Miniseries

Sunday, 30 August 2009, 9:00PM – 10:30PM

In the depths of Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff (Tom Hardy) is tormented by his memory of Cathy (Charlotte Riley), his deceased lover and eternal soul mate.

It is 1848 and 18 years after Cathy’s death when Heathcliff exacts a nefarious plan of revenge on Cathy’s husband and his neighbour of Thrushcross Grange, Edgar Linton (Andrew Lincoln). Heathcliff’s son, Linton (Tom Payne), has recently arrived at Wuthering Heights after the death of his mother – Edgar’s sister. Edgar and Cathy’s daughter, Catherine (Rebecca Night), believes her cousin is many miles away but Heathcliff entraps Catherine at Wuthering Heights where she discovers Linton and learns that Heathcliff plans to force them into marriage and become the rightful owner of Thrushcross Grange. Edgar is close to death and is heartbroken to consider that he may lose his daughter to Heathcliff’s iniquitous control. Catherine’s presence evokes Heathcliff’s early memory of Cathy and his arrival at Wuthering Heights…

In 1815, Mr Earnshaw (Kevin McNally) returns from Liverpool with an orphan, Heathcliff. Earnshaw’s son, Hindley (Burn Gorman), resents Heathcliff while his sister, Cathy, befriends him. Mr Earnshaw withdraws from society and Hindley is sent to boarding school for a better education. Thus begins a journey of wild-spirited freedom for Cathy and Heathcliff amidst the Yorkshire moors, and the beginning of a bond from which they will never be separated.

Ten years later, Mr Earnshaw dies and Hindley returns to inherit Wuthering Heights with his wife, Frances (Sia Berkeley). Heathcliff is forced to live in the stables, watched by the pious servant Joseph (Des McAleer) and forbidden to attend Mr Earnshaw’s funeral. Heathcliff and Cathy plan to escape together but Cathy is attacked by a dog while spying on the Lintons and after spending five weeks recovering at Thrushcross Grange she returns to the Heights transformed into a sophisticated young woman.

Nelly (Sarah Lancashire), the loyal maidservant at Wuthering Heights, observes Cathy as she becomes increasingly torn between her love for Heathcliff and Edgar Linton’s admiration. When Edgar mistakes Heathcliff for a servant, Heathcliff’s temper is ignited but his outbreak leads to punishment and Hindley flogs him. Frances dies during childbirth and Hindley’s demise begins.

Edgar proposes to Cathy. She must choose a life of comfort and wealth as Mrs Linton or succumb to her love for Heathcliff. Believing that Cathy has already betrayed him in her heart, Heathcliff leaves Gimmerton while Cathy tells Nelly that nothing can ever separate them.

After three years of waiting for Heathcliff to return, Cathy marries Edgar. At the wedding a boy passes a note to Cathy. It reads, ‘I know you have betrayed me.’ Heathcliff has returned to Gimmerton transformed into a wealthy and handsome suitor with plans of revenge.

Wuthering Heights [part 2] concludes tomorrow night Monday 31 August at 9pm.

This gritty urban documentary series follows the work of police who patrol the busiest beat in Britain – London’s West End. In the final episode, surveillance cameras chart the progress of pickpockets on Oxford Street. A pair of men try to steal from London’s biggest toy store, and trouble flares up in Leicester Square.

Soho is London’s playground of the night. It has hundreds of bars, clubs, restaurants and theatres all squeezed into a quarter of a square mile. On an average evening, over 250,000 people travel to Soho to indulge in its many pleasures.

For the cops of West End Central police station, it is the most challenging part of the country to police. They are called to over 15,000 incidents a year, dealing with everything from drunk and disorderly behaviour to organised criminals who use children to beg and steal on the streets.

This week, CCTV cameras catch a pair of pickpockets from Romania as they target innocent shoppers – only to be cornered by security guards. When the cops arrive, the suspects are found to be carrying thousands of pounds’ worth of money in various denominations.

Elsewhere, a female thief targets mothers with babies. The mums are too preoccupied to notice the pickpocket as she distracts them and helps herself to their money. The cops discover that the woman is a regular visitor to London, travelling thousands of miles from Chile specifically to steal on Oxford Street, before returning home much richer.

Meanwhile, at London’s biggest toy store, a pair of men dressed in high-visibility jackets catch the attention of CCTV operators as they try to steal a £500 train set. However, their bid to escape unnoticed is thwarted when they press the wrong button in the lift and are sent to the basement – where a security team is waiting for them.

As night falls, the worst troublemakers are not thieves but violent drunks. Around 125,000 assaults take place in London every year, and on Friday and Saturday nights the West End is teeming with revellers spoiling for a fight. In Leicester Square, trouble flares up and the cops are forced to call for backup.

This gritty urban documentary series follows the work of police who patrol the busiest beat in Britain – London’s West End. In this episode, officers detain a couple of drunks. Police struggle to clamp down on the area’s persistent drug dealers. Three suspected drug addicts are arrested and a tourist has an unhappy experience on Soho’s dark streets.

Soho is London’s playground of the night. It has hundreds of bars, clubs, restaurants and theatres all squeezed into a quarter of a square mile. On an average evening, over 250,000 people travel to Soho to indulge in its many pleasures.

For the cops of West End Central police station, it is the most challenging part of the country to police. They are called to over 15,000 incidents a year, dealing with everything from drunk and disorderly behaviour to organised criminals who use children to beg and steal on the streets.

This week, the Soho cops deal with a pair of drunks and are forced to call for backup. As a troublemaker is brought down to the ground, his mate decides to come quietly. It transpires he is quite happy to be arrested and get a warm bed for the night. Unfortunately for him, he gets more than he bargained for upon arrival at the police station.

Another drunk, meanwhile, takes his frustration out on the police van – using his head to batter the doors, but damaging only himself. This sort of behaviour is not unusual for the Soho cops, who have a nurse on duty 24 hours a day to deal with those who have injured themselves.

At the same time, the police are out in force to crack down on the drug dealers who regard Soho’s dark alleyways as their place of work. However, even CCTV cameras and the police snatch squads are not always able to catch the culprits. The West End dealers routinely carry the drugs in their mouths and simply swallow them when the cops show up.

Elsewhere, officers have an easier time of it when they raid the house of a suspected junkie and find him and two mates with some crack ready to smoke. The men deny any knowledge of it, so all three are taken to West End Central, where they are held in one of the biggest custody suites in the country.

Also this week, plain-clothes officers are called upon to deal with a Russian tourist who got more than he bargained for when he encountered a ‘lady’ of the night.

In the first of a dramatic three part series that brings to life three iconic rescue missions.

On 30th April 1980 six armed terrorists stormed the Iranian embassy in London, taking 26 people hostage.

Millions watched as the bank holiday TV schedules were interrupted to show the situation unfold.

In the first of a dramatic three part series that brings to life three iconic rescue missions, Extreme Rescue: The Iranian Embassy Siege is the inside story of an ordeal that would see five Iranian gunmen and one hostage killed, nineteen captives set free and two injured in the cross-fire.

The gunmen belonged to a dissident Iranian group opposed to Ayatollah Khomeini and they took over the embassy in South Kensington in a bid to secure the release of 91 political prisoners held in Iran.

For six nerve-wracking days the hostages’ lives would hang in the balance. Outside no one could be sure what was going on behind the white-stucco walls of the embassy.

Extreme Rescue: The Iranian Embassy Siege looks at what really happened during those tense one hundred and twenty-nine hours.

It examines how the drama unfolded, drawing on testimonies from the unlikely group of people who were forced to find within themselves resources they never knew they had: the London policeman Trevor Lock who was confronted by the heavily armed gang; the TV soundman Sim Harris who became the story when he was taken hostage; the Arabic-speaking journalist, Mustapha Karkouti who became the only man who could communicate fluently with the gunmen; the police negotiator, DI Max Vernon, who had to try to end the emergency without violence and two of the SAS men who went in, Robin Horsfall and John Macleese.

By using dramatic documentary reconstruction and graphics and archive footage, Extreme Rescue: The Iranian Embassy Siege shows how on the sixth day events came to a sudden and brutal climax. The Special Air Services (SAS) were given authority to move in and rescue the captives while the whole world looked on.

The other programmes in the Extreme Rescue series look at the 1984 IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton on the final night of the annual Conservative party conference and the ordeal of those caught up in the Montroc avalanche in 1999.

Alfie Allen (yes, the brother referred to in Lily Allen’s song “Alfie”) will play an East Eng gang member in Casualty 1907 – a three part miniseries to screen on BBC One this autumn.

The Panic Room sounds anything but harmless! Designed by two psychologists, Dr Lucy Atcheson and Dr Felix Economakis, the room is a self-contained enclosed space that uses projected images and light and sound techniques to bring phobias to life. Next? Insert a person and see what the end result is… I’m not sure I would want to be put inside… Anyone else?

The show will air on April 10 at 9pm on BBC Three

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