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Davina, drama and documentaries headline BBC One schedule

LONDON - A Davina McCall chatshow, two Stephen Poliakoff films and a new documentary from the makers of 'Blue Planet' are headlining the BBC One 2006 winter/spring schedule.

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'Big Brother' and 'Love on a Saturday Night' host McCall moves to the BBC after stints on Channel 4 and ITV for a new midweek entertainment talk show.

The primetime show aims to add "a touch of Saturday night sparkle to Wednesday evenings" with guests and live music from next year.

After four years in the making, the creators of 'Blue Planet' are back with the biggest series the BBC's Natural History Unit has made to date, called 'Planet Earth'. The series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, is billed as the ultimate portrait of our planet.

Respected filmmaker Stephen Poliakoff is back with two films set in the 80s and 90s. 'Friends and Crocodiles' charts the shifting power between a boss and his secretary as their careers rise and fall in the rapidly changing work place of 1980s and 1990s Britain, with a cast lead by 'My Family' star Robert Lindsay.

 
'Gideon's Daughter' is set in 1997 and stars 'Love Actually' actor Bill Nighy as a PR consultant who struggles with the hollowness of his high-profile public life against the backdrop of the Labour election victory and the death of Princess Diana.

The drama line-up includes with 'Life on Mars' starring 'Human Traffic' actor John Simm as a detective who finds himself transported back to 1973 after a near-fatal car crash.

Former 'EastEnders' actress Tamzin Outhwaite and Max Beesley star in 'Hotel Babylon', a drama series about working in a luxury five-star hotel.

On a more poignant note, 'The Family Man' by Tony Marchant features 'Lawless' and 'Waking the Dead' star Trevor Eve as a fertility expert in a drama about four couples trying to conceive.

The return of Russell T Davies 'Doctor Who', starring David Tennant as the 10th Time Lord and Billie Piper as his assistant Rose, completes the stellar drama line-up.

Elsewhere, new reality series 'Just the Two of Us' unites singers with well-known celebrity faces for a series of live duet performances. Each week they are judges by a panel of judges and a public vote with the least successful duo eliminated at the end of the show.

Simon Cowell's production company Syco is making a similar show for ITV next year.

Peter Fincham, controller of BBC One, said: "Overall this is an ambitious season demonstrating enormous range -- BBC One heading in the right direction and working with the right talent. It's going to be an exciting 2006."

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