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January 2008

Thursday 31 January

  • Seatbelts
    Today is the 25th anniversary of the seat belt law (for the front seat). The Department for Transport claims 60,000 lives have been saved by people belting up

  • NHS co-payments
    Graham Satchell followed the story of cancer sufferer Debbie Hirst. She wants to use the drug Avastin and is willing to pay for it, but her local Health Authority would then withdraw all other aspects of her NHS care

  • Jill Halfpenny
    The actress is starring in 'Surviving Spike' opposite Michael Barrymore at the Theatre Royal in Windsor. The play which looks at the life of comedian Spike Milligan runs for 12 days from 5 February

  • June Brown
    Tonight's Eastenders sees a first for British soaps. The whole episode will be a monologue by Dot Branning who records a tape for her hospitalised husband Jim, shown tonight on BBC One at 7.30pm

  • Rubik's cube
    Inventor Pete Redmond has created RuBOT II, a robot which he claims can complete a Rubik's Cube in less than 30 seconds


    Wednesday 30 January

  • Matt Dawson
    The rugby Six Nations starts this weekend and the former England World Cup winner is presenting BBC Radio 5 Live's coverage

  • Brass bands
    A delegation of brass band leaders are meeting in London today to ask for more help from the government. It has been found that for every £1 spent on brass bands, £1,113 is spent on ballet and opera

  • Ben Fogle
    The ever adventurous Ben is presenting the second series of Extreme Dreams, taking would-be explorers off on the trip of a lifetime. The programme is shown tonight on BBC Two at 6.30pm

  • Pub heaters
    The pub industry is set to lose millions if a proposed directive to ban the use of outdoor heaters wins the support of MEPs, according to the Pub Landlords' Association

  • Social care
    BBC Radio 4 have an ongoing series about social care called You And Yours

  • Inheritance
    The guests discussing inheritance were: Gill Fielding from The Wealth Company; author and editor of Money Week Merryn Somerset Webb and; journalist Lowri Turner


    Tuesday 29 January

  • Bob Hoskins
    The actor is starring in a new ultra-low budget feature Ruby Blue, which receives a limited cinema release from 25th April

  • Gravity
    In this week's Horizon, Dr Brian Cox tries to explain just what gravity is. What On Earth Is Wrong With Gravity is shown on BBC Two tonight at 9pm

  • The People Watchers
    Dr Jack Lewis co-presents the new BBC Two series The People Watchers, shown at 1.30pm every weekday for a month. The series sees three psychologists perform stunts on members of the public to demonstrate why we behave the way we do

  • Blackpool illuminations
    Parts of the famous illuminations will go on sale between 10am and 4pm tomorrow at the Illuminations Depot on Rigby Road in Blackpool


    Monday 28 January

  • Land girls
    From today, veterans of the Women's Land Army and Women's Timber Corps will be able to apply for a commemorative badge from Defra to recognise their war time service. Applications can be made through the Defra website or by calling 0845 933 5577

  • Alex James
    The former Blur bassist has been in Columbia to investigate the drug trade for Panorama, to be shown tonight on BBC One at 8.30pm

  • James Martin
    The Saturday Kitchen chef has a new cookery book - The Collection - which includes 300 of his favourite British recipes

  • Howard's Way
    The fourth series of the popular 1980s soap is released on DVD on 11th February

  • Charity shops
    A new report has found that almost half of the clothes in Britain's wardrobes go unworn. Marks and Spencer's and Oxfam have teamed up to combat this and encourage people to donate their unwanted M&S clothes to the charity


    Friday 25 January

  • Heritage Lottery

  • The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced major grants for two historic ships: the Mary Rose, which will be the centrepiece of a new museum in Portsmouth, and the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

  • Moles

  • The People's Trust for Endangered Species is launching a nationwide survey to investigate the habits of the mole and whether or not it is under threat.

  • Tim Vincent

  • The former Blue Peter presenter and star of US television told us about appearing on ITV1's Dancing On Ice.

  • Lego

  • Simon Bennett, chairman of Brickish, the unofficial Lego adult fan club, built a Lego TV studio whilst Breakfast went on air this morning in celebration of the 50 years since Lego sold its first brick.


    Thursday 24 January

  • Olivia Hallinan

  • The 'Sugar Rush' actress stars in the lead role of Laura in the BBC Drama 'Lark Rise To Candleford', which continues on BBC One on Sunday at 8pm.

  • Dying breeds

  • The Kennel Club says the fashion for "toy" dogs means that some breeds are in danger of dying out as more and more overseas breeds become popular with the British public.

  • Onions

  • The wet weather has meant onion yields in Britain are down by up to a third and there are fears that their price could rise by up to 50 per cent. Breakfast went to Riverford Farm in Hampshire to find out more.


    Wednesday 23 January

  • Joanna Trollope

  • Joanna talked to us about fellow author, A L Kennedy who won the prestigious Costa Book of the Year award last night.

  • Oscars

  • Film critic, Jason Solomons and screenwriter, Ronald Harwood went through this year's list of Academy Award nominations. Ronald is himself nominated in the 'Best Adapted Screenplay' category for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

  • Richard Coyle

  • The actor is appearing in a double bill of plays by Harold Pinter, 'The Lover' and 'The Collection', at the Comedy Theatre in London.


    Tuesday 22 January

  • Kirsty Young

  • Broadcaster Kirsty Young takes over the role of presenting BBC's Crimewatch. Kirsty is the fifth presenter for the programme which is now in its 24th year.

  • Luke Roberts

  • The actor spoke to Breakfast about playing the role of surgeon Joseph Byrne in the medical drama, Holby City. You can watch Luke and the rest of the Holby cast in action tonight at 8pm on BBC One.

  • Konnie Huq

  • Blue Peter's longest running female presenter is leaving the programme today. Breakfast took a look back at Konnie's Blue Peter highlights.

  • RNLI

  • 2007 was one of the busiest years on record for the RNLI, rescuing more than 7,500 people. The charity says that its hard work is all thanks to vounteers.


    Monday 21 January

  • Floods
    The Environment Agency's floodline number is 0845 988 1188

  • Cycling
    The Department for Transport will be putting an additional £140m into the Bikeablity scheme to get half-a-million more children through the system by 2012

  • Paradise Or Bust
    Ben Keene and fellow entrepreneur Mark Bowness formed a tribe through the internet with plans to set up an eco-village on a Fijian island. See how they got on tonight at 9pm on BBC Two

  • Supersize Vs Superskinny
    A new Channel 4 series starting tomorrow at 8pm sees an overweight woman swap diets with a superskinny under-eater

  • The One And Only
    Madonna look-a-like Evelyne Brink was voted off reality show The One And Only this weekend. The programme is shown on Saturdays on BBC One


    Friday 18 January

  • Talk To Frank
    12 new government adverts highlighting the dangers of cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis will appear on social networking sites from today

  • Sweeney Todd
    Natalie Jamieson spoke to Johnny Depp and Tim Burton about their new film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, which is in cinemas next week

  • FA Cup schools day
    Alan Shearer launched the FA Cup schools day, a special day of lessons on 24 April based around the competition

  • Alistair McGowan
    The actor and comedian is starring in The Mikado as a special guest for Gilbert and Sullivan's return to London's West End. The five-week season starts at the Gielgud Theatre on 30 January

  • Loneliness
    The fear of being alone is our biggest worry as we grow old, according to new research by elderlyparents.org.uk. The issue was discussed by Emma Soames of Saga magazine, and Sarah Reed, a volunteer for the charity Contact The Elderly

  • Dancing On Ice
    Aggie McKenzie and her partner Sergey Malyshev survived the first week of Dancing On Ice but will they survive the next round, shown on Sunday on ITV 1


    Thursday 17 January

  • 25 years of Breakfast
    Breakfast is 25 years old today!

  • Geography
    OFSTED has said that geography lessons in schools do not do enough to help children develop a picture of climate change and learn how to live sustainable lives

  • Floods
    The Environment Agency's floodline number is 0845 988 1188

  • Gangster
    Sergio Argueta is a former New York gangster who is doing a tour of UK schools to warn pupils against getting involved in gang culture


    Wednesday 16 January

  • Floods
    The Environment Agency's floodline number is 0845 988 1188

  • James Blunt
    The British singer/songwriter is in the middle of a UK tour to promote his new album All the Lost Souls

  • Junk food
    The British Heart Foundation has found that two-thirds of British children do not think of fast food as a treat and have called for an outright ban of junk food advertising

  • Norman Wisdom
    The documentary Wonderland: Norman Wisdom Aged 92 ¾ is on BBC Two tonight at 9.50pm. The programme follows the comedian's life with his family after their decision to move him into a home

  • Clowns
    Research by the University of Sheffield suggests that decorating children's wards with images of clowns is likely to frighten rather than cheer young patients

  • Torchwood
    The new series of the Doctor Who spin-off starts on BBC Two on January 16th at 9pm, with an edited pre-watershed repeat at 7pm the next day. Actresses Naoko Mori and Eve Myles were in the studio

  • Baftas
    The nominations for the Bafta awards were announced this morning


    Tuesday 15 January

  • Sport Relief
    Today is the launch of Sport Relief. Olympic medallist James Cracknell will be trying to get from England to Africa simply by cycling, rowing and swimming

  • Elephant Diaries
    The second part of this new series, which follows life at Daphne Sheldrick's elephant orphanage in Kenya, will be shown this Friday at 7.30pm on BBC One

  • Barbara Dickson
    The singer is celebrating 40 years in show-business with a new album, live DVD and nationwide tour

  • Alfie Allen
    The younger brother of Lily and son of Keith is stepping into Daniel Radcliffe's shoes when Equus goes on a national tour, starting in Chichester on 31st January

  • Horses
    Richard Westcott visited some of the horses rescued from a farm in Amersham last week who are now at a specialist horse sanctuary near Norwich


    Monday 14 January

  • Christopher Plummer
    The actor is starring in what he considers to be his best ever role in the film The Man In The Chair, released in the UK on 25th January 2008

  • The Baby Borrowers on Holiday
    The new series starting tonight at 10.30pm on BBC Three sees five teenage couples off on holiday to look after babies, toddlers, teens and pensioners

  • Jessie Wallace
    Apologies if you were expecting to see Jessie on the programme this morning. Traffic difficulties meant that she was unable to get to the studio in time. However, you can see the former Eastender as Maureen in the musical Rent, being performed at the Duke of York's Theatre in London until 2nd February 2008

  • Care series
    A care calculator is being launched by the BBC today for people to measure the level of social care they might receive. The information will be fed into the Government's ongoing Consultation on Social Care


    Saturday 12 January

  • Parking
    The guests who appeared on Breakfast to discuss the new parking rules were: Barrie Segal from the parking website AppealNow.com; Sheila Ranger the acting director of the RAC foundation; Keith Banbury from the British Parking Association and; Caroline Sheppard, the chief parking adjudicator for England and Wales


    Friday 11 January

  • Jamie Oliver
    Jamie's Fowl Dinners starts tonight on Channel 4 and aims to uncover just how disgusting the business of battery and intensively reared chickens is

  • Julia Sawalha
    The actress is playing Dorcas Lane in the new BBC costume drama Lark Rise To Candleford, which starts on Sunday 13th January at 7:40pm on BBC One

  • City of culture
    Today is the official opening ceremony marking Liverpool as the 2008 European city of culture. During the day's events, Ringo Starr and other musicians will be playing on rooftops across the city

  • Children
    A child's future career path can be predicted at as little as six years old by studying their personality, according to scientists from Aston University

  • Self defence
    Colette McBeth met with pensioners from the town of Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth, who are taking self defence classes and being taught how to use their walking sticks as weapons


    Thursday 10 January

  • Spamalot
    Sweden's answer to Any Dream Will Do has been searching for a leading lady to star in Spamalot opposite Peter Davison. He and current Lady of the Lake Hannah Waddingham were in to tell Breakfast more

  • Louise Lytton
    The actress best known for roles in Eastenders and The Bill will be taking part in the first ever Strictly Come Dancing tour starting later this month

  • Harold Pinter
    The Nobel-prize winning playwright has donated part of his archive to the British Library and an exhibition starts today showcasing some of the highlights

  • Trespassing on railways
    Breakfast went to a gym in Bolton opened by Network Rail to discourage children from trespassing on railways. British boxer Amir Khan is fronting the scheme

  • London Zoo
    Today sees the start of the annual count of animals at London Zoo. All animals must be included, from the three gorillas to the 1,500 locusts


    Wednesday 9 January

  • Bill Oddie
    For his new series, Bill has been looking at the decidedly daft side of nature. Bill Oddie's Wild Side starts tonight at 8pm on BBC Two

  • Anita Dobson
    The actress is starring in the musical Hello, Dolly!, which starts a 27 week tour on 1 February marking its first return to the stage for 20 years

  • Age rage
    Breakfast met a 54 year old woman who is obsessed with holding back the years. Gill Thornton is 54 going on 25 and spends her free time with younger friends disco dancing, doing pilates, having botox and shopping for the latest high street fashions

  • Faye Campbell
    The 15-year old has lived off almost nothing but chips for the last 10 years because of a rare medical condition. Specialists at Bart's and the London Hospital have now diagnosed the problem and the teenager is slowly being reintroduced to other foods

  • What Britain Earns
    Peter and Dan Snow take a look at who earns what amongst Britain's workforce. The programme is on BBC Two tonight at 9pm


    Tuesday 8 January

  • Carp farm
    Breakfast visited the first organic carp farm in Britain. Jimmie Hepburn and his wife Penny saw a gap in the market as the increasing strain on popular fish such as cod, haddock and salmon takes it toll

    Stuffed carp recipe
    1 carp – gutted, de-scaled, washed
    (marinate in a salt solution if required for a couple of hours)
    Lay on buttered foil

    Stuffing:

  • 1 tablespoon of bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh parsley
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 1 small onion – finely chopped and sautéed
  • 1 pinch of lemon zest
  • 2 medium mushrooms chopped and lightly sautéed
  • salt and pepper

    Method:
    Prepare the ingredients, add to a mixing bowl and combine until stuffing is uniformly mixed and firm in texture. Place the stuffing into the cavity of the fish and put a knob of butter on the fish. Wrap the foil around the fish and place on a tray in the middle of a preheated oven at 180 degrees centigrade for 20 minutes – this is for a 1 lb fish

  • Extra life
    A lifestyle study published today has found that people who adopt a healthy lifestyle live on average an extra 14 years longer than those who do not follow such measures

  • Sarah Parish
    The actress is starring in a new six-part drama Mistresses which starts on BBC One tonight at 9pm

  • Tom Daley
    Is the 13-year-old diver who is set to become Britain's youngest ever male Olympian when he competes in Beijing


    Monday 7 January

  • Lenny Henry
    Came in to talk about his new six part series - LennyHenry.TV, it is on a Monday, BBC One at 10.30pm from tonight.

  • Dame Eileen Atkins
    The legendary actress, most recently seen in Cranford and Ballet Shoes came on the programme to talk about her new play The Sea which will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 17 Jan until 19 April 2008

  • Future school
    Sarah Campbell visited the Hugh Christie Technology College in Tonbridge which allows pupils to have a lie-in and finish their day later. It is based on the theory that teenagers have a different body clock compared to other people and it is hoped that this school timetable will help improve their studies.

  • Age rage
    In the first of a new Breakfast series looking at the industry behind staying young, we looked at cosmetic surgery, an industry which is valued at £1bn. The editor of Elixir magazine, Avril O'Connor, Jenny Driscoll from the Which? consumer group, Sally Taber from the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services, and 'grooming expert' David Walters were in the studio.


    Friday 4 January

  • Vomiting bug

  • Doctors have warned people struck down by the violent stomach bug not to return to work in order to prevent the virus from spreading. Dr Sarah Jarvis shared her advice on how best to deal with the illness

  • Globesity

  • David Kerrigan, a consultant Bariatric surgeon and Philippa Davie from Lighterlife discussed some of the more extreme measures people are taking in an attempt to loose weight

  • Snow leopards

  • Breakfast got a sneak preview at the incredible and rare pictures of a group of snow leopards which will be featured in the nature programme, Beyond the Myth. You can see the leopards and much more tonight on BBC Two at 8pm.

  • Anne Reid

  • The BAFTA nominated actress is appearing as June in a new play, Happy Now?, which opens at the National's Cottesloe Theatre on 24th January.


    Thursday 3 January

  • Drugs

  • Drugscope's Martin Barnes and Heart radio's Emma B discussed the controversy surrounding police chief Richard Brunstrom's comments that the drug Ecstasy is safer than aspirin.

  • Kyran Bracken

  • After winning the ITV reality show, Dancing On Ice, the former rugby player decided to forge a new career in ice skating.

  • Patsy Palmer

  • The former EastEnders star is backing a new Department of Health campaign aimed at encouraging mothers to help their children eat more fruit and veg.

  • Charity Wakefield

  • The talented actress is currently starring as Miss Marianne in the new BBC adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and you can see Charity again playing the role of Rapunzel in 'Fairytales' next Thursday, 10th January on BBC One.


    Wednesday 2 January

  • Globesity

  • A Global poll on obesity carried out in 16 countries, including China, the USA, India and the UK, finds that the UK is the world's number one fast food nation.

  • Low Carb family

  • The Hawksworths have managed to cut their domestic and car CO2 emissions by a whopping 33 per cent. We took a look back at the family's carbon cutting year.

  • Get fit

  • Matt Roberts and Louise Redknapp shared their tips on how to get fit and stay in shape for the New Year.

  • Nigel Planer

  • Nigel is currently starring as the Wizard in the record-breaking West End musical, Wicked which has been so successful, its run has been extended until September 2008.

  • Strictly

  • Strictly Come Dancing champions Alesha Dixon and Matt Cutler were on the sofa to talk about their success and how they made it to the top.


  • 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.


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