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9:00pm Friday 30 November on BBC TWO

In Our Fragile Planet, the third and final episode, David tells the often surprising and deeply personal story of the changes in the environment, the pioneering conservationists whose footsteps he followed, and of the revolution in attitudes towards nature.

David reveals what inspired him to become a conservationist, as well as confessing about the wildlife he has eaten. Early programmes reveal a very different attitude to conservation. In Zooquest he travelled the globe collecting wild animals for London Zoo.

On a tropical beach in Malaysia, David recalls how, in the 50s, after weeks of monotonous travel rations, he dug up turtle eggs to eat. Now he has returned to release newly hatched turtles in to the wild.

Finally he asks whether our changing attitudes and our greater knowledge of the world will be enough to save it for future generations.

During David Attenborough’s filmmaking career spanning 60 years, there have been unparalleled changes in the natural world. He takes a very personal journey in the last of the series through the six decades and the developments he has witnessed.

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9:00pm Wednesday 28 November on BBC TWO

It’s Christmas at Lime Grove and whilst Hector may be trying to put the arrest behind him, Kiki goes missing. Hector’s self-destructive behaviour spirals as Bel and Freddie search for the truth about what happened and try to find her.

Meanwhile, Lix is uncharacteristically preoccupied with the likely spread of nuclear armament across Europe, a sense of fear bubbling under her work. Randall tells her the real reason for his return, but having built a wall around her past regrets, can she now bring herself to open up such a painful past?

Freddie, Bel, Hector, Marnie, Bill and Laurie all attend a special Christmas charity function. Bel and Bill’s continued flirtation is interrupted as Freddie shows Bel a photo he’s found of Kiki – Laurie cautiously wades into the conversation, warning the team to steer clear of this story.

Across the room, Hector takes to the drink once more, frustration growing as he and Marnie hide their division for the crowds. Late that night, in a liquored haze, a memory stirs for Hector, which starts to throw Laurie’s dependable character into question.

Freddie Lyon is played by Ben Whishaw, Bel Rowley by Romola Garai, Hector Madden by Dominic West, Randall Brown by Peter Capaldi, Marnie Madden by Oona Chaplin, Kiki Delaine by Hannah Tointon, Lix Storm by Anna Chancellor, Bill Kendall by Tom Burke and Laurie by Peter Sullivan.

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9:00pm Tuesday 27 November on BBC TWO

In the fourth episode of this new six-part science series, Dara O Briain and his crack team of experts take a peek into man’s final frontier – space.

Science journalist Alok Jha asks whether it is a good idea for humans to reach out to extra-terrestrials and oceanographer Helen Czerski comes face to face with extreme radiation, energy so deadly it could seriously curtail humans travelling further than the solar system. Plus special guest Josh Widdecombe visits NASA in Houston to find out the challenges we face to get humans to Mars, and materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart a space suit.

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain’s Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles – from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world’s foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.

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5:15pm Monday 26 November on BBC TWO

In part one of The Fall of the Nekross, Benny launches an attack on the Nekross ship. The schoolboy genius uses all the computers on Earth against the aliens, and the starship Zarantulus is stricken. But soon the plan runs out of control, with terrifying consequences for both wizards and aliens alike.

In The Fall Of The Nekross, Part Two, time is running out for the Nekross, while on Earth, the wizards fall apart – Ursula plans radical action against Benny, while Tom realises that the solution might lie with the ancient and mysterious Stones of Burnt Hill. But if helping Benny means saving his enemy, what choice will Tom make?

Written by Gareth Roberts and directed by Joss Agnew

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9:00pm Monday 26 November on BBC TWO

The concluding episode in this three-part series reveals how Hitler tried to maintain his charismatic appeal in his final years, as the bond between the German people and their Fuehrer was tested as never before.

In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler made ambitious boasts about what lay ahead for the German nation and how the Reich would last for golden millennia. A few years later, it seemed to millions of Germans that Hitler had indeed created a future that belonged to them. In pursuit of his racist vision, Hitler had led the German army into a series of victories but, as the war progressed, the successes stopped coming. Faith in Hitler’s charismatic appeal, once so strong, became fractured, and yet Hitler still managed to cling to power until the Red Army were just yards away from his bunker in Berlin.

The series is written and produced by Laurence Rees, who won a Bafta for his 1997 series Nazis: A Warning From History, and a Grierson award for his 2005 series Auschwitz: The Nazis And The ‘Final Solution’. The series historical consultant is Professor Sir Ian Kershaw, the world’s leading academic expert on Adolf Hitler.

With the help of testimony from those who lived through these times, film archive – including rarely seen colour home movies – and specially shot documentary footage, The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler reveals how Hitler managed to turn from a peculiar nobody in 1913 into the Chancellor and Fuehrer of the German people.

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8:00pm Sunday 25 November on BBC TWO

At the turn of the millennium, renowned BBC foreign correspondent Fergal Keane took a journey closer to home. As many in Blair’s Britain were beginning to enjoy the longest boom in British history, Fergal travelled across the UK to meet people for whom this time of hope seemed just a distant dream.

His journey sparked the critically acclaimed documentary series Forgotten Britain, introducing viewers to places seemingly forgotten in the new age of prosperity. From the wilds of Cornwall to Glasgow’s shipyards, from a Leeds housing estate to the mountains of North Wales, Fergal found hard-pressed communities where people were struggling to cope in the face of adversity.

Twelve years on, with Britain battling to get out of a deep recession, Fergal is retracing his steps for Return To Forgotten Britain, to find out what happened to the inspiring families he met then, and how they are managing today.

For episode one of this moving and uplifting two-part documentary series, Fergal returns to Cornwall to visit the Baileys. In 2000, viewers witnessed tenant farmers Ben and Jackie tearfully selling their dairy herd as farming faced its biggest crisis in half a century and the couple’s debts spiralled. Despite their situation, this engaging couple were determined to fight back. Twelve years on, with beef farmers now struggling in the face of the TB scare, will Fergal find that fortune has favoured the brave?

Fergal also returns to ?Cwmpenanner in north Wales, the home of a Welsh-speaking farming community, proud of its identity. Fergal is re-united with Gwlithyn Roberts, who was battling loneliness and depression, but determined to make the best of life for her family, as husband Arwyn worked impossible hours in the aftermath of the BSE crisis. At the time Gwlithyn described their situation as ‘a big black hole’. As Fergal visits their sheep farm once more, with farming becoming an ever smaller sector of the economy, he wants to find out whether the stoic yet warm woman and her young family survived their struggle.

Presenter – Fergal Keane; series producer and director – Alice Perman; executive producer – Sam Collyns

5:10pm Saturday 24 November on BBC TWO

John Inverdale is joined by studio guests Adam Jones and Jeremy Guscott for live coverage of Wales against New Zealand from the Millennium Stadium.

Wales have beaten World Cup winners New Zealand just three times in 28 previous attempts. It will be 59 years this December since they last enjoyed that winning feeling against the All Blacks, a 13-8 victory in Cardiff.

The two countries last met in November 2010, with New Zealand emerging 37-25 winners at the Millennium Stadium. Hosea Gear scored two of the All Blacks’ five tries that day. However, it was Kiwi fly-half Dan Carter who stole the show: his 12-point haul was enough for him to become the leading points scorer in Test rugby. Lee Byrne scored Wales’ solitary try, although the boot of Stephen Jones kept Warren Gatland’s men in close contention throughout against the country of the head coach’s birth.

Commentary comes from Eddie Butler and Jonathan Davies.

1:30pm Saturday 24 November on BBC TWO

John Inverdale is joined by Keith Wood and Jeremy Guscott for live coverage as Ireland take on Argentina at the Aviva Stadium.

The Irish are currently enjoying a two-match winning run against Argentina, since the Pumas ended Ireland’s 2007 World Cup dreams in Paris at the group stage.

Both of those subsequent Irish victories have come in front of their passionate home fans – the most recent being a 29-9 victory in November 2010, with Jonathan Sexton’s boot contributing 17 points to add to tries from Stephen Ferris and Gordon D’Arcy. In total, Ireland have hosted Argentina on six previous occasions and have never lost to them on home soil. The Pumas, who went on to finish third in the 2007 World Cup, are always a physical threat and should pose a difficult hurdle for Declan Kidney’s men to negotiate.

Commentary comes from Andrew Cotter and Phillip Matthews.

9:00pm Friday 23 November on BBC TWO

In episode two, Understanding The Natural World, David examines the incredible scientific breakthroughs within his lifetime that have helped to shape an understanding of the world.

They range from one of his early interviews with biologist Konrad Lorenz – famous for his discoveries about the behaviour of geese – to a groundbreaking experiment in the 1950s that first revealed how the chemical primordial soup could be transformed into the building blocks of life.

He also remembers the groundbreaking series that brought key scientific theories to a mass audience. In the 70s, David’s first landmark series for the BBC, Life On Earth, covered the entire story of evolution as he followed in the footsteps of his hero Charles Darwin. And in The Living Planet, David explained one of the greatest scientific mysteries that wasn’t solved until the 1960s – how whole continents moved over millions of years.

During David Attenborough’s filmmaking career spanning 60 years, there have been unparalleled changes both in the natural world, the understanding of the planet and the techniques used in filming. He takes a very personal journey through six decades and the massive developments he has witnessed.

10:00pm Thursday 22 November on BBC TWO

In the final episode of Hebburn, it’s wedding day, again, for Jack and Sarah, and the bridesmaids are visions in Dot’s choice of buttercup yellow.

Pauline, as excited as if it was her own special day, is slaving away in the kitchen and is literally up to her eyes in tiered cake and wedding preparations. Joe, taking refuge from the madness, gives his son a pre-wedding pep talk, along with a gift that he hopes will bring Jack good luck and as happy a marriage as his wife will allow. With the lads side-tracked for a swift one at Swayze’s, and with Sarah’s parents only just making it to Hebburn in time, the rush to get to the church leaves Pauline exasperated, Joe exhausted and the wedding ending in potential disaster.

Jack is played by ?Chris Ramsey; Sarah is played by Kimberley Nixon; Pauline is played by Gina McKee; Joe is played by Jim Moir; Ramsey is played by Jason Cook; Dot is played by Pat Dunn; ?Vicki is played by Lisa McGrillis; and Denise is played by Victoria Elliot.

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