This week's UK TV & radio

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Listings for BBC 2 on Thursday, December 18 2014

06:00This Is BBC Two Highlights of programmes on BBC Two. [S] 
06:05Homes Under the Hammer Martin Roberts and Lucy Alexander visit a colourful apartment in Cheshire, a flat in Battersea, London, and a house in need of total remodernisation in Staffordshire. [S] 
07:05Saints and Scroungers 18/20. Series looking at benefit fraud. Matt meets investigators looking into a local grandmother who, as a widow, is claiming benefits. But a tip-off suggests she may have remarried. Also in HD. [S] 
07:35Oxford Street Revealed 8/10. Observational documentary series. Things turn ugly when the Oxford Street security team deal with a disgruntled customer. John Lewis plan to unveil their Christmas lights. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
08:20Glorious Gardens from Above 12/15. Staffordshire: Horticulturist Christine Walkden explores gardens and countryside from a hot-air balloon. Christine floats over the landlocked Midlands county of Staffordshire. [S,SL] 
09:05The Great Interior Design... ...Challenge. 7/16. Eco Homes: Three new designers must redesign large open-plan reception rooms. [AD,S,SL] 
10:05Close Calls: On Camera 9/15. Stories of brushes with disaster. When fire engulfs a brand new boat, two men battle to launch a life raft. Elsewhere, a charity climber must be airlifted to safety. [S,SL] 
10:35HARDtalk Zeinab Badawi speaks to Professor Monica Grady, a member of the probe Rosetta's scientific team. What did we learn from this historic landing? Also in HD. [S] 
11:00BBC News The latest national and international news, plus top interviews and analysis. Also in HD. [S] 
11:30BBC World News The latest international news from the BBC. Also in HD. [S] 
12:00Daily Politics Andrew Neil and Jo Coburn with the latest political news, interviews and debate. [S] 
13:00Coast 2/6. Life Beyond the Edge: Coast ventures to the farthest-flung reaches of the British Isles. Mark Horton reveals how Brunel's ship the Great Eastern conquered the Atlantic. Also in HD. [S] 
13:25Ready Steady Cook Ainsley Harriott hosts another seasonal 20-minute cooking challenge. Actors Ian Lavender and Patina Miller serve up an Anglo-American Christmas feast in the red and green kitchens. Also in HD. [S] 
14:10The Great British Bake Off 9/15. French Week: It is the semi-final and there are just four bakers left. This time it is the French round, and the challenges include savoury canapes and opera cake. Also in HD. [S] 
15:10A Place to Call Home 6/10. Auld Lang Syne: Australian period drama. Elizabeth organises a formal party to show Sarah that she is out of her depth. Carolyn challenges Jack to confront his intimacy issues. Also in HD. [S] 
15:55The World's Most Photographed:... ...Greta Garbo. 10/10. Series looking at photographs of ten icons. This edition reveals the extraordinary game of cat and mouse played out between Greta Garbo and the camera. [S] 
16:25Andrew Marr's History of Modern... ...Britain. 4/5. Revolution: Andrew Marr revisits the Britain of Margaret Thatcher and comes to some surprising conclusions about the British national character. [AD,S] 
17:25Vintage Antiques Roadshow Fiona Bruce and the experts set up for a busy day at the Sage Gateshead. It takes five men to lift in a piece which is awarded the highest valuation ever seen on the programme. Also in HD. [S] 
18:00Eggheads Dermot Murnaghan hosts a general knowledge quiz in which teams from all over the UK battle to beat the Eggheads, some of the country's top quiz champions. Also in HD. [S] 
18:30Strictly Come Dancing - It... ...Takes Two. Zoe Ball presents all the backstage gossip and behind-the-scenes action from the world of Strictly Come Dancing. Plus she gets the latest news from inside the training rooms. [S] 
19:00Nigellissima - An Italian... ...Inspired Christmas. Nigella Lawson creates a menu featuring parmesan shortbreads, panettone stuffing squares and turkey breast stuffed with Italian sausage and cranberries. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
20:00MasterChef: The Professionals 20/21. The four finalists must produce a stunning dish before one is sent home. The remaining three travel to San Sebastian in Spain to cook for Andoni Luis Aduriz. Also in HD. [S] 
21:00The Fall 6/6. Crime drama series. With Paul Spector in custody, DSI Stella Gibson desperately searches for clues to help find Rose Stagg. However, Spector does all he can to thwart her. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
22:30Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day's headlines with Laura Kuenssberg. Also in HD. [S] Followed by weather. 
23:20Posh People: Inside Tatler 3/3. A look behind the scenes at the world's oldest magazine. Sophia Money-Coutts travels to Scotland to find out what the toffs there think of Scottish Independence. Also in HD. [AD,S] 
00:20The Innocent Serial Killer? -... ...Panorama. Scots nurse Colin Norris is serving a minimum of 30 years for the murder of four elderly patients. Mark Daly reveals new evidence that casts doubt on his convictions. [S,SL] 
00:50World's Greatest Food Markets 2/3. Mexico: Billingsgate trader Roger Barton heads to Mexico City's Central de Abasto, the largest food market on the planet. Contains strong language. [AD,S,SL] 
01:50This Is BBC Two Highlights of programmes on BBC Two. [S] 
04:00Empire - Learning Zone Jeremy Paxman travels the world exploring different aspects of the British Empire. He looks at the characters who created an empire four times the size of ancient Rome's. Also in HD. [S] 
05:00Design Challenge Six teams of children tackle design challenges, such as making a bird hide, creating a moving window display or designing a nightlight, all aided by three talented young engineers. Also in HD. [S] 
05:30Gastro Lab Stefan Gates presents a cooking show that adds a splash of science and a few grams of history to uncover the secrets behind some well-loved dishes. Also in HD. [S] 
06:00This Is BBC Two Highlights of programmes on BBC Two. [S]