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Saturday 27 July

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Rugby League Challenge Cup: Warrington v Hull

Enjoy a festival of Rugby League in Bolton, which hosts two Challenge Cup semi-finals and the women’s final. Tanya Arnold presents live coverage of today’s first semi-final.

Both sides boast formidable recent pedigree in this competition: Warrington were runners-up in 2018, while Hull FC were winners in both 2016 and 2017. Warrington beat Hull FC’s rivals Hull KR in the quarter-finals, and will be contesting their ninth semi-final in 11 seasons.

Their opponents, meanwhile, thrashed defending champions Catalans Dragons 51-8 in the last round, and victory today would see them reach the final for the third time in four years.

Before the first semi-final there are extended highlights of the Women’s Challenge Cup final, which will also be streamed live on the BBC Sport website and app.

Commentary at the University of Bolton Stadium comes from Dave Woods, with analysis from Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Brian Noble and Jon Wilkin.

Casualty

Reliving the events of the previous day and unable to escape her own guilt, Connie (Amanda Mealing) prepares to resign, until Charlie (Derek Thompson) implores her to find another way. However, Ciaran (Rick Warden) and Archie (Genesis Lynea) are hot on Connie’s heels.

Feeling the pressure, Connie plants a seed of doubt in Duffy’s (Cathy Shipton) mind - leaving Duffy wondering if she can trust her own memory.

New porter Rosa gets under David’s skin. As she goes beyond the requirements of her role and gets involved with the patients, David thinks she’s overstepping the mark.

Pictured: Rosa (Jacey Salles), David Hide (Jason Durr)

Killing Eve

Episode eight: You’re Mine.

When Eve's (Sandra Oh) mission in Rome is suddenly compromised she has to think fast. Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) briefs Eve on her current status as an employee of the British government and lets Eve choose her own path.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Swimming: World Championships 2019

The best of the action from the penultimate day of competition in Gwangju, South Korea, with British medal hopes including Ben Proud in the 50m freestyle.

Proud is the reigning Commonwealth and European champion in the 50m freestyle, and claimed a bronze medal in the discipline at the most recent World Championships, held in Hungary in 2017. There could also be British involvement in the men’s 100m butterfly, where James Guy will hope to improve on the bronze medal he won in Budapest two years ago.

Other medals up for grabs include the women’s 800m freestyle, in which American superstar Katie Ledecky - who won the corresponding race at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics - is likely to add to her already formidable medal collection.

Presented by Jeanette Kwakye, with studio analysis from Rebecca Adlington and Mark Foster.

Highlights continue Sunday 28 July, 3.30pm-5pm on BBC Two.

Rugby League Challenge Cup: St Helens v Halifax

Live coverage of today’s second semi-final, as Halifax bid to become the first lower-league side to reach the Challenge Cup final in the competition’s 122-year history.

Halifax are the first non-Super League team to have progressed this far since Hull KR in 2006, and have beaten London Broncos and Bradford Bulls in the last two rounds. They will begin as outsiders against St Helens, but will dream of repeating their famous 19-18 win against Saints in the 1987 final – the last time Halifax lifted the trophy.

Super League high-flyers St Helens thrashed Wakefield Trinity 48-10 in the quarter-finals, and will be confident of reaching the final for the first time since 2008.

Tanya Arnold presents the action from the University of Bolton Stadium. Commentary comes from Matt Newsum with analysis from Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Brian Noble and Jon Wilkin.

A Fresh Guide To Florence With Fab 5 Freddy

Hip hop pioneer Fred Brathwaite - aka Fab 5 Freddy - goes on a quest to uncover the hidden black figures of Italian Renaissance art.

“Not only were Renaissance artists making art that defined high aesthetic ideals, but they were also groundbreaking in showing an ethnically diverse, racially mixed Italy in the 15th and 16th century. You just have to look at the art.”

Art has always helped us see the world through fresh eyes, and many Renaissance artists produced works that preceded and defied racial stereotypes, including Giotto, Ghiberti, Titian and Carpaccio. In this revelatory documentary, the hip hop legend and art lover saddles up to examine 15th and 16th century Italian Renaissance art in 15th century style - on horseback.

Amidst superstar artists such as Michelangelo, and powerful patrons such as the Medicis, Fab discovers groundbreaking images of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society that have slipped through the cracks of art history.

Part of a generation of cultural disrupters himself in New York in the 1970s and 1980s, Fab was at the centre of a creative and cultural revolution, collaborating with Grandmaster Flash and producing music, making art and producing films. With so many Italian Renaissance artists shaking things up and representing black figures of prominence in their work, he brings the focus back to the social change at the heart of the art movement, and the artists who were the cultural disrupters of their time.

Sunday 28 July

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Poldark

Ross's tenacity in helping Ned (Vincent Regan, pictured) finally bears fruit, but it comes at a cost.

Hanson’s (Peter Sullivan) presence in Cornwall raises suspicions, and as Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) wrestles with how best to equip the community to look after itself, Morwenna (Ellise Chappell) lends herself to the cause and finds new hope.

Geoffrey Charles (Freddie Wise)and Cecily’s (Lily Dodsworth-Evans) relationship continues to blossom. Meanwhile her father Ralph pursues an arrangement with George (Jack Farthing), but George’s sanity continues to deteriorate and Cary (Pip Torrens) struggles under mounting responsibilities.

Feeling bored and neglected, Valentine (Woody Norman) decides to break out of Trenwith in search of new friends. Meanwhile, the Enyses look to challenge the county’s high society by hosting a ball to introduce the Despards, before disaster strikes and Ross and Ned must take heroic action together. 

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

BMX: World Championship Highlights

Adele Roberts presents the best of the action from the UCI BMX World Championships in Belgium, where Britain’s medal hopes include Kyle Evans and Kye Whyte.

The British duo won gold and silver respectively at last year’s European Championships, and will be out to dethrone defending champion Sylvain Andre, who beat fellow Frenchman Joris Daudet by just a few hundredths of a second last year.

The Netherlands’ Laura Smulders took the women’s title in 2018, just ahead of her younger sister Merel.

Animals at Play

Across the natural world, young animals spend much of their time playing. From cats that love a game of chase, to chimps that can solve puzzles, new research now reveals that play is at the heart of almost everything an animal learns - it’s so much more than fun and games.

But play isn’t practiced by just a few obvious species. Scientist are discovering that it’s more widespread than previously thought.

The Komodo Dragon is the largest lizard on earth, and Professor Gordon Burghardt has been studying them in captivity for 20 years. Using objects like paper bags and buckets, he’s observed that they like playing and balancing things on their heads. He thinks it might replicate their feeding behaviour - burying their heads deep inside a carcass to get food. It’s one of the first examples of play behaviour ever recorded in a reptile.

In the jungles of Thailand, clouded leopard cubs chase, climb and play fight. And they play these same games repeatedly. Why? It’s about the release of dopamine and endorphins, the body’s reward chemicals. They give the animals a feel-good factor, which makes these games addictive. The more they play, the more they hone their skills and eventually these cubs will become formidable tree-based hunters.

In Thailand, Gibbons hurl themselves through the canopy. But 15 metres up, one slip could be fatal. So, juveniles are thought to allow themselves to fall by momentarily letting go of the branches. It’s a risky tactic but one that teaches them how to react if they fall for real.

Marlice Van Vuuren has been looking after orphaned cheetahs for over 30 years and she uses ‘object play’ to train them for their return to the wild. A game of ball is perfect for helping them learn how to chase down objects that move in unpredictable ways, like their prey. To sharpen their decision-making skills, Marlice uses an industrial sized game of cat and mouse.

The power of play isn’t just for the young. Macaques in Japan play one unusual game into old age. It’s called 'stone handling'. Professor Michael Huffman was the first to record it. He thinks that for the young macaques it’s all about developing critical motor skills, but for the older macaques, stone handling helps prevent the onset of forgetfulness and the loss of mental agility. It’s possible that playing with stones is actually slowing down the ageing process.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Cindy Sherman #untitled

In this witty and revealing Arena film, Cindy Sherman - widely recognised as one of the greatest living contemporary artists - grants a rare interview to award-winning director Clare Beavan.

Across four decades, Sherman has used props and cameras to create a breathtaking array of invented characters - from screen siren to clown to ageing socialite - that evoke a range of emotions from shock to amusement. Sherman appears in almost every photograph she takes, yet shies away from the media spotlight and practically never appears on camera.

Along with rare access to the artist herself, this film speaks to artists, curators and those closest to her throughout her life and career.

Arena: Cindy Sherman #Untitled (1x60') is a BBC Studios Production. It was commissioned for BBC Arts and BBC Two by Mark Bell. Clare Beavan is the Producer and Director. Janet Lee is the Executive Producer for BBC Studios.

Pictured: #Untitled92 by Cindy Sherman, 1981. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

BBC SCOTLAND

BBC SCOTLAND

Crime Files

This week, criminologist Professor David Wilson looks at heists and the role technology plays in capturing criminals today.

He looks at the Glasgow Argyle Arcade jewellery heist of 2014, interviews reformed bank robber Tam Carrigan, and talks to crime author Christopher Brookmyre about his inspirations. Also in this episode, investigative journalist Fiona Walker retells the tale of the infamous Ibrox Heist of 1955.

In September 2014, a gang of thieves targeted Glasgow’s historic jewellery quarter in Buchanan Street. Brandishing weapons, they used extreme intimidation to keep security guards and the public at bay, making off with nearly quarter of a million pounds worth of jewellery and watches in just four minutes.

Yet as Crime Files reveals, their meticulous planning didn’t take into account for members of the public filming the heist on mobile phones or the city’s extensive CCTV cameras, which proved to be their undoing.

Also this week, Professor Wilson meets reformed bank robber Tam Carrigan, who reveals why he was drawn into a life of crime from a young age and why he has now turned his back on his violent past.

Glasgow-born Tam’s criminality started at the age of seven. Childhood stealing escalated into bank robberies which saw him spend more than 15 years in and out of prisons.

Tam admits he now realises the impact his crimes had on innocent bystanders: "Of course you do harm people psychologically, and physically you traumatise people, but, up until that point, the story you tell yourself is that I’m going for the money, I’m not here to harm anybody. I’m here to scare you, scare the life out of you."

  • Crime Files is a Tern TV production for BBC Scotland

Monday 29 July

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Nadiya's Time To Eat

Nadiya shares her favourite time-saving recipes to ensure an easy end to a hectic day.

A bright and zingy beetroot pasta, ready in under 15 minutes, is a blissfully simple supper for when you’re flagging. A fresh and punchy salmon poke bowl, packed with creamy avocado, pickled red cabbage and crunchy nuts is a delicious and nutritious remedy to a manic day. A cheat’s guide to an outrageously easy and decadent chocolate mousse frees up precious time to do the things you enjoy.

On the stunning West Coast of Scotland, Nadiya joins the team at the country’s oldest independent salmon farm to see how they produce the nation’s most popular fish. In Monmouthshire, Nadiya goes to the rescue of a time-poor trucker, who starts his day at 3am, with a recipe that frees up precious time to spend with his family.

How To Break Into The Elite

How much does class still matter in Britain’s elite professions? Is working hard enough, or are your chances in life still determined by where you come from?

In this one-hour documentary, the BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan (pictured right) spends time with graduates from very different backgrounds at that crucial moment: when university ends and the job search begins.

Amol explores both ends of the scale, as Amaan and Elvis, two working-class lads who have their sights set on becoming city boys, struggle to nail down the interviews that will give them that crucial ‘foot in the door’. Leeds students Dominique and Jack also find out ‘it’s not what you know it’s who you know’, as they seek careers in the media industry, whose mystifying cultural codes prove an obstacle to many candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds.

So what factors can help you break into the elite? Privately-educated Ben seems to perform confidently on a work experience placement, while others, like Amaan, appear to struggle in an interview scenario - suggesting confidence is hard to find if society doesn’t validate the way you look and behave.

When it comes to top professions, the London School of Ecomonic’s Sam Friedman explains that grads from working-class backgrounds with top degrees are much less likely to get elite jobs than their more privileged counterparts.

So how does this all tally with Amol’s own experience? Coming from relatively humble beginnings as the son of Indian immigrants, he now has the career in media that he used to dream about. He turns to his first boss, Talk Radio’s Matthew Wright, to find out how he got the gig.

Matthew, who turns out to be a bit of a class warrior himself, explains he was looking for another ‘ordinary bloke’ in an industry dominated by elites.

BBC THREE

BBC THREE

The Nazi Pug: Joke Or Hate?

YouTube video-maker Markus Meechan, better known to most as the 'Nazi pug man’, was convicted of committing a hate crime after posting a video of his girlfriend’s dog who he had trained to perform a ‘Nazi salute’. The video was judged as grossly offensive for containing menacing anti-Semitic and racist material - he claims it was a joke, made to annoy his girlfriend.

Seized upon by an outraged media, Markus’ video went viral. Millions saw it and the authorities decided to act. He was arrested, found guilty of breaching the Communications Act and fined £800.

Whilst many have condemned his actions - including other comedians on London’s famous stand-up circuit where arguments over online content are being felt just as keenly - Markus has also received some high profile support, including those on the political fringe.

Following a stormy debate on freedom of speech, the programme explores what is OK to joke about, and questions, after all the offence he’s caused and the ramifications that followed, why Markus still stands by his video.

BBC SCOTLAND

BBC SCOTLAND

River City

This week in Shieldinch... Dougie’s hand is forced when Suzie threatens to expose his adultery and deception to Scarlett; a vengeful Nicole recruits an unlikely ally to take down Alex; and Dylan strives for his mother’s approval.

When it looks like Dougie has chosen a life with Scarlett, Suzie is a woman spurned. She demands her money back, threatening to tell Scarlett everything if Dougie doesn’t pay up. Desperate to conceal his deception, Dougie lies and says he’s been the victim of online fraud and the money is gone, leaving Suzie shell-shocked.

But when Suzie investigates the scam herself she makes a shocking discovery, one that leads to a dangerous altercation and results in her being hospitalised. As Suzie’s friends worry about her recovery, Dougie desperately clings on to the hope that her memory will fail her and his secret will remain safe.

Elsewhere, Nicole smarts seeing Alex and Poppy grow close. Hell-bent on revenge, she turns to Stevie and Lenny, who reject her pleas to help. At the Tall Ship, Nicole accidentally catches Joe and Ruby kiss and spots an opportunity: blackmail.

Dylan clashed with his mum Eve, over his career choices. Eve tells him that while he’s living under her roof, he’ll pursue the medical career she chose for him. However, she soon changes her tune after seeing his unprofessional manner with patients at the Health Centre.

Later, a chance encounter with AJ leads to a catering challenge which stirs up an unexpected new vocation for Dylan.

Dougie is played by Stewart Porter, Suzie by Juliet Cadzow, Scarlett by Sally Howitt, Nicole by Holly Jack, Alex by Jordan Young, Dylan by Sean Connor, Poppy by Lindsey Campbell, Joe by Douglas Rankine, Ruby by Zindzi Hudson, Eve by Victoria Liddelle and AJ by Sanjeev Kohli.

River City is a BBC Studios, Scotland production for BBC One Scotland.

Tuesday 30 July

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Holby City

As the Holby team give a warm send-off to a much beloved colleague, a surprising revelation sends Cameron (Nic Jackman) into a spin. However, Cameron crosses the line when his drunken behaviour spills onto the ward.

Following a little nudge from Lofty (Lee Mead), Dominic (David Ames) takes a tentative step to reconcile with Carole (Julia Deakin). But when things quickly go south and Dominic finds himself at a loss, will they ever mend their fractured relationship?

Chloe (Amy Lennox) is desperate to cut all ties with Evan (Jack Ryder) and wants to proceed with their divorce, but when he goes AWOL she is forced to make direct contact. Will Chloe be able to handle Evan’s mind games?

Keeping Faith

It's 18 months since Faith’s (Eve Myles) life was turned upside down by the unexplained disappearance of her husband. And 18 months since his unexpected and shocking return.

Faith is busy keeping her family together and business afloat, and when local farmer Madlen Vaughan fires her legal team, Faith takes on her murder case. She’s backed by Cerys, but the decision sends them on a collision course with Tom and relationships at the firm and the family are at an all-time low.

Evan has been moved to an open prison thanks to an intervention from DI Breeze - but his assistance comes at a price. He demands concrete evidence he can use to arrest Gael Reardon.

Gael’s pressure on Faith is mounting, and Faith is forced into running another errand. Her suspicious behaviour does not go unnoticed.

Steve Baldini is wrestling with his feelings for Faith and reaches out to her. And, while on a mission to discover evidence to incriminate Gael, he makes an impulsive decision that could have dangerous consequences.

Pictured: Evan Howells (Bradley Freegard)

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Inside The Factory

Episode one: Cherry Bakewells. Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey get access to some of the biggest factories in Britain and Europe, to follow the 24-hour production lines that produce our favourite products.

Gregg Wallace is in Stoke-on-Trent, at an enormous bakery where they produce 250,000 individual Bakewell Tarts every day. He follows their production, from the arrival of 27 tonnes of flour right through to dispatch. Along the way he learns what makes a shortcrust pastry ‘short’ and discovers the simple way they ensure every cherry is precisely placed. They employ a team of 12 who carefully pop each one on top by hand.

Meanwhile Cherry Healey (pictured) is learning how to swerve a 'soggy bottom' when baking pies and tarts at home. She discovers that it’s all about a pre-heated oven, a proper pie dish, pastry precisely the thickness of two x 20 pence pieces laid on top of each other, and blind baking. And she’s at an almond butter factory, learning how these nuts are roasted and milled to become a thick spread ready for toast.

Historian Ruth Goodman is sniffing out the origins of one of the Cherry Bakewell’s key ingredients, frangipane. She learns that the familiar fragrant almond filling was born out of a perfume used to disguise the foul smells of 17th century Paris. She also visits the Peak District town of Bakewell and learns how the modern Cherry Bakewell is a descendent of a simple recipe mistake in the kitchen.

BBC FOUR

BBC FOUR

Revolutions: Car

Jim Al Khalili investigates how our innate drive to explore mobilised humanity and gave us the ultimate freedom machine - the car.

Based on new research, he peers inside the original notebooks and sketches of the visionaries who, whether knowingly or not, risked death, poverty or ridicule to advance our species’ progression, and he brings these stories to life using state-of-the-art experiments, breathtaking drama and CGI.

It begins with a 9,000 year old human settlement 200 miles north of Siberia, where archaeologists have uncovered the earliest evidence of dogs. Those hunter-settlers had domesticated their European grey wolf predator for their very survival and bred them to pull their sleds. Dogsleds marked the beginning of powered transportation 6,000 years before the wheeled cart mobilised the rest of humankind - and that wasn’t down to the invention of the wheel. We learn it was in fact down to a revolution in metalwork and the introduction of the bronze chisel, which made the wheel and axel possible.

The car’s story is one of necessity, opportunity and survival. We experience biblical floods and the destruction of English mines. We recreate experiments that went horribly wrong. There are backfiring cannons and mutilated sailors. There’s the story of an obsessive Scottish genius who made the first precision manmade machine. All this leads us to the disastrous story of Carl Benz, regarded as the inventor of the motor car. Only he couldn’t sell a single one, and plunged into depression, until his wife Bertha took a secret expedition and transformed the motorcar into something people wanted.

Even so, it still took mountains of horse manure and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people until a farmer’s son called Henry Ford and a chance encounter at a slaughterhouse gave us a car that was affordable to everyone. And then it transformed humankind.

The car has been so successful it’s created an environmental crisis of its own. Jim closes the film by looking at how its solution comes down to our ability to harness a wonder material hidden inside every pencil.

Pictured: Driverless remote control De Lorean car, USA

BBC SCOTLAND

BBC SCOTLAND

The Fort

Fort William is a rainy place - and when the town’s football team takes to the pitch the floodgates invariably open.

Fort William FC - nicknamed The Fort - had been building a cult status for all the wrong reasons, when the cameras began following its fortunes in the summer of 2018 for this one-off documentary.

At that point, the club had gone 474 days since its last win, had suffered numerous heavy defeats and was desperately looking for an upturn in fortunes to end its lengthy stay at the foot of the Highland League.

It’s a relentless uphill struggle for the team that plays in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. There seems to be no end to the issues the club has to tackle - from cash flow problems and dressing room unrest, to deer droppings on the Claggan Park pitch.

The documentary goes behind the scenes and on the road to reveal how tough it is at the bottom - and how a remarkable fighting spirit keeps The Fort going against all odds. The gritty story is told through the experiences of club stalwarts including board members Colin Wood, Peter Murphy and Willie Edwards, kit man Albert Wardrop, manager Russell MacMorran, and the fans who follow the team come rain or occasional sunshine.

The Fort has been made by IMG Productions Scotland for BBC Scotland and is directed by Alex Gale, executive producer of the Bafta Scotland-winning documentaries Scotland 78: A Love Story and Glasgow 67: The Lisbon Lions.

Pictured: Colin Wood, Peter Murphy, Russell Mac Morran, Willie Edwards

Wednesday 31 July

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Animal Babies: First Year On Earth

From around three months old, our animal babies can all get around on their own, but impact of their environment and the struggle to find food really begin to hit home.

In California, a three-month old sea otter pup has to learn what’s safe to eat in a world enmeshed with humans, while in Sri Lanka, a seven-month old macaque is forced by his mother to toughen up to stay on top.

The animal babies are fast growing into their abilities, but every day brings new challenges to their success.

Thursday 1 August

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Serengeti

The dry season is now upon the animals of the Serengeti, the toughest of times for some but a food bonanza for others. The increasing drought turns the waterhole into a death trap for the herds, but for the lions it’s a gift - and Kali and her cubs are finally able to enjoy life back in the heart of the pride.

Jasari and his wild-dog family are under siege from Zalika and her hyena clan, so they must train their pups to fight back if they are going to survive.

The black-maned male lions return and kill two cubs from Zalika’s clan, but this is just the start of their murderous campaign.

Bakari the baboon is living in exile from the troop, but spies the leader bullying his adopted baby. When a huge storm ignites a devastating fire, the wild dogs are separated from their pups and struggle to save them. When it threatens the troop, Bakari returns to save the baby.

The black-maned lions attack the pride and Kali is once again forced to flee for her life.

As the fire takes hold and the tinder dry Serengeti is consumed by flames, who will survive, and how will the land ever recover?

Pictured: Kali and her cub walking away from fire

Fake Or Fortune? - Cosway Or Lawrence

In this episode, we’re investigating an 18th century family portrait of a young man at the prime of his life. Could a chance sighting by Philip have revealed an undiscovered work by the giant of Regency portraiture, Sir Thomas Lawrence?

This painting has been passed down the generations of the Cecil family as the work of the pioneering female artist Maria Cosway, but Philip believes it may be a case of mistaken identity. And the difference in value is enormous: as a work by Maria Cosway it is worth about £8,000. If it turns out to be by Thomas Lawrence, it could be valued around £500,000.

The painting belongs to Hugh and Mirabel Cecil. Philip happened to catch sight of it when visiting their home and immediately complimented them on what he believed was a beautiful painting by one of his favourite artists, Thomas Lawrence. The Cecils put him right - as far as they were concerned this is a portrait of Hugh’s distant ancestor Peniston Lamb by the little known but fascinating artist Maria Cosway. It’s now time for Philip’s hunch to be put to the test.

This investigation takes us to some of the grandest houses in the country. Peniston Lamb was part of the Melbourne family. They were right at the heart of high society and connected to royalty - one brother, Lord Melbourne, even became Prime Minster. Fiona traces the provenance from family pile to family pile, charting its path down through the generations.

Along the way we learn about the pioneering artist and musician Maria Cosway. Born in Florence to English parents Maria came to London as a teenager. She was soon noticed and taken under the wing of influential fellow female artist Angelica Kauffman, who encouraged her artistic talents. She also had the patronage of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and the team visits Chatsworth House to see a stunning portrait of her by Cosway. Can the same hand be seen in the Cecil’s portrait of Peniston Lamb?

Meanwhile Philip needs evidence to back his case for Lawrence. He visits the V&A costume department to see if he can more accurately date the painting and find out what Lawrence was up to at this time. Lawrence was a precocious talent, painting the Queen herself at the age of 17, and he certainly moved in the same circles as Peniston’s family and painted some of his siblings. But so did Maria Cosway...

If Philip’s hunch is right, generations of attribution to Maria Cosway will turn out to be wrong and an undiscovered Lawrence will be declared - but which way will the evidence stack up?

Pictured: Fiona Bruce with the painting Peniston Lamb II

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Broke

In this series, families from across the UK reveal what it really means to be in work, but still only ‘just about managing’.

Steve and his son Billy are casual workers from Hastings. Steve is desperate to find full-time work but he is unlikely to be considered without a permanent address. Despite being homeless for six months, they do not qualify as a top priority for council accommodation. The father and son will do anything they can to escape the cycle of homelessness and unemployment and to avoid relying on food banks.

Tyrone, pictured, left home at 16 after his relationship with his mother broke down. He is determined to secure a privately rented room after spending two weeks homeless. As he is under 18, he isn’t eligible for housing benefit. He works on a zero-hour contract at McDonalds which means he can’t guarantee that he will earn enough money each week to cover his rent.

Angelica is an Ecuadorian migrant working in London. She studies English all day and works night shifts as a cleaner at a luxury car dealership. She was suspended by her employment agency after requesting a pay rise to the London Living Wage. Due to the high cost of living, she is forced to consider leaving London and being separated from her son. With the help of a union, she is struggling for her right to fair pay and to keep her family together.

Women's Open Highlights

Eilidh Barbour introduces highlights of the opening round at Woburn Golf Club, where the world's best female golfers get underway in the final major championship of the year.

The defending champion is England’s Georgia Hall, whose victory at Royal Lytham and St Annes saw her become only the third British winner since the event became a major in 2001.

CBBC

CBBC

Holly Hobbie

Holly Hobbie (Ruby Jay) and Robbie (Charles Vandervaart) are in trouble for lying about destroying Farmer Dodge’s cucumber and as punishment must spend their day building a chicken coop for him.

This means that Robbie will miss an important football game, and Holly will have to let Piper (Kamaia Fairburn) and Amy (Saara Chaudry) run this week’s Open Mic.

Holly worries that they’ll have problems, or even worse - that it might be better than ever without her!

Friday 2 August

BBC ONE

BBC ONE

Still Game

It’s last orders as the Still Game story comes to an end. In this poignant final episode, comedy fans bid a fond farewell to Jack, Victor and the rest of the Craiglang gang in a memorable must-see finale.

While animal lover Isa gets into a financial fix thanks to her charitable habits, Jack and Victor finally go on an adventure they’ve been planning for years.

At the Clansman the pals reflect about the marching of time, which puts Jack into a contemplative mood. He realises that he and Victor should stop making up excuses and accomplish their long-standing ambition to climb world-famous Munro, Ben Lomond.

Energised and with new resolve, Jack and Victor invite Tam, Winston and Boabby to join their exciting expedition. Excuses are thin on the ground so the gang reluctantly agree to join Jack and Victor on their outdoor adventure.

Isa confesses to a shocked Navid she’s addicted to animal charities, and is financially strapped thanks to her furry friends. So while Navid stages an intervention the boys head off to Ben Lomond to conquer a mountain and make memories.

This must-see finale celebrates the iconic comedy, tugging at heart strings and featuring all the Still Game favourites. That’s plenty!

Jack is played by Ford Kiernan, Victor by Greg Hemphill, Isa by Jane McCarry, Tam by Mark Cox, Winston by Paul Riley, Boabby by Gavin Mitchell and Navid by Sanjeev Kohli. Also starring Shamshad Akhtar as Meena, Paul Young as Shug, Maureen Carr as Edith and Gary Lewis as Rab.

Still Game is a BBC Studios production for BBC Scotland and BBC One.

Hold The Sunset

Episode one: The Sale. With Edith and Phil’s sunset retirement waiting on the sale of the house, Phil begins to despair of it ever selling.

Queenie talks him into holding an Open Day - but she has ulterior motives.

Edith is heartened to find that her son Roger is earning some sort of a living - even if it’s only busking with her old flame Bob the Burglar and performing a ventriloquist act with his toy crocodile Methuselah.

Edith is played by Alison Steadman, Phil is played by John Cleese, Roger is played by Jason Watkins, Queenie is played by Anne Reid, Bob is played by James Cosmos.

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Fosse/Verdon

Episode one: Life Is A Cabaret. It's 1966 and Bob Fosse is in Hollywood on the set of Sweet Charity, the film of the successful Broadway musical that had starred his wife Gwen Verdon, who has been replaced on screen by Shirley MacLaine.

A year later and Gwen and Bob are home in New York having a party to celebrate the film’s huge box office success, with guests including their friend Paddy Cheyefsky, Neil Simon - who wrote the book for Sweet Charity - and his wife, Gwen’s very good friend Joan. Joan is adamant that Gwen should have got the film role of Sweet Charity but Gwen is just grateful that Bob was chosen to direct the film by Shirley.

Bob is musing over the reviews of the film as Gwen insists that he should be coming to bed, but Bob is having suicidal thoughts of jumping from the apartment balcony.

Dining with the producer Cy Feuer, Bob puts himself forward as the director of Cy’s new project Cabaret, but Cy is reluctant since he thinks of Bob’s style as brash, and explains that Cabaret is an intimate musical drama. Bob recalls his time in the US Navy in an entertainment unit, dancing for severely wounded servicemen, and insists that he is the director for this project. Cy remains reluctant and Bob says that he will call Manny Wolf at the studio (Allied Artists) to introduce himself. He subsequently pressures Wolf’s receptionist to get him an interview at which he is given the job.

In Munich, Bob prepares for the filming of Cabaret, which involves visiting a brothel to cast real prostitutes as the patrons of the Kit Kat Club and using the language skills of the translator, Hannah, for the production, and subsequently seducing her. Cy is concerned that Bob is not working quickly enough and that he is likely to go over budget as his previous films have done.

Gwen, in New York preparing for a play, is trying to get Bob on the phone to inform him that their daughter Nicole has been found at school with a bottle of her father’s seconal tablets. Bob, realising that he needs Gwen’s help, calls her in New York asking her to come to Munich.

Arriving on the set Gwen immediately gets to work using her skills in costuming and make-up, and volunteers to travel back to New York to find the perfect gorilla costume for the 'if you could see her now' number. She is aware of Bob’s liaison with Hannah and wordlessly tells him “when I get back” - he agrees. Gwen successfully acquires a suitable gorilla suit in New York but Hannah is still at Bob’s flat when Gwen triumphantly returns to Munich to present the costume.

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Episode two: Who’s Got The Pain?

Gwen is with Joan Simon in Majorca, after discovering that Bob has been unfaithful during the filming of Cabaret in Munich. Gwen reflects on meeting Fosse years earlier, when she was offered the lead in the musical Damn Yankees by Hal Prince. Fosse had insisted on auditioning her and they immediately hit it off. At the time Fosse was tending to his then-wife, the actress Joan McCracken.

In Majorca, Gwen tells Bob that she is there because he threatened suicide, but that she is tired of his dramatics, which she has seen too many times before. Bob tells Gwen that he wants to come home, but is still in love with the German translator, Hannah. Flash back to the rehearsals and try-outs for Damn Yankees, with Gwen and Bob conducting an affair under the noses of their respective partners (Gwen was with actor Scott Brady at the time).

Both producer Hal Prince and director George Abbott wanted to cut the final number of Act One, but Bob persuaded them to let him try out a new number with Gwen, and together they created the seminal Who’s Got The Pain mamba.

In Majorca, as Gwen is leaving in a cab, she tells Bob that she has told their daughter Nicole that he will not be living with them anymore.

Pictured: Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) rehearsing Damn Yankees

Golf: Women's Open Highlights 2019

Eilidh Barbour presents highlights of the second round at Woburn Golf Club. It has hosted the Championship 10 times before, latterly in 2016, when Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn won.

Three of the last four winners of this tournament have hailed from Asia, a sequence which ended last year when England’s Georgia Hall won by two shots at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

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