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Churchill Beginnings

Winston Churchill - Britain's most iconic Prime Minister. For many he was a great war hero, an inspiring leader with a bulldog spirit. But that’s only part of the story. Behind the legend lies a complicated man. 

 

This major six-part series from director Chris Durlacher, explores every facet of one of our most famous Britons. Family members, experts and close friends speak honestly about Churchill's tough aristocratic upbringing and troubled relationship with his father, his formative years in the military, his battles for political power, his depression, his dogged wartime leadership and his determination to create a lasting legacy. Modern historians assess his more controversial beliefs, and shed light not just  on his finest moments, but his darkest hours and the lesser-known stories that defined his character.

 

Featuring rarely seen footage, newly restored archive and personal photographs, this is an intimate and revealing portrait of Winston Churchill, and the real man behind the myth.

 

EP1 – Beginnings

 

Winston Churchill - Britain's most iconic Prime Minister. For many he was a great war hero, an inspiring leader with a bulldog spirit. But that’s only part of the story. Behind the legend lies a complicated man. 

 

This major six-part series from director Chris Durlacher, explores every facet of one of our most famous Britons. Family members, experts and close friends speak honestly about Churchill's tough aristocratic upbringing and troubled relationship with his father, his formative years in the military, his battles for political power, his depression, his dogged wartime leadership and his determination to create a lasting legacy. Modern historians assess his more controversial beliefs, and shed light not just  on his finest moments, but his darkest hours and the lesser-known stories that defined his character.

 

Featuring rarely seen footage, newly restored archive and personal photographs, this is an intimate and revealing portrait of Winston Churchill, and the real man behind the myth.

 

EP1 – Beginnings

 

Winston Churchill’s early life is driven by the desire to prove himself to his father. He is born into aristocracy in the grand family home of Bleinhem Palace. Surrounded by paintings of his illustrious ancestors, from a young age he is acutely aware he has a lot to live up to. His father Lord Randolph Churchill is an ambitious, controversial, highly successful politician and a strict disciplinarian who fails to give young Winston the affection he craves.

 

Churchill never gets the chance to reconcile with his father and channels his sense of loss at his untimely death into a fierce determination to succeed at all costs. He joins the army and fights in numerous wars before giving up soldiering for journalism. As a war correspondent, he becomes a national celebrity famous for a daring escape from a South African prisoner of war camp, before he makes his move into politics, becoming an MP at just 25. But no matter what success he achieves, he’ll never escape his father’s ghost.


  • Friday 26th March, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 6

  • Kay@plankpr.com

This Is MY House

This Is MY House (6 x 60) is an addictive guessing game format created by Richard Bacon and Nick Weidenfeld, and produced by Expectation, in which four people walk into a home and say, “This Is MY House”. The catch, only one of them is telling the truth.

 

Stacey Dooley will host the hour-long programmes which will see a team of celebrity judges work together to figure out who is the honest homeowner and who are the imposters.

 

A fresh modern show like no other, with a guessing game that will keep everyone playing along from their own homes. This Is MY House promises plenty of laugh out loud moments as each of the four opponents tries to prove that they are the real deal. It’s a fun show that challenges our prejudices and asks a simple question. Can the truth win?


  • Wednesday 24th March, 9pm

  • BBC One

  • 1 of 6

  • Lou@plankpr.com

The High Street Cash Crisis: Dispatches

Britain's high streets are in turmoil but is their demise just the fault of the pandemic and the growth of online retail? Dispatches probes behind the scenes of the collapse of several of Britain's best-known brands. From Debenhams and Cath Kidston to Jack Wills and Poundworld, reporter Antony Barnett discovers that these businesses all have one thing in common - they were owned by private equity firms. Barnett asks how much are these firms to blame for the problems on our high street; and questions whether it's fair that their owners still earned millions while tens of thousands of shopworkers lost their jobs. Private equity can save some companies but when it goes wrong, the fallout can have huge repercussions for many, with the people pulling the strings rarely held to account.


  • Monday 22nd March, 8pm

  • Channel 4

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Grace Kelly: The Hollywood Years

Modern-day Hollywood may have its fair share of talented stars, but this archive-rich film transports us to the bona fide Golden Age, when movies such as Gone with the Wind, Casablanca and Rear Window brought international prestige to LA. It was the dawn of the cinema superstar, and by 1955 one name was on everyone’s lips: Grace Kelly. 

 

With a career spanning just 11 years, Kelly went from bit-part player to Hollywood icon, starring in as many as 15 films and serving as amuse to one of the greatest directors of the time, Alfred Hitchcock. 

 

Despite her eventual success, Grace Kelly’s unpromising beginnings included modelling for an insecticide commercial. Even her father had his doubts, saying of her sister Peggy, ‘I thought it would be Peggy whose name would be up in lights one day. Anything that Grace could do, Peggy could do better’. 

 

Even at the top of her game, Kelly was admired for her beauty, yet vilified for her promiscuity. Unpicking the hypocrisy of Hollywood, rumours flew as to the actor’s lovers, with JFK, Clark Gable and Marlon Brando among the names mentioned. But was she just another victim of the rampant sexism and misogyny that plagued the industry? 

 

Ultimately, Kelly’s talents hone through, making her the enduring household name she is today. Drawing on archive and interviews with historians, biographers and journalists, we chart Kelly’s meteoric rise from the Pennsylvania stage to her rightful place as Oscar-winner and Hollywood kingmaker.


  • Saturday 20th March, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • Kay@plankpr.com

Hoarder Homes: No Room To Move

Behind every hoarder is a fascinating and deeply personal story buried in their clutter. In the picturesque city of Bath, Paul’s cottage is bursting at the seams with a lifetime’s collection of junk. Known locally as ‘boot cottage’, because everything Paul owns and wears comes from car boot sales, the entire house is a no-go zone. Luckily, help is at hand as deep cleaning experts Caz and Tee arrive to help clear the hoard. But with rat droppings in the dining room, and maggots in the master bedroom, it’s going to be their toughest assignment ever. 

 

In Middlesbrough Susan and Robert’s hoard has got totally out of hand. A self-confessed housework-aphobe, Susan has inherited her hoarding ways from her mum and dad. Recognising that things have to change, they send out an SOS to extreme cleaner Joe Kidd. But can Susan let go of a lifetime of hoarding? 

 

Last year we met Paul, whose house in Crosby was literally bursting at the seams, room after room submerged under 6 feet of clutter. Finally deciding enough was enough, he called in house clearance expert George Mensah to help fulfil his dream of selling the house to fund his retirement. After filling eights skips, it was finally cleared. But a year on has Paul gone back to his hoarding ways?


  • Monday 22nd March, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 6

  • Kay@plankpr.com

The One Show

Alex Jones and Ronan Keating mark a year in lockdown with an hour long special looking at some of the more positive stories and achievements of the last twelve months, and celebrating the incredible ways that people all across the country have stepped up to help others.


  • Wednesday 24th March

  • BBC One

  • N/A

  • Lou@plankpr.com

The Repair Shop

TX6 / RX17 – Father’s Sitar, WW2 Pilots Jacket and Flying Toy Bird

Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

 

Jay Blades invites new expert Kaviraj Singh to the barn to tackle the fix of a broken Indian stringed instrument once played by a much-missed father. Brother and sister Kesar and Parveen were devastated when their father’s sitar was accidentally broken. Holding irreplaceable memories of their childhood and beloved father, the pair are moved to tears when they return to play the lovingly restored instrument once again. 

 

Leather expert Suzie Fletcher gets to grips with an iconic flying jacket, worn by a brave RAF Spitfire pilot during World War Two. Now his grandson longs to wear the cherished item and pass it on to his fledgling family when they grow up.

 

And mechanical maestro Steve Fletcher works his magic on a damaged mechanical toy bird that has lost its tweet. With its wounded wing and broken bellows, it is a tricky task to get the little bird twirling and tweeting once again. 

 

TX7 / RX5 – Sweetheart’s Portrait, Tin Plate Rocket and Lucky Leather Purse

Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

 

Paper conservator Louise Drover rescues a pastel portrait of a young couple, with water damage running down the woman’s face and neck. Owner Simon cherishes the portrait of him and his late wife, Vicky, captured whilst on holiday in their youth. It is a delicate task for Louise, as she uses more moisture to tackle the stubborn water stain. Simon is overwhelmed when he returns to the barn with his daughter Honey, to see Vicky’s portrait restored to its full glory.

 

Mechanical maestro Steve Fletcher takes receipt of a 1950s toy rocket which once had sparks. It was gifted to owner Marcus by his grandfather who told him to be very careful with it. But a decision to take it to school ended in disaster, with the rocket overwound and broken. Now Marcus and his son James would love to see the sparks flying from the ruined rocket once again.

 

And leather expert Suzie Fletcher is delighted to work on a cherished purse that has become a good luck charm for owner Jennie. Now battered and crumbling and held together with elasticated hairbands, Suzie needs all the luck she can muster to get it back to its original state. 

 

TX8 / RX3 – Chandelier, Mother of Pearl table and Runway Plane

Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

 

Electrics expert Mark Stuckey and silversmith Brenton West join forces to repair a much-loved, sparkling chandelier that once took pride of place in a council house. Owner Suzanne’s mum, Pat, worked as a cleaner for a wealthy couple who gifted her the cherished chandelier. A constant in her own childhood, Suzanne and her daughter Grace are delighted to return to see it back to its former glory.

 

Furniture restorer Will Kirk is presented with a damaged mother of pearl table, badly burned after a hot pan was mistakenly placed on its surface. Stuart’s treasured heirloom originally belonged to his grandmother and was damaged by his father as he grew ill. Will sets about painstakingly piecing together this ornate piece of furniture to achieve the near impossible.

 

And mechanical maestro Steve Fletcher turns his attention to a broken toy aeroplane that doubles up as a memento of a lost childhood in Iraq. The runway plane belongs to May, who received it as a child. Now her daughter Serena is hoping it can be fixed so that her mum can relive the childhood and country she left behind. 

 

TX9 / RX11 – Penny Arcade Game, Drag Racing Cone and Mirror Ladies

Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

 

First up is a pinball penny slot machine, originally at the bar of a village pub run by owner Jeannine’s family. From the late 1930s to 1950s her great grandfather was the landlord at this local watering hole, followed by her grandparents. Jeannine herself was brought up just opposite the pub and this antique pinball machine now provides a tangible link to her predecessors. Following a collaborative restoration, mechanical maestro Steve Fletcher and woodwork expert Will Kirk can’t resist staging a competitive game of pinball before handing the slot machine back to its owner.

 

Art conservator Lucia Scalisi’s expertise is called upon to repair a 1960s hand painted drag cone; a fibreglass cone with Perspex viewing screen that sits on a motorbike’s handlebars to deflect wind from a driver racing at high speeds. Owner Dan’s late father, Chris Bartram, was a drag racer in the 1960s and ‘70s who died young, when his sons were just 13 and 11-years-old. This unique item is a first for Lucia who asks metal expert Dominic Chinea to create a special Perspex stand on which to display this treasured family heirloom. 

 

And silversmith Brenton West undertakes the repair of two art deco style silver ladies holding mirrors aloft. Owner Laraine, who comes from a long line of impressive women, sees the ‘silver ladies’ as a link to her beloved great-grandmother with whom she lived as a child.

 

TX10 / RX10 – Miner’s Painting, Tiara and Lovers’ Clock

Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.

 

Art conservator Lucia Scalisi revives an oil painting of a mining scene, created by an amateur artist in the 1960s. It is a delicate task for Lucia as she cleans away the dirty surface to reveal the stunning scene underneath. Owner Gwyn is overwhelmed when she returns to the barn to see her miner father’s artwork restored to its full glory.

 

Embroidery expert Sara Dennis and silversmith Brenton West join forces on a delicate wedding tiara, originally worn by a 1950s model whose granddaughter, Lydia, wants it restored for her own impending nuptials. It proves to be a mathematical puzzle to mimic the original pattern and ensure the silk, diamantes and pearls sparkle as they did 70 years ago.

 

And mechanical maestro Steve Fletcher takes receipt of an early 20th Century chiming mantlepiece clock that was gifted to a loving couple on their wedding day. After 63 years together, owner Brian’s mother sadly passed away leaving his father alone. The chiming clock proved a lifeline for his elderly dad as his eyesight began to fail.


  • Monday 22nd March, 4:30pm
    Tuesday 23rd March, 4:30pm
    Wednesday 24th March, 4:30pm
    Thursday 25th March, 4:30pm
    Friday 26th March, 4:30pm

  • BBC One

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  • Bev@plankpr.com

The Circle

Catch up with all the latest drama from The Circle – the game where contestants live in the same building but don’t meet face-to-face. Expect twists and turns as the Players compete to be the most popular and win the £100k prize pot.


  • Sun 21st March, 10pm
    Mon 22nd March, 10pm
    Tue 23rd March, 10:15pm
    Wed 24th March, 10pm
    Thurs 25th March, 10pm
    Fri 26th March, 10pm

  • Channel 4

  • 5 of 21
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  • Victoria@plankpr.com

MasterChef

During lockdown the country has been trying out new recipes and cooking at home more than ever before. Against this background, the country’s premier cooking competition, MasterChef continues on BBC One.  Over six weeks, judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace put 40 of the UK’s most passionate and talented amateur cooks through their paces in the ultimate test of their culinary prowess as they search for one exceptional home cook worthy of being crowned MasterChef Champion 2021.

 

TX10 

 

Out of the thousands who applied, 40 hopeful amateur cooks have made it through to compete over four weeks of heats, but 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 five contestants in each heat and only four aprons up for grabs, competition is fierce. 

 

It’s the last week of Heats and five more hopefuls 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 five plates, John and Gregg pick their two favourite dishes and those cooks will earn themselves not only a MasterChef apron but a place in the next round. 

 

The remaining three contestants will have to pull out all the stops as they cook off, not only for an apron but also their place in the competition, in a new test – The Favourite Ingredient Challenge. Gifted with their chosen favourite ingredient, as well as a larder, the remaining contestants are tasked with creating one exceptional dish that showcases it. The stakes are high as at the end, one cook 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.

 

Tonight the contestants fate is in the hands of 2010 MasterChef Champion Dhruv Baker and 2010 finalist Alex Rushmer.

 

In a competition where only the food matters, and with just two Quarter Final places up for grabs, these amateurs will need to be good to survive - taking another step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2021.

 

TX11 

 

Tonight, in the last heat, the final five amateurs of this year’s competition try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be MasterChef Champion 2021.

 

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 only four aprons up for grabs, competition is fierce. 

 

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 five plates, John and Gregg will pick their two favourite dishes and those cooks will earn themselves not only a MasterChef apron but also a place in the next round. 

 

The remaining three contestants will have to pull out all the stops as they cook off, not only for an apron but also their place in the competition, in a new test – The Favourite Ingredient Challenge. Gifted with their chosen favourite ingredient, as well as a larder, the remaining contestants are tasked with creating one exceptional dish that showcases it. The stakes are high as at the end, one cook 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.

 

Tonight the contestants fate is in the hands of MasterChef Champions: Thomasina Miers (2005) and Tim Anderson (2011). 

 

In a competition where only the food matters, and with just two Quarter Final places up for grabs, these amateurs will need to be good to survive - taking another step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2021.

 

TX12 

 

Tonight it’s the last Quarter Final and the four talented heat winners return to fight for a Semi Final place in the Critic’s Test. The challenge – to cook a dish inspired by global street food - a brief that will be judged by one of the country’s toughest food critics, Grace Dent. 

 

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 2021?


  • Tuesday 23rd March, 9pm
    Thursday 25th March, 9pm
    Friday 26th March, 9pm

  • BBC One

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  • Annabel@plankpr.com

Gogglebox

Britain's sharpest armchair critics share their insightful and passionate takes on the week's biggest and best shows. From entertainment juggernauts and the week's biggest news stories, to hard-hitting documentary series and gritty drama, Gogglebox offers sharp, hilarious and often emotional critiques of popular and topical TV shows. 


  • Friday 26th March, 9pm

  • Channel 4

  • Episode 5

  • Lou@plankpr.com

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable

Episode 8 – David Baddiel, Rob Rinder and Sophie Duker

 

In this episode of Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, Mel Giedroyc and Lou Sanders are joined by David Baddiel, Rob Rinder and Sophie Duker. 

 

David spills the beans on an inside joke that went awry, Sophie confesses to catfishing and Rob divulges the truly awful way he got revenge in a case of unrequited love. Rob reveals how he caused a scene (and a puddle) in the courtroom, Sophie livetweeted something she probably shouldn’t have done, and David made a 5-year-old girl cry at a birthday party. 

 

The drone delivers evidence prompting more unforgivable anecdotes from the guests, including David’s excruciating encounter with someone he didn’t recognise, Sophie’s act of theft and Rob’s terrible advice to a defendant in court. 

 

In the final round there are sinful tales from the Unforgivable audience including a woman who left an animal carcass in a cheating ex’s bed, and there’s a surprise appearance from Rob’s mother Angela.


  • Tuesday 23rd March, 10pm

  • Dave

  • 8 of 8

  • Lou@plankpr.com

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