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Saturday 26 September

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Casualty: Belief

Terror strikes when a room full of racist supporters are attacked and are brought in to the Emergency Department - where the attack continues.

As staff are evacuated, a petrified Alicia is left alone in the hospital to treat a patient. She decides to do a risky procedure and it’s a success, impressing Connie but making Lily utterly jealous.

Jacob puts his life on the line for Connie and manages to get the attacker to hand over their gun, but just as the police walk in Jacob is shot. Connie saves his life and the experience brings them closer together. Jacob is hailed a hero, but feels like a victim.

Louise struggles with the day and bonds with Alicia, while Zoe still hopes that Max can forgive her.

CAST: Louise (Azuka Oforka), Iain (Michael Stevenson), Zoe (Sunetra Sarker), Dixie (Jane Hazlegrove), Lofty (Lee Mead), Max (Jamie Davis), Lily (Crystal Yu), Rita (Chloe Howman), Robyn (Amanda Henderson), Connie (Amanda Mealing), Jacob, (Charles Venn), Noel (Tony Marshall), Big Mac (Charlesy Dale).

GUEST CAST: Salman (Chin Nyenwe), Ibrahim (Charles Mnene), Arshad (Sagar Arya), Roy (John Killoran), Mairo (Simona Brown), Denise (Lucy Benjamin).

Formula 1: Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying

Suzi Perry introduces live coverage of the qualifying session for the Japanese Grand Prix.

In 2015 it was Germany’s Nico Rosberg who narrowly claimed pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton, his team-mate and title rival. However, it was Hamilton who went on to win the race around the tough Suzuka circuit.

Strictly Come Dancing

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return to host the second part of this weekend’s live Strictly Come Dancing spectacular.

Last night the first six celebrities spun and sparkled on the Strictly dancefloor; there was delight and dazzling displays. Tonight, in the second of this weekend’s dancing double bill, the wait is finally over for the remaining nine celebrities, as they blast into the ballroom with their professional dance partners for the very first time.

They need to conquer their nerves and try to impress judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood with the routines they have been learning for the past three weeks. All of the couples will be scored by the judges, though none of our dancing duos will be leaving the show tonight, as the judges scores will be carried forward to next weekend when the viewers will get the chance to vote for their favourites.

Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar

Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire: no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?

Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Hettie Macdonald
Producer: Peter Bennett

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

F1 Rewind

This edition of F1 Rewind looks at great rivalries in the sport.

First up is the famous wheel-to-wheel battle between Gilles Villeneuve and Rene Arnoux in in the final laps of the 1979 French Grand Prix.

Next is the great contest between arch rivals Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, as they faced off on the streets of Monte Carlo at the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix.

And then there is a look back at Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso’s duel for the title, that came down to the final race of the 2012 season in Brazil.

Sunday 27 September

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Formula 1: Japanese Grand Prix

Suzi Perry introduces live coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Suzuka circuit is one of the trickiest on the Formula 1 calendar, but last year Lewis Hamilton produced a superb drive to strengthen his grip on the championship. There is bound to be a sombre mood in the paddock as during that race a year ago Marussia driver Jules Bianchi suffered a serious crash, which later sadly took his life.

Cider With Rosie

A vivid memoir of Laurie Lee’s childhood, Cider With Rosie is an evocative coming-of-age story set in an idyllic Cotswold village during and immediately after the Great War.

Marking the journey of young Lol as he grows from boy to man, the story chronicles first love, loss and family upheaval. Lol’s boyhood escapades take place in a rural world as yet untouched by electricity and cars - a place suspended between history and modernity.

Cast
Samantha Morton – Annie Lee; Archie Cox - Laurie (Lol); Ruby Ashbourne Serkis - Rosie; Emma Curtis – Marj; Jessica Hynes - Miss Crabby; June Whitfield - Granny Wallon; Annette Crosbie - Granny Trill; Billy Howle - Private James Harris; Timothy Spall – Laurie Lee (Voice)

Pictured: Lol (younger - Georgie Smith), Annie Lee (Samantha Morton)

The Women's Football Show

Jacqui Oatley and guests review the weekend's action from Women's Super League 1.

In the race for the title, Chelsea travel to Liverpool while Manchester City host relegation threatened Bristol Academy.

BBC IPLAYER

BBC IPLAYER

Private View: Lianne La Havas On Shoes

Critically-acclaimed musician and fashion icon Lianne La Havas takes viewers on a Private View of the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition Shoes: Pleasure And Pain, where she gets after-hours access to the amazing show.

Lianne has her own distinctively quirky style and is known for her high heel shoe collection, a pair of which she normally wears when performing.

In Private View: Lianne La Havas On Shoes, Lianne reveals the artistic and social history of footwear, with the exhibition displaying 200 shoes, ranging from gold leaf Ancient Egyptian flip flops and the platforms that tripped up Naomi Campbell, to the latest extraordinary contemporary designs.

Lianne La Havas says: “I love shoes, in any shape and form. And as a kid it was my beloved blue suede trainers with white fluorescent stripes, but as I grew up, so did the shoes. For me shoes and fashion can be just like music, the perfect way of expressing your shifting identity.”

London Fashion Week: Abbey Clancy’s Top Picks

In London Fashion Week: Abbey Clancy’s Top Picks, model Abbey Clancy takes viewers into the glamorous world of high-end fashion.

Abbey goes to the biggest and boldest shows of this year’s London Fashion Week, meeting cutting-edge designers and getting up close and personal with their beautiful creations.

Abbey Clancy says: “London is renowned for being one of the best fashion weeks in the world and I love all the hustle and bustle surrounding all the shows - the city is buzzing for the whole week."

Monday 28 September

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

It's judgement day for Max, and his fate is about to be sealed. But will he be convicted for a murder he didn’t commit, or will justice prevail?

After contemplating Robbie’s offer, Carol makes a decision.

Max is played by Jake Wood, Robbie by Dean Gaffney and Carol by Lindsey Coulson.

All Change At Longleat

As winter approaches, the estate is being transformed. In the house, renovations commence on the grand staircase. It’s taken a year of planning…but no one’s thought to consult Lord Bath.

On the grounds, management want to launch a brand new winter festival. But not all the staff are completely convinced by the idea.

Meanwhile, Ceawlin and Emma (pictured) become first-time-parents, helped by maternity nurse, Gilly. Their baby will one day inherit the £190 million estate.

And a surprise business offer from China leads to a formal banquet in the green library. But Ceawlin finds himself drinking more than he bargained when the traditional Chinese toasts begin.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Great British Menu

Great British Menu is back and 24 of the nation’s top chefs are challenged to plate up perfection. They’re fighting it out for the chance to cook at a glorious banquet marking the Centenary of the Women’s Institute, at London's historic Drapers' Hall.

This year’s challenge is to produce 21st century dishes worthy of the custodians of first-class homecooking. The dishes must honour the generations of women who have helped make Britain the great culinary nation it is today. The chefs have taken inspiration from the women in their families and the pioneering women of the Institute to turn homecooked classics into modern masterpieces.

Along the way there will be soaring highs and crushing lows, as the chefs do everything they can to get their dishes onto the final banquet menu. But who will triumph and who will fall?

Today three of the Central Region’s finest chefs - Pip Lacey, Richard Bainbridge and Jason Hodnett - attempt to impress this week’s veteran judge with their starters. With big boots to fill, Angela Hartnett’s protégé Pip is the only newcomer in the kitchen. Will she beat the boys to claim victory?

Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You

In this last episode we journey through the final months in the womb - a time when we grow strong and develop the vital survival tools that we need to take our first breath. Presented by Michael Mosley.

For most, this is when our cartilage changes to form a skeleton of over 200 bones - but very occasionally this doesn’t go to plan. We meet Jannelly, who was born with no bones and was saved from the brink of death by a drug trial, which made medical history by creating 'manufactured bone' for the first time.

Our brains develop at an extraordinary rate by week 27, with an estimated 100 billion new connections every day, creating the foundations for our memory banks. With superhuman recall, we meet 'memory man' Joey, whose brain is incapable of forgetting anything he experiences in his lifetime. Exploring this phenomenon, Michael also asks whether children can hear and recall early memories whilst still in the womb.

Looking at how external forces can affect us in the womb, we meet Lal and Freddie, who have similar lifestyles but whose mothers had different diets; and we examine the results of a unique study by Dr. Suzanne King into whether unborn children can be affected by stress.

Finally, as this incredible journey nears its end, we witness the critical moment of the first breath and the beginning of a new life.

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

Strictly Come Dancing’s cheeky little sister It Takes Two returns to BBC Two - and it's bigger and better than ever before. Zoe Ball presents the popular weeknight show, giving viewers a daily dose of Strictly sparkle.

As ever It Takes Two will feature expert dance analysis, updates, and exclusives from the training rooms, plus first looks at the dancefloor outfits and styling.

It Takes Two will be exclusively revealing news of the music tracks the celebs will be dancing to each week. There will also be sneaky peeks of the group dance training, and nostalgic look backs from the most memorable moments from Strictly’s history.

This year, viewers will also get the chance to see even more from professional dancer Robin Windsor on It Takes Two, as he joins Karen Hardy and Ian Waite in both studio and filmed reports. Professional dancer Joanne Clifton will also be popping up as a regular dance expert with the latest gossip and news direct from the famous Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.

All of this each weekday alongside the introduction of a special hour long episode every Friday, featuring a live studio audience packed full of Strictly fans, live music and exclusive live reports from the Strictly ballroom at Elstree Studios will ensure this is one party you will not want to miss.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy

With race relations stretched to breaking point in some American cities, the notorious supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan says it’s seeing a surge in membership. They claim that white Americans - angry at what they perceive as attacks on their heritage - are joining the infamous group in large numbers, convinced they must prepare for a coming race war.

With race relations stretched to breaking point in some American cities, the notorious supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan says it’s seeing a surge in membership. They claim that white Americans - angry at what they perceive as attacks on their heritage - are joining the infamous group in large numbers, convinced they must prepare for a coming race war.

With access to the young leaders of the Loyal White Knights chapter in North Carolina, we film as they allow us to follow their secretive rituals and as they explain why their members choose to don the infamous hood.

When a white supremacist walked into a church in Charleston, South Carolina and massacred nine black worshippers protests erupted - led by Black Power groups.

The Klan travel to the South Carolina Statehouse to protest against the removal of the confederate flag. But when Black Power groups turn out to demonstrate against the KKK the two opposing visions of America violently come face to face.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Storyville: A Syrian Love Story

Comrades and lovers Amer, 45, and Raghda, 40 (pictured), met in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago, when they were placed in neighbouring cells. Throughout months of captivity they communicated through a tiny hole they’d secretly made in the wall. They fell in love, and when they were released got married and started a family together.

A Syrian Love Story, made by award-winning director Sean McAllister, tells the poignant story of a family torn apart by the Assad regime. It won the 2015 Grand Jury Prize at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

When Sean began filming them in Syria in 2009, prior to the wave of revolutions and changes in the Arab world, Raghda was incarcerated as a political prisoner and Amer was caring for their young children alone. At ages four and 14, two of their sons, Bob and Kaka, had already spent their whole lives watching either their father or mother go to prison for their political beliefs.

Raghda is eventually released from prison, but filmmaker Sean McAllister himself is arrested for filming and the political pressure around all activists intensifies. The family is forced to flee to Lebanon, and then to France where they are given political asylum in the sleepy town of Albi, where they now watch the revolution from afar.

But in finding the freedom they fought so hard for, their relationship begins to fall apart. In exile, Raghda’s mental health suffers and she battles between being a mother and a revolutionary, before attempting suicide.

This is an intimate family portrait of a family trying to live and survive in the Arab world and for Raghda and Amer. It is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.

CBBC

CBBC

Dangermouse Begins...Again!

Duty has called, and the world’s greatest secret agent, Danger Mouse (Alexander Armstrong) is set to blast back onto our screens.

Action and comedy collide in these all-new animated adventures, as Danger Mouse is licensed to thrill a whole new generation of fans! His mission is to protect the world, multiple parallel universes and Willesden Green from the villainous machinations of the evil Baron Greenback.

At his side is his ever-faithful but always fearful sidekick Penfold (Kevin Eldon). Together our two best friends take on all manner of mind-blowing missions, aided, abetted and aggravated by a menagerie of old and new allies and adversaries and all manner of tech-defying gadgets. More breathtaking, more dangerous, more rib-ticklingly hilarious than ever before. Danger Mouse is back!

In the double-length opening episode Danger Mouse Begins..Again , DM finds himself instantly fired for destroying half of London in the opening chase scene.

Apparently the Baron has turned over a new leaf and become a good guy supplying law enforcement robots to everyone around the world FOR FREE! A freelance DM infiltrates the Baron’s apparently ‘clean’ business but it’s soon revealed the Baron has been up to no good after all as he unleashes his robots on the world for nefarious purposes. Everyone realises the world needs Danger Mouse and he springs into his most outrageous, destructive action yet and into the brand new series.

Tuesday 29 September

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

As the residents of Albert Square are left shocked by recent events, there’s more drama in store for the Beales, Brannings and Butchers.

Lauren continues to feel torn.

Lauren is played by Jacqueline Jossa.

Holby City

Cara is stunned when her policeman husband arrives at the hospital - undercover. Covering for him while she is on duty, she meets another couple and realises that the situation is more complex, and he is more involved, than she initially thought.

Adele returns for her first day back at work since her attack, ready to face the music at work and go on her hen night. She is soon re-acquainted with an old friend from back in the day, desperately in need of a lung transplant. When Adele gives Linda false hope that there is an available donor, Mo soon sees she is getting too emotionally involved.

Sacha and Dom are put off when Jesse reveals he is reluctant to have a work ‘stag do’ - until he gets involved in a patient’s case and warms to his new Keller family. 

New Tricks

A blood-stained bust is uncovered during some reconstruction work in a cemetery, pointing UCOS to the murder of an alternative medicine practitioner, bludgeoned to death seven years ago.

The evidence leads to the pioneering but controversial world of cryopreservation - the practice of keeping ‘clinically dead’ patients frozen in time to extend their life cycle.

In a sensitive case, with the watchful eye of their bosses upon them, Sasha is determined that her team won’t put a foot wrong. But with suspects constantly running rings around them and the sobering possibility that two perpetrators are still at large, UCOS must go out on a limb if they are to unlock their most difficult cold case yet.

Fiona is offered a job too good to be true in Aberdeen, leaving Danny bereft at the thought of losing her. Ted is devastated when he realises he’s lost his lucky cigarette case, and Sasha has an interesting offer from the notoriously cut-throat Assistant Commissioner Cynthia Kline.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Great British Menu

Today the three Central Region chefs - newcomer Pip Lacey, 4th time competitor Richard Bainbridge and returning chef Jason Hodnett – fight it out for the fish course.

Pip is hoping to outclass her rivals with a smoked haddock dish inspired by her grandma, while Jason is taking a big risk with his monkfish in a bid to avoid being sent home first like last year. Will his bold approach win the day, or not be to the veteran's taste?

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Fried

We flash back to before Mary was manager of Seriously Fried Chicken. The branch was a mess, the staff were complacent and it was run by a drug-addled waster.

Clive calls Mary in to Head Office to tell her that he has fired the manager and wants her to turn things around - she has one week to improve the branch. When Mary arrives at the restaurant she realises she has her work cut out for her.

Pictured: Gareth (James Bachman), Mary (Katy Wix)

CBBC

CBBC

Dangermouse: Danger At C Level

Penfold has had enough of being tied up, blown up and walloped and needs a holiday.

DM swears on his honour he’ll take some time off so they go on a cruise together where Penfold can focus on playing Giraffe Warriors and defeating the tricky bonus Level C.

Unknown to Penfold their holiday is interrupted when a global attack of weirdly spliced sea monsters breaks out and DM is pressed back into service by K. Unwilling to break his promise to give Penfold an uninterrupted holiday but unable to turn his back on duty DM tries to do both but Penfold realises what’s going on and feels betrayed.

His feelings of betrayal are trumped when he’s captured by one of the sea monsters and dragged to the Baron’s underwater base - Toadlantis. DM comes to the rescue and with the help of Penfold’s game, the splicing machine and getting their heads together - literally - our duo save the day and their friendship.

BBC IPLAYER

BBC IPLAYER

London Fashion Week: Grace Victory’s Top Picks

Award-winning fashion vlogger Grace Victory brings high fashion to a mass audience in her programme London Fashion Week: Grace Victory’s Top Picks.

Grace attends some of LFW’s most innovative shows and finds her favourite cuts, colours and materials. She reveals the clever ways fashionistas all over the country can take inspiration from the event.

Grace Victory says: “LFW excites me as I get the lowdown on what’s going to be on-trend for the coming year. I’m a total fashionista and a self-declared savvy shopper, so having an insight early means I can kit my wardrobe out without breaking the bank. I love a good celeb-spotting session too, mainly to see how incredible they look.”

Image Credit: Lola Star

Wednesday 30 September

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Doctor Foster

Gemma throws herself into her new start with Simon, but pressure mounts as someone is out to get her on a professional level.

Simon appears to be supportive, but is he to be trusted?

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Great British Menu

Today it’s a battle for the main course between three Central Region chefs - Pip Lacey, Richard Bainbridge and Jason Hodnett.

Once again Jason is taking risks with his unusual collection of ingredients. Pip is hoping her risky approach to rabbit stew will surprise and delight, rather than annoy the veterans. And fourth-timer Richard is determined that his stuffed poussin will be as irresistible as its arresting presentation.

Who will deliver the dish of the day?

Welcome To The Mosque

East London Mosque is one of the largest in Europe and the central hub of East London’s Muslim community, but for many it’s a place of mystery and the unknown.

Documentary filmmaker Robb Leech has been granted unprecedented access to the mosque and takes us inside to find out what life is really like for some of the two million people who come through the doors every year.

Leech first came to The East London Mosque in Whitechapel with his stepbrother Richard, who’d converted to an extreme brand of Islam, and in 2013 was convicted of preparing terrorist acts and jailed for six years.

Now the Mosque has invited Robb back. During eight months of filming he captures key moments: from the rituals of washing before Friday prayers to preparing Muslim couples for marriage at the centre’s very own match-making service. Robb meets young Muslims at the Mosque’s school who discuss ‘British values’. He meets older community members who tell him about the racism they experienced growing up in the East End; he witnesses segregation and attempts to understand its cultural value; and meets younger community members, fearful of the dangers of 'free-mixing' with the opposite sex.

While Robb is filming, the story breaks about the three London schoolgirls who fled Britain to join Isis jihadists in Syria. Robb explores the Mosque’s response to events that shocked the community, and made headlines around the world. He captures the frantic first phone call to the Mosque’s charismatic young media manager from a distraught sister of one of the girls and travels to Istanbul with the families of the missing girls to try and track them down.

Robb Leech has previously made two films for BBC Three about his stepbrother, trying to understand what motivated him - My Brother The Islamist (Griersons-nominated, 2011) and My Brother the Terrorist (2014).

The Face of Britain by Simon Schama - The Face of Power

Simon Schama explores the history of British portraiture, revealing the stories behind some of the most compelling images in British art. The series examines the ways this unique art form has been used as a statement of power, a declaration of love, to promote fame, to offer insight into the artists themselves and to capture the faces of the British people.

In the first episode in the series, Simon Schama explores the eternal power of portraiture. Before we can walk, before we can talk, we become readers of faces, and throughout our lives face reading helps us to navigate the world.

This primal engagement with the face makes portraiture one of the most compelling forms of art. Beginning with an exploration of how a portrait that was commissioned to celebrate Winston Churchill’s 80th birthday ended in disaster for both artist and sitter, Schama discovers how portraits can involve a battle for control, and - from the destruction of the faces of Christ and the Virgin during the Reformation, to Elizabeth I’s fabulous feats of image making - demonstrates the importance of portraiture in fostering loyalty.

Schama shows how royalists and parliamentarians fought over the image of the executed Charles I during the Civil War and how the aristocracy used portraiture to assert their dominion over the realm in the 18th century. Through the pioneering political cartoons of James Gillray, he explores how the powerful lost control of their image to the snigger of the streets. Simon looks at how photography allowed Queen Victoria to rebrand the monarchy as a modern family and discusses the role Margaret Thatcher’s rigid control of her image played in launching her political career.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Asian Provocateur

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan considers himself British through and through. He grew up in Horsham, doesn't speak a word of Tamil, doesn't know any of his relatives, has no idea about his cultural heritage and has almost zero desire to go to Sri Lanka.

Like thousands of other British children of immigrants, he knows very little about the land where his parents came from. As his mother Shanthi says - he’s a coconut. Sri Lankan on the outside but British on the inside.

Now Shanthi wants her son to connect to his roots - so she’s decided to change all that by sending Romesh on an odyssey around the motherland. Not that he’s that happy about it.

Romesh is sent to receive a traditional blessing in Kegalle, only to discover, after having his head rubbed with a chicken, that it might actually have more in common with black magic than the traditional Hindu ceremony his mother had in mind.

He goes to meet his Uncle Thiru (pictured right), who may or may not be his uncle, and may or may not be related to him at all… in fact Thiru seems more interested in is getting Romesh to invest in the elephant poo paper factory than in getting to know him. After attempting a potentially character-building stint of stilt fishing, Romesh sets up an activity of his own - going rogue in the capital Columbo to perform with local rap act MBZ.

CBBC

CBBC

Dangermouse: Greenfinger

Squawkencluck is away at a conference, leaving explicit instructions to DM to ‘NOT TOUCH HER STUFF!’ He can’t help himself, and in trying to ‘help’ by watering her plants he unleashes a planet-wide extra-terrestrial sprawling welsh weed.

Using Squawkencluck’s translation device they realise that ‘Evans’ is actually quite pleasant, but his presence is enough to attract a deadly swarm of space bees. Only Penfold’s obsession with jam can stop the world from being stung to destruction.

Thursday 1 October

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

Families around the Square reach breaking point, as recent events send shockwaves rippling through the Square.

Carol contemplates the future - but what will she decide to do?

Linda has a heart-to-heart with Lee.

Carol is played by Lindsey Coulson, Linda by Kellie Bright and Lee by Danny-Boy Hatchard.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Great British Menu

Today it’s the last chance for the Central Region chefs to impress, with the dessert course.

Only two chefs can go through to cook for the judges so with everything to play for, who will plate up perfection and who will be sent packing?

Cradle To Grave

It's a jump in the dark for both Danny and Spud this week. A literal jump for Danny, who engages in more revealing encounters with Miss Blondel and her dark room.

For Spud it's the uneasy contemplation of life away from the docks, which is where Tony the Totter and a bag of horse manure come into the equation.

Pictured: Danny Baker, Young Danny Baker (Laurie Kynaston)

Boy Meets Girl

Geoff agrees to give Leo a trial as a salesman at his car showroom.

Tony is ill, but Pam is unsympathetic and leaves him in James’ care.

Having coerced Leo into agreeing that she can use his family’s house for Judy’s Surprise Party, Peggy arrives at the Macdonalds 'to see what she’s working with' and, hearing that Tony is unwell, appoints herself as Chief Nurse.

James discovers that Tony has been reading up about transsexuals and assumes this means that his Dad is gearing up to transition himself. When he discovers the truth he heads off to talk it all through with Judy. Meantime, Leo is repelled by Geoff’s creepy and inappropriate interest in Judy - and ends up walking away from the job. Pam comes home to an unwelcome surprise.

Boy Meets Girl was created by Elliott Kerrigan. Tonight’s episode was written by Elliott Kerrigan and Andrew Mettam. It is a Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd production for BBC Two.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Oak Tree: Nature's Greatest Survivor

In this 90-minute film for BBC Four, entomologist George McGavin studies one of the great icons of the British countryside - the oak tree.

Throughout the year-long study George investigates the surprisingly sophisticated biology of the 400 year-old oak, learns how it has adapted to the ever-changing countryside and discovers how it became such an important part of British culture and history. 

Oak Tree: Nature's Greatest Survivor begins with the onset of autumn. George discovers how the tree senses and then prepares itself for the changing of the seasons. He excavates a tree to study the highly complex root system of an oak and finds out why the tree’s incredible ability to adapt to its environment made it the perfect wood for ship-building.

The next chapter of the film is winter. To get a better sense of what the oak must endure during this season, George spends a night in the tree and learns how it almost goes into a state of hibernation - while providing shelter for several species of insects and animals in howling winds and sub-zero temperatures. He then discovers why oak was used to create some of the most remarkable architecture in the medieval world with a visit to Salisbury Cathedral.

As spring begins, George sets up two solar powered cameras to capture the trees' epic transformation throughout the season and discovers how pollen can be used to understand the history of the landscape over the last 12,000 years. He explores the weird world of gall wasps, tiny insects that genetically modify the tree to grow some of the most bizarre structures in the natural world and discovers how ink made from oak galls was used to record much of our history.

In the final season, summer, George looks at the vast web of life that relies on the oak. Scaling the tree, he gathers a collection of insects to investigate under the microscope. He visits the largest collection of whisky in the world to see how the oaks wood gives whisky its unique flavour and looks back two billion years to see how the oak achieves its greatest feat - capturing energy from the sun.

CBBC

CBBC

Dangermouse: Planet Of The Toilets

On a trip to Japan, Penfold’s ill-timed comfort break sparks a world-wide porcelain revolution lead by the evil super-intelligent toilet Dr Loocifer.

Sick of being sat on, every lavatory on the planet downs lids and marches to Dr Loocifer’s tune. After an exciting chase through the streets, rooftops and train tops of Tokyo, Danger Mouse and Penfold infiltrate the evil toilet’s lair and overcome a mighty monster Port-a-loo to bring a huge sigh of relief to everyone of earth.

BBC IPLAYER

BBC IPLAYER

Music Box with Guy Garvey

In the limelight this week is Irish band Villagers, a band Guy loves and who he believes haven't yet been given the exposure they are worthy of. Join Guy in Elbow’s studio to hear his thoughts on the band: their sound, song-writing and musical influences.

Guy also catches up with Villagers frontman Connor O’Brien, on stage, before a gig at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, to talk about the creative process and find out what Conor is writing about.

Guy is joined by BBC Radio 1’s new-music expert Huw Stephens, who has his own take on Villagers sound and musical influences. Huw also introduces a gem of a live recording from Leonard Cohen.

The programme also features music and live performance from Arthur Lee & Love.

Friday 2 October

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

EastEnders

As Carol prepares to leave Walford the residents of Albert Square reel from yesterday’s events and start to look to the future.

Lauren takes matters into her own hands.

Phil’s plan begins to fall apart.

Carol is played by Jacqueline Jossa and Phil by Steve McFadden.

The Kennedys

Brenda (Katherine Parkinson) is determined to be the first person on Jessop Square to throw a dinner party.

Giddy with possibilities, she invites best friends Tim (Harry Peacock) and Jenny (Emma Pierson) and new neighbours the Palmers (Shola Adewusi and Clive Rowe) for an evening no-one will ever forget. Having never cooked anything other than an egg, Brenda quickly shifts all responsibility for the dinner party and cooking the lasagne on to Tony (Dan Skinner).

Emma (Lucy Hutchinson) is put out when arch-rival Julie gains control of the play fort - which nobody is allowed in to unless they know her secret whisper. Emma realizes that in order to wrestle control from her nemesis, she needs to create a secret whisper to end all secret whispers.

The six-part aspirational family comedy, set in the 1970s, is created and written by actress, writer and TV presenter Emma Kennedy. It is loosely based on her memoirs, The Tent, The Bucket and Me. 

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

Zoe Ball presides over an hour-long live episode of dancefloor news, gossip, interviews and more on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.

Every Friday there will be a live outside broadcast backstage from the Strictly ballroom at the world-famous Elstree Studios. Each week this special outside broadcast will be fronted by a different Strictly face, who will reveal all the last minute preparations from the dancefloor, wardrobe department and much, much more from behind the scenes of the nation’s favourite dancing show.

Joining Zoe back in the studio will be celebrity contestants, professional dancers, a live audience, dance experts, live music and the celebrity panel too, ensuring It Takes Two’s special hour long Friday episodes are the only way to kick-start each sensational Strictly weekend in style.

Great British Menu

Today the two remaining Central Region chefs cook their entire menus again for the judges Prue Leith, Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort.

They’ll be joined by former chair of the Women’s Institute, Helen Carey, who will help to decide who will have the glory of representing the region in the National Finals.

Patagonia: Earth's Secret Paradise

As this magnificent journey through the mysterious Patagonian wilderness continues, the second of this three-part series from the BBC's Natural History Unit discovers the desert-steppe through the eyes of those that call it home.

Narrated by Santiago Cabrera, Episode 2, Heat And Dust, reveals the dry heart of Patagonia. As the Andes Mountains steal the moisture blown in from the Pacific, what remains are cold, dry winds which sculpt the landscape beneath and set up the challenges faced by the inventive, resilient creatures and people surviving in this harsh but beautiful land.

It is a world of strange creatures where evolution has taken some curious turns: Maras, the long-legged guinea pigs who behave like antelopes; penguins that live in the desert; camels without humps; hairy armadillos, and owls that burrow in a land without trees.

In this windswept, sun-baked new world, people are thin on the ground. With cinematic photography this episode reveals isolated communities that hold onto steam trains, while a band of shearers travel the sheep ranches to make their living. We see how today's Patagonians and their fellow creatures show grit and determination to survive, with a pioneering spirit that unites them all.

Executive Producer/ James Honeyborne

Series Producer/ Tuppence Stone

Episode 2 Producer and Director/ Nick Smith-Baker

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Music For Misfits: The Story Of Indie

BBC Four tells the definitive story of indie music with a series about the wide-ranging genre loved by young and old, across the decades. The hour-long programmes will air on Fridays from early October.

The three-part documentary series charts the evolution of alternative music: from the its inception in the late 1970s, to the boom of the genre in the 80s and its demise in the 90s, following the mainstream success of its Britpop successor. Finally the programme looks at its legacy and influence in the current music scene. The series features the best songs of the era, archive video footage and exclusive anecdotes from the people who were there.

The opening episode of the series explores the origins of the UK’s alternative music scene, with the emergence of independent record labels and the eclectic sound hubs they spawned in cities across the country.

It starts in 1977 with punk music on the wane, and the seminal release of the Buzzcocks’ Spiral Scratch EP, the first independently produced and distributed release of the era. The Manchester group self-funded an initial pressing of 1,000 copies, which instantly sold out. The idea of selling records without the support of a major label was born, and kick-started a revolution in the way bands made and distributed their music.

The episode charts the rise of independent record labels across the UK such as Manchester’s Factory, Zoo in Liverpool, Glasgow’s Postcard, 2 Tone Records in Coventry, and Rough Trade and Mute in London – each with its own identity and associated acts. They began to resonate with a population hungry for new sounds, leading to the emergence of the first wave of DIY bands including Joy Division, Aztec Camera, Echo And The Bunnymen, Big In Japan, Orange Juice, The Specials and The Selecter.

The series is presented by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Mark Radcliffe and this episode features exclusive interviews with performers including Joy Division/New Order’s Stephen Morris, New Order’s Gillian Gilbert, Buzzcocks’ frontman Pete Shelley, Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers, Stuart Murdoch of Belle And Sebastian, Shaun Ryder, Malcolm Ross of Aztec Camera/Orange Juice, The Jesus And Mary Chain’s Jim Reid, ska artist Pauline Black, The KLF’s Bill Drummond, Cabaret Voltaire’s Richard Kirk, Jayne Casey formerly of Big In Japan, and Throbbing Gristle’s Genesis P-Orridge, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti.

It also includes interviews with a number of influential music industry figures such as Pete Waterman, Factory Records’ designer Peter Saville, music entrepreneur Seymour Stein, music producer and Mute Records founder Daniel Miller, and James Endeacott, formerly of Rough Trade Records and founder of 1965 Records.

BBC Music John Peel Lecture 2015 with Brian Eno

Tonight BBC Four will be broadcasting the BBC Music John Peel Lecture 2015, which was delivered by legendary musician and producer, Brian Eno.

The lecture took place at the British Library on Sunday 27 September, hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music presenter, Mark Radcliffe. Eno's lecture examined the ecology of culture. In it, he looked at how the whole complex of individuals and institutions engaged in culture - artists, broadcasters, gallerists, promoters, DJs, managers, lawyers, fans - are symbiotically connected parts of a single huge organism which we call culture. He also outlined some of his thinking on this very unpredictable ecology and explored the inter-connective relationships between the elements and components that combine to create our culture, and showed how cultural processes confer essential and important benefits on society.

Brian Eno says: "I'm honoured to be invited to do a talk in the name of John Peel, a man who had a profound effect on my musical life and indeed my becoming a musician at all. His career as a non-musician who altered the course of music has been an inspiration to me and forms the basis of this talk."

The annual BBC Music John Peel Lecture invites a notable figure from the music industry to shape a debate and create insight around music and music-related media. Taking its inspiration from one of the greatest radio broadcasters of all time, and a figure who perpetually challenged the status quo, the John Peel Lecture has been a part of The Radio Academy’s Radio Festival since 2011.

CBBC

CBBC

Dangermouse: Pink Dawn

The Professor’s young visitor - competition winner Dawn Crumhorn - becomes a Barbie-like pink, obsessed child-villain after an accident in the lab.

Our heroes and Squawkencluck must put aside their differences and masquerade as princesses to save the world from pinkification! Can DM be convincing as a girl? Can Squawkencluck embrace her inner child? And doesn’t Penfold look fabulous!!?

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