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Saturday 14 October

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Strictly Come Dancing

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host, as the 13 remaining celebrities continue in the race to be crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion 2017.

So far two couples have left the competition, and tonight the remaining dancing duos will perform a selection of dazzling ballroom and tantalising Latin routines live.

The pairs must impress the ballroom bigwigs Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, who will be watching their every move before passing their verdicts. The vote lines will then open for viewers to cast their votes, deciding who will dance for survival on Sunday’s results show.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Britain Afloat - The Narrow Boat

Mary-Ann Ochota explores the story of the working Narrow Boat, discovering how it helped to power the Industrial Revolution and shaped the lives of those who earned their living from the canals.

These boats are now des-res to thousands around the country, offering an affordable way to own your own home.

They were the HGVs of their day though, transporting all manner of wares across Britain’s ever-growing network of canals. Originally horse-drawn, with competition from railways and roads, they were adapted - first to steam, then diesel power - with varying degrees of success.

Life on board was tough, with anything up to nine people living in a space the size of a garden shed. With rich archive to illustrate, this programme shows how despite the demise of the canals, dedicated enthusiasts have ensured that the boats - and the skills and traditions associated with them - still thrive.

Sunday 15 October

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Strictly Come Dancing - The Results

The time has come for a third couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing, as Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the results of last night’s public vote and the judges scores.

The votes have been counted and the two couples at the bottom of the leader board must perform in the dreaded dance off to save their place in the competition.

The awesome foursome of Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood will then decide which dancing duo will be saved and go through to next week, leaving the other couple to waltz out of the competition.

There will also be a sensational group number from our professional dancers and a musical performance from American singer and songwriter Gregory Porter.

The Last Post

It’s Christmas in Aden. Romance is blossoming between Armstrong (Tom Glynn-Carney) and Yusra and the RMP are bolstered by news of Abdul-Kadir Hakim’s capture by another regiment.

Concerned about the publication of damaging photographs taken by the American reporter Martha Franklin, Markham (Ben Miles, pictured) orders Joe to meet with her and retrieve the film. He does as requested but is disarmed by her confident charm and there is a clear spark between them.

As Alison (Jessica Raine) struggles to cope with Page’s death, Ed (Stephen Campbell Moore) reveals his knowledge of her affair and attempts to reconnect with her. When she reveals that Joe (Jeremy Neumark Jones) has prevented Honor befriending her, Ed defies him and invites Honor (Jessie Buckley) round for Christmas Eve games.

After Christmas dinner, everyone heads to the BP Club. Since the Markhams are staying at home this year, Honor offers to take George.

Despite having reluctantly agreed to swim with George, Joe instead passes him onto Yusra so that he can sneak off to meet Martha (Essie Davis) for a drink.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Louis Theroux: Dark States - Trafficking Sex

Houston, the fourth largest city in the US, is widely considered to be the number one hub for human trafficking in North America. The US Department of Justice estimates that at least one in five of all the country’s victims are trafficked through the city, and most of these people will be forced to work in the sex industry.

Louis spends time with American women working in the city’s illegal sex industry and explores the often complex dynamic between prostitute and pimp. He discovers a subculture that plays by rules that are morally challenging to most people, and seeks to understand what stops these women breaking free.

Louis also embeds with law enforcement on undercover operations and meets Vice Division officers tasked with persuading the working women to speak out against their pimps.

Snowfall

Episode two: Make Them Fly. Franklin (Damson Idris) did well shifting Avi’s product and goes back for more. He’s high on his success but he may soon have to learn some hard lessons about the path he’s decided to take.

Having gone into an uneasy partnership with Alejandro (Juan Javier Cárdenas), Teddy (Carter Hudson) insists on meeting their supplier. Things don’t go quite as well as he expected but they still need to do their first deal.

After the job they gave him goes wrong, Oso (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) confronts Pedro (Filipe Valle Costa) and Lucia (Emily Rios). He’s got their money but he wants something from them...

Pictured: Melody Wright (Reign Edwards) Franklin Saint (Damson Idris)

Monday 16 October

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

A Matter Of Life And Debt

Today, loans help couple Katerina and Colin set up a health food shop in rural Wales and Syrian refugee Razan take her own line of Halloumi cheese out of the family kitchen and into the big time.

We meet a mum who ends up homeless after struggling with redundancy and spiralling debts. And we follow members of the Lewisham and Bromley credit union including 78 year old salsa dancer Leroy who needs £400 for some furniture for his new flat.

Rellik

Following Gabriel’s discovery of a crucial piece of evidence, the hunt is on to track down the killer. With the net tightening, a thrilling chase of twists and turns ensues, and as Gabriel begins to piece together the trail of violence leading to the killer, he end up putting at risk everything he holds dear.

Locked in a fated struggle, the journeys of these two damaged souls - killer and cop - build to a shattering climax that takes our characters back to where it all began.

The truth is finally pieced together and the jigsaw puzzle that the murder investigation complete, revealing how the killer did what they did and, more importantly, why.

As the series draws to a close, carefully interwoven stories are connected in unforeseen ways - in a devastating exploration of what makes people who they are.

Pictured: Benton (Ray Stevenson)

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

MOTD: FA Cup 1st Round Draw

Mark Chapman introduces live coverage of the draw for the first round of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest and most prestigious domestic cup competition.

The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two - including recent winners Wigan and Portsmouth - joined by 32 non-league sides, who will hope for a plum tie after battling through the qualifying rounds.

Last year’s first round saw non-league Eastleigh and Macclesfield both claim notable scalps, beating Swindon and Walsall respectively.

Upstart Crow

Sweet Sorrow.

Last in the series. This week Will finally manages to finish his great teen romance Romeo And Juliet, but it leaves him with the rather thorny problem of who to cast as Juliet. Kate (Gemma Whelan) would be perfect, but unfortunately women actors are a tiny bit completely illegal, - and with Master of the Revels Robert Greene (Mark Heap) breathing down their neck if Will and his theatre company put a foot wrong it will be curtains. 

David Mitchell stars as William Shakespeare as he tries to balance being the world’s greatest literary genius with having a wife, three kids and two grumpy parents at home in Stratford.

Written by Ben Elton.

Pictured: Gussie (Dominic Herman Day), Will (David Mitchell) Kate (Gemma Whelan)

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

The Vietnam War

Episode seven: Chasing Ghosts (June 1968 - May 1969)

Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and wrenching moral choices.

After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency, promising law and order at home and peace overseas. In Vietnam, the war goes on and soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery and unflinching courage.

The Vietnam War

Episode eight: A Sea of Fire (April 1969 - May 1970)

With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war; while an incursion into Cambodia reignites antiwar protests with tragic consequences.

CBEEBIES

CBEEBIES

Pablo

Pablo, who is on the autism spectrum, continues his adventures into the animated art world he creates.

This week, Pablo doesn’t want to talk, but Draff finds it difficult not to. Slowly together Pablo and his friends find ways of playing without words, through movement and their senses.

On Tuesday, Pablo is splashing in a puddle, making little spots of light dance about on the surface. Everyone loves the Sparkles and it soon becomes a game of trying to catch them.

On Wednesday, there is an unusual smell in the house that Pablo finds very distracting. In the Art World the Aroma (pictured) becomes a swirling character that makes it hard to think or speak at all.

In Thursday’s episode, Pablo hears a strange sound and discovers his Mum has some squeaky new shoes. He wants to know what they’re trying to say. Are the shoes crying or laughing?

On Friday, Pablo’s Mum says his coat is getting too small and Pablo is horrified. He draws himself small so his old coat will still fit, but what he really needs is a new one.

Tuesday 17 October

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

A Matter Of Life And Debt

In this episode we follow Laura as she tries to get a loan to set up her own grilled cheese sandwich bar.

We meet Rebirtha, the amazing retired teacher, who following a stroke was turned down for a loan to insulate her house by the people she’d banked with for 15 years before being “saved” by a credit union.

Plus a loan helps a young woman retrain as a nail technician and the credit union employee with first-hand experience of being deep in debt.

Our Girl

In the wake of the aftershock, a frantic search ensues when 2-section discover Georgie (Michelle Keegan) is missing.

Thanks to Maisie’s (Shalom Brune-Franklin) quick thinking, Georgie and Milan (Rudi Dharmalingam) are both pulled alive from the collapsed temple. However, before they can catch their breath, they realise Tara (Salina Shrestha), a young local girl previously befriended by Georgie, and a small group of children have been abducted by De Chand (Sabin Basnet), a fake NGO worker.

Military intelligence discovers that he’s part of a terrorist network and it is hoped he will lead them to a more important target, Aatan Omar. 2-section receive instructions to track him and to assist a Special Forces Unit led by a familiar and unwelcome face - Elvis (Luke Pasqualino).

Pictured: Tara (Salina Shrestha)

 

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Chris Packham: Asperger’s And Me

For most of his life, broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham didn’t tell anyone about the one thing that in many ways has defined his entire existence. Chris is autistic - he has Asperger’s Syndrome, which means he struggles in social situations, has difficulty with human relationships, and is, by his own admission, "a little bit weird".

But what if there was a way of taking away these autistic traits? Would Chris ever choose to be ‘normal’?

In Chris Packham: Asperger’s & Me, Chris invites us inside his autistic world to try to show what it’s really like being him. He lives alone in the woods with his "best friend" Scratchy the dog; but he also has a long-term partner, Charlotte, who discusses the problems Asperger’s creates in their relationship - she describes Chris as being sometimes "like an alien".

Chris experiences the world in a very different way, with heightened senses that at times are overwhelming, and a mind that is constant bouncing from one subject to the next.

Growing up at a time when little was known about autism, Chris wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s until he was in his 40s. With scientific advances offering new possibilities to treat his condition, Chris travels to America to witness radical therapies that appear to offer the possibility of entirely eradicating problematic autistic traits; but he also meets those who are challenging the idea that autistic people need to change in order to fit into society.

Confronting this deeply personal subject with brutal honesty, and reflecting on the devastating struggles of his adolescence, Chris explores the question of whether he’d ever want to be cured himself, or whether, ultimately, Asperger’s has helped make him who he is today.

Wednesday 18 October

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

A Matter Of Life And Debt

Today, we meet a couple whose ethical loan has allowed them to create a thriving up-cycling furniture business.

And we follow members of London Mutual credit union, including community worker Jacqui who needs a loan to pay for new carpet and nursery teacher Hayley who wants to borrow for a family holiday.

Anthony Joshua: The Fight Of My Life

Anthony Joshua: The Fight Of My Life offers extraordinary insight into one of Britain's major sporting superstars ahead of one of the biggest fights in recent history - the Joshua v Klitschko world title fight.

BBC One is with Anthony in the final hours leading up to the fight, as he says farewell to his family and friends, with intimate insight into the young champion at home the night before and in his dressing room as the clock ticks down to the opening bell.

Anthony also offers his own fascinating narration and analysis on what was the biggest test of his career so far, across a dramatic extended sequence featuring all the key action from the fight.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Army: Behind The New Frontlines

Episode one: The Battle Of Mosul.

The British Army in 2017 is in unchartered territory. They haven’t been at war for three years. After controversial campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan there is political and public opposition to military intervention overseas. The Army’s budgets are under pressure and they have the smallest troop numbers since the days of Cromwell. But with the rise of the so-called Islamic State, the threat of a new cold war in Eastern Europe and famine and conflict in Africa, the British Army has to play a new role in a deeply unstable world. 

In episode one of this three-part series the Army returns to Iraq, where they have a bloody history. Between 2003 and 2011, 179 British soldiers were killed here. Now they’re helping the Iraqis defeat the so-called Islamic State. As the battle for Mosul begins, this series opener follows British soldiers operating behind the frontlines.

General Jones, the deputy commander of an international coalition of 69 countries and the most senior British Army officer in Iraq, oversees the coalition’s strategy to liberate Mosul. His job is to provide Iraqi forces with tactical advice and use coalition air strikes to shape the battlefield. But in the first 51 days, the so-called Islamic State launch over 200 suicide attacks in vehicles known as ‘VBIEDs’, killing thousands of Iraqi soldiers. Unlike past campaigns, General Jones can’t put coalition troops on the ground to solve the problem.

British soldiers from 1 Rifles are in Northern Iraq and have just weeks to train a group of new Kurdish recruits. Many are civilians with little or no combat experience. The Kurdish soldiers need training, but no motivation to fight. Many have had relatives killed by the so-called Islamic State.

Another regiment of the British Army, 4 Rifles, is in Al Anbar province to protect a strategically important airbase at Al Asad. The region is a stronghold for the so-called Islamic State and before 4 Rifles arrived Al Asad was under constant attack. The 4 Rifles have intelligence that the so-called Islamic State is trying to turn Iraqi soldiers against them. One of the Iraqi soldier’s family members is being held by the so-called Islamic State who have threatened to hurt them unless he shoots a British solider. With a high risk of an insider attack, the 4 Rifles vigilantly watch Iraqi soldiers and civilian workers at Al Asad.

The British Army’s role in Iraq is very different to past operations. Through the eyes of the rank and file and the leaders, this series opener explores the challenges of fighting wars when we are not at war. Can the British Army face off their enemies, find lasting peace and avoid being drawn into costly new wars?

Pictured: Rifleman Adam Barham of 4 Rifles acts as guardian angel during the training of members of the Iraqi Security Forces at Al Asad Airbase in Western Iraq

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Britain's Lost Masterpieces

Hospitalfield House in the fishing town of Arbroath on Scotland’s east coast is a Victorian treasure trove.

The couple who owned this great house back in the 19th century were obsessed with the decorative arts, and Hospitalfield is full of ornate carved ceilings, sculpted fireplaces, exquisite plasterwork and stonework carved by master masons. It’s still a place where artists work today and it has a fine picture collection.

Among the many Victorian paintings, could a mysterious 16th century portrait by one of the great Old Master artists lie waiting to be discovered?

Dr Bendor Grosvenor and Emma Dabiri travel to Arbroath to investigate what could be a true Old Master painting, obscured by 400 years of dirt and old varnish. Bendor suspects the painting is a lost masterpiece by giant of Dutch art Antonis Mor, court painter to Philip II of Spain. But with no documentary evidence, it’s a hard case to prove.

While Bendor travels to Madrid to track down other examples of Mor’s work, Emma digs deeper into the double-standards of Victorian morals, finds the true story of the couple who made Hospitalfield a haven for artists, and meets the contemporary artists working at Hospitalfield today.

Thursday 19 October

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

A Matter Of Life And Debt

Today, a loan helps a Cornish couple to transform access for the blind by funding their unique business idea – a device that describes the layout of a room enabling the visually impaired to find their way around.

We meet a woman with a passion for Nigerian food who set up her own catering business following the death of her mum and hear how a handyman from Middlesbrough turned to doorstep loans to feed his growing family.

The Ganges With Sue Perkins

The Ganges is like no other river on Earth. It brings life to hundreds of millions of people across India. For a billion Hindus, it's the immortal Mother Goddess who will wash away a lifetime of sins.

But India is changing, taking its place as one of the world’s great superpowers and the future of the Ganges hangs in the balance.

In this ambitious, entertaining and illuminating three-part series, Sue Perkins goes on an extraordinary journey, spanning over 1,500 miles, from the Ganges source high in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. She travels through some of the most extraordinary, chaotic and exciting places on earth exploring the lives and landscapes of modern India at this crucial point in its history. For the story of the Ganges is the story of modern India.

In this first episode, Sue begins her epic journey in the highest mountains on earth. She treks to the source of the Ganges River, meeting hermits and the wise and wandering holy people that call this sacred landscape home.

It’s been a tough year for Sue since her father died, and walking where millions of pilgrims have walked before has a profound effect on her.

As winter approaches and the pilgrim season ends, Sue moves 20km downstream to the little town of Gangotri, joining the local pageantry festivities.

One hundred and sixty miles downstream Sue arrives in Rishikesh, a town that has long been the gateway to the land of the gods and drawn holy men and seekers of truth since time immemorial. Now it's an all-you-can-eat buffet of eastern mysticism.

Fifty years after the Beatles passed through, there are dozens of Ashrams now in Rishikesh. They're a sort of health spa for the soul, places where you can meditate, receive spiritual guidance and detox from the modern world. More and more Westerners are being drawn to these quiet places and Sue books a short stay to try and understand why.

Sue then arrives at the holy city of Haridwar, where the Ganges finally leaves the mountains and flows into the plains. Sue meets a Holy Man turned business guru who now runs one of India's fastest growing consumer goods companies - packaging Hinduism for the masses. Together they tour his compound on an armed golf buggy and Sue discovers what happens to spirituality when it enters the commercial world.

To complete this first leg of her journey Sue attends the nightly Ganga Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar. There are no tourists here, just normal, everyday people, who come to praise a sacred river and the Goddess that lives in her.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

The Big Family Cooking Showdown

It's the second semi-final and three families face three demanding, new challenges: What’s In The Fridge? Perfect Puddings and Nation’s Favourite With A Twist. Returning to the studio kitchen this week are the Kings, the Gangotras and the Buoys, all hoping to impress judges Rosemary and Giorgio enough for a place in the Cooking Showdown final.

Unlike previous rounds, the competing families who have made it this far in the competition don’t know what lies ahead of them as they go head to head for a place in the final.

Tempers are running high. The Kings’ Dad, Mark, might be wearing ‘lucky pants’ but he can’t escape the wrath of daughter Jackie when he claims credit for the jam she makes for the bakewell tart. Over in the Buoys’ corner, Rosemary’s on the war path about the Buoys' fish and chips with a twist.

H Is For Hawk: A New Chapter

A decade ago, Helen Macdonald’s father, Alisdair Macdonald, one of Britain’s best photojournalists, died of a heart attack. In the grief-filled months that followed she began to dream of hawks. The story of how she bought and trained her goshawk, Mabel, in an attempt to deal with her grief, became a bestselling book, H Is For Hawk.

Now, ten years since her father died, and five since her beloved Mabel’s death, Helen is returning to the world of goshawks once more. “This is the raging wild challenge of my future,” she says of the new hawk that she will train. “A hawk that won’t be a solution to grief, but my wings to somewhere new.”

Goshawks are, to Helen, the most beautiful thing the world has ever made. But very few people are lucky enough to see them in the wild. One of the handful of times Helen had ever seen one was a spring morning a few weeks before her father’s death. Now, as she waits for the chick she’ll train to hatch in an aviary, she sets out into the forest to find goshawks in the wild again.

Years before, she’d visited these forests with Rob, a friend of a friend and her wild goshawk guru, and now she asks him to help her find a wild goshawk nest that she can watch over the upcoming spring and summer. The nest Rob finds is just one of the signs that wild goshawks are breeding in Britain again after over a century of extinction. Their presence is a reminder of how, in the 1960s and 70s, British falconers realised that for the cost of importing one European goshawk for falconry, they could also import another and release it into the wild. Falconers brought British wild goshawks back to life.

As spring turns to summer, Helen heads to the north of England. Here, in an isolated farmhouse, is where the chick she’ll train will live with its new owner, a friend of Helen’s and a fellow falconer. As Helen hides herself away to begin training the new bird, it soon becomes clear that this chick is very different to Mabel - and so begins a process that is, for Helen, at once familiar and strange: the intense process of learning to live with a hawk.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

England's Reformation: Three Books That Changed A Nation

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Nina Ramirez tells the story of three books that defined this radical religious revolution in England.

Tyndale’s New Testament, The Book Of Common Prayer and Foxe’s Book Of Martyrs are no longer commonly recognised titles. Yet, for over 400 years, these works formed the backbone of British life. Their words shaped the English language, fuelled religious division and sparked wars.

In this programme (1x60), Nina discovers how the trio of texts had a powerful cumulative effect. Tyndale’s Bible made the word of God accessible to the common man for the first time, The Book Of Common Prayer established a protestant liturgy and Foxes Book Of Martyrs enshrined a hatred of Catholicism. Nina reveals how they formed the nation’s protestant identity, the impact of which can be seen even today.

The BBC Commissioner was Mark Bell. Mike Smith is the Exec Producer for BBC Studios, and it was Produced/Directed by Anna Cox.

Pictured: Dr Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon, Daryl Green, Dr Janina Ramirez, in Magdalen College Oxford

Friday 20 October

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

A Matter Of Life And Debt

On today’s show, we see how small credit union loans can make the world of difference to their members.

Lanarkshire Credit Union in Glasgow helps animal lover Vikki set up her own dog walking business; a loan from Swan Credit Union in Milton Keynes reunites three long-distance friends; and we follow a musician as he applies for a loan to pay for a ticket to America where he’s hoping to get a record contract with the Bob Marley family label.

Porridge

The Minder.

Fletch (Kevin Bishop) gets on the wrong side of a mysterious new inmate. And to make matters worse he gets a present he wasn’t expecting - he’s inherited Scudds (Ricky Grover) as a minder.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

Ronny Chieng: International Student

When American student Craig enrols and is placed in International House he just wants to party... but Ronny and his friends need to study.

Nothing Ronny says can persuade Craig to stop, and before they know it the partying has caused a total breakdown in house relations. As Craig's partying reaches legendary levels, custard tarts may be the only thing that can save them all.

New comedy about life as a foreign student in Australia, created by and starring The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng.

Pictured: Craig Cooper (Patch May), Ronny Chieng, Joderick (Keith Brockett) Elvin (Hoa Xuande)

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Nile Rodgers: How To Make It In The Music Business

In the final episode Nile reveals how he’s adapted to the new world of music, and we discover how he has worked on a greater variety of music than ever before, from country to EDM. The first collaboration we hear about is Get Lucky, a song that became an international hit for Daft Punk.

With unprecedented access to Nile and his collaborators, this episode shows interviews with singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, who won a Novello award this year with Nile, and top country music star Keith Urban, who shares his experience working with Nile which resulted in a nomination at the Country Music Awards 2016.

Viewers will discover how Nile closely collaborated with Swedish DJ Avicii and learn about their working methods. We also hear from John Newman whose song ‘Give Me Your Love’ with Sigala and Nile hit the number 1 spot on the UK Indie charts.

Nile takes viewers forward to the modern world and we discover how technology has changed the method in which music is written and composed.

The final episode concludes with an exclusive preview of a new unreleased Chic track, I Believe In Music. This new Chic song sums up his personal philosophy toward the art form that has dominated his life and viewers can hear it for the first time on BBC Four.

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