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WEEK 12

Secrets of Your Supermarket Food

This week on Secrets of Your Supermarket Food we reveal the dos and don’ts of dairy.

We discover the shocking amounts of sugar in our favourite yogurts. We spent more than 1.6 billion pounds on yogurts last year. Eighty percent of yogurt eaters think they’re a healthier alternative to pudding but is that true? The most sugary yogurt in our line-up, the Muller Toffee Hoops, contained a whooping five and a half sugar cubes per pot.

Stefan goes behind the scenes at a dairy farm to find out how they supply our huge demand for milk. Stefan discovers that dairy farmers want their cows to give birth to female calves as they’re the ones who produce milk. But what happens to the boys? Stefan discovers how British rose veal could stop the slaughter at birth of thousands of male dairy calves.

The British market for plant-based milk alternatives went up by 70% last year. But while cow’s milk costs around seventy pence per litre, plant-based alternatives can cost four times as much. So, what are we actually paying for? Sian reveals that there’s only one percent almonds in the almond drink- just nine almonds in a whole litre. And far from being simple, some milk alternatives have up to 12 ingredients with some surprising ingredients in them, including chalk and xanthan gum which is used in the oil industry to thicken the drilling mud!

Many people drink plant-based milks because they believe they have an allergy or milk intolerance, yet just 5% of the population has a genuine gut condition. So Sian sets out to investigate the differences between lactose intolerance and milk allergies and is tested at the Functional Gut Clinic in London where she discovers that what she thought was a cow’s milk intolerance was actually a gut infection from methane producing bacteria!

Race Across The World

Five teams have been set the challenge to travel from the top to the bottom of Latin America - leaving behind smartphones, internet access and credit cards and armed with only the cash equivalent of a one-way airfare from Mexico City to Ushuaia.

​​The race to Ushuaia is underway and the five teams head out of Copan Ruinas in Western Honduras to their next checkpoint – Panama City.  A journey that will see them travel across vast swathes of Central America, passing through Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

Despite a seemingly short distance to travel, navigating roads that share their terrain with more than three hundred volcanoes can be breath-taking but time consuming. Add in unreliable bus schedules and extreme heat, the journeys for the teams can be challenging.  

Race leaders, mother and son Jo and Sam are the first to set off to Panama City. Having raced hard in the previous leg, they’re keen to experience more this time round. Working at a hostel in El Salvador offers some respite from the race, and gives the pair the chance to help with a turtle conservation project -  where they collect and hatch turtle eggs before releasing them to the sea. Watching this process first-hand evokes some strong maternal instincts in Jo and prompts her to reflect on her relationship with Sam.

Brother and sister Dom and Lizzie opt for a strategy of back to back buses all the way to Costa Rica, in a bid to claw back some time on the front runners. But things don’t get off to a good start, with Lizzie feeling that her older brother dominates all the decisions, leading to a major confrontation between the two. Can they rekindle the close relationship they had in their youth and move forward in the race? A homestay with the Bri Bri, an indigenous tribe who place great value on family, gives them both pause for thought.

Leaving the checkpoint minutes apart – rival couples Jen and Rob and Michael and Shuntelle. Much to Jen’s frustration both teams choose the same route out of the checkpoint and end up on the same bus to Santa Rosa de Copan. When Michael and Shuntelle manage to give Jen and Rob the slip, things appear to be looking up for the couple, but a serious money mishap stops them in their tracks and threatens their position in the race.  

Married couple Jen and Rob want to reconnect and have fun after a tough few years. Having never even owned a backpack prior to setting off from Mexico City, Jen is struggling to find the right balance between race and experience, a trip to the cloud forest in Costa Rica provides some much needed perspective for the two of them. 

Recently reunited uncle and nephew Emon and Jamiul,are 33 hours behind the race leaders, but determined to claw back time. However, the pair spent heavily in the first leg and the realisation that they’ve lost their world map puts them on the back foot straight away. As the team that know each other the least, can they overcome their difficulties and learn to open up to each other and start thinking smarter as a team? 


  • Sunday 15th March, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 2 of 8

  • kate@plankpr.com

New Scotland Yard Files

In a quiet north London suburb, 29 year old Nisha Patel-Nasri was fatally stabbed in her own home.

Nisha was a popular local hairdresser and a special constable who, the night before the attack, had just celebrated her third wedding anniversary. The lead detective from New Scotland Yard, Nick Scola, was mystified as to the motive for the killing of this young woman. 

Initially, there was no evidence for police to work with, no forensic findings in her house, and no murder weapon. Police needed a breakthrough and when it finally came, it revealed secrets, deception, and a web of lies.


  • Thursday 19th March, 10pm

  • CBS Reality

  • 2 of 10

  • kay@plankpr.com

Dragons Den

NEW Dragons’ Den continues as more nervous entrepreneurs face the fiercest line-up in business. In the Den, multimillionaires Sara Davies, Touker Suleyman, Deborah Meaden, Tej Lalvani and Peter Jones will make or break a new batch of business dreams.

 

Tonight, a colourful hair entrepreneur offers one Dragon a new look - and all of them a new investment opportunity. A cheesecake-maker has sweet dreams of a cash boost for his franchise model, but will his pitch be the stuff of nightmares? And a husband-and-wife team hope their electrical invention will make sparks fly in the Den as rival Dragons Deborah Meaden and Sara Davies line up to try it out.


  • Sunday 15th March, 9pm

  • BBC Two

  • 2 of 6

  • lou@plankpr.com

MasterChef

MasterChef is back and the kitchen is open for 60 of the UK’s most outstanding amateur cooks to battle it out for the 2020 title. Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace spend the eight weeks putting the hopeful contestants through their paces as they search for one exceptional home cook worthy of being crowned MasterChef Champion 2020.

TX10 – 60 mins

Out of the thousands who applied, 60 hopeful amateur cooks have made it through to compete over five weeks of Heats. This year they will have to cook not only for their place in the competition but also the right to wear a coveted MasterChef apron. With six contestants in each Heat and only four aprons up for grabs, the battle is fierce from the offset.

It’s the fourth week of Heats and six more hopefuls get their first chance to win an apron by cooking their Signature Dish – a plate that tells John and Gregg about who they are as a cook and how good they can become. After tasting all six dishes, John and Gregg will pick their two favourites and those cooks will earn themselves not only a MasterChef apron, but also a place in the next round.

The remaining four contestants will have to pull out all the stops as they cook off, in a new test – The Three Ingredients Challenge. Tasked with creating one exceptional dish showcasing three specific ingredients – chocolate, cherries and coconut - the stakes are high for the cooks as at the end, two will fasten their new aprons, and two will be sent home and their MasterChef dream will be over.

There’s now just one more challenge standing in the way of the four remaining cooks and a Quarter Final place. They must cook two courses that will excite not just John and Gregg, but also some of MasterChef’s most inspiring winners, finalists and contestants who have all gone on to work in the food industry.

Impressing the guests has never been more important because their favourite cook will automatically become a Quarter Finalist, while the other two places will be determined by John and Gregg. Tonight, the contestants’ fate is in the hands of 2018 Semi Finalist Nisha Parmar, Finalist Alex Jorge and MasterChef Champion Kenny Tutt.

In a competition where only the food matters, these amateurs will need to be good to survive - taking their first step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2020.

TX11 - 60 mins

Tonight, six more amateurs try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the 2020 MasterChef Champion.

The contestants get their first chance to win an apron by cooking their Signature Dish – something that tells John and Gregg about who they are as a cook and how good they can become. After tasting all six plates, John and Gregg will pick their two favourite dishes and those cooks will earn themselves a pristine MasterChef apron as well as a place in the next round.

The remaining four contestants will have to pull out all the stops as they cook off in a new test – The Three Ingredients Challenge. Tasked with creating one exceptional dish showcasing three specific ingredients – chicken, mushrooms and spinach - the stakes are high for the cooks as at the end, two will proudly put on their new aprons, and two be sent home and their MasterChef dream will be over.

There is now just one more challenge standing in the way of the four remaining cooks and a Quarter Final place. They must cook two courses that will excite not just John and Gregg, but also some of MasterChef’s most inspiring winners, finalists and contestants who have all gone on to work in the food industry.

Impressing the guests has never been more important because their chosen cook will automatically become a Quarter Finalist, while the other two places will be decided by John and Gregg. Tonight, the contestants’ fate is in the hands of 2006 Finalist Dean Edwards, 2013 Finalist Larkin Cen and the 2017 Champion Saliha Mahmood Ahmed.

In a competition where only the food matters, these amateurs will need to be good to survive - taking their first step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2020.

TX12 - 30 mins

Tonight, it’s the Quarter Final and the six talented Heat winners return to fight for a place in Knockout Week.

Facing the Critic’s Test, the week’s best-performing amateurs take on the intimidating task – cooking to a brief, set by one of the UK’s top food critics. This week, Tom Parker Bowles asks for a dish featuring chilli.

Who can handle the pressure and show they have what it takes to progress further in the competition, taking another step closer to being crowned MasterChef Champion 2020?

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