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9:00pm Tuesday 8 January on BBC ONE

The quintessentially English detective Richard Poole is back, returning with his investigative team to solve more murder mysteries on the idyllic Caribbean island of Saint Marie, in a brand new series of Death In Paradise.

DI Poole’s learning to cope with the tropical climate and laid-back atmosphere of Saint Marie, but every day still presents a challenge for the traditional detective. When the owner of a former sugar plantation, Roger Seymour, is discovered with a machete in his back, Poole and his team have a seemingly impossible case to solve.

Despite countless suspects, the team struggle to pinpoint the murderer, as they all have seemingly cast iron alibis – and many were together when the murder took place. Was it a disgruntled worker with a grudge? Was Roger’s alcoholic ex-wife, Nicole in an alliance with his adopted nephew, Harry? Or does Roger’s new, and much younger, girlfriend have something to hide?

The team soon realise that the history of the plantation is just as key to completing the puzzle, but with the island celebrating the festival of love, Erzulie, Saint Marie seems to be bringing out the unexpected in everyone – not least Richard and Camille…

DI Richard Poole is played by Ben Miller, Camille Bordey by Sara Martins, Dwayne Myers by Danny John-Jules, Fidel Best by Gary Carr, Commissioner Selwyn Patterson by Don Warrington, Roger Seymour by James Cosmo, Harry Seymour by Tom Ward, Nicole Seymour by Stephanie Beacham and Kim Neville by Estella Daniels.

Ep 1/8

8:00pm Tuesday 8 January on BBC ONE

Following Serena’s bidding, Jac travels to Sweden to find Hanssen. When she discovers the reason behind Hanssen’s actions, will she follow through with Serena’s instructions or will she side with Hanssen? And will Hanssen stay in Sweden or will he return to Holby?

Michael puts Luc on a short leash following the events of last week, but with Serena sniffing around, will Michael be able to protect Luc’s future at Holby? Luc is haunted by events from the past: despite Michael and Sacha’s best efforts, he seems to be heading off the rails. Will he be able to face his fears and get back on track?

Serena is played by Catherine Russell, Jac is played by Rosie Marcel, Hanssen is played by Guy Henry, Michael is played by Hari Dhillon, Luc is played by Joseph Millson and Sacha is played by Bob Barrett.

Ep 13/52

7:30pm Tuesday 8 January on BBC ONE

The mood is tense at the Brannings and pressure is building for Max as Tanya piles on the pressure, wanting answers and decisions following the fallout from Christmas.

Denise is determined to stay out of Kim’s way following the revelation of her kiss with Ray, but will Denise quiet and take the blame?

Max is played by Jake Wood, Tanya by Jo Joyner, Denise by Diane Parish, Kim by Tameka Empson and Ray by Chucky Venn.

9:00pm Monday 7 January on BBC ONE

It’s all change in the Brown household as two of Mrs Brown’s boys finalise plans for their new homes.

Mark is busy collecting the relevant documents for his family’s imminent emigration to Australia. Rory and Dino have found the perfect apartment in Kilbride. However, moving so far from home means that Rory is going to have to learn to drive, and his driving lesson didn’t go particularly well the last time he tried…

Cathy’s life might also be about to change as boyfriend Professor Thomas Clowne announces he has a surprise proposal for her. However, with Agnes around, it’s very difficult to get a word in edgeways. Concerned that she isn’t good enough for Thomas, Cathy confides in her mother that she’s thinking of having breast enhancement surgery. Agnes tries to hold her tongue, but it’s quite obvious she thinks Professor Thomas Clowne isn’t good enough for her daughter.

Against her better judgement, Agnes gives Buster the chance to quote for the job of upgrading her kitchen. However, when the draughtsman turns up to measure the kitchen and isn’t quite up to the job, Mrs Brown quickly regrets the decision. Will she ever have the new kitchen she desires?

Cathy pays a visit to the doctor to enquire about breast enlargements and is given a ‘size-decider’ to test out different dimensions. However, despite Cathy wanting to impress Thomas with her new ‘assets’, it’s Agnes who makes the biggest impression when she gets her hands on the device…

Ep 2/6

8:00pm Monday 7 January on BBC ONE

Miranda has decided to prove to herself and her friends she can officially be an adult.

First by looking after a toddler, but the soft play centre is too much of a lure and she gets stuck in a kids’ tunnel. Then, by hosting a dinner party for eight. It ends in inevitable chaos.

9:00pm Friday 4 January on BBC ONE

It’s a race against time to get to the police station when Lauren is pushed to tell the truth about the car crash. Can Joey stop her in time?

Carol is furious when she discovers the letter from David Wicks that Derek hid from her, but what will she do?

Lauren is played by Jacqueline Jossa, Joey by David Witts and Carol is played by Lindsey Coulson.

8:00pm Thursday 3 January on BBC ONE

The new school term starts with the opening of Michael’s new Pupil Referral Unit and the return of no-nonsense teacher Nikki Boston. But the positive mood changes with the arrival of the Barry family – a hell-raising criminal clan lead by matriarch Carol Barry, lone parent to Waterloo Road’s newest pupils, bad-boy Barry and daughters Dynasty and Kacey.

Carol assures Michael her brood will behave but it’s not long before sparks fly when Barry goads fellow pupil Jack MacAlister into a fight. Tom intervenes and discovers the reason behind their hostility – Barry is sleeping with Jack’s mum, Olivia.

When challenged, Barry promises Tom he’ll keep his relationship with Olivia discreet for Jack’s sake, but the troublemaker has no intention of honouring his word and sets about humiliating Jack in front of the school – screening a steamy video of him with Olivia.

Michael gives Barry a stern warning – put an end to his bad behaviour or he’ll be excluded from Waterloo Road. And if Barry won’t listen to his teacher’s words of warning, his mother Carol isn’t so easy to ignore, arriving at school to literally slap her son into shape.

Elsewhere, Scout raises Nikki’s hackles with her disrespectful attitude to being in the PRU. Later, when her car goes missing, Nikki suspects Scout is responsible – an accusation the schoolgirl denies. But Nikki doesn’t believe Scout and the battle lines are drawn.

The new term also brings uncertainty for head teacher Michael. On bail awaiting trial, accused of assisting his father’s death, opinions in the staffroom are divided, casting doubt on Michael’s leadership.

Scarred in last term’s fire, Imogen blames Christine for ruining her life and driving a wedge between her and Connor, little realising the truth. Also this week, Chalky learns he is going to be Kevin’s foster parent.

Michael is played by Alec Newman, Nikki Boston by Heather Peace, Carol Barry by Zoe Lucker, Barry Barry by Carl Au, Dynasty Barry by Abby Mavers, Kacey Barry by Brogan Ellis, Jack McAlister by Taylor Rhys, Tom by Jason Done, Olivia by Pollyanna McIntosh, Scout by Katie McGlynn, Imogen by Kirstie Steele, Christine by Laurie Brett, Connor by Shane O’Meara, Chalky by Mark Benton and Kevin by Tommy Lawrence Knight.

Waterloo Road is a Shed Production for BBC One through BBC Scotland.

Ep 11/20

7:30pm Thursday 3 January on BBC ONE

The day of Derek’s funeral has arrived and the Brannings plan to give him a decent send-off, but will it go as smoothly as planned?

8:00pm Wednesday 2 January on BBC ONE

As he finds a breakthrough in his research, a patient’s tattoo unexpectedly becomes the gateway to a darker side of Luc. Can Sacha do anything to help his friend or is it too late?

Lilah is back at work and shocked to find Ric has not resigned. Will she be able to make peace or is this one battle too far?

Ollie is concerned that Tara’s reveal last week has forced her back into her shell. When he tries to engage her in a patient case it’s clear that Tara is frustrated. How can he convince her that they are in this together?

Luc is played by Joseph Millson, Sacha is played by Bob Barrett, Lilah is played by Natasha Leigh, Ric is played by Hugh Quarshie, Ollie is played by James Anderson and Tara is played by Jing Lusi.

Ep 12/52

9:00pm Wednesday 2 January on BBC ONE

David Attenborough takes a breathtaking journey through the vast and diverse continent of Africa as it’s never been seen before.

From the soaring Atlas Mountains to the Cape of Good Hope, the brooding jungles of the Congo to the raging Atlantic Ocean, filmed over four years, Africa explores the whole continent, uncovering an astonishing array of previously unknown places, bizarre new creatures and extraordinary behaviours.

Using the latest in filming technology, including remote HD cameras, BBC One takes an animals’ eye view of the action. The journey begins in the Kalahari, Africa’s ancient southwest corner, where two extraordinary deserts sit side by side and even the most familiar of its creatures have developed ingenious survival techniques.

Clever meerkats are outsmarted by a wily bird’s use of mimicry; remote infrared cameras catch the familiarly solitary rhino exhibiting previously unseen sociable behaviour; terrifying giant insects prey on baby birds; while in a previously unexplored cave, the rarest fish in the world is filmed for the first time.

The neighbouring Namib desert receives almost no rain but instead makes do with a vaporous vanishing fog. The harshness of life here means there is acute competition for scant resources, even between the seemingly gentler residents. In an astonishing television first, the Africa team capture a ferocious fight for supremacy between desert giraffes.

Eye to Eye goes behind the scenes at a secret location to witness probably the last great rhino gathering on Earth. Using specially build HD starlight-sensitive cameras, the crew captures never-seen-before rhino behaviour. It also reveals how the remarkable footage of the battling giraffes was achieved.

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