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Network TV Week 10


BBC ONE Unplaced Week 10
Eurovision – Your Decision Ep 1/2
Day and time to be confirmed BBC ONE


The UK's hopes at the Eurovision Song Contest are in the hands of the public once again as six acts get set to take part in Eurovision – Your Decision – the UK's entry selection programme for the Contest.


Eurovision veteran Terry Wogan returns and is joined by Claudia Winkleman to reveal who the UK chooses to send to Belgrade.


With a new name and a new format, the six acts will go head to head in three categories, with the best act from each category, plus a wildcard, going through to the second round.



Eurovision – Your Decision Ep 2/2
Day and time to be confirmed BBC ONE


Terry Wogan and Claudia Winkleman return for the second part of Eurovision – Your Decision to reveal the lucky act that will represent the UK at the 53rd annual Eurovision Song Contest.


Two acts will leave straight away, but the remaining two acts that make it through will sing again for the public vote.



Love Soup Ep 1/12
Day and time to be confirmed BBC ONE


(L-R) Sheridan Smith, Tamsin Greig and Montserrat Lombard star in Love Soup
(L-R) Sheridan Smith, Tamsin
Greig and Montserrat Lombard
star in Love Soup

Is it possible that somewhere out there a perfect partner exists for each of us? Alice Chenery thinks so, as she returns for a second series of Love Soup, still unattached and undaunted in search of her perfect partner.


Created by David Renwick, Love Soup, starring Tamsin Greig as Alice, takes an entertaining and provocative look at one woman's search for sanity, sex and a soul-mate, as Alice continues to navigate the treacherous waters of love, in a world where sense and sensitivity seem to have become largely unfashionable.


An account manager for a major French perfume company in a London department store, Alice's daily workload is complicated by the varied, and often bizarre, erotic exploits of her colleagues Cleo and Milly.


In the first episode of the new series, Cleo struggles to cope with a scathing review of her performance in bed, Milly finds she is strangely turned on by a man's shadow and Alice has more to worry about than the amorous intentions of her driving instructor. Her predatory regional manager, Catherine Sumpter, is in town and Alice has been summoned to a mysterious meeting in her hotel room, where a distinctly potent threat of sexual harassment is in the air ...


Cleo is played by Sheridan Smith and Milly by Montserrat Lombard.



Day and time to be confirmed BBC ONE


Whistleblower, the BBC's flagship undercover series, is back, this time exposing serious failings in our multi-million pound childcare industry.


Following tip-offs from whistleblowers, the programme reveals just how far an undercover reporter – with no experience or relevant qualifications – can get in the world of childcare, and what she discovers along the way.


Revelations go far beyond the occasional bad nursery. She finds evidence of widespread failings – putting the welfare and safety of children at risk on a daily basis.


This investigation is compelling and should be essential viewing for any parent.


Previous Whistleblowers have exposed bank fraud, sharp practice by estate agents, health and safety risks in supermarket food, corruption among car parking attendants and serious security lapses at a major UK airport.




BBC TWO Unplaced Week 10
White - Last Orders
Day and time to be confirmed BBC TWO
White season press pack


"We�ve been the forgotten people for so long," states one of the long-standing committee members of Wibsey Working Men�s Club in Last Orders, the first of a season of films exploring issues facing Britain�s white working class in the 21st century.


Film-maker Henry Singer was intrigued by his latest assignment: to spend four months in Bradford making a film about a working men�s club. The Emmy and Bafta-nominated director admits that, as an American, he knew little about such clubs before he arrived except that they served cheap beer, hosted light entertainment and were once the thriving hub of working-class communities. Today, almost four per week are going out of business and the newly imposed smoking ban further threatens their survival.


Just 10 minutes from Bradford city centre is the village of Wibsey, home to the Wibsey Working Men�s Club: a private members� club owned by the members and run by a volunteer committee. Where once the club was the cornerstone of the community, it�s now home to a few stalwart regulars with few younger people coming through the door.


Singer followed the struggle of the committee to keep the club�s doors open. He also joined several of them at work, and uncovers a community in decline and struggling to adapt to the changes in 21st-century Britain.


Alongside unemployment and the lack of opportunities for their children, many members feel betrayed by the Labour Party and reveal what they feel is the inevitable search for a political party that represents their interests. In addition, many blame the Government for the number of immigrants arriving in cities such as Bradford, which they feel threatens their job prospects and is changing the make-up of a city they love. Finally, there is their fear that the club, which has always united their community, may not survive.


Last Orders is the first film in BBC Two�s White season of programming focusing on life in 21st-century Britain for the white working class. Other programmes in the season are: Rivers Of Blood, White Girl, The Primary, The Poles Are Coming and All White In Barking.




BBC FOUR Unplaced Week 10
Selling The Sixties –
How Madison Avenue Dreamed A Decade

Day and time to be confirmed BBC FOUR


From the plush suburbs of the mid-West to the brave, new, steel-and-glass avenues of New York, America in 1960 felt to many like a land of plenty and a land of hope. Even politics was reinvigorated, thanks to a product known as new, improved JFK.


With the challenges of Vietnam, feminism and the counter-culture still in the future, it appeared as if unabashed consumerism had really delivered the goods that underpinned a unique American way of life.


The key figures in this period were the advertising men (and women) of "Madison Avenue", a semi-mythical place where the dreams of America in the Sixties were spun.


To accompany the premi�re of Matt Weiner's Mad Men on BBC Four, Selling The Sixties explores America's Days of Heaven when it seemed as if happiness could be bought and sold. This archive-rich documentary includes contributions from advertising legend George Lois and writer Gay Talese.





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