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WEEK 13

Casualty 24/7

Barnsley Hospital’s Casualty Department regularly has more than 300 patients passing through the doors each day. Sister Harriet Lindley is running today’s shift, the hospital is already busy and there’s been a sharp rise in the number of ambulances being called.  

Consultant Doctor Sue Mason and Sister Benita Wainwright prepare resus for the latest patient, 56-year-old Roy, who has been found unconscious at home. The team are trying desperately to track down Roy’s family - with nobody to explain what happened, it’s difficult to work out what’s causing his unconscious state, and he's deteriorating.

Doctor George Kay is assigned the next emergency, 85-year-old Pearl, who is struggling for breath and has a racing heart. She’s anxious to get back to her cat, Homer. Dr Kay explains ‘we need to look after you, because if we don’t look after you, you won’t be able to look after Homer either’.

Within Barnsley Hospital there’s also a dedicated paediatric casualty. Hoping to relieve the backlog of child patients is Consultant Doctor James Griffiths. Waiting to see him is 10 year old Koby who has chopped the tip of his finger off in a gate. His Mum and Dad have brought it with them on a bag of frozen peas. But can it be reattached?

Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner Chantelle Proctor is treating 94 year-old Normandy-veteran, Bert. Chantelle enjoys listening to his war stories while she assesses his injured ankle.

And Volunteer Jane Allen is on hand to support the staff. She knows Casualty inside out but there’s one item that’s the bane of her life - pillows. ’They keep disappearing. There must be a pillow mountain, somewhere – I haven’t found it yet. I don’t steal them, I redistribute them!’


  • Wednesday 25th March, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 20

  • kate@plankpr.com

Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson

Tony starts his epic adventure around the globe at London’s St Pancras station and races straight down through France to explore Southern Europe. In this episode he’ll see Europe in a whole new way, stopping off to experience and see the unique and interesting lesser known spots. Even when he comes across familiar cities he will do it with special access and in his own insightful style. 

At his first stop, The Camargue, in the south of France, he’ll meet Europe’s only remaining cowboys to understand their traditional way of life. There he’ll swap the train for a horse as he nervously helps them herd bulls through the huge fields.

Next, Tony races across the border into Spain and the Costa Brava where he stops at the port town of L’Escala to meet the locals and sample the finest fish the Anchovy Coast has to offer. Then it’s back on a train along a beautiful coastal line to Barcelona where Tony fulfils a lifelong dream to visit the Camp Nou stadium and discovers just how important football is to the Catalan identity.

After a special tour of Barcelona to understand the unmistakeable mark architect Antoni Gaudi left on the city, Tony catches the next train west. He stops at the eye opening ruins of Belchite – a town that was caught in the middle of some of the worst fighting of the Spanish Civil War and whose ruins have been preserved as a reminder of the ravages of war.

Next, he boards a high speed train to Madrid where he heads into town for lunch at El Sobrino de Botin - the world’s oldest restaurant which specialises in whole suckling pig prepared in a wood-fired oven which hasn’t been turned off in nearly 300 years. 

From Madrid, Tony heads West to Porto on the Portuguese coast where he is immediately overwhelmed by the Sao Bento station’s stunning interior covered in thousands of blue and white ceramic tiles depicting key moments in Portuguese history. After exploring the city, he catches his train to one of the region’s best port vineyards. He’s soon got his shoes and socks off to help the team as they tread the grapes with bare feet in the traditional method before he finally gets to sample the fruits of their labours, sipping port as the sun sets over the Douro river.

The Nest

A wealthy couple and a teenage girl make a pact that will change all of their lives forever, in a new five-part drama from Bafta and RTS Award-winning writer Nicole Taylor and Studio Lambert.

Dan (Compston) and Emily (Rundle) are crazy about each other. They live in a huge house in a beautiful location just outside Glasgow and want for nothing. All that’s missing is a baby - and they’ve been trying for years.

Through a chance encounter they meet Kaya (Mack), an 18 year-old from the other side of the city, whose life is as precarious at theirs is comfortable. When Kaya agrees to carry their baby, it feels like they were meant to meet - but was it really by chance?

Who is Kaya and what has brought her to this couple? Can the dreams of Kaya, Emily and Dan be fulfilled, or have all three embarked on a relationship of mutually assured destruction?

Martin Compston (Line Of Duty, Mary Queen Of Scots) and Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders, Gentleman Jack) lead the cast in Studio Lambert’s emotional thriller for BBC One The Nest, along with Mirren Mack in her television debut.

Also starring is Shirley Henderson (Stan And Ollie, Happy Valley), Katie Leung (Strangers, Chimerica), David Hayman (Hatton Garden, Fisherman’s Friends), Fiona Bell (Shetland, Acceptable Risk), James Harkness (The Victim, Wild Rose), Bailey Patrick (London Kills, Good Omens), Kate Dickie (Game Of Thrones, The Witch), Paul Brannigan (The Angels’ Share, Under The Skin) and Samuel Small (So Awkward, Game Of Thrones), Liz Ewing (Gentleman’s Relish, Taggart) and Christine Bottomley (End Of The F**king World, Back To Life).

The Nest is an emotional thriller about love and money, and the price of being able to buy whatever you want.


  • Sunday 22nd March, 9pm

  • BBC One

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  • lou@plankpr.com

Race Across The World

In this next leg on the race to Ushuaia, Argentina - the most Southerly city in the world- there are just four teams left to battle it out for the £20,000 prize. 

Setting off from Panama City, they take to the Caribbean Sea, by-passing the most dangerous place in the Western Hemisphere: The Darien Gap.  Added complications ensue when a State of Emergency is declared in Quito, Ecuador – the destination of their next checkpoint. Teams are forced to change their routes mid-race and head instead to Villavieja, in the remote Colombian desert. 

Siblings, Dom and Lizzie struggle to gain any momentum in the race with unscheduled stops and missed connections jeopardising their lead. The pair opt to take a scenic diversion, so they can work, to the beautiful and colourful town of Guatape, but for Dom the decision quickly loses its appeal when he realises what the job entails

Continuing to be scared of the unknown, Jen realises she has to face up to her fears. While long-suffering husband Rob discovers a new strategy - night buses. But travelling on a shoestring puts added strain on their already fragile relationship.  

Estranged uncle and nephew, Emon and Jamiul, start working better as a team, the more they get to know each other.  Not for the first time in the race the pair miss a boat, but on this occasion, they turn this to their advantage by earning much needed cash at a scuba diving school. They also learn some vital route information that catapults them back into contention in the race

Meanwhile mother and son, Jo and Sam, find themselves in their own personal state of emergency as the pressure of the race ramps up. 19-year old Sam is finding the long bus journeys a struggle, so Jo strikes a deal with him to take a break from the race and allow him to spend some of their budget to explore Medellin - home to drug kingpin Pablo Escobar one of the world’s most notorious criminals. An attempt by the pair to recoup some money working at a Salsa bar in Cali, has grave consequences leaving their place in the race in jeopardy.


  • Sunday 22nd March, 8pm

  • BBC Two

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  • kate@plankpr.com

New Scotland Yard Files

New Scotland Yard detective Carl Mehta was assigned to investigate the case of a missing 14-year old girl, he admitted he feared the worst.

When they failed to find any trace of the girl, her desperate family clung to the hope that she was still alive.

Sadly, Alice’s body was discovered as police trawled a stretch of the river Brent – it had been deliberately concealed and weighed down.

Piecing together what happened to Alice took Scotland Yard Detectives to Latvia, where they discovered a troubling history of a man they were searching for in connection to her death.


  • Thursday 26th March, 10pm

  • CBS Reality

  • 3 of 10

  • kay@plankpr.com

Dragons' Den

NEW Dragons’ Den continues as fearsome investors Sara Davies, Touker Suleyman, Deborah Meaden, Tej Lalvani and Peter Jones take their seats in the Den, and a fresh batch of entrepreneurs go where many fear to tread.

Tonight, an inventor tries to recruit the Dragons for his war on household draughts, and a micro-businessman introduces the investors to the idea that dogs eating bugs could be a good (and profitable) thing. There’s a shimmying session with a fitness teacher, and the creator of a high-end garment bag demonstrates an unshakeable belief in the value of his business.


  • Sunday 22nd March, 9pm

  • BBC Two

  • 3 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.

TX13 - 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 last 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 – lemon sole, peppers and Swiss chard - 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 contestants and a Quarter Final place. They must produce 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 contestant Anthony O’Shaughnessy, and MasterChef Champions Steven Wallis (2005) and Shelina Permalloo (2012).

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.

TX14 - 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 last group of contestants get their 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 – pigeon, beetroot and bacon - the stakes are high for the contestants 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 deliver 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 2014 Finalist Jack Lucas and MasterChef Champions Ping Coombes (2014) and Mat Follas (2009).

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.

TX15 - 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, Jimi Famurewa asks for a dish inspired by flavours of the sweet shop.

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?

Trucking Hell

Incident Manager Steve is sent to coordinate a recovery on the Northbound A1 after a collision that has closed both lanes. With a Bin Lorry on its side in a ditch and a truck pulling a refrigerated container rolled over, this is a major job.

Stig is reunited with a regular when a bin lorry gets wedged on a muddy verge down a remote country road.

Crane operator Nick comes to the rescue when Pat is unable to tow a tractor, but with a road closure required to set up the crane the pressure is on.

And Merrie’s attempts to rescue a sprinter van that is stuck in the mud are hampered by access issues and the dark.


  • Thursday 26th March, 9pm

  • Paramount

  • 6 of 20

  • kay@plankpr.com

Secrets of Your Supermarket Food

This week on Secrets of Your Supermarket Food we tuck into a hearty breakfast.

Supermarkets have developed copycat versions of some of the best-known cereals but are they as good as the real thing? With the help of the White family we find out which tastes best - supermarket ‘own-brands’ or the original brands.  Surprisingly, our family prefer the taste of supermarket cereals and learn how they could save anything from 35% to 62% off their shopping bill by ditching big brand cereals. 

In Britain we eat 13 billion eggs every year. Stefan is down on the farm to find out the differences between how the huge range on offer - caged, barn and organic eggs are produced. He discovers that hens laying Britain’s cheapest caged eggs are kept in cages where each bird lives in a space about the size of a piece of A4 paper. The big supermarkets will stop selling whole caged eggs after 2025 but what will replace them? Stefan discovers that while most British egg producers will change to barn eggs it may not be the end of cheaper caged eggs in our food. 21% of all UK eggs are used in processed foods like cakes and quiches and no supermarkets have said they will stop selling those products. Now, British farmers are worried that foreign egg producers’ cheap caged eggs will flood the market driving them out of business.

The so called probiotics market from yoghurt drinks to kombucha is worth £32.5 billion. They promise to make your gut function better but how many of the friendly bacteria are still alive once they reach your gut? Sian visits Prof Simon Gaisford at UCL London University and puts the products to the test.  Our experiment reveals that the liquid products such as Yakult and Actimel were the best at surviving the stomach acid but all the so-called friendly bacteria in the pills died. 

According to The World Health Organisation bacon is a class one carcinogen thanks to the nitrites in them- preservatives supposed to make the bacon safe to eat by killing off dangerous bugs like botulinum. Stefan visits a company in Northern Ireland who make nitrite free bacon for supermarkets and are convinced nitrites are completely unnecessary. Is it time to give up bacon preserved with nitrites?

The Food Standards Agency say that even raw BRITISH lion mark eggs can be eaten. However, there have been more than 100 registered cases of salmonella poisoning from British Lion Mark eggs in the last three years. Salmonella can result in vomiting and diarrhoea and in severe cases, death. Sian discovers that despite the bold assertions from the FSA, children, the elderly and vulnerable people should always make sure the yolk and whites are cooked until hard.   

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