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Sunday 29 March at 10:00pm on M4

Mark Dolan’s search for the strongest child in the world takes him from a controversial child weightlifting contest in America, to an Olympic weightlifting boarding school established in the former Soviet Union, and on to the nightclubs of the Ukraine, where he discovers a family of girls trained up from birth to perform in a circus strongman act.

The glitz and glamour of Saturday Nights is back! The new celebrities have been working hard and the pressure is on.

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly are once again hosting the show. Bruce is out with his wise cracks within minutes of the show starting.

It’s a big line up with 16 couples on the show. Tonight, it’s the turn of the men. Tomorrow night, one of the couples will learn that they’re not needed any longer on the show and will be eliminated.

Here’s how the show played out:

Tom Chambers & Camilla Dallerup
Cha Cha Cha
The Commitments - The Commitments Vol.2 - Nowhere to Run Nowhere to Run
Voting Information
Scores
6 Craig Revell Horwood
7 Arlene Philips
8 Len Goodman
7 Bruno Tonioli
28

Phil Daniels & Flavia Cacace
Waltz
Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard - I Have Nothing I Have Nothing
Voting Information
Scores
4 Craig Revell Horwood
5 Arlene Philips
6 Len Goodman
5 Bruno Tonioli
20

Don Warrington & Lilia Kopylova
Cha Cha Cha
Various Artists - Funk Classics Volume 1 - Let's Groove Tonight Let’s Groove Tonight
Voting Information
Scores
3 Craig Revell Horwood
5 Arlene Philips
6 Len Goodman
5 Bruno Tonioli
19

Austin Healey & Erin Boag
Waltz
Bobby Morganstein - The Complete Miscellaneous Party CD - Rainbow Connection (Muppets) Rainbow Connection
Voting Information
Scores
7 Craig Revell Horwood
8 Arlene Philips
9 Len Goodman
8 Bruno Tonioli
32

Mark Foster & Hayley Holt
Waltz
Eva Cassidy - Imagine - Tennessee Waltz Tennessee Waltz
Voting Information
Scores
3 Craig Revell Horwood
6 Arlene Philips
7 Len Goodman
6 Bruno Tonioli
22

Gary Rhodes & Karen Hardy
Cha Cha Cha
Swinging Blue Jeans - Hippy Hippy Shake / The Definitive Collection - Hippy Hippy Shake Hippy Hippy Shake
Voting Information
Scores
1 Craig Revell Horwood
5 Arlene Philips
6 Len Goodman
5 Bruno Tonioli
17

John Sergeant & Kristina Rihanoff
Waltz
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me - Come Away With Me Come Away With Me
Voting Information
Scores
5 Craig Revell Horwood
5 Arlene Philips
6 Len Goodman
6 Bruno Tonioli
22

Andrew Castle & Ola Jordan
Duffy - Mercy - Single - Mercy Mercy
Voting Information
Scores
4 Craig Revell Horwood
6 Arlene Philips
7 Len Goodman
6 Bruno Tonioli
23

The Strictly Come Dancing Leaderboard for tonight’s show is:

8 32 Austin & Erin
7 28 Tom & Camilla
6 23 Andrew & Ola
5 22 Mark & Hayley
4 22 John & Kristina
3 20 Phil & Flavia
2 19 Don & Lilia
1 17 Gary & Karen

Tomorrow night, two of the couples will dance off as the two with the lowest combined total and then one of them will be eliminated.

An alleged survivor of a horrific catalogue of childhood abuse has been taken on an emotional journey back to the scenes of his ordeal by BBC South’s Inside Out.

Les Cummings, 63, is campaigning for an apology from Portsmouth City Council for the abuse he claims to have suffered in its care in the Fifties.

Following the shocking revelations of abuse in Jersey, Hampshire Police are now reviewing the findings of an earlier investigation into Les’ claims.

In Friday night’s programme, Les agrees to revisit both the last remaining building of Cosham’s Children’s Cottage Homes and his first foster home.

Les’s fight for an apology – and compensation – from the city council has set him on a mission to trace many of his fellow care home children, in the hope of proving his memories are true.

“It’s difficult to explain what it’s like to be a victim of abuse all those years ago, and at 63 years of age I’m tired of being an abused victim. I want an end to it,” he said.

Les has so far traced more than 20 other alleged victims, a number of whom also recount their shocking stories to Inside Out.

In their accounts, one man’s name appears time and time again: Deputy Superintendent Alfred John Bott.

Touring the site of the home, which now houses offices, Les said: “One time he said to me: ‘hold [your sister’s] hands behind her back,’ and I had to hold her hands behind her back and he punched her in the stomach a couple of times. I’m holding her and he went off laughing. He thought it was funny.”

The Cottage Home was opened in 1931 as a more humane improvement on the workhouse.

By the time Les was taken into care, there were about 130 children kept in a handful of cottages. Each was overseen by a housemother in a system that was supposed to recreate the atmosphere of a caring family.

Labelled the city’s unwanted and unloved, the children’s main hope of escape from the brutal regime lay in being fostered.

But, for Les, finding a foster family was no such salvation. In 1951, aged seven, he was sent to a foster home in Queens Road in Copnor.

He believes he was the victim of an organised paedophile ring, farming out children for abuse. He says for the next two-and-a-half years he was beaten, starved and suffered appalling sexual abuse.

Inside Out’s cameras follow Les as he returns to the house, where he was often shut for hours on end in a tiny cupboard under the stairs.

“That’s my prison, that’s my dungeon under the stairs. I spent hours in there, weekends sometimes. No food, no water, nothing. I used to bite on the wood in there,” he said, when seeing the cupboard for the first time in almost 50 years.

But it was in the front room where the worst abuse was carried out by his foster father.

“He would close the door and I was alone. You can’t do anything about it. He has got to do what he wants to do and there’s nothing you can do about it,” he said.

Breaking down in tears, Les added: “He took away me feeling like I was a man. He took that away. Unless you have been abused like that you can’t understand what it does.

“But I will tell you the biggest courage is coming here today. I know some people will think ‘how can you do it?’ Well, it takes balls to come here and do this. Now I am a man and I don’t care what anybody says.”

Hampshire Police said 17 of the 18 people accused of abuse are either dead or untraceable.

But they have now agreed to review the inquiry they held in 2006 and have re-interviewed Les.

Portsmouth City Council said that, while it does sympathise with the victims’ suffering, it still cannot accept liability for any compensation claim.

7.30pm on Friday 7 March 2008 on BBC One South

This new nine-part series sees the owners of some of the most beautiful properties in the country competing for the right to say they own Britain’s Best Home. The series focuses on individuals who are passionate about their own homes: ordinary and extraordinary people who have toiled over build, design and d́écor to leave a personal stamp on their properties. The first episode in the series visits a mock-Georgian house in Hertfordshire, a converted chapel in Yorkshire and a stunning seaside home in Folkestone.

I Own Britain’s Best Home sees a team of three enthusiastic presenters travelling the length and breadth of Britain in search of the nation’s best residence. Property consultant Melissa Porter (presenter of ‘Put Your Money Where Your House Is’ and ‘Get a New Life’), architectural designer Charlie Luxton and property developer Russell Harris have the expertise and the eye to hunt down truly exceptional homes.
After making their selections, the presenters spend 24 hours in their favourite properties, getting acquainted with the buildings and their characters, and sniffing out the special features that make them unique.

However, I Own Britain’s Best Home is not just interested in beautiful design and architectural flourishes – the series emphasises ‘the home’ as opposed to ‘the building’, and it aims to encompass the story of the owners’ relationship with their properties. To this end, the presenters get to know the owners and their families to find out what drove them to design and build their homes. They are keen to explore the individual charms of the properties, irrespective of value or location. Each programme features three properties of different types, from thatched country cottages to urban bachelor pads. At the end of the show, the public have the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The winner from each heat goes through to the final, where one property will eventually be awarded the title of Best Home – and its owners presented with a cool £25,000.

Homes featured across the series include a sleek family flat in London’s Barbican Centre, a Georgian manor house in Essex, an award-winning new build in North London, a surprising bungalow in Eastbourne and a footballers’ wives-style house in Hertfordshire. Such a wealth of amazing properties promises an extremely tough competition – but only one home can win the ultimate accolade.

In the opening episode of the series, Melissa, Charlie and Russell visit Ambleside House in Hertfordshire. They find out what it is like to live in this stately mock-Georgian pile with a spot of cooking and a big dinner.

Elsewhere, the team heads to Holmfirth in Yorkshire to visit a converted 18th-century chapel. Owner Martine was determined to stop the building falling into the hands of a property developer, so she set about transforming it from a derelict church into a contemporary, light-filled family home. The born-again chapel is inspired by –and designed around –its beautiful stained-glass window.

Also this week, the presenters inspect a four-bedroom 18th-century house in Folkestone that has been converted into a modern two-bed bachelor pad. This striking property backs onto the pebbled beach and its glass exterior offers stunning panoramic views of the English Channel. The home also boasts an array of cheeky boys’ toys including a futuristic thumbprint detector instead of a front door key. The property has already won a RIBA Downland Prize in the Best Conversion category and has been shortlisted for a Kent Design Award. But has it got what it takes to be voted Britain’s Best Home?

Thursday March 20 at 8pm on five

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