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9:00pm Wednesday 4 July on BBC THREE

Cherry explores if looks have become more important than personality and asks if vanity is necessarily a negative concept.

Following the birth of her daughter and a year of sleepless nights, Cherry wants to get back on the rollercoaster of modern life – but has she been left behind?

To find out, she goes on a journey to examine life’s absurdities – from 24/7 lifestyles, to people’s obsession with their looks and the nation’s enthusiasm for pill-popping. Throughout the series, she 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.

In episode three Cherry encounters those who obsess about their looks, those who deny the notion of beauty and has to decide if she can stop shaving her body hair and if she’s prepared to have a tattoo.

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10:30pm Thursday 28 June on BBC THREE

New comedy murder mystery series starring Sharon Horgan and Jennifer Saunders. Frustrated with the lack of progress with her appeal, Helen (Sharon Horgan) takes matters into her own hands and decides to study the law.

Top Dog (Lizzie Roper) has fired her posse, and feeling lost without a leader they decide to appoint Helen in her place.

Incompetent lawyer Tony (Geoff McGivern) goes snooping at the Entirely Tiles offices and the new MD, widow Mrs Bridges (Emma Pierson), becomes suspicious.

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

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9:00pm Wednesday 27 June on BBC THREE

Cherry investigates how easy it is to buy legal drugs online and people’s changing attitudes to a ‘quick-fix’. From chasing a legal high to curing a physical ailment she explores whether Britain really has become a nation of pill poppers.

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.

Throughout the series Cherry meets a wide range of young people living in modern Britain, getting a taste of what it’s like to live in their world before inviting them into her life.?

In this second episode Cherry meets a range of young Brits, from thrill seekers to self-confessed addicts – and along the way attempts to kick her lifetime’s habit of using slimming aids.

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9:00pm Monday 25 June on BBC THREE

As Britain’s police forces face increasing criticism over their tactics and the perception that they are out of touch with the communities they are meant to protect, Londoner and Bafta’s rising star Adam Deacon investigates if we can trust the police, in this one-hour documentary for BBC Three.

Growing up in Hackney in London, Adam (Anuvahood, Kidulthood, Adulthood) admits he is wary of the police, having seen racism and excessive force at first hand. His closest friend David shares disturbing footage of being beaten and tasered in a case of mistaken identity, while Adam also meets a mum who says police incompetence led to her daughter’s death at the hands of her stalker ex-boyfriend and a football-loving family hospitalised after being attacked by police dogs. All feel let down by the police and say they will never be able to trust them again.

But keen to understand how it became ‘them and us’ and if the experiences of inner-city life are repeated nationwide, Adam joins officers on the beat. From the armed police squad forced to make split-second decisions to those policing the FA Cup Semi-Final; from late night patrols in a seaside town to young cadets in training, Adam asks what can be done to regain our trust in the police.

Produced by Special Edition Films for BBC Current Affairs.

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7:00pm Saturday 23 June on BBC THREE

BBC Radio 1 DJ’s Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Gemma Cairney present BBC Three’s exclusive television coverage of Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend – the station’s biggest ever free ticketed live music event, featuring more than 100 UK and international artists, bands and DJs.

Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a dazzling line-up of international and UK artists and live music from six BBC stages: the Main Stage, Dance Stage, In New Music We Trust Stage, the BBC Introducing Stage and for the first time ever, a 1Xtra Stage.

Coverage of Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012 starts at 7pm and will feature many of the artists performing over the weekend, including live and in full Main Stage headline performances from Jay-Z on Saturday and Rihanna on Sunday.

BBC Three will also broadcast performances from talent set to perform on the Saturday, including Jay-Z, Kasabian, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Leona Lewis, Rita Ora. Performances from Rihanna, Florence And The Machine, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Plan B, Professor Green, Lana Del Rey, Ben Howard, Maverick Sabre, Labrinth and many others will be broadcast on the Sunday.

There will also be exciting performances from some special guests across the weekend.

Fearne and Greg will be based in the heart of East London’s Hackney Marshes in the BBC Three Tree House studio, bringing viewers the best possible view from the festival as well as interviews and special acoustic performances from some of the artists set to perform over the weekend.

Gemma will be out and about on the Hackney marshes, getting to know the festival-goers, mingling backstage with the acts, bringing viewers all of the news and behind-the-scenes fun from around the site.

BBC Three online will be in Hackney and people will be able to get involved with the show and keep up to date with what’s happening across the weekend via the BBC Three Facebook and Twitter pages.

The event will also have a major presence online at the Radio 1 website, with full performances from the Main Stage, In New Music We Trust Stage, 1Xtra Stage, Dance Stage and BBC Introducing Stage being streamed live at bbc.co.uk/radio1 and for the first time ever they can also be viewed on a mobile. Event highlights will also be available on the BBC Red Button.

Presenters/Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Gemma Cairney

10:30pm Thursday 21 June on BBC THREE

Christine has been sent to Germany on a prison exchange. Helen is instructed by Governor Margaret to look after their German guest, Gertrude Verna. Gertie is in prison for murdering and eating her husband and is a celebrity with several books to her name.

Helen finds it difficult to keep Gertie out of trouble as Gertie makes it clear what she thinks of her fellow prisoners. Meanwhile incompetent lawyer Tony may be back on the case and investigations in the Entirely Tiles office continue.

New comedy murder mystery series starring Sharon Horgan and Jennifer Saunders.

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

Cast: Christine is played by Bryony Hannah, Helen by Sharon Horgan, Governor Margaret by Jennifer Saunders, Gertrude Verna by Anna Crilly and Tony by Geoff McGivern.

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9:00pm Wednesday 20 June on BBC THREE

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.

Throughout the series Cherry meets a wide range of young people living in modern Britain, getting a taste of what it’s like to live in their world before inviting them into her life.

In the first episode of the series Cherry investigates what a modern relationship looks like in a world where anything goes. She spends time with identical twins, one single and one married; teenagers who are into threesomes and a young man who is desperate to meet the one.

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9:00pm Sunday 17 June on BBC THREE

Plan B is going back to his old school, a pupil referral unit in Newham, East London, on a mission to change young lives. He’ll join forces with two other big East London names, Leona Lewis and Labrinth, to work with a group of teenagers at the school, gain their trust and help focus them on their future.

“I’m at an age now where I’ve experienced enough that I can go into that school and plant some positive seeds inside some of these kids’ heads and hopefully make them dream bigger – ‘cos the problem is, they don’t dream big enough.”? Plan B.

The stars may all have come from the East End, but they’re both surprised and moved when they come face to face with some of the unique challenges and experiences these young people face growing up in the Olympic boroughs today.

The artists, who are all on the line-up for BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend festival, will work intensively with the youngsters, coaching them towards a special musical performance on front of 250 of their peers. The teens, who have never performed in an event like this before, will be challenged by Labrinth, Leona and Plan B to come up with, rehearse and deliver this musical moment, even though simply attending school regularly is a challenge for some of them.

The musicians will also explore how important family, diversity and neighbourhoods are in the Olympic boroughs, and how life in the inner city can affect opportunities for young people – for better and worse.

11:00pm Thursday 14 June on BBC THREE

The new comedy murder mystery set in a women’s prison continues. Written by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, the series stars Sharon as Helen Stephens, who has been falsely imprisoned for murdering her boss.

Life is made more bearable for Helen (Sharon Horgan) when Governor Margaret (Jennifer Saunders) announces the annual prison quiz – promising prizes of a tin of biscuits and a supersize bottle of conditioner. Helen however has her eye on a very unusual and extremely tempting first prize. But will her specialist knowledge of Jennifer Aniston trivia and Glacial Moraine from her long forgotten geography degree be enough to get her through? Not if Top Dog (Lizzie Roper) has anything to do with it…

Helen’s sister Laura (Aisling Bea) meanwhile is finding that her life is being taken over by Helen’s. Or is that the other way round? And Tony (Geoff McGivern) has received some mysterious threats.

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

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10:30pm Thursday 14 June on BBC THREE

Dead Boss is a new comedy with a little murder mystery thrown in. Written by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, the series stars Sharon as Helen Stephens, who has been falsely imprisoned for murdering her boss.

A stellar cast join Sharon including Jennifer Saunders, Bryony Hannah, Geoff McGivern, Ricky Champ, Tom Goodman-Hill, as well as cameo appearances from Caroline Quentin, Miranda Richardson, John Sessions and Carl Barat.

When Helen (Sharon Horgan) is wrongly sentenced to 12 years in prison for the murder of her boss, she is sure it is only a matter of time before this horrible mistake is sorted. However everyone around Helen seems to be conspiring to keep her on the inside…

Helen’s fianc� and alibi, Justin (Barnaby Kay) has mysteriously disappeared, while Helen’s self-obsessed sister Laura (Aisling Bea) is busy taking over her old life, flat and job. Then there’s Henry (Edward Hogg), her infatuated colleague who realises his prison visits are the only guaranteed way to spend time with her. Helen also has to cope with Tony (Geoff McGivern), her hapless lawyer, who promises ‘no win some fee’.

This first episode sees Helen struggling with the challenges of her new life in Broadmarsh Prison. From Margaret (Jennifer Saunders), the governor, who sees prisoners as an irritation and Christine (Bryony Hannah), Helen’s arsonist cellmate who just wants a hug, to Top Dog (Lizzie Roper), the big cheese among the inmates who takes an instant dislike to Helen.

The series was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Controller BBC Three and Cheryl Taylor, Controller Comedy Commissioning. It is being made by BBC In-House Comedy Productions and the Executive Producer is Jo Sargent. The Director is Steve Bendelack and the producer is Caroline Norris.

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