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7:00pm Thursday 19 July on BBC THREE

Rishi Persad presents live coverage from Manchester Arena as Great Britain’s men’s basketball team gears up for the Olympics by facing the world’s best side, 2008 gold medallists the United States.

The game offers fans the chance to watch some of the biggest names in the NBA, with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard all part of the USA’s Olympic set-up.

But the home team has NBA pedigree of its own in the shape of Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng.

Commentary comes from Mike Carlson and John Amaechi.

9:00pm Wednesday 18 July on BBC THREE

In the penultimate episode of the series Cherry investigates why people work so hard and play so hard in a world that never switches off. She meets a man who works 20 hours a day, a group of lads who regularly blow their weekly wages in one night, and a single mum who holds down four jobs.

After a year of sleepless nights following the birth of her daughter, Cherry wants to get back on the rollercoaster of modern life but wonders if she’s been left behind in Cherry Healey: How To Get A Life.

Throughout the series, Cherry meets a wide range of people from today’s young, modern Britain and gets a taste of living in their world before inviting them into her life.

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9:00pm Monday 16 July on BBC THREE

Following a season in which football has been rocked by allegations of racism, former Premier league defender Clarke Carlisle explores how far his profession has progressed since the dark days of banana throwing on the terraces, in this one-hour current affairs documentary for BBC Three.

Nicknamed ‘Britain’s brainiest footballer’ Clarke has played at all levels, from the Premiership to the fourth division at Northampton Town, and as the chairman of the Professional Footballers Association he feels he has a good grasp of the issues confronting football today.

Setting out in the belief that racism has been largely eradicated from the game and that recent incidents are being addressed by the authorities, Clarke faces a stark realisation as he embarks on a journey which brings racism in football very close to home.

From the tribalism of clubs and fans to the comparative lack of ethnic minorities on the terraces; the lack of South Asian players and black managers in the professional game and the shockingly overt racism in Poland, one of the host countries for Euro 2012, Clarke emerges with a very different perspective on the ugly face of the beautiful game – especially after his father tells him for the first time of his disturbing and sad experiences of racism while trying to become a professional player.

Is Football Racist? hears from a range of voices from across football. Former Liverpool and England players John Barnes and Stan Collymore and Birmingham City’s manager Chris Hughton all share their thoughts and experiences, while Jewish comedian and avid Chelsea fan David Baddiel, former football hooligan Cass Pennant and the Punjabi Wolves, the UK’s largest group of ethnic minority football supporters, give the view from the terraces.

Is Football Racist? is produced by Victory Television.

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10:30pm Thursday 12 July on BBC THREE

Concluding part of the comedy murder mystery series starring Sharon Horgan and Jennifer Saunders. Tonight’s show includes guest cameo appearances from Miranda Richardson and John Sessions.

Helen (Sharon Horgan) is moved to D Wing where she is befriended by white collar criminal Jo (Miranda Richardson), much to the distress of Christine (Bryony Hannah). Helen is hopeful she will be released now that her alibi and fiance Justin (Barnaby Kay) has been found.

Governor Margaret (Jennifer Saunders) discovers she is being transferred to a new prison. But what lengths will Margaret go to in order to keep her job? And Henry (Edward Hogg) makes a gruesome discovery.

The executive producer is Jo Sargent and the producer is Caroline Norris. The director is Steve Bendelack.

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9:00pm Wednesday 11 July on BBC THREE

Cherry is on a quest to find out how prejudiced British society is today. Along the way she meets a female fire fighter, a black ballet dancer, a wheelchair user and a victim of discrimination in the work place to get a snap-shot of modern Britain.

She also spends time with those challenging stereotypes, to find out how preconceptions have changed.

Throughout the series, Cherry meets a wide range of young people living in modern Britain and gets a taste of living in their world before inviting them into her life.

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9:00pm Monday 9 July on BBC THREE

Last August Britain witnessed its worst riots in a generation. BBC Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney investigates the fall-out for those who got caught up in the riots and finds out how they were changed by them.

Hundreds of businesses and properties were destroyed as thousands of people ran amok in our cities, stealing from shops and rioting against the police. Nearly 3000 people were arrested and many were given very tough prison sentences.

With intimate access over nine months, BBC Three’s programme follows three young people who were arrested on those anarchic nights. The programme also meets two of the victims of the riots who have lost homes and businesses and sees first-hand how their lives have been affected by the events.

Presenter, Gemma Cairney/ Producer, Stephen McQuillan

8:00pm Sunday 8 July on BBC THREE

The final day of this year’s T In The Park will see Edith Bowman and Greg James introduce the main stage’s headline act Kasabian on BBC Three, as the festival comes to a close.

There will also be highlights from earlier in the day from Elbow, Bombay Bicycle Club, Keane, James Morrison and Miles Kane.

8:00pm Saturday 7 July on BBC THREE

Edith Bowman and Greg James are live on day two of T In The Park on BBC Three, with all the action from the Scottish festival.

Highlights will include Jessie J, Gallagher, David Guetta, Emeli Sande, Two Door Cinema Club, Alabama Shakes and Amy Macdonald.

8:00pm Friday 6 July on BBC THREE

Kicking off a weekend of extensive coverage of T In The Park on BBC Three, presenters Greg James and Edith Bowman are live in Balado, Perthshire, taking listeners to the heart and soul of Scotland’s premier music festival.

Example will perform on the main stage alongside Olly Murs, Professor Green and Tinie Tempah and BBC Three will show many more of the best performances from the first day of the festival.

10:30pm Thursday 5 July on BBC THREE

New comedy murder mystery starring Sharon Horgan, with guest appearances in today’s episode from Caroline Quentin, Carl Barat and Tony Blackburn.

Margaret (Jennifer Saunders) announces plans for the annual prison choir competition, where the inmates of Broadmarsh have been drawn against Woolley Grange, which has a reputation for choral excellence and a star singer called Nigel (Carl Barat).

Helen (Sharon Horgan) auditions, hoping to become lead vocalist until the surprise appearance of Virna (Caroline Quentin). There’s more excitement on the night of the contest as the inter-prison sing off is judged by legendary DJ Tony Blackburn.

Meanwhile Laura (Aisling Bea) and Justin (Barnaby Kay) are worrying about their finances and lawyer Tony (Geoff McGivern) is suspicious of Henry’s (Edward Hogg) motives. Widow Mrs Bridges (Emma Pierson) makes an interesting discovery.

The Executive Producer is Jo Sargent and the producer is Caroline Norris. The Director is Steve Bendelack.

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