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    Tuesday 31 October

  • Judo
    In his latest Champion Your sport film, Chris Hollins is looking at Judo.
  • Heston Blumenthal

  • The Chef has a new TV series which starts tonight on BBC Two. It's called In Search of Perfection

  • Muffin the mule

  • We're celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of the BBC children's series Muffin the Mule. You can see an updated version on the digital channel CBeebies - and Muffin has landed a role in panto this year at the Theatre Royal Windsor (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)

    Monday 30 October

  • Food nostalgia

  • We talked to the authors of a new cookbook which looks back at classic seventies recipes such as Prawn Cocktail, Cornish Pasties and chocolate mousse. It's called The Prawn Cocktail Years: Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd (2 Nov 2006) ISBN: 0718149807

  • Silent calls

  • There's advice on how to get rid of cold callers and silent calls on our full story

    Friday 27 October

  • Electric proms

  • We reported on the band Kassabian which is taking part in the Electric Proms. The proms has its own website, where you can listen online - and you can also see concert highlights if you have a Freeview box, by pressing the red button.

  • Anthony Minghella

  • The Oscar-winning director's latest film is called Breaking and Entering and it stars Jude Law.

    Thursday 26 October

  • Feed the birds

  • Find out more about the RSPB's feed the birds day - this weekend.

  • Catherine Tate
    The new series of The Catherine Tate Show starts tonight. BBC Two 9.00pm.

  • Nigel Havers

  • Came in to tell us about his new autobiography: Playing With Fire, publisher: Headline Review (19 Oct 2006) ISBN: 0755314603

  • Coast

  • The new series starts tonight, 8.00pm BBC Two

    Wednesday 25 October

  • School dinner recipes

  • See our main story for the two recipes featured in Sarah Campbell's reports.

  • Alexander McCall Smith

  • We spoke to the author on this morning's programme about new book The Right Attitude to Rain, Publisher: Little, Brown (5 October 2006), ISBN: 0316727814

  • Declan on back ache at work
    Declan looked at the issue of work related back ache, and found out how to sit correctly.

    You can also find out more from the Ergonomics Society

    Tuesday 24 October

  • Postnatal depression

  • One in ten women suffers from postnatal depression, according to the psychiatrist we interviewed. This is a serious condition, but it can be treated. Make sure you speak to your doctor or health visitor if you think you may be affected.

  • Consumer website

  • We talked to the journalist Jane Moore about a new website which lets consumers share their experiences of new products.

  • Gryff Rhys Jones
  • The comedian and TV presenter has written a memoir of his childhood. It's called Semi-Detached and it's published by Michael Joseph. ISBN: 0718146263.

    Monday 23 October

  • Making a will

  • We had so many e-mails about making a will that we've rounded up your questions and our expert's answers

  • Brian May

  • The former Queen guitarist has teamed up with Patrick Moore to write a book on the cosmos. It's called: Bang! The complete history of the universe.

  • Meatloaf

  • Meatloaf's new album is Bat out of Hell 3.

    Friday 20 October

  • The history of computer games

  • We featured a story about an exhibition at the Science Museum looking at the history of computer games.

  • Autumn pictures

  • Send your autumn pictures to:

  • Tony Hadley

  • The former Spandau Ballet singer has released a cover album of swing and jazz numbers such as 'Just a Gigolo' and 'Wives and Lovers'. It's called Passing Strangers; and is out now, on Curb Record label.

  • Torchwood

  • Find out more about the new BBC drama Torchwood - written by Russel T Davies

    Thursday 19 October

  • Spike Milligan

  • We talked to Spike's former agent, Norma Farnes who's put together a collection of his work called "Box 18: The Unpublished Spike Milligan by Spike Milligan"

  • Lynda La Plante

  • Her latest book, The Red Dahlia is published this month

    Wednesday 18 October

  • Supermarket website

  • The supermarket comparison website we mentioned is called Mysupermarket

  • Children's musical

  • We're talking to Amy and Alex Gatton, aged 12 and 14, who've turned their father's bedtime stories into a musical pantomime. It's called Delahaye the Dog and it has its own website

  • Spamalot

  • The medieval Monty Python musical has opened in the West End of London, after a run in New York. It's currently playing at the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave

  • Ian Rankin

  • The novelist Ian Rankin has just published a new Inspector Rebus book - his sixteenth. It's called The Naming of the Dead. ISBN: 0752868586

  • Male Voice Choir

  • We're talking to members of the Fron Male Voice Choir, who are taking their music to Hollywood. They've just produced a video called Voices of the Valley

    Tuesday 17 October

  • Old drivers

  • You can see a documentary on elderly drivers as part of BBC One's new series of One Life, tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 10.30pm on BBC One.

  • Art History

  • The historian Simon Schama presents The Power of Art on BBC Two, starting on October 20.

  • Cabaret

  • We're talking to the stars of the latest revival of the musical Cabaret, set in 1930s Berln. They're Anna Maxwell Martin - who appeared in the serialisation of Bleak House last year - and James Dreyfuss, from Gimme Gimme Gimme. You can catch Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, London

    Monday 16 October

  • National Music Week

  • We're reporting from Redland High School, Bristol, where they're taking part in events to mark National Music Week.

  • Tommy Cooper

  • We're talking to the author of a new book about the legendary comedian. John Fisher's book is called: Tommy Cooper - Always Leave Them Laughing.

  • Chris Rea The singer has released a DVD: The Road to Hell and Back

    Friday 13 October

  • Podcast

  • Unfortunately, we have been unable to bring you today's podcast because of severe techincal problems. Normal service will be resumed on Monday.

  • Blog Britain

  • We spoke to Dan Snow about plans to blog one day in history. It all happens on 17 October 2006 - it's just an ordinary day, but historians want you to keep a blog or diary of your life on that day.

  • Barbara Orbison
    The widow of Roy Orbison - Barbara came in to talk about a new album to mark what would have been his 70th birthday year featuring all his hits: Roy Orbison Album: The Very Best of Roy Orbison.

  • Alan Titchmarsh
    The gardening presenter has written his memoirs 'Nobbut A Lad' - he says its a relatively gentle read of a relatively gentle Yorkshire childhood in the 1950s. Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton on 12 October 2006, ISBN: 0340831170

    Thursday 12 October

  • Hospital performance: England

  • Find out how hospitals in England have performed and been rated.

  • 2002 Bali bomb

  • We spoke to the family of Daniel Braden who was killed in the 2002 Bali bomb, they have since set up a charity.

  • Osteoarthritis
  • You can get more help and information from the Arthritis Foundation.

  • Jane Tomlinson

  • Last month she finished her latest challenge to cycle across the States and she has written a book 'You Can't Take it With You'. Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd, published 2 Oct 2006, ISBN: 0743276116

  • Rosamund Pike and Chris Carmack

  • The pair tread the boards in the West End. Stage adaptation of Tennessee Williams play 'Summer and Smoke'. Apollo Theatre, London, from 18 October

  • The Cornish Beatles

  • A band from the south west has recorded Beatles songs in Cornish. Matthew Clarke and Dave Miller: Cornish band, ' Skwardya'

    Wednesday 11 October

  • Film

  • We talked to the Hollywood actor Martin Landau about his latest film, The Aryan Couple. It's on general release in cinemas from Friday. It's set in German-occupied Hungary in 1944

  • Booker prize winner

  • The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai. ISBN: 0241143489

    Tuesday 10 October

  • Spy in the sty

  • We're reporting live from Saltash Community School in Cornwall, where they've trained a webcam on a sow and her litter of piglets. The website, dedicated to Delores and her babies, is becoming a bit of a cult internet hit. If you want to watch, follow this link - but be aware that the site is getting so many hits that it may not be able to cope

  • Joanne Lees

  • We talked to British woman whose boyfriend was murdered while the pair were backpacking in Australia. You can see the full interview with Joanne Lees on Hardtalk on BBC News 24 tonight at 11.30pm Joanne Lees has also written a book about her ordeal. It's called No Turning Back. ISBN: 0340924411

  • Sunday Roast

  • Clarissa Dickson Wright, best known for the cookery series the Two Fat Ladies, has written a new book full of tips about how to make the perfect Sunday lunch. It's co-written with Johnnie 'The Countryman' Scott. Sunday Roast, The Complete Guide to Cooking and Carving Publisher: Kyle Cathie (14 Sep 2006) ISBN: 1856266729

    Monday 9 October

  • Elvis trail

  • We reported on the huge interest generated by a TV trailer which features Elvis Presley introducing modern artists like Liam Gallagher. It's actually a trail for BBC Radio Two - and you can view it online

  • Sister Wendy Beckett

  • Sister Wendy has just published two new books. They are: Speaking to the Heart: 100 Favourite Poems (ISBN: 1845294653) and Sister Wendy on Prayer (ISBN: 0826491243)

  • Terry Jones

  • We talked to former Python Terry Jones about his film Erik the Viking. He's just released a new, re-cut version of the film on DVD.

  • Baby loss awareness week

  • We're talking to Jo Cameron, who featured in the BBC series The Apprentice, about the loss of her baby. She's helping to publicise Baby Loss Awareness Week

  • Sharon Gless

  • The American actress, who's probably best remembered for Cagney and Lacey is starring in a new BBC mini series. It's called The State Within and it will be shown soon on BBC One.

    Friday 6 October

  • Potatoes

  • The new breed of potatoes we featured is called Mayan Gold. It will be on sale from this weekend.

  • Les Miserables
    We're talking to the actor Michael Ball about the 21st anniversary of the musical Les Miserables. He's performing in a special 75-minute concert version of the musical which will be broadcast on Sunday on BBC Radio 2. He's also attending a cast reunion tomorrow (Saturday) night at the Queen's Theatre, London
  • Weather forecast

  • Today's weather forecast is from Kew Gardens, West London. They're holding a special Autumn festival from October 7-29.

  • Jane Eyre prequel

  • We talked to the actor Rafe Spall who's starring in a new BBC adaptation of The Wide Sargasso Sea. Based on a novel by Jean Rhys, it imagines what happened to Mr Rochester and his first wife, before Jane Eyre arrived on the scene. You can watch it on BBC Four on Monday at 9pm.

    Thursday 5 October

  • Peter Pan sequel

  • Author Geraldine McCaughrean has written the first authorised sequel to Peter Pan. It's called Peter Pan in Scarlet and it's available from today.

  • Diarmuid Gavin

  • Diarmuid was talking about his trip to Kenya and the gardens he saw there. He'll be incorporating some of what he learnt into the garden he's presenting at the Grand Designs exhibition at the NEC this weekend.

    Wednesday 4 October

  • Breast cancer

  • The fashion show we mentioned, which features Breast Cancer patients, is organised by the charity Breast Cancer Care

  • Baby Toupees

  • Yes, there really is a firm which markets toupees for bald babies. It's based in California

  • James Herbert

  • His new book is called "The Secret of Crickley Hall" and is published by Macmillan. ISBN: 1405005203

  • Aberfan

  • Shimon Attie, American artist has been making a video installation about the Welsh village of Aberfan. The installation is not yet on view, but a documentary about it will be shown on BBC Two Wales at 9pm on Sunday October 15. It's called An American In Aberfan. If you have digital satellite TV, you can watch this anywhere in Britain on channel 991.

    Tuesday 3 October

  • Cpl Johnson Beharry

  • We talked to the Corporal who's become the first living soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross since 1969. He's just written a book about his life and what happened to him in Iraq. It's called Barefoot Soldier and it's published by Little Brown. ISBN 0316733210

  • Frederick Forsyth

  • We're talking to the author of the best-seller The Day of the Jackal about his latest book. It's called The Afghan and it's published by Bantam Press. ISBN: 0593057252

    Monday 2 October

  • First time buyers

  • The government scheme to help first-time buyers get a foot on the property ladder is called Open Market HomeBuy. It's available through four private sector lenders, Nationwide, Yorkshire Building Society, Advantage - a Morgan Stanley company, and Bank of Scotland. The idea is to offer a mortgage that will boost people's buying power by up to 25%, by providing help with a deposit. You can find out more from the lenders taking part - or the Housing Corporation website

  • Guide dogs for the blind

  • Our reporter Julia George will be celebrating seventy five years of Guide dogs for the blind.

  • Peter Cook

  • We talked to the first wife of Peter Cook, who's just published a book about the comedian. So Farewell Then: The Biography of Peter Cook is by Wendy Cook is published by Harper Collins. ISBN: 0007228937

  • Liza Minelli

  • We spoke to Liza as she releases a DVD of her classic 1972 performance for American TV.

  • Liberace tribute

  • The pianist Bobby Crush is starring in a new show about Liberace. It's called Liberace - live from Las Vegas, which is currently touring the UK. The show starts tomorrow in Eastbourne.

  • Posh
  • We talked to Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and his wife Jackie about their new book: A Pinch of Posh: A Beginner's Guide to Being Civilised. ISBN: 0007236263

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