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WEEK 13

**NEW** Secrets of Egypt's Valley of the Kings

Tutankhamun's Treasures

An action-packed and discovery led series, following the adventures of teams unearthing the world’s richest seam of ancient archaeology inside Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. In this episode, archaeologists unlock the mysteries of Egypt’s most famous pharaoh, Tutankhamun. We unearth a long lost box of treasures from inside Tutankhamun’s tomb. New technology reveals why this boy kings resting place remained hidden from tomb robbers for thousands of years and we join the team who are tasked with transporting Tutankhamun's priceless treasures, on a one in a lifetime journey through the desert. Whilst a team of archaeologists make a new discovery of a lifetime when they open a 4000-year-old tomb. 

**NEW** Tattoo Fixers: Extreme

The Fixers are back tackling the rudest, the crudest and most shocking sins of the skin. This week, Sketch Banishes David’s boob blunder, Uzzi takes on Mike’s extreme inking, Pash tackles Melina’s below the belt tat, while Alice helps unlucky in love Jade be less of a Mug. Elsewhere, Uzzi gets Ricky out of a sticky situation, while Sketch is helping Marcio and Andreia remember their baby son Logan, who they lost following the Grenfell tower tragedy.  

Race Across The World

BBC Two’s brand new and exciting global travel series reaches another level this week, as the four remaining teams enter the People’s Republic of China. On a journey that has already clocked up over five thousand miles and with no access to smart phones, the internet or credit cards, the team’s reliance on the kindness of strangers is now stronger than ever before. Travelling through some of the world’s most beautiful and astonishing scenery, this high-octane competition will have you itching to experience more! 

After nearly a month on the road together, relationships are coming under increasing pressure in what is the most challenging leg of the race to date. With vast distances to cover to the checkpoint - the ancient village of Huangyao - budgets are running low and emotions are high.​

Father and son, Darron and Alex, are desperate to boost their funds and working at a flower market leads to a blossoming romance for Alex.

After blowing 20% of their total budget on the previous leg, Tony and Elaine opt for the cheapest transport and experience an unforgettable ride as they endure hard seats on slow trains across the three-thousand miles through China.

Natalie and Shameema, have the most money left so plan to dash across China in bullet trains, but first, a special stop-off in a ski-resort for Natalie to do something that as a child, her sickle-cell anaemia prevented her from doing.

Searching for adventure, Josh and Felix head for the mountains. As they climb higher than they have ever done before, their relationship hits an all-time low.

As the fast-paced nature, scale and unpredictability of the race continues, and budget worries start to set in, can our teams look past this and focus their minds on the end goal? As the team’s edge closer to Singapore in this race of a lifetime – where would it take you?

Mary Berry's Quick Cooking

Mary is heading to the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh in Morocco. Immersing herself in the mayhem of the medina on a mission to explore every side of Moroccan cuisine, Mary is inspired by the aromatic flavours and smells and rustles up some quick dishes that make the most of them. From the mounds of olives and heady spices at the markets, to the slow cooked tagines made in the heart of a family kitchen and the high-end delights of the country’s greatest Chef, Moha Fedal; Mary absorbs it all. In her own kitchen, she brings the fragrant flavours home, cooking a speedy Lamb Tagine, a Spicy Carrot Hummus and a fresh Summer Salad.

Around The World By Train with Tony Robinson

Japan

Dressed in a Kimono and already confused by which slippers he’s supposed to be wearing, Tony is bemused by Japan from the moment he arrives. Starting in the southern island of Kyushu, Tony explores a town build on steam where geothermal vent are used for heating, cooking and various health treatments, something Tony discovers as he’s buried up to his neck in warm black sand.

Next he gets a look inside Japan’s famous 7 Stars line – a train so exclusive that only 30 passengers at a time travel on it. But Tony’s budget won’t stretch to the £10,000 a ticket costs so he’s back on the local train across the island to a sword maker who teaches him the ancient art of the Samurai and lets him lose with his own razor sharp sword to see if he’d cut it as a Samurai.

To cover the huge distances in time, Tony jumps on the legendary Japanese bullet train and is soon hurtling along at 200 mph to Kyoto. A brief detour takes him to a small railway line in Wakayama which has recently saved itself from bankruptcy by appointing cats as station masters. These cats are so significant to locals that one has even been made into a Shinto god. To try and understand the complexities of Japanese religion better Tony visits a Buddhist monastery where a monk teaches him the art of meditation.

Leaving the serenity and peace of the monastery behind, the bullet train whisks Tony north to Tokyo where he is instantly struck by sensory overload. With his head still spinning from the neon and noise of Tokyo after dark, he heads to Harajuku where he’s given a makeover on the street markets to dress him in the cute, flouro colours of Tokyo’s “cosplay” scene before heading to one of Tokyo’s costume themed cafes to meet some of the young people rebelling against the traditional corporate lifestyle expectations of Japanese society.

After Battling through rush hour on the Tokyo Metro, Tony heads across town to see elaborate costumes of a different kind at Japan’s largest mascot school, and he takes goes for a stroll through the streets of Tokyo with a giant rabbit to try and work out what’s behind the Japanese fascination with dressing up.

The last leg of Tony’s journey sees the bullet train shooting him further north through the world’s longest, and deepest undersea rail tunnel and emerging in thick snow of the northern town of Hakodate. Tony fights his way through the local fish market before enjoying the freshest sushi of his life with a local as he reflects on his eye opening journey so far.

MasterChef

FINALS WEEK

Episode 21

It’s Finals Week of MasterChef 2019. Over the past six weeks the country’s very best amateur cooks have been whittled down to the top five. Each talented cook has a single goal: to lift the coveted MasterChef Champion trophy.

Over the next four programmes, the finalists face some incredible challenges, testing their ambition, creativity, skill and perseverance to the max as they go all out to impress some of the world’s greatest chefs, and raise their cooking to a level they never dreamed possible. At the end of this week, one will walk away the MasterChef Champion.

Tonight the final five are heading to The Royal Society in London. They have the immense task of cooking a five-course tasting menu to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Transglobe expedition, the world’s first expedition to circumnavigate the globe via both the south and north poles. Hosting the event is Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the worlds greatest explorer and mastermind of the expedition itself, and guests include members of the Transglobe support team as well as renowned British explorers.

The contestants have each designed a dish based around a place that has inspired them. Will the amateur cooks rise to the occasion and impress the special guests with the standard of dishes they produce?

The finalists then return to the MasterChef kitchen where they are tasked with the challenge of creating one exceptional dish that shows they are worthy of a place in the final four. With just two hours to showcase all they’ve learned over the competition so far, now is the time to push themselves to the limits of their capabilities. Their one dish needs to demonstrate to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have what it takes to go the distance. Will their flair, creativity and palate be enough to save them from being sent home? Who can make it through to the final four and keep their dream alive of winning MasterChef 2019?

Judge                    John Torode

Judge                    Gregg Wallace

Episode 22

Finals Week continues on MasterChef 2019.  Over the past six weeks the country’s most promising amateur cooks have been whittled down to the best four.  All of them have just one goal: to lift the coveted MasterChef Champion trophy.

Tonight, the final four talented amateur cooks embark on a culinary adventure of a lifetime in Hong Kong, where they will face three extraordinary challenges that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

The first challenge takes place at Lung King Heen, the first Cantonese restaurant in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars, where the final four will have to master one of Hong Kong’s most ancient food traditions - dim sum. Each contestant is tasked with recreating one of the dim sum on the restaurants menu to serve to specially invited diners. To help the finalists make sense of this ancient cuisine they will be mentored by the restaurants Executive Chef, Chef Chan Yan Tak.

Next, the amateurs have the honour of working with Chef Vicky Lau at her Michelin star restaurant Tate Dining Room. A rising star on the Hong Kong culinary map, Vicky took the food scene by storm earning a Michelin star just a year after she opened the restaurant in 2013. Two years later she was named Asia’s best female chef. Her menu uses the flavours and ingredients of her Chinese upbringing and combines them with French cooking techniques to create uniquely artistic fusion dishes.

The four contestants will be working during a busy lunch service at Tate Dining Room and are given three hours to each prepare and cook a dish from Vicky’s tasting menu. Vicky’s cooking is precise and her standards exacting, so there’s no room for error in such a high-pressure environment.

Finally, the finalists face the daunting challenge of creating an exceptional dinner at the five-star Kerry Hotel for mentors Chef Tak and Vicky Lau as well as some of the leading figures in Hong Kong’s food and cultural community. Inspired by their Hong Kong culinary adventure and showcasing the skills they have developed through their entire MasterChef journey; the finalist’s dishes must be truly exceptional for them to to stand out and prove they have what it takes to be crowned MasterChef Champion 2019.

Judge                    John Torode

Judge                    Gregg Wallace

Episode 23

It’s the MasterChef Finals and in tonight’s penultimate show, the final four amateur cooks face an incredible challenge - cooking alongside an internationally renowned two Michelin starred chef. It’s the contestants’ last chance to prove they have what it takes, because tomorrow night only one of them will be crowned Champion.

Tonight they will be mentored by internationally renowned chef Raymond Blanc. His hotel/ restaurant Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire has held two Michelin stars for over 30 years. Although self taught, teaching and nurturing are at the core of Raymond’s ethos and Le Manoir has trained over 30 chefs who have gone on to earn Michelin stars of their own.

Now, the four finalists will gain unique insight into Raymond’s cuisine as they learn directly from him and his Executive Chef Gary Jones in the MasterChef kitchen.

Each amateur cook has four hours to meticulously recreate an iconic classic dish from Raymond’s menu at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons. Once the four finalists have prepared their complex and precise dishes, they must serve them to Raymond and judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Finally, the four amateurs are tasked with creating one exceptional dish for John and Gregg that will showcase their growing cooking talent. It’s their last chance to bring together everything they’ve learned; to let their creativity fly and prove they’re worthy finalists. This high-pressure cook-off will be the end of the journey for one of the four contestants as only three can make it through to the finals and take one step closer to becoming MasterChef Champion 2019.

Judge: John Torode

Judge: Gregg Wallace

Guest Mentor: Raymond Blanc

Guest Mentor: Gary Jones

Episode 24

It’s the MasterChef Final. After an arduous seven-week journey, tonight the search for the country’s best amateur cook reaches its climax. The finalists have to push themselves to the limit for one last time before judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace crown one of the three talented cooks the Champion.

This is their final chance to pull out all the stops, show everything they’ve learned along the way, and in three hours demonstrate the kind of cook they have become. Tonight they must produce the best three dishes of their lives, push their culinary boundaries and produce jaw-droppingly good food for the judges.

It’s now or never for these exceptional amateur cooks as only one of them can lift the trophy and become the 15th MasterChef Champion.

Judge – John Torode

Judge – Gregg Wallace

Rich Kids Go Skint

As the daughter of a wealthy businessman, 21 year old university student Emily has grown up in the wealthy rural village of Colston Basset in Nottinghamshire. 

Whether it be a £1300 Chanel handbag or an £8000 Rolex watch, Emily – who also owns her own business - has little need to take note of the price of anything.

But in this episode, she will be plucked from her quaint countryside cocoon to go skint in Romford with single Mum of two Kerrie who’s keen to teach her a thing or two about surviving on next to no money.

From the off, the hard realities of a gritty urban neighbourhood are a complete culture shock for country girl Emily who’s left shaken and in tears after a scary confrontation with a drunken Friday night reveler during an unsettling walk around Romford town centre. 

The peace and tranquility of the countryside soon feel a million miles away as she spends a restless night roughing it on a sofa while listening to police sirens screeching pass outside Kerrie’s council flat.

There’s little let up for this pampered rich kid though - Kerri challenges her to shop for groceries to feed the family for a week. It’s a big ask for someone not used to looking at price tags, and just what makes Emily think that champagne and chocolates are essential items on a tight shopping budget is anyone’s guess! Surely that will blow Kerri’s tight £50 budget?!

Hearing first hand from Kerri about her struggles to feed her family soon leave Emily close to tears once again, and make her realise what a fortunate position she’s in.

Sharing the pain of losing her mother at a very young age and hearing how Kerri’s constantly struggled to keep her head above water, make Emily’s experience with the family a heartfelt and emotional time, and teaches her some invaluable life lessons to take back home.

The Hangover Games

Croydon

Matt Richardson, alongside comedian Ken Cheng challenge a group of friends in Croydon this week to face their hideous hangovers and play games for cash prizes. A dash away from some angry bouncers and a stomach churning version of beer pong are just some of tonight’s games alongside a Hangover Hell of the smelliest journey to work ever.


  • Wednesday 27th March, 10pm

  • E4

  • 5 of 5

  • kate@plankpr.com

The Big Narstie Show

Big Narstie and Mo Gilligan present their late-night anarchic chat, comedy and music show. Featuring celebrity guests, live music performances, and unlikely collaborations, the award-winning show continues to break every chat show rule in the book so expect the unexpected. In this week's show guests include Lorraine Kelly, Rio Ferdinand and Matt Lucas. 

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