BBC Two Today Friday 20 January 2023

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What’s On BBC Two Today Friday 20 January 2023

A full run down of everything airing on BBC Two today.

The Farmers’ Country Showdown


Farmers head to Devon’s Okehampton Show to show their pedigree cattle

Dairy farming duo Debbie and Arthur’s lives revolve around their cows, family and competition. With determined daughters and grandchildren in tow, they head to Devon’s Okehampton Show to try to retain their championship title. Meanwhile, Ada and Russell have drafted in daughter Jen and their granddaughters to make sure their team of South Devon cattle rack up as many rosette victories as possible. Along with the heat of competition, Show Day brings intense sunshine and thousands of spectators keen to see who walks away a winner. Narrated by Denis Lawson

Make It at Market


Jewellery-maker Nyanda receives marketing support

Hobbyist weaver Jessica has so far struggled to break into the textile market and mentor Piyush thinks he knows why. Jessica loves colour, but doesn’t have a plan of how many she uses in her pieces. Piyush sets her a challenge of using no more than four colours in each of four seasonal collections. Nyanda is a passionate and talented jeweller with a strong design eye, but her business has stalled. Mentor Rachel wants her to make simpler pieces she can produce more quickly and sell for more affordable prices. Presented by Dominic Chinea

The Polar Bear Family and Me


Gordon Buchanan discovers that one of the cubs has gone missing

Gordon Buchanan and the team return to Svalbard in mid-June on the trail of Lyra and her two cubs to find out how they are coping with the unusual Arctic weather. Gordon locates the family and renews his bond with the adult bear, but discovers that cub Luca is missing and documents the struggle to survive as the mother bear tries to keep her remaining offspring safe

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Bowls: Indoor World Championships

Featuring two open singles quarter-finals

Live coverage from Potters Resort at Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk, featuring the second and third open singles quarter-finals. Eventual champion Les Gillett came through an all-English clash with Jamie Chestney at this stage last year

Flog It!


From Penrhyn Castle in north Wales

Richard Osman’s House of Games


Grace Dent, Tim Lovejoy, Kriss Akabusi and Lauren Steadman take part

Take a Hike


Former make-up artist Piers hosts the last hike in north west Wales

Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens


The presenter visits the city of Trieste

The presenter begins the latest leg in the city of Trieste, close to Italy’s border with Croatia. He visits a public garden first created by an obsessive Royal plantsman more than 150 years ago, and now being carefully restored. Monty then heads down the Adriatic coast through Croatia to pick up the trail that the Venetians followed. The green-fingered guru ends his journey on the island of Lopud, near Dubrovnik



Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan reveal ingenious beetle adaptations

Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan reveal some ingenious beetle adaptations in the macro studio at Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk. Megan McCubbin immerses herself in one of our most iconic winter spectacles as she goes swimming with starlings. In Edinburgh, Gillian Burke and Iolo Williams have moved from the cemetery to the river, to explore the city’s waterways



Sandi Toksvig discusses tails – and tales

Live at the Apollo


Featuring Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Catherine Bohart, and Babatunde Aléshé

Kiri Pritchard-McLean shares her light-hearted views on modern life in this show recorded before a packed house at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. She also introduces comedians Catherine Bohart, and Babatunde Aléshé to the stage


Headline analysis with Victoria Derbyshire


Surgeons: At the Edge of Life


The specialists at Addenbrooke’s treat a man who has serious injuries after crashing his motorbike

The specialists at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge work against the clock to treat three patients, including 33-year-old Ben who has crashed his motorcycle into a fixed metal gate. He has injuries to his chest and lungs, and several serious fractures, but needs a CT scan to rule out any hidden problems. The medics also treat single mother Jasvinder, who has sustained spinal injuries after her car left the road at 70mph, and 72-year-old Jill, who has fallen down the steps of her caravan

The Traitors


The players contest the biggest mission yet

Having survived numerous murders and banishments, backstabbing and treachery, the players contest the biggest mission yet, as they are afforded a last chance to add more money to the overall jaw-dropping prize pot. It remains to be seen whether the Faithful will be able to uncover who the Traitors are and share the money, or whether a Traitor will remain undetected and take the life-changing prize for themselves. Hosted by Claudia Winkleman

The NHS Crisis: Can It Be Fixed? – Panorama

Alison Holt assesses the new ways of working that might offer the NHS the lifeline it needs

As hospitals struggle with soaring demand, increasing waiting times and their biggest ever workforce crisis, Panorama investigates what can be done to fix the health and care system. Alison Holt assesses the innovation and new ways of working that might offer the NHS the lifeline it needs. She meets the patients getting hospital treatment at home, and the doctors, nurses and care staff desperate for change

Marie Antoinette


Historical drama, starring Emilia Schüle

Barely 14 when she is forced to leave Vienna to marry the the Dauphin of France, Marie Antoinette must produce a Bourbon heir to secure the alliance between France and Austria. However she is as unprepared for her job as her awkward teenage husband. Historical drama, starring Emilia Schüle

Detectorists Special

Feature-length special, starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones

The Danebury Metal Detecting Club is in trouble after losing out on a big finder’s fee, and with developers sniffing round, the members are going to need a miracle to help save their beloved scout hall. So, when Lance manages to secure permission to search 10 acres of prime, undetected land, it looks like things could be on the up. However, when a mysterious relic is unearthed, Lance breaks protocol, threatening his friendship with Andy and the future of the DMDC. Feature-length special, starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones

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