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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2007, 11:30 GMT
Today's show: December

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January 2008

Christmas 2007

  • Christmas spending/James Caan
    One of the Dragons, James Caan will be talking about consumer spending this Christmas.

  • Richard Dunwoody/South Pole challenge

  • The former jump jockey is walking to South Pole over Christmas.

    December 2007

    Friday 21 December 2007

  • Penguins

  • Two fragile chalk drawings of penguins, sketched and signed by the legendary explorers Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton, have been discovered in a basement at Cambridge University.

  • Homeless

  • Homeless charity DePaul Trust have created a hard-hitting one day advert entitled "The shortest day of the year, or the longest night?"

  • Beat-boxers

  • By popular demand, our carol singing beat-boxers are back with their version of Deck The Halls and Silent Night. You can find out more about the trio by clicking on the links below.

  • Blake

  • The classical music boy-band did their bit to get us into the festive mood with their performance of White Christmas.

  • Chris and Carol

  • The dynamic duo that is Chris Hollins and Carol Kirkwood showed us their latest moves from the Natural History Museum ice rink.


    Thursday 20 December

  • Midnight Mass

  • Parishes are considering bringing forward Midnight Mass in an attempt to avoid drunks. We spoke to the Dean of Peterborough Cathedral as he prepares for the busiest few days of the year.

  • Christmas cards

  • Are the younger generation opting out of sending Christmas cards with the rise of networking sites and email? Tom Dunmore and Jenni Trent-Hughes were on the sofa to discuss the issue.

  • Tumbler

  • 12 year old Jordan Ramos is an extraordinary tumbling gymnast and the latest wonder on YouTube.


    Wednesday 19 December

  • Future schools

  • The Elmgreen School was set up by local parents concerned at a chronic shortage of secondary school places. Breakfast's Sarah Campbell returned to see how the first term had gone.

  • Brussel sprouts

  • Botanist and sprout lover, James Wong had some alternative ideas for eating the much maligned vegetable, including sprout cake, sprout canapés and sprout fritters.

  • Christmas etiquette

  • We got some tips on how to avoid friction at Christmas from relationship expert, Jeremy Milnes; etiquette specialist, Jean Broke-Smith; James Delingpole, author of How to be Right and Jo Bryan, author of Manners for Men.

  • Heston Blumenthal

  • In his 'Perfect Christmas' programme for BBC Two, the Michelin starred chef will be cooking festive fare for celebrity guests such as Terry Wogan and Richard E Grant.


    Tuesday 18 December

  • Savoy sale

  • 3,000 items of furniture from the famous London hotel go under the hammer today before a two year renovation project begins. The three day sale is expected to fetch £1m.

  • Olympic Dreams

  • A new series for BBC Two follows a handful of the most talented athletes in Britain who all share the same goal - to win gold at the London 2012 Olympics.

  • Richard Attenborough

  • The Oscar-winning Director spoke to Breakfast about his latest film, an epic love story called 'Closing The Ring'. The film has an all-star cast and is released in the UK on 28th December.

  • Strictly Come Dancing

  • Gethin Jones and Camilla Dellarup talked to us about their disappointment at being voted off in the final stages of Strictly.


    Monday 17 December

  • Cancer

  • Cancer Research has identified two common genetic variants that could triple a person's risk of getting bowel cancer and may account for up to a third of all cases - around 12,000 - per year in the UK.

  • Gurinder Chadha

  • The director of Bend It Like Beckham is returning to her former primary school in Southall in London today to provide her own touch to the school Nativity play.

  • Christmas carols

  • A national poll has revealed that 77 per cent of people cannot remember even half the words to a single Christmas carol. The singer and TV presenter, Alled Jones told us why this is the case and was joined on the sofa by beat-boxers Bellatrix, Spitf'ya and MC Zani giving their own rendition of Silent Night.


    Friday 14 December

  • Liverpool Nativity

  • Geoffrey Hughes leads the Liverpool Nativity cast as the Angel Gabriel in a contemporary retelling of the Christmas story, live on the streets of Liverpool. The Liverpool Nativity will be shown live this Sunday on BBC Three at 8pm.

  • Sophie Okonedo

  • The Oscar winning actress talked to us about her latest role as Nancy in the BBC's Christmas adaptation of Oliver Twist. You can watch the first of the 5 episodes next Tuesday at 8pm on BBC One.

  • Strictly Come Dancing

  • Last year's winners, Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy looked forward to the semi-final and told us who they tipped for the top.


    Thursday 13 December

  • Cranford
    Lisa Dillon who plays Mary Smith in Cranford came in to talk about the series. The last episode will be shown this Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

  • Ainsley Harriott
    Ainsley is back in his seasonal Ready Steady Celebrity Kitchen and told us about the festive feasts which will be cooked up. The series begins on 17 December on BBC Two.

  • Kids
    The brightest children from poor families are being overtaken by the least clever from rich families according to new research by The Sutton Trust. The study found that parental background still overwhelmingly determines educational success and there has been no change at all in social mobility in the UK since 1970.

  • Miranda Richardson
    The two-time Academy Awards nominee has been to Sri Lanka for the World Society for the Protection of Animals.


    Wednesday 12 December

  • Eczema

  • The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has published guidance on managing eczema in children from 0-12 years. The report criticises 'high street' allergy tests and urges caution in turning to complementary medicine.

  • Christie's

  • The auction house will be holding its Magnificent Jewels sale in London today which is expected to fetch in excess of £7million. Lots include Marie Antoinette's pearls and Hayley Mills' jewellery.

  • Kelly Clarkson

  • The international superstar is returning to the UK for the first time since her sold-out UK tour in 2006. The eight date tour kicks off in Manchester on 14 March 2008.

  • Leane Jones

  • Plucked from 'obscurity' in a bank call centre, Leanne Jones has taken the West End by storm with her performance in the hit musical, Hairspray. You can catch Leane and the rest of the Hairspray cast at London's Shaftesbury Theatre.


    Tuesday 11 December

  • Diabetes

  • Diabetes UK says that 750,000 people are living with diabetes without knowing it. A special centre is opening in Hull today, dedicated to testing and counselling for diabetes: it is thought over 7,000 people in the city are undiagnosed.

  • Falklands

  • Tony Groom spoke to Breakfast last April about his experiences as a diver during the Falklands war. Nine months later, Tony has published his story, "Diver" which is in the shops this Saturday.

  • Tom Chambers

  • The actor who plays Sam Strachan returns to Holby City in tonight's episode. Tom talked to us about his character's determination to keep working after being diagnosed with cancer. Holby City is on tonight at 8pm on BBC One.


    Friday 7 December

  • Bump and run

  • Britain is becoming a nation of "bump-and-run" drivers, with almost 10 per cent of motorists admitting to crashing into parked cars and speeding away, according to a Direct Line survey.

  • James Toseland

  • The superbike champion is one of ten nominees for this year's Sports Personality of the Year award. You can watch the show live on BBC One this Sunday at 7pm.

  • James Martin

  • The TV chef gave us some tasty alternatives to cooking the traditional roast turkey this Christmas. James' suggestions include Beef Wellington, whole poached salmon and Yorkshire Pot.

  • Teatro

  • The four piece boy band gave us a sneak preview of some of the songs they will be singing in this weekend's Royal Variety Performance.

  • Strictly Come Dancing

  • Dancers Darren Bennett and Camilla Dellarup spoke to Breakfast about what they have got in store for us this weekend.


    Thursday 6 December

  • Learning to play an instrument
    The Arts Council is appealing for more young people to take up musical instruments - several big names are involved in the campaign and viewers can find out more from the Arts Council - please note that there are no more free DVDs available.

  • Primary schools performance tables
    The Department for Children, Schools and Families today publishes information about the performance of England's primary schools in National Curriculum tests this year.

  • History lessons online

  • Three teachers are using the website YouTube to teach history. 60 films have been posted online covering topics such as D-Day, Bloody Sunday, the Slave Trade, Vietnam and Mary Queen of Scots.

  • Amy MacDonald
    The Scottish singer songwriter spoke to Breakfast at the end of what has been a successful year. Her new single, 'This Is The Life' is released on Monday.

  • Robin Hood
    Charlie Brooks, best known for playing Janine in EastEnders, is appearing in Robin Hood on BBC One this Saturday.


    Wednesday 5 December

  • Timothy Spall

  • The actor has been keeping himself busy of late, on both the big and small screens. In his latest role, Timothy plays both an animated and live action version of a handsome prince's comedy sidekick in the new Disney film, Enchanted.

  • Jim Bowen

  • A game version of the hit TV darts show, Bullseye has been released on DVD and is presented by the original host, Jim Bowen. "All New Bullseye" is in the shops now.


    Tuesday 4 December

  • WRVS poll

  • A new poll, commissioned by older people's charity WRVS, suggests that the advice Britons want most when it comes to planning their festivities is how to keep the peace when tempers get frayed.

  • Missing

  • Monique Tennant talked to us about the nightmare she and her family have been going through since her sister Jacqueline disappeared eight weeks ago. Jacqueline was last seen on a mountain in Majorca. If you have any information, please call:
    02380 374304
    or email joe.crowley@bbc.co.uk

  • The people's £50 million

  • One of four projects across the country competing for lottery funding is the Sustrans cycle network. You can vote for the project you think should get funding by clicking on the link below.

  • Dolly Parton

  • The singer is launching her Imagination Library in the UK - a foundation which provides books for children. Dolly will also be touring the UK next year to promote her 'Backwoods Barbie' album which is released in February 2008.

  • Strictly

  • Rugby player, Kenny Logan and his partner Ola Jordan were voted off Strictly Come Dancing this weekend following a disappointing Rumba.


    Monday 3 December

  • Mines
    Campaigners around the world will be marking the tenth anniversary of the Ottawa landmine ban treaty today. More than 120 nations signed the treaty which outlaws the production and use of the weapons and over three quarters of countries in the world are now signatories.

  • Newsround poll
    Kids are generally happy, eat healthy food, prefer to play outside and think their parents worry too much about them. That's according to a poll of a thousand 6-12 year olds by Newsround. But, 1 in 4 do not class their father as immediate family.

  • Sue Barker
    The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is announced on Sunday 9th December and Sue Barker will be on the sofa to discuss the nominees. She will also be talking about a new DVD - 'A Question of Sport: All New Edition' - which is out in time for Christmas.

  • Spooks
    Hermione Norris, who plays Ros Myers in 'Spooks', tells us why we should all tune in to the next exciting episode on Tuesday night.

  • Jools Holland
    Has a new collaboration album Best of Friends and his autobiography Barefaced Lies and Boogie-woogie Boasts.

  • Markets

  • Euro markets are on the rise around the UK with traders coming over en masse from across the continent to set up their stalls and sell their goods and produce.


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