TV Highlights

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.

8:00pm Friday 11 January on BBC ONE

Zainab is alarmed when she reads the contents of Ayesha’s letters and she immediately sends Masood out on a mission to find out who she has her sights on.

Denise is determined to make things up with Kim but just when things look to be back on track for the warring sisters, Ray arrives with a bombshell.

Elsewhere, Abi is fed up with being nice all the time and she decides to tell her family exactly what she thinks of them all.

Zainab is played by Nina Wadia, Masood by Nitin Ganatra, Denise by Diane Parish, Kim by Tameka Empson, Ray by Chucky Venn and Abi by Lorna Fitzgerald.

8:00pm Thursday 10 January on BBC ONE

It’s all about the money this week when Phoenix and Harley win the lottery, but their good fortune is overshadowed by the arrival of their father, Nelson. Nikki is forced to question her actions towards Scout, and Michael finds a friend in Christine when he gets news about his court case.

All Phoenix and Harley want to do is spend, spend, spend, but Nelson’s arrival casts a shadow and causes division. Phoenix reckons Nelson’s only interested in their winnings and feels vindicated when their father reveals his business is in financial trouble.

Angry at his father’s deception, Phoenix wants nothing to do with Nelson, but Harley, and then Lorraine, suggest it might be a good idea to invest some of their lottery win into the family business. But, Phoenix has one condition – he wants an apprenticeship in the firm. With the blessing of his brother Harley and the school, Phoenix prepares to bid an emotional farewell to Waterloo Road.

Elsewhere, Nikki suspects Scout has stolen her car and handbag and sets about punishing the pupil. However, Scout discovers Barry is the real culprit and threatens to expose him, but master manipulator Barry suggests another course of action to wronged Scout.

Meanwhile, guilt-ridden Connor can’t bear to look Imogen in the eye and she believes it’s because of her scars. As Connor struggles with his terrible secret, Christine tries to intervene but he’s wracked with remorse over what he’s done to the girl he loves.

There’s division in the staffroom after Michael gets unexpected news about his impending court case. Feeling isolated, Michael confides in Christine, bringing the pair closer together.

Chalky can’t contain his excitement he’s fostering Kevin. But it soon becomes clear Chalky will need to tread carefully if he’s to win Kevin’s trust.

Phoenix is played by Kaya Moore, Harley by Kane Tomlinson-Weaver, Nelson by John Thomson, Nikki by Heather Peace, Scout by Katie McGlynn, Michael by Alec Newman, Christine by Laurie Brett, Lorraine by Daniela Denby-Ashe, Barry by Carl Au, Connor by Shane O’Meara, Imogen by Kirstie Steele, Chalky by Mark Benton and Kevin by Tommy Lawrence Knight.

Waterloo Road is a Shed Production for BBC One through BBC Scotland.

Ep 12/20

9:00pm Thursday 10 January on BBC ONE

Forensic pathologists Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) and Professor Leo Dalton (William Gaminara) return to BBC One for another series of Silent Witness, with the welcome arrival of Forensic Scientist Jack Hodgson (David Caves).

Straight-talking and disarmingly quick-witted, Jack is one of the youngest Forensic Scientists in the country. What he lacks in experience, he more than makes up for in talent and dedication.

Joining David in the new series is Liz Carr as Forensic Lab Scientist Clarissa Mullery. Having enjoyed a successful working relationship together and been crucial in Jack’s career progression, he has persuaded Clarissa to join him at the Lyell Centre.

In the opening episode, John Briggs, a wealthy, ageing confectionery company owner, is found dead in his London hotel suite. Nikki joins forces with Jack to prove to sceptical DI Gold that it’s murder, not death by natural causes.

Several suited sharks circle as it transpires Briggs was losing a desperate fight to prevent the sale of his ailing company to investors. And Michael Trenter, his PR man, is unable to conceal Briggs’ murky private life from the baying press, devaluing the family brand by the hour. Meanwhile, Geraldine, Briggs’ estranged daughter, is a fish out of water as she’s left control of the company in her father’s will.

Leo is left in no doubt about how to secure the Lyell Centre’s future – by employing Jack Hodgson to head up a new forensics department. And just as the new team are cemented, crucial evidence from a discovered body gives them a shocking lead on the killer’s motive.

Emilia Fox plays Dr Nikki Alexander, William Gaminara plays Professor Leo Dalton, David Caves plays Jack Hodgson, Liz Carr plays Forensic Lab Scientist Clarissa Mullery, Priyanga Burford plays DS Seetha Gold, Robert Lonsdale plays DC Gus Cook, Sharon Small plays Geraldine Briggs, Anna Madeley plays Annette Kelly, Derek Riddell plays Michael Trenter, Anna Brewster plays Deanna Collier, Rob Dixon plays Phillip Briggs, Tim Pigott-Smith plays John Briggs, Louis Emerick plays Kenny Barber, Christopher Hunter plays Peter Hornsby, Erik Madsen plays Emmett Scwartzman

7:30pm Thursday 10 January on BBC ONE

Max is exasperated with Tanya for her recent plan. However, he decides to sort out his current situation once and for all but will his idea go to plan?

When Kat fails to show up at The Vic for the first day of her new job, Alfie goes to talk to her but when Roxy finds out where he had gone Alfie has to choose where his loyalties lie.

Max is played by Jake Wood, Tanya by Jo Joyner, Kat by Jessie Wallace, Alfie by Shane Richie and Roxy by Rita Simons.

9:00pm Wednesday 9 January on BBC FOUR

It is 1937, and Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, a highly decorated soldier from the First World War, is the military attache stationed in Warsaw, Poland while the shadow of Hitler’s Nazi regime looms over mainland Europe.

Mercier is grossly suspicious of the German military’s intentions, but he must juggle his formal duties at stifling diplomatic functions with the often death-defying realities of espionage.

With intelligence from his German informant Edvard Uhl, Mercier sets out on a stealth mission with his trusted accomplice Marek, where they discover that the Nazis are ensuring any future invasion of Poland can take place effectively and with little resistance. Mercier almost gets caught and killed during the mission, narrowly escaping, and thereby facing the wrath of French bureaucrat Jourdain, who is anxious to avoid the further heightening of diplomatic tension.

Amid the threat of a second world war, Mercier is also vying for the affections of Parisian lawyer Anna Skarbek, currently in an empty-shell relationship with Russian �migr� and political journalist Maxim. As Mercier and Anna’s relationship develops, it is clear that she must choose between both men. But will Mercier’s feelings for Anna jeopardise his mission and can she be trusted?

With David Tennant as Jean-Francois Mercier, Janet Montgomery as Anna Skarbek, Marcin Dorocinski as Antoni Pakulski, Piotr Baumann as Maxim Mostov, Ludger Pistor as Edvard Uhl, Miroslaw Zbrojewicz as Marek, Burn Gorman as Jourdain, Alan Corduner as Viktor Rozen, Linda Bassett as Malka Rozen and Ann Eleonora J�rgensen as Olga Musser.

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9:00pm Wednesday 9 January on BBC ONE

From dense forests , to snow-capped peaks, steamy swamps to endless savannah, East Africa is a haven for life, supporting a higher density of large mammals than anywhere else on Earth. It’s also a land of unpredictable extremes where, in order to survive, creatures must adapt to the environment.

In an incredible TV first, the Africa team travels to the rocky outcrops of the Serengeti, in Tanzania, to film a tiny lizard as it risks its life to eat flies from a sleepy lion’s face. The nesting habits of the four-foot-tall shoebill – one of the most bizarre-looking birds in Africa – is also filmed for the first time. The giant bird has two chicks but, due to extreme sibling rivalry, only one will survive.

On the sun-parched plains of Amboseli, the extreme weather conditions take their toll – a baby elephant dies in the drought and its mother leaves the herd to stay with her offspring until the end.

Eye To Eye goes behind the scenes with an expedition to the summit of the Ruwenzori Mountains. And the heart-rending reality of filming the dying baby elephant is explained.

Ep 2/6

10:00pm Tuesday 8 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.

Ep 2/6

9:00pm Tuesday 8 January on BBC ONE

The quintessentially English detective Richard Poole is back, returning with his investigative team to solve more murder mysteries on the idyllic Caribbean island of Saint Marie, in a brand new series of Death In Paradise.

DI Poole’s learning to cope with the tropical climate and laid-back atmosphere of Saint Marie, but every day still presents a challenge for the traditional detective. When the owner of a former sugar plantation, Roger Seymour, is discovered with a machete in his back, Poole and his team have a seemingly impossible case to solve.

Despite countless suspects, the team struggle to pinpoint the murderer, as they all have seemingly cast iron alibis – and many were together when the murder took place. Was it a disgruntled worker with a grudge? Was Roger’s alcoholic ex-wife, Nicole in an alliance with his adopted nephew, Harry? Or does Roger’s new, and much younger, girlfriend have something to hide?

The team soon realise that the history of the plantation is just as key to completing the puzzle, but with the island celebrating the festival of love, Erzulie, Saint Marie seems to be bringing out the unexpected in everyone – not least Richard and Camille…

DI Richard Poole is played by Ben Miller, Camille Bordey by Sara Martins, Dwayne Myers by Danny John-Jules, Fidel Best by Gary Carr, Commissioner Selwyn Patterson by Don Warrington, Roger Seymour by James Cosmo, Harry Seymour by Tom Ward, Nicole Seymour by Stephanie Beacham and Kim Neville by Estella Daniels.

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8:00pm Tuesday 8 January on BBC ONE

Following Serena’s bidding, Jac travels to Sweden to find Hanssen. When she discovers the reason behind Hanssen’s actions, will she follow through with Serena’s instructions or will she side with Hanssen? And will Hanssen stay in Sweden or will he return to Holby?

Michael puts Luc on a short leash following the events of last week, but with Serena sniffing around, will Michael be able to protect Luc’s future at Holby? Luc is haunted by events from the past: despite Michael and Sacha’s best efforts, he seems to be heading off the rails. Will he be able to face his fears and get back on track?

Serena is played by Catherine Russell, Jac is played by Rosie Marcel, Hanssen is played by Guy Henry, Michael is played by Hari Dhillon, Luc is played by Joseph Millson and Sacha is played by Bob Barrett.

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