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Who's who in Versailles S1-3? A guide to the French court

So what has happened over the past two series?

Written and created by David Wolstencroft , the mind behind BBC drama Spooks, and Simon Mirren (Waking the Dead), the first series followed King Louis XIV’s political machinations as he shifted the French court away from Paris to Versailles.

Then in series two literally anything could have happened. But it didn’t. Instead the French went to war with the Dutch, to bed with each other and to prison for murder.

Richard Gere and Helen McCrory to star in new BBC drama MotherFatherSon

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Richard Gere will play charismatic self-made American businessman, Max, who owns media outlets around the world. Helen McCrory will play his long suffering, estranged wife, Kathryn, a British heiress. Billy Howle will portray their 30 year-old son, Caden, who runs one of his father’s UK newspapers and is primed to become one of the most powerful men on the planet. Like father, like son.

Speaking to the RTS in 2017, writer Tom Rob Smith promised "an intense psychological family drama set against the backdrop of power and politics."

BBC Two announces new comedy line up

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Leading the charge is Defending The Guilty a courtroom drama from Kieron Quirke (Cuckoo). Katherine Parkinson (Humans) plays Caroline, the cynical and experienced pupil master of Will (played by Flower's Will Sharpe), an idealistic pupil barrister. Will must navigate his way through the complexities of the justice system, to fight it out with several other hopeful contenders for a single job at the end of training. Expect cut-throat exploits and plenty of back-stabbing.

BBC Two announces new factual commissions

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Other commissions include the deeply personal David Harewood: Psychosis and Me, and innovative new formats such as Murder, in which a crime is seen through the eyes of the professionals who investigate it. It was also announced that successful existing series including Hospital, A House Through Time and Surgeons: At The Edge Of Life have been recommissioned. 

Danny Boyle and Banksy put on 'Alternativity' in new documentary

The film follows Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) as he travels to Bethlehem for an unconventional nativity performance, in a place which Banksy deems "the least Christmassy place on earth".

The "Alternativity" takes place in a carpark near Manger Square, Bethlehem, which is widely believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ. 

Having never travelled to the Middle East before, and with extreme instructions from the mysterious artist whom he has never met, Boyle travels to Bethlehem to put on a festive show from scratch.

This week's top TV: 25 September - 1 October

Factual: The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed

Monday

BBC Two, 9pm

​In the first episode of the three-part series, Chris and Xand Van Tulleken explore the latest research into how humans grow and the dramatic changes the body goes through.

The twins uncover why humans experience childhood longer than any other creature on Earth, and look at the incredible power of breast milk.

BBC Two announces the return The League of Gentlemen & host of new commissions

The new titles include an interactive history series about the 20th Century, a behind-the-scenes documentary exploring the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a documentary looking at the changes in the British Army over the last year, an 80s LA drama from director John Singleton, a film about legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and three special episodes of The League of Gentlemen.

Battle of the kitchens in The Big Family Cooking Showdown

The cooking series will be presented by Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain, as they visit kitchens around country to find the best classic family recipes.

The recipes will be judged by renowned cookery teacher Rosemary Shrager and Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli. The two judges will set challenges in both the studio kitchen and home kitchens, as they cut down the 16 teams of over eight heats, three semi-finals and one major grand final!