TV Highlights

9:30pm Monday 14 January on BBC ONE

It’s Agnes Brown’s anniversary and she’s in a great mood. However, she would be in an even better mood if she could just find someone to look after Grandad for a couple of weeks while she treats herself to a holiday. Private nursing homes are too expensive and Winnie can’t take him in case Jacko is let out of hospital. Perhaps Doctor Flynn might be able to arrange some respite care?

Rory and Dino’s new apartment isn’t ready yet so Mrs Brown kindly invites them to move in with her for a couple of weeks. However, she’s soon spitting feathers when Dino starts taking over the house. But that’s nothing compared to how she might react if she ever found that the pair don’t sleep in separate bedrooms.

When Dr Flynn reluctantly agrees to have Grandad tested for dementia, Mrs Brown devises a cunning plan to make sure Grandad fails the test and is sent for respite care. But when the health tester arrives, Grandad isn’t the only person he’s concerned about…

Meanwhile, Agnes is furious when Rory picks her rival Hilliary Nicholson as his model in the hairdressing competition. However, Rory has a nicer surprise for his mother as well: he’s arranged a psychic to contact her late husband Redser. Agnes is sceptical until Redser’s spirit reveals some very ominous news.

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8:30pm Monday 14 January on BBC TWO

Winterwatch is a brand-new live wildlife event for BBC Two broadcasting for four days in the depths of Winter. Following on from the live Autumnwatch event, Winterwatch returns to our base in the Scottish Highlands to capture the beauty, drama and spectacle of the UK’s most iconic animals as they battle to survive the most challenging time of year.

Chris Packham, Martin Hughes-Games and Michaela Strachan will be presenting Winterwatch live from Aigas Field Centre in the spectacular Highlands of Scotland – a landscape that has been transformed by the seasonal changes. Winterwatch’s network of live cameras will monitor the animals’ every move throughout the week. We’ll be catching up with the beaver family, the pine martens, the birds and the red squirrels and finding out whether their preparations for the winter have enabled them all to survive.

Across the UK wildlife is struggling to cope with the harsh realities of winter – short days, plummeting temperatures and a lack of food. The team will report on the array of strategies that different animals adopt to survive these challenges, from Rooks which seek warmth and safety in numbers in spectacular rookeries, to the birds and mammals who find a safe haven in our towns and gardens, as well as the creatures that hunker down and hibernate. Winterwatch will be covering winter spectacles as huge flocks of birds migrate to the UK from colder climes, bringing life and beauty to our fields and shorelines.

Up in Scotland snowy mountains and frozen pine forests have become the UK’s very own Arctic and the team reveals how species like the Ptarmigan and Mountain Hare are uniquely designed to survive the most extreme conditions that our islands can throw at wildlife.

While many animals are toughing it out, one of the UK’s most endearing creatures is at the height of its breeding season. Winterwatch’s Grey Seal diary will unfold across the week, tracking the drama at the fastest growing seal colony on the British mainland. On the Norfolk coast new born pups are struggling to survive while male seals are fighting for the right to mate.

Winterwatch will showcase the beauty of the UK’s wild places in mid-winter, revealing new science and never filmed before behaviour, and giving fresh insight into some of the nation’s best loved animals. The team will be poised to react to any extreme winter weather and to report on the effects it might have on wildlife across the country.

Winterwatch viewers can get involved with the season’s wildlife by following the action from our live cameras online, day and night; by sharing their photos, clips and comments; and experiencing nature first hand in their area using tips from the website.

9:00pm Monday 14 January on BBC ONE

Miranda has been caring for her ill mother for five very long days.

Trapped in her flat being barked at by Penny, she is forced to think about her life regrets. Before she has the chance to tick off her bucket list she gets ill and Tilly, Gary and Stevie offer no sympathy or help at all.

8:00pm Monday 14 January on BBC ONE

Dot returns home and is mortified to discover her granddaughter using her home for extra-curricular activities!

Kat and Roxy come to blows and Alfie is forced to choose a side.

Masood tries to shield Zainab from the truth about the identity of Ayesha’s crush, but in doing so he starts to dig a deep hole for himself.

Dot is played by June Brown, Kat by Jessie Wallace, Roxy by Rita Simons, Alfie by Shane Richie, Masood by Nitin Ganatra, Zainab by Nina Wadia and Ayesha is played by Shivani Ghai.

2:10pm Monday 14 January on BBC ONE

Father Brown (Mark Williams) attends a tea party to celebrate a new church clock tower, presided over by his friend Reverend Bohun (Adam Astill).

However, the serene atmosphere is shattered when his caddish brother Norman (Sam Hoare) arrives, riling most of the guests. Just after the bells sound for the first time Norman’s body is found behind the church, the back of his head hit by a hammer found lying nearby. The local blacksmith Simeon (Barry Sloane) is immediately suspected but his wife Elizabeth, (Bryony Afferson) guilty about having relations with Norman, confesses to the crime and is arrested by Inspector Valentine (Hugo Speer). Reverend Bohun implores Father Brown to find out the truth. At the police station Elizabeth confesses that she’s innocent, however until the real culprit is caught, she won’t speak up. Father Brown must find the killer before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows…

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Saturday, 12 January 2013, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Five more celebrities mix determination, drive and daredevil stunts as they don their swimwear and take to the water in heat two of Splash!

Five more celebrities mix determination, drive and daredevil stunts as they don their swimwear and take to the water in heat two of Splash! Hosted by Vernon Kay and Gabby Logan, five famous faces take to the boards after training with Olympic medallist Tom Daley but who will rise to the occasion leaving the audience in awe, and who will splash down belly first? Expect high drama and very tight lycra as the celebrities dive live in the hope of securing the two places on offer in the semi-final. Grab your towels! Getting wet has never been so much fun.

In the second show, model Caprice, Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, reality star Joey Essex, TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin and TV presenter Charlotte Jackson go up against each other for a place in the semi-final. But which two of the diving celebs will the public vote for?

Friday, 11 January 2013, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Great Night Out is a brand new 6 x 60 minute post-watershed comedy drama series for ITV1 filmed on location in London and Stockport and due to air from early 2013.

Each week we follow our four mid-thirties mates as they enjoy a weekly boys’ get-together in Stockport. As they help each other through romantic, work and family crises, they invariably create much bigger problems to solve.

Hodge (Lee Boardman) sees himself as the leader of the group – but no-one else does. In reality he side-steps responsibility – and spending money. His wife Kath (Rebekah Staton) most certainly wears the trousers at home; Beggsy (Will Ash) is an upbeat soul, divorced for a year but still pining after his ex-wife who has fled down under with her new hubby taking their daughter Kelly with her. Glyn (Craig Parkinson) is everyone’s loyal underdog who still yearns after his high school crush Julie (Christine Bottomley) and seems to fluff every attempt to get together with her despite his mates’ well-intentioned ‘advice’; Daz (Stephen Walters) is the eternal pessimist of the group, the first to pull Hodge up on his sometimes questionable fashion sense and the first to put a dampener on a situation. Sometimes he’s in a relationship with Colleen, sometimes not. Their constant bickering seems to be the only glue holding them together, but underneath there’s a real love.

Great Night Out charts the lads’ attempts to right their worldly wrongs – so long as they don’t have to move too far from their local, the footie or greasy spoon to do so.

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Hodge and Kath’s seemingly carefully planned wedding anniversary celebrations go slightly awry when some of the guests are waylaid. Meanwhile, Glyn goes to the extreme lengths of taking salsa lessons in an attempt to catch the eye of his gorgeous school sweetheart Julie, and the lads help a worse-for-wear comrade in need, with disastrous consequences.

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

This new two–part documentary series tells the stories of British ex-pats who pursued their dreams of living in a new country – but who are now struggling to survive.

Made by Wild Pictures, who produced the highly acclaimed ITV1 documentary series Strangeways, Trouble Abroad features the cautionary tales of some of the 5.5 million Britons who have left the UK in search of a better life.

Shot on location in Spain, Florida, and France, this documentary charts how their plans for idyllic ex-pat lifestyles have turned out and provides a colourful insight into the risks of investing everything in a new way of life overseas.

Among those who feature this time is Corin Fairchild, who left his highly-paid job in IT to retrain as a wine maker and move to France with wife Jayne, Having invested thousands of pounds in a vineyard which was subsequently discovered to be rotten, they desperately need to sell 3,000 bottles of wine they had previously produced in order to keep their business afloat.

He says: “We brought the equivalent of about twenty thousand quid’s worth of completely unviable vineyards, which we only discovered the harvest after when nothing was produced. You’re talking about a fifteen year plan to get this vineyard back and we’re not spring chickens.

“I do feel like an idiot yes. Absolute idiot. I’ve kicked myself enough times now so that Jayne doesn’t have to any more. I’ve realised now there’s no fool like an old fool.

“You may think the grass is greener in France. You may think the grass is greener anywhere else but where you live right now. You’ll soon learn that it’s not better, it’s just different.”

The programme also tells the story of Paul and Jennie Skingley, who ten years ago after a family holiday to Disney World in Florida, decided to make Orlando their home. Paul’s catering business in the UK had folded and he seized the opportunity to open an English cafe and then a pub. But in 2008, America was hit by its worst recession since the 1930s and Paul was forced out of business.

Paul’s visa does not allow him to work unless it is for his own business, so Jennie has been forced to take a job at Disney to help pay their mounting bills – which include $24,000 to pay for son Aaron’s appendix operation.

Their hopes for the future now rest on a legal case aiming to recoup some of Paul’s business investments. The programme captures the mounting tension and strain on the couple as they wait to hear the news from their lawyer on progress from the case.

Paul says: “Ever since I’ve been with Jeni and we’ve had the kids I’ve actually felt that we controlled our own destiny. As we speak today I don’t control any of it.

“We’re not American so we can’t fall back on the welfare system. I think in England the safety net would be there so you can deal with things differently. We’re on our own. There’s no back up.”

Also featured is Claire Tyson, who five years ago took over Rayz, a bar on an English ‘urbanizacion’ in Spain, but is now struggling to survive after the country was heavily affected by recession.

Her relationship with her partner fell apart soon after she took the bar on, and she has run it alone ever since. Now she’d like to move back to Britain.

She says: “You know go back about five, six years ago and this was a buzzing, buzzing urbanizacion. I’ve watched it in the five years I’ve been here turn completely the other way.

“I would love to make a life for myself eventually back at home, but I think life’s moved on in five years and I know if I did go back home I’ve got a real challenge ahead of me. I’d have to start again from the bottom whether it be getting a job, reconnecting with my old friends and sort of making a life for myself there.

“You can try and live in another country but it’s never really going to be home. Home is where you’re born and bred. There is no place like home.”

This series is produced and directed by Deborah Lovett and Paul Hamann is executive producer.

Saturday, 12 January 2013, 8:30PM – 9:45PM

MatchMaker Paddy MCguinness plays cupid once more for his new line up of 30 single lasses, but who will be whisked off on a hot date tonight?

Descending down the love lift are Sam, a fire fighter from Essex, William a sales assistant from Camarthen, Dan a handsome comic book collector from London and Troy, a student from Dublin.

Plus we catch up with last week’s couples on their dates in the Isle Of Fernando’s.

Monday, 7 January 2013, 7:30PM – 8:00PM

Episode 8034: Monday 7th January at 7.30pm

Jenna and Sophie are caught in the act.
Peter and Nick come to blows.
Lewis adds fuel to the fire.


Episode 8035: Monday 7th January at 8.30pm

Leanne has a difficult decision to make.
Kevin thinks that Jenna is taking advantage.
Lewis’s vendetta becomes clear.


Episode 8036: Wednesday 9th January 2013

Can Nick and Leanne reconcile?
Sophie tries to plead with Jenna.
Karl leaves Jason stranded.


Episode 8037: Friday 11th January 2013

Kylie deals Nick a shocking blow.
Stella’s revelation leaves Karl confused.
Hayley tries to reunite Roy and Mary.


Episode 8038: Friday 11th January 2013

Can Nick hold it together?
Karl confronts Sunita.
Carla is suspicious of Rob.

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