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Saturday 18 January



Masters Snooker

Alexandra Palace in London plays host to the 40th Masters tournament, the most prestigious invitational event on the snooker calendar.

This weekend, the tournament reaches its climax as players vie for the trophy, £200,000 and the title of 2014 Masters Champion. Hazel Irvine presents the action.

Coverage continues across the weekend on BBC Two.


Shane Richie hosts the series in which two families battle each other in a series of superfast physical and mental challenges designed to test human speed and reaction.

All the action is captured in stunning super slow motion as Ken Bruce is on hand to offer his own view of the events from the commentary box.

Battling for tonight’s top prize of £20,000 are the Corrie family from Carlisle versus Blackpool’s Webb family.

The Voice - Blind Auditions

Emma Willis and Marvin Humes present the next set of Blind Auditions as each of the four coaches, Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and, continue to build their talented team of 12.

Each coach has the power to kick start a career by pushing their red button and turning their chair. However, if more than one coach turns, the power shifts to the artist, meaning they can choose which superstar would be the perfect fit for their talent.

As the teams start to form under each coach, the competition between them increases and Kylie,, Sir Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson will use every trick in the book to ensure they attract the best artists to their team.



The Bridge

As the investigation grows, some new leads are opened and four individuals wearing animal masks carry out a new attack and then post a video online where they again claim responsibility.

Saga (Sofia Helin) and Martin (Kim Bodnia) try to track down the new group, who are busy planning yet another attack.

Saga has a hard time getting used to living together with her boyfriend and feels she needs to be alone. She decides to check into a hotel, a decision she’ll soon come to regret.

Martin goes back to visit Jens in prison, and this time he exceeds his authority.

Director: Henrik Georgsson

Writer: Hans Rosenfeldt

The Bridge

Martin (Kim Bodnia) is at the hospital watching over his son, Nikolaj (Elliot Metzdorff), who has suddenly fallen ill. Saga (Sofia Helin) visits the hospital to update him on the case and notices something isn’t quite right.

The investigation intensifies as another poisoning is connected to Saga and Martin’s case. Furthermore, a motorboat is recovered from the bottom of the sea and some old skeletal remains are found inside. Who were these people, and what did they die of? Are they connected to the larger case?

Jens (Lars Simonsen) doesn’t want Martin visiting him in prison anymore, but Martin won’t back down.

Saga is nervous ahead of her first meeting with her potential mother-in-law and wonders if she’s being a good enough girlfriend.

Director: Henrik Georgsson

Writer: Hans Rosenfeldt

Sunday 19 January



Call The Midwife

Following the closure of the former Nonnatus House, the nuns and midwives finally move into their new premises. The building is not the only new sight as Sister Winifred arrives from the Mother House. She is a warm-hearted, slightly innocent young woman.

Jenny is concerned about new mother Merle’s mental state and the welfare of her newborn who isn’t feeding properly. Dr Turner is concerned that it could be something more serious. Sister Monica Joan's increasingly eccentric behaviour has been causing concern, but she is the one who finally solves this perplexing medical mystery.

Trying to adjust to her new role of housewife and mother, Chummy decides to spearhead an Open Day at the Community Centre, even attempting to secure attendance from a Royal guest! When the clinic opens, Shelagh sits pride of place as the receptionist.

After helping to deliver a neighbour’s baby, Chummy is left with an overwhelming sense of fulfillment and decides that midwifery is more than just a profession but a way of life she wishes to return to.

Sister Winifred is played by Victoria Yeates, Jenny by Jessica Raine, Merle Vickers by Gemma Salter, Dr Turner by Stephen McGann, Sister Monica Joan by Judy Parfitt, Chummy by Miranda Hart and Shelagh by Laura Main.

The Musketeers

The Musketeers is an all-new BBC One Drama, introducing exciting heroes, action, adventure and romance inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s legendary characters.

In episode one of this new series, the brightest and best musketeers of the King’s Regiment - Athos, Porthos and Aramis - are dispatched by Captain Treville to find a missing musketeer carrying important letters on behalf of King Louis. But Cardinal Richelieu has plans to increase his political power and seeks to sabotage the good reputation of the musketeers.

Meanwhile, d’Artagnan travels from his family farm in Gascony to Paris to petition the king, but his peaceful plans are turned upside down when he is forced to find the Musketeers and seek vengeance for the brutal murder of a loved one. Will d’Artagnan bring the murderer to justice, and can the Musketeers protect king and country? Or will the Cardinal triumph with the help of the beautiful and dangerous Milady?

Luke Pasqualino is d’Artagnan, Tom Burke is Athos, Howard Charles is Porthos, Santiago Cabrera is Aramis, Hugo Speer is Captain Treville, Ryan Gage is King Louis, Alexandra Dowling is Queen Anne, Maimie McCoy is Milady and Peter Capaldi is Cardinal Richelieu.



Ski Sunday

The Swiss resort of Wengen, home of the legendary Lauberhorn, plays host to the next instalment of Ski Sunday.

Graham Bell and Ed Leigh bring you all the action from this classic men's downhill race. Italian Christof Innerhofer took the title in an eventful race last year which was notable for Frenchman Johan Clarey becoming the first man to exceed 100mph in a World Cup race.

Ed Leigh also reflects upon the life of Shane McConkey, a man revered as a pioneer of free skiing, who tragically lost his life pushing the boundaries of his sport.

Monday 20 January




Max is livid, but will his actions expose Jake’s lies?

Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, Carol starts asking questions.

Meanwhile, Linda isn’t happy when Mick asks Wayne to help out, but does he have an ulterior motive?

Max is played by Jake Wood, Jake by Jamie Lomas, Carol by Lindsey Coulson, Linda by Kellie Bright, Mick by Danny Dyer and Wayne by Malachi Kirby.



World Championship Bowls

Rishi Persad presents coverage of the 2014 WBT World Indoor Bowls Championships from Potter’s Leisure Resort, Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk.

Scotland’s Stuart Anderson is defending the World Singles Title he won in an epic encounter with four-time winner Paul Foster last year, as the biggest names in the sport again do battle in World Bowls' premier annual event. Local youngster Rebecca Field will also be defending her Ladies Match Play title and looking to see off the challenge of Australian bowler Karen Murphy, the 2012 Champion and pre-tournament favourite.

The World Pairs and Mixed Pairs titles will also be at stake in a week of televised BBC coverage. Commentary comes from David Corkill along with former World Champions Andy Thompson MBE, John Price and Greg Harlow.

Coverage continues daily on BBC Two.

The Great Interior Design Challenge

Tom Dyckhoff, architecture and design critic for The Times, presents brand-new 12-part BBC Two series The Great Interior Designer, which is putting 24 of Britain’s keenest amateur interior designers to the test.

They all rate their own creativity and have the homes to prove it – but can they realise someone else’s interior tastes and style?

Throughout the series, brave homeowners give over their bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, hallways, and studies to put them all to the test. Each episode will follow the wannabe designer’s trials and tribulations as they source materials, select products and try to find everything they need to make their room look great while staying in budget.

But it won’t just be the homeowners that give the amateur designers their painfully honest feedback - on hand to give their experienced opinions are Daniel Hopwood, award-winning architect and interior designer, and Sophie Robinson, ex-editor of BBC Good Homes and interior designer.

In episode one, would-be interior designers Sarah, Helen and James take on three large bedrooms in Edwardian homes in the leafy North London district of Muswell Hill. But vintage homeware designer Sarah has given herself a lot to do, including upholstering a chair – something she’s never done before; asset manager James has to get the homeowners on board with his bright colours; and artist Helen is hoping to discover an Edwardian gem behind some built-in cupboards, but only one designer can make it through to the quarter final, so the pressure to prove themselves is on.

The series travels across the country, from Dorset to Liverpool, and through the ages, from Georgian terraces to Art Deco cul-de-sacs, to introduce a new street and house design in each episode so viewers can learn about their history and how they have affected the architecture of the homes there. The show will also be packed full of handy tips and guides for keen home decorators everywhere.

Russia On Four Wheels

Justin Rowlatt and Anita Rani set off across Russia on two massive road-trips across the world’s biggest, and one it’s most enigmatic, countries.

A former superpower and more recently a struggling giant, Russia is looking to assert itself once again on the world stage. With millions of square miles of land, a wealth of natural resources, the largest automobile market in Europe, diverse borders and trading partners aplenty, Russia has the potential to become one of the richest and most dynamic nations on Earth. But 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, how far has Russia left its Cold War past behind? And what direction will the country take? Driving thousands of miles in three weeks - and in two very different cars - Justin and Anita find out.

Anita and Justin begin their journeys in Sochi, the Black Sea resort home to the 2014 Winter Olympics – the most expensive games ever. Full of futuristic architecture, this is new Russia’s glittering showcase to the world, but just round the corner from the glitzy stadiums is Joseph Stalin’s old dacha, a reminder that in Russia the old and the new are often very close.

Anita is out to discover 'new' Russia. She travels north and west from Sochi in a Kombat, a Russian-built luxury armoured plated bling machine – her oligarch tank. She enters a thriving world of westernised entrepreneurs, the mega-rich and rebellious youth, people who are at the forefront of shaping a new and vibrant Russia.

On her first leg she drives to the western port of Taganrog, enters a vast iron ore mine near Kursk, and makes her way up to Kaluga, a city once at the heart of one of Russia’s poorest regions, and now a centre of industry with western factories including Volkswagen transforming its fortunes.

Meanwhile Justin heads east into 'old' Russia where he encounters a very different world in his chosen vehicle: a slightly battered Soviet-built UAZ 'jeep' first designed in the 1940s for the Red Army. He meets traditional Russians and encounters a land that seems hardly to have changed since before the Cold War years.

On the first half of his journey, Justin drives to a vast farm, once a Soviet Collective, before making his way alongside the Volga, Russia’s “Mother River”, and to Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) where he meets Second World War veterans of the Battle of Stalingrad, before heading to the vast Lada car factory.




Uncle follows the darkly comedic misadventures of Andy, an irresponsible man-child forced to watch his neurotic 12-year-old nephew, Errol. With laughs, heart and some original songs, Uncle explores what it means to be family - when you’re still learning how to be a good human being.

In Episode two, Party Monster, after a series of personal humiliations, Andy’s forced to babysit a sick Errol. But upon learning his nephew is faking illness to get out of a child’s birthday party, Andy’s determined to teach Errol how to be a party monster. Little does Andy know he’ll have to face some monsters of his own at the birthday party from hell.

Starring Nick Helm as Andy, Elliot Speller-Gillott as Erroll, Daisy Haggard as Sam, Con O’Neill as Val, Esther Smith as Melodie, Daniel Lawrence Taylor as Bruce, and Sydney Rae White as Gwen. The series is written and directed by Oliver Refson and produced by Baby Cow Productions for BBC Three.



Storyville: Big Brother Is Watching Me - Citizen Ai Weiwei

This week’s Storyville follows Ai Weiwei, China’s most notorious artist. In recent years his provocative work has brought him global recognition – and a prison sentence from the Communist authorities.

This engrossing documentary follows Ai Weiwei in the tense year following his release from his three-month confinement. The film documents his on-going legal battles while on parole and the pressure exerted by the Chinese authorities, who monitor his every move.

At home and in his studio, the artist reflects on his experiences in prison and the Chinese political climate, and wonders how far he should take his activism – after all, he now has to worry about his young son. The troubles with his enemies provide inspiration for making new works of art, the main outlet for him to vent his frustration. This revealing film captures the life of a dissident artist - one recovering from the psychological impact of his time in prison.



Old Jack's Boat

Old Jack (Bernard Cribbins) is back in a brand new series as he continues his amazing adventures on the high seas with his faithful dog, Salty, and the friends he meets along the way.

In Monday’s episode, Bluey the whale visits the underwater funfair but keeps having accidents. How can Jack and Salty save him from being thrown out?

On Tuesday, Jack tells the story of how the Rainbow got her stripes.

On Wednesday, Jack knocks some beans into the sea and an enormous sea beanstalk grows up. But what is at the bottom?

Jack and Salty are lost in the Antarctic in Thursday’s episode. Only one friend can save them – the little penguin.

Jack and Salty visit the Humbug Hotel on Friday. They help a lonely Tigerfish find true love.

Don Gilet, playing Captain Periwinkle, joins the cast, which includes Janine Duvitski, Helen Lederer, Paul Hawkyard, Nadine Marshall and, of course, Salty the dog.

Tuesday 21 January




Lauren finds herself in a terrifying situation when she tries to do the right thing.

Mick and Linda come up with a cunning plan to try and protect Nancy.

Seeing a business opportunity, Kat approaches Shirley.

Lauren is played by Jacqueline Jossa, Mick by Danny Dyer, Linda by Kellie Bright, Nancy by Maddy Hill, Kat by Jessie Wallace and Shirley by Linda Henry.

Death In Paradise

The sun-drenched drama continues as another mysterious murder washes up on the sandy shores of Saint Marie.

When a stand-in working on the set of a zombie film being shot on the island suddenly dies on set, Humphrey and the team are called to investigate the murder. The victim appears to have been poisoned, but why would someone want to murder a lowly stand-in who had only been on the island a week?

Having gained all the evidence, it all seems to point towards the idea that the film’s lead actress, Lexi Cunningham, was actually the intended victim in a plan gone wrong. From here, the team quickly focus their investigation on three key suspects: film director Carl Collins, script writer Arnold Finch and on-set runner Susie Jenkins. But why would any of them want their lead actress dead?

With the three suspects in mind and still adjusting to his new tropical surroundings, Humphrey starts to discover that the world of filmmaking is not quite as glamorous as one might expect. The film set is teeming with ruthless ambition, creative jealousy and behind-the-scenes affairs. All three suspects have a motive, but which one did it?

DI Humphrey Goodman by Kris Marshall, DS Camille Bordey by Sara Martins, Officer Dawyne Myers by Danny John-Jules, Sergeant Fidel Best by Gary Carr, Commissioner Selwyn Patterson by Don Warrington, Lexi Cunningham by Michelle Ryan, Carl Collins by Rhys Thomas, Arnold Finch by Peter Davison and Susie Jenkins by Hannah Tointon.



The Great Interior Design Challenge

In the second episode, the amateurs are taking on three knocked-through sitting rooms in neighbouring homes in a terrace in Salford.

Tom discovers the history of the homes and the workers they were built for, as Sophie and Daniel decide who has the winning design.

Housewife, 65-year-old Susan, is hoping her paint effects will win favour; while financial lawyer Nigel is banking on some funky wall transfers; but for mum Lynne it’s hard work persuading her homeowner that her ideas will work.

House Of Fools

Julie entrusts Vic and Bob with the safety of her prize pork pie, which she plans on offering to Bruce Willis to persuade him to star in a film based on her bestselling novel. Together with Bosh amd Beef, the boys can’t resist the temptation, however, to sample the delicious pie.

After realising their mistake, they set about, with the help of Erik, to try and replace it. When the only option left is to steal a replacement pie from Ben Gunn’s Pork Emporium, Bosh reveals it’s owned by a maniac – his ex-cell mate Ben Gunn. They’ll have to be extra careful to get away with this one unscathed, and if they don’t, they’ll have to suffer Julie’s wrath too.

Julie is played by Morgana Robinson, Bosh is played by Dan Skinner, Beef is played by Matt Berry, Erik is played by Daniel Simonsen and Ben Gunn is played by Frank Harper (Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, This Is England).

Wednesday 22 January



Waterloo Road

Gabriella continues to make more enemies than friends, leading to a dangerous situation for the girls on a night out. Christine struggles with her emotions as Connor leaves for London and Nikki worries about Eve’s reaction to her engagement.

When Dynasty embarrasses her in front of Hunky Hector, Gabriella declares war and begins to sabotage Dynasty’s friendships and schoolwork. Imogen and Rhiannon join Gabriella for a night out but it doesn’t take long for them to find themselves in trouble. A knight in tarnished armour makes a shock return and quickly captures Gabriella’s wandering eye.

Connor flies the nest, leaving Christine feeling irritable and upset. After one too many run-ins with Simon, she is uninvited to a staff get-together and is left feeling lonelier than ever.

A thrilled Vix can’t wait to spread the news about the engagement but Nikki blows hot and cold as she prepares for a visit from her daughter, Eve.

Gabriella is played by Naomi Battrick, Christine by Laurie Brett, Connor by Shane O’Meara, Nikki by Heather Peace, Vix by Kristin Atherton, Eve by Sophie Skelton, Dynasty by Abby Mavers, Hector by Leon Ockenden, Imogen by Kirstie Steele, Rhiannon by Rebecca Craven and Simon by Richard Mylan.

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



The Great Interior Design Challenge

In episode three the amateurs are taking on very unusual and rather beautiful homes in Beckenham, Kent.

Built in the 1930s, these homes are classic Art Deco design: blocky, bright white with a touch of Hollywood glamour. The rooms our amateurs are being asked to redesign are sun rooms at the very top of the houses. Surrounded by glass, they create a unique challenge for the designers.

Executive assistant Louise hopes her 1930s cocktail bar will do the trick; student Charmaine wants to win with her office design; artist Amy is going all out with her Miami beach theme - but with the homeowners' happiness with the design being a crucial criterion for winning, will she be able to convince them that gold and purple are the colours to go for?

Russia On Four Wheels

Justin Rowlatt and Anita Rani continue their epic road trips across Russia, discovering two very different sides of a vast and bewildering country looking to assert itself once again on the world stage.

Having started out at Sochi, the Black Sea resort hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, Anita is in Moscow where she meets wealthy socialite Alisa Krylova, Pussy Riot protester Yekaterina 'Katia' Samutsevich and some rebellious night drag-racers and their souped-up cars. She then moves on to St Petersburg, Russia's former capital and its gateway to the west. She gets the chance to open a massive bridge and, behind the tourist sites, she finds a city of migrant workers and gay rights protesters.

Anita then turns north to meet entrepreneurs harvesting caviar from sturgeon stocked in the warm waters of a nuclear power plant, before reaching her final destination of Murmansk, high in the arctic and Russia's new economic frontier.

Justin continues on his journey east, from Perm and one of the last Gulag prison camps, deep into the Ural Mountains and Asia. He spends time with some very traditional bear hunters, gets close to some powerful military buyers at Russia's biggest arms fair, and drives on to Yekaterinburg, where he comes a little too close to men protecting the graves of local gangsters from the 1990s.

Finally, Justin reaches the lands of Russia's incredibly rich natural resources - a world of grim copper smelters, Cold War nuclear bomb-making plants, and a road that seems to go on forever into Siberia, looking east towards China and Japan.



Hidden Histories: Britain's Oldest Family Businesses

In the second episode of this series exploring the history of some of Britain’s longest-running family businesses, we learn about Toye and Co, who make items of regalia such as medals, uniforms and ceremonial clothing.

One of only a handful of regalia-making companies left in Britain today, they use traditional techniques to make thousands of items for the military, exclusive societies, foreign leaders and even for The Queen.

The business has been handed down from father to son for hundreds of years, but now, for the first time, a woman is in charge. Fiona Toye wasn’t born into the family, but became involved in the business after her husband Bryan had a near fatal heart attack. Now she’s Chief Executive, responsible for the firm’s showroom, two factories and 132 staff.

In this programme, Fiona goes on a journey into the history of the business to see how it’s evolved and survived for generations. Meeting with historians and other experts, she traces the roots of the family back to the mid-1700s, when the Toyes were illiterate, artisan silk weavers working in London’s East End. She discovers how a wedding between William Toye and his teenage bride - already 7 months pregnant - brought Huguenot blood into the family, together with the cache of French silk-weaving expertise.

After the Industrial Revolution sent the East End silk industry into massive decline, Fiona learns how the Toyes survived in business by underscoring their specialist skills, capitalizing on a growing taste for pomp and circumstance, and diversifying their product range as the world around them changed. She learns why soldiers in the Crimean War had such resplendent uniforms, and how the company made items for friendly societies, the Freemasons, suffragettes, trade unions and even for The Queen’s Coronation.

This is the story of one family’s entrepreneurial drive across the generations – a journey that’s taken them to the heart of the British establishment.

Hidden Histories: Britain’s Oldest Family Businesses is produced in partnership with The Open University.

Thursday 23 January




Jake’s actions become dangerous, leaving Lauren concerned.

Max is furious when Lauren brings trouble to the Brannings' doorstep.

Nancy discovers that revenge is sweet.

Shirley has a plan, but after Johnny makes a discovery, it could back-fire.

Jake is played by Jamie Lomas, Lauren by Jacqueline Jossa, Max by Jake Wood, Nancy by Maddy Hill, Shirley by Linda Henry and Johnny by Sam Strike.

Hidden Kingdoms

A tree shrew darts through Borneo’s tangled, steamy rainforest on her daily search for food.

Tree shrews are intelligent, with the largest brain for their body size in the animal kingdom. And they also have a super-fast metabolism which means they are always hungry. Their rain forest home is a colourful, vibrant world: by day, packed with the most abundant and extraordinary mini-creatures, but by night, it is transformed into a dark, sinister place of fluorescent fungi, flocks of bats and big-eyed hunters.

In episode two of Hidden Kingdoms, we follow the story of a young tree shrew who suddenly finds the local fruiting tree stripped of its fruit by orangutans and bearded pigs. Such trees are few and far between in the forest so the search for another one will be hard. She must avoid stinging fire ants, giant snakes and even a seductive but carnivorous plant, and find fruit before hunger gets the better of her.

In the ancient forests of the northern hemisphere, life is dominated by the huge seasonal change that transforms the landscape into winter's freeze. Being a small creature here is difficult: unlike the big animals that spend all autumn feeding up for the winter and packing on pounds of fat, tiny creatures like chipmunks just aren’t big enough to build fat reserves. Instead, they must make a winter store of nuts. The store needs to be large enough to see them through six months of cold. It takes a chipmunk a lot of work to collect the 100 or so acorns it needs and it's no surprise that a store attracts thieves who would rather save themselves the effort.

We follow the story of a young male chipmunk as the autumn leaves begin to fall. He is embarking on his first year of acorn collecting and does well to collect a big enough store. Unfortunately, while he’s out gathering the last few nuts, a bigger, older and more aggressive neighbour ransacks his store. Without the nuts, a chipmunk is unlikely to survive the winter – somehow he must get them back.

Silent Witness: Undertone

When the body of a pregnant Northern Irish girl is discovered, Nikki and Jack face the urgent task of finding the baby snatched from her womb, and Thomas uncovers the teenage girl’s connections to a criminal underworld.

Father of the child, married-man Simon, is the prime suspect in DS Sally Kirchner’s eyes, while Nikki and Jack encounter her addict boyfriend Nuri and ruthless drug dealer Bekir, suspected of masterminding the hit-killing of a Drugs Squad cop. The dead detective’s partner, DI John Brooke, is out to avenge his colleague’s murder - however, Jack’s growing frustration over DI Brooke’s meddling in the case unearths a new line of enquiry.

Emilia Fox plays Dr Nikki Alexander, David Caves plays Jack Hodgson, Richard Lintern plays Dr Thomas Chamberlain, Liz Carr plays Clarissa Mullery, Morven Christie plays DS Sally Kircher, Sean Gallagher plays DI John Brooke, Ruth Gemmell play Ellie Brooke, Akin Gazi plays Bekir Humadi, Fady Elsayed plays Nuri Kavur, Irena Michi plays Gulse Kavur, Jane McGrath plays Alice Preston, Llyod Hutchinson plays William Preston, Matthew Ashforde plays DS Colin Hart, Alisdair Mckee plays Martin Carrisford, Alex Hassell plays Simon Turner, Charlotte Randle plays Katie Turner and Michael Bertenshaw plays Douglas Beale.



The Great Interior Design Challange

It’s the fourth episode of The Great Interior Designer, as three new designers battle it out for a place in the quarter final and the chance to win The Great Interior Design Challenge.

The amateurs are in South East London on the River Thames, taking on sitting rooms in neighbouring homes in a beautiful converted mill.

Fifty-five-year-old housewife Dee, from Whitstable in Kent, is hoping her French Farmhouse Style will win the day, but finds resistance from her client. Vintage enthusiast, 40-year-old Emma from Manchester, is also working hard to persuade her client on aspects of her boat house theme. Thirty-year-old shop worker Luke from Oxford is keeping his client happy by turning his creative skills on making cat furniture for his African-themed room.

Friday 24 January




After the Carters experience the day from hell, Shirley makes a difficult decision for the sake of the family.

Sharon is thrilled about a new business opportunity, but not everyone is so chuffed.

Shirley is played by Linda Henry and Sharon by Letitia Dean.



The Great Interior Design Challenge

In episode five, the amateurs are taking on the toughest of makeovers – the kitchen.

They will be painting, tiling and creating their own designs in three 1960s homes in a cutting-edge estate in Ashstead, Surrey. But 24-year-old young mum Kimberly from Bicester in Oxfordshire has the added pressure of having to fit appliances recently purchased by her homeowners into her scheme for a bright Sixties kitchen.

Housewife, 54-year-old Anna from Chigwell, has concerns over tiling her Shaker Kitchen, and 39-year-old Julia from Nottingham needs a steady hand to transform a dark shiny kitchen from black to white. There’s a lot to do and only one designer will be able go through to the quarter finals.



Live At The Electric

Russell Kane is back for another week to rock your TV off its stand with his troupe of the finest, freshest comedians around.

This week, Sharonetti is attracted to Daveutio’s uselessness in The Only Way Is Shakespeare, the youth club receive some job interview practice from Pete Swivel, and Latin lothario Antonio discovers a love for all things equestrian.



Born To Be Wild: The Golden Age Of American Rock - Welcome To The Jungle

The final part of Born to be Wild explores the 1980s and the eventual demise of the golden era of American rock.

The beginning of the decade saw the meteoric rise of MTV, which completely changed the landscape of rock music, creating superstars overnight. From Los Angeles, a new rock scene emerged of party-anthem pop-metal, tailor-made for the visual medium of TV. Bands like Van Halen, Mötley Crüe and Poison sported heavy make-up, flashy clothes and huge hair singing songs of sex, partying, drinking and drugs.

The other side of American mainstream rock attempted to tackle the social and political issues of the time. John Mellencamp, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen all produced a stadium rock that appealed to the nation’s blue-collar workers. As Tom Petty explains, he wrote songs that confronted the struggles of American life. Their music filled arenas, but was anybody really listening to the message?

With record labels realising MTV exposure directly translated to commercial profit, soon pop-metal was saturating the market. Power ballads, big choruses and even bigger hair were the order of the day, with the highly marketable Bon Jovi leading the pack. As guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan reveal, Guns N’ Roses saw themselves as the antithesis to what they considered fake rebellion, soft-rock drivel. As we see in rare early concert footage, in the beginning Guns N’ Roses provided teenagers with a raw energy and rebellion that other Eighties rock was failing to achieve. But even they became neutralised by the commercialisation of the rock industry.

During the Nineties, the emergence of grunge would wipe away the narcissistic, sexist and pompous music form American rock had grown into. But, as Tom Petty surmises, it was ultimately the golden age of rap that replaced the golden age of rock, producing the big personalities the rock scene could no longer provide.

Features interviews with Tom Petty who talks about his own music as well as Hair Metal; Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler from Guns N’ Roses, who explore the early days of the band; Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, who recalls how he and Jon devised their wide-appealing style of rock; songwriter Desmond Child - who wrote for Kiss, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi – explains the finer points of Eighties rock production; and also REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil, Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy, Frankie Banali from Quiet Riot, Billy Idol, film director Penelope Spheeris, manager Vicky Hamilton and Rolling Stone Magazine’s David Fricke.

This series is part of BBC Four’s United States of Rock, a season celebrating US rock music, telling the story of its history through the bands that lived it, and featuring some of the great concerts.

Bon Jovi In Concert follows this programme (10pm, BBC Four).

Bon Jovi In Concert

Stadium gods Bon Jovi rock London's tiny BBC Radio Theatre, filmed for Radio 2 In Concert exactly a year ago in front of an intimate audience of fans.

The band performs classics from six albums across their 30-year reign, including Slippery When Wet, Crush, Have A Nice Day, Lost Highway, and The Circle. And the show features the first ever performance of material from 2013's What About Now.

Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan and Tico Torres perform this rare and special gig.

Part of BBC Four’s United States of Rock season.

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