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A busy time for dance host Ben.

Byline: GRAHAM YOUNG

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DANCEX (BBC1, 6.55pm)

DURING an ultra-bland weekend for TV like this one, it's interesting to look out for links with Brum.

First up Birmingham University graduate turned GMTV presenter Ben Shephard, hosting this new seven-part search for a new dance group.

Choreographers and Strictly Come Dancing judges Arlene Phillips and Bruno Toniolli are on the case, while father-of-two Ben does a bit of moonlighting...the 32-year-old is also hosting Harry Potter: The Costume Drama over on Central from 6.10pm.

The Brum theme continues with tonight's big premieres. Bride & Prejudice (Channel 4, 9pm) is a colourful, Bollywood-flavoured Jane Austen adaptation directed by former WM reporter Gurinder Chadha.

The Bend It Like Beckham director gave birth to twins a month ago... at the age of 47!

Executively produced by Edgbaston-based Gary Smith, oddball comedy Heartbreakers (Channel 4, 11.05pm) stars Alien actress Sigourney Weaver, who once came to the now defunct Odeon Queensway on a promotional tour.

Syriana (Premiere, 10pm) is the hot new film on satellite tonight, starring Oscar-nominated George Clooney who personally opened Star City seven years ago this month.

Finally, and without any obvious Birmingham connections, Denzel Washington stars in the terrestrial premiere of Man on Fire (BBC1, 10.45pm) - directed in typically explosive fashion by Brit Tony Scott (Enemy of the State).

Tomorrow

HOW WE BUILT BRITAIN (BBC1, 9pm)

DAVID Dimbleby concludes his enjoyable exploration of British architecture.

This is a lightweight series with lots of lovely aerial photography and a host taking great delight in presenting a softer side to his personality.

The Question Time host dons a bathing suit for a lido visit as well as taking us to Canary Wharf and London's 'Gherkin' building.

The Zimmers Go to Hollywood (BBC2, 10pm) follows the My Generation pensioners on to Jay Leno's US chat show... where George Clooney is a fellow guest.

Dexter (FX, 10pm) stars Michael C Hall - the gay undertaker in Six Feet Under - in the title role of a forensics expert turned serial killer of bad guys. Guaranteed to get under your skin.

Originally piloted in January, 1973 and already with an astonishing 256 episodes made to date, Last of the Summer Wine (BBC1, 6.20pm) returns for a new ten-part series.

Roy Clarke has written yet more adventures for Peter Sallis, Frank Thornton, Kathy Staff and guest star Eric Sykes.

An incredible story of survival in the modern era, the show has had more than twice as many episodes as its nearest rival, Till Death Us Do Part, and more than three times as many as Dad's Army.

Tomorrow's World, Top of the Pops, Grandstand... where art thou?

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DELIGHT... David Dimbleby presents How We Built Britain.; STEPPING OUT... Bruno Toniolli, Ben Shephard and Arlene Phillips present DanceX.
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