Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Becks' Appeal Just Keeps on Growing; PICK OF THE DAY DAVID BECKHAM: FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME (BBC1, 9pm)

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Becks' Appeal Just Keeps on Growing; PICK OF THE DAY DAVID BECKHAM: FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME (BBC1, 9pm)

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NEVER mind the presents, this is what we really want for Christmas... David Beckham uninterrupted for 90 minutes (even if he is talking about football).

Well if we can't have him wrapped up with a big red bow, we'll just have to make do with this.

So compose yourselves as he guides us on an epic journey to play a match on each of the seven continents.

He joins communities who play the beautiful game in some of the most remote places on the planet, from a refugee camp in Djibouti to a World Heritage Site in Nepal.

The dad-of-four skids around in the mud having a kickabout with kids in Nepal, plays with tribes in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, meets a team from Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires, Argentina, joins the first ever football match in icy Antarctica, and then enjoys a night-time match at the top of a Miami skyscraper in the US.

Then his journey ends where it all began, Manchester United's Old Trafford ground with some fellow football legends, and all in aid of UNICEF (for which he's a goodwill ambassador).

"Football has given me everything," says the 40-year-old. "Now I want to give something back and I want to see how the power of football can unite people around the world."

But Becks has just 10 days to visit 11 countries - we're not sure if this is part of a challenge or simply because he's a busy bloke.

Nonetheless, he sets off on the logistical nightmare of a journey.

"What if they boo?" wonders David, genuinely humble and exceedingly polite everywhere he goes. But he's thrilled to receive a warm welcome (ie. massive stampede).

"I'm so delighted," he says. "This will allow me to show the positive side of the game I love."

WE LOVE SOAPS EMMERDALE (ITV, 7pm) THERE are no flies on DS Hart - she's slowly sniffing out the clues and piecing everything together about the robbery. Ross denies being involved, but Hart clocks Sarah's trainers and also makes another intriguing observation. And Ross is shocked when the sergeant returns, this time with a search warrant.

Meanwhile, Dan and Kerry are shocked to hear about Cain's threat and Kerry decides to take matters into her own hands. And elsewhere, Paddy has a close shave after meeting Tess.

EASTENDERS (BBC1, 7.30pm) SHIRLEY is in a bit of a predicament after discovering her beloved Dean assaulting Roxy.

She quickly rushes to help her, but it's anyone's guess how she will react to what she's seen.

Perhaps the halo she imagines above Dean's head will finally start slipping as she realises the truth about what Dean did to Linda.

Or perhaps she will make excuses for him as she's always done.

Meanwhile, battered and bruised, Roxy is left reeling from the attack.

WE LOVE COMEDY FUNGUS THE BOGEYMAN (Sky1, 6.30pm) FILTH, flatulence and lots of snot - what more could you want from a family show? …

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