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VIBE – Saturdays from 2 June, 7.30pm

“It’s my day, it’s my way, if you don’t like it – there’s the door.”

With more weaves, cake tastings, crying women and tantrums than you can shake a bouquet at, Bridezillas is back and bigger than ever. This season there are catastrophes happening left, right and centre – Gloria demands a discount on her dress as there stains on it (albeit, invisible to everyone else), Tasha is outdone by her Male of Honour Travis, who is more focused on finding his own dress, and Angel accuses her husband of infidelity… at the wedding reception.

VIBE – Fridays from 1 June, 8.30pm

Based on best-selling novels by noted crime author Robert B. Parker, come the Jesse Stone movies. Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Tom Selleck (Magnum, P.I.) stars as Jesse Stone, a former LA homicide detective, whose alcoholism forced him to leave behind the big city and an ex-wife to become the police chief of the quiet fishing town of Paradise, Massachusetts. While Stone has a good heart, he’s not the sort of man who wears his emotions on his sleeve and often turns to whiskey when his work gets to be too much for him.

VIBE – Wednesday 30 May, 10.30pm

We return to the lives of conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel as they are about to turn 16.

They’re very busy with schoolwork, sports, social activities and testing for their driver’s license. To most, this may seem extraordinary, but Abby and Brittany have been doing extraordinary things all their lives. They ride bikes and motorcycles. They play the piano, volleyball, basketball, softball and swim – basically, anything many other people their age do. They are attractive, smart, funny, outgoing and have been blessed to live in a wonderful family and small, rural community that treats them like anyone else. As a result they are the most “normal” and possibly most talented conjoined twins ever.

VIBE – Tuesday 29 May, 10.30pm

In their own words, they are “just two people… stuck together.”

Abby and Brittany Hensel are 11-year-old conjoined twins. They are intelligent, energetic, fun loving girls who just happen to share one set of legs and one set of arms – each girl controlling one half of their conjoined body. How can two people live in such close and constant proximity for an entire lifetime? The very concept challenges one of the most central notions of the human experience – individuality.

VIBE – Tuesday 29 May, 8.30pm

When an elderly woman is found dead in her bathtub with slit writs and a stomach full of barbiturates, it initially indicates a fairly straightforward suicide. However, the woman has a scold’s bridle (a medieval weapon was used to silence witches and nagging women) tied around her head. The victim Matilda (Sian Phillips) was highly disliked and known as the village gossip, leading Detective Sergeant Cooper (Bob Peck) to suspect murder. The plot thicken when the recipient of Matilda’s hefty will comes to light. Also starring Miranda Richardson.

VIBE – Monday 28 May, 8.30pm (encores Sunday 3 June, 9pm)

Juliet Stevenson (Mona Lisa Smile) stars in this charming film adaptation of Laurie Lee’s classic novel about growing up in an English rural village after the First World War. Packed with incidents and colourful characters, Cider With Rosie conjures up a world of earthy warmth and beauty as it follows Laurie Lee from childhood to adolescence with all of the humour that fumbling sexuality entails.

VIBE – Friday 25 May, 8.30pm

Following the sudden death of his fiance, Joe Nast decides to stay with her parents and finds himself questioning what he wants out of life when another woman unexpectedly enters his life. Discover that love comes in the most unexpected circumstances in this emotional tale with disarming honesty and unexpected humour. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code, Donnie Darko), Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) and Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise, The Lovely Bones).

VIBE – Friday 18 May, 8.30pm

Aspiring on-air reporter Tally Atwater may be lovely and ambitious, but she lacks talent. That changes however, after Warren Justice, a Miami news director, discovers her and carefully guides her career to new heights. Warren and Tally begin a romance and soon a star is born in Tally, who rises through the ranks of network news. When she is forced to relocate to Philadelphia, she’s taken hostage in a prison riot while on a routine assignment. Starring Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Horse Whisperer), Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns, What Lies Beneath), and Stockard Channing (Grease, The West Wing).

VIBE – Tuesday 15 May, 8.30pm

Bursting at the seams with red herrings, love-hate relationships and suspenseful twists, the discovery of a rotting corpse in the old ice house at Streetch Grange leads to a murder investigation and endless questions for the three women living there. Chief Inspector Jack Walsh (Corin Redgrave) is convinced that the body is that of David Maybury, a failing wine businessman who went missing ten years ago. Curiously, his wife Phoebe (Penny Downie) now lives at the Grange with two old school friends: Diana Goode (Frances Barber), an artistic designer and Anne Cattrell (Kitty Aldridge), a sexy, sharp-tongued journalist. Suspicion mounts on the trio as village gossip is rife with rumours that the women are a lesbian m�nage a trois who seduce local girls. Walsh is keen to pin the murder on Phoebe and be rid of the case, but his assistant Sergeant Andy Mcloughlin (Daniel Craig) isn’t so sure…

VIBE – Mondays from 14 May, 8.30pm (encores Sundays, 9pm)

Based on Daniel Defoe’s renowned 18th century novel, award-winning writer Andrew Davies tells the exciting story of the notorious Moll Flanders (Alex Kingston, ER) who survives on seduction, cunning and wit. Five times married: first to a highway man and once to her own brother, Moll has more than her fair share of sexual adventures. But when the stock of husbands runs out, she turns to a dangerous life of crime. A master of disguise, Moll soon becomes Britain’s most wanted criminal with a fat price on her head and people everywhere crying for her to be hanged.