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Saturday 13 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Rugby League Challenge Cup: Castleford v St Helens

Live coverage of one of the weekend’s standout sixth-round contests in rugby league’s oldest knockout competition.

Huddersfield Giants knocked out then-holders Leeds Rhinos at this stage last season, while Hull FC scored 47 points at St Helens on their way to lifting the trophy for the first time in 11 years.

Dave Woods provides the commentary.

Doctor Who

Oxygen. Written by Jamie Mathieson and directed by Charles Palmer.

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer a distress call in deep space, and find themselves trapped on board space station Chasm Forge. All but four of the crew have been murdered - and the dead are still walking!

In a future where oxygen is sold by the breath, and space suits are valued more highly than their occupants, the TARDIS crew battle for survival against the darkest evil of all…

The Doctor is played by Peter Capaldi, Bill by Pearl Mackie and Nardole by Matt Lucas.

Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final 2017

Hosted by Graham Norton and broadcast live on BBC One, the qualifying acts from the semi-finals plus performers from Ukraine, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, perform in the grand final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest from Kyiv. Ken Bruce broadcasts live for BBC Radio 2.

Lucie Jones represents the UK with her beautiful song Never Give Up On You, which was co-written by 2009 winner Emmelie de Forest.

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest hosts are Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk, and Timur Miroshnychenko. Graham Norton guides viewers throughout the night from his commentary box.

Following the artists' parade and an introduction from the hosts, the show will begin as 26 acts take to the stage in a bid for Eurovision glory.

In the Grand Final, juries and viewers from all 42 participating countries can vote again, after the 26 finalists have performed.

Once the voting window has closed the presenters will call upon spokespersons in all 42 countries and ask them to reveal their jury points live on air.

Next, viewers' points from all 42 countries will be added up, and revealed from the lowest to the highest, culminating into a climax that will eventually reveal the winner of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest.

The winner will perform once again, and take home the iconic glass microphone trophy. 

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Women's FA Cup Final

Tina Daheley presents live coverage from Wembley of the Women’s FA Cup Final between Manchester City Women and Birmingham City Ladies.

Manchester City is the current Women’s Super League champions and will have hopes of lifting the FA Cup for the first time in their history. Alongside a raft of England internationals, including captain Steph Houghton and PFA Player of the Year Lucy Bronze, City also have the World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd. She scored a hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup Final, and scored both goals at Wembley as the USA won the Olympic Gold Medal in 2012.

But Birmingham City have already beaten the last two Wembley cup winners, Arsenal and Chelsea, to reach the final of a tournament they won in 2012. They will look to the experience of striker Ellen White who is appearing in her fourth FA Cup Final.

With commentary from Jonathan Pearce and Sue Smith.

Yorkshire Wolds Way With Paul Rose

A two-part documentary series, Yorkshire Wolds Way, will explore one of the UK’s least-known National Trails, stretching from the iconic Humber Bridge in East Yorkshire to the North Yorkshire seaside resort of Filey.

Presented by Polar explorer and ocean diver Paul Rose, this 2x30’ series follows him on his voyage of discovery as he swaps the world’s most remote islands and the ice caps of the Antarctica for 79 miles of gently rolling chalk hills and hidden valleys. Along his journey he meets local residents and wildlife, and experiences some unusual local customs.

In the first episode Paul gets a majestic view from the top of Humber Bridge, and finds out how the world’s once-largest bridge was built. He hears about the 1937 discovery of the 4,000 year-old Ferriby boats and recreates the journeys done thousands of years ago from the south side of the Humber to the north.

The episode is full of adventure as he learns how to ride a penny farthing and meets the winner of the 2016 Kiplingcotes derby, who inadvertently won the race because her horse bolted. As he travels up the trail, Paul meets naturalist Mike Dilger to learn how to collect moths the Victorian way.

Sunday 14 May

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Rugby League Challenge Cup: Warrington v Widnes

Live sixth-round coverage of one of the weekend’s standout ties in rugby league’s premier knockout club tournament.

The remaining Super League teams enter the competition at this stage, with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.

Commentary comes from Dave Woods.

Athletics: Diamond League Shanghai Highlights

Gabby Logan introduces highlights from the second Diamond League meeting of the season, featuring a stunning array of the world’s greatest sprinters.

Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson was unbeaten over 100m last year, and the jet-heeled Jamaican was eager to extend that record in China against a loaded field, one that included multiple global gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown and Rio 2016 silver medallist Tori Bowie.

Former world champions Justin Gatlin and Kim Collins went head to head in the men’s 100m, while Great Britain’s Adam Gemili was among four Olympic finalists in the men’s 200m.

Mexico: Earth's Festival Of Life

Episode two: Forests Of The Maya. Journey through the seasons in the forests of the Maya, where ancient temples still tower over the forests of the Yucatan, and where jaguars, monkeys and vibrant tropical birds now make their home.

It’s a forest full of secrets, with a vast watery underworld that is still being explored, and which holds the key to how animals and people survive the dry season.

In Mexico’s far south lies an unusual peninsula: The Yucatan. Swathed in a forest stretching for 50,000 square miles, this land was once ruled by the mighty Maya Civilisation, where a geological feature poses a challenge for those who live in the forest: all of the Yucatan’s rivers are underground, and for six months of the year virtually no rain falls. In this episode we follow a young Morelet's crocodile who is in search of prey in a shrinking pool, alongside other animals including jaguars and agouti, and the Spider monkeys near to the Maya temple who benefit from a lasting legacy of ancient gardens cultivated more than a thousand years ago.

But the success of the ancient Maya poses a question: how did such a great civilisation arise without a river? A direct descendant of the ancient Maya reveals the key to the success of his ancient ancestors is in his back garden, where a huge natural well gives access to the underground rivers. There are over 8,000 of these cenotes across the peninsula, offering the Maya plenty of food and protection from predators.

Many of these cenotes are the result of a dramatic event that changed the history of life on earth, when 65 million years ago a meteorite collided with what is now the Yucatan’s north coast, with an effect so catastrophic it’s believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs. Cave divers visit the Yucatan from across the world, drawn by the unparalled potential to explore in the largely uncharted flooded labyrinth. They’ve discovered more than 350 underwater caves, and nearly 1,000 miles of interconnected passageways, including the two longest underwater cave systems on the planet. Many of these caves have seen fewer visitors than the surface of the moon.

The labyrinth of caves also provides the perfect roosting habitat for bats. In the heart of the Yucatan is a cave the locals know as El Volcan de los Murcielagos - the bat volcano where more than three million bats live.

Pictured: Catbej Cenote and its strangler fig Near Valladolid Yucatan state

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Queer Britain - The Search For The Perfect Body

Having himself felt the pressure to ‘masc-up’, Riyadh explores the fundamentals of masculinity in a bid to understand why gay men are suffering from increased levels of body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorders and self-harm.

From femme-shaming through to taking part in a naked photo shoot for a gay magazine, Riyadh will be looking at where the pressure for masculine perfection is coming from.

Queer Britain is a weekly series broadcast on BBC Three’s iPlayer and YouTube channels, which aims to get under the skin of queer culture and shine a light on the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.

Monday 15 May

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

St Petersburg: An Art Lovers' Guide

In the final episode, Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke explore St Petersburg through its dazzling art and architecture.

They want to see how art has been used to enhance prestige and power in this city, ever since it was founded by Tsar Peter the Great. Surrounded by vast palaces, gilded domes and imposing Soviet monuments, Janina and Alastair make a flying visit to their personal selection of Imperial, Communist and modern-day sights.

They discover a city where art has always taken centre stage: from the intoxicating beauty of the state rooms at the Winter Palace to the bejewelled confections of Fabergé; from the dark tunnels where curators guarded precious artefacts during the deadly siege of the city in the Second World War, to the apartment piled high with protest art painted by the outspoken 'dissident babushka'.

Pictured: Alastair Sooke at the Monument, with obelisk commemorating the dates of Russia’s involvement in the Second World War.

Tuesday 16 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Three Girls

The true story of three girls drawn into the frightening world of sexual exploitation.

Three Girls tells the story of three of the children who were victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale.

Holly (Molly Windsor) is new to Rochdale and keen to make friends and fit in. She finds herself drawn into a world she cannot escape, despite her pleas for help.

It’s a world that is all too familiar to sexual health worker Sara (Maxine Peake), who has been recording and reporting cases of child abuse for years.

Three Girls is made with the full cooperation of the victims and their families, aims to tell the victims’ stories; how they were failed by authorities directly responsible for their protection and how the abuse has impacted on their lives.

Pictured: Holly (Molly Windsor) Ruby (Liv Hill) Sara Rowbotham (Maxine Peake) Amber (Ria Zmitrowicz)

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Later... Live with Jools Holland

Joining Jools in his music circle is the Modfather himself - Paul Weller. He is fresh from his spring UK tour and continuing his hot creative streak with his 13th solo album, A Kind Revolution, which mixes classic Weller ballads and some stomping rockers in a questing, joyful blend.

English electro-rock trio Alt-J return with songs from their upcoming third album Relaxer, which sees the band exploring more of their classic rich folktronic melodies, rhythms and falsetto harmonies.

Making his debut is South London rapper and accomplished pianist Dave, whose mix of African, Jamaican and grime beats with emotional words about love, panic attacks and his family's everyday struggles is already winning him fans in high places.

A welcome return too for Sweden’s magical electro-pop trio Little Dragon, whose recent album Season High was produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco, and was launched at Coachella after a three year lay-off. Managing to sound psychedelic, funky and poptastic all at once with frontwoman Yukimi Nagano continuing to rival Bjork with her fashion sense, beguiling vocals and stagecraft.

Introducing Maryland singer songwriter Maggie Rogers, whose songwriting skills were discovered and championed by no less than Pharrell when she played him her signature song, Alaska, which shows her combining her folk and bluegrass roots with electronica and some otherworldly dance moves.

The stunning vocal skills and arrangements of acapella septet Naturally 7, who formed in New York in 1999 and practice the art of ‘vocal play’, using the human voice to create a multi-layered sound that combines rich harmonies and beatboxing, and has gained them fans in both India Arie and the Paris Metro system, among others.

The Later... website features a host of archive performances bbc.co.uk/later

For updates, follow @BBCLater

Director- Janet Fraser Crook; Series Producer - Alison Howe; Executive Producer - Mark Cooper

Catch the extended one-hour version of Later this Friday evening on BBC Two

Wednesday 17 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Three Girls

With her pleas previously ignored, sexual health worker Sara (Maxine Peake) is both relieved and unsurprised when the true extent of the children’s abuse and betrayal is finally uncovered.

The terrible truth sends shockwaves through the police force. Now Maggie (Lesley Sharpe) and the police team need to persuade the girls to revisit the horror they suffered and testify.

Maggie is sceptical as she has been here before, but she manages to persuade Amber (Ria Zmitrowicz) and Ruby (Liv Hill) to tell their story and promises to support them through to trial. Meanwhile Sara persuades Holly to testify.

Three Girls tells the story of three of the children who were victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale and is made with the full cooperation of the victims and their families.

Pictured: Ruby (Liv Hill) Holly (Molly Windsor) Amber (Ria Zmitrowicz)

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Trust Me, I'm A Vet

In the third and final episode of the series, the team is based at Bristol University’s Langford Vet Hospital.

Alice Rhodes discovers that one in five cats in the UK lives in a state of long-term anxiety because they share a house with another cat- and cats would rather live alone. Alice runs a unique experiment to test different stress-busting methods in three multi-cat households. Which will work best: separate food bowls, cat toys or stress-reducing scent diffusers?

Judy Puddifoot investigates the warning signs dogs give out before becoming aggressive. They follow a fairly predictable pattern but often go unnoticed by people. Judy reveals the signals to look for - and how they escalate if you ignore them.

Steve Leonard looks into the latest research that suggests feeding your cat only fish-based pet foods over the long term could lead to health problems.

Vim Kumaratunga (pictured) finds out how to take care of what is probably the most intelligent pet to keep: the African Grey Parrot. Recent research has shown they have the reasoning ability of a three year old child*. They’re often kept in small cages on their own, but in the wild, they live in huge flocks. Vim meets a parrot therapist who has a unique way of keeping her African Greys healthy and happy.

*Source: Royal Society Publishing 

A Time To Live

A Time To Live, from award winning film-maker Sue Bourne, is a film about living, not dying. We hear from a variety of people who have managed to find positives in their terminal prognosis and have made the most of the time they have left.

What would you do if you were told you had a terminal illness and might only have months to live?

The 12 people in this thought-provoking and uplifting film range from their 20s to their late 60s. They speak eloquently and inspiringly about what they’ve discovered really matters in life. They smile and laugh, making the most of the precious time they have left.

Thirty year-old Fi says she would rather have a good life than a long one. Sixty-nine year-old Kevin says he and his wife have had some of the best times of their life since his diagnosis. Lisa, who is 49, says she intends to spend her remaining time laughing and having fun. She feels like she’s been given a ‘heads up’ so that she can actually do things rather than just talk about them.

Cindy says she is possibly happier now than she has ever been. And when Annabel discovered she may only have a couple of years to live, she left her husband and family. She says that cancer and a terminal diagnosis gave her the confidence to finally grasp the life she wanted.

Everyone in the film describes the intensity that comes with knowing your time is limited - and how, as a result, they all appreciate and celebrate their remaining life.

These remarkable testimonies challenge how we live our own lives and ask how we would face death when that time comes.

Produced in partnership with The Open University with support from Wellcome.

Thursday 18 May

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Kat and Alfie: Redwater

Kathleen (Jessie Wallace), Alfie (Shane Ritchie) and Tommy (Henry Proctor) arrive in Redwater, where celebrations are in full flow for a lively annual fundraiser, that pitches them into the heart of the community.

Despite promising Alfie that she will keep a low profile Kathleen can’t rest, and is already on the hunt for her son. Andrew (Peter Campion), son of Roisin (Maria Doyle Kennedy) and Padraig (Stephen Hogan) and wife of local Garda Bernie (Susan Ateh) seems the perfect fit. Could she have found him so soon?

Alfie urges caution and not to get her hopes up. But this is Kat Slater, not known for caution, and the inhabitants tongues start wagging and conspiracy theories form, as they wonder if The Moons really are visiting just for a holiday…

As the celebrations spill into the local pub, Kathleen finds an ally in Lance (Ian McElhinney). He’s been in Redwater forever, seems to know everyone and everything. Life and soul of the party Kathleen is in danger of exposing her identity and her secret.

As Kathleen relentlessly pursues her quest for confirmation that Andrew is her long-lost son, she ruffles feathers with Andrew’s mother Roisin at their family farm, further fuelling the rumour mill - until Agnes intercepts and sends Kathleen politely on her way. Alfie once again has to play peacekeeper, pulling Kathleen into line and making peace with the locals, allowing the dust to settle.

Distracted by her quest, Kat fails to notice that Alfie is hiding his failing health from her.

Three Girls

The ordeal of the court case finally draws to a close, and Holly, Amber and Ruby are faced with trying to rebuild their fragile lives and putting behind them the horrors they suffered for so long.

Sara and Maggie, who fought hard to protect the girls and bring the perpetrators to justice, also face an uncertain future. Can their experiences stop institutional failure from happening again?

Three Girls tells the story of three of the children who were victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale and is made with the full cooperation of the victims and their families.

Pictured: Amber (Ria Zmitrowicz), Holly (Molly Windsor), Ruby (Liv Hill)

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure

In the second and final episode of this Arabian adventure, explorer Alice Morrison is in the vast Sahara, three and a half million square miles of desert, on an epic camel trek over the dunes on her journey to Timbuktu.

Alice heads West to the desert towns Tamegroute and Guelmim. Guelmim was home to Africa’s largest camel market centuries ago, supplying the merchants for their caravans across the desert. There’s still a bustling livestock market, but Alice finds only a small posse of camels. The salesmen tell her now they’re mainly sold for food. The days of majestic camel caravans are over.

Border controls mean Alice must fly the last leg into Timbuktu itself on a UN flight. This ancient city was turned into one of the most dangerous places in the world after an incursion by Islamic extremists in 2012. It lasted a year, and now UN soldiers keep a fragile peace in the city, having pushed the insurgents just a few miles back into the desert.

When Alice finally reaches the City of Gold, Alice relives its glorious past with a visit to its world famous mosques, the last surviving treasures of a bygone era. In the oldest of them, the Djinguereber mosque, she hears the tale of Mansa Musa, Mali’s greatest king and the richest man in history. As the legend goes, he passed through Timbuktu on a pilgrimage to Mecca with a caravan of thousands of camels, all laden with gold.

The legendary gold is now long gone. War and the passing of time have sapped Timbuktu’s wealth. Tuaregs frequent the city; they were the nomads of the Sahara but the desert has become too dangerous for them.

Although Timbuktu is no longer what it once was, Alice celebrates the legend of this city at a party with her newfound Tuareg friends. When the city was occupied, all music was forbidden; now the irrepressible spirit of the desert people is free to express itself again.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Can't Cope Won't Cope

Aisling and Lorcan are warned to be on their best behaviour when entertaining one of the company's biggest clients from America. Aisling is determined to comply - until alcohol gets the better of her and she blurts out an unintentional insult to the client.

Danielle meanwhile has been invited along to the evening function and makes matters worse by revealing details of the confidential account. Aisling goes home with Lorcan unaware of the damage she has caused and is in for a shock when she arrives at work the following morning.

Danielle makes a decision about the possible Canadian student exchange programme.

Pictured: Aisling (Seána Kerslake) and Randy (Velvin Lamont)

Friday 19 May

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Later… With Jools Holland

Joining Jools in his music circle is the Modfather himself, Paul Weller, fresh from his spring UK tour and continuing his hot creative streak with thirteenth solo album, A Kind Revolution, which mixes classic Weller ballads and some stomping rockers in a questing, joyful blend.

English electro-rock trio Alt-J return with songs from their upcoming third album, Relaxer, which sees the band exploring more of their classic rich folktronic melodies, rhythms and falsetto harmonies.

Making his debut is South London rapper, and accomplished pianist, Dave, whose mix of African, Jamaican and grime beats with emotional words about love, panic attacks and his family's everyday struggles is already winning him fans in high places.

A welcome return too for Sweden’s magical electro-pop trio Little Dragon, whose recent album Season High was produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco, and was launched at Coachella after a three year lay-off. Managing to sound psychedelic, funky and poptastic all at once with frontwoman Yukimi Nagano continuing to rival Bjork with her fashion sense, beguiling vocals and stagecraft.

Introducing Maryland singer songwriter Maggie Rogers, whose songwriting skills were discovered and championed by no less than Pharrell when she played him her signature song ‘Alaska’ which shows her combining her folk and bluegrass roots with electronica and some otherworldly dance moves.

The stunning vocal skills and arrangements of acapella septet Naturally 7, who formed in New York in 1999 and practice the art of vocal play, using the human voice to create a multi-layered sound that combines rich harmonies and beatboxing, and has gained them fans in both India Arie and the Paris Metro system, among others.

The Later... website features a host of archive performances bbc.co.uk/later

For updates, follow @BBCLater

  • Director: Janet Fraser Crook
  • Series Producer: Alison Howe
  • Executive Producer: Mark Cooper

Versailles

The continued insomnia of Louis XIV (George Blagden) makes him increasingly volatile, meaning Marchal’s (Tygh Runyan) loyalty counts for nothing as he failed to prove the worst poisonings were solely the work of his now-dead suspect.

Then Philippe (Alexander Vlahos) is upset by an abrupt demotion. 

Claudine (Lizzie Brocheré, pictured) continues to investigate the mystery toxin, while Sophie (Maddison Jaizani) seeks a solution to her situation - a marriage that is not just loveless, but her husband Cassel (Pip Torrens) is cruel.

Devout Father Pascal (James Joint) dares to reveal to Louis what Madame de Montespan (Anna Brewster) attempted. But whose account will be believed?

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