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WEEK 15

Alma’s Not Normal

Alma’s Not Normal follows Boltonian wild-child, Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women.

After a recent break-up, Alma tries to get her life back on track. But with no job, no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, it’s not going to be easy. Meanwhile her mum, who is battling a heroin addiction, has been sectioned for arson and her vampish Grandma Joan wants nothing to do with it. 

Alma’s Not Normal offers a bitingly funny and unflinching take on class, sexuality, mental health and substance abuse. It celebrates women dealing with the hands they’ve been dealt while doggedly pursing their dreams.


  • Tuesday 7th April, 10pm

  • BBC Two

  • 1 of 1

  • cecile@plankpr.com

Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back

Joe Lycett, the man responsible for making complaining funny, returns for a supersized new series of Joe Lycett's Got Your Back. As Britain's customer service hero, Joe vows to continue to fight the good fight on behalf of the British public and tackles viewers' consumer problems, no matter how big or small. Joe scores victories for consumers everywhere as he takes on rubbish council bin collections, settles scores against scammers, deals a blow to dodgy delivery companies and takes up the fight against corporate giants. In the first episode of the new series, and with the help of celebrity guest Katherine Ryan, fearless assistant Mark Silcox and some daring investigations, we see the full story behind Joe's infamous name change to Hugo Boss in support of consumer justice. Plus, fast fashion's filthiest secrets are unwrapped.

The Queen Mother’s Blitz

As Britain was battered and bombarded during the blitz, the then Queen Elizabeth was a beacon of hope for millions. This programme looks at her inspirational efforts to improve the morale of the British people during the Second World War. With air raids a constant threat, her insistence that the Royal family remain in London was a reassuring move for the public and this documentary examines how her personality and determination made a remarkable difference to the war effort.

On September 13, 1940 the then Queen heard the unmistakeable sound of a German plane and the screech of a bomb landing on Buckingham Palace... hours later she and the King were out in London's East End in an act which earned her huge affection.

Featuring rare archive footage and exclusive interviews, this revealing documentary paints a portrait of a unique woman.


  • Saturday 4th April, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 1 of 1

  • kay@plankpr.com

The Steph Show

Steph McGovern presents the brand-new daily programme, The Steph Show, broadcast live from Steph's living room in Yorkshire, as she celebrates the everyday heroes who are keeping the nation moving in these uncertain times. The Steph Show includes the daily lunchtime Channel 4 News bulletin and features the latest information, advice and ideas to help us navigate our way through these unique times we are living in. Plus, there's a mix of entertainment, lifestyle and a variety of guests beamed live into Steph's living room.


  • Monday 6th April, 12pm
    Tuesday 7th April, 12pm
    Wednesday 8th April, 12pm
    Thursday 9th April, 12pm
    Friday 10th April,12pm

  • Channel 4

  • lou@plankpr.com

The Mash Report

We’re very pleased that it’s going to be possible to put The Mash Report back on BBC Two at a time when people need laughter and topical insight more than ever.

Reflecting what everyone else is going through at the moment, the show will be self-isolating, with the whole cast filming themselves at home.

Nish Kumar will be virtually joined by our quarantined correspondents including Rachel Parris, Geoff Norcott, Ellie Taylor, Steve N Allen, Catherine Bohart, Desiree Burch, and Ahir Shah.

So if you don’t like jokes and analysis, you will at least get to see inside the houses of some very minor celebrities.

Casualty 24/7

Over three hundred patients are expected over the next twenty-four hours at Barnsley Casualty and beds are already in short supply. Sister Benita Wainwright is managing the team, ‘demand is growing and growing, but I would say nurses routinely go above and beyond their roles to make sure our patients are looked after.’

Paramedics bring in 59-year-old Wendy with a critical heart condition and there’s a complication, she has kidney failure and needs dialysis three times a week. Junior Doctor Patrick King gets ready for her arrival in resus. ‘The resus area is the glitz and glamour of A & E. It’s the high stakes, high risk, most challenging patients you can deal with.’

A workman is rushed into Casualty following a building site accident when the roof he was working on collapsed. He’s rapidly assessed for fractures and internal injuries but the scan reveals something very unexpected.

Also in resus is Junior Doctor Dean Maart treating 65 year old Alan, who has a serious head wound following an epileptic fit. Alan’s sisters rush to be by his bedside to await the results of a CT scan needed to check for internal bleeding.

The next red phone call for the Casualty team is 12 year-old Clark who’s brought in by ambulance after being attacked by a dog. Registrar Doctor Dan Bewick treats him, ‘I’ve got a toddler at home, so I think I possibly sympathise a bit more with parents than I did before.’

And Volunteer Jane is back on her rounds offering tea and sympathy, ’the most important trolley in this department is the tea trolley…I like to think we give patients more than just a hot drink. Sometimes just a bit of plain simple banter can make all the difference.’


  • Wednesday 8th April, 9pm

  • Channel 5

  • 3 of 20

  • kate@plankpr.com

Around The World By Train With Tony Robinson

Tony is on a mission to understand the shared history and culture of Mexico and the USA. Going beyond the tourist trail he meets locals as he travels who bring the whole story to life for him. From deep in the Mexican desert to the star-studded city of LA, Tony is using the railways to explore this fascinating part of the Americas.

He begins by riding the El Chepe train from the west coast of Mexico through to the spectacular Copper Canyon – a canyon system larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. There he meets people who have lived in the canyon for generations.

Tony jumps back on Mexico’s only passenger line to head towards the USA and along the way stops in the city of Chihuahua, where he learns about how it has become prosperous and discovers a traditional local drink, Sotol - Northern Mexico’s Tequila. He has fun in a small distillery tasting the more exotic variants, including a version made with marijuana.

Next, Tony finds himself in a city that was once infamous as the murder capital of the world thanks to drug Cartels, Juarez. He gets a much more peaceful reception though as he joins a huge group of Mexican yoga enthusiasts for a sunrise yoga session in the shadow of the Mexico/US border wall.

After he crosses the border into neighbouring US city of El Paso, Tony meets a fellow train enthusiast who’s trying to revive historic street cars in the hope that they will one day run back and forth between Mexico and the US. Donning a hood, cape and mask to join the local Lucha Libre wrestling club, he quickly learns the secrets of throwing men half his age around the ring.

The final leg of his journey races Tony through California to Los Angeles’ spectacular Union Station. After some local hipster street food, he heads across town to South LA where he discovers the baffling world of Hip Hop Clowning.

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 5th April, 9pm

  • BBC One

  • 3 of 5

  • lou@plankpr.com

Race Across The World

The four teams have reached the half-way mark in the 25,000 km race to Ushuaia and with only 8 ½ hours between them - the race is on. To reach the next checkpoint - Cafayate in Argentina - teams must choose to travel through either Bolivia or Chile. But an unstable political climate in both countries puts everyone’s journeys at risk. And with half the race still to complete, emotions are pushed to breaking point.

First to leave the checkpoint, mother and son Jo and Sam. Jo is feeling the pressure of maintaining their budget and staying ahead in the race, but Sam wants to relax and enjoy themselves more. An unforeseen delay in La Paz gives Sam the opportunity to take control for the day. The duo decide to break up their long journeys with regular stop offs– including the spectacular Bolivian salt flats and staying with an Argentinian farming family, where Sam is prompted to reflect on his close relationship with his late grandfather.

Jen and Rob begin the leg in high spirits – they’ve started enjoying themselves and are communicating better. But the pressure of getting through Bolivia before a general election shuts  the country down,  boils over into an explosive clash for the couple as they argue over their decision making. Things improve once they reach Salta in Argentina as the couple finally let their hair down at a ‘peñas’, a local music and dance venue.

A renewed sense of closeness between Emon and Jamiul prompts Jamiul to ask his uncle more about why it was he left the family. After Emon opens up, their relationship goes from strength to strength and they need to draw on that as they face the arduous job of harvesting salt at an Argentinian salt mine in a bid to boost their budget before racing to the checkpoint.

Last to leave the checkpoint, brother and sister Dom and Lizzie’s race is put on hold when Dom has a health scare and their ability to continue is brought into question.

Nothing about this leg is straightforward, with emotions running high, budgets running low and relationships severely tested.


  • Sunday 5th April, 8pm

  • BBC Two

  • 5 of 8

  • kate@plankpr.com

MasterChef

Episode 19

MasterChef continues with its 16th series, and 60 amateur cooks have been whittled down to the most promising nine. All of them have just one goal: to lift the coveted MasterChef trophy.

Tonight, the MasterChef Semi Finals begin with a spectacular challenge, as the contestants head to the Royal Navy base in Portsmouth. Aboard HMS Diamond, one of the most advanced warships in the world, the Semi Finalists will have to cook a meal for the ship’s annual Trafalgar Night celebration dinner

Split in to three teams of three, they face the enormous challenge of mass catering - but at fine dining level - from the ship’s galley. Each team will have to recreate a dish from a menu designed by the chef on-board for a three-course menu to feed 120 of the ship’s company.

With just four hours to deliver, organisation and teamwork are essential for success. It’s vital the three teams perform at their absolute best and produce a dinner worthy of the occasion.

Then the nine contestants return to the MasterChef kitchen, where they are once again working as individuals. From a selection of either John or Gregg’s favourite ingredients the contestants must each create a stunning dish to hold on to their hard-fought place in the competition.

With two more contestants going home, the battle is on to stay and take another step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2020.

 

Episode 20

The MasterChef Semi Finals continue. Sixty amateur cooks have been whittled down and now only the most promising seven remain in the competition, all fighting for a place in The Finals.

Tonight, the contestants are surprised by a very special guest. Joining them in the MasterChef kitchen is one of the country’s best chefs - Tom Kitchin.

Their job is to recreate one of his complex and delicious signature recipes. Some have to battle with unusual ingredients that they have never cooked with before,  whilst others must turn their hand to new techniques.

Then it gets personal as the Semi Finalists’ places in the competition rests on a dish inspired by someone they love or admire. They need to show that they have the heart and determination to get through. For the two cooks who don’t make the grade, their MasterChef journey will be over.

 

Episode 21

Time for the last challenge of the Semi Finals and it’s do or die for the best five amateurs as they cook-off to win a coveted place in the prestigious MasterChef Finals.

They must each cook an outstanding dish to win-over four of the country’s most feared restaurant critics – Grace Dent, William Sitwell, Jay Rayner and Jimi Famurewa. Serving food to these masters of the dining room is a daunting task for the most adept chef, and these talented home cooks now have to put their skills and palates on the line. Any mistake could cost them the competition, so with the pressure firmly on, it is a tense and thrilling battle.

At the end, judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace face a difficult decision – who to take through to The Finals of MasterChef next week?


  • Monday 6th April, 9pm
    Wednesday 8th April, 9pm
    Thursday 9th April, 7:30pm

  • BBC One

  • 19 of 24
    20 of 24
    21 of 24

  • cecile@plankpr.com

Secrets of Your Supermarket Food

This week on Secrets of Your Supermarket Food, Sian Williams and Stefan Gates investigate whether going green is always as good for us as we think. From giving up meat to buying veg in season we’re constantly being told to change our eating habits for the good of our health and the planet. But how much of this advice is true?

Two million British adults are planning to go vegan but is a meat free diet always best for our bodies and health? To find out, Stefan puts his body on the line by going on a crash vegan diet for a month. He discovers how hard it is to eat enough protein and a varied diet. After just one month of being a vegan, he’s shocked to discover that his lack of energy has been due significant muscle loss and dehydration. He loses 2lb of fat but also 6lb of muscle and 6 litres of fluid as his body literally eats itself in a quest to gain protein for essential body functions. His cholesterol dropped by nearly 10% but he assumed it would have gone down by more as he wasn’t eating any dairy, red meat or eggs. Most worryingly of all, his vitamin B12, an essential vitamin only found in animal products, also dropped by 50% leaving him at risk of permanent nerve damage. He is now eating meat again!

We challenge the idea that veggie ready meals are better for you and discover the surprising amount of saturated fat in some ready meals such as pies, stir fries and lasagnes. compared to their meat counterparts. One vegan meal contained 55% of our recommended daily amount of saturated fat and others contained much higher levels of salt and sugars than their meaty cousins.

Sian visits food developers Tasteheads to try out some of the latest innovations in meat replacements such a jackfruit burgers and vegan pork scratchings. But are the public as convinced as Sian is about how close to the real thing these new meat-replacements are?

We’re all encouraged to eat locally but our vegan family discover that the picture isn’t as straight forward as we think- sometimes it’s better to eat fruit and veg from abroad if it’s out of season. A New Zealand apple shipped round the world in our spring and summer produces less CO2 than British apples kept in storage here.

New Scotland Yard Files

Gagandip Singh suffered a major tragedy when his father was murdered on a business trip to india. When Gagandip’s body was discovered in a burned-out car in Greenwich a year later, detectives from New Scotland Yard wondered if the two deaths were connected.

When they traced the last movements of the 21-year-old man, the trail did not lead to India but to Brighton and to a conspiracy that cost Gagandip his life.


  • Thursday 9th April, 10pm

  • CBS Reality

  • 5 of 10

  • kay@plankpr.com

Dragons’ Den

NEW - The Dragons are ready to invest in the best as the new series continues. Sara Davies, Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman and Tej Lalvani ask the tough questions as a new batch of nervous entrepreneurs make the pitch of their lives.

A German-Portuguese business combo have their business which makes camera lenses for mobile phones brought into sharp focus, but will they be in the frame for investment? An entrepreneur who started her company from her Mum’s kitchen table wants to roll out her raw baked vegan treats to the masses, and a duo hope their intravenous vitamin drip service gets a cash injection.


  • Sunday 5th April, 9pm

  • BBC Two

  • 5 of 6

  • bev@plankpr.com

Trucking Hell

In the middle of storm Chiara, the biggest storm of the 21st century, a team from Crouch Recovery is called out to deal with a truck and trailer which has been blown over in the 100 mile and hour winds. Led by rookie recovery op Carl Freeman, they struggle to get in a good position to upright the trailer, and a combination of the angles and the heavy winds leads to the wrecker nearly being tipped over. Eventually though they manage to get the trailer the right way up, but need to rush to get it towed to a less windy part of the road, as the wind is threatening to overturn it again

 

Recovery op Stig has a bad day turn good and then worse than ever as he’s diverted from picking up his least favourite heavy vehicle – a bin lorry – to help out what he thinks is a tipper truck, only to find out it is in fact a bin lorry. As if the odour wasn’t bad enough, Stig has to struggle with a stubborn prop shaft before he can tow it away.

 

In Wolvey, Rory and Tez do some flat packing – cutting up a damaged trailer with a temperamental cutting torch before strapping it down and taking it to its owner – and Lantern op Sean heads to East Sussex to hunt down a fully loaded tipper truck which pulled into the side of the road to let a car pass and ended up in a ditch


  • Thursday 9th April, 9pm

  • Paramount

  • 8 of 20

  • kay@plankpr.com

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