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WEEK 15

MasterChef

FINAL WEEK

Episode 22 BBC One – 9pm

It’s Finals Week of MasterChef 2018. 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. Tonight the final five will become the final four.

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 travel to the impressive Carlton Towers in rural Yorkshire, a Victorian Gothic country house which is home to Lord and Lady Fitzalan- Howard and family.  Here the five amateur cooks have the unenviable task of cooking for the Lord and Lady as they host a lunch for some of Yorkshire’s finest local producers and farmers; including author and shepherdess Amanda Owen, rhubarb farmer Robert Tomlinson and Simon Eyles MD of Yorkshire tearooms Bettys.

The special lunch will be overseen by one of the UK’s most impressive young chefs Tommy Banks. In 2013 at the age of just 24, Tommy became Britain’s youngest chef to hold a Michelin Star and his restaurant The Black Swan at Oldstead was voted by Trip Advisor reviewers in 2017 as the best in the world.

Today, Tommy has devised an exceptional five-course tasting menu for the guests at Carlton Towers using the best local produce, and with just four hours to recreate his complex and beautiful dishes, the finalists will be facing their biggest challenge yet. Will the amateur cooks rise to the occasion and impress Tommy and the special guests with the standard of dishes they produce?

The finalists then return to the MasterChef kitchen where they are faced with the challenge of creating one dish inspired by a place they love. 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 2018?

Judge                    John Torode

Judge                    Gregg Wallace

Guest Chef         Tommy Banks

Episode 23 BBC One - 8pm

Finals Week continues on MasterChef  2018  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 to Peru, where they will face a series of cooking challenges they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Lima, capital of Peru has, over the last decade, led a food revolution that has popularised Peruvian cuisine around the world. Here the finalists will face three extraordinary challenges, guided by two of Peru’s most acclaimed chefs.

The first challenge for the final four takes place in Lima’s major fish market Chorillos, where, in teams of two, they are tasked with recreating four popular iconic Peruvian dishes to serve to a group of local fishermen. To help the finalists make sense of this unfamiliar cuisine they will be mentored by one of Peru’s most prolific and celebrated chefs, Gastón Acurio.

Next, the amateurs have the honour of working with Chef Virgilio Martínez. His world renowned restaurant Central, regularly ranks among the world’s top 5 and is known for its unique menu which offers diners a taste of the incredible biodiversity found at different Peruvian altitudes.

The four contestants will be working during a busy lunch service at Central and are given  3 hours to each cook a dish from Virgilio’s 17 course tasting menu. Virgilio’s cooking is precise and his standards exacting, so there’s no room for error in such a high pressure environment.

Finally, the finalists face the daunting challenge of creating a special dinner at the Lima Country Club Hotel  for Gastón, Virgilio and 3 other leading industry figures from the Peruvian food scene; Roberto Grau, Pia Leon and Malena Martinez. The amateur cooks must draw on their experiences of Lima to create their own Peruvian inspired dish and impress their high profile guests. Their dishes must be exceptional for them to stand out and prove they have what it takes to be crowned MasterChef Champion 2018.

Judge                    John Torode

Judge                    Gregg Wallace

Episode 24 BBC One – 8pm

It’s the MasterChef Finals and in tonight’s penultimate show, the final four amateur cooks face the challenge of a lifetime 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 Ashley Palmer-Watts. Regarded as a leading culinary innovator, Ashley has worked alongside one of Britain’s most famous chefs, Heston Blumenthal for the last 18 years.

As Head Chef at the 3 Michelin starred Fat Duck in Bray, Ashley helped create some of the world’s most revered dishes before working with Heston to open London based restaurant Dinner in 2011. Within months of opening, Dinner won a Michelin star and was awarded its second a year later.  Now, the four finalists will gain unique insight into Ashley’s cuisine as they learn directly from him and his Head Chef Jonny Glass in the MasterChef kitchen.

Each amateur cook has 5 hours to meticulously recreate an iconic dish from Ashley’s menu at Dinner. Some of Dinner’s recipes have as many as 120 stages of preparation to get through, so it’s not a task for the faint hearted. Once the four finalists have prepared their complex and precise dishes they must serve them to Ashley, 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 2018.

Judge: John Torode

Judge: Gregg Wallace

Guest Mentor: Ashley Palmer-Watts

Guest Mentor: Jonny Glass

Episode 25 BBC One – 8:30pm

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 14th MasterChef Champion.

Judge – John Torode

Judge – Gregg Wallace

Ready or Not

Welcome to the quiz show… that comes to you! From the supermarket to the seaside, Blackpool Tower to Birmingham city centre, brand new comedy entertainment show Ready or Not brings a hilarious twist to the traditional gameshow. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, our crack team of quiz show hosts won’t be far away, ready to surprise you with their crazy games.  The show features voiceover from much-loved star Paddy McGuinness, and a roving team of hosts ready to surprise members of the public across the nation – when they least expect it. This week, Quiztina's taken her Quiz Me Quick stand to Llandudno, Sam and Mark meet their match in their Gameshow Lift, Tom Allen's popping up in a square in Crawley, and TV's leading canine gameshow host Crumpet is up to his old tricks in Oxford. So if you want to win big, you’d better look out – because we’re coming for you… Ready or Not!


  • Saturday 7th April, 6pm

  • BBC One

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The Secret Life of Owls

In a corner of rural Essex a former First World War airfield has been left wild for over 100 years. It is now perfect owl country, home to all five of Britain’s species of owl. Among them, lives a remarkable barn owl called Missing claw, and two inseparable little owls, Geronimo and Flo. Over the course of winter, spring and summer, we get a privileged view of their secret lives using a special camera rig outside, and inside their nests. We see how during winter, with snow on the ground, Missing Claw often goes hungry, relying on his incredible hearing to find the few mice and voles that aren’t safe underground. In spring he finds his mate while the little owls establish a new nest – but have to fight off some aggressive squirrels in the process. And during early summer, as both sets of owls incubate their eggs, the female becomes completely reliant on the male to bring her food. No problem when times are good, but hard work if food becomes scarce, and with the uncertain British weather that’s all too often.


  • Saturday 7th April, 7pm

  • Channel 5

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My Floating Home

Brand new and exclusive to More4: My Floating Home returns for series two as presenter Mark Evans charts the adventures of various families and couples as they give up living on land and design and build unique homes that can float. In the opening episode - after 30 years of living on the River Itchen in Southampton, Gerald Pragnell sets out to build an extraordinary futuristic fibreglass home, designed and made on his doorstep by his 27-year-old son Aidan Pragnell. It’s constructed from scratch by carefully building up layers of fibreglass to create two hollow hull sections. Gerald visits the job site often, adding luxury details to the design and keeping the pressure up on his son, but all in good humour! So will Gerald end up the proud owner of a unique modern home that he wants - and thank son Aidan for a job well done? Series Prod: Clare Fisher; Prod/Dirs: Timothy Clarkson, Matt Fletcher; Exec Prod: Carlo Massarella.


  • Tuesday 10th April, 9pm

  • More4

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  • kay@plankpr.com

Made In Yorkshire

The show sees former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott going behind the scenes of some of Yorkshire’s most famous factories to discover the secrets behind the region’s iconic foods.  Prescott, who has lived in Yorkshire for most of his life and was the MP for Hull East for 40 years, journeys around the region, learning about the processes and getting involved in production on the factory floor. 

Episode One

Part one of two. John Prescott explores Yorkshire factories making some of the region's best loved foods on a massive scale. In Skipton he takes a look at long running family business Whitakers Chocolates. He then travels to Northallerton in North Yorkshire, where he visits the region's largest sausage factory.


  • Tuesday 10th April, 10pm

  • Channel 5

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999 Rescue Squad

The landmark series offers exclusive access to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), the first in the UK to allow cameras to follow its medics at work. It’s one of 16 specialist medical units set up after the 7/7 London bombings to treat badly injured patients in extreme environments.

Throughout the series, viewers will gain unprecedented access to the UK’s toughest medics as they race against time to rescue individuals in life-threatening situations. From drive-by shootings, to major chemical leaks and dangerous civil disturbances, HART face it all to ensure the safety of others.

I Don’t Like Mondays

Imagine winning a year’s salary on TV, resigning from your job on air and spending the next 12 months doing whatever you wanted. I Don’t Like Mondays will see Alan Carr give one lucky member of the audience the chance not to have to go to work for a whole year via a series of big scale studio games and challenges.

The studio audience, made up of people from across the UK with a range of different salaries, will arrive armed with resignation letters and at the end of the show, one of them will resign there and then, walking away with a year’s salary.


  • Friday 13th April, 8pm

  • Channel 4

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Rob Beckett’s Playing For Time

Josh Widdecombe

Rob Beckett and a celebrity guest travel back in time to play the greatest video games of all time. In this episode Rob is joined on his time travel adventure by Rachel Riley, stopping off to play classics like Frogger whilst taking in the news, TV, music and fashion of the time.


  • Friday 13th April, 11:15pm

  • Channel 4

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  • annabel@plankpr.com

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