The little rodent is feeling rather bored. (R) (S)
6.10 Fireman Sam
Norman plays one trick too many. (R) (S)
Florrie comes across a round mat. (R) (S)
Jake tickles the others with a special feather. (R) (S)
Paul and Barry deliver a new fireplace.
Today and Friday's episodes written by John Sayle
7.20 Rotten Ralph
The cheeky cat wants a new action toy.
7.30 I Love Mummy
Are James and Stephy planning to throw a Mummy's Day party?
8.05 Blue Peter
The Quest continues
(Shown last Friday on BBC1) (S)
The Story Makers
Why has Byron got a key in his back? (R) (S)
8.50 Doctor Otter
A jumble sale is held to raise funds for a new school bell. (R) (S)
The gang travel on fantasy rocket. (R) (S)
9 20 Wide Eye
Little Hoot and Flea go snapdragon hunting. (S)
Fimbo finds a piece of chalk. (R) (S)
9 50 Teletubbies
Po finds a flag and Ned' works on his bicycle. (R) (S)
Followed by CBeebies Birthdays
10 20 Andy Pandy
Teddy tries to make a pair of sunglasses. (S)
The Ghost of the Sea. A mining platform is at risk of being attacked. (R) (S)
Repeats are not indicated.
10 50 English Express (ages 9-11) Texts - Techno Tales (S)
11.10 Megamaths (ages 7-9) Money - Up to 20p (s) 9056657 11.30
Let's Write a Story (ages 9-11) Writing Academy - Yrs 5 and 6: Myths (S) 7821300 11.50 Social Inclusion Dramas (ages 9-11) A Fish out of Water (S) 3795584 12.10 See
You, See Me (ages 7-9) Cycle into Europe -In the Town (S)
1.00 Numbertime (ages 4-6)
Numbers 11-20: Number 12 (S) 53629395 1.15 Words and Pictures (ages 6-7) Phonics Year2 - Er/ir/ur (s)
Comedy starring Robert Morley and Felix Aylmer as two 18th-century army officers who accidentally kill themselves and are doomed to haunt a mansion until it is visited by reigning royalty.
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An emergency puts Woburn's deer herd at risk. (R) (S)
A couple from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, seek a rural idyll in Northamptonshire. (S)
Ainsley Harriott presides over chefs James Martin and Antony Worrall Thompson. (S)
The first of this week's nightly visits to Springfield. Separate Vocations.
A career aptitude test at school throws up unexpected results for Bart and Lisa. (R) (S)
Those Were the Days. A civil-rights activist inspires Will to lead a student protest at his own school.
Another episode on Thursday at 6.20pm (R) (S)
Leuctra. An all-female netball team take virtual command of the Thebes army in a face-off with the mighty Spartans in a re-creation of the battle to claim ancient Greece in 371BC.
Series producer Ludo Graham : Executive producers Adam Macdonald and Cassian Harrison (S)
Tom is tempted to earn some extra money.
New series A five-part documentary following performers at Lincoln's Theatre Royal. Tonight 23-year-old marketing assistant Jamie Hancock is given a chance to prove himself a worthy stage actor, but, as Hancock admits, his forte is getting things wrong. Episode two follows on BBC4.
Series producer Philippa Robinson : Executive producer Nick Mirsky (S)
Bristol University take on Durham University for a place in the second round. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.
Director Vernon Antclif Producer Peter Gwyn (S)
The Spectator editor and Conservative MP for Henley Boris Johnson states his case for ridding the world of Daily Mail columnist Lynda Lee Potter, bans on smoking, and hard-boiled eggs in the second of an eight-part series.
Director Geraldine Dowd: Producer Victoria Payne (S)
9.30 Absolute Power
The satirical comedy that became a hit on Radio 4 begins a six-part run on terrestrial TV, starring Stephen Fry and John Bird as the wily political spin doctors who have now branched out into celebrity PR. History Man. When a famous TV presenter is caught lying, the devious duo try to get him off the hook. With Anneka Rice.
Written by Guy Andrews and Scott Cherry
Director John Morton: Producer Paul Schlesinger
10.00 Early Doors
In the last of the six-part pub comedy's repeat run, there's a day out to the races at York.
Written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey; Director Adrian Shergold
Producers Lucy Ansbro and John Rushton
Comedy Drama: Absolute Power 9.30pm BBC2
Absolute Power continues the tradition of successful Radio 4 comedies, such as The League of Gentlemen, Goodness Gracious Me and Little Britain, transferring to television. Those all crossed over well, but only time will tell if Absolute Power, about a company of PR spin doctors, will make the grade.
Frankly, the omens aren't good. The transfer from radio seems to have done little more than give the writers licence to make liberal use of the f-word. The humour is very broad, even smutty, though a lovely performance by that epitome of urbanity, Stephen Fry, just about saves the day.
There is surely a satire to be written about media manipulation, but with whiskery gags about Big Brother (does anyone care any more?), Absolute Power probably isn't it. (AG)
Analysis of the news with Jeremy Paxman.
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Pioneers of a new form of coastal defence - whereby sea walls are demolished - discuss why they believe their radical approach will prevent a repeat of the 1953 east coast flood disaster.
Director Jonathan Clay : Executive producer Jeremy Bristow (R) (S)
Adam Hart-Davis examines revolutionary crime-solving techniques.
Producers Annabel Gillings and Prim Bath (R) (S)
Followed by The Witness A historical event recalled. (R) (S)
Repeats are not indicated.
Open University 12.30 The Trouble with Love - Pandora's Box (S)
1.00 Ever Wondered? (S) 87275 1.30 Trend Trackers (S) Secondary Schools 2.00 Languages - Quinze Minutes Plus: beginners' magazine featuring young Francophones. (S)
Languages 4.00 The French Experience: Rencontres (parti) WwWng In the Community 5.00 Communkating to Raise Funds (S)