman.



Don't Just Stand There, I'm Having Your Baby

What if you could get more involved in the delivery of your own baby? Across the next five weeks, BBC Three follows clueless dads-to-be as they attempt to learn as much as possible about pregnancy, labour, and the birth.

Their ultimate goal... to become super dads in the delivery room. In episode one, we meet hot-headed Adam and squeamish Callum, both of whom are given an education they will never forget by their midwives Fiona, Kate and Helen.

Callum is the first to admit that he doesn't want to go down the business end during labour. He thinks the whole process is disgusting and when midwife Kate shows him photos of a birth he is positively repelled and starts to feel like he doesn't even want to be in the birth room with Laura. He is worried that seeing too much may put him off sex forever!

Laura is desperate for Callum to be a support in the delivery room but in order to get him more involved in the birth, it appears midwife Kate will have to perform a miracle.

Stress-head Adam is put to the test by Midwife Fiona who, with a simple birth and pregnancy quiz, stumping the clueless dad-to-be with the most basic of questions. Fiona has an uphill battle if she's to get Adam clued up in time to help Lucy during labour.

To help prepare these dads-to-be for what's ahead, the midwives throw them in at the deep end and give them both the responsibility of looking after a robo-baby for 24 hours. Adam's stress levels begin to reach boiling point trying to put a baby car-seat together, but he soon begins to get the hang of being a dad. Meanwhile, Callum manages to palm the baby off onto Laura in an effort to avoid his task. But when Laura finally forces the robo-baby on him, Callum's easy ride comes to an abrupt halt. The two guys meet up for moral support and discuss the task ahead.

As the due dates come ever so closer midwife Fiona realises the best way to teach football mad Adam is by relating birth to the beautiful game. He seems to get the hang of it and when Lucy goes into labour his new-found knowledge and his inability to keep calm are put to the ultimate test. When Laura goes into labour, Callum surprises her with how able he is to deal with the situation. But when the couple arrive in hospital, signs indicate that there could be a problem with the baby and the couples planned water birth goes out of the window. Will Callum keep relaxed and hold Laura's hand throughout what will be a very difficult labour?



Can Eating Insects Save The World?

How would you feel about eating deep-fried locusts, ant egg salad or barbequed tarantulas? Can Eating Insects Save The World? sees presenter and food writer Stefan Gates immerse himself in the extraordinary world of hard-core insect-eating in a bid to conquer his lingering revulsion of bugs and discover if they really could save the planet.

With forty tonnes of insects to every human, insects could offer a real solution to the global food crisis, where millions go hungry every day while the meat consumption of the rich draws vast amounts of grain out of the global food chain.

Stefan's on a mission to meet the people in Thailand and Cambodia that hunt, eat and sell edible insects for a living. But nothing quite prepares him for bug farming on this terrifying scale, from stalking grasshoppers at night to catching fiercely biting ants. And it’s not just insects on the menu. Stefan also goes hunting for one of the most notorious spiders on the planet, the tarantula. Stefan asks if the solution is for everyone, the British included, to start eating insects too.

Can Eating Insects Save The World is part of BBC Four's Alien Nation season.



Hard Times – A Newsround Special

In the last few years the country has been in and out of recession, people have been losing jobs and families have been struggling with money. This has led to big changes for many people, but how has it affected the nation’s children? Hard Times is a Newsround Special that gives a snapshot of life growing up in tough economic times as seen through the eyes of children.

Presenter Ricky Boleto, who experienced the last recession as a child, explores the impact that the economic downturn has had on two families as they struggle to adjust during these hard times, and gives a startling insight into just how much children are affected by this seemingly grown-up problem.

He meets 11-year-old Paige who lives with her parents and sister in Stoke-on-Trent. She talks about how life has been affected since her dad lost his job and money became tight.

There’s also the moving story of 13-year-old Lewis and his sister Hannah, 11, who had to spend time in a hostel after their mum lost her job and then their home. Now living in a place of their own, the children share what they have learnt through the hard times. As Lewis says: “I’ve realised that money is very important but all that matters to me is my family really.”

Ricky also visits Hull, where industry has been badly hit by the recession and he speaks to a family and schoolchildren to find out how they’ve been affected by the downturn in recent years.

Setting the economic climate into context is the BBC’s Evan Davies who explains what has gone wrong in the UK and how we’ve ended up in such a difficult situation.

Previous Newsround Specials include films on dyslexia, autism (which won an RTS award for Best Children’s Programme in 2012 and Best Factual Programme at the International Emmy Awards 2013) and living with alcohol (which won a BAFTA for Best Factual Programme in 2010).


This episode features sport presenter Kenny Maul’s worst moments on TV, the world’s dumbest cheerleaders teach us to spell, and Brian Butterfield launches his ‘Looks Similar To’ lookalikes agency.

Plus ex-stuntman Dave Pike demonstrates the dangers of lighting fireworks in your living room, time’s up for timewaster Chad Stevens, and it’s over to the ‘Toddler Games’ for the badminton.



Sarah And Duck

The animation series Sarah and Duck returns with new episodes for CBeebies this week. Seven-year-old Sarah and her slightly manic best friend Duck are inseparable as they embark on simple but exciting adventures, discovering the world in their own quirky and imaginative way.

On Monday, Sarah finds an umbrella that doesn't seem to like the rain.

Sarah and Duck visit a large department store on Tuesday, looking for some new toys.

In Wednesday’s episode, Scarf Lady's Jukebox inspires a knitted instrument band.

Sarah and Duck try to play a tennis doubles match on Thursday but are two players short.

And on Friday, a fairground is being held in the park, but Sarah and Duck can't find their bench.



Iraq - Ten Years On

To mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, BBC Parliament is re-broadcasting the key House of Commons debate of 18 March 2003, where MPs discussed whether to commit British troops to the invasion.

BBC Parliament is showing four hours from the original debate, which will include, among others, the complete speeches by Prime Minister Tony Blair, Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith, Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, William Hague, John Denham, Alex Salmond and Tony Banks.

With the support of the Conservatives, the Government had a comfortable majority on the decisive vote, but 139 Labour MPs rebelled against the Government line. The debate was held the day after the Leader of the Commons, Robin Cook, resigned from Tony Blair’s cabinet.

Tuesday 19 March




Tanya shocks herself when she accepts a date with an unlikely suitor.

Bianca does her best to get through to Liam but when he refuses to listen, she loses her temper and lashes out, but has she gone too far this time?

Alfie is annoyed when Kat asks him for financial help, especially after she is not willing to let him get a contact order for Tommy and he suggests she asks Tommy’s real father.

Ian has a meeting with a financial advisor in the hopes of opening a new restaurant but will the meeting go as planned?

Tanya is played by Jo Joyner, Bianca by Patsy Palmer, Liam by James Forde, Kat by Jessie Wallace, Alfie by Shane Richie and Ian by Adam Woodyatt.

The Syndicate

Both Mandy (Siobhan Finneran) and her daughter Becky (Natalie Gavin) work at St Anthony’s Hospital where they’re part of a lottery syndicate, along with Nurse Tom Bedford (Jimi Mistry), Porter Alan Walters (Mark Addy) and Auxiliary Rose Wilson (Alison Steadman).

It was the responsibility of ditzy Becky to buy last night’s lottery ticket and according to past syndicate member Helen Dolan (Sally Rogers), their numbers have come up. But Becky went to an 80s party last night and doesn’t know what she’s done with the ticket.

All hell breaks loose when the syndicate realise that £72 million is at stake. So with all eyes, hands and ears to the ground the hunt begins. But Becky didn’t sign the back of the ticket and now it’s a race to find it and claim the winnings before someone else does.



The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track

From the frozen highlands to some of the UK's busiest urban commuter routes, keeping trains running in Scotland is a huge challenge. In the final episode we meet the night shift engineers struggling to repair massive overhead line damage which has put the country's West Coast Main Line out of action and brought Glasgow Central to a standstill.

At Edinburgh Waverley station both a broken rail and a passenger taken ill combine to bring chaos to Edinburgh's rush hour and it's up to train dispatcher Ronnie to employ his 30 years of experience to keep passengers on the move.

But what really makes Scotland stand out from the rest of the UK are the vast and remote railways - none more so than the West Highland Line, where rail engineer Iain spends his days inspecting miles of mountain track on foot, clearing dead stags off the line and tightening every loose bolt that he finds.

The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track is part of BBC Two’s Genius of Inventions.



Stacey Solomon: Depression, Teen Mums And Me

On the surface it would seem that Stacey Solomon, X Factor finalist and Queen of the Jungle, has it all – two beautiful children, a loving partner, a singing career and celebrity status. But behind the glamour of her new life, Stacey has been keeping a secret.

Her first son was born when Stacey was only 18 years old and she developed an illness that most mums are scared to acknowledge – postnatal depression (PND). One in 10 mothers gets postnatal depression, but for teenagers the rate is three times more than older mothers.

For the first time, Stacey sets out to meet other teenage mothers suffering from this debilitating mental health condition, talks to her own mother who helped her through, discusses PND with professionals in the field and has an emotionally charged session with a psychotherapist to understand why she felt the way that she did. Stacey bravely embarks on a journey to highlight an illness that can have potentially fatal consequences. She sets out to overcome the social stigma that surrounds a condition that she believes should never be dismissed as 'the baby blues'.

Bluestone 42

The comedy drama about a British bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan continues. Tonight’s episode features a guest appearance from Borgen star Birgitte Hjort Sorensen. Mac and Rocket are gutted when a football game between their beloved Hibs and Celtic is interrupted with news of an impending bomb factory raid.

During the raid, the team rescues a Danish Aid Worker, Astrid (Birgitte Hjort Sorensen) who has been taken hostage by the Taliban.

Astrid is delighted and soon develops a crush on Nick. Will Nick be able to resist Astrid’s charms, despite wanting to prove to Mary he is interested in more than just one thing?

Meanwhile, Simon has written a memoir entitled, A Foot In Death’s Door, much to the team’s amusement. He forces Mary to read it for him, but can she spare his feelings when he asks her for an honest opinion?

Writers: James Cary and Richard Hurst; Producer: Michelle Farr; Executive Producer: Stephen McCrum.



What Do Artists Do All Day? - Norman Ackroyd

Norman Ackroyd is one of the country’s most celebrated landscape artists. Born in Leeds in 1938, he attended the Royal College of Art in the 1960s. After experimenting with pop art, he gradually turned to his first love, the landscape, and over the last thirty years he has documented some of the most remote corners of Britain.

In a new BBC Four programme, What Do Artists Do All Day, Norman tells the story of his artistic journey and gives us a unique glimpse into his working life.

Filmed in the converted London warehouse where he lives and works, we follow Norman as he embarks on the final stages of one of his monochrome prints. From delicate work on the copper plate, through preparation of the aquatint resin that brings shade and texture to the image and the application of the acid which etches the final picture from the copper, What Do Artists Do All Day captures each stage of the process behind his craft. At the end of the day, without knowing how the piece will turn out, Norman passes it through the printing press, revealing for the first time his latest work, capturing the atmospheric craggy cliff of Muckle Flugga in the Shetland Islands.


What Do Artists Do All Day? is short series of intimate observational portraits that explore the working lives of leading artists in studios, bedrooms, and the outdoors to uncover the daily routines and moments of inspiration that bring art to life.

Edwardian Insects On Film

In 1908, amateur naturalist and pioneering filmmaker Percy Smith filmed a household fly juggling a series of objects many times its own size. The Acrobatic Fly stunned early cinema goers and its strange captivating magic - along with accusations of cruelty, fakery and sorcery - became front page news across the world.

In this one-hour documentary made by Mentorn Media, presented by Charlie Hamilton-James and directed by John Holdsworth, the story of one of the great unsung heroes of Natural History filmmaking is uncovered.

Smith helped to invent the Natural History film as we know it today and, with the help of the British Film Institute and The National Media Museum, Charlie explores the life and work of this forefather of form. Searching out classic Smith archive including The Birth Of A Flower and World In A Wine Glass, Charlie meets Natural History icon Sir David Attenborough, who saw Smith’s films in the 1930s and was knocked out and inspired by them.

Finally, Charlie puts his digital camera aside and picks up a 100-year-old hand-cranked camera in an attempt to recreate the filmic experiments that led to the Smith classic The Acrobatic Fly. But will the results be as staggering and as beautiful as they were in 1908?

Edwardian Insects is part of BBC Four's Alien Nation season.



My Life: The Burns Club

In My Life: The Burns Club, 12-year-old Holly was just a toddler when she was badly burnt on her head and arm by hot fat from a chip pan. The Burns Club follows Holly for six exciting but extremely anxious months as she has an innovative operation to expand her hair by placing special balloons beneath her scalp, which could cover the bald scars on her head.

Stephanie, 14, also survived a fire when she was a toddler and is going through similar treatment. In this film the girls share their experiences and talk about what it's like to live with scars. Ultimately the operations don't always work and what Holly learns from Stephanie is the confidence to live with her scars and be happy just as she is.

Wednesday 20 March



A Very British Wedding

Looking at how families underpin a traditional wedding, this episode follows two couples incorporating a white wedding into their celebrations.

Gary, who is of Chinese descent, and his Yorkshire bride Cat, are arranging a beach wedding in Cyprus with the help of Wedding Planner Igor, who is from Siberia. Meanwhile, for Gary's mum Jo, the couple can’t truly be married until the Chinese wedding party that she is planning, which includes a traditional tea ceremony.

Bibiana and Sam are marrying in the Nigerian Christian tradition, with their mothers guiding them to a Nigerian Yoruban Traditional Engagement, where the two families are officially united. The couple also bring some of their Pentecostal-style worship to a white wedding at an Anglican Church, with over 400 guests.

Iraq: Did My Son Die In Vain?

Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, retired head teacher Geoff Dunsmore travels to Basra to follow in the footsteps of his son Chris, an RAF reservist who was killed there in 2007.

Geoff has never believed for a second that Chris died in vain: "My son believed in what he was doing, he believed in why he was going to Iraq."  Now Geoff is going to see exactly where his son was killed and find out the impact of the war and occupation on the lives of the ordinary people of Basra. Has the western involvement in Iraq improved things for ordinary Iraqi people?

Accompanied by local guide, Mazin Altayar, Geoff hears first-hand what life was like for Iraqis under the dictator Saddam Hussein.

He visits a run-down primary school that British troops tried to help during the occupation, and hears from a man who claims 12 of his family were killed when American soldiers opened fire on his vehicles.

For the most part, with the country still suffering from terrorist violence, the repercussions of the conflict have been devastating and long lasting, but on the streets of Basra, Geoff also meets a group of young people who’ve grown up knowing nothing but war, but believe that they can build a different future in Iraq today.



Insect Dissection: How Insects Work

Insects outnumber us 200 million to one. They thrive in environments where humans wouldn’t last minutes. We mostly perceive them as pests - yet without bugs, entire ecosystems would collapse, crops would disappear and waste would pile high.

The secret of their success? Their incredible alien anatomy.

To reveal this extraordinary hidden world, entomologists Dr James Logan and Brendan Dunphy carry out a complete insect dissection. Cutting edge imaging technology shows us the beauty and precision of the natural engineering inside even the simplest insects.

Stripping back the layers, they uncover ingenious body systems and finely-tuned senses – a bug body plan that is the hidden blueprint behind insects’ global domination.

And they discover how science is now using the secrets of insect anatomy to inspire technology that could save human lives.

Insect Dissection: How Insects Work is part of BBC Four's Alien Nation season.



The People’s Songs

This week’s song is Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat.

While British pop has had a long and colourful history of powerful and visionary movers and shakers who just happened to be gay, for a long time it was a side of the story that was kept under wraps - partly because it would have been distasteful to a huge chunk of the mainstream record-buying public, but mostly because it was also illegal until 1967. But consider trailblazers Brian Epstein and Simon Napier Bell who were incredibly successful managers, the former with, of course, The Beatles, the latter with Marc Bolan and later Wham. And Joe Meek was a maverick music-making trail-blazer and Kenny Everett the most influential DJ of his era.

Presenter/Stuart Maconie, Producer/Ian Callaghan (Smooth Ops)

Thursday 21 March




Whitney convinces Bianca that she can get through to Liam, but will she end up doing more harm than good? Meanwhile, Bianca seeks advice from Ava who offers her some words of encouragement.

Max is not happy when he finds out who Tanya is having dinner with, and he makes his views known.

Whitney is played by Shona McGarty, Bianca by Patsy Palmer, Liam by James Forde, Ava by Clare Perkins, Max by Jake Wood and Tanya by Jo Joyner.

Prisoners' Wives

Kim is determined to prove her husband’s innocence and get him released from prison. But with her community living in fear of her ASBO neighbours and suspicious of any man accused of child abuse, no one seems willing to help her.

Worse still, Kim comes to realise that the only way she can help her husband is to come clean about a secret she’d rather forget.

Meanwhile, Francesca starts money laundering for her husband’s business. Her family are proud that she has ‘gone straight’ but how long until they realise the truth? Harriet tries to take her relationship with prison chaplain Ian to another level, but with affairs of the heart occupying her, she takes her eye off troubled son Gavin. And as Aisling wrestles with her father’s spectacular unreliability, Brendan’s imprisonment remains a source of tension with fiancée Ben, and Aisling’s eyes begin to stray...

Kim Haines is played by Sally Carman, Fran Miller is played by Polly Walker, Aisling O'Connor is played by Karla Crome, and Harriet Allison is played by Pippa Haywood.



Enthronement Of The Archbishop Of Canterbury

Huw Edwards sets the scene in Canterbury Cathedral as Archbishop Justin Welby is enthroned as 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and President of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

In the presence of a 2,000-strong congregation, including clergy from the UK, and around the world, political leaders, heads of faith communities, family and friends, the new Archbishop will swear an oath of obedience and deliver his first sermon, as Archbishop, from the Chair of St Augustine.

Huw will be joined by a panel of guests, including The Rt Rev. Nigel McCulloch and The Rev. Dr Giles Fraser, who will discuss the significance of the occasion and the challenges facing the new Archbishop. Music will include anthems sung by Canterbury Cathedral Choir, including a new commission from Michael Berkeley, plus hymns and music reflecting the diverse traditions of the Church of England.



Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain's Holiest Places

This week, Ifor sets off on a journey to understand why trees and mountains have been such important symbols in Britain’s spiritual history, spanning thousands of years and different beliefs.

He starts at Glastonbury Tor – the famous hill whose image featured in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics – and the Glastonbury Thorns, among the most sacred trees in Britain, which flower at Christmas and Easter. Ifor discovers how these symbols have been at the heart of a battle that has rumbled on for 2,000 years between Christianity and the older beliefs that existed before its arrival. Digging deeper into the tensions between Christianity and Paganism, Ifor goes to Knowlton in Dorset, where a church was built in the middle of an ancient pagan henge. Ifor meets a druid who explains how Pagan sites were often overwritten in this way, and a pair of yew trees on the perimeter of the henge would have been familiar to all worshipers, whether Christian or Pagan.

In Nevern in Pembrokeshire, Ifor visits a very unusual yew tree - it appears to bleed - and in Snowdonia, a mountain where the devil is said to have gone toe to toe with an early Christian missionary. He travels to a rocky Cornish crag where St Michael himself is said to reside, before finishing his journey at Pendle Hill, inspiration behind the most stripped down and anti-Pagan religious denomination of all time. But even here, did Christianity really manage to break free of Paganism? And can we ever truly embrace the natural landscape without bumping into earlier belief systems?



Fierce Earth

In the final episode of Fierce Earth, the team investigates what happens when water becomes our enemy.

Mike heads to Southampton to learn all about the most important flood rescue vehicle – the hovercraft; Zoe goes to Boscastle to meet the survivors of the UK worst ever flash flood; Zoe and Leo find out what it’s like to be trapped in a car during a flash flood; and Leo takes on the power of fast-flowing water. Meanwhile, Mike travels to Holland to learn all about how the Dutch engineers are taking on the threat of flooding – and winning.

Friday 22 March




Tanya wakes up the morning after her date, hungover and undressed, but what really happened the night before?

Tanya tells Sharon she knows about her and Phil’s kiss but will she tell Jack and ruin their upcoming nuptials or will she stay quiet for her friend?

Heartbroken, Bianca continues with her battles with Liam, leaving her at her wit's end.

Billy tries his best to make an impression on Ava, but will he succeed?

Tanya is played by Jo Joyner, Sharon by Letitia Dean, Phil by Steve McFadden, Bianca by Patsy Palmer, Liam by James Forde, Billy by Perry Fenwick and Ava by Clare Perkins.



Ancient Egypt: Life And Death In The Valley Of The Kings

In the first part of a new series, Ancient Egypt: Life And Death In The Valley Of The Kings, Dr Joann Fletcher reveals how the ordinary Egyptians lived in one of the most fascinating civilisations on Earth. By walking in their footsteps, Joann provides a gateway to life 3,500 years ago, reimagining how people lived and the colours, sounds and smells they experienced.

In a forensic study, Joann follows the lives of Kha, an architect, and Meryt, his wife who lived in the tomb-builder's town of Deir el-Medina. Their everyday lives are set against the grand narrative of the creation of one of the world's greatest and most extraordinary mausoleums.

Along the way Joann reads Egyptian love poems, discovers how Egyptians travelled to work, looks at how tombs were built and even gets an insight into Egyptian interior design. Finally, Joann gains access to the rarely seen final resting place of Amenhotep III in the Valley of the Kings.



Goodbye Television Centre

Some of the biggest BBC stars of all time will gather for one last time to bid a fond farewell to TVC in Goodbye Television Centre, and celebrate 53 years of history behind the iconic building.

Former BBC Chairman Michael Grade will invite an exciting array of stars of TV and radio to assemble in front of a studio audience, where they will recount their favourite memories as they reminisce about the times they spent at the BBC’s flagship studios, giving us a personal insight into their experiences at TVC. Stars joining him on the sofa include Sir David Attenborough, Penelope Keith, Ronnie Corbett, Meera Syal, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Terry Wogan, Sir David Jason, Zoe Ball, Bob Harris, Rebecca Front, David Mitchell, Dara O Briain and Fiona Bruce.

Roving reporter Victoria Coren will take the viewers on an exciting tour of the BBC with other names, such as Barry Cryer and Brian Blessed, from the studios that housed Monty Python’s Parrot sketch, to Del Boy’s Living Room and Miranda’s shop.

The famed building has brought us decades of programming and has created treasured household names. Goodbye Television Centre will look at the nostalgic history created by the stars of the small screen, both on and off camera, since the 1960s. Comedy shows, talk shows, entertainment shows, children’s television, music and drama – they were all born from the famous Television Centre.

London’s TVC has been a hub of creativity from the moment it opened its doors on 29 June 1960, to the moment it will close them on 31 March 2013. So joins us to say, Goodbye Television Centre.



The Dumping Ground

In the final episode, Scary Beasts, a face from the past comes back to haunt Faith, and brings danger right inside the Dumping Ground. Mo buys a magic egg which hatches… into a snake! Elektra thinks it’s cool and decides to keep it as a pet.

Meanwhile Faith’s missing brother Razz turns up on the run and she hides him in the attic, but what will happen when his gang members come looking for him?

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