TV Highlights

9:00pm Wednesday 16 January on BBC FOUR

Mercier’s mission becomes all too dangerous as his cover is compromised while trying to unearth German military plans, and a man believed dead reappears, sparking significant repercussions for both Mercier and Anna. Will Mercier discover the truth in time and what consequences will this have on the rest of Europe?

Led by intelligence from Dr Lapp, Mercier travels to Czechoslovakia to find and question the illusive ‘Seagull’, a German activist who is on the run from the Nazis.

Finding Seagull reluctant to become involved with the French, Mercier soon takes matters with into his own hands and persuades him to travel to Berlin under false identities. There, with Seagull’s help, Mercier hopes to employ a man who could prove to be a powerful ally against the Nazi regime.

As Mercier’s superiors become increasingly frustrated with his lack of protocol and risk-taking, they begin to question the intelligence he has gathered, when finally, Mercier finds himself in opposition to his own government. Frustrated with work and longing for the beautiful Anna, he returns to Paris and the support of his younger sister Gabrielle (Tuppence Middleton), eventually seeking solace at the old family estate and his father’s well-stocked wine cellar.

Now the threat of war becomes all too real as tensions rise across Europe and Mercier has to make difficult decisions.

Cast: David Tennant as Jean-Francois Mercier, Janet Montgomery as Anna Skarbek, Marcin Dorocinski as Antoni Pakulski, Anton Lesser as Dr Lapp, Adam Godley as Julius Halbach, Alan Corduner as Viktor Rozen, Linda Bassett as Malka Rozen, Tuppence Middleton as Gabrielle, Fenella Woolgar as Lady Angela Hope, Ellie Haddington as Madame Dupin and Julian Glover as General Beauvilliers.

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9:00pm Wednesday 16 January on BBC ONE

The Congo rainforest is one of the most competitive habitats on Earth, which means its residents must fine remarkable ways to adapt to their crowded living space.

Deep in the jungle a sweet-toothed female chimpanzee is filmed for the first time using a complex array of tools to access honey from a bees’ nest. One of David Attenborough’s favourites, the elusive and mysterious Picathartes bird, feeds its nest of dinosaur-like chicks with unsuspecting frogs.

A massive female python reveals her maternal side as she sunbathes to incubate her eggs before tending to her new babies, filmed in a specially constructed filming burrow. Smaller residents – tiny leaf-folding frogs – battle it out kung-fu style before laying their precious eggs in folded blades of grass.

And as darkness falls, the forest elephants gather under cover of darkness to socialise and to battle rivals.

Eye To Eye goes behind the scenes on the trail of the elusive honey-hunting chimp deep into the jungle. And cameraman James Aldred describes a night up a tree being shaken by a bull elephant.

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2:10pm Wednesday 16 January on BBC ONE

Umesh Varma, (Ramon Tikaram) an Indian man in white robes, bursts into a study, waking Leonard Quinton (Robert Cavanah) to tell him he’s going to die today…

Lady Felicia (Nancy Carroll) conveys an invite to Father Brown (Mark Williams) to a poetry recital at the Quinton’s. Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) joins them and on arrival mistakes Violet (Jennie Jacques) for Leonard’s wife. A contemptuous Mr Harris (Simon Thorp) is ashamed to say that she is Leonard’s mistress.

Leonard asks a concerned Father Brown to look after his wife, should anything happen to him. After some bemusing poetry, Leonard’s haunted wife Martha (Ruth Gemmell) runs from the room then suggests that Mr Harris takes the guests out for a stroll in the garden while Leonard takes a nap. However, as they return, Lady Felicia screams – Leonard’s body is hanging in the conservatory…

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10:00pm Tuesday 15 January on BBC THREE

Laura (Scarlett Alice Johnson) is attempting to widen her circle of friends, but she finds it hard to find a peer group – the pramface mums in the park are more interested in nicking her phone, and the competitive yummy mummies just want to patronise and score points off her.

Beth (Yasmin Paige) is confused when she finds herself attracted to a posh boy with views politically opposed to her own. In the absence of real girl friends, she is forced to turn to Jamie (Sean Michael Verey) and Mike (Dylan Edwards) for guidance.

Meanwhile, a lonely Alan (Angus Deayton) employs Keith (Ben Crompton), to be his driver. After a shaky start, the two strike up an unlikely friendship. But it’s not long before this is tested as Alan’s snooker skills land them in the middle of a pub brawl.

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9:00pm Tuesday 15 January on BBC ONE

When a young nun is found dead in her smoke-filled bedroom, DI Richard Poole and his team are soon on the scene.

What seems like a tragic accident caused by a lit cigarette soon turns into a murder investigation when Richard deduces that the nun didn’t smoke the cigarette that killed her. But with her room locked from the inside, how could anyone else from the convent have committed the crime?

There’s no shortage of suspects, including other nuns, a priest and the mother superior, as well as a mysterious ‘phantom nun’ who nobody can identify. Or could the case be connected to the holy spring on the grounds of the convent, which is being promoted by an unscrupulous PR man? Will Richard overcome his scepticism – as well as a seemingly irrational fear of nuns – to help the team get to the bottom of the perplexing case?

DI Richard Poole is played by Ben Miller, Camille Bordey by Sara Martins, Dwayne Myers by Danny John-Jules, Fidel Best by Gary Carr, Catherine by Elizabeth Bourgine, Father John by Kenneth Cranham, Sister Anne by Gemma Jones, Sister Marguerite by Rowena King, Daryl Dexter by Patrick Baladi and Laura Masters by Caroline Langrishe.

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8:00pm Tuesday 15 January on BBC ONE

Things couldn’t be better between Jac and Jonny, but when she hears that the former ‘love of her life’ is getting married, she is thrown and jeopardises everything that she cares for.

Serena is running Holby like clockwork, but can she hold onto her position even when under threat from a competitor?

When Chrissie finds a lump, she is afraid for her health but is reluctant to confide in Sacha.

Jac is played by Rosie Marcel, Jonny is played by Michael Thomson, Serena is played by Catherine Russell, Chrissie is played by Tina Hobley and Sacha is played by Bob Barrett.

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7:30pm Tuesday 15 January on BBC ONE

The Brannings are a family in crisis, and Dot attempts to pull them back together. However she starts to wish she’d never returned when she discovers some home truths.

Zainab and Denise give Ayesha conflicting advice on men and dating, completely unaware that Ayesha is in love with Masood.

Ray becomes increasingly irritated by Kim, who is still hopelessly in love with him – however, he has another woman in his sights.

Dot is played by June Brown, Zainab by Nina Wadia, Denise by Diane Parish, Ayesha by Shivani Ghai, Masood by Nitin Ganatra, Ray by Chucky Venn and Kim is played by Tameka Empson.

10:00pm Monday 14 January on BBC FOUR

As America remains embroiled in overseas conflict, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans.

For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are more available today than ever before.

Filmed in more than 20 states by critically acclaimed filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, Storyville: The House I Live In captures a definitive and heart-wrenching portrait of individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, revealing its profound human rights implications.

While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have instead treated it as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast political and economic machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, especially minority communities. Yet beyond simple misguided policy, the film investigates how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for 40 years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.

Ultimately, Storyville: The House I Live In seeks, through compassionate enquiry, to promote public awareness of the history and contemporary mechanics of this human rights crisis and to begin a national conversation about its reform.

9:00pm Monday 14 January on BBC FOUR

South America is the perfect place to keep secrets. Its jungles, mountain ranges and river systems are daunting obstacles for any explorer. It is a continent that has beguiled adventurers for centuries.

With temples hidden deep in the jungle, sprawling mountain citadels, dank underground tombs and exquisite images of long-forgotten gods and kings carved into stone, South America has only just begun to relinquish the secrets of some of the most ancient kingdoms in the world.

Presented by archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper, BBC Four reveals the extraordinary history of some of South America’s ancient civilizations, exploring spectacular ruins and investigating the myths and legends that surround these mysterious kingdoms. The four-part series will journey through Peru in two episodes before moving on to Bolivia and Colombia – revealing the true character of a stunning continent through its history, culture, people and landscapes.

The series explores some of the richest and most vibrant histories in the world, revealing fascinating stories of complex and sophisticated civilisations that existed for up to a millennium before their fall to the Incas and the Spanish in the middle ages.

In the first episode, Dr Jago Cooper embarks on an epic journey into the remote Peruvian Andes in search of the mysterious Chachapoya people. Known as ‘The People of the Clouds’, Dr Cooper reveals how they developed sophisticated methods of recording stories, traded in exotic goods found hundreds of miles from their territory, and had funeral traditions that challenge assumptions about ancient human behaviour. His search for evidence takes him to astonishing cliff tombs untouched for 500 years, and one of the most spectacular fortresses in South America, where their final fate is revealed.

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9:30pm Monday 14 January on BBC TWO

As part of BBC Two’s Genius of Invention season, historian Professor Jeremy Black examines one of the most extraordinary and revolutionary periods in British history, explaining the unique economic, social and political conditions that led to Britain becoming the richest, most powerful nation on earth in the 19th century.

It was a time that transformed the way people think, work and play forever.

Tracing the unprecedented explosion of new ideas and technological inventions that transformed Britain’s agricultural society into an increasingly industrial and urbanised one, Why The Industrial Revolution Happened Here explores two fascinating questions – why the industrial revolution happened when it did, and why it happened in Britain.

In this hour long programme, Professor Black discusses the reasons behind this transformation – from Britain’s coal reserves which gave a seemingly inexhaustible source of power to the ascendency of political liberalism, with engineers and industrialists able to meet and share ideas and inventions. He explains the impact that geniuses like Josiah Wedgwood had on the consumer revolution and travels to Antigua to examine the impact Britain’s empire had on the story.

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