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BBC ONE Thursday 5 November 2009

The Sarah Jane Adventures – The Eternity Trap: Part One Ep 7/12

Thursday 5 November
4.35-5.00pm BBC ONE

A haunted house, with mysterious whispers and secrets in the shadows attracts Sarah Jane's attention in the first of a new, two-part adventure, written by Phil Ford and directed by Alice Troughton.

When Professor Rivers and the gang investigate an old legend, a monstrous creature appears in the night as the terrifying grasp of Erasmus Darkening reaches out from centuries past.

The conclusion of this two-part adventure can be seen on Friday 6 November.

Sarah Jane Smith is played by Elisabeth Sladen, Professor Rivers by Floella Benjamin and Erasmus Darkening by Donald Sumpter. The Sarah Jane Adventures also stars Daniel Anthony as Clyde Langer, Anjili Mohindra as Rani Chandra, Callum Blue as Lord Marchwood, Adam Gillen as Toby Silverman, Amelia Clarkson as Elizabeth Marchwood, Rhys Gear as Joseph Marchwood and Tony Boncza as Mr Scriven.


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Thursday 5 November
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE

Jane receives a pile of mail, in tonight's visit to Albert Square. One particular letter is an application to adopt.

Meanwhile, Ronnie remarks how tired Peggy looks. She seems run-down and stressed about something. Sitting Ronnie and Roxy down, Peggy admits that the Queen Vic is running at a loss.

Jane is played by Laurie Brett, Ronnie by Samantha Womack, Peggy by Barbara Windsor and Roxy by Rita Simons.


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BBC TWO Thursday 5 November 2009

The Restaurant Ep 2/6

Thursday 5 November
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO
Raymond Blanc hands out the keys to six restaurants – sending one couple home
Raymond Blanc hands out the keys to six restaurants – sending one couple home

Last week, two couples were sent home; their dreams of running a restaurant with Raymond Blanc cut short. Their skills and concepts didn't stand up to the scrutiny of Raymond and his partners, David Moore and Sarah Willingham.

The judges are looking for a strong idea, cooking skills and a strong partnership but, in an economic downturn, they also need a couple who can prove they can tough it out in the harsh realities of the restaurant trade.

Seven couples are left in the competition but, to get keys to one of Raymond's Bristol restaurants, they must overcome a final obstacle. Together, they must run three of the city's leading chain restaurants. It's a pressured environment and a chance for the couples to prove they have real potential.

Divided into groups, they receive intensive training. The menus look simple – pizzas, noodles and sushi. However, under the watchful eyes of Raymond, Sarah and David, the couples open the doors to hundreds of customers and service doesn't run smoothly.

For the couples, it's a reality check. For Raymond and his investors, it's an opportunity to find out who can deliver, who can learn, and who will buckle under pressure.

And, as Raymond has keys to just six restaurants, one couple is going home.


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Defying Gravity – Hell If I Know Ep 4/13

High Definition programme
Thursday 5 November
9.00-9.45pm BBC TWO
Donner (Ron Livingston) tries to find out why the ship's operating systems are failing
Donner (Ron Livingston) tries to find out why the ship's operating systems are failing

The crew of the Antares face their first major crisis, as the space drama continues. The ship inexplicably begins to shut down all of its operating systems, causing the sudden failure of power, heat and gravity controls, and plunging everyone aboard into chaos...

In cold, darkness and zero gravity, Donner frantically tries to find the cause of the disaster. Jen enters the darkened medical bay to find psychiatrist Mintz having a horrifying flashback to a similarly claustrophobic war-time episode involving the death of a young girl. Meanwhile, in mid-broadcast to Earth, when the lights go out, Paula tries to comfort the panicked Wassenfelder as they float in his rapidly freezing crew quarters.

On a spacewalk outside the ship to search for the problem, Donner encounters an incredible hallucination, which takes him back to the Mars mission tragedy. Back on Earth, Ajay is in hospital recovering from an operation to replace his faulty heart valve; still, Mission Control patches him through to Donner, desperate for an answer to the systems breakdown. When Ajay has no answer, Donner is forced to find his own remarkable solution, just as time is running out.

Ron Livingston is Maddux Donner; Christina Cox is Jen Crane; Paula Garces is Paula Morales; Eyal Podell is Evram Mintz; Dylan Taylor is Steve Wassenfelder; and Zahf Paroo is Ajay Sharma.


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Wonderland – I Won University Challenge

Thursday 5 November
9.45-10.30pm BBC TWO

Observational documentary series Wonderland continues, seeking out the people and places that offer a glimpse of today's Britain that is usually hidden from view.

"People don't like intelligent people. They like successful people, but they don't like intelligent people." These are the words of Thor Halland, who was on the winning team of University Challenge in 2003.

I Won University Challenge tracks down 10 previous winners and finds out how life plays out for those endowed with the nation's biggest brains. Is having the kind of mind capable of winning University Challenge a blessing or a curse?

Luke Pitcher, part of the winning team in 2002 and now an Oxford academic, is in no doubt. "I'm very happy being clever. In fact, one of the abiding pleasures of my life is the things my mind can do."

But it's not so easy for everyone. Pamela Maddison, part of the 1968 winning team, has struggled to be accepted into society as an intelligent woman. "The problem with a lot of my life," she says, "is that I've had to dumb myself down."

First broadcast in 1962, University Challenge remains hugely popular with the British public. Audiences love to gawp at this display of nerdish erudition, but does Britain really accept and celebrate these people and their brains? From the champion who was drunk when his team won to the brilliant polymath who now works as a postman, the film unravels the lives and careers of some of Britain's brainiest people.

Wonderland's Halloween special, The Ghostman Of Sky, can be seen on Saturday 31 October.


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BBC THREE Thursday 5 November 2009

Russell Howard's Good News Ep 3/7

Interactive TV
Thursday 5 November
10.30-11.00pm BBC THREE
Russell Howard brings more Good News to BBC Three
Russell Howard brings more Good News to BBC Three

Put together each week on the brink of transmission, Russell Howard's Good News, BBC Three's new topical show, features the comedians's unique perspective on the big stories dominating the media. Russell will also be picking up on those sometimes overlooked things that make him smile.

Recorded in front of a studio audience, Russell Howard's Good News also offers fans at home the chance to shape the news agenda, allowing them to submit stories online at (where they will also be able to view exclusive extra features), or via Twitter at

In the last year, Russell has become one of the UK's most successful comedians. A regular on Mock The Week, BBC Two's highest-rating comedy show, which has achieved viewing figures of more than five million per week, he has twice appeared on BBC One's Live At The Apollo and followed in the footsteps of Al Murray – The Pub Landlord by becoming the host of Comedy Central's Edinburgh And Beyond.


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BBC FOUR Thursday 5 November 2009

A History Of Christianity – The First Christianity Ep 1/6

New series
Thursday 5 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR
Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch presents A History Of Christianity
Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch presents A History Of Christianity

Presented by Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch – leading historian and Professor of History of the Church and a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford – A History of Christianity reveals the origins of the religion and explores what it means to be a Christian. The series asks whether Christianity can survive in an increasingly apathetic and secular society.

In the first episode, Professor MacCulloch begins his journey in Jerusalem, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a site that holds important clues to the origins of the Christian faith.

The programme overturns the conventional view that the origins of Christianity lie in St Paul's mission west to Rome. Instead, it reveals that Christianity first spread east, extending into Syria, Central Asia, India and the far reaches of the Asian continent. At one point, Baghdad, rather than Rome, was poised to be the headquarters of the faith. The origins of church music and the church-state relation are both traced to Eastern Christianity.

Professor MacCulloch also travels to Istanbul to shed light on the fierce debate that erupted in the 4th century over the true nature of Jesus, and to Syria where he challenges the notion of a clash of civilisations between Christianity and Islam. In fact, Islam appropriated many Eastern Christian beliefs and rituals – including the practice of prostration. Finally, the story leads to China, where an ancient Christian monastery and a museum of stone-carved records help prove that Christianity reached the Far East before it had even arrived in Britain.

An interview with Professor MacCulloch will be available in Programme Information shortly.

A History Of Christianity is a co-production with The Open University. Further information on the OU can be found at


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