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BBC Two England

Horizon: How Long is a Piece of String?

Alan Davies embarks on a quest to answer this proverbial question and is soon being turned in knots by leading mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, who explains that the short length of string in question may in fact be infinitely long. When Alan tries to measure his string at the atomic scale, even stranger truths emerge, as 'reality' itself turns out to be quite illusory.
Showing in HD on the BBC HD channel at 10.30pm
Mars: a Horizon Guide is tomorrow at 8pm on BBC4
WHY I LOVE...: [web address removed]
BBC FOCUS MAGAZINE: out monthly, £3.60
BBC Two England

Caribbean Food Made Easy

4/4. Levi Roots tries to tempt shoppers in Glasgow with an aromatic pineapple dessert before taking to the waves to join some fishermen at work off the coast of Mull. He also prepares the ultimate Caribbean cricket tea for two teams of hungry Yorkshire men.
RT DIRECT: to order the hardback book for just £12.50 (usually £17.99) plus free p&p, call [number removed] (BT landlines cost 5p per min; other networks vary) or visit [web address removed] and enter code [number removed] at checkout
BBC Two England

Caribbean Food Made Easy

3/4. Levi Roots spices up ocean-fresh mackerel on a beach in Cornwall, challenges loyal Cornish pasty eaters in Falmouth to sample his golden vegetable patties and visits Bristol, where he tastes a new take on a British staple - steak and chips with a Caribbean twist. Series producer Rachael Barnes
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BBC MAGAZINES: Good Food, £3.10: Olive, £3.40; both available monthly
"Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers" begins on Wednesday at 7.30pm on BBC1
BBC Two England

Caribbean Food Made Easy

2/4. Levi Roots tries his hand at the delicate art of nouvelle cuisine Caribbean-style. There's a surprise for a hungry audience of clubbers when he then serves up kebabs with a tropical twist.
RT DIRECT: to order the hardback book for just £12.50 (usually £17.99) plus free p&p. call [number removed] (BT landlines cost 5p per min; other networks vary) or visit [web address removed] and enter code [number removed] at checkout BBC MAGAZINES: Good Food, £3.10; Olive. £3.40; both availabte monthly
BBC Two England

Caribbean Food Made Easy

New series. 1/4. Levi Roots , who tasted success on Dragons' Den with his Reggae Reggae sauce, travels around Jamaica and the UK to show how to bring sunshine flavours to the kitchen. Tonight, Levi returns to Jamaica to cook spicy lamb, eat delicious yam mash with the family of athlete Usain Bolt and demonstrate how to barbecue fish Caribbean style. Series producer Rachael Barnes Reggae Reggae source; book offer: page 28
BBC Two England

Horizon

Alan and Marcus Go Forth and Multiply
Actor and comedian Alan Davies has hated maths since his school days but, harbouring a suspicion that he's been missing out, he enlists mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy to help him unlock the beauty of the subject. After visiting the fourth dimension and exploring the concept of infinity, is there room left in Alan's brain for the most complex of all maths concepts? Director/Producer Stephen Cooter
Showing in HD on the BBC HD channel tomorrow at 9pm FOCUS MAGAZINE: available monthly, price £3.60 Why I Love...: www.radiotimes.com/horizon
BBC Two England

The Truth about Carols

Howard Goodall investigates the often uncomfortable relationship between carols and the Church's celebration Of Christmas. Showing on the BBC HD channel at 6pm
BBC Two England

Blue Peter at 50

Get out the sticky-backed plastic and Advent crown components for an entertaining romp through the world's longest-running children's TV programme. Featuring presenting teams of old reunited to spill the beans, celebrities singing the show's praises, and daredevil director Alex Leger talking about the action films and near-death experiences he shot. Plus there are archive clips, anecdotes, mishaps, badges, appeals, pets, out-takes and reminders of the interaction the show has always had with its audience.
Narrated by Tom Baker.
Blue Peter's Live 50th Birthday is on Thursday at 5.15pm on BBC1
On Thursday 16 October from 7am digital viewers can take part in a quiz on 50 years of Blue Peter (not Freeview after 1.15pm)
Gold Peter page 20; book offer page 25
Photo gallery at [web address removed]

DOCUMENTARY
Blue Peter at 50 8.40pm BBC2
On 16 October 1958, a 15-minute programme featuring train sets and dolls aired for the first time on the BBC. Fifty years on, Blue Peter is the world's longest-running children's TV series and has probably been watched avidly by almost every one in the country when they were younger.
This is an affectionate and nostalgic patchwork of recollections (from presenters representing every decade of the show's history), mishaps, fearless exploits, appeals, pets and badges. It also includes out-takes and previously unseen footage (no matter how many shows you watched, there will be something here you missed). And, of course, Advent crowns, an out-of-control elephant, Tracy Island and sticky-backed plastic all make an appearance. JR

Gold Peter: page 20
BBC Two England

Dance with a Serial Killer

Storyville documentary following homicide detective Jean-François Abgrall's pursuit of an enigmatic suspect, whom he believed to be guilty of the brutal murder of a woman on a beach in Brittany in 1989. Director Nigel Williams ; Series editor Nick Fraser
BBC Two England

Arena: Tribute Bands - into the Limelight

Affectionate documentary that goes behind the scenes of the Limelight Club in Crewe, where for ten years tribute acts to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Phil Lynott have been providing a post-industrial town the chance to hear some legendary live music. Arena: Tribute Bands - Live at the Limelight is on BBC4 at 11.30pm.
Director Nicola Roberts; Editor Emma Matthews
The Inside Story: page 66
BBC Two England

The Culture Show

5/8. Paul McCartney discusses his new album Memory Almost Full and how his work has changed since his first meeting with John Lennon, 50 years ago this summer. Elsewhere, Kitty Empire pitches up at Glastonbudget, a festival where all the acts are tribute bands, and there's a peek at Damien Hirst's latest collection. Plus Mark Kermode's film round-up and a performance by rapper Dizzee Rascal.

Repeated at 1.35am [web address removed]
Paul McCartney is on Jools Holland on Monday at 10.30pm on Radio 2 and on Later ... with Jools Holland on BBC2 Friday at 11.35pm
BBC Two England

The Culture Show

7/11. Bryan Ferry chats with Lauren Laverne about his new album of Bob Dylan covers, the return of Roxy Music, and also performs live in the studio. Verity Sharp talks to composer Thomas Ades in his first
TV interview for seven years, David Lynch discusses an exhibition of his paintings and his latest film Inland Empire with Andrew Graham-Dixon , Maximo Park give a sneak preview of their second album, and there's a look at the battle between two islands to be known as the inspiration for Father Ted's Craggy Island. Series producer Danielle Graham ; Exec producer Edward Morgan
BBC Two England

The Secret Life of Arthur Ransome

To generations his books including Swallows and Amazons were an integral part of growing up. But was there a darker side to the author? In this drama documentary the enthusiastic Griff Rhys Jones follows a trail that begins in Russia, reveals close links with many leading Bolsheviks, an affair with Trotsky's secretary and previously unreleased KGB documents about Ransome. But was he actually spying for the British secret service all along?
Writers Griff Rhys Jones and Andrew Thompson
Producer/Director Andrew Thompson Arthur Ransome 's most daring adventure: page 28
BBC Two England

The Culture Show

Martin Scorsese explains his debt to the dramatic paintings of Caravaggio, whose later work is about to go on show at the National Gallery. Plus, the troubled history of EastEnders as it celebrates its 20th birthday and Kazuo Ishiguro on his new novel Never Let Me Go. Presented by Mariella Frostrup.
(Repeated at 11.55pm)
BBC Two England

The Curious House Guest

6/6. Bryngwyn. Flower-arranging and a stint in the kitchen garden are on the agenda as Jeremy Musson visits a magnificent Grade ll-listed house in Powys. It had been empty for 60 years when the Marchioness of Linlithgow, Lady Auriol, arrived in 1980 - but painstaking restoration has reawakened its Georgian splendour. Director Samantha Rosie ; Series producer Richard Trayler-Smith
BBC Two England

The Curious House Guest

5/6. Burghley. The 16th-century Lincolnshire residence of Lord Burghley is one of the grandest surviving houses of the first Elizabethan Age.
Lady Victoria Leatham invites Jeremy Musson to spend a weekend exploring her family home's long and rich history.
Director Spike Geilinger ; Series producer Richard Trayler-Smith
BBC Two England

The Curious House Guest

4/6. Castle Leslie. It was one of Ireland's best-kept secrets until Paul McCartney held his wedding there. Now Castle Leslie is the focus of Jeremy Musson 's latest weekend away, hosted by Sammy Leslie and her uncle Sir Jack, an expert on the family's history. Director Samantha Rosie : Series producer Richard Trayler-Smith
BBC Two England

The Curious House Guest

3/6. Bellamont. It looks every bit a historic house nestling in the Dorest countryside. But as Jeremy Musson discovers Bellamont's Gothic arches and castellations are not quite what they seem. Director Dave Huw Jones
Series producer Richard Trayier-Smith
BBC Two England

The Curious House Guest

2/6. Chillingham. The supposedly haunted
Chillingham Castle in Northumberland, home of Sir Humphry Wakefield , hosts an old-fashioned weekend party. Jeremy Musson pays a visit.
Director Spike Geilinger ; Series producer Richard Trayler-Smith
BBC Two England

The Curious House Guest

New series 1/6. Starting at Chavenage House, a quintessentially English manor in the Cotswolds,
Jeremy Musson explores the history and architecture of country abodes. Tonight, instead of a relaxing break, he becomes involved in the estate's working life. Producer Spike Geilinger ; Series producer Richard Trayler-Smith Stately sleepovers: page 33






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