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February's information
This page contains reference material for Breakfast's programmes from February 2005.

You'll find weblinks, phone numbers, book details and other useful information, listed in date order (with the most recent at the top).

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Sunday 27 February

  • Autism
    The National Autistic Society has launched a new online directory of services for people with autism and their families and carers. It's called Paris: public autism resource and information service.


    Saturday 26 February

  • Horse passports


    Friday 25 February

  • BBC Actionline
    Following Thursday night's BBC One programme 'Dad' which looked at the contentious issue of elder abuse, an incorrect number was given for the BBC's Actionline. The correct number is: 08000 566 065

  • Bovine Tuberculosis
    There is more background information, and several links to other websites on our story about badgers spreading Bovine TB.

  • Oscars
    Our story on the build up to the Oscars contains links to BBC News Online's 'In Depth' section.

  • Celebrity Fame Academy
    Celebrity Fame Academy, (part of Comic Relief) is on Saturday night at 6.30pm. Runs nightly from March 2nd. We spoke to John Culshaw and Al Murray who are taking part.

  • Bill Oddie
    Came on the programme to talk about a project involving the BBC, and the Woodland Trust. It's about a survey into the arrival of spring.


    Thursday 24 February

  • Richard Briers
    You can watch the BBC Drama Dad tonight on BBC One at 8pm. It's a film for Comic Relief.

  • Santa Montefiore
    "Last Voyage of The Valentina" by Santa Montefiore is published by Hodder and Stoughton, ISBN 0340830875 rrp: 14.99

  • Sudan 1 food recall


    Wednesday 23 February

  • Extreme knitting
    The avant-garde knitting we featured can be seen at an exhibition at the Crafts Council gallery in London from 24 Feb - 8 May at 44a Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9BY. Entry is free.

  • Dining at the Captain's table
    We're talking to author Sarah Edington about her book "The Captain's Table: Life and Dining on the Great Ocean Liners", by Sarah Edington, published by National Maritime Museum Publishing, ISBN 0948065575 rrp: 16.99

  • Caravaggio exhibition
    The exhibition of the later works of the artist Caravaggio opens today at the National Gallery in Tralgar Square, central London.

  • Miners' strike drama
    The TV drama about the miners' strike is called Faith. It's on BBC One on Monday February 28 at 9pm.


    Tuesday 22 February

  • NSPCC
    We talked to the NSPCC about its new anti-smacking campaign, with the slogan "hit means lost it".
  • If you need help, you can ring the NSPCC's national helpline: 0808 800 5000.
  • To obtain a copy of the leaflet: Keeping Your Cool, A parent's guide to anger, you can ring the NSPCC on 0800 801 837. You can also download advice leaflets on many common problems in family life from the NSPCC's website: Or you can write off for a parenting pack (please send an SAE and five first class stamps) to:
    Parenting pack, NSPCC Publications, Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH

  • Food dye Sudan1: ready-made food recall

  • Artists on film
    You can see more artists on film tonight only at the Cochrane Theatre in London. Tickets are free but booking is essential: 0207 269 1606. It's organised by the University of the Arts (formerly the London Institute)


    Monday 21 February

  • Josephine Cox
    We'll talk to the best-selling author about her latest novel. The Journey was published on February 14, by Harper Collins. ISBN: 0007146140 rrp: 16.99

  • Brit Bus tour
    You can find out more about the tour promoting British music in the US, from the Best of British website


    Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 February

  • Food dye Sudan1: ready-made food recall


    Friday 18 February

  • Post
    Our main story on the end of the Royal Mail's monopoly contains several useful links including Postwatch, the watchdog for postal services

  • Sue's Running Mate
    If you want to read Sue Thearle's London Marathon training diary follow the link below.

  • First Light Film Awards
    Next week sees the third annual First Light Film Awards - dubbed the mini Oscars, they're given in recognition of the talents of filmmakers aged from as young as five to eighteen from across the UK.

    Details of our guest Amma Asante's film A Way Of Life can be found via the link below. The DVD of the film is released on 11 April

  • Elkie Brookes
    Elkie Brooks came in to talk about her new album, Electric Lady and her UK Tour.


    Thursday 17 February

  • One night of Shakespeare
    We're talking to the actress June Brown - Dot from EastEnders - about One Night of Shakespeare. This is a joint project from the BBC and the Shakespeare Schools festival which will involve 400 schools performing Shakespeare in Theatres across the country on Sunday 3 July.

    The BBC and Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) are to produce '1 Night of Shakespeare', a UK-wide event involving 10,000 young performers aged 11-16 from 400 schools performing Shakespeare in 100 theatres on the night of Sunday 3rd July 2005. For further information call 0207 785 6497 - or go to the BBC Talent website: you have eight days left to apply.

  • Airline compensation

  • Grown-up Gappers
    You can watch Margot's story on Grown up Gappers on BBC Two tonight at 9.50pm


    Wednesday 16 February

  • Kim Medcalf
    Kim Medcalf plays Sam Mitchell in Eastenders. Kim is in central role for a one hour special on Friday night.

  • Richard Clayderman
    Next month 'The Prince of Romance' embarks on a UK tour and today, he came to Britain especially for Breakfast.Tour dates: 9-27 March. Northampton; Barnstaple; Dudley; Lowestoft; Hopton on Sea; Southend; Salford; Canterbury; Dartford; Rhyl; Newcastle; Blackpool; Liverpool; Leicester; Leeds.


    Tuesday 15 February

  • Body Beautiful
    New Series charting Britain's past from revealing new footage. Series is called 'Nation on Film' and first episode is called 'Body Beautiful': BBC TWO on Tuesday 15 February 2005 at 1930

  • Brian Cox
    The LA based actor is over to promote the BBC Four drama adaptation of the Joe Penhalls play "Blue Orange". Transmission: 23rd Feb, 2100, BBC FOUR.

  • Life Aquatic
    Julia Botfield looks at the new film and talks to its stars Angelica Houston and Cate Blanchett. Film is out on Feb 18th


    Monday 14 February

  • Children's novelist
    We're talking to the author Eoin Colfer, who created the Artemis Fowl series. His latest book The Supernaturalist is published by Puffin, ISBN: 0141317418, rrp: 5.99

  • Richard Gere
    The star's latest film, Shall We Dance? is released in Britain on February 18.


    Sunday 13 February

  • Heart: Real Valentine Appeal
    We talked to the British Heart Foundation about its latest campaign - the Real Valentine Appeal. The BHF says that, while heart disease rates in Britain are high, we also spend more on treatment than many other countries, which has dramatically improved survival and recovery rates.


    Friday 11 February

    Englebert Humperdinck
    Was Breakfast's guest on Friday's programme. You can get full details of his forthcoming tour from his website.

    Sue Thearle's Running Mate
    Sue announced that Heather Millgate, from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire would be her running mate, and Heather will be running for the Headway charity

    Adam Hart Davis
    Came on the programme to talk about his new book: "What the Past Did For us", published by BBC Books, ISBN: 0563522070, price: 16.99. His new television series, "What the Ancients Did for us", starts Wednesday 16 February at 2000 GMT on BBC Two.


    Thursday 10 February

  • Churchill Museum The new museum dedicated to the wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill can be found in the underground Cabinet War Rooms, beneath Whitehall in central London. It's part of the Imperial War Museum

  • Novelist Ron McLarty"The Memory of Running" by Ron McLarty is published by Time Warner Books at 12.99 ISBN: 0316728608


    Wednesday 9 February

  • Scams
    The Office of Fair Trading has launched "scams awareness week" to help people spot prize draw scams.

  • Page Turners
    We're talking to the BBC's Jeremy Vine about a new book club on TV. It's called Page Turners - and it'll begin later this Spring.


    Tuesday 8 February

  • Jazz Britannia
    Courtney Pine was Breakfast's guest talking about the Jazz Britannia series of programmes on BBC Four, and concerts at the Barbican on 12 and 13 February.

  • Lovesick
    We spoke to the psychologist and writer Frank Tallis about his book 'Lovesick' which suggests that falling in love really can make you ill. The book is available now in paperback, published by: Arrow ISBN: 0099445298, price 7.99

  • Tate Exhibition
    A new exhibition opens featuring works by Turner, Whistler and Monet, who were all contemporaries in the 19th Century - the exhibition looks at how they all influenced each other. It opens at Tate Britain on Feb 10th and runs until May 15th.


    Monday 7 February

  • Ellen MacArthur
    We mentioned that the solo yachtswoman has a website where you can follow her progress

  • Eating disorders
    You can get more information about anorexia and other eating disorders from NHS Direct or the Eating Disorders Association


    Friday 4 February

  • Comedy Video
    The Best Comedy DVD in the World is 8.99, and comes out on Monday 14 February, published by Revolver Entertainment.

  • Michael Wood 'In Search of Myths and Heroes'
    Historian Michael Wood is presenting a new four part series 'In Search of Myths and Heroes'. There's a book, published on 3 March by BBC Books ISBN: 0563521872, price: 18.99. Also you can see the programme on Friday 4 February at 2100 hrs on BBC Two.

  • Ballet
    If you are interested in learning ballet, or you want to find your nearest ballet school, contact the Royal Academy of Dance. They will also be able to help if you are considering a professional career as a dancer.


    Thursday 3 February

  • Encyclopaedia reader
    We talked to a man who's distilled the information from the Encyclopaedia Britannica into one book. AJ Jacobs' book is called Know It All, published by Random House, ISBN: 0434013404, rrp: 10.99

  • Jenny Eclair
    Jenny's show, The Andy Warhol Syndrome, is playing at the Riverside Studios in West London. You can catch it out of London at Shrewsbury: Music Hall (tonight); Oxford (Feb 5); Stamford (Feb 11) Derby (Feb 19)

  • David Suchet
    Terence Rattigan's Man and Boy opens next week at The Duchess Theatre. You might like to know that the production is taking part in a special discount scheme called Get Into London Theatre, to February 19.

  • Bob Marley
    It would have been Bob Marley's 60th birthday this week. We looked at a new exhibition at London's Blink Gallery, which opens on 11 February.


    Wednesday 2 February

  • Sleep
    "How to Sleep Better" is a one off BBC special looking at common sleep problems and trying to find solutions ... we talk to Prof Jim Horne, leading sleep expert and Nadine and Danny Montgomery who have a toddler who never slept!"How to Sleep Better" is on tonight (Wed) BBC One, 8pm.

  • Andrew Collins
    Journalist and author who has a new book out recounting his student years during the 80s. The book's called "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now": (July 1, 2004) Publisher: Ebury Press ISBN: 0091896916 rrp: 10.99


    Tuesday 1 February

  • Bond
    We talked to Bond fan: Ajay Choudhury.

  • Word Exchange
    We discussed the web word debate with Jill Cornish from the Collins Dictionary is here along with Susie Dent, author of a book about obscure words called "Larpers and Shroomers."

  • Comic Relief
    We talk to Nick Knowles about Comic Relief.




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