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February 2008

Friday 29 February

  • Leopard cub

  • Marwell Zoo is celebrating the birth of an endangered Amur leopard. With less than 35 remaining in the wild, Amur leopards are one of the rarest big cats in the world

  • Tanya Byron

  • Your Toddler Month By Month is a new book written by clinical psychologist Tanya Byron which is published by Dorling Kindersley

  • Rob Brydon

  • The Welsh comedian explores what it means to be Welsh in Rob Brydon's Identity Crisis, on BBC4 tonight at 9pm

  • Gap Scheme

  • A new Government backed global volunteering scheme for 18 to 25 year olds will offer young adults from less advantaged backgrounds the opportunity to live, work and learn about life in poorer countries while making a real difference to peoples' lives


    Thursday 28 February

  • Alan Dale
    The man who played Jim Robinson in Neighbours will be taking over from Peter Davison as King Arthur in the musical Spamalot, at the Palace Theatre in London

  • Sporting Giants
    A year ago Sir Steve Redgrave appeared on Breakfast to launch Sporting Giants, an initiative backed by UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport to find future Olympians

  • Cracknell challenge
    James set out yesterday morning on his Sport Relief challenge where he is travelling from the UK to Africa all under his own steam

  • Lynda La Plante
    The scriptwriter's film The Box will be shown on ITV1 on the 28 February and 6 March as part of the new series of Trial and Retribution

  • Plastic bags
    Marks and Spencer has announced plans to introduce a 5p charge for plastic bags in its food halls from April with profits from the bags going to the environmental charity Groundwork

  • Bullied teachers
    A survey completed by the teaching union, NASUWT says that 50% of teachers have been bullied by pupils in school


    Wednesday 27 February

  • Sport Relief Super Cycle
    On Thursday 13 March Alan Shearer and Adrian Chiles will set off on a two-day bike ride from Newcastle to London via West Brom, all in the name of Sport Relief

  • Sophie Grigson
    It is currently Fairtrade fortnight and Sophie Grigson is releasing a new book The Fairtrade Everyday Cookbook

  • E-Day
    Today is E-Day when everyone is being encouraged to switch off their unwanted electrical appliances

  • Youngest male Olympian
    Surpassing Tom Daley's recent diving success, Ken Lester claims he is Britain's youngest male Olympian having been the Cox to a rowing pair at the 1960 Rome Games aged just 13 years and 144 days


    Tuesday 26 February

  • Hugh Grant and Marie Curie
    Hugh Grant is backing Marie Curie Cancer Care which launches its Great Daffodil Appeal on Saturday

  • Car safety
    The European body responsible for testing new cars has demanded that the Nissan Navara pick-up truck be recalled after giving it one of the worst ever crash safety ratings

  • Eurovision: Your Decision
    This year's UK entry to Eurovision will be decided on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One. Among those competing will be X-Factor runner up Andy Abraham and former Eastender Michelle Gayle

  • Premature babies
    Every week 25 babies die in the UK as a result of premature births. The charity Action Medical Research has called on the government to increase funding to research why premature births occur

  • Children
    A public opinion poll published by The Children's Society today reveals that adults think that increasing commercialisation is damaging the well-being of children


    Monday 25 February

  • Oscars

  • Clive Anderson

  • The comedian hosts a new BBC2 brain boggling quiz. Watch Brainbox on weekdays at 6.30pm.

  • Supermarket secrets

  • Professor Lesley Regan scours the supermarket shelves to reveal the truth behind labels such as superfoods, organic and probiotic. Watch the programme on BBC2, 26th February at 9pm.

  • Apprenticeship week

  • New research by the Learning and Skills Council reveals apprenticeships significantly improve business performance.


    Friday 22 February

  • Happy Birthday Brucie!
    Today Bruce Forsyth celebrates his 80th birthday. Happy Birthday Brucie! is a tribute to his career and is being shown on Sunday at 6.35pm on BBC One

  • Jane Asher
    The actress can currently be seen on the ITV soap opera The Palace and her most recent movie Death At A Funeral is released on Monday 25 February

  • Gaffs abroad
    Which? magazine has published a guide to help travellers avoid making social gaffs when travelling abroad

  • Work your proper hours day
    To highlight the fact that in the UK nearly five million people put in an average of over seven hours unpaid overtime a week, the TUC has named today as 'Work your proper hours day'


    Thursday 21 February

  • Summer Strallen
    Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, Hollyoaks actress Summer Strallen will take over Connie Fisher's role in The Sound Of Music at the London Palladium on 26th February

  • Award ceremonies
    The Brit Awards were held last night and the Oscars will be held on the 24th February after the end of the 14 week writer's strike last week

  • Smoke House
    This new CBBC series on BBC One today at 4.35pm follows six anti-smoking children as they try to get their parents to stop smoking

  • Air traffic
    National Air Traffic Services have announced a consultation which could lead to a major reorganisation of flight paths across south-east England. A website will go live this morning allowing people to put in their postcode and see the implications for them


    Wednesday 20 February

  • Mental health
    SANE are a charity established to improve the lives of those suffering from mental health problems
    SANEline: 0845 767 8000
    SANEmail: sanemail@sane.org.uk

  • Torchwood
    Freema Agyemen is appearing as Dr Martha Jones in three episodes of Torchwood. The Doctor Who spin-off is shown on Wednesdays on BBC Two at 9pm

  • Beijing Olympics
    Sir Matthew Pinsent has been to China to investigate how preparations are going for this summer's Beijing Olympics. His full report is on Inside Sport on BBC One tonight at 10.50pm

  • Falcons
    Peregrine falcons are the latest arrival in the urban jungle. They are increasingly being found ruling the skies over cities such as Bristol, Birmingham and Lincoln

  • Freezing
    Freezing is a new three-part comedy about a couple facing up to middle-age as their hopes for fame start to fade. The series is being shown on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week on BBC Two at 10pm


    Tuesday 19 February

  • Eric Bana
    The Australian actor is starring as Henry VIII in The Other Boleyn Girl, which is released in March

  • Cyclist
    Mark Beaumont cycled around the world in 195 days, smashing the previous record of 276 days, despite being robbed and run over during the course of the journey

  • Jack Black
    Be Kind Rewind is Jack Black's new comedy in which he stars alongside Mos Def

  • Opera
    When one of the lead roles in the ENO's Lucia di Lammermoor lost his voice during a recent performance, Paul Whelan was called up from the audience and asked to sing the part from the wings whilst the original singer remained on stage

  • Wild cat
    Scottish Natural Heritage is asking visitors and those who work outdoors to be alert after recent sightings of one of the UK's most elusive predator, the Scottish Wildcat

  • Dexter Fletcher
    The actor plays Tony Casemore, the concierge in Hotel Babylon which begins its third series tonight on BBC One at 9pm

  • Loo guide
    A new strategic guide which encourages councils in England to provide the public with the best possible 'toileting experience' has been released by a parliamentary steer committee


    Monday 18 February

  • Sport Relief
    Sport Relief is launched today. Among other challenges, James Cracknell will be travelling from England to Africa by only rowing, cycling and swimming…and comedian David Walliams will be joining him for the swimming leg

  • Bottled water
    Environment minister Phil Woolas has described the £2bn spent in the UK on bottled water as 'morally unacceptable'. Panorama investigates tonight on BBC One at 8.30pm

  • Jonathan Ansell
    The former G4 band member has gone solo. His debut album Tenor at The Movies is released today

  • The One And Only
    BBC One's talent contest was won on Saturday by Dusty Springfield tribute Katy Setterfield

  • Imagine…The Secret Of Life
    In this week's Imagine film Alan Yentob explores the world of self-help, shown tomorrow on BBC One at 10.30pm


    Friday 15 February

  • John Barrowman
    The actor and Any Dream Will Do judge released his autobiography Anything Goes in January

  • Violin player
    David Garrett, one of the foremost young concert performers, tripped at the end of a recent concert at the Barbican and landed on his 290 year old Stradivarius violin

  • Badgers
    The subterranean secrets of badgers have been revealed by a BBC film crew who spent two years filming a wild badger family. Badgers: Secrets of the Sett is on BBC Two tonight at 8pm

  • Benedict Cumberbatch
    The actor is starring in a new thriller drama The Last Enemy, to be shown this Sunday at 9pm on BBC One

  • Discipline in schools
    A report has suggested that former soldiers should be encouraged to retrain as teachers in order to bring a taste of military disciple to tough inner-city schools

  • Oceans
    A study in Science journal has found that only 4% of the world's oceans remain undamaged by human activity with only remote icy areas near the poles remaining relatively pristine


    Thursday 14 February

  • Liza Minnelli
    The Cabaret singer is touring the UK for the first time in over 20 years

  • Marti Pellow
    The Wet Wet Wet front man is releasing a brand new album of Love songs called In A Sentimental Mood and will be on tour in April

  • Books
    In the US from Monday two of the biggest publishers are battling it out to attract new readers by offering books on digital download, although this service will not yet be available in the UK

  • Madonna
    Her directorial debut Filth And Wisdom starring Richard E Grant was premiered this week at the Berlin Film Festival

  • Vivienne Westwood
    The first lady of British fashion is returning to the London catwalk tonight for the capital's fashion week

  • Chickens
    The supermarket shelves are empty after a sharp increase in demand for free range chicken but fears remain that this may just be a temporary blip

  • Gambling
    GamCare provides support, information and advice to anyone suffering through a gambling problem. Their helpline number is 0845 6000 133


    Wednesday 13 February

  • Philip Glenister
    DCI Gene Hunt is back on our screens in Ashes to Ashes, the follow up to Life On Mars, shown on Thursdays at 9pm on BBC One

  • Sport Relief

  • Freaky Eaters
    The BBC Three series which looks at Britain's more bizarre eating habits returns tonight at 9pm


    Tuesday 12 February

  • Joe Brown
    The legendary guitarist and singer is celebrating 50 years in show business and releasing 'The Very Best Of Joe Brown' on 18 February

  • Ready Steady Cook
    The 18th series of the popular cookery show has begun, shown weekdays on BBC Two at 4.30pm

  • Stuart Maconie
    Stuart Maconie has a new book 'Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North'. In it he returns to his Northern routes to discover where the clichés end and the truth begins

  • Safer Internet Day
    With over half of all over 50s in England being too scared to use the internet, Safer Internet Day hopes to improve confidence amongst those who go online

  • Animal therapy
    Alternative medicine for pets is becoming increasingly popular but the British Veterinary Association is warning that without referral from a vet such treatments can actually harm animals rather than heal them

  • Jobs
    New research has revealed that British jobseekers have missed out on pay rises worth £2.3bn in the past 12 months because they are bad at job interviews


    Monday 11 February

  • Colin Montgomerie
    The eight-time Ryder Cup player is backing Wee Wonders, an initiative for children between five and twelve which aims to find the next generation of golfers

  • Masterchef
    John Torode and Gregg Wallace are currently searching for the next winner of Masterchef, shown Monday to Thursday at 8pm on BBC Two

  • Sharkwater
    Rob Stewart directed Sharkwater, a documentary which exposes the illegal global trade of finning. It is released on 22 February

  • Award ceremonies
    Both the Baftas and the Grammys were held last night


    Friday 8 February

  • Hayden Christensen
    The Hollywood actor best known for playing Anakin Skywalker in the last two Star Wars films is starring in sci-fi thriller Jumper, in cinemas from 14 February

  • Olderpreneurs
    Valerie Singleton presents a special edition of The Money Programme this week where she meets people in their 60s and 70s who are building successful businesses. Too Young To Retire is on BBC Two tonight at 7pm

  • Simon Reeve
    After travelling the entire way around the Equator, Simon Reeve has been following the Tropic Of Capricorn. The four-part series starts On BBC Two on Sunday at 8pm


    Thursday 7 February

  • School dinners
    The first network of training centres for school cooks in England is being launched today. 16 schools have been awarded funding as FEAST (Food Excellence and Skills Training) centres

  • Spamalot
    Nina Söderquist won a competition on Swedish television to become the new Lady of the Lake in Spamalot. Her first performance is on 11 February at the Palace Theatre in London

  • Dave Spikey
    The Dave Spikey Live Collection is out now on DVD. The comedian will also be embarking on a new tour in Spring 2008

  • Elderly drivers
    Motoring and road safety groups have called on the government to introduce medical check-ups and assessments of vision and dementia for motorists aged over 70


    Wednesday 6 February

  • Dementia
    Tony Robinson is an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society. The charity have released a new leaflet Putting Care Right, which explains how to find a care home for a loved one

  • Tortoises
    Graham Satchell visited a tortoise sanctuary in St Austell where tortoises are struggling to hibernate because the mild winter is tricking them into waking up early

  • Ashes To Ashes
    The follow up to Life On Mars begins this Thursday at 9pm on BBC One

  • Angela Thorne
    Best known as Marjory Frobisher in To The Manor Born, the actress is starring in new play Ring Round The Moon. Previews begin at the Playhouse Theatre from 5 February

  • Tracing lost bank accounts


    Tuesday 5 February

  • Women of Courage Award
    We talk to Michelle Stepney, nominated for a Woman of Courage award by Cancer Research UK Race for Life, who discovered she had cervical cancer whilst pregnant

  • Pancake Day
    It's Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Day is taking a battering in Britain as only one in five people realise it occurs today

  • Hattie Morahan
    She played Elinor in Sense and Sensibility and she'll soon be seen in new movie The Bank Job based on the 1971 Baker Street bank robbery

  • Shelley Conn
    After various well acclaimed roles on our screens, the actress is currently starring in Mistresses, the new Drama series on BBC One


    Monday 4 February

  • Pensions Advisory Service
    The Women and pensions helpline is 0845 600 0806

  • Bridezilla
    Should bridesmaids have to sign contracts promising not to put on weight, get pregnant or change their hairstyle until after the event, will a contract guarantee the 'perfect' day?

  • Refunds
    Eight out of ten shoppers admit to returning products and nearly 22.8 million Brits would bend the truth to get their cash back

  • Roy Marsden
    Currently starring in The Palace, Roy talks to us about his role in the series

  • Italian Lessons
    Fabio Capello said he could learn English in a month, so we challenged Chris Hollins to learn Italian in as many weeks


    Friday 1 February

  • Connie Fisher
    After solving a problem like Maria, Andrew Lloyd Webber is searching for actors in a new West End production of Oliver. Connie Fisher won the first BBC series and is now performing in the Sound Of Music at the Palladium

    Auditions are currently being held in London and will be in Glasgow next at the Millennium Hotel on 6th February between 9am and 7pm. Further details can be found on the I'd Do Anything website

  • Steve Backley
    The former Olympic javelin thrower is hoping to survive another week on the ITV1 programme Dancing On Ice

  • The Choir - Boys Don't Sing
    Following the Bafta Award-winning success of The Choir, there's now a sequel The Choir - Boys Don't Sing, on BBC Two tonight at 9pm

  • Hard Days Night hotel
    A Beatles themed hotel with fancy rooms and walls adorned with Fab Four memorabilia opens today in Liverpool


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