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Network TV Week 11

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BBC ONE Unplaced Week 11
Castaway Ep 2/13
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Day and time be confirmed BBC ONE
www.bbc.co.uk/castaway

     

Danny Wallace brings the latest news of the castaways
Danny Wallace brings the latest
news of the castaways

Danny Wallace presents the first of 12 weekly round-ups featuring all the bond-forming, storming and performing that's been happening as the castaways settle into their remote island home.

 

The programme reveals the bust-ups, friendships and problems encountered and, hopefully, solved over the preceding seven days. Viewers find out how the castaways have survived their first week, without their friends and family, in much more basic surroundings than they're used to. It won't have been easy: challenges they will have faced already include living without electricity and running water – although not having a daily commute or typical work stress will probably be a relief for some of them!

 

This is also the only time that the castaways will have contact with someone from the outside world, as Danny visits them to announce the outcome of a crucial decision that will affect their lives in a major way – possibly for the rest of their stay.

 

Eagle-eyed viewers might spot something suspicious during the programme and can visit the website to find out what is going on...

 

This programme is followed by Castaway Exposed on BBC Three.

 

KA/GM

RED NOSE DAY 07
Comic Relief Does Fame Academy

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Day and time to be confirmed BBC ONE
www.bbc.co.uk/rednoseday
Press pack

     

After 10 days of tears, triumphs and tribulations in the Academy, the final has arrived and two celebrity students face their toughest challenge yet – performing live from BBC Television Centre. Only one can be crowned the winner and it's up to viewers to decide, as Comic Relief Does Fame Academy reaches its climax on Red Nose Day's Night Of TV.

 

Patrick Kielty and Claudia Winkleman preside over tonight's live final. Thirteen celebrities have been whittled down to just two, but who will follow in the footsteps of 2005's champion, Radio 1's Edith Bowman?

 

As the finalists battle it out to hit the high notes and come out on top, viewers can vote to decide who will be crowned Comic Relief Does Fame Academy winner 2007!

 

RL

 

BBC TWO Unplaced Week 11
BBC ABOLITION SEASON
Moira Stuart... In Search Of Wilberforce

Unplaced
Day and time to be confirmed BBC TWO
www.bbc.co.uk/abolition
Feature
Press pack

       

Moira Stuart makes a personal journey to discover the real William Wilberforce
Moira Stuart makes a personal
journey to discover the real
William Wilberforce

For the past year, Moira Stuart has been on a personal journey. She has travelled to three continents and across thousands of miles in a quest to discover the real William Wilberforce – the nation's icon of principled protest.

 

In March 2007, Britain commemorates 200 years since the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. The name Wilberforce is synonymous with this event – considered to be one of Britain's noblest achievements. But who was he and what precisely did he accomplish that made him unique among his peers?

 

In this authored film, Moira sets out to investigate how the reputation of Wilberforce came about, why it continues and how it has overshadowed the significant efforts of others. This fascinating documentary is part travelogue and part investigation, taking in countries on three continents: Britain, the USA, the Caribbean and Cape Coast in Ghana. Moira interviews a wide range of expert witnesses who offer new insights into the man himself.

 

This film is part of a pan-BBC season of programmes to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain.

 

EF/RI

Horizon – My Pet Dinosaur Ep 1/9
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Day and time to be confirmed BBC TWO
www.bbc.co.uk/horizon

     

Horizon reveals that people can have their very own prehistoric pet
Horizon reveals that people can
have their very own prehistoric
pet

It's a palaeontologist's dream: the chance to live in a world where dinosaurs are not something to be dug out of the ground but are living among people as pets, pests and protein. It sounds far-fetched and yet, but for one large meteorite heading in the Earth's direction 65 million years ago, the world could have turned out very differently. My Pet Dinosaur, the first programme in a new series of Horizon, tweaks history by asking what would have happened if that rock had missed.

 

Enlisting the expert opinions of the world's leading palaeontologists, the programme discovers that dinosaurs were far from lumbering, cold-blooded extinction-bound creatures. Scientists have recently discovered that they were not only more adaptable than previously thought but that some could also have been warm-blooded and perfectly attuned to their surroundings. In other words, they were more than equipped to survive anything that the evolving planet had to throw at them.

 

What is certain is that the world today would be very different had they survived. If humans were lucky enough to be living alongside dinosaurs, it would likely be at the expense of most, if not all, of the mammals with which we are familiar today. This programme asks if, as a result, dinosaurs would be kept as pets and whether humans would be hunting Hadrosaurs instead of elk, farming Protoceratops instead of pigs and chasing small Therapods from their dustbins instead of foxes. It also asks if, in the 65 million years it took humans to evolve from rodents to Homo sapiens, could the brighter dinosaurs have evolved into something humanoid, too?

 

Horizon sneaks a look at the strange world of 21st-century dinosaurs, films the first-ever autopsy on a recently deceased dinosaur and reveals that people really can have their very own prehistoric pet...

 

CW

The Trap –
What Happened To Our Dream Of Freedom?
Ep 1/3
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Day and time to be confirmed BBC TWO


Individual freedom is the dream of our age. It's what our leaders promise to give us, it defines how we think of ourselves and, repeatedly, we have gone to war to impose freedom around the world. But if you step back and look at what freedom actually means for us today, it's a strange and limited kind of freedom.

 

Politicians promised to liberate us from the old dead hand of bureaucracy, but they have created an evermore controlling system of social management, driven by targets and numbers. Governments committed to freedom of choice have presided over a rise in inequality and a dramatic collapse in social mobility. And abroad, in Iraq and Afghanistan, the attempt to enforce freedom has led to bloody mayhem and the rise of an authoritarian anti-democratic Islamism. This, in turn, has helped inspire terrorist attacks in Britain. In response, the Government has dismantled long-standing laws designed to protect our freedom.

 

The Trap is a series of three films by Bafta-winning producer Adam Curtis that explains the origins of our contemporary, narrow idea of freedom.

 

It shows how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today's idea of freedom. This model was derived from ideas and techniques developed by nuclear strategists during the Cold War to control the behaviour of the Soviet enemy.

 

Mathematicians such as John Nash developed paranoid game theories whose equations required people to be seen as selfish and isolated creatures, constantly monitoring each other suspiciously – always intent on their own advantage.

 

This model was then developed by genetic biologists, anthropologists, radical psychiatrists and free market economists, and has come to dominate both political thinking since the Seventies and the way people think about themselves as human beings.

 

However, within this simplistic idea lay the seeds of new forms of control. And what people have forgotten is that there are other ideas of freedom. We are, says Curtis, in a trap of our own making that controls us, deprives us of meaning and causes death and chaos abroad.

 

KR

 

BBC THREE Unplaced Week 11
Castaway Exposed Ep 2/13
Unplaced
10.00-11.00pm BBC THREE
www.bbc.co.uk/castaway

     

Richard Bacon brings the experts' reaction in Castaway Exposed
Richard Bacon brings the
experts' reaction in Castaway
Exposed

Following BBC One's weekly Castaway round-up, Richard Bacon has all the reaction to what's been happening on the island in a programme featuring exclusive interviews with survival and psychology experts and the castaways' family members.

 

After every BBC Three show, viewers can press their Red button to access Danny's Diary, in which Danny Wallace (presenter of the main Castaway programme on BBC One), reveals his own thoughts about what's been happening on the island.

 

Viewers who visit the dedicated Castaway website can also access the latest news before it appears on screen, as well as lots of exclusive content, including a weekly video podcast.

 

KA/GM



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