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NOVEMBER 2008

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Friday 28 November

John Barrowman
Actor, singer, television and West End star John Barrowman has released his new album 'Music Music Music' this week. The current single from the album 'What About Us' was written by Gary Barlow.

Dragoons
The first album to be recorded in a war zone is released on Monday. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards' second album 'Spirit Of The Glen: Journey' was recorded in a mess tent in Basra with temperatures of 50 degrees.

Cornish Jungle
An exotic jungle planted over 150 years ago at Falmouth's Trebah Gardens can now be viewed in its entirety. Gardener Darren Dickey discovered the vista while clearing a hectare and a half of rhodedendrome ponticum.


Thursday 27 November

Retail
MFI and Woolworths have both gone into administration. All customer service enquiries for MFI are being dealt with centrally and not within the stores. For all enquiries please call 0870 6075054.

Russell Watson
The singer has a new album out. 'People Get Ready', a collection of favourite Soul songs is released this week.

Chaos at the Zoo
The ex make-over queen and her restaurateur husband have upped sticks and moved Wales to open a Zoo.


Wednesday 26 November

Michelle Ryan
The actress is one of forty internationally renowned actors, directors and writers who are joining forces to test their talents to the limit and create six short plays in just 24 hours for the fifth annual 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala at the Old Vic this Sunday, 30th November.

Wild about your Garden
Nick Knowles, garden designer Chris Beardshaw and wildlife specialist Ellie Harrison, give urban gardens across Britain a reverse makeover.

Pam Ann
Australian comedienne Caroline Reid is better known as 1960'S sharp-tongued trolley dolly Pam Ann. She has just finished a UK tour "Terror At 41,000 Feet" and begins a three night show at the Hammersmith Apollo tomorrow night.


Tuesday 25 November

Direct Debit
Customers are having their monthly Direct Debits increased by a huge amount, even if they are in credit. Today the regulator, Ofgem appears before the Business and Enterprise select committee.

Frank Skinner
The comedian returned to stand-up last year and one of his performances is now available on DVD. He also has a new book out called 'Frank Skinner On The Road'.

El Bulli
We speak to the 'Best chef in the World' Ferran Adria, about his restaurant El Bulli

Lesley Garrett
Britain's most popular soprano, Lesley Garrett has a new album 'Amazing Grace' out now, she is also currently touring with 'carousel'.


Monday 24 November

Philip Glenister
Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes actor in to talk about his book which takes a nostalgic look at the 1970s and 1980s. Were they the 'good old times' really?

Lynda Bellingham
The actress is starring in the new West End stage play - 'Calendar Girls'.

Poet Idol
The time has come to choose a new poet laureate and the public are to be given a say in the selection.

School Run
A report out today says transport emissions in the UK could be cut if the Government shifted its policies. It suggests that the car school run should be swapped with walking or cycling instead.


Friday 21 November

Dubai
A $20 million party was thrown to celebrate the opening of a new resort in Dubai. The extravagent event was headlined by Kylie Minouge with Hollywood stars like Robert DeNiro on the guestlist.

Mark Strong
Actor Mark Strong started his career on stage and has since enjoyed roles in theatre, film and television. Strong's latest film, directed by Ridley Scott is American thriller 'Body of Lies', starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.

Rhydian Roberts
Rhydian Roberts was tipped to win The X Factor competition in 2007 but lost out to Leon Jackson. He talked to Breakfast about his debut album 'Rhydian' out on Monday 24 November.


Thursday 20 November

Sparrows
The RSPB say one of Britain's best known birds, the sparrow, may be in decline because their chicks have too little to eat. The lack of trees and garden space in urban areas could be contributing to the loss of insects.

Outnumbered
Hugh Dennis who plays the Dad in the second series of BBC sitcom Outnumbered and the writer Guy Jenkin talked to Breakfast about the show. Outnumbered is on at 9.10pm this Saturday 22 November on BBC One.

Wisdom
Award-winning photographer and director Andrew Zuckerman, created the book 'Wisdom', which aims to share the wisdom of some of today's most respected and well-known seniors, including Michael Parkinson and Nelsen Mandela.


Wednesday 19 November

Survivors
The cult 70's TV programme 'Survivors' returns to our screens this Sunday 23 November. The show follows some of the only people left in the aftermath of a devastating virus which wipes out most of the world's population.

Tony Christie
Singer Tony Christie who sang the original song 'Is This the Way to Amarillo' which was re-released in 2002, has a new album out. "Made in Sheffield" is a dedication to the city in which Christie grew up around and features collaborations with other artists from the area, including Richard Hawley.

The Devils Whore
A new four part Channel 4 drama - 'The Devils Whore' written by Peter Flannery and starring actor John Simm, starts tonight at 9pm. Set during the English Civil War, the story is told through the experiences of a spirited aristocratic woman, Angelica Fanshawe and the people she meets.


Tuesday 18 November

Kids TV
Child psychologist Dr Tanya Byron and actress Meera Syall spoke to Breakfast about the affect of television on young children.

Fat Pets
Eight animals have been chosen by the veterinary charity PDSA in a search for the nations fattest pets. The 7 dogs and 1 cat are now being put on a diet and fitness regime to shed the pounds.

Duffy
Soul sensation Duffy starts her UK tour this week. She stormed the charts with her debut album, Rockferry selling over 3.5 million copies worldwide. Her latest single 'Rain On My Parade' was released this week.

Herbie Hancock
Jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock talked to Breakfast about his role in the jazz world and his latest best of album "Then and Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock".


Monday 17 November

Organ Donation
The Organ Donation Taskforce, is understood to have decided against a change in the law to 'presumed consent' for organ donation.

Jonathan Pryce
Actor Jonathan Pryce is embarking on a new role in a new comedy called 'Clone', on BBC 3.

Laurence Rees
Historian Laurence Rees has a new six-part landmark history series for BBC2 entitled 'World War II - Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, The Nazis and The West'.

Only Men Aloud
The winners of the BBC talent show Last Choir Standing are releasing their debut album, 'Only Men Aloud', on the 24th November.


Friday 14 November

Strictly Come Dancing
Heather Small and Brain Fortuna talk about their exit from the show last week and who they're tipping of the top this weekend.

Children in Need
Tonight is Children in Need, highlights include our own Chris Hollins and Susanna Reid putting on their glad rags for a newsreaders rendition of 'Mamma Mia's Dancing Queen'.

Maths
Thousands of teenagers are turning up at concert venues and theatres over the coming weeks not to watch a music gig but to watch a new phenomena called the maths event organised by an organisation called Maths Inspiration.


Thursday 13 November

Gaming
World of Warcraft is one of the most popular online games. Thousands of fans were queuing overnight for the latest edition of the computer game in which you create a character and take them on quests to become more powerful.

Jonathan Ansell
Singer Jonathan Ansell shot to fame as a member of the group G4 who took part in X Factor in 2004. Since the group spilt up he has enjoyed a successful solo career and talked to Breakfast about his second album 'Forever' and 'A Night at the Opera' tour.

Duncan Bannatyne
Famous entrepreneur and dragon from the BBC series Dragons Den, Duncan Bannatyne, has a new series 'Beat the Bank'. Duncan introduces a couple willing to invest thousands of pounds to three potential experts who will give them a good return on their savings. The programme starts tonight at 8pm on BBC Two.


Wednesday 12 November

Mark Speight
The father of the late Mark Speight, is launching the 'Speight of the Art Foundation' today. A charity which aims to help unearth and develop children's talent in art.

Oceans
The hidden stories of the planet's oceans are to be told in a new series for BBC TWO called 'Oceans', which starts this evening at 8pm on BBC 2.

Gala Ensemble
Five singing teachers have bypassed television talent shows to clinch a £1.25 million recording deal. Known as The Gala Ensemble, they'll front a promotion of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Keith Allen
The actor is due to make his West End stage debut starring as 'Long John Silver' in the new adaption of 'Treasure Island'.


Tuesday 11 November

Lemar
The most successful black British soul artist of our time, Lemar talks about his brand new single 'If She Knew' and his fourth album 'The Reason'.

Natural World
Natural World, BBC Two's award-winning natural history series, has been re-commissioned for a further three years in the year it celebrates its twenty fifth anniversary.

David Cassidy
More than thirty years after becoming a worldwide TV phenomenon and pop music icon, David Cassidy returns to the UK for three special concerts.


Monday 10 November

Jason Donovan
Jason has a new album out today entitled, 'Let It Be Me'. He starts a UK tour called Pictures & Postcards in November and will be starring in a West End Production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert next March.

Art of Conversation
Catherine Blyth's book 'The Art of Conversation' offers a guided tour of a neglected pleasure. The book describes the benefits of conversation and how we can learn a few tactics to make conversations easier and more frequent.

Strictly Come Dancing
Former M People singer Heather Small has become the latest celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing.


Friday 7 November

Proton Therapy
Proton therapy is a method used to treat cancer by targeting the tumour itself unlike radiotherapy which also effects the surrounding tissue. Currently there is one proton therapy machine in the UK and more people are travelling abroad to seek treatment.

Horses
The latest victim of the credit crunch are horse owners. The Horse Trust has been inundated with requests to retire horses as people struggle to maintain the expensive costs of caring for the animals.

Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris has re-recorded his hit 'Two Little Boys' with the Fron Male Voice Choir for the Festival of Remembrance this weekend. Rolf also traced his WW1 family history for a documentary 'My Family at War' on Tuesday 11 November at 9:00pm on BBC1.


Thursday 6 November

Armistice
This years Remembrance Day is the 90 anniversary of the end of the First World War. BBC correspondent Robert Hall is travelling all the way up the Western Front. Today he is at Verdun in Eastern France.

Blue Peter
The current Blue Peter presenters talked to Breakfast about their annual appeal. Mission Nutrition was launched to help children around the world eat and grow better food and put 2 million meals on plates.

Neil Oliver
Broadcaster and historian Neil Oliver is well known for presenting the Coast series. He is returning to our screens with 'A History of Scotland', which aims to bring alive the past that has shaped modern Scotland.

Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli is currently the world's biggest selling tenor, having sold over 50 million records worldwide. He talked to Breakfast about his new album 'Incanto'.


Wednesday 5 November

US Elections
Democrat Barack Obama has made history, being elected as the United States first black president. Breakfast talked to Mary Jordan, Bonnie Greer and Kwame Kwei-Armah for their reaction on the result


Tuesday 4 November

Ugly Vegetables
Later this month the European Union will vote to relax its rules on 'ugly' vegetables. Currently some fruit and vegetables are covered by rules on shapes and size, with any wonky or misshapen ones unable to be sold.

Tinker Bell
American actress Raven-Symoné shot to fame in her role as 4 year old Olivia in the Cosby Show. She talked to Breakfast about providing the voice for the character Iridessa in the film Tinker Bell. The film is out on DVD on 10 November.

Quentin Blake
Illustrator and childrens author, Quentin Blake had his first drawings published when he was just 16. He has illustrated over 300 books and now has plans to open a museum dedicated to the art.


Monday 3 November

School Meals
In an attempt to encourage more kids to eat school meals, the Scottish council of East Ayrshire is getting together with Save the Children and creating a points scheme to raise cash and awareness whilst delivering healthy school meals.

Cecelia Ahern
Irish author, Cecelia Ahern shot to fame with her debut novel 'P.S I Love You' which was made into a major Hollywood film. At just 26 years old she has become a publishing sensation and her latest book called 'The Gift' is out now.

David Tennant
The Doctor Who actor talked to Breakfast about his decision to leave the role, only appearing in 4 more special episodes. This years BBC Children in Need show will have an exclusive clip of the Doctor Who Christmas special.


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