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Today's show: March

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March 2008

Monday 31st March

  • Allotments

  • Allotments used to be for the retired but not anymore. With the trend in the UK to grow our own food, many more people are trying to get their hands on a plot of land. But with councils selling off allotments and ever growing demand, waiting lists are getting ridiculous.

  • The Estate we're in

  • 'Supergran' and Neighbour of the year Silla Carron is on a mission to improve life on council estates. A new series starts today at 9.15am on BBC One, straight after Breakfast.

  • Dan Cruickshank

  • His new series 'Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture' starts this Wednesday, BBC Two at 9pm.

  • Nancy

  • The first Nancy evictee from I'd Do Anything. The show to find the roles of Nancy and three youthful protégés to play orphaned urchin Oliver in Sir Cameron Mackintosh's forthcoming revival of the much-loved timeless musical Oliver.


    Friday 28th March

  • Texting

  • A leading psychiatrist wants the obsession with texting to be added to the official list of mental disorders because it apparently causes motor accidents, leads to stalking, harassment and problems at social, educational and work functions.

  • Beat the Boss

  • Beat the Boss is the ground-breaking, business programme made by CBBC, presented by Saira Khan.

  • Tiger Cam

  • The latest instalment from the people who brought us dung-cam, snowball cam and salmon cam… trunk-cam; where elephants carry disguised cameras to bring us closer than ever before to tiger cubs in the Indian jungle.

  • Alison Steadman

  • She plays Gavin's mum Pam in award winning comedy Gavin and Stacey. BBC 3, Sunday, 9pm.


    Thursday 27th March

  • Postcards

  • The very British tradition of sending a postcard has declined 75% in the last ten years. A campaign has been launched to get us back in the habit of sending them.

  • Thatched Houses

  • Thatched cottage homeowners are feeling the draft due to a shortage of wheat straw crop last year. Prices have doubled in the past year and the 2007 stocks are already used up.

  • Mike Batt

  • The man behind the Wombles and Watership Down's Bright Eyes has a new album, 'A Songwriter's Tale'.

  • The Apprentice

  • The candidates may come from all over the country and from a diverse mix of social backgrounds, but they all have a common goal. Last night was week one of Series Four of the popular show.


    Wednesday 26th March

  • Bingo Winner

  • Cleaner Soraya Lowell has won just under £1.2 million at a local bingo hall. What's more amazing is that she plans to share it with her bingo pal Agnes O'Neill, because they always share their winnings.

  • Olympic Diver

  • Beijing hopeful and BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year, Tom Daley won gold in the 10m platform dive at the European Championships in Eindhoven.

  • Eurobeat

  • 'Eurobeat - Almost Eurovision', the Award-winning musical celebration of everything Eurovision, will begin a National tour in April prior to London's West End. The show will feature a number TV stars in the pivotal roles of presenters, Boyka and Sergei, including Mel Giedroyc and Gareth Hale.


    Tuesday 25th March

  • Bevin Boys

  • The Bevin Boys who worked in the mines during and following World War two played a key role in keeping the home fires burning. Today they'll be recognised at Number 10 Downing Street where they'll receive a special commemorative badge.

  • Kids Parties

  • The costs involved in putting on children's' birthday parties are rocketing. Some parents are saying enough is enough and finding new ways of keeping it all in check.

  • Rula Lenska

  • The actress is in a new play called 'That's Love', a comedy which will première at The Mill at Sonning Theatre, Oxon from Wednesday 2nd April for six weeks.


    Thursday 20 March

  • Holby Blue

  • The 'blues and twos' of Holby are back with more edgy stories and a crossover with Holby City. The series kicks off on Thursday 10th March, 8pm, BBC One.

  • The Smokehouse

  • Find out if the six children who put their parents on a quit-smoking course were successful on BBC One at 4.35pm tonight.

  • Humming birds

  • The new tropical bird sanctuary opens at London Zoo on Friday 21st March - get up close and personal with exotic birds from all over the World.

  • Closed maternity units

  • Many hospitals across England had to turn away women in labour last year because they were full.


    Wednesday 19 March

  • Springwatch

  • The new series starts on the 2nd of May, BBC TWO at 8pm. If our viewers have a wildlife wonder to share then go to the link below and click on WILD THINGS.

  • Divorce

  • Newsround has produced a short film about divorce called 'The Worst Thing Ever?'. They have a live webchat about the subject, with someone from the National Children's Home mediation team at 4.35-5.15pm today.

  • Saving the Post Offices

  • Comedienne Victoria Wood said today she would chain herself to a post box if it would help save her local post office. She was joined by fellow celebrities, to stage a protest against the closure of Highgate Post Office in north London.

  • Footballers Mansions


  • A campaign group which is trying to stop millionaire footballers knocking down houses and building luxury mansions in their picturesque village is to try and use a rarely-used law to help them press their case.

  • Phil Davis

  • The Curse of Comedy series starts tonight on BBC FOUR at 9pm with The Curse Of Steptoe. Phil Davis stars in the BBC FOUR drama about the troubled lives of the two actors.


    Tuesday 18 March

  • Brian Blessed

  • The multi-talented actor is narrating a modern version of Peter and The Wolf. The national tour begins on Friday 21st March at Marlowe theatre in Canterbury.

  • Great British Menu

  • The UK's top chefs have cooked for the Queen and convinced the French that we can match them with gastronomic prowess. Now they're out to prove to the world that we are up there with the best when it comes to modern British cuisine. Watch the third series on Monday 17th March at 6.30pm, BBC Two.

  • Athletica nervosa

  • The laddish culture promoted by men's magazines has spawned a new medical condition: athletica nervosa, or an obsession with exercise. The condition is already known to affect young women, but research by Winchester University is thought to be the first British study to link the phenomenon to men.


    Monday 17 March

  • Horses
    The three native breeds of heavy horse in the UK are all under threat. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust predicts that Shire horses could be extinct within 10 years whilst the Clydesdale and the Suffolk Punch are in an even worse position

  • Aled Jones
    The presenter of Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday show and his production team have selected the most popular tracks from the show for a new two CD collection

  • Freddie Highmore
    The young star of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The Golden Compass and Finding Neverland stars in a new film The Spiderwick Chronicles, released on 21 March

  • Alternative therapies
    In a new BBC Two series Professor Kathy Sykes embarks on a personal and scientific journey to explore three popular alternative therapies: reflexology, meditation and hypnotherapy, starting tonight at 9pm

  • Teenage rows
    New research suggests that parents who want to be close to their teenage children should aim to have a row with them every day


    Friday 14 March

  • Dyslexia

  • Many schoolchildren could be failing reading and writing tests because they are unaware they are dyslexic.

  • Cheltenham Festival

  • Kauto Star and Denman will take on 13 rivals in Friday's Cheltenham Gold Cup, the showpiece of the Festival.

  • The Passion

  • Joseph Mawle spoke about playing Jesus in BBC One's Easter drama The Passion. Watch the first episode on Sunday 16th March at 8pm.

  • Graham Norton

  • The presenter is hosting 'I'd do anything', where Andrew Lloyd Webber searches for the stars of OLIVER! Series starts on BBC One, Saturday 15th March at 7.30pm.

  • Jane Asher

  • The actress and general domestic goddess is opening the Ideal Home Show today which is celebrating 100 years.


    Thursday 13 March

  • Sport Relief

  • The challenge is on! Alan Shearer and Adrian Chiles have got just two days to cycle 335 miles from Newcastle to London - and it's all to raise cash for Sport Relief!

  • School Report

  • Schools across the UK are creating their own news reports and broadcasting them with the help of the BBC. The School Report initiative, which has this year involved more than 10,000 students, culminates in a News Day on Thursday 13th March, when schools, from Cornwall to Orkney, work to a 1400 GMT news deadline.

  • Kris Kristofferson

  • The three-times Grammy winner is about to go on a 5-date solo acoustic UK tour.
    Tour venues:
  • Manchester Apollo
  • Sheffield City Hall
  • Brighton Dome
  • Bristol Colston Hall
  • Sheffield City Hall
  • London Royal Albert Hall

  • Wednesday 12 March

  • Second storm

  • Northern Ireland, north Wales and north-west England are being pounded by gales and heavy rain in the second band of storms to hit the UK in three days.

  • Deaf

  • Tomato Lichy and his partner Paula, both who are deaf, told BBC Breakfast why they are fighting to be allowed to have a deaf child by IVF.

  • Gavin and Stacey

  • A new series of the award winning BBC Three comedy begins on Sunday 16th March at 9pm with a double episode.

  • Blue Planet Live

  • Kate Humble is presenting a two hour show which uses pictures from The Blue Planet accompanied by a live 76 piece orchestra and choral ensemble.

  • Well done Carol!

  • Carol Kirkwood has won Weather Forecaster of the Year at the TRIC Awards on Tuesday night.


    Tuesday 11 March

  • Citizenship

  • School-leavers are to be encouraged to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen under new government proposals being unveiled on British citizenship.

  • BBC World Service Arabic channel

  • The BBC is set to begin broadcasts on its new Arabic language TV channel. The channel will be free to everyone in North Africa and the Middle East with a satellite or cable connection.

  • The Poles Are Coming!

  • This documentary forms part of BBC TWO's White season and explores the biggest migration to Britain in centuries - the million or so Eastern Europeans who have recently come here. Watch it on BBC Two, Tuesday 11th March at 9pm.

  • Patricia Hodge

  • The actress is starring in a new play called 'The Clean House'. The award-winning comedy is on a nine week national tour. Play venues:

  • Ben Saunders

  • On Friday 14th March Ben sets out to become the fastest man to ever reach the North Pole on foot, solo and unsupported. The current record stands at 36 days 22 hours, but this was with the aid of dogsleds and re-supplies.


    Monday 10 March

  • Winter storm

  • Rain and fierce winds are hitting parts of the UK, as what could be winter's worst storm moves in from the Atlantic. Floodline 0845 988 11 88

  • In 10 Days to War

  • These 10 minute dramas, telling the story of the countdown to the Iraq war, will run every night at 1030pm, just before Newsnight, on BBC2.

  • Annie Lennox

  • Annie Lennox has invited 23 of the world's most acclaimed female superstar voices to record a song she had written - called 'SING'. She hopes it will help draw attention to the HIV AIDS pandemic.


    Friday 7 March

  • The Big Question
    Lord Robert Winston joins us to help fathom all those science questions we would like to know the answer to. The Big Question Blog which is a new forum launched to mark the start of National Science and Engineering Week.

  • Anna Maxwell Martin
    The actress joins us to discuss her new role. Anna is starring in 'White Girl', showing as part of the BBC's White season. A provocative and emotional drama, it explores the hope as well as the tension that can arise when two very different cultures collide.

  • Murder most Horrid
    Today is the final of the new daytime series Murder Most Famous. We are joined by the crime writer Minette Walters to see if she'll give us any clues as to who may win.

  • Robin Cousins
    This weekend sees the semi final of ITV1's Dancing on Ice. Olympic Ice skating champion and Dancing on Ice judge Robin Cousins skates his way onto the sofa to tell us who's hot and who's not as the competition reaches breaking point.


    Thursday 6 March

  • School appeals
    The BBC has acquired figures showing that there has been an increase in the numbers who did not get into their first choice of secondary schools

  • Steven Berkoff
    The writer and actor has written a new book My Life In Food

  • Fingers
    Professor of Psychology John Manning has written The Finger Book, a guide to what your fingers say about you. It is published today by Faber & Faber

  • Tamzin Outhwaite
    Tamzin Outhwaite is the spokesperson for The Future Friendly Awards, a ceremony which recognises environmental initiatives from across the UK. The ceremony takes place this evening

  • Mumnesia
    Scientists have found that Mumnesia, where new mums suffer from memory loss once their baby is born, is a real medical condition


    Wednesday 5 March

  • Damian Lewis
    The actor stars in the new DVD release The Baker, a comedy about a hit man who tries to retire and escape his past, which was released on Monday

  • Earplugs
    Charity for the deaf, the RNID, is urging companies to produce 'cool and trendy' earplugs to try and persuade young people to protect their ears when listening or being exposed to loud music

  • Wonderland
    This week's Wonderland tells the story of Annabel Goodman, a mother who built her son his own school when it turned out local education did not suit him. It is being shown on BBC Two tonight at 9.50pm

  • Buster Martin
    After completing a half marathon last weekend, 101-year-old plumber Buster Martin has now set his sights on the London Marathon in a bid to become the world's oldest competitive runner

  • Swimming pools
    Community swimming pools across the country are facing the threat of closure, as local councils tighten their belts. This is despite the fact that Sport England says it invests more in swimming than in any other sport

  • Petite Anglaise
    Catherine Sanderson hit the headlines when she got sacked from her job after writing about the company in her blog Petite Anglaise. She now tells all in a new book published this week


    Tuesday 4 March

  • Nigel Havers and Diana Quick
    Nigel and Diana are starring in a brand new production of Alan Bennett's award-winning comedy Single Spies. It opens at The Lowry in Salford next week ahead of a national tour

  • Dyscalulia
    Dyscalulia is the numbers equivalent of Dyslexia. It is thought that around six percent of the population have it but they do not have the support network that already exists for those with Dyslexia

  • Amanda Mealing
    The actress plays Connie Beauchamp in Holby City, on BBC One tonight at 8pm. She has also been to Sierra Leone for Save The Children.

  • Teen breakfast
    Research from the US has found that teenagers who skipped breakfast hoping to lose weight actually weighed heavier than those who ate something first thing in the morning

  • Pigs
    Pig farmers say they are losing around £26 per pig at market. The Pig Farmers Association and the Meat and Livestock Association are having a day of protest in Westminster


    Monday 3 March

  • Holyfield

  • Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has written his autobiography 'Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter's Journey'.

  • Jacqueline Wilson

  • The children's author expressed concern that British kids are growing up too quickly. New research, carried out on behalf of Random House Children's Books, pinpoints 11 as the age at which childhood is officially over.

  • Murder Most Fabulous

  • Kelvin Mackenzie is one of the six celebrities being challenged to write a blockbuster crime novel under the expert tuition of best-selling author Minette Walters. Starts on BBC Two, Monday 3rd March at 1.30pm.

  • Lark Rise

  • John Dagleish told Breakfast about his first acting role as Alf Arless in the series Lark Rise. Watch the series on Sundays, BBC One, 8pm.

  • Andy Abraham

  • Britain's entry for Eurovision Song talked about how excited he is to represent his country.

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