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February's Information 2006
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    This is the archive of practical information from Breakfast's programmes in February 2006.

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    Tuesday 28 February

  • Bowel cancer
    The new drug which should soon be licensed by NICE to treat bowel cancer is called Eloxatin If you're worried you may have bowel cancer, you can get more help and support from: Bowel Cancer UK: 08708 506050; Symptoms information hotline - pre-recorded information with Lynn Faulds Wood: 0870 2424870

  • Jimmy's Farm
    We're talking to Jimmy Docherty, who features in a a new BBC series about self sufficiency. Jimmy's Farm starts tonight on BBC One at 9pm

  • Billy Elliot
    The stage musical version of Billy Elliot, the story of a boy from a mining village who becomes a ballet dancer, is still running in London's West End.

  • Teddy Thompson
    We're talking to the man who has two songs in the film Brokeback Mountain. His new album, called Teddy Thompson, is released on March 6


    Monday 27 February

  • Wildlife pictures for all
    We're talking to the man behind a new BBC initiative, to open up some of its best wildlife pictures to the public. It's called the Open Earth Archive and it's part of the Creative Archive initiative, run jointly by the BBC, the Open University, Channel Four, the BFI and Teachers' TV.


    Saturday 25 February

  • Kids for Kids
    We spoke to Patricia Parker, Founder of Kids for Kids. She's just returned from the Darfur region of Sudan. "Kids for Kids is providing long term self sustainable projects to families living in villages in remote areas in Sudan.


    Friday 24 February

  • Dog napping
    We talked to the actor Lionel Blair about his dog Florence, which has been stolen from a park in Surrey. She's a collie cross, she's ten years old and she has a microchip to identify her. If you think you may have spotted her, please get in touch with us, the police or the RSPCA

  • Shakespeare paintings
    You can visit the exhibition of portraits of William Shakespeare at the National Portrait Gallery in London, from March 2.

  • Suzi Quatro
    Suzi's new album is called Back to the Drive. It's released on February 27


    Thursday 23 February

  • Brain tumour drug
    We discussed a new drug treatment for brain tumours called temozolomide. You can find out more about this from BBC News Online's health section:


    Wednesday 22 February

  • The Exonerated
    Bob Balaban's play about prisoners on about death row is being staged at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, from Friday 24 February. We talked to actors Aidan Quinn and Sunny Jacobs about their roles - but the casts will change, to enable the play to run until the end of April

  • French Recipes
    We talked to the author Julie Powell about her recipe book, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. It's published by Fig tree

  • The Cartoon Museum
    We reported on the opening of London's first dedicated cartoon museum. Situated at 35 Little Russell Street, a stone's throw from The British Museum, The Cartoon Museum will exhibit the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day. 0207 580 8155.

  • Gaming Academy
    We reported on a college course for students wishing to work in casinos.

  • Support for victims of crime
    We reported on the call for more support for victims of crime. A report out this week by the charity Victim Support says not enough help is being given to victims. Victim Support is the national charity for people affected by crime. Trained staff and volunteers offer free and confidential information, support and practical help to anyone affected by crime. The national organisation operates via a network of affiliated local charities, the Witness Service and Victim Support line. The number is: 0845 30 30 900.


    Tuesday 21 February

  • Chocolate straw breakfast cereal
    We had a story about a new breakfast cereal - a chocolate straw which is used to suck milk through for breakfast - it's aimed at children and the manufacturer says it will encourage children to consume more milk. We spoke to Michelle Smyth from Which?

  • Action Week
    For more information on the BBC's Action Week, and our 'Making a Difference series' follow the link below.

  • Kym Marsh
    The singer was Breakfast's guest this morning talking about her bid to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest.


    Monday 20 February

  • Action Week
    For more information on the BBC's Action Week, and our 'Making a Difference series' follow the link below.

  • Sun Sea and Bargain Spotting
    Is a brand new programme on BBC Two, presented by Angela Rippon, it starts today at 1600 GMT.

  • Aled Jones
    The singer was our special guest on Breakfast today, you can find up to date information on Aled from his official website.


    Friday 17 February

  • Knitting
    Several people have asked us where they can get more help with knitting - for instance, tips on how to read patterns. One of our guests runs the Cast Off website for knitters Another one runs Knit Chicks.

  • The Apprentice
    The new series of The Apprentice, with Sir Alan Sugar, starts next week on BBC Two.

  • Singing
    We're talking to Nicky Campbell and Cutting It actress Sian Reeves about a new TV programme, which aims to do for singing what Strictly Come Dancing did for ballroom dancing. It's called Just the Two of Us and you can see it on BBC One on Saturday nights.


    Thursday 16 February

  • Living Legends
    We're talking to the actress Liz Smith - best known as Nanna in the Royle Family - about the search by Help the Aged for everyday heroes. It's called Living Legends and you can find out more from the Help the Aged website


    Wednesday 15 February

  • Public Information Films
    If you have any information about the missing public information film about reversing featuring Reginald Molehusband, please contact the Central Office of Information: films@coi.gsi.gov.uk
    The Magazine, on the BBC News website, is also featuring a different public information film, every day throughout February:

  • Anorexia
    Grace Bownman's book about recovering from Anorexia is called: A shape of my own. It's published by Viking, on 2 March, ISBN: 0670916188

  • Who do you think you are?
    Gurinder Chadha, well-loved British director, appears in the last episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Tonight, BBC Two 2100 GMT


    Tuesday 14 February

  • Children's diets
    You can find out more about healthy eating for children from the Food Standards Agency's eat well website:


  • Author Josephine Cox
    We're talking to the best-selling romantic writer. Her 34th novel, Journey's End is published by Harper Collins, ISBN: 0007146175.


    Monday 13 February

  • Smoking and lung cancer
    We're discussing a shocking new TV advert, which shows a 39 year old woman who has lung cancer - and her 20 year old daughter. The NHS offers help and support to anyone trying to give up smoking: helpline 0800 169 0169

  • Actor Ian Richardson
    You can catch Ian Richardson on stage in London's West End in The Creeper.

  • Jack Cardiff
    Jack's directorial debut, Sons and Lovers, is released on DVD today by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

  • Downsize Me
    You can watch the BBC's series on selling up and downsizing on BBC One at 11am all week.


    Friday 10 February

  • Rentaghost: the musical
    We talked to the comedian Joe Pasquale about his latest venture, which is a touring musical version of the 1970s children's series Rentaghost. The first performance is in Harlow in Essex on Monday night. There is a website for Rentaghost, but there isn't any useful information on it at the moment, so we suggest you check your local press to see whether it will be appearing near you


    Thursday 9 February

  • Film director
    John Madden's film, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, is called Proof and it's on release from February 10.


    Wednesday 8 February

  • Playground for grown-ups
    The playground for grown-ups which we featured is in Finland. The manufacturers, Lappset are apparently thinking of bringing out similar equipment here in the UK

  • Superhuman - Smart Pills
    We discussed the new technologies appearing which claim to make people smarter.


    Tuesday 7 February

  • Brain game
    Our regular GP Dr Rosemary Leonard and the Green Goddess Diana Moran will be trying out a special "brain game" which uses number and word puzzles to give your mental age. The game is made by Nintendo and is not yet on sale in the UK. We are told it should be available in this country later this Spring.

  • Comedy: Omid Djalili
    We're talking to the comedian Omid Djalili about his UK tour. You'll find tour dates on his website

  • Film: Greyfriars Bobby
    You can catch James Cosmo's film The Adventures o f Greyfriars Bobby in cinemas across the UK from Friday.


    Monday 6 February

  • Author
    We talked to Joanna Trollope about her latest book. It's called Second Honeymoon and it looks at the phenomenon of grown-up children who refuse to fly the nest. It's published by Bloomsbury, ISBN - 0747580634.

  • Paula Wilcox
    The actress Paula Wilcox is starring in another series of the cult BBC sitcom The Smoking Room, which is due to be transmitted soon.

  • Penelope Wilton
    The star of Calendar Girls and Shaun of the Dead will be appearing soon in Women beware Women by Thomas Middleton at The Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.


    Friday 3 February

  • Charlize Theron
    The film featuring Charlize and Sean Bean is called North Country. It's about a woman who sues for sexual harassment at a steel mill.
    If you have Broadband, you can watch more of our interview with Charlize Theron by going to the the BBC News banner at the top of this page, then clicking on the "Watch BBC News in video" button

  • Les Dennis
    Les is appearing in the BBC show The Sound of Musicals later this month


    Thursday 2 February

  • Space Competition
    The Edge into Space Competition is not being run by Breakfast or the BBC, but you can find out all the information including how to enter from the link below.

  • Lionboy
    We spoke to mother and daughter - Louisa and Isabel Young - who together make up the writing team pen-named Zisou Corder. Together they have written the Lionboy trilogy - (published by Dial Books ISBN: 0803729855). Their newest book, Lionboy: The Truth is out today.

  • Six Nations Rugby
    Chris Hollins has been finding out more about rugby union.


    Wednesday 1 February

  • Reese Witherspoon
    Find out more about her new film Walk the Line, which opens in cinemas on Friday, from our interview.

  • The Queen's 80th Birthday
    Details of the ballot to get a lucky ticket (there are 1000) to the children's garden party for the Queen's 80th birthday will be available at 1000 today from the CBBC website.

  • NSPCC/Childline
    The two charities are merging.

  • Allotments
    If you're thinking about applying for an allotment, you can get more information from the National Society of Allotments and Leisure Gardeners.

  • Jeff Winter
    Former referee Jeff Winter came on the programme to talk about his new book, Who's the B*****d In The Black. Jeff was one of England's most controversial Referee's and he is now a regular media pundit.




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