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Saturday 3 December



Snooker: UK Championships

It’s semi-finals day at the UK Championship, the second biggest ranking event on the snooker calendar.

Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage of the first semi-final, with the first player to six frames booking his place in tomorrow’s final.

Coverage continues over the weekend on BBC Two and the Red Button.

Strictly Come Dancing

It is time to face the music and dance! Borehamwood meets Broadway this week as the stars bring the show tunes to Strictly. The presenters and judges will kick things off by joining the professional dancers in a spectacular opening number as the curtain is raised on Musicals Week in the ballroom.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will then welcome the celebrities back to the floor, as the five remaining couples perform a host of dance routines from hit shows, in a bid to guarantee their spot in the competition as the final draws ever-nearer.

The remaining couples have been rehearsing all week hoping that the judges’ comments will be music to their ears. Judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will be ready to critique the couples before the voting lines open and the public get their chance to save their favourite couple from the dance-off.

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show

This week on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show there is comedy from Sarah Millican, Tom Odell performs, and a member of the public is in for a shock when he keeps bumping into his hero!

In addition, Carol Vorderman is in the royal box to play celebrity Send To All and allows Michael to send a text to her phone contacts. A mother of two has her moment in the spotlight when she becomes the Unexpected Star of the show, but not before taking a trip to the Unexpected Bar - where she has a surprise encounter with her idol, Westlife’s Shane Filan.

Expect an evening full of celebrity guests, musical performances, stand up, shocks and surprises.


Ethan is struggling to bury his feelings for Alicia, made worse by hearing Cal and Alicia giggling together in the room next door. Ethan tries to take his mind off her by inviting another girl to the Christmas party but he can’t take his eyes off Alicia. Will Ethan finally confess his feelings for her?

A very drunk and miserable Sebastian makes an ill-judged pass at Dylan and ends up mortified when he is rejected.

Meanwhile, in the spirit of Christmas, Charlie and Duffy announce their love for each other at the party. However things get complicated when Duffy’s husband Ryan turns up…



Rugby Union: England v Australia Highlights

John Inverdale presents highlights of England’s final autumn international Test match against Australia at Twickenham.

The Wallabies will be out for revenge, with England having completed a 3-0 series whitewash when they toured Australia in the summer.

England have made impressive progress under their Aussie coach Eddie Jones, winning a Six Nations Grand Slam, and will be keen to end an impressive year on a high.

Commentary comes from Andrew Cotter and Brian Moore.




Facing an impossible choice, our heroes must use all they’ve learnt to save Earth. But how far are they prepared to go? And will they have to pay a price?

Unable to recover from the truths they have faced, the gang has splintered. Liberated from enslavement, Quill prepares to take her revenge.
But they must reunite when the Shadow Kin return, raging a ruthless, unrelenting war.

Resolute to claim April's heart and Charlie's weapon, Corakinus threatens to kill their families until he has what he desires - and the friends must fight to prevent him.

This time, not everyone will make it out alive.

Pictured: Corakinus (Paul Mark Davis) from episode 4

Sunday 4 December



FA Cup Final Score

Jason Mohammad presents a special FA Cup edition of the football results and reports show.

All of today’s matches in the second round will be covered in depth, with goals and key moments shown as they happen. Fans will be able to follow every twist and turn of the action as clubs from League One, League Two and non-league teams pursue a place in the third round of the most famous domestic cup competition in world football.

As usual, there will be studio guests to offer their expert opinion on events as they unfold, and there will also be regular updates from the two Premier League matches taking place this lunchtime.

Strictly Come Dancing - The Results

Last night the curtain was raised on a spectacular themed week, as Strictly went to the musicals but now it is time for another couple to leave the competition. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman reveal which of the remaining incredible couples will get an extended run through to the Semi Finals next week - and whose run will be cut short.

The public votes and judges’ scores have been combined, and the two couples with the lowest scores will face each other in the dreaded dance-off - this is one encore that none of the couples want to face. Judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood will decide which dancing duo will face their final curtain call and leave the competition for good.

There will also be a very special and unmissable routine opening the show; Lens’ Lens will be back to take a look at Saturday night’s routines and Elaine Paige will be in the studio with a rendition of Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from the musical Evita.

Planet Earth II - Grasslands

Grasslands cover one quarter of all land and support the vast gatherings of wildlife, but to survive here animals must endure the most hostile seasonal changes on the planet.

From Asia’s bizarre looking saiga antelope, to the giant ant-eaters of Brazil, grassland animals have adapted in extraordinary ways to cope with these extremes.  In the flooded Okavango, lions take on formidable buffalo in epic battles, on the Savannah bee-eaters take advantage of elephants to help catch insects and on the freezing northern tundra, caribou embark on great migrations shadowed by hungry Arctic wolves.

Captured in stunning ultra-high definition detail, Planet Earth II is an immersive exploration of the islands, mountains, jungles, deserts, grasslands and cities of the world.

My Mother And Other Strangers

Rose’s sister Vera arrives in Moybeg for her annual visit, much to the delight of Emma, Francis and Kate.

Michael looks on wearily as Vera fills Emma’s head with talk of boys, and offers, with a wink, to help in the pub later on. The next day, as Rose and Vera walk through the parish, Captain Dreyfuss pulls up in his jeep to ask for Rose’s help with a project - a Christmas party for the children on the base. Vera is blown away by this handsome Captain. That evening Vera sashays into the bar looking spectacular.

Davey, Ned and the American pilots are mesmerised and request a song but as the atmosphere gets a little too raucous Michael asks Vera to go home. The following morning, Rose tends to a hungover Vera and learns that her sister is attracted to Dreyfuss. Vera takes the opportunity to flirt with Dreyfuss and invites him to lunch - much to Vera’s delight.

Dreyfuss accepts but asks if he can bring another office. Rose, having a rare drink, opens up to Vera about her longing for Dreyfuss, despite being happily married. She asks Vera to spare Dreyfuss so that she can hold on to her dream. As Rose nervously sets the table Vera opens the door to Captain Dreyfuss and Lieutenant Tillie Zeigler.

Vera is shocked by the beautiful nurse but recovers well. Rose on the other hand is completely gobsmacked. Vera and Tillie discuss Michael at lunch and Dreyfuss realises he’s made a mistake inviting Tillie.

Pictured: Vera (Fiona Button)



FA Cup Highlights

Manish Bhasin introduces highlights from the games taking place in the FA Cup second round this weekend, with the 40 remaining League One, League Two and non-league sides looking to secure a place against the big boys in Monday's draw for the third round.

In 2015, 10 non-league sides made in to the second round - but the only team to avoid elimination were Eastleigh, who defeated Stourbridge to earn a glamour tie against Bolton Wanderers.



Sunny D

It’s the final instalment of Sunny D, and with his home life, job and relationship in the balance, Dane realises who and what he believes in the most.

Following his fight with Nicola's Dad Jamaar, Dane is lost for what to say to Nicola and his family, who are giving him the cold shoulder. Dane finally reaches rock bottom just as Kerry his boss attempts to harass him yet again.

This turns out to be just the trigger Dane needs to confront his problems at home, in his relationship and at work. Luckily his best friend Stefan is on hand with a genius idea and Dane receives some timely advice from one of his all-time heroes. Dane then finds himself making some life changing decisions…



The Turner Prize 2016: Shortlist

In this special programme Morgan Quaintance assesses the four nominees at this year’s Turner Prize at Tate Britain.

With the help of the curator of this year’s prize, Linsey Young, Morgan explores the work of each of the artists and the themes that preoccupy them. And to mark the first time public photography is allowed in the gallery, Morgan will be looking at the impact of social networks on contemporary art, and speculating whether some of this year’s Turner Prize might have been selected to be 'insta' friendly.

He’ll join a Facebook live streaming event to find out if social networking can provide new ways for audiences to engage with art and we'll hear from the public too, with the inclusion of social media video content filmed at the exhibition.



Conversations: Diane Abbott

In the third episode of this six-part series, Sean Curran is in conversation with the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Diane Abbott.

Diane has often been described as a "maverick" and an "outsider", an outspoken politician who for much of her career refused to toe the party line. But Diane was the first black woman to be elected to the House of Commons and is now part of Labour’s inner circle as Shadow Home Secretary.

Diane discusses her experiences attending grammar school and the expectations of her teachers compared to her own self-belief. She also discusses the challenges of being a woman in politics and the issue of anonymity and abuse on social media.

Sean and Diane also discuss her thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn, Tony Blair and Lord Kinnock, as well as the death of John Smith and the reaction of her peers in Parliament.

Monday 5 December



Lawful Killing: Mark Duggan

Lawful Killing is a 90-minute documentary with dramatic reconstructions of the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham in August 2011.

The incident triggered the worst riots in living memory, with the impact extending far beyond the Duggan family and the community of Tottenham. Significant elements of what actually happened that day in August 2011 remain unclear, despite a Coroner’s Inquest and a lengthy IPCC Investigation.

This documentary recounts in forensic detail the events surrounding the death of Mark Duggan, with exclusive testimony from a number of key participants. It uses a combination of personal testimony, evidential footage, dramatised reconstruction based on verbatim Inquest transcripts, and witness and expert interviews.

Many of the events of the day remain in dispute, and the film accurately portrays the differing points of view of the family and friends of Duggan; the police officers involved in the operation and those tasked with investigating it subsequently.

By setting out to present a 360-degree version of all of the main accounts of what happened on that day, this film asks the audience to make up their own minds about an event which continues to resonate more than five years after it occurred.

Pictured: Actor Louis 'Dubz' Downie plays Mark Duggan



Tennis: Wheelchair Masters Highlights

The best of the action from the Wheelchair Tennis Masters, which concluded yesterday at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The event features players from the top eight of the men’s and women’s world rankings, plus the top six players from the quad division. Home hopes rest with the four British entrants - Jordanne Whiley, Lucy Shuker, Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne.

FA Cup Third Round Draw

Mark Chapman presents live coverage of the draw for the third round of the FA Cup.

Twenty lower-league and non-league clubs have battled through the early rounds and will be dreaming of being paired against one of the Premier League sides who enter the competition at this stage, as well as the 24 Championship teams.

The third round has produced many famous giant killings over the years, including Hereford's 2-1 victory over Newcastle in 1972 and Wrexham’s 2-1 win against Arsenal in 1992.

Titanic’s Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster

The sinking of Titanic in 1912 sent shockwaves around the world. Global dismay prompted new safety legislation and seafaring travellers were assured that such an incident would never happen again. But incredibly, Titanic had a sister ship, Britannic, who suffered a near-identical fate only a few years later.

In the wake of the Titanic disaster, Britannic was re-engineered and strengthened. And yet, on 21 November 1916, she sank in just 55 minutes - three times faster than Titanic.

This is one of Britain’s greatest untold maritime disasters. And now, on the 100th anniversary, presenters Kate Humble and Andy Torbet piece together exactly what happened in those 55 minutes.

Using rarely-seen, unpublished diaries and letters from the captain and crew, Titanic’s Tragic Twin re-creates the Britannic’s survivors fight for their lives, and investigates how and why her victims died horribly - and avoidably.

While Andy makes a dangerous dive to the Britannic wreck, Kate speaks to descendants of survivors, many of whom have been tracked down for the very first time on television. The characters she uncovers include Violet ‘Miss Unsinkable’ Jessops, who survived both Titanic and Britannic, Captain ‘Iceberg Charlie’ Bartlett and Archie Jewell, who was working on Britannic’s deck when disaster struck.

Pictured: Kate Humble with descendants of survivors of the Britannic disaster: Richard Ellis (grandnephew of Cpt Charles Bartlett), Margaret Meehan (niece of Violet Jessop), Jonathan Mitchell (grandson of Sheila MacBeth) and Tamsyn Jewell (great great niece of Archie Jewell)

Two Doors Down

There are high hopes of a fine feast at Eric and Beth’s house. The only trouble is, Beth forgot that Jaz was a vegetarian when she invited him and Ian round with Cathy and Colin for a slap-up roast lamb Sunday lunch.

Ian is sent out to pick up a meat-free option and bumps into Christine, who promptly invites herself and daughter Sophie round too.

Tensions rise around the dinner table, with Cathy furious that Colin has been caught at a lap-dancing club and Jaz, stressed about his return to work, locks himself in the toilet.

It all gets too much for host Beth when Cathy decides to forgive Colin and treat him to her own kind of special dance.

Pictured: Colin (Jonathan Watson) Cathy (Doon Mackichan) Beth (Arabella Weir)


Tuesday 6 December



Rillington Place

When newly-weds Tim and Beryl move into 10 Rillington Place they are befriended by their older neighbours, the Christies.

As time passes and the young couple’s relationship hits a rough patch, Christie’s interest and influence over the couple takes a much more sinister turn.

John Christie is played by Tim Roth, Ethel is played by Samantha Morton, Timothy Evans by Nico Mirallegro and Beryl Evans by Jodie Comer.

Pictured: Beryl Evans (Jodie Comer)

imagine…The Art World’s Prankster: Maurizio Cattelan

One of the most provocative and elusive figures in contemporary art finds himself the subject of Maura Axelrod's new film.

Catapulted to worldwide notoriety in 1999 by 'The Ninth Hour' - a sculpture of Pope John Paul II toppled by a meteorite - Maurizio Cattelan's work has bordered on criminal activity (breaking into a gallery and stealing another artist's work) and regularly defies good taste: 'Him' features Hitler in prayer and sold earlier this year for a whopping £12 million.

Building his career on evasion, trickery and subversion, Cattelan is perhaps not the most reliable of interviewees, but ex-girlfriends, family members, collectors and dealers build a compelling and intimate portrait of an enigmatic figure. Bold, witty and playful as a Cattelan work itself, is this film really all it seems?

Producer/ Director Maura Axelrod
Executive Producer for the BBC Tanya Hudson
Series Editor Alan Yentob



Live At The Apollo

The Bafta-nominated Live At The Apollo continues.

In the fifth episode, Glaswegian comedy giant Frankie Boyle hosts and introduces young stand-up and sensation Jack Carroll and wonderful Holly Walsh to the stage.

Wednesday 7 December




Watchdog investigates reports that some internet dating sites might be posting your pictures and profile on other sites.

We also look at how to get the best value for money out of a tank of petrol, plus Matt Allwright confronts another Rogue Trader.

Six Wives With Lucy Worsley

In an ambitious and groundbreaking approach to drama and history, historian Lucy Worsley time travels back to the Tudor Court to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives.

Combining drama, written by Chloe Moss, with Lucy’s own contemporary historical comment, Lucy will move seamlessly from the present to the past, appearing as a range of silent servants: a maid, a midwife, a nursemaid.

Closely-knit and often related to each other, the Tudor court was made up of a small group of powerful families all vying for influence and power over each other. While it was a world run by men and the King had ultimate power, each Queen found their own unique methods of exerting influence. It is these women’s stories that Lucy wants to uncover, witness and explore, as well as offering a very new lens on Henry himself.

In this first episode, Lucy sees the early passion of young Henry VIII and his first wife, the Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon. Lucy follows Katherine through her emotional and physical struggles to give Henry the heir he so desperately needs to continue his own dynasty. After five failed pregnancies, four still births and one infant death and 16 years into their marriage, Katherine finally has a baby who lives - the only problem is that it’s a girl.

Henry’s eye wanders to the ladies at court - first to Mary Boleyn and then to her sister, the infamous Anne. Lucy travels to Rome to read the love letters that Henry sent her, now kept at the Vatican.

Not wishing to be laid aside as her sister had been, Anne Boleyn spurns all Henry’s advances - unless he marries her. Henry needs the Pope to annul his marriage to Katherine but the diplomatic process to get this proves harder than he ever could have imagined.

Henry desperately assembles important English clergy and clerics from Rome in an open court in London to hear his argument for the annulment. Lucy watches as Queen Katherine gives a passionate defence, appealing to the clerics, the King and the public to support her in her legal marriage to the Henry. The King is left humiliated and furious; it looks like Katherine has won the first round.

By focusing on the women central to this significant period of history and uncovering private moments that were reported by eyewitnesses or recorded in historical documents, this landmark series provides a fresh new perspective on a familiar story.

Thursday 8 December



Who Do You Think You Are - Liz Bonnin

Wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin describes herself as “a mongrel”: the result of her parents’ lineages from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Martinique.

Wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin describes herself as “a mongrel”: the result of her parents’ lineages on the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Martinique.

In Trinidad, she goes in search of the first of her maternal ancestors to arrive on the island from India. Liz then heads to Martinique where her paternal ancestors are said to have owned plantations… and slaves.

What she discovers is more complicated than she could have ever imagined.



Rugby Union: Varsity Men's Match - Oxford v Cambridge

John Inverdale presents live coverage of the 135th Varsity men’s match between Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Cambridge hold the historical edge, with 61 wins to 59, but Oxford have dominated recent encounters. Even the presence of Wales centre Jamie Roberts could not prevent Cambridge from suffering a sixth successive defeat when the sides met last year, with the Dark Blues eventually running out 12-6 winners.

The Varsity game has helped launch many players' careers, including the likes of Simon Halliday, Phil de Glanville and Gareth Davies, who all appeared for Oxford, and ex-Cambridge duo Rob Andrew and Gavin Hastings.

Commentary by Chris Jones and Damian Hopley.

Close To The Enemy

While Dieter is seemingly helping the British to achieve their Jet engine goals, Victor comes to Callum with proof that Dieter isn’t innocent of war crimes.

After thwarting Victor and Kathy’s attempts to recover information by stealth, Callum goes some way to regaining their favour by helping Kathy get access to a useful German prisoner, Birgit Mentz. He advises Kathy to try employing his own tactics to get Birgit to open up.

Callum thinks he can get the proof that Harold requires to expose the British government’s wartime secrets, and also keep Victor and Rachel close to him at the hotel. But can he have it all?

Pictured: Callum Ferguson (Jim Sturgess) Dieter Koehler (August Diehl)



Vienna: Empire, Dynasty And Dream

For over a thousand years, Vienna was the pivotal city in Europe. From the age of the Romans until WWII, its strategic position on the River Danube made it witness to war, intrigue, deceit and struggles for power. In this new three-part series, produced in partnership with The Open University(OU), writer and broadcaster, Simon Sebag Montefiore, tells the story of an extraordinary city through the Habsburgs who ruled it …and through those who tried to take it from them. Home to the Holy Roman Emperors and the target of Ottoman aggression, Vienna is a city that nurtured Gothic architecture and Baroque music. This is a story in which Napoleon, Hitler, Mozart, Strauss, Freud, Stalin and Klimt all played their part.

Our first episode begins over 900 years ago, with a Swiss-German family, named after their castle (Schloss Habsburg). A family that emerged from bloody dynastic wars and religious conflict to become a central power in Europe. Choosing diplomacy over the battlefield, Emperor Maximilian I brokered some of the biggest dynastic matches in European history and created an empire that included South America, Spain, Italy and much of Central Europe. From Maximilian onwards, the history of the Habsburgs became the history of Europe. The dynasty formed Europe’s front line in the struggle to defend Christendom from the Ottoman Islamic advance, and the Catholic Church from the Protestant revolutionaries that plotted to destroy it.

Academic consultant on the programme and Senior Lecturer in German at The Open University, Ursula Stickler, said: “The programme will show another side to the fascinating city of Vienna; its beautiful architecture, changing fortunes, and long and complex history. It provides great insights into the lives of the many eminent artists, musicians, and scientists who lived and worked in Vienna over the centuries."

To continue the learning journey with The Open University, visit and follow the links to the OU website.

Friday 9 December



Citizen Khan: Alia's University

It’s the day every parent dreads, as Mr Khan has to drop his beloved daughter Alia off for her first day at university.

Naturally Mrs. Khan wants the whole family to come to Scotland, so Mr. Khan has to find a way to get the whole lot of them from Sparkhill to Glasgow. When the car breaks down he is forced to improvise alternative travel arrangements, which gives them all plenty of time for some fond reminiscing about Alia’s early years, when for the first time Mr Khan appears as he looked in the 1990s!

Executive Producer: Rebecca Papworth
Producer: Anil Gupta (Goodness Gracious Me, The Office)
Director: Nick Wood (Fresh Meat, Not Going Out)
Citizen Khan was created by Adil Ray and is written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto (The Kumars at No 42, Goodness Gracious Me), and Adil Ray.

Walliams And Friend

Joining David Walliams in this week’s sketch show spectacular is star of stage and screen Sheridan Smith (The C Word).

The multi-talented Sheridan transforms into a real-life Barbie doll, faces an unlikely dilemma whilst filming a swords-and-sorcery epic, and hits all the wrong notes as a cruise ship singer with a chip on her shoulder.

David and Sheridan play bickering husband and wife contestants on an ill-fated game show, What’s She Cross About?, plus we get to travel back in time to the 1970s to watch the classic politically-correct film, Carry On Up The Sexual Harassment Tribunal. 

Walliams & Friend features a different guest 'Friend' every episode, creating a one-off, brand new double act with David Walliams each week. The series also features a talented support cast including Morgana Robinson, Mike Wozniak and Jason Lewis.

Adele In New York City

Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Adele performs in New York at Radio City Music Hall, showcasing songs from her album, 25.

The show, recorded last year for NBC, also features Adele interacting with her fans from the iconic Radio City stage, and performing landmark songs from throughout her career. Cameras were rolling behind the scenes in the days leading up to the concert, offering exclusive access to the artist's preparations for this extraordinary event.

Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller.
Executive Producers: Lorne Michaels, Adele and Jonathan Dickins



Coastal Path

Paul starts his walk this week taking in the fantastic views of Plymouth Sound from Plymouth Hoe, before joining the Royal Marines in the ancient Citadel to join in a fitness training session.

Then on to Noss Mayo and the former estate of Lord Revelstoke, where the path was made broad enough to allow his lordship’s guests to take in the views from the comfort of a carriage ride.

Next stop is Burgh Island, where Marine Ecologist Maya Plass takes him on a snorkelling tour of the island to reveal the beauty beneath the waves. From here to Thurlestone where Esther Pearson from the Coast Path Association shows Paul where the ferocious storms of 2014 caused immense damage to the coastline and explains the huge cost of maintaining the path annually.

After tea and cake Paul heads on around Start Point to meet up with athlete and fellow adventurer Jason McKinlay, who is training for a world record attempt at running the coastal path – in just nine days. Leaving Jason to continue his training, Paul travels on past Slapton Ley and onto the River Dart where he crosses the river to hitch a ride on the Kingswear to Paignton steam railway which runs alongside the path for seven miles.

Earning his ride by helping to stoke the engine, Paul is able to take in the same sights enjoyed by Victorian tourists who flocked to Devon for their seaside holidays on the 'English Riviera’. From Torquay, Paul moves on past the red sandstone cliffs of Dawlish, where the same storms that hit Thurlestone, swept away the sea wall and tracks leaving the only railway link to the south west dangling like a washing line.

Crossing the river Exe to Exmouth, now a world-class water sports centre, he joins the RNLI to take part in a training exercise on their new Shannon-class lifeboat before ending up high on the red cliffs of Orcombe Point and the start of the 90 mile Jurassic Coast.

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