Documentary

Tuesday, 20 November 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

This exclusive documentary for ITV2 follows pop sensation Cheryl Cole as she prepares for her first ever solo tour.

Taking in some of Britain’s biggest venues in ten cities and 11 days, the film joins Cheryl just 20 days before she takes to the stage for the first time.

Cheryl is seen as she rehearses in LA with her dancers and as they arrive back in London to see the stage set up for the first time. As the first night of the tour gets closer, the nerves start to show and Cheryl confesses her anxieties about performing.

As she lets the cameras in to share intimate moments during the preparation and behind-the-scenes of the tour, Cheryl tells the programme: “I have toured before, many times, with Girls Aloud. I’ve played the same arenas that I’ll be playing solo, but I’ve never done this alone, so it’s quite a strange feeling. All I want is to have the best show I can have. So it’s going to be big, very big.”

As Cheryl plans the tour with her choreographer, creative director and dancers, she explains that she is prepared to invest everything in it as a thank you to her fans for supporting her.

Cheryl is seen as she bonds with her team over their differing accents and as she out-runs the paparazzi at the airport.

When she lands back in London, she goes to see the stage for the first time and tells the cameras: “I’ve imaged it for a long time, but when you actually see it, it’s kind of breath-taking. It’s exciting.”

Rehearsing on the set, Cheryl is seen practising a swan-dive off a six foot platform into the arms of her dancers. There are tense scenes as she contemplates whether or not she can make the leap.

With just days to go before the first night of the tour, everyone in the team is exhausted and the cameras are there as dancer Tre attempts a backflip and injures his knee.

With his appearance in the tour in jeopardy, Cheryl tells the cameras about the last few days before a tour starts. She says: “It is insane, not fun, and the twelfth hour? Disastrous. There are moments where you want to sit in a corner and cry.”

The cameras follow Cheryl to Ireland for the first night of her tour. As she gets her opening outfit on and prepares to take to the stage, she explains the feelings that are running through her mind.

She says: “I am in a zone on my way to the stage. I can hear the audience screaming. Mel is shouting, ‘Are you ready?’ to which I say, ‘I don’t know.’

“I don’t know. I all of a sudden have forgotten every lyric, every dance move, if I even know the show at all at that stage. I’m that nervous. And even if my legs are going to hold up to stand up, I’ve gone to jelly. And then I’m there, and I’m in it and it feels so good. And normal, and I’m not scared.”

The programme shows the highlights from Cheryl’s first concert and her elation as it all goes well. After Ireland is complete, the team and Cheryl are back on the tour bus and head to the O2 in London.

Cheryl explains how excited but nervous she is to be performing at such a big venue in front of her friends and family. The cameras follow the star back stage and to her after-show party – where the paps are out in force.

The programme sees Cheryl at the launch of her autobiography and at a TV appearance to promote her tour. Plus, on stage in Manchester she presents Tre with a birthday cake and sings to him with the crowd.

And, Cheryl: Access All Areas, is with the singer at her very emotional home-coming performance in Newcastle.

Cheryl: Access All Areas is a Fresh One production for ITV2. The producer-directors are Paul Caslin and Sybil Dessau and the executive producer is David Wise.

9:00pm Friday 16 November on BBC TWO

During David Attenborough’s filmmaking career spanning 60 years, there have been unparalleled changes both in the natural world, the understanding of the planet and the techniques used in filming. He takes a very personal journey in this three-part series through the six decades and the massive developments he has witnessed.

In episode one, Life on Camera, he looks back on the iconic animal encounters which have shaped his career from the early black-and-white Zooquest days when he had to describe the colour of the animals he filmed, to a close encounter with a lion pride in pitch darkness. He reflects on the developments in wildlife filmmaking, revealing how decades of innovation in photography have brought ever more breathtaking and intimate images of wildlife to television – changing the view of life on the planet forever.

Returning to his old haunts in Borneo, he shares a few tricks of the trade such as how to catch a Komodo dragon and maintaining continuity in the most difficult circumstances – describing bat behaviour while choking on the stench of their guano before being hit in the face by one!

He also recalls his first landmark series, Life on Earth, and the arrival of jet air travel which made it feasible to film in 30 countries over three years, as well as how, as a boy in the thirties, he was inspired by his first ever natural history film – a fanciful story of penguins presented by eccentric Englishman Cherry Kearton.

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9:00pm Monday 12 November on BBC TWO

Adolf Hitler seemed an unlikely leader – fuelled by anger, incapable of forming normal human relationships and unwilling to debate political issues. Such was the depth of his hatred that he would go on to become a war criminal arguably without precedent in history – his hatred would lead to the Holocaust, his desire for conquest would leave much of Europe in ruins, and his determination caused the death of 60 million people. Yet he was once loved by many.

In the first of a three part series, Laurence Rees looks at how this was possible, revealing how Hitler formed a connection with millions of German people and in the process, this seemingly unlikely figure generated a level of charismatic attraction almost without parallel. Dispelling the myth that Hitler somehow hypnotised a nation, this first episode looks at how his alleged ‘charisma’ played a key role in his success as a leader.

With the help of testimony from those who lived through these times, film archive – including rarely seen colour home movies – and specially shot documentary footage, The Dark Charisma Of Adolf Hitler reveals how Hitler managed to turn from a peculiar nobody in 1913 into the Chancellor and Fuehrer of the German people.

The series is written and produced by Laurence Rees, who won a Bafta for his 1997 series Nazis: A Warning From History and a Grierson award for his 2005 series Auschwitz: The Nazis And The ‘Final Solution’. The series historical consultant is Professor Sir Ian Kershaw, the world’s leading academic expert on Adolf Hitler.

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9:00pm Wednesday 7 November on BBC TWO

Britain has the safest roads in Europe, and yet after years of fewer people dying on our roads, numbers are rising again. In How Safe Are Britain’s Roads?, Justin Rowlatt and Anita Rani clock up the miles, criss-crossing the country to find out why so many traffic accidents are still happening.

For episode two, Anita and Justin consider the dangers of mobile phones: how do they compare to lack of sleep or alcohol, and are some people more error-prone than others? Research suggests men and women crash in different ways, as do young and old. Justin and Anita get the scientists out of the lab to carry out tests on the Great British public. They use what they find out to examine current proposals. Should we re-test the elderly or ban the young from driving with friends? The programme explores what is behind the statistics through access to a unique video collection of drivers caught on camera during accidents and near misses, showing the errors as they happen – including Justin and Anita’s own. And Anita gets behind the wheel of a car which drives itself. Could it eliminate accidents completely?

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9:00pm Monday 5 November on BBC TWO

On 13 September 1940, 80,000 Italian troops marched out of Libya into Egypt to threaten the epicentre of the British Empire at a critical moment in the Second World War. And what began as a desert skirmish rapidly became the fulcrum of Britain’s struggle for survival against the Nazis.

This obscure wilderness, of no apparent strategic value, was the scene of Winston Churchill’s lonely stand against the seemingly overwhelming forces of the German-Italian fascist Axis.

By 1942 the battle for North Africa had become pivotal to what was by then a truly global conflict, with hundreds of thousands of men from at least 10 nations fighting on one of the most inhospitable battlefields on Earth, culminating in the Battle of El Alamein, 70 years ago. It was a triumph that marked, in Churchill’s famous words, ‘the end of the beginning’.

This is the story of how the men who fought and died here were players in a high drama scripted by Churchill, Roosevelt, Mussolini and Hitler in the war capitals of London, Washington, Rome and Berlin. To tell this compelling story Jonathan Dimbleby travels to all the key locations, among them the Cabinet War Rooms deep beneath Whitehall, the vast bunker in Poland where Hitler plotted his campaigns, the tunnels under Malta where civilians sheltered from the Nazi bombs, the Brenner Pass where Hitler and Mussolini planned their campaign and to El Alamein itself where the battle reached its climax.

8:30pm Sunday 4 November on BBC TWO

In this one-off documentary, Space Dive tells the behind-the-scenes story of Felix Baumgarter’s historic, record-breaking freefall from the edge of space to Earth.

The world watched with bated breath when Felix became the first person to freefall through the sound barrier on 14 October 2012, after jumping from 128,100ft (24 miles) from the edge of space.

Space Dive features footage, which until now has been kept closely under wraps, from cameras attached to Felix, as he broke through the sound barrier. The documentary follows Felix as he underwent years of training under the watchful eye of 82-year-old Colonel Joe Kittinger, the man who set the original record when he fell 19 miles to earth (102,000 feet) 50 years ago, since which two men died in similar attempts.

During Felix’s intense physical training the cameras capture the basejumper as he struggles to overcome a severe claustrophic reaction to the movement-restricting pressure suit, and how the mission came close to aborting in the final stages of the ascent, and saw just how close Felix came to spinning and tumbling to unconsciousness during the jump.

10:00pm Thursday, October 25 on C4

Freaky Sleepers looks at the new wave of extraordinary stress related sleep disorders, following sufferers as they attempt to find a solution to their sleeping problems. Tom, 23, from Torquay suffers from extreme night terrors and has now twice jumped out of a window while still asleep. On the last occasion he fell over 30 feet splitting open his leg and head and had severe bruising all over his body. Dave, 29, from St Helens attacked his wife in his sleep and as a result, they have decided to put their plans to start a family on hold. He regularly starts having sex with his partner during his sleep, putting great strain on their relationship. In the UK, sleep clinics are being inundated with patients trying to seek help, however with sleep medicine in its infancy and most treatments being a matter of trial and error prescriptions, will doctors ever be able to provide an effective cure and allow these sleep sufferers to have a decent night’s kip? Contact: Kiran Poonia; kpoonia@channel4.co.uk

9:00pm Thursday, October 25 on C4

In October 2011 in the tiny town of Le Roy, New York, a handful of teenage girls from the same high school suddenly developed symptoms that looked like Tourette’s syndrome: facial twitching, violent limb gestures and uncontrollable verbal outbursts. Some doctors believed they were victims of conversion disorder, where real physical symptoms – in this case tics – are triggered not by a physical cause, but by psychological trauma. However within a few months, the stunned community watched up to 18 students get sick and the diagnosis became ‘mass hysteria,’ formally known as ‘mass psychogenic illness’, where symptoms spread among vulnerable people in close proximity. As a cry for help, the girls went on national TV and their story caused a global media frenzy. This one-off documentary has secured exclusive access to the people at the heart of this outbreak, including the girls who have recovered, as well as those who are still suffering. Using archive footage, it also tells how this bizarre situation began and how the individuals and their families not only dealt with the symptoms, but how they reacted to the media frenzy surrounding their small American town. Contact: Kiran Poonia; kpoonia@channel4.co.uk

10:00pm Thursday, October 18 on C4

This film explores the world of tattoos; the artists, the reasons why people have them and what happens when they regret them. From a drunken dare to tattoo addictions, My Tattoo Addiction seeks to discover what people’s tattoos say about their lives and tells some of the compelling stories that lie beneath the surface of body art. There are over an estimated 20 million tattoos in Britain and full arm, leg, chest, back and even head tattoos are now more popular than ever. Reflecting the changing nature of tattoos and the industry, the film follows contributors who have all developed a unique relationship with their tattoos.

12:15pm Sunday 21 October on BBC ONE

To mark the Hindu Festival of Dussehra, victims of Idi Amin’s expulsion of Ugandan Asians in 1972 relive their stories of forced immigration to Great Britain, from the shock when they first heard the news, the hardship and heartbreak of their journey, arrival and first desperate days, to the turning points as they began to make new lives for themselves.

The 40th anniversary coincides with the festival of Dussehra, in which Hindus celebrate the victory of good over evil. Dussehra is derived from the Sanskrit Dasha-hara meaning ‘remover of bad fate’. Contributors to the programme reflect on their trials, their faith, their families, what they have learnt, their good fortune, what they still miss and what they treasure.

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