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Going gets tough for PM Mrs P; TV Choice.

THE AMAZING MRS PRITCHARD (BBC1, 9pm)

DO YOU have strong political views or, like so many members of the British public, are you finding it increasingly difficult to pledge allegiance to a particular party or MP?

Writer Sally Wainwright certainly felt that way, but the frustration of the situation proved inspirational as it led to this remarkable drama series.

"At the last election, I got into a real state because I thought the parties were all as bad as each other," she explains.

"At first, I decided I wouldn't vote at all, then, all of a sudden, I thought instead of being so apathetic, I should stand for Parliament myself. In the end, though, I couldn't do it because I'm just not tough enough. However, that did give me the idea for Mrs Pritchard."

As the story opened, our heroine, supermarket manager Ros (Jane Horrocks), debated the way in which the Government and MPs were failing ordinary people and reached the conclusion she couldn't do a worse job - and at least she'd be honest about her motivations.

Determined not to sit idly by, she launched the dynamic Purple Alliance party and, thanks to a lot of effort and a fair bit of luck, she enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the political ladder.

In this second episode, the pressure of her position makes Ros consider stepping down.

BRITAIN'S YOUNGEST MUMS AND DADS 2006 (ITV1 Central, 9pm)

THE UK has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Western Europe.

It's a chilling fact, described by Tony Blair as a modern crisis.

Statistics show that babies born to teenagers are more likely to go on to become teenage parents themselves, and astonishingly, around 11,000 adolescent mums register their baby without a dad every year in the UK.

This new documentary meets the children having offspring of their own, and looks at why they have decided to have babies so young and the impact that decision will have on their lives.

Charlotte, who's just 13 years old, tells the shocking story of how she became a parent after the first and only time she had sex, and that she didn't know she was pregnant until she went into labour. At first her daughter, Sophie, is a novelty but the cameras follow the teenager as she struggles to look after her.

There are many more teens featured in this 90-minute programme, including the 16-year-old who became Britain's youngest mum of triplets.

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BABY BLUES... Charlotte is one of Britain's youngest mums.' POLITICAL... Ros realises how tough her job will be and considers stepping down, only to be persuaded to stay on as Prime Minister by the Queen. Meanwhile, her family begin to feel neglected.
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