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Sunday, 26 July 2009, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Weatherill (Amy Robbins) and Ormerod (Robert Daws) have returned from Ireland and are back at The Royal, much to everyone’s relief. However, Sister Brigid (Linda Armstrong) is put out that Weatherill has come to work so soon and has left baby Aisling with a nanny who they’ve only just met. Is she regretting her decision to let them adopt her niece? Will she let them get on with raising Aisling and stop interfering?

Elsewhere, Jack (Gareth Hale) is convinced there’s smuggler’s gold hidden in the cliffs underneath the hospital and has acquired an old map of The Royal to find it. Meanwhile, Carol (Diana May) is smitten with her new boyfriend, Paul (Matthew Steer) but is surprised when 16 year old school girl, Julie (Amy Mogan), storms in to the hospital and tells her to keep her hands off him – he’s her boyfriend. Is Carol’s boyfriend hiding something?

Meanwhile, a family picnic on the beach turns dangerous when a young boy, Gary (Reece Abbott) climbs up the cliff face and loses his footing. Ormerod and Ralph (Neil McDermott) respond to the call and find Gary unconscious on a ledge. As Ormerod is winched down by the coastguard with a stretcher, the cliff face starts to crumble onto Gary. Ralph calls up to Ormerod to tell him he’s not helping, but before Ormerod has chance to think Gary starts climbing up the cliff to shield Gary. Ormerod reaches them and they quickly get a collar on unconscious Gary, but when Ralph loses his footing and falls, Ormerod grabs him and they swing 30 feet above the beach, held only by the harness. Gary is rushed to The Royal, will he survive? And will Ormerod forgive Ralph for taking such a risk?

Carol confronts Paul about Julie and believes him when he claims it’s nothing to worry about – she’s one of his pupils who probably did it as a dare. However, when Weatherill returns from an emergency call at the school with Julie on a stretcher after taking an overdose, she’s worried about how much Paul is to blame…

Jack (Gareth Hale) and Alun (Andy Wear) are busy digging for gold in the hospital basement, but Jean (Glynis Barber) is on to them. As she and Matron (Wendy Craig) enter the basement demanding to know what’s going on, Alun hits a pipe which explodes covering them all in sewage!

Meanwhile, Matron’s worried about Margo Price (Gabrielle Drake), she’s a highly respected fundraiser for the hospital, who heads up the League of Friends committee, but Matron’s noticed she seems unwell. Ormerod runs some tests on her and suspects she may have a heart condition which is caused by syphilis. Her husband seems so loyal to her, but has he been unfaithful?

Thursday, 23 July 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) and P.C. Ben Gayle (Micah Balfour) are out on patrol when they discover teenager Danny Sissoulu (Tunji Lucas) has been beaten unconscious, while his distraught younger brother, Kip (Mohammed Mansaray) and friend Mo Campbell (Lanre Malaolu) are covered in blood. CID are called to the scene and as they begin to question potential witnesses, Stone confronts a suspicious looking teenager, Ollie Readshaw (Jazz Litott), who runs as soon as he see’s Stone, who chases after him while the rest of his team follow. On a busy roadside, Stone attempts to reason with Ollie, but just as Ben catches up with his Sergeant, he sees the teenager turn away from Stone and run into the road, only to be hit and killed by a lorry. Did Stone chase him to his death?

D.I. Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) is tasked with questioning Ollie’s mother, Debbie (Julia Ford), about his whereabouts the night Danny was attacked. The grieving mother insists that Ollie was with her all night, but Neil is convinced she’s hiding something. Debbie, although consumed with grief and anger seems to make a connection with the D.C. so when Neil is forced to return to her house later with a team to search her flat for evidence, she angrily attacks him. Can Neil console a mother and lay her son’s memory to rest, or will Debbie have to live with the fact that her son died after brutally attacking another teenager?

Elsewhere, D.C. Jacob Banks (Patrick Robinson) is assigned the role of Family Liaison Officer for the Sissoulu family, keeping them informed as any new evidence comes to light. The D.C. is reluctant when Neil and D.C. Grace Dasari (Amita Dhiri) turn up at the house and tell him they need to interview younger brother Kip, but escorts the Sissoulu’s to the station. In the soft interview room, a distraught Kip is gently questioned. He eventually breaks down and reveals that he, Danny and Mo were confronted by a man with a baby in the park where Danny was attacked. The man is quickly identified as Craig Middleton (Andrew Tiernan), a witness who was previously questioned. When they arrest him, he is horribly drunk and mumbling that it was self defence.

THE BILL is a talkbackTHAMES production and a direct commission by ITV. This episode was written by Tom Needham, directed by Paul Wroblewski and produced by Ciara McIlvenny.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009, 8:00PM – 10:00PM

The peaceful setting of prestigious Whiteoaks Golf Club is rocked by death and controversy when a golfer is bludgeoned to death near the notorious 13th hole known as Crisp’s Folly. Barnaby and Jones discover gambling is rife at the club, along with illegal money-lending and assault. Then as the club considers giving ordinary villagers full membership rights, another golfer is killed.

Family life is far from normal at the home of Eileen Fountain, the steward at prestigious Whiteoaks Golf Club. Eileen has thousands of pounds in bank notes and treats her younger son Darren, a wannabe golf pro, like landed gentry. Her other son Colin, a greensman, is relegated to manual tasks and beans on toast.

At nearby Pellings, a rambling manor house, club captain Martin Crisp is trying to buy back the home once owned by his family from golfing president Will Tunstall.

Snooty members of the club, including the self-styled Silver Foxes Alistair Kingslake, Jerry Drinkwater, Ed Monkberry and Miles Tully, are dismissive of the village members, who are allowed on the course for a few hours a week. When Kingslake bets Drinkwater £1000 at the 13th hole, disaster strikes. Kingslake is struck on the head by a golf ball and angrily strides into the rough to find the culprit – only to be bludgeoned to death.

As Barnaby and Jones investigate, Bullard reveals that the notorious 13th hole is known as Crisp’s Folly – a vicious dogleg and the place where Martin Crisp’s grandfather gambled away his home.

Miles Tully suggests Kingslake may have cheated at golf before he was killed, while Jones goes to take a statement from Ed Monkberry. But instead he finds him in the woods, dead from multiple stab wounds.

Bullard reveals that Kingslake was killed by two different golf clubs as Jones learns of an earlier assault at Crisp’s Folly – on Derek Painter, a friend of the Barnabys. Harry Claypole, a village member, reluctantly admits there were other attacks not reported to the police. He’s hoping to be elected as a full member of the club, as is Darren.

Barnaby discovers Eileen is running a lucrative money-lending operation to members who can’t pay their gambling debts, including Drinkwater and Derek Painter. Colin uses force when the payments fall behind. But is there any connection to the murders?

As the killer is revealed as a left-hander, Barnaby realises the deaths could be linked to the imminent meeting of Whiteoaks’ membership committee. But who has the most to lose if the club blackballs Darren or Claypole?

Tuesday, 21 July 2009, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

ITV1 is back on the front line of British policing with a brand new series of ‘Send In The Dogs’. With exclusive access to the handlers working with some of Britain’s thousands of police dogs, this 8-part series explores the everyday challenges they face – including explosives, armed criminals and violent crowds.

The programme follows officers and their dogs on drug raids, car chases and night time hunts for criminals. Filming with the Metropolitan Police and the Greater Manchester Police dog units, ‘Send In The Dogs’ follows the UK’s top canine detectives.

Police dogs are increasingly being used in Britain’s war against crime. The dogs are considered officers in their own right, tackling dangerous and volatile situations and venturing into hazardous areas, where humans fear to tread. They are trained to sniff out everything from explosives and weapons, to drugs and cash.

The dogs assist the police in finding evidence, giving much needed support at football matches, sniffing out drugs, assisting on armed raids and helping to retrieve escaped prisoners. But despite the close relationships they form, handlers are realistic about their dogs.

“You know you are going into danger, people are carrying knives and firearms and even just grabbing whatever they can get their hands on. You have to remember she is a tool of the trade. If it comes to an officer or a dog in a dangerous situation, it has to be the dog.” PC Mandy Chapman.

There are more than 2500 police dogs working in the UK and’ Send In The Dogs’ features dogs and their handlers from London’s Metropolitan Police and Greater Manchester Police. The programme illustrates how trust and a close relationship between the dogs and their handlers are incredibly important to all operations.

“The dog works it out, you have to trust the dog. Let the animal work it out.” PC Mandy Chapman

The Metropolitan Police have the largest specialist canine unit in Britain of over 250 dogs with varying abilities. And they detain around 5000 drug dealers every year. The majority of these arrests are the result of surprise raids on homes and premises suspected of being used for dealing. As a dog’s nose can be up to 10 times more powerful then a human’s, the dogs form an essential part of any drugs investigation. As well as raids on premises, the programme also features a crackdown on the London Underground and the dog squad are at the forefront of the campaign. Commuters are detained and searched if the dogs smell any trace of drugs.

“We have two dogs and two dog handlers so we can keep the operation flowing because it is quite intense for the dogs. If you imagine a train station is a dry warm place, constantly sniffing and they can get nasal fatigue.” PC Adele Gibson

London’s dog squad works the entire capital, including the River Thames. The two hundred miles of waterways are used by more than 10,000 boats a day. A specialist marine police unit need dogs to search the vessels they stop or board.

The unit has only 20 dogs attached to it and getting in is extremely difficult. It is considered an elite job and not every dog is up to it. The programme follows PC John Lane and his springer spaniel Paddy, who go through rigorous testing. They must convince the marine unit that they are good enough just to get accepted on to the training programme.

In Manchester, PC John Rogers and his German shepherd, Leo, are called out to help a woman who says a man is threatening her. Leo is one of 55 highly trained canines that make up Greater Manchester police’s dog unit. They are based in Chorlton, south of the city and are a valuable tool in the city’s war against drugs and guns. This training unit is one of the best in the world.

By the time PC Rogers and Leo arrive at the scene, the woman is unharmed but the man has barricaded himself inside a house. The suspect threatens to hurt Leo in an attempt to get the police to back off.

“I’ve got a shooter and everything. A sawn off shotgun. Trust me I have. I’ll shoot you. The dog’s a dead man walking.” – Suspect in Manchester

PC Rogers explains how important the relationship is between handlers and their dogs.

“You have to have a bond with the dog. If you don’t have a bond with the dog, the dog won’t work for you. So it is very much a relationship type thing. I spend more time with him than I do with the wife.” PC John Rogers

As Britain’s second largest city, Manchester has always been a prime target for terrorists since the IRA blew up the city centre 13 years ago. Every time a MP visits the city, the police send in the bomb dogs. The programme follows the unit as they prepare for the arrival of Jacqui Smith, the former Home Secretary.

“If you’re on a threat search, you don’t want a find. You really don’t. Whereas with the other dogs, all you want to do is find – all the time. But you don’t really want an indication off your explosives dog because it’s time to get out then.” PC Rob Carlin

At nightfall, different challenges arise for the UK’s police dogs. Many car criminals use the darkness to steal vehicles and to try to outrun the police. So when this happens, the Met send in the dogs to join the pursuits. When offenders run, they cannot help but leave behind an invisible trail. With every step, the ground below is disturbed. Even the slightest movement leaves a scent and a clear track that the dogs can follow. With the speed of the dogs and their ability to follow the scent, the thieves stand far less of a chance of getting away.

Monday, 20 July 2009, 10:50PM – 12:20AM

“On July 20 1969 three men made history as the men on a mission to land on the moon. The eight day journey aboard Apollo 11 was one of the most watched events ever. This film tells what it was like to be at the heart of the mission that changed the world. I know, my name is Buzz Aldrin. I was there.” Buzz Aldrin.

On July 20 1969 history was made – as the first men landed and walked on the moon.

The Apollo 11 mission was one of the most watched events ever.

Starring Daniel Lapaine ( Hotel Babylon, Muriel’s Wedding ) as Neil Armstrong, James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville ) as Buzz Aldrin and Andrew Lincoln (Afterlife, Teachers) as Michael Collins, this drama documentary weaves the story of the men who undertook the mission with HD Nasa footage of Apollo 11 to bring together a unique testimony of this historic event.

Written by Tony Basgallop, (Hotel Babylon), and directed by Richard Dale, (Diana: The Last Days of a Princess, 9/11: The Twin Towers), Moonshot is the compelling story of the moment that united 600 million people around the world.

Dramatising key moments and events in the years spent preparing for their mission, the film builds a picture of the astronauts’ lives on the ground and how they shaped what happened in space and on the moon.

In 1961 President Kennedy told the world that that the United States would land on the moon by the end of the decade. This began the series of Apollo missions that would culminate with Apollo 11 – the first moon landing.

Moonshot follows the astronauts as they go through NASA’s intense selection procedures and reveals the arduous Apollo training process that has such an impact on their families and friendships.

In 1967, the dangers of the mission were brought home when three astronauts were killed by a fire on the first Apollo spacecraft, affecting everyone in the close knit space community.

Then, in 1968, Apollo 8 was the first manned flight to orbit the moon and the mission was a big media event.

The nation crowded around their television sets to watch, prompting a concerned Buzz to tells Neil Armstrong: “My face doesn’t fit on the screen, like some of the other guys. Too big, too long.”

Neil also has his concerns about the media and he tells Buzz: “If they want to talk about the technical aspects then sure, I’m happy to answer but for some reason they just want to know how everything feels.”

Buzz replies: “Even if you could tell them they wouldn’t get it. Because when you’re up there in space looking down there’s nothing wrong with the world, but when you’re down here looking up, everything’s different.”

The film captures the deliberations involved in selecting the crew. In one scene, the NASA official leading the process tells Neil Armstrong that Buzz Aldrin has a reputation for speaking his mind. He gives Neil a choice between Aldrin and fellow astronaut Jim Lovell, forcing him to think about who he would be able to work with – and who he could trust with his life. Armstrong chooses Aldrin, but which of them would take the first steps on the moon would be decided by Nasa.

Aldrin believes that his experience should be in his favour. He tells Collins: “I’ve clocked five an a half hours of space walks- that’s more than any one – Neil’s never done an EVA before.”

Collins says: “I understand why you would have assumed…”

Aldrin replies angrily: “I haven’t assumed a damn thing.. this doesn’t bother me either way Mike, I’m just waiting to be told.”

Collins asks: “How does Neil feel about this?”

“How does Neil feel about anything?” Aldrin shrugs.

Nasa discusses the merits of the two men, acknowledging that the first man on the moon would be a hero and would shoulder the responsibility for the rest of his life.

One of the officials says: “Neil’s calm, quiet, resolute – Neil’s what it says on the label. Buzz is … well you never know what you’re going to get from one day to the next.”

Another responds by saying: “Buzz wants it more.”

Prompting the reply: “Which is a reason not to give it to him.”

The decision goes in favour of Armstrong.

Michael Colllins will stay in Columbia while Armstrong and Aldrin fly the lunar module Eagle to the moon. Collins is told by a Nasa official that he will get his chance in a lunar module in the future.

He says: “I’ve been thinking about that, If Apollo 11 aborts and falls into the ocean well then yes, sure, I’d love to give it another shot. But if we fly this as planned – I think that’s going to be it for me.”

When he tells his wife of his decision she asks: “You’re telling me you don’t want to walk on the moon?”

Collins says: “I’m happy to leave that to the others.”

The strain of the mission causes tension between Aldrin and Armstrong when a simulated moon landing practice goes wrong – meaning in a real situation they would have crashed.

Collins is designing the Apollo mission badge that evening when Aldrin walks in. He asks Collins why he hasn’t put their names on the badge. He says: “You don’t think people will want to remember the three guys who are destined to die up there?”

Collins tells him: “You’ve been in the simulator too long.”

Aldrin says: “Oh you didn’t hear about today. Our Commander deliberately crashed.”

Aldrin and Armstrong have a heated discussion about the practice Aldrin asks Armstrong why he didn’t abort the landing. He says: “We have to get it right every time.”

“So do they,” replies Armstrong. “They heard the alarm . I know what we would have done in that situation. I wanted to see what they were going to do.”

Aldrin asks: “So what exactly did we learn from all of that?”

Armstrong tells him: “That we are on our own up there.”

Before the launch the families have to come to terms with the fact that the astronauts might not come back.

Armstrong shows his wife the message that will go out to the public if they fail to take off from the moon.

It reads: ‘Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace. These brave men Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin know that there is no hope for their recovery.’

She asks Neil if this is the first she would hear of it. He tells her that she will get a call from the President if anything happens. She says: “Nixon? Nixon will call me? Wow. I hope he doesn’t.”

After a successful launch Apollo 11 became a huge media story around the world. The Pope asked for a colour television to be installed in his summer residence, West Germany announced they were calling the day of the landing ‘Apollo Day’ and schoolchildren in Bavaria were given the day off.

On July 20, 1969 the lunar module Eagle separated from the command module Columbia.

The world held its collective breath as the lunar module approached the moon.. and breathed a sigh of relief as it touched down safely. Then Armstrong said the famous words, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

Shortly after landing, before preparations began for the moon walk, Aldrin broadcast: “This is the LM pilot. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.”

After this Buzz Aldrin quietly takes communion having brought a chalice and communion wine on board with him.

Six hours after landing it was time for the first moon walk.

Armstrong sets foot on the moon and says the lines that became part of history: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

As Buzz follows him he describes the scene as “magnificent desolation”.

President Nixon speaks to both men, starting off by saying : “I’m talking to you by telephone from the Oval Room at the White House, and this certainly has to be the most historic telephone call ever made.”

Neil replies: “Thank you, Mr. President. It’s been a great honour and privilege for us to be here representing not only the United States but men of peace of all nations and with interests and the curiosity and with the vision for the future.”

While preparations are being made for take off from the moon a switch breaks off from a circuit breaker that armed the main engine for lift off from the moon. There is initial concern this will prevent firing the engine, which would strand them on the moon.

Fortunately Buzz Aldrin has a felt tip pen, which he uses to activate the switch and Eagle successfully lifts off from the moon’s surface.

The Eagle rejoins Columbia and Collins greets Armstrong and Neil as they came aboard by saying: “Welcome home boys … you stink!”

As Apollo 11 splashed down safely on earth the famous American newscaster Walter Kronkite said: “The date is now indelible. It is going to be remembered as long as man survives – July 20 1969 the day man reached and walked on the moon.”

Monday, 20 July 2009, 10:30AM – 11:25AM

For many Brits a new life in another country is an opportunity for a better life, but sometimes the reality of leaving behind family, friends and lifestyle is too much.

No Place Like Home follows ex-pat British families who are having second thoughts about their moves abroad.

Relocation expert Catherine Gee will show them what Britain still has to offer, before they make the momentous decision about whether or not to give up their life abroad and relocate back to Britain.

They will meet friends and family, re-visit key places from their past and Catherine Gee will explain the practical realities of a move back home.

In week one we meet five families who are hoping the programme can help them make this life changing decision.

The Wright Family

Just over eighteen months ago, Brian and Sandra Wright and their two children moved to Riberac, Southwest France. They longed for a life of sunshine somewhere closer to Brian’s job and also somewhere that had plenty of outdoor activities for their two young daughters. Sandra loves the weather in France and the healthier lifestyle, but she desperately misses her friends and family. She feels isolated as Brian works away from home every other month.

Brian loves his life in France and does not want to give up their huge house complete with swimming pool to move back to Northern Ireland. Whilst Brian is living the ex-pat dream, Sandra feels as though she is living the single parent nightmare and has no support network.

The Wright family returns to Northern Ireland for a one week fact-finding trip with relocation expert Catherine Gee. An emotional family reunion cements Sandra’s desire to return home and even Brian seems to be considering it when he sees a property he loves.

With jobs, houses and the children’s education to consider, where will the Wrights decide to live?

The Isaac Family

Kevin and Lindsay Isaac have lived together in Tenerife for ten years. Kevin moved to the Island 17 years ago and embarked on a successful career as an Elvis impersonator. Lindsay came to Tenerife on holiday ten years ago, fell in love and moved there to be with Kevin. Their two girls, Isabel and Anabel, were both born in Tenerife and Lindsay has a 20 year old daughter, Katie, who studies in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Kevin has a good job and feels settled in Tenerife, but Lindsay has been homesick for years and believes now would be a good time to move back to Sheffield, where she grew up. They return to the UK for one week to discover what kind of lifestyle they could have in England. Lindsay is thrilled to see her friends and family at a surprise welcome home party and it is clear that she is feeling a strong pull to return. However, she is brought back down to earth when Catherine shows them a property within their budget which is considerably smaller than their house in Tenerife.

One of their main concerns about moving back is whether Kevin would be able to find work in the UK so Catherine organizes for him to do his Elvis act in Blackpool – but the feedback is not positive.

When Kevin and Lindsay reunite in Sheffield, it is clear that they feel divided and are no closer to making a decision that both of them will be happy with.

The Phillipidis Family
Single mum Eliza Phillipidis and her daughter Mel have lived in Athens, Greece for 14 years. Eliza has never felt completely settled and since her divorce she feels there is nothing to keep her in Greece. However, her daughter still has a very close relationship with her father and wants to stay.
Catherine Gee flies them back for a fact finding week to try to help them make a decision between staying in Greece or making a move back to the UK. During the week they look at three properties, Mel visits a tennis school, Eliza looks at potential job opportunities and they catch up with friends and family.
Emotions run high between mother and daughter as the biggest decision of their lives also seems to be the hardest. What will they decide?

The Sollitt Family

Kevin and Gianna Sollitt moved to Cleveland, Ohio ten years ago with their daughter Emily and a year later had their second child Francesca. Kevin has been working in the financial sector but Gianna hasn’t worked since moving there and is feeling quite isolated in her life. They both miss their families terribly and are beginning to feel the pull back to the UK.

They have created an amazing lifestyle for themselves in Cleveland including building their own house and are worried that they won’t have the same standard of living if they move back.

They travel back to the UK for a week for a fact finding mission to see whether a move back to Britain would be viable. With the help of Catherine Gee they are shown around three properties and taken to a local private school, as well as seeing what career options might be available for both Kevin and Gianna.

They meet both their families for emotional reunions as well as old friends who pull on their heartstrings. At the end of the week they have to decide whether to stay in the States or move back to the UK – which country will they choose?

The Barnes Family

Peter and Gillian Barnes moved to Switzerland just over four years ago when Peter started a new job. Shortly after the move, Gillian became pregnant and their son Dillon was born. On the outset [from the outset? From the outside?] life seemed perfect for the Barnes family but the reality was somewhat different. Gillian desperately misses home and the career she left behind.

Peter loves life in Switzerland and does not want to return to the UK. He finds his new lifestyle stress-free and relaxing.

Although the couple have made many friends in Switzerland, Gillian still misses her friends and family back in the UK and longs to return.

The family fly back to North West England for a seven day fact-finding tour to sample British culture again. With Peter already dreading the traffic and worried about the current economic crisis, it’s going to take a lot to persuade him to give up his alpine life.

As the seventh day draws closer, Gillian is adamant that she can change her husband’s mind, although Peter is not so sure. Where will the family’s future lie?

Continues weekdays at 11.30am.

Sunday, 19 July 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

When DI Ross clocks off work the night before his holiday, he finds an abandoned baby gurgling on a doorstep as he walks home. When he gets no response after ringing the doorbell to the house, Ross checks round the back only to discover a French window wide open and a dead man lying in a pool of blood. Are the baby and the victim connected? Ross calls in the team to help with the investigation.

The body is that of retired businessman Jack Revie. A neighbour informs Fraser there was a small green car parked outside the house earlier, while Burke talks to Cassidy, the victim’s brother-in-law, to see if anything has been stolen.

Burke and Ross attempt to get answers from the victim’s son, Jamie, who was upstairs getting stoned while the murder appears to have taken place. He tells them his mum, Joan, is on a shopping trip in London and is returning on the sleeper train. While Reid goes to meet Joan at the station, Burke finds out Davy, Jamie’s friend, was at the house watching a video earlier that night and may have seen something… or even be involved.

What is the relationship between Davy and Cassidy? And does Davy know something he’s not telling the team? Cassidy sheds some light on Jack Revie’s philandering and the team try and unravel the connection between the baby and the murder.

While Reid and Ross discover Jack Revie’s mistress is pregnant and that Joan had been to see her, Fraser learns half a million pounds are missing from the victim’s account. But the plot thickens when Lisa Corrie turns up at Joan’s door claiming her baby – the one left on her doorstep – was Jack Revie’s.

Meanwhile the team catch Davy trying to jet off somewhere with his passport – what is he running from and why? Is Joan a wife scorned, or is she simply a victim of her husbands philandering? The team attempt to solve the puzzle as they piece together the fast emerging clues.

This episode of Taggart is written & directed by Morag Fullarton.

The producer is Graeme Gordon and the executive producer is Eric Coulter. It is an STV Production for ITV1.

Sunday, 19 July 2009, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

Every year something rather special happens in the Queen’s back garden at Windsor – The Royal Windsor Horse Show.

In this new programme for ITV1, Alan Titchmarsh gives viewers a unique insight into the event. He goes behind the scenes to talk to the organisers and participants. He also speaks to Prince Philip and learns all about his passion for the sport of carriage driving.

The Royal Family has been taking an active part in the show since it first began in 1943. Originally conceived as a one-day event for horses and hounds, the purpose of which was to raise money for the War effort, the show has since grown to become a five-day event; the biggest outdoor horse show in the country. (Dogs were banned after the first year – according to legend, a badly behaved lurcher stole a chicken drumstick from the plate of King George VI.)

Over the five days over 3,000 horses and 70,000 people converge on the Queen’s private lawns at the castle.

The Queen and Prince Philip can be seen each day at the Horse Show wandering informally in the grounds.

“It’s right here, in the back garden,” Prince Philip says.

He believes that sport is a great leveller, telling Alan: “If you’ve got a common interest, nobody cares a damn where you come from or who you are.”

Alan meets Mickey Flynn who was part of the Prince’s team who won the bronze medal at the 1984 World Carriage Driving Championships. He is now the Prince’s Head Coachman and tells Alan: “I’ve been with the boss for 16 years and can honestly say – hand on heart – never had a bad word.”

Prince Philip chats to Alan about his love of carriage driving and explains how he started: “I gave up polo when I was 50 – and then this started and I thought, ‘Well, you’ve got horses and carriages, why don’t I have a go?’ So I started in 1973 and it’s been going on since then. These were carriage horses from London – they’d never been through anything bigger than a puddle. I made a little crossing – a stream, and had to bribe them across. I sent my groom across the other side with a jar of sugar – and they decided to get their feet wet!”

Prince Philip’s fellow carriage driving enthusiasts, George Bowman and his son George Junior, and sisters, Karen and Pippa Bassett (the only British women who compete internationally) explain the addictive nature of the sport.

“It’s as addictive as heroin and ten times as expensive,” says George Junior.

Karen tells Alan about the unusual way she funds her passion – by driving a horse drawn hearse for a funeral director. She offers Alan the chance to ride with her in a carriage and he says: “The feeling of power in front of you is amazing – horse power, literally!”

Alan visits the Household Cavalry as they practise their Musical Ride, which will be performed each night of the Show during the Royal Tattoo. The Household Cavalry first performed the musical ride in 1882 and the routine and the dress is still exactly the same today. Alan wonders how hard it can be and decides to have a go. The horse he is given to ride is Waterford, who turns out to be a bit lively. Alan tells Terry Pendry, the Stud Groom at Windsor, about the horse.

Terry says: “Waterford? They didn’t let you canter on him did they? That horse has got five legs! I guess the boys were playing with you.”

“Rotten lot!” laughs Alan.

Tobias Obeng-Frimpong (known as “Obe”) is hoping to win the coveted Richmond Cup for best turned-out trooper, to be presented by the Queen at the Horse Show. He tells Alan it takes 72 hours just to get one pair of boots ready, and Alan appreciates the amount of hard work involved as he has a go at polishing a belt. Alan asks: “How does this prepare you to be a fighting soldier?” Obe replies: “If you can clean kit and a rifle to immaculate standards you’ll be able to look after yourself, your rifle and maybe even your friends around you, which in the long term serves you well.”

Obe faces a meticulous inspection to see if he will be presented to the Queen. Six senior officers inspect every horse and rider for well over an hour. And then he faces a wait to see if he’s made it through to the final eight.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Force have travelled from Canada with a gift for the Queen to be presented in a special ceremony at the Horse Show. George is a parade horse, the great-nephew of Burmese, one of the Queen’s all-time favourite horses, presented to her in 1969 by the Mounties. The Queen was riding Burmese in 1981 at Trooping the Colour when six blank shots were fired at her. She quickly brought Burmese under control and continued with the parade.

Prince Philip stopped competing at the age of 85 but he still takes an active interest in the sport. When he’s at Windsor he likes to drive every day. A gentle drive around Windsor is one thing – taking part in competitions quite another. At the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1994 the Prince had a spill whilst taking part in the hazard section, resulting in his being thrown from the carriage, but he got straight back on. Alan asks Prince Philip about the dangers of the sport.

The Prince tells him: “If you’re playing billiards you can stick a cue in your eye. There’s a bit of luck in it but it’s not all that serious. I had a stupid accident here for instance – I was going into the water obstacle and there was a post and rails and they had cut a bush down but they’d left a stump sticking out and the wheel went over it. I got pitched out completely over the top and I ended up lying on my back on the floor with the carriage on one side and one of the horses hooves beside me. But that’s sheer bad luck. You can’t blame anybody for that.”

He tells Alan that one aspect of competitive carriage driving that he doesn’t miss is learning the obstacles. He says: “There are eight of them and up to six gates and my memory is not up to that anymore and my legs aren’t up to that. They go round for hours!”

As the Royal Show draws to a close Alan catches up with Alan Curtis, the Tattoo’s House Manager as he prepares for the Tattoo’s big night, which includes ensuring that the red carpet is fit for a Queen.

He tells Alan: “What is special about tonight is that it is the Queen’s night. The final performance of the Royal Tattoo in the presence of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh.” He adds: “It’s a delight when the car arrives and she steps onto the carpet. The Queen, when she’s here at Windsor, always has the most wonderful smile on her face.”

Alan is the compère for the final night’s show, enjoying the spectacle of the evening and the chance to meet the Queen afterwards.

He sums up the atmosphere at the show: “On the one hand you’ve got the pomp and the regal feel of it all, this enormous tattoo that involves the Household Cavalry, but on the other it’s got this great village feel about it. It’s a village fête, come horse show, come everything else show really, country men and women mingling with the Royals in this amazing amalgam of everything that’s best about Britain.”

Saturday, 18 July 2009, 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Celebrities take time out from fame to play tricks on their fans and famous friends by donning cunning disguises in a new ITV1 show.

In Anonymous, presented by Stephen Mulhern, X Factor judge Louis Walsh; Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine; and rugby legend Matt Dawson wear prosthetic disguises to carry out pranks.

The one-off special sees the celebrities acting as they have never done before.

First up, Jennie is disguised as an Essex WAG and tries to fool her Coronation Street cast mate who plays Tina McIntyre, Michelle Keegan, her dad and unwitting passers-by in a Manchester shopping centre.

The make-up team behind hit film trilogy The Lord of the Rings give her a completely new look – which includes a new prosthetic face, sleek blonde hair, spray tan, false nails and plumped up lips.

Jennie takes on the mannerisms and accent of her new Essex alter ego ‘Mel’.

Stephen is then hidden away from view watching the action unfold on a monitor. He creates mischief by directing Jennie, who wears an earpiece so she can follow his instructions, as she approaches passers-by.

Among those she attempts to trick are her Corrie best friend Michelle Keegan, an unsuspecting security guard, her dad, Tom, and his girlfriend, Linda. But do they see past the disguise or are the jokes on them?

Louis Walsh’s transformation from music industry maestro into a grandpa from hell takes four hours and he quips: “Four hours – Simon only spends two in make-up!”

When Stephen shows him the results in the mirror a shocked Louis says: “Oh God I look awful…I don’t like him.” He’s been aged by 20 years, been given bushy eyebrows, a moustache, droopy jowls and a flock of white hair.

But while the physical transformation is a success, Louis tries out Australian and American accents before deciding: “I’m Irish, I may as well stay Irish.”

The JLS boys Aston and Marvin, and pop star Shayne Ward, who Louis manages, are his unwitting victims. But when it comes to fooling the music acts has Louis got the X Factor?

The final celebrity to don a state-of-the-art prosthetic disguise is rugby player Matt Dawson who, after four hours in the chair, becomes a well-to-do theatre director called Ian to try to fool his friend and team mate Austin Healey.

Austin has been invited to a West End theatre to give advice on the technicalities of rugby to the cast of a pretend new musical – Scrum.

How long can he keep the pretence up without Austin realising the true identity of the camp impresario? And will a performance of the most ridiculous musical ever arouse suspicion?

Mischievously stage-managed by Stephen from behind the scenes, Anonymous will test the abilities and, at times, patience of some of our best loved celebrities.

Thursday, 16 July 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

In Martin Bashir’s landmark documentary, originally shown in 2003, Michael Jackson opens the doors to his private world over a six month filming period. In this edited version, the star shows reporter Bashir around his Neverland ranch, invites him on tour to Germany, where Michael displays signs of increasingly erratic behaviour as he is filmed inside the hotel room from which he infamously dangled his young son as fans outside looked on, and talks candidly about his childhood, his work and wealth, his own children and his lifestyle.

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