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Byline: ROZ LAWS

WATCH OUT: Clockwise, from top left, Atlantis, Christine Bleakley, Eurovision, The Apprentice, Britain's Secret Seas, Home Is Where The Heart Is and An Education.

1 THE words of Stuart 'The Brand' Baggs - "I'm not a onetrick pony, I'm a field of ponies" - are still ringing in our ears, yet along come another bunch of candidates to face a grilling from Lord Alan Sugar.

The traditional broadcast time for The Apprentice is March, but last year's contest was postponed because of the general election.

It was finally screened before Christmas, but now we're back on track for the seventh series.

The format is still pretty much the same - 16 overconfident candidates, 12 challenges, boardroom grillings, assistants Karren Brady and Nick Hewer - but the prize is different.

This time the winner will become Lord Sugar's partner in a new business, with pounds 250,000 of investment.

Among the candidates are fitness fanatic Natasha Scribbins, who used to work in Birmingham, while 26-year-old Melody Hossaini from Walsall comes out with a dangerously Baggs-like comment when she says: "Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon."

Mind you, she's not the only one. Helen Louise Milligan hasn't got her work/life balance sorted yet, as she claims "I see my job as my complete life. I work 24/7". Alex Cabral thinks "unpopularity is a good thing" while Vincent Disneur states "my very good looks make me stand out from the crowd".

We're in danger of getting a sugar high this week from an overdose of the Lord. Not only is he on The Apprentice two nights running - though it reverts to a normal Wednesday slot next week - but he's also presenting the BBC2 show Lord Sugar Tackles Football on Sunday.

He interviews players, owners, agents and bosses, including Karren Brady and Harry Redknapp, to find out why football clubs are struggling to make ends meet. Might I suggest the players' obscene wage bill is a little too high? The Apprentice, BBC1, Tuesday & Wednesday MAGNIFICENT 2DON'T be blue, because the UK might actually win Eurovision!

It's still pretty unlikely, but we stand a better chance than usual because we've actually picked someone to represent us that the rest of Europe has heard of and likes.

Former boy band turned man band Blue, singing the decent ditty I Can, will be taking on 24 other countries in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The contest takes place in front of a live audience of 35,000 and worldwide TV audience of more than 100 million. Plus, of course, acerbic commentary from Graham Norton.

Another act to look out for is manic mophead twins Jedward, representing Ireland, though they have to get through the semi-finals first.

Estonia and France are doing well in the betting but voting is a completely different kettle of fish.

The Eurovision Song Contest, BBC1, Saturday, 8pm 3 IT'S certainly a glitzy and starstudded event, though I'm not entirely sure of the worth of the prizes.

The National Movie Awards, like its more established Television brother, is entirely voted for by the public. But that doesn't mean the best films win, just the ones voted for by lots of teenagers, like Twilight or, more deservedly, Harry Potter.

The not-exactly-hilarious Adam Sandler offering Just Go With It is among the nominations for Best Comedy. While Despicable Me, Gnomeo & Juliet, Megamind and Tangled are all good animations, where is last year's best film, Toy Story 3? The event itself is a little odd too. It's in the less-than-cosy Wembley Arena and is hosted by Christine Bleakley.

Still, Take That will perform their new XMen single and there are bound to be some A-list stars who've been paid to fly over and smile for the cameras.

The National Movie Awards, ITV1, Wednesday, 8pm 4 TSUNAMIS are not a modern phenomenon. Back in 1620BC, a volcanic eruption on the Mediterranean island of Thera (modern day Santorini) produced a tidal wave which flooded Crete and brought down the Minoan civilisation.

This is thought to have inspired the legend of the lost island of Atlantis. The events are now recreated, with impressive use of CGI, in a one-off drama narrated by Tom Conti and starring Stephanie Leonidas and Reece Ritchie.

Atlantis, BBC1, Sunday, 9pm 5 OUR oceans remain one of the few relatively unexplored parts of the planet, and you don't have to be in the depths of the Pacific to find magical marine life.

Explorer Paul Rose joins forces with marine biologist Tooni Mahto and underwater archaeo use stunning under explore the secret w shores. ologist Frank Pope and rwater photography to world that lies off our The first progr world of giants th ern seas. The tea largest fish, the hu off the coast of comes face to fa army of giant sp Embracing trea Isles of Scilly, Pau wreck in British legacy of the wor affect our shores ramme uncovers the hat reside in our Westam encounter Britain's uge basking shark, and, f South Wales, Tooni ace with an invading iny spider crabs.

acherous waters off the ul dives the largest shiph waters to assess the rst ecological disaster to s - the ill-fated Torrey Canyon oil tank Britain's S ker. Secret Seas, BBC2, Sunday, 8pm 6 WE'VE learnin be hom a new twist t format, five s E had celebrities ng what it's like to meless, but now into the reality show stars open up their own doors for the homeless in a three-part series.

It sounds a bit cruel, letting them swap the streets for luxury living for two weeks in a kind of "look at what you could have won" way.

But it's actually quite a moving social experiment which could have lifechanging results for the fortunate chosen few.

As you might expect, designers Colin and Justin are in tears as they listen to alcoholic Jim's tragic life story, though they manage to cheer him up with a helicopter flight over Glasgow.

Musician Alex James takes a sterner approach as he puts bricklayer Danny to work on his Cotswolds farm and gets angry when he thinks he's slacking.

Chef Aldo Zilli also offers practical help to Bobby, giving him a job in his kitchens, while Anneka Rice finds volunteer work for her guest Bridgette.

Home Is Where The Heart Is, ITV1, Tuesday, 9pm 7IT was rightly nominated for three Oscars, while Carey Mulligan picked up a BAFTA for her career-launching leading role.

And thanks to investment from BBC Films, it is reaching the small screen only 18 months after its cinematic release.

It's well worth tuning in for this TV premiere, to see some fine British writing - it's based on Lynn Barber's autobiography and adapted by Nick Hornby - and acting from the likes of Emma Thompson and Rosamund Pike.

Set in the 1960s, Carey stars as 16-yearold schoolgirl Jenny, pushed by her father Alfred Molina and teachers to get into Oxford University.

But she's swept off her feet by the suave but much older Peter Sarsgaard, who introduces her to a glamorous new world of flash sports cars and posh restaurants.

This is a beautifully-made coming of age tale.

An Education, BBC2, Friday, 8.30pm

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