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BBC One London

Stilgoe's On

is a series of programmes about what to do if you're stuck indoors and it's presented by Richard Stilgoe. The programme ties itself in knots today and holding on to some of the strings are guests,
The Puppeteers Company. Music by RICHARD STILGOE Executive producer CYNTHIA FELGATE
Producer PIPPA DYSON
BBC One London

Canterbury Tales

The Knight's Tale. Two lifelong friends, who are also prison cellmates, become bitter rivals when they both fall for the same woman in the third of six contemporary dramas based on Geoffrey Chaucher 's medieval fables.
Written by Tony Marchant : Producer Kate Bartlett
Director Marc Munden www.bbc.co.uk/canterburytales Keeley Hawes , Face of the Week: page 51
BBC One London

The Carry On Gang: Please Turn Over

A season of films from the Carry On creators - producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas.
Tonight starring Ted Ray Jean Kent , Leslie Phillips
Joan Sims with Julia Lockwood
Tim Seely , Charles Hawtrey
Teenager Jo Halliday is fed-up with the way her father Edward is forever holding up his efficient secretary Millicent Jones as a paragon of virtue. Jo proceeds to write a luridly sensational novel, Naked Revolt, that features thinly-veiled portraits of her family and their highly respectable suburban neighbours.
Producer PETER ROGERS Director GERALD THOMAS
. Films: page 9
BBC One London

Casualty

New series Holding On 1/2. Maggie's daughter is trapped when a block of flats housing asylum seekers collapses into a mine shaft, as an explosive two-parter kicks off the new run. Concludes tomorrow 8pm.
Writer Ann Marie Di Mambro ; Producer Sue Howells ; Director Paul Norton Walker More cast Sunday www.bbc.co.uk/casualty
BBC One London

Omnibus: Writers on the Right

with Richard Baker
The literary reputation of Henry Williamson, best known for Tarka the Otter, is clouded by the fact that he was a supporter of Adolf Hitler. Daniel Farson knew him well and argues that it is time to forgive his politics and re-assess the writer. Playwright Frederic Raphael and Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, give their opinions.
Ezra Pound was the only major figure in the arts to actively support the Fascist cause during the war. He was locked up by the Americans because of his pro-Mussolini broadcasts. Bernard Kops, fascinated by the paradox of a great poet holding such political beliefs, has dramatised an imaginary encounter with himself and Pound during the years of incarceration. Pound is played by Ian McDiarmid.
BBC One London

Hotel Babylon: 7/8

Series four. James's future lies in Gino's hands when they are tasked with overseeing the extravagant funeral of a VIP guest. An old flame of Juliet's staying at Babylon is keen to rekindle their relationship. Sam is jealous and embarks on a one-night stand with a hotel guest. Ben exposes an imposter.
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
Guest Stars Gallery: [web address removed]

Hotel Babylon 9.00pm BBC1, BBC HD
DRAMA
Genuine isn't a word that pops into your mind once you've stepped inside the gleaming lobby of Hotel Babylon. But this week the place has even more fakes than usual.
To start with, the hotel's holding an extravagant funeral wake for a famous Italian artist (Scottish actor Clive Russell is a not-altogether-convincing corpse - every so often you can see him breathing) whose widow isn't as grief-stricken as she initially appears. Then there's a newspaper journalist (Lucy Liemann) whose reasons for hosting a baby shower for her best friend are not exactly altruistic; and a successful comedian and old flame of Juliet's - Hugh Dennis, hardly stretching himself - who is a tad economical with the truth.
But it's behind the hotel's front desk that the biggest bit of fakery is going on. Amy Nuttall, looking like a cross between Ugly Betty and Catherine Tate's Lauren, joins the cast as a new receptionist whose credentials are about as authentic as the hotel's artwork. (Jane Rackham)
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

Children's Party at the Palace

Julie Walters , Jonathan Ross and Harry Hill head a stellar cast in The Queen's Handbag, a dramatised celebration of children's literature in honour of Her I Majesty's 80th birthday. Featuring specially written Harry Potter sequences.
Also on CBBC channel.
Writers Julian Fellowes and David Wood
Directors Claire Popplewell, Ben Warwick; Executive producer Lorna Dickinson
[web address removed] You're invited to .. : page 12

TODAY'S CHOICES
ENTERTAINMENT
Children's Party at the Palace 6.00pm BBC1, CBBC
The Queen is holding a huge 80th birthday party in the garden of Buckingham Palace when the handbag containing her speech goes missing. No need to worry, though - it's just the plot of an extravaganza being staged by more than 30 stars of stage and screen, alongside 80 of Britain's best-loved children's literary characters.
Winnie the Pooh, Postman Pat, Peter Pan and the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Julie Walters, Jonathan Ross, Harry Hill, Sophie Dahl, Bradley Walsh and four stars from the Harry Potter films, watched by 3,000 young guests. As well as the Queen, of course - enjoying the performance with her handbag safely by her side. (Jane Rackham)

You're invited to..: page 12 For exclusive video footage of RT's photo shoot visit [web address removed]
BBC One London

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LONDON On the Town
BOB WELLINGS and JOAN BAKEWELL present their observations on the world of theatre and show business in company with some of the stars. Music by the JACK EMBLOW QUARTET.

SOUTH WEST Birth of a Business
In April 1979, despite predictions of economic decline and rising unemployment, HUGH ANDERSON from South Devon gave up the security of employment to start his own business. Nineteen months after setting out he is still holding on.

WEST Blitz on Bristol: That Was Woolworth's Over There.
In the second of two programmes DEREK JONES continues the story of the first big blitz on Bristol on 24 November 1940 with the memories of those who lived through it and the use of unique wartime colour film.

SOUTH Jane Warner - Brighton Belle
When Brighton people turn to page three it's to see whether 'our Jane' is beaming at them. They've followed her meteoric development from a chubby schoolkid named Deidre Upperton to one of the most photographed topless girls in the Sun, Mirror and Star. MIKE DEBENS reports.

MIDLANDS Polls Apart
Two Midlands MPs give account of their performances in the Palace of Westminster. Facing them - political opponents from their constituencies. Presenter DEREK ROBINSON.

EAST Weekend
The who, why, what, where and when of life in the Eastern Counties including news headlines and weather. Introduced by JOHN MOUNTFORD.

NORTH Close-Up North
The second in a series of four programmes looking at topical and controversial issues in the region Presenter KHALID AZIZ.

NORTH EAST Mike on Friday
New series, MIKE NEVILLE presents his own end-of-the-week series. The pace is hectic for Mike all week, but on Friday he can enjoy a different kind of show, away from the bustle of the news. Tonight, Mike's menu includes star guests, music from LINDISFARNE, and talking points of special interest in the region.

NORTH WEST Home Ground: Cancer is Just a Word - Not a Sentence.
With BRIAN REDHEAD and FRANK MELLOR. A major campaign aims at convincing people in the North West that one-third of cancer patients are now cured. But what happens when cancer is diagnosed? Home Ground visits the Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute in Manchester.
BBC One London

Farming

Introduced by John Cherrington.

Smithymoor Farm
Frank Taylor talks to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kent about their life and work on a small windswept holding on the borders of Staffordshire and Derbyshire.
First transmission on March 15

The Dutch would do it overnight
Each year large quantities of farm-land are eroded by the sea, and by suburbia. Kenneth Ford and Hugh Barrett have been on the north shore of the Humber where farmers think that up to 10,000 acres of agricultural land could be reclaimed from the estuary.
First transmission on Nov. 17, 1963

BBC film: from the Midlands
followed by the Weather Situation for farmers and growers
BBC One London

EastEnders

It's Mark and Lisa's big day and, as Phil gets down to brass tacks, has Pauline finally run out of time?
Episode written by Rob Gittins
For further cast see Monday and Thursday
Repeated 10pm on BBC Choice Omnibus edition next Sunday
BBC One London

Doctor Who: 3/13: The Unquiet Dead

Cardiff, 1869: when the dead start walking and creatures made of gas are on the loose, Charles Dickens proves to be an unlikely ally for the Doctor and Rose when they try to find who is behind it all. The episode is written by The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss and guest-stars Simon Callow.
Doctor Who Confidential is 7.45pm on BBC3.
Their mutual friend: p16; Alison Graham 's verdict: p61
BBC One London

The Apprentice

3/12. The candidates face a mental workout as they are challenged to create a completely original piece of portable gym equipment, which they must then pitch to three industry experts. But who will Sir Alan keep in the running, and which candidate will be on the receiving end of his two most dreaded words? The Apprentice - You're Fired! follows on BBC2.
Executive producer Michele Kurland ; Series editor Colm Martin Repeated tomorrow at 7pm on BBC2 Bloq and photos: www.radiotimes.com/the-apprentice
BBC One London

Panorama

The Boys on B Wing
How is it that every year 1,500 teenage boys - all 16 years old or younger - can be locked up in British prisons, two to a cell, 20 hours a day, on remand sometimes for offences as trivial as absconding and car theft?
Reporter David Lomax and a Panorama crew have been allowed to visit B Wing in Hull prison, where, in cells without windows or toilets,
15- and 16-year-old boys have often been waiting months for their cases to be heard.
Fourteen years ago, a Parliamentary Committee recommended that the holding on remand of children in adult prisons should cease forthwith.
Why hasn't it happened?
Would an increase in 'secure units' like Aycliffe in Co Durham or Eastmoor in Leeds be a more humane response to our juvenile criminals and make them less likely to re-offend? Or do the boys on B Wing deserve everything they get?
Producer FRANCESCA KIRBY GREEN Editor TIM GARDAM
(Postponed from 20 November)
BBC One London

Panorama

The Boys on B Wing
How is it that every year
1,500 teenage boys - all 16 years old or younger - can be locked up in British prisons, two to a cell, 20 hours a day, on remand sometimes for offences as trivial as absconding and car theft?
Reporter David Lomax and a Panorama crew have been allowed to visit B Wing in Hull prison, where, in cells without windows or toilets,
15- and 16-year-old boys have often been waiting months for their cases to be heard.
Fourteen years ago, a Parliamentary Committee recommended that the holding on remand of children in adult prisons should cease forthwith.
Why hasn't it happened?
Would an increase in 'secure units' like Aycliffe in Co Durham or Eastmoor in Leeds be a more humane response to our juvenile criminals and make them less likely to re-offend? Or do the boys on B Wing deserve everything they get? Producer
FRANCESCA KIRBY GREEN Editor TIM GARDAM
BBC One London

Planet Earth

DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEEK
New series 1/11. Pole to Pole. The BBC's natural history unit embarks on the most ambitious series it has ever produced, celebrating planet Earth in all its astonishing beauty. This first film takes us on a sweeping journey across the planet, revealing how the sun's seasonal journey affects the lives of all who inhabit our world. Presented by David Attenborough. Producer Mark Linfield ; Series producer Alastair Fothergill The Greatest Show of Earth: page 12; Book offer: page 16; Moment of the Week: page 57
BBC One London

Child of Our Time

New series 1/4. Happiness. Professor Robert Winston returns with the ground-breaking survey, now in its sixth year, following 25 babies born in 2000. Life is full of difficult experiences, but do biological or environmental factors keep us on an even keel?
Producer Jo Woolf ; Executive producer Tessa Livingstone Mark Lawson Talks to Robert Winston on BBC4 at 9pm Happy ever after?, plus book offer: page 23
BBC One London

Imagine ...

2/7. A Love Story. Alan Yentob embarks on a quest to find out what makes a great love story in literature, film or song. Among those offering their help in this labour of love are author Jeffrey Eugenides and lyricist Hal David.
Director Clare Beavan ; Executive producers Janet Lee , Alan Yentob
Any episode, after it has first been broadcast, is available for the duration of the entire series at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer
BBC One London

Aristocrats

Third of a six-part drama, set in the 18th century. Starring Jodhi May
Geraldine Somerville
Caroline insists that her youngest sister Sarah come to
London to be launched in society. See today's choices.
Written by Harriet O'Carroll ; Producers Christopher Hall and David Snodin Director David Caffrey
Digital widescreen ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: for an accompanying publication on the background to the series, send a cheque for £5. 99, payable to BBC Education Production, to: [address removed]. Soundtrack available on CD from retailers.
♦Katherine Wogan : People, pl4
BBC One London

Love in a Cold Climate

First of a two-part dramatisation of Nancy Mitford 's comic novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, starring Alan Bates , Celia Imrie , Sheila Gish , Anthony Andrews and John Wood. In the thirties, Fanny, Linda and Polly wait impatiently for life to become interesting. See Choice.
Dramatised by Deborah Moggach
Producer Kate Harwood ; Director Tom Hooper (S) (W) A portrait of Nancy Mitford can be seen in Omnibus on Wednesday at 10.35pm A touch of upper class: page 20






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