Dame Mary Berry knows a thing or two about cooking up a Fantastic Feast, so she’s sharing her cooking skills with 3 novice cooks – fireman Mark, youth worker Callum and boxing instructor Thaer who want to throw a spectacular afternoon tea to say thank you to Soraya, who runs a local youth charity. With the help of Dame Mary, can they pull it off and give Soraya a thank you surprise she’ll never forget?
Mary has also enlisted the help of Roman Kemp and Celebs Go Dating’s Tom Read Wilson. While Mary will focus on getting the novice cooks up to speed in the kitchen, Roman and Tom oversee the extras that will make this party extra special. They’ll also be on-hand to offer moral support when temperatures rise in the kitchen.
Thaer, Mark and Callum from Cardiff have had their fair share of cooking disasters. Mark has never followed a recipe in his life, Callum’s Nan does most of the cooking and Thaer once threw a pot away because it was so burnt.
Mary has her work cut out turning the three novices into capable cooks able to serve up a fantastic feast. But it’s a challenge she is willing to take on as Soraya has changed the lives of so many young people in her community.
The novice cooks get the unique opportunity of visiting Mary Berry at home for some very special cooking lessons, learning recipes hand-chosen by Mary for a spectacular afternoon tea… Golden Red Pepper, Cheese and Chive Tartlets, Mini Scones with Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream and a 4 tier Clementine Cake.
They’re not the only ones getting to work on preparing for the feast, as Tom and Roman take on their missions set by Mary. Tom heads to the Women’s Institute to make Jam fit for those scones while Roman tries his first ever cup of tea as he tries to find a brew worthy of the party.
After their one-to-one lessons with Mary, the novice cooks must master their dishes on their own at home, but can they remember the recipes or even how to work the oven when they’re home alone?
Then it’s time to step things up as they head to Langley Hall near Cardiff to cook their fantastic feast for 15, and give Soraya the surprise of a lifetime.
With Tom and Roman in charge of the finishing touches, Mary’s on hand for some last-minute tips. With a magnificent venue and incredible recipes, can they pull it off, surprise Soraya and deliver a magical ‘thank you’ feast?
The night staff at Hull Royal Infirmary battle to save the life of 47-year-old Jane who has a heart rate more than double the average. Dr Ben and medical student Charlotte try to bring the heart back under control for their extremely frightened patient.
Paramedic Sally rushes in 38-year-old Steve by ambulance after a crash in his brand-new car. As Dr Lorna sews up Steve’s injured face a CT scan reveals fractures in his neck.
38-year-old Windfarm worker Ivanov is flown in by HM Coastguard after falling down some stairs on a ship in the North Sea. With suspected neck and leg injuries, Dr Sina orders an emergency CT scan.
Dr Josh and Dr Steve treat 23-year-old Ashley who fell off his BMX on a Friday night. Dr Josh suspects that a wound on his shoulder is a collarbone fracture poking out through his flesh.
In minors, 52-year- old Pam arrives into A&E after tripping at home and cutting her leg open on her coffee table but Dr Theo is wholly surprised by the level of gore he reveals under the bandage.
Titch embarks on a very personal build, a vintage custom motorcycle to honour his late Grandfather, a D-Day veteran, and the inspiration for Titch’s own military career. Corporal William Cormack served with 45 Commando, the same regiment Titch would go on to serve with 50 years later. But this is more than just a build for Titch, once completed, he wants to ride the machine over to the D-Day beach his Grandfather landed on and pay his respects to him and the soldiers who took part in the landings that turned the course of the Second World War.
But before Titch crosses the channel there’s an AC Cobra in Cornwall that needs the team’s attention. Its owner Ray has been ill with cancer and has been unable to fix an engine fault, so the beautiful car has been in pieces for the past four years. Titch and the team call in to see if they can get the car running again for Ray.
With the shocking news that Robert Maxwell’s body has been found in the sea, the family is left reeling. A devastated Ghislaine prepares to address the world’s media.
But as the family gathers in Israel for a huge state funeral attended by the great and good, executives inside the Maxwell businesses have another problem. For months they’ve secretly suspected that despite the illusion of success, there were unexplained holes in the finances, including in the employees’ pension funds.
Secret recordings from phone bugs planted by a paranoid Robert months before his death capture the rising panic, and one executive’s battle to try and uncover what was really happening in the months up to his death in the face of intimidation and fear. Whilst concerns are growing on the inside of the empire, on the outside, one young journalist is onto Robert’s case and she gets the scoop of her career, finally exposing him as a fraudster.
The revelations lead to the dramatic raids and the arrests of Robert’s sons Kevin and Ian. Under intense media attention, the brothers stand trial in one of the largest fraud cases in British history.
Although the brothers are found not guilty, The Maxwell business empire collapses. And with it, the family’s reputation.
With the Maxwell name in tatters, Ghislaine tries to start a new life in New York far away from the unfolding scandal in Britain. Friends describe how the once effervescent socialite is a shadow of her former self. They start hearing Ghislaine talk about a mysterious American man called Jeffrey Epstein, a multi-millionaire just like her father Robert. One friend describes a disturbing encounter with Ghislaine and Epstein which hints at the darkness and depravity which was to come.
It’s the fourth Heats week and this year the judges are mixing it up – introducing a whole new set of challenges that the passionate amateurs must complete to progress in the competition.
Nine home cooks arrive with both their dreams and ingredients ready for their first test, the Audition Round. This year’s auditionees come from all over the UK - cooking a range of dishes that not only aim to challenge the palettes of the judges, but to make their tastebuds dance. Cooking their Signature Dish, the hopefuls must show John and Gregg who they are as a cook and how good they could become.
John and Gregg don’t witness them cook in the MasterChef kitchen. Instead, they taste each dish in the new Tasting Room. Just like diners in a restaurant, they judge each contestant’s food solely on the plate that is put in front of them. After tasting all nine plates, John and Gregg pick their three favourite dishes, giving those cooks a well-earned MasterChef apron and immunity from cooking in the next round.
However, for the remaining six contestants the competition is not over. They all get another chance to impress the judges and win themselves that coveted apron. Pulling out all the stops for another of their Signature Dishes, the hopefuls must then cook a sweet dish if they delivered a savoury dish in the first round and vice versa. This time, John and Gregg are in the kitchen witnessing their every move. The pressure is intense and the stakes are high as at the end, only four cooks can join the three already fast-tracked in the next round of challenges. For two - their MasterChef dream is over.
This week’s seven best home cooks from the first rounds return to test their culinary wits and try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be MasterChef Champion 2022.
Tonight, the contestants face two more challenges - designed to gauge both their creativity and culinary repertoire. The first is the Market Challenge - where the seven are tasked with inventing a dish on the spot for judges John and Gregg from a market full of ingredients - which include chicken thighs, rack of venison and whole John Dory.
The pressure is on to impress because at the end of this test one contestant will be sent home. The remaining six take on their most demanding assignment so far - cooking a dish to a brief set by one of the country’s toughest food critics, Jay Rayner. Jay has asked them to cook a dish with one of the most versatile ingredients in the world – rice. Whether it be used in a savoury or sweet dish, it must be the star ingredient, as opposed to the accompaniment, to get a Quarter Final place.
In a competition where only the food matters and with just two places up for grabs, these amateurs will need to be good to survive to be in the four Quarter Finalists going head to head at the next level.
Tonight, it’s the fourth Quarter Final and this week’s most talented four cooks return to battle for a place in the Semi Finals. Tonight, they face just one intense challenge. 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 careers in the food industry.
Tonight, their fate is in the hands of MasterChef Champions - from 2020, Thomas Frake, 2010, Dhruv Baker and 2017, Saliha Mahmood Ahmed. With just two Semi Final places up for grabs, these amateurs need to show real flair and ambition to edge closer to the MasterChef 2022 trophy.
The action-packed series that follows men and women working in the heavy recovery business, tackling jack-knifed lorries, crashed HGVs and roadside breakdowns. Every episode is packed with thrills, spills and high drama as rescue operators from two of the country’s leading recovery companies clear up the carnage on our roads. Keeping Britain’s truckers safe is not a job for the faint-hearted and the tough professionals who star in the series have the character and kit for the job, driving some of the most super heavyweight machines in the world.
Britain's sharpest armchair critics return for a new series to share more of their insightful and passionate takes on the week's biggest and best shows.