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Thursday, 10 January 2013, 8:30PM – 9:00PM

Nursing The Nation follows district nurses on their rounds visiting different homes across the country, creating intimate, affectionate portraits of their diverse patients and their inspiring ability to grasp life in the face of adversity.

In the second episode in the series, we get a glimpse of physiotherapy at home and cancer treatment away from hospital wards. In Yorkshire, District Nurse Gillian has been working in the local community for over 20 years. Today, she’s been called to see a brand new patient, Christopher, who is juggling first-time fatherhood while recovering from a serious operation.

Five months ago Chris was rushed to hospital with severe stomach pains only for the surgeon to discover a cancerous tumour. Chris is undertaking a four month course of chemotherapy at home. Gillian says, “It’s going to be a very tough few months. You always put yourself in that situation and think, how would I cope with it? He seems to be doing really, really well.”

Meanwhile, in Bath, Physiotherapist Jacqui is working to help a tandem-enthusiast, Mary, overcome a broken ankle – but she and Mary don’t see eye to eye on all her suggestions.

Jacqui is part of a team that look after up to 50 patients at any one time. She says, “Being a physio is very, very varied. I don’t know what to expect from morning till the afternoon. I’m fairly confident about being able to cope with whatever situation comes my way.”

Jacqui has been working with Mary on her ankle for over a month; however Mary’s recovery relies on her using the walking sticks that Jacqui has given her and her desire to be independent means she is reluctant to do so. Jacqui’s challenge is to work with Mary to get her back on her bike with husband Dennis as soon as possible.

There are more than 10,000 district nurses across the country, visiting more than 2 million people every year. For many these are the unsung heroes of the NHS. They develop relationships with patients that can last for years on end and as they see them in their own homes, they often become a huge part of their lives and cornerstones of the local community.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013, 8:00PM – 10:00PM

The Sicilian Defence:

Neil Dudgeon and Jason Hughes return in a new series of three two-hour episodes of Britain’s best-loved detective series, made by Bentley Productions.

Harriet Farmer wakes up after being in a coma since the night she tried to elope. Soon afterwards, a killer strikes members of a chess club. Could the attack which left Harriet for dead a year ago be linked to moves on a chess board? And where is her boyfriend Finn?

Coma victim Harriet Farmer, who was attacked on the night she planned to elope, wakes up. Her father David hears the news in the middle of a chess tournament. Harriet’s boyfriend Finn Robson has been missing since the couple tried to run away together a year before.

At the chess tournament, hosted by hotelier Arthur Potts, Olivia Carr is putting pressure on her son Jamie to win. The 13-year-old has already beaten Finn’s father Alan, a software boss and fitness fanatic, who made millions from a computer game, ‘Chess King’.

Hotel owner Arthur berates his wife Caroline for spending their meagre income on charity work, while hoping to win backing for his business from writer and chess society president Edward Stannington. Later that day, Stannington is found dead in a lake with an ice axe in his back. His damaged car is nearby and Kate finds a clue in his mouth – a chess notation known as the ‘Sicilian Defence’.

Olivia admits she met Stannington and rammed his car when he refused to help Jamie get to the top in chess – divulging that he’s the boy’s father. David Farmer begs Caroline to come to supper, although Arthur has also booked to take her out for an anniversary meal. Meanwhile Jamie is being scared by loud noises at his house, when he is alone.

Jones finds that Stannington was digging into Alan’s chess software company Black Knight and received a letter from a disgruntled ex-coder on the day he died. Stannington’s aunt Vivian wants to celebrate her inheritance with Arthur – but he’s only interested in business.

Caroline angrily leaves Arthur at the restaurant while Farmer prepares supper for her. But when he goes out to fetch a gift he’s strangled. The killer leaves another chess code. Arthur gives Caroline an alibi, but – after the death of an elderly resident – Vivian tells Jones she suspects Caroline is poisoning the old people with her meals on wheels.

A lip-reader reveals that Finn’s mother Wendy knew that her son and Harriet planned to elope. Alan followed them that night and now he’s gone suddenly to London. Barnaby suspects his chess company has secrets. Then Jones finds Arthur with a cat in his freezer.

Harriet comes home from hospital but Caroline barges in, attacks Harriet’s neurologist Laura Parr and drags Harriet away. Under questioning, Arthur reveals that Caroline may have unwittingly poisoned the villagers with food from the hotel. Meanwhile Caroline is forcing Harriet through the woods, pleading for information about Finn. The police find them and it’s apparent that Caroline is obsessed.

Alan returns to Midsomer tight-lipped. Then he recognises the chess notation in the incident room – it was written by another programmer, Jason Winters, who committed suicide soon after beating
a world champion at chess. But why is the killer using his code now?

Realising Finn’s disappearance is key, Barnaby takes Harriet back to the woods. She calls out Jamie’s name – but he’s not the only one involved. As the truth about Jason Winters is uncovered, danger lurks at the hospital. Jones makes an astonishing discovery but the killer is one move ahead. Can Barnaby’s psychological skills save the day?

Monday, 7 January 2013, 7:00PM – 7:30PM

6443 Monday 7th January 2013 7.00pm – 7.30pm
• Seeing Jai’s behavior spiral, Nikhil is forced to act to protect the business
• Bernice steps up her attempts to manipulate Chas into selling
• Rachel’s delighted to find out that Archie’s well enough to come home

6444 Tuesday 8th January 2013 7.00pm – 7.30pm
• Jai’s devastated when Charity makes a decision about their marriage
• Nicola’s enraged at Jimmy’s attempts to protect and help Chas
• Chas is touched when Gennie asks her to be Molly’s godmother

6445 Wednesday 9th January 2013 7.00pm – 7.30pm
• Chas starts to worry when she receives sabotaged photos of her and Carl
• Moira’s frustrated when Cain avoids her calls
• Nicola’s supportive of Jimmy when Carl’s headstone arrives

6446 Thursday 10th January 2013 7.00pm – 7.30pm
• Chas fears for her life as her stalker becomes violent
• Moira witnesses a fierce confrontation between Chas and Cain
• Dan and Bob go to great lengths to snare a woman

6447 Thursday 10th January 2012 8.00pm – 8.30pm
• Chas is stunned when her stalker’s identity is revealed
• Bob’s attention is drawn elsewhere after vying with Dan for Vanessa’s affection
• Declan and Katie finally confront each other about Katie’s infertility

6448 Friday 11th January 2013 7.00pm – 7.30pm
• Jimmy’s forced to make a hard decision
• Katie confides in Andy, unsure whether her marriage is over
• Bob starts to realise he’s getting feelings for Brenda

Friday, 11 January 2013, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

In the third series of WILD BRITAIN WITH RAY MEARS, Ray continues his celebration of the British landscape and its wildlife. Ray travels the length and breadth of Britain during spring and summer to explore forests, rivers, islands and coasts – revealing the wildlife secrets that each habitat reveals if you know where to look.

At each location Ray meets a cast of local experts – conservationists and amateur enthusiasts with a passion for the wildlife on their doorstep. He shares his knowledge of field crafts, such as cooking limpets collected from the shore or tracking and observational techniques for wildlife, and examines the underlying geology which has given each landscape its character.

In this episode, Ray explores the ancient forests on the Isle of Wight in southern England. Cut off from the mainland, the island has no grey squirrels making it a sanctuary for our native endangered red squirrels. The absence of deer has resulted in dense understory in deciduous woodland perfect for small mammals such as the stoat and hazel dormouse. Ray meets Ian White of the People’s Trust for Endangered Species as he surveys nest boxes put in to aid the survival of the dormouse. Ray catches up with Richard Grogan of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to find out about Britain’s rarest amphibian, the great crested newt – a true woodland species despite being more commonly associated with ponds. He then has an amazing encounter with a badger at the end of an extraordinary day.

Saturday, 29 December 2012, 8:30PM – 9:30PM

Dale’s Great Getaway is a one-off spectacular Christmas feast of a game show, hosted by Dale Winton, in which 3 families of 4 compete in a series of challenges from around the globe for the chance to win 3 very different holidays.

They’ll all be going somewhere whether they like it or not. However, only one family can win the GREAT GETAWAY and play for the chance to win spending money to take with them.

All the challenges on the show are inspired by traditions, pastimes and customs from around the world. They could be tests of knowledge, physical aptitude or performance – anything goes. Expect special guests and lots of surprises.

Dale’s Great Getaway is set in a colourful and kitsch, retro style airport departure lounge the contestants arrive with their holiday luggage ready to take off.

It’s fun, it’s frivolous, it’s feel good and at times it’s foreign.

Friday, 28 December 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Hosted by Griff Rhys Jones, the original and best-loved out-takes show returns. Featuring a hilarious collection of slips, trips, bloopers and blunders from some of the biggest names in Entertainment including Ant & Dec, Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, Bradley Walsh and Gino D’Acampo, plus favourite shows including Coronation Street, Surprise Surprise, Emmerdale and The Chase to name but a few.

Monday, 24 December 2012, 8:30PM – 10:00PM

“As soon as I met the girls there was something very special immediately…we clicked straight away and it felt very comfortable from that moment.”  – Emma Bunton

The Spice Girls are undisputedly the biggest, best-selling all-female group ever and their mantra of Girl Power is currently taking London by storm all over again with the launch of new musical Viva Forever!

This brand new feature-length documentary will celebrate the Spice Girls’ music and their story as Girl Power is introduced to a new generation through the musical. It will explore the band’s stratospheric rise to fame, featuring exclusive new interviews with all five girls, and with the people who know them best and worked with them along the way.

Victoria Beckham says of the band’s success: “It was such a whirlwind, it was really quite overwhelming. And we were so tired. We were working really, really hard. I mean the record company would have us at the airport sometimes at five o’clock in the morning. We’d fly somewhere, we’d be working all day, we’d get in super, super late, we’d have a couple of hours sleep and then we’d go off again the next day.” Melanie C says: “Everything we touched turned to gold. It was ridiculous.”

More than 15 years since they took the pop world by storm, this documentary provides the definitive portrait of a band which sold more than 75 million records worldwide and examines the story of the five girls whose music, look, attitude and success had such a profound, era-defining impact on the 90s and whose influence in British pop culture is still felt.

We examine how their relationships with each other have evolved over time, the truth behind the rumours, and how the five girls now juggle individual projects and roles as working mothers.

Mel B says of her Spice persona: “Every woman gets a little bit scary now and again…I liked my name. It kind of put a barrier up because when somebody would first meet me they would think I was going to be horrible. And actually I picked and chose whether I was going to be nice or not nice!”

Geri recalls the story behind her infamous Union Jack dress at The Brits: “I remember the stylist at the time told me not to wear it. I literally got “don’t wear that”. And I was going, “but I like it. I like it”…For me that dress symbolises what the Spice Girls is about.”

As the highly anticipated musical is launched in the West End this December, we look at the creative process behind it, see the girls in the lead up to its premiere and go behind the scenes leading up to opening night, providing the perfect opportunity to reflect on the music that made the Spice Girls’ success.

Melanie C explains: “I think us girls have always felt that our songs were quite theatrical, you know. And you know, there’s great subject matter in there. There’s quite a lot of storytelling within the songs as well. So it was something we’d talked about for years and years and years.“

This is an opportunity to tell their story first-hand, revealing the extent of their ambition, their aims, their creative partnerships, their music and their legacy. Victoria says: “I’m really proud to be Posh. I’m so proud to have been in the Spice Girls and to have achieved everything I have. I’m the luckiest girl in the world, I really am. No-one knows that more than me.”

The documentary also includes interviews with the writer of the musical Jennifer Saunders and its producer Judy Craymer. Jennifer says: “For a long time…if I’ve written it, I’ve always been in control of how it went on. So this is a massive collaboration where I’m just not allowed to be as bossy as I would like to be. So it’s kind of terrifying.”

Other new and exclusive interviews featured include two of the Spice Mums – Victoria’s mum Jackie and Melanie C’s mum Joan, plus Richard E Grant, Perez Hilton and Dawn French.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012, 6:00PM – 7:00PM

It’s Christmas Day and Paul O’Grady is in the dog house. Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to be precise. After becoming the smash hit of the autumn schedules, Paul O’Grady – For the Love of Dogs is back for a one-off Christmas special.

It’s the festive season at the Dogs & Cats’ Home and preparations are under way to make sure all the animals have a very special time. So who better to help out than dog lover and Battersea Ambassador Paul O’Grady. As well as answering phones on reception and giving away some curiously shaped gifts, Paul spends time with the animals who will be at Battersea over the Christmas period.

Amongst others, he’ll be meeting Colleen, a stressed out husky who has undergone a phantom pregnancy and treats her cuddly toys like her puppies, Willow, an ex racing greyhound whose prospects of a new home are in jeopardy as he is unable to go upstairs, NuNu, the St. Bernard who only understands Chinese and Cracker, the terrier whose shot at fame is hampered by his dodgy hip.

As well as following these doggie ‘tails’, Paul cooks up a special Christmas lunch for the pooches and gets the festive season off to a good start with carols around the Christmas tree. But with a litter of lurcher puppies being born at the Home, will Paul need his pockets checking before he leaves the premises?

Age: 38
Skating with: Robin Johnstone
Number of times fell over on first day: I fall over at least once every day, if not two or three times.
Number of bruises so far: Loads! I have bruises all over.
Most embarrassing fear/dread for first live show: The pressure. I don’t want to let my skating partner down.
Dream celebrity skating partner: Louie Spence

Age: 55
Skating with: Olga Sharutenko
Number of times fell over on first day: I have only fallen once in the entire training
Number of bruises so far: One small bruise and very tired legs
Most embarrassing fear/dread for first live show: Spandex costume
Dream celebrity skating partner: Joe Pasquale

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