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BBC Radio 4 FM

In Business: 5/9: Organising Salvation

Management guru Peter Drucker called the Salvation Army the most "effective organisation in America". Peter Day asks if that holds true for Britain and finds out how the Army is bringing innovation to salvation.
Rptd on Sun 27 Dec at 9.30pm
BBC Four

The Art of Russia: 3/3: Smashing the Mould

Andrew Graham-Dixon's history concludes with the impact of communism on Russian art - from the revolutionary art of constructivists like Rodchenko through Stalinist purges in the 1930s to the contemporary art scene, fuelled by the money and power of post-communist Russia. (S) (AD)
See panel
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel (see p143)
BBC One London

Spooks: 3/8

Series eight. Secret power group Nightingale have a deadly plan to provoke a nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan at a peace summit in London. Can Section D stop them?
Repeated tonight at 12.45am on BBC3 (S) (AD)

WINTER of the series, end of the Luckily Ros on her
PICK OF THE DAY Spooks 9.00pm BBC1
DRAMA Terrifyingly implacable Ros (is she actually human? Has anyone checked?) is in a spectacularly no-nonsense mood as Spooks reaches its finale. It's up to her and colleague Lucas to save the world from nuclear destruction and, by heck, Ros isn't going to let anyone get in her way.
It's a terrific episode that just about makes sense if you're prepared to believe that only two members of MB stand in the way of global meltdown. But this isn't the time to debate Secret Service staffing levels; just go with the flow, as India and Pakistan look set to press the button. Who will blink first?
Pakistan has "kidnapped" an Indian submarine and is holding the vessel in a harbour. But it appears that the situation has been engineered deliberately to bring the world to the point of nuclear annihilation. The two sides are invited to London for peace talks, but someone is determined that they will fail - spectacularly and bloodily.
Even though, in your heart of hearts, you know it's nonsense, it's hard not to get drawn in as the tension rockets and the episode ends in a classic Spooks cliffhanger. (Alison Graham)
BBC One London

Paradox: 5/5

One of a new set of images shows Rebecca holding a gun over some dead teenagers. Will she have the power to change her own appalling destiny? (S) (AD)
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel (see page 133)
Archived Tamzin Outhwaite Video: [web address removed]
BBC One London

Merlin: 13/13: The Last Dragonlord

Series two. The Great Dragon, now finally free, attacks Camelot and Arthur and his men struggle to hold out.
Repeated Monday 21 December 7pm on BBC3 (S) (AD)
Merlin: Secrets and Magic is on Monday 21 December at 7.45pm on BBC3
BBC Two England

A History of Scotland

4/5; series two. This Land is Our Land. The effects of 19th-century industrialisation on the country, which saw massive numbers of rural workers move to new jobs in factories - where they encountered some of the worst conditions in Europe. Neil Oliver also discusses the writings of Sir Walter Scott , who created a mythology that continues to hold power over Scotland's collective imagination.
Director/Producer Clara Glynn First shown on BBC1 Scotland
bbc.co.uk/scotlandshistory FREE GUIDES: Open University Scottish history booklet and audiowalk download available via bbc.co.uk/scotlandshistory or call [number removed](BT landlines cost 5p per min; other networks vary) for the booklet
BBC Four

Wallander

New. Blood Line. The investigation of a woman's murder shortly after she had an argument with her lover on a boat involves a farm commune and a friend of Linda's. In Swedish with subtitles. See panel.
RT DIRECT: order Wallander series 1 DVD starring Kenneth Braragh as the detective for just £16 (RRP £29.35) plus free p&p; call [number removed] (BT landlines cost 5p per min; other networks vary) or visit bbcshop.com and enter code [number removed] at checkout
BBC Two England

We Are Family

3/4. The Woolryches are an old English clan with traditional old English attitudes. Michael, the 83-year-old patriarch, is passionate about his heritage but less enthusiastic about his brother Toby. The relationship between the two broke down following the death of their father when Michael inherited everything. Toby's gripe is centred symbolically on a portrait of his mother, which he refuses to part with. Sceptical about reconciling with his brother, his main priority is to mend the relationship with his daughter Elizabeth, whom he hasn't spoken to for years.
Producer Danny Horan ; Executive producer Edmund Coulthard
BBC Two England

The Restaurant

7/8; series three. It's semi-final week and Raymond Blanc heaps on the pressure in order to choose the two couples to go into next week's final. Firstly the three remaining pairs are expected to hold a cookery masterclass in their restaurants - but will they get any students? Then they must deliver what they think is their final service in front of the exacting chef. And just when they think it's time to get the result, he delivers one final challenge - will it all end in tears?
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
BBC GOOD FOOD MAGAZINE: out monthly, price £3.20
BBC Two England

Horizon: How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth?

In a career spanning six decades, David Attenborough has seen the world population grow from 2.5 billion in 1950 to some seven billion today. In this special edition of Horizon he reflects on the impact of such rapid growth, both on the environment and humanity itself. With some experts claiming that we in the UK use more than double our fair share of the Earth's resources, Attenborough asks whether it is now our duty to commit to smaller families and change the way we live for the sake of all life on the planet.
Repeated tomorrow at 12.10am Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
WHY I LOVE...: [web address removed]
BBC FOCUS MAGAZINE: out monthly, £3.60
BBC One London

Antiques Roadshow

A visit to Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes , where objects brought in for inspection include candlesticks rescued from the golden age of British liners, and intriguing evidence of early encounters with the Beatles. Presented by Fiona Bruce.
Producer Michele Burgess ; Series editor Simon Shaw Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
BBC HOMES & ANTIQUES MAGAZINE: out monthly, price E3.60
BBC Four

Spiral

3/8; series two. Laure continues to close in on Aziz, but has to call in a favour to hold a suspect.
11.15 4/8. Rachid's death causes problems for Karlsson and the police. In
French with English subtitles.
BBC Two England

The Thick of It

5/8; series three. Nicola Murray and shadow minister Peter Mannion take part in a Radio 5 Live debate on Richard Bacon's late-night phone-in, but when breaking news makes things very difficult for the politicians, Malcolm and the Opposition PR guru Stewart Pearson are swift to respond.
Repeated on Thursday at 11 20pm on BBC4 [web address removed]
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
Digital viewers can press the red button after the show to access exclusive, additional content.
WHY I LOVE : [web address removed]
BBC One London

Spooks

3/8; series eight. A meeting of powerful tycoons is stormed by armed terrorists and Ros, working under cover at the time, is one of the hostages. The next episode is Friday 9pm on BBC3.
Writers Sean Reilly , Christian Spurrier ; Producer Chris Fry ; Director Sam Miller Shown last Fri and repeated at 11.15pm, both on BBC3
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Inner World of Music

Pianist Derek Paravicini is a musical savant - he possesses extraordinary musical gifts and has wowed audiences for 30 years, playing music in all styles. Yet he was born blind and with learning difficulties. Composer Matthew King learns about savant syndrome from experts who think that
Paravicini holds the key to understanding how humans make sense of music.
Producer Steven Rajam Repeated on Saturday at 3.30pm
BBC Three

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps

7/8; series eight Janet tells Gaz she spent the night in hospital with Wesley holding her hand, but when he confesses he slept with Donna, he is thrown out.
9.30 8/8. Gaz must choose between Donna and Janet when they tell him to decide who he wants to be with.
BBC Radio 4 FM

Whatever Happened to the Teapots?: 5/5

Roger Law reads the tea leaves to see what the future holds for Stoke-on-Trent, the city of six towns. For details see Monday
BBC Two England

Wonderland

4/8; series two. Seven Pups for Seven People. Staffordshire bull terrier crosses, sometimes labelled "devil dogs" by the tabloids, are both a highly sought-after breed and, perversely, one of the most frequently abandoned. When Uggs gives birth to a litter in east London, her owner's attempts to sell them reveal a world beyond sensational headlines where marginalised members of society can establish a stronger bond with a mutt than with a fellow human. Director/Producer Charlotte Desai
BBC Three

Don't Tell the Bride

11/11; series three. A couple whose nuptials have been put on hold twice due to escalating debts seek help in finally tying the knot. Looking for a way out of their stalemate, the pair appeal to the show for funds, and receive £12,000 on the condition that the groom-to-be organises the entire affair alone.
Shown yesterday at 9pm
BBC Three

Don't Tell the Bride

New. 11/11; series three. A groom-to-be jumps at the chance of tying the knot with his sweetheart after their nuptials were put on hold twice due to escalating debts. Repeated tomorrow at 8pm






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