Time Shift explores the varied life and career of the MP, broadcaster, columnist and author. See panel (S)
The Irish-American poet Thomas Lynch presents verse that poets leave behind for their children, including Michael Donaghy's Haunts. With Carol Ann Duffy, Matthew Sweeney, Frieda Hughes and Robin Robertson.
Repeated on Boxing Day at 11.30pm
The poet laureate's Christmas poem: p51
back at the programmes and personalities that entertained troops during the Second World War
Robin Boyle looks back at the programmes and personalities that entertained the troops at home and overseas during the Second World War
New series. In a follow-up to his acclaimed series The History of Modern Britain, the journalist and political commentator presents an account of the events that shaped Britain from the death of Queen Victoria to the end of the Second World War. As the 20th century dawns, Marr finds the country mourning the death of its beloved monarch, fighting an intractable guerrilla war against the Boers in South Africa, enjoying the bawdy pleasures of music hall, and worrying about the physical and moral strength of the working class.
Rptd on Fri at 7pm Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE: out monthly, price Â£3.60
Why Churchill would hate modern Britain: page 27
to celebrate the programme's 30th anniversary, a chance to see the first-ever edition, chaired by Robin Day with panellists Michael Foot. Teddy Taylor, Edna O'Brien and Archbishop Derek Worlock. See panel
The mockumentary-style sitcom has deservedly joined a select band of Britain's all-time favourite comedies and has been sold to broadcasters worldwide and inspired a successful spin-off in the USA. Tonight's epic celebration of The Office relives all six episodes from 2001's series one, interspersed with observations and insights from creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, other cast members and celebrity fans.
1/6; series one. Office manager David Brent is ordered to raise staff morale, just as head office starts dropping threatening hints about redundancies.
9.35 2/6. A trainee has a baptism of fire when exposed to a smutty picture of her new boss.
10.10 3/6. David and Finchy resolve to beat Tim and Ricky at the annual quiz.
10.45 4/6. A special training day for the staff at Wernham Hogg turns into a sing-song.
11.25 5/6. David employs a new secretary - and picks the prettiest woman he can find.
12.00 6/6. Jennifer from head office arrives to tell David that the Slough branch is to be merged.
Writers Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Director Sean Doherty ; Producer Michael Forte VIDEO Plus+ code for 9.00pm-12.35am (non PDC) PROGRAMME GUIDE: radiotimes.com/the-office
Martin Freeman is in Who Do You Think You Are? on Tuesday at 7pm Ricky Gervais guests on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on Friday at 10.35pm on BBC1
Series six. The exhumation of a body leaves the team trying to piece together what really caused a fatal car crash.
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Drowning Not Waving. In another one-off drama first shown on daytime TV, debt-ridden
Ellie Morgan is offered a solution to her bankruptcy woes by an old flame. But is he all that he seems?
Writer Sarah Deane ; Executive producers Jimmy McGovern and Colin McKeown ; Director Gary Williams Simuicast in HD on the BBC HD channel
12/13; series three. Something Worth Fighting For 1/2. Isabella starts rounding up men to send to King John, while Archer joins forces with his sister to set a trap for Robin and Gisborne.
Writer Ryan Craig ; Producers Jane Hudson and Tom Mullens
Director Matthew Evans
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel PROGRAMME GUIDE: radiotimes.com/robin-hood
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11/13; series three. The Enemy of My Enemy Travelling to York to save their half-brother Archer from execution, Robin and Gisborne find that he has been unwise enough to make a dangerous enemy in the Sheriff of York.
Writer Timothy Prager ; Producers Jane Hudson and Tom Mullens
Director Graeme Harper Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel RT DIRECT: series three DVD just E27 (RRP F3914) incl p&p. Call [number removed] (BT landlines cost 5p per min; other networks vary) or visit bbcshop.com and enter code [number removed] at the checkout The Inside Story: page 48
Wintry psychological crime thriller starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams. LAPD detectives
Will Dormer and Hap Eckhart find respite from charges of corruption by flying to a remote town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. After accidentally killing Eckhart while chasing a suspect, Dormer is contacted by writer Walter Finch , who admits to killing the girl but wants a deal as he witnessed Dormer shooting his partner. Film of the Day: p38.
Director Christopher Nolan (2002, 15)
Ice cold in Alaska: page 33
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7/13; series three. Too Hot to Handle. The outlaws are forced to take desperate measures when Prince John takes advantage of a heatwave and Robin faces a tough decision about his future.
Writer Chris Lang ; Producers Jane Hudson and Tom Mullens ; Director John Greening Rptd on Monday at 7.45pm on BBC3 Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel PROGRAMME GUIDE: radiotimes.com/robin-hood
2/6. Sir Matthias Blaqgard. Renowned broadcaster Roydon Postlethwaite impartially examines the disastrous career of the maverick MP Sir Matthias Blaggard (Richard Briers ) who was so right-wing that the Monday Club met on a different day, just to avoid him. Written by Chris Chantler and Howard Read.
Producer Colin Anderson
A chance to relive the historic 3 May 1979 General Election, which swept Margaret Thatcher to power. David Dimbleby presents the BBC's 15-hour Decision 79 election results programme, with analysis by David Butler and Robert McKenzie and interviews by Robin Day. See panel
6/13; series three. Do You Love Me?
Megalomaniacal Prince John, pretender to the throne of England, arrives in Nottingham and makes Guv of Gisborne a dastardly offer he can't refuse.
Writer Timothy Prager ; Producers Jane Hudson and Tom Mullens ; Director Patrick Lau Repeated May Day Holiday 7.45pm on BBC3 Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel The Inside Story: page 48
5/13; series three. Let the Games Commence Gisborne is back - and he's determined to catch
Robin. As the gang flees, Little John is separated from the others and ends up in a gladiator circus.
Writer Lisa Holdsworth ; Producers Jane Hudson and Tom Mullens
Director Patrick Lau Repeated Mon 7.50pm on BBC3 Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
3/3. Arctic. Ranulph Fiennes lost the tips of several of his fingers to frostbite on his last Arctic expedition. Tonight he returns to the sea ice for the first time, determined to give his two colleagues a real taste of the hardships involved in such travel. Pulling heavy sledges across the ice in freezing temperatures with strong winds means moments of anger and humour are never far away.
Director/Producer Wayne Derrick
2/3. Robin Knox-Johnston, who was the first person ever to sail single-handed, non-stop around the world, tries to make Ranulph Fiennes and John Simpson shipshape for a sail around Cape Horn. But as they head into the treacherous Southern Ocean, the weather takes a drastic turn for the worse, and they are then forced to overcome mechanical failure and serious illness if they are to stand a chance of making the Cape itself.
Director/Producer Ben Duncan
New series 1/13; series three. Total Eclipse. When Robin returns from the Holy Land to avenge Marian's murder, a battle rages between him and Gisborne with both determined to fight to the death.
Writer Michael Chaplin ; Producers Jane Hudson and Tom Mullens Director Douglas Mackinnon Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel Forest grump: page 18; Moment of the week: page 53 Programme guide: [web address removed]