With Bill Turnbull and Natasha Kaplinsky in the studio, and each day this week from 8.30, Breakfast in Bath seesAlistair Appleton reporting from the newly refurbished spa in Bath. Including 6.00, 7.00, 8.00 news with Moira Stuart (Mon-Wed), Kate Sanderson (Thu, Fri); 6.15,6.45,
7.50 business news with Decian Curry ; 6.25,6.53,7-15,7.53,
8.15,8.55 weather with Carol Kirkwood ; 6.27, 6.55, 7.28, 7.55,
8.28,8.55 regional news, travel;
Editor Richard Porter (S) (W)
Discussion show, with Robert Kilroy-Silk . (R) (S) (W) Followed by News; Weather (S) (W)
Two contrasting families trade Places in the first of five daily programmes. With
Nadia Sawalha. (S) (W) Followed by News; Weather (S) (W)
The first of this week's forays into the gardens and homes of Portugal's Algarve sees a roof terrace being transformed into a seating area. (R) (S) (W)
Chocolate is the inspiration for a Portuguese bedroom's new decor. (R) (S) (W) Followed by News; Weather (S) (W)
Two teams in Merseyside try to trade clutter for cash. With
Lome Spicer. (S) (W)
A couple's dream of a beach bar runs into a sea of troubles. With Nadia Sawalha. (R)(S)(W)
Harold defends Ruby.
Repeated at 5.35pm (S) (W)
Will the sale often years' worth of car-boot purchases raise enough money for a video camera? (R) (S) (W)
Vanishing Act (parti). Steve is framed for murder. Concludes tomorrow. (R) (S)
Bob the Builder
The construction worker replaces a shed and knocks down a house. (R) (S) (W)
Francine becomes a stage tyrant. (R) (S)
4.10 Watch My Chops
Bernie is given detention. (R) (S) (W)
4.25 Eureka TV
Featuring the world's lightest solid. (R) (S)
4.40 Lizzie McGuire
Lizzie agrees to review the school play.
Repeated tomorrow at 7.40am on BBC2 (R) (S)
5.00 Blue Peter
Actor Brad Pitt talks about his latest movie.
Repeated tomorrow at 7am on BBC2 (S)(W)
Guest (Blue Peter):
With George Alagiah and Sophie Raworth. Includes weather.
(S) (W) www.bbc.co.uk/news
Thompson and Giles Dilnot with Sussex and Kent news. Editor Rod Beards (S) (W)
NOTE: satellite viewers except those in Greater London must switch to analogue to see their regional programme but the remaining English news magazines will soon be available on the satellite platform
Followed by Weather with Michael Fish. (S) (W)
Maitlis with news for London and the Home Counties.
Editor Quentin Smith (S) (W)
Paramedics Eric and Jane are called to help a baggage handier who has been paralysed with back pain.
Executive producer Edwina vardey: Series producer Mehael Houktey (R) (S) (W)
The investigative series returns with presenter Fiona Bruce revealing the results of a six-month examination into the plight of first-time home buyers trying to enter the market. Series producer Mike Lewis ; Editor Dave Stanford (S) (W)
Janine has a surprise for Paul. Derek 's plan backfires. Episode written by Simon Moss For cast see Thursday
Repeated at 10pm on BBC3 (S) (W) www.bbc.co.uk/soap Soap & Rannel: page 30; Shane Richie - One Final Question, pl30
Taste. Offering a supermarket chicken to hungry sharks and entering a chilli-eating competition are just two of the experiments conducted by Nigel Marven to demonstrate the uniquely indiscriminate nature of the human appetite. Producer Daniel Barry ; Series producer Sam Roberts (S) (W) BBCi: digital viewers can access special interactive options on their handset
The US president makes an unscheduled visit to Britain.
With strong language. Part seven is at 10.30pm on BBC3.
Written by David Wolstencroft ; Producer Simon Crawford Collins ; Director
Justin Chadwick (S) (W) Postponed from 7 July www.bbc.co.uk/spooksSpooks soundtrack CD available at all good record stores
With Huw Edwards. 10.25 Regional News
Followed by Weather with Michael Fish. (S) (W)
Not only did the hugely successful series come within a whisker of not being made, but the BBC wanted to pull the show after initially poor ratings.
Last in the series, which is scheduled to return next year.
Director Graeme Hart; Producer Toby Stevens (S) (W)
A 1991 episode of Only Fools and Horses is showing Wednesday at 9pm
David Jason, one of TV's national treasures: page 14
John Sullivan: Face of the Week, page 51
Today's Choices: Comedy
Comedy Connections 10.35pm BBC1
Week after week this splendid series delivers pointed cautionary tales about how the great sitcoms were born. Every episode I've seen has included a moment where the classic-to-be was almost pulled off the air, before being granted a reprieve by BBC bosses. And there's always a talking head on screen to point out that these days a new sitcom wouldn't get that second chance.
This week we're charting the rise of the "undisputed heavyweight champion of sitcom", Only Fools and Horses. And yes, it was nearly axed, until a technicians' strike meant it got repeated in a different time slot and finally found an audience in its third series. More astonishingly, David Jason only got the role of Del Boy because Jim Broadbent was unavailable, which conjures up an alternative universe, where Broadbent becomes a television National Treasure, while Jason goes into movies and wins an Oscar.
There are other revelations here: we see a tantalising glimpse of Nicholas Lyndhurst as a child actor trying a Canadian accent in a tea-time serial. (I'd never realised what a posh voice Lyndhurst has in real life.) There's a reminder, too, that part of what makes Jason's collapsing-through-the-bar-hatch moment so perfect is the sublime reaction from Roger Lloyd Pack as Trigger. One gripe: the programme's funky 3D graphics with cut-out pictures and coloured arrows are a neat trick, but they're overused. Show us more clips instead. (David Butcher)
David Jason, one of TV's National Treasures: page 14
Asking if ads are more artful than the series they accompany. Director Alasdair Macmillan ; Producer Sue Fox (R) (S)
Ends 1.10am. www.bbc.co.uk/three
Stupid Punts Patrick Kielty 's comic betting quiz. (S) (W)
12.05 Adam and Joe Go Tokyo Meeting the director and star of school-kid gun flick Battle Royale 2. (S) (W)
12.35 Re:Covered Ed Harcourt , Abs and Macy Gray. (S) (W)
Followed by Weathervlew (W)
Drama starring Roger Daltrey.
With everyone around him apparently behaving without reason, a teenagertakes refuge in music. Review page 43. Director Claude Whatham (1990, PG) (S)